Review: For the younger generation maybe it's Wolfmother, and for everyone else it's Black Sabbath, but for a slightly ironic psych rock band that's here to be taken seriously, with a pinch of motorik fun, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs bring home the bacon. King Of Cowards provides the north eastern Brits with arguably their most rock solid record that comes in at six tracks large. It can sometimes be few and far between that perfect place, or band, that has the ability to capture the visceral vibe, howl and punch of heavy rock but there's no denying these guys do it with devil horns all the way.
Review: Australian band Pond have been releasing music for over a decade now, with a hot streak of releases for Modular throughout the Twenty-Tens, and following earlier releases for Badminton Bandit and Canyon's Hole In The Sky imprint, they return to Marathon Artists with their latest (and eighth) album. The Perth band's sound lands somewhere between Cut Copy and Tame Impala, with plenty of contemporary shoegazing, synth pop and folk sounds to experience across its 10 tracks. Delivering an ode to Australia's secret state on its title track that hints at John Farnham inspirations too, our highlight is the moody blues on "Goodnight, PCC".
Review: Established in 2012, Marathon Artists has supported and released the music of Jagwar Ma, Real Lies and Courtney Barnett. Western Australian ironies the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets join the peloton with a third album following two linked LPs in 2016 and 2017. This album, "And Now For The Whatchamacallit", splashes on to record a streaming desert sky lit with streamlined guitar riffs draped in reverb and strafed by retro-active vocoders from the future. Like the cover art presents, it's a wild trip through a colourful and mystical land that almost paints a soundtrack for their very own planet sauvage. Fresh and contemporary psychedelica rising from the ashes of bands like Wolfmother and Kasabian. Highlights: "When In Rome" and "Digital Hunger".