Wednesday 22 May 2024

Sandy Crow - Handgun Wisdom

Acclaimed British actor and director Jamie Flatters today returns under the moniker Sandy Crow with his latest single Handgun Wisdom. Referring to his alias in third person, it's given Flatters a further creative outlet to explore new ideas and musical endeavours. And here we get to see him raise huge pop sensibilities through catchy choruses and bubbling melodies. Discussing the new single, Jamie says “This song was a big scheme. I wanted to write something that would be fun to play live and give the singer the excuse to do that thing where they leave the stage and join the people on the floor, in the hopes that someone grabs your sweaty head and shouts ‘I LOVE YOU JAMIE’ and you get to shout back ‘NO, NO! NOT MY NAME! MY NAME IS SANDY CROW!! Never forget that! Security take this man away!!!.” Sharing further insight in to his musical alias, sandy crow, earlier this year, Jamie said “sandy crow is an artist from South London currently flirting with pop music in a bastardised fashion. His influences range from music artists past and present, but perhaps most significantly, he’s influenced by the idea that these artists became. Who sandy crow will ultimately become seems premature to determine; nevertheless, a myriad of artistic obsessions will contribute to the mosaic of his image and sound. sandy crow is pop music's trojan horse. What's packaged as pop music hides something both rotten and refreshing, which will cause any American to crown him as the new general of the British Invasion music scene.” Take a watch of the self-directed video for yourselves below.


Tuesday 21 May 2024

Jake Bugg - Zombieland (Official Video)

Returning with the news of his sixth studio album entitled A Modern Day Distraction, out September 20th on Arista Record, Jake Bugg has shared his latest single Zombieland. “It’s fucking brutal,” he says of the people he’s known who exist in “a constant cycle of working to live.” “They’re not paid what they’re worth. People have the same routine every day, they’re at work more than they see their kids, then the government puts the retirement age up. It’s not right.” An image that's become all the sad reality in the UK over recent years as the country crumbles around us. He continues, “People might say ‘What do you know?’ or ‘Just stick to music.’ I’ve got a bit of money, but we all know the people this affects. I was just writing it because it was the way I felt. It pisses me off – especially in a country like ours where we have the means and funds to take care of the people suffering the most, but we choose not to.” Take a listen to the single for yourselves below as anthemic guitars charge through its catchy choruses and energised delivery.

Jake Bugg 2024 Tour Dates:
June 19th - Cyprus Avenue, Cork, IE
June 20th - Black Box, Galway, IE
June 22nd - Dolans, Limerick, IE
June 23rd - Sea Sessions, Donegal, IE
July 19th - Robin Park - Wigan, UK
July 25th - Fat Sams - Dundee, UK
July 26th - Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - Inverness Shire, UK
July 27th - Lemon Tree - Aberdeen, UK
August 10th - Lakefest, Eastnor Castle - Hertfordshire, UK
September 22nd - Liam Gallagher & Friends Malta Weekender Festival - Malta
October 19th - Isolation - Budapest
November 9th - Trabendo - Paris, FR
November 10th - Luxor - Cologne, DE
November 12th - Lido -Berlin, DE
November 13th - Melkweg OZ - Amsterdam, NL
November 14th - Botanique - Brussels, BE
November 18th - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK
November 19th - The Roundhouse - London, UK
November 21st - National Stadium - Dublin, IE
November 23rd - Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, UK
November 26th - O2 Victoria Warehouse - Manchester, UK


Monday 20 May 2024

China Bears - Total Communication Breakdown (Official Video)

Taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Participation Trophy’, set for release on 12th July 2024 via Fierce Panda Records, China Bears have today returned with their brilliant new single Total Communication Breakdown. Filled with their perpetuating energy and punchy percussion, the band's latest effort showcases another soaring insight in to their anthemic sound. “This is the last song we wrote for the album,” explained lead singer Ivan, “listening through the album demos we felt like we were missing a pure cathartic rock-esque track. With refining from producer Rod Jones (Idlewild), we came out with Total Communication Breakdown.” Speaking further on the track, he said “This song really magnifies the moments of isolation you go through during the initial stages of separation with someone, fighting every urge to not reach out to them, but also coming to terms with them not reaching out to you. Sometimes it can be really hard to see yourself coming out better off the other side in matters like these. We’ve been playing this song at our recent live shows and it’s been such a fun track to play to get everyone going". Take a listen for yourselves below.

Originally formed in Somerset by twin brothers Ivan (vocals, guitar) and Frazer (lead guitar), the China Bears line up was completed after meeting James (bass) and Dean (drums) at university in Guildford.

Live Dates
1st October | Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield
2nd October | Head of Steam, Newcastle
3rd October | Broadcast, Glasgow
4th October | Off The Square, Manchester
5th October | Voodoo Daddy's, Norwich
8th October | Bodega, Nottingham
9th October | Hare & Hounds 2, Birmingham
10th October | Oslo, London
11th October | The Exchange, Bristol


Thursday 16 May 2024

Live Review: Cola - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 15/05/2024

Ahead of their forthcoming new album The Gloss, due for release via Fire Talk on June 14th, Montreal's Cola returned to the Welsh capital to deliver a thrilling blend of darkened post-punk amidst the UK/European leg of their tour. 

With a string of new single's teased so far, the band have turned a chapter in their sound where we've seen a looser more experimental construction come to head, and live that's delivered in impeccable detail. Although, with a prominent back catalogue, the band first wasted no time in churning out their debut LP hits as Water Table's jagged guitar strums and mesmerising percussion rolled out seamlessly alongside At Pace which showcased their more melodic side through catchy lyrics and swelling guitar patterns.

It was only inevitable their arrival would cause the temperature to rise above the already sweltering high. Tim Darcy hardly broke in to a sweat though as he took it in his stride only coming up for a breath between songs. Me on the other hand, a far different story as I stood positioned under the only working fan spluttering out small wisps of air.

On the cusp of their new LP the band were keen to bring forward their new sound and soon launched in to Albatross. A 3 minute 30 second head nodding anthem that ventures on its buzzy riffs and infectious choruses. Elsewhere Bitter Melon is brought to life in wondrous detail as its dizzying patterns journey in to their unnerving energy as it slowly quietened in to an off kilter mystifying finale. 

With a solid grounding from past projects and new endeavours, Cola's enchanting soundscapes enriched in post-punk vigour are delivered in brilliant kaleidoscopic fashion. What's on record is deconstructed to its bare bones and brought back as an entirely different beast. With their anticipated second album on the way, it'll certainly be interesting to see where it takes them.



Monday 13 May 2024

Roller Derby - Dreams (Official Video)

Photo: Johann Kressin

Following performances at Reeperbahn Festival, SXSW and a sold out London headline show earlier this year, Hamburg duo Roller Derby return with the effervescent Dreams. Set to be the first from a string of new single's due to be teased through the year, built over luscious synth pop melodies and glittering vocals comes another solid effort from the pair as they look to deliver on previous successes with their hot take on the emotional highs and lows of an intense relationship. Take a listen for yourselves below with the Stephanie von Beauvais directed clip.


Michael Gallagher - Out Of Time

Hartlepool's Michael Gallagher returned ahead of the weekend with his catchy new single Out of Time. Despite a break-up song of sorts, the track's upbeat juxtaposition of catchy vocals and its earworm melodies deliver a vibrant introduction to what the year has in store as he shares his first new music since acclaimed release ‘Rum & Raisin’. Drawing from personal experiences and observations, Gallagher shares, "Out of Time is a song that I wrote about the breakdown of a relationship. The song is an observation of how relationships break down and people try desperately to make things work, but, inevitably when the cracks appear there is not much that you can do." Take a listen for yourselves below. 


Paris Paloma - boys, bugs and men [Official Video]

Photo credit: Jennifer McCord

Returning with her latest single ahead of the weekend, Paris Paloma has unveiled the gorgeous new effort boys, bugs and men. Taken from her recently announced debut album ‘Cacophony’ which will be released on 30th August via Nettwerk, the track offers up a further teaser for what lays ahead with its intoxicating melodies and sharp vocal delivery. With the album title ‘Cacophony’ said to be inspired by Stephen Fry’s Mythos, ruminating on the creation myth, Paris goes on to explain, “From this chaotic cosmic yawn, creation sprang forth, so this is a collection that makes sense of the overwhelming space of my mind where my anxiety, my OCD, and trauma processing lives”. Take a listen for yourselves below.

‘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

June US headline tour:
Wed 12th – San Francisco, The Chapel – SOLD OUT
Fri 14th – Los Angeles, The Masonic Lodge – SOLD OUT
Tues 18th – Chicago, Lincoln Hall – SOLD OUT
Thurs 20th – Nashville, The Basement East – SOLD OUT
Sat 22nd – Boston, The Sinclair – SOLD OUT
Sun 23rd – Washington, The Atlantis – SOLD OUT
Wed 26th – New York, Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT

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 Neuk├Âlln
Sun 15th – Copenhagen, Small Vega
Tues 17th – Stockholm, Debaser Strand
Wed 18th – Oslo, Parktreatret

Sun 9th June – Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
Fri 12th July – London – BST Hyde Park with Stevie Nicks
Fri 16th August - Oslo, Norway - Langs Akerselva Festival
Fri 23rd -Sun 25 th August – Reading & Leeds Festival


Sunday 12 May 2024

Live Review: English Teacher - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, 11 May 2024

Following the release of their debut album This Could Be Texas last month, Leeds-based outfit English Teacher returned to Cardiff to headline the Welsh Capital in celebration with a top-tier performance at the sold out venue. 

Arriving promptly on stage at 8.45pm the band wasted no time before launching straight in to The World’s Biggest Paving Slab, a track that offers a wake-up call in to the juxtaposition of landscapes and political outlets. Delivered with the frantic energy the record portrays it served as the perfect opener, setting the tone for the evening ahead as the band worked through their now healthy collection of track's.

From the almost spoken, punk-infused anthem, Broken Biscuits, with its jagged basslines and angular melodies, to the slow burning energy that's rooted in the album's title track which skittered in to life amongst a soft piano led intro before bursting in to motion, the band took fans on a journey through their vast musical influences. No two tracks are alike and that's the beauty instilled in their music. 

As guitarist Lewis Whiting made small talk about the weather whilst the band tuned up their guitars, Lily Fontaine gave insight in to their oldest track, R&B as she spoke about the single. "I haven't got the voice for R&B" she cried as its pulsing basslines and scattered percussion took hold. A debatable subject matter given her powerful and dynamic control. 

Sadly all good things must come to an end and as the night rounded up with the poignant and stirring ‘Albert Road’ its stark guitar melodies steadily built in to a cathartic energy that brought forth their rousing sound in explosive detail. Fontaines vocals truly put to the test here as she wailed the final notes in all their vigorous glory. 

With the lights momentarily lifted, a swathe of fans began to leave, but soon began the chant for one more song. And the band weren't about to leave the crowd empty handed. With a raucous applause they returned for a blistering rendition of LCD Soundsytem's New York I Love You But You're Brining Me Down. An A* ending to a brilliant night in the company of one the UK's most exciting break-through band's. 


Thursday 9 May 2024

MOULD - Cables

Photo: Kane Eagle

Following their recent signing to Nice Swan Records, Bristol newcomers MOULD have this week shared their energetic new single Cables. Packed with propulsive rhythm sections and a catchy chorus it picks up where their previous single Birdsong left off with another brilliant introduction to their high paced sound. Detailing their upcoming release, MOULD explained: “‘Cables’ was written after moving from Bristol to London without any plan and wondering what the hell to do. It’s kinda about not having any direction & feeling aimless but also how it was exciting to be directionless and aimless. It’s also about cables.” Take a listen/watch for yourselves below.

MOULD is Joe Sherrin (vocals, guitar), Kane Eagle (vocals, bass), James Luxton (drums)

Live Dates
13th May -The Louisiana, Bristol (w/Lip Critic)
14th May -The Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/Lip Critic)
15th May -The Windmill, Brixton (w/Lip Critic)
25th May -Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol
13th July -2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
14th Sept -Strange Brew, Bristol
18th-19th Oct -Left of the Dial Festival, Rotterdam
16th Nov -Live at Leeds In The City


Kaeto - HERO (Official Video)

credit: Maisy Banks

This week sees Kaeto return to share her symbolic new single ‘HERO’ via Polydor Records. The London based artist is fast becoming a household name with her scintillating pop prowess and HERO is a clear indication why with its towering melodies and catchy hypnotising vocals. The track comes accompanied with an official video that sees Kaeto enlist the help of her talented friends. “I made the video with my long-time collaborators and best friends: Kyle McCarthy, Maisy Banks and Reuben Davies Lindley,” she explains. “We also made the Good Morning video and the Little Me music video. Maisy and I actually made the spikes for the Don’t Ask music video so we were super happy that they found a home in this video.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Kaeto has just been announced as support for The Last Dinner Party on their UK tour in October.