Thursday, 27 February 2020

Marsicans unveil new single 'Juliet', taken from debut album 'Ursa Major'

Yesterday saw Leeds-based outfit Marsicans return with their brand new single Juliet. Coinciding with the announcement of their debut album set to drop on May 22nd, the track showcases their new found maturity with its energising guitars, infectious melodies and ambitious drive, all neatly packed in to a 3 minute pop song. Speaking about the new single, frontman James Newbigging gave this insight, "The song is set on the Juliet balcony at the flat where I live. It was written at quite a difficult time, where we were all outwardly happy about what we were doing as a band, but I personally just felt dejected by the uncertainty of it all. Not by the things we could control ourselves, but worrying over things like if we were ever going to release an album. And if we did, would anyone even care? What were we doing with our lives? And basically spending all my time feeling shit about the unknown future. So each verse is a different night of me on the balcony thinking these thoughts - but then something would always cheer me up (the moon looking cool, thinking about what we've done so far as a band, etc). The "I'm overthinking this" lyric in the chorus is me telling myself to stop being so stupid and to not dwell on matters that are out of my control, to just enjoy what I'm doing. The song really helped me contextualise what we were doing for the album. The album title 'Ursa Major' comes from this track. There's a line "It's time for a curtsy, Ursa Major" which is kind of tongue-in-cheek, like the album is introducing itself saying: "Right. Here we go. I'm the album. Now enjoy, and let me take a fucking bow". I'm just glad we ended up calling the album 'Ursa Major' so it made sense...” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Oct 14 - Aberdeen Tunnels
Oct 15 - Glasgow King Tut's
Oct 17 - Manchester Gorilla
Oct 21 - Bristol Thekla
Oct 22 - London Scala
Oct 24 - Leeds Beckett University


Monday, 24 February 2020

Jake Whiskin - Electric

Having recently signed to iconic imprint Dance To The Radio Records, last week saw Leeds-based singer/songwriter Jake Whiskin unveil his latest single Electric. Playfully tact, the singer devours the track's space in the most wondrous of ways as his vocals lead up a nostalgic and pensive guitar strung melody. Speaking about 'Electric', Whiskin said: “Electric is a song about bad habits, getting stuck in the weekend cycle and the effect that has on your relationships and sanity. I’ve just found there are blurred lines between fun and destructive, and the song is me trying to understand and navigate that. It's a song for people caught in the weekly grind and following a path to belong; but ultimately feeling lost.” Take a listen for yourselves below. A debut EP is set to follow in to the year ahead.

Live Dates
2nd - Live At Leeds Festival, Leeds
3rd - Hit The North Festival, Newcastle


Erin Bloomer - Second Best

Nobody likes to be second best, least of all newcomer Erin Bloomer as she drops her latest single of the same name. With its huge pop sensibilities and empowering vocal edge, the track makes a firm stand at putting your own priorities first. Speaking about the single, Bloomer explains “Second Best is about feeling like you come second to everything and everyone else in someone’s list of priorities; I wrote it for one of my close friends who was going through a tough situation in order to try and put her feelings into a song, and to turn something sad into something nicer.” Take a listen for yourselves below.


Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The 1975 share new single 'The Birthday Party'

Following on from last months Me & You Together Song, The 1975 returned today with their brand new single The Birthday Party, taken from the forthcoming new album Notes On A Conditional Form. Take a listen for yourselves below.


Friday, 14 February 2020

Ed The Dog - Everybody, I Love You

"Everybody, I love you, Do you love me too?" comes the anchor line on Ed The Dog's latest single. Described as "a song about honesty. Total honesty really, and how accepting yourself as you are can have consequences on your relationships", the track's LCD Soundsystem influence comes to head with its climatic crescendo and infectious lyrics. Take a listen to the frenzied cathartic release below as he picks up from his brilliant 2018 debut album ‘Shame’.


The Mysterines share Love's Not Enough Official Video

Scientists of Sound - The Mysterines share Love's Not Enough Official Video

Ahead of their almost sold out UK tour, and following on from the recent unveiling of their new single Love's Not Enough, The Mysterines share the track's accompanying video, just in time for Valentine's Day. Written and directed in the band’s home county of Merseyside by Corey Rid, the clip sees a couple deal with the monotony of a relationship where the flame is almost all but burnt out. Take a watch for yourselves below.

19th February – Bodega Social Club, Nottingham (SOLD OUT)
20th February – The Poetry Club, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
21st February – Deaf Institute, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
22nd February – Arts Club, Liverpool (SOLD OUT)
26th February – The Dome, London (UPGRADED DUE TO DEMAND)
27th February – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
28th February – The Lousianna, Bristol (SOLD OUT)
29th February – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

1st May - Baltic Weekender, Liverpool
21st May - The Polar Bear, Kingston upon Hull
22nd May - The Crescent, York
23rd May - Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
13th-16th August - 110 Above Festival, Bottesford


Thursday, 13 February 2020

Sam Fender shares new single 'Hold Out'

Having almost released the track a while ago, Sam Fender's new single Hold Out longingly sees the light of day in a surprise unveiling this evening. A nod to how far he's come over the years, it was one of the first songs he ever wrote and takes it right back to the start. Sam explains: “We nearly released Hold Out as a single a while back.  It used to be a staple in our live set when the band first got together, and I’ve always been really fond of it. It’s about going out on the lash back home which was really just a form of escape. This is going to be the last tune we put out there of the Hypersonic Missiles era. I hope you like it as much as I do.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

Hypersonic Missiles is out now on Polydor Records.

7th February – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
19th February – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
24th February – La Cigale, Paris
25th February – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels SOLD OUT
27th February – Palladium, Cologne
28th February – Columbiahalle, Berlin
1st March – Halle 622, Zurich
2nd March – Paradiso, Amsterdam SOLD OUT
5th March – Docks Club, Hamburg
20th March – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester SOLD OUT
21st March – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester SOLD OUT
23rd March – Barrowlands, Glasgow SOLD OUT
24th March – Barrowlands, Glasgow SOLD OUT
26th March – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
27th March – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
31st March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff SOLD OUT
2nd April – First Direct Arena, Leeds SOLD OUT
3rd April – Utilita Arena, Newcastle SOLD OUT
14th May – O2 Academy, Bristol (rescheduled show) SOLD OUT
16th May – O2 Academy, Birmingham (rescheduled show) SOLD OUT
17th May – O2 Academy, Brixton (rescheduled show) SOLD OUT
23rd May – Warrington, Neighbourhood Festival
24th May – Newcastle, This Is Tomorrow Festival
3rd June – De Montfort Hall, Leicester (rescheduled show)
13th June – Isle of Wight Festival
16th June – Malahide Castle, Dublin (w/ The Killers) SOLD OUT
17th June – Malahide Castle, Dublin (w/ The Killers) SOLD OUT
8th July – Madrid, Espacio Mad Cool Festival
10th July – Glasgow, TRNSMT Festival
19th August – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht SOLD OUT
28th August – Reading Festival
29th August – Leeds Festival


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Bloxx - Coming Up Short

Bloxx have returned with their latest single, Coming Up Short. Taken from the band's upcoming debut album, the track is the second taste we've had of what lays in store and continues with plenty more cut-throat lyricism and infectious melodies.Take a listen for yourselves below. The track comes ahead of the band hitting the road throughout March.

3 - Motherwell Civic Centre, Motherwell - Supporting Twin Atlantic
4 - Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen - Supporting Twin Atlantic
6 - Fat Sams, Dundee - Supporting Twin Atlantic
7 - Grand Hall, Kilmarnock - Supporting Twin Atlantic
9 - Riverside, Newcastle - Supporting Twin Atlantic
10 - Manchester Academy, Manchester - Supporting Twin Atlantic
11 - The Leadmill, Sheffield - Supporting Twin Atlantic
13 - The Tramshed, Cardiff - Supporting Twin Atlantic
14 - O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford - Supporting Twin Atlantic
15 - O2 Academy Leicester, Leicester - Supporting Twin Atlantic
17 - The Old Firestation, Bournemouth - Supporting Twin Atlantic
18 - Concorde 2, Brighton - Supporting Twin Atlantic
20 - Electric Ballroom, London - Supporting Twin Atlantic

3 - Hit the North Festival, Newcastle
24 - Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington

16 - 110 Above Festival, Gopsall
27-30 - Reading and Leeds Festival