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24/04/2014 By James McLarnon

Fear of MenFear of Men have had a breakthrough year so far. Firstly, they released a fantastic debut album Loom. They subsequently toured America with Pains of Being Pure At Heart. They have now announced a seven date UK tour commencing on 25 September at The Hope. Have a listen to Alta/Waterfall from Loom below.

Massive congratulations to Soft Walls who picked up a rare 9/10 from Drowned In Sound for their forthcoming second album No Time with Dom Gourlay describing the album as delivering “in every conceivable way” and describing main man Dan Reeves as “a sonic pioneer in the making.” After an excellent show supporting Blank Realm at The Albert, the band will return to headline the same venue on Saturday 9 August supported by Feature and Teardrop Factory. They also provide support to Hookworms in a great bill hitting The Haunt on Friday 15 August.  Listen to “Never Come Back Again” below, preorder the album here and catch up on our interview with Dan Reeves from earlier in the year.

Having already bigged up ‘Blood Teachings’ from Esben and The Witch’s forthcoming ‘A New Nature’ (released 1 September) Brighton Noise is ecstatic to report that the second track previewed from the new album, ‘Dig Your Fingers In,’ is also an absolute snorter. Mark our words, this album is going to be exceptional. Preorders from Resident come signed and with a very worthy looking live CD featuring recent live performances.

The Wytches have been having a fine time touring America in recent weeks, where they will remain for a while before returning to support Fat White Family and the Growlers at The Concorde on Tuesday 19 August. They have recently released ‘Wire Frame Mattress’ a cut from their forthcoming debut album, Anabel Dream Reader, released 25 August on Heavenly Records.

It seems ages ago (probably because it was ) that Stuart Warwick was wowing us with the music recorded under his Jacobs Stories moniker. His new track ‘Sailors’ is a wonderfully understated slice of pop-noir featuring his beguiling vocal. The video is beautiful as well.

STUART WARWICK: SAILORS (2014) from Craig Murray on Vimeo.

Not going to Pride? Well, busy local promoters Teen Creeps have just the tonic.  Called Give It A Rest-ival, it’s going to be an all dayer of “music/ sausages/ beers and probably poppers.” Already signed up to play are Brown Brogues, Kult Country, Those Foreign Kids, Kit Wharton, Broadbay and Bar Rats. There are more bands and DJ’s still to be added to the bill. The damage? An austerity proof £5.