new music mondays: cancel the astronauts;
I feel as if I’ve been writing about Cancel the Astronauts for so long that the arrival of the debut album from Edinburgh’s premier indie poppers (Kid Canaveral are Fifers, right?!) is long overdue. Luckily Animal Love Match does not disappoint: cracking singles like “Intervention” and “Seven Vices” are all present and correct, the former with its slightly mental 80s-esque synth intro and autotune never failing to make me smile. But there’s more to CtA than stormin’ pop tunes: witness the gorgeous acoustic opener on “Love Backwards”, the snare and hint of disco on “Making Dynamite” and “Lekking”, which does the whole epic latterday Snow Patrol thing but on a smaller and therefore less pompously shit scale.
BUY: Animal Love Match CD/download from Bandcamp and grab a free download of “Making Dynamite” below.
ALSO THIS WEEK: Glasgow’s The State Broadcasters release Ghosts We Must Carry on Olive Grove Records. The Corin Tucker Band, fronted by she once of Sleater-Kinney, release Kill My Blues tomorrow and there are lots of exciting-looking preorder bundles still available from Kill Rock Stars if you get in quickly.
GIGS OF THE WEEK: Cry Parrot are putting on psychedelic americana duo MV & EE, complete with their own “rustic home-made soundsystem with custom-made lighting and visuals”, at the CCA, Glasgow on Friday, 21st. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door.
Pendulum Man Concerts will give you an exclusive 2-track digital EP if you book online to attend Hiva Oa’s album launch at Inspace, Edinburgh on Saturday 22nd. Adam Stafford, Kyle E Evans and M.O.T.O. are also on the bill; and if you want to know more mind I have a wee interview up with the band here.
Finally, if you are able to stay out late on a school night Berlin-born, London-based songwriter Roxanne de Bastion dropped me a line about her slot at The Slow Club, Bloc, Glasgow which is TOMORROW. She’s also offering a free download to help you make up your mind.