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Slow Wave by It Hugs Back

When you love a band, you’re blissfully happy when every new album is as good if not better than the last. In that regard, Slow Wave by London quartet It Hugs Back signals a band that keeps getting better while holding onto what makes them great.

It Hugs Back
It Hugs Back

Slow Wave boasts alluring half-spoken baritone lead vocals and hypnotic guitars courtesy of songwriter Matthew Simms, also known for his work in Wire since 2010. Graceful keyboards and lush vocal harmonies, echos and responses are provided by Jack Theedom. Paul Michael delivers gentle basslines and drummer Will Blackaby rounds out the relaxed rhythm section. All combine to create layered, dreamy songs you can fall in love with. Or to.

It Hugs Back
It Hugs Back

It Hugs Back albums are recorded in Simms’ studio The Record Room, and sound just as good as any studio recording. In their early days, having formed in 2006, It Hugs Back was on Too Pure and 4AD record labels, but their last few albums have been released on their Safe & Sound imprint.

Slow Wave was first recorded live by the full band, then Matthew and Jack added 12-string guitars, mellotron strings, analog synthesizers and vocal overdubs. The songs were then sent through an old copi-cat tape delay.

It Hugs Back
It Hugs Back

Whereas past IHB albums like 2013’s Recommended Record featured up-tempo songs you can get a speeding ticket to — with plenty of noise-pop and psychedelic moments and heavy effects — Slow Wave is the prettiest release, more along the lines of Remember off their Inside Your Guitar release. It still sounds like the same band, just more hushed and halcyon.

Slow Wave comes out June 15. Pre-order today on iTunes and get an immediate download of Everything’s OK:

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King Tuff and Herzog live at Beachland Ballroom

King Tuff and Herzog play the Beachland Ballroom Thursday April 2, 2015.
Show starts at 8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm).

Herzog and King Tuff at Beahland Ballroom
Herzog and King Tuff at Beahland Ballroom

King Tuff (Brattleboro, LA; Sub Pop)

King Tuff
King Tuff

Herzog (Cleveland; Exit Stencil Recordings)
Herzog has quietly been building a devoted following with their relentless take on guitar-driven power-pop. Comparisons to ’90s luminaries such as Built to Spill, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr abound—apt and warranted—but similarities with present-day bands like Diarrhea Planet, Thee Oh Sees and FIDLAR are equally appropriate.
Boys is the new album by Cleveland’s Herzog on Exit Stencil Recordings and is by far their most ambitious, cohesive, and sonically diverse album to date.

Photo of Herzog by Suzanne Price

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ITEM Interview

itemYou want a quote for your press sheet ITEM?

“You don’t suck, a lot.”
-Eric Voxcaster
Blown Speakers
3/26/2015

You’re welcome.

ITEM
Lakewood, Oh
Facebook
Bandcamp
Upcoming Shows:
April 2nd. Mahalls. w/ Teddy Boys

ITEM Interview
53:00

Each interview will include a special curated playlist brought to you by the artist being interviewed. For the first one, we are going to do it as a youtube playlist. If you’d like to see it in a different format please drop me a line DRONECORE at GMAIL dot COM.

ITEM Playlist

 

Lead image of ITEM by Mckinzee Velasco.

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