News The Neu Bulletin (18th March 2014)

Your daily new music guide, featuring Gentlemen, Makeouts and Eastern Hollows.

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.

Gentlemen - London, Sebright Arms

Flamboyant? Prog? Or just plain cheeky? Gentlemen have tricks up their sleeves and tongues firmly in cheek. Their playful, theatrical routine is in its early days, but tonight’s show at the Sebright is a great opportunity to see the band fresh out the oven.

Makeouts - Hamburger Hill [DIY Premiere]

Swedish garage punk outfit Makeouts finally released their second LP ‘Back to Sleep’ late last year on Austrian garage rock label Bachelor Records, whose catalogue includes releases from Smith Westerns, Black Lips and Natural Child. ’Hamburger Hill’ is one of many highlights on ’Back to Sleep’, with its repetitive riffing and general ’Let It Bloom’-era-Black Lips vibe, and it has now been given the video treatment in a clip directed by Makeouts’ Jakob Knutsson with the band performing the track over projections of archive war footage. The song itself? High quality garage rock, pure and simple. [Johan Alm]

Eastern Hollows - Summer’s Dead

It’s no surprise to learn that Eastern Hollows hail from Brooklyn. It wouldn’t be a ‘STOP THE PRESS!’ moment either if we learnt that the band had spent the best part of two years hanging outside the Captured Tracks studio, the sound of DIIV and Beach Fossils seeping into their system. Comparisons to those two abound on the reverb-drenched ‘Summer’s Dead’. There’s also an ability to make casual guitar interchange sound like some kind of higher calling. High-noted riffs carry emotions, here, especially when backed by vocals that pierce through the fog in bellowing unison. Watch the band’s beloved city go in bloom for an accompanying video, above.

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