Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every single thing that’s been played at full volume in the office, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion acts. Just depends how good the week’s been.
Alongside our weekly round-up of discoveries, there are also Neu Picks. These are the very best songs / bands to have caught our attention, and there’s a new one every weekday. Catch up with the most recent picks here.
TRASH – 81
After sharing recent track ‘Migraines’, Chesterfield bunch TRASH are continuing to prove that they’re not at all rubbish with their latest offering. ‘81’ is another gleaming, shimmering slice of fuzzed-up indie rock. As the band say, “when you’re 81 and you’ve had no fun it’s gonna be too late”, but it’s well worth spending four minutes of your precious time listening to whatever TRASH get up to. (Eugenie Johnson)
Super Whatevr – Bloomfield
Hopeless Records-signed Californian rabble Super Whatevr make slightly boppier, indie-leaning cuts than most of the emo label’s roster. New single ‘Bloomfield’ has hints of gritty, punky labelmates The Wonder Years, but there’s also elements of soaring post-rock and intricate, hyper-melodic indie. It’s an exciting cocktail, and one to keep an eye on. (Will Richards)
Swedish Death Candy - Oh My
Not from Scandinavia, and about as sweet as a punch in the face, London quartet Swedish Death Candy instead deal in the kind of fuzzy psychedelic explorations that Ty Segall and Uncle Acid fans will be salivating over. New track ‘Oh My’ is an unrelenting riff monster from the off, but by the time they reach its minute-long, punishing outro, then those with a more fragile disposition best look elsewhere. (Lisa Wright)
Club Night – Rally
With a name like Club Night, maybe you’d expect a dancefloor-ready synth-pop project or a dive into some EDM. Nah. This Oakland five-piece are set to defy all expectations with their upcoming debut EP ‘Hell Ya’, with its lead single ‘Rally’ being a slice of oddball alt-rock that’s easy to get obsessed with. At turns noisy and complex, it excites with unexpected drum beats, bass licks, and a constantly shapeshifting structure. Yet it still manages to pack in a scuzzy and soaring mix to boot. It’s pop punk, emo, math rock and noise all rolled into one, a tantalising glimpse into what’s in store for the full ‘Hell Ya’ package. (Eugenie Johnson)
Frequency Cowboy – Control
Sam Hurt doesn’t look much like John Wayne, but he’s clearly been a surfer across the analogue airwaves. Although Sam has very quietly been releasing a string of tracks under the name Frequency Cowboy for some time, early August sees us saying “howdy partner” to his debut single proper, ‘Control’. Unsurprisingly for the classically-trained pianist, it’s led by keys and guitar licks (there’s some fuzzy, classic riffs in there), as well as Sam’s own vocals, where he ponders looking back on the past and being in the moment. With this slice of taut, vintage indie-pop, he sounds like he’s firmly in the driving seat. (Eugenie Johnson)