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 Districts - London, The Lexington
This past weekend, The Districts proved themselves to be one of the finest new bands around, a group refining their trade with pristine perfection and just enough underlying grit to up the momentum. The Robby Grote-led group play a sold out gig tonight at The Lexington, backed by promising Transgressive signings Blaenavon.
THE BIG NEU THING:
Man Made - TV Broke My Brain
Within the fallout from this year’s Reading & Leeds, one name from the BBC Introducing bill’s stuck out like a sore thumb. Manchester trio Man Made are Johnny Marr-backed for starters (and that’s no surprise - frontman Nile Marr’s his son, for crying out loud) , and their confident, assured and beyond anything else frustrated indie’s something thousands should’ve been flocking towards last weekend. ‘TV Broke My Brain’ is so driven it threatens to teeter off the edge, but it does brilliantly to hold itself together.
OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Cathedrals - OOO AAA
The title of San Francisco duo Cathedrals’ new single is a smart cookie, given it’s the perfect letter-by-letter equivalent of the average listener’s reaction when they first happen upon ‘OOO AAA’. Once the hysterical “Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!”, “Aah! Aah! Aah!” excitement gives way, out steps a head-turning pop track bursting at the seams with darkness. Big riffs. Nifty guitar patterns. “Ooh, aah” chants - try and ignore this one.