NEW RELEASE: TLV076 - CYMBALS - What Eternity 7”

PRE-ORDER 7” (blue vinyl 100 copies only) - HERE

Following the January release of their celebrated second album, The Age of Fracture, CYMBALS close the year out with a limited edition 7” entitled What Eternity, featuring two new songs - ‘Talk To Me’ and ‘Innocence’. Both songs were produced by Dreamtrak and mixed by Dan Rejmer. Marking the end of what has been an incredibly eventful twelve months, the 7” will be released on 1st December through Tough Love. Note to the collectors - 100 copies will be pressed on blue vinyl.

The songs on What Eternity come to the wider world at almost the same time they did to the band – both tracks were recorded in September of this year, very soon after CYMBALS returned from their first US tour. Emboldened by the reception they received from audiences in cities thousands of miles from home, a concerted effort was made to harness the energy and enthusiasm of those US shows and to create something that reflected the band right now. The circumstances around The Age of Fracture dictated it be recorded over a long period of time, whereas there is a immediacy to these new songs at odds with the long stretches of time that often bridge the gap between a song being recorded and its release – they are very much of the moment, both direct and vital. As such, they might well be CYMBALS’ best songs to date. As singer Jack, says:

"These songs are close to what I am feeling during this current moment, in other words this season, or the stretch of time from spring to autumn this year. They are a little more personal and introspective, which is some kind of difference for us. We don’t want to explain them too much, given that so many words accompanied the album we wrote last year and released earlier this year - these songs have no notes with them, no explanations, no justifications. The only thing we should say is that the title is borrowed from a book by Marguerite Yourcenar, who herself borrowed it from a poem. We’ve messed with the punctuation and in so doing changed the meaning to suit what we wanted to say."

CYMBALS will be playing CMJ in New York next week, along with two shows in France. More live dates will be confirmed in the coming months.

16th Oct - MaMa Festival @ The Cigale, Paris
21st Oct - Cake Shop (17:45) / Glasslands (22:45), New York
22nd Oct - Cake Shop (21:20), New York
23rd Oct - Cameo Gallery (23:30), New York
24th Oct - Arlene’s Grocery (16:30) / The Delancey (TBC), New York
25th Oct - Pianos (21:30), New York
20th Nov -Le Père Noël est-il un Rocker, Lille

Coming soon…


I risk sounding sentimental writing this, but try to see past that.

In 2010, when CYMBALS had only just begun to exist and were first starting to play live in London, I speculatively arranged a gig for them supporting Future Islands at the now-closed CAMP Basement. The show was promoted by their…

9 Oct 2014 / Reblogged from toughloverecordsblog with 14 notes

Cymbals Eat Guitars Announce European Live Dates

We’re very pleased to announce that Cymbals Eat Guitars will be making the trip across the Atlantic for the first time since 2012 with a string of European shows in January 2015.

The band’s itinerary includes a stop off at London’s Garage, their only show in the UK before hitting the mainland. All dates below, and tickets are on sale now

LOSE is out now

January 2015
12th – The Garage, London, UK (Tickets)
15th – Lo Fi, Milan, Italy (Tickets)
16th – Covo Club, Bologna, Italy (Tickets)
17th – Sudpol, Luzern, Switzerland (Tickets)
19th – Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France (Tickets)
20th – Paradiso North, Amsterdam, Holland (Tickets)
21st – Trix Bar, Antwerp, Belgium (Tickets)
22nd – Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany (Tickets)
23rd – Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany (Tickets)
24th – Frannz Club, Berlin, Germany            (Tickets)
26th – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany (Tickets)
27th – Radar, Aarhus, Denmark (Tickets)
28th – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark (Tickets)
30th – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden (Tickets)
31st – Parktreatret, Oslo, Norway (Tickets)

AUTOBAHN - ‘New Age’ (free download)

To mark their forthcoming tour with Eagulls, and to bridge a gap between their last EP and debut album, AUTOBAHN have recorded their own version of ‘New Age’ by Blitz and made it available as a free download.

"We wanted to record something to bridge the gap between our last release on Tough Love Records and the album we are recording in January. This song grabs you by the balls, makes you forget about life’s problems and kicks out against those who don’t care. The original is a go to record of all of ours which we enjoyed playing live over our release shows earlier in the year. This free download is to give back to everyone who’s supported us over the past year - thanks" - C. Johnson, AUTOBAHN

Catch AUTOBAHN throughout October at the below dates

Tue 7th Oct @ Portland Arms, Cambridge w/EAGULLS
Wed 8th Oct @ Fruit, Hull w/EAGULLS
Thu 9th Oct @ The Cluny, Newcastle w/EAGULLS
Fri 10th Oct @ Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh w/EAGULLS
Thu 16th Oct @ Papirøen, Copenhagen
Fri 17th Oct @ Youth Ceremonies Festival (SO 36), Berlin
Sat 18th Oct @ Molotow, Hamburg
Sat 25th Oct @ The Cookie, Leicester *ALL DAYER*
Wed 29th Oct @ Bodega Social, Nottingham w/EAGULLS
Thu 30th Oct @ Scala, London w/EAGULLS
Fri 31st Oct @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/EAGULLS
Sat 1st Nov @ Sound Control, Manchester w/EAGULLS


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NEW RELEASE: TLV075 - Big Ups - Rash/Not Today


Following the release of their debut album in January, Big Ups return with a new two-track 7” on October 27th. In July 2014, Big Ups took an extended nap and somehow woke up in THUMP Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They decided to try to record a few new songs, and - despite the band’s grogginess- they actually finished the recordings. These new songs will be released on 7” vinyl - Rash b/w Not Today will be released via Tough Love Records in Europe on October 27th, 2014.

 With today’s announcement, the band are streaming the release’s blistering A-side, Rash. Of the track, vocalist Joe Galarraga states, “‘Rash’ is a song about feeling exposed. We live in a city so densely populated, that it feels impossible to escape and actually be alone. We’re always surrounded by people on the street and the transit system. Even in our apartments, we are separated from our neighbors by a few feet of drywall. On bad days, this can all be too overwhelming. Specifically, the song uses the idea of rash to manifest this idea; everyone can see one’s irregularities in the open without pretense.”

 Both tracks from the upcoming 7” will also be released as bonus tracks on a deluxe edition of the band’s critically-lauded debut record ‘Eighteen Hours of Static’. This extended edition will be released on 27th October is available to pre-order from iTunes now.

Tough Love - white vinyl 7”
iTunes - deluxe album

Tickets on sale here

NEW RELEASE: TLV077 Communions - So Long Sun/Love Stands Still

Danish four-piece Communions have announced details of their new single. So Long Sun will be released on Tough Love Records on November 10th on limited edition vinyl (100 cream/400 black - the cream version is only available via the Tough Love shop). Noisey have premiered the track here.


Following their debut EP, Cobblestones, released on Posh Isolation at the start of the year, So Long Sun is available on limited 7” and download, and is backed by another new track, Love Stands Still.

Communions are a new young quartet from Copenhagen who came together at Mayhem, the same four-wall rehearsal space as contemporaries Iceage and Lower, and it’s from this same studio/venue complex that most of Copenhagen’s new punk, industrial and synth scene originates.

Though Communions share a flame with the current Copenhagen wave, the torch is certainly their own. The band, made up of brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen, recorded the debut Cobblestones EP in Frederik’s bedroom, where the guitars scream like torn throats and the songs beat in rhythm of young hearts pouring over with passion. On this new single, the band went into a real home studio for the first time, using many of the same techniques from the home recordings but resulting in songs sounding like they were intended when forming the band.

The band are set to play their debut London show at Sebright Arms on Monday 10th November. Tickets on sale here.


30 Sep 2014 / 2 notes / Communions 

VIDEO: Cymbals Eat Guitars - ‘Laramie (single edit)’

Noisey have premiered the new video for ‘Laramie’ by Cymbals Eat Guitars.

If you like what you hear, we recommend you also investigate the full 8-minute version of the track, originally featured on the album.

'Laramie' is taken from the album, LOSE, out now:
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OUT NOW: Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

“Their best album to date” - NME
“One of indie-rock’s best bands” – Uncut (8/10)
“Lyric writing in rock music—or, really, any genre—rarely possesses the substance and depth displayed on LOSE” - Pitchfork (8.2)
"Bigger and bolder, more sharpened and focused” - Fake DIY (4/5)
“Momentous to anyone in their 20s, and even us still neurotic old guys.” - Line of Best Fit (8.5/10)
“This isn’t just ‘Album of the Year’ material, but a rare sort of epic-sized record that comes along and seems to echo your entire being” - London In Stereo

Cymbals Eat Guitars third album, LOSE, is released this week on CD, download and as a limited edition gatefold LP on pink vinyl. Select indie stores will be stocking a 4-track bonus disc of live material, entitled, LOOSE*.

Recorded with John Agnelo (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr), LOSE is Cymbals Eat Guitars’ most direct record, both sonically and emotionally. A reflection on loss told through the dual prism of personal experience (the album specifically addresses the death of high school friend, Benjamin High) and an allegorical meditation on the demise of music’s power to change worlds, singer Joseph D’Agostino’s lyrics detail mid-20s quarter-life-crisis in a way that is both profoundly personal and universal. LOSE offers a retelling of that very common rites of passage that occurs when the recklessness of youth gives way to the emotional hinterland of the twenties; life slows from the racecar speed of adolescence to a psychedelia of existentialism relatable to anyone who has felt that first pull of passing time and found themselves free-falling in the fog of losing and wanting that is young adulthood. A ‘slow education’, indeed.

Musically, the ambition is just as grand, and there’s a sense here of Cymbals Eat Guitars settling on their place within that great expanse of American alt. rock. Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, and especially The Wrens, offer not only sonic cues, but a breathless example of what it means to not give in. And that is ultimately LOSE's defining achievement: the power of self-belief in the face of it all, of embracing a world where the hits might hurt, but the song goes on and on. Any alternative
doesn’t bear thinking about.

Buy Lose now
Tough Love
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LOSE, Cymbals Eat Guitars' new album, is out next week. Here's what it looks like on pink vinyl. 
And you can pre-order it HERE.

LOSE, Cymbals Eat Guitars' new album, is out next week. Here's what it looks like on pink vinyl.

And you can pre-order it HERE.

Noisey premiere new Big Ups video for ‘Justice’

Noisey have premiered the new video for ‘Justice’ by Big Ups. Directed by Stephen Tringali, it channels a kind of Cold War aesthetic, which all things considered, feels appropriate right now.

With Jabberwocky having been cancelled, Big Ups play a free show with Ought at the Old Blue Last tomorrow night. On stage at 8pm. Full details here. First come first serve.

'Justice' is taken from the album Eighteen Hours of Static, out now. Buy it below:

Jabberwocky announcement - Big Ups alternative London show

Jabberwocky has sadly been cancelled, but there is light at the end of the tunnel - Big Ups will be playing a free show with the equally-incredible Ought at the Old Blue Last on Friday 15th August. Big Ups are on stage at 8pm. Yes, it is an early show.

More details here.