AUSTIN band Black Books, who release their eponymous debut on Monday, are celebrating with a cover of The Cardigans’ classic Lovefool.
The band, which also embarks on a first UK tour this month taking in London, Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, said: “If Romeo + Juliet hadn’t come out when we were angst-ridden middle schoolers it may not have meant so much to us… but it did, and we ate it up.
“There’s no denying that ridiculous soundtrack.
“Since we started playing music together when this was all over MTV, we decided to cover The Cardigans’ Lovefool.
“They made us want to fall madly in love… and then kill ourselves.”
Grab your copy of the track by clicking here.
A BAND featuring Loughborough’s Vijay Mistry has released its debut album.
Yorkshire-based rock band Club Smith, which feature the Leicestershire member on drums, have released Appetite For Chivalry this month.
A spokesman said: “Appetite For Chivalry is the debut album from Leeds four-piece Club Smith.
“It channels lyrical responses to grief, disappointment and frustration through a euphoric blend of itchy rhythms and souring choruses.
“Recorded in late 2011 by Will Jackson (The Music/The Cribs) and James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses/Grammatics) the album shows a more mature sound than that of the earlier recorded output.”
• Don’t forget, you can grab a free Club Smith mp3, The Courtyard, as part of the Sound Advice album, available to download for free from here.
TORO Y Moi released a new album, June 2009, this week, a lo-fi retro collection well worth checking out.
And you can do so immediately, via the gift of a free to download mp3, track four from the album, Dead Pontoon.
GEORDIE band Maximo Park plan to get their names in the record books to mark the release of their latest record.
To mark The National Health’s release, the group plan to play five gigs at five independent record stores in the Newcastle area in one day.
Singer Paul Smith said: “All of us are regular record buyers and we prefer to indulge this passion at the shops of independent retailers who have a genuine love of music and knowledgeable, friendly staff.
“With that in mind we’ve decided to try and play at five North East independent record shops in one day to celebrate the release of The National Health – an organisational nightmare and quite possibly foolhardy, but we like to stretch our boundaries occasionally.”
Well done chaps – never mind actually playing the shows, just finding five independent record shops in the first place is a good effort these days…