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Gossip Wolf: Walking Bicycles gear up for their first LP in five years

Plus: New trio Lifestyles forms from members of three beloved local bands, and Johnny Love releases more nu-industrial as Deathface.

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Gossip Wolf can't blame you for wondering what Siouxsie Sioux would sound like fronting a doomy Krautrock band—I mean, who hasn't wondered that? Local four-piece Walking Bicycles haven't released an album since 2009, but they recently posted two new jams, "Eyesore" and "Impending Doom," as teaser tracks for the upcoming LP To Him That Wills the Way. If there's a hole in your life in the shape of dark, crushing, velvety tunes with motorik beats, they'll totally fill it! John San Paolo recorded the album at Electrical Audio, and it'll be released Tue 8/12 via the band's own Highwheel Records label; on Mon 8/11 they celebrate with an Empty Bottle show featuring Toupee, Lil Tits, and Unmanned Ship.

Just like Hannibal on The A-Team, Gossip Wolf loves it when a plan comes together—and that definitely includes a new local power trio forming from members of bands that have already earned the lupine stamp of approval. The lineup of Lifestyles consists of Lil Tits guitarist and singer Hanna Hazard and dudes from Touched by Ghoul and Foul Tip. They've only played one show so far, but last week they posted a three-song demo as a free Bandcamp download. Its shambling, grungy 90s sound puts this wolf in mind of a Babes in Toyland-style alt-rock apocalypse—two thumbs up!

Local party promoter and electronic musician Johnny Love is dropping a new batch of nu-industrial tunes in his Deathface guise: the brooding, menacing seven-song EP Cry for Black Dawn comes out on Los Angeles label Lil Death. Denver electro whiz Pictureplane makes an appearance, and Love drops a severely crazed cover of the Normal's 1978 classic "Warm Leatherette"—whose lyrics Daniel Miller of the Normal distilled from a failed screenplay based on J.G. Ballard's Crash. London fashion line Long Clothing is making a T-shirt to celebrate the EP's release; both come out Tue 7/8.

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