Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Official Video: Spector - Half Life

Official Video: Spector - Half Life

Following on from their new single Half Life, released in June, Spector return today with its official video. Speaking about the 'Half Life' video, singer Fred Macpherson said: "Our last two videos were filmed in Shanghai and Morocco so it’s quite reassuring to know you can still make some magic just driving up and down Brick Lane a few times. To me it’s like David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis on an Uber pool budget. It just so happened my fellow passengers were a camera crew. Shout out Callum the director who managed to work out what the song was about quicker than we had too. The grass is always greener on the other side of the glass." Take a watch for yourselves below.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Deportees - Covered In Dreams

Photo: Elin Berge

Deportees - Covered In Dreams

Swedish-based trio Deportees have this week unveiled an official video to their latest single 'Covered In Dreams'. Filled with a whimsical energy, the track jitters through a breeze of instrumentation, and now comes to life with a vivid backdrop shot in the stunning countryside surrounding Stockholm. Covered In Dreams is taken from the award-winning Swedish band's first full UK album release, 'All Future', which will be available on October 11th. Take a listen/watch for yourselves below.


Tips and Tricks: 5 Ways to Improve Your Viola Skills

Being good at playing a certain instrument isn’t easy. It takes patience, time and effort to master any instrument. Take viola as an example, while the viola instrument produces authentic and engrossing tone, it takes a while to master it and be able to have the opportunity to perform in an orchestra or as a soloist.

Whether you are a beginner or already in the intermediate level, taking in consideration the following tips can help you to get better at playing viola:

Practicing your favourite song helps you to easily learn how to play viola. While you are enjoying

learning the desired song, it gives you more motivation to practice the whole piece. And just a trick, before practicing the song, you may want to listen to it more than a couple of times to visualize how the viola would be able to produce the sound.
Admit it or not, when you want to play a certain instrument, you just want to start it right away before looking or assessing how an entire piece should be played. While enthusiasm is certainly a must in learning viola, you’ll definitely become a better player if you skim through the whole music sheet and evaluate the difficult parts of it.

There are times that when we encounter an unexpected difficult part, we tend to procrastinate and start with another song already. But you may see these difficulties as your motivation to finish playing the whole piece. It’s more rewarding to get through challenges in playing than trying to avoid it and not finishing anything at all.

You may find this boring, but playing every new piece in a slow tempo is a great technique to excel as a violist. Take your time in playing each tune until you produce a superb sound. Later on, when you’ve mastered the transition and bowing, you can increase the tempo until you reach the right one.

When you’re done playing the song at a slow tempo, it’s time to go back to each part of the composition where you are having difficulties. You may take extra time to assess how you’ll be able to get through the difficult part – may it be your transition, timing or intonation. You may also refer to educational videos online, through your instructor or friends who play viola if how they have resolved the difficulties they face themselves.

Another alternative way that you can do improve your viola skills is to record all your practices and identify any problems while playing the composition. Through thorough listening you can focus on parts where you have complications. You may also share these with other people and take in consideration their constructive criticism.

Aside from memorizing the tunes, another vital factor in giving an excellent viola performance is mastering various bowing techniques. Trying and getting good with these bowing techniques can help you to experiment with songs over time and adjust with any composition given to you.

Bonus tip: Do not ever give up. Even when it gets frustrating and a hopeless case, always pick up your viola and get through the tough parts of it. Always remind yourself why you started learning the instrument and use the frustrations as your fuel to be better each day.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Flyte - I Still Believe In You

Today Flyte have shared a brand new video to their latest single, Still Believe In You. Taken from their forthcoming new EP'White Roses', due September 20th,the single tackles truth, honesty and fidelity in a relationship. Acompanying the track is a video that follows a father driving his adolescent daughter to University for the first time. Take a watch for yourselves below. Pre-order 'White Roses' EP here:


Friday, 16 August 2019

Swim Deep - Sail Away, Say Goodbye

Swim Deep - Sail Away, Say Goodbye

Following on from their return at the end of May with new single To Feel Good, Birmingham's Swim Deep have today unveiled the forthcoming album's second single, Sail Away, Say Goodbye. Giving us a strong indication as to what lays ahead on their new record, Emerald Classics', the band tackle grief and loss in a euphoric tale of hope and ultimately survival. With its uplifting chorus and infectious melody line the track comes accompanied by a beautifully shot clip that sees the band struggle with a boat at sea that's slowly sinking, all before overcoming their tribulations and counting their blessings. Watch below.

'Emerald Classics' will be released October 4th, 2019.

Swim Deep - To Feel Good Tracklist
1. To Feel Good
2. 0121 Desire
3. Bruised
4. World I Share
5. Father I Pray
6. Sail Away, Say Goodbye
7. Drag Queens In Soho
8. Happy As Larrie
9. Top Of The Pops
10. Never Stop Pinching Myself

October Live Dates
05 BRIGHTON The Haunt
06 CARDIFF The Globe
08 BRISTOL The Exchange
10 LEICESTER O2 Academy
11 LIVERPOOL District
13 GLASGOW Stereo
14 NEWCASTLE The Cluny
15 LEEDS The Wardrobe
19 MANCHESTER Band On The Wall
20 NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
21 NORWICH The Waterfront
22 CAMBRIDGE The Portland Arms
24 LONDON The Garage


Boy In Space - Cold

Following on from June's heartbreak anthem, 7UP, Sweden's Boy In Space returns this month with his excelling new single Cold. With plenty more cut-throat lyrics, stylish production and futuristic melodies, his latest effort is another prime example to why he's leading the way. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Amber Run - Neon Circus (Official Video)

Following news of their recent single Neon Circus, Amber Run have this week unveiled its official video, directed by Sam Kinsella. Singer Joe Keough cuts straight to the point when speaking about the songs meaning explaining “Neon Circus is a song about getting the fuck off your phone. Nothing meaningful happens with your head tilted downwards towards your black mirror. It’s a song that is a call to action to be there with us.” Take a watch for yourselves below. The band's new album 'Philophobia' will be released September 27th.

19: Melkweg, Amsterdam
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;


Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The Brookes - Spaceship Rodeo

With recent support from BBC Introducing, Grimsby-based four-piece The Brookes have lifted the cover on their bold new single Spaceship Rodeo. Filled with gritty guitars and driving enthusiasm, the band blend together their influences from The Cure, Kings of Leon and Nick Cave to deliver their own dynamic sound that's oozing creativity. With a string of single's that are already doing the rounds, Spaceship Rodeo takes another confident step towards that perfected indie-rock blueprint. Take a listen for yourselves below.