Sunday, 7 August 2022

lostboy - Overdue

Sheffield's lostboy made his exceptional return ahead of the weekend unveiling the aspirant new single Overdue. With its bold guitars, soaring choruses and an anthemic energy already primed for arena sound systems, his latest effort leaves no stone unturned as it charges through it's 2 minute 39 duration. Speaking about the track in more detail lostboy explains: "I wanted to really capture those feelings of frustration when you can’t (or feel like you can’t) see your mates or get out for a catch up. Sometimes things get in the way; be that your daily grind, covid or just that you don’t feel up to it. Being back at festivals for the first time this year as a punter has shown me how full off madness everyone is to be back with the people they call home. I wanted to write this song for them." Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Live Dates
4th November - The Leadmill, Sheffield - tickets
17th November - Exchange, Bristol - tickets


Monday, 1 August 2022

Florence Arman - Stupid Heart

No one does self-reflective pop quite as good as Florence Arman, so it's only fitting for her latest effort to be a sublime offering in heart on sleeve lyricism. Returning with a new EP later this year, Stupid Heart is a tasteful look at what to expect from the British singer-songwriter as she returns with another catchy piano led number. Speaking about the song, Florence said  "Stupid Heart' is the first song I wrote about family stuff. Being the youngest in my family I think I’ve inherited a bit of baggage, which is normal I think and totally fine, but then again I still want to be able to write very dramatic songs about it." Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Florence will also support indie superstars Milky Chance on their European tour dates in October. All upcoming dates are listen below;

* Supporting Milky Chance on Tour


Sunday, 31 July 2022

Live Review: Tom A. Smith, Electric Ballroom Camden 29 July 2022

Supporting Courteeners is a feat in itself with such boisterous fans that are renown for their rowdy, beer throwing antics, let alone tackling it this early on in you career. But it's something Tom A. Smith takes within his stride as he pulled in the crowd from early doors at Camden's Electric Ballroom. 

Steadily building a name for himself over the years, relentlessly touring from a young age, it's still hard to believe he's just 18 with such a commandeering stage presence that courses through his music. This is evidently on display as he wasted no time in getting the heated room moving as they clapped along to recent single Could I Live With Being Fake, its charging percussion and thumping basslines left to bounce around the room amongst the flailing hands. 

It goes without saying, if you put in the work you'll reap the rewards and Tom A. Smith knows this all too well having been playing guitar since he was 4 years old. From supporting artists such as Miles Kane and Gang of Youths to taking to the stage at some of the UK's top music festivals from Glastonbury to Leeds, he's not shy to getting the crowd going and with a second EP on the cusp of release his electrifying trajectory is only set to move up a gear. 

Working his way through his guitar swinging, brash indie hits, effortlessly getting the crowd amped for the headline act, the band clearly know a thing or two about progression and set about igniting an explosive atmosphere from the get go.

Smiling ear to ear, by the time his new single Never Good Enough rolled around the audience were positively fixated as he set about swooping up handfuls of new fans in to the palm of his hand. Quite the contrary to the track's namesake that's for sure. Without wanting to let the intensity in the air letup he's quickly fired in to Dragonfly, another single from his EP1 which was released earlier this year and showcases a powerful side to his sound as its snarling guitars and elated vocals charge toward a driving cathartic crescendo.

It's safe to say with so much drive and ambition Tom A. Smith is a bright young talent who truly appreciates his bandmates and fans alike - and with his anthemic, stadium ready sensibilities, it won't be long before he's selling out full scale tours of his own up and down the country. If this evening's performance is anything to go by it'll be sooner than you think.




Thursday, 28 July 2022

Inhaler - These Are The Days (Official Video)

Irish outfit Inhaler have recently released their official video for their new single These Are The Days, directed by James Slater. Take a watch for yourselves below. The news also coincides with the band's announcement of a 7” release of These Are The Days backed with their cover of Billie Eilish’s 2021 single Your Power.


Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Connie Constance - Till The World's Awake

Photo credit: Joel Palmer

Announcing her new album 'Miss Power', due out 4th November on Play It Again Sam, Connie Constance makes her very welcomed return with new single Till The World's Awake. With its huge pop sensibilities and towering melodies comes another fantastic effort that's equally forward thinking as it is empowering as it tackles themes of heartbreak, Connie’s strained relationship with her father and her struggles with mental health. Speaking about the track in more detail Connie goes on to say, “The beast, The Party, The anthem. Day one of this saturated over stimulating world and everything feels possible. For the most part this song for me was just the indie dance single of my dreams, since writing it it has taken on a whole other meaning. It's truly a letter to the universe, to what some people may call God, others Allah, and so on. It's a song that says thank you for looking out for me, Thank you for the chance of making my dreams a reality, and Thank you for the beautiful people that you have kept around me. When I think of the minority communities that I live and love within in the UK. It feels like an empowering message that no matter how much the world we live in tries to distract us from our power, make us feel small or as if we don't fit in… it cannot take away from us the work we have done and who we are when we are together building our own opportunities amongst one another and shaping our own realities. “I know that we’ve got enough love to give away, and they cannot replace all the moves we’ve made, and all the nights we’ve stayed up till the worlds awake”. We have to work extra hard to be understood, but we will be, and until the worlds awake we have each other and no one can take that from us.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Connie Constance Live Dates
29th July - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
7th August - Wilderness, Oxfordshire
13th August - Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Switzerland
4th September - Forwards, Bristol
15th October -  Live @ Leeds
23rd October - Swn, Cardiff, UK
12th November - The Great Western, Glasgow
29th November - Yard Act support - 1865, Southampton
30th November - Yard act support - Chalk, Brighton
1st December - Yard Act support - Kentish Town London


Tom A Smith - Never Good Enough (Official Video)

Fast-rising 18yo Sunderland-based artist Tom A. Smith has today returned with a new video for his recent single, Never Good Enough. Consistently developing his sound, his latest effort shines a light on what to expect from his upcoming EP with anthemic choruses and soaring melodies, packed with catchy guitars and brass sections. It's a dizzying affair of aspiration and begs to be played again and again. Speaking about the video he goes on to say "I made this video from some of the brilliant footage we gathered from our time in Europe (and home) this summer. Wanted the summeriness of the song to come through and to show people we are literally having the best time". Never Good Enough is set to be taken from his upcoming work 'EP 2'. Speaking about the new EP, he continues, "I think EP2 is a really nice progression from EP1. I'm really proud of all the tracks and already know Toronto will become a fan favourite as it goes down so well live. The lyrics to Man Overboard are my best work so far in my opinion, I love how it skips along, producer Larry described it as crying at the disco. We love putting a homemade demo at the end of every EP and If I Was just works so well. The last verse has a reference to Elton John, I didn't realise he'd become a fan of my work when I wrote it." Take a watch to the new video for yourselves below. EP 2 is due to be released August 5th.

Tom A. Smith Live Dates:

29 - Electric Ballroom, London supporting Courteeners
30 - Belladrum Festival

6 - Bingley Weekender Festival
12 - 110 Above Festival
25 - August Leeds Festival


Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Sea Girls Announce Additional Dates To ‘The Hometown Tour’

credit: Andrew Cooper

Following a triumphant Glastonbury performance, and to meet exceptional demand with their stunning second album Homesick, Sea Girls have today announced additional dates in Liverpool, Hull, Middlesbrough & Torquay. 'The Hometown Tour' kicks off mid-November with a sold-out date at Nottingham’s Rock City and culminates with a massive show at London’s Alexandra Palace on December 1st. Available tickets can be found HERE.

UK Headline ‘The Hometown Tour’
Thu 17th Nottingham, Rock City
Fri 18th Birmingham, O2 Academy 1
Sat 19th Glasgow, O2 Academy
Sun 20th Middlesbrough, The Empire
Tue 22nd Cardiff, University Great Hall
Wed 23rd Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Thu 24th Torquay, The Foundry
Sat 26th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
Sun 27th Liverpool, O2 Academy
Mon 28th Hull, University

Thu 1st London, Alexandra Palace


Monday, 25 July 2022

Francis Lung - 2p Machine (Official Video)

Mancunian singer-songwriter Francis Lung recently returned with news of his brand new EP Short Stories, Out September 23 via Memphis Industries, and has unveiled its latest single 2p Machine. Telling a unique tale that's filled with the nostalgia of visiting the arcade with a twist in its delivery comes a brilliantly powerful new effort that rouses to life with its crashing percussion and emotively charged lyrics. Following the birth of his daughter and a move to France, Francis explains in more detail the influence behind his latest work. "Those first months following the birth of my daughter were a daze - the days were joyful, but the nights were long. Once I'm up, I'm up, and I could never get back to sleep after feeding or changing the baby. In my semi-delirious state, I would lie awake in bed making up stories in my head to pass the time. "2p Machine" was the first of these, which originated from memories of being a kid on holiday in the arcades on Blackpool Pleasure Beach." Listen for yourselves below.

Live Dates
Jul 27 | London The Lexington
Jul 29 | Kendal Calling