27 March, 2017

[TRACK OF THE WEEK] Jake Houlsby - Howl

Just over a week since the 'Long-list' of Glastonbury's annual 'Emerging Talents Competition' was announced and a lot has happened to the bands and acts who have been picked. One we especially loved was Jake Houlsby and his rather astonishing track "Howl".


From the start of the track with the haunting humming and delicate guitar you are more than aware it's going to be a atmospheric track laden with smooth transitions between choruses and verses. Jake's commanding vocals captivate you from the moment they lay upon your ear drums, and if you can compare them to anyone it would be to Ben Howard at the very least.

However Jake has the extra ingredient compared to others, which is that he is one of the very few new artists that captures you from the very outset. Move over Ben Howard, there’s a new folk inspired singer-songwriter on the block. His track "Howl" is haunting, soulful and full of character.

[LIVE REVIEW] - Superfood, Pale Waves and King Nun at Thinktank Newcastle

There's often a feeling of disappointment at the words "This one's off the new album". It usually leads to a timid sing-along as the crowd try and figure out where the chorus starts and what they're supposed to be dancing to; thankfully, with Superfood, those fears were alleviated, as new tracks I Can't See and Natural Super Soul went down like they were greatest hits. Funky bass lines and bouncy melodies filled the room and got the crowd jumping and jiving instantly, making for a ridiculously enjoyable night.

Touring as part of the 'Dirty Hit' tour, they were joined by label mates Pale Waves and King Nun, two of the most exciting indie bands around at the moment. Opening the night were Pale Waves, and the Manchester foursome did not disappoint. Lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie's stunning vocals were, as ever, the star of the show, adding an ethereal touch to Pale Waves' signature glittering guitar melodies. A rework of old demo Heavenly was on show and it was as affecting and touching as ever, with Baron-Gracie's shimmering vocals betraying her gothic look and laying the emotion on thick. There was no end to the emotive tunes either, with new song My Obsession being a stand-out track. Slower and less pop-like than previous hits, it still displayed Pale Waves' and, again, Baron-Gracie's effortless ability to make a delightful song, and it hit like tidal wave of guttural emotion. Old demo The Tide made a glitzy reappearance, and the band closed with their debut single There's a Honey, a crowd-pleasing, synth-heavy track with an absurdly catchy hook that belies its heartbreaking lyricism. Safe to say, it was a hit.

It was possible to enter the Thinktank without knowing who King Nun were. It was certainly not possible to leave the room without knowing who they are. Loud, abrasive and full of teenage angst, King Nun were riotous fun, and the perfect pallet-cleanser after the tear-jerking indie-pop of Pale Waves. Most certainly on the heavier side of the spectrum compared to the other two bands on the bill, and a favourite of The 1975's Matty Healy, King Nun smashed through their half-hour set in what felt like five minutes. Recent single Hung Around was somehow even more punchy live, and B-Side Sponge showed the softer side of the band - but even their softer side lands firmly on the punk rock side of the scale - and led to one hell of a crescendo. Two minutes of pure fury led to garage rock banger Tulip, which struck with the force of a freight train and left the crowd breathless and reeling. A powerful set that was a microcosm of the exciting future of the band.




Headliners Superfood saw this as a comeback tour, having spent 18 months writing new music, and as comebacks go it was pretty damn good. Floor-filler Right On Satellite was as enjoyable an indie-pop hit as ever, and Superfood - the song - was uproarious fun and caused the biggest sing along of the night. They opened with new single Double Dutch, a sample-led Gorillaz-esque tune with Superfood's signature chorus style - mundane, almost nonsense lyrics turned into an indie-pop banger that sounds like it means something. No other band would get a room full of indie fans moshing to the words 'Jumping on the pavement with my friends' - it just wouldn't happen.

New tunes were packed with funky melodies, a display of the route that Superfood is going to take in their next album; but it wasn't without that distinctive Superfood sound. Dom Ganderton's ever-surprising range took the forefront on anthemic new track I Can't See, an effortless exhibition of the band's ability to write soaring hooks, and Natural Super Soul - which I think is the name of the song, the band themselves seemed a little confused - produced a reaction usually reserved for crowd favourites, even though nobody there had heard it before. Packed to the rafters with quirky, innovative riffs and hooks, it was an instant hit.

Bubbles and You Can Believe served as great crowd-pleasers; Bubbles, a slow-burner that was a highlight of debut album Don't Say That, elicited a great reaction and You Can Believe was a fan favourite. That left one new song - Where's The Bass Amp - and it rocked. An absolute blast, stuffed with funk and delirium; the only criticism being that it ended.


The only real disappointment in what was a stupendously fun night was the absence of some of Superfood's bigger hits - Mood Bomb the most notable absence. Mood Bomb is probably Superfood's biggest and best song, and that we were robbed the chance to see it was a little frustrating. But when your new tracks are so damn good, why play your old hits?

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[GIG REVIEW] Car Seat Headrest @ Electric Ballroom, London, Thursday 23rd March 2017

Having self-released 11 albums worth of scrappily recorded fuzzy-slacker-guitar gems through Bandcamp since 2010, the success of Car Seat Headrest, the moniker for Virginia Native Will Toledo, over the last couple of years has been both stratospheric and difficult to fathom; at least on the face of it.

Yet looking around the 1000 capacity Electric Ballroom before he takes to the stage, it's clear his music has made a significant mark on a wide demographic of music fans. And once he's out there strutting his stuff with his band, it all becomes clear. Almost every track is imbued with a delicate, empowered balance of pop-sensibility and personal-relatability. It's this carefully, and almost certainly accidentally crafted niche that singles Toledo out as a hero to a strand of disaffected millennials.

Photo Credit: Nigel Kinnings


Opening tune is the the quasi-epic 'Vincent', a slow-build intro transforming into a 6-minute bass-lead groove, complete with David Byrne-esque vocal delivery, before 'Fill in the Blank' sparks the first mass sing-along of the night. Hearing hundreds of voices yelling 'You have no right to be depressed!' back at the band is strangely cathartic.

The pace is taken down a notch with the softer 'Maude Gone', and then lifted right back up with grungy anthem (as far as CSH does anthems) 'Destroyed by Hippie Powers', which kicks hard, drops down, before getting built up to a visceral climax. At this stage, the excitable crowd are getting into the rowdy swing of things.

The band's rapport with each other and the audience is playful throughout, understated quips from Toledo and drummer Andrew Katz bring a deft intimacy to the night - and they actually convince the crowd to boo them at one point, epitomising the perverse under-dog spirit they embody and inspire.

Around 2/3 of the way through comes the set highlight, perennial indie-press Best Of the Year list botherer 'Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales' is truly shiver inducing, especially, of course, the strained outro refrain - "it doesn't have to be like this!" sparking Mass-Sing-Along-Number-2.

The main set ends, and Will returns on his lonesome to perform a surprise cover of 'Ivy', a standout track from Frank Ocean's insta-classic 'Blonde' album. Toledo's creaking vocals a striking yet effective antithesis to Ocean's smooth delivery.

Then we arrive at the end, via what is essentially the closer to CSH's stunning 'Teens of Denial Album', 'Connect the Dots (The Saga of Frank Sinatra)'. Toledo puts away his guitar, and responsibly stretches before launching into vociferously angular dance-moves to accompany the spiky vocals. He collects his axe for the second half of the 'saga' as the 4 guys on stage tap into their last remaining energy pools to bring the engaging set to a close.

As a relentlessly prolific writer, it's no wonder the set is filled to the brim with gold, and even the omission of breakthrough single 'Something Soon', whilst still missed, isn't anywhere near as fatal to the overall enjoyment as it would be for lesser acts at this same level. This fact in itself is testament to the high-standards by which Car Seat Headrest now applies himself, and connects with a wide-reaching and expanding, devoted fanbase, many of whom have turned out in force tonight.

Car Seat Headrest Played

Vincent
Fill in the Blank
Maude Gone
Destroyed by Hippie Powers
Motorway to Roswell (Pixies Cover)
Sober to Death
Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
Stoop Kid
Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
1937 State Park
Famous Prophets (Mind)

Ivy (Frank Ocean Cover)
Connect the Dots (The Saga of Frank Sinatra)

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[Interview] With... Documentary Filmmaker Adam Barton


Budding documentary-maker and Sheffield Hallam Undergraduate Adam Barton is having an intimate test screening of his upcoming debut documentary on the 31st of March. The documentary in question focuses on Sheffield’s popular nightclub and music venue – ‘The Leadmill’.

 You can read our interview below.

Hello Adam, your test screening for ‘6 Leadmill Road’ is Friday. How are you
feeling about it?

Due to the fact we’re still shooting whilst editing (which is incredibly stressful for all
parties involved) finding more and more content to improve the film is infectiously
exciting as we’re hoping to shoot more gigs and potentially a few more interviews. 

I’m hopeful given that all the crew have unquestionably given it their all to make an engaging
and visually stimulating film.

Tell us about the premise…

With The Leadmill arguably one of the most important Independent Music Venue’s in the
UK today, this documentary will hope to delve into what it is about the place which gives’s
it that special vibe. 

The three primary areas of focus, the staff who work there both past and present, the artists who have graced the two stages be they a band or solo artist and finally, those who are integral to keeping The Leadmill alive, the crowd members and those who visit the club nights and various other events.

Alongside numerous interviews, we’re also looking into the history of the venue which is
quite rich, dating back to the early 80’s at the time it stood for a splash of creativity and
vibrancy, in the age of Thatcher’s Britain. 

Hopefully, people will see the Leadmill as more than a neon sign and a place The Arctic Monkeys held their second album launch party and is, in fact, a landmark, not just of the North but also of the UK itself.

Who’s involved in the documentary?

We’ve been very fortunate with the documentary to be able to gain access to a number of
artists and bands. The variousness of the contributors is also something of a strong point.

Those giving their opinions on the venue include Sheffield Based band Drenge, David
Gedge of The Wedding Present and three members of a Sheffield Britpop group formerly
known as Blammo before becoming Speedy in the early nineties. 

Their contributions are essential to the narrative of the film as we follow their early years and their recent reunion gig which was held at The Leadmill.

We also have an interview with upcoming Sheffield solo artist Conor Houston who’s mother
also performed at The Leadmill in her youth as well as contributions from The Leadmill staff and Psychedelic Pop Group Moonlandingz. 

They are renowned for their exhilarating live performances which will assist in giving the film the immense high energy expected at every Leadmill gig.

Alongside the more high profile names, we also have equally brilliant input from punters who have anecdotes from back in The Leadmill’s early years along with those who frequent the Leadmill today.

Do you feel the small beloved venues across the UK are struggling compared to bigger
and wealthier establishments now more than ever?

Whilst the situation hasn't reached a crisis point just yet, it’s clear that many venues have,
in desperation made certain changes in order to widen their demographic, that’s not to say that you can’t enjoy a gig there but the sense of intimate communal venues is certainly diminishing to a certain extent.

Whilst in Sheffield there is still a decent amount of small independent venues, venues with a capacity like the Leadmill which aren’t part of a larger corporation are incredibly rare and as such must be cherished and maintained. 

With the country seemingly destined to cut funding to the arts and creative spaces even further, it is without question something which is of great importance as music is essential to our culture and is indeed a part of who you are. The prospect of losing the communities created around these venues is sobering, to say the least.

Have there been any stand- out moments for yourself when creating the film?

The very fact that this little idea has lead to the involvement of one of my all time favourite bands is something which always makes me laugh when thinking about it. 

As an avid fan of Drenge, getting the text from Rob confirming they were up for it was certainly
something which stands out in my mind. 

That said, there have been numerous instances including getting to film Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes hold the crowd in the palm of their hands. 

But simply the fact that I get to make a film focusing on the venue that essentially kick-started my taste in music and continues to provide me with an astounding gig after gig experience is probably at the top of that particular list.



After the test screening, what’s next on the agenda?

Once we’ve had the test screening and have had the essential feedback, we will then move forward to make any necessary changes to the film before making sure as many people as possible see it. 

The plan bubbling at the back of my mind is also to hopefully work on a series focusing on equally iconic venues in their respected cities. Whilst it may be my favourite, Sheffield isn't the only city to house some truly great venues.

With The Leadmill now putting on cinema nights, I did have hopes of screening it there at some point and hopefully getting all the contributors and fans of The Leadmill down and finally seeing if I’ve done the place justice.


You can go watch Adam's documentary at Sheffield Hallam University's 'The Void' on the 31st of March.

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25 March, 2017

PREMIERE: New York Tourists - Feels So Good

"New York Tourists are an alternative band who instantly leave a stamp on your chest". Proving this point with their latest single 'Feels So Good'. Showcasing their care-free and infectious approach to indie rock, it's no wonder the band have been recognised on BBC Introducing and gained support slots with the likes of The Subways, The View, The Sunshine Underground, Buzzcocks. It's also worth mentioning when Status Quo personally invite you to support them, you know you’re doing something right..

Combining the propulsive freneticism of FOALS, with the inherent melody of Friendly Fires, Blackburn-based four-piece New York Tourists manage to deftly balance both energy and aggression, and in doing so have created an idiosyncratic brand of indie rock that’s won them fans in high places.



With their debut EP earning them crucial early support slots for the likes of The View and We Are Scientists, and their debut crowd-funded album being unveiled to a 550 strong sell-out crowd in their home-town New York Tourists are a band quite clearly on the up; their latest releases harbouring a bombastic urgency that could only come from a band on the cusp of bigger things.

Recorded with Dave Pemberton (Prodigy, Groove Armada) who caught the band supporting Swansea’s Trampolene and approached them personally, new single ‘Feels So Good’ is no exception. Bringing the band’s inherent and irresistible pop sensibility truly to the fore, it bristles with the energy and excitement of a debut single, while possessing the chemistry and musicality of a band in their prime.

Living far enough from Manchester to reap its benefits, but far enough away as to be impervious to its influence, New York Tourists are in the unique position of being able to operate in their own meticulously crafted bubble, allowing themselves to stand out in a scene seemingly intent on repeating itself.

Watch the video for 'Feels So Good' here:



New York Tourists ‘Feels So Good’ was released through Scruff of the Neck on March 24th.

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24 March, 2017

FESTEVOL Gardens this April (Liverpool)


As a music fan aswell you'll probably know that feeling of seeing classic festival posters, reading the top names and thinking "Oh Nice", then as you start to descend down the list, the font gets smaller, but you're still finding yourself going "Oh wow... Yeah know them... I'm buying a ticket!". The poster for Festevol Gardens did this to me.

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Anyone who know their stuff will recognise some of these bands as been some of the hardest working out there and I think the 3 days in Merseyside will kick off big time.

Clue yourselves up with what's going on over on the facebook page here ---> www.facebook.com/Festevol

For that price you can't go! Good work @Festevol

Cheers,

@Jasehare

23 March, 2017

LIVE REVIEW: Bare Traps @ The Victoria, London - 10/03/17

Bare Traps have made a refreshing return in 2017 from releasing their new double single ‘All In You’ that features the B-side ‘Waiting Outside’. Forward-thinking as subject to their sound, the two tracks have opposite personalities with a well-recognised indie-pop vigour in the lead single yet the other more synthetic and slow.



Central Dalston offered a great atmosphere at The Victoria last Friday and it was clear that the support was clearly alive and with Bare Traps. The large venue room ended packed out just before the arrival of their set, which was great to be a part of. Older singles that featured the two previous members of the band sounded full and had the room moving with the fun noodling guitar lines. Witnessing the two new singles live was great, you could feel the enthusiasm and positivity in the band’s playing. Their huge summery indie rock sound only flourished when this was put to the stage, which was the best part of the set. These guys are killing it right now and in case you missed them you’re in luck as they’re playing a bunch of shows near to the end of the month and beyond!

25th March - The Actress & Bishop, Birmingham

30th March - Tooting Tram & Social, London

11th April - Under The Bridge, Chelsea (For Mind, the Mental-health charity)

14th April - Bassment Bar, Chelmsford

5th July - Fieldview Festival, Wiltshire

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Words by Cole Samson

21 March, 2017

[LISTEN] MUX - MDMA

MUX is a trio from across the pond over in teh USA, they bring to the world a new and illusive sound which (as it turns out) is very hard to place their genre. With a lot of bands sounding the same these days it's very refreshing for a band to launch with such a unique track, a very bold move, but also it means you won't forget about them any time soon!

You can get your fix just below, enjoy!



Rylands Heath share their cover of The 1975's "The Sound"

Rylands Heath are the duo of Jack and James, they combine their keen ear for melody and knack for huge harmonies with a wide range of musical influences to create snappy, genre-bending tunes: ranging from gritty to outright anthemic. As you can see from their stripped back yet upbeat cover of The 1975's "The Sound", with some support slots for Declan McKenna and The Amazons it'll be time for Rylands Heath to be touring soon!

Take a look at their cover below.


Blanco White covers "Lucky I Got What I Want" by Jungle for DistillerTV

Sometimes some of the best covers are lurking away on YouTube waiting to be found, and thanks to the guys at DistillerTV we've got yet another sublime cover. This one is a laid back and stripped down take on Jungle's "Lucky I Got What I Want" which has a dark edge to it and smooth vocals too.

You can watch Blanco White's cover just below, enjoy, we did!



Flying Vinyl Festival returns to London next month!

You probably have already heard of Flying Vinyl, a company revolutionising the music industry for the better one step at a time. Set up by Craig Evans, Flying Vinyl initially started in 2015, a monthly subscription service of physical box-sets, each containing 5 exclusively pressed vinyl records from numerous up and coming indie bands such as INHEAVEN, The Big Moon and The Wytches. Flying Vinyl's mission statement is 'The revolution will not be digital' and rightly so, Flying Vinyl has become a pioneer in the resurgence of vinyl. This passion and dedication to supporting emerging indie bands has led to the creation of Flying Vinyl Festival, which was a huge sold out success last year.


This year, Flying Vinyl Festival will be taking place at Oval Space in East London on Saturday the 8th April. It is clear that this is going to be an incredible day for indie music fans, the line-up is absolutely brilliant. Spring King and The Wytches will be headlining the event which will undoubtedly be phenomenal in itself. However, the rest of the line-up consists of top indie bands, such as Hidden Charms, Traams, Dream Wife, Anteros, Trudy & The Romance, Willie J Healey, Palm Honey and Yassassin. As well as top bands playing the Festival, this year Flying Vinyl have collaborated with local craft-brewery Sambrook's to make their own Flying Vinyl Craft Ale! This is surely to be an ace day - don't miss out!

Tickets are £20 and are available from the following link : https://www.flyingvinyl.co.uk/festival

[LISTEN] Too Cool Kid - Sleep Me Off

Atmospheric, dark and tense - 'Sleep Me Off', the latest single from Manchester x Cambridge alt-rockers Too Cool Kid, is the glitchy, tetchy follow-up to the imperious 'Drained'.



The track slowly builds towards a spiralling climax, pulling together multiple layers of Jay Plent's weary vocals with icy NYC infused guitar lines atop whip-smart drums and bass. Continuing to promote TCK's mysterious and dark aesthetic, 'Sleep Me Off' is a fine addition to their cannon; an arsenal of songs of they begun to take to the masses, with energetic shows around the North-West and East of our fair isles.

As well as being a swell song to get your ear-holes around, the guys at TCK are making a swell gesture and allowing you to download the track for free here, as well as giving you the chance to rummage around Jay Plent's addled-mind (beware) by going over the lyrics.

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20 March, 2017

[TRACK OF THE WEEK] BOA - Steal It

BOA (who you should know by now if you're a long-term reader) have today revealed their brand new track "Steal It", right in time to be at the top of your 'feel-good-summer playlists'. After the success of their previous single, "Right Place, Right Time", the trio have gone all out to craft a catchy track laden with smooth and hushed harmonies, tropical flavoured guitar hooks with a very subtle dark edge to it al giving out a sense of mystery.


With the band having a recent resurgence in Spotify plays, mainly down to their Radio 1 play, they're setting their sights on being a well known outfit by the end of the year. Well it certainly seems that from where I'm standing. Hugh Reilly-Smith says ... "Our music is about endless summer days, lost love and being in the moment. We want to keep on capturing that." BOA have yet again proven to us why they're a band to get really excited about!


[LISTEN] Ginger Snaps - Number Crunching

Whilst 'Number Crunching' might not be your first thought for the title of a song that's gonna beat those Monday Blues, this heater from Northampton indie-brat Ginger Snaps will certainly get your dumb face grinning.



Bearing all the hallmarks of 90s alt-darlings Beck or Eels, mixed with the fresh takes on indie-nonsense from Bad Sounds, Superfood or Rat Boy, the Killing Moon signing's latest single is a sample-heavy, breakbeat, primary-coloured blast.

Ginger Snaps, or to give him the name his mother did, Jay Brook, is one of the main songwriters in slacker-fuzzsters OhBoy!, so it's no wonder there are hooks aplenty in this new project. Backed by esteemed doyen of new music Annie Mac, expect big things to come.

Tour Dates

25th March - Northampton - Lamplighter
27th March - Brighton Prince Albert
30th March - London Camden Assembly (The Hyve Presents)
31st March - Manchester Fallow Cafe
14th April - Birmingham

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18 March, 2017

Great news music fans! MPs set to investigate ticket abuse

You may be interested to know that the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee is currently investigating the issue of ticket abuse. The inquiry will focus on ticket touting and the resale of tickets online via the secondary market.


The Committee is holding a public evidence session in Parliament at 10.30am on Tuesday 21 March. This session is a follow up to one held by the Committee in November 2016.

The Committee will consider the actions that the Government is proposing to take to tackle this problem, as well as its response to an independent report on the issue by Professor Michael Waterson.

This is great news for gig goers wanting to buy second-hand tickets, which most of the time are sold via secondary selling sites for a massively inflated price, with a lot more add-ons to mention too put on top of the sale, and will also help to combat the huge trade of ticket touts at our beloved music venues. Hopefully making both of these illegal.

BANDS/MUSICIANS - SHARED NEW MUSIC RECENTLY? YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO READ THIS!

Over the past seven years It's All Indie grown and grown, and recently I've been thinking that I need to go back to our roots. Don't get me wrong, it's great we post about a lot of different bands and post loads of news articles, but I don't want to be chasing 'page views' like other sites, so I'm going to give the chance for you all to send me your music!

Yes - I'm going back to helping the new acts!

If you've released some new music (ideally within the past two weeks), shared a new video or even announced a tour/EP etc... drop Fred an email at - fred@itsallindie.com - and put the subject title as '14DAYS2017' and we will post to the site!


Lets start a revolution! It's not like every day that a website that has over 50,000 followers changes their direction and aims at at new and unsigned bands.

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    17 March, 2017

    [LISTEN] BOA - Steal It

    BOA (who you should know by now if you're a long-term reader) have today revealed their brand new track "Steal It", right in time to be at the top of your 'feel-good-summer playlists'. After the success of their previous single, "Right Place, Right Time", the trio have gone all out to craft a catchy track laden with smooth harmonies and tropical flavoured guitar hooks.


    Hugh Reilly-Smith says ... "Our music is about endless summer days, lost love and being in the moment. We want to keep on capturing that." BOA have yet again proven to us why they're a band to get really excited about!


    Breakers reveal brand new video for "Salty"

    Alt-Rock newcomers, Breakers, have revealed their punchy new video for their infectious track "Salty, if you're fans of Biffy Clyro then these guys will be right up your street. The Hertfordshire based band Breakers have been hard at work releasing their new E.P Redrum and trudging across London, Herts and Essex playing music to the people. Their sound is a trade off of indie sensibilities, blistering shredding chops, methodical attention to groove and clever pop songwriting.

    The track is now available to buy and stream from iTunes.



    16 March, 2017

    [GIG REVIEW] LANY @ KOKO, London, Wednesday 8th March 2017

    Female fanbase. Roses. Merch. Screams. These are four words that were used frequently to sum up LANY’s sold out show at KOKO last week. The California-based electro-pop collective (consisting Paul Klein, Les Priest and Jake Goss) showed just why they are not just a marketing band. That they are not just a band with the aesthetics and sound on record. That they’re not just a band who will only ever feature on a Made In Chelsea soundtrack (although one cast member was in attendance). They proved they can perform on the live stage too. The night was twinned with an opening set by Danish band Off Bloom, who sent the whole venue into reverb. Their loud and proud electronic music is something not to look over, this was evident by their relatively large crowd (listen to ‘Falcon Eye’ and ‘Love To Hate It’).
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    After an overpowering light show to begin, the band swiftly moved through favourites ‘Yeah, Babe, No Way’ and ‘Bad, Bad, Bad’. The latter seeing Jake jump into crowd and being briefly unable to continue the song as he is engulfed by the crowd. New single ‘Good Girls’ continues the party, with everyone dancing and singing along. At this stage, it was potentially all too much – I wondered whether the band could keep up this energy. With no breathers, the band moved through the majority their set in a heartbeat – a personal highlight was ‘Like You Lots’. A mass clap along in ‘4EVER!’ and slower versions of ‘Walk Away’ and ‘Current Location’ allowed everyone to relax briefly. Here, the band expressed their gratitude – saying “London loves LANY” and reminding everyone that it was only a year ago that the band were playing the Barfly around the corner.

    We were treated with a few new songs off the impending new album, including the more anthemic ‘The Breakup’, and the big beat, short but sweet ‘Dumb Stuff’. The end of the set was a blur. An onslaught of the senses. The lights. The screams. The smells (so much perfume). The alcohol. It was really kicking off. The party continued with perfectly executed crowd pleasers ‘Where The Hell Are My Friends’ and ‘Made In Hollywood’ – which saw Jake, this time, launch himself on top of the drum kit. The only let down of the entire set was arguably ‘Pink Skies’ – where the high pitch voice on record was not replicated well.

    However, this was quickly forgotten, as we moved onto set closers ‘ILSYB’ and ‘It Was Love’. The first (following a voiceover interlude) compiled a huge, whole venue sing-along (it was pretty loud), and the second showing that the band aren’t all dreamy pop, and bring some extra substance. This band are perfect for the summer. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought their sun-glazed electro-pop over to the festival circuit. Get on the hype.

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    Written by // Richard Maver (@richmaver)

    LANY played:
    Yeah, Babe, No Way
    Bad, Bad, Bad
    Good Girls
    Like You Lots
    Walk Away
    4EVER!
    Quit
    Someone Else
    The Breakup
    Current Location
    Dumb Stuff
    Where The Hell Are My Friends
    Made in Hollywood
    Pink Skies
    ILYSB
    It Was Love
     

    Cabbage share video for "Gibraltar Ape"

    Cabbage have today revealed their brand new video for "Gibraltar Ape", which was filmed around their hometown of Mossley. The track was produced by The Coral’s James Skelly and is currently play-listed at 6Music, Radio X and Virgin, with spins at Radio 1 also. T


    Speaking about the video, Cabbage say; "No interminable, egocentric and grandeur oration can define truly of how proud we are of the Gibraltar Ape music video. Filmed and edited by Dominic Foster, starring the keen good folk of Mossley".

    Cabbage Headline UK Shows
    29 June London Scala
    30 June Birmingham 02 Institute3
    1 July Manchester 02 RITZ