Saint Raymond packs out The Big Top at Standon Calling

Callum Burrows brought Saint Raymond to Standon Calling today, and playing rather low down the billing we were expecting a small crowd. Oh how we were wrong! I guess it goes down to his anthematic tunes, catchy choruses, the massive exposure he's had with supporting Haim, being played on the BBC a lot - on Radio 1, 6 Music and Glastonbury.

So when they took to the stage the crowd flocked like birds on migration to see Callum and co perform. You could see the band were clearly enjoying themselves on stage with massive grins coming from everyone. They played a brilliant set with their biggest and best songs saved for the Standon faithful.

I could easily say this was the best performance of the day, but no two sets here are comparable. The highlights of the set was his recent single "I Want You""Young Blood" and the track that got me into them, "Everything She Wants", which oddly was the track the whole crowd was singing along to! The end of their set was energetic and enthusiastic, giving a long lasting memory for the crowd! Hopefully they'll all buy his album when it's out, you know it's going to be good!

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Waste open Standon Calling with energetic set

Waste today opened the annual festival in the tiny village of Standon. Nestling in the rolling hills in Hertfordshire just off the A10 and only a few miles away from London, Standon Calling is one of the best 'small' festivals around. And Waste today opened up the weekend after winning a competition.

The band from Stevenage - not far from Standon - played a solid set of energetic songs, some reminiscent of a young Arctic Monkeys crossed with vocals that reminded us of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz project. With a solid fan-base down the front the band were lapping up the attention, the highlight of the set was their track "Blow" - which we had as our 'Track of the week' earlier in the year - and as more and more people gathered towards the end of their set.

Finishing off with a solid new track expect to see them on the bill next year, and hopefully more festivals too!

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Stream Atlantic Shore's mini-EP "The Comedown" here [IAI PREMIÈRE]

Today we're airing a new mini-EP from Buckinghamshire based band, Atlantic Shore. The EP is comprised of two brand new songs that showcase their enthusiastic msuic, with big hooks and anthematic choruses. These four guys have a big future ahead of themselves if they write more songs like these two!

Their EP was self produced and is out on soundcloud NOW!

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Sigur Rós upload 42 demos, loops, out-takes and more to soundcloud

Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós today have 'unlocked' loads of demos, loops, out-takes, alternative versions of songs and live tracks on Soundcloud.

Most of which were originally uploaded around two years, it gives you an insight to what one of the world's most iconic Post-Rock bands sound like before they record it fully. So scroll on down below to listen to 42 songs by the band! Over FOUR HOURS worth of music!

Daily Download... Sigur Rós - Untitled 2 (Fyrsta)

Today when I loaded up soundcloud Sigor Ros had unlocked loads of free to download tracks, so this can basically cover us for this segment of the site for the next fortnight. But as I like to mix things up I shall not be doing so, but you can download "Untitled 2 (Fyrsta)" today thanks to the band.

Who said Iceland is boring!

Interview with... The New Union

We're big fans of The New Union, and there one of a few bands that we've put on that are still going strong! Heck I even put them forwards for the semi-final of the Glastonbury Emerging Talents Competition! Here I chat to James about their early work, their influences and most importantly, what's next for the band!

How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn't heard of you?
Emotive Pop music with loud instruments.

After releasing two great singles in 2014, do you have another single in the pipeline?
We've been lucky enough to release this single with the backing of a really great label, so we are definitely planning another single later on this year.

Will we ever see "It's You" getting a release? It was one of your early tracks and I just have a complete soft spot for it!
Thank you! It was probably one of the first songs we'd ever written as a band, so will definitely always a favourite of ours. The only reason we stopped playing it is because we felt we couldn't replicate the recording well enough live!

If you could cover an artist who would it be and why?
Personally speaking here, I’d love to cover a really soulful artist, just because I think it would suit Richard’s voice very well. Perhaps Marvin Gaye?

Going on from the question before, who are your influences?
Again, personally speaking , I take a lot of influence from good guitar bands such as Death Cab For Cutie / Local Natives / Bombay Bicycle Club . Richard loves the likes of Elbow / Radiohead / Coldplay. Leo loves lots of contemporary music alongside some rather worrying 90's / 00's metal (make of that what you will) , and Alex loves a lot of American punk bands .

When creating new tunes how do you go about it? Does it start off with a riff/click/beat/lyrics or do you all sit in a room and jam?
Going on from before, because we all have quite varied influences it really helps. Richard will normally bring part of a song to the rehearsal room, and we will spend hours/days/ normally weeks , playing around with different structures and parts. It's a really satisfying way of making music, even if it is time consuming!

What made you pick up the guitar?
When I was about 13 I started really loving Blink 182, and so I bought my friends guitar that he never played for £20, I never looked back!

If you could curate a gig of your own with an unlimited budget, who would be on the bill?
Jackson 5 Marvin Gaye - Bill Withers . We'll take the 7pm opening slot.

What bands are you currently listening to?
At the moment, I'm listening to loads of this guy called Francis Lung, who was previously in a band called Wu Lyf. He's amazing live and very good on record too. Other than that, I recently put about 3 suede albums on my iPod.

Last but not least, what are we going to expect from The New Union in the next 12 months?
Expect more music, more shows and better haircuts.

The New Union are playing at Hackney's Sebright Arms on August 6th to celebrate their new single "Believe In Nothing", you can watch the video for it below!

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Damon Albarn streams new track "Sister Rust"

More music from old favourite Damon Albarn now, nope not that illusive Blur album but a new solo track that's in Scarlett Johansen movie - "Lucy".

The motion picture soundtrack for "Lucy" is out now on Back Lot Music.

Catfish and the Bottlemen reveal video for "Cocoon"

Catfish and the Bottlemen keep on writing anthematic songs, when their album drops it's going to be an absolute corker. They're one of the most exciting bands around at the moment, their live shows, videos and tracks are all brilliant, so why not scroll on down to check it out!

Catfish & The Bottlemen UK tour dates:
5 November CARDIFF The Globe
6 November PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
7 November LONDON Koko
8 November LEICESTER 02 Academy
9 November LEEDS Cockpit
12 November EDINBURGH Caves
13 November ABERDEEN Tunnels
14 November GLASGOW Classic Grand
15 November NEWCASTLE 02 Academy
3 December MANCHESTER 02 Academy
4 December BRISTOL Thekla
5 December STOKE Sugarmill
7 December BIRMINGHAM Institute
8 December OXFORD 02 Academy
12 December NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
13 December LIVERPOOL O2 Academy

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Lonely The Brave cover Bjork's "All Is Full Of Love"

Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave have covered Bjork's "All Is Full of Love", a song that her fans absolutely love! The band has certainly had a great year and with their superb cover of the song it looks like they really enjoyed it too!

This is the third video taken from their Angel Studios sessions, take a look at others they've recorded here.

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Bloody Knees reveal "Stitches"

Cambridge noise makers - Bloody Knees - have unveiled a brand new track called "Stitches", it'll feature on their brand new EP that's out the 25th of August, but you can get a sneeky peak of one of the finest Skater-Punk tracks of the past 12 months, they're doing the city proud!

You can listen to another track of theirs called "Daydream" here too. 

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