03 December, 2016

[Gig Review] King No-One @ Fruit, Hull, Monday 28th November 2016

Can that much really change in two months? For any eagle-eyed readers you are forgiven for thinking that the title of this review is a copy and paste from September... I mean it is but I changed the date and shush! The words written about King No-One the better right?

So yes it was only two minutes since they were last on tour but the lads desire to get back on the road is delectable. This Hull date had to unfortunately be slightly detached from the rest of the tour but this didn't stop the guys giving it their all.

Standard King No-One party tricks of climbing their equipment, party poppers and generally looking like they're having a cracking time all played out on Monday. New Tune 'Alcatraz' went down really well with a bouncing, youthful crowd. Zach jumped into the crowd with his mic at one point and got up close and personal with some selfie-loving teens.

The band are getting tighter as a unit as they go along in my opinion and you should definitely drag your office Christmas party to one of their dates listed below, no photocopier danger here! Just infectious indie tracks.

I've even managed to get my girlfriend (self-confessed music hermit) to say that she loves these guys now, so a job well done all round chaps!

Cheers for reading, facebook link for the bands page is HERE - LIKE


01 December, 2016

MOK reveal visual 4 track EP

The House VP is a project that is hard to draw comparisons from with it’s unique and intelligent approach to film-making, story telling and songwriting. The Brighton posse MOK fuse genres like Alt-pop and R’n’B in a mannered way. Shot on zero budget and filmed for 4-5 months, The House VP is a video project from the group that welcomes the band’s past and showcases these experiences that have lead the band to become who they are.

Four separate singles provide the elaborate soundtrack to the twenty-minute video. ‘The House VP’ captures scenes that flourish with evolving visuals and genuine performances. The visuals capture the personality and the harsh reality of the group’s own lives. The story shows a brooding situation developing with a character that encounters different lives and stories throughout suburban Brighton. “We chose to do ‘The House’ in a VP format because videos have always been a big part in how we present our music. This time we wanted to focus on making something deeply personal to us whilst at the same time pushing ourselves creatively”.

All the songs in ‘The House VP’ are a combination of experience and memories of our time together sharing a house. Friendship, excess, mental health, everyday life, highs and lows are all puzzle pieces that brings this body of work to life. You can watch the video here:
Words by Chris Graham

[INTERVIEW] with... Robert Milton of D.I.D

A few days before the return of the acclaimed Indie Band - Dog Is Dead; who now go by the abbreviation ‘D.I.D’, It’s All Indie had a chat over the phone with the band’s front-man Robert Milton to talk about the band’s upcoming second album.

 Hello Rob, how’s it going?  You must be busy preparing for the new album launch gigs in London and Nottingham later this week?

Rob: Yeah that’s right. We haven’t played any shows in a long time. So erm, it’s just been really cool getting together in the practice space environment, rather than the studio where everything is all over the place. I’m trying to make sense of all the new tracks and trying to get them down so they sound 
good to play live.

Rob: It’s just nice hanging out and singing with each other at the same time rather than barely not singing as well. It’s been pretty chaotic but I think it’s coming together now.

Yeah, I’m sure it’s been good fun.

The new material on the upcoming album ‘The state we’re in’ Is certainly different in some respects compared to the debut album ‘’ All Our Favourite Stories’. This is reflected with the second album’s singles - ‘Killer Whale’ and ‘I meant To Hurt You’.  Did the progression naturally occur or did it test the band’s limits whilst writing ‘The State We’re In’?

Rob: I think with the first record, it was written over such a long period of time, sort of as we were growing up and as we started the band. We started the band when we were about fifteen years old. So we had all that time to write that and now with this one, it is so concentrated, so lyrically we wanted to be as honest as possible and sometimes that’s dark. Sometimes it’s not but I kind of used that opportunity to just vent everything I’ve been going through recently.

Rob: So, I think the progression is kind of a natural one. But yeah, you never want to make the same record twice because that’s just really boring.

I’m sure it is a good way to get rid of stress and all that. I think you’re right, most bands always want to strive for creating something that is new and exciting which pushes the band, rather than repeating history.

I’m glad to hear you feel D.I.D is going in the right direction.

Rob: Yeah one-hundred percent. I think there is a few things that people would sort of expect us to grow out of… and kind of water-down, things like harmony arrangements and stuff which we did. So, we’ve gone the opposite way with. Like on ‘Killer Whale’, it was the first track we’ve written and it’s been just entirely five-part harmonies.

Rob: I think a lot of people might have thought that we’d have knocked that thing on the head but we’ve just went the more extreme version instead. I think it’s the same with some of the other arrangements on the album.

Do you have a personal favourite off the new album?

Rob:It’s difficult to pick, as I think it’s quite a bipolar record. I think a lot of the tracks are different. I really like ‘I Meant To Hurt You’ as a closing track. It works really nicely. I think ‘Killerwhale’ has been a favourite of ours for a while as well.  So, those two are the kind of light and dark of the record and I think that’s a good kind of bookend summary of it really.

I remember seeing on social media how Huw Stephens played three upcoming tracks off the new record recently.

Rob: yeah that was last night!

The response on social media seemed like they all went down pretty well with the fans.

Rob: awesome. Yeah I think so. That was a really nice thing you know, they played three of the tracks and we kind of did some weird pre-recorded talking about them. It was nice, we got some nice exposure and people seem to be responding really well. You’re always apprehensive when you’ve been away for a while when working on something. You forget whether people like you or not…

haha, I can imagine!

Rob: We put something out and we had some really great responses so it’s all good. All good so far. People will get to hear the record Friday.

It’s nice to see that the band hasn’t stopped being vocally dominant and still use creative harmonies. When writing material, who comes up with the initial ideas and lyricism for the tracks? Is it a group effort or do you all contribute in certain ways?

Rob: I come up with the bones of the song and quite often it varies in degree but sometimes I’ve got quite a finished article there. Or sometimes I need the guys to come in.

Rob: I think the real magic is in the chemistry, when we start singing together, like you say, I think that’s what makes us slightly different when compared to other bands. We sing differently and not everything comes easily for us or is too polished up in the end.

Rob: But erm, I think when we start arranging things like that, I think that’s when the songs really come into fruition. But yeah I come up with the bones anyway and everyone comes in and makes it the character of the track.

Back in 2015, after changing your name from Dog Is Dead to D.I.D, did you think the fans would have reacted like they did? The fans loved the name that the band started with.

Rob: Yeah, I mean people can be quite protective of these things. It’s something we wanted to do, kinda as a mark of a change and wanted to sort of separate these two records out. Then again it’s only sort of an abbreviation. So I think people will call us what they want and that doesn’t bother me at all.

Rob: I think people reacted fine, and I do think it’s made kind of a great difference to be fair. Yeah. It’s something we wanted to do and we went ahead and did it.

Finally, what’s next for D.I.D?, 2017 looks like it could be a really exciting year for Dog Is Dead fans.

Rob: Yeah massively, we’ve done the hiding away and recording thing. So we want to just go out and tour as much as possible, play as many new cities as we can, play as many festivals as we can and just get going with that. That’s it, tour, tour, tour!

Fantastic, thanks for chatting with us Rob. Good luck with the gigs and album launch this week mate!

Rob: Thanks, Cameron. Cheers mate, take care.

'The State We're in' Is Out December 2nd

30 November, 2016

Cabbage announce April UK shows

Well now, Cabbage have had a good week haven't they. After being named in the BBC's Sounds of 2017 list they've released their new EP, "Terrorist Synthesizer" through James Skelly's Skeleton Key Records, and now have revealed a couple of shows for April!

Cabbage live in Bournemouth, photo by Rhona Murphy

Cabbage UK Shows
February (Already announced)

1 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
2 London The Lexington
3 Sheffield Picture House Social
4 Leicester The Cookie
8 Nottingham Bodega
9 Birmingham Hare & Hounds2
10 Liverpool EBGBS
11 Manchester Gorilla
15 Oxford The Bullingdon
16 Reading Purple Turtle
17 Southampton Joiners
18 Bristol The Thekla
22 Newcastle Think Tank
23 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
24 Scunthorpe Café Indiependent
25 Glasgow Stereo
April (newly announced)
27 April London Dingwalls
28 April Manchester Academy 2

VANT reveal UK tour dates for 2017

2017 will see VANT release their debut album "Dumb Blood" on February 17th and will see them embark on a tour shortly after going around some of the UK's best live music venues as well as two shows on the island of Ireland.

VANT Live UK Dates
24 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
25 Leeds, Wardrobe
26 Belfast, Oh Yeah
27 Dublin, Academy 2
01 Manchester, Gorilla
02 Sheffield, Plug
03 Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
04 Swansea, Sin City
05 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
07 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
08 Bristol, Thekla
09 London, Electric Ballroom

[LISTEN] Astronomyy - Things I'd Do For U

Describing himself in a recent interview as "kind of an all-rounder", leaves you with the feeling that Astronomyy is selling himself a little short. When infact he is a man who can produce forward-thinking beats, write emotionally-charged songs and effortlessly perform them - as proven when I saw him perform at Glastonbury last year.

His new single is "Things I'd Do For U" was previously uploaded to Soundcloud as a demo and has since become a fan favourite who've been asking for its release ever since. He's a really exciting prospect in the world of music, music to love and tracks to behold, listen to the new version (and the demo) below.

[LISTEN] Veludo Planes - Luna

Veludo Planes reminds you why you LOVE Indie music! They're a band that makes you immediately hit all the media sites to find out more. Veludo Planes is sparking massive interest wherever they play They’re one of THE most exciting bands emerging as an unsigned band to watch out for in 2017 having previously supported Circa Waves, Blossoms, The Subways and Spring King, whilst performing at UK festivals Victorious Festival and Forgotten Fields.

'Luna' is Portsmouth based Veludo Planes' new song and it hooks you right into the band. There’s something a bit different about them and Luna is a great tune with clever story-telling lyrics and sublime vocals. A 4-piece band fronted by twin brothers Mike and Chris Smith it’s only a matter of time before Veludo Planes break throughs big-time. Check them out and remember where you first read about them.

Words by Rhona Murphy

[LISTEN] Fickle Friends - Brooklyn (Everything Everything Remix)

We're huge fans of both Everything Everything and Fickle Friends and recently Fickle Friends have revealed a remix of "Brooklyn" by the Manchester quartet. The remix is laced with 90s piano lines with distorted and cut-up vocals. If you like being up at night this will certainly have you moving.

Everything Everything aren't just great musicians, they're amazing at remixing too, so head on down and listen to it.

Spring King announce February UK tour

Spring King have announced a short stint of dates in February 2017 in support of their début album "Tell Me If You Like To".

Scroll on down to check the full list of shows out, tickets are out now!

Spring King UK Dates
12 Oxford, Bullingdon
13 Southampton, Engine Rooms
15 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
17 Stoke, Sugarmill
18 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

White Lies reveal video for "Hold Back Your Love"

White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt "Hold Back Your Love'"ith the new video directed by David Pablos. This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings "Hold back your love, you know that I've had my doubts". 

White Lies’ Charles Cave talks about "Hold Back Your Love" and says - "It's hard for me to talk about 'Hold Back Your Love' in a measured way. We all absolutely love this song. I felt the same after we recorded 'Death', 'Bigger Than Us', or 'Big TV'. Call it emotional attachment, or hopefully just a 'good ear', this song feels like it confidently sits itself down on the front row of White Lies songs that fall into elusive 'encore' territory. I'm struggling to remember how this song came about, which is always a positive feeling as it suggests the process was a totally pleasurable and inspirational one, but I know that it was written quickly and the melodies seemed to do that dreamy thing of writing themselves. I think we were in a 'Tango In The Night' state of pop when this song came about, and you can definitely hear that in the middle section. But equally, (and this band has been a huge influence since we were fifteen) there's a solid Talking Heads stomp that, dare I say it, you can almost dance to!"

29 November, 2016

The Stone Roses to play huge European Festival in 2017?

Following on from the announcement that The Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing Benicassim 2017, we can only just wonder who else will be headlining the incredible Spanish festival. Earlier this evening it seems that rumour has it that lengendary Manchester 80's rock band The Stone Roses will be joining the Chilis on the bill next summer.

According to a tweet posted earlier this evening by @LemonbeatsCHNL , it seems that it could very possibly be true. Look at that computer screen in the image! Check out the tweet below:

We can only hope these rumours are true! It would certainly make FIB 2017 have an absolutely stellar line-up and would definitely be the festival to go to this yeear! Watch this space as soon as anything is confirmed.

[LISTEN] Draper - Jealous (feat. BB Diamond)

Artist of the moment Draper has a new track out with hotly tipped singer, BB Diamond, which is out now. This is ahead of his sold out show at Camden Assembly on the 13th December and EP release on the 13th January.

'Jealous' is a big, beautiful slice of pop tinged electronica offset by BB's beautifully soulful vocals.

We absolutely LOVE it and have had it on repeat all day, pretty sure you'll be the same!

[LISTEN] From White To Gray - Push and Pull [IAI PREMIERE]

Charlie Gray’s solo project From White To Gray is brimming with exciting music, which is shown from his formula of gelatinous and intricate sounds.

‘Push and Pull’ absorbs inspirations and his love for alternative electronic artists like SBTRKT and Jungle, he has cast trance and house beats layered with indie rock roofing. ‘Push and Pull’ talks about complications between a relationship and the slightly jagged and disjointed steel drum synth lines that compliment Charlie’s vision.

His new EP is out early December and we are more than eager to hear it.

28 November, 2016

Circa Waves announce UK March/April tour

Today Circa Waves have announced a UK headline tour for March and April of 2017, it will be in support of their new album "Different Creatures" that's released 10th March via Virgin EMI.

Circa Waves' UK Tour
18th Sheffield Academy
20th Glasgow Barrowland
21st Newcastle University
23rd Manchester Academy
24th Liverpool University
25th Oxford Academy
27th Bristol Academy
28th Nottingham Rock City
30th Birmingham Institute
31st London Forum
3rd Norwich UEA
4th Cambridge Junction

Blossoms announce show at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl

Following various sold out shows throughout the UK, Blossoms have today announced that they will play their biggest headline show to date at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on July 8th. Blossoms will be joined by very special guests The Coral as well as Rory Wynne and Touts. Tickets go on sale on Friday December 2nd.

Lead singer Tom said "There's only three bowls we've ever wanted to play. Now we've got Castlefield, that only leaves the Super Bowl and Hollywood Bowl (Ashton Under Lyne)"

Eau Rouge unveil "We Are" video

Eau Rouge have today unveiled their video for "We Are", which is a part of their debut album "Nocturnal Rapture". The album is out now and features some of the tastiest hooks we've heard all year. I actually stumbled upon them while trying to search for some Formula One videos and have never looked back since.

Check out their video below!

SuperGlu share new video for "Dreams"

SuperGlu have today shared their video to their new single, "Dreams" - which is out now - the video was directed by Warp Records artist, John Callaghan and it's got some raw punk energy, beautiful harmonies and enchanting vocals.

Currently SuperGlu are planning a U.S. tour in conjunction with their SXSW performance scheduled for March 2017. Be sure to keep an eye on them!

The XX unveil video for "On Hold"

The XX have today revealed the video for their comeback single, "On Hold". Speaking about the video The xx say - "Today we get to share our new video for ‘On Hold’ with you! The video is directed by the brilliant Alasdair McLellan, whose work we all adore... It was filmed in Marfa, Texas, a very special place to us, where we wrote and recorded some of our new album. We have a lot of love and respect for the people of the USA, having played hundreds of shows across the country over the past years. We hope this video reflects just some of the warmth and acceptance we have encountered there."

The xx have set the record for the longest ever run of sold out shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The trio will take over the legendary venue from 8th-15th March, performing to 35,000 people over seven hometown shows.

Their third album "I See You" is released on 13th January 2017.

25 November, 2016

[LISTEN] Glass Caves - Do You Have A Name' [IAI PREMIERE]

Glass Caves have the ambition to take on whatever challenges come at them. Being a one of a kind and rare band who have built their following from the ground up from busking to selling out venues nationwide. Their extensive live show accolades include names like Reading/Leeds and Isle of Wight. Their latest single 'Do You Have A Name’ is the newest single from the powerhouse indie rock collective Glass Caves. Settling as a richly emotive, honest and heartfelt number, the song is an upbeat callout to lovers everyhwhere. This is passionately presented in the pounding drum patterns and anthem chanting guitar chords.

You can check their latest video for 'Do You Have A Name’ below.

December shows:

2nd December - St. Thomas' Church, LANCASTER
8th December - Tap & Barrel, PONTEFRACT
9th December - (Acoustic set) Rocking Chair, SHEFFIELD

[GIG REVIEW] Fickle Friends @ Fruit, Hull, 18th November 2016

The first night of the current tour went well for Fickle Friends who are now solidly defining themselves as names to be reckoned with in an ever bustling industry. Despite feeling very nostalgic by their whole image, I think Fickle Friends do a great job of bringing touches of retro to a fresh sounding set.

Dropping "For You" from the setlist was personally abit gutting but being replaced by new tunes 'Cry Baby' and 'Brooklyn' made up for any upset caused.

Again I'm not a pro photographer so sorry I probably haven't done the band any justice. Being part of the cracked iPhone screen brigade also made it a lot more tricky.

Natti and the lads seemed to be a more polished live act since when I last saw them in Hull, that's not to say I didn't enjoy them last time... it just felt more established. There's a compliment in there somewhere for the band.

Anyway! Pre-Christmas tour deserves you to neglect buying that random cousin a Christmas present and instead get yourself down to a gig! Treat yourself, even wrap the ticket up! Little gift to yourself. You can see those tour dates at the below social: