26 September, 2016

[IN PHOTOS] Ratboy @ Kentish Town Forum, 22nd September 2016

Last week we headed down to Kentish Town's Forum for Ratboy, here's our pictures from the night:
All photos by Caroline Quinn

25 September, 2016

[Gig Review] Clean Cut Kid @ Trinity Festival, Hull, Saturday 24th September 2016

'Ull is certainly getting to grips with being in the limelight and next year's City of Culture title will be the making of the city for sure. However, this year has been a tantalising foreplay of things to come.

A perfect example of this is Trinity festival currently on the go this weekend. A free to attend festival that has been showcasing some of the best local talent, along with a couple of cracking headline acts. Today is The Hoosiers taking to the stage but last night was the fresh and exciting Clean Cut Kid.

CCK have recently dropped a wonderful EP which really has been a playlist favourite for me. Having seen them a few times now, I think last night they were better performers than ever. Particular references to beard envy, inviting people from Hull for a beer with them and playing a gig in my house where they would trash it seemed to go down well as between song interludes.

Back to the music though and the band played through a solid set list of hits such as 'Pick Me Up', 'Vitamin C' and newest single 'We Used To Be In Love'. A usual bouncy effort throughout meant it appeared as though the band were really enjoying playing on quite a spacious stage for them to strut their stuff.

After a jam packed summer of festival performances, the band are still going strong, heading out on their own headline tour in October so be sure to check out where you can go see them for yourself.


Love this tune off the new EP btw...

Cheers for reading,


23 September, 2016


HUNTAR's new track "Anyway" is one of the many tracks that are gracing the latest FIFA Football OST (this one's for FIFA 17) and today he's unveiled the official stream of the Alt-Pop anthem. After a string of quality releases this one is basically confirming that HUNTAR will be on everyones lips in late 2016 and beyond.

You can listen to it below, thank us later!

Everyone is loving Camp Cope's cover of "Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

So... how are you? Everyone is loving Camp Cope's cover of "Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ad after listing to it five times on the bounce I have to admit I'm one of them. They're one of the bands that are breaking out of Austraila right now and you can easily see why.

Just take a look at the love Twitter has for them based on this cover alone!

Don't believe the hype? Check it out below!

Camp Cope cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" for Triple J

It's Friday so yet another 'Like A Version' has been recorded for Triple J, and today sees Camp Cope take on Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" for the Australian radio station, and it seems like a lot of people are loving it, they even got the nod from Daniel Ricciardo!

You can watch the performance below.

Bloc Party add extra London show for February 2017

Bloc Party the other day announced a brand new track called "Stunt Queen", and near enough right after they announced a headline show at The Roundhouse in Camden. It's since sold-out (very fast might I add) and the band have just announced that they've had to add an extra London show for February 2017.

[LISTEN] Jonny Stemp - Purge

Since Jonny Stemp left the deepest darkest depths of Essex and moved down to Brighton via the big smoke (London), his music has got a lot darker and broody. His latest offering is one of the atmospheric ones yet, and "Purge" really does have a sense of Bon Iver meets Ben Howard about it. As far as slow paced chillout anthems go this is certainly up there with the best and you can listen to it just below.

[LISTEN] Black Honey - Hello Today

We love Brighton for many reasons, but one of those reasons is the music scene down there that just seems to be constantly be spawning new and exciting bands. Now Black Honey have been around for more than a year and the hype still surrounds them, maybe it's down to the tracks they release, and today they've unveiled "Hello Today" which is one of their upbeat numbers.

So scroll on down below and check it out!

22 September, 2016

[LISTEN] Young Legionnaire - Disappear

Young Legionnaire have just revealed a brand new track lifted from the follow-up to 2011's "Crisis Works". "Disappear" is track 11 on YL's new album "Zero Worship" which was crowd-funded on Pledgemusic.com and is a great return for the trio.

It's a punch post-hardcore come out and out rock track with edgy hooks and Mullen's commanding vocals, head on down to wrap your ears around this!

[LISTEN] Red Love - Does It Make You

Red Love is one of  the many bands that Matt Tong is in, and this is his project with Alex Newport, from what I know the two met after recording the fourth Bloc Party album and have clearly since kept in touch. They have their début album coming out on the 1st of October and "Does It Make You" is one of those tracks.

It's a hazy affair with touches of psychedelica thrown in for good measure, and the visuals below even have some F1 footage in there, and for me that's a huge deal! So head on down and check it out!

Palace share video for "Holy Smoke"

As the release of their highly anticipated début full length album draws ever so closer, London quartet Palace have today shared a video for their new track "Holy Smoke", which is one of the first slithers of music from "Holy Smoke".

Their album "SO Long Forever" is out November 4th via Fiction.

[LISTEN] Telegram - You Said You Saw Us

Telegram have just revealed their fuzzy new track "You Said You Saw Us", and it's the first new material since the release of the critically acclaimed début album "Operator". The track also is released just before they head out on a UK-wide Winter tour.

[GIG REVIEW] MINT w/ The Jackobins & Ginger Tom @ The Spider's Web, Grimsby, 17/09/2016

Grimsby has not had a "scene" quite like this for a while.

There comes a point when people in the area know how hard working the local musicians are but they still struggle to either be joined by great support acts or get people out of their houses in order to witness them live. MINT have found the breaking point of negating both of these factors. Saturday's EP launch saw them pack out a local pub to the point of people not even fitting inside the door, coupled with great support acts that are gaining national recognition. Things feel very lively at the moment for the lads and hopefully the area in general. 

Ginger Tom:

Ginger Tom are good friends with MINT and chucked on their merch t-shirts to wear during their set. Playing a couple of very recognisable covers blended in with their own very nice tunes, Ginger Tom had a captive audience lined up at the front of the venue, whilst I chilled out next to the bar.

The guys are certainly doing the rounds playing plenty of gigs and even done some BBC Introducing stuff so hats off to them that they will be breaking through in the near future for sure. I'm personally a fan of the below tune so feel free to check them out.


Next up was The Jackobins:

When The Jackobins perform on relatively small stages they naturally don't leave a lot of room for movement what with there being 6 of them, and yet somehow they still manage to feel like they're bouncing around like an excited boxer!

"Waiting on the sun", "Hasty" and "One More Chance" have been personal favourites of mine for a while and having recently wowed a Leeds festival crowd I was over the moon that Grimsby had managed to bag one of the hardest working bands in the country right now.

The guys professionally executed a well-crafted set, knowing when to try and get crowd involvement balanced with really going for it and showcasing their ability.

Check them out if you have neglected to so far:

FACEBOOK - The Jackobins

Oh and three dead quick things: 1) Thanks for the personal shout-out during the gig Veso! 2) Huge thanks for being guests of The Hare and Hound post-gig then being legends, playing a couple of tunes in there...(Marc may have found a new trade as a barman though), hope my house was comfy, and 3) Dom managed to be the first to ever climb the tree outside my house, in like forever! I appreciate without seeing the tree you can't grasp that achievement haha. This mention of it can be your certificate!

So last but obviously not least MINT:

So as previously mentioned, it feels as though there is something bubbling in this part of the world at the moment. The town is being force-fed a treat of cool bands coming through and most of all pushing themselves forward. Subsequently, I would argue Grimsby could be on the rise as being a decent place to gig... finally!

Don't get me wrong I know there has been a solid base of gigging and music scene in the town for generations, what I'm talking about is the next level of attracting seriously talented and big name acts.

MINT gigs are now somewhat locally renowned for going a bit nuts, some would argue they may now need to move to slightly bigger venues in order to cope. Even though I had a ticket I was stuck near the back struggling to get in the door from the amount of people who clearly had been outside smoking for most of the night and piled inside to witness the lads do their thing.

Some technical problems early on didn't stop Zak trying to start a proper party with an inflatable crocodile being ridden for a crowd surf etc as the guys ploughed through tunes off their new EP.

I know I'm no photographer so sorry for the poor quality but the above picture was taken in the build up to 'Living & Dying For' which I genuinely think is a great example of their work. The crowd for this gig, in particular, were loving the show that the guys put on.

Now this blog post has droned on about how Grimsby could be great but isn't... Sound-tracking this exact sentiment is 'Wonderland'. With the same idea of talking about this issue, I think the guys could well be at the forefront of dragging us out of the mud! Other local bands are also worth mentioning like The Brew, Casanova and The Brookes are playing good stuff and together I think big things could be on the horizon in the area.


Thanks for reading, if you did... if you didn't and just listen to the tunes and looked at pretty pictures then that's cool also.


Slaves share "Consume Or Be Consumed" video feat. Mike D.

Slaves have shared their new track "Consume Or Be Consumed" via the medium of a music video, and this track gets an added zazz thanks to Beastie Boys' Mike D, helping push Slaves out to even more audiences. The groove heavy track revolves around a huge, filthy bassline, Isaac’s speed-rap vocals and a raging guest verse from the hip-hop icon himself.

Slaves' new album "Take Control" is out next Friday on the 30th of September.

The Sherlocks share video for "Will You Be There"

Sheffield quartet The Sherlocks have revealed their video for "Will You Be There", with lots of support from the BBC as well as performing at most major UK festivals the band have also completed a UK tour recently, it seems the next big thing to come out of Sheffield is going to be these guys!

Brandon Cook (Drummer) says of the track "It's basically about the notion of when you're doing well & everybody wants to know you and cling on to you... As opposed to when you're going through a rough time and most people jump off-board and forget you. Who will be the ones still with you because they truly believe in what you're doing as much as you? 'Will You Be There?' seemed like the title to sum the whole meaning up really." 

Calan Mai covers Eminem and Dido's "Stan"

In early 2015, Calan Mai AKA Jordan Lawrence moved from Gold Coast, Australia to Manchester to concentrate efforts on music without the distractions of home. He even came to the UK at the same exact time as his mates in Fairchild, and safe to say that they both have flourished.

This is Calan Mai's folk cover of "Stan" by Eminem and Dido.


[LISTEN] October Drift - Cherry Red

October Drift are really getting their groove on, with the announcement of their new EP a week or so ago, they have revealed another post-rock epic called "Cherry Red". It's a stunning track that reminds us of slower Nirvana songs in places and when the chorus comes the wall of guitars hits you in the face.

"Cherry Red" smacks you right in the face, and that's what rock is suppose to be about, head on down to get your fix, I know I'll be listening to this a lot more for sure!

JAWS reveal video for "Right In Front Of Me"

JAWS have gone and had a bit of a switch-up since their first album, lost a member, went down to a  three-piece and are now back with a slightly grungier sound as a foursome. The new cut - "Right in Front of Me" - is taken from JAWS forthcoming album "Simplicity" which is available 4th November 2016.

It's a hazy new track with elements ranging from Beach Boys to Joy Division, they certainly are ones to capture your imagination, and if you like what you hear you can check them out on tour later on this year

JAWS Winter UK Tour
Nov 23rd | Thekla, Bristol
Nov 24th | The Dome, London
Nov 25th | Headrow House, Leeds
Nov 26th | Think Tank, Newcastle
Nov 27th | King Tut's, Glasgow
Nov 29th | Fruit, Hull
Nov 30th | Sound Control, Manchester
Dec 2nd | Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham

[LISTEN] Bloc Party - Stunt Queen

It was only in January of this year that Bloc Party released their fifth album, and sitting at 16 songs long you would've thought that was it until the sixth album... well now! They've dropped a rather upbeat new track called "Stunt Queen", which oddly enough is the first track fully written and recorded with the current 'new' line-up.

Kele said - " ... "Stunt Queen" has its genesis in an idea that dates back to the Australian tour we did at the start of 2016. It was an idea that we worked on at sound checks and was one of the first ideas to come along after Justin and Louise joined the band. Playing the Hollywood Bowl feels like a significant milestone for the band, and we wanted to mark it with a new release. We’re excited to be playing our biggest ever headline gig in the U.S. and releasing new material in the same week."

Mura Masa & Bonzai cover "Lean On" by Major Lazer for BBC Radio 1

Mura Masa & Bonzai both tore up Bestival when they performed in the Big Top at the festival, and the two of them have collaborated again with a cover "Lean On" by Major Lazer for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge segment.

It's one of the most stripped back covers of this song going with a simple processed drum beat, loop pedal and a guitar to hand. You can check it out below.