Track of the week... Only Shadows - Let Your Guard Down

Formed in a warehouse in late 2013, Only Shadows have been described by the likes of Amazing Radio as "One of the UK's brightest hopes for guitar music", and the band have in their very short life span supported the likes of Coasts, Saint Raymond & Mercury nominee Ghost Poet. After we heard one of their initial demos we liked what we heard and we were yearning for more, and last year saw their first EP, but today we've got the exclusive stream of their new track "Let Your Guard Down" from their forthcoming EP - "The Start".

Having already got the likes of Hollyoaks, Amazing Radio and some of the hottest bands around asking them to come on tour, it's only going to be a matter of time before these guys are selling out some big shows of their own. They're on tour with Young Kato in April too! With the track exploring a few sub-genres in it's 3 and a half minutes, this certainly shows the band off well, you've got the fun and bouncy Indie-Pop in the first third, then it takes a turn into something a little heavier, maybe comparable to Biffy Clyro's latest work. The song ends in a wash of rushing guitars and certainly makes us want more!


Why Y Not Festival is going to be incredible

There are a lot of UK and European festivals over the summer months, and a lot of them are known for having outstanding line ups and always providing music lovers with a good time. From festival giants such as Glastonbury, all the way down to the small ones like 2000 Trees, it can be hard to decide what festival you and your mates want to hit up. If it were up to me, I would send you all to the middle of a field in Derbyshire to go to Y Not Festival, a small and buzzing festival that labels itself to be 'Small, Fresh and Loud' - three words that I would most certainly back.

As you emerge from the forest you open up onto a large field with the flags of Y Not in the near distance. That's when things start to get exciting. You will realise straight away that all the stewards and security at the festival are lovely, and since they don't have to deal with the sheer number of people that go to the larger festivals the seem to more friendly and talkative. Once you have got past the annoying stage of setting your tent up you can explore the festival grounds.

There is a lot you can do - from bumper cars and juggling to sitting on large pillows and rugs in a chilled and intimate bar watching some acoustic acts. The food is great and there is a huge variety.

The arena is set out in two. There is the area that has main stage in, and then you cross a path to get to the other stages. Main stage is a stage that looks big, but feels intimate. You can get really close to the artists and get really involved in the atmosphere, unlike large festivals who have a massive photo and security pit in front of the stage. Y Not seem to be really great at booking bands too. Most bands you watch on their main stage will end up being pretty big in the future. For example, in 2014 Catfish and the Bottlemen played Y Not and now they have two sold out nights at Brixton!

The other stages are more intimate but hold just as much atmosphere, possibly even more. The tents are a great way of watching bands - the sound is perfect and it won't get too muddy in the rain... Though when at Y Not, the rain isn't an issue because you can just run about in it like these guys below.

Let's talk about the bands already announced for 2015...

Y Not is 10 years old this year, and they are having one huge party to celebrate. Already announced is none other than Snoop Dogg (SNOOP DOGG!), Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx, along with Nick Mulvey, Saint Raymond, Rae Morris, Pulled Apart By Horses, We Are The Ocean, Slaves, Gengahr, Honeyblood, Allusondrugs and more. Obviously within the next few months a lot more acts will be announced, making the already great line up even better.

So with all that said, you would be pretty mad not to go to Y Not, right? Oh, the tickets are also far cheaper than a lot of festivals and are currently at £94. Bargain.

See you there?

- Nathan (@nxths)

All photos by Nathan McLaren-Stewart for It's All Indie. Taken at Y Not Festival 2014.

Gig Review… Gengahr, Wolf Alice & Alt-J @ Zenith, Munich, 18th Feburary 2015

Some gigs are good. Others may even be excellent. And then there's the spectacle that is Alt-J live: more theatre than concert. Perfect interaction of music and lights leading to an evening which has a rather spiritual feel to it.
Gengahr kicked off the evening with their laid-back indie pop sound, providing a peaceful start to an evening, which would soon be livened up by the incredible Wolf Alice. The London band get better every time we see them. From strength to strength. Their show in Munich just underlined what a good live band they are, getting a hesitant crowd dancing and singing away. They began their highly energetic set with "Moaning Lisa Smile". The highlight of their gig was the performance of "Bros" which saw them win over (nearly) everyone at Munich's massive Zenith; it was closely followed by the performance of their new song "Giant Peach".
Up next were a band which had catapulted themselves from indie-secret tip to a Madison Square Garden-playing band: Alt-J.

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The band from Leeds, who had previously performed in Munich as a support act for Two Door Cinema Club in 2012, entered a stage resembling a fire alarm: red, flashing lights accompanied by a rather unnerving sound - the beginning of "Hunger Of The Pine". "It felt mysterious and dark. Strangely similar to what the alarm inside a space ship must feel like", Sascha, an Alt-J fan, told us. Our first impressions of Alt-J's extremely impressive light show were soon to be overshadowed by the colours and "light choreographies" that followed. The band managed to please the entire crowd by playing a mix of songs both from their Mercury Prize-winning debut "An Awesome Wave" and their 2014 follow-up "This Is All Yours". Alt-J showcased their top-class vocal skills with their stunning performance of "Interlude I (The Ripe & Ruin)" - the song, consisting purely of vocals, got the whole venue to quieten down.
Although "Dissolve Me" had come close, it was "Taro" which got the whole crowd moving for the first time. Whether Alt-J's fans were touched by the incredible story of Robert Capa's death and subsequent reunion with his lover and colleague Gerda Taro or pushed to dance by the Indian-style elements of the song - the result was there: a whole venue moving.
After leaving the stage Alt-J returned to play an encore which ended in the most energetic song of the evening: "Breezeblocks". Energetic isn't quite fitting with Alt-J, however. The crowd went mad at the song, yet strangely not a single drop of sweat was poured. "This gig was special - after the show my blood was rushing through my veins slower rather than faster. The show was more than just musicians playing their songs, it was a mix of fascinating sounds and spectacular light effects.", was how Sascha summarised the set. Truly fitting.

Alt-J played:

Hunger of the Pine 
Something Good 
Left Hand Free 
Dissolve Me 
Bloodflood Pt. 2 
Interlude I (The Ripe & Ruin)
Every Other Freckle 
Warm Foothills 
The Gospel of John Hurt 
Lovely Day (Bill Withers cover)
Leaving Nara 

Benjamin Brown

Coasts reveal new track "Modern Love"

Coasts have just revealed their new single "Modern Love" via BBC Radio 1, and not just any presenter, the mighty Zane Lowe had it as his 'Next Hype' - and after hearing it you can clearly hear why. The quintet have been on the rise since "Oceans" got them acclaim all over the world, and the band have even just came off a tour of America with Bad Suns, but this track can easily propel them to even newer heights.

The rush of guitar, stampeding drums and the festival friendly chorus will be winning over anyone who likes their music like I like my cars, fast and furious! Scroll on down to check it out!


False-Heads release video for "Wrap Up" [IAI PREMIÈRE]

Today we've got the brilliant new video from False-Heads, it was shot at the Electric Studios in Brighton, by Ollie Thomas.  The video is a transcendental swirl of psychedelic imagery with blossoming flowers and 60s Go-Go dancers backed by the blistering guitars, this embodies everything that makes False-Heads who they are!

If you like what you hear (and see) you can buy their EP in the links below.  With a number of upcoming live dates, further recording plans and a continually growing reputation amongst the London live music circuit, False-Heads are poised for a very busy 2015.

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Courtney Barnett and Father John Misty announced for Glastonbury

Emily Eavis has revealed the bookings in a interview, she says - rather letting it slip - that Courtney Barnett and Father John Misty have become the latest names to be announced for this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

She has also played down reports that Coldplay or Florence & The Machine will be headlining the festival saying - "I’m not entirely sure what slot she’s going to be in yet, but she’ll [Florence] definitely be there"

Other names announced for the festival - so far are - Lionel Richie, Foo Fighters and The Dalai Lama as well as Courtney Barnett and Father John Misty

Stream Will Butler's début album "Policy"

Arcade Fire's WIll Butler is now streaming his début album "Policy" on Spotify, and if you have the app installed on your PC or via Facebook you can listen to it below!

The album was recorded in a week at New York’s Electric Lady studios, and Butler has cited the Violent Femmes as one of the record’s main influences, saying:
"I love acts that tread the line between violence and humour…they have that same element of being unhinged, which makes room for people to be surprised."

Communion announces third 'New Faces' tour

Frances, Tenterhook, Charlotte OC and Freddie Dickson are all set to be touring around the UK's best live scenes with Communion at the helm. Communion, the respected independent promoter and label, is proud to announce the third installment of its biannual ‘New Faces’ tour. The tour takes place across the UK, between Monday 20th and Wednesday 29th April and visits, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Brighton, London and Bristol.

This is one of the hottest tours in the UK, rivalling only to NME's Radar Tour.  Tickets for the tour are available for purchase now from Communion, Songkick, SeeTickets, Billetto, Gigantic and venues, priced at £9 regionally and £12 in London.

Communion's "New Faces" tour
20th - Arts Club, Liverpool
22nd - Brudenell, Leeds
23rd - Ruby Lounge, Manchester
24th - Bullingdon, Oxford
27th - Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
28th - St Stephen’s, London
29th - Louisiana, Bristol

Tickets / Communion 'New Faces' tour 

Daily Download... Lewis Fieldhouse - Great White Hope

Lewis Fieldhouse is one of the best Americana singer-songwriters the world has not yet heard of, residing in the attractive capital city of England, he's a hard-working individual who love to perform anywhere! He actually makes a living off busking in the heart of the tourist district. His latest song is about coffe, the thing that makes us all tick.

Originally written for a charities fund-raiser, Lewis has now uploaded it to his soundcloud account - just listen to him swoon and caress his guitar, it's like making sweet sweet tender love.

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Darlia announce Spring headline tour

The noisey rock trio from Blackpool are set to embark on a headline tour in late Spring, the shows will come after their jaunt around the UK with The Wombats, starting in Guilford's The Boileroom, and ending up with a show at Birmingham's Library venue.

Their latest release - a mini album - "Petals" is out now!

Darlia Live Dates
8th -– Bristol, Academy (w/ The Wombats)
9th -– Manchester, Academy (w/ The Wombats)
10th -– Birmingham, Academy (w/ The Wombats)
11th -– Sheffield, The Leadmill (w/ The Wombats)
13th -– London, Brixton Academy (w/ The Wombats)
15th -– Oxford, Academy, (w/ The Wombats)
17th -– Glasgow, Barrowlands (w/ The Wombats)
19th -– Newcastle, Academy (w/ The Wombats)
14th -– Guildford, The Boileroom
18th -– Warwick, University
1st -– Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
2nd -– Stockton, Georgian Theatre
3rd -– Edinburgh, Electric Circus
5th -– Manchester, Club Academy
6th -– London, Electric Ballroom
8th -– Birmingham, Library

Tickets / Darlia's Spring Tour
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