Wednesday, 22 February 2017

POWERS - Heavy

No one does swanky superimposed synth pop quite like POWERS, and now they're back we have even more reason to be excited as they march towards their much anticipated debut album, 'Alpha'. New single Heavy deploys much the same of what's become expected form the LA pair as they tighten up on production and showcase another impeccable pop-hit smash. Having amassed over 50 million cumulative streams on Spotify it's safe to say the duo have had their fair share of popularity over recent months, and here looks like it'll be no different. Take a listen for yourselves and treat your ears below.

Live dates
3/20 in Atlanta, GA at Vinyl @ Center Stage
3/21 in Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle Back Room
3/23 in New York, NY at Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
3/24 in Philadelphia, PA at The Foundry @ The Fillmore 
3/25 in Washington, DC at U Street Music Hall
3/27 in Allston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
3/28 in Montreal, QUE at La Sala Rossa 
3/29 in Toronto, ON at Adelaide Hall
3/31 in Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
4/1 in Minneapolis, MN at 7th Street Entry
4/4 in Seattle, WA at Chop Suey
4/5 in Portland, OR at Holocene 
4/7 in San Francisco, CA at The Rickshaw Stop


SPINN - Home

The best things come in three's, or so they say. It's most certainly the case here as Liverpool's SPINN return with their third single, Home, a joyous three-and-a-half minute pop jam that'll no doubt be the most infectious thing you'll hear all week. Centred around its swirling guitar line the track's simplistic appeal delivers endless amounts of feel good motion as you're wrapped in its layers of hook-laden perfection. I dare anyone to stop at just one play. "This one’s probably our most shallow track" explains singer Jonathon Quinn. "We went out to create a pop tune with not much meaning behind it, which is different to our other stuff, which usually has some kind of message or secret meaning. You could probably over analyse it if you really wanted to, and hail it as a homage to house party romances or a love letter. But, to be honest it's just meant to be something that's good for the ears". Take a listen for yourselves below.

Home will be released officially March 3rd 2017.

Live Dates
3rd March - The Magnet, Liverpool w/ Echo Beach
22nd March - Amersham Arms, London w/ Harper
29th March - The Cavern Club, Liverpool - Dave Monks Presents...
29th April - EBGBS, Liverpool - Liquidation
11th May - Bedford Esquires... Bedford w/ Courts + Idle Frets


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Maximillian - Feelings

It's always incredibly exciting to hear a brand new artist set off on their journey. A blank canvas of endless possibilities. Considering Feelings is the first piece of music to be released from Denmark's Maximillian, it holds itself remarkably well and shows huge promise, evidently displayed here from his live video. From its subtle piano led intro, right through to the the track's soaring chest thumping finale, at just 18 the production and vocal control is second to none and delivers a sound light-year's ahead of the young artist's age-pool. Take a listen for yourselves below. Hopefully there'll be plenty more music to come. It's safe to say I'm hooked.


Monday, 20 February 2017

Pale Waves - There's A Honey

It's crazy to think Pale Waves first sprung on to my radar almost 3 years to the day when they uploaded 2 tracks to their Soundcloud page, one including Heavenly which I wrote about here, a track I played on constant repeat for months. Then, sadly all went quiet for the Manchester four-piece which meant one of two things; They'd either laid to rest their promising talents or had been signed. Lucky for us it was the latter joining up with none other than Dirty Hit Records. Today they return with the official announcement of their debut single There's A Honey, set for release April 21st 2017. Still present is the band's sun-resplendent melodies and unique vocal touch yet it's ramped up with tighter production and an overall polished sheen. With Matty and George from The 1975 onboard they'll sure have the know how to point these exciting young kids in the right direction, but let's just hope they retain their own sound I fell in love with and aren't overproduced too much by their involvement. Check it out below.

Live Dates
Mar 17th | O2 Academy2, Oxford
Mar 18th | The Leadmill, Sheffield
Mar 19th | King Tuts, Glasgow
Mar 20th | Sound Control Basement, Manchester
Mar 21st | Brudenell, Leeds
Mar 22nd | The Welly, Hull
Mar 23rd | Think Tank, Newcastle
Mar 24th | Arts Club, Liverpool
Mar 25th | The Sugarmill, Stoke
Mar 27th | O2 Academy2, Birmingham
Mar 28th | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Mar 29th | The Haunt, Brighton
Mar 30th | Thekla, Bristol
Mar 31st | Tufnell Park Dome, London
Apr 1st | Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff
Apr 3rd | Oh Yeah, Belfast
Apr 4th | O2 Academy2, Dublin

Pale Waves are Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals, guitar), Ciara Doran (drums), Hugo Silvani (guitar) and Charlie Wood (bass). 


Friday, 17 February 2017

Talos - Odyssey

If you're anything like me, then you'll be a sucker for emotive songwriting, no matter what day of the week it falls on. At least it'll help if you are as Talos is on hand to provide a disconsolate alternative to your Friday night plans with his new single Odyssey. Following on from his recent single Reborn, the Irish born artist continues to pave the way with his unique ethereal productions so earthly and wholesome. Here's no different as the track's spacious intro gives way to a soaring finale filled with falsetto vocals and glittering synth notes. "In any endeavour we find ourselves at that point of doubt" explains Talos. "Those moments where you question yourself. That’s what the line, ‘In this odyssey, it’s hard to leave…’ refers to. It’s a beautiful and testing cycle. “I was asking myself some pretty big questions. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth it? Am I deluding myself?! And I think in the end, the answer is yes to all three. These feelings come and go. The thoughts pass. Sometimes the delusions get realised. And we move on". Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Odyssey is taken from Talos' long awaited debut album ‘Wild Alee’, due out on April 21.

Live Dates
April 15 - Connolly’s, Leap  
April 21 - Button Factory, Dublin  
April 22 - Dolan’s, Limerick  
April 27 - Roisin Dubh, Galway  
April 28 - St Luke’s Church, Cork  
May 12 - St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)  
May 13 - The Set, Kilkenny  
May 25 - Voodoo, Belfast  
June 22 - Spirit Store, Dundalk


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mt. Wolf - The Electric

Jump to any page here and chances are you'll find a Mt. Wolf track. To say I've fallen in love with everything they've released since first hearing their early work right through to their recent 'Hex' EP would be a very slight understatement. It's only right then for the track to introduce the news of their much awaited debut album is of such a built up profundity. Returning with The Electric, the London-based trio lead us in to to a six-and-a-half-minute compelling masterpiece winding its way towards another finely tuned cathartic crescendo. The band are currently in the studio working with Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós, M83, Daughter) on their long-awaited, as-yet-untitled debut record which is said to be due "shortly before summer". In the meantime take a listen to their latest single below.


The Rhythm Method - Cruel ft. Zoee

Following on from their recent single Home Sweet Home, London duo The Rhythm Method return with their latest effort, Cruel, featuring live collaborator and solo artist Zoee. Produced by Mike Skinner (formerly of The Streets) the track comes as a blissful modern day love tale filled with nostalgia and good old fashion britishism. Take a listen for yourselves below to the new single along with its accompanying pub-karaoke styled video.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Amazons - Black Magic

As the week finally moved in to its final stages before the weekend, allow The Amazons to inject some much needed enthusiasm to get you through in one piece as they return with new single 'Black Magic'. Renown for their driving choruses and heart-stopping guitar lines, the band once more showcase their maturing sound and fine deliverance with another euphoric energised effort. “This song has been 3 years in the making. We had some of the parts floating around without any direction until I wrote the chorus, which gave the track focus.” Thomson explains, continuing “Black magic is about the helplessness you feel when you realise the feelings you have for someone are no longer reciprocated. The despair at the awareness that there is nothing you can do to change the way they feel”. Take a listen below.

16th - Amsterdam, Paradiso (SOLD OUT)
17th - Paris, La Mécanique Ondulatoire
19th - Sochaux, Festival GéNéRiQ
20th - Zurich, NEO
21st - Munich, Unter Deck
22nd - Vienna, Chelsea
24th - Haldern, Haldern Pop Bar UG
25th - Berlin, Musik und Frieden

2nd - Southampton, Joiners Arms (SOLD OUT)
3rd - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th - Coventry, Coventry Central Library
6th - Liverpool, Buyers Club
7th - Dublin, Whelan’s
8th - Belfast, Voodoo
10th - Nottingham, Bodega Social Club (SOLD OUT)
11th - Leicester, The Cookie (SOLD OUT)
12th - Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
14th - Cambridge, Portland Arms
15th - Oxford, The Bullingdon
16th - Guildford, The Boileroom
17th - Brighton, Patterns

5th - Sheffield, The Plug
6th - Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
7th - Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
8th - Newcastle, The Cluny
11th - Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
12th - London, Dingwalls (SOLD OUT)
13th - Reading, Sub89

The Amazons are: Matt Thomson (vocals and guitar), Chris Alderton (guitar), Elliott Briggs (bass) and Joe Emmett (drums).