21 June, 2016

Faers - Lust and Youth [IAI Premiere]

If you're looking for a new single that offers a big guitar-focused sound, Faers' new single is exactly that. Described as a hybrid of the "relentless energy" of Foals and the "punchy vocals" of Young Kato, their new single promises a higher-driven track that hints at a darker, more cynical tone.

Lust and Youth is a scintillating track that offers a more intense, enigmatic side to a band who are ready for the attention they will, deservedly, start to receive. Perfect for daytime play on the likes of Radio 1 and Radio X, this most recent release suggests that the band have found a sound that perfectly suits their skills, and have honed in on that to the point where they're guaranteed to start turning heads. 

With a pop tinge hanging over this song, it's impossible to refuse the idea that this is Faers' best release yet and has the potential to get things moving in the direction they have worked so hard towards. After several releases and some sold out shows, including support slots for the likes of Jaws, Lust and Youth seems to be a landmark in the London-based band's career so far. It has a celebratory feel and definitely gives the impression that this is a huge turning point for them.

Faers aren't a band you're going to want to dismiss.

Lust and Youth is out on all platforms on Friday 1st July. They will also be playing a release show at The Water Rats, London, on Saturday 2nd July. Don't miss them! 


[WATCH] The Strange Blue Dreams 'REVERBERATIN' LOVE'

The Strange Blue Dreams bonded together over their love for pop music from the 20's and 30's. So as a result their sound is somewhat influenced by this, think Rock'n'Roll, mixed with Country with a fine dollop of Country pop and you're almost there.

The band released their debut only last year and have seen sell out shows at Edinburgh Festival and a packed out tent at Glastonbury. Interestingly all the attention got them a BBC TV documentary about the history of the ukelele.

20 June, 2016

[WATCH] The So So Glos 'Dancing Industry'

The So So Glos are certainly a rare breed, with their current single 'Dancing Industry' proving to be a anthemic success. This band are fighting apathy, intent on distracting and inspiring a generation away from their phones.

So on 15th July they release this fantastic new single 'Dancing Industry' with the new album 'Kamikaze' out 9th September through Votiv Music.

With latest single 'Dancing Industry' marks their comeback like a starter pistol fired at high adrenalin.

"Dancing Industry" is a call action" states vocalist and bassist Levi Zara Aleksander. "Calling kids of all ages, to come out wherever you are. Come from behind your screen... This ain't a party we're starting, it's a movement that we're blowing up'.

The So So Glos were inspired not only to dive head-first into Brooklyn's ethos-first-scene of DIY all ages spaces, but to write charged up fight songs by prying open big questions about the society around them, and to write anti-establishment calls-to-action.

17 June, 2016

[WATCH] Chase & Status 'Spoken Word' feat George The Poet


This is the first single from Chase & Status' forth studio album, which is out TODAY. It's called 'Spoken Word' and features the amazing George The Poet.

The perfect summer anthem, which oozes a 90's vibe sampling 'Everybody's Free' by Rozalla.


‘Spoken Word’ featuring George The Poet is available to buy from iTunes and stream across all platforms.

 iTunes – http://chasestat.us/SpknWrdiT
 Apple Music – http://chasestat.us/SpknWrdam
 Spotify – http://chasestat.us/SpknWrdsp

[LISTEN] Rivet City debut single 'Circles'

We've been following Rivet City for a while now, then were lucky enough to catch them at this year's Great Escape Festival which sealed the deal that we were going to be super fans.

They have now released their debut single 'Circles' and we LOVE it. Lead singer Jake Breeze explained "The lyrics are both an insight into how I believe the world can be experienced through surrealist lens..."

To put them into a specific genre is hard, it's a beautiful blend of funk, blues and hip hop with a generous dollop of rock. Listen for yourself and see.

This single is out officially on 1st July to purchase.

15 June, 2016

One to visit: Sacred Ground Festival

Photo by Oskar Melander
Our 2016 festival season in Germany is well and truly underway! Our trips to Maifeld Derby and PULS Open Air have left us in a great mood and we're excited about the festivals yet to come. One 2015 addition to the summer's festival line-up is "Sacred Ground Festival". Located in Brüssow (which is basically the middle of nowhere) the festival hopes to "create an intimate space outside of city streets where art and music are the focus alongside of an environment supporting closeness between people".
Photo by Alexander Jedermann

A 100 year-old farm will host the event, with the following artists performing:

RØDHÅD, Âme Live, Mathew Jonson live, RY X, Alice Phoebe Lou, HOWLING, Peter Kruder (Official), Marcus Worgull, Luka, Ryan Vail, Alex.Do, elektro guzzi, Josin, I Have A Tribe, Bakery, BEA1991, Jens Kuross, Fred und Luna
Photo by Julio Rölle 
Photo by Oskar Melander 

14 June, 2016

[LISTEN] Two Door Cinema Club - Are We Ready? (Wreck)

So it's official, Two Door Cinema Club are back, and here's their new track "Are We Ready? (Wreck)", which is lifted from their forthcoming new album entitled "Gameshow". The track was débuted on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show and since fans have been loving the new TDCC cut.

Two Door Cinema Club will be at Glastonbury next week, I shall be there, keep an eye out for me!

13 June, 2016

10 Reasons why FIB 2016 is the festival to go to this summer

 FIB (aka Benicassim) in Spain is certainly one of those festivals that you have to visit at least once in your life. Being the perfect combination of a music festival/holiday, there is no faulting this incredible festival. Here are our 10 reasons below why FIB 2016 is one of the best festivals this summer.

 1) The Weather - Obviously the weather is a main factor that comes into play with any summer music festival and with Benicassim, you can always guarantee sunny, hot weather (normally around 35 degrees celsius). This means no muddy fields! Instead you get never-ending sun perfect to get that summer holiday tan you want and warm evenings to enjoy the music.


2) The Beach - tying into our previous statement on the weather, there’s no better way to take advantage of the sun than going to the beach which is only minutes away from the festival site. There’s a direct shuttle bus that takes you from the camping sites to the beach, so it couldn’t be easier to get there. The beach is the perfect way to cool down at Benicassim and also provides you with a proper Mediterranean holiday feeling before attending the festival in the evening.

3) Incredible Headline Acts - FIB 2016 wouldn’t be what it is without some fantastic headliners this year. With Muse headlining the Saturday night, they will certainly put on a show indeed. The other headliners include Major Lazer, The Chemical Brothers and Kendrick Lamar (and the one and only Massive Attack performing a special set on the Sunday night aswell). With such a range of genres of unmissable headliners, there’s definitely something for everyone.


 4) Value for money - FIB is a great value for money, with a 4 day festival ticket including 7 days of camping from the Monday beforehand, you can actually have a proper holiday as well as a festival experience. Last tier tickets are only 147,50 € which works out cheaper than any average UK festival, plus the beach, 4 days of non-stop music and great weather! What’s not to like?

 5) National Indie Acts - as well as the incredible main stage line-ups, there are numerous indie Spanish acts playing the festival who offer something fresh to the table and are definitely worth catching. The new club stage will provide an intimate setting to enjoy some of these newer acts and discover some great music. Check out Chicano Bulls, Lois, John Grvy, Hinds and Soledad Velez.

6) The Atmosphere - FIB is one of those festivals where there are a mix of nationalities so the festival atmosphere is even more eclectic than at your average UK festival. You make friends that love the same music as you from all over the world and that is just priceless. The atmosphere just gets better as the night goes on and as soon as the headliner performs at around 2am, the whole festival is buzzing.

 7) The late festival start time - the festival site doesn’t open its gates until around 5pm, when the sun starts going down and people are ready for some great music. This means that you have time to take advantage of the beach and the Spanish ‘siesta’ during the day and can experience the full festival at night until around 7am. Again, it means you can combine the festival/holiday routine without any problem and take full advantage of the Spanish beaches.

8) The J+B Dance Stage - this new area of the festival will be consisting of never-ending dj sets, and  live acts from the best acts in hip-hop and electronica. On this stage you will see the likes of Hannah Wants, Young Fathers and Snakehips to name a few. There will also be a South Beach Pool Party in this area during the weekend. This stage is an exciting new installation for FIB 2016 and will undoubtedly be very popular.

9) Easy to get around - the festival site itself is extremely easy to get around, it’s not too big therefore it’s the perfect size to get from one area to the other. This means that you can easily run from stage to stage to catch your favourite acts without a problem. The fact that the ground is mainly a tarmac floor also ensures that you can move around at a much faster pace than usual if you need to catch your favourite bands.

10) The line-up - of course, the entire line-up of FIB 2016 is absolutely incredible and again, great value for money. Including acts such as Catfish and The Bottlemen, The 1975, The Maccabees, The Vaccines, Biffy Clyro, Rat Boy, Bloc Party....(I could go on)...you will certainly have a great time and always have a good band to see no matter what time it is.

There you have it, our top 10 reasons why FIB 2016 is so great. Definitely one of the best holidays/ music festivals this summer!

[LISTEN] FloodHounds - Soulmates to Cellmates NEW VIDEO

Floodhounds have probably been one of the most charming finds of my career as a blogger, easily sliding into well established company on my playlists and soundtracking recently important events and travels of my life. **see previous complimentary posts**

Soulmates to Cellmates is a new tune of theirs which perfectly portrays this, with a strong undertone of bluesy rock n roll, it also does well to maintain that catchy element of being able to sing along to it.

Recent videos accompanying their tunes have been classic... Band plays song, Band have fun, video ends... kind of videos, but this outing sees them blending abit of concept and story into the mix. Arguably not essential for a truly great band but i think it can't do any harm!

The video is born from South Yorkshire Film Network’s (SYFN’s) annual festival (#2weeks2makeit) which randomly combines film makers and musicians,and asks them to complete a music video in under two weeks. You can find more info about this initiative HERE -- 2weeks2makeit

The band seem to be growing in confidence with every outing, something which i've probably said before about them but it continues to be true.

Check out the video above and if you like their stuff then please go check them out on the below Facebook link. This band won't let you down if you're a rock and roll purist.



Jase Hare

Glastonbury Festival - By Numbers

Glastonbury is huge, as we all know, and it has some eye watering numbers to go with it, here we go through the festival by numbers, from how much the festival has taken in total to how many bands have pulled out of a headline slot.

Very nerdy numbers await!

5 days
...of festival fun. The festival runs from June 22nd to 26th in 2016

7 headline acts
... that have pulled out in the history of the festival: The Kinks (1970), Red Hot Chili Peppers (1993), The Stone Roses (1995), Stevie Winwood (1997), Kylie Minogue (2005), U2 (2010) and Foo Fighters (2015)

8.5 miles
...the distance around the edge of the site. The site has grown in size to 900 acres, or around 1.4 square miles. The perimeter now runs a distance of 8.5 miles - around a third of the distance from Dover to Calais.

25 minutes
... this is how quick the festival sold-out this year. 

87 Acts
...have headlined the festival since it's inception.

400 water kiosks
...Don't pay for water when you can top up for free.

400 cows
When the festival isn't on, the fields are home to around 400 cows. 

...there is more than 700 metres of male urinals dotted across the site. The lovingly decorated female urinals known as "Shepees" are cared for by WaterAid volunteers who are also on hand to assist newcomers.

700+ stalls 
In 2013 there was over 700 stalls selling anything and everything you could imagine - apart from illegal stuff obviously.
1,300 Toilets
There are 1,300 the number of compost toilets on site. Don't forget your cup of sawdust!

1500 People
The lowest attendance, however this was in 1970 

This was the first year of 'Glastonbury' where you got a free pint of milk on entry. 

2,000 Long drops
...there will be more than 2000 long drop toilets on site for the festival - even more than last year.

90,000 People 
That's the 'official' capacity of The Pyramid Stage area
153,000 People
This is the highest attendance to date set back in 2005
How many people are registered to buy tickets in 2016

2,800,000 is the total official attendance at all festivals to date. This is the equivalent in size to the entire population of north-east England, or the total population of Mongolia.

That's how much money (inflation included) how much the festival has generated since opening in 1970.

09 June, 2016

Two Door Cinema Club release teaser of new music

Two Door Cinema Club have released a short 35 second long teaser of new music, and it sounds a lot like Dire Straights to me. This is now the start of the promo for their new album.

Recently we saw the band unveil a new track called "Gameshow" live, you can re-live it here.


Spring King cause havoc in "The Summer" video

Spring King have today revealed an alternative take on a summer-feel-good video, by causing havoc with fires and boats. Featuring the adventures of two friends, the Isaac Eastgate directed video mimics the song's outward facing sonic joy with a dark underbelly of loss and desperation, as the ubiquitous joy and escapism that comes with summer takes an unexpected twist. As the band explain "we wanted the video to reflect the darker, surreal side of summers growing up".

Their début album is released tomorrow (10th of June 2016)

[LISTEN] CHVRCHES - Bury It (feat. Hayley Williams)

During some tour shows last October Chvrchers were joined on stage by Paramore's Hayley Williams to perform their "Every Open Eye" track "Bury It". Since then a year has almost passed and we now have the remixed/re-recorded track featuring Hayley on vocals.

You can hear it below.

[LISTEN] The Parrots - Jame Gumb

Spanish garage-rock trio The Parrots have unveiled their exciting, eccentric new track 'Jame Gumb' and it's everything one can expect from this emerging band, if not better. Consisting of scuzzy background noise as well as retro guitar riffs, one can appreciate this different sound of nostalgic, low-produced intrumentation that will most definitely be a hit on the live music scene. The track itself is inspired by the band's problems with sleep paralysis, which is certainly reflected in the lyrics and vocals as well as the driving drum beat which carries the song through.

Along with the release of 'Jame Gumb', The Parrots have announced the release of their début album 'Los Niños Sin Miedo' (The boys who aren't afraid), which is due out on August 26th via Heavenly Recordings. They have also announced an extensive headline UK tour which will take place in early September. Meanwhile, you can catch The Parrots playing at numerous festivals including Glastonbury and Super Bock Festival in Portugal and of course at FIB 2016 as part of the Chicano Bulls supergroup. Check out the new track 'Jame Gumb' below!

[LISTEN] Four Authors release debut full length album [IAI PREMIERE]

Four Authors are a band that makes no bones about what they want to achieve with their sound. Every track on this debut album is crafted to be ink-keeping with the band's pop-rock perfect sound, and each song achieving the hooks and vibe which form the backbone of the genre.

A personal favourite of ours is 'Catalyst' a song which also showcases the band's ability to create song which progress, yet still stay true to pop-rock formula. In honesty, every song on this album could easily be single material for this band, showcasing their concise song-writing, and justifying their impressive touring schedule this year.

Keep an eye on these guys, especially if bands such as Fall Out Boy are your thing!

Live Dates:

18th June - Silverstone Race Track
18th June - Live In Barnsley Music Festival
9th July - Bean Fest
9th July - Wordstock Festival
16th July - 360 Club (Leeds)
22nd July - Barnsley Rock and Blues Venue
6th August - Oople Festival
7th August - Kaya Festival

Pre-order the debut album via Itunes

Words by Jake Breeze

07 June, 2016

Top 5 Indie Spanish Acts playing FIB 2016

With just over a month to go until FIB 2016 takes place (aka Benicassim), it is without a doubt that the line-up is full of some incredible acts old and new, ranging from Muse and The Vaccines to Rat Boy and Massive Attack. However, those of you who want to discover some incredible acts from Spain itself, look no further. With the Spanish indie music scene on the rise (with bands such as Hinds and The Parrots), it is certainly worth seeing the next few acts at FIB 2016 as they are undoubtedly ones to watch in the near future. The festival has announced a new smaller stage which will showcase some of these up and coming acts (The Ochoymedio Presenta Stage/Razzmatazz Stage). Check out some of our recommended Spanish indie acts below to see whilst you're there.

 1) Hinds

Of course you can't go to FIB 2016 and miss Hinds! With an incredible début album out earlier this year, there is no stopping this Madrid four-piece from conquering the main Las Palmas stage at this year's festival! Hinds are always full of energy and continuously get the crowd going with their sun-kissed, retro surf vibes. Hinds are playing the mainstage on Friday 15th July, make sure you get down early and witness a certain great set, you won't be disappointed! 

2) Chicano Bulls

Consisting of all the members of Spanish indie bands The Parrots and Los Nastys, Chicano Bulls is a side-project where both bands merge together to create an explosive, fun-filled music set that will undoubtedly be full of surprises. The Parrots have just announced the release of their début albut which is due out in August this year, maybe some new material will be showcased at FIB? Check out their set on Sunday 17th July at the intimate FIB Club Stage, it'll be full of craziness, garage-infused tunes and non-stop dancing.


Lois is a solo artist hailing from Madrid, who has a unique voice and chilled out vibes that are perfect for a summer festival. Hailing from well-known Spanish band 'Trajano!', Lois has gone solo to hone his craft and write some mesmerisingly catchy tunes that will remain on repeat in your head for days. Lois' rich vocal is something incredible that needs to be witnessed live, and accompanied with summery guitar riffs, he is certainly one to watch. Lois plays the FIB Club Stage on Saturday 16th July, check him out beforehand if you haven't heard of him already, he's ace!

4) John Grvy

Also hailing from the music-infused capital of Spain, John Grvy will bring his electronic soul R+B vibes to FIB 2016. Incorporating an American-style vocal with catchy electronic beats, one cannot help but be captivated by this musician's tunes. With a stylish appearance as well as a smooth sound, John Grvy will definitely get the crowd going at the festival. You can catch John Grvy on the main Las Palmas Stage on Thursday 14th July.

5) Soledad Vélez

With Chilean origins but now residing in Valencia, Soledad Vélez is a unique artist/musician, with an atmospheric sound that gives you chills down your spine, she is an exciting artist to be playing at the festival. Soledad incorporates deep reverberated vocals with continuous electronic beats that ultimately produce a unique alternative electro sound that needs to be witnessed live without a doubt. You can catch her on the FIB Club Stage on Saturday 16th July.

 Meanwhile, check out the full festival line-up below, FIB 2016 is definitely not to be missed! For more info you can visit http://fiberfib.com

[LISTEN] Lecaudé - Powder Blue

Lecaudé’s Powder Blue is a mesmeric electro pop mix that I guarantee will stick in your brain when you’ve heard it. If you like a bit of Aluna George/Everything Everything or Years and Years this tune if going to appeal to you. Catchy lyrics and pulsing bass it has everything that screams summer hit. It’ll go down a storm on a festival stage outside in the summer heat or in a dark and pulsing dance tent. Lecaudé is pop duo LSBV’s Jack Durtnall’s solo project and the first single from the Circle’s EP.

Funky and cool check this guy out. Championed on the Introducing stages Lecaudé is firmly on the summer playlists so radio/club/festival you’ll be sure to catch him in 2016. Check out the track below.

Written by Rhona Murphy

Tom Odell releases new album 'Wrong Crowd' [out this Friday]

With Tom's return to music came an apparent new image, new lyrical content and new clout. Wrong Crowd sees the previously mellow crooner packing a new-found musical punch as he delves ito a world of parting, whiskey, smoke and women. That being said, his previous romanticism can't help work it's way through - seeing him goig back to a more recognisable sound on tracks such as 'Costellations' and 'Somehow'. Really upping the tempo on the album cuts 'Silhouette' and 'Here I Am' - Tom Odell proves himself as on of the UK's strongest pop talents. His music has surpassed expectations of first album disease, moving into a solid body of work with his sophomore offering.

With Odell's UK tour this winter, the album will most likely find it's true calling. A project which reeks of live acclaim, Wrong Crowd will come alive with Tom and his band, in front of an audience. Released this Friday June 10th, we encourage you to make this a fixture in your library. Purchase via here.

Here is the video for the title track 'Wrong Crowd'.

10 Reasons Why NOS Alive Is The Best Festival Outside The UK

NOS Alive in Lisbon are pulling out all the stops this summer and with just one month to go, it's looking hard to rival it for festival line up of the year.

The festival celebrates its 10th birthday in July and we've come up with 10 reasons why it's the best festival outside the UK.

1. It's abroad!

We'll start with the obvious shall we. NOS Alive is situated on the Portuguese coast at Algés, just a stone's throw away from Lisbon, so your visit doubles up as a holiday too. Leave your rain mac, wellies and disappointment of missing out on a Glastonbury ticket at home!

2. Shade from the sun 

If sun isn't exactly your best friend you need not worry. The music doesn't begin around 5pm local time, so you can catch The 1975 or Years and Years as the sun sets without being frazzled.

3. Short walks

Forget mentally preparing yourself for the treks between each stage, it takes no longer than five minutes to walk from one side of the site to the other so those inevitable clashes might be made that bit easier!

4. Radiohead return

They're the band back on everyone's lips, and with a mere handful of festival appearances cropping up over summer this is one too good to miss! The band played back in 2012 when the festival was called 'Optimus Alive' but unfortunately their return means that weekend and Friday day tickets have sold out rapidly

5. The continuing rise of Wolf Alice

This time last year Wolf Alice had just released their debut album. One year on and the British band are headlining the second stage of the festival, The Heineken Stage.

6. Record store

Blown away by one of the acts playing and can't wait to get hold of their music? An onsite record store will have you covered, stocking everything from the bands playing to other classics.

7. Good food, better prices

There's no need to go trudging through litres of mud to find floppy bacon butty. NOS Alive has a whole food court filled with places to eat and cheap alcohol so you can save a few euros for your daytime activities.

8. Two Door Cinema Club make a come back

It's been three years since the Irish trio took the indie music scene by storm and on the cusp of their return, NOS Alive saw it fit to bring them back to Portugal three years on from their last performance and virtual vanish off the place of the earth.

9. Clubbing past the bands

NOS Clubbing is the place to head after the live bands end. Situated in between the NOS Stage and The Heineken Stage, festival goers can expect early morning nostalgia from Junior Boys and SG Lewis at the NOS Clubbing stage every night.

10. Sunday siesta

NOS Alive runs from the Thursday to Saturday, so once you stagger back at 4am on Sunday morning, it's still the weekend and you've got the rest of the day to pop down to the beach and work off that hangover.

[IN PHOTOS] The Coronas @ Strom, Munich

All photos by Max Emrich.