Simon Says: Sunday Selection

on Sunday, June 09, 2013
Words: Simon Opie

Back in February, I started choosing the best new music from the week's Altrock inbox and tweeting the FG band of the week, here on known as our Sunday Selection. There have been 14 winners so far – with a break only for the week Jeff Hanneman of Slayer so sadly died.

When I say ‘best’, of course this is entirely subjective on my part but many of the winners have also featured in columns here – Good Morning Spider, Roosevelt, Two Glass Eyes – and one, Mahogany Hand Glider, could be said to have become firm favourites of this column since we’ve reviewed both their EPs released to date.

I must say the exercise has been really rewarding and puts into perspective how much excellent music there is out there – choosing one band for the week is never easy. So here by way of an update for those who missed them are three more FG Sunday Selection winners to bring you – but please do check them all out via the FG Twitter ‘cos they’re interesting, worthy winners without exception.

Cry Baby Aeroplanes – 'Running’s Fun'

From the NW of England, released their debut EP 'Running’s Fun' back in March and this title track won them the coveted award. They’re a little bit Mystery Jets and a little bit heavier than that. They have a great sense of melody and what I really like about the EP is that it’s full of terrific tunes. Download the whole thing for free from Soundcloud.

Weirds – 'Yolk'

This band from Nottingham are fearless experimenters – shortlisted previously they then took the FG Sunday Selection accolade with this slice of off-kilter psych rock released at the end of May. I can’t wait for them to put out an LP.

St Agnes – 'The Good Fight' EP

Cowboy rock from a duo based in London – Jon (also of The Lost Souls Club – themselves also shortlisted for FG Sunday Selection glory) and Kitty (Lola Colt) create songs of the far West in DIY style. Poignant and engaging this EP is nicely done and runs the gamut from the BRMC influenced 'Old Bone Rattle' to the dusty blues of, well, 'Roadhouse Blues' with its plaintive harmonica.

For your chance of becoming the FG Sunday Selection, pop an email over to Simon at altrock(at)

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