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Battles

Mirrored (Warp)

Think The Mars Volta are a ‘bit poppy’ for you now? Well, If you do, in all your deranged earlobe glory, get your hands on this, the new album from barmy prog perverts Battles.



Kings Of Leon

Because Of The Times (Columbia)

Remember the New Rock Revolution? The boozy haze of flailing cowbells and nu-wave smack mullets which spat forth most of the best bands of the last decade?



Shiny Toy Guns

We Are Pilots (Mercury)

Don’t let the fact that they’ve supported My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy put you off – Shiny Toy Guns are NOT an emo band. In fact, emotional engagement seems low on their priorities as far as the music is concerned.



Maximo Park

Our Earthly Pleasures (Warp)

Their first album was so stylised that it was always going to be a nightmare to follow up, but at least Maximo Park had The Futureheads’ mistakes to learn from.



A Singer Must Die

Today, It’s A Wonderful Day (Grand Harmonium)

They may have the ideal name for a misery-laden Emo band, but at least the title of this debut album points us away from Fall Out Boy territory.



California Snow Story

Close To The Ocean (Letterbox)

With a line-up comprising two Scots (David and Alan Skirving), a Spanish vocalist (Sandra Belda Martinez) and a Japanese keyboardist (Madoka Fukushima), California Snow Story look like a peculiarly international gathering.



Steven Lindsay

Kite (Echo)

With a number of recent alumni releasing full-length albums, it looks as if it’s only a matter of time before the Glasgow School Of Art rebrands itself as the Glasgow School Of Rock.



Yellow Bentines

Yellow Bentines (...)

There’s something refreshingly dynamic about this debut album from Glasgow four-piece Yellow Bentines. Sure, we have more than our fair share of indie wannabes at the moment



Coco Electrik

Army Behind The Sun (Oscillation)

If Coco Electrik’s grungy sleaze-disco sounds eerily familiar, it’s with good reason. Of course, you might just be confusing them with Garbage’s sleaze-pop, or Moloko’s grunge-disco, but there’s a good chance that you’ve heard them before.



Various

Nu-rave’s been so spoken and written about over the last few months that it’s become something of a cliché, and not a terribly helpful one.