Thursday, July 19, 2018

Track Of The Day :: No Mono - Fever Highs

Words: Linn Branson

The Australian kings of lushness No Mono return with 'Fever Highs' - out on August 10 - their first single since the release of their May debut album 'Islands Part 1

Little Indie last covered the Alice Springs duo, Tom Snowdon and Tom Iansek, with the fourth single from that record, ‘Frostbitten’, but we will admit, 'Fever Highs' surpasses even that.

So graceful, so poetic, so unspeakably beautiful as Tom S's falsetto slides with dexterity around lines such evocative lines like: "there's something so fierce about the back of your tongue, I / I was just waiting for your orbit... so lock jaw and pick my face / I sit and think about my father / he's just another feather for my armour..."

The unobtrusive electronica and as always, superb production from Tom I, plays a subtle partner that gently draws out the spine-tingling quality of the chorus: "I'm all out of focus /  I'm all out of pain / there's nothing there / just open air / I'm just falling with the rain..."

“We wrote ‘Fever Highs’ when working on music for our debut offerings,” says Snowdon. “It’s the other side of this project, a stark vibe with real gritty energy that is a big part of our live show and contrasts with the more introspective stories and atmospheres on Part 1 that are so intimate and sparse.”

It's hard not to swoon and melt when you hear something so damned fine as this. And if you happen to be Down Under - catch them live for us at the upcoming dates below.

Live dates

20 North Byron Parklands
Byron Bay, NSW

25 The Brightside Fortitude Valley, QLD
31 Jive Bar Adelaide, SA

01 Jack Rabbit Slim's Perth, WA
06 Howler Brunswick, VIC
07 Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC (sold out)
15 Studio Theatre, Darwin Entertainment Centre Darwin, NT
16 Monte's Lounge Alice Springs, NT

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spring King share new single cut from forthcoming second album

Words: Sam Geary

After last night's (July 17) premiere by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Manchester's Spring King now share 'The Hum'. It's the latest from their second, Tarek Musa-produced album 'A Better Life', arriving on August 31 via Island Records.

Taking the band's trademark choruses to the next level, ‘The Hum’ is a raucous chant-along roar of fight-for-your life invincibility.

"'The Hum’ is a song about returning to old haunts and old memories, and attempting to relive those visceral experiences and emotions," explains bassist James Green, "whilst realising that you've allowed yourself to slip into a life that wasn't necessarily what you'd planned. It also came to encompass all the broader themes that the album touches on - self-reflection, overcoming adversity and negativity, and a constant striving for something better.”

Live dates

22 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

18 RiZe Festival, Cheltenham
25 Reading Festival
26 Leeds Festival

01 Bingley Music Live, Bingley
19 St Lukes, Glasgow
20 The Cluny, Newcastle
21 Plug 2, Sheffield
22 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
25 Thekla, Bristol
26 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
27 O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
28 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
29 O2 Ritz, Manchester

Before 'Autonomy' Drenge cut loose on ‘Before The War Begins’

Words: Ellie Ward

Premiered last night (July 17) by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio One, Drenge return with a new track ) ahead of a new EP.

‘Before The War Begins’ is the first cut from the forthcoming 'Autonomy' EP which is set for release on October 5.

"'Autonomy' showcases some of our recent work, by way of verses, choruses, middle eights and all that other stuff you learn at BRIT school," say the Loveless brothers, with Eoin adding that “‘Before The War Begins’ is half a love-song and half a hate-song. Like most of our work, it's a experiment in traditional songwriting gone wrong. A long hot summer and a hosepipe ban has the narrator comparing their deteriorating and dehydrated love life to a war torn city. Along the way they consider how 62 years after the Hungarian revolution there are still places where you can see the bullet holes in the walls in Budapest and how being whisked up by an exciting stranger translates to a long term relationship.”

And here it is...

Live dates

20 Deer Shed Festival
Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
20 Truck Festival, Steventon, Oxfordshire

11 Fruit Kingston upon Hull

18 Sŵn Festival Cardiff

This Feeling is rockin 'n' rollin' to Truck Festival this week

UK promoters This Feeling hit Truck Festival in partnership with Pirate Studios this weekend, along with a raft of 38 artists who will be appearing on their stage over the course of the four days from Thursday to Sunday, July 29 - 22.

Blossoms, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Tom Grennan, The Struts, The Amazons, The Sherlocks, Yonaka, Cabbage and many more were all given early leg ups by This Feeling, so, if it's seeing the best new bands first followed by DJs blasting Oasis, Roses, Kasabian, DMA's, Wolf Alice and more till late you're after - this is the tent for you!

Playing the tent are some of the best emerging talent in the land. The only trouble is, trying to work out who to see. See the poster above for all artists snd stage times, and here are a few of our must see tips to help you decide.












For the Main Stage and ticket details, head to the Truck website.

Track Of The Day :: DEAF - Shards

Words: Linn Branson

Described as "dreampop from New Zealand about selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and lack of Vitamin D" the Wellington-based (via UK) outfit follow their May released debut 'Truancy' with these wholly welcome sub-five minutes of its follow-up, 'Shards'.

Featuring former members of NZ shoegaze band Sunken Seas, DEAF make for an interesting listen as while they are fundamentally a post-punk band, their sound is tempered by delicious dreamgaze sonics.

Both 'Shards', which is released today (July 18), and its predecessor are the first tastes of DEAF's self-titled debut EP to be released later in the year

Find out more on DEAF on Facebook

DEAF are: Luke Kavanagh - vocals, guitar; Hayden Ellis - bass; Mat Machray -  synth, vibes; Jarrod Crossland - synth;
Craig Rattray - drums.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Live Review :: BlackWaters :: Jimmy’s, Manchester - Jul 16 2018



Jimmy’s, Manchester

July 16 2018

Words/Pictures: Danny Shackleton

Celebrating the release of their debut EP ‘People Street’ with an eight-date tour, tonight it was Manchester’s turn to experience the choreographed madness of the four Sheffield-via-Guildford lads, BlackWaters. The band have already amassed a sizeable following thanks to constant gigging and exposure from radio promotion, as well as the usual word of mouth.

Having made their way through the crowd onto the stage, the night's proceedings start with ‘The Song’ which builds to almost boiling-point, and sets the stall out for what was to come, with the crowd already well into it. Although not quite the capacity crowd you’d expect for a band of this calibre, those that were there to witness this invigorating band more than made up for the missing few who really wasted an opportunity to see one of the best live acts on the circuit at the moment.

‘Fuck Yeah’ pretty much describes the excitement of the night, which had everyone scrambling up to the front to chant it in the band's face, with singer Max Tanner frequently trading lines in the faces of the front rows throughout the set.

First taste of the new EP comes with ‘Pick Me Up’; not that anyone needed a pick-me-up, thanks to the energy resonating off stage. Every song is performed at lightning pace and its borderline impossible to take your eyes of the stage but even then, knowing where to focus was just as hard. At Max, showing the dangers of dancing on the bass drum by falling through the kit? Or bassist Ollie Franklin, basically screeching into the microphone? Or at guitarist Dave Carpenter, playing his guitar with the beer he was drinking, quite the sight it was on this small stage.

Live favourites ‘Down’ and ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ predictably go down a storm with the band exclaiming this was the hottest gig of the tour so far - which was certainly felt down in the front mosh pit. The night drew to an inevitably chaotic end with ‘So Far Out’, one of the band's first singles and the climax to a memorable night.

I’ve seen this band a couple of times now, but tonight shows how far they’ve come in a relatively short space of time because this gig was on a different level with BlackWaters proving they’ve got the songs to back up the live experience.