My Four: Four Tracks you need to know about 40

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Welcome along to another edition of My Four as we head towards the final month of 2014 with this week’s new releases with myself, Mark Sharpley. We begin with…


AC/DC

Veteran rockers AC/DC are back this week with the release of their brand new album, Rock Or Bust. Things have been pretty hectic for the band in the last few months with the retirement of founding member Malcolm Young and the very curious events surrounding drummer Phil Rudd. The band are back in hard hitting form, even if this one of their more shorter efforts at just under 35 minutes long. For those about to spend half and hour headbanging, we salute you. Available on the Columbia Records label, this is the single, “Play Ball”.  www.acdc.com


FIRE IN THE HAMPTONS

Los Angeles indie outfit Fire In The Hamptons are also releasing new stuff this week with their new EP Chosen Ones. This EP follows their 2012 album, F.I.T.H and sticks to the synthesizer rhythm that is evident on it. It’s also produced by Carlos De La Garza who has also produced for Neon Trees, a band we featured in My Four a while ago. A lot of good things are expected from these boys, so keep an eye out in 2015 for them. This is the acoustic version of the title track, “Chosen Ones”.  www.fireinthehamptons.com


MOGWAI

Making a very welcome return this week are Scottish indie rockers Mogwai and the release of their new EP Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. Mogwai, of course, are the little furry critters from the Gremlins films and the band’s name does derive from that. Although according to guitarist, Stuart Braithwaite, “It has no significant meaning and we always intended on a getting a better one, but like a lot of other things we never got round to it”. But having been indie music icons since 1995, the name of Mogwai lives on. Just don’t feed them after midnight. Available on the Rock Action Records label, this is a cut from the EP called, “Teenage Exorcists”.  www.mogwai.co.uk


OWEN

And finally this week, it’s the turn of Chicago songsmith Owen and the release of his new EP, Other People’s Songs. Owen, or to give him his real name of Mike Kinsella, has taken some songs of some bands which you may not have heard of such as Mojave 3 and Lungfish, and one everybody has in Depeche Mode, and made them his own hence the title of the EP. But while he isn’t covering other bands, he may be familiar to some from being in the band, Owls, along with his brother Tim. He was also in the bands, Joan Of Arc and Cap’n Jazz, again with his sibling. Have brother, will form band it seems. Available on the Polyvinyl Records label, this is the cover of Depeche Mode’s, “Judas”.  www.owenmusic.com


And that’s your lot for this week.  Join me next time for yet more of the four tracks you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…

 

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