Thursday, September 02, 2021

There's just one thing Talkboy want to know: 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey'? 

Credit: Glynn Parkinson

Ahead of their hometown headline show at The Brudenell tomorrow (September 3), Leeds sextet Talkboy share new single, the intriguingly titled 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey'. 

“I don’t think it’s really worth saying exactly what the song is about as I think this one in particular gives a very clear overall mood," says co-vocalist and guitarist Tim Malkin of the woozy, rose-tinted ode to unrequited feelings and what could have been. 

"I also don’t really know what it’s about," he adds. "I was getting really bored of writing super specific songs about stuff that had exclusively happened to me, and on top of that, who even cares? I think overall it’s about surface level encounters - how they are usually thought to be bad but can also be good. It was written just after lockdown one and I think I had quite a romantic yearning to speak to someone outside a pub about Neil Young in 1974.”

Created and produced by 10 Days, the video for 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey' tells a dark tale of bliss and revenge starring an adorable purple monster falling in love with a Lana Del Rey lookalike. The film was part of a unique brand collaboration with the crowd sourced sustainability platform Wherefrom. 

Check it out below.

Book Klub put out the call on their dark, angular new single 'Siren Song'

Words: Linn Branson

Two years ago when we first happened upon the debut single of Glasgow-based post-punks Book Klub, 'Care', we remarked how "at first [it] feels like a cross between The Smiths and Chapel Club, but then in the last 50 seconds, gives over to something - or rather, someone - else: early TOY, particularly in the vocal style of guitarist and frontman Reece Robertson - which is part Tom Dougall, filled out with a Lewis Bowman depth!"

Lauded as a "damn fine single" (and still is!), we were naturally curious about their latest single 'Siren Song', which dropped last week on Disobedient Records.

More downbeat and discordant than the above, 'Siren Song' - taken from the band's upcoming EP, recorded with producer Paul McInally - has a darker finish to its lustre, while once again employing the Book Klub trademark key change. As sharp, angular guitars play around a dizzying bassline, the penetrating vocal brings the song to a climactic end.

"'Siren Song' is a track about metamorphosis at the cost of one's humanity, and it too transforms from one thing into something else entirely," comments drummer and vocalist Jack Martin.

"On this track, we have explored a dark, trance-inducing soundscape made up of drum machines, sinister piano and reverberated bass. The song sways into a thunderous second half where we are noisier than we've ever been."

Rosie Sco captures the mood in the accompanying monochrome visual for 'Siren Song' below.


Get in, get close to the early autumn music vibes with the upcoming CloseUp Festival

Taking over Colours venue in London's Hoxton this coming September 11, CloseUp Festival returns this year with a renewed vibrancy and energy to lay out a day of ear-grabbing acts.

After last year's enforced lay-off (due to you-know-what), CloseUp are sowing the green seeds literally, with plans for the planting of one tree for every CloseUp Festival ticket sold, and the company ethos of equality throughout performing artists, this year will embody CloseUp in its entirety. 

CloseUp Festival’s main aim is to bring the most infamous emerging indie and electronic artists together, and with a raft of artists and DJs to fill the stages of two rooms of music as Jagermeister supply the drinks.

Those gracing the stage this year will include the newly signed to Modern Sky UK, alt-emo outfit Sad Boys Club, who will undoubtedly bring a set of good tunes and good looks; Hull's The Hubbards who head down 'Sarf before rockin out with Pigeon Detectives later in the month, and Reading's VALERAS who will deliver 'The Other Side', their latest indie-rock single offering, and more besides.


BAMILY (Headliner) 

Trudy & The Romance 

Abbie McCarthy (DJ Headliner) 

Sad Boys Club 


The Hubbards 


Natalie Shay 

Liam James Ward (DJ) 

Tickets at £16.50 are going fast, so grab a couple here

Monday, April 19, 2021

Milo Gore joins the 'Midnight Club' on new single

Credit: Josh Collins

Words: Steve Willcox 

Last year's debut album, ‘How Do You Cope While Grieving For The Living’, with it’s storyboard narrative, took many by surprise (and certainly became one of my favourite albums of 2020), and showed Bristol-based Milo Gore as a true songwriter.

Well... the story’s not finished. With a new EP, ‘As You Hear Me Now You Listen To My Past', out on May 28, its lead single ‘Midnight Club’ is one of the record's standouts, with its 'Live fast, die young', and/or 'Grow up' mindset whilst delivering laid back guitars against Gore's own internalised demons in the vocals. 

Recorded in a Cornwall Airbnb along with Mumfords/Florence producer Pete Prokopiw (and mixed later by Andy Savours - Sigur Ros, Killers), the EP has a lot of dedication and heart running throughout.

“This EP represents serious growth for me," says Gore. "Although it is important to look forward, it is equally important to look back and reflect. That is why, even with such a long time between recording and release, people can change, people can grow. Sometimes people just need more time to get there.”

Friday, April 02, 2021

EP Review :: Josephine Sillars - Desperate Characters


Josephine Sillars 

Desperate Characters

April 2 2021 (self release)


Words: Richard Cobb 

Highlands-born, Leeds-based singer-songwriter Josephine Sillars returns with 'Desperate Characters', her first batch of new songs since 2019’s standalone single ‘Skeleton’ which was a former BBC Radio Scotland track of the week. 

The EP is something of a time capsule from the last year in the UK with audio from Skype calls running through the heart of the six songs. Describing her music as protest pop, the conversations which Sillars carried out are a candid exploration of how Brexit, the numerous lockdowns and more have impacted people from all walks of life in different ways. 

Whilst on the surface the songs are all quite serious and politically charged as you might expect given the themes, the backing music has a bit more legroom. At times ‘Desperate Characters’ is reminiscent of the reflective and thought-provoking moments from long lost pop culture American dramas like The OC and One Tree Hill with its atmospheric and heartfelt keys showcased on the track ‘California’ or its mazy eastern sounding guitars which dance in the moonlight of ‘Gone to War.’ 

If you’re on the hunt for an EP to distract you from the current climate, you may be best to leave this one on the passenger seat until COVID-19 is little more than a small speck on the horizon. However, if you’re searching for an EP to soundtrack the thoughts and insecurities bouncing back and forth in your head, this can help act as a bit of a release and it’s perhaps comforting to know that you’re not alone in your thoughts.