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Friday, February 24, 2017

Live Review :: Charlie Cunningham :: Union Chapel, London - Feb 23 2017


Charlie Cunningham

Union Chapel, Islington, London

February 23 2017

Words/Pictures: Jess Sharrock

It was a big night for Charlie Cunningham, not only because it was his biggest headline show in the UK to date - and one which had also sold out before the day - but it was also in the incredible, echo filled church setting of Islington's Union Chapel.

For those unfamiliar with the Bedfordshire-born, London-based singer songwriter, Charlie has been buzzing around the music scene for the past few years, releasing a number of EPs including ‘Outside Things’ in 2014, ‘Breather’ in 2015 and last year's ‘Heights’. 2017 is already set to be a particularly big year with the release of ‘Lines’, Charlie’s critically acclaimed debut album, last month, a date at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in March, plus a European tour.

After being based in Seville for a couple of years, Charlie has developed a distinctive, flamenco-inspired sound of emotive rhythms and flourishing guitar along with an ability to write beautiful, catchy lyrics. With a staggering 4.7million plays on Spotify alone, it would seem Charlie will be continuing to grace the music scenes for some time.

Following support from Bristol-based songstress Fenne Lily, Charlie and his band took to the stage to play songs from his current album including the synth enhanced 'An Opening', 'While You Are Young', 'You Sigh' and 'Lights Off', effective in its slow-burning intensity. Along with numbers from previous EP’s including ‘Lessleg’ and ‘Blindfold’ (both personal favourites of mine); the latter allowing Charlie's voice to soar against fingerplucked guitar as he relates the conversational style lyrics. The audience were held gripped in their pew seats - The Maccabees' Felix White being amongst the spellbound punters.

The encore saw the return of Charlie alone with his guitar to play a couple of songs from his first EP, 'Outside Things'. Each brought its own delicate melody; relaxed and captivating from the start, each delivered with a confidence and honesty that permeated throughout the chapel and beyond. Charlie Cunningham is without doubt an undeniable talent. With a standing ovation to close the set, I’m not sure it could get much better than that.

Track Of The Day :: Pale Waves - There's A Honey

Photo: Niall Lea

Words: Sam Geary

Produced by Matt Healy and George Daniel from The 1975, the debut single, 'There's A Honey', from Manchester's Pale Waves is a real piece of indie-pop richness.

Released on April 21 through Dirty Hit, the four-piece have crafted an instantly likeable, uplifting just-shy-of-four-minutes number for their first outing.

Catch Pale Waves live on the Dirty Hit tour with Superfood and King Nun, which kicks off on March 17.

[Video] Seeing Hands - It's True

Words: Sam Geary

It's true: Newcastle four-piece Seeing Hands have released a video to go with their second official single. 'It's True' - no really, it is.

Watch the Leo Astudillo-directed retro style clip above for the dreampop track - the follow-up to debut single 'I Knew You'.

Listen :: New single from Johnny Lloyd ahead of EP and tour

Photo: Toby Ross-Southall

Words: Sam Geary

Ex-Tribester Johnny Lloyd, now forging a successful solo career, has confirmed details for a new EP, 'Eden', once again in collaboration with The Maccabees’ Hugo White and Mike Crossey (The 1975).

Out on April 14, through Xtra Mile Recordings, check out new single cut, ‘Running Wild’, below.

The release comes just ahead of a 7-date headline tour, including Lloyd's biggest London show to date at Scala on April 20.

Speaking about the new release, he says: “It was great working with Hugo White and Mike Crossey again. The Eden EP was recorded over a period of 6 months- Hugo brought so much to it and really put the hours in. ‘Running Wild’ was written in reaction to the live shows- for me the songs about being free and trying to find a place in the world. I’m very happy with how it’s sounding, and looking forward to people hearing it.”

Live dates

19 BIRMINGHAM The Sunflower Lounge
20 LONDON Scala
21 BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
24 BRISTOL The Louisiana
25 MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
28 SHEFFIELD The Leadmill

** PREMIERE ** Weekend Wars - Swim

Words: Linn Branson

Merseysiders Weekend Wars release their fourth single 'Swim' today (February 24), which Little Indie got our ears on first to bring you its premiere here.

Recorded by the indie five-piece at Liverpool’s Motor Museum Studio with producer Al Groves (Bring Me The Horizon, Paris Youth Foundation), 'Swim' is a fresh, upfront indie anthem from the five university friends from St Helens.

"'Swim' is our first attempt at something a bit closer to a more British indie rock sound," guitarist Matt Morgan tells us. "Everything prior to 'Swim' was a lot more groove-based, so we just had a go at writing something a bit more straight and heavier, with a chorus you could bounce to."

And bounce you certainly can. Right from the off, 'Swim' floats on upbeat guitars and an infectious beat that is hard to well, beat.

Since the band's first single 'She' first began to garner them attention early last year, they have gone on to impress Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and Virgin Radio's Jon Jackson, as well as BBC Introducing Merseyside's Dave Monks, and compared to the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Kooks, and Two Door Cinema Club (we would say, a touch of Viola Beach too). But while Weekend Wars may share a loose similarity, they are very much set on carving out their own niche.

Adds Matt: "We haven't decided to change our sound completely or anything, it's just trying different things in each single we are putting out, and seeing what people like. 'Swim' is the first song too that we've put a proper vocal middle 8 in, so this one is more in a classic song structure than the others. It started out as test from our old manager, who loves all our previous stuff but was dying to hear a track with a middle 8 vocal melody, so we just gave it a go and showed him we could!"

We think Mr. Manager will be impressed.

Live dates

03 Old Courts, Wigan

01 Threshhold Festival, Liverpool
28 Emerging North, Aatma, Manchester

Weekend Wars are: Jack Arnold - vocals, Matt Morgan - guitar, Adam Rolo - guitar, Andy Morrison - bass, Bec Birchall - drums.

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[Video] Holy Motors - Sleeprydr

Words: Sam Geary

Our Track Of The Day from earlier this month by Estonian psych rockers Holy Motors, 'Sleeprydr', which is released as a 7" (w/'Descending') on February 27 via Wharf Cat Records, now has a video to partner it.

Watch the Sameli Muurimäki-directed clip above.