Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Best new tracks Down Under #50

With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.


The Auckland, NZ indies' latest release comes in collaboration with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad) and follows the recent 'Hate Somebody' and 'Higher Lows and Lower Highs'. Drawn on the spirit of Larry Levan's early 1980s NYC club remixes, says frontman Nick Johnston, the punk-funk basslines neatly accompany sweet reverbed vocals in a club-dance style.


A year after the excellent 'Biology',
Melbourne indie Brit-pop-rock five-piece end 2018 with an upbeat, feel-good vibe on new sub-five-minute single that melds rhythmic melodies with a foot-tapping addictiveness.


Following the release of their second album 'Voyager' last month, the Auckland, NZ electronic-prog hip hop act here feature the vocals of Berlin-based Tongan-Kiwi Noah Slew on this sombre, glitchy cut.


Released December 14 and taken from his debut album, 'Retrospeculation', out February 22 2019, Melbourne-based Adrian Osman - former lead guitarist of Brisbane rock outfit Tourism - sounds like a name to watch next year. Produced by the prolific Konstantin Kersting (Jungle Giants, Mallrat, The Belligerents), this track fuses a shimmering synth-pop with elements of 80s New Wave.


Recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the Fremantle quartet's cut - released December 13 - from their upcoming debut album, takes 60s-inspired garage rock and experiments with psych-pop reflections, helmed by the smooth guitar and lead vocals of Hannah Smillie.


Melbourne trio further their electro-rock-meet-upbeat-pop sound, with this catchy synth-infused offering. "While the song essentially explores the idea of what do we do with our youth - how do we spend our time, how do we waste it, etc - this video takes a little bit of a tangent," says lead singer Mick Oechsle.

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Killers’ Dave Keuning talks about his solo project and being back in the UK

After recently releasing three singles and doing a brief tour in the US, Keuning, the solo project of The Killers’ lead guitarist Dave Keuning, headed to England to play two shows in Manchester and London.

Catching him just before his set at Night & Day Cafe in Manchester, Samantha Hall spoke to Dave about how he’s doing touring by himself for the first time.

What’s it like being back in the UK? Have you missed it?

Dave: I have definitely missed it, it feels good to be here - except for taking so long to get here, I really love coming here. The people are different for whatever reason, they seem to be a little more into music, they’re great crowds. I was telling my band mates I wish we could just play maybe San Diego and here, like just keep coming back to England because great crowds, always fun, so yeah I’m definitely happy to be back.

How is touring on your own going so far?

Dave: So far it’s been good. It’s still unusual that I’m the front man, but it’s exciting that I’m up there and thinking like ‘“these are my songs”. They’re actually what were just ideas a year ago and now they’re reality and they’re being played.

Is it nerve wracking?

Dave: It was the first show, and I’m even a teeny bit nervous now because it’s the first time playing the UK with my own stuff. It’s not too bad, usually I’m fine after the first song. I get into it.

How did you get to this point? What was it that encouraged you to take that leap to create your own music?

Dave: Just because I had a lot of ideas that were collecting dust, not being used. Some of them were like 10 years old and some of them brand new cause I just keep adding new ones and I’m like ‘am I ever gonna do anything with these or not?’. So I started recording at my house and laying down all the guitar, bass, keys and then they needed vocals - I did not necessarily set out to sing. I was never about me wanting to be a frontman, I kinda had to be the frontman because they were my songs and I had some vocal melodies in mind and then everything else was done but the singing, so I finally just decided to do it. It’s kinda fun, I’m still learning how to sing a little bit so, it’s not easy.

Were there any situations that specifically inspired Prismism as an album?

Dave: Well a lot of situations but you know, not being on tour with The Killers allowed me the time to be able to do this. Where I’d normally just want to relax between tours because the tours are like a year and a half to two years and I don’t necessarily just wanna go right into recording the second I’m off tour. I wanna just relax and enjoy normal life for a little bit. But this time I had a lot of free time and it was like, long overdue, and I even questioned “should I even do this?”, but I was like “well, I only live once! I got all these ideas!”. It’s really not about ego, or anything like that it really isn’t, it’s just about me having fun putting my songs out there to whoever wants to hear them.

What are your plans post album release?

Dave: I’ll do some touring, I’m planning on coming back to England sometime next year, I don’t know when as of now, and then just keep making more music. I don’t know when that’ll be released cause I gotta promote this one for a while, but I’ve already written a lot of songs for the next record. I’m just excited to be out there playing shows again.

Keuning’s debut album, 'Prismism', is set to be released on January 25 2019.


Watch :: Sundara Karma - The Changeover

Directed yet again by frontman Oscar Pollock with Lewis Knaggs, Sundara Karma drop their latest video for new track 'The Changeover'.

The third cut from their forthcoming second album, 'Ulfilas' Alphabet', to be released on March 1 2019, its visual features the frontman, bedecked with fetching cowboy hat, in a subdued ecclesiastic setting.

Watch 'The Changeover' above.

Live dates

APRIL 2019
02 Glasgow Barrowlands
04 Nottingham Rock City
06 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
08 Bristol Academy
09 Sheffield Academy
10 Birmingham Institute
12 Southampton Guildhall
13 London Brixton Academy

Track Of The Day :: LaMee - All The Power

Words: Linn Branson

"a groovy dream pop that will make u feel sooo freeakin goooood" is how new Russian duo LaMee describe their debut release 'All The Power' - and they have pretty much have it nailed there.

Chances are you won't have heard of Lina Valensky and partner Sergey Tyurin who both hail from St Petersburg. It would probably, however, be easy to mistake them for American, or possibly German, by the nature of their electronic sound.

"I sing in English and even one native label asked us if we had had any songs in Russian because English was not what they needed," Lina tells us. And it is her vocal, coolly delivered over the measured electro-pop beats, that gives 'All The Power' its hypnotically strong edge.

Keep in touch with LaMee on Twitter

Friday, December 14, 2018

Watch :: The Ninth Wave - Love You ’Till The End

Ahead of their last shows of 2018 (including their biggest headline show to date at St Luke’s, Glasgow), The Ninth Wave have released a cover of The Pogues’ ‘Love You ’Till The End’ accompanied by a stunning video.

Produced and recorded by the band in Glasgow, ‘Love You Till The End’ is a departure from their trademark sound of dark, introspective post-punk, instead leaning into their pop sensibilities and embracing euphoric electronic sounds.

Haydn Park-Patterson’s emotive vocals carry the track into a soaring hook, breathing new life into the poignant Pogues album cut. The cover’s accompanying video clip sees Haydn and bassist/vocalist Millie Kidd experiment with religious symbolism on the streets of Glasgow, reimagining classic Christmas visuals.

Live dates

15 Year’s End Festival, Manchester
21 St Luke’s, Glasgow

09 Rough Trade, Bristol *
10 Deaf Institute, Manchester *
13 Electrowerkz, London *

* w/ whenyoung

Watch :: Pip Blom - The Shed

Amsterdam’s Pip Blom has shared the video for ‘The Shed’; a track from her recently released EP 'Paycheck', out now via Nice Swan Records.

Watch the Kris Rimmer-directed clip above.

Pip returns to the UK for an Independent Venue Week tour in the New Year.

28 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
29 Moles, Bath
30 The Horn, St Albans

01 John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
02 Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
03 Birkenhead Library, Birkenhead
04 Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate