New music guide The Neu Bulletin (10th September 2015)

DIY’s guide to new music, featuring Wand, Francis Lung and THE GOTOBEDS.

The Neu Bulletin is a daily update of the most exciting new things DIY’s listening to. Think of it as a stream of recommendations that every so often pops up something spectacular. Most of these are Bandcamp finds, big ups from readers or cheeky submissions that pop out the inbox.

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 and follow our ‘Listen’-tag for everything new music related.

Photo: Brain Pritchard.

THE GIG:
Wand

Manchester, Soup Kitchen

Los Angeles band Wand’s psych stampede doesn’t show any sign of slowing. Building from a scene built up by Ty Segall and Theo Oh Sees, the four-piece have bit-by-bit cemented a reputation as a force on their own. Latest album ‘Golem’ is a mystifying creature, a sonic exploration with half its imagination stuck in space. As part of an UK tour, tonight they make a Manchester stopover.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Francis Lung - Back One Day

Last year, a wave of projects rose from the ashes of Manchester band WU LYF. One was disco troupe Los Porcos, another the more established FAMY. Then there was Francis Lung, a member of both Los Porcos with ex-WU LYF badges to sport. His early solo material was pronounced and steadfast in an absorbing, Majical Cloudz-style form. New song ‘Back One Day’, however, sees Tom McClung exploring more. Drifting piano notes float by for the first minute, but that doesn’t prevent the multi-instrumentalist from launching into a driven chorus that could break down walls on a whim. It’s due time the world took notice of this huge talent.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
THE GOTOBEDS

THE GOTOBEDS don’t take themselves seriously. Their Facebook page is a portfolio of in-jokes. Song titles like ‘New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones)’ are similarly tongue-in-cheek. Catch their drift and you’ll have fun - get absorbed by the songs themselves and it’ll be a laugh-a-minute experience. There’s an instant fix to each of their works so far, ranging from ear-bashing Parquet Courts-style sarcy delivery to an airwave-hogging knack for hooks.

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