New music guide The Neu Bulletin (21st August 2014)

PUP head up today’s batch of new music tips, also featuring Heavy Heart and The Tallest Tree.

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. 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 of 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.

THE GIG:
Pup - w/ We Are Scientists, The Hives - London, Brixton Academy

Reading and Leeds warm-ups don’t come much bigger than a casual opening slot at Brixton Academy. Joining We Are Scientists and The Hives, Pup - who made the longlist for Canada’s Polaris Prize - bring their gung-ho, forthright punk to a huge venue tonight, right before they take on the Lock Up Stage at festivals this weekend.

THE BIG NEU THING:
The Tallest Tree - I’ll Be Your

Ontario, Canada band make all kinds of statements in the opening lines of ‘I’ll Be Your’. “I’ll be your eyes when you’ve forgotten where to look / I’ll be your mirror,” etc. etc. But most of the talking is done through the act of one, woozy “ooh”-centric chorus. Sometimes an “ooh” is enough, especially when it’s being projected through something this melodically sharp. ‘I’ll Be Your’ is a fuzzy, warm feeling that stirs up from inside. It’s simple as can be, anything but “ooh” free - but that’s the best part with The Tallest Tree.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Heavy Heart - Daisy Chain

London duo Heavy Heart sport “new vague”, but they’re not fucking around with abstract nonsense on ‘Daisy Chain’ - the message is clear. Sharp, piercing guitar notes rinse the scene, and it’s backed by vocals that fly straight up to the top of the mix. For a song about dealing with constant change, the day-by-day slog of trying to keep up with things, this does well to stay ahead of the pack.

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