Tag Archives: Fire Records


Psych-rockers dig deep into Heavy Duty riffs, into Metal. Soaring vocals & swaths of sound. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5 RIYL: PSYCHIC ILLS, SLEEPY SUN, MERZBOW, EARTH, KNOTTED CORD


Ancient-Future-Funk from New Zealand on their 2nd album. Fuzzed-out, synth-laden, primitive machine drumming and psych guitar, Hypnotic trancey elements. PLAY: 2, 7, 9, 10 RIYL: Battles, !!!, AU, PRINCE RAMA


Haunting, old-time cathedral-folk w/ harp, pedal steel, double bass, cascading piano & Nashville musicians. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 RIYL: MARISSA NADLER , JOLIE HOLLAND, VASHTI BUNYAN

SURF CITY- ” we knew it was not going to be like this”

New Zealand band Surf City’s forthcoming album We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This continues their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the loopy noise of […]

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – “Any Port In A Storm”

Craig Darmody, the man behind Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, recently relocated from Australia to NYC, and on “Any Port In A Storm” Darmody is lashing out as the city eats him up. His deadpan vocal delivery fits oddly over the wail of the distorted guitars.  The songs are about  rock n roll, city living, and how frustrating […]

Lower Plenty – “hard rubbish”

Members of Total Control, Deaf Wish, UV Race & Dick Diver. Australian folk-tinged indie. Raw, delicate, melancholy suburban country. male/female vocals, some distortion, mostly acoustic. play: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 riyl: vaselines, galaxie 500, kurt vile, J. Mascis, she & him

Blank Realm – “go easy”

Over the course of five years and more than a dozen releases, Brisbane art-rockers Blank Realm have veered in and out of sonic focus, sometimes going all in for abstract, hiss-smothered synthscapes, sometimes weird, clattering outsider pop, and various places between and beyond. Go Easy is by far their most accessible yet, balancing the arty […]