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interview: WELCOME TO WHALE CITY... AND WIPE YOUR FEET ON THE WAY IN. WARMDUSCHER INTERVIEWED.

"I woke up this morning. I carved her name into my arm, kissed her on the cheek and said goodbye forever. No bags packed. No round-trip tickets. I’m heading straight to Whale City, where they’re all going to know my name. I see the lights off this full tank of gas. I watch these flames burn in the distance. I’m coming home. These golden rings will see me through and the dust is going to fill my lungs. My hands, bruised and bleeding from the constant pounding of the dashboard. Here it goes. Whale City.”

Gearing up for the release to the follow up to 2015’s under the radar classic ‘Khaki Tears’, we talk ‘Whale City’ with garage-scronk madcaps Warmduscher.

There are very few powers as raw, uninhibited or ferocious as that possessed by Warmduscher. The quintet are the bastard lovechild of Clams Baker and The Witherer (Paranoid London), Lightnin’ Jack and The Saulcano (Fat White Family) and Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood). Whilst their sound falls firmly within the realms of boo…

interview: GET TO KNOW EYESORE AND THE JINX, LIVERPOOL GARAGE ROCK PROVOCATEURS

We held our launch at the beginning of the month with Wild Fruit Art Collective headlining, a real Liverpuddlian thunderbolt of a band. Until then, our primary focus had been on the scene brewing in London, alongside bands from a myriad of places that weren't all too far.

Now, we rotate our periscope north, to Liverpool. Whilst Wild Fruit remain amongst our favourite bands, Liverpool is seemingly crawling with other such bands that channel the same kinda gross and grimy influences into truly reptilian music. The bizarrely named Eyesore and the Jinx are our latest obsessions. Fire-breathing, yellow eyed grottabilly music on show, as they proudly unveil their debut single Gated Community.

At SEE YOU MATE, we regard it as our civic duty to inform you on such groups, and so here, Josh Miller dishes the dirt on the things that make the group tick.

Who is in the band, and how did you form? Can you tell me about the name?
The band consist of; myself on bass guitar and vocals, Liam Bates …

opinion: DECLAN COCHRAN PRESENTS "THE BETRAYAL OF ARCTIC MONKEYS..."

Arctic Monkeys have done an album, it’s got a long title (“Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino”), and if you’d told me before it came out that I would end up loving it then I would have assumed it was a record of Beach Boys covers, which (it seemed to me), were the only circumstances under which I would enjoy the Arctic Monkeys. But it’s here, and it’s surprisingly good. Very good in fact, a spectral set of spacey and loopy and haunting songs, dragged into being and led by some jazzy piano chords and frontman Alex Turner’s lascivious, crooning voice.

Lots of critics and pundits are pegging it as a Bowie-esque record, and that’s definitely true, but my dad compared it to Pulp and I think that’s a much better point of reference. It’s got the same thirst-factor that you’d find in songs like Pencil Skirt, and Turner is a good match for Jarvis Cocker’s preening, ghostly lust.

I’m still not what you’d call a fan of the band, but this album goes a long way towards making me like them. There’…

new music: SEE YOU MATE vol. 1 STARS HONKIES AND PEEPING DREXELS UNVEIL SPLIT SINGLE

Stars of vol. 1, Honkies and Peeping Drexels bless us today with split single Bills Drift/Pagans.

Two factions from the South East of London, the single showcases two of the city's finest musical forces at their grisly best. Honkies playful mangling of rockabilly, garage and synth pop pogos its way through 3 glorious minutes, whilst with Bills Drift, Peeping Drexels transport you to the sadistic mind of a drunk driver.

Hear it here

Interviews with both bands can be found in vol. 1 of See You Mate, of which there are still several copies left here.

for your aural pleasure: THE INAUGURAL SEE YOU MATE MIX

Salutations friends, for the day is upon us that we share our first SEE YOU MATE mix, the first in a series of half hour-or-so mixtapes that shine a light on all our favourite tunes of pastures old. Our first, just in time for the sweltering heat, is a mix of our favourite 60s garage psych deep cuts from around the globe.

From The Cousins (of Belgium) and Adjeef the Poet (Holland), to Groovy Ruben (UK) and The Elastik Band (USA), we present to you the inaugural SEE YOU MATE mix... crack open a can of D 'n' B (dandelion and burdock), put on your wide-brimmed hat, and get lost in The Woeful Tale of Shakes McGoo (and more stories).

review: ARCTIC MONKEYS' 'TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL AND CASINO'

2013 saw Arctic Monkeys reach the peak of their powers, with their fifth album AM. Prior to that, they were in danger of becoming like Kings of Leon, or someone like that, as Humbug and particularly Suck It And See saw them lose all the excitement that surrounded them, bit by bit.

AM arrived, and it saw the band reach the height of their powers commercially. That fucking album cover with the wiggly line on was everywhere. And they swept up at the Brits. Headlined Glastonbury. Et cetera.

But the thing about AM was that despite this success, it was quite a horrible album. Alex Turner adopted this persona that was supposed to be cool and sexy, but came off as forced, cringe-inducing, and ultimately sleazy. Some decent riffs nestled atop Matt Helders' most painfully dull drumming to date, and a forced American accent barking "why'd you only call me when you're high?" ensured that this album put a lot of people off the band.

And amongst bad music, the band came across…

premiere: 'OPAQUE', THE EFFORTLESSLY TRANSPORTATIVE NEW SINGLE FROM DOSE

Dose are a group from Newcastle, whom make art rock with a thick, impenetrable wall of sound. Often, the problem with dreamier, shoegazier groups is often that everything blends into one sonic blur, but, Dose are the antidote to this. There's a lot of clarity in their music, crisp guitar melodies and vocals that hover atop the miasma like a spectral overseer. Mesmeric, gripping, Opaque is their latest offering. Urbane uncertainty and a sound driven by pedalboards that look like spaceship control desks make Dose's sound the essential soundtrack to days rich in April showers.

Below, you can hear the MJ-produced Opaque, and find out more about it from Sean and Ewan from the band.



Tell me about Opaque. What inspired it?
Sean:​ Although musically the original inspiration came from messing around with a weird new pedal - Montreal Assembly’s Count to Five for anyone else as obsessed as me - Opaque began as a shift in sound for us, relying less on all-encapsulating effects and more on s…