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08 February, 2016

[ALBUM REVIEW] DMA's - Hills End

For a band that only formed a few years ago, DMA’s have built a strong and loyal following. With a couple of UK tours already under their belt, the trio look like they’ll be one of Australia’s next big exports with their début release. With one EP and a few singles, DMA’s have been on high rotation on Triple J for some time now, making Hills End one of the most highly anticipated records of 2016. The album was mostly recorded in guitarist Johnny Took’s bedroom in Sydney and the band have come together with individual influences and produced a likeable, upbeat guitar pop record. Listening to Hills End, you’ll feel a sense of nostalgia; the 90s Brit pop influence appearing throughout the album making you feel all warm and fuzzy.


Timeless is a great introduction to the album. The snappy riffs and lead singer Tommy O'Dell’s smooth vocals will instantly grab you. Lay Down, Delete and Too Soon are definitely standout singles. Delete is a slow acoustic gem and the catchiness of Too Soon is a hit perfect for the big stage. In The Moment is a slow burner with a huge injection of that aforementioned Brit Pop influence and one of the memorable on the album.


One of the more interesting tracks on the record is Melbourne; its spacy melody builds gradually and ends with a frantic rocky finish. One would hope to see it included in future set lists – the energy it projects would get any crowd excited. The last few tracks are dreamy, laid back and Play It Out is a fitting finale for an album that demands several spins on a lazy Sunday afternoon. 2016 looks to be a big year for DMA’s. In support of the album the band will be touring Australia with the Laneway Festival circuit in early February, following with a stint UK and North America including SXSW and Coachella.


"Hills End" is out on the 26th of February.

DMA’s Hills End
8/10.







[LISTEN] Grace Sarah - Underwater

Grace Sarah has today revealed yet another beautiful track, this time it's "Underwater". The Cambridge based singer-songwriter has recently put out a few big tracks at the tail end of 2015 and 2016 is well under way and "Underwater" is the biggest one from her yet. With uplifting vocal melodies, driving drums and delicate synths the track seems to border three genres - chillout, dance and electro-pop.

Head on down to check it out!



[LISTEN] Parkwave - (De)Construction [IAI PREMIÈRE]

Parkwave started back in 2013 and today sees them reveal their new track "(De)Construction" via It's All Indie! Even though the band is still fairly new they've played a few big shows already, Festival of Italian University Radios (Novara), Disorder Festival (Eboli) and Arezzo Wave Love Festival in the 2014. The band sound like they draw influences from Interpol, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand as "(De)Construction" sounds like a track right from the late 00's - takes me right back!


Their single "Wave" features in the soundtrack of the independent movie 'The Antwerp Dolls' directed by Jack Reid. Their other track "Frames" was the the first single taken off their début album "Better Than This" out Feb 26 via Bizarre Love Triangles (IT) and Friends Records (US).

You can listen to "(De)Construction" right below.

AMETHYSTS reveal BBC Introducing session video for "Alone" [IAI PREMIÈRE]

The duo of Amesthysts have today revealed a live video for their beautiful track "Alone". The track was recorded for BBC Introducing Suffolk and sees the duo shake off some of that electronica and go stripped down to the bare bones, just the gorgeous harmonious vocals, delicate guitar, smooth and silky synths as well as looping drum beats - to produce a chillout anthem. Just as well as today's Monday - so give this a play and enjoy!


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06 February, 2016

[LISTEN] Clean Cut Kid - Pick Me Up

There's so much more to this band than the mix bag of tricks that the line up offers. Genuine thought provoking lyrics and equally mind pushing compositions treat any listener to a delightful experience.

Tracks like their latest effort 'Pick Me Up' showcase that they have all the attributes to be masters of the modern socially-awkward love song. In my opinion, a great thing to have in your locker.



Some big hitting fans and a recent live lounge appearance under their belts, this band will throw up more interesting things in the coming months i'm sure.

I'm off to see them in Hull next month supporting Fickle Friends (go see them both in a town near you) and I will hopefully catch a few words with so look out for that, but in the mean time wrap your ears around this little gem!



Jase Hare

Fuck Art, Let's Dance! announce UK tour dates

Hamburg-based band Fuck Art, Let's Dance have just announced tour dates in the UK.
The band will be playing in London, Bristol, Nottingham and Brighton.
You can find their exact dates and venues below.




05 February, 2016

[LISTEN] King No-One - Stay Close

King No-One keep going from strength to strength and it comes as no surprise to me that their latest effort 'Stay Close' sees them picking up the pace and still delivering comfortably. Officially released 18/03/2016, i can't wait so their soundcloud page is my new home for the next few weeks.

This hip shaking belter of a tune is a great addition to their growing stature and even has a more direct speech section which i found a bold move these days but for me it works.


Double A-side with 'Say My Name' gives a wonderful contrast of their skill set, slowing it down and getting soulful. Playlist additions the moment they drop for sure.

The chaps are playing a couple of gigs this month which i'm sure they'd love to see your faces at!

Leeds - Brudenell Social Club - 6/2/16
London - Hoxton Bar and Kitchen - 10/2/16
York - Fibbers - 26/2/16

[LISTEN] Deftones - Prayers/Triangles

Deftones have all of a sudden dropped a brand new track - "Prayers/Triangles" - which is lifted from their new album - yes NEW ALBUM - "GORE". They are so creative and talented and their music strikes an internal chord few bands do. It's amazing how these guys stay relevant and engaged throughout all these years. It's just a testament to their amazing and unique talent.

So why not take a listen to it below.


[LISTEN] Man Made - Raining In My Head

Man Made today have shared their new track "Raining In My Head", which is taken from the forthcoming album "TV Broke My Brain". The track sounds like a lovechild between The Manic Street Preachers and The Smiths, it's got a great 90's Indie flavour to it but with an urgency of a teenager in bed with a fellow teenager - you get the idea.

There should be no surprise when I say that Man Made is lead by Nile Marr, yes, the son of The Smiths' very own Johnny Marr - so it's clear what his influences are!




The Last Shadow Puppets add another London show to UK tour

Miles Kane and his mate Alex Turner - or The Last Shadow Puppets as they like to be called - have added another London date to their UK tour in July. This comes off a huge demand for tickets which is rivalling the time Arctic Monkeys sold out Finsbury Park two nights running.

These shows come after a stint of 'smaller' UK shows in March and April. You can check them all out below as well as their comeback track, "Bad Habits".


The Last Shadow Puppets UK Shows
26 March: Edinburgh – Usher Hall
1 April: London - Hackney Empire
2 April: Liverpool – Olympia
3 April: Sheffield – City Hall
10 July: Manchester – Castlefield Bowl
12 July: Bridlington – The Spa
13 July: Bournemouth – BIC
15 July: London – Alexandra Palace
16 July: London - Alexandra Palace

The Elwins annoucement European Tour



The Elwins announce 'Play For Keeps' euro release, via Hamburg's Affairs Of The Heart record label. The Elwins are a super cool indie pop band from Ontario, Canada.



Their latest album 'Play For Keeps' is the boys blasting open the synth pop doors and having a party. Songs are fun and catchy, with subject matters ranging from fun, desire and good times. To support this 12 track masterpiece, they will be touring around the UK playing the following dates in the UK:

22 February - London (Old Blue Last)
23 February - Cardiff (Clwb lfor Bach)
24 February - Birmingham (Rainbow Cellar)
25th February - Manchester (Night & Day)
 
 Visit here for full details on the tour and additional dates.


Frank Turner reveals video for new track "Mittens"

Frank Turner is now sharing the video for a new single ‘Mittens’, following a standout year which took in a set at Glastonbury’s Other Stage, alongside Reading and Leeds Festival (in a record-breaking ninth consecutive appearance) and a Winter tour which saw Turner perform to over 35,000 fans, including a North London homecoming sell-out show to an audience of 10,000 at Alexandra Palace. There no doubt that he is a cult icon now, and in his new video it sees him dress up as Elvis, wooing a girl and lots and lots of slow-mo!

PIC by Ethan Weatherby

Mittens EP Tracklisting
1. Mittens (single mix)
2. Least Of All, Young Caroline
3. Little Aphrodite
4. Cleopatra In New York
5. The Armadillo


Glastonbury 2016 and those rumours that WON'T go away

As you know, the Glastonbury line-up is always shrouded in mystery, apart from a few acts here and there by doing a self  announcing themselves 'by accident'. I'm not going to sit here and bore you with the latest in Jazz Fusion act or announce a weird relatively unknown band from Korea, but focus on those big acts that you'll see at the top of the bill.



Muse

It wouldn't be a Glastonbury line-up rumour without Muse, now they're still playing those huge shows all over the world to masses of people, so a headline slot at The Pyramid Stage is all that I can see them doing. If they're going to do it, it'll be one of those 'I was there moments' - and I for one hope it happens.

New Order

It's been a while since New Order have played at the festival, however since the release of their latest album - "Music Complete" - they are just as big as they ever were. With guest vocals on the new album from La Rou's Elly Jackson, Brandon Flowers and Iggy Pop if they do play it'll be full of guests!


Coldplay

Shall we move on already or...? Coldplay are one of those bands that will even settle for a 'secret' gig - so even if they don't get announced as a Pryamid Stage act, be sure to sniff about on the Glastonbury App when it comes out and see if any stage with a 'TBC' next to it is big enough for them. Maybe they could 'open' the festival on the 'Other Stage' on the Friday morning like Beady Eye, The Charlatans and Kaiser Chiefs have done. 

Bring Me The Horizon

The band might not be the first choice when it comes to Glastonbury, but in recent years the organisers have been booking a lot more rock acts and are warming to the idea of those 'heavy' bands. Bring Me The Horizon are a band that are relentlessly touring, playing in arenas already as well as packing out Alexandria Palace in London, along with a chart topping album they could be dark horses if they get booked. I wouldn't expect to see them on The Pyramid, but top end of John Peel Stage or The Other Stage for sure.


Bloc Party

Having topped the bill way back in 2009 on The Other Stage, they haven't played there since. But with a refreshed line-up and a new album under their wings they'll be looking to party on in Worthy Farm. I'd be the first to admit, they won't be high up the bill, maybe a 'secret set' on a small stage or John Peel Stage, nothing bigger sadly - but if they do play I'd want to be there!


Foals

Rumours always follow Foals - and this is no different - they've been booked to co-headline Reading & Leeds, which means they might not be announced on the Glastonbury line-up, but as we saw last year The Libertines filled in at short notice, and what a lot of people don't know is that Foals were actually asked first! So if any drop-outs occur expect to see the Oxford band there!


The Last Shadow Puppets

They kinds have to be there, with no UK festival announced as of yet, it's almost a dead cert Miles and Alex will be bringing their swagger to the festival - anyone remember back in 2013 when Alex joined Miles Kane at The John Peel stage? Yeah! They could be a sneaky headline act on The Other Stage - just you wait!

The XX poised for new album in 2016

So Jamie XX's solo debut album came out last year, and it had his fellow The XX band-mates lend some vocals to it too. Jamie said about LP3 - "We've learned so much from making 'Coexist'. The first album was basically just us putting together everything we'd released at that point, and we had more control in how we wanted an album to sound overall on 'Coexist'. That's something we’ll try again, however the new one ends up sounding."


And with the big festivals announcing acts left right and centre there's two major UK festivals yet to announce their headline acts, that's Reading & Leeds as well as Glastonbury. The band closed The Other Stage in 2013 and are easily big enough to headline The Pyramid, and with a new album around the corner I can see that a huge possibility.

[GIG REVIEW] The Milk Carton Kids @ Union Chapel, London, 22.01.2016


Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan make up the LA indie-folk duo The Milk Carton kids, who recently came on a jaunt to the UK to play at the atmospheric Union Chapel in London. Naturally the style of music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, which the band acknowledges (… “no one wants to be Garfunkel…”  Pattengale sighs). This type of comparison, as well as my prior listening to the wonderfully skilled yet somewhat over-perfect studio recordings, meant that my expectations weren’t exactly sky high as I made my way into the upper tier of the cavernous venue. The challenge was set for them to win me over, which they ultimately did.
It’s not unusual to be played raucous lo-fi punk, or perhaps experimental industrial electro by a friend and then be told on revelation of a nonplussed facial expression that “really you’ve got to see it live” in a grimy pub, or a  grimy warehouse, to really appreciate it. However, one doesn’t often associate this kind of thing with acoustic music, which basically sounds the same wherever you hear it, and in whatever context. Tonight is an exception though. The venue, infused as it is with spiritual significance as well as possessing amazing natural reverb and acoustics acts as an invisible third member of the group. With soft light bathing both the stage and the ceiling, sight and sound come at you from all angles in perfect cohesion. The true talent behind the pin-point vocal harmonies and finger-picked guitar work shines out. Usually I’m all for a bit of rough around the edges, adding  a human element to any performance, but in this case the synchronicity between the two men is entrancing.
Stand out tracks include fan favourite ‘Monterey’ and the track written about Joey’s as yet unconceived daughter ‘Charlie’. The playful topic of the latter (“we’ve been playing this for 4 years now”) highlights another unexpected positive of the night  (for me, as an uninitiated at least)- they are really funny. In fact about as much weight as is put on the songs is put on stand-up routines in between tracks. Extended musings on child-birth, cats and crappy tours draw great laughs from the audience, and are skits any professional comedian would be proud of.
So, for an hour and a half I find myself transfixed by these two guys performing a kind of music I’d never really considered myself a fan of. And to be honest, I still wouldn’t consider it. I haven’t rushed out to buy Milk Carton Kids records (or rather, listen to them on Spotify) but I would definitely take notice for the next time they come to perform near me as I now know it would a night filled with calm transcendental music and charisma. The closing cover of Pink Floyds ‘Wish You Were Here’ is a beautiful moment, and after the closing notes echo into the dark corners of the chapel, the audience rise to give two genuine music men a deserved standing ovation.

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04 February, 2016

[LISTEN] Astronomyy - Somethin About U (Artlife Remix)

We've been loving Astronomyy's work for a while now, and since he's writing new material he thought he'd let all of his fans know about tis great remix of "Somethin' About U" by Artlife, and lets be honest, it's pretty damn good!


SO good in fact I can actually see Astronomyy and his band performing this song live! It's not your straight up remix, it crosses a few genres here with added synths for that added 'throwback' feel, with some great breakdowns too this sounds like it's been worked on a lot, top work there Artlife!


[LISTEN] Chad Valley - Minneapolis

Chad Valley is hard at work on his new LP, and to bide the fans over a bit more he's revealed a new cut called "Minneapolis". He said via Soundcloud - "[The track was] previously only available as part of the Cascine 5YR celebration mix - I want to share this song with you as I work on my next release".

So good news that he's releasing music still, however he's also on a world tour too soon, check out the dates below and the new cut too!



Chad Valley UK Shows
May
04 - Cardiff, UK - Buffalo Bar
05 - Oxford, UK - St Barnanbas Church
06 - London, UK - St Pancras Old Chuch
11 - Dublin, Ireland - The Hangar
12 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
13 - Glasgow, UK - The Glad Cafe
14 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s


[LISTEN] Jamie xx + Four Tet + Romy - Seesaw (Club Version)

It's a great day when you know a new Four Tet remix is out in the world, and here he's shared his 'Club Version' of Jamie XX's track "Seesaw", which see's fellow The XX member Romy on guest vocals.  However, don't expect to see this in any 'decent' (I say 'decent' loosely here) club soon, but expect to see it played in a Four Tet DJ set sometime over the summer!

Head on down and click on play!




[LISTEN] SuperGlu - Rounder

SuperGlu have today revealed the lead track from their début EP - "Rounder" - and have it backed up by a UK-wide tour! Formed in 2014 by two Bens (Brown and Ward), Brown's brother Alex and girlfriend Krista Lynch, SuperGlu are a garage pop four-piece from Manningtree, Essex. They’ve been championed by Amazing Tunes and BBC Introducing's Huw Stephens, who broadcast their first demo on Radio One in October 2014!


We're a big fan of theirs - as you might know - but this is their biggest track yet, with big and bold guitars the band have shared their most exciting track so far. Their debut EP - "Horse" - is out 24th of February via Antigen Records.

SuperGlu UK Tour
12.02.16 - Reading - The Big Untidy
13.02.16 - Norwich - Arts Centre
18.02.16 - Hertford - Dog and Whistle
20.02.16 - Ipswich - The Swan
22.02.16 - Leicester - Pi Bar
23.02.16 - Hull - Polar Bear Club
26.02.16 - Colchester - V bar
02.03.16 - London - The Kings Head, E2 8AS
09.03.16 - Bury St Edmunds - The Hunter Club
10.03.16 - Brighton - Green Door Store

[LISTEN] VITAMIN - This Isn't Love

Leeds-based indie pop quartet VITAMIN have unveiled their new single 'This Isn't Love' and it's the ultimate energetic hit that one could hope for from this exciting band. Following their catchy single 'To Believe', this vibrant track does not disappoint and reflects VITAMIN's endless delivery of colourful tunes that always stay in your head for hours on end. 'This Isn't Love' contains a perfect melodic chorus that carries the entire tune effortlessly. Embellished with atmospheric backing vocals and an upbeat guitar part, it is clearly inevitable to not dance to this pop anthem!


VITAMIN are embarking on a tour of in-store performances at COW vintage stores which commences this week. Make sure you catch them whilst you can! Meanwhile, check out the new track below which was premiered on the Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1 on Monday.

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