29 May, 2017

[TRACK OF THE WEEK] Elephant Talk - Recently

Elephant Talk has recently revealed his self-titled début EP, and if you're a fan of Glass Animals, SBTRKT and Odesza then this is definitely up your alley! Askew-Conti has produced five of the smoothest tracks just in time for the summer, think Friendly Fires if they went a bit more RnB and this is pretty much where Elephant Talk is at. We have the full EP below if you want to give it a whirl.


Now the 'Track of The Week' is the opening track, "Recently", which seems to be the perfect track for you to get into his music with. It's a blend of funky guitar lines laced with fuzz and reverb, smooth basslines and equally smooth vocals that sends a warm feeling down your spine. Elephant Talk has crafted a track that is easily ready for the British Summer, late nights, heat up, sun down and getting funky.

This is just the tip of the iceberg - if you love this then you'll love the EP.


26 May, 2017

[LISTEN] Deco - Chances [IAI PREMIERE]

Successfully bridging the gap between pop sensibility and rich musicality, Nottingham’s DECO have spent the past two years building their reputation as one of the country’s strongest indie-pop artists. Having already played to packed out crowds up and down the country, and taken slots at the likes of Y-Not Festival in their stride, their ascent shows no sign of slowing down.

DECO’s latest single, 'Chances', builds on the upbeat electro pop of their previous releases while harbouring a distinctly more nuanced approach that will be familiar to fans of Everything Everything. Filled with indie-charm; embracing sun-drenched guitar licks and bouncy drumbeats, DECO have nailed it with this track and just about in time for Summer too. Characteristically optimistic in its delivery, 'Chances' is about the importance of honesty within human relationships and the effect dishonesty has on said relationships.


 "The track is a very personal one to me, probably the most personal track I've ever written." says frontman Max Kendall "It's about witnessing the dishonesty and breakdown of a relationship between two people and the effect that had on me. It's maybe a way of getting across what I would say if I was able to say something and trying to look on the bright side of the situation. Which is probably the reason the song sounds so upbeat." The band will be heading out on a small run of dates in support of the single, including London, Nottingham and Manchester, before gearing up for another Summer of festival appearances.
 

Catch DECO at their next UK live dates

June 7th: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
June 9th: Thousand Island, London
June 10th: The Bodega, Nottingham

Keep updated with DECO on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/decoband


25 May, 2017

[LISTEN] London Grammar - Oh Woman Oh Man (MK Remix)

London Grammar have recently revealed another new track, "Oh Woman Oh Man". However producer MK has taken it to new levels and has turned it into a floor-filler that you can expect to hear everywhere!

If you love your quality remixes head on down. London Grammar's second album "Truth Is A Beautiful Thing" is due out 9th June.


Alex Ohm reveals stunning video for "Every Ocean" [IAI PREMIERE]

Ahead of his debut EP release and subsequent launch show, Alex Ohm has released the video for ‘Every Ocean’ – the lead single from the EP. Fronted with a wonderful folk charm, both lush string arrangements and the subtle guitar execution reside justly with powerful oceanic visuals.

Fans will be surprised to realise that At First a Drop, Then a Flood is in fact the first official release from the West Midlands musician, despite having already played a number of sell-out shows as well as supporting Ocean Colour Scene and Jack Savoretti.



Having been influenced by the likes of Bill Ryder-Jones, The National and alt-J, Ohm’s debut EP channels elements of those three, with lead single; the upbeat, string-backed Every Ocean signifying an important time in the singer-songwriter’s life.

“Every Ocean came about with the arrival of my nephew combined with where I was at in my life,
It's a kind of... ‘if I could give you some words of advice’ sort of song that basically says: whatever you do in life, do what's right for you because you'll never please everyone anyway.” says Alex

Though Alex has gigged across the world with former band The Lines – including support slots with Ian Brown, The Charlatans, Peter Doherty and an appearance at SXSW – it’s a fresh start for Alex, with the EP being a long time in the making.



Upcoming shows: 
Friday April 21st – Note Bar, Birmingham - Tickets
Saturday April 22nd – Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton – Sold Out
Saturday May 20th: Birmingham, The Victoria (EP launch) - Tickets

Keep updated with everything Alex Ohm on Facebook
Words by Cole Samson
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24 May, 2017

[LISTEN] Gravity Circus - Aspire

After finding Gravity Circus randomly on Soundcloud's 'Indie Charts' a few weeks back we instantly fell in love with their sound, all be it a cover of a Glass Animals track. However the duo have just revealed their ukulele driven track "Aspire", and it's the first track I've heard since Gentlemen's Club that have used that instrument to great effect.

You can take a listen to the folky number below.


[LISTEN] Wild Cub - Somewhere

Back when The 1975 played 3 nights running at Brixton a unknown band called Wild Cub were opening for them. A few years down the line they have achieved to get one of their tracks to be one of the most hyped - "Thunder Clatter" - and Wild Cub are still at it, crafting some of the most upbeat tracks of the Summer. "Somewhere" features a lot of brass in it which gives it that jazzy feel, yet with the trickling guitars and driving drums you're left dancing and jiving all night long.

Head on down below and listen to "Somewhere"




MADDOX reveal video for "Just Like You"

MADDOX have been toegther for a while now, however they never really got round to putting out a single, rather they were one of the darlings of their local music scene, who had a dedicated following and performed at their local festivals year in year out.


Their first official single is "Just Like You" and showcases what the band was, and IS still all about. Punchy guitar lines, a driving chorus and beat to open a mosh pit to! This new track is one for those who're into Catfish and The Bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. Head on down and check the video out.


Elephant Talk reveals self-titled début EP

Elephant Talk has revealed his self-titled début EP, and if you're a fan of Glass Animals, SBTRKT and Odesza then this is definitely up your alley! Askew-Conti has produced five of the smoothest tracks just in time for the summer, think Friendly Fires if they went a bit more RnB and this is pretty much where Elephant Talk is at.

Head on below and immerse yourself in it!



Berlin Grunge rock band FAUNSHEAD announce two London shows

Electrifying four-piece FAUNSHEAD are bringing their high-octane rock and roll to London with a duo of shows. Inspired by the most thrilling genres in music history - 70’s psychedelic rock, 80’s punk and 90’s grunge and stoner rock – FAUNSHEAD bring a bold new rock sound set to cause havoc in the mosh pit.


Devoted to keeping rock and roll alive, the band modernise this combination of classic alternative genres with thrilling beats, which accompany heavy guitars and thundering basslines along with a vocal ferocity. FAUNSHEAD released their debut album ‘Can’t Dance’ on Bellfire (Bellaphon) Records in April, and are now more than ready to bring their exhilarating sound to live venues.

We are looking forward to rocking it out in London! Playing tracks from 'Can’t Dance' and previewing some exclusive material in our favourite city!” – Matt Norman (vocals/guitar)

First founded in Berlin, FAUNSHEAD have moved their headquarters to the British capital – a vibrant city where the boys are able to feed their shared appetite for loud rock and roll and the greats of the louder musical style.

London shows

Wednesday 24th May - Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden 24th May
Sunday 28th May - New Cross Inn, New Cross

Words by Cole Samson

[FESTIVAL PREVIEW] Southside Festival 2017

As you have probably seen on our blog and social media channels we have an active team based in Germany covering bands, gigs and festivals from the European mainland. One of our upcoming festivals has been amongst our favourites for a number of years now - if you're looking for a festival in Central Europe look no further!


Germany's Southside Festival transforms Neuhausen Ob Eck's former military air-base into a frenzy of 60.000 festival-goers from all over Europe. This year's event will see bands such as Alt-J, Green Day, Future Islands, Lorde, Royal Blood, Editors and many more perform alongside German-speaking acts such as Bilderbuch, Casper, Frittenbude and OK Kid.



This list contains all bands performing at this year's Southside Festival.


Green Day, Linkin Park, Casper, Blink-182, Die Antwoord, Imagine Dragons, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Alt-J, Mando Diao, A Day To Remember, Royal Blood, Rancid, Clueso, Flogging Molly, Editors, SDP, Wolfmother, Halsey, Jennifer Rostock, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Jimmy Eat World, Gogol Bordello, Bilderbuch, Lorde, Milky Chance, Kontra K, Passenger, Boy, 257ers, Future Islands, Danko Jones, Maximo Park, Xavier Rudd, Die Orsons, Joris, Kakkmaddafakka, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Haftbefehl, Callejon, SSIO, Antilopen Gang, Archive, Of Mice & Men, You Me at Six, Gloria, Frittenbude, OK Kid, Seasick Steve, Baroness, Irie Révoltés, Heisskalt, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Die Kassierer, Kodaline, Kensington, LP, Twin Atlantic, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, Fatoni, Neonschwarz, SXTN, Disco Ensemble, Montreal, Red Fang, The King Blues, Moose Blood, Nothing But Thieves, The Smith Street Band, Ho99o9, Skinny Lister, Highly Suspect, Counterfeit, JP Cooper, Erik Cohen, Alex Mofa Gang, Louis Berry, Tall Heights, The Dirty Nil, K.Flay, Stu Larsen, Amber Run, Leif Vollebekk, Pictures, Smile And Burn, Ace.Tee & Kwam.e, Mikroschrei, Rebels Of The Jukebox, Tuesday Night Project, Luke Noa & The Basement Beats


Tickets for the three-day festival are still available and can be purchased online: www.southside.de/en/


Photos by Matthias Rhomberg

23 May, 2017

[LISTEN] Otherkin - Enabler

Dublin's very own punk-rockers, Otherkin, have shared their brand new track "Enabler". The song comes as the second song lifted from the band's forthcoming début album which is set for release later this year. The song is a fully charged rock song with screeching guitars, prominent vocals and has a drive that will keep you nodding your head well after it's finished.

You can listen to it via The Hyve below.




Sarah Walk covers "High And Dry" by Radiohead for DistillerTV

Sarah Walk has popped down to DistillerTV to perform a cover "High And Dry" by Radiohead, and it's one of those where you have to just sit back and immerse yourself in, it's one of the best Radiohead covers we've heard so far!




22 May, 2017

[TRACK OF THE WEEK] OUTLYA - Heaven

Like your music to sound big and bold with lots of atmosphere? Well OUTLYA's brand new track "Heaven" would be right up your street! They're a trio originating from East Anglia and have this stunning track for your ears, think of them in the same regards as Eliza and the Bear, Bastille and Mumford & Sons.


"Heaven" sounds like it is destined for the big stages, with a big and bold opening paving way for Will's commanding vocals. There is a sense of Weezer here tinted with some Surf-esque fuzzed out guitars. To sum it all up OUTLYA are simply just a brilliant new act with a stunning set of songs that are just ready for the summertime, head on down below and check out "Heaven". The track is out now via Harbour Masters.

OUTLYA's UK Shows
May
26 - Manchester, Dot To Dot
27 - Bristol, Dot To Dot
28 - Nottingham, Dot To Dot
June
9 - Pumphouse Festival
10 - Bushstock Festival
21 - London, Brixton Electric
30 - Barn on the Farm
July
1 - Barn On The Farm
15 - Latitude Festival
28 - Standon Calling
29 - Y Not Festival
30 - Kendal Calling
August
25 - Leeds Festival
27 - Reading Festival


20 May, 2017

Muse return with new track "Dig Down"

After a long tease, Muse are back with a monstrous new track, "Dig Down", and it's their first new music in over two years.

Matt Bellamy says - "When I was writing this song, I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to."




Watch I See Rivers cover "Budapest" by George Ezra for Mahogany Sessions

Mahogany Sessions is by far one of the most established live music YouTube channels going, and recently I See Rivers have performed a very good cover of "Budapest" by George Ezra. Sweet harmonies, delicate guitars and keeping that slight folk feel to it just gives you a lasting impression. If you like their cover check more of their work out!





Fickle Friends announce UK tour for October

Fickle Friends have announced their biggest ever headline UK tour in October, ending in London at the O2 Kentish Town Forum on October 26th. This news comes fresh from supporting The Kooks on sold-out headline tour in May and the release of their most ambitious single to date "Hello Hello".


Fickle Friends UK Headline Tour
July
05 Community Festival, London
October
06 Plymouth, Hub
07 Bristol, Thekla
08 Southampton, Engine Rooms
10 Dublin, Academy 2
17 Leeds, Wardrobe
18 Newcastle, Riverside
20 Sheffield, Plug
21 Birmingham, Academy 3
24 Manchester, Gorilla
25 Nottingham, Recue Rooms
26 London, O2 Kentish Town Forum




18 May, 2017

Glastonbury 2017 - What To Do On Thursday

Since the Wednesday edition of this post was a hit, I've decided to put up one for Thursday, and to be brutally honest - there is a whole lot more going on on the second full day of the festival than the first, so with that in mind here is our 'What to do' list for Thursday!


1 - If you haven't got a sore head, wake up nice and early and treat yourself to some cooked breakfast, they do Emu sausages, Ostrich egg omelettes and all sorts of herbal tea.



2 - William's Green is where it's all at - usually the TBA/TBC bands are 'Indie' bands, previous years include Wolf Alice, Drenge, The 1975 and Metronomy, Alt-J. So it's always worth a shout,



3 - BBC Introducing - Check out the stars of tomorrow play on the BBC's flagship festival stage for new music. The line-up is smaller compared to Friday to Sunday, however they do have a few class acts from all over the UK, so if you're at a loose end watching an up and coming band is always a good shout!

Hozier performing a secret set in 2014

4 - Check out some new and fresh Electronic music and some great artists from further afield at La Pussy Parlure Nouveau (in the Silver Hayes area) - in recent years I've seen MØ, London Grammar, Garden City Movement, Balthazar and Fenech-Soler there.

2014's Line-Up, note they're not afraid to mix it up a bit!

5 - Take in the view from the top of the Ribbon Tower in The Park (photo of the Tower below) - although you may have to pay to up it.



6 - Go to Shangri-La - there are clubs for every music scene there, from 80's Rock to Trance via Pop and Jungle! It's a mind blowing place.



7 - Do a lap of the site, start off at The Pyramid, work your way to Williams Green, then off to the Green Field and Healing Field, then off to The Park and back to The Pyramid via The Other Stage. This'll help you get use to the site, and if you've been before there's always little tweeks to the site layout. It could even help you find some sweet short-cuts too!

8 - Beat Hotel - head to the Beat Hotel, grab a drink, climb the steps outside of it if you're not too drunk and enjoy the music! Some pretty sweet DJs make appearances there and it's close to a lot of campsites, so head on down!



9 - "The World-Famous Thursday Piss Up", organised by the Glasto Chat Facebook page. Look out for a horde of pink umbrellas by the big tree in the Pyramid field on Thursday around 1pm onwards.

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell dies aged 52

Chris Cornell - the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave - has died aged 52, according to his representative. In a statement issued to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery said Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, with the death was called "sudden and unexpected", a cause of death currently being unknown.

He leaves behind two children and a wife, his family has asked for privacy in this difficult time.


17 May, 2017

Royal Blood announce European and UK arena tour for late 2017

Royal Blood have announced a lengthy European and UK arena tour for late 2017, which will take in the sights of Lisbon, Milan and Paris alongside some dates spread all over the UK.

The UK dates include a massive show at Ally Pally as well as a show at Reading's Rivermead Complex - so if you can't get a ticket for the London show go to that one, it's a small venue compared to the other UK shows.


Tickets go on general sale on the 26th of May at 9am - so set your alarms!

Royal Blood European & UK Tour
October
28 Lisbon Campo Pequeno
November
2 Milan Fabrique
3 Zurich Halle 622
9 Paris,Zénith
10 Amsterdam AFAS Live
11 Antwerp Lotto Arena
13 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
14 Reading Rivermead
16 Manchester Arena
17 Leeds First Direct Arena
18 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
20 London Alexandra Palace
24 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
25 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
26 Dublin 3Arena
28 Bournemouth BIC
29 Brighton Centre

[GIG REVIEW] Skinny Lister @ The Talking Heads, Southampton, 9th May 2017

Skinny Lister's Southampton gig sold out back in February (3 months before the event) and it was apparent at The Talking Heads that there is a dedicated following for this band most of whom were wearing the band's t shirts! Skinny Lister are often described as a punk/folk band but that's an inadequate label. If it's necessary to put a 'genre' against the band it has to be a new one. I'd go with the 'Skinny Lister Genre' because they're truly unique.

When the band walks out their appearance is a mixture of 50s/60s styles with the very watchable Lorna Thomas and Dan Heptinstall fronting the band. What you don't expect is the barrage of high energy loud and raucous music to blast through the venue.  For a band to write such clever songs mixing punk/indie/country and folk is genius.   The Talking Heads gig date was towards the end of the band's UK tour named 'The Devil, The Heart, The Fight' after their most recent album. Skinny Lister began with the first tracks from that album 'Wanted' before and 'George's Glass' from their 2015 album 'Down On Deptford Broadway'.


Skinny Lister sang, danced, clapped (there might even have been some line dancing at one point) through 20 tracks from both albums. If ever a band knows how to work a crowd it's Skinny Lister. They mixed slow, story telling folk songs with lairy punk/pop music. Even when it was impossible to hear the words over the stomping and clapping it didn't really matter! Local Southampton singer/song writer Sean McGowan (who has just completed his own headline UK tour) joined Skinny Lister on stage to sing  'John Kanaka Sea Shanty' and the room erupted into one massive Irish party complete with accordion.



Skinny Lister is heading off on a massive European tour in June dropping back to the UK for a couple of festivals. Highly recommended!

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