If ever Sea Pinks were going to fashion themselves as post-punk(ers), then perhaps this new single is precisely the tune that would draw that line in the sand. It opens with this bobbing bass line that functions underneath a dancing guitar line, jumping in and out of the mix. Momentarily, we hit a chorus where euphoric pop moments explode through the speakers, just before the waves recede to, once again, reveal the post-punk vibel the song moves back and forth between those two movements, always on point. The group will release their 7th official LP, Rockpool Blue, on Septmber 28th via their label, CF Records.
I’ve been a long time supporter of Sea Pinks, as well as the band’s label, CF Records. Today, they quietly dropped a new single that they recently completed in their practice space; it offers a glance at a band who continue to refine their sound. Neil admits the song took a definite happy turn on purpose; even going so far as to claim that it’s best listened to whilst participating in some outdoor activity. Well, in Austin, it’s in the upper 70s, slight breeze, and perfect for a walk while jamming this tune really loud. Here’s to hoping you can find the same space/activity to enjoy your day!
Sea Pinks are one of my favorite bands that I wish I could get more people into, if only to see their faces light up with joy. They just dropped a single from their next LP, and while it still has remnants of the group’s early work, I think it also shows just how far they’ve pushed themselves with this new release. Machine gun drums and jangling guitar notes, but you almost get the feeling that 60s pop played a part in the construction of everything on Watercourse. It’s good to see progression, as well as slight nods to the bands early hits…look for the LP this Friday via CF Records.
First off, congrats to the lads at CF Records for celebrating 10 years (I should hope to be as lucky). Now, they’ve just announced the brand new Former Bullies LP as their first release of 2017, and this first tune’s a hit! This offering has remnants of the Television Personalities, though they seem a bit tighter here on this number, though still bringing in doses of pop and devil-may-care attitude. The album is said to reference the ending of a 10-year relationship, so if heartbreak and moving forward are your thing, then you’ll want to keep your ears peeled for more music from these guys. Look for the record on February 24th.
Belfast’s Sea Pinks have become a staple in my listening catalogue over the past few years; its strange to think that a band who has only been around for six years has already been so profoundly prolific, but it seems that releasing a solid LP almost every year is just the way Sea Pinks roll. Soft Days is the latest of these stunning releases, and while more subdued and grounded jangly rock, the band finds yet another way to hook you and keep you interested.
This tightening up can be felt from the albums initiation. Opening number, (I Dont Feel Like) Giving In, begins slowly and with a bit of drama: some small guitar and soft building drums light up the path for a good minute of the track before the band launches in with those cutting guitar riffs and the vocals of Neil Brogan. The guitars are bleached out surf jangle to a T, interchanging with a bit of distortion on the chorus for a perfect pop arch. Immediately, youll notice the shift in focus from those orchestral elements that the band employed in the past, to the dueling guitars and their ceaseless jangle. At the end of the first number, you get the feeling that whats to come will be great.
And this intuition isnt wrong; Sea Pinks trade off track after track of spunky jangle pop with more subdued tunes, but its all beachy and lovely. Of course you have stunning singles that fulfill your rock and roll needs like Depth of Field and Yr Horoscope. The former employs the luke-warm vocals of Brogan and pushes them to a new height on the chorus, and the latter reminds me a bit of The Vaccines with its quick lipped lyrics and staccato drums. These bright flamed singles are balanced nicely with slower burning tracks like Green With Envy and I Wont Let Go, on which the guitar riffs meander more than shred, reminding you of beachy sunsets with a cool sea breeze coming off the water.
Soft Days is an album that you wont tire of easily. You will reach its end and feel ready to jump right back to the beginningit has the proper amount of catchy singles and deeper cuts to keep you interested. I will be spinning this one through the seasons for sure.
Sure, we hit up this dreamy new song from Sea Pinks a few weeks ago, but we wanted to remind you of its greatness by way of this video the band just released over the holiday break. It’s interesting, as the band is playing behind some psychedelic washes on the wall, which seems to be a little different than the feel of the track. But, it’s still a solid performance video, hopefully hipping folks to the band’s sound prior to the release of their new record, Soft Days, which hits January 8th via CF Records.
We’ve been fans of Belfast’s Sea Pinks for a while now, so it’s always good news to hear new tunes from the band, as well as delight in the pleasure of looking forward to a new album on the horizon. This fresh track, “Depth of Field,” reminds you just why you fell in love with Sea Pinks in the first place, or why you should be falling in love with them right now. The guitars are tight and have just the right amount of jangle on them, like a crisp autumn breeze, while the warm vocals feel like sunshine– there’s a beautiful balance to this song that shouldn’t be overlooked. Be sure to check out Soft Days, the band’s upcoming LP, out January 8th via CF Records.
I’ve been fortunate the last few weeks, as tons of my favorite acts have released some really incredible tracks for the world to hear, but I’m not sure any single one makes me happier than this new Former Bullies tune. I first caught onto the Mancs back a few years when they had an excellent release on CF Records, but I hadn’t really heard anything about them until this last week. They just tossed up this brilliant new single, which is a guaranteed hit for any of you fans of kiwi-tinged guitar pop…or maybe just really good jangling art pop acts. They’ve got a new album called Strangers, which will be out on the esteemed CF Records sometime in the very near future; I’m thiniking (hoping) Fall.
Autumns find their home on one of my favorite micro-labels, CF Records; it’s home to Sea Pinks, if that says anything. The Derry band have this dark post-punk, though they don’t seem entirely infatuated with your typical swirl of reverb and atmospherics. The vocals do seem to be hidden beneath the mix, in an intoxicating manner that creates a brooding sensation; it gives several of the tunes an old-school feeling you’re like to enjoy. If I had to pick a favorite from the 4 songs presented below, I think the opening number “Je Vous Etre” is definitely the stunner, though the rest all has something to offer.
I always try and keep my eye on a few certain labels, knowing they’ll always have something interesting up their sleeve, which is precisely the case for CF Records. They’ve just signed up with Ireland’s Autumns to release the four song Blonde EP, which seems to me to be a collection of delightfully jangling noise pop tracks. This single doesn’t go too far into the realm of the band’s noisier side, but you can hear those chugging jangling guitars pushing through quickly. Their EP will be released in February, so keep an eye out for this one!