23 February, 2017

[IAI PREMIERE] Floodhounds - I Wanna Know

An It's All Indie exclusive thrown over to us by the class Floodhounds. Their video for upcoming single 'I Wanna Know' is a blend of personal footage mixed in with outakes from the film 'Metropolis'. When I heard about this video I have to admit I was sceptical, but it strangely works!

I can't help but get a sort of early White Stripes feel from this effort, both production wise and sound. No bad thing I suppose. 

Check out the video for yourself below:



Bit quirky, bit different, bit good though!

The single will be officially out on 4th of March (but go pre-order it here - https://floodhounds.bandcamp.com )

I'm sure they band will be celebrating in style on that day as they rock a special Outlines festival set, anyone missing the Floodhounds bandwagon can go jump on board there in Sheffield.

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15 February, 2017

[LISTEN] The Orders - Veronica's Venom

Isle of Wight trio The Orders’ 2 track single Veronica’s Venom and Comeback Comedown throws the gauntlet down to the music industry and gig/festival bookers to say ignore us at your peril. 2017 is a year when everything and anything is possible for this young band. They blagged a main stage slot at IOW Festival in 2016 and seeing them live and watching the crowd response…. well it’s something special.


High energy with an indie/punk/psychedelic vibe plus an uncanny visual resemblance to The Vryll Society both tracks (Veronica’s Venom and Comeback Countdown) combine lead singer Kyle Chapman’s powerful vocals (reminiscent of some early Liam Gallagher tones) with story-telling lyrics. But forget ballads, these songs are poetry set in a mosh pit environment!! Great tunes and bags of personality from Chapman and fellow band member Josh Edwards and Isaac Snow. The video combines footage from the band playing to a sold out crowd at London’s famous 100 Club with a memorable afternoon when Veronica went out with the band…

[IAI PREMIERE] Larkins - Wasted Years


Suiting their stylish sound down to a T, Manchester four-piece Larkins drop their video for latest single ‘Wasted Years’. Lead Josh Noble sports a vintage car on a bustling city night with pick-ups of various band members. Meanwhile a spontaneous performance takes place in a smart bar, flattering the band’s effortlessly cool, hook-driven new single.


13 February, 2017

Stream SJBRAVO's debut EP "We Never Dream"


With not much background on the artist, a silhouette is the face behind SJBRAVO’s music. An artist that strings mystery in his story and familiarity in his electronic led music, I’m left intrigued after hearing his debut EP ‘We Never Dream’.

The lead track ‘We Never Dream’ flickers with a tense atmosphere yet embodies an infectious and sprung chorus, while ‘Waterline’ is a slow trip-hop formulated track that captures a lot of personality of 90's synth pop. SJBRAVO vocals often revel in echo effects and are distinctly placed all over this EP, which perhaps relates to the slightly ambiguous character of SJBRAVO.

As the EP progresses you can feel the heartbeat-paced movement re-occur in every track. Moving to ‘Baby Don’t Go’, a sassy plucked bass guitar hooks powerfully lead the song behind softened vocals and lush synth swells that blossom in this heartbreak track. The EP is definitely an impressive release for the synth-pop songster especially for a debut. The sheer amount of emotion is captured well in instrumental and the believability in the vocal performance.

10 February, 2017

[GIG REVIEW] Zak Abel @ Scala, London, 7th February 2017

Ahead of the release of his much anticipated debut album, ‘Only When We’re Naked’, next month, Zak Abel played the London Scala for two sold out nights this week. Attending the first of the dates, he showed us why he’s deserving of becoming one of the UK’s up-and-coming stars. With his new album the perfect blend of soul, R&B and pop, this was the ideal opportunity to road test the lesser known songs and to translate his recording ability to a live show. He did not disappoint. The set was refreshing. Refreshing to know his powerful voice did not falter. Refreshing to know that he is humble and appreciative. And more importantly, refreshing to see an artist have as much fun as everyone in the room.

With the set comprising mainly of tracks from the forthcoming album, we saw many sides to Zak’s personality – from the upbeat start in ‘Running From Myself’ and ‘Everybody Needs Love’, to the more stripped back ‘Awakening’ and ‘All I Ever Do (Is Say Goodbye)’.
Aside from the rather-OTT dance moves, it was the darker, heartwarming piano ballad ‘Deserve To Be Loved’ that drew the most appreciation. With the crowd swaying side to side and phone torches lighting up the venue, Zak sang straight from the soul and showed unrequited signs of vulnerability. Captivating the room, he showcased one of his “treats” where he sampled a 30 second cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’. Facing away from the audience and towards the camera, he smoothly recited the lyrics over a colorful beat backed by the urged-on crowd (a video likely to surface online). 

After delivering the Kaytranada-produced ‘Say Sumthin’ through a cheeky grin and a point reference to his mum (seen dancing in the artist area), Zak moved through his set with swagger and jest. However, a personal highlight came in the form of new song ‘All I Ever Do (Is Say Goodbye)’ which was a touching tribute to his grandfather. With everyone in the palm of his hand, there was the classic pause (“end”) before the obvious encore, which only heightened the intensity upon his and his band’s return to stage.
Moving straight into ‘Beautiful Escape’, I looked around the swollen room and was blown away by how many people knew the lyrics and the sound to which this created. But was I surprised, no. Leaving time for his biggest and widely known song, ‘Unstable’, we saw how this genre reinvention was not too complex but honest and done correctly. The set was short but oh so sweet.

Just when we thought two sold out evenings was enough, Zak brought out Tom Misch, and Kwabs on the 2nd date at Scala; and further dropped new single ‘Rock Bottom’ (featuring Wretch 32) on Radio 1xtra in the evening.

If you have the opportunity, make sure you check him out on his next tour - but be ready, it will sell out quickly.

Zak Abel’s debut album is out on March 10th via Atlantic Records. Pre-order here.

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Zak Abel played: 
Running From Myself
These Are The Days 
Everybody Needs Love
Awakening
Beautiful Life
Say Sumthin
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)
Deserve To Be Loved
All I Ever Do (Is Say Goodbye)
Only When We’re Naked
Beautiful Escape
Unstable


08 February, 2017

The Cribs announce 10th anniversary tour for "Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever"

The Cribs have announced a massive 10th anniversary tour for their crucially acclaimed album "Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever".

On Facebook the band said...
"Once upon a time, the idea of embarking on a tour focusing on a specific period of the past would've been met with a resounding "Hell no!". Even after 15 years of the ups and downs involved with being in a punk rock band, we still like to think, as most artists do, that we are moving forward and hopefully retain the same enthusiasm and motivations that we had when starting out as kids in our teens and early 20's. BUT, having said that - when this opportunity was offered to us it just seemed like too much *fun* to pass up...our last-minute 'old skool' show in London last summer was off the hook...so we threw it out to the people that know us best – you guys, 'the fans' if you will, and the response was really inspiring – not to mention humbling. SO we decided, why not? Let's go for it.
When writing an album, you (not so) secretly hope that 10 years down the line people will still care about it, still listen to it and get something out of it whatever that may be. And so, ultimately we just feel really lucky and honoured to be in a position where this 'conundrum' of looking back vs moving forward is even a consideration. In short, this isn't The Cribs indulging ourselves and reliving the past - it's more just a big THANK YOU to all of you that have been with us throughout the years, and a 'welcome aboard' to those who missed it the first time around. See you in may.
With eternal gratitude
The Cribs xxx"


May 
11 Glasgow, O2 ABC
12 Manchester, O2 Academy
13 Birmingham, O2 Institute
15 Newcastle, O2 Academy
16 Bristol, O2 Academy
18 London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
20 Leeds, First Direct Arena

Tickets for the shows go on sale from Friday 10th February at 9am via the usual ticket outlets.


The Libertines, The Vaccines, Sundara Karma and more announced for Truck Festival

Truck Festival in Oxford is set to be amazing this year, the recent announcement has seen The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand, Sundara Karma, Slaves, Jagwar Ma, The Magic Gang, Inheaven, Vant, JAWS, The Wombats, Will Joseph Cook as well as The Libertines.


Take a look at the full line-up so far below. 


Tramlines 2017 reveal first wave of acts

Sheffield's inner-city music festival returns from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July, with its biggest lineup to-date and a new-look festival site, from the iconic indie of The Libertines, to the influential R&B of All Saints, via grime, reggae, electronica, folk, hip-hop, rock and more.


The lineup spans internationally acclaimed artists and exciting emerging talent, and also includes Metronomy, The Coral, We Are Scientists, Loyle Carner, Twin Atlantic, The Pharcyde, Hot 8 Brass Band, M.O, Omar Souleyman, Cate Le Bon, Nadia Rose, Akala and many more.

Earlybird and first release tickets for Tramlines Festival 2017 sold out in record time, but second release weekend tickets are now on sale for just £38 plus booking fee.


Crystal Fighters share video for "Lay Low"

Crystal Fighters have today revealed the video for their new single "Lay Low’" Available now, the single is a dedication to the band’s drummer Andrea Marongiu who sadly passed away two years ago. The animated video is a colourful and heart-warming adaptation of life, friendship and universal connection.


Crystal Fighters' Graham Dickson said: "... Lay Low was inspired by the passing of our brother and drummer, Andrea Marongiu, and the main singalong came from an impromptu backstage chant, at one of our final shows together. Andrea brought Crystal Fighters alive when he joined the family with his phenomenally skillful drumming, and immeasurably lifted the spirit of the band, and whoever crossed his path, as one of the kindest and most charismatic gentlemen out there.

This song is about looking after your friends and family; it's about taking the time to try and leave a positive impact on earth every day, as if it's your last. It's about remembering to hug and high five your friends every time you see them, and to take the time to appreciate every moment we are given here on this beautiful planet. With this song we pay homage to the miracle of the known, the mystery of the unknown, and our limited time within it. We couldn't be happier to release this video today, with everything going on in the world right now, and hope it brings you joy and inspiration."

Declan McKenna covers Beyonce's "Hold Up" for BeBox

While we're all waiting for that début album to drop from Declan he has revealed a cover of a Beyonce track exclusively for BeBox. The 18-year old star delivers a new take on the "Lemonade" cut whose own tracks have tackled themes such as religion and transgender issues.

Watch his rendition of "Hold Up" below.



[LISTEN] Blaenavon - Orthodox Man (Alt Version)

Fresh from announcing full details of their début album "That's Your Lot", Blaenavon have shared a special acoustic version of lead single "Orthodox Man". The alt version was recorded in bass player Frank Wright's bedroom and it's the first track taken from the aptly named 'Bedroom Tapes' - a companion record to the full LP which features re-imagined versions of all twelve cuts. That’s Your Lot - The Bedroom Tapes.



06 February, 2017

[LISTEN] Shanghai Blues - Night Tears [IAI PREMIÈRE]

Today we bring to you Shanghai Blues' brand new single, "Night Tears", backed up with the b-side "I'm Wasted" just for good measure. With the band being less than a year old they've managed to get a name for themselves with BBC Introducing and Spotify already giving them some hype, and I can see why, "Night Tears" is a fantastic track full of pulsating riffs and catchy vocal hooks.

So, the new track "Night Tears" was produced by Oz Craggs of Feed The Rhino and is Shanghai Blues' sophomore single set for release on February 10th.  The band have just announced their début headline show at London's intimate Social on February 15th in support of the release. Head on down below to check it out!

Photo taken by Ant Adams Photography

05 February, 2017

Visit places mentioned in Bloc Party songs

There's no hiding it, I love Bloc Party! I've always wanted someone to create a 'Bloc Party tour around London' considering how many places Kele mentions in his song-writing, so around 5 years ago on an old Bloc Party forum I created a long post of places a Bloc Party fan could go to.

Now, that website and forum are both gone, lost to the internet - so I've decided to recreate it, enjoy it guys!



A Weekend In The City

"Les Trois Garcons" - Taken from "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)", the restaurant is rated 4.5 of 5 on TripAdvisor, a pricey lunch or dinner but a quick snap outside it is easily worthwhile.

"The Northern Line" - Taken from "Waiting for the 7.18", again, not a place rather a line, so long as you take a cheeky selfie with the words 'Northern Line' in the background then you're all set!

"Drive to Brighton on the weekend" - Taken from "Waiting for the 7.18", you could drive to Brighton on the weekend once you've finished this list!

"The Joiners Arms" - Taken from "On", this isn't the music venue in Southampton, nor is it located in Banbury, rather a gay venue in Shoreditch. Or so it use to be. You can still go to the location of it and play the track and think of what once was.

"Saturday night in East Berlin, we took the U-Bahn" - Taken from "Kreuzberg", you could do as the line in the song suggests. I've done this myself without realising earlier on this month and had a warm feeling inside of me after I realised what I just done!

"East Side Gallery" - Taken from "Kreuzberg", the infamous Berlin Wall has now been turned into a tourist desensitisation with loads of street art all over it acting as the worlds biggest outdoor art gallery. See it's official site here.

"Kreuzberg" - Never mentioned in the song itself, the district of Kreuzberg in Berlin is well known as being a trendy part of the city, click here to find out more.

"The old Bahnhof" - Taken from "Kreuzberg", again another mention from that track. There is no real indication as to which train station (or Bahnhof) this relates to, however a quick Google came up with the 'Old Nordbanhof', it's current location is in the area of the "Mauerpark".

"Saint Leonards" - Taken from "Sunday", this church is located in Shoreditch, you can get a link to their website here.

"Curzon Bar" - Taken from "Flux", the bar is located in Soho downstairs from the cinema, actually called 'Curzon Soho', there is nowhere in London called 'Curzon Bar' so the only other place has to be this.

"Ilford to Ladywell" - Taken from "England" (bonus track from the album), it's not a very thrilling drive totalling nearly 18 miles of depeest darkest Essex and East London. Head to Rome2Rio to find out the cheapest way you can do this journey... if you ever so wish.

"The Lower East Side"- Taken from "Selfish Son", the track is another one of those 'bonus tracks' from "A Weekend In The City". This is one of the few not located in London and it's a neighbourhood in the southeastern part of the New York City borough of Manhattan, roughly located between the Bowery and the East River, and Canal Street and Houston Street.



Intimacy

"New North Road" - Taken from "Trojan Horse", the road is in Islington, N1 which passes Shoreditch Park, not much to see, however you can easily stroll down it heading towards Old Street coming from Highbury & Islington Station.

"Ion Square" - Taken from "Ion Square", the small garden/park is located just off Hackney Road opposite Haggerston Park (not too far away from the old Joiners Arms). You can see the website for it here.

"Bethnal Green" - Taken from "One Month Off", the area of London is where Kele lives and where you're most likely to see him when they're not touring. Get the Central Line from any station and head towards Bethanl Green station for a picture.

"The East London Mosque" - Taken from "Letter To My Son", one of London's biggest Mosque's gets a mention in one of Bloc Party's most under-rated tracks, it's located London Borough of Tower Hamlets between Whitechapel and Aldgate.


The Nextwave Sessions

"St. Catherine" - Taken from "Montreal", now assuming Kele was talking about the city in Canada the road is located in Downtown Montreal which is a very commercial street. You can read more on it here.


Hymns

"The Ace Hotel" - Taken from "Exes", obviously this has to be the Shoreditch branch of the 'Ace Hotel' chain. It's located halfway between Liverpool Street station and Hoxton station on the A10.

"Champs-Élysées" - Taken from "Living Lux". The iconic avenue is in Paris and even if you're nt a fan of this band you'll take a picture of the Arc De Triomphe too.


Let us know if we've missed anything!




[EP REVIEW] Martinez - So far...

Martinez is a transition between beautiful 80's harmonies within fine-ass production in sounds, especially with the electronical percussions. It is such a miracle-like experiance you get when you listen through the first song "Off The Shore". It could be written a long time ago when people were starting about get attention to electronic sounds. All in all the start of this EP isn't a 80's wave thing. Or what ever you think when you hear the first few synths. It is a real band within love for highest and closest details in sounds. Not many (there we have it: unfortunately in switzerland...) swiss acts take care too much about sounds. So the EP "So far..." has yet one of the most intresting sounds in the beginning. Reverbs and such just make the opening song a wonderful start. The second song off the EP is stricly reminding of the "The Less I Know The Better" bassline of Tame Impala's Currents. Nevertheless, it was the kickstart for this review. Because the band is doing quite well in the german radios. It's when I heard these guys with the blossom-like frontgirl Valérie for the first time. It's almost depressing how good they sound on these streaming services, because so far (badoom tsh!) I haven't had the chance to witness the band with my own eyes and ears. Talking about ears. Do you remember the first time you heard a trumpet? Something very epic and foreign probably yeah? Well, I have to say on the second single "Maryam" there are almost hidden trumpets in their very own raw sound. So beautiful. Can't get enough.

The band is managing myself to be very happy on such a sunday afternoon with their "New Life, New Hope" kinda music. Lyrically it tells many diverse stories. Mostly about love and life. Easy to understand most people can relate to. A diamond beneath the great lake of geneva this band truly is.
You should follow them as they surely expand sooner or later and hopefully coming your way. Until then, listen to their EP.


----> Listen to the EP here https://play.spotify.com/album/4s5C8yXvgY0FBHzbv2H1sH

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01 February, 2017

Glastonbury Festival's 2017 Emerging Talents Competition is now open!

Great news for every band in the UK and Ireland, Glastonbury's Emerging Talents Competition for 2017 is now open! The competition gives new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival.


The winners of the free-to-enter competition will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

Tom Clarke of The Enemy announces "We'll Live & Die In These Towns" 10 year anniversary tour

Tom Clarke of The Enemy has today announced that he is going to do a  "We'll Live & Die In These Towns" 10 year anniversary tour unplugged. In a post on facebook he said... " ... When We'll Live & Die In These Towns was first released in June 2007 I couldn't have imagined the love that people would have for it. Over the years it's been obvious that for many it's the defining Enemy album. It would be wrong then to let its tenth anniversary pass without so much as a nod to its importance. That's why I'm inviting fans to some very intimate shows to celebrate the songs from the 
debut, stripped back to their bare essentials and played acoustically.


The idea is to play all of the songs from that first record as they were written acoustically, in an up close and personal environment with the people who love them, as well as playing a few tracks which The Enemy never really performed live because they didn't fit into the electric sets. These shows will be tiny, so tickets will be extremely limited. ... "




31 January, 2017

Zak Abel reveals video for "Unstable"

The official video for Zak Abel's new single "Unstable" is out, and it's one heck of a beautiful track, with warm guitar tones all over the shop as well as Zak's captivating vocal hooks winning you over every few seconds or so.

The video shot in the beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and you can check it out below, Summer isn't too far away... is it!



Splashh announce UK & European live dates

The guys over at Splashh have today announced a new run of dates to coincide with their upcoming album "Waiting A Lifetime". After relocating to NYC , and writing in self-imposed exile, the critically acclaimed, London-born band Splashh will tour Europe through April/May.

Check out the dates below and stream their latest single down there too.


April
19 - UK - Brighton -  Patterns 
20 - UK - Birmingham - Hare And Hounds
21 - UK - Sheffield Picture House Social Club
22 - UK - Leeds - Headrow House
24 - UK - Glasgow - The Hug And Pint
25 - UK - Manchester
26 - UK - London - Bussey Building
28 - France - Paris - L'espace B
29 - France - Rezé - Festival L'ere De Rien
May
2 - Netherlands – Amsterdam - Paradiso North
4 - Germany - Berlin - Urban Spree
5 - Denmark - Copenhagen - Loppen
6 - Germany - Hamburg - Molotow

Biffy Clyro announce small show in aid of War Child

Mon the biff everyone, today has seen the announcement that Biffy Clyro will play a small (by their standards) show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 20th of February in aid of War Child. It's also a part of the Brits Week celebrations and will see the trio play in one of their smallest venues of the last 12 months.

Tickets officially go on sale at 9am Friday morning via www.britsweekwarchild.co.uk







SURGE share video for new single "SHAME"

We're  very much big fans of SURGE here, and the band have revealed a brand new track in the form of "SHAME", and they've also revealed a video for it too! What lovely guys. The video sees the band perform in a  boxing ring while also following the story of a young boxing hopeful, you can watch it below.