Friday, February 22, 2019

Drenge stream new album 'Strange Creatures'

Drenge have released their third album, the 10-track 'Strange Creatures'.

Produced by longtime collaborator Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.), the record, out today (February 22) via Infectious Records, is now streaming in full. It follows the Loveless brothers' 2013 self-titled debut and 2015's 'Undertow'.

“It’s a nocturnal record. A psychological horror movie on wax.," say Eoin and Rory. "Warped hallucinations from mundane observations as you move through it. Is that a school or a skyscraper on fire in the distance? Or maybe it’s just the ski village? You drive nearer, past roadside diners jammed with dancing teenagers, through Uncanny Valley, past the most unhygienic nightclub in the world. The stereo sounds like it’s going to fall apart at any moment. The car judders to a halt and all you can hear is the sound of the sea.”

Listen below.

Norfolk indie rockers The Extons Sing & Tell on new single 'No Hope'

Credit: Luke Stannard

Little Indie introduced Norfolk rockers The Extons in 2016 with their debut single 'I Won’t Leave Lonely'. Now the four-piece return today (February 22) with the release of new single 'No Hope.

Who are you?

I’m Adam Garwood, I play lead guitar with The Extons. The rest of the band are Will Barnes on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Peter Catlin on drums, and Ciaran Liam on bass.

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

We formed in a little town called Kings Lynn in June 2015. Shortly after we released two demos that were picked up by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1. Since then we’ve been real busy consistently gigging up and down the UK and releasing tunes!

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

I’d like to think our style within our current set is very diverse but I guess as a whole you could class us as an “indie rock” band. Our influences vary between each member which is what I personally think keeps our sound exciting and fresh. I’d say as a whole though (as much as I’d like to give you some exotic unknown band from the 60s to make us sound cool) The Strokes, The Killers and Television play a big part in our influences.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

Will writes the main bones of each track and has a good idea in how he wants it to sound. He’ll then bring it to the table where we’ll all jam and add our own individual influences to it until we’re all dead happy with how it sounds.

Tell us a little about your new single.

I had the song idea driving home one evening. So I recorded the basis into voice memos and kept returning to it. The lyrics share a mixture of dead dating event and life experiences with a flare of quirkiness added for good taste.

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

We’ve got a date in London tonight - February 22nd - at the Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton. Then we play Cambridge Junction on 15th March.

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

We’re currently in the process of writing a lot more new material! As well as booking a string of dates for the summer!

Where can we hear more of your music?

You can find us on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Track Of The Day :: Larkins are living in a 'TV Dream'

Words: Sam Geary 

Accompanying their new synth 'n' guitar single 'TV Dream', Manchester's indie pop quartet Larkins also share the video to the track.

"'TV Dream' was inspired by my grandparents; the idea that romance and dancing has lost its appeal and vigour from what it used to be," explains vocalist Josh Noble, of the big chorus'd and poppy hooks number which is out now via Good Soldier Records. "Instead, when we turn on the TV we see these visions of gender inequality, and blaming sexism on the way people dress. I loved combining such a blissful story of romance with a more serious tone of being influenced by the modern media."

The black and white visual clip is shot as if watching a television screen of the title, featuring the band performing the song.

Larkins play four UK shows early next month before they head to the US for SXSW.

Live dates

23 Glasgow The Garage
28 Leeds Brudenell Community Room

01 Nottingham Bodega
02 Manchester Albert Hall

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Watch :: Halsey and YUNGBLUD pack on the PDA on '11 Minutes' visuals

Music's hottest new couple, in public and private, Halsey and YUNGBLUD, recently collaborated on a single, '11 Minutes', also featuring Travis Barker.

Now catch the pair's steamy five-minute video for the song, where they pack on the PDA with some hot lip action.

“The song tells the story of a perfect tragedy that reflects modern love within our society," says YUNGBLUD, the Yorkshireman aka Dominic Harrison. "We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us,”

While recently in Australia, the two went into Triple J's studio where they covered Death Cab For Cutie’s 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark' for the Like A Version slot.

Sports Team detail UK tour supports and release of EP

Credit: Lauren Maccabee

Words: Sam Geary 

Adter heading to Texas to SXSW in a few weeks, Sports Team will then hot foot it over to the UK for their first headline run.

The tour - which will follow  the release of their 'Keep Walking!' EP on March 8 via their iwn Holm Front imprint - will kick off on March 18 in Glasgow, and today they share news of the tour's supports, with friends of theirs appearing on dates across the country. Du Blonde and Pig will join the band in London, with Chappaqua Wrestling and Walt Disco set to share remaining dates alongside local supports. The band will then return in May to play Live at Leeds and The Great Escape.

UK live dates

18 The Garage - Attic Bar, Glasgow w/ Walt Disco + Cheap Teeth
19 Bodega Social, Nottingham w/ Chappaqua Wrestling + Walt Disco
20 Rough Trade, Bristol w/ Chappaqua Wrestling + HAZE
21 Patterns, Brighton w/ Chappaqua Wrestling
22 Electric Ballroom, London w/ Du Blonde + Pig
22 Elsewhere, Margate
24 Joiners, Southampton w/ Walt Disco
26 Bullingdon, Oxford w/ Lacuna Common + Walt Disco
27 Cookie, Leicester w/ Chappaqua Wrestling
28 Sound Basement, Liverpool w/ Chappaqua Wrestling + Strawberry Guy
29 Leadmill, Sheffield w/ Chappaqua Wrestling
30 Soup Kitchen, Manchester w/ Chappaqua Wrestling + Talk Show

Sports Team returned recently with their brand new single 'M5', which was featured as Annie Mac's Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1.

Watch the video  below.

Circa Waves don snappy suits in video for 'Times Won't Change Me'

Words: Sam Geary 

Circa Waves get geared up in some snappy suits in the video for their latest track, 'Times Won't Change Me'.

The song is set to appear on the band's forthcoming third album 'What's It Like Over There?', out on April 5.

“There’s a thing with bands being scared of that big epic song, but on your third album, you can afford to be more open. The pop will not hurt you, it’ll set you free!” says vocalist Kieran Shudall.

Live dates

15 Oxford, O2 Academy
16 Nottingham, Rock City
18 Glasgow, Barrowland
19 Manchester, Victoria Warehouse
20 Sheffield University, Foundry
23 Birmingham, O2 Academy
25 Bristol, O2 Academy
26 London, Roundhouse
27 Newcastle, University