Rachel Chinouriri – All I Ever Asked

Built on a bassline that could have been lifted from one of The XX’s sharpest tracks, ‘All I Ever Asked Of You’ sees Croydon’s Rachel Chinouriri sculpting a perfect indie pop song about frustrated love, like an upbeat Daughter or a less deranged MGMT, with a dreamy earworm of a synth-fuelled chorus.

Chinouriri is on an upward trajectory right now, from bedroom-pop virtuoso to Radio 1 artiste, after last year’s EP release Four° In Winter, and seems determined to keep her experimental slant intact as she goes on her merry way. Apparently she’s working on a new EP as we speak.

If you want to check Rachel out live you can see her perform at the following dates:
12th May 2022 – Louisiana, Bristol
13th May 2022 – The Great Escape, Brighton
15th May 2022 – Yes, Manchester
22nd May 2022 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
23rd May 2022 – Earth, London
Tickets still available!

Check out the sun-drenched, home-video inspired video for ‘All I Ever Asked Of You’ below, filmed on location in Los Angeles:

Peter Doherty & Frédéric Lo – The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime

‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’ is the album that a particular school of Peter Doherty and Libertines fans would argue has been sorely missing from the artist’s catalogue. For Libertines fans in the heady days of 2003, not only were they still getting to grips with now-solid-classic debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ but a stream of lo-fi, brittle acoustic demos made their way onto the internet that, some would say, outshone even the group’s self-titled sophomore offering, echoes of which have made their way onto later albums, but not yet in the form of a full length long player.

Teaming up with composer and musical director Frédéric Lo during a lockdown that not only kept Doherty away from his beloved Albion and performing but also out of the reach of crack cocaine and heroin, gave the Libertines and Puta Madres frontman the time and space needed to create this missing piece of artistry.

Where on those 2003 demos there would have been acoustic guitar and muffled voices, Lo brings his entire musical director arsenal, conjuring up a baroque film noir universe with trumpet, piano and violin, while Doherty – liberated from guitarist duty due to a bout of carpel tunnel syndrome from a hedgehog bite (true story) devotes his time solely to wordsmithery and vocals, allowing the singer-poet to compose some of his most intricate and personal lyrics yet.

Some of the Libertine’s inspiration still lies in the romantic Brighton Rock corners of olde Albion, only here in the form of glimpsed flashback images in ‘The Ballad Of’ and the traditional artisan craft of ‘The Glassblower’. Now the narrative is switched to a Francophile outlook from a temperate life in Étretat with sober vulnerability running through the album’s veins. Coronavirus hangs overhead, in imagery as well as direct subject matter – ‘Yes I Wear A Mask’ could be an endorsement of wearing face coverings to slow the pandemic or an admission of hiding behind a persona or bravado, ‘The Epidemiologist’ compares the singer’s ability to weave between dramas to the quick spreading of contagion, ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ sees the performer seeking purpose in a world where “They closed down all the bars, clubs and theatres – Where am I supposed to sing my song?”

There is fragility and a reckoning in ‘Invictus’ that sounds like a dark night of the soul, a prelude to William Ernest Henley’s Victorian verse, and in the line from ‘Yes I Wear A Mask’ – “I sing the sweetest saddest song/ to cloud all of my wrongs”. ‘Abe Wassenstein’ is a gentle, thoughtful hymn to Peter’s friend Alan Wass who passed away in 2015. The only sign that this isn’t a record from a typically chamber pop artist comes in the form of ‘Rock & Roll Alchemy’ which, although well bedecked in Frederic Lo’s orchestral treatment, would sound well placed on any Libertines or Babyshambles record, if roughed up a little.

The melodies and prose of ‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’ are unmistakably Peter Doherty’s, if starker and more delicate than we’re used to in places, but Frederic Lo’s composer mettle adds a high brow sheen to the indie rocker’s usual ramshackle charm and it works a treat.

Doherty & Lo’s ‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’ was released on Strap Originals records – 18th March 2022 and is available to buy or stream right now. Take a look at the range of beautiful looking red vinyl and t-shirt bundles over at the official store.

The video for latest single The Epidemiologist is below for your viewing and listening pleasure:

Death Of The High Street – Synergy

If John Lydon came from the Midlands instead of North London and began making music in the 2020s instead of the 1970s, I would wager a fair bet that Public Image Limited would have pulled something very similar to Death Of The High Street’s latest, ‘Synergy’, out of the bag.

Frontman Scott Baxter is in menacingly cutting mode as he flagellates joe public, popstars, politicians, bankers, social media, misanthropy and himself. Mainly himself. What’s the answer, then? “Synergy – the combined power of a group of things when they are working together that is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately” (cambridge dictionary and the band’s instagram).

Baxter’s crushingly honest lyrics are given a slow-building bass and drum backdrop by the rest of the DOTHs boys before the punk rock guitars slam in and the singer succumbs to fully channelling the aforementioned Pistols frontman’s snarls and pissed off pronunciation as he proclaims the victorious eureka-moment cry: “My band’s better than me – that’s syner-gyyyy-eyyyy-eyyyyy-eyyyyyy”.

‘Synergy’ is Death Of The High Street’s most accomplished single since debut ‘Exit’ was released in August of last year. Give it a listen on the Spotify link below:

James and The Cold Gun – It’s Mutual

We’re a couple weeks late with this one, but James and The Cold Gun have put out a blistering new single, ‘It’s Mutual’, the first track from their forthcoming debut EP proper ‘False Start’.

South Wales is presently home to a long-overdue indie resurgence, with Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Bandicoot, Boy Azooga, Panic Shack and their ilk putting the region back on the musical map (quite literally with the help of Minty’s Gig Guide), but JATCG are here to remind the world of Cardiff city’s rockist heritage. With a band named borrowed from Queen Kate Bush, sonically the alt-rock duo’s latest track has more in common with The Cribs, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, even a smidgen of Jeff Buckley, provoking us punters with a wall of feedback, squealing guitars, cavalcade of loud verses, even louder choruses and a scrumptiously Weezer-ish bridge, gloriously falling apart and collapsing in an ecstatically exhausted heap with a grin on it’s chops when the song’s done.

James and The Cold Gun are touring all over the UK this year. Word is their energetic live show is going down a storm. A few dates follow:

Weds 16th Mar – Glasgow, Garage w/ Creeper
Fri 18th Mar – Leeds, Beckett Students Union w/ Creeper
Sat 19th Mar – Manchester. O2 Ritz w/ Creeper
Sat 9 Apr – Bristol O2 Academy w/ Elvana
Sun 10 Apr – Oxford O2 Academy w/ Elvana

… and loads more.

Check out their bandcamp for ticket info and full touring schedule.

‘It’s Mutual’ was released on 2nd March 2022 and the ‘False Start’ EP will be released on April 26th 2022 through Gallows‘ label Venn Records and Seattle-based Loosegroove Records owned by Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.

The record’s available to pre-order on green vinyl over at their bandcamp also alongside a bunch of bundles and other great stuff. Check out the video for ‘It’s Mutual’ below:

Supera Morza – I’m Working It Out

Another single from an Edge of Arcady newbie favourite. For their third single, ‘I’m Working It Out’, Manchester’s Supera Morza have flung another essential grunge-pop, screeching bone-crusher at us, scaling Nirvana level heights, gullet-wrecking growls and confession that there’s something they’re trying to work out and “It’s all kinda shit”. Just as long as they’re not talking about their music, as that would be a bare-faced lie.

But if Kurt Cobain’s Seattle clan felt there was ‘Something In The Way’ and took a subtle, slow paced route through it, Supera Morza’s method of “working it out” is to steamroller everything the fuck down.

‘I’m Working It Out’ was released on Friday 4th March and is available on all the usual streaming outlets. Check it out on Spotify below:

Landfill – Solid Gold

Landfill’s second single, ‘Solid Gold’, is poetic atonement and an earnest salute to their good friend and now manager – subject of less than complimentary number ‘Mister Fragile’ from former incarnation Underground Heroes in 2012 – cloaked in an exhilarating, high-speed indie rock tour de force.

Shifting up a couple gears from debut single ‘Mutiny’, the tune bears it’s teeth with screeching, angular guitar and a sincere outpouring of admiration to a pal.

If you missed it before, be sure to check out our interview with Landfill from Monday, complete with a bunch of dates where you can catch the band live.

‘Solid Gold’ is out TODAY, Friday 11th March, RIGHT NOW, on all the usual online outlets, so buy it or give it a stream.

Pit Pony – Black Tar

Credit: Nigel John

By rights ‘Black Tar’s hi-velocity drum beat and pulsating bass should be backing some sweaty hardcore punk track, but Pit Pony have taken that blueprint and flipped it over by casting in a wailing guitar riff and frontwoman Jackie Purver’s vocals that drift from impassive to passionate-as-fuck over the space of mere seconds, creating a bristly, industrial fuzz-rock tribute to debilitating but vincible anxiety in the process.

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Pit Pony release ‘Black Tar’, their first new music since 2020, as their debut single on Leeds label Clue Records. The group have played a load of support shows over the past six months with IDLES and LIFE and head back out on a UK tour in April.

You can check out the video for ‘Black Tar’ below:

Landfill – The ‘Solid Gold’ Interview

“Don’t watch the news, stay off your phone and come to a Landfill gig!”

August 2021 saw the release of Landfill’s debut single ‘Mutiny’, a sparky indie-punk anthem for the COVID age, and this Friday the Medway gents are venturing out again with follow-up banger ‘Solid Gold’. Given the opportunity to find a bit more out about the band, Edge of Arcady fired over some interview questions to frontman Aaron Dollimore and he was good enough to bash back some answers. Enjoy!

Hello Landfill, how do we find you today and who exactly are we speaking to?
Hi Edge of Arcady, it’s Aaron from the band. I’m well thank you. It’s 5.30 on a Saturday morning and I’m making the most of my early start.

Your debut single Mutiny was a take down of Brexit and the current government. What do you make of them at the moment?
Mutiny was more a tongue in cheek poke at our current government and its leader, written in the first lockdown two years ago. It wasn’t really a take down of Brexit, just an observation of the absolute shit show they put on for us with the handling of the whole COVID situation. Every time I think the song loses relevance, Boris and Co step up and bring new meaning to the song.

On the topic of current affairs, have you got any views on the current state of the world – Russia, Putin etc etc?
The situation in Ukraine is horrific and unimaginable. Putin is a tyrant, evil personified. What else is there to say? It’s heartbreaking.

What can you tell us about the other tracks on the Mutiny single – Where You Belong and Memory Lane?
Where You Belong is the second song I wrote for Landfill and (like some other landfill songs) is a follow up to a song I wrote as a teenager.
Memory Lane is loosely about an old friend who I hadn’t seen for a while. It didn’t take long to write and I didn’t think it was that good when I finished it.

Your new single, Solid Gold, is a total belter and due for release next Friday, 11th March. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
Solid Gold is another “sequel”. I wrote a not so complimentary song about our band manager and friend, Dean Fragile, when I was 19. Fast forward a few years and Dean is now managing us again. It was only right that we record a follow up. An apology if you like.

Landfill are largely comprised of ex-members of 00s Medway legends Underground Heroes, I believe. What happened with Underground Heroes and how did Landfill form?
Underground Heroes had a great run and accomplished more than we ever set out to, but ran its course. We didn’t want to keep flogging a dead horse and decided to call it a day.
Landfill came about after I played an acoustic gig at the Albion Rooms. I met Jev (bass player) there and his attitude and energy was brilliant. Joe (drummer), George (guitar) and I have played together since UH and regularly meet up and play music. I text Jev to see if he fancied coming along to a Jam and here we are now…. Landfill.

It’s still early days but what are the band’s top moments so far?
We’ve done a few recording sessions at the Albion Rooms in Margate which was great. Such a cool vibe down there and the studio is fucking awesome. As was the food and hospitality. Great place.
Top moment really though was playing our first gig. We’d rehearsed the songs for over a year, but obviously with COVID, was unable to get out and play. We finally played our first gig in Oct last year and was so much better than we imagined. A lively crowd, awesome venue and even had some people singing the words back. That was definitely a highlight.

What are Landfill inspired by? Artists, bands, or anything else?
Anything really. The everyday, real life and current affairs inspire our music I guess. We want to bring back some energy to guitar music again. The world is lacking some new, ballsy guitar bands – can I say ballsy? Maybe gritty. Music wise, we listen to a broad spectrum of artists; Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, The Clash, The Specials, Dave, JME, The Jam, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA.

What is happening on the Medway music scene at the moment? Are there any new artists from Medway that we should be getting into?
There’s a young blues band called the Zach Schulze Gang that play in Medway a lot. I saw them a few weeks ago and they were incredible. Really talented lads

What plans and goals are in the near and slightly more distant future for the band?
Play more gigs, release more music. That’s about it really.

And finally, have you got an uplifting and motivating message for the world, or at least the Edge of Arcady readership, in these uncertain times?
Don’t watch the news, stay off your phone and come to a Landfill gig!

Landfill’s new single ‘Solid Gold’ is out on Friday 11th March 2022 and we’ll have a review for you ready and raring to go on release day.

If you’re eager to take Aaron’s advice and get yourself down to see the lads at a gig, they’re back playing live. You can see them at the following:

With Kvyle and Eyeful – New Cross Inn, London, on 10th March 2022.
With Tailblock and The Interests – The Ship Inn, Gillingham on Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Free entry.
Supporting Hull legends The Paddingtons on Friday 29th April 2022 at KU Stockton, Stockton-on-Tees. Get your tickets now!

Pigeon Wigs – Death of a King

Cardiff’s most extravagant six-piece have graced us with their second proper single ‘Death of a King’. Although the pomp and hubris of debut single ‘Near The Knuckle’ is fully intact, their newest dispatch is, in Pigeon Wigs world anyway, a slightly more restrained affair. Wrapped around a spirited piano line and some brash saxophone blasts, at one point a full sax solo, the song proves that, although big glam statements are what Pigeon Wigs are all about, they can tone it down a notch if it suits the occasion, just like when Queen go all hushed in bits of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Pigeon Wigs debut EP ‘Rock by Numbers’ of which this is the first puzzle piece, will be released on 10th June.

The video for ‘Death of a King’ is another masterwork, based on the French Revolution and featuring a food fight between King Louis XVI and a couple peasants, as well as Mary Antoinette buried under and eating loads of cakes. It’s here to watch below:

Krush Puppies – Love Kills The Demons

If ‘Love Kills The Demons’, then this song will have a fair crack at taking out the oppressive blighters as well. South Londoners Krush Puppies have turned the vibrato-fuzz up and peppered their latest track with flutes and an empowering message to fool the ghouls out of the netherworld with an ethereal three chord ditty before sending them straight back from whence they came. Like Warpaint with a covert sense of humour and an overt sense of hope and effects pedals.

Krush Puppies are newly signed to Sports Teams’ Holm Front records. ‘Love Kills The Demons’ is the title track of their recently announced ‘Love Kills The Demons’ EP – for release on 6th May 2022 – a limited edition pastel pink 12” version of which is available to pre-order. The track listing is:

1. Throw Me On The Fire
2. Love Kills The Demons
3. Why
4. Everybody Wants To Be A Cowboy

The video was filmed on a £30 budget and is based on the symbolic concept of love conquering demons via adult baptism, replete with a creepy zombie Christian rock band at the end. We’ve included it below for you to take a look: