Thursday, 15 June 2017

Isaac Gracie - All In My Mind

Delicate, and deeply amorous, Isaac Gracie returns with his new single All In My Mind. Teaming up with producer Markus Dravs at London’s RAK Studios, the new single follows on from his previous immersive effort, Reverie, a track that showcased Gracie's darker, smouldering atmospherics. Here we get a further taste of such talents but with added optimism as the track's driving guitar melodies teeter amongst its slowly built crescendo. Listen below.

Live Dates
24th June – Glastonbury Festival
30th June – Barn on the Farm Festival, Gloucestershire
5th August – Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
12th August – Boardmasters, Cornwall
2nd October – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
4th October – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
5th October - Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, Leeds
7th October – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
9th October – The Cellar, Oxford
10th October – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham11th October – Omeara, London

The Night Café - Felicity

Continuing their theme of singles names after women, The Way Of Mary being the band's most recent, Liverpool's The Night Café return with their latest effort, Felicity. With news of their forthcoming second EP due out October 6th via Kobalt, the band opt for a new direction in sound with darker melodies entering their spectrum of light. Still present is their on-hand optimism, yet their songwriting continues to age and blossom in to an ever maturing sound, something the four-piece have mastered so expertly. Take a listen below for yourselves.

Live Dates
June 27 | Glasgow, Glasgow Academy (with The Wombats)
June 29 | Liverpool, Liverpool University (with The Wombats)
June 30 | London, Brixton Academy (with The Wombats)
July 22 | Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
August 6 | 110 Above Festival, Twycross
November 20 | Sheffield, Leadmill (with Blaenavon)
November 21 | Leeds, Wardrobe (with Blaenavon)
November 22 | Manchester, Gorilla (with Blaenavon)
November 24 | London, Shepherds Bush Empire (with Blaenavon)
November 26 | Newcastle, O2 Academy 2 (with Blaenavon)
November 27 | Glasgow, St Lukes (with Blaenavon)
November 28 | Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (with Blaenavon)
November 30 | Birmingham, Mama Roux (with Blaenavon)
December 1 | Bristol, Thekla (with Blaenavon)


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Everything Everything - Can't Do (Official Video)

If you want to find any music by Everything Everything on the pages here you'd have some scrolling on your hands. Having remained relatively quiet over the recent year or so the band finally broke their silence last night returning with their excitable new single, Can't Do. Sticking with the tried and tested formula of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it', the band haven't changed too much in their sound and that's most certainly not a bad thing. Infectious choruses, chiming synths, lightening powered percussion. Can't Do has it all. "Can't Do” is about trying to bend to the world and fit into it" explains singer Jonathan Higgs. "Nobody is normal, nobody knows what normal is. 'I can't do the thing you want' - we don't care we just want you to dance". Take a listen for yourselves below. Their new album 'A Fever Dream' will be released August 18th through RCA Records.

Live Dates
Saturday 17th June The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – SOLD OUT
Sunday 18th June Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 20th June Albert Hall, Manchester – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 21st June Heaven, London – SOLD OUT
Friday 7th July TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
Saturday 29th July Afisha Picnic, Moscow
Sunday 30th July FSP Art Picnic, Minsk
Saturday 5th August Applegarden Festival, Diepholz
Friday 25th August Reading Festival
Sunday 27th August Leeds Festival
Saturday 2nd September Electric Picnic, Ireland
Friday 29th September By The Sea Festival, Margate


Darlia - Beam Me Up

Returning with a brand new sound, Darlia return with their infectious new single, Beam Me Up. As its unassuming piano led intro steadily unfolds, we get hit with their signature brash guitars and soaring vocal energy yet there appears to be a refined mellowing to their sound. Speaking on its release Nathan Day had the following to say: "It amazes me how brutally open you can be in songs and not even wince when it gets put out into the world. It's like walking around with a sign on your head telling everyone what you're secretly thinking but never actually saying the words in conversation. I wrote this song because I can't afford a therapist. I'm lucky that writing songs is a legitimate coping mechanism cos I don't know what the fuck I'd do if I couldn't get it out. It deffo can't stay in here though. (I'm pointing to my brain). I wrote it on piano, during a debilitating battle with my body and mind - felt like they were both failing me and literally falling apart before my eyes and I couldn't afford the £ to fix myself. Like a 'broken doll'. That'll make more sense later. I think no one wants to talk about how they feel cos they're scared people will judge them. Sadly, that's part of the fucking problem. I'm scared too, but this is what that songs about - so fuck it". Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
July 1 - Community Festival, Finsbury Park (w/ Catfish and the Bottlemen)
Sep 30 - Tenement Trail, Glasgow
Oct 1 - Academy 2, Birmingham
Oct 2 - The Exchange, Bristol
Oct 3 - Scala, London
Oct 5 - The Wardrobe, Leeds
Oct 6 - Think Tank, Newcastle


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Cribs - In Your Palace (Official Video)

Following on from their recent 10 year anniversary tour for acclaimed third album 'Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, The Cribs announced a surprise new release, In Your Palace. Today the band can share its official video. Although not a lot really happens in the clip, directed by the band’s long-time video collaborator Andrew Knowles who has previously directed videos for ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’, ‘Burning For No One’, and ‘Glitters like Gold’, the track serves an exciting glimpse to what future music might emerge from the Wakefield trio. The new video comes ahead of the bands North American tour. Full details here.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Transviolet - Kaleidoscopes ft. Reo Cragun

Blog favourites Transviolet returned over the weekend with their huge new single Kaleidoscopes. Enlisting the vocal talents of Reo Cragun, the LA via New York outfit's latest direction sees plenty more atmospheric melodies and punchy electronic percussion course through their production. The alt-pop quartet's latest single marks an adventurous chapter in their already excitable journey so far. Take a listen for yourselves below.


BANNERS - Someone To You

A regular resident to the pages here since first springing up on to my radar back in 2015, BANNERS returns with his hugely euphoric new single, Someone To You. Having long established a wonderful songwriting talent, the Liverpool-born artist once more manages to craft another hair-raising effort that's built on his anthemic vocals and soaring pop sensibilities. "When someone loves you, you feel like a rock star, like a hero. This song is about that, about wanting that and about making someone else feel that too" says BANNERS about Someone To You. The new single comes ahead of a forthcoming second EP. Take a listen below.


Friday, 9 June 2017

RHODES - Sleep Is a Rose

Welcomed back with open arms, Rhodes makes his stunning return today with new single Sleep Is a Rose. Setting his mesmerising voice to the forefront, his new direction sees a maturing sound laid bare for all to witness. "Sleep is a Rose came out of nowhere one sleepless night when I was away writing the first few songs for the record." explains Rhodes, "I found an old cottage in the Lake District, spending many nights lying awake thinking about it all and this one came to me in all in one moment. I recorded it straight away because I wanted to capture that initial spark and the night-time mood". Sleep Is a Rose is the first track to be written and recorded live for his forthcoming second album. Take a listen below.