Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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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Track Of The Day :: Hailey’s Comet - My Mermaid Lady

Credit: Seamus Burgess

Words: Leah Raymond

Follow-up to recent debut single 'Nurse Nancy', Hailey’s Comet share 'My Mermaid Lady', released last Friday (June 15).

The Bristol-based indie rockers seem to have a penchant for light-hearted tunes and catchy guitar hooks that are geared to raising a smile on listeners faces. With their 'Nurse Nancy' they sang the praises of nursing staff, while here they erm, big up mermaids....or not. "She's always coming up daisies"... after "studying marine biology"... and "always smoking seaweed" anyway.

From its rather watery sounding opening, the track picks up into a real infectious little singalong number that's hard to resist.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Live Review :: Cape Cub + La Lune + Llovers + KLAE :: The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - Jun 15 2018


Cape Cub + La Lune + Llovers + KLAE

The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

June 15 2018

Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox

Sam Tucker's Close Up Promotions have lined up a worthy bill here tonight in Brighton, and it couldn't be a more perfect balmy evening as I make my way up from the seafront to the venue. On arrival, however, there were problems that delayed the start by some 30 minutes - great for those wanting to get in some more drink and chat time, but rather annoying for others with other commitments, like getting home before the last train has gone.

Once things are sorted, local "gritty pop" five-piece KLAE known for their indomitable spirit on stage, apply some of that to being first up. Vocalist Lizzy Coulson is engaging and connects with this mixed crowd of around 60 people. ‘Expectations’, their latest single, is played with great effect, but with the two new band members, I personally enjoyed the new direction and dynamic brought to ‘Forget It'. They’ve obviously taken along their whole combined families, as it seems half the audience departs the room at the end of their set.

Llovers from Teeside bring along some dreamy indie pop to these shores, and during ‘I Don't Mind’ there is a perfect union of harmonies from both guitarists, Jack Davis and David McNab, along with best synths set-up I have ever seen - all neatly contained in a metal briefcase.

‘Feeling Sound’ brings a dancing flavour to their set with some great vocal textures and bass lines, whilst driving through the beats and brings out the crowd's urge to tap its collective toes in time to the song. New single ‘A Second With You’ cements their love with this audience as it's the band's first time in Brighton. As a whole, Llovers are a tight unit with great stage presence and a comedic repertoire which went down well with the crowd. Well worth seeing.

Another local Brighton offering is the synth heavy La Lune. The solo project of the ethereal vocalled singer-songwriter and producer Olivia Judd - joined by a three-piece band - who has just released her debut EP, 'Bliss' - a title which encapsulates the vibe perfectly. Latest single ‘Love/Sick’ goes down well, but after a few songs the set gets a little stuck in repetitiveness, until ‘Grape Soda’ refreshingly changes it with a brooding take on a dance number and surprisingly it worked. ‘You Keep Me Sane’ was a toe-tapping joy and for this reviewer the best of the set as the melody was spot on.

Final act of the night are Newcastle’s Cape Cub who bring an air of a band that are one notch ahead: “slick and professional” would be the apt description here. ‘All I Need’ starts their set with an urgency and unfaltering display of technical musical skill and vocal dexterity of frontman Chad Male.

The slow burner ‘Keep Me In Mind’ is captivating, and when the chorus begins it draws you in like a fish on a hook. Brand new song ‘Lunar Years’ has a laid back edge to it and you can almost hear Gorillaz’s ‘Melancholy Hill’ synth melody flowing through it which makes you appreciate the skill of keyboardist being able to replicate the essence of that song. ‘Closer’ brings forth many emotions which is this band’s strength: that it can play its audience like a violin, slowly building its end to a crescendo of climatic sound.

0z duo Polish Club invite you to 'Come Party' with new vid

Australian soul-punk guitar/drums duo Polish Club share the video for 'Come Party', the second single from their debut album 'Alright Already', due out on August 10 via Universal Australia.

The clip, directed by Leilani Croucher, features a retro-styled girl group performing the track before transforming into vampiric demons.

Watch above.

Little Indie's top 10 must sees at Bushstock festival

Words: Linn Branson

As city festivals go, West London's Bushstock may not he as large as the others, or cover as wide an area, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in its calibre of artists.

This year's event, taking place in Shepherd's Bush this coming Saturday, June 23, is no exception. And when you have a band like Peace - currently festival headline-hogging everywhere - on the bill, you can be sure things are looking good.

Not got a ticket yet? Be quick. Final general admission tickets, priced at £35.00 (+ booking fee), are selling fast, so sort out your arrangements via here and then take a gander at the Little Indie hot ten we think are worth sticking on your must-see list on the day.

21:30 - 22:30 St Stephen's Church
Described as "the mythical lovechild of Björk and Grimes", Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as Aurora, released her debut EP 'Running with the Wolves' - at the age of just 18 - to widespread acclaim. Latest single 'Queendom' is about "celebrating all the differences in us."

21:45 - 22:30 Sindercombe Social
The Macclesfield trop-pop trio will bring some summer calypso vibes to Shepherd's Bush, along with infectiously raw guitar melodies. So 'Come & Talk' to them at Sindercombe and get your dance groove on!

20:30 - 21:30 The Courtyard at K-West
A band many Bushstockers will be wanting to see are Harry Koisser's boys who have been running apace through sell out shows this year. Their third album, 'Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll', was released last month.

21:00 - 21:30 Bush Hall
On a festival roll this summer, the singer-songwriter (and BBC Sound of 2018 nominee) will be giving a good airing to new single 'Leave Fast'. Politically-motivated and socially-aware, he comments on apathy and disenchantment in his lyrics, all often wryly observed, delivered with an irresistible ear for melody and with a chest-thumping urgency.

20:30 - 21:00 Sindercombe Social
Tune in and chill out London duo, Jonny Woodley and Freddie Clough, never disappoint with their well-crafted haunting melodies, lyrics and spine-tingling presentation.

19:00 - 19:45 The Courtyard at K-West
A Little Indie favourite, these five released latest single ‘The Off Button’ last month. But on not off is where you need to be at for this Liverpudlian band. Lush guitars, big riffs, thumping basslines, Kevin Potter's way with the vocal element, and a whole flight case of top songs such as 'Lost Cause', 'If You Wanna' and 'Losing Your Love'.

18:45 - 19:30 Defectors Weld
Another Little Indie hot one. A 2018 breakout band, going from strength to strength on the back of arena-ready anthems like 'Call Me Out', Lost'  and 'Too Much Fun'.

17:00 - 17:30 The Courtyard at K-West
Somewhat newbies on the block, this bunch of on-the-rise Coventry indie-poppers come with a touch of swagger, pummelling drums and a barrel load of energy. Their second single, 'Backseat Driver', was released last month.

16:30 - 17:00 Sindercombe Social
London-based multi-talented producer and singer-songwriter Jay Brown delivers - often bittersweet - songs about coming out, moving up and not being kept down in an electronic soul-pop shell.

16:00 - 16:30 The Courtyard at K-West
If their three shows at The Great Escape in May are anything to go by, get in the queue here long before 4pm, otherwise there'll probably be little chance of getting within earshot distance of Pete Restrick's gorgeous falsetto and a set of entrancing songs. With new single 'Don't Speak' out June 29, expect a little advance preview.

[Video] Cherryade - Empress

London duo Ella and Alex - aka
Cherryade - have unveiled the video to new single ‘Empress’, produced and co-written with Eddie Serafica (Nadia Rose, James Bay).

Speaking of the video, Alex said: “We produced, filmed, directed and edited the video entirely ourselves, and we’re extremely proud of that as it really encompasses what the song is all about to us - being powerful, confident and independent”.

“We were really inspired by ancient Chinese empresses like Dowager Cixi for the video, and growing up in a multicultural Chinese Caribbean family, I was surrounded by strong women like my mum and granny, who traveled to various countries and overcame so much," adds Ella. "We really wanted to address how women in power throughout history are often negated by men, and their successes often brushed over in favour of shocking scandals and rumours to damage their legacies."

Watch above.