It’s no understatement to say that music in 2020 is being borne out of frustration. Obviously that yields different results for everyone. Also, what frustration are we picking? The list of choices is quite frankly exhausting. But frustration doesn’t have to be exhausting, in fact, it can be quite liberating knowing that you have a […]
It isn’t often we get tracks of this kind, they are a rare beast. If ‘No Plans (For This Year)’ was a person, you’d probably find them standing in the same queue as acts like Elbow, British Sea Power and Philip Selway. But it’s actually Tugboat Captain’s newest release, and a precursor to their upcoming […]
Manchester-based trio Café Spice, fresh off a signing with Liverpool indie label, Snide Records, are back with a new harmony-soaked ballad, ‘She Loves and Leaves’. To be direct, it’s as warm and comforting as french toast.
Shimmering into view like a late ’60s teleportation effect, Damsen’s new tune ‘Something Good’ evokes the anxiety of our times and soundtracks it with sliding jazzy guitars and oceanic instrumentation. And also it alleviates the boredom for a bit. It’s a song about bettering oneself, shaking the dust off of an old relationship, and it […]
With its rumbling, vaguely threatening (bordering on passive aggressive) timbre and deadpan delivery, Silverbacks’ latest single ‘Drool‘ is a tense tale of reliance and addiction. Its guitars ring like the tolling of an iron bell. The drums remain as focussed and unchanging as an action hero in a car chase. Discontent is rife, but there’s […]
Having just signed to Secretly Canadian, a label that counts acts like Whitney and Yoko Ono amongst their close pals, Porridge Radio dropped the second prelude to their next album: a song titled ‘Sweet’. Packed with the band’s usual blend of washed out, lazy day deliveries and tumbling ramshackle guitar battles, ‘Sweet’ continues the trend […]
Having been busy touring with the likes of Another Sky and Little Comets, The Golden Age of TV have finally sat down, pulled out their tray tables, and tucked into another studio session, the result of which being this, their third major single ‘Caught in Doors.’ The Leeds based group have previously wowed us with […]
Live music is like food. It can be one of three things: 1) totally unpalatable, 2) necessary stodge that fills you up but leaves you empty, or 3) joy-inducing combinations of flavours that leave you fulfilled, but wanting more later. Calva Louise fall into the third category. They are at once a familiar ride through […]
Few things in life are more mentally draining than emotional purgatory, be it unrequited love, the patience required for plans to come to fruition – even something as simple as moving house requires a suspension of excitement, substituted for stress. It is this patience, or the lack thereof, that forms the basis of Chartreuse’s new […]
Talkboy, ever poised to fill your ears with rich audio, have returned with a fresh new cut by way of Come Play With Me and LAB Records. ‘All Works Out‘ draws on the same bottomless well of energy as their previous single ‘Wasting Time’. However, never ones to be pinned as one-trick ponies, ‘All Works […]
What’s the true test of a band’s quality? Is it being phenomenally likeable? Is it having wild energy intravenously fed into every performance? Is it having great ideas packed with musical intricacies? No. The true test is showing the band’s track to a friend and seeing if they’re humming the melody after only one listen. […]
Building on the low-fi feel of their previous releases, Junodream’s newest offering ‘Terrible Things That Could Happen’ is a brilliant blend of post rock and melodic pop. Though the title is a bit of a clumsy mouthful, the track is jam-packed with wicked riffs, sardonic lyrics, tight, memorable production, and a hook so fiery it […]
Both Talkboy and Another Sky delivered fantastic, captivating, and highly varied sets. If you don’t feel remotely curious about the details, best clock out now, because really anything else I write is gonna be elaboration on how excellent the gig was. However, if your eyelids are still twitching for more detail, follow me into this […]
For a band as musically understated as Night Flight, they’ve certainly had an action packed few months. Their most recent EP was well received, and their debut album is getting equally positive praise, and rightly so. A collection of their previous releases, seasoned with a few subtle extra cuts like ‘Medicine’ and ‘Forever And,’ it […]
Primed to leap across the pond and bring his self described ‘sad and loud’ music to Europe once again, we caught up with Sam Fender backstage at his sold out Manchester Soup Kitchen show to talk milestones, writers, and the great scran you get on European tour riders.
In Britain, it’s traditional to go see fireworks on November 5th, so that’s exactly what I did. Those fireworks, though more metaphorical than literal, were set off by rising star Sam Fender, embarking on the sixth date of his current UK tour, hot off the back of singles Dead Boys and That Sound. He and his band packed out […]
Lion settles into a comfortable but driven sound for her new EP. With four tracks of angrily pronounced, angsty alternative rock, there’s a prevailing Americana flavour to this short but immediate compilation of music. Sonically well rounded but instrumentally simple, the EP is highly accessible for newcomers to Lion’s sound.
Inspired by wanderings through the Isle of Harris, George Ogilvie’s newest track, plucked from his recently released EP, Nowhere, is a pleasant and temperate ditty.
Johnny Kills, fresh off the back of signing to the appropriately named Killing Moon Records, have birthed their latest chaotic hybrid of surf and punk in the form of ‘Who’s Counting?‘. For those of you who are new to them, the trio operate out of Brighton and London, which is quite evident from the mashing […]
Hilariously, my first exposure to Dead Naked Hippies came a year ago at Live At Leeds 2017. My friend misread their name on the lineup as ‘Dead Naked Nipples’ and oh how we laughed. Dead Naked Nipples: what does it even mean? However after over a year, having finally got round to listening to the […]