26 May, 2016

[LISTEN] - Melissa Allenby - Obsessed

Ever since we, here at It's All Indie, heard Melissa's first few singles, Slow, All Night and You Know, we've been desperate to hear some more of the Nottingham-based singer-songwriter. A talented singer with a penchant for combining her stunning vocals with RnB stylings, Melissa Allenby is an exciting artist and her new track, Obsessed, is the next step on an upwards trajectory.



This song, much like Slow, is more heavily focussed on Allenby's vocals and is a bit slower than some of the other songs, but don't let that put you off. Obsessed is a hypnotic, emotional adventure, with an ethereal beat and dreamy vocals that threaten to put you in a trance. It's a stunning piece of music - which should come as no surprise, if you've heard Slow.

This is an incredibly polished song, given that Allenby has only been creating music for a few years and is self-produced. There's something raw and exciting about her voice and the style of music is slightly different to anything we've heard before. Give Obsessed a chance - it'll surprise you.



25 May, 2016

[INTERVIEW] with.... FEWS

Having been blown away by their track The Zoo when I first heard it last year, it's been a joy to see Swedish/US band FEWS begin to get some great recognition for their jagged indie sound. Having just released their fantastic debut album Means, and fresh from performing at the prestigious The Great Escape festival in Brighton last weekend, the band are riding on a crest of a wave. I managed to catch-up with lead-singer/guitarist Fred (no surnames for now...) amidst all the excitement in FEWS-WORLD for some quick hits on the eve of their Uk tour.

Photo credit Emma Gibney
How exciting is it to finally have the album coming out? With everything that goes on behind the scenes with these releases, and the time it takes, I imagine you’ve been desperate to just get it out there?

Yeah definitely, i've been waiting for this for years now.

What kind of themes did you write about for the album? Is there an overarching thread?

Illness, love, death and parties basically.

You’ve got a bunch of tour dates/festival slots coming up to support the release- what can people expect from your live shows?

Alot of sweat. intense and sex-like shows. 



What’s the best venue you’ve ever played?

La Maroquinerie.

With everyone taping over the holes in their wellies and gearing up for festival season, what are your key festival tips?

Stay hydrated and don't be a dick.

Which artists are you really digging at the moment?

Bad Breeding, Basement 5, TVAM, John Maus, Pixx to mention a few.

Any guilty pleasures?

dog dog dog.

What is FEWS' spirit animal?

A rhino.

 If you could only listen to one album forever, what would it be?

Jonsi and Alex - Riceboy Sleeps.

Track 3 on ‘Means’ is called Drinking Games- which is your favourite drinking game?

The Pyramid. 

From an outside perspective, what’s the biggest WTF about British culture?

Your designs, like your sockets and showers. A real wtf thing.

Finally, who’s going to win the Euros? 

England or France really.

Wow. Wish I was as confident as you are...



FEWS play:
25 May – LONDON - Sebright Arms
27 May – MANCHESTER - Dot to Dot Festival
28 May – BRISTOL - Dot to Dot Festival
29 May – NOTTINGHAM - Dot to Dot Festival
02 Jun – READING – Purple Turtle
04 Jun – COVENTRY – Kasbah
13-17 Jul – DOUR – Dour Festival
15-17 Jul – LEEUWARDEN – Welcome To The Village Festival
22-24 Jul – TOPCLIFFE - Deer Shed Festival
19-21 Aug – BRECON  - Green Man Festival
FEWS debut album MEANS is out now on CD, limited clear vinyl and download and is available to pre-order now. 

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23 May, 2016

James White travels to Calais to perform for refugees

James White use to be a comedic singer-songwriter back in the day, happily performing his songs to make people laugh, and good on him the world needs people that make faces happy! However in the last year or so he's changed his music style and has written a fair few good songs, ones that we've blogged about too. He's got no backing from a label, no manager just dedication and a some good friends to support him in his endeavours.



He's always been passionate about the 'crisis' that started to unfold around 12-15 months ago with the refugees, and last weekend he popped over to Calais to the place everyone calles 'The Jungle', and performed some songs for everyone who is seeking a better life here in the UK. Below is a collection of some of his Instagram snaps and a video of him performing. He also taught some of the refugees how to play the guitar and they even had a little jam together, what a lovely man!





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20 May, 2016

Spring King cover Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" for BBC Radio 1

Spring King are on the rise, and are rising faster than ever, here they are performing a stripped back cover of "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire for Huw Stephens' 'Piano Sessions' on BBC Radio 1. This is just one of many reasons why we love this band.



Aquilo share new track "Sorry"

Could this be Aquilo's most tender track yet? We think so! It’s an acoustic rendition of a previously unheard track which will appear on their début album - it's due later this year-. It's a signature Aquilo track, moving, poignant and full of lovelorn lyrics, it's giving me goosebumps just listening to it.

I can't wait for their album, and if you can't wait watch them perform it at Lightship95 below.




The Hunna reveal video for new song "Still Got Blood"

The Hunna have revealed one of their heaviest tracks yet, and even though they're classed as an 'indie-pop' band they're roots are showing with this new cut. If you knew of the band from their previous projects this does not come as a surprise to you.

No doubt this will still be sung back to them at their sell out shows, it's a little twist in The Hunna's sound, and now that their album is done expect to hear more from them. You can watch the video below.

Picture by Rhona Murphy


Tom Lumley reveals video for new song "Seesaw"

Tom Lumley is a Indie singer/songwriter originally from Cambridgeshire. He has been writing and gigging for the past three years. During this time he has played at popular venues in the UK supporting the likes of Coasts, The Hunna, Kill It Kid, Sam Duckworth, Violet Bones and playing festivals such as Dot To Dot, Strawberry Fair etc. Whilst constantly being busy out on the road he has also been releasing original material which has gained radio play around the UK including the local BBC Introducing show in Cambridgeshire.


When I was asked back in late October 2016 by BBC Cambridgeshire Introducing to talk about some up and coming talent in the region I spoke about Tom, and I guess this new track has justified it! You can watch it in all of it's glory below.

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19 May, 2016

[LISTEN] Pure Youth - Other Side

London's Pure Youth have revealed their latest effort, "Other Side", which sees them reach peak atmosphere. It's got so much going for it, it sounds like it was written for the big arenas, the festival stages and even stadiums, Catfish and the Bottlemen have got nothing on these guys, this is how to write a hit!

Stream their über-stadium-ready track "Other Side" below.



Adam French announces UK headline tour

Adam French releases the video for Face To Face, the title track from his début EP with Virgin EMI. Directed by James Slater (Jamie T, Blossoms), the video offers a medley of intriguing visuals of French’s 'isolated bubble' interweaved with his musical mastery - a brilliantly textured and strong accompaniment to French’s already impactful sound. He has also revealed details of his forthcoming UK-wide tour which is set to take place in mid September.

You can watch the video and check out the tour dates below.


Adam French Live Shows
August
10th - A Summer’s Tale Festival, Hamburg, Germany
13th – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay, Cornwall.
Headline UK Tour - September
6th - Brighton - The Hope and Ruin
7th - Bristol - Louisiana
9th - Sheffield - Leadmill
10th - Stoke - Sugarmill
11th – Glasgow - King Tut's
13th - London - Electrowerkz



Moats announce split + stream their farewell EP "Rough"

Moats have sadly announced that they're going to call an end to the band and part ways, but have since released a 'farewell' EP in the form of the "Rough EP", which they say - "[The EP is] a collection of 5 songs we recorded way back in 2014 with Margo Broom. We've posted about the "Rough EP" on many occasions since then and now that we are sadly taking the decision to part ways we feel it is appropriate for us to now release it as a parting gift.


It's been quite the journey from their very first show at Rhythms of the World in Hitchin all those years ago, and after storming onto the scene with a début album they instantly had 11 tracks to call their own and to perform with. They then changed their sound from the light indie-pop to a darker edge, much to what this last EP is like. Gaining fans and admires along the way, performing at Austin City Limits and two tours around Belgium they were destined for greatness.

I will always remember them as one of the hardest working bands I've followed/liked/loved and have seen them many times too, cheers guys, it was a blast!

The band's full statement reads...
Hello everyone. It comes with great sadness that Thursday evening will be our last ever gig as 'Moats'. We've had an amazing time with a lot of incredible memories that will never be lost.

The people we've met along the way are beautiful and have given us a lot of hope for our futures but we all mutually agree that it's time we progress with our lives in a different way.

We've done quite a bit for a band of simpletons from Biggleswade. Austin City Limits, 2 Belgium tours, 2 UK tours, being played on radio one and recording with some great people. Well never forget the house parties in Liverpool & Leeds and we'll always remember everyone who inspired us.

Maybe look out for new stuff in the future from us guys...

18 May, 2016

Common Tongues release new single 'It Doesn't Last Forever'


We couldn't quite nail down a catch-all term to define 'It Doesn't Last Forever', the latest output from Common Tongues. Not quite abrasive enough to be termed 'rock', not quite downbeat enough to be considered 'ambient' but too interesting not to give it at least two listens.

They lyricism is pristine, with intelligent imagery in the verses giving way to sing along chorus. Many bands trying to achieve what Common Tongues have achieved here often fall into the trap of creating boring music, not so for Common Tongues.

The track develops nicely, the final quarter or so of music is unexpected. This is a wonderful example of concise song writing, we look forward to hearing more.

Catch them at The Great Escape:

Friday 20th May, The Dorset at 10pm
Saturday 21st May, East Street Tap, 12pm
Saturday 21st May, Marwood's Cafe, 5.45pm

Words by Jake Breeze

Bayonet release new single 'Everything' via Scruff of the Neck Records


Sheffield's mighty Bayonet release new single 'Everything' via Manchester indie label Scruff of the Neck Records just in time for a run of high profile festival appearances.

Sheffield-based indierocker Bayonet sound like a younger offspring of The 1975 but then, they might be cousins of The Kooks. having met in high school the quartet rapidly developed a huge following in the Steel City thanks to their colourful and quirky brand of indie pop, busking wherever there's a crowd to play. They've already supported The Ordinary Boys Lisbon and most recently The Hunna in sold out hometown show at The Leadmill.



[IN PHOTOS] Black Honey/Catfish and The Bottlemen @ Kentish Town Forum, 11th April 2016

We headed down to take some snaps of Black Honey and Catfish and The Bottlemen performing at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, here is a selection of our photos - the full album is up here.
 
 All photos by Caroline Quinn

Matt Helders & Josh Homme join Iggy Pop on Later... with Jools Holland

Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys fame and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age joined Iggy Pop on Later... with Jools Holland to perform Iggy's iconic track "Lust For Life" and "Sunday".

You can watch the two performances below.





17 May, 2016

[LISTEN] Wildlife - Dead Century

Now this is why I love Soundcloud, those recommended tracks always throw up some gold and today I found Wildlife's new track "Dead Century". After a bit of resarch I found out they've been going since 2006 in one form or another and are from Ontario in Canada. The track is an uplifting indie-rock anthem which can easily rival the likes of Editors, infact I'll go as far as saying they're just as good!

So head on down and listen to "Dead Century".




[LISTEN] Prides - Rome

Glasgow outfit Prides are back, and they bring their synthy goodness to 2016 with their new track "Rome". It's their first track since the release of their debut album "The Way Back Up" last year, the band say - " ... "Rome" is a little darker, a little louder, and really came from our aching desire to experiment with the quarter-note-triplet beat of Tears for Fears of Simple Minds."


[LISTEN] Spring King - Detroit

It's now not long to wait until Spring King unveil their eagerly awaited début album, "Tell Me If You Like To", and based on what we've heard from the guys so far, it sounds like it’s going to be a very exciting debut outing. Their latest cut to be revealed is another upbeat and fast paced number, which reminds me of their first EP, it's just full of soul and character.

You can listen via Spotify below.



14 May, 2016

[LISTEN] Too Cool Kid - Drained

The enigmatic Cambridge/Manchester based Too Cool Kid return with brooding and sultry new single 'Drained'. Clocking in at under 2 minutes, it's a concise, invigorating and downbeat bluesy groove of a song, punctuated by airy sections of release which showcase lead singer Jay Plent's dynamic vocal range and the band's instrumental dexterity.



Ruminating on the emotional toll an unravelling relationship can have,  the opening lyrics set the scene: "All the breath that your body took from me, I'd suck it in". The emptiness following the destruction of something spiritual that you've put so much energy into creates a physical withdrawal, resulting in a shallowness of breath and weakening of the body. The tightly wound verses juxtaposed against the anthemic choruses neatly represent the ying and yang of self-assured anger versus despair in dealing with the situation.

Whilst Too Cool Kid may hide behind a cartoon when it comes to the visual element, 'Drained' exemplifies a band which is at ease with baring themselves lyrically and thematically, and a band that is growing in confidence and swagger with every release. Listen to 'Drained' below:



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13 May, 2016

[INTERVIEW] with... VANT

Indie rock band VANT have had a whirlwind of a year so far. Having recently completed their first UK headline tour and releasing their incredible single 'Fly-by-alien', 2016 is most definitely set to be their year. Whilst taking a well-deserved mini-break, we chat to frontman Mattie Vant about touring, future plans and 2016 festival appearances including the intimate Barn on The Farm Festival.

Check out the interview below:


Hi guys! How are you doing?


Pretty good. Just having a mini-break / pre-festival refuel in the south of Italy.


So you’ve just finished your first headline UK tour last month, how was that?


Bellissimo. Every night was very sweaty and euphoric. A celebration of like mindedness.


Which tour dates particularly stood out?


Manchester and London were bonkers.

 
Any tour mishaps?


It was worryingly smooth this time, too smooth. We're due some disasters in the coming months I imagine! Touch wood.


How do you feel your craft has developed as a live artist?


I think we're consistently smashing it now. It took a while to work out some niggles and adapting the songs to a live environment. It was really important to us to stay raw and honest. Too many bands rely on backing tracks and samples these days. We want to stay clear of that. It doesn't have to sound exactly like the record, you may as well just listen to it at home otherwise. There is nothing more exciting than watching a band in sequence with each other creating a sound from scratch. It loses all of it's soul for me if I know part of what I'm hearing is just someone pressing play on a computer, it's a cop out, it's fake and it's conning your audience.


What can we expect at future shows?


Backing tracks. Ha! Honestly, I don't know! We don't want to over think things in case it becomes too calculated. Expect the unexpected!


So your most recent single ‘Fly-by-alien’ is absolutely incredible. What’s the main inspiration behind the thought-provoking lyrics?


It's a tongue-in-cheek, paradoxical analysis of the first species in history to knowingly cause and pursue it's own extinction. A world that refuses to save it's self due to personal greed and selfish endeavours, despite having the resources to do so!


Are politics and world problems something that you feel need to be addressed with your music?


It's complete necessity. We are trying to create a platform for change. Music is what comes naturally us and therefore seems like a logical place to start.


Who are the political activists that you look up to?


MIA, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Thom Yorke & John Lennon to name but a few...


What can fans expect from your upcoming album?


A diverse but concise assessment of where we are as a planet right now that captures the present and looks to the future.


How does the process of recording an album differ from your previous singles?


We've done things in a very unusual way, recording tracks as they come in to fruition rather than making the whole thing in a couple of weeks. It's been a wonderful process and due to the great relationship we have with our producer, Sam Miller, we've had the opportunity and flexibility to keep working on tracks and changing things here and there until we are all completely happy with the results. It's been a very privileged, unique experience.


You’re playing numerous festivals this summer including the intimate Barn On The Farm Festival. What’s your favourite aspect of festival season?


The challenge of playing to new audiences and hopefully winning them over, it's a very satisfying feeling when something clicks during a set and everyone becomes fully invested in what you are doing.


Any acts you’re hoping to catch at festivals that you’re playing at?


I really want to see Low at Best Kept Secret festival in the Netherlands. They are one of my favourite bands and I've never had an opportunity to see them live.


What’s your festival must-have?


Hydration.


Mattie Vant
VANT


See VANT at Barn on the Farm Festival, 1st - 3rd July. For more information please visit www.barnonthefarm.co.uk