Thursday, October 19, 2017

Album Review :: Catholic Action - In Memory Of


Catholic Action

In Memory Of

October 20 2017 (Modern Sky)


Words: Richard O'Hagan

You know how, as a rule, the working week starts off being pretty pants when you wake up on Monday morning and then gradually improves until you reach the glorious moment of going home time on Friday? Well, this record, the debut from Glaswegians Catholic Action, is pretty much like that in reverse.

It starts off brilliantly, as frontman Chris McCory gets into describing some interesting evening entertainment over the almost psychobilly rhythm of ‘L.U.V.’. We then get treated to the brief but somewhat insubstantial musings of current single ‘Propaganda’, before hitting the meaty, midweeky, element that is tracks four to seven.

‘Black & White’ is, frankly, superb, an unexpected Wednesday afternoon of a track, full of the sort of soaring melodies that give 6Music producers illicit orgasms behind the bike sheds. That’s followed by former single ‘Breakfast’, which just emphasises that Catholic Action are much better when they stop trying to be too quirky and just get on with it.

That said, ‘New Year’ is a track that’s a little bit different. It’s a sort of break-up song which sounds a bit like early 1980s bands trying too hard to be Slade. In which respects it is rather nicely disarming. At which point you are thinking that all this is rather good. McCory has done his usual solid job behind the controls (he has previously produced the likes of Palm Honey), with Fat White Family producer Margo Broom there to provide some balance too. But then it all goes a bit wrong.

Quite bluntly, if the last three tracks of this album were a weekday, they’d be a wet winter Sunday in the Scottish Highlands, trapped in a bothy with a staunch Presbyterian family, with nothing to read but the Bible and absolutely no alcohol allowed. The music just goes meandering off all over the place, with no real intent, no hooks, no nothing. It is a savage disappointment at the end of what was quite a promising debut.

Watch :: Cardi B performs live on US TV

American hip hop artist and rapper Belcalis Almanzar, or Cardi B as she is better known, appeared on the US show Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (October 18) to perform her massive hit 'Bodak Yellow'.

Earlier in the year, the 25-year-old New Yorker became the first female rapper to take solo number 1 in the US since Lauryn Hill’s 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' back in 1998, with 'Bodak Yellow'.

Watch as she performs the song, surrounded by a bevy of dancers, above.

Track Of The Day :: FEVA - Blind

Words: Sam Geary

Newcastle alt-rockers FEVA released this blistering debut single 'Blind' yesterday (October 28), and with further releases and live shows in the works, FEVA are sure to be a name we'll be hearing a lot more of.

Opening on a bassline that instantly catches the ear, before guitars kick in with the sharp drum sound and Sam Reynolds' vocals belting out anthemic lyrical content.

Live Dates

02 Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle (debut headline show)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Track Of The Day :: The Bongo Club - Seventeen

Words: Leah Raymond

'Seventeen' is the new single by Swedish indie-pop rockers The Bongo Club. Released last Friday (October 13), it is also the first single from the forthcoming February 2018 album by the four 23-year-olds from just outside Gothenburg.

Their first new material since single 'All She Said' two years ago, it would seem they still have a way with catchy guitar lines on 'Seventeen', which was recorded by Anders Lagerfors (Pale Honey) and mixed by Owen Morris, and is about "being young, alive and seeing a friend stuck as you move yourself on."

Check out the video version here.

Trampolene announce arena shows with Liam Gallagher

Words: Ellie Ward

Their debut album 'Swansea To Hornsey’ is released on October 27, and following this, Swansea's Trampolene will join Liam Gallagher as special guests on his five sold-out arena shows in December. The band have also made the track  ‘Artwork Of Youth,’ taken from the album available now when you preorder the album from Pledge Pledge.

‘Swansea To Hornsey’, which was recorded at Ray Davies’ Konk Studios in London’s Muswell Hill (the ‘Hornsey’ of the title) and produced by Trampolene singer/guitarist Jack Jones and engineer Josh Green, will be available on limited edition 12” vinyl, CD, Deluxe CD and digital download.

UK Dates

19 Tunbridge Wells Forum (Grenfell Tower Benefit -Kick Out The Jams Club Night)
28 2Q Festival

02 Cardiff The Moon (This Feeling Club Night)
03 Bristol The Mother’s Ruin (This Feeling Club Night)
04 Brighton Hope & Ruin (This Feeling Club Night)
05 Southampton Talking Heads
07 Leeds Lending Room (This Feeling Club Night)
08 Liverpool Magnet (This Feeling Club Night)
09 Manchester immy’s (This Feeling Club Night)
10 Sheffield Leadmill (Musicians Against Homelessness with CABBAGE)
18 London Tru Era Cafe (Jack solo)

10 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena *
12 Birmingham Arena *
13 Cardiff  Motorpoint Arena *
14 Blackpool Empress Ballrom (w/The Libertines)
15 Brighton Centre *
16 Manchester MEN Arena *

* w/Liam Gallagher

New Jersey punk rockers Screaming Females return with seventh studio album

 Credit: Farrah Skeiky

Words: Sam Geary

New Jersey veteran DIY-punks Screaming Females have announced their seventh studio album 'All At Once' is to be released on February 23, 2018 via Don Giovanni Records.

The record was recorded at Seattle's London Bridge Studio and Red Room, with producer Matt Bayles (Soundgarden, Mastodon).

“A song like ‘Glass House’ is something we knew we were capable of, but it took a while to fully embrace,” says singer/guitarist, Marisa Paternoster. “It’s very simple -- just bass, drums, and two simple riffs. In the past, I might have insisted on adding more. Practicing self-restraint is something I have consciously been trying to do.”

Watch the video to album cut 'Glass House' below.