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Who the hell is:
Logikparty?

Who are you, where are you from, and how did you become Logikparty?

We are Stevie, Daniel, Gib, and Benni and we are a 21st century post-punk band from Dublin, Ireland. We got together just over 2 years ago. Initially it was on a fairly casual basis as four people who, in a round- about kind of way, knew of each other and just wanted to make some music.  We were all really into the stuff that we were coming out with and decided to focus the whole thing a little bit more.

Tell us about your track “Anti Omerta?”

“Anti Omerta” is the first track on our debut album Oh Cult! which just came out on White Plague Records. We like playing this one live a lot.

In this age of blatantly crafted bland radio tunes it’s great to hear a band with the spirit of punk. Who would you say has been your major musical influence?

We’ve a whole bunch of influences, both individual and shared. Lots of people, scenes for lots of different reasons and from so many different genres. I guess in the grand scheme of things, anyone who has or is getting out there and doing things themselves, making things happen, and creating something that’s genuine is something we find really influential and inspiring.

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Alias Punch: New 4 track EP Hyperborea

Alias Punch seem to inhabit a strange and slightly surreal world. It’s a place that appears to exist someway down the psychedelic Yellow Brick Road in a caravan next to Fred Schneider’s angry Love Shack. You’ve only got to look at both sides of the cover art of their new vinyl release to get a feel of where they are coming from.

The band are based in Orlando, Florida and are Dusty Mondy (bass/vocals), Jasper Bleu (guitar/vocals), and Arkie Jay (drums/vocals) and have just released their new 4 track 7″ EP entitled Hyperborea, through Glowmobile Recording Company.

In their own words, they say they have “a relentless ambition that tickles them during the sleepless hours of the night” and you can just imagine them mentally riffing in their 2 am meanderings, then legging it down the road at first light to lay the track down.

All credit to them. They have managed to take the gruelling monotony of life, (again their own words) and mix it into a Psychedelic / Garage / Rock ‘n Roll cocktail that deserves to be imbibed in quantity on a drunken Saturday night. All in all, a very cool piece of work. Party on!

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Band of the Week:
The Sufis

Burger Records continue there trend of wonderful releases with the announcement of a limited tape from Nashville’s The Sufis.

Their track “Wake Up” (featured here) is a wonderfully mysterious summer song, full of tremolo vocal and delight. The backward guitar / flute at the 1:20 mark is a particularly great point. Out in late June, this will see a vinyl release in the UK through Ample Play Records too. —James

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Johnny Headband:
New album and UK tour

Detroit based Johnny Headband are brothers Chad and Keith Thompson (bassist with Electric Six) with RGS filling in the drumming duties. The trio have just this week released their excellent new LP, Who Cooks For You.

The album was self recorded with Chad at the controls calling on his expertise as an audio engineer and producer—and the boys have managed to pull of a really cool off-kilter album that really defies easy categorisation.

The 9 tracks on the album skirt successfully across multiple genres: from electronica and disco through to fuzzy-pop and Shoegaze. On the surface, something this indefinable could fail, but the songwriting is excellent and the album swirls and threads perfectly from track to track.

Johnny Headband will be in the UK promoting the album with a 16 date tour, starting on May 18th in London and ending on June 3rd in Hastings.

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Band of the Week:
Gap Dream

This simply stunning debut album from Gap Dream is looking like it will get an official release through UK label Sounds Of Sweet Nothing in the coming months. The trippy organs and fascinating instrumental arrangements that flow throughout this self-titled debut album make this listen a truly mesmerizing experience.

Cleveland’s own Gabriel Fulvimar plays on and writes all the songs here except for a wonderful cover of The Squires’ “Go Ahead.” His talents really are something and this album really needs to be heard. —James

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Introducing: Tomahawks For Targets

Well, I guess I have to ask… where does the name Tomahawks For Targets come from?

Ross Harley: There’s an old Lalo Schifrin piece called “For Targets.” We put the word Tomahawks in front of it because we hoped that a butch name would stop people from getting all up in our faces.

Your album seems to have some tracks on it that are fairly complex in their structure. Who would you say has influenced your sound the most?

James Haselhurst: We’re influenced by a lot of very different things—when we’re writing and recording we’ll suggest ideas that come from very different places and attempt to bolt them together. We’ve all been individually influenced by some progressive music—I think Zappa and King Crimson are ones we agree on—but most of the time we’re actually drawing more reference from fairly mainstream stuff and certainly from a lot of pop music.

I think most of the complexity comes about from having a few different ideas or themes we want to include and that we’d rather find a way for them to all coexist in a pop song framework rather than thin them out.  That way there’s a lot happening in our music at any given point.  We certainly don’t actively try to complicate what we do though.

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Introducing:
Crybaby

This week sees the release of Crybaby’s self-titled debut album, and it’s one of those records that is being talked about in all the right places.

The London music scene cognoscenti, and trusted tastemakers are already referencing Crybaby, (real name Danny Coughlan) and he’s being compared to Scott Walker, Richard Hawley, and Roy Orbison. The early lyrics of Morrissey also seem to be an influence.

The ten songs on the album have an immediacy which draws the listener in, and repeated plays reveal a melodic and emotional core, which only serves to give the wry, heartfelt lyrics greater impact.

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Sparrow announce free
single and new album

Brighton band Sparrow have announced the release of their new album, However Did The Wolf Get In, through Numbskull HQ/ Total Creative Freedom on May 20th. The album will be preceded by the single, “Beautiful,” which is released as a free digital download on May 6th.

This excellent quartet, who have been receiving fulsome praise from Tom Robinson, amongst others, is made up of Ali Gavan (vocals/guitar), Marina Tiffeny (vocals/guitar), Bryn Mabey (vocals/bass), and Caz Adlington (drums).

Described as, “combining the beauty and fragility of The XX with the catchiness and raw power of early Radiohead,” (State.ie) Sparrow’s sound is born of the interplay of contrasting elements; masculine and feminine, light and shade, the personal and the political.

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Introducing: The Dø

In case you aren’t familiar with  The Dø, they are a French/ Finnish duo, (Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy) and their sound is an anything goes amalgam of styles and genres—from dance and electronica through to folk and more traditional indie-pop.

Their second album, Both Ways Open Jaws was released at the end of last year and earned them some favourable attention from tastemaker heavyweights.

The duo will be playing a one-off UK show at The Garage in London on April 11th before heading out to Europe for a number of shows and festivals. Check out The Dø, and in the meantime here is their wonderful behind the scenes video for “Gonna Be Sick” recorded at Studio Pigalle in Paris, June last year.

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Introducing:
Lightships

Fans of summery classic pop, and anyone who bought the last Real Estate album are directed to Lightships, the new musical project from Teenage Fanclub stalwart Gerard Love.

The band have announced some gigs in support of their poptastic new 45 (yes, glorious 7” vinyl) “Sweetness In Her Spark” and the forthcoming album Electric Cables, which is released next Monday, April 2nd. The aforementioned track is fast becoming a contender for Vinyl District UK track of the year.

The single is backed by a cover of “Do Your Thing,” written by avant-garde composer, instrument inventor, and famous Viking enthusiast Moondog.

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