Art Brut Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! Here to remind us of our insatiable, adolescent appetite for music, Art Brut are back together. What started as a break-up album and turned into an ‘in-love record’, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! is a collection of post-punk, poppy bangers that recall the distinctive sound that burst out of the Berlin-based band back in 2005. It’s been seven years since the group’s last LP and sees Argos’ self-referential, sincere narrative shape into poignant reflections of encompassing a youthful heart in a world that perpetually forces us to grow up. Argos was careful to “live a life” before attempting a new album. “I moved to Berlin, I nearly died with Peritonitis. I was in hospital for a bit. I had a son, I had a relationship that broke up. I wrote a comic, a memoir, a musical and had a one man show,” he says. “I don't want to be that band who writes the sort of songs like "I don't like touring, touring is really boring". I think we needed a rest so some stuff could happen to me, to fill me up.” Produced by award-winning folk musician Jim Moray, Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! is Art Brut at their pop band best. Argos recorded his vocals in one or two takes, channeling the sporadic nature of his live performances while hand claps and ad-libbed jokes and howls produce a raw and authentic work. Morphing almost any mundane experience into a hilariously candid anecdote - whether it’s watching hipsters eat falafel on ‘Good Morning Berlin’, planning a better diet after a health scare on ‘Hospital!’ or dodging a train ticket inspector on ‘Schwarzfahrer’- Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! is testament to the frontman’s unconventional approach to finding inspiration in just about anything. Alcopop CD | LP
Kagoule Strange Entertainment The second full length album from Kagoule, following on from their release of their debut Urth. ALCOPOP LP
Tubelord Our First American Friends (Reissue) A Kingston institution, Tubelord were special to Banquet (we put on countless shows, watched more elsewhere, and even put out a 7" of theirs). Indie-math-rock from the era of Tellison, Tall Ships, Johnny Foreigner, TTNG and Tangled Hair. It’s been a while, but to celebrate one of the world’s great underappreciated albums, and to do something a bit damn cool – Alcopop! are repressing the debut album by legendary British math-rockers Tubelord. Repressed on transparent yellow vinyl, and a very special version with a little bit of the original at its heart. Yup, we’ve literally taken an original copy of the first run’s test pressing (from 2009), smashed it to dust, and sprinkled the remains into a limited edition run of 200. Please don’t mention how much that would have been worth on discogs! As one BBC reviewer famously put it, “Whatever you want to call that smashing up of songs and then stitching the bits back together, Tubelord do it, and they do it very well indeed! They really did, and now this very quote proved the inspiration for smashing up what had gone before, and stitching it back together via a vinyl re-press. Nice. A note on the 'test-press splatter' variant of the LP: “Whatever you want to call that smashing up of songs and then stitching the bits back together, Tubelord do it, and they do it very well indeed” said the BBC… So when we decided to repress one of the greatest alt albums of a generation, we thought we’d go for broke. Getting a pretty much priceless test pressing from Dave (Tubelord), we did the only acceptable thing, smashing it into many pieces and sending it to our pressing plant who pressed the fragments into the new records Therefore – each of the special pressings (ltd to 250) have a piece of the original vinyl dusted into the discs in splatter form. It may be a repress – but what it contains is from those 2009 glory days - and the tracks haven’t aged a day. Also available on see-thru yellow (also ltd to 250). 500 only ever to be pressed. Thanks to Hassle, BSM and most importantly, Tubelord, for being cool with the plan. ALCOPOP LP
Happy Accidents Everything But The Here And Now The second full length studio album from the London trio Happy Accidents, delightful and emotive indie-punk-pop that's sure to appeal to the fans of The Front Bottoms, Martha and The Winter Passing. Exploring new territory that includes washes of synths, keys and atmospheric production courtesy of Hookworm’s Matthew “MJ” Johnson (Drenge, Doe, Martha, Honeyblood), they’re also forging ahead into new lyrical pastures that reflect the often turbulent, yet upward trajectory of their experiences as a band and in their personal lives. ALCOPOP LP
DZ Deathrays Bloody Lovely The third full length album from the Australian outfit DZ Deathrays. Thrashy and energetic rock with a groovy, dance-punk edge. If you're into the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Death From Above 1979 and The Dirty Nil will dig this. Bloody Lovely is the DZ Deathrays expanded universe: the perfect amalgamation of all that has come before it, but kicking in the afterburners, and shooting into the stratosphere as we all hold on for dear life. Alcopop CD | LP
The Spook School Could It Be Different? The third full length album from Scottish indie-punks The Spook School. For fans of Diet Cig, U.S. Girls and Martha. “‘Still Alive’ is about no longer being in an abusive relationship. My tendency was to blame myself for not seeing signs or leaving sooner which wasn’t helpful or fair, so I wrote this song to try and force myself out of that mindset. “In a way it’s a pretty angry song, with that anger being directed at people that carry out abusive behaviours towards others. I think there’s a kind of pride in it as well though - a recognition that you had the strength to get through a shitty situation and to do what you needed to do & that you don’t need to feel shame.” ALCOPOP CD | LP
Tigercub Evolve Or Die EP The follow up EP to their debut album, Kingston visitors Tigercub are back with their Evolve Or Die EP, pushing their post-grunge influenced rock sound further. Give this a listen if you're into the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Fangclub and Dinosaur Pile-Up. 2017 has been a big year for TIGERCUB, and after emerging triumphant with a huge debut album sending ricochets around the rock world, we’re doing something really special, fresh from packing out Dingwalls, touring with PABH and Royal Blood and playing all the best festivals. Releasing a statement EP, Evolve or Die, this is a manifesto of intent & stylistic pivot for a band determined to build, to transform, to cement their reputation as one of the most innovative, powerful and relevant bands in the UK. ALCOPOP 12"