News The Neu Bulletin (8th May 2013)

Wild Smiles and Melbourne group Halt Ever feature in today’s new music guide.

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Wild Smiles - Joiners, Southampton

Chris Peden and co. celebrate the launch of their debut single - ‘Sweet Sixteen / Tangled Hair’ via Invada - at local venue Southampton Joiners. This is the first step of many significant others, we’d suspect, but that’s no reason not to see Wild Smiles while they’re still fresh faces. RSVP here.

Halt Ever - Seventeen
Blood Noses by Halt Ever

Imagine if The Horrors’ ‘Primary Colours’, instead of being a game-changing, krautrock-channelling beast of an album, looked on the sunny side of life. Imagine if instead of grizzly, humourless turns it honed in at a more optimistic route. Hold that thought, and you’re halfway towards fixating on the sound that graces Halt Ever’s ‘Blood Noses’. The songs on the Melbourne band’s ‘Seventeen’ EP are expressly about youth, the trivial, going-through-the-motions experiences that sit alongside bigger things, like getting hold of some cheap booze or falling in love for the first time. It’s youthful exuberance with all the mandatory nagging doubt thrown in for good measure. And it’s cathartic.

Bend - Short Crush

Bend are a synthy pop duo formed of 19-year-olds Sean Eads and Garrett Nash and ‘Short Crush’ is their second single to date. It’s kind of cute and sweet and lovely and pleasant and, while that description likely makes it sound unbearably twee and saccharine, it’s not. The LA band have got the balance just right here and, despite its definite indie pop sound, there are nods to the experimentalism of Animal Collective also. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Riverfriend’ album, due out next month. [Jake May]

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