Saturday, May 16, 2015

Man Of Moon - The Road

Teenage Edinburgh duo Man Of Moon have been touring with The Phantom Band recently, which is as good an entree as you'll have into their boldly standing-out statement of a debut single, a strutting, lightly shimmering, slowly enveloping slab of dark kosmiche produced by Frightened Rabbit keyboardist Andy Monaghan that strides forward where others get stuck in repetition.

Friday, May 15, 2015

AUTOBAHN - Immaterial Man

The death-motorik Leodensians have reached album stage, Dissemble out 21st August. They're a band who on this form know their touchstones, reaching out to the Horrors/Toy brigade on one side with the build and swirl and on the other the point at which the Batcave meets Factory - the bass sound and gothy vocal reverb are pure Martin Hannett touches. Developing from pensive to full throttle, they're post-industrial in more ways that one.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Telegram - Aeons

Always a toss-up whether new Telegram tracks are actually singles or just something they're throwing out there but this is definitely the former, out 10th July and preorderable through PledgeMusic so they can finally afford to make an album. A more brooding take on their motorik glam it sways, forces its way through, breaks down and builds back up to a noise-out climax just as we're becoming used to.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Peaness - Fortune Favours The Bold

Yep, Peaness. The international drain of band names continues apace. Apart from being three women from Chester we don't know a lot about them but we can tell you this first track of theirs to go out to the world but we know we like this almost surf-pop cut reminiscent of a janglier, landborne Waxahatchee, laden with effortless harmonies and sharp, indelible hooks, not to mention the cocksureness of youth and the dream of escape.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Jonbarr Hinge - Ballbarian

Let's get back into the swing of things after the anniversary business, then, as we've been meaning to post a track from Ben Parker's (other) other band's new album Broken Ribs, Broken Records for a while. Almost a more straightforward, garagey, less wordy take on Nosferatu D2 and the Superman Revenge Squad Band's ennui-driven seething.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ten years of STN: 2014

What a short, strange trip it's been. Songs 181 to 200 inclusive of this trawl through the first decade of STN's existence, and we hope you've enjoyed it. Or read it.





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Lonelady - Groove It Out
tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain
Martin Carr - The Santa Fe Skyway
St Vincent - Birth In Reverse
Hayley Bonar – Kill The Fun
Martha - 1967, I Miss You, I'm Lonely
Firestations - Never Closer
Post War Glamour Girls - Sestra
The Drink - Microsleep
Acollective – Happiest Of All Memorial Days
Weyes Blood - Some Winters
Grawl!x - Atlas Bear
FKA Twigs - Numbers
R.Seiliog - Ostisho
Hookworms - On Leaving
The Wind-Up Birds - There Will Be No Departures From This Stand
Trash Kit - Medicine
Ravioli Me Away - Cat Call
Cosines – Out Of The Fire
Perfume Genius - Queen

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ten years of STN: 2013

Year eleven begins with us still in tenth birthday mode, like a hopeful child who refuses to take down their birthday cards because while there's still some semblance of commemoration real life cannot yet start again. 2013, then, in bite-size form.





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Islet - Carlos
Mowbird - Happy Active Horse Organ
Hooded Fang - Ode To Subterrania
Spectral Park - L'appel Du Vide
Vampire Weekend - Step
Youth Lagoon - Dropla
Summer Camp - Two Chords
Sky Larkin - Motto
Joanna Gruesome - Sugarcrush
Jetplane Landing - Beat Generation... Ha!
Telegram - Follow
Withered Hand - Heart Heart
And So I Watch You From Afar - Big Thinks Do Remarkable
Kiran Leonard - Dear Lincoln
Georgia Ruth - Week Of Pines
Shhh...Apes! - Painkiller
Haiku Salut - Los Elefantes
A Little Orchestra feat. Model Village - Josefina
Marika Hackman - Bath Is Black
Nadine Shah - Dreary Town

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ten years of STN: 2012

Well, today's the day - 29th April 2005 was the date of the opening post on Sweeping The Nation. In some sort of mission statement we pledged "little beating around the bushes, but probably quite a bit of prevarication", and we've kept as true to those words today as we were back then. There may well be more consideration given to this past decade in time, but as for now and with passing due thanks to everyone who's committed themselves to reading and listening to the bulk of what we've posted about in the 3130 posts before this one we've got a daily feature to continue with, so here's twenty tracks that sum up where this august body was during 2012...





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Clock Opera - Belongings
Tall Ships - T=0
Why? - Sod In The Seed
Golden Fable - Sugarloaf
Gulp - Game Love
The Invisible - Protection
Internet Forever - Pages Of Books
Future Of The Left - Polymers Are Forever
Threatmantics - Wazoo
Savages - Husbands
Cheatahs - The Swan
Tigercats - The Vapours
This Many Boyfriends - Tina Weymouth
Willy Mason - Restless Fugitive
Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament - We Are Not Evil
Jack Hayter - The Shackleton
Allo Darlin' - Tallulah
Tessera Skies - Soliloquy Of An Astronaut
Minotaur Shock - Janet
Toy - Kopter

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ten years of STN: 2011

You know this by now. We're up to year seven in STN's Rock'n'Roll Years, 20 tracks to represent those twelve months via Spotify with a tracklisting for the uninitiated to be highlighted underneath. Are you being entertained yet? Relive the whole set through the tag





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PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land
Beth Jeans Houghton - Dodecahedron
Daughter - Run
Sam Airey - The Blackout
David Thomas Broughton - River Lay
Marques Toliver - Charter Magic
Other Lives - For 12
Low - You See Everything
I Break Horses - Winter Beats
Bibio - K Is For Kelson
Maybeshewill - Red Paper Lanterns
Mogwai - Mexican Grand Prix
Roxy Rawson - Fingers
Cults - Go Outside
Colourmusic - Yes!
Wild Flag - Romance
Help Stamp Out Loneliness - Record Shop
Race Horses - Benidorm
Dog Is Dead - Glockenspiel Song
Half Man Half Biscuit - Rock And Roll Is Full Of Bad Wools

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ten years of STN: 2010

Into the 2010s now on our odyssey through a decade of Sweeping The Nation in what might have been once termed mixtapes. Twenty more tracks, tracklisting for those unable to see it or who crave suspense in their lives whited out underneath.





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The Fall - Bury Pts. 1 + 3
Archie Bronson Outfit - Magnetic Warrior
Everything Everything - Schoolin'
Napoleon IIIrd - The Unknown Unknown
Yeasayer - O.N.E.
Janelle Monae feat. Saul Williams - Dance Or Die
Katy B - Katy On A Mission
Lone Wolf - Keep Your Eyes on the Road
Gruff Rhys - Shark Ridden Waters
Beach House - Norway
Warpaint - Undertow
Let's Buy Happiness - Six Wolves
Rose Elinor Dougall - Find Me Out
Los Campesinos! - The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
British Sea Power - Zeus
Mitchell Museum - Warning Bells
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
Standard Fare - Love Doesn't Just Stop
Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
No Age - Fever Dreaming