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Wednesday 17 April 2024

Telenova - Power (Official Video)

Australian trio Telenova have returned ready to kickstart the weekend early with their latest disco-tinged single “Power.” Backed with an official video directed by frontwoman Angeline Armstong the kaleidoscopic visuals add a further boost to the track's buoyant energy as the track's funky melodies and smooth sophistication take over. Speaking about the song’s creation Angeline explains “The song is a fable-like story of a flower in love with the sun, but the sun is setting. And the flower is afraid of being left alone in the darkness without the very thing that gives it power and strength. Of course, the flower unaware that the sun inevitably always rises again. The more we kept building out the lyrics the more Josh and I realized its a fairly multi-layered metaphor for love. Inevitably (and beautifully) people will hear different things in the meaning of ‘Power’, it resonates on a romantic-love kind of micro level, but can really extend out to a divine kind of love and existential longing - whatever your idea of ‘God’ or the universe or something ‘bigger’ it’s the cry of a human being out to whatever is out there, to like, not be abandoned basically, not be left to our own devices all on our own. And then we shroud that all in a big fun dancey disco tune - because why not.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Europe / UK
June 15th @ Release Athens, Athens GRE
Sep 18th @ Blå, Oslo NOR
Sep 19th @ Bar Brooklyn, Stockholm SWE
Sep 21st @ Merjeriet, Lund SWE
Sep 22nd @ RUST, Copenhagen DK
Sep 24th @ Katine Am Berghain, Berlin GER
Sep 25th @ Nochtwache, Hamburg GER
Sep 26th @ Jaki, Cologne GER
Sep 27th @ AB Club, Brussels BEL
Sep 28th @ POPUP!, Paris FRA
Sep 29th @ Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Oct 1st @ Lower Third, London UK
Oct 2nd @ YES Basement, Manchester UK 

i: https://www.instagram.com/telenovaofficial/

King Hannah - Davey Says

Photo Joséphine Leddet

Liverpool duo King Hannah (Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle) have today returned with their excellent new single Davey Says, taken from their forthcoming new record Big Swimmer, due for release on 31st May via City Slang. The new single comes accompanied by a video directed by the band’s own Craig Whittle which sees them play homage to the 90s garage rock music videos the band love so much as they make use of an old camcorder to truly indulge in the nostalgia. Hannah Merrick explains in further detail, “’Davey Says’ is our ode to 90s, American indie garage rock. We wanted this to be a raucous, fuzzy, light-hearted moment in the album, but to still have that feeling of ‘youcandoanything-ness’. The opening line ‘Meet me before the party, I don’t want to walk in alone’ is our attempt at that classic American 90’s imagery, of coming-of-age nostalgia and romance, of late warm summer nights when the future is draped in front of you.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

King Hannah - Big Swimmer Tour (2024)
May 17 + 18 - The Great Escape: Brighton (UK)
June 29 - Empty Bottle: Chicago
July 1 - Johnny Brenda's: Philadelphia, PA
July 2 - Elsewhere Zone 1: Brooklyn
July 4 - Festival D'été de Québec: Quebec City (QC)
July 5 - La Noce Festival: Chicoutimi (QC)
July 17 - Botanique: Bologna (IT)
July 18 - Piazza delle Feste/Mojotic: Genova (IT)
July 20 - TVSpenta dal vivo: Rapolano Terme (Siena) (IT)
July 21 - Triennale Milano: Milano (IT)
August 29 - Strange Brew: Bristol (UK)
August 30 - End of the Road: Dorset (UK)
September 5 - Lido: Berlin (DE)
September 6 - Vega (Ideal Bar): Copenhagen (DK)
September 8 - Paard: Den Haag (NL)
September 9 - Paradiso: Amsterdam (NL)
September 11 - Effenaar: Eindhoven (NL)
September 12 - La Maroquinerie: Paris (FR)
September 13 - AB Club: Brussels (BE)
September 14 - Reflektor: Liège (BE)
September 15 - Leffinge Leuren: Leffinge (BE)
September 17 - AFF@Bootstraat: Hasselt (BE)
September 18 - Vera: Groningen (NL)
September 19 - Café Glocksee: Hannover (DE)
September 25 - Rich Mix: London (UK)


+ Additional Dates Coming Soon!



f: https://www.facebook.com/kinghannahmusic

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Cigarettes After Sex - Dark Vacay

Photo Cred: Ebru Yildiz

Following on from February's return with news of their forthcoming album, titled X's, which coincided with the announcement of a huge world tour and new single Tejano Blue, Cigarettes After Sex have unveiled the splintering new effort Dark Vacay. “This song is about a romance I had a few years ago. We went on tour together & were lucky enough to go to all these wonderful places, mostly having fun at first.  As the tour continued though, everything started falling apart & we ended up breaking up by the end of it. I was left wishing that we were somehow able to see all of the beauty around us before it was too late..." Take a listen for yourselves below. X’s will be released on 12th July 2024 via  Partisan Records.



North American Dates:
15th June 2024 - Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
31st August – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
1st September - Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
3rd September - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
4th September - TD Garden, Boston, MA
6th September - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
10th September - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
11th September - PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
13th September - Kia Center, Orlando, FL
14th September - State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
17th September - Frost Bank Center, San Antonio, TX
18th September - Toyota Center, Houston, TX
20th September - Moody Center, Austin, TX
21st September - Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
23rd September - United Center, Chicago, IL
24th September - XCel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
27th September - Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
28th September - Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA
30th September - Moda Center, Portland, OR
2nd October - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village, CO
3rd October - Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT
5th October - Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
7th October - Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
8th October - Desert Diamond Arena, Phoenix, AZ
11th October - KIA Forum, Los Angeles, CA
15th October – Sports Palace, Mexico City, MX

EU/UK Dates:
25th October - OAKA Indoor Arena, Athens
28th October - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
29th October - Forest National, Brussels
1st November - Forum, Milan
3rd November - Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna
5th November - COR Torwar, Warsaw
7th November - Uber Arena, Berlin
9th November - St Jakobshalle, Basel
10th November - Lanxess Arena, Cologne
12th November - The O2 Arena, London
16th November - Accor Hotel Arena, Paris
17th November - Tony Garnier Hall, Lyon
20th November - WiZink Arena, Madrid
21st November - Altice Arena, Lisbon

Asia Dates:
9th January 2025 - Asia World-Expo, Hall 5, Hong Kong
11th January 2025 - Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur
14th January 2025 - MOA Arena, Manila
17th January 2025 - Beach City International, Jakarta
21st January 2025 - Impact Exhibition Hall 5, Bangkok

South Africa Dates:
5th March 2025 - Grand Arena, Cape Town
7th March 2025 - Pretoria / Sunbet Arena, Pretoria

AU/NZ Dates:
12th March 2025 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
14th March 2025 - Aware Super Theatre, Sydney
17th March 2025 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
19th March 2025 - Spark Arena, Auckland

Make Friends - 'Loaded Fun' (Official Video)

Photo credit: Holly Whitaker

Bristol-based outfit Make Friends have today returned with their exhilarating new single Loaded Fun, produced by Bombay Bicycle Club's Ed Nash. Opening up a new chapter in their musical venture, the track sees high octane guitars and scattered percussion send light waves through to Tom Andrew's electrifying vocals. A perfect introduction to what looks set to be an exciting time ahead for the four-piece as they look to share further music throughout the year. Speaking more on the release of their new single, the band shared: "Loaded Fun is a post break up song. The track depicts a relationship where one person has fallen into bad habits, and after everything has broken down, you reflect upon what went wrong. The title ‘Loaded Fun’ depicts having “fun” but at a cost, in this instance using drugs excessively to enjoy the company of your partner.The chorus of the song best describes that post break up feeling, where you know that you've lost a part of your life, however you don't miss the anxiety and occasions where “Loaded Fun” seemed like your only option. And realising that you don't have to put up with any of it. Hate is a strong word." Take a listen below.

Live Dates
Notting Hill Arts Club in London on 11th July.

Make Friends are Tom Andrew (vocals, bass), David Thomas (guitar), Connor Crabb (guitar) and Max Lewin (drums)

f: https://www.facebook.com/makefriends.official

Monday 15 April 2024

China Bears - North Star (Official Video)

Preparing the release of their debut album ‘Participation Trophy’, set for release on 12th July 2024 via Fierce Panda Records, China Bears have returned with their anthemic new single North Star. Emotively charged it serves as another exciting insight in to what lays ahead as they blend powerful lyrics with their driving energy and towering pop sensibilities. Speaking on the track, lead singer Ivan said “The writing of ‘North Star’ was a purely cathartic process. Initially a song about dealing with grief and loss, it transcended into hope and following your heart. Without trying to sound too morbid, time isn’t always a given, but if you’re spending it chasing your passions and ambitions, surrounded by those who make you feel alive, then maybe it’ll be okay after all.” Take a listen for yourselves below. 

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, Bristolf: https://www.facebook.com/ChinaBearsBand

Chance Peña - The Mountain Is You

Born and raised Texan singer-songwriter Chance Peña returned ahead of the weekend with his powerful new single The Mountain Is You. A metaphor in itself, the track was written about overcoming the obstacles within ourselves and comes soundtracked by his intricate guitar notes that build towards a towering crescendo. Take a listen for yourselves below.

i: https://www.instagram.com/chancepena

Live Review: The K's - Tramshed, Cardiff 12/04/2024

With their debut album reaching an impressive number 3 in the official charts, only nudged out of place by the queen of pop herself, Beyoncé, and indie-stalwarts The Libertines, it was safe to say spirits were in high velocity as The K's rolled in to Cardiff set to deliver a momentous performance. Last in town supporting The Reytons, the band were back on Welsh soil and in prime position at their well deserved headline show. 

With the energy inside already palpable as eager fans packed into Tramshed for an evening of electrifying guitar music, once the lights dimmed and the first chords of Icarus reverberated through the air, it was evident this was going to be a full on assault of rowdy jubilation.

With the band in place, the crowd erupted into cheers, setting the tone for an unforgettable performance - from the outset, the Earlestown locals commanding their presence with infectious energy and raw talent. 

With Jamie Boyle's gritty vocals cutting through the air, captivating everyone in the room, the tight-knit instrumentation provided a solid foundation for each song. And if one thing was to behold it was the atmosphere inside as pint cups were quick to be thrown, with fans atop of friend's shoulders and each and every word being sung back at the top of their lungs. 

From the high octane Chancer with its guitar swinging melodies and pulsating energy, to the driving force unleashed on Heart On My Sleeve that saw the the band shift pace sending shock waves through the crowd in to the circle pits, it was evident that their sound truly comes to life in the live environment. 

Giving fans a moment to catch their breath, the band further showcased their dynamic talents as the soft and emotively charged Hoping Maybe delivered soaring guitar layers and placed Boyle's vocal prowess centre stage as he belted out the chorus. A perfect set up for the ever popular Black And Blue which saw the band throw in some extended refrains resulting in Dexter Baker joking about another "black and black and blue" chorus as the song ended. 

It's these comedic values that continue to set them apart and show their human side. Evidently so when things got a little to heated and the show was momentarily paused to aid a fan over the barrier as Boyle kept on guard overseeing for anyone in trouble.

Once things had calmed down and everyone was accounted for, the band rounded up with Aurora, a track that allowed them to let loose on their buoyant melodies and effervescent rhythms all eagerly lapped up by the swathes of swaying hands and bobbing heads as they cheered for one more song following the band's departure. 

With plenty more still in the tank, of course they were coming back. "Here we, here we, here we fucking go" attempted Boyle as he joked about his accent letting him down joining in the infamous Scottish chant. 

With Valley One, the guitar snarling Hometown and Sarajevo rounding up the proceedings, it was clear that The K's had delivered a performance for the ages. With their raw talent, infectious energy, and undeniable charisma, they had proven once again why they are one of the most exciting bands on the indie-rock scene today. Be sure not to pass up the opportunity to catch them at these semi-intimate venues whilst you can. 

*****

Thursday 11 April 2024

Ellur - Boys

Photo Credit: Emie Grimwood

Following on from kicking off the year with the dazzling Satellites, Ellur has backed it up with yet another passionately delivered effort in Boys.“‘Boys’ amplifies voices and redefines manhood, through the illuminating narrative of the female teenage experience”, explains Ellur. “It’s dedicated to anyone who’s been let down by the current system.” With its towering pop sensibilities and powerful message perpetuated by catchy guitars and soaring choruses, it serves as another mighty fine effort for the shining wunderkind. Speaking ahead of her single release, Ellur further revealed: “I wrote ‘Boys’ after reflecting upon girlhood and what that looked like for myself and so many other women. As a society we dismiss toxic and abusive behaviours that are sometimes exhibited in some young men as “boyish behaviour” and I remember being frequently told “boys will be boys” when discussing how these behaviours made me feel. I believe this blatant disregard for the emotions of young women and the discrediting of young men and their intellect and intelligence is one of the main contributors to the upholding of the patriarchy and violence against women. The song itself, the production, the press shoot and the video have all been carefully considered to reflect these difficult feelings I, and many other women have had to face due to our experiences.” The track was recorded by an all-female/non-binary team in the studio (including producer Steph Marziarno), in addition to an all-female team for the official music video which you can now stream below.

f: https://www.facebook.com/ellurrrr

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Bears in Trees - We Dont Speak Anymore (Official Music Video)

Croydon's Bears in Trees have returned today sharing the official video to their latest single We Don't Speak Anymore - A blistering powerful track that depicts our often social media led lives where the burden of staying in touch can often be too much for some as online friendships and relationships break down and slowly fade in to the past. “I grew up surrounded by online friends”, Nick states. “It’s natural that in time, you will drift apart, but it’s hard not to wonder; what would have happened if we’d lived across the street from one another? If I knew your face instead of your URL and I recognised you on the train? I wanted to try and write a song that encompassed how meaningful these people were in my life, while also understanding that we’d probably never speak again.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

 

UK Live dates below:

(Co-headline with The Happy Fits | Bears in Trees close all UK dates | Support from Lexie Carroll*)

23/04 - BIRMINGHAM XOYO*

24/04 - NEWCASTLE Riverside*

26/04 - GLASGOW Garage*

27/04 - MANCHESTER Club Academy*

28/04 - LEEDS Stylus*

29/04 - BRISTOL The Fleece*

01/05 - LONDON Koko*

12/07 - CHELTENHAM 2000 Trees Festival

 

Bears in Trees are:

Callum Litchfield – vocals, ukulele, piano (he/him)

Iain Gillespie – vocals, bass guitar (they/them)

Nick Peters – guitar (he/him)

George Berry - drums (he/him)

i: https://www.instagram.com/bearsintrees

Monday 8 April 2024

néomí - so i let you (15th of june - evening)

Returning last week with the final teaser track from her long-awaited debut album 'somebody's daughter', set for release on May 3rd via [PIAS], néomí has unveiled her latest single so i let you (15th of june - evening). Written about someone you're not able to let go of, despite knowing you're not right for each other, the track's deeply personal message comes to life in the most wondrous of ways through its uplifting melodies and heartfelt delivery. Adding about the new release, she said, "'so I let you' is about one person I really couldn't let go. I loved him and still love him so deeply that I just couldn't bear the thought of living without him. Even when I already figured out we weren't made for each other, in that exact same moment I was always hopeful we could work it out. I'm singing about our indifferences and seeing the signs, but also just needing one moment of him whispering my name and I wouldn't want him to let me go. Oh well; you could say another love drama of a 24-year-old; fair enough maybe it is. But it's special to me for sure. I wrote this song with a dear friend too, which makes it even more special. 'so I let you' is my very favourite track on the album. It hurts so much to sing that bridge, but it also feels liberating in a type of way. It gives me the strength to stand by the choices we've made, or so.”" Take a listen for yourselves below. 

néomí Live Shows:
16.04 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL (Novo Amor support)
03.05 – PAARD, Den Haag, NL
04.05 – AB Club, Brussels, BE (Iskander Moon support)
05.05 – Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant, Den Bosch, NL
09.05 – Indie In Town @ Old Blue Last, London
11.05 – EKKO, Utrecht, NL
16.05 – Dork stage @ The Arch, The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
17.05 – Dutch Impact stage @ Patterns Down, The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
24.05 – Merleyn, Nijmegen, NL
25.05 – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, NL
09.06 – Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvanbeek

f: https://www.facebook.com/neomismusic