The gang at Art Is Hard have been pretty damn busy this week.

They’ve just announced their second release of the year, a limited blue 7″ split from two of the grungiest, die-hard, crowd-surf inciting bands on our isle.

Birdskulls are three lads from around different parts of the country, but share the south west connection with AIH. They pile through 90s alternative infused deities, citing Mudhoney and Sebadoh unsurprisingly as conjoining interests of the trio. Their recent show supporting Drenge in Exeter was an encompassing and emotionally driven set, and it’s no different on record. The track we’ve heard so far, “Alley Gorey“, is four minutes of overdrive alt-rock, their frontman J.Pulman evoking the spirit and throaty growl of every early american demo that lit up the Grunge scene.

Bloody Knees bring the party. Their self-titled EP was one of Wax Music’s favourites of 2013, a good time rollicking of skate punk with reverb laden vocal delivery that makes you want to pick up a beer and go to a show.  Comparisons to Fidlar are inevitable but these guys have an infectious line to them, especially apparent on ‘100 Days‘, a track that will stick with you as a rally cry against everything.

The 7″ is released on 24th February and can be pre-ordered here, ‘Alley Gorey’ is available to stream above.

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