Monday, February 17, 2020

Now 'Here's The Thing' - Sports Team detail debut album

Words: Sam Geary 

Sports Team have detailed their debut full-length, 'Deep Down Happy', which is set for release on April 3 via Island Records.

The 12-track album includes the previously revealed tracks 'The Races', 'Making Hay' and 'Kutcher', and the announcement comes  now with another new number, 'Here's The Thing'.

Says frontman Alex Rice:

“I don’t think we were conscious of doing it, but the album maps the journey of moving in together in Harlesden, moving back to home towns to sleep on floors for 18 months, then coming back to London, weighing up whether being in a band with your mates, being young in London is still the best thing in the world. I think it probably is.”

'Deep Down Happy' tracklist:

1. Lander
2. Here It Comes Again
3. Going Soft
4. Camel Crew
5. Long Hot Summer
6. Feels Like Fun
7. Here’s The Thing
8. The Races
9. Born Sugar
10. Fishing
11. Kutcher
12. Stations Of The Cross

Claire unwraps demo track titled 'february 15, 2020 london, uk'

Words: Sam Geary 

Clairo has shared a fresh, new demo track. Coming after she released her debut album 'Immunity' last August, 'february 15, 2020 london, uk (demo)' is the seemingly working title of her drop today.

The hazy composition reflects on a relationship, talking of how she "underestimated los angeles / underestimated what i’d see in you / i should be so helpless/ but you changed me...”

Listen below.

'Fall in Love' with LA post-punks Moaning

Words: Sam Geary 

Directed by the band's Sean Soloman (with additional animation by Sarah Schmidt), Los Angeles-based post-punk trio Moaning precede their ‘Uneasy Laughter’ full-length (out March 20 via Sub Pop), with this track cut.

"People my age are sceptical of love because we see how many previous generations got divorced or went through painful experiences," says Solomon of 'Fall in Love'. "The song is about being afraid to fall in love because of expecting heartbreak. It's about hating yourself too much to open yourself up to someone else. It's a bummer of a song lyrically but it's pretty fun to dance to!"

The video - "made in my bedroom a couple weeks ago" - is a psychedelic depiction of an imaginary romance. "It's inspired by early experimental animations like Belladonna of Sadness and Heavy Metal," he adds. "Both the song and the video are perfect for everyone feeling like shit this Valentine's Day."

Watch below.

Brooklyn grungers Pom Pom Squad are 'Red With Love'

Credit: Cherie Bugtong

Words: Sam Geary 

Brooklyn's indie-grunge outfit Pom Pom Squad follow last year's 'Ow' EP and the delectable 'Honeysuckle', with a Valentine's Day love song release, 'Red With Love'.

The track comes with a visual accompaniment shot at Brooklyn DIY space The Baumann and NYC venue The Dance - one of the last videos shot there before its scheduled closing on February 18.

"‘Red’ is my first proper love song and a pretty unguarded look into my heart, my relationship anxiety, and my acceptance of my own queerness," explains lead singer/guitarist Mia Berrin.

"The first time I walked into The Dance, I was so inspired. I knew it was the perfect place to capture the feel of this song. I’m sad to see it go.”

Watch and listen below.

Live dates

26 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop Festival

13-22 Austin, TX SXSW

04 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
06 Detroit, MI PJ’s Lager House
07 Toronto, ON The Drake
09 Boston, MA Great Scott
10 New York, NY Rough Trade
11 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
12 Washington, DC Songbyrd

Live Review :: VLURE :: QMU, Glasgow - Feb 15 2020

Credit: David Adam



Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow

February 15 2020

Words: Izzy Butler

VLURE are fast proving they have a point, a presence and an ability to strike reaction - even if many have still yet to catch on to this bunch of Glasgow-based post-punks, and fewer yet to have witnessed their live mastery. Tonight provided a last minute chance for those who turned up early to The Murder Capital's Queen Margaret Union show to see the band in action.

With planned support Egyptian Blue succumbing to illness for a second night of their current outing with the Dublin band, VLURE were literally a late entrance earlier that day to replace them. And even Storm Dennis blowing into every crevice couldn't keep fans away, or, stop VLURE creating their own sonic tempest on stage.

Credit: Stephen Lovell

This is post-punk, but not as you might familiarly expect, couched as it is with a jet of passion, and yes, a certain vulnerability too. Frontman extraordinaire, Hamish Hutcheson gets to grips with it all from the off, launching immediately into 'Desire', the dark and epic song they unleashed at the end of last year, and transporting himself in what appears to be his favourite place - in amidst the crowd. As he stalks the floor, pummelling chest to the beats of Carlo Kriekaard, and mesmerising bass and guitar of brothers Niall and Conor Goldie respectively, and Alex Pearson's synth, it is both riveting, intense and - menacingly in your face.

Credit: David Adam

It's a relatively short set of five songs, with 'We Fall and 'The Storm' making inroads into the senses as the band command your attention. 'Nobodies Son' and closer 'Euphoria '94' further reinforce how they are intent on working carefully through their whole repertoire with a fine tuning, improving on each live outing.

The Murder Capital may have been the headliners this evening, but there is no doubt that VLURE are hot on their heels and well worthy of taking the crown as Scotland's most impressive emerging act.

Credit: David Adam

Watch :: The 1975 debut two new songs live in Nottingham

The 1975 kicked off their current UK tour on Saturday night (February 15) at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena, where they debuted two new songs from their forthcoming album, 'Notes On A Conditional Form', to be released in April.

'If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)' and 'Guys' formed part of the 23-song set, and you can hear both via the fan-captured footage below.


Me & You Together Song
Sincerity Is Scary
It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) (live debut)
Love Me
I Couldn't Be More in Love
Guys (live debut)
Frail State of Mind
I Like America & America Likes Me
Somebody Else
I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)


Love It If We Made It
Give Yourself a Try
The Sound