Tracks of the Week


Here’s a clutch of brand new releases that’ll prove as invigorating as that budget Tea Tree Oil shower gel you received for Christmas.

Lather up, listen and comment below…

Toronto’s PUP have spent much of the last two years on the road promoting the crap out of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. By rights, they should be a crumpled mess in the back of their van, but this new song – the first from their forthcoming second album – is anything but tired. Rather, it’s a vital, energetic blast of catchy, clever punk about drinking too much and getting too drunk.

If Tonight Alive’s forthcoming album, Limitless, doesn’t make them international superstars then we’ll gladly devour our hats. As this song shows, the Australian band, led by Jenna McDougall, are moving away from the pop-punk scene where they found their feet, but there’s still a bite and an integrity to their songs. They’re just catchier than ever now.

BRIAN FALLON – Wonderful Life
The first single from Brian Fallon’s solo album sees the Gaslight Anthem frontman on gloriously uplifting form. It’s a storming, driven and, yes, anthemic tune that celebrates the joys of life, it wouldn’t necessarily be out of place on a Gaslight album – but there’s a lightness and happiness to this tune that feels altogether new, and is wholeheartedly infectious and inspiring.

SUNFLOWER DEAD – It’s Time To Get Weird
Hailing from Long Beach, California, Sunflower Dead released their second full-length in October last year. It included this gloomy number – the album’s title track – which just happen to feature guest vocals from Korn’s Jonathan Davis. Now, he’s been cartoonified for this Scooby Doo-esque video, which sees him up against all sorts of evil, um, plants. Ever been stung by a nettle? Exactly.

CREEPER – Black Mass
This Southampton band – formed from members of Our Time Down Here and Hang The Bastard – sound like an odd blend of The Smiths and Meatloaf on this song, with a hint of ’50s rock’n’roll thrown in for good measure. Taken from forthcoming second EP The Stranger, it’s full of drama, tension and sumptuous anachronistic textures.

WOLFMOTHER – Victorious
If Ozzy Osbourne falls foul of a heavy dose of the flu on Black Sabbath’s final tour, Woldmother’s Andrew Stockdale could easily step in for a date or two. Victorious, you see, is snapping at the heels of vintage Sabbath – close your eyes and you could easily mistake this Aussie trio for the British metal pioneers. You’ll want to keep your eyes open to see this song’s ridiculously kitsch sci-fi video, though. We’ve watched it many times and have no idea what’s happening.