Monday, 25 October 2021

The Ramona Flowers - Up All Night

It's been a while since we've heard from Bristol-based quartet The Ramona Flowers but they have finally returned unveiling their new single and Nile Rodgers collaboration, ‘Up All Night’. "Essentially, it’s a song about my love of a good party and the fact I seem to somehow always be the last one to want to leave. Have there been occasions where I should have gone home for an early night? Absolutely! But that’s just not in my make up and life’s too short to worry about tomorrow too much…" comments the band's vocalist, Steve Bird. Steve continues: "Dave and Sam started putting different guitar tracks down, one was labelled ‘Nile’ as it was reminiscent of that classic Nile Rodgers guitar sound. We managed to get the song over to Nile to see if he wanted to play it for himself. He got back to us saying he loved the track and would love to do it! So unbelievably, that guitar track actually became the real Nile Rodgers guitar track." Take a listen to the funky number for yourselves below.


Sunday, 24 October 2021

Wil Owen - After Dark

Credit: Celyn Morris

Making his very welcomed return ahead of the weekend, Bristol via Wales singer songwriter Wil Owen has unveiled his stunning new single After Dark. Racked in emotion, the track serves as another brilliantly powerful work of art, truly demonstrating his intricate songwriting talents. “After Dark is a song that started out as an image: a crowd of people in a room, completely isolated from each other. I was thinking a lot about our inner lives, how we’re so absorbed by our own thoughts that we sometimes obfuscate our responsibility for them. That’s a hard line to navigate,”  Wil explains. “The song is essentially an inner monologue, a stream of consciousness reaction to all the shit we say when we’re sad and loose and feeling vulnerable. It ends up affording a moment of reflection, of honesty,” he adds. Take a listen for yourselves below.


GR8SCOTT - Won't Be Drinking

If there's one thing Scandinavia do well, it's knowing their way around the pop perfected blueprint, and Copenhagen-based newcomer GR8SCOTT is certainly no stranger. Ironically sharing his debut effort Won't Be Drinking over the weekend, get acquainted below with his super smooth vocals and explosive melodies as he shows us there's more to life than a hangover. “I’m not a big party guy but I love to hang out with people and just have fun, and like everyone there is more than welcome to get drunk. I just don’t need it to have a good time, and I would hate not to be in control of myself so yeah, no from me. I just wanna have a good time,” Elias says about the single. Continuing, “My lyrics don’t actually mean much at the moment. They just kinda happen, with my music too, it’s not something overly intellectual at all. This song just happened because I thought it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to hang out in groups and have fun. So I hope this will make people “la la” along-and it goes for everyone, whether they’re completely wasted or sober as can be.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Live Review: The Howl & The Hum, Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff 14/10/2021

With their innate ability in creating show-stopping moments through their breathtaking sound, York based outfit The Howl & The Hum made their very welcomed return to Cardiff for a debut headline show that would certainly pause time momentarily. Having been postponed last year, fans finally got the chance to experience the band's scintillatingly powering sound in the flesh, in addition to Sam Griffiths' flamboyant dancing that certainly got the crowd moving as he swayed about with flailing hands and arms aplenty. 

Opening with their album's title track Human Contact, with its huge grinding synth notes and outpouring vocals, the scene was set for what was to be an energised evening. From A Hotel Song's impassioned delivery to the soaring choruses in Hostages, a touching depiction of a relationship breakdown, each song's articulated performance lifted the energy inside that little bit higher.

If there was one thing to leave its mark, it was Griffiths' empowering vocals and sensational dynamic ability and tonight showcased that talent in all its glory. Evidently The Only Boy Racer Left On The Island showed real ambition here as its driving percussion and pitch perfect vocals culminated towards its explosive crescendo.

The beauty within The Howl & The Hum and their music is the way they can so readily switch the timbre of their sound from a firework delivery to soft and tender and it's exactly what they cultivated in their set list. At the nights halfway point Hall of Fame got an almost acoustic delivery with just Sam and his guitar alongside new single Thumbs Up getting similar treatment as its stripped back delivery got a warming reception.

Smiling ear to ear it's clear just how much this night meant to Sam and the band and being back centre stage was a welcomed sight for all. "we've been told there's a strict 10pm curfew, so who's up for a karaoke bar" he shouted. I think everyone could agree they didn't want the night to end. Although, sadly all good things must as they rounded up with the impassioned Godmanchester Chinese Bridge, the crowd singing back each and every word. 

From their euphoric energy, studio-like delivery and heart wrenching poetic lyricism, The Howl & The Hum have only up to fall and having released their debut record during lockdown, it's sure to be an exciting few months ahead as they unleash it out on the road. The band continue their tour at the following dates below: 

15th Oct - Hope & Run, Brighton
16th Oct - Joiners, Southampton
17th Oct - The Exchange, Bristol
19th Oct - King Tut's, Glasgow
21st Oct - The Sugarmill, Stoke
25th Oct - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
27th Oct - Jericho Tavern, Oxford
30th Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
31st Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Alix Page - 25

Photo Credit: Dillon Matthew

Taken from her forthcoming debut EP, Southern Californian-born Alix Page has this week unveiled her powerful new single & music video, 25. Depicting a past relationship, take a listen for yourselves below as the track's heartfelt and emotionally driven energy comes to fruition in explosive style through its energising guitars and intricate songwriting. “25 is about reminiscing on a past relationship - going down the rabbit hole of wondering what could have been different and where you’ll both end up later in life.” tells Page. “I wrote it at a time where romanticising the future was the best way to escape everything I was feeling being stuck at home in quarantine. This one is definitely a favourite; in terms of writing and production, I don’t think I've ever been prouder of a song.” 


Harvey Jay Dodgson - Caroline

Caroline serves as an excelling introduction to 19 year old Harvey Jay Dodgson and his compelling new sound. Having built up a sizeable reputation in his hometown of Portsmouth, he finally releases his highly anticipated debut single that's a powerhouse in driving guitars and anthemic choruses. Take a listen for yourselves below. Harvey has also announced a London show to mark the debut release and showcase the new material live playing The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on 20th October joined by fellow South Coast band on the rise, FLOWVERS.


DMA'S - Junk Truck Head Fuck (Official Video)

Taken form their recently shared surprise EP 'I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You', DMA's have today unveiled an official video to its latest single Junk Truck Head Fuck. The video comes ahead of the bands upcoming UK tour that kicks off on Sunday 17th October. Take a watch for yourselves below.

17th - Greenock, Town Hall  
18th - Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)  
19th - Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)  
21st - Norwich, UEA  
22nd - Hull, Bonus Arena  
23rd - Newcastle, Hit The North Festival  
25th - Southampton, O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT)  
27th - Bath, Pavilion (SOLD OUT)  
29th - London, Alexandra Palace  
30th - Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena     

1st - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse  
2nd - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)  
3rd - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)  
5th - Portsmouth, Guildhall  
6th - Cardiff, The Great Hall  
7th - Sheffield, O2 Academy  
8th - Birmingham, O2 Academy  
10th - Leeds, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)  
11th - Leeds, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)  
13th - Dublin, Academy (SOLD OUT)  
14th - Dublin, Academy (SOLD OUT)  
16th - Belfast, Limelight  
17th - Belfast, Limelight


emie nathan - white light (lyric video)

Building on her previous single's successes, newcomer emie nathan has returned with her stunning new effort, white light. Unveiled as the title track from her forthcoming new EP of the same name, set for release on November 26th, we get a glistening insight in to what lays ahead with soaring pop sensibilities backed up with an insatiable vocal delivery. “I was inspired by the concept of “starting over” to write an irreligious song about reconciling with one’s own shortcomings and choosing to be a better version of themselves moving forward,” she explains. “Separating the religious ideology for a moment, atonement and reconciliation are two very real and widely applicable actions we as humans face all the time. I wanted to write something that encourages improvement in whatever way that manifests. When I try to envision an image of sorts that best represents self-reflection and working to right wrongs, I visualise the brightest light you could possibly imagine. It doesn’t really take shape or assume a form, it is just ever present and forceful in its shine. If we can embody this image of goodness and take it with us into our daily choices, I think we as people can do a lot better for each other and for ourselves going through the day to day motions" Take a listen for yourselves below.