Friday, 20 October 2017

HYPOPHORA - SINGLE REVIEW

Hypophora – Headlines 
Hypophora - Headlines (photo: @craigtaylorbroad)


Release Date: Out Now

When I look down the list of Hypophora’s ‘Artists We Also Like’ and it includes NARCS (RIP), Cousin Buzz, Forever Cult, Allusondrugs and Patrons I can only surmise two things; they have excellent taste and they really want a deal with Clue Records. Musical taste aside, however, what can we glean from the Cornish quartet’s new single, ‘Headlines’? Well, they know how to rock hard but in an incredibly tight and controlled manner akin to Biffy Clyro, Incubus, Reuben and anyone of the aforementioned excellent peers. In Katie McConnell they have a frontwoman who possesses power, grace, a fierce presence and no shortage of melody in a voice that would rival Hayley Williams. Also, Hypophora are not afraid to mix it up, take time out for a feedback solo or just explore a bit of a jazz in the middle of an ambitious 4 minute single. Finally, we can deduce that their video budget extended to a few fairy lights and a cameraman/woman with the shakes. So, give them a stage (or a series of stages, like a tour) and a bigger video budget then these guys have got the chops and the tunes to back it up. Blistering stuff.


Live Dates:

28th October – Halloween Rock Night @ Bar Socio, Newquay w/Kernuyck + 50 Year Storm
12th November – Crowndale Club, London
16th November – MONO, Falmouth w/Knave + Sunbruise
19th November – The Crofters Rights, Bristol w/ Last Hyena + Hamartia

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ROSIE THE CROW - SINGLE REVIEW

Rosie The Crow – Lungs 
Rosie The Crow - Lungs


Release Date: Out Now

Cornish one woman song maching Rosie Crow is turning a whole lotta heads with her latest vehicle, Rosie The Crow and new single ‘Lungs’ is justifying all that head turning. Heading things up with bass, keys and her classy alt-pop vocal, Crow leads her trio in to battle sounding like a Venn diagram of St Vincent, Kimbra, LadyHawke, Lordes and the XX on a really positive day. The satisfying proto-80s beats provide the perfect foil for the moody guitar notes while that vocal has a steely confidence about it that is impossible to resist. Along with Auction for the Promise Club, Rosie The Crow are leading the way in classy/glassy Cornish alt-pop which is niche, for sure, but then who ever thought K-Pop would be so big and look what happened to Psy?



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REWS - SINGLE REVIEW

Rews – Your Tears (Marshall Records) 
Rews - Your Tears


Release Date: Out Now

The fact that Rews are comprised of pair Shauna and Collette makes them sound like a pair of 50s backing vocalists but this duo came here to rock out so don’t be fooled. ‘Your Tears’ is the last single from Rews before their eagerly anticipated album drops in November and it’s probably the last time I’ll be able to describe them as ‘hotly tipped’. The buzz around Rews is growing to a point of distorted feedback and this track does nothing to detract from that as the riff driven rock surges and grinds like some kind of unstoppable machine with all the force of Royal Blood, Turbowolf or Band of Skulls. Then throw in those pop melodies and vocal harmonies that make this sound like Skunk Anansie in their prime and you know there’s not stopping this particular steam roller so you may as well lie down in the road and let it roll over you*. Here come Rews.
*Don’t actually do this, it will probably kill you.


Live Dates:

8th November – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
9th November – Epic Studio, Norwich
10th November – The Soundhouse, Leicester
11th November – Esquires, Bedford
15th November – The Greystones, Sheffield
16th November – Fibbers, York
17th November – The Met, Bury
18th November – The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe
22nd November – The Horn, St Albans
23rd November – The Forum, Kent
24th November – The Face Bar, Reading
25th November – Actress & Bishop, Birmingham
29th November – Old Blue Last, London
30th November – Gwdihw, Cardiff
1st December – Mr Wolf’s, Bristol

2nd December – West End Centre, Aldershot

DEADLEG - SINGLE REVIEW

Deadleg – Chinese Floats (Black Bleach Records) 
Deadleg - Chinese Floats


Release Date: 21st October 2017

You know when you hear a song and it feels like it’s been rummaging around at the back of your consciousness forever and a day? Step forward ‘Chinese Floats’ by Deadleg. Fronted by Paul Bardsley ex of Molly Half Head and Wireless, Deadleg combine the angular indie of Orange Juice with Northern Soul and the mass appeal, rightly or wrongly, of Britpop. The guitars are suitably shuffling and jangly while the drums keep things perky beneath the understated vocal style of Bardsley. Incorporating the everyman indie-pop melodies of Lightning Seeds, Badly Drawn Boy or Teenage Fanclub means this has a strong chance of showing up on a Match of the Day goal of the month montage and worming it’s way in to your subconscious as well so, you know, watch out for that.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/deadleguk/

THE RIGS - SINGLE REVIEW

The Rigs – The Hunted 
The Rigs - The Hunted

Release Date: Out Now

Picture the scene. A post-apocalyptic, barren landscape from which emerges a rag-tag group of Mad Max-style hunters, gatherers, warriors and thinkers. This is the year 2200 and the fall-out from Trump’s nuclear war-games has finally been dealt with by Mother Nature so tribes are starting to emerge from their generations of hiding. This is the opening scene of a film not yet even conceived but, luckily, LA duo The Rigs have already written the perfect opening tune; ‘The Hunted’. Dystopian, industrial and sparse to begin with, Caitlin Parrott’s elfin vocal soon adds the green shoots of hope and optimism to a tune that builds through the electronic pulses and trills. By the time the song fades out (to start the first scene, of course) we are left in no doubt that our group of unlikely heroes might be running from something (or someone) but they’ll be ready for a fight when they find one. Now we just need a script writer and some plucky young actors. And Morgan Freeman to do the narration.

MELANIE CREW - EP REVIEW

Melanie Crew – Midnight Sounds EP 
Melanie Crew - Midnight Sounds


Release Date: Out Now

I’ve been deliberating over this opening sentence for a while but I’m just going to say it; I think Melanie Crew needs to move. You see, this isn’t my first time listening to her work and she has such a gentle, comforting, home-spun sound that it always amazes me when I see her current location as London. Don’t get me wrong, I had 10 mostly wonderful years in London but I feel like Melanie must have Rhino thick skin to have survived in that city with such a seemingly gentle demeanour. Nonetheless, survive she has and grateful we must be for that fact (sorry, started channelling Yoda there for a minute).

This new five track EP begins with the end-of-the-day lament of ‘Evening Light’ that is full of poise, sadness and the gentle regret you get when you know you’re having a great time but, right in the middle of that great time, you realise that it will have to end at some point. On ‘Visions’ Crew strips things back even more to the raindrop pitter-patter of guitar notes and her soft, vulnerable voice calling out in the twilight hours. ‘The Place I Knew’ is strangely reminiscent of ballads by the likes of REM and Foo Fighters in its key changes but that voice is so very English this might as well be Mary Poppins at an open-mic night making the audience fall in love with every practically perfectly pronounced word.

Melanie Crew
Things take a turn towards the minor notes on ‘Out of Sight’ which allows Crew to expand her vocal range and create a song that would fit in perfectly on an album by LWM favourites Sound of the Sirens. The EP closes with ‘Stay All Night’ which switches things up to a more electric guitar sound and Crew sings “I don’t know anything about but I know I’ve spent too many minutes thinking what if we could begin again tonight”. Lyrically this EP is full of sadness and laments but with a real sense of enjoying that emotion – not quite wallowing but certainly finding comfort in it. Only one of these songs comes in at more than three minutes and I think that’s the key to Melanie Crew’s tunes is that they might be gentle and vulnerable but they get to the point, they are engaging and they aren’t self-indulgent. That said, I do feel the urge to put an arm around this EP, buy it a drink and tell it that everything will be OK if it just hangs in there.


Download the EP: https://melaniecrew.bandcamp.com/

SAINT RAYMOND - SINGLE REVIEW

Saint Raymond – Night Crawling 
Saint Raymond - Night Crawling


Release Date: Out Now

There are a lot of self-appointed saints in music these days which is no bad thing as long as they are behaving in a saintly way which I somehow doubt. Anyway, regardless of behaviour, Saint Raymond (Callum to his mum) is the latest saint on the scene and his new single, ‘Night Crawling’, is devilishly good…ironically. The pop vibe is strong with bouncing melodies and a steadily driving beat that pitches this somewhere between Harry Styles and LadyHawke – not a bad sandwich to be the filling in. The uplifting, sweeping chorus is primed for festival season next year so expect this to be ploughed in to every radio playlist you can cock an ear to. Delicious stuff which leaves you feeling uplifted and ready to take on the world so there is some saintliness in there I guess.


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