Monday, September 24, 2018
Words: Linn Branson
Back in early 2015 we first heard Sheffield's Blossomer who came to our ears via mystery, intrigue, and some pretty beaut sounds. We won't go into it here - all is explained in the link.
Well, now they are back once again with their new single, 'PREACHER_LEARNER', released last Friday (September 21), the first cut off their forthcoming EP “HLLW,” out on January 11 2019 via Instant Karma Records.
The track has all the hallmarks that so impressed us three years ago. Flowing, incandescent and atmospheric electronics providing a subtle base to striking vocal textures.
“As religion has always been one of my common themes to sing about, this was based around the idea of striving to believe in something that isn’t quite there," explains lead singer Alex Crabbe. "A preacher teaching his pupil of something that doesn’t necessarily exist. I find it bizarre but it intrigues me.”
This song intrigues us.
Words: Sam Geary
Perth's indie fuzzy punk 'n' surf rockers Candy Guts have aired last single 'Go Away' earlier in the year, and now that is joined by the quartet's debut video for the track, ahead of their forthcoming debut EP.
Co-produced/directed by Loser Unit's Elliot Green and Jacob Kemp, the clip is described as a “trashy ozploitation rendition of films like Cool World and Monkeybone that blend live-action and animation."
Catch them live at The Bird in Perth on October 6.
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A new name and face out of Michigan in the United States is 21-year-old singer-songwriter and electronic musician Veronica Eileen, making her fragrant debut with single 'Bouquet'.
Who are you?
I'm Veronica Eileen, based out of Muskegon, Michigan. I can play a little bit of piano and guitar. I also am a singer-songwriter too.
Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.
I'm a very to-myself person, but when I'm performing or recording in the studio I can feel myself become so alive. I know what I'm doing what I love. How I came to be? That's a tricky one, I would say it's all the constant support and positive responses I get from my family and fans. I would be nothing without them.
My musical style comes from somewhere deep inside me. I could be feeling a certain way about a situation that doesn't make me feel the greatest, and I will sit down and write until my arm falls off, or until I feel better. All my music really shows my insides, and I'm not apologizing for any of it. It's how I feel, how I express myself when I can't seem to say the right words.
My influences are based on the enviroment I am in at the time. It really depends. When I'm in the city I really feel Lana Del Ray, Bon Iver. But when Im alone chilling I really like Fleetwood Mac, Fleet Foxes and BMTH.
Well, normally I would give off a vibe to the producer I'm working with and then proceed to write, or I write the song on guitar first and transition it into the electronic production.
'Bouquet' is about a girl who felt she needed validation from another but she realizes she doesn't need anyone to make her feel better. She has herself. She is enough. This track really means a lot to me, it’s like my baby. And now I’m releasing it into the world to listen, accept or even get judged. It’s a really self-lifting song stating that you don’t need anyone to make you feel better. You just need to believe in YOU.
Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?
I'm working on my live performance right now, so hopefully soon, yes! I'm super excited about this!
How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?
Very busy, while polishing up this album, I am about to start my second one very soon. I'm super excited and love the process of watching my song transform into something magical. That and I have college too. Ahaa.
'Bouquet' should be out on Spotify and Apple Music soon, but for now you can listen to it on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Words: Amelia Callister
Featured last year on Little Indie's Roundtable with their debut single 'You Make Me Feel So Sick', London trio Pin Ups return with new single 'Do You Hate Yourself Yet?' which we are chuffed to premiere here.
Fusing the twisted sounds of 70s/80s post-punk, 90s grunge and a pop coating, 'Do You Hate Yourself Yet?' - "recorded in the wee hours of a Sunday morning with producer Scott Docherty" - propels itself along, cutting through a driving drum base, sharp guitar riffs and a catchy vocal line.
Lyrically, says singer and guitarist Josh Gibbs, the song deals with "the feelings after waking up from a particularly heavy night out, those of confusion, doubt and self-loathing, as you question why you do it to yourself, and who's that person over there?"
"It started out in life a fair bit slower and moodier - mainly using a string synth instead the guitars," he adds. "Kinda like Simple Minds! It’s pretty brutal now; must’ve got fucked off by something and started hacking away at the guitar. I sort of miss the 80s synth version, but this is way more interesting live. I’m usually deaf by the end of it..."
The band have also co-released a visual treatment for 'Do You Hate Yourself Yet?' which is below, directed by Josh Kay.
Says Gibbs: "We took ourselves out to a weird shed in the Norfolk countryside and hammered the song out for hours with our friend Josh filming and directing. There was a great juxtaposition between what was happening in there compared to the serenity outside."
Currently working on an EP with Rory Attwell (The Vaccines, Childhood, Veronica Falls) for release in the next months, you can in the meantime catch them live at the following:
28 Glasgow The Flying Duck w/ Rottenrows
29 Manchester Night & Day Cafe w/ LUUS (tbc)
06 Norwich Epic Studios w/ New Scientists + We'll Be Detectives
Pin Ups are: Josh Gibbs (vocals, guitar), Louis Baker (bass), Jesse Baker (drums).
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Credit: Judith Næss
Words: Ellie Ward
'Las Venas' is the debut AA-side
single (w/'Ay, Tus Ojos') by
Spanish garage-punk-pop three-piece La Trinidad. Both songs are taken from their digitally released EP 'El Peligro', released last Friday (September 21) via Dutch record label Spazz Records.
The Málaga-based - La Trinidad bears the name of the old working-class neighborhood of Málaga - band blend an attitude that’s shaped by bands such as Iggy & The Stooges and Spanish bands Biznaga and Futuro Terror, with a fast, furious and fuzzy sound that fizzes along the tracks at breakneck speed. It's a mere 137 seconds long, making 'Las Venas' a perfectly punk-sized bite.
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Friday, September 21, 2018
With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.
NINE YEAR SISTER - MISSING PIECES
Queensland singer/songwriter sister duo Jennie and Emma share this pop ballad with thoughtful lyrics and delightfully wistful vocals thst draw the listener in. Formed last year as 'Nine Year Sister', writing and producing their own original music, much of which is created with synthetic instruments, mixed with acoustic guitar and ukulele.
BREATHE - ARE YOU ALL GOOD?
Woozy, sparse debut single by Sydney duo, producers Sean Walker (Movement) and Andrew Grant (The Tapes). Described as “bruised late-night soul”, it places stripped back percussion under a muted vocal accompanied by a soft synth melody to give a late-night feel. "This song is about having a friend there for you during tough times," they say.
SURF TRASH - OVER MY SHOULDER
Following 2017's debut single ‘So Long’ and ‘Summer’ from earlier this year, Newcastle, New South Wales surf rock three-piece released this new track on September 21, with an EP dropping next month. 18-year-old vocalist/drummer Andrew Scott, his 15-year-old bassist brother Nick, and guitarist Lachlan Jackson, also 15, show a musical maturity beyond their years. Focusing on hard-hitting chords with driving pop melodies, a thrusting beat and raw vocal, these are a band to put on the radar.
LOJACK - SHELTER
Credit: Gina Milicia
The "dark club jam' sees Melbourne electronic producer Tom Anderson feature American vocalist The Odds on this latest three-minute-plus release, with dark bells and bass that 'eventually hits a euphoric high at the last drop".
FEVER PARTY - NORA
Auckland, NZ garage rock duo Gareth Shute and Jay Purkiss - who have also been part of The Conjurors, The Cosbys, The Lurch and the UK Scottish band The Liberty Bells - have just released of their fuzzy, buzzin' number that Shute says "was inspired by a YouTube doc about skater Nora Vasconcellos, joining the Adidas crew. It's just a nice story about how when she was growing up she ignored the fact she was the only girl at the local skatepark and managed to grow her skills at it to the point where she can now turn pro."
LUPA J - DRIFT
Sydney electronic-pop artist Imogen Jones has certainly grown in confidence and stature since she first appeared as a 15-year-old. Now 20, and ahead of her debut album, 'Swallow Me Whole', out next year, this new bubbling synthpop single is helmed by her light, ethereal voice as it melds intriguingly witb textured dancefloor beats. "'Drift' is about feeling a nagging unhappiness with the way things are but having no idea how to make any kind of change – and everything just starts to feel like it’s washing over you, like in a dream how everything happens really fast without your control," says Imogen.