Monday, 21 July 2014

ARKELLS - SINGLE REVIEW

Arkells - 11:11 (Heavy Plaid/Universal Music Canada) 
Arkells - 11:11

Release Date: 21st July 2014

I have to admit that on my first experience of this single I didn't really take in much of the music as the video is incredibly compelling which is odd because literally nothing of note happens. On second listen I realised that '11:11' is actually a slick, beautifully crafted and fun indie-pop single that could you easily imagine wafting out from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury to a crowd of appreciative and loved up indie fans. The slick guitars and perky drums are woven together by layers of synths and a Brandon Flowers style clean vocal delivery that will have teenage girls falling in love by the first chorus. And maybe some boys as well...

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Arkells?fref=ts

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcQiEqjtzs

Live Dates:

1st August - Springer Market Square, Kingston
9th August - Open Flair Festival, Eschwege
10th August - Studio 672, Cologne
14th August - FluxBau, Berlin
16th August - Highfield Festival, Leipzig
17th August - Chiemsee Festival, Uebersee
19th August - Paradiso, Amsterdam
20th August - The Islington, London
22nd August - Elora Riverfest, Elora
23rd August - Kitchissippi Music Festival, Foresters Falls
30th August - Sun Peaks Summer Concert Series, Sun Peaks
5th September - Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre, Niagara-On-The Lake
11th September - Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Fredericton

12th September - Supercrawl, Hamilton

ANTO DUST - SINGLE REVIEW

Anto Dust - Traitor's Gate 
Anto Dust - Traitor's Gate

Well these guys seem to be getting a bit of a buzz around them in that there London town so it's time we had a listen, don't you think? Anto Dust are a female fronted quartet who peddle shoegaze-esque melodies with a dreamy aura to them. New single 'Traitor's Gate' is a wonderfully, sweeping, swooning example of their music with layers of delicately intricate melodies weaving in and out of each other like spiders dancing with fairies in a dusk lit woodland clearing. As the song progresses, the wooziness increases and you get the impression that this might the ring tone on Wayne Coyne's phone or the special mating music for some kind of intergalactic race that dress entirely in white leather boots and vintage American 60s clothing. Beautiful stuff and buzz fully justified. Carry on about your business now.

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


Listen/Download Here: https://soundcloud.com/antodust/traitors-gate/s-xy6PN

VILLAINS - SINGLE REVIEW

Villains - Wicked Ways 
Villains - Wicked Ways

Release Date: 21st July 2014

Essex boys Villains have a new single for your enjoyment and, aside from  Villains being a great band name, this is fantastically 90s influenced grunge indie tune. 'Wicked Ways' is a wall of guitars and pounding drums that beat you round the senses until you are tenderised enough to absorb the smooth, luxuriant vocals that come shining through. I can hear the influence of bands like Addict, Bush, Headswim, Idlewild and Redwood in here which is no bad thing at all...more than can be said for the chunky knit sweater the singer is wearing in the video for this track. Shocking.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/villainsofficial?fref=ts


Watch The Video Here: http://www.muzu.tv/villains/villains-wicked-ways-music-video/2266781/

ARTHUR WALWIN - SINGLE REVIEW

Arthur Walwin - This Feels (Like Summer) 
Arthur Walwin - This Feels (Like Summer)

Release Date: 21st July 2014

Remember Sum 41? I freakin' loved that 'Fat Lip' song when I was younger and 'In Too Deep' was a tune and a half. Well, South London lad Arthur Walwin has fully embraced that pop-punk energy on new single 'This Feels (Like Summer)'  which will could well make it a hit if it gets the right airplay. This is transition stuff, a gateway drug if you will, from the likes of One Direction and Ed Sheeran on to harder stuff like McFly or the Kooks. That sounds flippant but there is a place for this kind of light, uplifting and unashamedly poppy music but the unusual thing is that place is usually West Coast America rather than the place that cab driver will go; South of the river. The other appealing aspect is that part of the melody seems to have been lifted directly from a  Super Mario Brothers game which I always enjoy.

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkydRnEb0ak

Sunday, 20 July 2014

PORT MANTEAU - ALBUM REVIEW

Port Manteau - To Far Away Friends 
Port Manteau - To Far Away Friends

Time for some Canadian indie music and this time it's the turn of Ottawa four piece Port Manteau to show us what Maple Leaf country can do. Kicking off with 'Away From Here' and after a relatively subdued start the band immediately hit their stride with choppy, razor sharp guitars and a sense of agitated energy that is somewhat infectious. 'Nickels & Dimes' has a wistful, end-of-summer kinda feel that bursts beautifully towards the end while 'Moon Boy' has an edgy, Pixies-esque feel to it. By the time we reach 'Burden' the mood takes a turn for the darker side of things and the likes of The Wrens and Engine 88 come to mind which is no bad thing.

There is a child-like quality to 'Pioneer' that is reminiscent of the lighter moments the Smashing Pumpkins create while 'l'll Be Damned' is a more slacker grunge affair with jangling guitars and padding, thumping guitars that are muffled in the background. 'Stay Loud is a lively, punkish number with snappy drums and a sense of teenage-angst driven fun which gives way to the brooding, slinky bass line of 'The Lookout', a song steeped in Placebo-esque tendencies. As the album winds up, 'After Hours' gives a good quality end of the night vibe while 'All The Others' ends things with a positive thrum and some seriously wailed vocals. This is a strong whisky of an album that takes a few sips to get to grips with but once you do the subtle flavours and rich textures will reward you in full.

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

Listen/Download: http://officialportmanteau.bandcamp.com/

Live Dates:


29th July - Club Saw, Ottawa 

MORIATY - ALBUM REVIEW

Moriaty - The Devil's Child (Saucy Cant Records) 
Moriaty - The Devil's Child

Duos are pretty popular on the music scene these days, that's an accepted fact now, but rarely has a duo come along with such honesty, passion and raw desire to make music as can be seen in Devon two-piece Moriaty. Jordan West and Matthew Partridge, for they are the melody and rhythm of Moriaty respectively, have forged their way through a number of different bands and line-ups to find themselves left with no better option than to link arms and run head first off the pier. 'The Devil's Child' is the resultant album and everyone should stop what you're doing, put down the guns and listen in because this, this right here, is what gets me out of bed in the morning: exciting new music*.

The album opens with the tense, atmospheric strains of 'Belding' which starts like Rage Against The Machine, morphs in to The Black Keys and ends up like an early Muse wig-out. Former single 'Esperanza' is up next, introduced by what appears to be one of the old duffers from the Wonga adverts having a rant about the youth of today, and it is a real rock'n'roll stomper. West knows his way around a big, chunky riff and has a vocal range that can go from intense, under his breath mutterings to head thrown back screaming in the blink of a mischievous eye.  Kelly Louise Naish lends her vocal abilities to 'Venus Fly Trap' as Moriaty arrive at a place somewhere between the Black Keys, White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and vintage Kaiser Chiefs. Call it peaking too early if you will but track four is possibly my favourite on the album as 'Jealous MF' is a twelve bar blues at 100 miles an hour romp that has a chorus just begging to be shouted back at the stage by sweaty gig goers the length and breadth of the country - "Don't try to understand me, don't fall down at my feet, cos a woman like you is far too pretty for a dog-gone, dead-beat, jealous Motherfucker like me", as you asked.

They can only come in if you invite them over the threshold 
What I love about Moriaty is their ability to switch from fun and flippant to dark and moody without losing any of the integrity of passion. A perfect example is the transition in to the fabulous dark country rock of 'Dhamer Blues' that features snippets of the infamous Jeffrey Dhamer and the wonderfully malevolent line "If a person doesn't think there is a good to be accountable to then what's the point of trying to modify your behaviour to keep it within acceptable ranges". 'The Devil's Child Part 1' is a two minute interlude of lazy guitars and shuffling drums with a looped vocal which leads in to 'No. 7', a snarling beast of a song that features one of my new favourite lyrics "I rise for your eyes, they're like heaven, all bad boys they come from Devon". The album takes a reflective moment on 'Goodbye Love' as some gently twanging guitar notes and Richard Hawley style song writing  shows off a more thoughtful side to the band and Matthew Partridge is allowed more space to show off his drumming range.

The final third of the album starts with 'If' which is the famous Rudyard Kipling poem set to a swaggering, jerking guitar riff with blues at its heart. Partridge tries his hand at lyricism on the Noel Gallagher-esque acoustic strum of 'Move On', a touching ode to moving on through various cities and lifestyles that is possibly the only song in existence to feature the line "I don't give a fuck-a-doodle-doo". 'House Of Hell' is an almost cartoonish take on rock'n'roll debauchery which should be included on the soundtrack of a remake of any 80s houseparty family - Animal House for example. The album closes up with 'The Devil's Child Part 2' and the dirty, sleazy, gold toothed slide guitar just reeks of swamp gas and moonshine as it swaggers in through the saloon doors just looking for trouble. Moriaty's beauty is in the unpigeonholeability (yes, it is a word) of their music which could see them slip easily in to any line up on the rock, indie, blues or alternative spectrum. Makes me proud to be a Devonian.

*There is often an unavoidable need to pee as well but I can't hold Moriaty responsible for that.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/moriatysounds / http://www.moriaty.co.uk/

Live Dates:

25th July - Lansdowne, Dawlish
2nd August - Kingston Festival, Plymouth
15th August - The Royal Inn, Par
17th August - Hannah's Festival, Newton Abbot
22nd August - Waynestock, Gwinear

5th September - Barrel House, Totnes

MFC CHICKEN - ALBUM REVIEW

MFC Chicken - Solid Gravy (Dirty Water Records) 
MFC Chicken - Solid Gravy

Trying to explain the phenomenon that is MFC Chicken to the uninitiated is tantamount to arguing for the need to wear to tie with a man who doesn't own a shirt. I would assert, however, that there is a great need for MFC Chicken in this world than there is for the neck tie - although I'm sure the band would disagree as they are far snappier dressers than this humble blogger. This second Long Player from the London based, multi-national group is not a far stretch from their first but then again, if ain't broke why the hell fix it? Instead, MFC Chicken have done some fine tuning and put those months of relentless gigging to good use. The album opens with a mock advert aimed at bored housewives in need of some greasy, meaty satisfaction in every sense during the 'Chicken 'Bout You' and we're off. I hope you're wearing something comfortable.

The first real song of the album is 'Pocahontas' which starts with a tribal chant that you might have heard in a 1950s Leopard Lodge before Spencer Evoy leads the band through a rock'n'roll riot that pivots on the line "Pocahontas ain't got nothing on me" - surely a Disney franchise is only a matter of time? '(Get Outta The) DJ Booth' will soon be a theme tune to all purist alternative DJs across the land as Spencer, in between saxophone rasps, sings "I'm digging the sax, I digging the Pianah but I really want to hear just a little Rhianna....NO!". A band like MFC Chicken need their own dance craze and 'Voodoo Chicken' is exactly the tune to start that off as the horns blast low and sexy over the top of some wild surf guitar courtesy of Mr Alberto Zioli. The storytelling beauty and humour of 'I'm Her Pet' features a sexual predator enslaving a man in a cage for her own titillation but in a fun way before 'Hot Friend' goes all instrumental on us to let the sax wail and the bass take centre stage for a change.

They're modest too...
Every one of these 14 tracks is entertaining and infectious with the intention of making you dance until you sweat through every layer of clothing and no longer care what the rest of the audience think. '(Show Me The) Gravy, Baby' is a tune to twist to which you'll need to do if you eat all the food name checked in this little beauty....including mushy peas. Ironically a band who really heavily on poultry for their lyrical inspiration, the next song is 'Don't Wanna Talk About Chicken' which features some spooky, Dick Tracey style guitar notes and shuffling drums until the chorus kicks in which you can almost imagine John Travolta singing in a deleted seen from Grease where they visit a chicken shack after winning a drag race. The sax fuelled 'Well Now' will have you singing along in no time, largely due to the simple lyrics but also due to the Johnny Cash vibe of the music. Possibly my favourite track on the album is 'M.F. Sea Chicken' which rolls Dick Dale, the Beach Boys and a big pile of organ, courtesy of Reverend Parsley, in to one sexy, brooding lump of instrumental seaside fun with a hint of the Manzareks about it.

As we enter the home straight, 'Chicken Shack' rolls around to get the hop jumpin' and jivin' as well as getting them thinking about getting some sticky, greasy chicken on the way home to soak up all those malt shakes. Evoy's rasping vocals are once again in evidence on the bluntly titled 'Horseshit' while 'White Leather Boots' shows off a slightly stalkerish or predatorial side to the band as they keep to the shadows to follow you home. The album closes with 'Dirty Little Bitch', opening with some gentle organ and guitar before Evoy gets ever so slightly Springsteen in his vocal approach and then the drumming of Ravi kicks it up a notch and we're up for one last spin on the dance floor. The thing with MFC Chicken is that you could just dance to the music and have a whale of a time and nobody would mind. But if you want real value for money then you should also take time to appreciate the clever and often funny lyrics as well as the complete dedication to a style of music that is so often approximated but rarely presented in its purist form as it is here. Oh, and if nothing else then you should at least take a shot every time they use Chicken as a metaphor for sex - you'll be drunk by the end of the album, trust me.

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

Live Dates:


6th September - Plaza, Quintana Martin Galin

Saturday, 19 July 2014

SEE YOU IN RENO - SINGLE REVIEW

See You In Reno - Check 
See You In Reno - Check

Release Date: 21st July 2014

This forthcoming single from these Chelmsford boys starts with a swift punch to the windpipe and an unblinking, point blank stare....which reminds of a blind date I was once on but that's another story for another time. See You In Reno are an angry bunch but they're channelling it in to some fierce and melodically complex music that, like 'Catch', will be right up the street of At The Drive-In fans and aficionados of early Biffy Clyro material. If you like your bands intense, moody, dedicated and in a disturbing array clothing that looks like it should belong to a group of serial killing train spotters then See You In Reno may just be your new favourite band. If you like your bands bland and inoffensive but with a latent sense of passive aggressiveness then you're probably better off sticking with Westlife.   


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

JEEN - SINGLE REVIEW

Jeen - Buena Vista 
Jeen - Buena Vista

First things first, this couldn't be further from the Buena Vista Social Club if it tried. Canadian soloist Jeen O'Brien is not a Cuban traditionalist but is, in fact, one of the most instantly engaging alternative voices I've heard in some time. 'Buena Vista' has a growling bass line throughout which is a great starting point but the relentlessly energetic drums, snap-crackle-and-pop guitars and menacing backing vocals all build a gorgeously infectious song in no time at all. Jeen herself channels the likes of Tanya Donnelly and the Louise Post/Nina Gordon style of Veruca Salt with near whispered verses and choruses dripping with spit and bile. The video is worth a watch even if it doesn't quite match the seductive danger that seeps from every pour of the song. Brilliant stuff for anyone but considering this is a debut single that gets it two thumbs up! And an exclamation mark apparently....

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1zf4Tvp4TQ&feature=youtu.be

Friday, 18 July 2014

THE TALLEST TREE- SINGLE REVIEW

The Tallest Tree - Boat 
The Tallest Tree - Boat

Take a girl from Ontario and a guy from Mexico City, mix well with a healthy indie obsession and throw in a bit of love at first sight and you're either watching a Michael Cera film or you're talking about The Tallest Tree. This a gloriously lo-fi act all centred around the difficult but obviously fulfilling relationship between Dawn and Armando. 'Boat' is a joyous, summer romance of a single with jangly Best Coast guitars, Sleigh Bells' attitude and the approachability of Belly all interwoven with the male-female vocals and a real sense of fun. This is the kind of song that will pass the majority of the world's population by but the few that this song does reach will have their lives enriched by it. And surely it's better to be adored by a few than to be ignored en masse.

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

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qbjWpXgty8&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

6th August - Bishop Park, Hamilton
8th August - Dr Disc's Raise The Roof, Dr Disc
16th August - Saturdays In The Steets, Burlington

16th August - The Player's Guild w/Jenny Berkel

CITY AND THE SEA - SINGLE REVIEW

City And The Sea - Venture (Red Coast Records) 
City And The Sea - Venture

This is a song entirely built around the rhythm section and I am big fan of songs with strong drums and killer bass lines. Ontario quartet City And The Sea have created a strange juxtaposition of a song, however, which is confusing. During the verses, this is a chugging, diesel guzzling beast the likes of which Queens Of The Stone Age or Foo Fighters would be happy to churn out at a rock festival using up more electricity than a small country. On the other hand, during the chorus things get a little too smooth along the lines of Fall Out Boy or when ex-boyband members try to go alternative. All in all, the verses win me over but I was nearly put off for a second time when I saw the video of the band rocking their hardest in front of a seated lecture theatre of fans. If you're going to shoot a live video then at least make sure you've got a lively front row - rookie stuff.

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

Listen Here: http://cityandthesea.bandcamp.com/album/venture-single

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-nIanKe9LI

Live Dates:

9th August - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
16th August - A Mid Summer's Dream @ Gage Park, Hamilton
23rd August - Van Gogh's Ear, Guelph

20th September - West Fest, Hamilton

Thursday, 17 July 2014

CHASING CADENCE - SINGLE REVIEW

Chasing Cadence - Heartstrong 
Chasing Cadence - Heartstrong

Release Date: 14th July 2014

Hertfordshire lads Chasing Cadence are one of those bands that you can only imagine bouncing around involuntarily to a car alarm given half a chance. Sure, they've got serious rock chops with meaty riffs and rapid fire drums but there's a certain energy and bounce to new single 'Heartstrong' that suggest the band will be doing Paul Smith style V-kicks through its entirety. For fans of big, brash but melodic rock this will be right up your street, especially if you like some tight male vocals harmonies thrown in just send a chill down your spine before the big final chorus kicks in. There's a cool little video alongside this release as well which I won't spoil but is worth a watch.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/ChasingCadence?fref=ts

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6y96x1SB-4&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

18th July - Club 85, Hitchin
26th July - Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
1st August - Beacon Court Tavern, Gillingham
12th September - The Empire, Swadlincode
25th October - The Imp, Scunthorpe

31st October - The Cockpit, Leeds

NIGHT SPORTS - SINGLE REVIEW

Night Sports - Youthquake 
Night Sports - Youth Quake

Release Date: 28th July 2014

Wow. Just Wow. This is potentially the most 80s sounding intro to a song that has been created since 1989 outside of West Germany. Night Sports' forthcoming single, 'Youthquake', is a strange mix of 80s Europop and Ace Of Base whilst baring a weird resemblance to one-hit-wonder 'Boys (Summertime Love)' by Sabrina*. There's nothing particularly wrong with this song but it's not quite fun enough to pure pop joy. Then again, it's not quite aloof enough to fit in with the too-cool-for-school pop brigade so, in a sense, it does stand alone. However, that's a bit like saying that custard on fish'n'chips is good because it's different - some things just don't hit the spot no matter how original.

*credit to my fine-ass girlfriend for working out that particular ear worm.


More information: http://www.nightsports.co/ 

FYFE - SINGLE REVIEW

Fyfe - For You [Deptford Goth Remix] (Believe Recordings) 
Fyfe - For You

Release Date:21st July 2014

If you're after a downbeat, moody and atmospheric slice of electro pop with a muted, understated voice and some erratic saxophone then you've come to the right place. This remix of Fyfe's latest single, 'For You', is a slow burner but as the layers build up and the colours swirl around you can't help but get drawn in to this unhinged genuis' twisted world. I have to admit, the saxophone is a little bit screetchy for my taste but it's the only thing that pierces the thrum created by Fyfe's many layered melodies so I guess I'll let it pass. Complex and enthralling stuff but I don't think much of his make-over skills.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/thisisfyfe?fref=ts

Live Dates:


21st July - The Social, London

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

WONDERFUL HUMANS - SINGLE REVIEW

Wonderful Humans - Edge Of The Night 
Wonderful Humans - Edge Of The Night

OK, I straight up love this. I was about to call it a night but then I thought a band called Wonderful Humans might just be a great way to end the day and I was so right. 'Edge Of The Night' is a beautiful alt-pop gumbo that starts of like the Cooper Temple Clause, then goes a bit Sleigh Bells and Best Coast, there are some slick Katy Perry vocals in there and a bit 80s synth and drums breakdown before the triumphant reprise at the end of the song. I know precious little about the band (if they are a band) apart from the fact that they are from New York and some guy called Brian sent me an email with a link to the music and his cellphone number. I always say that there are no bad genres just bad approximations of genres and this is the very best that pop has to offer - MTV and the mainstream music world take note, you will be selling your grandmothers for a sniff of these guys before too long and you won't be able to help yourselves. God this is good.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/wonderfulhumans/info


Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/wonderfulhumans 

THE BYZANTINES - EP REVIEW

The Byzantines - Colourvision EP 
The Byzantines - Colourvision

This latest five track EP from Adelaide rockers The Byzantines is heavily influenced by modern British rock, by the band's own admission, and it really does show. Opening track 'C.F.C. (Colourvision Football Club)' is dripping in Kasabianisms from the edgy, nervy melodies to the wide-legged stance of the vocalist (OK, I can't see the guy but there is no he's singing with such balls without giving his balls some space to move). 'Punch On' has a slightly more electro feel  as the guitars and synths swirl disorientatingly around your eyes while the band find a happy medium between the Verve at their height and U2 in their Zooropa phase.

By the half way point, 'Black Teardrop Woman', The Byzantines are really hitting their swagger stride with the repeated strain of "Sit back, strap in and let the trip begin" swirling around amongst the sitar-esque guitars and thumping drums. 'Cats Got Boots' could be the song that INXS would have gone on to produce if it weren't for that damn orange incident as we get treated to frantic synths intermingling with muted jazz trumpets. The EP finishes up with 'Spaghetti Western' which sounds as you might expect - not quite Muse's 'Knights Of Cydonia' but a good approximation. A lot of people will read the above and already decide that they hate the Byzantines but others will get the fun of this and enjoy the hairy chested, leather clad bravado. Just let yourself get swept up in the testosterone and take the morning after pill tomorrow.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheByzantines?ref=hl


Listen/Download: http://thebyzantines.bandcamp.com/album/colourvision-ep

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

THE HERTZ COMPLEX - EP REVIEW

The Hertz Complex - A New Habit EP 
The Hertz Complex - A New Habit EP

Release Date: 14th July 2014

There is a beautifully subdued start to this new EP from London based four-piece The Hertz Complex that completely goes against all the advice industry insiders would give new bands. The gentle bass line and clicking percussion of 'No Control' are sublimely laid back in a Weezer meets the Lemonheads kinda way and it's no surprise when 'Bassy' kicks in and it goes all Pixies on our ass. The soaring guitars, the groovy bass and those laid back drums are all present and correct which is just peachy keen.

On 'Maybe I Know' the bad take in a few influences from the likes of Editors and Feeder to mix in with their US their counterparts as singer-guitarist Neil O'Keeffe does his best Nick Cave impression. 'The Boxer Rebellion' is the final track on this collection and for a song about a Chinese anit-Christian uprising from the late 1800s it's got a pretty impressive groove to it. The Hertz Complex have got something a bit different but equally drawn from some fantastic reference points which makes this altogether rather enjoyable. Bravo.

More information: http://www.thehertzcomplex.com/

Live Dates:


31st July - EP Launch @ 93 Feet East, London

FALSE-HEADS - EP REVIEW

False-Heads - Tunnel Vision EP (Hi4Head Records) 
False-Heads - Tunnel Vision

London trio False-Heads encapsulate everything I loved about being in a band with my mates. They are rough around the edges, shambolic and far from polished but there is energy, there is passion and there is a sense of exploration. The first of these four tracks is 'Fall Around' which has a twisting, grinding bassline at its core as the energy of the Libertines, Nirvana and the Pixies shoots off in a hundred different directions. 'Anything Else' is up next and this time there's a more Red Hot Chili Peppers feel to proceedings with some laid back, rolling drums and those snaking guitars doing their best to create a Viper Rooms atmosphere.

A snarling, grinding bass line opens up 'Without A Doubt' like Muse's 'Hysteria' before an early Foo Fighters meets the Offspring riff kicks in and lyrics dripping in youthful rebellion start up. The final track of the EP is 'Remedy' and the moody opening melodies swing back and forth with the charm of the Kinks and the raw, edgy energy of the Libertines or early Weezer. False-Heads combine some of my favourite rock influences and do it in an original way with energy, enthusiasm and a real sense of passion. Say what you like but there's not much wrong with that in my book.

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


Listen/Download Here: http://false-heads.bandcamp.com/

Monday, 14 July 2014

SIVU - SINGLE REVIEW

Sivu - Miracle (Human Errorr) (Atlantic Records) 
Sivu - Miracle (Human Error)

Release Date: 28th July 2014

Sivu is fast becoming one of the front runners in the race to win the title of most awkward but sublimely talented singer-songwriters around in 2014. This latest single, 'Miracle (Human Error)' is soaringly beautiful with lush, Sigur Ros style strings and the bombast of Arcade Fire in full flow as the drums beat out a rhythm full of hope and lust. Sivu's vocal style is delicate and shouldn't survive this kind of song but, like the bully's victim who finally finds a voice, where power is lacking, strength is ever present. This is truly gorgeous stuff and I urge you get your greasy mitts on it as soon as you are able (2 weeks today to be precise).

More information: https://www.facebook.com/sivusignals?fref=ts

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEfWEF3CUXA

Live Dates:

20th July - Blue Balls Festival, Luzern
25th July - Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
26th July - Redfest, Redhill
8th August - Beacons Festival, Yorkshire
9th August - Wilderness Festival, Cornbury
22nd-24th August - Reading & Leeds Festival

4th-7th September - Bestival

MOTHER LEADS - SINGLE REVIEW

Mother Leads - It's A Feeling (Voodoo Records) 
Mother Leads - It's A Feeling

There's something about three hairy men in a small just rocking out with every sinew in their body and it's something I'm almost always drawn to - you can draw your own conclusions from that. Mother Leads are one such band and although they are not the hairiest I've ever seen they certainly like to rock hard in small rooms (judging from the video). New single 'It's A Feeling' is pitched somewhere between Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters with a dangerous tendency to veer a little close to sounding a bit like Nickleback. Nevertheless, the riffs are nice and big, the drums are pounding and the vocals are generally rasping so on the whole I approve. Rock on lads, rock on.

More information: http://motherleads.com/

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hMO6yRBrZQ&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

25th July - Bistro De Paris, Montreal
26th July - The Atomic Rooster, Ottawa
15th August - TBC, Toronto

23rd August - Amsterdam Bicycle Club, Toronto

Sunday, 13 July 2014

COZY CATASTROPHES - EP REVIEW

Cozy Catastrophes - Way Last June (February Records) 
Cozy Catastrophes - Way Last June

Solo artists can be a little bit like superheroes at times can't they? Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan. Reginald Dwight aka Elton John. Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy. And now we have Greg Adams aka Cozy Catastrophes. I don't know if the Indiana soloist has any special powers but if he does they're sure to come out through his music. This latest EP starts with a piece of sage advice in the shape of 'Always Say Never to Always' which might be less than three minutes long but still has time to sound like a distant, Greek ballad as heard through a corridor in a white washed mansion on the coast. The lo-fi qualities and honest lyrics are perfectly placed to be lined up behind the likes of Jim Noir and Evan Dando. 'Pillow Fight' starts with the stilted rhythm of a Casio drum machine before and soon becomes a Badly Drawn Boy-esque affair featuring the great line "I can buy a mirror but I can't buy love."

'Unlovable' has a min-Arcade Fire feel to it while 'When You're Gone' could almost be a chill-out tune in a subdued Vegas backroom bar populated by drunk characters from Mario Kart. On 'Wait Up', Adams goes a bit more mellow and pleading with an unnamed love who is threatening to walk out through the medium of muted keyboard tones and subdued beats. Final track 'Sweetly Fade' could easily be an early demo for a Coldplay song that didn't make the final cut for being too interesting as the acoustic guitar bounces happily along and the vocals look to make themselves heard in the background. Cozy Catastrophes won't be troubling any stadiums any time soon but this is the kind of music that, if used correctly, could become an internet sensation following some exposure in a hit U.S. drama. Watch this space and keep an eye on this guy in case he starts wearing his Speedos outside his chinos. 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cozy-Catastrophes/225810930853594?fref=ts


Listen/Download Here: http://februaryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/way-last-june 

THE FAREWELL CIRCUIT - EP REVIEW

The Farewell Circuit - We Were Wolves EP (Princess Records) 
The Farewell Circuit - We Were Wolves

Before I start talking about the music, I just want to give some credit where it's due and say that I love the artwork on this new EP from Minneapolis quartet The Farewell Circuit. So many bands these days do something that is supposed to be all atmospheric and moody whereas this is just a genuinely good looking piece of art tied to the title of the EP. So, yeah, kudos. Anyway, the music on this release is in the realm of gentle, acoustic fuelled, expansive music with a stirring passion along the lines of Grandaddy or Elbow. The 5 track collection opens with title track 'We Were Wolves' which gives you exactly what you want if what you want is gentle, introspective but expansive alternative indie with a sense of wonder and hope. 'Years Of Youth' follows and is more electrified with an edgy riff and a groove that picks you up and carries you away on a sea of rock'n'roll.

The mellowed out indie of 'Faces Of Friends' is perfectly suited to the period of a Sunday when it's not so much afternoon but not quite evening and you just want time to stop so you can enjoy your sofa and the girl/guy you're curled up with for a little longer. The guitars rolls gently over your ears and the drums are so muffled that they would barely pierce a hangover induced snooze. 'From The Sun', on the other hand, is a more lively number with hypnotic drums and guitars that twist and spiral endlessly up in to the air without an end in sight. The EP finishes up with 'Admission' and the Radiohead-esque drones and throbs are enough to settle the most savage beast in to an afternoon coma but in a really, really good way.

More information: http://thefarewellcircuit.com/

Listen/Download Here: http://thefarewellcircuit.bandcamp.com/album/we-were-wolves

Live Dates:


25th July - Icehouse, Minneapolis

Saturday, 12 July 2014

COMA COAST - SINGLE REVIEW

Coma Coast - Fail Better/Last Song (Parissi La Musique)
Coma Coast - Fail Better / Last Song

There aren't many singles that feature a list of binary code as their opening vocals but this is how 'Fail Better' starts and I, for one, love it. If you imagine Depeche Mode with a New Order face lift and more of a sense of fun then you're getting close to this piece of club pleasing electro-pop. The other half of this new single from the half Venezuelan, half English duo is 'Last Song' which has a more distinctly 90s feel to it. Manchester electro is still in there as a strong influence but the likes of The Beloved can also be heard in the dark corridors of this track between the flashing strobes and gurning dancers. I'm not sure that either of these tracks will be hits in their own right but they are certainly the product of some fantastic decades of electro dance music.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/comacoast?fref=ts

GINGER & THE GHOST - EP REVIEW

Ginger & The Ghost - Call Up The Whales EP (Rabble Records) 
Ginger & The Ghost - Call Up The Whales EP

Release Date: 14th July 2014

Ginger & The Ghost are a pair of visual artists from Sydney which might sound like an unlikely basis for a band but stranger things have happened. This new four track EP combines an experimental approach to music with a unique and impish vocal style which makes for a delightful blend.  Opening up with 'Call Up The Whales', Ginger & The Ghost immediately mix the atmosphere of a Kate Bush or a Tori Amos with the acoustic jangle of Jose Gonzalez and the pop nous of Royksopp. 'The Mark Of Hearts' has a certain Joanna Newsome meets Laura Marling quality to it that is hard to resist as the guitars ripple and pop, accompanied by a simple rhythm and a sense of twilight romance.

The second half of the EP starts with 'Throwing Arrows' which has a more sombre and foreboding tone a little like the much underrated 12 Rounds or Moloko at their least dancey or 6 Day Riot at their most rambunctious. The collection closes down with 'Teenage Flower' which is a dark, candle-lit melody that should only be sung by someone with dark lipstick and pale skin as they roll around on a grand piano in a black lace dress. I have not seen a video by these guys or any other visual artistry but the images they create with their music is certainly something to behold. Delicately beautiful stuff.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/gingerandtheghost?fref=ts

Live Dates:

13th July - Old Queens Head, London

25th July - Milhoes De Festa, Portgual

BORN CRAIN - SINGLE REVIEW

Born Crain - Outer Space (GPRecords/Sony/Avex) 
Born Crain - Outer Space

Oooh, Belgian pop, you don't get that every day. Born Crain are a quartet of Belgian boys who are influenced by the likes of Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Frank Zappa and Badly Drawn Boy so you might expect them to be a little on the quirky side. 'Outer Space' starts with a piano riff that Cher might have employed during the 90s before a light male vocal joins in and I'm immediately thinking of the likes of Temporshark or Savage Garden. This is dramatic stuff with a real cinematic quality and I could easily imagine this on the opening credits of a mid-budget sci-fi film like Starship Troopers. Born Crain are certainly polished and accomplished pop songwriters but there's a certain something special missing from this track to really tip it over the edge for me.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Born-Crain/335714361631?fref=ts


Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGq2LUjMF_U

FEEDS - SINGLE REVIEW

Feeds - Indecision 
Feeds - Indecision

Feeds are from Leeds. Feeds. Leeds. That rhymes. Musically speaking this flies in the face of the other bands coming out of Leeds at the moment but that's not necessarily a bad thing. 'Indecision' opens with a big, chunky organ riff before the whole band piles in and I'm suddenly catapulted back to the 90s at a festival where the likes of Dodgy, Toploader, Kula Shaker , Orphic Soop and Livingstone are all playing. This is bouncy, fun indie-pop with a real Brit-pop feel that is hard to resist but if this was the 90s then this would probably be their big hit single and they'd end up playing the likes of events and small festivals that Dodgy and Toploader persistently crop up at these days. It's a little like selling your soul to the devil for 3 minutes of fame - worth it for some but not for others.


More information: http://www.wearefeeds.co.uk/

MAT HUNSLEY - SINGLE REVIEW

Mat Hunsley - Au Contraire (Trellis Records) 
Mat Hunsley - Au Contraire

This tune has been floating around for a while but it's worth taking a moment to stop and give it a mention. Geordie boy Mat Hunsley is an acoustic singer-songwriter which is nothing to write home about these days but what 'Au Contraire' has that the others can't hold a candle  to is tone. Firstly, Hunsley's vocal style has the rich tone of a crooner with the gentle tenderness of a 50s heartbreaker. Secondly, the warm and vibrant tones of the guitar strings is so beautifully defined that each string can be identified and appreciated within the overall melody of the song. This is a simple but truly wondrous song that you would do well to get hold of if you know what's good for you.

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

Listen Here: http://www.mathunsley.co.uk/music/


19th September - Think Tank, Newcastle w/The Dunwells + City Of Lights

LITTLE GHOST - SINGLE REVIEW

Little Ghost - Flowers 
Little Ghost - Flowers

Canadian Marcel Piscione is a creator of electronic, chilled out tunes interspersed with the kind of unhinged creativity that Eels and Beck are famed for. 'Flowers' is no exception and the spoken word vocals rife with vinyl crackle make a perfect accompaniment to the laid back guitar strums that float atop the clicks and dull thuds of the beats. This is the kind of music that soundtracks your dreams - not the fun ones or the nightmares but the ones that are just plain surreal, like the time I dreamt that I had my entire family around for a Sunday Roast dinner and they all revealed that they had been vegetarian for years but had been collectively hiding it from me as a joke. As this song reaches a strange but uplifting end the likes of Gilbert, Bent and Lemon Jelly spring to mind and that is fine and rarefied company to be in so Marcel Piscione (aka Little Ghost) should be proud.


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

THE LAZLO DEVICE - EP REVIEW

The Lazlo Device - The Gunslinger EP (The Animal Farm) 
The Lazlo Device - The Gunslinger EP

This EP was released around six weeks ago so I can only apologise for being tardy to the party on this one but this can't go unmentioned or ignored. The Londoners start off with 'Gunslinger' which begins as a delicate but menacing piece of acoustic angst before bursting in to life with a Kasabin-sized swagger and a bass-line sexy enough to turn heads on a crowded street. 'Mantra' is up next and the Dutch Uncles-esque intro is sublime with its edgy, twitchy guitars and syncopated drums while the bass once again sticks it all together. The final track is 'Evocativor' which maintains the menace and mischief of the other two tracks but adds in some sultry organ and something between 80s U2 and a mariachi band - it's odd but it works. There is a creativity and sense of ingenuity to this EP and I'd be interested to see how a whole album plays out...


More information: http://www.thelazlodevice.com/ 

DAS FLUFF - SINGLE REVIEW

Das Fluff - One Cent Plus Postage/Shut The Fuck Up (Metal Postcard Records) 
Das Fluff - One Cent Plus Postage

Release Date: 30th July 2014

London quartet have carved quite a niche for themselves in the form of sleazy, strobe-laden, electro-pop slathered in dominatrix-esque vocals that turn you on and make you feel like dirt all in the utterance of an elongated vowel. 'One Cent Plus Postage' starts with some giddy electronic bleepery before a throbbing bass line and then those vocals kick in with the teasing line, "how much to see me naked?". The woozy electronic melodies, undulating synth notes and sumptuous vocals are at odds with a song which seems to be about selling your soul and dignity on ebay. B-side 'Shut The Fuck Up'  is a slightly more brooding take on the electro-disco genre with the likes of Goldfrapp and Moloko mingling with Nine Inch Nails and the darker moments of the Chemical Brothers. This is dark, treacly stuff being poured over a PVC catsuit while a strobe light flashes incessantly in the corner during a club scene in Trainspotting 2 - Begbie's Revenge.

More information: http://www.dasfluff.com/

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX1ECZOJI6Q

Live Dates:

12th July - The Sebright Arms, London
24th October - Classic Grand, Glasgow w/Toyah
7th November - Haunt, Brighton w/Toyah

15th November - Fleece, Bristol w/Toyah

Thursday, 10 July 2014

HOLLY JOHNSON - SINGLE REVIEW

Holly Johnson - Follow Your Heart (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Director's Cut Signature Mix) 
Holly Johnson - Follow Your Heart

Release Date: 21st July 2014

So here we have a great combination - a true pop icon and one of the all time great DJs. This is one of the last remixes ever created by the late, great Frankie Knuckles and it's kinda cool that he did it for Holly Johnson, a British pop institution. 'Follow Your Heart' is a dyed in the wool, nailed to the wall club banger with a real 90s house feel and that distinctive Johnson vocal sassing and sizzling all the way through. There is a slightly dubious moment where Johnson urges us to "follow through" which must have a different meaning in Liverpool but on the whole this is an up-tempo dance triumph with gorgeous rippling synths and great piano stabs. There is a tinge of sadness when Johnson sings "take a leap across this great divide", though. We miss ya Frankie.

More information: http://www.hollyjohnson.com/

Live Dates:

18th October - O2 Academy, Bristol
19th October - Institute, Birmingham
21st October - O2 ABC, Glasgow
22nd October - O2  Academy, Newcastle
24th October - EchoTwo, Liverpool
25th October - Academy 2, Manchester

28th October - IndigO2, London

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

SOUTHPAW - EP REVIEW

Southpaw - In With A Chance? 
Southpaw - In With A Chance?

Release Date: 18th July 2014

If you'd asked me half an hour ago where Retford was I would have had a guess but I wouldn't been right. But now, thanks to this trio of guitar toting upstarts, I have been compelled to find out where Retford is (to save you a job, it's just East of Sheffield and Derby). Anyway, Geography lesson over. Southpaw are a power-punk-indie trio and the opening track of their EP, 'I Don't Dance' is a triumph in controlled exuberance with early Arctic Monkeys spirit and three chord punk riffs powered along by  pounding drums. 'If I Was Taken' has a more laid back feel but singer-guitarist Khalil Adesanya has definitely been to the Alex Turner/Jake Bugg academy of lyricism as he sings of late night texts and unwanted attention.

The energy and enthusiasm of the band is quite infectious but they have the songs to back it up and I would go so far as to say that Southpaw are one of the most engaging young British bands I have heard in a long time. 'Realistic Optimistic' is up next and has elements of the Hives as well as that Arctic Monkeys influence but also has a wonderfully bitter monologue in the middle of the song which reveals the punk heart of everything Southpaw do. The EP closes with 'Adrenaline Kick', a song that is in danger of derailing itself before Adesanya's vocals kick in like a cross between Collapsed Lung and Zach De La Rocha. Maybe saying that Southpaw have just put Retford on the map is a relatively underwhelming claim but they should be proud of their music and Retford should be proud of their new local heroes. Ones to watch and I only use that phrase when I absolutely mean it.


Live Dates:

18th July - EP Launch @ Doncaster Warehouse, Doncaster
19th July - Bun Fest @ Newcastle Arms, Retford
20th July -Redhouse, Sheffield
25th July - The Rocking Chair @ Tramlines, Sheffield
26th July - Redhouse @ Tramlines, Sheffield
1st August, Bar One @ Sheffield University, Sheffield
24th August - Henrys, Scunthorpe
25th August - Grimsthorpe Festival

13th September - O2 Academy, Sheffield

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

STU WHISTON - EP REVIEW

Stu Whiston - Take A Stride EP 
Stu Whiston - Take A Stride EP 

Release Date: 24th July 2014

I first heard the music of Stu Whiston many years ago and he's been a songwriter of note ever since but he's struggled to find the right vehicle for his talents. However, after various bands and names Mr Whiston has decided to go it alone because if you want a job doing properly then you'd better do it yourself. This three track EP opens up with 'There Was A Time' which has an epic indie feel like the Verve or the Lightning Seeds being produced by the Killers as the rasping guitars cut through the slick indie production. There are slightly Coldplay-esque piano stabs to contend with but the wistful lyrics could appear on a Feeder album and be sung back at a stage with gusto by hoards of adoring fans quite easily.

The second track is 'Dirty Day' which starts off with a Noel Gallagher inspired acoustic riff as strings brood low in the mix and Whiston's northern accented vocals cut through and take you back to the mid 90s and the peak of Britpop hysteria. That's part of the talent of this Staffordshire born troubadour, he takes that style of anthemic indie that so many of us grew up with and puts a modern spin on it which is in evidence as 'Dirty Day' explodes in a blaze of Robbie Williams fireworks and pounding drum beats. 'Not Enough Hours' is the closing track and it begins with some sparse piano for accompaniment as Whiston's voice displays a certain fragility over the indie-ballad melody. I'm pleased to say that there is still a huge amount of talent in Stu Whiston's bones and it is surely a matter of time before the likes of XFM and Absolute radio pick up on him and give him some broader airplay. Great stuff.

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

Live Dates:

25th July - Tahiti Rocks, Hanley
16th August - The Quiet Woman, Leek

22nd August - Fullmoon, Newcastle-under-Lyme

THE DANTES - EP REVIEW

The Dantes - Out Of The Dark EP 
The Dantes - Out Of The Dark EP

Release Date: 3rd July 2014

When I was just a lad growing up in the Westcountry, everywhere I went there was someone strumming an acoustic guitar and that was quite an exciting prospect. Then you start to realise that just because someone is holding an acoustic guitar it doesn't make them a good musician and it doesn't stop them being a douche. That said, Plymouth duo the Dantes are two men with an acoustic guitar so they run the risk of going double-douche but I have faith in them. And that faith is almost immediately repaid with opening track, 'Out Of The Dark', which starts off all James Morrison before the full backing band kick in and the song goes a little more Paolo Nutini but with a rumbling, brooding edge that Brother & Bones would be happy with.

Adam and Jack roll in to the second song, 'Make You Know', with a more sombre and bleak feel that slowly builds in to a Richard Hawley tinged tune full of harmonies and undulating rhythms that get your head bobbing. 'Seasons' is up next starting like a Paul Weller track and then developing in to a male version of the Indigo Girls with soulful harmonies and a gentle country hue. Final track 'Time' is somewhere between Arctic Monkeys and Brother & Bones which is no bad place to be as the agitated guitars nudge the strained, impassioned vocals along. The Dantes have got something that will get many a cosy winters pub jumping and will sound delightful drifting across a summer's field from a tent full of cider fuelled revellers - quite a combination. They're definitely not douches though, that's a fact. 


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

Monday, 7 July 2014

MAMAKU - SINGLE REVIEW

Mamaku - Mon Ami 
Mamaku - Mon Ami

I covered some of the output of New Zealand act Mamaku a while ago and I'm glad to see they've come back for more. This new single, I'm told, is a lyrical exploration of the issues of war but I'll have to take their word for it as vocalist Tui sings in French and although I can catch the odd word, my high school lessons are a fading memory. Nevertheless, 'Mon Ami' is a sultry but desolate piece of trip-hop with a primal bass drone and flighty guitars that buzz around like mosquitos at dusk. The mood of the song builds beautifully in to something of Portishead proportions as the vocals start to come from the pit of Tui's stomach and the depth of her soul, mirroring the anguish of war. This is skilfully crafted but equally emotive music that does something a bit different and for that reason alone I love it.

More information: http://mamakuproject.com/


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDByELg7dn8&feature=youtu.be

THE WET SECRETS - SINGLE REVIEW

The Wet Secrets - Nightlife 
The Wet Secrets - Nightlife

Release Date: 7th July 2014

I love nearly everything about this single from Canadian troupe The Wet Secrets. From the press shot of the band in full marching band costume set against the tundra to the marvellously conceived and played out video depicting an aging, lonely vampire struggling to come to terms with the 21st Century, R-Patz take on vampirism. But at the centre of this new found love is the wonderful music contained within five minute single, 'Nightlife'. From the poppy bass and creepy backing vocals to the tight guitar riff and thumping drums, this is as cool as indie gets while retaining a commercial appeal. The Wet Secrets have combined the quirky fun of Talking Heads and the B52s with the indie-pop of Hot Hot Heat, the Zutons and the Killers perfectly. And if you want to see a Robert Pattinson lookalike getting sucked by an old man in a lavatory then the video is a must as well.

More information: http://www.thewetsecrets.com/


Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYV1K3wyCnQ 

EL BORN - SINGLE REVIEW

El Born - You Made Me 
El Born - You Made Me

Release Date: 7th July 2014

There is something of a buzz around El Born and this perplexes me somewhat. Now don't get me wrong, 'You Made Me' is a strong, emotive indie stomper that is destined for the soundtrack of a relatively high budget rom-com with the emphasis on rom. The London duo are also a fine looking pair with the style to fit the slick production qualities and strong songwriting. No, what perplexes me is that the kind of buzz these guys are generating is usually reserved for more edgy, less commercially appealing bands who are less likely to be a success. Backhanded compliment? Perhaps. But there's a compliment in there so I'd run with it. Oh and there's a beautifully weird video featuring an animated spoon and fork going through a little adventure in black and white which is really well worth a watch. 

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

Download Here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/you-made-me-single/id881961895

Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRVQoJ_wg0E

Live Dates:

12th July - Cellars at Eastney, Portsmouth
24th July - Musician, Leicester
25th July - Library, Leeds w/City Of Lights
26th July - New Adelphi, Hull/City Of Lights

27th July - Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

Thursday, 3 July 2014

BOYS - SINGLE REVIEW

Boys - Summer Of Love 
Boys - Summer Of Love

Release Date: 21st July 2014

This West London trio are the second act in a week to rock up at my door without a drummer which is, frankly, a bit cheeky. Nevertheless, Boys have created a subdued indie-pop delight in 'Summer Of Love', complete with scratchy guitars, jangly melodies and the sounds of seaside in the background. As lo-fi tracks go this is pretty awesome and fans of Lush, Teenage Fanclub, early Weezer and generally just bumming around in the summer sun will love this. It seems that after a good slew of bands without bassists, the indie world is now having a go at leaving the drummer behind. Let's see how that works out, shall we....?

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

Live Dates:


11th July - Barfly, Camden 

DIGITALISM - SINGLE REVIEW

Digitalism - Wolves ([PIAS]/COOP) 
Digitalism - Wolves

Release Date: 14th July 2014

How are you fixed for uplifting German dance with chunky synths and an 80s vibe? Need a top up? How about a little Digitalism then? The Hamburg duo's single, 'Wolves', is a radio friendly chart stomper with West Coast melodies that Katy Perry would dry hump to within an inch of her life before licking the sweat of the beats. The vocals have a very English indie feel - like Klaxons or Bombay Bicycle Club - and it's that clash of West Coast party vibes and English indie disco cool that makes this a potentially huge tune. Oh, and the fact that there are some awesome remixes from the likes of Booka Shade and Riton is the cherry on the icing on a thoroughly awesome cake. Eat more cake.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/digitalism?fref=ts


Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/digitalism_official