News The Neu Bulletin (1st May 2014)

Neu’s new music guide is a Liverpool Sound City special, featuring Years & Years and Ballet School.

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.

DIY Stage Pick: Ballet School (Duke Street Garage - 21:00)

Bella Union-signed Berlin group Ballet School know a thing or two about recreating bright-eyed 80s pop. Expect to see it in bounds tonight as they play the DIY Stage at Liverpool Sound City. Midway through a second album (which, given what we’ve heard so far promises to be a brave step forwards), allow the group to bring out their inner Cyndi Lauper with this showcase slot.

Don’t Miss: Years & Years (Liverpool Cathedral - 19:00)
Freshly signed to a major, Years & Years are responsible for one of the breakthrough hits of the year so far with ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. The London trio are being touted as this year’s answer to Disclosure’s house-pop fusion - the setting in Liverpool Cathedral makes this even more exciting.


This is nasty stuff, like excess dirt under fingernails and slime that pours out of the fridge after a few too many catering disasters. BAT FANCY know a thing or two about being gross. The Los Angeles group snarl and spit, tangling themselves up in sordid stuff like it’s their very lifeblood. ‘CANNIBAL TRASH’ stifles amongst the rats and the vermin of a dark underground, and it sounds brutally tempting.

Mike Sempert - Finest Line

Underground stalwart Mike Sempert’s best known for fronting Bay Area group Birds & Batteries, but this is his first solo turn, taken from a debut album (‘Mid Dream’), out 6th May. Like a more romantic, brilliantly narcissistic version of The War On Drugs, Sempert’s equally as enamoured with his own husky voice as he is an overarching guitar section. There’s a deep, reflective quality to ‘Finest Line’, which jogs on and on into the great unknown with a wild smile and undeniable beauty.

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