Friday, 20 September 2019

Will Joseph Cook - The Dragon

Returning with his new single, Will Joseph Cook tackles some very important world issues on The Dragon, arriving just ahead of today's Global Climate Strike. Accompanied with a cool video directed by Will Hooper and featuring a cast of friends and family, the track's quirky melodies and pivotal lyrics come at an important time in our current political climate. “The Dragon is pointing at our collective apathy and inaction towards the biggest problems in our world,” says Will. “I’m singing about that personal feeling of helplessness, knowing that none of these problems can be solved by an individual alone. Living with that knowledge can be difficult. The change needs to be huge and systemic, and that’s almost as overwhelming as the problems themselves.“The song is about striving to stay positive and loving,” he continues. “Whilst living in the shadow of several huge global problems like the climate and political unrest. Turning on each other distracts us from finding the real solutions.“My generation is hyper focused on it but at the same time generally speaking no one can do anything about it and we're in a powerless position.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Amber Run - What Could Be as Lonely as Love

Shaping up to be what's quite possibly their most diverse effort so far in their lustrous career, Amber Run have today unveiled 'What Could Be as Lonely as Love', taken from their hotly anticipated new album 'Philophobia'. Exploring the motions many people go through when they don't feel worthy of love, the band conjure up some interesting melodies and funky basslines along the way, all neatly weaved together by its all-round sense of euphoria. Speaking about the track, singer Joe Keogh explains “Unconsciously, over the course of our three records, it feels like we’ve started to soundtrack the more difficult moments in people’s lives. With this song, we wanted to juxtapose the sentiment of not feeling worthy of love with a more optimistic soundtrack, in order to gain some perspective when you’re too deep in the situation to see clarity. We wanted both sides of the coin.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

20: Botanique Orangerie, Brussels
21: La Maroquinerie, Paris
23: Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
24: Lido, Berlin
25: MusikZentrum, Hanover
4: O2 Ritz, Manchester
5: Rock City, Nottingham
6: O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
8: Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
9: SWG3 TV Studio, Glasgow
11: Y Plas, Cardiff
12: SWX, Bristol
13: MK11, Milton Keynes
14: Junction, Cambridge
16: Lemon Grove, Exeter
17: The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
18: O2 Academy, Oxford
19: The Roundhouse, London
25: Trees, Dallas
26: The Parish, Austin
27: White Oak Music Hall, Houston
29: Masquerade, Atlanta
31: Black Cat, Washington D.C.
1: The Foundry, Philadelphia
2: Warsaw, Brooklyn
5: The Opera House, Toronto
6: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
7: Lincoln Hall, Chicago
8: Colectivo Coffee, Milwaukee
9: First Avenue, Minneapolis
12: Bluebird Theatre, Denver
13: The Complex, Salt Lake City
15: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
16: Echoplex, Los Angeles

Tickets can be found here;


Thursday, 19 September 2019

Millie Turner - Ride This Train

Promising London-based artist Millie Turner has today returned with her latest single Ride This Train. Continuing to stamp her name prominently on the alt-pop scene, Turner's songwriting is second-to-none and comes backed with a pulsating, futuristic electronic beat. Explaining the track's conception she goes on to say: “It’s about the experience of being thrown into the world unarmed, and the crazy feelings that come with it, the adrenaline that chases you like when you ride a train in through the city. I was born & raised in the city but it gets me every time.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

You can see her playing at the following shows this year supporting Fletcher & Tove Lo

September 2019 Dates - Supporting Fletcher
18 - The Garage - London, United Kingdom

March 2020 Dates - Supporting Tove Lo
09 - SWG3 Galvanizers - Glasgow, United Kingdom
10 - Albert Hall - Manchester, United Kingdom
12 - O2 Kentish Town - London, United Kingdom
14 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
16 - Ancienne - Brussels, Belgium
17 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
18 - E-Werk - Cologne, Germany
20 - Huxley’s - Berlin, Germany
22 - Docks - Hamburg, Germany
23 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
24 - Rockefella - Oslo, Norway
26 - Annexet - Stockholm, Sweden


Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Having recently signed to Universal Records, Forest of Dean based artist Devon continues to pick up pace as he approaches his biggest headline shows at Camden Assembly and Rough Trade Bristol on the 12th and 17th October. Clocking in at just 2 minutes 10 his most recent single 'I DONT WANT 2 B UR FRIEND' begs to be played again, and with its infectious hooks and high strung melodies there's no reason to deny its requests. Commenting on this pivotal moment in his career, Devon says: “It feels cool that I have found my own way to start carving a path in the music world... I already feel part of the family and feel excited to work with this team. Considering the odds are already stacked against new artists, and particularly those from disconnected rural areas, I’m proud to have stood out on the Spinnup platform and be recognised by UMOD. I hope I can show other artists from smaller towns that this is achievable and not just something that happens on TV”. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Morning Midnight - Hearts a Mess

Following on from July's Ancoats Junction, Glasgow two-piece Morning Midnight return with their poignant new single, Hearts a Mess. In contrast to their recent effort, the duo strip back on everything leaving us with just an autotuned vocal and subdued synth melody to deliver their message. But deliver they do. Speaking on the track, the band state:  “It’s a song that talks about coping with the struggle of doubt and self-preservation that come with trying to pursue your dreams. It's me battling internally with the feelings of isolation from the people I care for and questioning if I can go on. Listening to the verses the words might come across as bleak but the chorus intentionally both asks the question and answers it, ending with a feeling of resolution and hope.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Tuesday, 17 September 2019

The Academic - Aftertaste

The Academic - Aftertaste

Irish alt-rock quartet The Academic make a very welcomed return to the scene with their latest single, Aftertaste. Following on from their massive debut album 'Tales From The Backseat', released at the start of 2018, the band ramp up the energy as they unveil a soaring pop masterpiece. With its stadium-ready choruses and huge melodies, the four-piece show-off some fine-nurtured maturity as they continue to carve out a name for themselves. Speaking of “Aftertaste,” frontman Craig Fitzgerald says, "When it came to ‘Aftertaste’ it was a lot different to how we worked before. From a production standpoint we were a lot more involved. Sometimes there is a preconceived notion out there that if you are a guitar band, you should be in a particular lane. Our mindset when writing, is less defined by what the stereotype of an indie band should sound like and be more about letting our songs be the best they can be." Take a listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
Oct 5th: Derry, UK @ Guildhall Theatre
Oct 9th: Belfast, UK @ The Empire Belfast
Oct 10th: Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Oct 12th: Manchester, UK @ NBHD Festival
Oct 15th: London, UK @ Scala


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Album Review: Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles

Album Review: Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles

Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles Tracklist
01. Hypersonic Missiles / 02. The Borders / 03. White Privilege / 04. Dead Boys / 05. You’re Not The Only One / 06. Play God / 
07. That Sound / 08. Saturday / 09. Will We Talk? / 10. Two People / 11. Call Me Lover / 12. Leave Fast / 13. Use (live)

Released September 13th via Polydor Records

Swansea. Dubbed an an ugly, lovely town by Dylan Thomas, later better phrased as a pretty shitty city by cult Welsh film Twin Town, is where I've found myself living out most of my 29 years. Whilst not completely in the middle of nowhere (though, I'd rightfully disagree), when Sam Fender crossed my path in 2018 I found myself relating all too well to his small-town-syndrome music and vital need for an escape. That feeling of claustrophobia got dictated too perfectly through his disconsolate vocals and echoing guitar strings and I knew I'd be hooked. Fast-forward and he's gone from a name relatively unheard of to winning a BRITs Critics Choice award and making BBC's well renowned Sound of 2018 Longlist in an astonishingly short time, joining an alumni of big named artist's such as Adele, Florence & The Machine and Sam Smith.

As he unveils his debut album offering, lead single, and title track Hypersonic Missiles is as potent as its namesake would suggest. Having long taken a stab at the negativity in the world, building his angst in to a towering, stadium-read pop song, it comes as a much needed cathartic release. "This song started out when I saw the term ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ in a newspaper" he explains. "In many ways, Hypersonic Missiles is an unorthodox love song. Amongst all the chaos is love and celebration, there is this glimmer of hope that runs through the song, a little notion that no matter what happens, these two people are gonna have a fucking good time regardless of the tyrants that run their world, and regardless of the imminent doom from these ‘Hypersonic Missiles’". A statement I'm sure many of us could do good by taking on board.

Second track The Boarders, and possibly my favourite on the record, tells the tale of two friends growing up, falling out and then going their separate ways. His songwriting is so systematically perfect. The delivery is second to none as he cries out in despair through heavy emotion. Who'd have thought a song about regret and time's once spent could be so refined with such heartfelt energy. In the constrained White Privilege, he strips back on its instrumentation, just Sam's guitar and swelling, brutal lyricism to take forwards his deafening message. "Don't wanna hear about Brexit, them old cunts fucked up our exit. My generation was doomed, the youthful left out the loop. Lies on both sides of the fence left me completely bereft" he sings commandingly. It doesn't get any more hopeful from a topical sense on Dead Boys either, the delicate matter of male suicide so sensitively addressed. Not an easy subject to tackle, but one that must be talked about, Fender effortlessly delivers in poignant fashion and leaves us all with a lump in our throat.

Not one shy of a monstrous pop effort, You're Not The Only One is about as indulgent as they come with its sax outro. It's no secret Sam's hero is Bruce Springsteen and his influence flourishes here in infinite detail. Elsewhere Play God sets straight the indifferences of power as he dives in to a dystopian world, his observational, provoking and socially-charged lyrics carried over angular guitars and punchy melodies. It's the perfect set up for That Sound, a track that Sam's described as a song that "loosely talks about how susceptible you can become to negativity and jealousy, even when you’re at your happiest and most confident". It's essentially about sticking it to the man and doing whatever the hell you want to regardless

Just past its halfway point, Saturday swings in to action with its swanky melodies and polished percussion, dedicating its time to longing for the weekend as we drag ourselves through the mundane reality of weekday living. That's all before Will We Talk?'s euphoric and ambitious guitar line deals with the subject matter of one-night stands. Ironically, or rather in his marvellous fashion, the album's next track is entitled Two People. It's also the first real taste we get of Sam tracing back to his roots as he plays a softly plucked guitar telling a heartbreaking tale of domestic violence.

As the journey enters its final stage we get the provocative Call Me Lover, a track with a twist in its tale as the love itself comes not from trust but infidelity, before the penultimate effort, Leave Fast. This was the first track I ever heard by Sam and one that remains as close to me now as it did back then. Described as an archetypal song about growing up in a small town, and the frustrations that go with it, it's a song that I'm reminded of daily with my surroundings.

Whether it's his belted out, falsetto vocals sung in blissful harmony to their electrifying instrumentation, or the hushed tones and devastating wake-up calls he enlists in his music, Sam Fender has gripped the nation and has world at his feet. Few artists are as literate and socially aware as the 25-year old working class Newcastle musician. And this looks likely all that hard work is about to finally pay off.

Sam Fender's Hypersonic Missiles will be released Friday 13th September.



Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Blending their fast paced electronics and pulsing melodies with the tenderest of touches, enigmatic duo TEME today return with their latest single, D R I V E. Taken from their forthcoming double EP, each with its own singular mood; SOLAR and LUNAR, the track chugs in to life before dispersing its immediate energy through each melodic shift. It's a bold statement but one that pays off. Take a listen for yourselves below.