New Noise: Belles Will Ring, The Grates, Boomgates, Cut Off Your Hands
A regular new column, where we pillage Soundcloud for the best new music on the interwebs.
– Sydney’s Belles Will Ring spent most of last year in central western NSW, working on their new album Crystal Theatre in isolation. “There was only us, there was no one else around, no visitors, only snakes and birds,” says singer Liam Judson. Perhaps this explains the swampy, cabin fever-ish feel of first single ‘The River’. The follow-up to 2008 mini-album Broader Than Broadway, Crystal Theatre will be out through Dot Dash/Remote Control on May 13.
– What happens when you live in New York for a prolonged period of time? In the case of The Grates and its singer Patience Hodgson you develop a wicked Karen O warble and shed your cutesy pop identity in the process. The anthemic ‘Turn Me On’ is the first track from the duo’s forthcoming third album Secret Rituals, their first without founding drummer Alana Skyring (who’s found her calling in culinary arts and Neil Finn's new band, apparently). It’ll be out through Dew Process on June 17.
Turn Me On by thegrates
– The phrase “garage rock supergroup” gets thrown around a lot these days (generally by us!), but Melbourne’s Boomgates certainly fit the bill. Featuring members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Twerps and Dick Diver, the band have a new double A-side single, ‘Layman’s Terms/Nothing’, out through San Francisco-based label SmartGuys Records.
They’ll be launching it They're performing this Friday (May 6) at The John Curtin in Melbourne with Super Wild Horses and Bitch Prefect and Sunday at Woodland Bar in Brisbane with Super Wild Horses and Per Purpose.
– New Zealand’s Cut Off Your Hands return to Australia in June with a new single in tow. The notably Smithsian ‘You Should Do Better’ is taken from their second album Hollow, which is due out in July on Speak N Spell through Inertia. Tour dates here.