After a frantic month of releases in October, in comparison November looks set to be a calmer period for releases. Nevertheless there’s still a selection of worthy releases to sink your teeth into this month.
For this edition of “Incoming”, we’ve highlighted three releases that we think you should definitely seek out in November.
Boston Manor – Saudade
2015 has been a year of growth for Blackpool’s Boston Manor. Through endless touring and a handful of festival appearances, the quintet have been gaining admirers all over the place including from overseas. Cue Pure Noise Records owner Jake Round.
Boston Manor will round out the year with the release of ‘Saudade’. Four songs of vibrant emo/pop punk that is more Basement then Neck Deep. Tracks like ‘Gone’ and recent single ‘Trapped Nerve’ play on Henry Cox’s stirring vocals whilst his band mates back him up with harmonious guitars and upbeat and drum work. ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ is a much bouncy offering before ‘Shade’ ties it all together with heavy bass lines and simple, driving guitars.
If you’ve yet to hear Boston Manor, or, like us, have known about them for quite some time, then ‘Saudade’ promises to the perfect (re-)introduction to the North West group. (SR)
‘Saudade’ by Boston Manor is released on 20th November on Pure Noise Records.
A Will Away – Bliss EP
If you want to stick to the technicalities, Connecticut’s A Will Away originally released this brilliant EP, ‘Bliss’ back in March but now with the equally brilliant Triple Crown Records on board, it’s thankfully being given a re-release.
Over the course of five songs, ‘Bliss’ is a radiant collection of focused emo rock that embraces pop sensibilities wholeheartedly. Filled with emotional hooks, tracks like ‘Play Dead’ and ‘My Sitter’ thrive off warm guitars and reflective vocals. ‘Cheap Wine’ and ’10 or 11’ hint a more summery, pop-rock approach.
If you a fan of bands such as Have Mercy, or recent tour buddies Better Off and Pentimento, then be set to have ‘Bliss’ on repeat in the coming weeks. (SR)
‘Bliss’ EP by A Will Away is released on November 13th on Triple Crown Records.
Kindling – Galaxies
There’s surely something playful going on with the title of shoegaze mob Kindling’s latest EP, ‘Galaxies’, as while shoegaze can be seen as introspective and noodling, there’s stratospheric melodies and skyscraping textures throughout this all-too-brief 4-song EP.
Hailing from Massachusetts and featuring members of noisy hardcore punks Ampere, Kindling are a brilliant diversion from the day job with a focus on creating soundscapes that melt and bend and swoon, rather than go for your throat. Throw in some intelligent song structures and dreamy vocals and Kindling are sure to spark your interest. (RM)
’Galaxies’ EP by Kindling is released on 6th November on No Idea.
Words by Sean Reid (SR) and Rob Mair (RM).