Thursday, September 1, 2011

This Weeks Short Bursts :: United Fruit, Fear Of Men, & Squarehead

Glasgow's menacing noise quartet United Fruit, released their full length debut Faultlines last spring, so shame on us for taking so long to write about these Scots. United Fruit posses the ferocity of early...Trail of Dead as well as Allston's Young Adults with the melodic charms of British Sea Power. Let's face it, the record industry is a bit of a f#%king mess these days, save for a few exceptions. Which forces young talented bands like United Fruit to eschew the label route out of necessity and turn to sites like Bandcamp to get their product out and available to it's fans. Not only does United Fruit deserve your attention, they're the rare kind of band that can make you want to dust off your old guitar, plug in your pedals, and make a racket . Now if we could only get them to change their name.

We were given our proper introduction to England's rising fuzz poppers , Fear Of Men last winter through their Hanna Schygulla Demos release. The band currently splits their time between Brighton and London and consist of two men and two women, no ABBA comparisons please. Based on the bands previous releases it's safe to assume they have an impressive collection of C86 cassettes in their flats. Comparisons aside, Fear Of Men create moody landscapes utilizing touchstones of lo-fi and shoegaze with impressive pop hooks. Last month we saw a flurry of activity from FOM (as they'll now be known) with the release of the bands echo drenched cover of The Chills classic Pink Frost as well as the band debut single wich was released this week by Italian Beach Babes Records, Ritual Confession b/w Spirit House. All of their releases are available at their Bandcamp page.

Order the Ritual Confession 7" via Italian Beach Babes Records/Big Cartel, then watch the video here.

Lastly we feel the overwhelming need to tell all about the cracking debut full length from Dublin, Ireland's garage pop phenoms, Squarehead. Yeah Nothing finds the Irish trio delivering a set of taut and jagged guitar anthems with a generous helping of pop hooks . The album was recorded in their hometown at K9 Studios with Shane Cullen and digitally released on August 15th. The LP will get the physical release treatment on CD and 12" Vinyl as well as bundled packages on September 15th on The Richter Collective.

Squarehead - Yeah Nothing [RIC027] by Richter Collective

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