WHITE SANDS – THE WAIT

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If there’s one thing London loves, then it’s a super-group. Featuring Conan Roberts of Mazes, Sophy Hollington of Novella and Male Bonding’s John Arthur Webb, WHITE SANDS are the latest such project, but they bring so much to the table, we’re kind of hoping they’ll stick around for a bit.

Clocking in at a measly 182 seconds, the band’s debut single ‘The Wait’ proves that brevity is the key to a decent indie record. A kind of mix of crotch-thrusting guitars and guy-stuck-down-a-well vocals, it reveals a darker edge to the any of the member’s previous projects, and comes across like the Gun Club meeting one of those darker REM songs.

Due out on the 6th October via Art is Hard records, the flexi-disc single will be accompanied by a 20 page zine produced by the band themselves. “Why the weird format?” we hear you ask, well according to White Sands, “We have elected to release music in this format as we were getting a bit frustrated with the standard 7” release and realised we could be giving you plenty more for your money.”

Got you convinced? You can pre-order the record here. Be warned though, it’s limited to a 300 run.

CALIFORNIA CARPOOL – ONLY U

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, is the solo side project of Brighton’s Morning Smoke drummer, Isaac Ide. Playing guitar, bass, drums and adding a few mood lifting  vocals, Ide, has managed to record and self release quite a few tracks including ‘Only u’. Many of his songs are mellow and dreamy in sound, where you find yourself laying back and feeling the chill vibes run through your body and floating away.

DEEDS – VIDEO DREAMS


DEEDS’ 
video for Video Dreams sort of makes you think iTunes visualizer really could do with some work. The video comprises of an eclectic range of images which are all seamlessly threaded together: think fantasia, think 1984, think… owl. It’s  definitely worth a watch.

GANG – YEARGLASS

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Brighton’s, GANG have released a new video for Yearglass off their recent EP Sandscape. These guys have a dark grunge sound and with the addition of new drummer, Jimi, have really pulled it to the next level of chaos. The video is a DIY lyric video, which misspells every word, my favourite being ‘DE U DAH DER DUUUR LUUUUR’ because sometimes you just don’t know how to describe a sick guitar riff.

ALVVAYS | PERSONAL PLAYLIST

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Like an incessant but comforting hum in the background of this summer, ALVVAYS are one of those bands you could describe as ‘rising’. Almost a guaranteed pick in the ‘ones to watch’ lists from every blog or music magazine on either side of the Atlantic, the Toronto five-piece have already made quite an impact.

This week, they land on these shores to play Visions Festival (Saturday 2nd August) but before they do, they have contributed to our Personal Playlist series with a list of their own. It’s full of songs that have inspired their bittersweet pop sounds.

Buy tickets for Visions Festival here

Alvvays’ self titled debut album is out now. Buy on iTunes here.

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FLAMINGODS X BONEYARDS COLLABORATIVE LIVE SET AT VISIONS

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We’re always really excited when SEXBEAT favourites BONEYARDS come up with new stuff – an amazing DIY video featuring Gizmo here, a sweaty show in a tiny venue there, or simply put, some of the best artwork we’ve ever seen, one thing is for sure, we’re always up for a treat.

So we were obviously over the moon when they announced they’d be teaming up with one of the most original bands in the London scene, FLAMINGODS to bring you what will be one of the major highlights of this year’s VISIONS festival on August 2nd . Garage rock vs percussive psychedelia, played by two of the best live bands the scene has to offer at the moment, there’s just no going wrong with this one.

We caught up with both bands to know how they met, what we’re to expect at Visions and a whole bunch of other stuff. We’ll be front and centre for this one, a beer in one hand and a Lucky Chip Kevin Bacon burger in the other. Have a read below!

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MOODOID – LA LUNE

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Following their Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) produced debut EP which we fell in love with here at SEXBEAT, French band MOODOID‘s awaited debut album will be released via Enterprise/Sony Red on 1st September.

The band are definitely good at surrounding themselves with the best – not only is their new album produced by Nicolas Vernhes (who worked with the likes of Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and Deerhunter) but it will also feature the beautiful Melody’s Echo Chamber.

Expect Oriental instruments mixed with analog synthesizers and electric guitars, psychedelia with a modern twist.

Stream La Lune, the opening track of the album below.