Welcome to the ninth edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 8 major cities and regions from across the UK. With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Brighton, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Norwich, Leeds, London and Oxford.

New Music by Region #7 can be found here!

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  • Name: Tyrannosaurus Dead – ‘Smiling Politely’
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Gary Scattergood

They've been going for under a year, but Brighton's Tyrannosaurus Dead sound like they've been knocking out their Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth influenced tracks for years. While clearly wearing their influences with pride, they have a canny knack of always veering towards their more poppier side, resulting in some classy melodies and a warm, fuzzy sound.

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  • Name: Totem Terrors – ’Totentanz'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Jake May

Formerly using the name Joy of Sex, Totem Terrors are Cardiff’s post-punk darlings. The duo (Max and Rosie) blend guitar, bass, a drum machine, and their rallying vocals to make a kind of up-to-date The Fall sound, without sounding predictable, stuck in the past, or like every other band who sound vaguely like The Fall. Although they’d been quiet for a while under their previous guise, the name-change seems to have gotten the ball rolling with a good few ace recordings popping out on their bandcamp.

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  • Name: Magic Pockets - 'Cold Bones'
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

Ruadhan O'Meara has been a face in the crowd, and on the stage, at gigs in and around Dublin for many years. In bands such as guilty optics and crayonsmith we've come to associate him with guitar based rock music. With Magic Pockets his only friends are electronic; but this isn't the smooth, minimal techno that's been so fashionable within indie circles. Ruadhan uses old, clunky, analogue synths to produce something darker and more oppressive; sometimes eerie, frequently atmospheric and always engaging. As time goes on it'll be interesting to see what's inside those magic pockets.

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  • Name: Vetoes - 'Rats'
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

The new London via Reading band Vetoes is only a surprising 5 tracks deep. The newest single “Rats” follows the release of the band’s debut EP, Ritalin/Ritalout, from earlier this year. Fresh off the launch of the new single last week at Old Blue Last, the band is about to embark on a European tour with Romanian friends Grimus…you know about as much as I do. “Rats” is available for download via SoundCloud, as well as streams from the previous EP.

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  • Name: Church of the Frozen Tears – 'Opening the Lodge in the Second Degree'
  • Website: Tumblr
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

As a genre, witch house (or drag, or goth step) went through the four stages of hype, popularity, backlash and obscurity in the unbelievably short time of around six months. And here we are with Church of the Frozen Tears. A band who take the dark imagery and occult themes of witch house, but obscure the music with layers of hazy soundscapes. Could this be the start of post-witch house? Producing E.P.s at an otherworldly pace, be sure to check their bandcamp for hours of unsettling drones..

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  • Name: Heart of a Dog – ’Awake! And Carry On'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Heart of a Dog released their debut EP “Awake! And Carry on” March of this year in an understated fashion with most of the listens coming from online. The EP starts with a sleepy shuffle into what is a well-constructed and perfectly formed folk musing. It feels older than its years with their first musical offering being almost fully formed, giving food for thought for how their sophomore release will go. They have recently recorded a new track called “Build a Million Awkward Nights” soon to be released on a free compilation by Bare Feet Records.

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  • Name: Dallas Don't – ‘This Town Needs Us’
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Formed in Oxford earlier this year, Dallas Don't have made quick work of building a reputation for being one of the bands to check out on the local scene. Taking influence from American post hardcore bands such as Fugazi and Sleater-Kinney as well as homegrown legends such as Mclusky and indie heros Los Campesinos! DD have carved a unique niche amongst the plethora of drab, also ran guitar bands doing the pub circuit in Oxford at the moment. In lead guitarist Jenny Waiting they are lucky to have bagged themselves Oxford's answer to Marnie Sterne... Admittedly a bold claim but Jenny's way with an exhilarating guitar solo and some fantastic riffing means she can more than live up to such a lofty comparison. With more recording time coming up soon, it's exciting to imagine what these guys could come up with if they manage to realise their true potential.