21 August, 2017

Someone's turned Linkin Park's "Numb" into an 80's disco anthem

Since the passing of Chester not a lot of Linkin Park fans have smiled upon their faces, however we've found a 80's style remix of "Numb" on YouTube, oh how we love the internet! You can go full 80's disco below!



Watch Foo Fighters & Rick Astley perform "Never Gonna Give You Up"

Yesterday in Japan at Summer Sonic Foo Fighters performed "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the one and only Rick Astley. Which ultimately meant their fans were Rick-Grohled... (sorry).

The song is actually a cover of a mash-up, which you can see here. Scroll on down to check out the cover/mash-up!



[LISTEN] Man Without Country - Lion Mind (feat. Sansa)

After two years off, Welsh native vocalist and musician Ryan James has returned with his most distinguished musical project; Man Without Country. His latest single is a AA-side effort entitled "Lion Mind" / "Jaws of Life", and you can listen to the stunning "Lion Mind" below that features vocals by Finnish singer-songwriter Sansa.


The Big Moon unveil video for "Pull The Other One"

The Big Moon have today unveiled the video for "Pull The Other One", which is lifted off their début album "Love In The 4th Dimension". Directed by Pooneh Ghana and shot whilst on tour with, and starring Marika Hackman, the video is a detective spoof that could only be from The Big Moon.


The London four piece’s début was recently nominated for a Mercury Prize – alongside artists like Kate Temptest, Loyle Carner, Sampha and more. Speaking of the nomination the band said, "We can't believe it! We threw everything into this record and made something we feel incredibly proud of. We are really so so honoured to be nominated alongside so many amazing musicians."

The Big Moon UK 2017 Tour
August
25th – Reading Festival
26th – Leeds Festival
September
2nd – Bingley Music Live
23rd – Central Library, Coventry
24th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
25th – Plug, Sheffield
27th – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
28th – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
29th – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
30th – Tenements Trail festival, Glasgow
October
2nd – LiVe, Preston
3rd – Fruit, Hull
6th – Magnet, Liverpool
9th – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
10th – The Boiler Room, Guilford
11th – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
13th – Sound and Vision Festival, Norwich (INFO)
14th – The Cookie, Leicester
15th – Moles, Bath
17th – The Loft, Southampton
18th – The Bullingdon, Oxford
20th – KOKO, London

Twin Wild and The Scruff announced for It's All Indie #BLOGTOBER gig

We're very pleased to announce that Twin Wild and The Scruff have been both booked for our #BLOGTOBER date on the 25th of October at The Finsbury in London. Twin Wild hare going to be headlining the event and will be the quartets first show in London since selling out Hoxton Square Bar & Grill.

We will be announcing the opening act very soon!

Twin Wild
Preceding them is new outfit The Scruff, hailing from Bedfordshire the - they have a sick new track out in September, which will only make us even more excited to have them on board! You can listen to a playlist below and get the tickets - FOR FREE - below too.

The Scruff



[TRACK OF THE WEEK] Farebrother - Rewind

"Rewind" is the second single brought to you by British rock four piece Farebrother, which follows on from the release of their sensational début EP "Rapture" back in 2016. Since then the band have headed back into the studio and have refined their sound, and "Rewind" marks a significant stage of progression for the Bath based band. "Rewind" comes with a more mature sound track which sees the band head to new heights and it's full of with emotion lyrically as well as the passionate vocals from their frontman Tom Hunt.


Frontman Tom explains, "Rewind was written about, and influenced by, very cruel realities of certain relationships and how your mind can create new anxieties to poison feelings of a very opposite nature. It really highlights how dangerous people can be to themselves, for the cause and reason of entirely contrary emotions."

"Rewind" by Farebrother is out on Friday 18th August via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all other distribution channels.

Recorded at the prestigious Rockfield Studios (Oasis, The Pixies, Royal Blood) and mixed by Josh Tyrrell (JP Cooper, Lower Than Atlantis), Rewind clearly establishes Farebrother as a band with an exciting future ahead. 

18 August, 2017

[LISTEN] BABYTEETH - Siamese Twin

BABYTEETH are an act that rock infectious tracks with tons of angst. Combining infectious powerful rock with thought-provoking song narratives, their debut ‘Siamese Twin’ has already caused a stir by picking up Amazing Radio and some hefty blog support. With one foot in the door of 90's grunge and the other kicking down the door of modern pop, the band are not one to sit on the fence.

Now with the release of the band’s accompanying video, this graphic feature displays a darker side to cosmetic beauty treatments. Taking inspiration from themes surrounding the pressures of female body image, twisted views on plastic surgery and the mirrored ideologies behind cosmetic treatments, the video evokes feelings of both horror and beauty.

You can catch BABYTEETH playing a few UK shows dotted around the country, including supporting The Naked and Famous. What’s for certain is the band isn’t here to bore with an equally dramatic live show.

LIVE SHOWS

3rd October - Brixton Electric, London (supporting The Naked and Famous)

7th October - Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester

Watch and stream 'Siamese Twin' below



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Words by Cole Samson

[ALBUM REVIEW] The Cribs - 24-7 Rockstar Shit

Yorkshire’s finest three-piece, the Jarman brothers, from Wakefield have played their part in altering the idea that a band must come from Manchester or Sheffield to be authentic. Despite Ryan’s current ties to Brooklyn New York, Gary’s to Portland Oregon and their younger brother Ross based in the UK, the group continues to maintain a strong connection to their hometown.


Appreciative of their fans and the people they work with, they never played the media game much, and it was refreshing to see a band say no to a range of promo activity recommended by management and label while many of their peers would practice the reverse tactics and seemingly gain commercially from doing so, however short-lived it might have been.

On 24-7 Rockstar Shit, the new album, they are staying true to what they were always about; super-catchy guitar riffs, independence and energy with an attitude and sound that both seem un-altered. They are still a classic rock and roll band with a DIY mentality, and on the seventh studio album, their energy and rawness is more explicit than ever before.

Back in July Ryan told the NME, “I think there has always been this part of us that wanted to make something more raw. When we started the band we never really pictured ourselves making records that got into the chart or got on the radio, it was not really what we envisioned.”

Reviving their grunge-DNA is definitely a good thing in this instance, and the new album sees them re-connect with Steve Albini. The last time they worked with the producer legend was in connection with In the Belly of the Brazen Bull from 2011.

Recorded in just five days, listening to 24-7 you instantly get the feeling it is the kind of album The Cribs always knew they were going to make one day but would have been unable to say when time might have been right. Timing is definitely right at this moment, and Albini’s recording technique and style, as if he sets up a live music session, is clearly evident and works a treat for The Cribs.
The album is far more than a world away from For All My Sisters, the band’s most poppy album to date and the closest they have ever been to adapting to ‘the market’.

Its title, which nearly got dropped by their label because of the swearing, gives the theme and lyrics away; a resistance to conventional rock stardom and the culture associated with it, all seen from a cynical grassroots perspective.


It is a very direct, instantaneous and intense record with songs such as Dendrophobia and In Your Palace see the band exploring new creative territory. But 24-7 is not just lots of noise and plenty of feedback for the sake of it, it is tuneful too. In a similar fashion to Nirvana’s Bleach, seemingly a clear source of inspiration, it is the measured blend of good tunes, rawness and punk ethos that create the intensity and energy and the likes of Give Good Time, Year of Hate, What Have you Done for Me and Rainbow Ridge being instantly likeable and of long-lasting quality.

The Cribs may well be grateful to their loyal fanbase but it should work both ways because there is every reason to feel grateful towards them and their music too.

Key tracks: 'Rainbow Ridge' & 'Year Of Hate'.

The Cribs - 24-7 Rockstar Shit
out of 10: 8/10




WORDS BY SUSAN HANSEN

17 August, 2017

[LISTEN] Bastille - Basket Case (Greenday Cover)

So we all know that Bastille love doing a cover, but this one is right out of the blue! ''Basket Case'' was covered for Ben Edlund's project called The Tick, which is an Amazon original series. The cover/single is released at 00:00 BST on the 18th of August.

You can listen to a snippet below and the full stream once it's up!




ASHFIELDS reveal video for "Is It Alright Now?"

ASHFIELDS are a quintet Indie-Rock/Pop band hailing from Nottingham. The band formed in late 2015 and quickly went on to make a stamp on Nottingham's music scene, of which you can easily hear why they've rose so quickly with their electrifying new track "Is It Aright Now?".


The band have broke the record for most number of shows at the Bodega and have also reached the finals of Firestone Battle of the Bands which saw them play at Birmingham Arena before Biffy Clyro of all people. To make their year that bit better they've been announced as main support for The Sherlocks at Rock City.

So jump on this bandwagon now before everyone does and check out their video now!



[LISTEN] The Kondoors - Forgiveness [IAI PREMIERE]

Even before they met, The Kondoors already established themselves as must-see live performers, having supported and worked with a roll call of big names, notably Bryan Adams, Sam Smith, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental and Take That.

Their new single ‘Forgiveness’ is the product of their first attempt at harmonising their vocals together in song. This was a special moment and their songwriting and companionship has never felt quite so bonded, to how it is now.



Building with a lush arrangement of piano, guitar and string sections, the pair divulge a tangible and surreal force of folk with an incredible soul edge. This builds on the couple’s powerfully romantic lyricism that facilely sways throughout dramatically.

Part of this huge sound was captured by their teamwork with flawless producer Steve Brown (Corinne Bailey Rae, Laura Mvula) who helped forge their raw, organic sound to the next level and the breathtaking vocal personality of The Kondoors was born.

Stream 'Forgiveness' here:


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Words by Cole Samson

[LISTEN] Farebrother - Rewind [IAI PREMIÈRE]

"Rewind" is the second single brought to you by British rock four piece Farebrother, which follows on from the release of their sensational début EP "Rapture" back in 2016. Since then the band have headed back into the studio and have refined their sound, and "Rewind" marks a significant stage of progression for the Bath based band. "Rewind" comes with a more mature sound track which sees the band head to new heights and it's full of with emotion lyrically as well as the passionate vocals from their frontman Tom Hunt.


Frontman Tom explains, "Rewind was written about, and influenced by, very cruel realities of certain relationships and how your mind can create new anxieties to poison feelings of a very opposite nature. It really highlights how dangerous people can be to themselves, for the cause and reason of entirely contrary emotions."

"Rewind" by Farebrother is out on Friday 18th August via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all other distribution channels.

Recorded at the prestigious Rockfield Studios (Oasis, The Pixies, Royal Blood) and mixed by Josh Tyrrell (JP Cooper, Lower Than Atlantis), Rewind clearly establishes Farebrother as a band with an exciting future ahead. 

15 August, 2017

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Sunfall Festival 2017

On paper, and on previous performance, Sunfall 2017 was assured to be one the most necessary dates in the festival calendar. Showcasing the very best of dance and hip-hop underground, with a real community feel, including the likes of The Black Madonna, Jay Electronica, Move D, and Madlib.

Being at Eastern Electrics festival last weekend, my tolerance for queuing was pushed to its absolute limit with a two-and-a-half-hour wait – this time around, despite myself being granted backstage access, many attendees had the start of their day unacceptably truncated. Alongside receiving texts from the outside stating that queues were approximately three hours long, and getting to quite dangerous safety levels, I found myself facing further serious queues just to buy booze for my friends to soften their pain (and that’s even at the VIP bar).

Photo from Twitter: @ieattothebeat
Theo Parrish

Luckily for them, not much really happened in the opening couple of hours. Romare flirted with his live set, bringing some early smoothed out funk in the sunshine - the set seemingly too neat, and didn’t really get the crowd going too much. Similarly, Roy Ayers seemed rather passionless and going through the motions. On the other hand, an undeniable success was Theo Parrish. Outwardly drunk, either on excitement or booze (who can blame him, his set was 4 hours long), his selection of funk and wacky disco edits oozed confidence and were even heard over on the main stage at many points (e.g. with Outkast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious). Tirelessly and typically, he worked on the EQs like a flair bartender.


It was now (circa 4.30pm) for the first time that Sunfall 2017 was seeming like a proper festival; where the echoes of overcrowding and queueing were beginning to subside. People were enjoying themselves, as the sun came out, as if it all had never happened - despite the constant onslaught to organisers on social media for refunds. Maybe that was down to the dreamy pairing of Palms Trax b2b Antal. Sound systems aside (I was actually disappointed by this stage’s system, considering the praise the festival gets), the effortless nature of the duo brought one of the best reactions to the day – with punters relentlessly dancing throughout. After taking in the sunshine, and checking out the record fair, Motor City Drum Ensemble kicked off in the background. Despite being described as a DJ who never really leaves his comfort zone, his main stage set worked its way through classic disco anthems to acid house back to euphoric cuts, including the likes of Moodymann’s ‘Don’t You Want My Love’. 

Floating Points
Larry Heard

Highlights elsewhere saw Madlib bring air to some J Dilla cuts alongside his own dusty, ill-defined style, and Princess Nokia break up some monotony with her Foxy Brown-esque flow. Despite only seeing her for a brief time, her set was packed with powerful bars, assured twerks, and farfetched freestyles.


Passing up Ben UFO and The Black Madonna seemed irresponsible at the time. But with the preferred sound at the main stage, it was really a no brainer – the night ended with a live set from Floating Points which boasted nerdy-like confidence, and some new material (shock). And as the sun went down, bodies were warmed by the unforgettable, much-anticipated set from Larry Heard (a.k.a. Mr Fingers). The Chicago producer was joined on stage by Mr White, who was on vocal duties, and the two whizzed through all the classic including Robert Owens’ ‘I’m Strong’ and Heard’s 1999 track ‘Missing You’.  It was ‘vibes’ personified. A spiritual trip through the house ages. Theo Parrish was even spotted with his head in his hands at shear disbelief by the monumental quality of the selection of tunes, and at the sound of personal favourite ‘Amnesia’. The human touch can sometimes be lost in dance music in and amongst the machines, however the duo had a unique knack of bringing the two together -  thanking the crowd on multiple occasions. And it was now that people really acknowledged the brilliance of Sunfall.

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In the hope that the organisers sort out the queuing problems (frankly it's because the size of the site was too small for 10,000 people), then I'm sure Sunfall is a must-go-to event next year - the quality of music just speaks for itself.


Written by // Richard Maver