Tuesday, 30 June 2015

THE GOOOD THINGS - EP REVIEW

The Goood Things - The Goood Things EP #2 (33 Records) 
The Goood Things - EP #2

Release Date: Out Now

Tokyo indie rockers The Goood Things (yes, that's three 'o's) are back with a new four track EP, imaginatively titled The Goood Things EP #2. Kicking off with 'No Mojo', the Goood Things seem to be channelling the likes of the Dandy Warhols, the Flaming Lips and Redd Kross on this laid back, drawled piece of slacker indie that buzzes and fizzes in all the right places. 'Simmer Down' starts with a real show stopping drum beat and then pizzicato guitars join in to create a Libertines-esque indie tune with Elvis Costello guesting on lead vocals - and yes, that's exactly as good as it sounds.

The second half of the EP starts with 'Take Me Home' which is more of a slow burner but still has that marvellously drawled, sunset feel to it that early Kings Of Leon or Midlake used to do so well with. There is a wonderfully sunny and approachable feel to this music that makes me sure these guys would not only be great fun live but the after show parties would probably be hugely well spirited affairs with Mojitos on tap and strip table tennis happening on the tour bus. 'I'm Only Saying' is the final track on this collection and the slathers of organ create a comfy, silk sheeted bed for the rest of the song to sprawl out on luxuriously in a finely embroidered robe (a tiger, since you ask) giving the listener a cheeky wink and an irresistible smile. Essentially, the Goood Things take the best bits of US slacker indie, mix in a few British influences and serve it all up with the charm and elegance of The Dude in the Big Lebowski. Entirely deserving of that extra 'o' then.

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

Listen/Download: https://thegooodthings.bandcamp.com/album/the-goood-things-ep-2-2

Live Dates:


11th July - Biff Sounds No. 9 @ Ruby Room, Tokyo

THE DEADLINE SHAKES - SINGLE REVIEW

The Deadline Shakes - Phonecalls In The Bath (Flowers In The Dustbin Records) 
The Deadline Shakes - Phonecalls In The Bath

Release Date: Out Now

It's been a while since I've had anything to review from Scotland so I was excited to get the new single from Glaswegian gang The Deadline Shakes. From the word go, 'Phonecalls In The Bath' has something different about it from the haunting, almost choral vocal harmonies to the gentle guitars and strings that herald the beginning of the song. Sombre yet smooth lead vocals guide us through a pop influenced but heavy hearted first third of the song that sits well with the likes of Divine Comedy and Belle & Sebastian before this turns in to a good old indie stomper with Motown backing vocals. Teenage Fanclub, Franz Ferdinand and the lighter side of B&S all come out to play as the song bounces along before changing direction for a third time. That's right, this song essentially has three movements all fused together by a melancholy vibe but still manages to retain a glimmer of hope, a morsel of optimism. Truly impressive stuff from this Scottish collective and refreshing to hear a single with so many twists, turns and, well, ideas.


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

Monday, 29 June 2015

FERAL KIZZY - SINGLE REVIEW

Feral Kizzy - Community Service (Elite Records) 
Feral Kizzy - Community Service

Release Date: Out Now

I have to say, Feral Kizzy is one of the more imaginative and enticing band names I've come across in a while even if it does paint front woman Kizzy Kirk in a slightly unflattering light. This latest single/video from the Long Beach quintet, 'Community Service', starts with a cool, brooding riff that chugs restlessly in the shadows until Kizzy's vocals come in and suddenly the whole thing is given a Patti Smith, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or PJ Harvey vibe. The addition of a rumbling bass, biblical organs and well placed drums makes this an almighty sound that has as much bitterness as it has sweetness as it reels drunkenly through dark corridors looking, searching, yearning for something to satisfy the hunger. There is a beautifully shot video to accompany this tune and all in all it makes for an impressive release and, with an album to follow this year, the future looks good for Feral Kizzy.

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR-izdVyaRY 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

THE TUESDAY SYNDICATE - EP REVIEW

The Tuesday Syndicate - The Tuesday Syndicate EP 
The Tuesday Syndicate EP 

Release Date: Out Now

It won't surprise you to hear that this bunch of handsome, buff and generally fit looking chaps hail from North Devon and all enjoy a spot of surfing when they're not making music together. It also won't surprise you to hear that I think The Tuesday Syndicate is an awful, awful band name but I'm not here to review band names, I'm here to review the music so let's just move past this shall we? This latest EP from the five piece weighs in at a meaty 7 tracks which is in that territory between EP and album but I think EP is the right choice. Opening track 'Bury My Mind' begins with a sleepy, sunrise inspired piece of acoustic noodling that transports you to a field atop a cliff staring out at glistening sea below you. The smooth voice of frontman Sam Mayo encourages the rest of the band to join in and a Radio 2 friendly folk-rock ballad unfolds but not without a certain edge and bite that suggests there is more to come from the quintet. 'Come Inside' has a similarly gentle and subdued beginning but there is less time to wait for the rest of the band to kick in this time and there is a real Brother & Bones vibe about this tune but with a more US radio feel.

The Tuesday Syndicate in their natural habitat
There is an impish start to 'Go' which veers more towards the Mumford & Sons or Passenger end of the spectrum with an urgent riff, impassioned vocals and a thumping beat that pulses at the heart of the song as it builds to a crowd pleasing crescendo. By the time we reach 'Palm Of My Hand' there is a pattern forming of quiet acoustic openings that give way to full band shenanigans but there is more energy to be found here and more bitterness as the band power through a tale of heartbreak and the realisation that whatever relationship there was has long since died. Just to prove me wrong, 'Sticks & Stones' cracks straight on with things and has a more Elvis Costello meets Frank Turner feel about it which is hard to resist as the guitars cut through the air like a call to arms. Presumably a song about a well, 'Too Deep To Climb Out' returns to the previous formula but then if it ain't broke (and it ain't), don't fix it. Again, this is a US friendly power ballad that, combined with their looks, should see these guys playing to crowds of knickerless girls all summer (because they've thrown them on the stage, not because they're forgetful or can't afford knickers, you understand). Closing track 'Worth It' is possibly the most powerful of the lot and, in my opinion, ought to be the lead track - which it could well be as Dropbox tends to do funny things to track listings. It combines Paolo Nutini, Brother & Bones, Crowns and Frank Turner to make an almighty rock racket with a folk spirit and a soulful heart. If this were a half hour set I would be left feeling impressed but with a niggling feeling that the band could have given slightly more energy to some of the songs to get those beach parties going. There's still more to come, I feel, but they are definitely heading in the right direction.

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

Listen Here: http://www.thetuesdaysyndicate.com/#!home/mainPage

Live Dates:

11th July - Glasdenbury Festival, Ashburton
12st July - Esplanade, Newquay
17th July - The Old Firehouse, Exeter
24th July - Somersault Festival, North Devon
31st July - Folk Off Cancer, Barnstaple
1st August - The Red Lion, Clovelly

8th August - Croyde View Festival, Croyde

Thursday, 25 June 2015

NEW ARCADES - SINGLE REVIEW

New Arcades feat. Lula - More Than This 
New Arcades feat. Lula - More Than This

Release Date: Out Now

Time for a new British synth duo following in a long line of British synth duos like the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yazoo, The Chemical Brothers and Black Lace. These upstarts go by the name of New Arcades and their new single, 'More Than This', is a bouncy, light piece of synth pop that sounds a little like the perfect support act for Bastille or Jess Glynne. The moody, electronic vibes are given a soaring sense of optimism by the guest vocals of Lula and that combination of dark and light makes this a classy sounding slice of electro-pop and no mistake.


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

MS. HENRIK - SINGLE REVIEW

Ms. Henrik - My Only Vice 
Ms. Henrik - My Only Vice

Release Date: Out Now

Coming on like a camper, more glam version of Mika, Ms. Henrik is a Swedish pop-star in the making and if you don't like your music a little over the top then you might want to look away now. 'My Only Vice', for those brave enough to hang around, is pop music in its most experimental coat strutting out on a Saturday night fully prepared to turn heads and possibly make a few people question their sexuality. The melodies throb in time with the beat and Ms. Henrik's voice cuts like a razor blade through silk with a certain 80s panache. Considering the video is as colourful as it is and Ms. Henrik is as flamboyant as he seems, there is a definite dark side to this track but what is light without a little shade, eh?

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2OY6L8n-VM 

MANY THINGS - SINGLE REVIEW

Many Things - Burn Together (Dew Process) 
Many Things - Burn Together

Release Date: Out Now

I really, really liked the last single from this London trio so I am quite literally moist with anticipation at the prospect of this release. New single 'Burn Together' is pleasingly satisfying as the honky-tonk piano is bolstered by a bass drone and scattered beats to fight off a laser attack (don't ask) and come out triumphant with the rich, deep vocal tone of a man so assured of his own sexuality that he regularly wears lacy socks and clip on ear rings. Or not. Anyway, the point is that Many Things create huge, bonkers and beautiful soundscapes that the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and Talking Heads would all give an uber cool nod of approval to. That's two singles that have got my juices flowing now so there better be an album on the horizon. Oh, there is? This summer? Good then, carry on......

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

WHY EVERYONE LEFT - SINGLE REVIEW

Why Everyone Left - Pack Your Shit 
Why Everyone Left - Pack Your Shit

Release Date: Out Now

Any band that has a video which starts in an old school video game arcade is OK by me. And any band which is made of five guys called Enzo, Lorenzo, Luca, Luca and Luca is even better. So when I got the new single from Modena quintet Why Everyone Left entitled 'Pack Your Shit' I was 99% sure that I would be in favour of this single. And indeed I am. We're talking fast, furious, full on guitar riffs and giant floating Pac Man ghosts and if that doesn't float your boat then I don't really want to know you. Sorry. The groove in the riff is immense and the drums hit you right in the rib cage in just the way I like it. The other bonus with this band is that there isn't an over reliance on massive beards or extensive tattoos which makes for a nice change. In all seriousness though, these guys should make their way over to the US or the UK and get on the hardcore tour circuit - and bring the Pac Man ghosts.

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJS6i-2G8uE 

KILA - ALBUM REVIEW

Kila - Suas Sios (Kila Records) 
Kila - Suas Sios

Release Date: Out Now

Every now and again I get something sent to me to listen to that is so different, so unique and so stop-you-in-your-tracks-and-slap-you-about-the-face special that I have to just sit up and take notice. Irish collective Kila firmly fit in to that category and their latest album, Suas Sios (translated as Up Down), is full of energy, passion and more instruments than a Harley Street surgery. Opening with the title track, 'Suas Sios', the band set their stall out confidently with a tune full of frantic guitars, reeling fiddles and lyrics delivered at a hundred miles an hour. And we're off. 'Mac Lir' is a more pensive number with atmospheric melodies creating a misty, wistful atmosphere as various instruments intermingle in the early morning light. On 'Jigs' the band unleash an East European and North African influence with a superbly structured tune that makes me want to travel, dance, meet new people and generally engage more with the world - any song that has that impact in a little over four minutes is surely worth prescribing to anyone suffering depression or anxiety.

There are moments on the album where I have to step back slightly and 'Rachel Corrie' is one of those as, although it's a wonderful tune, there are moments when the pitch of the melody gets a little unbearable for my ears. 'Abair' is a return to form though with an assortment of strings being plucked, bowed and strummed to create an incredibly energetic and enchanting stack of melodies. 'Length Of Space' marks the midway point of this collection and the solitary guitar melody has a real Wild West feel to it before the thumping, rippling rhythms of the bodhran and wayward fiddles take this to a more mythical and mystical space. And then there is the intriguingly titled 'Mikar Dypnic's Transient Nights (In Adult Situations)' which is essentially a 95 second fiddle solo that doesn't pause for breath. How very prog. 'Am', on the other hand, is probably one of the more traditional sounding tracks on the album but is still utterly enthralling as the instrumentation layers up one sound at a time to create something far greater than the sum of its parts.

Kila - A truly talented bunch
The sombre acoustic tones that open up 'Skinheads' are soon augmented by a pure, sweet flute and then a gentle, rolling bodhran rhythm - all at a juxtaposition with the title of the song and the connotations. Suddenly the pace of the song quickens and, like a fight breaking out in a pub, you don't know where to look as instrumentation, melodies and rhythms fly in all directions at break neck speed but without ever putting a foot wrong. You see, Kila are all excellent musicians and whether you like the music they create or not you have to admire their ability. Much of this album is either instrumental or in Irish/Gaelic which makes 'Last Mile Home' as the only song sung in English but it still works wonderfully as the plucked notes create images of late night shadowness and the edginess of that walk home alone. The album closes on the atmospheric 'Fainne Or An Lae' which puts proceedings to rest in a particularly gentle and subdued way. As I said at the top, there is a special, unique and truly captivating quality to Kila that I would urge you to get involved with just to increase your horizons if nothing else.

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

Live Dates:


25th July - Folkfest, Killarney

AZU YECHE - SINGLE REVIEW

Azu Yeche - Lagos 
Azu Yeche - Lagos

Release Date: Out Now

OK, there's a fair chance this guy could be absolutely huge in the next 18 months so sit up straight and get in on the ground floor. Azu Yeche is a London based singer-songwriter with a voice that is absolutely crammed full of soul, pathos and emotion - the likes of which we rarely hear these days. New single 'Lagos' is a sparse, heartbroken and heartfelt song about sending your child away to the city to have a chance of a better life - a common story across the developing world and one that Yeche clearly has some personal experience of. The piano melody is simple but so, so effective and the atmosphere just builds around the pure, soulful voice that is the centre piece of this track. On the one hand this is an absolutely beautiful yet tragic song that will bring anyone with a heart to a standstill. On the other hand, this is a joyously soulful song that wouldn't be out of place in the set list of Stevie Wonder or John Legend. Absolutely stunning stuff.

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


Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH7RQxEbwI8 

MATTHEW & ME - SINGLE REVIEW

Matthew & Me - Kitsune 
Matthew & Me - Kitsune

Release Date: Out Now

For those reading this on 4G from inside a tent at Glastonbury Festival, here's a tip for someone to go and check out tomorrow - for everyone else, just enjoy the music. Matthew & Me are fast becoming one of the hottest Westcountry exports in years and new single 'Kitsune' only serves to add momentum to that particular snow ball. The Totnes quintet open with moody, layered, jangling guitars and vocals that shudder in and out of focus before some particularly epic chorus melodies crash in like one of those out of control trucks going through the front room wall of a cottage on the A304 during the breakfast rush hour. What these folk do particularly well is create atmospheric moods interwoven with delicate melodies that you can utterly lose yourself in before smashing it out of the park with a big, meaty chorus. Somewhere in a complex Venn diagram between Radiohead, Elbow, My Vitriol, Editors and Brother & Bones is where Matthew & Me exist and that's a diagrammatical hot tub that I want to get in to with no trunks on. Yes sir.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/matthewandmemusic?_rdr=p

Live Dates:

26th June - BBC Introducing Stage, Glastonbury Festival
4th July - Blissfields, Winchester
26th July - Somersault Festival, Devon

2nd August - Port Eliot Festival, St Germans

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

FEROCIOUS DOG - SINGLE REVIEW

Ferocious Dog - Ruby Bridges 
Ferocious Dog - Ruby Bridges

Release Date: 29th June 2015

Les Carter, him of the unstoppable sex machine fame, has found a new niche in folk-punk band Ferocious Dog and boy oh boy do these guys like to gig. This new single, 'Ruby Bridges', is coming out ahead of a string of live dates the length, breadth and depth of the country taking in festivals, pubs and venues for the pleasure of punters old and young. The single itself opens as a gently rolling acoustic melody with a rough'n'ready vocal straight from the docks of East London via Dublin. And then all hell breaks loose with fiddles, drums, guitars and rabble rousing vocal performances that lift the spirits. For fans of the Levellers and tour mates Mad Dog Mcrae for sure but there's an energy, pace and passion about this song that is infectious on a recording but I can only imagine that their live shows are as ferocious to say the least and I plan to find out this summer....

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

Live Dates:

28th June - Avalon Stage, Glastonbury Festival
4th July - Bridgwaters Big Bash, Bridgwater w/Talisman
10th July - VolkStock, Warwick
11th July - Party In The Park, Galhampton
18th July - Splendour Festival, Nottingham
26th July - Deerstock Festival, Newton
1st August - Outcider Festival, Compton
6th August - Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
7th August - Lakefest, Tewkesbury
15th August - Farmer Phils Festival, Shrewsbury
4th September - Fylde Folk n Roots Festival, Fleetwood
20th September - Looe Music Festival, Looe
10th October - Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
15th October - Rainbow, Birmingham w/ Gaz Brookfield
16th October - O2 Academy, Bristol w/Mad Dog Mcrea + Gaz Brookfield
17th October - The Factory, Barnstaple w/Sound Of the Sirens
22nd October - The Brudenell, Leeds w/Gaz Brookfield
23rd October - The Cluny, Newcastle w/Gaz Brookfield
24th October - Old Firestation, Carlisle w/Gaz  Brookfield
29th October - The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich w/Gaz Brookfield
30th October - Esquires, Bedford w/Gaz Brookfield
31st October - Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
6th November - The Victoria, Swindon w/Gaz Brookfield
7th November - The Garage, Swansea w/Gaz Brookfield
12th November - Dingwalls, London w/Mad Dog Mcrea + Gaz Brookfield
13th November - Talking Heads, Southampton w/Gaz Brookfield
14th November - The Haunt, Brighton w/Gaz Brookfield
15th November - Westcoast Bar, Margate w/Gaz Brookfield
19th November - The Haygate, Telford w/Gaz Brookfield
20th November - Deaf Institute, Manchester w/Gaz Brookfield
21st November - The Grand, Clitheroe w/Gaz Brookfield
26th November - The Full Moon, Cardiff w/Gaz Brookfield
27th November - Subscription Rooms, Stroud w/Gaz Brookfield

28th November - Rock City, Nottingham w/Mad Dog Mcrae + Gaz Brookfield

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

MALKA - ALBUM REVIEW

Malka - Marching To Another Beat (Tantrum Records) 
Malka - Marching To Another Beat

Release Date: Out Now

For the uninitiated among you, Malka is essentially the solo project of former 6 Day Riot front woman Tamara Schlesinger. But consider this a side project or 'after thought' at your peril as this debut album under the Malka moniker takes Schlesinger's talents on to a new level and pushes the boundaries of musical creativity in a way that normally garners critical acclaim and Mercury Prize nominations. 'Marching To Another Beat' opens with the percussively fuelled 'Into The Night' which emerges from urban shadows with tribal rhythms, that trade mark delicate but firm voice and layer upon layer upon layer of sounds, noises, vocals harmonies and flashes of melody leaving space for Schlesinger to dart, firefly-like, through the night sky. 'Wrap It Up' sees the first sign of a theme that runs through the album of a child-like inspiration that suggests the writing of this album was influenced by playground songs heard wafting over high fences in and around East London. Aside from the fantastic rhythmic quality of the song, the chorus of layered vocals will surely be sung by our great great grandchildren as they skip double Dutch in playgrounds made of solar panels with lasers for skipping ropes. It's this mix of traditional and futuristic influences that makes this album so full of joy and unadulterated fun albeit with dark corners.

With 'Eyes On The Prize' Malka explores a dark territory with a deep synth drone, pounding drums and a lyric that is sung through determinedly clenched teeth in the face of some adversity, one can only imagine. The whispy, misty openings of 'My Body (Takin' Over)' soon gives way to a celtic influenced pre-battle rabble rousing beast that channels all of the elements but particularly the raw unpredictability of fire switching from a flicker to a blaze in an instant. The early single release from this collection was 'Let It Go' which may be one of the most mistakenly downloaded songs by pre-teen girls the world over but those girls will only be enriched by hearing this sparkling, LadyHawke-esque pop nugget rather than some over processed Disney schmaltz. The hand claps and dramatic beats of 'I Never Needed Love' are easy to compare to Florence + The Machine but there is a more mystical vibe at play here as Schlesinger again weaves her magic to make this more than just a collection of notes, words and rhythms.

Malka - not afraid of make-up....or hats. 
The layered vocals that introduce 'Burn On The Fire' are joined by some tribal percussion to create an otherworldly atmosphere that the likes of Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel specialise in but there is still a raw, pop edge that Shampoo or Transvision Vamp would be proud to call their own. Then that laser skipping returns on 'Jumpin' The Line' with handclaps, tumbling vocal melodies and the playful inventiveness of Kimbra and if you're not in love with this album by now then there really is no hope for you or your children. As we reach the final two tunes there is a mixture of melancholy sadness that the journey is coming to an end and excited glee that we can start all over again when these ten tracks are done. 'I've Got Nothing' captures this beautifully as the intertwined vocals at the beginning snake and swirl like smoke from a dying fire that, until recently, was host to a party of dancing, smiling, laughing free spirits. The album closes with 'Wrong Side Of This Town' which begins with that child-like quality again but grows up with every beat until a tune emerges that shows a harder, darker side that wouldn't be out of place on a Sleigh Bells album. To sum up, what we have is a debut album from a British project that displays lyrical ingenuity, melodic adventurousness, percussive originality and a creative bravery that is as refreshing as it is daunting for all artists following on in the wake of this release. Oh, and it's a perfect summer album too so just get yourself a copy alright?

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

Live Dates:

8th August - WAME Festival, Woodbridge

6th October - The Waiting Room, London

Monday, 22 June 2015

GLEAM - SINGLE REVIEW

Gleam - Fake 
Gleam - Fake

Release Date: Out Now

There is a dreamy, blissed-out quality to Birmingham's Gleam that has me in raptures from the opening chords. New single 'Fake' is chock full of pile-driver guitars covered in delay as well as some glass chattering cymbal action but when the smooth vocals of Jake Bellwood stitch it all together then you can't help but follow that talking rabbit down the burrow. This takes me back to the vastly underrated Mainstream and Redwood as well as some of the very early Feeder material  but with those 70s psychedelic influences worn proudly on the puffy sleeves of their voluminous shirts. This is expansive British indie the likes of which isn't seen much these days what with the obsession with clipped, neat indie-pop songs on the alternative scene. This is far more akin to the Stone Roses or the Verve than Years & Years or Foals which, as far as I'm concerned, is a welcome change from the status quo (without sounding anything like the actual Status Quo).

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mb5MGMNdMk 

STONEGHOST - SINGLE REVIEW

Stoneghost - Raynardine (Mascot Label Group) 
Stoneghost - Raynardine

Release Date: 22nd June 2015

If you like songs that open with snarling, fuse burning guitars and rifle-like drums coming out of a sweaty basement covered in hair and tattoos then this might be the song for you. London quartet Stoneghost's new single 'Raynardine' is just the right side of Screamo and Thrash with a melody as thick as Jason Statham's neck and chops that Andre The Giant would be proud of. For fans of System Of A Down, Rage Against The Machine, At The Drive-In and Muse in their heavier moments with Henry Rollins guesting on vocal duties. These guys prove that there is still an awful lot of passion and energy left on the UK metal scene which is heartening but they also have the nous and talent to straddle the more mainstream rock market as well so expect to hear more from these chaps.

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

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkKGnB_8eE

Live Dates:

24th June - Surya, London
25th June - Sound Control, Manchester
15th August - HeroFest, Gravesend
19th September - Underworld, London

26th September - The Borderline, London w/Skreamers

GOSPEL - SINGLE REVIEW

Gospel - Ain't Gonna Let You In 
Gospel - Ain't Gonna Let You In

Release Date: 22nd June 2015

Hitting the shelves today (as much as anything hits any shelves these days) is the new single from hot London trio Gospel and you really ought to get yourself involved if you're not already. 'Ain't Gonna Let You In' is a woozily seductive piece of electro pop that feels like Portishead but with sex appeal or Florence + The Machine but with more subtlety about proceedings. The breathy vocals of Beth Anderton-Allen mingle with the gently undulating beats and sparsely processed melodies to create a vibe that is both enticing and slightly aloof. Essentially, this is the musical equivalent of that woman or man in a club who is impossibly gorgeous and sitting alone but who won't even make eye contact with you if you approach them so you just end up staring at them trying to guess their name. FYI, it's never Trevor or Margaret.

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

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

Live Dates:


24th June - Single Launch @ The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington

Thursday, 18 June 2015

TANKUS THE HENGE - SINGLE REVIEW

Tankus The Henge - Weather 
Tankus The Henge - Weather

Release Date: Out Now

Everyone's favourite improbably named circus Rockers Tankus The Henge are back with a new single ahead of their natural habitat of the summer season of festivals. 'Weather' is a darkly, seductive piece of eccentro-pop with tinges of Madness in their pomp, Gogol Bordello at their most mischievous and the slick delivery you have come to expect from British pop legends like Squeeze or Ian Dury & The Blockheads. Snake-hipped horns entwine themselves around tinkling ivories while the guitars scratch and jump all over frontman Jaz Delorean's gravelly vocal. These guys are travelling up and down the country to a plethora of festivals this summer and I cannot recommend them highly enough  in the live arena so pick a date from the list below and get yourself along to a show. You won't regret it.

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

Live Dates:

19th June - Matt & Phreds, Manchester
20th June - South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes
4th July - Harwich Festival of the Arts, Harwich
10th July - Glas-Denbury, Newton Abbot
23rd July - Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
31st July - Port Eliot Festival, St Germans
6th August - Wickham Festival, Wickham
28th August - Duncombe Park, North Yorkshire
29th August - Watchet Music Festival, Somerset

21st October  - Scala, London

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

STILL THE MIND - SINGLE REVIEW

Still The Mind - Slow Dancing 
Still The Mind - Slow Dancing

Release Date: Out Now

Still The Mind are a quartet of Devonshire rockers with a new single heading your way in the shape of 'Slow Dancing'. There is a chugging 60s groove to this tune that gets under your skin pretty instantaneously and Matt Palfreman's hoary vocals only serve to propel that vibe. On the one hand you can picture psychedelic images flying through the sky as you take a long ride in a soft top American car along the US West Coast with improbably sideburns and lustrous hair. On the other hand you can see the likes of Orphic Soop and Redwood who tried to resurrect this kind of rock'n'roll on the UK during the 90s and disappeared without a trace despite valiant efforts. For me, if I heard these guys grunting and churning out of a tent at a midsized festival in the Westcountry I'd top up my cider and go check them out but then I'm a sucker for a big ol' riff and a singer who sounds like he's been gargling razor blades and gravel. 

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


Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/pluggin-baby/still-the-mind-slow-dancing-edit