Bored with yet another long weekend ahead and nothing to do? Well, never mind, break open a bottle and settle down for a listening session with ten of our specially handpicked Bank Holiday blinders.
COLOUR OF SPRING - LOVE
The Leeds shoegazers share new reverb-laden Matt Peel-produced single, taken from their forthcoming self-titled EP, out June 23 via House of Love Records. Vocalist Shane Hunter explains: "'Love' is about the initial prospect of being in love, where everything is confusing, awkward and exciting all at the same time. You’re learning someone else and they’re learning you; all of your idiosyncrasies that you daren’t share with anyone else. There’s so many prominent, strong emotions that it can get really overwhelming.”
BABY STRANGE - PLAY ME
The Glasgow band follow their recent 'Motormind' with this new track from EP ‘Extended Play’, which comes out later this year on Glasgow label Public. Biting guitar and rock 'n' punk rhythms.
DANCEHALL - DIGGING
B-side to the London-based three-piece's (formed out of punk bands Kill Kenada and Ice Sea Dead People) single 'Virgin', recorded live by Mark Jasper under the constraints of the band's own 3-take rule. Dark post-punk melded with wiry guitars in a sharp two minutes 31.
FRANCOBOLLO - WORRIED TIMES
From their debut album 'Long Live Life', out July 14 via Square Leg Records, the London-based Swedes precede it with this catchy psych rocker about claustrophobia. Buoyant melodies and light vocals are juxtaposed with wailing guitars and pounding drums that all build into periodic bursts of alternating tempo.
THE FRANKLYS - WEASEL
All-girl London-based Anglo Swedes pull out the tight riffs alongside Jennifer Ahlkvist's commanding vocals and the unrelenting percussion pummel of Lexi Clark in this garage rock-pop three minutes.
THE MAGIC GANG - YOUR LOVE
The Brighton outfit quickly follow 'EP Three' with this latest listener-friendly track of jangly guitars and big choruses with a 60s feel.
EAT FAST - IMMORTAL KOMBAT
Title track from the Newcastle four's just released second EP, is a rasping gut-punch of battering riffs and typically dagger-like lyricism, weighing up the pros and cons of lead singer Adam Pearson finding happiness in solitude - before being "chinned in a pub by an observer's possessive boyfriend."
LOVEBUZZ - WHAT WE LOSE
The new project by ex-Big Deal's Kacey Underwood with Heather Eaton. The London-based pair share the first track in their new guise, which floats shoegaze-esque textures with interspersed sharper instrumental edges.
QUEUE - FRONTIER
We first heard from the five Philadelphia/Washington DC, ex-Penn State University friends last year with their impressive debut 'Falling Into Skies'. This latest from alt-rock-dreampop band places a throbbing bass and shimmering guitars next to Olivia Price’s softly delivered vocal.
MIYA FOLICK - TROUBLE ADJUSTING
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter parades a forceful, alt-90s style vocal against a guitar barrage on this single off forthcoming second EP 'Give It To Me' out later this year via Terrible Records. It follows last year’s singles 'Pet Body' and 'God Is a Woman,' which was named “World Record” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show.