News The Neu Bulletin (20th January 2014)

Radical Boy, Relics and Mountain States are three new bands you should be checking out right now.

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Lady Neptune, Radical Boy support Joanna Gruesome - London, Old Blue Last
SMUT EP by Radical Boy

It sounds lazy because it’s just around the corner from the DIY office, but The Old Blue Last is looking like being a permanent hangout for the next few days. As Joanna Gruesome go stratospheric, the fuzzy garage rock triumphs don’t stop short at the headliners. Sheffield-based brute force Radical Boy and the excellent Lady Neptune are must-sees at this free show.

Relics - Ease

Relics are a four-piece from London formed back in 2009, with their only track - the post-punk doom forecast that is ‘Ease’ - suggesting they’ve been putting the years into what’s now a refined, ghostly sound. They recall Mode Moderne & Suuns in - quite fittingly - easing their way through a Savages-indebted sway, all clattered chords and thudding bass notes that pierce the surface. Like a barely-lived sunset in the miserable winter months, this is a deep, harrowing introduction and one that ought to be replicated across several tracks.

Relics play London’s Waiting Room on 13th February.

Mountain States - S/T
Mountain States by Mountain States

Netherlands group Mountain States would actually fit in pretty well with Relics, above, at some kind of dream festival set 10 years in the future when both bands are fledging their post-punk, greatest hits collection. The dissonance in Dennis Wintjens and co’s debut release is palpable, like landing headfirst onto a concrete block and seeing ‘the light’. There’s a dreamy backdrop from opener ‘SKY’ onwards; a reinterpretation of traditional ‘escapism’ that involves staring at architecture instead of taking to a cliched beach holiday.

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