Sunday, 5 July 2015
Words: Alison Mack
Friday Club have been on Little Indie's radar now since early 2013 (who could forget 'All I Wanna Do Is Fuck'!) with their self-titled debut EP (recorded with Superfood's Dom Ganderton) of later that year receiving a 8.5/10 rating from us (see review here).
Bar a few more tracks put out early in 2014, there has been no more heard from the grunge wave Birmingham outfit, until their now having suddenly announced at the end of last week they had a new song dropping.
'Being Me Is Easy', while still resounding with their trademark raw guitar riffs of previous, takes on an added shimmer of catchy pop hooks, with vocalist Josh Smithyman lending a soulfully seductive overlay to proceedings.
Featured as our Track Of The Day back in April with their debut release 'Seethe Unseen', Edinburgh four-piece Stillhound now unveil their follow-up.
’Think This Way’ encompasses digital textures and sounds, accompanied by a driving beat with the vocals creating a beautifully bleak outlook that draws from the song's landscape. The video, directed and edited by Gareth Goodlad of On Red, features a ruined castle and a mysterious figure that keeps you watching till the end just to see what happens.
Take a look below.
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Words: Ellie Ward
Sydney's psychgaze outfit The Laurels are back with new material - their first since 2012's 'Plains' album - and a bit of a banger is single 'Zodiac K' too.
Taken from their second full-length (due later this year), and extolling chilled out shoegaze vibes, the track grows from a spine-tingling atmospheric opening into a layered psych groove led by drums - featuring the work of Decoder Ring’s Jasper Fenton - and bass, with My Bloody Valentine style vocals. Oh, and yes, that is Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna you can hear imparting thoughts on the motivational samples throughout.
Friday, 3 July 2015
London four-piece Tellison have announced the release of their third studio album 'Hope Fading Nightly' on September 18 via Alcopop Records.
The band have also released a brand new single 'Boy' (available now from www.tellison.co.uk) and video, which you can see below. The download single will also come with B-side 'Epi', a track recorded during the album sessions for 'Hope Fading Nightly'.
The 'Boy' single will be released on Instax instant photographs mounted on Tellison postcards with a link to a free download. Every photograph and thus every version of the single will be unique and unrepeatable. The band took these photos over a couple of months from their recent headline tour of the UK right up to shooting the video for "Boy" at the Tooting Tram & Social in May 2015. Limited to just 100 photos/postcards distributed for free online and in a few independent record shops.
The band embark on a UK headline tour around the album release.
19. SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
20. BRIGHTON The Hope
21. CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
22. HULL Fruit
23. LIVERPOOL Bumper
24. LEICESTER The Firebug
25. BOURNEMOUTH The Anvil
26. NORWICH The Owl Sanctuary
27. LONDON The Lexington
The Vaccines have announced the release of their next single, to be '20/20'. taken from their recently released third album, 'English Graffiti'. The single is available via digital download now and will receive limited edition vinyl 7” release on July 24 on Columbia Records.
The single was recorded in the winter of 2014 at Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox Road Studio in upstate New York as part of the album sessions and produced by The Vaccines, Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT) and Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Beck, Nite Jewel).
The B-side features a reinterpretation of the track by Dave Fridmann entitled '20/20 Reimagined (Dave Fridmann edit)'.
Following a recent sold out tour of the UK in April, The Vaccines have announced details of their UK tour in November of this year. The band are also set to play a number of festivals over the summer, including a stage-headline slot at Latitude in July.
The full list of shows is as follows:
10. Blackpool Empress Ballroom
12. Plymouth Pavilions
13. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
15. Bournemouth International Centre
16. Bridlington Spa
17. Wolverhampton Civic
19. Brighton Centre
20. Nottingham Capital FM Arena
22. London Brixton Academy
23. London Brixton Academy
24 London Brixton Academy
London-based trio Many Things who release their debut album 'Burn Together' this summer thru Australian label Dew Process (London Grammar, Circa Waves, Mumford and Sons), have now shared the video to single cut, 'Burn Together'.
Watch Ruby Wednesday wandering at night through the dark and seedy streets of London, in the clip, directed by I Owe Youth, above.
The band have also confirmed a couple of dates in the coming months, with more to be announced soon.
30. Shuffle Festival, London
22. London Fields Brewery, London w/IS TROPICAL and Big Deal
Words: Ellie Ward
Brisbane garage/psych-popsters Blank Realm are once again stirring up their delicious Oz sounds with the follow-up to last year's 'Grassed Inn' album.
The first single airing from the quarter's fourth album, 'Illegals In Heaven' (produced by Lawrence English), which is out on September 4 thru Fire Records, is 'River Of Longing'. Melodic, layered instrumentation, worked around frenetic drums, chiming indie pop guitars and dreamy reverb, gelled with the vocals of sibling singers Daniel and Sarah Spencer, makes for a winning formula. Take a listen below.
'Illegals In Heaven' tracklisting:
01 No Views
02 River of Longing
03 Cruel Night
04 Costume Drama
05 Dream Date
06 Flowers In Mind
08 Palace of Love
09 Too Late Now
Blank Realm head over to Europe and the UK this autumn, with the following dates confirmed.
14. Espace B, Paris
15. Het Bos, Antwerp
16. Hafenklang, Hamburg
17. Monarch, Berlin
18. Hafen 2, Offenbach
19. Incubate Festival, Tilburg
20. Roodkapje, Rotterdam
22. Sugar Factory, Amsterdam
23. Bam Festival, Barcelona
27. Workmans Club, Dublin
28. The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
29. The Prince Albert, Brighton
30. Start The Bus, Bristol
01. The Shacklewell Arms, London
Words: Ellie Ward
Manor are a Melbourne-based psych-tinged duo Manor who are about to release their debut EP 'Can You Hear Me Talking At You'.
Self-produced, the EP was recorded at Elysian Fields in Melbourne, mixed by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear) at Strongroom 10 in London and mastered in Brooklyn by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective), and follows their debut offerings ‘Afghan Hound’ and 'Architecture'.
The lead track by the pair - Caitlin Duff and Nathaniel Morse, previously with Adelaide band Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! - is a fuzzy riff filled five minutes, complimented by Duff's Caroline Polachek-like layered vocals and hypnotic drums.
TOPS - SLEEPTALKER
Montreal-based quartet with track from their 'Picture You Staring' album, which came out last year. Jane Penny's vocals stir dreamy haze over subtle arrangements.
THE TWOKS - DOONA
We're not exactly sure what a 'doona' is (guessing a quilt) but the Melbourne electric violin 'n' drums duo (Xani Kolac - electric violin, vocals, Mark Leahy - drums, percussion) have dedicated one side of their AA single to it, which came out on June 24.
NERVOSAS - PARALLELS
From their self-titled second LP, released on July 10 via Green Noise Records, the dark punk trio (Jeff Kleinman, Mickey Mocnik, Nick Schuld) from Columbus, Ohio pull out the stops with two minutes of aggressive rhythm, driving guitar and crashing cymbals.
KORAL & THE GOODBYE HORSES - PONY
Brooding blues rock lead single from the just released debut EP, 'Nocturnes', by this Adelaide outfit led impressively by Koral Chandler.
THE RUSSIAN WHITE - FABERGE
Dark, fairly heavy electro synth from Reading, Pennsylvania on this second single from the duo's (Tom Rhymer, vocals/synth/programming; Michael Colon, synth/keys) self-titled debut album, released June 30.
LUNA KINGS - OUT OF REACH
Plenty of twanging guitar riffs and 60s atmospherics captured here on the lead track from Leeds quartet Luna Kings' new EP, 'A Distant Summer'.
COMPNY - GENTLY LET YOU DOWN
Produced with Barny Barnicott (Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club, Arctic Monkeys), the new summery pop single from the south London outfit is out on August 7. The piano parts you hear were recorded on the public keys at London's St. Pancras station.
LUSHES - LOW HANGING FRUIT
Brooklyn two-piece rockers share track from their second 'Service Industry' album (recorded and mixed by Aaron Mullan (Sonic Youth) at Echo Canyon, with additional production from Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts), due October 16 via Felte Records. Deep, resonant vocal and deeper from James Ardery (guitar/vocals/synth) and drums/SPD-SX/piano/additional synth and vocals by Joel Myers.
LAST CHANCE CITY - RISING FLAMES
Isle of Wight electronic indie rockin' five-piece with latest single released last week. Follows their 'Five Tracks Later' EP, which came out at start of 2015.
THE AMAZING - SAFE ISLAND
Swedish psych pop five-piece share the video (shot in Birchington-On-Sea, Kent) for their eight-minute-plus third single from 'Picture You' album, out now via Partisan.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Words: Kelly Munro
Wonderkids Hyena have seemingly sprung from nowhere (well, Telford. It's the same believe me). In the last six months the quartet have began slowly nudging the UK's ears. Instantly attracting a superstar manager - namely Mark Beaumont from NME, no less - and hooking up with super producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke) for their debut recordings, the band seem to be making all the right moves, and are practically a fully-formed monster of a band just waiting to happen.
Look a little deeper, however, and it transpires that Hyena were once a different kind of animal - a bird; a Weatherbird, in fact, whom Little Indie caught live back early last year (see here). Vocalist Jacob Ball, in a recent interview commented that, "we'd been Weatherbird since we were 13 so the name had a lot of baggage which we were tired of, and we thought it sounded more like a pop-rock band than what we do."
But what about the songs you may ask? Well, be prepared to be (metaphorically) punched in the face. Live, the band sound like they have been touring for years and the tracks released so far - including debut single 'Mental Home' which came out in March - sound like the bastard offspring of Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys (and have been compared to the likes of Drenge and Darlia). But not the ugly siblings, more like the smart-arse good-looking ones. The ones that are good at everything. You know, the ones you hate but are secretly jealous of? Yeah, those ones.
Already playing a slew of festivals over the summer (Download being the most recent) and being the tender age of 20 years old the band are on the right track to something huge.
As far as I can work out the last big band to come from Telford was T'Pau. China in their hands? Nah, but definitely the crowd.
Hyena play London's Power Lunches on July 2 with Broken Hands and Dolls.
Hyena are: Jacob Ball (vocals/guitar), Josh Taylor (bass), Dom Farley (guitar), Reuben Gwilliam (drums).