Wednesday, September 16, 2020

It's ‘Always A Party’ for Circa Waves' Joe Falconer solo project Harpo Milk

Words: Sam Geary 

Circa Waves guitarist Joe Falconer continues with his solo project Harpo Milk. Following SoundCloud uploads, ‘Glue’ and ‘Swim Again’, now comes new track ‘Always A Party’, the title cut off his debut EP - out today.

The emotive and melancholy ‘Always A Party’ finds Falconer embracing a more reflective style, mixing dreamy vocals and richly textured guitars.

"‘Always A Party’ is about starting to feel like you’re no longer better off on your own as you begin to allow someone else to take some of your weight," says Falconer.

Listen to 'Always A Party' via Rob Godfrey's video below.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Watch :: Fontaines D.C. - A Lucid Dream

Directed by Jordan Martin, Fontaines D.C. have shared the new video for 'A Lucid Dream', a track from their second album 'A Hero's Death', which was released in July.

The video comes in the wake of the band's 2021 tour announcement. See dates further down.

Live dates

MAY 2021
01 Edinburgh Corn Exchange
03 Nottingham Rock City
04 Bath Forum
06 Liverpool Mountford Hall
07 Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT
08 Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT
10 Leicester De Montfort Hall
11 Leeds O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
12 Newcastle O2 City Hall
14 Glasgow Barrowland – SOLD OUT
15 Glasgow Barrowland – SOLD OUT
17 Cambridge Corn Exchange
18 Sheffield O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
20 Birmingham O2 Academy
21 Cardiff Great Hall – SOLD OUT
22 Bristol O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
24 Bournemouth O2 Academy
25 Southampton O2 Guildhall
27 London Alexandra Palace

Australian artist merci, mercy shares visualiser for 'Fall Apart'

Credit: She Is Aphrodite

Words: Sam Geary 

We recently heard 19-year-old Australian artist merci, mercy's second single 'Fall Apart', taken from her debut EP 'no thank you, no thanks', out on October 16 via Liberation Records.

Now the Sydney-based electronic singer-songwriter shares the track's visual accompaniment.

Directed by Charli XCX-collaborator Bianca Bosso and Sam Murphy from The Interns, the half live action, half animated clip displays merci, mercy questioning the idea of getting involved with someone. The striking and bright-colored images symbolize her self-described “cynical mind” as it relates to romantic relationships.

"I was so excited to film my first video,” she says. “I was a little nervous, but my sister bought champagne to loosen up during filming, and after a few takes, it was so fun. I love how Bianca has built an entire animated world for me, and with this video it’s just taken it to the next level.”

Check it out.

Sports Team release 'Stations Of The Cross' filmed at The Oval

During lockdown, Mercury Prize nominated Sports Team took to iconic cricket ground The Oval, and performed 'Stations of the Cross' to a deserted venue. First broadcast live on Sunday Brunch, the video is now available on YouTube.

Check that out, along with the recently announced UK tour for next year - the band's biggest to date - including headlining O2 Academy Brixton on April 29.

Live dates 

APRIL 2021
20 Dublin The Grand Social
22 Leeds Leeds University Stylus
23 Manchester The Albert Hall
25 Nottingham Rock City
26 Glasgow SWG3
28 Bristol SWX Bristol
29 London O2 Academy Brixton

Track Of The Day :: THE FEENS - Sunset

Words: Linn Branson 

Released last Friday (September 11) with a #1 spot on the iTunes Alt Chart, 'Sunset' is the storming new single from THE FEENS.

The Scarborough four-piece have already made headway with the likes of previous singles such as 'How It Falls', and 'Slip Away', and of course the knockout 'What Are You Dreaming?' from last year. And this latest gem won't see them fading into the sunset anytime soon that's for sure.

The infectiously bouncy song bounds along with its upbeat melodies like a gambolling puppy, led by dual vocalists Freddie Schmuck (guitar) and Adam Lodge (bass), along with Sam Dowling (lead guitar) and Perrie Bunton (drums).

Check out 'Sunset' via the video, filmed on location in Scarborough and shot and edited by Luke Hallett, below.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Home Counties Sing & Tell on their post-Haze project's influences, Robbie Williams, and new single 'That's Where The Money's Gone'

Credit: Naz Stone 

Bristol-based five-piece Home Counties released their latest single, 'That's Where The Money's Gone', last week, lifted from the band's debut EP 'Redevelopment', also released last week via Alcopop! Records. The band's angular guitar work and furious percussion unite to create melodically rigid, socially-charged anthems that are both lyrically tongue-in-cheek and scathingly satirical.

Hi, we're Little Indie... and you are?

Hey, this is Will Harrison, and I play guitar and sing in Home Counties. The rest of us are Conor Kearney (guitar, vocals), Barn Peiser Pepin (synth, percussion, vocals), Sam Woodroffe (bass) and Dan Hearn (drums).

Give us a brief snapshot about yourself and what brought you to where you are today.

Me and Dan have actually been playing together since we watched the School of Rock in primary school. We formed our previous project - Haze - with Conor when we were about 14 and played covers, gradually starting to write originals as we got a bit older. We played some great shows (touring with Pip Blom was a personal highlight). Barn had been playing in his other project - Jerry - and we had been friends for years so when we wanted to start a new project it was very natural that he would join. Sam, who I met at Uni in Bristol, joined on bass and we became Home Counties in January earlier this year.

For those in the dark, provide us with a clue to your musical style and influences.

It’s a pretty mixed bag really. Key influences are probably Television, DEVO, Talking Heads… and then more recent acts like Parquet Courts. We’re also into a lot of pop music. I love Britney Spears and Robbie Williams. We strive to make wonky bangers.

Can you explain a little about your production and writing process.

It’s a very collaborative process. We all bring ideas to the table and work to develop them into finished products. The only upside of lockdown was the shit-ton of time we had to write together. Conor and I live together so we just cracked on and we’ve pretty much finished penning the next EP.

Tell us more about your new single.

‘That’s Where The Money’s Gone’ is our third single, and the lead track from our debut EP. It’s the most collective song on the EP, as we all sing it and we recorded it round a room facing each other. The lyrics are simple and to the point - they were written much on the spot at an early HC practise and have remained unchanged, but I wanted to keep it that way to capture the spontaneity of those early HC sessions.

Obviously at this time we won't be able to catch up with you at any live shows just yet, but can you tell us what you may have pencilled in otherwise for the rest of the year?

Well, funnily enough, we actually played a socially distanced outside show in London at The Dalston Victoria last Sunday. We were just as surprised as you when the offer came through - we honestly didn’t think we’d be back on stage this year. It was so much fun to actually play to a crowd of people again.

We’re also meant to be heading across to Rotterdam for Left Of The Dial Festival next month so we’re hopeful that it can go ahead. Who knows - you’ve got to just take each day as it comes at the moment, I think.

Where can we hear more of your music?

The ‘Redevelopment' EP is on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud etc., etc. And we’re also releasing a full band live session very soon, so follow our socials to hear about that.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram