Huw can always get what you want . . .

If what you want is a 21 gunned salute to bands so new they’re pre-new.  HUW STEPHEN’S, he with voice of a warming Horlicks & vodka cocktail & pre-new musoic affcianado has put together a compilation of some of his favourite bands of the moment with a lot of the tracks being exclusive to the comp which is out now on Wichita.

Music Sounds Better With You
Music Sounds Better With You

Expect to see some of the names probably appearing on a Rough Trade counter culture compilation some time next year or the year after, pretty much all the names being championed by those who know whats good for you & them now and for the foreseeable future, a lot of the bands appearing at HUW STEPHEN’S ‘INTRODUCING’ night @ THE SOCIAL (2nd Tuesday of the month), his festival stages @ SWN, Reading/Leeds, Glastonbury & Lattitude at which the Heavenly Jukebox will Djing in between bands on the Friday.  They will all be getting regular spins on Huw’s essential new music show on Radio 1 & they can all appear in your itunes for an entirely reasonable £4.49 – Check what that gets you;
1. Calories – Adventuring
2. Copy Haho – You Are My Coal Mine
3. Wax Fang – World War II (Pt. 2)
4. We Have Band – Oh! (Plugs Remix)
5. Pulled Apart By Horses – The Crapsons
6. Hjaltalin  – Suitcase Man
7. Sweet Baboo – Woe Unto Me to Get High
8. Swanton Bombs – Sorrysayer
9. Cyclones – See If I Float
10. Banjo or Freakout – Eighty-Eight
11. Gentle Friendly – Clean Break
12. Young Fathers – Bring It Home
13. Stricken City – Pull The House Down
14. Holy State – Solid State Messiah (vs the Valve Viking)
15. Gallops! – Lasers
16. Tubelord – Somewhere Out There A Dog Is On Fire
17. Dinosaur Pile-up – Opposites Attract
18. Portasound – 4 Minute Warning
19. Colorama – Oyasumi Baby
20. Gold Teeth – Everybody
21. Gold Panda – Like, Totally

To hear all the tracks from the
compilation and see more information about the bands, including a Q
+A with Huw and comments on each track, visit:

  • Gallops Drummer
  • Dave Morait – Gallops Drummer
  • GALLOPS - Trotters Indie-pendent Trading
  • So in honour of Huw & his sonic assemblage we went down to The Social this week for the launch party & caught our first glimpse of the mighty GALLOPS, whose drummer bust up 4 sticks in as many songs & the excellent STICKEN CITY, an in house favourite of ours.  Keep your ears & eyes open for ‘Songs about People I Know’ their debut album, it’s ace & especially charming is the track ‘Pull The House Down’ (link below) in which Rebekah Raa - Stricken City

    Rebekah Raa’s vocal & synth line warbles & accents post art pop at it’s finest.  There’s also a link below to the GALLOPS! track LASERS which is on Huw’s compilation, tiz juicy & fuggy, fizzy & thuggy as it interlaces some E-lektonik bounce with some incremental post-rock escalation.



    Check their websites for more details.


    While I was there at The Social I was lucky enough to capture on film a rare picture of Tall Paul our soundman actually sitting still manning the desk.  If  you’ve been down to The Social to see a band anytime in the last 3 years chances are you will have seen Paul bobbing around like a mentalist behind the bands, sometime detracting attention from the act – the guy’s a legend & anyone who’s had him do their sound will I’m sure agree, I think he’s even up there with Rhona, (currently running the desk @ the Fandango nights) who any band worth an indie 7″ will have encountered along they’re path to here, there or right, right, right over where . . .?, she can shoot an ego down in an instant if you want to play at bobby big bollocks knows best about sound, I mean, who needs a cock of all trades bleeting on about their amp when there’s 4 bands to check in an hour.  Anyway back to Paul, the reason he was sitting still was he sometimes suffers from chronic back pain due to being slumped all day & night over a desk, being bloody massive tall & spending weekday nights sleeping on the floor of his studio, which is called TREACLE in Old St.  Anyway’s wanted to post this pic cause its well good & he looks like a smokin’ head in a studio in the Seventies, which isn’t far from the truth.

    TALL PAUL - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
    TALL PAUL - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun