New Music – Rosie Alena, Kill Your Boyfriend, CULTDREAMS, Hotel Lux

New releases and tour dates – Rosie Alena, Kill Your Boyfriend, CULTDREAMS, Hotel Lux

Rosie Alena – Mixed Messages (single)

With a touch of the Lana Del Reys about her vocal, Rosie Alena adds a soft, trippy musical backdrop; the combination of the two resulting in a hypnotic dose of mournful psych-folk for your pleasure. Although their sounds are streets apart, the track features members of Mercury nominated pals Black Midi. Based on this astutely produced debut, it seems likely that Rosie may soon be following in their increasingly successful footsteps. Mixed Messages was released via Strong Island Recordings yesterday.

You can catch Rosie live on a string of London dates, as below:
1st December – The Windmill, Brixton
4th December – Rye Wax, Peckham (Single Launch)
8th December – Sister Midnight Records, Deptford
14th December – Lion Coffee Records, Clapton
25th January – The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston (Strong Island Recordings All-Dayer)

Rosie Alena


Kill Your Boyfriend – Elizabeth (inc Preoccupations remix – single)

Moving on to heavier psych with attitude, Kill Your Boyfriend release their new single Elizabeth today; an impressive first release for new London label Depth Records. Hailing from Italy, the band take this track to a place where the Mary Chain meet industrialisation at its fiercest. Calling on their friend and contemporary Daniel Christiansen from Preoccupations to remix the B side, this is a furious mixing and melting of minds. If you were looking for something sinister and loud to shake things up you’re in luck. Elizabeth is available to stream and on limited red vinyl (300 copies) via this link. Kill Your Boyfriend have live dates in Italy in December and play in Manchester in January:

4th December – Rome, Klang
5th December – Avila, Humus
6th December – Palermo, PunkFunk
31st January – Manchester, The Peer Hat

Kill Your Boyfriend


CULTDREAMS – Live dates to promote Things that Hurt 

After releasing their second album Things that Hurt on Big Scary Monsters in August, CULTDREAMS have enjoyed positive reviews for their no holds barred post-punk shoegaze songs, delivered with a sense of urgency that suggests you should sit up and take notice. Building on their live performances touring with Nervus and Milk Teeth, the duo have announced their biggest UK headline tour so far. Dates are set for early next year and look set to be as frenetic as you would hope for whilst offering a chance to catch the new songs live. Tickets for the dates below go on sale today.

February 2020
21st – Manchester, YES
22nd – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
23rd – Glasgow, Poetry Club
24th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
25th – Bristol, Exchange Basement 
26th – London, Boston Music Room
27th – Brighton, The Prince Albert 


Hotel Lux – Tabloid Newspaper (single)

Alive in the world since midnight, the new track from Hotel Lux, Tabloid Newspaper, is available to stream now and will be released via New Swan Records in the new year. With a deep punchy bass-line and their customary spit-spoken vocals, it’s like a meeting in a dark alley between The Fall’s Totally Wired and a modern day Park Life for the politically aware (I mean more politically aware than being upset at the binmen waking you up on a Wednesday). Far from the music factory approach to churning out songs of love and heartbreak, Hotel Lux paint a picture with their lyrics that puts the truth on a plate, this time throwing the ethics of the tabloid press onto the fire. It’s timely, accurate and a prodigious listen. Tour dates for 2020 will doubtless sell out quickly; you’d be wise to get your tickets soon as this band are a treat live and are playing some of the best independent venues around, dates below.

February 2020
2st – Newcastle, Think Tank
22nd – Glasgow, Broadcast
23rd – Leeds, Oporto
24th – Manchester, YES
25th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
26th – Nottingham, Bodega
27th – Bristol, Exchange
28th – Leicester, the Cookie
29th – Bedford, Esquires
1st – Southampton, Joiners
2nd – Brighton, The Prince Albert
3rd – London, Waiting Room

Hotel Lux


Words by Siobhan

29th November 2019