Singles Roundup April 2017
Welcome to April’s singles revue, pop pickers! As ever, we’ve been trawling through the never-ending stream of new releases to pick out the best new tracks from the last month.
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True Moon – Sugar
The spirit of post punk and new wave is strong in this slice of dark pop from Sweden’s True Moon. Dark and moody, but never straying too far from a hook and melody, True Moon hit the space between Blondie and The Raveonettes, with a dash of Siouxsie and The Banshees for good measure. Their new single Sugar comes from their self-titled debut album, out April 28th.
Nicotine Pretty – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul Tonight?
After the unfortunate demise of explosive South Wales nihilistic punks The Sick Livers, there was a period of relative peace in the valleys… but no longer! With previous members now all off on their own projects, charismatic frontman Ginge Knievil has broken the silence with his new mob Nicotine Pretty, and this new single, available free (or donation) from Bandcamp. Who’s Gonna Save My Soul Tonight? showcases less of the Turbojugend influence that pervaded Sick Livers, instead going for a more powerpop meets Johnny Thunders style.
Check out the DIY video on YouTube now – looking forward to more from these soon!
Petrol Girls – Touch Me Again
Never ones to shy away from a point, the latest acerbic single from Petrol Girls takes the issues of sexual violence and consent and throws them starkly centre stage, with the refrain “My body, my choice”. The video itself revolves around fan-submitted footage, expressing the message of the song by writing it… well, on their bodies mainly (their choice – geddit?). If you’re the sort of oaf who gets offended by strong outspoken women, look away now, but for the rest of us, this is a valuable message that sadly still needs to be discussed.
If you’re lucky, you may have caught some of their UK dates last weekend, before the band head off to Europe for dates through April and May. The album, Talk Of Violence is available on Bandcamp now, and you can see this video on YouTube.
The Alibi – No Solution
Hailing from darkest Kent, Dartford’s The Alibi give the impression of being streetpunk or oi from the cover of this single, but turn out to be more just a gritty rock n roll, with punk attitude and a few good snarls thrown in. Lyrically dark, but with a driving energy, these lads are all about the suburban alienation.
Paramore – Hard Times
To say that Paramore have moved on a bit from their pop-punk roots these days is probably an understatement, and this comeback single which precedes a new album in May is arguably their poppiest yet. Taking cues from 80s synth-pop and set to a disco beat, there is still however something unmistakably Paramore about this track, an uplifting tune but a message that affirms the fact that life is difficult. Anyway, this is good pop music, and best no over-analysed, so just enjoy.