19 January, 2018

Schwarz releases new video for 'Cold Sunlight'

Schwarz is no ordinary artist - a shrouded mystique surrounds his creativity and musical output, wonderfully crafted dark electro-pop that boils with coolness. Somewhat reminiscent to influences like Woodkid or Moderat, fans of Depeche Mode will also recognise Schwarz stunning musical delivery. ‘Cold Sunlight’ captures orchestral moments with electronic beats in his music, united by a rare courage to great emotions, to feel self-indulgent. Hereby Meyer de Voltaire opens a new chapter after his band Voltaire.

‘Cold Sunlight’ is the last single and video to release from his debut EP, ‘In Your Eyes’, which also releases today.  In addition to four original songs there are also two remixes of big - and stylistically different - names in German electronic music: Robot Koch and Schiller.



Singer, creative multitalented musician and cosmopolite, Roland Meyer de Voltaire or professionally known as SCHWARZ was born to German-Bolivian parents and grew up in Bonn, Dublin, Moscow and Beijing. Curiously gathering impressions around the world has helped shape Roland Meyer de Voltaire into the individual he is today: A musical visionary and creator of electronic sound sculptures that tell their own story.





Listen to 'In Your Eyes' EP HERE



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Words by Cole Samson

MARCV5 drop video for 'Gingerman' [IAI Premiere]

Throwing heaps of energy, fun and groove-ridden synth basslines, 'Gingerman' arrives with a video which perfectly encapsulates the raw energy and celebration of life. Inspired by J.P. Donleavy’s controversial bestseller, 'Gingerman' is pumped full of 80's electro-punk vibes with an additional modern twist -- the perfect representation of three-man band MARCV5.

MARCV5 comment more on the wild single - "This book was written far before the beat generation movement and we really thought we had to make a song about it as it’s a real masterpiece. For all of us, this is our favourite single from the album. The song came almost naturally to us. For the video, we just set up a camera in front of our actors, put the music on and let them spontaneously do their thing. Following our director, the casting was just perfect, disciplined and well organised. The 8 actors represent very well the diversity of Brussels."




MARCV5 (pronounced MARCUS) are Stephane Matten, and brothers Davy and Geert Standaert. They formed over ten years ago and achieved great success in their home country, Belgium, as well as in various European countries. Their first album 'God Save The King" was released in 2008, followed by several singles along their career. MARCV5 went on the road playing throughout Europe. On more than one occasion, the band performed 3 gigs in less than 48 hours, travelling over 1500 kilometers by tour bus.

Striving with fast tempo tracks that shudder with loud guitars and pulsating synth-hooks, we await for their next second studio album, 'We Can Do More'. It was recorded largely during trips to Brighton, Düsseldorf and their hometown Brussels in the long drawn out days of winter. Capturing the lethargic mood at the time, every song on the album has its own story that intricately links together in some form or another.



"Gingerman" is taken from the album "We Can Do More", to be released March 23rd 2018 via Introduce Records.


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[LISTEN] Bengal Lancers - Eclipse [IAI Premiere]

Having originally formed at university with members Harry Sullivan and Charlie Hawkins from Bengal Lancers, originally started life as a Leicester-based two-piece. Armed with little more than a wealth of covers and a smattering of originals, it wasn’t long before ambition saw the duo enlist drummer Max Hutchi, and relocate to the Capital.

Now a four-piece, and a band in the truest sense of the word, their relocation allowed their talent to blossom, while the addition of fourth member Aidan Wickham saw their trademark sound flourish, becoming the encompassing brand of alt-rock the band peddle today.




With a small collection of singles and two EPs under the beat, the releases of which were all met with acclaim, it’s clear that Bengal Lancers are making all the right noises and have the medals to prove it.

The band is now set to release their next single ‘Eclipse’, which is their first exciting offering into 2018. ‘Eclipse’ stands out fearlessly and packs with a wonderful blend of adventurous lyrical storytelling and progressive instrumental approaches leading into a stellar climax of raucous rock moments. It’s something to behold.

‘Eclipse’ explores confusion and chaos that surrounds the break-down of a relationship, but still harbouring the glimmer of optimism that’s so often clung to in such situations. Check it out below.

Bengal Lancers will release new single Eclipse on January 26th 2017.




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16 January, 2018

Tom Grennan reveals latest track "Sober"

The fabulous Tom Grennan and his huge vocals are back, and his latest track "Sober" is a real taste of what's to come from his debut album.

Tom said - "I wanted to write about always getting really drunk. At one point in my life, I hated getting drunk, but I always doing it, and the morning after I would always feel guilty. Then the next day I would get fucked up again. It’s about me not letting myself get sober. Then it took this whole different twist. It’s like a Bond song, and it’s one of the only songs on the record that takes me on a rollercoaster."




The Kooks cover Portugal. The Man "Feel It Still" for Triple J

The Kooks have popped by Triple J to perform a special set for their 'Like A Version' segment, here the band covered Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still".

Watch the acoustic cover below.




War Child BRITs Week announced with Alt J, Wolf Alice & many more

London, will once again, play host to an array of special gigs for War Child, and for the first time since 2015, Manchester will host a special show. So far the acts announced are... Rag 'n' Bone Man, Jessie Ware, Laura Marling, Kygo, The Vamps, Wolf Alice, alt-J, The Amazons, Deaf Havana and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.


Ticket prize draw opens and tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Friday 19 January at www.britsweekwarchild.co.uk.


Full line up:
12th February - Jessie Ware Bush Hall
13th February - Rag ‘n’ Bone Man + Samm Henshaw - Islington Assembly Hall
15th February - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Omeara
17th February - Laura Marling - St Giles in The Field
20th February - Alt-J - The Garage
20th February - Wolf Alice - Gorilla (Manchester)
22nd February - Amazons - Omeara
22nd February - The Vamps - Dingwalls
23rd February - Deaf Havana - Union Chapel
24th February - Kygo - Omeara

Liana Mellotte, Head of Music, Entertainment & Development at War Child says;
“This year War Child turns 25 and has helped hundreds of thousands of children cope with the devastating effects of war. Since our first music fundraiser, it’s amazing and very humbling for us to be working with some of the world’s best music talent a quarter of a century later. It’s testament to the musicians who generously donate their time and talent to stand up for the rights of children in the most horrendous circumstances. Every year, we’re overwhelmed by the support of those musicians, their fans and our partners O2 who make this such a special time for War Child”
In 2017 War Child raised a phenomenal £567,000 by staging spectacular shows together with O2 as part of BRITs Week. Thousands of people applied for tickets to see artists including Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Richard Hawley and Paul Weller. The money helps fund War Child’s vital work delivering solutions protecting and educating children in some of the world’s worst conflict areas, such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.



Editors announce new album "Violence" + stream new track "Magazine"

Editors recently unveiled their new single "Magazine", which is taken from their forthcoming album "Violence" which is set for release on March 9th via Play It Again Sam. Some fans are even more excited for this release due to the band finally releasing "No Sound But The Wind" which was originally in the "In This Light and on This Evening" sessions, ultimately being releases as a live track in 2010.

With the announcement of their new album they've also announced that they will play three intimate album launch shows in special venues that they've never played previously, starting in their adopted home city of Birmingham on March 4th, visiting Manchester and ending in London on March 6th.


"Violence" track-listing
1. Cold
2. Hallelujah (So Low)
3. Violence
4. Darkness At The Door
5. Nothingness
6. Magazine
7. No Sound But the Wind
8. Counting Spooks
9. Belong

The deluxe edition of the album will include two bonus tracks, housed inside a rigid box, which also contains 2 fridge magnets, 12 inserts and a fold out poster. Making this the 'go-to' version of the album if you're a fan of theirs.

Check out "Magazine" below.



15 January, 2018

The Orielles drop new track "Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)"

One of the most exciting young bands in the UK right now, Halifax’s fast-rising The Orielles have announced details of "Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)", the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, "Silver Dollar Moment" which is released on Friday 16th February 2017 on Heavenly Recordings.


The trio's new track is a punchy affair with some great melodies and hooks, the band say "Blue Suitcase is a track that was mostly written over the last few days of summer, inspired by events, discussions and 'philosophical' musings that took place in the studio during the recording of the album. We wanted to completely let loose with the track, combining psych- garage wig outs with elements of our favourite disco and dance boogie tracks, such as Luther Davis Group's 'You Can Be A Star' and Rita Lee's 'Chega Mais'."


The Hunna reveal video for new track "Flickin' Your Hair"

We're big fans of The Hunna, not every band can sell-out TWO nights at Brixton after only one album and less than three years as a band! The foursome have recently revealed the track called "Flickin' Your Hair" with an accompanying video.

The track is lifted from their forthcoming album "DARE".




12 January, 2018

London based singer-songwriter Vivienne Chi shares video for 'JUNK'

Vivienne Chi is an artist that hones a remarkable clear vision in songwriting, so far with only two single releases - these hone deep lyrical narratives that detail stories of belonging, heartache & the darker sides of London’s excessive lifestyle.

'JUNK', the second single from Vivienne Chi marks as a righteous return for the London living alt-pop songwriter. 'JUNK' was quick to amass tastemaker attention from The Line Of Best Fit, BBC Introducing, Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, then leading to the track topping the Hype Machine charts at #1.



The visuals for 'JUNK' display stunningly, taking an intimate look into a set of character's lives, exploring the freedom of people. ‘JUNK’ is a video that takes a look at the freedom in people. The video reveals without story direction but takes focuses on a group of unique characters, peering in and taking an intimate look into their lives.

The track’s accompanying video compliments the freeness of the song, director Thomas Hinkamp comments more.. “Every time I listened to the song I saw the same images again and again and I knew that I wanted to create the music video for it. The narrative took shape as I drove around Los Angeles listening to the song in my car. For me, this video is about the idea of freedom to be yourself without judgment or fear.”






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Words by Cole Samson

11 January, 2018

OUTLYA share acoustic video for "Heaven"

OUTLYA have shared an acoustic video for their brilliant single "Heaven", having come high up on our 'Sounds of 2018' list OUTLYA are definitely going to be hot on people's lips. They're also out on tour around the UK in March, you can check out the dates and the acoustic track below.


OUTLYA Tour Dates 2018
March
13 - The Bodega, Nottingham
14 - Oporto, Leeds
15 - Stereo, Glasgow
17 - Little Buildings, Newcastle
18 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
19 - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
21 - Omeara, London
22 - Green Door Store, Brighton
23 - The Louisiana, Bristol,

Tickets On Sale Now From Outlya.com



Go Go Berlin have album news & will play and party in Zürich on 20th of January

The danish rockband GO GO BERLIN is returning in 2018 to several cities as they've been promising after an intense Q and A on facebook a couple hours ago. So I was wondering what the band is up to and how they've been. A word with Christian Vium,  frontman of GGB!


1. Hello Christian! It's been a while since you've played in Switzerland, specifically in Zürich ZH. Can you name three things you look forward too doing in this city... party maybe as your schedule says you're having one day-off here...

"Yeah man.. Way too long. It's been weird not being "the touring band", but we've really really worked hard on the coming album. We needed this time off! I'm not even playing you, but Zurich is really one of our favorite cities in the world. Walking by that Zürichsee is something. SO fucking beautiful. Party like a snow leopard by the night!!! We're definitely going to have a party in Zurich once again."
 
2. You introduced me to Unknown Mortal Orchestra a while ago. You wanna hand in some of your latest "influences, earworms" which maybe coloured your new music, you've been promising hitting out this year?


"Oh i did? Epic shit!! You gotta love UMO. Hm... that's a tuff question. I think i recommended you The Blaze too right? (He did actually! Give it a go: goo.gl/DQ3Pto) Or was that the other way around? Anyway, they're SO great too. A different style though. But some of the music we have our eyes on at the moment is Hamjam, Parcels, MOSSS, Alex Cameron (listen to Stranger's Kiss) Go Go Berlin will still be Go Go Berlin, but our music has definitely grown more alternative, while the new songs are the best songs we've ever written."

3. Where do you think true love can be found? 

"Yes. But true love can't be found where it doesn't exist. Nor can it be hidden where it does... Haha. True shit! ...put that in a song right?!"

4. Through what changes (mentally, gear-technically maybe physically? #hair) have you guys been going through since the last EL-Concert?

"Yes. People change. And so does haircuts. Like I was saying before. We've definitely been going through some changes. I think we've become better at making music for our own time than ever." 

5. You will play Rote Fabrik on Saturday 20th. A venue you've never been. Do you check out venues you never visited before going on tour? 

"No, never. It doesn't really matter when or where we play.. as long as it's dark. We prefer a dark setting. It's easier to give in to the music when it's dark - for the band and for the audiens. It's best for everybody. I actually like when you have no idea of what you walk into." 


You can listen to an alternative version of "Maybe Tomorrow" here. No new music yet, it's coming this year though, watch out for these guys!

GGB is on Tour soon:
17 Jan - CAIRO, Jugendkulturhaus Würzburg 🇩🇪
18 Jan - Kulturclub Schon Schön 🇩🇪

19 Jan - Kulturfabrik KUFA Lyss 🇨🇭
20 Jan - Rote Fabrik 🇨🇭

22 Mar - Kulturwerkstatt Kühlhaus 🇩🇪
23 Mar - Train 🇩🇰
24 Mar - DR Koncerthuset 🇩🇰



 

Adam French unveils video for "My Addiction"

Adam French has revealed the stunning video for his track "My Addiction", which is lifted from his latest EP "Weightless". Adam says, "My Addiction' is a song about temptation and withdrawal. Often raw emotion is too powerful to ignore and at some point you have to come to terms with the inevitable, whether right or wrong. Such is life."

You can watch the video below.




Arctic Monkeys announced for Firefly Festival 2018

Arctic Monkeys have been revealed as a headline act for 2018's Firefly Festival in Delaware, with The Killers, Eminem and many more acts being announced too. But this is exciting for Arctic Monkey fans as it means that there could be a tour soon, as well as European dates and the long awaited UK tour.

Last year Nick O'Malley spoke about the sixth album and is hopeful for a 2018 release, going on to say "if it isn’t, then we’ve got problems". Firefly Festival is on 14th to 17th June.





10 January, 2018

Abbie Mccarthy's Good Karma Club celebrates 2nd birthday at Sebright Arms in January

BBC Radio 1/BBC Introducing Radio DJ, presenter and all-around music connoisseur Abbie Mccarthy has been spinning, curating new music talent on airwaves and venues for some time now and has helped kick-start many careers of exciting artists.

Her club night in London, Good Karma Club is a hub for new music fans, where the sole purpose of the night is to celebrate new sounds and emerging musicians. Each month Abbie picks 3 brand new & exciting artists to play, all acts she is tipping for big things and if that isn't amazing enough, it's completely free too!



Previous acts that have played for GKC early in their careers include; The Amazons, Bad Sounds, Pale Waves, Will Joseph Cook & The Sherlocks, who are all killing it at the moment. GKC takes place every Thursday of every month at the Sebright Arms in London.

Later this month the night celebrates it's 2nd birthday with Bad Nerves, Sorry & Tremors all performing Friday 19th January at Sebright Arms. Get your tickets over on DICE.

Make sure you come down to the next!

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[Preview]...The Blinders - UK Tour 2018

The Blinders - their live shows display raw energy and pure 'punkadelic' sounds                © Nasty Man Creations 
When The Blinders played Manchester Live Rooms in 2016 John Robb of Louder Than War wrote "Sometimes you see a band that has everything and The Blinders are that band. They have the songs, the adrenaline thrills and the chaos." He was not alone in thinking that.

Never one for making big instant declarations about the 'best new band' or creating a frenzy of hype around emerging artists, Tim Burgess has repeatedly been referring to The Blinders as "one of the most exciting new bands around". It can only mean one thing; he is pretty serious about what appears to be his sole declaration for quite some time.

Having supported The Charlatans at Brixton Academy in Dec last year, The Blinders also played Tim Peaks at Festival Number 6 in September 2017.

Adopting the city of Manchester, seemingly with ease, the Doncaster bred trio have done nothing but revolutionise each and every UK city they have played in, embracing it with charisma, intensity and energy. Songs such as Swine, Brave New World and Ramona Flowers are already established Blinders' hits.


Their dark, poetic and theatrical rock'n'roll shows can only be described as nothing short of life-changing. By reinventing and shaking up conventional thinking or expectation of what a live rock'n'roll show should be, or consist of, they are adding a new dimension to rock'n'roll.

The Blinders have entered rock music territory which could, and probably should, have been re-invented decades ago. They are fascinating because they 'overstep' any boundaries between rock, punk, poetry, theatre and revolution and that is precisely why their up coming February tour is an absolute must-see for every rock'n'roll fan out there.

Clearly, there are other great bands hitting the road at the moment but make sure you do not miss this tour because there is an urgency about The Blinders. It is partly about responding to what is going on at the moment and things are clearly happening for them now.

Be there and be part of it. 

L-R Charlie McGough (bassist), Matty Neale (drummer) and Thomas Haywood vocals and guitar       © Duncan Stafford

The Blinders UK Tour - February 2018

2 - GLASGOW - King Tuts - 18+  Shambolics, Ranzas
3 - MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute - 18+ (sold out)  Strange Bones 
5 - LEICESTER - The Cookie - 14+ - Special guests tbc
6 - SWINDON - The Victoria - 16+  Farebrother 
7 - BRISTOL - Louisiana - 16+
8 - CARDIFF - The Globe - 14+ Bute
9 - BRIGHTON - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar - 18+
10 - STOKE on Trent - The Sugarmill - 14+
13 - NEWCASTLE - Think Tank Underground - 14+  Savana
14 - SHEFFIELD - Record Junkee - 14+  Lyerr Band
15 - DERBY - The Venue - 14+  The Honeymoon Suite, Floodhounds 
16 - BIRMINGHAM - Sunflower Lounge - 16+  Paper Bouys, The Clause 
17 - OXFORD - The Cellar - 18+  Brixtons, Waterfools 
19 - SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners - 14+
21 - LONDON - The Lexington - 18+  The Americas 
22 - BOURNEMOUTH - Sixty Million Postcards - 18+
23 - LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club - 14+  Naked Six, Sounds Like A Storm 
24 - RAMSGATE - Music Hall - all ages - The Gallerys 

for tickets visit    http://www.seetickets.com/tour/the-blinders




[LISTEN] Ragmans Daughter - Lazy

Ragmans Daughter are a band to keep watch on and if anything should prove this, its their devotion to honing their stylish slacker pop sound. Having taken the last 12 months holed up in the suburbs of their city, the West London trio Ragmans Daughter soaked their musical surroundings and influences and created a fine work of their debut single, 'Lazy'.



Nodding heads to influences such as Blur, The Strokes and Nirvana, the band found their sound only progress with producer Michael Smith (Anteros, Kid Wave, Wolf Alice), which sorted a mix of old and new.  Lazy ’, has already gained praise and airtime from Gareth Lloyd at BBC Introducing, tune in now.

      

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09 January, 2018

[INTERVIEW]...Sisteray


Sisteray - L-R Niall Rowan, Mick Hanrahan, Calum Landau and Dan Connolly             © Albert Jagger
These are thrilling times to be a member of punk rock four-piece Sisteray and 2018 could turn out to be their best year so far.

Sisteray just completed a Pirate Studios Live Session midweek and they are still buzzing from the experience, they absolutely loved it.

The new year has kicked off in a big way. Following a hectic 2017 the London band only just announced news of their up and coming tour.

Sisteray – Hit the North – will see the band play iconic music cities in the north of England in January and February.

Mick: gigwise there is so much going on in London in January, including all of the 'Big In 2018' gigs, we were asked about these but thought it would be better to go and spread the Sisteray word in some of our favourite northern cities where we are playing with some great bands, Aerial Salad in Manchester, The Kavaliers in Sheffield and The Racket in Liverpool. That is going to be our weekends sorted.

The band members have spent the majority of last year keeping super-busy playing festivals and lots of touring. There is little sign of them showing a need to chill or start the year quietly but why should they when things are going well?

2017 was when band released 15 Minutes, the title of their excellent and highly regarded concept art inspired EP.

Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol, 15 Minutes not only received rave reviews, it subsequently played a critical role in taking the band to the next stage and continue to build their reputation in the UK and parts of Europe.

Keen to maintain a consistent level of creativity, lead guitarist and vocalist Dan Connelly, vocalist and guitarist Niall Rowan, bass player Mick Hanrahan and drummer Calum Landau are soon to go straight back into the studio to record. Any fans attending the northern shows can expect to get some intense exposure to some of the new songs.

There is a theme to Sisteray’s recording, to date they have only recorded on boats moored on the Thames. On Lightship 95 with producer Rory Attwell (The Vaccines, Palma Violets) and to record the 15 Minutes EP and previous single 'A Wise Man Said/Back To Yours' and now at the studio set up on Grand Cru,  owned by The Who's Pete Townsend, with Jonathan Hucks producing.




Jonathan has a strong track record of working with guitar bands and he recently recorded with the likes of alternative band False Heads. So far his work with Sisteray is going really well.

The original plan was to record two tracks for a single but the work has been so successful they are back in the studio to turn it into an EP.  The producer really knows how to achieve the sound the band members are looking for in their recording. Taking the time necessary, he is thorough and makes sure a job is done properly.

Niall: having a top producer like Jonathan is great. He has so many ideas to bring to the recording process. He is very conscientious and is showing great patience. A good producer is able to make suggestions in order to make things better and it is great when you can sense the producer is actively involved.

Enjoying the support of a good producer is clearly beneficial but Sisteray also have the ideological and creative freedom to focus on making the sort of music they actually want to make, as opposed to, what might be expected from them.

The band members are seeing clear benefits of being signed to an independent record label.  Founded in East London in 2016 by label manager Elliott Hale, Vallance Records is one hundred percent independent and totally behind its artists.

Dan: Elliott gives us a lot of freedom to do more or less what we want to do. It is a collaborative relationship. As a band you do not really want anything else and it is an ideal situation for us. That is one of the main differences from being signed to a major record label where there might be someone telling you what sort of music you ought to be making.

Being signed to a small independent label also means there are options to develop the creative work in far more depth and not just take a short-term look at things and focus purely on how many hits you can get on the radio. It is better to make a long-term commitment, develop and build something.  

Calum: there seems to be a lack of willingness to invest in longevity within the industry. In the world of pop people are there for a hit and radio plays a big part in that.

Calum: I think with guitar and rock music it is far more important to get into something properly, get a body of work together, work, consider and listen to a full record. Major labels only seem to commit to putting out singles for bands. Not a lot of great guitar music is being released because there is a tendency to commit to one song only.



Sisteray are on a great creative run just now that is for sure. Rehearsals continue to be productive, the band members have been writing material and they are constantly bringing in new ideas and have even started to introduce different approaches to songwriting. Being able to try out new things and feeling creative is definitely having an impact.

Calum: there is a big difference between innovation and the need to try and fit the mould. It is where a lot of bands tend to fall apart because they are trying to fit in rather than being themselves and be who they actually want to be.

Dan: that is quite possibly why some guitar bands fail and start to sound more or less the same. At least, if you try to look and sound a bit different, it will make you stand out.

A strong artistic expression is key to Sisteray but the band members also like to take a direct, straight-talking approach and deliver lyrics with substance. They like to comment on social issues and doing so comes with ease. Yet, despite being vocal and explicit on a wide range of political issues, they are not comfortable being referred to as a political band.

Niall: being political comes natural I guess. I do not think it is overly political in terms of us telling people to do this and do that. But we do like to comment on what is happening in the world. If you look at something like our song Fast Food for example, we take a really basic idea but then there is still some politics involved. Approaching a topic in that way can be quite effective.



Niall: it was not like we ever set out to be a political band, announcing how we support this and that but are against something else. It is more about providing a comment on what is happening out there.

Luckily, or perhaps unluckily, there is plenty of political complexity out there to comment on.

Calum: around the time of Brexit and the general election we just had a lot to say. We talk more about what we are seeing at a particular time. Record and comment on what is going on around us. As a band we are quite ‘on the nose’ lyrically. At a time like this you are going to be direct whatever you are writing about, you can’t and probably shouldn’t just sidestep something because it appears to be unfortunate.

Either way, it is very effective, being direct and politically ‘confrontational’, knowing how to make use of other art disciplines and applying them to their music definitely makes Sisteray stand out from their contemporaries. It makes them different to the vast majority of guitar bands out there.

Niall: we offer originality. I have seen many bands who are brilliant but then people will to talk about how good they are and describe them by saying they sound like this band and that band, whereas , at least we offer  differentiation because of our songs.


Sisteray’s songs are strong and that has to be at least partly attributable to how well they work together, be it in the rehearsal room working on new material, in the studio or when they play live.

They recently discovered how shifting the songwriting process, and to start with a different instrument, can completely transform the end result in unpredictable but very positive ways.

Dan: we had been talking about doing the drums first and sometimes it might just come with a grove or a certain feel.

Niall: it is easy to get stuck and continue to write songs in a certain way. Changing things take courage. To suddenly have the songwriting process start with a single drum beat can seem a bit scary at first but at the end of the day, you want to work with it to see where it takes you. We have become so much better at writing songs now.




Sisteray - Hit The North:

Jan 20th - MANCHESTER - The Castle
Jan 27th - SHEFFIELD - The Hubs (Hallum Union)
Feb 2nd - BLACKBURN - The Lemon Tree
Feb 3rd - LIVERPOOL - The Magnet



Rae Morris reveals video for new track "Push Me To My Limit"

Rae Morris has today revealed a stunning live video to accompany her new track "Push Me To My Limit", which is lifted from her forthcoming album "Someone Out There", that's due for release on the 2nd of February, which also see's Rae head out on a UK-tour.



Rae Morris UK Tour
February
15 Newcastle Academy 2
16 Glasgow Art School
17 Manchester Gorilla
19 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
20 Oxford Academy 2
21 Birmingham Institute 2
23 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
24 Bristol Marble Factory
25 Brighton Concorde 2
28 London Heaven



The Scruff post gorgeous acoustic version of "HER"

Bedford's The Scruff have recently put up an acoustic version of "HER" on their YouTube channel, and it's even better than the full-band version. The vocals are more delicate, guitars are softer and well, see for yourself.

2018 is looking like it's going to be a good year for the quartet, you can check out our 'SOUNDS OF 2018' article on them here.