Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Track Of The Day :: MILKK - Thinkin Bout U

Words: Sam Geary

Nashville alt-pop three-piece MILKK unveiled their new single 'Thinkin Bout U' with a surprise video drop for the track last Thursday.

Following their summer EP, 'If You're Reading This, I Love You', the brooding-yet-romantic club-ready track comes with the completely one-take shot video which sees frontman Pat Kiloran (who co-directed the clip with Dawson Waters) going through the stages of love and grief, ultimately to end up with the one he's been chasing.

“I wrote the verses of 'Thinkin Bout U' a few years ago for a completely different song that was like an alt-rock song," says Kiloran, who makes up one-third of the band alongside Jack Vondrachek and John Ogelby. "When the chorus came to me one night earlier this year, that old song popped in my head and it just serendipitously fit perfectly. Now as a whole piece, it tells the story of how relationships, good and bad and up and down, can and do mess with your head so much. There’s a lot at stake when you love someone."

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Blossomer intrigue on their return with 'PREACHER_LEARNER'

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.

Watch :: Oz rockers Candy Guts share first video for single 'Go Away'

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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Sing & Tell :: Veronica Eileen

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.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

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.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

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.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'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.

Where can we hear more of your music?

'Bouquet' should be out on Spotify and Apple Music soon, but for now you can listen to it on YouTube and Soundcloud.

What social media platforms can we find you on? 

Facebook // Instagram

** PREMIERE ** Pin Ups - Do You Hate Yourself Yet?

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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Listen :: The Desert - Gone

Words: Sam Geary

Described as a cross between Massive Attack and Portishead, Bristol-based quartet The Desert unveiled this new single ‘Gone’ on September 21 via Funnel Music.

Taken from their forthcoming second EP, due early next year, the atmospheric number is about, say the band, "losing something or someone abruptly and how that can make you go a bit crazy. Gina’s voice is quite hoarse in the recording, which helps convey the desperation& frustration. There’s also a kind of excitement in that ‘fuck it’ feeling. The track is overall more positive than negative with each chorus ending ‘but I’ll find somewhere to put it’."

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Live dates

30 The Bullingdon, Oxford
31 The Flapper, Birmingham
05 Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
06 The Prince Albert, Brighton
14 The Social, London
05 The Old Blue Last, London
10 The Crofter’s Rights, Bristol
11 Gwdihw Cafe Bar, Cardiff
12 The Star Inn, Guildford
21 The Castle Hotel, Manchester
22 Santiagos, Leeds
28 81 Renshaw, Liverpool