Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Watch :: Trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic

Check out the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming Queen biopic which stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.

The film, which opens in the UK in October and November in the US, is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen over their 15-year career, covering their music and the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, through Freddie's solo career. Live Aid and AIDS diagnosis.

Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers.

Track Of The Day :: Gaetan Judd - I.N.S.I.L.Y (I Never Said I Love You)

Words: Linn Branson

We can only blame the current heatwave for having liquified our brains here at Little Indie and causing us to bypass this particular new single for the last two weeks - despite being on our hit list! So, finally...

Gaetan Judd is a young, just turned 23-year-old singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Paddington, West London, whom we admit is a new name on us, but after hearing the mellow flow of this debut single 'I.N.S.I.L.Y (I Never Said I Love You)' - released last month - it is one we shall remember - as you may well be inclined to do too.

The alt-indie-folk flavour and his quite bewitching voice make 'I.N.S.I.L.Y (I Never Said I Love You)' a real pleasure to listen to. This guy must be a cert for the festival circuit next year, with Bushstock high on the list.

While this might be his first solo outing in his own right, Gaetan is no novice at the guitar or live performing, having spent the last four years as a session guitarist with artists such as Ray BLK, Dan Caplen and Samm Henshaw. Though if he gets the right breaks as a solo artist, their loss of a guitarist might just be our gain.

Catch him on Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Watch :: Dama Scout get spooky in 'Milky Milk' video

Words: Sam Geary

London threesome Dama Scout share their video for guitar-stabbing, sludgey single 'Milky Milk', released earlier in the year via Hand In Hive (UK) and Father/Daughter Records (US).

“The video was directed by The Boykov Brothers, made up of our drummer and good friend Thom Rawle," say the band, fronted​ ​by​ ​Eva​ ​Liu. "The gist of the video is 'there’s something in the milk.' We’re fans of body horror and the paranoid 80s tropes of haunted technology, and there’s a bit of both here. Poor Lucci was in the bath for 45 minutes, prawn boy.”

Watch below.

Seafret make their long-awaited return with 'Can't Look Away'

Words: Sam Geary

Released last Friday (July 13) via Kobalt, Yorkshire two-piece Seafret make their return after two years away with new single 'Can't Look Away'.

The rousing alt-folk-rock track - taken from their new EP 'Monsters' to be released in the autumn - was produced and co-written with Ross Hamilton - sees Jack Sedman and Harry Draper on top form, and comes as the first new material since their 'Tell Me It's Real' debut album.

"After touring flat out following the release of our debut album, it feels incredible to release some fresh new music," they say. "It's been a while coming so we are doubly fired up to release 'Can't Look Away' as the first glimpse of the EP. In contrast to our debut album that was recorded in London, we've recorded all the new music up in Scotland. By once again removing ourselves from our comfort zone we feel it's had a great effect on the music and kept it exciting for us. We'll always only put out music that feels honest to us, but by changing our surroundings we feel it's made us produce music that sounds fresh and new. We hope the fans enjoy it as much as we do."

With UK live dates to be announced shortly, they have two confirmed shows in Czech Republic in October: 16th at Storm Club in Prague, and on the 18th at Fl├ęda Club, Brno.

Sing & Tell :: Acting Strange

Scottish indie pop trio Acting Strange released their debut album 'TALK TALK TALK' in 2017. Their latest single 'Hollywood' was released on July 7 and lyrically tackles the recent Hollywood sex scandals.

Who are you?

I'm Ali, I play the bass live, sometimes acoustic in Acting Strange. 'Hollywood' is one of my tracks so I sing lead on this one. Scott plays the lead guitar and sometimes synth/keys, and he also sings lead on his tracks too. Ruaridh plays the drums - and a bit of rugby.

Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today?

Scott and I are both from East Kilbride, a satellite town of Glasgow and have been best friends since we were about 10/11. We always jammed as kids but never really got together musically properly until we formed Acting Strange, kind of a Ross and Rachel 'will they won't they?' thing.

I cut my teeth playing bass in an originals band called The Imagineers, we also did bar gigs for cash on the side, played a lot of shit holes in my time. Coked up boxing fans understandably not wanting to hear a cover of 'Mrs Robinson' during the big fight. Scott had a band called The Abstract with some of our mutual pals in East Kilbride, he also played bass in an indie band called Skinny Villains. Ruaridh's from Paisley and was in a 60s style Mod band at some point.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

We're into it all really, there's something to be learned from the cheesiest of pop to the left field arty farty stuff. Help yourself at the buffet, just don't fill up on bread.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

Scott or I usually write our songs on an acoustic and then we discuss what kind of vibe the tune needs. On the last album we put a glammy/garage jacket on a lot the tunes, this time we're being a bit more adventurous messing about with auto wahs for the bass, stuff like that. Listening to a broad range of music and taking production ideas from everywhere is healthy.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'Hollywood' is about sex for career favours in the entertainment industry. I take the character of a studio head
warning a potential movie star to conceal their sexual identity to be more marketable to an audience as well as offering them a head start for sexual favours.

It's in the vein of what's been happening recently with the likes of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein. The veil of mystery in Hollywood is coming undone in the digital age, so this song is the before to that. It's the first track we've taken into a studio to record rather than on our old 8 tracks.

Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

Nothing on the cards right now, we're in writing/producing mode. Be cool to do something before Christmas though. We went on a tour with our pals the Rottenrows a couple of months back - check them out if you get a chance.

How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

The rest of this year will be mostly writing and producing new tracks - we've decided to make another album. We'll likely have more people on stage when we start that campaign, we think we've done all we really can with the three-piece garage band set up on stage. Bit more texture would be cool.

Where can we hear more of your music?

Spotify, YouTube.

What social media platforms can we find you on? 

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Homebound have a 'Change Of Heart' on new track from forthcoming EP

Words: Sam Geary

Farnham (Surrey) pop-punk quartet Homebound have shared a new taster track from their forthcomimg second EP, 'More To Me Than Misery', released on August 17 via Rude Records.

The bold and frenetic new single 'Change Of Heart', was one of  the first songs written for the EP, and is "an integral part of the EP’s message," explains singer Charlie Broughton. "It deals with the emotional exhaustion felt when you invest so much of yourself into something and continually have to pick yourself back up. Needing to know when to step back can be difficult to come to terms with and this song epitomises that struggle."

Listen below.

Live dates

27 Newcastle, Think Tank
28 Birmingham, Asylum 2
29 Southampton, Joiners
30 London, Thousand Island

01 Leeds, The Key Club
02 Glasgow, The Garage (Attic)
03 Manchester, Satans Hollow
04 Liverpool, Sound Basement