After the Easter break, we're raring to go! We're covering all genres in April from alt-rock to electro and everything in-between with some brilliant EP and single releases coming up this month from Death Rattle, Fat Goth, Flutes, The Birthday Suit, The/Das, Woodenbox and Olympians.
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Death Rattle - Fortress EP
London based girl/boy duo Death Rattle release of their eagerly anticipated Fortress EP on April 29th via Frontal Noize. This four track EP follows on from HE&I, which saw support from John Kennedy (XFM), Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music) and Amazing Radio.
Continuing where HE&l left us, Fortress is its insular, brooding cousin subtly creating an even bleaker, impending-doom feel that their previous release always hinted towards with the band's influences - Depeche Mode, Fever Ray and NIN - becoming ever more apparent.
As a precursor to Fortress Death Rattle released The Blows as a free track with Amazing Radio championing it along with respected blogger The Von Pip Musical Express. White Ropes (out 8th April) will be the first single lifted from the EP, which returns the soft fragility similar to that heard on the duo's low-fi, apocalyptic cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain'.
Check out a preview of Fortress on the Death Rattle's YouTube channel.
Fat Goth - Surf's Down
Fat Goth kicked off their year in style with the release of their second full length LP Stud. With praise coming in from Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Artrocker, BBC and Drowned in Sound and an acclaimed performance at this years SAMA Awards (the band were nominated in the Best Alternative Rock category), Fat Goth will be touring their latest single release Surf's Down (live) throughout the end of April into May with a string of dates across the UK.
Their free live single, Surf's Down, which was released this week, was supported by a video and two free live b-sides of the album tracks "We Film The Camps Elysees" and "Creepy Lounge". Along with this release, Fat Goth are set for a full Introducing feature in this week's Kerrang! Magazine (out 3rd April) as well as a New Blood feature in Artrocker end of April setting them up for an unstoppable summer.
For the latest information, tour dates and free downloads check out Fat Goth's Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Flutes - Kilburn
2012 was a busy year for Flutes with the release of their self-titled debut album. A flurry of online press ensued, which saw the band steadily build a loyal fanbase grabbing the attention of BBC Radio 1 Scotland, The Scottish Sun and, most recently, Clash Magazine, with Frightened Rabbit choosing their track ‘Auld Archie’ as a Track of the Day on the Clash website. With all this already under their collective belt, Flutes begin the year on a high and are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of their single Kilburn on 8th April. The band recently released the b-side 'What Is Love' (a cover of the 90s Haddaway track) as a free download and have a single launch show planned at The Good Ship in, you guessed it, Kilburn, London.
Flutes plan to release the video for Kilburn on 8th April, in the meantime, check out their other videos on the band's YouTube page.
The Birthday Suit - Uh-Huh Uh-Huh
The Birthday Suit - solo project of Idlewild guitarist and songwriter Rod Jones release their next single Uh-Huh Uh-Huh on 15th April.
Their second album, A Conversation Well Rehearsed, was released on 3rd December 2012; the the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut The Eleventh Hour, which was released at the tail end of 2011 and received support from BBC Radio 1 Scotland, Kerrang!, Rock Sound, This Is Fake DIY and Drowned in Sound. Uh-Huh Uh-Huh is the second single taken from the album, the first was Less Worthless Years, which was released last year.
For the latest information on The Birthday Suit, check out the band's official website.
The/Das - Speak Your Mind Speak
Berlin based duo, The/Das introduce their unique brand of ‘techno tenderness’ with their forthcoming EP Speak Your Mind Speak, which will be released on 29th April 2013 via Sinnbus. On Speak Your Mind Speak, The/Das wield the electronic avant-pop sensibilities of Matthew Dear with an understated melodic charm akin to Darkstar and create something that’s laid back and intriguing. Their label recently released a stream of the EP track 'Keep This' via their Soundcloud account and Notion Magazine and Artrocker have already picked up on the band's sound as they debut their new tracks. The single Have No Fear is also out on 29th April.
The/Das duo Fabian Fenk and Anton K. Feist have previously played together with Bodi Bill. As Bodi Bill, the band released four albums together and built a considerable fan base in their native Germany. In the UK, XFM, NME Radio and BBC 6Music picked them up with reviews and features coming from RCRDLBL, Notion, Shortlist Magazine and numerous websites and blogs online. They are no strangers to the live circuit either having played Melt, Eurosonic, Iceland Airwaves, Ekko Festivaland many more festivals and shows all over Europe.
With the release of their debut EP Speak Your Mind Speak, The/Das prove to be one of the leaders and innovators of their genre, showcasing their pop sensibilities as they did with Bodi Bill yet with an edgy toned down vibe making them an exciting prospect for 2013.
Woodenbox - Courage
Alt-folk sextet - Woodenbox release their second album End Game on 27th May 2013 via Olive Grove. Working alongside acclaimed producer Paul Savage (Chem19 Studios), Woodenbox are building upon the success of their debut Home and the Wildhunt with their wild, vivid and moving unique brand of folk. But before the release, the band plan to release the single Courage on 22nd April.
Courage is graceful and welcomes influences from heroes such as Scott Walker and Dennis Wilson, whilst "Roll For Me" displays the band’s melodic quirks and intricacies sharing modern, akin to the The Felice Brothers.
The free track 'Roll For Me' was recently released and is available to download now, you can also check out the video on YouTube. The band also released a brilliant video for 'Asphyxiation', which is another brilliant taster of what's to come on the album End Game.
For all the latest new, video releases, free tracks and information, check out the official Woodenbox website.
Olympians - Courage
Math pop bandOlypmians are pleased to announce the release of their single Filling My Heart With Weird Dreams, out 2nd April, taken from their forthcoming EP Adventure Gun released on 29th April via Barely Regal Records.
Their new single, Filling My Heart With Weird Dreams, sums up the bands intentions. Highlighting a rich, yet patchwork sound similar in style to Kotki Dwa’s second release ‘Staycations’. The track is focused by rich lead vocals, succulent harmonies and sugar-induced synth pulses and forms a remarkable statement of intent from a band bursting with an impressive creative vision. You can download Filling My Heart With Weird dreams from the ABoF Soundcloud page.
For the latest information, check out the official Olympians website.
Homework - 13 Towers
With two critically acclaimed EPs already under their belt and a growing reputation for thunderous live shows, Edinburgh-based synth lovers Homework released debut album 13 Towers on 25 March 2013 as a CD and download. Check out the video for 'It's All Over' now and the band's official website for forthcoming tour dates and news.
The Caulfield Beats - Garage Electronics Vol. I
The Caulfield Beats are an indie electronic crossover band based in East London. They released their debut EP Garage Electronics Vol. I on 4th March 2013 via Noise Praise - a new electronic label founded by Antwerp. Their video for the EP track "glitch::glitch::flame" is available to watch now via YouTube and you can stream the EP via Soundcloud.