Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Track Of The Day :: Silverbacks - Dunkirk

Words: Ellie Ward

Marital woes are the subject matter of Dublin art-punks Silverbacks latest single 'Dunkirk', released last Friday (June 15) via their own PK Miami Records label.

Following last year’s ‘Sink The Fat Moon’ EP and single ‘Just for a Better View’, this latest track, produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, is underpinned by Emma Hamlin's insistent bassline, Gary Wickham's metronome like drums, and layers of crawling guitars, which provide the backdrop for frontman Daniel O’Kelly’s stream of vocal consciousness and increasingly frazzled yelps before finally collapsing into a sugar sweet coda, all making for one hell of a three-minute ride.

“The song is about a character who is questioning the life they have been dealt,” Silverbacks explain. “They find themself in a near dystopian future where Dunkirk, despite its history, has become a built-up holiday destination for young families.”

Silverbacks play The Workman's Club, Dublin on August 6.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sing & Tell :: Folda

Dark pop Scottish four-piece folda only launched in January, but they are already on their third single. After debut ‘aurora’ - which quickly sparked interest, being picked up by BBC Introducing and aired on Vic Galloway’s BBC Scotland radio show - and folliw-up ‘cassiel’, they released third single, ‘in writing’, on June 14, and which is part of  their debut EP, out next month.

Who are you?

I'm Mark Morrow and I play guitar and samples in folda. David Ritchie sings and plays keys, Ewan Simpson plays bass and Steven Morrison is on drums.

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

We are from Edinburgh, and have been releasing music since January of this year. We were lucky enough to get BBC Introducing behind us from the start which has allowed us airplay on BBC Scotland and to play Vic Galloway's Ironworks stage at Xpo North this year!

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

We describe our music as dark pop. David and I have been writing music for folda for the best part of two years now. We listen to a lot of pop music but wanted to keep the instrumentation and vibe quite dark feeling. Basically happy songs played in a dark way. We take influence from lots and lots of bands from the likes of Fickle Friends, LANY, The Japanese House and The Chainsmokers.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

I work as a music producer and have my own studio in Edinburgh. David and I write the bulk of the songs in the studio and record them as we are building them up. We'll then show the other guys and work on the finer details together. I produce and mix it all which allows us to experiment with different sounds and take our time to build something we're really proud of.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'in writing' is our latest single. It's the first song off our debut EP 'lust' which will be released mid July. We wrote the song last year but have been adding wee bits and pieces to it over the months until it became what it is now.

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

We are playing Xpo North, Inverness (BBC Ironworks at 9:30pm) next up on 27th June. Then we play our first headline show at The Mash House, Edinburgh on 28th July. We have a couple more exciting things coming up shortly after then too.

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

We have a lot in the pipeline. Follow us on social media to hear it all being announced very soon!

Where can we hear more of your music?

Spotify, Soundcloud.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Florence + The Machine debut new album cut - 'Big God'

Florence + The Machine debuted a new track earlier today (June 19) on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.

The slow-burning 'Big God', produced by Florence and Emilie Haynie, and co-written with Jamie xx, comes from their forthcoming  new album, 'High As Hope', out on June 29 via Republic.

Listen below.

Father John Misty shares visuals to album title track 'God’s Favorite Customer'

"Speak to me / Won't you speak, sweet angel? / Don't you remember me? / I was God's favorite customer"

Josh Tillman - aka Father John Misty - shares the video to the title track of his recently released fourth studio album, 'God’s Favorite Customer'.

The pensive track, on which Tillman duets with Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, sees him in the clip - directed by his wife Emma Elizabeth Tillman - wandering the streets of NYC, with a bottle of liquor in his pocket.

Watch above.

Hannah's Little Sister make their debut with single '20'.

Words: Leah Raymond

Showing an abundance of spunky punk energy and attitude, Liverpool-based four-piece Hannah's Little Sister came out all guns firing earlier this month with their debut single '20'.

Sharp, edgy and with an unadulterated intensity that sees Meg Grooters lyrically expounds on the dilemma of being 20: "I can’t do nothing about it / my post-teen crisis...I know it should feel easy / but I don’t know how to be just 20...where do I measure up? / too young or am I old enough?"

Listen :: Toronto's Teddybear releases fourth part of project: 'Not in a car!'

Words: Sam Geary

Mr. Teddybear from Toronto has a bit of a grower here. We weren't too sure on first hearing of 'Not in a car!' whether we liked it enough or not. But now after quite a few plays, we can safely say it has rather won us over.

This latest track seemingly forms part of an ongoing 'Bread & Butterflies' musical project, with this being "the 4th chapter of the story".

Over a bright instrumental with resonant deep beats from frequent collaborator Hudson Alexander (smrtdeath, HUSH., BRICK), Teddy paints a picture of remorse after a relationship, with his deep, gravelled vocal.

“'Not in a car!' describes feeling ‘broken’ despite attempts to move on from someone - that painful moment of realization that ‘they’ were more similar to us than we thought," he says. "'How could I have been so rude, to feel I knew what’s best for you? But you had nights from before I knew you...'"

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