Monday, 5 December 2016

QTY - World Breaker




Following on from their stunning debut offering, latest signees to Dirty Hit Records QTY return with the b-side to the recently announced single, Rodeo. Doused in effortless Americanised glam, the duo know a thing or two about crafting intricate guitar driven melodies and here showcases their skills in fine detail as the pair share its vocal duties. "'Rodeo' the first single on our 7" is half of our relationship summed up in a 2 minutes 30 second song" explains Dan Lardner. "World Breaker speaks to the other half of that relationship and to my life, which at this point are interchangable. It's more the desperate side of my particular city life drawn from mine and our expereinces". Take a listen below. Rodeo/World Breaker will be released December 16th through Dirty Hit.



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Live Review: White Lies - O2 Academy, Bristol 01/12/2016

Despite a 3 year absence following 2013's 'Big TV', the White Lies fan base have showed nothing but devotion as they came in their thousands to pack out Bristol's O2 Academy this cold December evening. Rounding up an exhilarating return to the live circuit following the recent release of their fourth studio album 'Friends', the London-based outfit were set to go out with a bang from the offset. I suppose it's only natural to assume this when the crowd are shouting back each and every word to opener Take It Out On Me, a track so fresh to their catalogue. 

Taking us full circle through their hits, the band plummet on through to There Goes Our Love Again and debut album's To Lose My Life, both to much appraise from the crowd. I just can't help but kick myself that I've left it quite this long to see them live. 2009 wasn't that great of a year. Having battled through it with anxiety and depression, White Lies' debut was always there to fall back on, its darkened pop sensibilities became the much needed soundtrack to my life. Even to the day it still brings back resounding memories of what I've achieved since and hearing those songs live only reinforces just how important this band have been. It appears I'm not the only one either with these thoughts as the crowd quickly began to jump around profusely with hands aloft, beer spilling from their cups. 

"This is one we've been practising for the tour" announces frontman Harry McVeigh as they give a stellar deliverance of rarely played track The Price Of Love. They look genuinely happy to be here, and undeterred by the last night of their UK tour continue to give it their all. Whilst crowd interaction is kept to a minimum, it takes nothing away from the band's no-nonsense approach to their music as Unfinished Business and Farewell To The Fairground both go to show just why their music's so timeless, McVeigh's strained vocals outreaching to the far corners of the room in almost operatic fashion. How to top that? Making exceptional use of those wide vocal dynamics is how with A Place To Hide truly coming to life as the epilepsy inducing stage-lights took a brief pause with the band switching tempo and intensity throughout.

"This one's for you all" he announces as Death's haunting string section opens up in to their most energising performance of the night. The roar from the crowd evidently displaying their profound love for the band. Returning for a 3-track encore ending the night with Come on and Big TV's cathartic and stirring guitar sections, the band slip away in to the dark with a bow, heads most certainly held high. And worthy of it too. 

White Lies' fourth studio album 'Friends' is available now BMG. They continue their tour next year at the following dates:

February 2017

1st - Washington DC, 9:30 Club
2nd - New York, Music Hall of Williamsburg
3rd - Boston MA, Middle East Club
4th - Toronto ON, Lee's Palace
6th - Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
7th - Madison WI, Majestic Theatre
8th - Minneapolis MN, Cedar Cultural Cente
11th - Seattle WA, Nectar Lounge
12th - Vancouver BC, Rickshaw Theater
14th - San Franisco CA, The Chapel
15th - Los Angeles, El Ray Theatre
17th - Guadalajara, Teatro Diana
18th - Mexico City, El Plaza Condesa
23rd - UK, Newcastle O2 Academy
24th – UK, Sheffield O2 Academy
25th – UK, Oxford O2 Academy
27th – UK, Cardiff University
28th - UK, Leicester O2 Academy

March 20172nd – UK, Portsmouth Pyramids
3rd – UK, Hull University
4th – UK, London Troxy
6th – UK, Preston Guildhall
7th – UK, Aberdeen Garage
8th – UK, Edinburgh Potterrow
9th – UK, Hatfield The Forum
11th –UK, Keele University
12th – UK Norwich UEA

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Colouring - Symmetry

Photo: Dan Potts
Following on from Colouring's emotive Everything Has Grown, the London based outfit return with their latest single Symmetry. More upbeat than their previous effort, the track delivers a wondrously uplifting synth line that builds and builds beneath their breezy vocals and swaying melodies, all before culminating in to a gorgeous finale. Not won over by their previous material? You most certainly will be here. Listen below. Symmetry is taken from the band's new EP which is streaming now through Spotify.



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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

White Lies - Hold Back Your Love (Official Video)




Following on from their recent video to Morning In LA, White Lies return with an official accompanying clip to their latest single, Hold Back Your Love. Probably my favourite from their fourth studio album, Friends, the single features a broad selection of humans in their most vulnerable state - half naked in bed. Often framed as a safe place of wonder, the video to me displays a subtle darkness through the stark element of separation. "I'm struggling to remember how this song came about, which is always a positive feeling as it suggests the process was a totally pleasurable and inspirational one, but I know that it was written quickly and the melodies seemed to do that dreamy thing of writing themselves" explains Charles Cave. "I think we were in a 'Tango In The Night' state of pop when this song came about, and you can definitely hear that in the middle section. But equally, (and this band has been a huge influence since we were fifteen) there's a solid Talking Heads stomp that, dare I say it, you can almost dance to!". Take a watch below.



November 2016
30th - UK, Leeds, Stylus
December 2016
1st - UK, Bristol, O2 Academy
3rd - Greece, Athens, Iera Odos
4th - Greece, Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre

February 2017
1st - Washington DC, 9:30 Club
2nd - New York, Music Hall of Williamsburg
3rd - Boston MA, Middle East Club
4th - Toronto ON, Lee's Palace
6th - Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
7th - Madison WI, Majestic Theatre
8th - Minneapolis MN, Cedar Cultural Center
11th - Seattle WA, Nectar Lounge
12th - Vancouver BC, Rickshaw Theater
14th - San Franisco CA, The Chapel
15th - Los Angeles, El Ray Theatre
17th - Guadalajara, Teatro Diana
18th - Mexico City, El Plaza Condesa
23rd      - UK, Newcastle O2 Academy
24th – UK, Sheffield O2 Academy
25th – UK, Oxford O2 Academy
27th – UK, Cardiff University
28th      - UK, Leicester O2 Academy

March 2017
2nd – UK, Portsmouth Pyramids
3rd – UK, Hull University
4th – UK, London Troxy
6th – UK, Preston Guildhall
7th – UK, Aberdeen Garage
8th – UK, Edinburgh Potterrow
9th – UK, Hatfield The Forum
11th –UK, Keele University
12th – UK Norwich UEA


f: www.facebook.com/WhiteLies

Monday, 28 November 2016

Little Cub - My Nature

Photo: Megan Eagles




Just over a year since their scintillating debut Breathing Space, London's Little Cub are back with their latest single, My Nature. With their Domino EP tucked firmly under their belts the band showcase another stellar effort as they channel their synth pop deliverance to dizzying new heights. "My Nature was written as a hook for a piece of Dance music but played by a band with words that reflected the way I see myself in the centre of all this mess" explains front man and lyricist Dominic Gore. "Where as ‘Loveless’ is written for a somewhat wistful and perhaps naive perspective, ‘My Nature’ is much more hardened and less ashamed. It’s about no longer looking for absolution, and it can come across as a bit unsympathetic". Listen below.



Live Dates

Wednesday 14th December – Collaborations Night @ Kamio, London
Friday 16th December – Little Cub Xmas Party @ The Ivy House, Nunhead, London

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Seafret - Blank You Out




It's felt like an age since I last wrote about Bridlington based duo Seafret but they've finally returned sharing their first single since their incredible debut album 'Tell Me It's Real'. Not to mistake the similarly plucked guitar intro to Wolf Alice's Bros, the pair's latest work signifies all they stand for in such stunning intricate detail as their towering vocal talents are put to strong use across the tracks soaring pop sensibilities. Blank You Out marks the exciting next stage in their adventure as they trade emotive desolate guitar melodies for hair raising percussion and a revived energy that does more than enough to make you sit up and listen. "Sometimes in life you'd give anything to be with the person or people you love the most" explinas Jack Sedman. "Blank You Out is about trying to find a way to distract yourself in the times you are separated from them". Take a listen below for yourselves.



f: www.facebook.com/seafretofficial

New Luna - Noise


Lulled in to a false sense of security through their softly plucked guitar strings, Manchester's New Luna readily uncover they're crashing percussion and soaring vocals to considerable effect. As if out of nowhere comes a wall of sound as the band give it just about all they can muster as latest single Noise picks up its pace demonstrating the band's impressive force. Take a listen below. Noise is taken from their forthcoming debut EP due for release Dec 6.



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Electric Guest - Dear To Me




The perfect soundtrack to your relaxed Sunday afternoon, Electric Guest returned earlier this week with their brand new single Dear To Me. Take a listen below as they feature Haim on guest vocals for the track's soaring chorus. A perfect pairing. "This is possibly my favorite song from our new album" explains frontman Asa Taccone. "It came from the heart. Matthew (my bandmate) had a job at this studio in LA that had all of these old synthesizers from the 70s and 80s lying around. I came in one afternoon for just a few hours and we played around with as many of the instruments as we could, then recorded most of the rest of the song in my bedroom. One of the Haim girls lives down the street from me, so one day all three sisters came over with some other friends of mine and after hanging out for a few hours we went into my little studio and recorded the chorus vocals. I recorded them on one mic. It’s easy with them because they’re been singing together for years so they blend super well". Take a listen below.



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