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44 INDIE / ROCK Issue 81 / 2015 Of course, there are countless great bands out there waiting to become some cool thing in your obscure record collection but Porches is part of a select few that are recognisable from the first chord played or syllable sung. We fell in love with the sparse yet beautiful guitar tone of 'Dirty Clean', one of the most brilliant tracks on their 2011 album Je T'aime. Porches is the sort of band that helps you through a difficult time, defining a point in your life that for better or for worse, will be brought back up to the surface every time you put that record on. This is an absolute credit to a great band and one you should definitely check out this autumn. Artist Of the MOnth POrches Nobody else really sounds the way Brooklyn band Porches do These are the artists that were never big enough to become a cheesy gimmick but dear enough to the right kind of loyal fans to continue cranking out albums, to keep touring and to revamp old songs for a fresher audience. Perhaps no band better embodies this spirit than Boise, Idaho alt-rockers Built to Spill. A lot can be said about Built to Spill's ability to keep things so fresh since the release of their 1993 debut full length Ultimate Alternative Universe and the 1994 follow up There's Nothing Wrong With Love, the album that propelled the band into virtually every alternative rock record collection the world over. Probably the most notable influence on their ever changing but consistently great sound is their habit of album to album line-up changes that revolve around founder and only permanent band member, Doug Martsch. Over the years, Martsch has mastered the ability in his singing, lyricism and guitar playing to combine the perfect amount of grit and raw emotion with the subtle, soft spoken brilliance we expect from a middle aged bearded man with a worn but well loved Fender Stratocaster. Martsch manages to make fuzzy, distorted guitars seem relaxing, to plunge into a guitar solo without making it a cheesy mess and to create something beautiful record after record without giving us the impression he's just trying to fulfill a contractual obligation to a label. In April of 2015 the band gave us a new album called Untethered Moon and this summer they suited up for a world tour that has stretched well into the autumn and brings them to Camden's Electric Ballroom on 25th November. If you haven't already, take some time to get into this these records. With Louis Bartle and Justin Harris replacing Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong, Bloc Party hope to be making back to the top. With their fifth album Hymns dropping next January, the band are on tour for the next month or two showcasing their new sound. Mixing in some old classics, Bloc Party are looking to introduce a more techno sound to their music with tracks such as 'The Love Within'. Your first chance to catch a glimpse of the reconfigured band will be at St John's in Hackney Church on 4th December, before they start a few European dates and finally return back to England early next year. Guestlist recOMMends Somewhere between one hit wonderland and infallible mega-stardom is a place, a limbo where some of our favourite bands sit and age, maturing like a fine wine Built tO sPill BlOc PArty The band are back, although not as you know it PlAylist Kettering The Antlers Arrival of the Birds The Cinematic Orchestra Bones The Killers Take Me Somewhere Nice Mogwai Here's the indie on our playlist this month: More @

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