Monday 22 July 2024

Paris Paloma - the warmth [Official Video]

Following a run of sold-out UK and US headline tours, a Glastonbury debut, opening for Stevie Nicks at BST Hyde Park, and delivering a performance of her break-out single ‘labour’ on Later…with Jools Holland, Paris Paloma returned ahead of the weekend with the final single leading to her debut album ‘Cacophony’, which will be released on 30th August via Nettwerk. The Warmth sees her build on previous sounds with an orchestral uprising that slowly builds across a backdrop of rolling percussion and soaring vocal layers. Take a listen for yourselves below with the official video, directed by Yoni Ben-Haim and Beau Pritchard-James.

‘Cacophony’ tracklisting:
1. my mind (now)
2. pleaser
3. his land
4. drywall
5. labour
6. boys, bugs and men
7. knitting song
8. as good a reason
9. triassic love song
10. escape pod
11. last woman on earth
12. bones on the beach
13. hunter
14. the warmth
15. yeti

September European headline tour:
Fri 6th – Paris, Trabendo
Sat 7th – Brussels, Le Botanique, Orangerie
Mon 9th – Amsterdam, Paradiso
Wed 11th – Cologne, Gloria Theatre
Thurs 12th – Hamburg, Mojo Club
Sat 14th – Berlin, Heimathafen Neukölln
Sun 15th – Copenhagen, Small Vega
Tues 17th – Stockholm, Debaser Strand
Wed 18th – Oslo, Parktreatret

Fri 16th August - Oslo, Norway - Langs Akerselva Festival
Fri 23rd -Sun 25th August – Reading & Leeds Festival


Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen - Cardiff Castle, 20 July 2024

Despite the weather looking less than optimistic following a sunshine performance the night before, Catfish and the Bottlemen were back in the Welsh capital for their second sold out show at the historic castle grounds on Saturday July 20th. 

Following a brief hiatus where speculation was quick to take place on the band's future, 3 years on from their last performance, a cryptic PR campaign through their mailing list earlier this year saw them share a set-time poster depicting a 6pm stage time. Much to fans delight this was the announcement they'd all been waiting for. A euphoric return to music with their new single Showtime, coinciding with a run of summer shows taking place in addition to their Reading & Leeds festival appearances. 

Selling out both nights in just a matter of minutes, it was clear to see their fans devotion, if anything, had only grown stronger in their absence as they eagerly packed themselves in to the walled grounds. 

Following a triumphant performance by The Big Moon, as if by some miracle, the forecasted rain had shifted and as the sun set on the picturesque backdrop over the castle walls, a palpable sense of anticipation filled the air before The Beatles - Helter Skelter began to play out. As the final notes faded and an elongated wait enfolded, cheers began to rise through the crowd as their anticipation piqued, all waiting to catch their first glimpse of Van McCann and co.

In what felt like a lifetime, but was probably just a matter of moments, the band finally emerged as they launched in to "Longshot". The crowd erupted as frontman McCann's raw and powerful vocals cut through the air. With a set-list curated truly of nothing but the hits, they certainly came thick and fast as they charged through "Kathleen," "Soundcheck," and "Pacifier" as the audience sang along at the top of their lungs, all beneath a sea of floating inflatable crocodiles. Elsewhere tracks from their most recently released album The Balance showcased the band's evolution and maturity as "Sidetrack" and "2all" saw swinging guitar melodies and gritty lyrics lead up the charge. 

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Cardiff Castle, 20 July 2024

Having garnered their reputation for a live show like no other, the band certainly pulled out all the stops as their vehement energy and electrifying musicianship transcended in to the crowd who jumped in unison, front to back. 

Despite a rocky road over recent times with line-up departures and new members joining, things seemed to have gelled well, and you'd be none the wiser as Van raced back and forth with a smile stretched ear to ear. And with that playful mood at the forefront, he regularly stepped back from the mic, basking in the choir recitation from the crowd that echoed throughout the iconic venue. There's a reason why Wales is known as the land of song, and tonight's evidence why, noticeably so on "Homesick".

Followed up with a passionate thank you to the Cardiff fanbase, Catfish weren't quite finished with the night just yet. Playing an almost 90 minute set with back to back hits, anyone would expect a lull in energy,
yet this is a band where faltering ceases to exist in their vocabulary and tonight was to be no exception.

Rolling out the closing tracks with "7" and "Cocoon"they were determined to squeeze every last drop from the evening as Van screamed "Louder", commandeering the crowd to sing in acapella with for extended refrain of "I’d beg you, but you know I'm never home, I’d love you, but I need another year alone". And it's a good thing he had them warm up. With some technicality difficulties on their closing track with his microphone breaking, he egged them on a final time to take the lead. Improvisation at its finest.

In what was an anthemic night of epic proportions, few band's can claim quite so many hits on three records as Llandudno's finest, but with all thriller and no filler, it's a testament to their long standing status. And with these 2 sold out Welsh shows on home soil firmly under their belts, they're back to reaffirming themselves as one of the best live acts in rock today.


Thursday 18 July 2024

Hippo Campus - Paranoid (Official Video)

Photo: Brit O'Brien

Following on from last month's release of Tooth Fairy, US indie heavyweights Hippo Campus have returned with their latest single Paranoid. Filled with luscious guitar melodies and their signature soft vocals and rolling percussion, the track serves as another fine taster of what's to come from the band's forthcoming fourth LP ‘Flood’, set for release September 20th via revered indie label Psychic Hotline (Sylvan Esso). Speaking ahead of their latest single release, the band explained: “‘Paranoid’ is the collection of sun flares plastered against your eyelids after falling asleep outside. What’s left of whipping shitties in your self-conscious for too long. It’s a hard look in the unforgiving mirror and the sobering realization that not all questions have answers.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

2024 Live Dates
7/18 -Indianapolis, IN -Rock the Ruins
7/20 -Saint Paul, MN -Minnesota Yacht Club
8/2 -Saint Charles, IA -Hinterland Festival
8/3 -Chicago, IL -Lollapalooza
8/4 -Chicago, IL -Metro -Lollapalooza Aftershow
8/8 -Ogden, UT-Ogden Twilight ^
12/4 -Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

^ w/ Killer Mike


Lazy Day - Falling Behind

Photo credit: Eleanor Crewes

Returning today, London's Lazy Day has unveiled their glistening new single Falling Behind. Taken from the forthcoming debut album, Open the Door, due out November 8th though Brace Yourself Records (Panic Shack, JOHN, Nuha Ruby Ra), the track sees brainchild songwriter Tilly Scantlebury take a self reflective look on themselves as rushing guitar melodies and frantic percussion make up the backdrop. Scantlebury explains: "This song is full of frustration — at the world and at myself — for feeling like things should be different and I could do better." Take a listen for yourselves below with the official video directed and produced by CLUMP Collective. Of the video, CLUMP say: "Our latest music video for Lazy Day, inspired by the evocative photography of Catherine Opie, captured the essence of identity and rebellion. It was so much fun to work with Tilly and Ellie, they both brought incredible energy to the shoot, and their chemistry on camera was beautiful to watch. We're really proud of this one!"

Tour dates:
Feb 6th  | Manchester, UK - YES (Basement)
Feb 7th  | Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Feb 8th  | Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete's
Feb 9th  | Newcastle, UK - Three Tanners Bank
Feb 11th | Nottingham, UK - Rough Trade
Feb 12th | Birmingham, UK - The Victoria
Feb 13th | Bristol, UK - Louisiana
Feb 14th | London, UK - The Lower Third 


SPORTS TEAM - I'm In Love (Subaru)

Joyriding their way back on to your airwaves, London's SPORTS TEAM have made their exciting return with their 80's synth-soaked new single I'm In Love (Subaru). The Mercury-nominated six-piece have coincided the announcement with their hotly anticipated third album 'Boys These Days' which is set for release February 28th via Distiller Records and Bright Antenna. “The song captures that tension between those glossy inanimate objects you can project any desire onto versus all the stuff that creeps in behind it,” explains singer Alex Rice. “It should be a very uncomplicated love song, talking about cars and how people perceive their relationships, but with humanity, nothing is ever that simple. Having been in London guitar world for a quite while, I began looking at people like Bryan Ferry and how it can be a bit more fun if you play around with characters,” Rice continues. "He looks like he’s having a better time than a lot of the bands from our generation, and that’s what you want to be shooting for. The video we did with Dora really taps into that dramatic side too. It’s something that has always been there, but it felt right to really explore it around this song.” Take a listen for yourselves below with the Dora Paphides directed visualiser (The Last Dinner Party’s ‘My Lady of Mercy’).

Sports Team will head out on a 10-date nationwide UK tour this autumn, kicking off in Manchester on November 14th and culminating in a show at London’s O2 Forum on November 24th. Tickets will go on sale on July 26th at 10am with a pre-sale on July 24th at 10am.

Tour dates are:
14th November – Manchester, New Century
15th November – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
16th November - Liverpool, Arts Club
18th November – Sheffield, Foundry
19th November - Glasgow, SWG3
20th November – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Boiler Shop
22nd November – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
23rd November – Leeds, The Wardrobe
24th November – Bristol, The Trinity Centre
25th November – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town

‘Boys These Days’ is available to pre-order on CD, vinyl and cassette as well as a number of exclusive limited edition formats including a box set, a signed test pressing and picture disc vinyl.


Big Warm Bed - Can't Quit (Official Video)

Photo Credit: Jacob Cracknell

Leeds based newcomer, Big Warm Bed has today returned with his new single Can't Quit, taken from the newly announced debut EP ‘Shores I’m Swimming In’, set for release September 26th via Dance To The Radio (Ellur, Far Caspian, Low Hummer, Youth Sector). Filled with laid back scuzzy guitars and joyful melodies, the track takes you on a journey through the frustrations that go hand in hand with bad habits. Speaking of his latest single release, Big Warm Bed revealed: “‘Can’t Quit’ is a song about struggling to quit your bad habits and the various frustrations that come along with that. There are plenty of vices I tend to keep telling myself it’s time to cut out, though not to much avail.” Detailing the accompanying visuals, he added: ““With different ideas of what vices I could portray in the video from various friends, Joel Johnston (Far Caspian - video director) and I spent the evening at my apartment filming myself gorging on cigarettes and sweet treats along with other bad habits to make the video. Towards the end, there is an animation that was made by my dear friend Andrea Miranda who is a very talented artist who has done some great work for more music I have coming up.” Take a listen/watch for yourselves below.

Live Dates
8th Oct - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds (debut headline show)
17th-19th Oct - Left Of The Dial Festival, Rotterdam


Wednesday 17 July 2024

Eli & Fur - Missing You

Press shot credit: SJ Spreng

Today sees London-born, LA-based producer/DJ/singer-songwriting duo Eli & Fur release their brand new single "Missing You", taken from their upcoming Dreamscapes album due out September 27 on [PIAS] Électronique. Perfectly encapsulating the feeling of endearment that comes with sharing your life with another living being, through atmospheric melodies and pulsating electronics, Missing You is a beautiful ode to an all consuming love. Sharing more detail the pair explain, “We are so excited to share Missing You with the world. This song is about the feeling of missing someone and the euphoria that comes with that feeling, to be lost in a love that’s all consuming. The world is spinning so fast and you are just stopped, floating in a dream wishing you were with this person. It’s less of a yearning and more of the beauty and celebration of having someone to miss. We hope you enjoy it.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Tour Dates
Jul 19 – Anjunadeep Open Air, Las Vegas, NV (DJ Set)
Jul 20 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX (DJ Set)
Jul 21 – Lost & Found, El Paso, TX (DJ Set)
Jul 27 – Audio Club, San Francisco, CA (DJ Set)
Aug 03 – Hanz Up @ Längfluh, Saas-Fee, CH (DJ Set)
Aug 04 – Anjunadeep Open Air, Finsbury Park, London, UK (DJ Set)
Aug 08 – Anjunadeep Ibiza, Club Chinois, Ibiza, ES (DJ Set)
Aug 09 – The Garden Sunset Boat Party, Amsterdam, NL (DJ Set)
Aug 10 – The Galliard Cove House, Bodrum, TR (DJ Set)
Aug 11 – Kafes, Istanbul, TR (DJ Set)
Aug 14 – Club Revelin, Dubrovnik, CZ (DJ Set)
Aug 17 – Anjunadeep Open Air Buda Castle, Budapest, HU (DJ Set)
Aug 24 – Anjunadeep Open Air, Seattle, WA (DJ Set)
Oct 12 – The Fonda, Los Angeles, CA (Dreamscapes Show)
Oct 19 – Brooklyn Steel, New York, NY (Dreamscapes Show)
Nov 16 – Village Underground, London, UK (Dreamscapes Show)


The Howl & The Hum - Dirt

Photo Credit: Stewart Baxter

Leeds based The Howl & The Hum, fronted by songwriter Sam Griffiths has made his wondrous return with new single Dirt. Following on from Same Mistake Twice, the title track from his forthcoming album of the same name, his latest effort follows suit with another blisteringly powerful effort that tackles a breakup and all the possible secrets that suddenly become collateral. Speaking about the track he goes on to say, “I’m bored of songs that imply the singer is flawless. This song is about all of the scum and shrapnel we carry with us, all the things we’ve done wrong that we hope the people we’ve loved keep to themselves for the simple unspoken promise that we’ll do the same”. Take a listen for yourselves below. ‘Same Mistake Twice’ is set for release September 6th 2024 via Miserable Disco.

Live Dates:
13 NOV | Gorilla, Manchester
14 NOV | King Tut’s, Glasgow
15 NOV | Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds
16 NOV | O2 institute 3, Birmingham
18 NOV | The Lantern, Bristol
19 NOV | Lafayette, London
21 NOV | Muziekgieterij, Maastricht
22 NOV | Luxor, Cologne
24 NOV | Trix Club, Antwerp
25 NOV | Paradiso Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
26 NOV | Das Bett, Frankfurt
28 NOV | Hole 44, Berlin
29 NOV | Molotov, Hamburg


Tuesday 16 July 2024

Fat Dog - Wither


Photo credit: Frank Fieber

Anyone lucky enough to have seen Fat Dog live will know all too well about the chaotic energy the band unleash, but for those who are still waiting for the upcoming tour dates, their latest single will be just enough to tie you over. Perfectly encapsulating their expulsion of pulsating synths and dazzling melodies, the band's latest single Wither is a brilliant introduction to what occurs on stage, all neatly wrapped up in a studio package. The video directed by Ryan Vautier and inspired by 90s video games is knowingly awash with unnecessary somersaults and wonky graphics. With a nod to Chris Hughes (keys/synth) and Morgan Wallace’s (sax/keys) onstage dance to “Wither”, the gameplay sees the five-piece traverse different worlds meeting bone dealers and singing skulls to come together and fight the final boss Gerald. Will the whole team survive? Vautier said of the video direction “I wanted it to feel like a real PS1 or 2 game that I would have played when I was a kid – Fat Dog’s music has the chaotic energy me and my brother had, smashing down soft drinks and arguing over who got the top split screen.” Take a watch/listen for yourselves below. 

Upcoming live dates
Wednesday 17th July – Electric Castle Festival, Cluj, Romania
18th-20th July – Festival 66 Hodin, Smolnik
17th - 20th July – Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava
25th-28th July - Latitude Festival, Suffolk
26th-28th July – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
26th-29th July – Deer Shed, North Yorkshire

Saturday 3rd August – Millenium Square, Leeds w/ Yard Act
Friday 9th August, Haldern Pop, Rees-Haldern
Saturday 10th August, Musikfestwochen, Winterthurer
Sunday 11th August - Ypsigrock Festival, Sicily
Friday 16th August - La Route Du Rock, Brittany
17th-18th August – Lowlands Festival, Netherlands
17th-18th August - Pukklepop Festival, Belgium
30th August – Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland
Saturday 31st August – Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester

Thursday 5th September – Kingston
Friday 6th September – Resident, Brighton
Saturday 7th September – Rough Trade East, London – early evening
Saturday 7th September – Rough Trade East, London – sold out
Sunday 8th September – Truck, Oxford - matinee
Sunday 8th September – Rough Trade, Bristol – sold out
Monday 9th September – Rough Trade, Nottingham – sold out
Tuesday 10th September – Rough Trade, Liverpool
Wednesday 11th September – Strip Joint, Glasgow
Thursday 12th September – Jumbo, Leeds
Friday 13th September – Hop Pop Hop Festival, Orleans
Saturday 14th September – Spring Attitude Festival, Rome
Sunday 15th September - Poplar Festival, Trento
Monday 16th September - ARCI Bellezza, Milan
Saturday 28th September - Float Along Festival, Sheffield

Thursday 3rd October - Le 106, Rouen
Friday 4th October - L'Antipode, Rennes
Saturday 5th October – Petit Bain, Paris
Sunday 6th October – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing
Tuesday 8th October – Doornroosje, Nijmegen
Wednesday 9th October – Vera, Groningen
Thursday 10th October – Botanique, Brussels
Friday 11th October – Skatecafe, Amsterdam
Saturday 12th October - Here's The Thing Festival, Tilburg
Monday 14th October - Bumann & Sohn, Cologne
Tuesday 15th October – Molotow, Hamburg
Wednesday 16th October - Urban Spree, Berlin
Saturday 19th October – The Baby G, Toronto
Monday 21st October – Songbyrd, Washington
Tuesday 22nd October – TV Eye, Brooklyn
Thursday 24th October – The Empty Bootle, Chicago
Saturday 26th October – Black Lodge, Seattle
Sunday 27th October – Polaris Hall, Portland
Tuesday 29th October – Popscene @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco
Wednesday 30th October – Zebulon, LA
31st October – 3rd November – Levitation Festival, Austin

Thursday 7th November - The Grand Social, Dublin
Friday 8th November - Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Saturday 9th November – Stereo, Glasgow – sold out
Sunday 10th November - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – sold out
Tuesday 12th November - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Wednesday 13th November - Band On The Wall, Manchester
Thursday 14th November - Crookes Social Club, Sheffield
Friday 15th November – Thekla, Bristol – sold out
Saturday 16th November - Mama Roux's, Birmingham – sold out
Sunday 17th November - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – sold out
Thursday 21st November – Papillon, Southampton
Friday 22nd November – Patterns, Brighton – sold out
Saturday 23rd November - O2 Forum Kentish Town, London


GRACIE ABRAMS announces UK leg of her headlining The Secret of Us Tour

GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter, GRACIE ABRAMS, announces her upcoming UK leg of her headlining tour, The Secret of Us Tour. Following on from a short run of UK album release celebratory shows in partnership with independent record stores, GRACIE ABRAMS has returned with news of a full-fledged arena tour set to take place next Spring. The tour is in support of Gracie’s sophomore album, The Secret of Us, which marked Gracie’s first ever #1 in the UK. The album also went #1 in Australia and the Netherlands and climbed to #2 on the Billboard 200. With over 280 million global streams to date, The Secret of Us debuted in the top five in nine countries including New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland making it Gracie’s best performing album. A huge feat for an artist that broke through in 2019. The full details of the upcoming tour are listed below.

3-Mar-25 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
4-Mar-25 Leeds First Direct Arena
6-Mar-25 London The O2
7-Mar-25 Manchester Co-op Live
8-Mar-25 Cardiff Utilita Arena
12-Mar-25 Glasgow OVO Hydro

Fans who pre-ordered the new album on her official store will get the chance to buy tickets during a pre-sale that begins 10am Wednesday 17th July. Fans can also sign up here to access the artist mailing list pre-sale beginning at 2pm on Wednesday 17th July.