Friday, August 23, 2019
Words: Sam Geary
Before they head back to the UK next month (following their Great Escape apoearances back in May) for a run of dates, Brooklyn, New York-based three-piece The Wants - who include two members of Bodega, Madison Velding-VanDam and Heather Elle (with Jason Gates) - drop new single, ‘Fear My Society’.
The art-pop track, out now via Council Records, follows their earlier debut 'Ape Trap', and ‘Clearly A Crisis’.
“‘Fear My Society’ is a song that has gone through multiple genre shifts and moods until it finally clicked this past year," reveals frontman Velding-VanDam. "In one sense, the lyrics couldn’t be more straightforward - a reflection of the always-shifting (though recently seismically so) political, economic, and technological atmosphere of the United States. But I didn’t write the song in reaction to this. I was reflecting on the pressures I put on myself to achieve - 'will you love me if I’m a failure?' is an honest concern of mine, a universal and primal concern that spans generations and even species. I’m interested in always pushing a step further towards what scares me.”
Live UK dates
16 The Waiting Room, London (Free entry)
18 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
19 YES, Manchester
20 The Lanes, Bristol
21 Acapulco Bar, Portsmouth
Words: Ellie Ward
kwassa, aka Scott Verrill, releases his new single 'nyc (demo)' today (August 23) via Warner Records.
Showcasing his soulful side, the track follows his recent 'fka kyko' EP, fizzing with a bittersweet fragility. This is also the first track that Scott has self-produced for his kwassa project, previously only producing for other artists (most notably rising Pop starlet Call Me Loop).
“The thought of getting away to better, far-away places is something that has always inspired my writing," Verrill says. "Instead of focusing on the exciting, escapism side of travel and getting away, 'nyc (demo)' is a take on the things you leave behind when you move on.”
Words: Izzy Butler
After they 'Fix(-ed) It Up' earlier this year, Brighton four-piece Beachtape have today returned with a new single about ‘Somebody Like Hugh’.
Who is Hugh and what is he, might leave you pondering, but there's no chance the slacker pop vibes of ‘Somebody Like Hugh’ will do less than have you turning up the catchy lo-fi ambience of steady drums, crashing cymbals and laid back vocal to max level.
You can catch Beachtape with Roxy Girls + Youth Sector tonight (August 23) at The Old Blue Last in London - it's free too!
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Words: Izzy Butler
The first single to be lifted from The 1975's forthcoming fourth album, 'Notes On A Conditional Form', out February 21 2020, is the punchy 'People', which premiered earlier this evening (August 22).
"Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! It’s Monday morning!” is how Matty Healy opens the headrush, punk-esque assault that delivers just under three minutes of attention-grabbing, eardrum crushing dominance.
Checkers the track via Mr Healy's co-directed - with Warren Fu and Ben Ditto - video, below.
The 1975 headline Reading & Leeds this weekend.
Directed by the Do Not Entry duo, Frank Higson and Oil Carr, London outfit KAWALA share the video for newest single ‘Play It Right’.
"We wanted to convey the classic feel-good story line of someone building up confidence and overcoming hardships,” say the band of the clip, released ahead of their upcoming Reading/Leeds sets.
“Somehow it’s ended up as a super weird sci-fi 80s vid in which we as a band come to life from a tape and act as a metaphoric encouragement force. I mean, obviously.”
Directed by Thomas Hardiman, Clairo - aka Claire Cottrill - and Mura Masa - aka Alex Crossan - have collaborated on the visuals for a new song, 'I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again'.
It is the first cut from the UK producer’s next album, and comes ahead of this weekend's Reading & Leeds appearance. Clairo released her debut full-length 'Immunity' earlier this month.
“This is the beginning of rolling out a new direction for Mura Masa, which has a much heavier focus on band and guitar music,” says Crossan. “Punk and new wave is the music I grew up playing so it feels like an exciting return for me. I’m thrilled to debut this new sound with one of indie music’s most exciting and talented songwriting newcomers in Clairo. To me, this is the zeitgeist of the next year in music; a new type of band.”