Wednesday, 23 April 2014

'Come On Over' Invite Royal Blood

Fresh from their appearance last night (April 22) on 'Later... With Jools Holland' on which they performed 'Little Monster', the Brighton duo have unveiled a new track, 'Come On Over'.

Listen here, and watch their 'Later...' performance below.

The pair will play The Great Escape in Brighton next month, as well as Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, Glasgow's Stag & Dagger, as well as supporting Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park.

Hardcore Punks This Wild Life Sport A Softer Side

Sporting a wealth of tattoos and the finest beard seen this side of a facial growth sprouting competition, Californians This Wild Life have the look of living up to their name.

Having just signed to Epitaph, the duo will release their debut album 'Clouded' in the UK on May 25. This Wild Life will also perform all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour US.

Listen to the first cut from the album and watch the video for 'History' below.

Hailing from Long Beach, CA, This Wild Life - Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso - grew up in the tightknit DIY punk scene in Long Beach. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store, bonding over music of their teens – predominantly hardcore and punk. Soon enough, they started their own pop-punk band and made music together as This Wild Life. They played fast and they played loud, blending fully into the scene until they did something that set them apart from the pack: they got quiet and played acoustically.

The music itself connected with fans, even as it surprised them. This Wild Life take pride in making music based in hardcore and punk rock, but with the scope to appeal across genre lines. 'History' is a prime case in point, not being something one might be expecting to hear from a hardcore outfit.

In contrast to the harsh music that This Wild Life grew up on, Jordan finds inspiration for his vocals outside the hardcore punk world. “Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites. Maybe people wouldn’t expect that. Or maybe they would," he laughs.

'Clouded' is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. The album maintains the core attributes of their sound – Jordan’s vulnerable, expressive lyrics, DelGrosso’s nimble fingerpicking – while pushing themselves towards more ambitious sounds.

First Listen :: Mythhs

Now, we don't like to argue semantics but when you have two bands with one name, albeit spelt slightly different, and in the same country, well, confusion could reign.

Such is the case with seemingly new outfit from Reading, Mythhs. With the lo-fi Brighton duo trading under 'Myyths', get your y or h out of place, and you could be....well, totally mixed up with who is who.

This Reading variant are a four-piece 'ambient rock' outfit, who have just uploaded one track so far to Bandcamp, 'Elements'. The 'rock' description is something of a misnomer on this gentle, slow builder that is dominated by Martha Roper's shining vocals, alongside some fine interwoven guitar, making the overall composition more akin to the 'ambient' - and certainly worth a listen.

Upcoming dates:
May 09. The Facebar, Reading
May 20. Underbelly, Hoxton, London
May 31. The Turks - Reading

Mythhs are: Martha Roper - vocals, guitar; Harrison Clark - lead guitar; Sebastian Bowden - bass; Ayden Spiller - drums.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Album Teaser Shared By Chicago's Secret Colours

With their third album imminent, Chicago's Secret Colours have unveiled the album’s first teaser track, 'Into You'.

'Positive Distractions' follows Secret Colours’ last album 'Peach' (2013), and is sure to highlight once again the band's mix 90’s British indie influences with a Black Angels-esque sound and flourishes of 60’s garage and infectious psychedelic organ. It’s an alternative rock sound with a clear pop sensibility.

Secret Colours self-release 'Positive Distractions' on May 5 on CD, vinyl, cassette and download.

Courtney Love Reveals New Single Track

After intimating that a Hole reunion may be on the cards via a Facebook posting of a photo of her with guitarist Eric Erlandson and tagging bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur with the caption "2014 is going to be a very interesting year, "  Courtney Love at the same time mentioned a new single, 'Wedding Day', was on the way.

Today (April 22) on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 6 show, she premiered the other track from the double A-side single, 'You Know My Name'.

Listen above.

The single is officially out on May 4 - to coincide with her nine date UK tour (her first shows on these shores in four years) which opens with two nights at London Shepherd's Bush Empire on May 11-12, and closes on May 22 at Newcastle's Riverside.

London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (May 11/12)
Manchester Academy (13)
Glasgow O2 Academy (15)
Leeds O2 Academy (16)
Birmingham O2 Academy (18)
Bristol O2 Academy (19)
Nottingham Rock City (20)
Newcastle Riverside (22)

New Track 'She Won't Ghost' From The Magic Gang

Seeming much a band of the mo-ment-o, scuzzy fuzzers The Magic Gang have released another new track for your ears, 'She Won't Ghost' - check it out below.

Like their previous offering  'Shallow', 'She Won't Ghost' is taken from their recent recording session with (the ubiquitous) MJ of Hookworms, and finds the Brighton four-piece at their infectious best, pairing their whimsical hubris with a sunset-driven melody akin to their beloved Weezer and slacker rock champion Mac DeMarco.

The band are currently on tour with Birmingham's JAWS, before playing this year's Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape festivals as well as featuring in their various Echo Champ collective guises on the new
Beech Coma compilation .

Forthcoming live dates (* w/ JAWS)

April 22. Joiners, Southampton*
April 23. Cavern, Exeter*
April 24. 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth*
April 25. Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton
May 03. Liverpool Sound City Festival, Liverpool
May 08th-10. The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

Monday, 21 April 2014

[Video] Rhodes - Your Soul

After completing his biggest headline UK tour yet, including 3 sold out shows at London's Sebright Arms, Rhodes returns will his second EP 'Morning' on May 12.

Watch the video for lead single 'Your Soul' below.

Rhodes will support London Grammar and Sam Smith in the UK this spring, prior to which he will appear at The Great Escape festival next month.

May 30 London Roundhouse (w/Sam Smith)
June 01 Plymouth Pavilions (w/London Grammar)
June 03 London 02 Academy Brixton (w/London Grammar)
June 04 London 02 Academy Brixton (w/London Grammar)
June 06 Wolverhampton Civic Hall (w/London Grammar)

Paolo Nutini Scores Fastest Selling Album Of Year

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album 'Caustic Love' has become his second to top the Official UK Albums Chart, selling over 109,000 copies in its first week.

The Paisley-born singer worked on the album in Valencia, London, Glasgow and the USA with Dani Castelar, who co-produced the record with the singer. It is the follow-up to his 2009 album 'Sunny Side Up' and 'These Streets', his 2006 debut. The new album’s current single 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)' climbed from 28 up to 22 on the new Singles chart.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ballerina Black Head For UK In May With New Single

Way back in July 2012, LA-based four-piece Ballerina Black featured in our hot top ten with 'NTSB'; 'Birth Of A Felony' doing likewise seven months later - around the same time as they brought out their self-released 'Injureless' EP (see our review here ).

Their dark post-punk sound encapsulates an eclectic mix of 80s inspired synth hooks, ephemeral vocals and chunky bass lines that blend together to create something darkly atmospheric and strangely uplifting; scooping up elements of electro-pop such as the likes of Depeche Mode would not be averse to, into the bargain.

New single 'Brixton Rain' is out on May 5, and to coincide with the release Ballerina Black head over to the UK for their debut tour.

Catch them live at the following:

May 07 - Bannermans, Edinburgh
May 08 - Santiago Bar, Leeds
May 09 - Camden Barfly, London
May 10 - Water Rats, London
May 12 - Kasbah, Coventry 
May 15 - Dempseys, Cardiff
May 16 - Zanzibar, Liverpool
May 17 - The Roadhouse, Manchester

If you would like to be a part of the upcoming tour by purchasing exclusive merchandise, attend personal gigs over Skype, join in rehearsal room hang-outs with the band and more, then click on the Ballerina Black Tour Club link to find out more.

MT Announce New EP / Tour

MT have announced the release of a new EP, ‘What We Are’, for this July, as well as taking to the road with a 10-date tour starting this week, followed by tour supports with Panic! At The Disco in May and The Polyphonic Spree in June.

Following their single debut 'Alpha Romeo' at the end of last year, the band recorded the new EP in Berlin and London, the new EP, and shows their reputation for infectious pop continues with the new video for EP track ‘Dear One’ which you can watch below.

MT delivered the single ‘Alpha Romeo’ at the end of last year, a pop anthem of seismic proportions that was produced by Dan Grech (Vaccines, Lana Del Ray). The record was playlisted at XFM and gained MT an avid fanbase that crammed into a packed show in January to catch the band at the new Hackney venue OSLO.


22. NEWCASTLE - Cumberland Arms
23. MIDDLESBOROUGH - Westgarth
24. MANCHESTER - Night & Day
28. CARDIFF - Undertone
29. BIRMINGHAM - The Sunflower Lounge
30. EDINBURGH - Sneaky Pete’s
01. GLASGOW - Broadcast
03. LEEDS - Live At Leeds
04. BANBURY - Also Known As
07. GLASGOW - O2 Academy (w/ Panic At The Disco)
08. MANCHESTER - O2 Apollo (w/ Panic At The Disco)
09. LONDON - Hammersmith Apollo (w/ Panic At The Disco)
10. WOLVERHAMPTON - Civic Hall (w/ Panic At The Disco)
25. HUNTINGDON - Secret Garden Party

The Rifles Fire Off New May Single / UK Tour

The Rifles return with their new single ‘All I Need’, set for release on May 5 via Cooking Vinyl.

The track, taken from the London four-piece's album 'None The Wiser', combines a West Coast, folk-rock feel, with acoustic guitar opening and fuelled by some melodic harmonies.

‘None The Wiser’ was produced by Dave McCracken (Ian Brown), plus Jamie Ellis and Charles Reece at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios. It was mixed by Steve Harris (Miles Kane) and Mike Crossey (Jake Bugg/1975). It was recorded by the newly reformed original line up of Joel Stoker (vocals, guitar), Lucas Crowther (guitar, vocals), Robert Pyne (bass) and Grant Marsh (drums).

The Rifles head off on a UK tour from the end of the month with dates as follows:

28. Cardiff, The Globe
29. Exeter, The Phoenix
30. Southampton, The Brook
01. Norwich, Waterfront
02. London, Shepherd's Bush Empire
03. Brighton, Brighton Racecourse, Modfest
04. Manchester, The Ritz
06. Glasgow, Oran Mor
08. Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
09. Cambridge, Junction 2
10. Leamington, The Assembly 2

[Video] Alex Moir - Like Ted Dexter

West Midlands newcomer Alex Moir hasn't done too badly so far with getting his material heard, picking up support slots for the likes of Gabrielle Aplin, Paul Thomas Saunders and Benjamin Leftwich and radio airplay via Tom Robinson's BBC Radio 6 Mixtape of 2014, BBC Manchester and Amazing Radio.

The singer/songwriter, who has played piano since the age of 7 as well as guitar, and cites influences from Beck to Bowie, has now put his first track out. 'Like Ted Dexter'  also comes complete with a self-made video of newsreel footage, animated sections and hand-held camera shots. The track itself is one of those instant happy-clappy affairs that bounces along on a breezy summer vibe.

Alex Moir plays Liverpool Sound City on May 1, followed by The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham on May 6.

Track Of The Day :: Lost Winter - Footsteps In The Sand

We first came across Huddersfield electro-synth outfit Lost Winter during last autumn upon hearing 'Guide Book Sarcasm', a track from their 'Summer' EP which had just been released. And although we liked that enough to include it in our hit top ten of the week, this new track from them warrants its own special marker.

'Footsteps In The Sand', taken from their new EP 'Spring', which came out last week (April 16), is one of those songs of simplistic beauty that can't fail but to grab the attention - not least due to Charlotte Francis' subtle vocal which much in the way of London Grammar, BIRD and Lionhall, has a spellbinding quality that transcends lyrics, and would be just as stunning without even any musical accompaniment.

Lost Winter formed at the end of 2012 by Richard Westwood, "a bored guitarist living in West Yorkshire", and by the spring 2013 Lost Winter had been joined by vocalist Charlotte of the Leeds-based Rhythm Aire band. Richard and Charlotte first met at university but didn’t start writing music together until later. They were then joined by Glass Harbours’ member Richard Flynn on bass guitar.

The original idea behind Lost Winter was a simple one: to release four DIY EPs with the help and support of friends, musicians, artists and designers. Each EP would be released during a season of the year: the first 'Winter' EP appeared in the winter of 2013, followed by the 'Summer' EP in September 2013, and now in 2014, 'Spring'.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

New EP Track 'Storms' On Stream By Wolf Alice

After announcing their new EP 'Creature Songs' is to be released on May 26 thru Dirty Hit Records, London four-piece Wolf Alice have made the EP's second track 'Storms' available to stream online now.

'Storms' furthers the band's inimitable form of guitar anthemry, as ever complimented by the dynamic beauty of Ellie Rowsell's chameleon vocal.

Wolf Alice are on tour throughout May (* w/ support from Superfood ^ w/ support from Gengahr)

May 01. King Tut's, Glasgow*
May 02. Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
May 03. Live at Leeds, Leeds
May 04. Sunday Live, Stockton
May 05. Fruit, Hull*^
May 06. Leadmill 2, Sheffield*^
May 07. Think Tank, Newcastle*^
May 12. Institute Temple, Birmingham^
May 13. O2 Academy 2, Oxford*^
May 14. Portland Arms, Cambridge*^
May 15. Esquires, Bedford*^
May 16. Boileroom, Guildford*^
May 17. Cookie Jar, Leicester*^
May 18. Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth*^
May 20. The Haunt, Brighton*^
May 21. 53 Degrees, Preston*^
May 27. Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes*^
May 28. Scala, London*^

First Listen :: Nieves

With one of the strongest Scottish accented vocals to be heard this side of the border since Andy Stewart, Glaswegian indie folk duo Nieves announce their presence with this first uploaded offering.

'Winter' sounds like a meeting of Frightened Rabbit and Seth Lakeman, and contains that deep richness of delivery and lyrical passion that comes from the folk fraternity.

Nieves - singer / songwriter Brendan Dafters and musician/producer Herre de Leur - are now recording their debut EP.