Iota’s Tales was first released more than a decade ago.  From the hard and raucous rock of  opening tracks “New Mantis” and “We Are The Yithians,” it moves into three extended cuts that draw together classic fuzzed out riffs, distant and scabrous Ozzy like vocals, and intense drumming . The band was Joey Toscano, who’d go on to form Dwellers, on guitar and vocals, the  Oz on bass, and recording engineer Andy Patterson on drums, who would go on to join SubRosa.

The Salt Lake City trio had been around for over five years by the time of the album release, having formed in 2002 .

Small Stone Recordings will release IOTA’s Tales full-length on vinyl for the first time  on March 15th. Limited to 500 units in a clear with black swirl color combination, Tales was remastered for vinyl by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio in Ann Arbor, Michican with the original running order of the album slightly altered to fit on the LP format.

A track from the album will be featured on Aural Delights 327



Gastwerk Saboteurs First Track Released

Imperial Wax have announced their debut album Gastwerk Saboteurs, delivering twelve memorable songs showcasing their distinctly vital and infectious blend of post-punk, rock ‘n’ roll and garage rock.

The album will be released via Saustex Records – recommended by friend of the band Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers, Melvins) – on 17th May, preceded by the first single “No Man’s Land” which is officially released today and is streaming above.

The four-piece comprising frontman Sam Curran and Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway – three 11 year veterans in the longest serving and last line up of The Fall -are touring in support of their debut,   dates and details below.

Thursday 30th May Huddersfield, The Parish
Friday 31st May Manchester, Night People
Sunday 2nd June Brighton, Prince Albert
Monday 3rd June – Bristol, Rough Trade
Thursday 6 June London, The Islington
Friday 7th June Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 13th June Glasgow, Broadcast
Friday 14th June Newcastle, Think Tank? Underground

To be featured on Aural Delights 327

(band photo credit : Elmore)


Magic Coins/Always Now

Bromide are Simon Berridge on vocals and guitar, Ed Lush on drums, and Hugo Wilkinson on bass. These songbirds worship at the altars of Husker Du, Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., The Only Ones, Buffalo Tom and other melodic rockers equally obsessed by songs, songwriting and the euphoria associated with playing music through amplified electronic equipment.

Hailing from London, their sound has been described as “Grant Hart fronting Sebadoh” and “Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr.” Vive Le Rock noted that they mix “the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr. replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines”.

New single “Magic Coins” releases on Scratchy Records on 26th April and features two great songs which reminded me of Sugar at their best.

Planned for airplay on  Aural Delights 327



Daughters on Tour

Daughters return to Europe for a full tour in Spring 2019 in support of their new album You Won’t Get What You Want, out October 26th via Ipecac Recordings – available for pre-order at this link. Their first European live dates in over a decade are listed below, including a full UK tour and an appearance at Roadburn Festival. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am BST.

“Pleased to announce we are returning to Europe for the first time in twelve years; while also making our first trip to Russia. We look forward to the company of old friends, years removed, and the pleasure of making many new ones. See you all soon.” – says Alexis Marshall, Daughters vocalist.

Daughters 2019 tour dates:

Fri 05 Apr Russia St Petersburg MOD Club
Sat 06 Apr Russia Moscow Pravda
Mon 08 Apr Germany Munich Backstage Club
Tue 09 Apr Germany Stuttgart Juha West
Wed 10 Apr France Paris Point Ephemere
Thu 11 Apr Belgium Brussels Botanique – Witloofbar
Fri 12 Apr Germany Berlin Cassiopeia
Sat 13 Apr Germany Hamburg Hafenklang
Sun 14 Apr Netherlands Tilburg Roadburn Festival
Mon 15 Apr UK Ramsgate Music Hall
Tue 16 Apr UK Bristol The Exchange
Wed 17 Apr UK Manchester Deaf Institute
Thu 18 Apr UK Glasgow The Hug & Pint
Fri 19 Apr UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sat 20 Apr UK London The Lexington

Daughters is vocalist Alexis Marshall, guitar player Nick Sadler, drummer Jon Syverson and bass player Sam Walker. Following the release of their 2010 self-titled album, the band took an indefinite hiatus, returning in 2013 for a pair of sold out hometown shows in Providence, and a subsequent smattering of live dates in the intervening years, including joining Dillinger Escape Plan for their final live outings in December of 2017. Daughters have been hailed for their visceral performances, both live and on record,   described as “manic” and “pummeling” with “frantic energy”. The evidence from the three videos in this post is fairly clear!


No Hell

Potsdam, New York-based experimental hardcore architects Sunflo’er (pronounced sun+flow+ur) released their second full-length last month via Ottawa, Canada-based Noise Salvation Records, the label helmed in part by Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das. Titled No Hell, the ten-track album was composed between July 2016 and June 2017, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Topon Das’ Apartment 2 Studio, and engineered by Scott Burniston

The band utilizes a multi-layered vocal delivery, over dynamic and hectic hardcore that takes its cues from the likes of Converge, La Dispute, Cursed, Circle Takes The Square, and Dangers. The CD release comes packaged in an art and lyric ‘zine, featuring collages and photos by the band, as well as written and artistic contributions from other members of the New York punk scene.

Guitarist/vocalist Carter Jones says, “The rowdy rock ‘n’ roll vibe in ‘No Hell’ was a welcome discovery during the writing process of the album. We’d been listening to a lot of CCR and going into writing sessions with the goal to capture a similar energy, but also retain our identity as a mathcore act. There were demos of several tracks in the same vein but most were abandoned for just slightly missing the mark in some way or another. ‘No Hell’ came together quickly as a band and we all consider it one of our best compositions, despite being our shortest ever.”

Formed in 2010, the band released two EPs on their own label before signing with Magnetic Eye Records in 2015, which saw the release of their first LP, 1963. They were  also featured on Magnetic Eye’s Helmet tribute, Meantime [Redux] and the forthcoming Pink Floyd tribute, The Wall [Redux].


  • Ethan Shantie – drums, vocals
  • Carter Jones – guitar, vocals
  • Jimmy Doran – bass, vocals

The band featured on Aural Delights 307 (18/10/2018)

A fascinating marriage of styles – Sonic Youth with the brakes off

Something About That Night

Randall Dunn, the musician, producer and engineer renowned for his work with Sunn0))), Earth, Tim Hecker, Six Organs of Admittance, Anna Von Hausswolff and so much more, finds his own voice on his first solo album, Beloved, which is set for release on vinyl and digital formats via figureight on November 9th, pre-order via Bandcamp below.

Following a turbulent period of change and loss, the esteemed producer channeled his energies into a seven song meditation on “anxiety, paranoia, different shades of love, different realisations of mortality, how it can make you feel the stages of your life more deeply.”

Such sentiments are reflected across this beautiful video for the album track “Something About That Night” directed by Mu Tunc, a filmmaker from Istanbul, which has been released alongside the album announcement. About the video Randall remarks “I found a common ground in our two cultures current socio-political climates and in the themes of the song – loneliness, loss, and the feeling of human connection’s absence. Mu expressed these sentiments through a compassionate character study of two people who are making their way through a lonely night with all of the pressures of our current age.”

On Beloved Dunn shifts his knack for emphasising the human component of music toward mining emotional resonance, and wrangling a new earthly language from the subtle details and textures generated from early digital and analog synthesisers. “I wanted to make something more like prose or a Gerhard Richter painting with sound,” Dunn says of the album. “Being someone that composes with sound, I wanted to find a voice in it that felt personal, that felt human, especially with electronics, something that didn’t feel too mechanical.” Though electronics can often feel rigid and cold, Dunn sought to find the poetry in their oscillations and a heartbeat in a rhythm outside the grid. “It’s the first time a language hit me and it felt like it was mine,” Dunn says in summation.

Across Dunn’s career as an engineer and producer he has also proven to be a valuable studio asset as a collaborator. He’s lent his arrangement ideas to SunnO))) on Monoliths and Dimensions and Earth on The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull and gone beyond producing to provide instrumentation for Six Organs of Admittance, Anna von Hausswolf, Tim Hecker, and longtime colleague Stephen O’Malley. All of which led to a pivotal invitation to engineer and produce Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s original score for the stylised horror film Mandy. During the project, Jóhannsson encouraged Dunn to explore his synth-driven sound designs. Jóhannsson’s unexpected passing in early 2018 also added to what Dunn refers to as “powerful moment of change.” The gentle encouragement of Eyvind Kang and Jóhann Jóhannsson, and the affirming creative contributions across the album by past collaborators like Timm Mason, Frank Fisher (Algiers), and Zola Jesus were all crucial to the birth of Beloved.

(photo: Una Blue)

Social Candy

Perth (Australia) rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have shared somewhat bonkers visuals for new single Social Candy.

Graduating from the same thriving scene as Tame Impala and King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard, the Australian outfit announced their arrival in the UK earlier this summer with Cornflake, receiving  airplay on Aural Delights 295

Having proven their stripes as a frenetic live act in their homeland with impressive national tours alongside Royal Blood and Nothing But Thieves, the band will be bringing their eclectic style to a wider audience on their debut UK/European tour next month – several dates already sold out, including their 13th September appearance at Gullivers in Manchester, such is the hype surrounding the quartet.

PPC_europeantour_WEB_02Social Candy’s swirling guitars, heavy percussion and hypnotic vocals are sure to make it a favourite amongst their growing fanbase, with frontman Jack McEwan discussing their video in further detail:

“The world is weird. Who’s to know if your weird is the same as mine? “Gotta think outside the box mannnnnnn” in your best McConaughey voice. We wanted to emulate the songs care free, spangled train wreck vibe and then Mighty Boosh came to mind. So we built our own Dioramas to the best of our Year 7 craft abilities, called up our mate Jake who owns a camera and inhaled a shit load of paint, swallowed a bunch of sparkles and munched hard on Perth’s finest beach sand. The results are four cookers making the finest botch-home-job-video you’ll ever see. Spike Jonze rates it”.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ Social Candy is out now via What Reality? Records and available on all digital platforms. You will be able to hear it on Aural Delights 301 on September 6th.

Social Candy Final Hi Res