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Release Round-Up: Fucked Up, Marianne Faithfull, Rat Fist, Neon Jungle and Mina Tindle

By | Published on Thursday 29 May 2014

Neon Jungle

Rounding up the latest release news…

So Canadian hardcore-o-nauts Fucked Up have just shared dual online playbacks of their latest LP, ‘Glass Boys’, ahead of its release next week. One stream is at a standard speed, and the other is a ‘deluxe’ slow-mo one that runs at half the pace. Pop over to Pitchfork’s Advance platform to hear the regular preview, and visit Exclaim to gradually listen to the slow edition. And/or go watch the band deliver the album live, at whichever speed they choose, on a forthcoming UK tour, which hits the UK on 15 Jun with a show at the Gorilla in Manchester.

Now it’s time to talk Marianne Faithfull, mainly in light of her newly-detailed LP, ‘Give My Love To London’, which is due in September. Featuring, as is typical with Maz, a shiny shiny rack of celebrity foils, not least Portishead’s Adrian Utley on guitar, Ed Harcourt on keys, plus Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. Also, it contains songs written by Nick Cave, Anna Calvi, Roger Waters, Pat Leonard, Tom McRae, and Steve Earle. Whilst there’s no preview of it yet, the lengthy guest-list is fine to be getting on with.

Next is a new band spliced together from members of Pissed Jeans and No Age. PJ drummer Sean McGuinness and No Age’s Randy Randall, who are labelmates at Sub Pop, have formed an exclusive club, and are calling it Rat Fist. Rat. Fist. Yuck. So as Rat Fist, the pair have released a scrappy new single, their only joint creation to have seen the light of day so far, titled ‘Disrupt Yr DNA’, which goes like this:

Now you’ll have to BUCKLE UP FOR A POP PREVIEW. It’s from urban girl-band Neon Jungle (pictured), who can’t stop, won’t stop releasing singles. In fact, they’re lining one up right now, titled ‘Louder’, and have just trailed it in this half-minute clip:

Standing back and considering the track at a distance, from all angles, the band say that: “Lyrically it’s very relatable, it’s about drowning out feelings and emotions. It’s about not being in control of the way you feel because of someone else and wanting to turn everything up louder to escape that. I think people expected our fourth single to be another dance track but it was always in our plans to release a slower song and surprise people. It’s still got the energy and power but in a more subtle way”.

NJ’s very first experiment in LP-making, by the way, the inevitably titled ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, hits the shops on 20 Jul.

Finalement, Parisian new wave lady Mina Tindle has set free a new video, on the sly, as a way to advertise the fact that she has a new LP, titled ‘Parade’, on the way in October. The track, which will feature on ‘Parade’, is named ‘I Command’, and I command you to watch it right now: