Banoffee announces second studio album, ‘Teartracks’

Singer and producer Banoffee has announced the forthcoming release of her second album, ‘Teartracks’.

Due for release October 8, the album features collaborations with PC Music’s Planet 1999, fellow hyperpop artist Perto and Charli XCX touring band member Ceci G. It will also include Banoffee’s earlier single, ‘Tapioca Cheeks’.

In a statement, the artist – real name Martha Brown – said the new album is for “people who just want to stay indoors and aren’t really willing to try and be picked up yet”.

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“I want people to cry in the car listening to this, driving at night, in the shower,” she said.

“I want someone to think ‘I want to feel sad, I’m gonna put on ‘Teartracks’.’”

Alongside the album announcement, Banoffee has shared a new single ‘Idiot’, which she said was “about needing to stay indoors and be self-indulgent”.

“It’s about indulging in brattiness,” she said.

“[W]ith the help of my amazing creative team, I think we made a version of that’s really fun.”

Watch the music video, directed by Phebe Schmidt, below:

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‘Teartracks’ follows on from Banoffee’s previous album, 2020’s ‘Look At Us Now Dad’, which featured collaborations with Empress Of, Cupcakke, umru and the late SOPHIE. ‘Teartracks’ will be her first album to be released completely independently.

Banoffee’s ‘Teartracks’ tracklist:

1. ‘Tapioca Cheeks’
2. ‘Enough’
3. ‘illnevergettofuckany1’
4. ‘I Hate It’
5. ‘Idiot’
6. ‘Pill’
7. ‘Money’
8. ‘Something Great’
9. ‘Tear’

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Parcels release joyous new single ‘Comingback’

Parcels have released their second track for the year, ‘Comingback’, along with an accompanying music video.

‘Comingback’ follows on from the band’s previous single, ‘Free’, which arrived last month. Following its release, Parcels shared a live performance of the track, filmed in the small Australian town of Silverton.

The song’s music video was directed by Oliver Rose, who has previously worked on several of the band’s clips as a director of photography. It sees the band members dancing and singing through part of the Australian outback.

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Watch the video for ‘Comingback’ below:

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In a statement, the band said ‘Comingback’ was one of the band’s earliest ideas following their last album, yet one of the last songs to be completed after being rewritten a number of times.

“When the time came to record it at La Frette, there was an arrangement worked out but no singing melody which we felt could match the furious energy of Toto and Pedro’s rhythms,” they said.

“Determined, it was written and rewritten many times, long after we finished everything else on the album, melodies and singers interchanged constantly.

“Eventually, Noah brought a new power to the verse as well as a message we could all relate to, and together we finished it the night before boarding the plane to Australia.”

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The band’s last studio album was their self-titled debut in 2018. In a five-star review, NME described the record as “cheeky, timeless and devilishly catchy”. They’ve since released a new live album, and the EP ‘IknowhowIfeel’.

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Amyl And The Sniffers dance with the dead in video for new track ‘Security’

Amyl And The Sniffers have released a new single called ‘Security’ – you can watch the track’s wild video below.

The Australian punks, led by captivating frontwoman Amy Taylor, announced earlier this month that they will release ‘Comfort To Me’, the follow-up to their 2019 self-titled debut album, on September 10 via Rough Trade Records.

Written during lockdown, the second record from the Melbourne band sees them expanding the influences on their sound – with the likes of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Motörhead and Wendy O Williams all said to be part of their musical palette this time around.

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Today (July 28), Amyl And The Sniffers have shared new track ‘Security’, the follow-up to ‘Guided By Angels’, the lead single from the band’s forthcoming LP. The fiery new track is accompanied by a video that sees Taylor dancing frantically around a graveyard.

Shot and directed by John Angus Stewart, you can watch the video for ‘Security’ below:

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On October 5, Amyl and The Sniffers will premiere a filmed performance of ‘Comfort To Me’, played in full, in one take, on a slab of concrete in a suburban wasteland somewhere in Melbourne, Australia. Tickets are available on the band’s webstore here.

Describing the album, Taylor said: “If you have to explain what this record is like, I reckon it’s like watching an episode of The Nanny but the setting is an Australian car show and the Nanny cares about social issues and she’s read a couple of books, and Mr Sheffield is drinking beer in the sun.

“It’s a Mitsubishi Lancer going slightly over the speed limit in a school zone. It’s realising how good it is to wear track pants in bed.  It’s having someone who wants to cook you dinner when you’re really shattered. It’s me shadow-boxing on stage, covered in sweat, instead of sitting quietly in the corner.”

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Check out the tracklist for ‘Comfort To Me’ below:

1. ‘Guided By Angels’
2. ‘Freaks To The Front’
3. ‘Choices’
4. ‘Security’
5. ‘Hertz’
6. ‘No More Tears’
7. ‘Maggot’
8. ‘Captial’
9. ‘Don’t Fence Me In’
10. ‘Knifey’
11. ‘Don’t Need A Cunt (Like you to love me)’
12. ‘Laughing’
13. ‘Snakes’

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Tributes paid to ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, who has died aged 72

Tributes are being paid to Dusty Hill, best known for being the bassist of ZZ Top, who has died aged 72.

The musician’s death was confirmed by the group’s longtime rep, who said that Hill died at home in his sleep. No cause of death has yet been revealed.

Remaining ZZ Top members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement on Hill’s passing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.

“We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’”

They added: “You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. …

Posted by ZZ Top on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Chartreuse announce new EP, ‘Is It Autumn Already?’

Chartreuse have announced the release a new EP called ‘Is It Autumn Already?’, as well as an upcoming headline tour.

The Black Country quartet’s forthcoming release spans “six emotionally bruising tracks” and “links together oddball time signatures, unusual textures, rhythmically oblique”. According to a press release, it’s “unlike anything else you will have heard this year, or even last”.

You can see the tracklist for Chartreuse’s ‘Is It Autumn Already?’ below:

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1. ‘Feed Be Fed’
2. ‘Things Are Changing Too Quickly’
3. ‘Swedish Water’
4. ‘Don’t Exit’
5. ‘Deep Fat’
6. ‘Only You’

Due to arrive on November 19, the EP is previewed by new single ‘Things Are Changing Too Quickly’. The poignant, mid-tempo indie toe-tapper is accompanied by a Fred Qvortrup-directed video – watch it below.

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Made up of Hattie Wilson, Mike Wagstaff, Rory Wagstaff and Perry Lovering, Chartreuse have also announced a mini headline tour which will take place after a run of festival performances.

Kicking off at The Lexington in London on November 30, the tour will take in Green Door Store in Brighton, The Cluny in Newcastle, Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds and finishing up in Dublin on December 7. You can buy tickets here.

See the full list of Charteuse’s upcoming live dates below:

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SEPTMEBER 2021

25 – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
26 – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham

OCTOBER 2021

16 – Live at Leeds
17 – Wild Paths Festival, Norwich

NOVEMBER 2021

13 – Stag and Dagger Festival, Glasgow
14 – Stag and Dagger Festival, Edinburgh
30 – The Lexington, London
29 – Green Door Store, Brighton

DECEMBER 2021

1 – The Cluny, Newcastle
3 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
7 – Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin

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