20 March, 2018

The Town Heroes shine with their thriving indie-pop single in 'Only One'

Alt-Rockers The Town Heroes have released ‘Only One’, the sublime first single off their upcoming album, ‘Everything (will be fine when we get to where we think we’re going)’, due to drop in summer this year. ‘Everything…’ will be the band’s 4th full length offering, and one that injects an ever-evolving pop-sensibility into their alt-rock core. The album promises to be danceable and inviting - providing an accompanying soundtrack for contemplating life’s deeper meaning with a bounce in your step.

Heavily supported in Canada, The Town Heroes have fast become known for crafting catchy, thoughtful songs. They've toured North America and Europe, released three critically acclaimed albums and won an array of industry awards. Anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, tender falsettos and big drums highlight their riff driven, dirty-yet-nuanced barrage of sound. On stage they move like intense caricatures – soaked in sweat, pushing every chord, note and beat to the limit. A structured wall of sound emerges; familiar yet distinctive.

Listen to 'Only One' below

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Déjà Vega unveil latest track "Eyes of Steel"

Déjà Vega have unveiled the new version of  "Eyes of Steel", of which has been doing the rounds on BBC 6 Music all last week. To celebrate this the trio have made this epic track available on a 7" vinyl, details of where to get it from are on their socials.

The post-rock epic is heavily laden with soaring guitars, dominant vocals and a drive behind it that will make anyone come back for more. Be sure to check them out live if you can, if not, no drama, listen to the masterpiece below - via Spotify.

EAU ROUGE share video for new song "Jupiter Drive"

The German based band EAU ROUGE have released the video for their brand new song "Jupiter Drive", and it's the first material since they released their debut album "Nocturnal Rapture" back in 2016.

With some atmospheric guitar tones, subtle use of electronics and their hush vocals, this track is up there with the very best. EAU ROUGE are just as eclectic as before, we're dead excited to hear more from them.

The Assist unveil new track "All That I Need"

With a winter academy tour with The Twang and JAWS fresh under their belts, The Assist are charging into 2018 with a brand new EP called "LOST" The first slice of new material lifted from the EP is "All That I Need" which has massive nods to the 1990's, with some big euphoric hooks, energetic guitars and plenty of fuzz.

Their infectious energetic pop has led them to share the stage with Rat Boy and even venture into Europe with Black Honey. The track is out now, listen to it now and get addicted.

Lara Smiles - Coincidence [IAI PREMIERE]

A new name to some but her accolades prove otherwise - London based alternative rocker has graced stages including The Isle Of Wight Festival and The Great Escape, all in addition to four Glastonbury performances under her belt. Lara has also shared the stage and supported legendary artists such as Pete Doherty, James McCartney and Jesse Wood.

Releasing her own music, Lara Smiles kicks into this year by pulling together a delightful explosion of electro-rock in her newest single 'Coincidence'. Absorbing her musical influences noting alternative pop contemporaries and gritty rock sounds, Lara created an infectious guitar-driven, colourful music in 'Coincidence'. With her exciting sound, you can be sure to hear a lot more from her in the coming months.

Speaking about her new single, Lara comments: "Coincidence is about those moments in life that leave you wondering if there is such thing as fate. Many of the songs I write are ambiguous and philosophical, like Coincidence - on the one hand it's about a moment and how it came together perfectly but on the other hand I'm questioning, 'Is this a coincidence?' Or is it purely our actions alone that lead us to the circumstances we often find ourselves in...?"

Tune into her new single 'Coincidence' below

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Words by Cole Samson

The Killers cover Oasis' "Wonderwall" at Lollapalooza Chile

The other night saw Brandon Flowers and co. use their headline set at Lollapalooza Chile to cover the Oasis (arguably biggest) track "Wonderwall". Brandon was paying tribute to Liam, who was forced to cut his set short to a severe chest infection and loss of vocals.

Flowers said - "We heard you missed out on a couple of songs today that you wanted to hear. Any night that "Wonderwall" is being sung by other people is a good thing." - Watch the cover below.

Tommy Down unveils brilliant new track "Superficial" [IAI PREMIERE]

Today we've got a very funky track from the brilliant Tommy Down, an exciting act from Bristol. "Superficial" sounds like the perfect blend of Nile Rodgers' Chic and Sade while written on a dark night in the UK, with lots of attitude to boot too.

"Superficial" sees Tommy Downs analysing the psychological perils of a generation addicted to selfies and social media. It’s all captured in the contradiction at the heart of its narrative: guy judges girl for taking a selfie with him, yet harbours a desire to see himself tagged in it the next day. Which perfectly sums up everything that's wrong with social media these days.

There's no doubt the track is insanely catchy, with a chorus that sticks with you long after listening to it, Tommy's sharp lyrics keep you wanting more and really stands out. So stick this track on and get groovy. The track is out now and it was produced by rising Decca Records star Rhys Lewis.

See Tommy Down and Harker Moon
21st March: Notting Hill Arts Club

19 March, 2018

[GIG REVIEW] Tom Grennan @ SWX Bristol, March 2018

A Friday night gig in the bustling city of Bristol is always guaranteed to be one to remember and Tom Grennan’s sold-out headline show at SWX was just that. The Bedford-born alternative singer-songwriter has certainly been building quite the hype on the music scene, having been featured in our ‘Sounds of 2018’ feature earlier this year and selling out his entire March UK tour consisting of legendary venues such as O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the O2 Ritz in Manchester, there is no doubt that there are big things ahead.

SWX would mark the first venue of many on Tom’s March UK tour, the excitement brewing in the 1000 capacity space was evident as soon as one entered the room. Having two energetic and impressive support acts (CuckooLander and Ten Tonnes) on the tour certainly ensured that the audience were engaged from the start, people dancing and singing to the catchy songs from both artists. The crowd numbers swiftly increased and soon enough the entire area was packed, each person ensuring that they could get close enough to the action in preparation for when headliner Tom Grennan would grace the stage. Refreshingly, the audience demographic was a healthy mixture of ages, Tom’s music is undoubtedly appealing to the masses and there is no question that his commercial success will continue to grow due to this factor. It was warming to see such an enthusiastic crowd preparing themselves for a night that they had been looking forward to for a long time.

The house lights dimmed, cheers enveloped the room and with an acoustic guitar in hand, Tom Grennan confidently stepped onto the stage by himself, commencing the set with an acoustic rendition of the goosebump-inducing ‘Sweet Hallelujah’. The crowd listened with intent, mouthing along each word with complete precision. However, Tom’s husky soul-tinged vocal absolutely stole the show right from the beginning. His flawless, effortless notes brimming with dynamism and integrity were a sign of what was to come for the rest of the evening. Promptly following this beautiful acoustic number, Tom greeted the audience with an enthusiasm that was so infectious, it triggered beaming smiles and loud cheers from the entire space. His band graced the stage and poised themselves, ready for the show they were going to put on. Catchy single ‘Praying’ was evidently a crowd pleaser, with memorable choruses and hooks that ensure the song remains in one’s head for days on end it was clear that the energy within SWX reached the next level. The audience participation encouraged by Mr Grennan himself throughout this track set the room alight and Tom’s vivacious demeanor drove the crowd faultlessly.

Tom’s positive spirit and passion was obvious, his rendition of funky track ‘Make ‘Em Like You’ showcased this, as well as his cheeky but genuinely charming personality. Between songs, Tom would continuously interact with his audience, expressing his gratitude and honest disbelief that so many people would come and watch him on tour. Tom’s stories are seemingly relatable to a lot of his audience, he engages each and every person and certifies that he is there for a good time as well as them. He showcased his excitement from the beginning, and his powerful performance certainly exhibits that he is made for the stage and is ready to become a star.

The set continued with numerous songs from his highly anticipated début album ‘Lighting Matches’ which will be released in July. The title track from this album did not disappoint, even though is hasn’t been released yet, a great number of people were singing along to every lyric. Again, clearly demonstrating Tom’s intelligent songwriting skills as well as his talent for connecting with his fans through his sensational music. Another standout track being the emotional, gripping ‘Aboard’, with a chorus that is sonically and lyrically satisfying to sing back, the audience remained mesmerised by Tom’s outstanding new tunes. Tom’s portrayal of ‘Lucky Ones’, a deeply sentimental track, with a chorus that features a raw vocal with an underlying meaning, was utterly sublime. The heartfelt lyrics were established with such feeling that one could feel associated with the story behind it.

Following on from the breathtaking new tracks, Tom sang familiar favourites ‘All Goes Wrong’ and ‘Royal Highness’ to animate the crowd even further. Both singles being hits for the young singer-songwriter and both showcasing his unique impressive talent. The audience became a unified entity, repeating back each word and making the atmosphere somewhat electrifying. The elation in the room was visible through the never ending sea of hands waving in the air to the beat of the music. Non-stop dancing and jumping was encouraged as the set progressed, the more familiar the songs, the more the audience became jubilant and ecstatic. The positivity in the room established a feeling of joy and respect for the power of Tom Grennan’s tunes. Tom’s anecdotes regarding wrongly inviting Diplo to his imaginary ‘perfect party’ (which he had spoken about on Radio 1 the night before) brought that comical edge, which added the icing on the cake in terms of Tom being a performer and entertainer which is somewhat rare to come across nowadays. Hit single ‘Sober’ received great cheer from everyone and Tom’s endless travelling across the stage’s entire space, ensured the audience got exactly what they came for - a great night full of energy and enthusiasm.

Rather than leaving the stage without a word and then coming on for an encore, Tom clearly stated that he’d be back when the audience would make him ‘feel good about himself’. Everyone took this onboard, the lights switched off and chants for Tom circulated the room. Soon enough, the star of the show strutted onto the stage with a beaming smile that was undoubtedly infectious for all in attendance. Playing an acoustic rendition of ‘Something In The Water’, Tom displayed his stripped back beautiful vocal that soared throughout the room. However, the night ended on an all time high when the band came back onstage and played ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’. The movement in the crowd was otherworldly, Tom’s happiness and vibrant energy took over and the first night of his UK tour was certainly an incredible night.

It is clear why Tom is already headlining festivals and huge venues (Barn On The Farm in July and Brixton Academy in October). Already a star in the making, 2018 is definitely going to be Tom’s year and it is only evident that an exciting career ahead brimming with success is on the horizon for this talented artist.

Weird Al Yankovic remixes Portugal. The Man

Now if you said to me a year ago that Portugal. The Man would have a couple of tracks remixed by the one and only Weird Al Yankovic I would be asking you for some of what you're on. But a year on and "Feel It Still" is everywhere, and Weird Al has remixed it as well as the band's other track

Spoiler alert, it's got some Polka in it and backing vocals from Al himself!

Frank Turner reveals video for upbeat new track "Blackout"

Frank Turner has revealed the video for his latest single, "Blackout", lifted from the album "Be More Kind" which will arrive on May 4 via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records.

Speaking about the track Frank said - "[It's a] new territory for me, musically – a song you could even play in a club, it's about how we might collectively respond to social dislocation and collapse."

Watch the new track below, let us know what you think in the comment section below.

OUTLYA unveil lyric video for new song "Wight Light"

OUTLYA have revealed a lyric video for their latest track, "White Light". The track is their first since the release of the "Volcano" EP last year and the new cut is a rip-roaring indie-pop anthem that embodies everything OUTLYA are all about. Killer hook's and stepping up the game with an even catchier chorus than ever before, this track is definitely one for the summertime!

"Wight Light" is out now on Closer Recordings via Virgin EMI.

SONS cover "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys for Studio Brussel

Belgium's very own SONS have dropped into Studio Brussel in Belgium to perform an insanely upbeat cover of The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy", which in-turn cements their place as one of the Belgians nation's hottest outfits. But what's more is yet again Studio Brussel is providing the amazing cover, be sure to give them a subscribe on YouTube too.

So head on down and mosh out to their cover of "Lonely Boy", we're loving it.

Barns Courtney covers Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans"

We're huge fans of Barns Courtney, even before he had a band backing up I saw him perform live, and now the Ipswich via Seattle singer-songwriter has revealed a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans", which he absolutely owns now. So head on down to check out our boy Barns cover a brilliant track, and (arguably) make it even better.

NB - Once you've seen that click here to see his old band perform it.

Bloc Party to play "Silent Alarm" in full on European tour

Bloc Party have sensationally announced that they'll be playing their debut album "Silent Alarm" on a tour in October with dates in The Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and of course London. This is the band's first tour since the release of their fifth album "Hymns" an comes out a few months after Kele Okereke's third solo album "Fatherland".

Tickets go on sale Friday via the usual outlets.

Bloc Party European Tour Dates
15 Amsterdam, AFAS Live
16 Paris, Le Zenith
18 Berlin, Columbiahalle
20 Brussels, Forest National
22 Dublin, 3 Arena
24 London, Alexandra Palace

15 March, 2018

Arctic Monkeys sixth album due out in May

Arctic Monkeys sixth album has been eagerly awaited, and it feels like  we've been waiting ages for it. The latest developments with the album are that a fan was speaking to drummer Matt Helders and claims that Helders said the album is "out in May".

This follows the exciting news that the band are playing every major festival going, a US and European tour with a UK tour sure to be announced soon.

You can check out where the band is playing this year here.

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Lewis Bootle unveils video for "Routes"

Lewis Bootle has recently revealed the video for the lead single from his current EP, and it's a rather beautiful one too. The new video share also coincides with the announcement of a special London headline show at The Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch on Thursday the 19th of April 2018.

Lewis Bootle has performed at Glastonbury, Bestival and Standon Calling over the last two years and has most recently played a ‘sold out’ headline show at The Camden Assembly in December, with stats like that the singer-songwriter is hot property, so be sure to check him out live if you're around! But in the meantime watch his new video below.

HAARM stream new single "Box of Bones"

Rrising Liverpool alt-pop band HAARM have now revealed the their first new material from them for 2018 in the form of latest single "Box of Bones", with the track being a part of their eagerly awaited debut EP which is out this year. The track will be officially  released on 30th March via all good digital retailers, with a limited edition vinyl release through boutique record club HURD.

Commenting on the single they said: "We wanted ‘Box of Bones’ to be a marriage between horror and pop music. We wrote the song shortly after watching a film called The Witch which came out a couple of years ago and scared the crap out of us, and we remember watching The Blair Witch Project for the first time and it genuinely scarring us for life too. We’re all obsessed with Abba, too, so we tried to squeeze as many catchy hooks in there as we could. It's the first time we've deliberately attempted to write a song for the dance floor in the same vein as Justice vs Simian.”

You can listen to the futuristic track just below, get your groove on and get addicted to an exciting band below!

RALFY shares new song "Charger"

The London based singer-songwriter has revealed his latest indie-pop anthem, "Charger", and with it being laced with innuendos it's right up our street. Full of charm, wit and brilliant lyrics this is exactly what we're after, something fun to sing-a-long to.

You can check out the new tune below.

CHVRCHES cover The 1975's "Somebody Else" for BBC Radio 1

CHVRCHES have today performed a cover for BBC Radio 1's legendary 'Live Lounge' segment, and here the trio performed a rendition of The 1975's "Somebody Else" for the station. You can watch the Scottish trio's synthy cover just below, enjoy.

14 March, 2018

Berlin based artist LAMIA releases video for 'Falling Apart' [IAI PREMIERE]

LAMIA has returned to 2018 with the video for her latest single, ‘Falling Apart’, which was mixed by James Kenosha (Ministry of Sound, RHODES, Liu Bei). Presenting forward-thinking production qualities, LAMIA's soulful vocal shines through under disjointed and experimental drum machine beats. LAMIA proves once again that her craft for sonically rich structures is to be admired. 

A display of visuals that flows like a lucid dream, LAMIA and co-director Miri Stevens captures the vibe magically. Filmed in dark while mystique areas of London, one half of the artist's roots - the song borders on memories and dark imagery, a full independent creative force.

Talking more about the video, LAMIA states "The video is about duality and living within two minds, your inner self and the self you present to others. It explores creating illusions to hide weaknesses, and how pride turns you inwards, allowing thoughts and feelings to stagnate and become further and further detached from reality."

London bred and based in Berlin, LAMIA’s career in production started as an act of defiance. After being told that production should be left to a formal producer, the multi-talented artist single-mindedly taught herself and 6 months later her first demo was overheard in a workshop and signed.

Support LAMIA on socials - @Lamiamusicuk

Words by Cole Samson