Thursday, July 19, 2018

Listen :: The 1975 premiere new track 'Love It If We Made It'

Words: Ali Mack

The 1975 premiered new track 'Love It If We Made It' today (July 19) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. It’s the second track to come from the band’s forthcoming album out in October - 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'.

Discussing the song's lyrics with Lowe, frontman Matty Healy explains the reference to Lil Peep, who died last November at the age of 21 (“Rest in peace Lil Peep / The poetry is in the streets / Jesus saves us!/ Modernity has failed us”):

"I’m saying Rest In Peace Lil Peep. He is very on the nose regardless of what you think of them as artists or people. With XXX and with Lil Peep. The thing that was happening in that movement regardless of what you think of it musically I felt like it was the closest thing that this generation has to a kind of Punk. It definitely felt important, whatever it is. And those two people are dead now just like that. They’re just dead. And I’m saying Rest In Peace Lil Peep.

"If you want to go and talk about big Pharma and pharmaceutical companies and overprescription of drugs. Yeah of course … of course that’s definitely played a part in it but that’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that other points in the song. I’m saying lot of things … I’m saying a lot of individual things but the fact is is that all of these things nuclear they’re radioactive.

"It’s probably the best place to put it is in a song because you can let it finish and go … OK well I can’t react to a song so I’ll just listen to it again and then see if I get the same reaction is as opposed to like it’s an opinion on Twitter where you can go “hey, fuck you” we will never. It’s not opinionated. It provides what is happening."

There's also a nail in to Kanye West and Donald Trump in the lyrics: “Tell me something I didn’t know / Consultation degradation fossil fueling masturbation immigration liberal kitsch kneeling on a pitch / ‘I moved on her like a bitch!!’/ Excited to be indicted / Unrequited house with seven pools / Thank you Kanye, very cool!/War has been incited and guess what you’re all invited.”

Listen to it all below.

Track Of The Day :: No Mono - Fever Highs

Words: Linn Branson

The Australian kings of lushness No Mono return with 'Fever Highs' - out on August 10 - their first single since the release of their May debut album 'Islands Part 1

Little Indie last covered the Alice Springs duo, Tom Snowdon and Tom Iansek, with the fourth single from that record, ‘Frostbitten’, but we will admit, 'Fever Highs' surpasses even that.

So graceful, so poetic, so unspeakably beautiful as Tom S's falsetto slides with dexterity around lines such evocative lines like: "there's something so fierce about the back of your tongue, I / I was just waiting for your orbit... so lock jaw and pick my face / I sit and think about my father / he's just another feather for my armour..."

The unobtrusive electronica and as always, superb production from Tom I, plays a subtle partner that gently draws out the spine-tingling quality of the chorus: "I'm all out of focus /  I'm all out of pain / there's nothing there / just open air / I'm just falling with the rain..."

“We wrote ‘Fever Highs’ when working on music for our debut offerings,” says Snowdon. “It’s the other side of this project, a stark vibe with real gritty energy that is a big part of our live show and contrasts with the more introspective stories and atmospheres on Part 1 that are so intimate and sparse.”

It's hard not to swoon and melt when you hear something so damned fine as this. And if you happen to be Down Under - catch them live for us at the upcoming dates below.

Live dates

20 North Byron Parklands
Byron Bay, NSW

25 The Brightside Fortitude Valley, QLD
31 Jive Bar Adelaide, SA

01 Jack Rabbit Slim's Perth, WA
06 Howler Brunswick, VIC
07 Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC (sold out)
15 Studio Theatre, Darwin Entertainment Centre Darwin, NT
16 Monte's Lounge Alice Springs, NT

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spring King share new single cut from forthcoming second album

Words: Sam Geary

After last night's (July 17) premiere by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Manchester's Spring King now share 'The Hum'. It's the latest from their second, Tarek Musa-produced album 'A Better Life', arriving on August 31 via Island Records.

Taking the band's trademark choruses to the next level, ‘The Hum’ is a raucous chant-along roar of fight-for-your life invincibility.

"'The Hum’ is a song about returning to old haunts and old memories, and attempting to relive those visceral experiences and emotions," explains bassist James Green, "whilst realising that you've allowed yourself to slip into a life that wasn't necessarily what you'd planned. It also came to encompass all the broader themes that the album touches on - self-reflection, overcoming adversity and negativity, and a constant striving for something better.”

Live dates

22 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

18 RiZe Festival, Cheltenham
25 Reading Festival
26 Leeds Festival

01 Bingley Music Live, Bingley
19 St Lukes, Glasgow
20 The Cluny, Newcastle
21 Plug 2, Sheffield
22 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
25 Thekla, Bristol
26 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
27 O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
28 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
29 O2 Ritz, Manchester

Before 'Autonomy' Drenge cut loose on ‘Before The War Begins’

Words: Ellie Ward

Premiered last night (July 17) by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio One, Drenge return with a new track ) ahead of a new EP.

‘Before The War Begins’ is the first cut from the forthcoming 'Autonomy' EP which is set for release on October 5.

"'Autonomy' showcases some of our recent work, by way of verses, choruses, middle eights and all that other stuff you learn at BRIT school," say the Loveless brothers, with Eoin adding that “‘Before The War Begins’ is half a love-song and half a hate-song. Like most of our work, it's a experiment in traditional songwriting gone wrong. A long hot summer and a hosepipe ban has the narrator comparing their deteriorating and dehydrated love life to a war torn city. Along the way they consider how 62 years after the Hungarian revolution there are still places where you can see the bullet holes in the walls in Budapest and how being whisked up by an exciting stranger translates to a long term relationship.”

And here it is...

Live dates

20 Deer Shed Festival
Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
20 Truck Festival, Steventon, Oxfordshire

11 Fruit Kingston upon Hull

18 Sŵn Festival Cardiff

This Feeling is rockin 'n' rollin' to Truck Festival this week

UK promoters This Feeling hit Truck Festival in partnership with Pirate Studios this weekend, along with a raft of 38 artists who will be appearing on their stage over the course of the four days from Thursday to Sunday, July 29 - 22.

Blossoms, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Tom Grennan, The Struts, The Amazons, The Sherlocks, Yonaka, Cabbage and many more were all given early leg ups by This Feeling, so, if it's seeing the best new bands first followed by DJs blasting Oasis, Roses, Kasabian, DMA's, Wolf Alice and more till late you're after - this is the tent for you!

Playing the tent are some of the best emerging talent in the land. The only trouble is, trying to work out who to see. See the poster above for all artists snd stage times, and here are a few of our must see tips to help you decide.












For the Main Stage and ticket details, head to the Truck website.

Track Of The Day :: DEAF - Shards

Words: Linn Branson

Described as "dreampop from New Zealand about selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and lack of Vitamin D" the Wellington-based (via UK) outfit follow their May released debut 'Truancy' with these wholly welcome sub-five minutes of its follow-up, 'Shards'.

Featuring former members of NZ shoegaze band Sunken Seas, DEAF make for an interesting listen as while they are fundamentally a post-punk band, their sound is tempered by delicious dreamgaze sonics.

Both 'Shards', which is released today (July 18), and its predecessor are the first tastes of DEAF's self-titled debut EP to be released later in the year

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DEAF are: Luke Kavanagh - vocals, guitar; Hayden Ellis - bass; Mat Machray -  synth, vibes; Jarrod Crossland - synth;
Craig Rattray - drums.