Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Icelandic rappers Daughters of Reykjavik release huge new single ‘Fools Gold’

Words: Sam Geary 

Iceland’s nine-strong rap collective Daughters of Reykjavik, known for their forceful songs about slut-shaming and body positivity, herald their upcoming second album ‘Soft Spot’ - out in April - with the release of huge new single ‘Fools Gold’.

The track comes after announcing their return to Iceland at this November's Airwaves festival - the event that originally launched their international career in 2015.

“'Fools Gold' is probably the poppiest song on the album," says the group's Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir.

"It’s called 'Soft Spot' and it refers to the fact that we are moving away from the aggression that we came into the rap scene with, moving into this man's world with both middle fingers up in the air. Now we’re taking a step back and allowing ourselves to put our shields down. This song is a mixture of both the attitude and the badassness, and also the softness and the girliness.”

The Pale White return with new single 'Polaroid'

Words: Sam Geary 

Newcastle three-piece The Pale White - brothers Adam (lead vocals, guitar) and Jack Hope (drums), and long time friend Tom Booth (bass) - are back with their big first single of the year, 'Polaroid'.

The powering three-minute track of resplendent guitars and instant vocal addiction, is the first taster from the band's debut album sessions, although no release date has yet been set for that.

"It’s the start of a new decade, but ‘Polaroid’ talks about the past," explain the band. "It’s a melancholy blast about freezing a specific moment in time and living in it forever. Ironically, Its quite the opposite of how we’re feeling as a band. We’re feeling stronger than ever and ready to take on the 20s."

Listen to 'Polaroid' here.

Track Of The Day :: Say hello to Craig Irving's boppy pop 'Say Goodbye'

Words: Ellie Ward 

Scottish artist Craig Irving hails from Ivetness, about as far as you can go north without reaching more islands. It may account for why his name has not previously filtered down to England and into my ears!

His new single, 'Say Goodbye', came out last week, and its indie-pop-rock vibe that spreads tentacles LANY/Bruce Springsteen territory, he may describe as a "breakup song", but it's a boppy little beast that feels light and catchy, with its uplifting guitars and synth accompaniment and one for which you just want to grab a partner for a spin on the dancefloor.

The track is the first to come from his debut EP 'When I First Met You', due out on April 3.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Get down with the dirty synths of GRAVELLE - it won't 'Waste Your Time'!

Credit: Daisy Mason 

Words: Sam Geary 

Livingston, Scotland two-piece GRAVELLE might have a fancy-sounding name, but their industrial synth pop sound is as dirty as the pronunciation of their name.

Produced by Rod Jones and out now, 'Waste Your Time' follows 'Shredding Skin' as the new drop from Kyle MacNaughton-Wright (vocals, guitar, synths) and Monique Maurel (vocals, synths, drum machine). Combining a goth-pop essence, the pounding electronic drums are fused with abrasive guitars and echoing vocals that are threaded in, that create a patchwork of hypnotic electronica.

The Strokes release another album cut, 'Bad Decisions'

Words: Ellie Ward 

The Strokes recently announced their first new album in seven years, 'The New Abnormal', which is released on April 10, and also shared its first single, 'At The Door'.

Now they have dropped another tempter with 'Bad Decisions', a song which they had previously aired at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire.

The band play London's Roundhouse tomorrow, February 19, and Waterfront, Belfast on February 24.

Listen to 'Bad Decisions' via the video below.

Listen :: The Liar's Club - Street's A Madhouse

Words: Sam Geary 

The Barrow in Furness answer to Idles, teen foursome The Liars Club, had this new single, 'Street's A Madhouse', premiered by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio One - which isn't a bad way to start.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Goldblade, The Blinders), who also worked on their 2018 debut EP 'Dormant', the track is lifted from their follow up EP - again produced by Monaghan - due for release in May.

Noah Johnson (vocals), Daniel Milmine (guitar), Matt Southwell (drums) and Frank Kendall (bass) unleash torrents of brutally honest, new age punk in a short, sharp two and a half minute blast.

Tune in below, and catch the band in action at the Aatma & Peer Hat All-Dayer on March 28 at Aatma in