Singles Roundup December 2016
So here we sit in that dead space between Christmas and New Year, we’ve over indulged, and yet somehow there is still a big tin of chocolates left over. STOP EATING for FIVE MINUTES please, and have a look at these, some of our favourite singles from the month of December, absolutely no Christmas songs guaranteed…
Greybeards – Cold Grey December
Here’s a nice cheery one to start on from Sweden’s Greybeards. This little slice of positivity comes over as part way between AFI and Against Me!, where despair and desolation sit well alongside jagged melody and an edge of the outcast anthem. If you’re trying to make sense of the confusing mess that 2016 has left us, then maybe this will help? Or it might tip you over the edge, who knows.
Check out the lyric video on YouTube and find out for yourself.
The Sly Persuaders – Watch & Learn
Watch &Learn is another shimmering slice of garage psych rock from London’s Sly Persuaders, reverb laden and rumbling of bass, with an attitude that sits just the right side of cocksure. These guys will be making a lot of people’s end of year best of lists, and have been a formidable presence this year alongside Saint Agnes and other Roadkill Record stablemates on the live circuit, so it’s great to see a release date of February 2017 for their debut self-titled album.
Oh! Gunquit – Nomads of The Lost
Oh Gunquit put out an excellent album last year in the slightly unhinged Eat Yuppies and Dance, so it’s good to hear some new material from these cool cats (there was a Hot Cross Fun EP earlier in the year, but we missed that, oops). Nomads of The Lost is a great piece of horn-laden sci-fi freakabilly that oozes charm, b-movie aesthetics and swing, just check out the Cramps-y surreal DIY video to see them terrorising the innocent at Kings Cross / St Pancras station.
The single is backed with Walking The Streets, and is available now on green vinyl.
Lucy and The Rats – This Situation
Lucy and The Rats kinda sound something like the name of a girl gang from Grease don’t they? Well, it’s an apt reference point, coming across with a garage rock sound which owes something to Joan Jett, 50s greasers and the classic 60s girl group melodic sound, at once both beautiful and deadly. Fronted by the eponymous Lucy from Aussie pop punkers The Spazzies, and backed by ex-members of Michael Jackson (not that one, the band Michael Jackson), The Rats are starting to make an impact on the London live scene, and this October landed a spot opening for The Buzzcocks.
This Situation is the bands third single, and you can get hold of it over at Dirty Water Records.
Various Artists – Tribute To Lemmy Kilmister EP
Yep, it’s Christmas time, which can only mean one thing – its Lemmy’s birthday! Or rather, it would have been, seeing as sadly it’s now his memorial. A fitting tribute, this snotty little 7” of homages to the man has contributions from King Mastino, The Chuck Norris Experiment, Bitch Queens and everyone’s favourite sex pests, The Hip Priests. It’s all good, but Bitch Queens and Hip Priest on the b-side doing No Class and The Hammer respectively stand out, adding a shit tonne of energy and malice to well-known classics.
Listen and purchase now on Bandcamp.