Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Saint Raymond - Nightcrawling

Having featured quite possibly every single he's released over the year's, it would sadly seem I've been left off his PR's emails this time around. Luckily I caught the new single on Facebook. Back with a brand new EP entitled 'A Light That Blinds', Saint Raymond makes a very welcomed return with his brand new track Nightcrawling featuring swanky guitars and a huge chorus to boot. We'd expect nothing less really with his renown pop sensibilities. Take a listen below for yourselves.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

FEVA - Blind

Newcastle's FEVA return today with their high octane new single Blind. With a string of demo tracks on their Soundcloud page, the band's first single is a triumphant first step in to the world with its ferociously crashing percussion and daggering guitars, all neatly wrapped up in their signature grungy vibe. Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
02 Dec–Jumpin’Jacks, Newcastle (debut headline show) 


Monday, 16 October 2017

Brooke Bentham - Losing, Baby

Today London singer Brooke Bentham has unveiled her new video to single Losing, Baby. Following on from her debut EP, the acclaimed artist has teased of her forthcoming second extended player, ‘This Rapture’, due in the coming months. With appetites more than whet, take a watch below as what's conceived as an alternative ending to Dirty Dancing, brought to life in wondrous fashion, directed by siblings Grace and Alex Lightman.

Live Dates
Sat 14 Oct Oakford Social Club, Reading (solo)
Mon 16 Oct Prince Albert, Brighton
Tue 17 Oct The Finsbury, London
Sun 12 Nov Gwdihw, Cardiff
Mon 13 Nov Louisiana, Bristol
Sat 18 Nov The Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne
Mon 20 Nov The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Sat 25 Nov Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sun 26 Nov The Poetry Club, Glasgow
Mon 27 Nov The Musician, Leicester


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Mallrat - Better

First introduced to Mallrat through her accentuated vocals on Allday's single Baby Spiders, I knew I was hooked. Here she returns with her brand new track Better that reinforces just why she's so good at what she does as we get another taste of her delecatbale charm and sickly sweet pop melodies. "I wrote Better over a year ago but it’s taken most of this time to get it sounding exactly how it does in my head, so thanks for waiting so patiently for new music" explains Mallrat. "My dad says it’s his favourite song which makes me very excited to share it with everyone". Take a listen for yourselves below.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

JUMANJI - Higher

Dig deep enough and beneath the dirt are real diamonds, track's that make the mammoth task of blogging all the worth while. With a trick or two up their sleeve, here Brighton's Jumanji return with their infectious new single Higher delivering that very essence and plenty more. The six-piece based on the glorious South-East coastline present an exhilarating embodiment of vitality through their swooning guitar melodies and commandeering vocals and their latest effort demonstrates this in infinite detail. Jump in to it below for yourselves. I can't wait to hear more! 


Monday, 9 October 2017

Lunar - If You're Gonna Leave

Set to make it a clear hat-trick, Lunar returns with her stunning new effort, If You're Gonna Leave. Filled with plenty more mystical synth-pop melodies and darkened electronics, having shown a continual growth through each release here we get her strongest yet. Take a listen for yourselves below and indulge.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

FACE - Cry

Whilst the band fall in to the black-hole of un-searchable names on Google, London via Glasgow outfit FACE return with their huge new single Cry, a track that's almost certainly big enough to put them on any map. Mastering the art of songwriting from their early days, it's only right for their latest effort to be an all out masterpiece in seduction through the art of soaring melodic pop. Take a listen to the infectious little number below.

Live Review: Amber Run, The Tramshed Cardiff 06/10/2017

A lot has happened since I last saw Amber Run back in 2015. Most notably the release of their second album that's been received to much acclaim. Their debut served as an emotive powerhouse, rich in atmospherics, and it's these ideas that have been incorporated in to their new sound as the band take a step forward with their maturing dynamics. It's safe to say this evening was going to be an electrifying display of their skills and talent, ramped up to the highest degree.

Taking to the stage in prompt fashion, frontman Joe Keogh wasted no time in egging on the crowd as he strolled toward the mic, the eager expression of "come on then" written on his face as he raised his hands to much applause. With two albums in tow, the band no longer have to hold back, and it was clear from the offset they had no intentions of doing so as they opened with the jubilant Pilot before throwing us head-first in to Spark. Two tracks that could have so easily been reserved for an encore back then, now sit at the forefront of their set-list.

Warmed up and in good spirits the band unveiled the first material from album 2 with Insomniac and Stranger, both giving them a perfect opportunity to showcase their more expansive side with elongated melodies and soaring vocalism. This wasn't solely reserved to tracks on their new record though. Just My Soul Responding is an excellent example of their impeccable capabilities and it was sounding on form tonight as the track's thundering percussion echoed around the room. "We last played here at the club I can't pronounce" exclaimed Keogh. "Clubivaback" referring to Cardiff's much esteemed venue Clwb Ifor Bach. Top marks for trying at least. This in itself goes to show the distance they've come as they have no trouble at all in drawing in a much larger audience. They even seemed more relaxed here than they've ever been. With apprehension and excitement two key elements playing their part last time I was lucky enough to see them, they're now in a much more comfortable position and this showed in the smiles on their faces, ones that didn't leave for the entirety of the night.

As they continually switched between adrenalin fuelled rock and intricate, acoustically led pieces the set drew to a close with the vibrant Heaven. That wasn't before the band walked back out on stage as Keogh took to the mic once more to address the crowd. "We done what all arrogant indie-bands do. We said that would be our last song, then we played one more. Now we're back to play another 3". Here the crowd was treated to the auto-tuned Haze, featuring a three part harmony with guitarist Will Jones and bassist Tom Sperring joining forces as the crowd clung on to each and every word. Renown for their emotionally fraught narratives it was no surprise to hear I Found come to life in painstaking detail, Joe's vocals devastating the room as they soared high above the rattling instrumentation.

All good things must come to an end, and leaving No Answers until last was an all out indicator for where they're currently at. This is a band that know their direction and have the focus to achieve all they desire. The track's high energy and ferocious guitar lines attacked the crowd in angsty fashion and served as the perfect climax of the night's set-list.

Amber Run continue their UK tour at the following dates:

Saturday 7th October – Oxford O2 Academy
Sunday 8th October – Liverpool Hangar 34
Tuesday 10th October – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Thursday 12th October – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Friday 13th October – Belfast Mandela Hall
Saturday 14th October – Dublin Whelans – SOLD OUT