Monday, September 24, 2018

Track Of The Day :: Hola! from Spanish garage-punk-poppers La Trinidad with 'Las Venas' debut

Credit: Judith Næss

Words: Ellie Ward

'Las Venas' is the debut AA-side
single (w/'Ay, Tus Ojos') by
Spanish garage-punk-pop three-piece La Trinidad. Both songs are taken from their digitally released EP 'El Peligro', released last Friday (September 21) via Dutch record label Spazz Records.

The Málaga-based - La Trinidad bears the name of the old working-class neighborhood of Málaga - band blend an attitude that’s shaped by bands such as  Iggy & The Stooges and Spanish bands Biznaga and Futuro Terror, with a fast, furious and fuzzy sound that fizzes along the tracks at breakneck speed. It's a mere 137 seconds long, making 'Las Venas' a perfectly punk-sized bite.


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Friday, September 21, 2018

Best new tracks Down Under #38

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.


Queensland singer/songwriter sister duo Jennie and Emma share this pop ballad with thoughtful lyrics and delightfully wistful vocals thst draw the listener in. Formed last year as 'Nine Year Sister', writing and producing their own original music, much of which is created with synthetic instruments, mixed with acoustic guitar and ukulele.


Woozy, sparse debut single by Sydney duo, producers Sean Walker (Movement) and Andrew Grant (The Tapes). Described as “bruised late-night soul”, it places stripped back percussion under a muted vocal accompanied by a soft synth melody to give a late-night feel. "This song is about having a friend there for you during tough times," they say.


Following 2017's debut single ‘So Long’ and ‘Summer’ from earlier this year, Newcastle, New South Wales surf rock three-piece released this new track on September 21, with an EP dropping next month. 18-year-old vocalist/drummer Andrew Scott, his 15-year-old bassist brother Nick, and guitarist Lachlan Jackson, also 15, show a musical maturity beyond their years. Focusing on hard-hitting chords with driving pop melodies, a thrusting beat and raw vocal, these are a band to put on the radar.


Credit: Gina Milicia

The "dark club jam' sees Melbourne electronic producer Tom Anderson feature American vocalist The Odds on this latest three-minute-plus release, with dark bells and bass that 'eventually hits a euphoric high at the last drop".


Auckland, NZ garage rock duo Gareth Shute and Jay Purkiss - who have also been part of The Conjurors, The Cosbys, The Lurch and the UK Scottish band The Liberty Bells - have just released of their fuzzy, buzzin' number that Shute says "was inspired by a YouTube doc about skater Nora Vasconcellos, joining the Adidas crew. It's just a nice story about how when she was growing up she ignored the fact she was the only girl at the local skatepark and managed to grow her skills at it to the point where she can now turn pro."


Sydney electronic-pop artist Imogen Jones has certainly grown in confidence and stature since she first appeared as a 15-year-old. Now 20, and ahead of her debut album, 'Swallow Me Whole', out next year, this new bubbling synthpop single is helmed by her light, ethereal voice as it melds intriguingly witb textured dancefloor beats. "'Drift' is about feeling a nagging unhappiness with the way things are but having no idea how to make any kind of change – and everything just starts to feel like it’s washing over you, like in a dream how everything happens really fast without your control," says Imogen.

Listen to 18 year old Australian artist Tia Gostelow's debut full-length 'Thick Skin'

Words: Sam Geary

We last heard from 18-year-old Queensland-based indie pop artist Tia Gostelow with her recent LANKS collaboration 'Strangers'.

That is one of the tracks featured on her debut album 'Thick Skin', out today (September 21), along with her 2016 debut release 'State Of Art' (a reworked version for the album) and break-out follow-up, 'Vague Utopia'.

Listen to the album's 11 tracks here.

Album Review :: The Blinders - Columbia


The Blinders


September 21 2018 (Modern Sky)


Words: Richard Cobb

The Blinders, Doncaster-formed, now Manchester-based, are still relatively fresh-faced new kids on the block, with 2017 being the band’s breakthrough year on the live circuit with important releases ‘Swine’ and ‘Brave New Word’ at their disposal, and the juggernaut continuing onto this year with key festival shows, including Reading & Leeds and growing critical acclaim.

Onto their debut album ‘Columbia’, superbly produced by Gavin Monaghan. There’s no point dancing around this with big flowery metaphors: this album is nothing short of perfection, from a band that if they’re not careful could end up being the voice of their generation.

Fans of the band will already be familiar with ‘Gotta Get Through’, an ideal opener as it showcases the band’s strengths in sound and cohesion with Matty Neale’s drums, Charlie McGough’s bass and Thomas Haywood’s guitar and vocal work all playing a vital role in the overall feel of the track.

Whilst casual Sunday Times readers will likely check out from The Blinders experience after a mere 30-second clip on a streaming site and think the band on the surface appear a bit too angry, those free thinkers that persist will be rewarded with a fresh and exciting sounding album with its own signature throughout and a key message behind it all.

The underpinning message of the album is an ode to 1984 and being wary of the governments constant and ever growing surveillance. You can hear this referenced throughout ‘Columbia’, for instance on ‘Where No Man Comes’ there’s the line “You’re never gonna escape from that watching eye,” and in album highlight and live favourite ‘Brutus’ where “down with big brother” rings out as the song approaches the seven-minute mark.

Whilst large portions of the record are favouring distortion and lose-your-shit riffs - ‘Et Tu’, ‘I Can’t Breathe’, ‘Brave New World’ - hiding in the shadows there’s ‘Ballad of Winston Smith’,  an acoustic number you’d expect to hear round a camp fire at a medieval fair. Album closer ‘Orbit’ sees the band's debut bow out on a beautiful piano-based serenade - if serenades include a line about electric fridges. The final track is almost like a morning after the night before memoir or an out of body reflection on what has preceded it.

In the age of distraction, it’s hard to craft an album that grips you for a full 40 minutes and doesn’t have you reaching for the skip button, but ‘Columbia’ is a rare breed, as are The Blinders themselves. This is one to not only cherish, but to lose your voice and mind to in equal measures.

Ivory Wave return with new single 'Frankie'

Words: Sam Geary

New from Birmingham's Madlands exponents Ivory Wave, comes latest single 'Frankie', released last week via ModernSky UK.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan - fresh from working on The Blinders debut album - 'Frankie', sees the band continue where last single 'Cool Kids' left off, exuding that air of exuberance that is a staple of their live set, and oozing a plentiful dose of equal parts charm, swagger and laddishness.

"The song was written about one of our first nights out in Birmingham - a night that turned messy," is how the band describe it, though without alluding to what part the titular 'Frankie' played in the 'messiness'. We can guess!

Check it out.

Suede release new album ‘The Blue Hour’

Suede have unveiled their eighth studio album today (September 21), which is now streaming online.

The follow-up to 2016’s ‘Night Thoughts’ was produced by Alan Moulder and includes single cuts 'The Invisibles', 'Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You', 'Life Is Golden' and 'Flytipping', which were all released between June - September this year.

Listen below.