Sunday, 14 May 2017

Real Numbers - Frank Infatuation b/w Leave It Behind MSR-18

DUE TO ISSUES AT PRESSING PLANT, THIS 45 WILL BE RELEASED AT THE END OF JULY - likely 24th JULY 


Minneapolis' Real Numbers have been a mainstay amongst the DIY indie scene for a number of years now, with each of their releases getting better and better as they go on.

Market Square are incredibly proud to be releasing a 7" by Real Numbers, whom I regard as one of the current generation's best bands.

Centred around the song-writing of the band's leader Eli Hansen, Real Numbers have for a succession of releases forged out a discography full of great shambolic lo-fi pop brilliance right from their early beginning. In recent years Real Numbers popularity has grown and they are now highly regarded by fans and other musicians the world-over.

Market Square are pleased to release Real Numbers' double-sider of amazing pastoral indie-pop.

This new 7" see's the band release a newly mixed version of Frank Infatuation from their 2016 debut LP Wordless Wonder (available on Slumberland Records). The song is a gem and highlight of Eli Hansen's great songwriting ability, I'd like to say this will one day be considered an indie classic in years too come (only time will tell).

The b-side Leave It Behind is a track written by Eli's father & a close family friend, the song is one of the most tenderest songs I think Market Square has released to date and is an absolutely beautiful track, laid back chorus laden guitar and reverbed vocal highlight the track but the overall vibe of melancholia is what makes the song so great, its a really great piece of song-writing.

I consider this single to be one of the best indie releases in recent years and fans of C86, groups like New Order & The Wake as well as 60s influenced mods cannot fail with this release, Real Numbers seem to merge  many cool genres in to one to come across as a totally original and completely unique band of the modern era.



Real Numbers are...

Eli - Vocals and Guitar
Ian - Guitar
Johnny - Bass
James - Drums

The 45 will be limited to 300 copies only and housed in a riso-graph fold-over sleeve designed by Eli from the band, all copies will contain an insert in either "yellow" or "blue" paper.

Go give the band a follow on their Facebook page here... REAL NUMBERS' FACEBOOK

The Record will be released at the end of June (likely the 29th June) and available from Market Square direct from the labels Bandcamp Page... HERE!!!

Records will also likely be available from...

The Bands themselves
Rough Trade (UK)
Normans (UK)
Clearspot Distribution (throughout Europe)
Florida's Dying (US)
13 O Clock (US)
Sorry State (US)
Strange World Records (Australia)
Japanese distros.
plus a few others too possibly.

The Shifters - A Believer b/w Contrast Of Form MSR-17

DUE TO ISSUES AT PRESSING PLANT, THIS 45 WILL BE RELEASED AT THE END OF JULY - likely 24th JULY 


Melbourne Australia's The Shifters have been making a really impressive noise over the last couple of years, still in their infancy but growing stronger with each gig they do, the band have grown to become one of more interesting new groups to emerge from Melbourne's Underground in recent years.

The group's debut 7" Creggan Shops impressed me with its monotone sleeve and scratchy guitar punk genius.

Market Square are proud to be releasing the band's second 7"  A Believer b/w Contrast of Form.

Both sides combine great DIY art punk of the highest calibre.

A Believer starts proceedings with rhythmic drum work very reminiscent to Television Personalities 1988 single "How I Learned To Love The Bomb" a steady tribal beat opening way to a mesmerising chord and fender jaguar laden hook. The track also has a very Fall-esque vibe about it, with the way the organ flows through the track.... but ultimately this is The Shifters in their most snotty art-punk best, the song is poppy, its catchy and its the sound of a great new talent.

The b-side Contrast of Form is basically a trademark sound for this band, this in my opinion is some of the most perfect outsider pop happening in the world right now, the song takes us on a journey explaining the story of a weirdo artist and his ambitions to be a "real" artist and also to possibly "take flight" the song is open to interpretation, thats what's so cool about this song.

Musically The Shifters follow in a similar course forged by their Antipodian brothers from the early 80s NZ underground scene, groups of which came out of the embryonic Flying Nun Records catalogue, bands like the Stones, The Clean and The Bats... in-fact Contrast of Form is the closest I've heard a recent band capture the Dunedin sound without even trying.... there must be something cool in the water down-under??




The Shifters are...

Miles Jansen - Words and Rhythm Guitar
Ryan Coffee - Drums
Violetta DCR - Lead Guitar
Tristan Davies - Bass

They are currently working on a new LP and actually have a completed bulk of work ready for release... so check them out on Facebook SHIFTERS FACEBOOK

The Record is limited to 300 copies and will each be hand-numbered, the record comes housed in a riso-graph sleeved designed by Tristan from the band.

The Record will be released at the end of June (likely 29th June) and available from Market Square direct at our Bandcamp  HERE!!!!

Records will also likely be available from...

The Bands themselves
Rough Trade (UK)
Normans (UK)
Clearspot Distribution (throughout Europe)
Florida's Dying (US)
13 O Clock (US)
Sorry State (US)
Strange World Records (Australia)
Japanese distros.
plus a few others too possibly.

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Higher State - Your Casting Doubt b/w X-Ray Day MSR-16




Market Square are about to release a slew of new releases in 2017, the first being the brand-new 45 for UK based Garage band The Higher State.

The Higher State have been making records now since 2005 and this release is their ninth 45rpm single, If you're into authentic sounding 60s garage styled punk rock, then you'd probably know who The Higher State are.

The A-side Your Casting Doubt instantly kicks the listener from a low gear stasis straight into the territories of tearing the skin against concrete at full speed, the opening snare drum snaps and the guitars pound followed by a swirling Farfisa organ which gains momentum throughout the track. The song breaks into an up and down wave of rhythm, beat and melody, building to further heights with rumbling bass lines and sharp lyrical observations regards to all those phonies and sell-outs which dwell in society today, such lines spat out with venomous precision include ".. And the precious lies that you hold on to, seem so real at the time they're said" and my personal favourite "You're as fake as the one you're standing next too and I see right through everything you've said"... NICE!!!!  The track also has some soaring fuzz-tone guitar both in the lead break and the outro. The outro also including some pretty killer organ, drum and bass work too.

Flip the record over and The Higher State have entered more moodier terrain with the b-side X-Ray Day; again the Farfisa organ floats gently whilst fantastic observational lyricisms are sung above a solid drum beat and some quite stead-fast guitar picking adding resonance to the vibe of the track.... everyday is your X-Ray Day, just remember that!!!

Overall this 45 does indeed sound like some bored teenagers in some garage space in Fort Worth Texas circa 1966, but instead its some equally bored dudes in a stairwell in Kent.





The 45 is limited to 300 copies and released on March 20th 2017.

100 of the copies will be coming in the special home-made (made by the band) 'Nancy Kovak" sleeve, these copies are only going to be sold via the band's own Bandcamp page, which can be found here.... HIGHER STATE BANDCAMP

All the regular copies will come in a Market Square company sleeve; all the records come with a lyric sheet and a hand-numbered Fender Jaguar insert.
the standard copies can be purchased from the label's Bandcamp page here.... LABEL BANDCAMP

Copies will also be found from the following outlets.

13 O' Clock Records
Clearspot Distribution
Rough Trade
Normans
Heyday Mailorder
As well as other record shops around the UK.


In the meantime, why not check out the band's promo video for the single.














  

Saturday, 17 December 2016

The Creation Factory - Let Me Go b/w You Got It MSR-15


Los Angeles has always been a city whose music scene has always been ahead of the game, from the Jazz era all the way through to the 1980s Paisley Underground, there has always been a hip flavouring to the Los Angeles musical landscape.

The Creation Factory are an extension of Los Angeles' rich musical past. Formed by members Shane Stotsenberg (Bass/Vocals) & Iggy Gonzalez (Drums/Vocals) who are also main players in popular neo-psych pop act The Mystic Braves.

The Creation Factory formed mainly as a recording project between Shane & Iggy, before they introduced a trio of other Los Angeles and Bay Area musicians to join the fold and take the project onto the road to play shows, the current line-up also includes Organist Glenn Brigman and guitarists Neil Soiland & Gabriel Pacheco.

The above bunch of guys are the group who play on this, the debut 45rpm release by The Creation Factory.

The sounds on this piece of wax obviously is rooted in the past and this can clearly be heard, but The Creation Factory are not like other garage-revival groups  today who  are "trying to sound like the 60s", they are a band from 1966 NOW... they live it.

The Top side "Let Me Go" could very easily fit on the grooves of any Pebbles compilation or Highs in the Mid-60s comp, the song flows with outsider punk-isms with lyrical blasts against mediocrity such as "I just want to live my life alone so let me go", the song ebbs and flows with nice combo organ, fuzz tone guitar of exceptionally high quality and tumbling bass all held together by solid jazz flavoured drumming.

The Flip an uber-cool instrumental entitled "You Got It" kicks starts like some lost Avalon Ballroom freak-out, the track is meant to represent the groups soaring live set and essentially gives the listener an insight into what the bands out-there "live" vibe. The track has a Booker T & The MG's groove to it but also sounds as though the band have just come out of playing a show at the Pandora's Box on Sunset Strip circa 67', again swirling organ and fuzz tone guitar take the spotlight, but the groove behind held together by Shane and Iggy, is quite simply astounding.

The Creation Factory are one of the few groups today, doing this music as it is meant to be done and in my book are pretty authentic and shine a light over many of their fellow peers on the 60s garage revival scene... I DIG THEM and their fluid groove and so should YOU!!!!


The Creation Factory 45 will be out on January 16th 2017.

Copies will be available at a number of outlets including from the band themselves.... places to get the 45 will be 

13 O Clock Records (USA)
Clearspot Distribution (Europe)
Normans (UK)
Rough Trade (UK)
and a host of other cool record shops - record stores please get in touch via Bandcamp if you want to stock copies.

It will also be available via Market Square Bandcamp on the day of release.

Go and check the band out at their Facebook page here - The Creation Factory

The 7" is limited to 300 copies only, each housed in a authentic 60s style paper sleeve with green print of the band on front and back, each 45 contains a limited apple green hand-numbered card insert.

There has also been some extra spare copies pressed of this 45 and  41 of these extra copies will come with a "red" hand-numbered insert.... they will be sold after the initial press has gone.

DIG IT!!!!!






Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Sticks - No Sustain E.P MSR-14



Enigmatic three-piece post-punkers The Sticks return after a four year gap, with a brand new selection of warped and primal laced tracks in the form of the "NO SUSTAIN" E.P

The Brighton based trio continue with their minimalistic and disjointed style of music, clearly influenced by the early 80s DIY culture and C-80 tape scene, The Sticks have always been that band who would richly deserve to be on a Messethetics compilation. 

The songs on this extended-play release fuses their influences of this past music scene but also combines new and unusual interplay which give The Sticks a very unique and fresh sound all of their own and totally individual to them. When you hear a Sticks track, you know what you're hearing but can never pin-point what the influence is and thats the magic of The Sticks.

The Sticks' members James "The Plague" Tranmer, Iain Paxton & Stuart Cartland each share the musical input rotating instruments and vocal duties as and when it suits them.

Side A kicks off with the title track 'No Sustain', the track sounds like it would easily have been released by Fast Products in 1980, the song deals with themes of the mundane, the boredom of modern life, the safety of living a "normal" 9-to-5 existence... The guys sing it with a nonchalant feel, which exemplifies the boredom of Brighton life (don't be fooled folks Brighton isn't that great!!!).

'Cobblers' starts off like some lost 60s garage obscurity, then takes an amphetamine hit where the song explodes into a myriad of visualisations, documenting more kitchen sink drama in the form of walking "cobbled" streets of any suburban town and The Sticks warns you to "BEWARE THEM" in the songs first line.

Flip the record over to Side B and things begin to get weird, 'Air Atlantis' has an almost Gang of Four feel through the spectrum of a Captain Beefheart or even Early-Floyd acid-trip, the guys are retelling the dizzy heights of air travel to the fabled lands of Atlantis, could this just be fiction?? or are the guys on a cosmonautical inner journey?? who knows?? ask them??

Casual Man, hits like some Hip-Hop track if it had overdosed of Kool-Aid and watched endless episodes of Sesame Street, The Sticks sing of the Casual Man - the guy we all see walking walking the town centre on a Saturday night and all slightly hate and despise, this is all the more amusing with the groovy bass-line which almost sarcastically takes the piss in its own funky way.... AMEN to The Sticks.


The No Sustain EP, will be released on OCTOBER 31st 2016.

It will be limited to 300 copies only and come in hand-numbered risograph sleeves, there will also be lyric inserts which the band themselves are going to be risographing too.

The record will be in a number of mail-orders and a couple of record shops.

however to buy from source please go to  www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com on the day of release.

Also.... go and check out the Sticks on Facebook  here  THE STICKS FACEBOOK
















Friday, 8 April 2016

Jessica & The Fletchers - Marble Fountain b/w Crystal Tears MSR-13




Barcelona based Indie-Pop noise makers Jessica & The Fletchers debut 7"  Marble Fountain b/w Crystal Tears will be proudly released on Market Square on the 23rd May 2016.

Jessica & The Fletchers have caused a bit of a sensation on the world-wide indie pop music scene during the last year, with their uber authentic C86 styled noise-pop, they wouldn't be out of place sharing the bill with The Shop Assistants circa 1986, however they are rooted firmly in their location of Barcelona 2016.

Fronted by Antoni Amaya who is also the bands songwriter, the group are clearly influenced by the ramshackle C86 music scene which came out of England in the mid-80s, they are defined by strong melodies, great song-writing and ethereal noise melting it all together just like honey.

Whilst being inspired by mid- 80s indie labels such as Sarah Records, Subway Organisation, bands like Talulah Gosh and most-likely a lot of the Scottish Indie scene of the time, these young noise-makers also take influence from the Spanish new-wave which aptly enough coincided with the C86 scene in the mid-80s. Jessica & The Fletchers although influenced by music made 30 years ago are also firmly rooted in the "NOW" and I feel are a breath of fresh air in the music world today, there are not many honest pop bands out there anymore, however these girls and guys are just that and I love that about them.

When I heard Jessica & The Fletcher for the first time, I fell in love with their music, their songs are rooted in the realism of their own lives, its truly honest music and has an extremely bittersweet vibe about it. Jessica & The Fletchers have a really interesting way of making short, spiky, pristine pop songs which are under the 3 minute-mark yet remain totally true to themselves and they keep a real understated mystery.... I think they're FAB!!!!

Marble Fountain starts the 45 with fuzzy guitar and simple 4/4 drumming holding it together, suddenly Jane the bands guitarist and lead vocalist starts off proceedings with her soft vocal singing the opening line "You saw shooting stars before the sunset..." the song proceeds in a see-saw motion of melodic intensity, retelling the tale of love-lost and adolescent poetry.

The B-side 'Crystal Tears' is the same style of indie genius, although a little more up-tempo compared to the A-side again Antoni provides beautiful teenage style street poetry with his lyrics and Jane sings a beautiful melody throughout, Aitor the bands drummer, keeps the time firmly despite the speed delivered and Sonia the bassist provides a nice comfortable bass holding the song together, they work well as a unit, which can really be heard on this track.

I see great things happening for Jessica & The Fletchers and really feel they should be "YOUR next favourite band".

The 7" will be released on the 23rd May 2016 and is limited to 300 copies only, each record comes with a hand-numbered lyric postcard and will also come housed in a Risograph fold-over sleeve (Just like a fanzine from back in the 80s) 


JESSICA AND THE FLETCHERS ARE...


Antoni Amaya - Keys/ Backing Vocals
Aitor Bigas - Drums
Sonia Montoya - Bass
Jane Wildson - Guitar/ Vocals


Check them out on FACEBOOK -  JESSICA & THE FLETCHERS

Also check them out on Bandcamp to purchase their previous material.

You can buy copies of the single direct from the band or through us at our bandcamp page (See below)  I'll be putting the 45 up for PRE-ORDER on May 16th which is a week before it's out.











Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Fallen Leaves - Out In A Forest b/w The Inside Of A Chair MSR-12



Formed in 2004, South London based quartet The Fallen Leaves have been making a unique noise, blending mod-esque poptones & vitriolic punk urgency, they're one of London's truly great and lost independent bands.

"Punk Rock for Gentlemen" is their idiom and this new release lives up to the motto.

Out In A Forest b/w The Inside Of A Chair, is the bands second 45rpm single, follows a large and prolific number of self-released albums and a debut single on their own Parliament Records label.

Both songs on this release were co-written by the groups founding members Rob Green & Rob Symmons.

Side A 'Out In A Forest' is rooted in a four-chord, power-pop tradition with trembling guitars, weaving bass and a consistent drum beat holding it all together, whilst Rob Green's lead vocal melodically croons on top.

Fans of early indie music, after its initial rise from punk, would enjoy this record it has a certain early Creation or Cherry Red Records feel to it, similarities to bands like The Jasmine Minks, The June Brides & The McTells whilst at the same time showcasing The Fallen Leaves influences from melodic sixties mod-pop via The Who and The Creation.

The Flip-Side 'The Inside Of A Chair' is an instrumental of magnificent proportions. Rob Symmons having been one of the original founding members of cult punk band The Subway Sect showcases with this track alone that he was of great importance to that band and its influence on countless post-punk and 80s indie groups as well as continuing to make music utilising his totally unique guitar sound and style of playing.

The Inside Of A Chair, is a short but venom-filled track which moves along in a menacing manner there is a great sense of frustration in this song, the song title brings up ideas of Kitchen-Sink Drama and certainly doesn't live down that title.

The Current line-up of The Fallen Leaves are...


Rob Green - Vocals & Tambourine
Rob Symmons - Guitar
Matthew Karas - Bass & Backing Vocals
William Lewington - Drums

Check out the Fallen Leaves of Facebook

The 7" is released on October 26th and will be available via bandcamp

PRE-ORDER will be added to bandcamp link below on Monday 19th October

www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com (check out for more great music)

The 45 is limited to 300 copies only, each 45 is housed within a Market Square company sleeve and comes with a hand-numbered postcard.