News The Neu Bulletin (10th April 2014)

SOAK, Yarbs and Blacksage feature in today’s new music guide.

The Neu Bulletin is a daily update of the most exciting new things DIY’s listening to. Some of the music you’ll like, some of it you won’t. We can’t please everyone, sorry.

Every day we offer up a choice show, a song of the day (branched under the understated heading “big Neu thing”) and a little something extra that’s caught our attention. Check back here every day for your latest Neu Bulletin delivery.

SOAK - London, St Pancras Old Church

17-year-old songwriter SOAK’s gigs are dutifully destined to be hosted in churches. Given that the Derry songwriter is signed to the BAND Chvrches’ record label, this is all getting very confusing now. Expect to be converted to SOAK tonight, then.

Blacksage - Sixtape
Sixtape by Blacksage

Mucky noir-ish synth pop is the order of the day for Blacksage, the latest signing to Baltimore label Friends Records. On ‘Sixtape’, songs range from tightly-wound trap-heavy pop (‘Power’) to the more swampy and sinister ‘Sexsomania’. Dark to the bone, this is similar to listening to songs through headphones that leak ink out of the speakers and into the system.


Charlotte-based group YARBS are a rawer, more devilish and deceiving version of Parquet Courts. Similarly loaded up on old school punk influences, they charge through four-minutes worth of thrashing material on a debut self-titled collection of songs. Like being given several electric shocks in the space of a few seconds, this is a dazzling pummeling of force.

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