A week in music videos... We finally get the first glimpse of what's in store for Kings Of Leon's sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' with their new single 'Supersoaker'. It's probably one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year following their 2010 offering 'Come Around Sundown' which reached the top spot on the UK album charts and number 2 in the US. If you're a fan of awesome, driving rock anthems, then after listening to 'Supersoaker' you'll be the first to grab a copy of the new album in September. Listen to Supersoaker here.
Just as fresh and anthemic is London band Bastille, who stole the hearts of the nation with their debut album 'Bad Blood' earlier this year - an easy chart topper responsible for such tracks as 'Pompeii' and 'Laura Palmer'. They have now released a moving video for their emotional track 'Things We Lose In The Fire' which also managed to chart despite not being released as a single. Bastille are currently on a major world tour and will appear at the likes of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and Berlin Festival this summer. Watch the video for Things We Lost In The Fire here.
The Icarus Line are one of those bands that just don't seem to have a place. Like Mínus and Cave In they've straddled genres and carved niches, looking for all the world on the cusp of breaking through, before gradually retreating from the limelight. By now most would presume that Penance Soiree, their second full-length in 2004, would be their magnum opus unchallenged as they drifted into total darkness. Then along comes Slave Vows.
The Hollywood quartet's fifth album is a different beast to their earliest offerings, more willing to take the foot off the pedal and less desperate for attention than what has come before it, and yet it is still wrought with the same uneasy, primal energy. The intro of opener 'Dark Circles', feedback giving way to cascading basslines and drums that threaten to explode for what feels like an eternity, is very reminiscent of the opening chapter of Hookworms' recent debút Pearl Mystic and fans of that will almost certainly be fans of this; a similarly irresistible mix of good old fashioned rock 'n roll, garage, punk, krautrock and the occasional glimpses of prog, shoegaze and country. The good stuff.
There is a definite 'warts and all' feel to Slave Vows. It's gritty and doesn't apologise for it, and nor does it try to make amends. 'Dead Body' struggles valiantly for minutes on end as its monstrous Kyuss-esque desert-rock riff is pummelled by squeals and discordance, whilst the plug is pulled on the following 'No Money Music' the moment it begins to climax past a palm-muted chug.
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