Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Wunderhorse - Teal

Taking a sidestep from his last project, Dead Pretties, where he fronted the hyped London band before they all but silently dissipated, Jacob Slater returns with his new solo project Wunderhorse. Available now through Yala! Records, Teal makes it's very welcomed intro through nostalgic guitar chords and his visceral vocal delivery, all before anguish and romanticism out-pour through its infectious energy. Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Photo credit: Kiefer Nyron Taylor


Friday, 23 July 2021

Nothing But Thieves share new 5-track EP 'Moral Panic II'

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have returned in readily fashion sharing their new 5-track EP 'Moral Panic II' via RCA Records/Sony Music. Following-up their #3 acclaimed third album Moral Panic released last year, the extended player features recent singles Futureproof and new single Miracle, Baby, a snarling anthemic effort doused in their darkened percussion and infectious vocals. Speaking about the release th eband say: “Moral Panic II was something we decided to do only after Part I was all mixed, mastered and the records pressed.  It didn't feel like we were done with the Moral Panic theme - I think partly because we hadn't been able to tour the project yet, it didn't feel right to move on. But we also had the luxury of time to assess the album and explore some avenues we felt the album may have missed. In that way, it was important that Moral Panic II comprised of completely fresh, newly written songs rather than songs that just didn't wind up making the album, like how a traditional deluxe version would function. There's a familiarity, but we also really honed in on a new side of the band. Part II really rounds Part I out – the two parts should be enjoyed as one project.” The news also accompanies the band announcing three new dates to their upcoming tour as warm up shows. Full details are below. 

August 2021 ‘Live At Last’
Sat 21st – Oxford - O2 Academy
Sun 22nd – Norwich - UEA
Mon 23rd – Liverpool – O2 Academy

September 2021
Thurs 30th – Dublin - Olympia

October 2021
Sat 2nd – Belfast - Ulster Hall
Wed 6th – Plymouth - Pavillions
Thurs 7th – Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
Fri 8th – London - O2 Arena 
Sun 10th – Birmingham - O2 Academy – sold out
Mon 11th – Glasgow - Barrowland – sold out
Tues 12th – Glasgow - Barrowland – sold out
Thurs 14th – Manchester - O2 Victoria Warehouse – sold out
Fri 15th – Manchester - O2 Victoria Warehouse – sold out
Sat 16th – Nottingham - Motorpoint Arena
Mon 18th – Barcelona - Razzamataz 2
Wed 20th – Paris - Casino de Paris
Sun 24th – Wiesbaden - Schlachtohof
Tues 26th – Leizig - Täubchenthal
Thurs 28th – Berlin - Columbiahalle November 2021
Tues 2nd – Munich - Tonhalle
Wed 3rd – Milan - Fabrique 
Fri 5th – Zurich - Halle 622
Sat 6th – Luxembourg - Atelier
Mon 8th – Copenhagen - Amager Bio
Tues 9th – Stockholm - Fryhuset
Thurs 11th – Köln - Palladium
Fri 12th – Amsterdam - Ziggo Dome 

Nothing But Thieves are Conor Mason (vocals, guitars), Joe Langridge-Brown (guitars), Dominic Craik (guitars, keyboard), Philip Blake (bass guitar) and James Price (drums).


Tuesday, 20 July 2021

The Academic - Not Your Summer (Lyric Video)

Fast-rising Irish four-piece The Academic make their very welcomed return with news of their latest EP 'Community Spirit' via Capitol Records. Available now, the extended player sees the band share their new single Not Your Summer which ties in with their upbeat, infectious melodies and sing-along lyrics. Although ‘Not Your Summer’ wasn’t written directly about lockdown, the anxiety induced by the pandemic has undeniably left its mark on the single. Craig explains: “Enjoying your own company can be a great thing, but it can also take its toll and that’s how I was feeling at the time, needing time away from myself.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Photo credit: Rich Gilligan


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Foxlee - Heart Attack

Making exceptional use of the track's space, mysterious new artist Foxlee debut's a stunning new single with latest effort Heart Attack. Subdued in darkened pop aesthetics, its swooning basslines and infectious vocal lines tell the tale of a self confession through an honest inner dialogue with yourself. Take a listen to the swelling, emotive number below. Hopefully there's plenty more like this to come.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

CHVRCHES - Good Girls (Official Audio)

Today sees CHVRCHES return with their new single ‘Good Girls’, taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album Screen Violence, set for release on August 27 via EMI Records (UK) and Glassnote (US). The single was premiered today as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. Alongside the new single, the band have announced details of their 2022 UK tour, kicking off next March. Discussing the single, Lauren says: “The opening line (killing your idols is a chore) was something I wrote after listening to some friends arguing about the present day implications of loving certain problematic male artists - I was struck by the lengths that people would go to in order to excuse their heroes and how that was so juxtaposed to my own experiences in the world. Women have to constantly justify their right to exist and negotiate for their own space. We're told that Bad Things don't happen to Good Girls. That if you curate yourself to fit the ideal - keep yourself small and safe and acceptable - you will be alright, and it's just not fucking true.” 

CHVRCHES - 2022 UK Tour Dates 
Monday 14 March - Edinburgh - Corn Exchange 
Tuesday 15 March - Newcastle - O2 City Hall 
Wednesday 16 March - London - O2 Academy Brixton 
Friday 18 March - Birmingham - O2 Academy 
Saturday 19 March - Manchester - O2 Apollo

Photo Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski & Kevin J Thomson


Zachary Knowles - stranger to me

Rising Texan-based artist Zachary Knowles has returned with his latest single Stranger to Me. Taken from his recently announced his debut album, "tendency to be a loner", due out August 6, 2021 via FADER, the track picks up where he left off with plenty more infectious vocal lines and playful pop melodies. Describing the new track, Zachary Knowles says, "It’s weird how you can spend every day with someone, get super close, feel like the relationship will last forever, and then drift apart and become strangers to each other like nothing ever happened. I think sometimes relationships aren’t meant to be forever, which is totally fine in my opinion. It just seems like sometimes people are put in your life for a season and then they’re gone. We should enjoy them while they’re here." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Photo credit: Stefan Kohli


Thursday, 8 July 2021

Fuzzy Sun - Fake It (Offical Video)

Manchester's Fuzzy Sun unveil their latest video to new single Fake It.  “With the video, we wanted something that conveys the energy of the tune, and thought a performance would be the best way to get that across, and it was probably an excuse to feel like we were playing live again…” tells Kyle.  “Stylistically I wanted to reference some of my favourite cinema, give it a feel of an early David Lynch short, also Doodlebug by Christopher Nolan was a big reference point. These kind of films, for me, deal with a similar subject matter to the song so I feel like they married up perfectly”. Take a watch for yourselves below.

Album Review: Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This

It Won’t Always Be Like This’ Tracklisting:

1. It Won't Always Be Like This //  2. My Honest Face  // 3. Slide Out The Window
4. Cheer Up Baby // 5. A Night On The Floor // 6. My King Will Be Kind
7. When It Breaks // 8. Who's Your Money On? (Plastic House)
9. Totally // 10. Strange Time To Be Alive // 11. In My Sleep

Wasting no time, rattling out from the gates, Dublin's Inhaler debut their new album 'It Won't Always Be Like This' on July 9th through Polydor. 

If anyone's ever found themselves asking if guitar music is dead, then they are clearly yet to get their ears round this record. As the title track sets the mood through its chest thumping basslines and jagged guitar layering we find a common denominator running throughout with anthemic choruses aplenty and a stadium ready demeanour set to blow the roof off.

We started writing this when we were teenagers and now we’re adults,” says Keating. “I wanted the songs to feel positive,” adds Hewson. “Because… it won’t always be like this.” And that's an immediate nature that can be found throughout the record from Cheer Up Baby's scintillating melodies and its insatiable driving force to My Honest Face which pierces its honesty and vulnerability through lyrics such as "I can look good in a certain light / so don’t look too closely at me tonight".

Spanning from teenagers in to rowdy adults, the album has been years in the making as songs become tweaked and life experiences come to fruitful life serving as a wonderful coming of age concept.

Exploring further expansive dynamics on A Night On The Floor through elongated guitars and jazzed up melodies the band show their diversifying abilities, also evident on the stomping 6 minute Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House), a track filled with arpeggiated synths and pummelling percussion. Not to mention their atmospheric almost 1975-esque interlude, Strange Time To Be Alive.

Album closer In My Sleep though soon brings back their guitar thrashing sound to great effect as its changing pace offers up longing thoughts of us soon to be back in a mosh-pit with like minded individuals, arms and hands flailing and crashing together.

Overall, the album's long awaited arrival has been met with much triumph as the four-piece blend and churn out a nostalgic masterpiece that toys with being equally forward thinking yet all the same time familiar. 

Inhaler's debut album 'It Won’t Always Be Like This' will be available on July 9th through Polydor.