New music guide The Neu Bulletin (8th October 2014)

DIY’s batch of new music tips includes The Magic Gang, Tied to the Mast and TOUCH.

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:
The Magic Gang - London, The Social

Next weekend, The Magic Gang headline a special, free DIY Presents gig with young’uns Reporters in support. Keep that one locked in the diary - but be sure to catch the Brighton bunch while they’re fresh out the oven tonight. They play The Social alongside Moats and Dumb.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Tied to the Mast - Humble Pie

There’s a side to West Sussex band Tied to the Mast that suggests they’re a polite bunch. If offering an enemy the “taste of humble pie” is their idea of a nasty punishment, they best get reading up on modern-day retribution. Still, they manage to express their secretly grizzly truths in a severe gut-punch routine. ‘Humble Pie’ promises to skizz out of control at any moment, but there’s structure and style to their undeniable grit. In line with Cheatahs and Future of the Left, we could be witnessing the next big deal in fuzzy-thrill stakes.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
TOUCH - Touch (Pressed Into Skin)

TOUCH is a North Florida outfit sounding not unlike David Byrne if he happened to be fresh out the womb with just a copy of the ‘Drive’ soundtrack for a crib. ‘The outfit’s forthcoming ‘Total Commitment’ collection follows on from a recent support slot of Mr Twin Sister, and it offers one of the most inventive twists on ghostly synth pop we’ve heard in yonks. Their designated self-titled track is a particularly highlight, putting oddities before convention.

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