The Cribs; last year they hit our shores for the first time and there haven't witnessed such an exhilarating live band. "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever" will be released on May 21st via Wichita Recordings, produced by Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. First single "Men's Needs" will be out May 14th. This will be exciting. The Cribs have set some dates in the U.S, hopefully they will come back for the new album.
Men's Needs / watch video
Our Bovine Public
I haven't given much listen to the new The Rakes' "Ten New Messages" (released earlier this week) but from what I've heard so far it conjures early Strokes "Is This It?". The Rakes are missing tensity of Capture/Release, but nonetheless nothing much has changed. One thing in common of these bands mentioned is their live antics of their lead singers. Alan Donohoe certainly pulls some interesting moves.
The Rakes We Danced Together / watch video
The Rakes When Tom Cruise Cries
Maxïmo Park are "Our Earthly Pleasures" (lame pun, I know), already chosen as one of my picks and the follow up of A Certain Trigger, the sounds are identical. Full of intelligent lyrics and melodic riffs, Sophomore album Our Earthly Pleasures will be released April 2nd. First single Our Velocity is already out. They've also announced a handful of tour dates in Australia for August.
Maxïmo Park Our Velocity / watch video
Maxïmo Park Girls Who Play Guitar