Thursday, 18 August 2022

Circa Waves - Hell On Earth

Insatiable guitar riffs. Catchy lyrics. Hook laden, and sun-kissed to infinity. With no doubt, Circa Waves are back with their brand new single Hell On Earth - looking set to pick up where they left off in 2020. Speaking about the ideas behind 'Hell On Earth', frontman Kieran Shudall said: "'Hell On Earth' is about the world moving so fast around you you’re struggling to keep up. Record stores closing, politicians lying more than ever, social anxiety at its highest level and that general feeling some days that everything is going wrong." Take a listen for yourselves below.


Monday, 15 August 2022

Joesef - East End Coast (Official Video)

A drop in the ocean. Just a face in the crowd. Returning with his latest video earlier this month to new single East End Coast, Josef has blistering captured these emotions in painstaking detail as he depicts the intense feeling of loneliness when surrounded by others. Set amongst a dance floor as he desperately searches for someone through a hazy 90s nightclub the clip's moody lighting and desensitising nature perfectly captures the track's essence. "It was important for me for the East End Coast video to have a sense of urgency, and capture a feeling that felt true to the song and its meaning" Josef explains. "Working with Luis again on this one was a dream. He completely understands the visual aspect of my music and treats it with a lot of detail and care. The inspiration came from films like Kids, Trainspotting, Beats etc and it’s been a lot of fun creating this world for the music to live in. I can’t wait for people see what’s coming next".  Take a watch for yourselves below.

Live Dates

20 August Otherlands Festival Perth, Scotland 

26 August Connect Festival Ingliston, Edinburgh

27 August Reading Festival Reading

28 August Leeds Festival Leeds


Sunday, 14 August 2022

Bo Milli - How It Is

Photo credit: Synne Sofi Bønes

Bergen, Norway based newcomer Bo Milli has recently released her new single "How It Is". With bold melodies and catchy guitar riffs comes a soaring aspirant new effort that's filled with 00's nostalgia. Speaking more on the original conception of the song and its lyrical inspiration, Bo Milli said: "Originally the chorus was this tiny bit where I say "you know how it is" — a sort of anti-chorus undermining the idea of a thesis statement. This song is mainly made up of lines gesturing towards a vague dissatisfaction everyone seems to relate to, without really saying much outright. The second verse briefly references how this feeling and this way of writing seems to have been pervasive for a good while, as "that strokes hit" plays at some party. They debuted in 2001 with an album that I feel sums up this mode that a lot of music still operates within. Odd Martin came back to me suggesting the song have an actual chorus and when I messed around I found a riff I really liked, something kind of "big" in line with the original idea. I added a couple of lines I’d written while feeling horrible on a very long bus trip." Take a listen for yourselves below. 


Sunday, 7 August 2022

lostboy - Overdue

Sheffield's lostboy made his exceptional return ahead of the weekend unveiling the aspirant new single Overdue. With its bold guitars, soaring choruses and an anthemic energy already primed for arena sound systems, his latest effort leaves no stone unturned as it charges through it's 2 minute 39 duration. Speaking about the track in more detail lostboy explains: "I wanted to really capture those feelings of frustration when you can’t (or feel like you can’t) see your mates or get out for a catch up. Sometimes things get in the way; be that your daily grind, covid or just that you don’t feel up to it. Being back at festivals for the first time this year as a punter has shown me how full off madness everyone is to be back with the people they call home. I wanted to write this song for them." Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Live Dates
4th November - The Leadmill, Sheffield - tickets
17th November - Exchange, Bristol - tickets


Monday, 1 August 2022

Florence Arman - Stupid Heart

No one does self-reflective pop quite as good as Florence Arman, so it's only fitting for her latest effort to be a sublime offering in heart on sleeve lyricism. Returning with a new EP later this year, Stupid Heart is a tasteful look at what to expect from the British singer-songwriter as she returns with another catchy piano led number. Speaking about the song, Florence said  "Stupid Heart' is the first song I wrote about family stuff. Being the youngest in my family I think I’ve inherited a bit of baggage, which is normal I think and totally fine, but then again I still want to be able to write very dramatic songs about it." Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Florence will also support indie superstars Milky Chance on their European tour dates in October. All upcoming dates are listen below;

* Supporting Milky Chance on Tour


Sunday, 31 July 2022

Live Review: Tom A. Smith, Electric Ballroom Camden 29 July 2022

Supporting Courteeners is a feat in itself with such boisterous fans that are renown for their rowdy, beer throwing antics, let alone tackling it this early on in you career. But it's something Tom A. Smith takes within his stride as he pulled in the crowd from early doors at Camden's Electric Ballroom. 

Steadily building a name for himself over the years, relentlessly touring from a young age, it's still hard to believe he's just 18 with such a commandeering stage presence that courses through his music. This is evidently on display as he wasted no time in getting the heated room moving as they clapped along to recent single Could I Live With Being Fake, its charging percussion and thumping basslines left to bounce around the room amongst the flailing hands. 

It goes without saying, if you put in the work you'll reap the rewards and Tom A. Smith knows this all too well having been playing guitar since he was 4 years old. From supporting artists such as Miles Kane and Gang of Youths to taking to the stage at some of the UK's top music festivals from Glastonbury to Leeds, he's not shy to getting the crowd going and with a second EP on the cusp of release his electrifying trajectory is only set to move up a gear. 

Working his way through his guitar swinging, brash indie hits, effortlessly getting the crowd amped for the headline act, the band clearly know a thing or two about progression and set about igniting an explosive atmosphere from the get go.

Smiling ear to ear, by the time his new single Never Good Enough rolled around the audience were positively fixated as he set about swooping up handfuls of new fans in to the palm of his hand. Quite the contrary to the track's namesake that's for sure. Without wanting to let the intensity in the air letup he's quickly fired in to Dragonfly, another single from his EP1 which was released earlier this year and showcases a powerful side to his sound as its snarling guitars and elated vocals charge toward a driving cathartic crescendo.

It's safe to say with so much drive and ambition Tom A. Smith is a bright young talent who truly appreciates his bandmates and fans alike - and with his anthemic, stadium ready sensibilities, it won't be long before he's selling out full scale tours of his own up and down the country. If this evening's performance is anything to go by it'll be sooner than you think.




Thursday, 28 July 2022

Inhaler - These Are The Days (Official Video)

Irish outfit Inhaler have recently released their official video for their new single These Are The Days, directed by James Slater. Take a watch for yourselves below. The news also coincides with the band's announcement of a 7” release of These Are The Days backed with their cover of Billie Eilish’s 2021 single Your Power.


Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Connie Constance - Till The World's Awake

Photo credit: Joel Palmer

Announcing her new album 'Miss Power', due out 4th November on Play It Again Sam, Connie Constance makes her very welcomed return with new single Till The World's Awake. With its huge pop sensibilities and towering melodies comes another fantastic effort that's equally forward thinking as it is empowering as it tackles themes of heartbreak, Connie’s strained relationship with her father and her struggles with mental health. Speaking about the track in more detail Connie goes on to say, “The beast, The Party, The anthem. Day one of this saturated over stimulating world and everything feels possible. For the most part this song for me was just the indie dance single of my dreams, since writing it it has taken on a whole other meaning. It's truly a letter to the universe, to what some people may call God, others Allah, and so on. It's a song that says thank you for looking out for me, Thank you for the chance of making my dreams a reality, and Thank you for the beautiful people that you have kept around me. When I think of the minority communities that I live and love within in the UK. It feels like an empowering message that no matter how much the world we live in tries to distract us from our power, make us feel small or as if we don't fit in… it cannot take away from us the work we have done and who we are when we are together building our own opportunities amongst one another and shaping our own realities. “I know that we’ve got enough love to give away, and they cannot replace all the moves we’ve made, and all the nights we’ve stayed up till the worlds awake”. We have to work extra hard to be understood, but we will be, and until the worlds awake we have each other and no one can take that from us.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Connie Constance Live Dates
29th July - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
7th August - Wilderness, Oxfordshire
13th August - Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Switzerland
4th September - Forwards, Bristol
15th October -  Live @ Leeds
23rd October - Swn, Cardiff, UK
12th November - The Great Western, Glasgow
29th November - Yard Act support - 1865, Southampton
30th November - Yard act support - Chalk, Brighton
1st December - Yard Act support - Kentish Town London