Review: You could be forgiven for questioning the Californian roots of Ceremony. Then again, it's a big old state. Big enough, apparently, to hide one of the most vital movements in British music in its midst. Evidently no coincidence that the band's name nods to a seminal slice of Joy Division, while post punk never disappeared this 14-strong collection is enough to trick anyone into thinking they'd woken up in the genre's explosive heyday. "Turn Away The Bad Thing" sets the record straight as album opener. Intense, punchy, visceral and- crucially- incredibly catchy, Ross Farrar's lyrics arrive with rock 'n' roll's unapologetic edge. It's a case of one track and you're in. It's also perhaps the rawest offering here, synths and electronics gradually demanding more attention as the LP progresses. "From Another Age", for example, places bouncing keys centre stage as pseudo-guitar riffs. Basically buy it, buy it now.
Review: Having established a name for themselves with energetic riffs and ignorance towards safe volumes, the latest long-player from London trio Crushed Breaks isn't so much a departure from previous outings as a crescendo. The elements we've come to love them for are- at times quite literally- boiling over here. Heat being the operative intense feeling in this instance. Designed, and destined, to fill cavernous rooms, tracks like "Ad Nauseam" and "Thinking Backwards" stand at the most accessible or universal. "Silver Tongue" almost borders on balladry, albeit apparently conceived under the watchful eye of Stone Roses' eternal spirit. Numbers like "Red Shift", meanwhile, joins the likes of "Honesty Box", with much more raucous musicality invoking some of the great indie rock 'n' roll rebels, in the best possible way.