08 December, 2016

Circa Waves reveal dark new video for "Wake Up"

Circa Waves have just this morning revealed their dark new video for "Wake Up", which can be seen below. The single is taken from new album "Different Creatures", which will be released on 10th March 2017.

"Different Creatures" Tracklisting:
1 - Wake Up
2 - Fire That Burns
3 - Goodbye
4 - Out On My Own
5 - Different Creatures
6 - Crying Shame
7 - Love’s Run Out
8 - Stuck
9 - A Night On The Broken Tiles
10 - Without You
11 - Old Friends

Charles Cave of White Lies releases Christmas single

Out on December 16th, London and White Lies' Charles Cave previews new video for his Christmas song "This Fucking Time of Year", a seasonally melancholic, yet uplifting 80’s Christmas song. The song was written produced and mixed by Cave from his North London home originally as part of several one-off releases the new video is taken from a found home-movie showing a Christmas in America when a storm hit. Cave says of the song and video:

Charles says - "I think it is every musician’s duty to have a stab at a Christmas song, if only once. The festive season is full of all the emotions that fuel the best songwriting at all other times of the year, so digging into those complicated family dynamics, the bleak weather, the reflecting of the year gone by can be hugely inspiring for an emotive pop song. Christmas, visually, is all about decoration and sickly colours, so it felt appropriate to make a very rich sounding 80’s ballad to reflect that. I hope this is a song that pulls on the heart-strings with a wry grin whilst simultaneously rising a fist to the air above ones mullet. For the video, I found some really moving home-footage of a Christmas in Pennsylvania that just instantly worked with the song. It barely needed editing. I got lucky!"

Glass Animals cover "Winter Wonderland" for BBC Radio 1's Piano Sessions

Glass Animals have given us a lovely Christmas feeling their their cover of the classic "Winter Wonderland" for BBC Radio 1's Piano Sessions last night, you can watch it in full below.

Texxcoco share video for new track "Pepper"

The Canary Islands haven't had much to shout about, but that is all going to change thanks to the amazing Texxcoco. Their new track "Pepper" is lifted from their latest release "Psychonaut" and is one of the more rip-roaring tracks off the album, today sees them release a video for it which was edited by their own member, Joshua Delgado, and was filmed by Enrique Naranjo.

Head on down to check it out.

07 December, 2016

Fenech-Soler announce 2017 European and UK tour

Fenech-Soler have recently announced their new album "Zilla", which is their first album in the new line-up of the two Duffy brothers and their third overall. Their tour will see them hit up the USA for a few dates before heading home to the UK for a stint of six shows, then a jaunt around Germany with a show in Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland (full dates below).

To get you in the mood for some Fenech-Soler just check out their video of their performance at OSLO earlier on in the year.

Fenech Soler's UK and European Tour 
24 Patterns, Brighton, UK
25 Waterfront, Norwich, UK
27 The Thekla, Bristol, UK
28 Gorilla, Manchester, UK
1 Heaven, London, UK
4 Stealth, Nottingham, UK
6 YUCA, Cologne, GER
7 Milla, Munich, GER
8 Musilk & Frieden, Berlin, GER
9 Prinzenbar, Hamburg, GER
10 Trix Club, Antwerp, BE
14 Les Etoiles, Paris, FRA
15 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, NL
16 Exil, Zurich, CH

[LISTEN] The Away Days - Places To Go

With praise from loads of blogs, zines and publications it's no surprise that The Away Days are one of the most hyped band around right now, heck - even Everything Everything are signing their praises to the band! Their latest offering is "Places To Go" and goes back to their origin, an Indie-Pop band with some groovy basslines and spritely guitar hooks. It's still very dreamy in places, so don't worry if that's what you love from them.

At a time when the notions of East and West are increasingly under scrutiny the timing of this band could not be more important! Their d├ębut album is set in stone for a 2017 release, we can't wait to hear it!

[LISTEN] Ciaran Lavery - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Frank Sinatra Cover)

Northern Irish singer Ciaran Lavery has today shared his version of the Christmas classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". The new track comes ahead of the release of Lavery's new, live album "Live At The Mac", set for release this Friday the 9th of December.

[LISTEN] The Dunwells - Set You Free (N-Trance Cover)

I'm not going to lie to you, I use to love a bit of N-Trance when I was younger, but this cover by The Dunwells is far from a Dance classic of 1995 rather a chilled back and stripped down rendition showcasing the band's powerful vocals and tender guitar talent.

You can listen to the cover below (and below that the original too).

[LISTEN] Franklin - Blind Love

Franklin's latest track is "Blind Love" and is arguably one of their best tracks, with some anthemic hooks and uplifiting vocals it seems like they've been listening to a lot of Coldplay over the past year. It's been a good year for the band with the St Alban's outfit looking to make the most of the hype and ride into 2017 on a high.

Their next offering should be hitting the airwaves soon - just you wait for it!

[LISTEN] Look Mum No Computer - Your In The Paper

Look Mum No Computer is the moniker of Sam Bartle (ex ZIBRA and Dive Bella Dive) and his latest project has seen him delve into something close to his heart, circuit bending. Sam has created a 'synth bike' and multiple add-ons for guitars and bass' over the years and has since turned his hands back to synth heavy electronics.

His latest track "Your In The Paper" is a track completely composed without a computer via the means of self-made synths and no doubt gameboys too, you can listen to it below and check out one of his videos of his work too.

OhBoy! share new video "Dirt"

OhBoy show that they take matters into their own hands by recording their music all themselves, they direct and edit all their videos including their recent video for their single ‘Dirt’.

‘Dirt’ is the latest work of the fuzzed-up power pop from the quintet that's shot through with a rush of melancholy.

"We follow the daily life of a stoic elephant, trapped in the meat grinding 9-5 life – a cubicle native in search of relief. Wandering into the local pub for an open-mic, he musters up the courage (with a little help from a few pints) to pour out his heart to despondent drunks. It’s catchy and inspirational as hell."

The band were hand-picked for Glastonbury 2016 by a BBC panel to play their ‘Introducing’ stage and have racked up plenty of support at UK radio from the likes of Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music, Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1 – for whom they recorded a Maida Vale live session - and John Kennedy at Radio X.

Watch the video for ‘Dirt’ below:

[LISTEN] From White To Gray - Push and Pull (LPA Remix)

From White To Gray is the monikor of the solo project of Charlie Gray. He first emerged with the single and video for ‘When You Go’, a dreamy like video that deceives the viewer to be watching a stadium-like live performance with mimicking furniture lights. His debut EP ‘When You Go’ packs dance beats that centres on the use indie rock riddled guitar hooks in sophisticated and calm floor-fillers.

Growing up in Stroud, the musician now studies in Leeds and has emerged himself in a sea of creative musicians and knowledge. His music takes a look at his past relationships surrounded in free flowing sonic textures.

His second single 'Push and Pull' looks into the back and forth mentality of being in and out of relationships and what it means not to commit. Fragile soul bearing vocals open this story to great effect, riding the laid back head bopping foot tapping catchy Grooves of Shadows styled guitar lines with sparkling production qualities of synths.

Laminate Pet Animal have placed their apparitional house tint to the already laid back track with pulsating warm bass sounds and soft vocal chops. The remixing dup have been churning remixes for Leeds based artists for some time and are building a snowball like effect with their releases.

Listen to the Laminate Pet Animal remix of ‘Push and Pull’ here:

06 December, 2016

The Fratellis walk off Keele University stage after crowd violence during gig

As StaffsLive.co.uk has reported The Fratellis walked off stage at their Keele University gig after crowd violence started during their performance.

Reports say that lead singer Jon Fratelli stopped mid-song as he noticed a scuffle between punters while security guards tried to intervene. He then stopped and the band walked off stage because of the problems, and waited for around five or so minutes before returning to continue their performance.

You can watch what happened below.

[LISTEN] Elbow - Magnificent (She Says)

"Magnificent (She Says)" is the first track taken from Elbow’s new album "Little Fictions", released 3rd February 2017, it follows up from their 2014 album "The Take Off And Landing Of Everything".

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley,  Guy Garvey said - "[the new album is] really quite chunky and beat-heavy. There’s a sparseness to the songs which perhaps we’re not known for. The themes are ranging as always, great big themes and concerns for the world at the same time as falling in love, looking forwards and backwards and all of the things."

JP Cooper shares video for "September Song"

Fresh off the back of his collaboration with Jonas Blue on the monster hit ‘Perfect Strangers’, the most in demand voice in music right now, JP Cooper is back with his latest single, ‘September Song', released through Island Records and currently on the Radio 1 Playlist, having been track of the day, earlier this month. The single has now had over 22 million streams worldwide, and is proving just why JP Cooper is one to watch - having been announced on the BBC Sound of 2017 poll.

Now with an added visual, the single is moving from strength to strength; bolstered further by the haunting and romantic video, which sees two young lovers brought together against adversity - powered by memory and patience.

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months of festivals and headline slots for JP, including Bestival and sup- porting Stevie Wonder on the main stage at British Summer Time, along with a sold out show at London’s iconic KOKO, and not forgetting his Platinum-selling #2 collaboration with Jonas Blue, ‘Perfect Strangers’ earlier this year!

Tom Odell reveals new video for "Silhouette"

Tom Odell has a new single out now ‘Silhouette’. The track will be the fourth single taken from his latest album ‘Wrong Crowd’, which hit number 2 in the UK album charts earlier this year. Single ‘Silhouette’, features a lush Gershwin-esque string arrangement and one of Tom's most irrepressible melodies. Of the track, Odell remarks: “Recording the strings at Abbey Road was for me one of the highlights of making the album, I hope you enjoy.”

Tom Odell has also today announced he will release a Christmas EP ‘Spending All My Christmas With You’ on December 9th. The EP features new single ‘Silhouette’. Other tracks on the EP include Odell’s various BBC live session covers of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Silent Night’ and the title track ‘Spending All My Christmas With You’, which Tom wrote exclusively for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. His top 10 version of John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’ is also featured on the festive EP.

Tom Odell’s UK leg of his world tour saw him perform eleven sold out shows across the country, beginning with a homecoming performance in Brighton. Odell capped the end of his run of UK dates with two blistering, sold out performances at Brixton’s O2 Academy. ‘Silhouette’ is taken from Tom Odell’s second album ‘Wrong Crowd’ which is out now. The LP reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Charts in over 25 countries, peaking at number 2 in the UK Official Album Charts and number 1 in 4 countries around the world. ‘Wrong Crowd’ was the follow up to Odell’s acclaimed debut album, 2013’s million selling, number 1 record “Long Way Down” - a record that led to Tom being given the highly prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year.

05 December, 2016

N¥TCLUB unveil new video for "Call Your Friends"

Liverpool indie/pop four-piece N¥TCLUB have just revealed the video for their new single "Call Your Friends".Having toured the UK, supported the likes of Fickle Friends, Clean Cut Kid and Huntar, smashed a Club NME performance at KOKO and appeared at Bestival, Glass Butter Beach and Gloucester Underground festival.

2016 was a big year for them, and I can see 2017 being even bigger, they're definitely ending the year on a high, watch the video just below.

The Maccabees announce farewell shows for 2017

Last August The Maccabees split, much to the dismay of the musical community. This followed a brilliant 12 month period where the band scaled new heights; headlining Latitude Festival and getting their first number one album with the acclaimed "Marks To Prove It".

Now we have the chance to bid this much loved band a proper farewell with two must see nights at London’s Alexandra Palace and one show at the Manchester Apollo next summer. Without doubt, these shows will be one of the highlights of 2017.

Felix White says, "We're planning on these final shows being a huge celebration, thank you and goodbye to 14 years of writing, recording, playing and touring together."

The Maccabees 2017 UK shows
28th - Manchester, O2 Apollo
30th - London, Alexandra Palace
1st - London, Alexandra Palace

Tickets on sale Friday 9th December at 9am from gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.

[LISTEN] Cloud Nothings - Learn My Life

"Learn My Life" is a new track taken from Cloud Nothings' forthcoming 7", which will only be available on their North American tour this January / February, which kinda sucks, but at least they uploaded it for us all to hear.

You can listen to the acoustic number below.

The Last Shadow Puppets reveal video for "This Is Your Life"

Only just a few days after the release of their new EP "The Dream Synopsis", The Last Shadow Puppets have unveiled a new video for their cover of Glaxo Babies' "This Is Your Life". The new part covers EP and part alternative take EP was recorded live at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY in the space of just one day, mad isn't it!

You can watch the video below.