20 October, 2017

[LISTEN] Jamie Cruickshank - I Can See Totterdown

'I Can See Totterdown', the new song by folk singer-songwriter Jamie Cruickshank, is unlike any typical track you may hear on the radio today. The first of four singles to be released over the next two years, the poetic song sees Cruickshank depicting a possible future for his family within the natural landscape and beauty of Totterdown – an inner suburb located in the musician’s hometown of Bristol.

Cruickshank’s gentle voice – not unlike that of the influential Nick Drake – carries the song’s melody alongside flickering arpeggiated guitar chords and a swooning violin, unexpectedly changing tempo and its dynamics to create a comforting yet raw composition.



On the track, Cruickshank states “I wrote this song while studying mathematics at Oxford. It was written at a time when my best friend was living in Brazil. The song paints a picture of our fictionalised future, starting a family together in Bristol. It compares the interwoven branches of winter trees to our families and to fractals. We are now married, and as the song anticipates, moving to Totterdown. I returned to Bristol after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and struggling through my final exams. I recorded the guitar, experimenting with the unusual and haunting open G minor tuning, and overdubbed vocals. Annalise Lam recorded a violin part and Anna Bailward sang backing vocals. After I started to recover, these raw recordings were embellished by a fantastic cello arrangement by George Cooke. I then worked with producers Jed Taylor and Oscar Denyer to bring the track to its finished state.”

Catch him live at 7th November - supporting The Medlars at The Harrisons, London



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Words By Cole Samson

[LISTEN] ORIION - Fast Lane Hearts [IAI PREMIERE]

Travelling soul, Oriion bears a genuine soulfulness and articulation to his artistry and projection, something that comes transparent in his songwriting and lyricism. In ‘Fast Lane Hearts’, a delicate synth-pop beat is led astray and into the skylight - strong emotions are kindled and Oriion finds natural love amongst his dwellings.

The single is characterised by powerful boom-bap drums, twinkling keyboards and a sharp modern sound that contribute towards his signature indie-pop sound.



On the subject of the song, ORIION comments
"Fast Lane Hearts talks about the unsatisfying craving towards somebody. Living in a fugacious world, a universe of fast lane hearts, distraction, endless options we long for that one and only feeling, two hearts becoming one, becoming time and space."

ORIION is a name to remember in the coming months; with an EP on the way and his cooperation with Irish/Swedish producer Lindahl shows no signs of him in slowing down to begin preparations for his debut album.

Support ORIION on socials

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Words by Cole Samson

19 October, 2017

[LISTEN] The Hubbards - Body Confident

Riding high on a wave of praise following their most recent single ‘Just Touch’, Hull-born Leeds-based four-piece The Hubbards are a band with the world at their feet. Having already notched up supports slots for the likes of stadium stars Foals and The 1975, not to mention a coveted slot at this year’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the mainstream success is very much theirs for the taking.

With a sound both timely and timeless, it’s of little surprise that sets from the band at this year’s Great Escape and Dot to Dot festivals drew impressive crowds; their contemporary take on ‘90s slacker pop speaking volumes to an already burgeoning fanbase.



Taking the effervescent energy of indie-pop buzz bands such as JAWS, and combining it with an irrefutable tenacity that owes far more to punk’s DIY ideals than the polished production of the aforementioned, The Hubbard’s occupy an uncharted middle ground, bridging the gap between mainstream indie-pop and hipster swagger, a formula that has seen their material aired on both Radio One and 6Music, while previous single ‘Cold Cut’ was used on ‘Made In Chelsea’.

Far from being a band to rest on their laurels however, The Hubbards are set to release ‘Body Confident/Easy Go’, a AA side that exhibits two different sides to the band effortlessly. While ‘Body Confident’ will be familiar to established fans of the band thanks to it’s deft balancing of crunching guitars and woozy melody, ‘Easy Go’ offers up a slower, somewhat more refined side to the band, bringing to mind the likes of Pavement or early Weezer, all delivered with a wry smile and the trademark tenderness that’s become synonymous with The Hubbards.

Though influenced by years of songwriting tradition, it’s clear that they’re are a band with their eyes to the future. And with the past couple of years being as good to the band as they have, and with the new material marking yet another progression for the four-piece, it’s looking like a very bright future indeed.




LIVE DATES

21st October: - The Shed, Leicester
22nd October:- The Brunswick, Brighton

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18 October, 2017

Spring King announce 2018 UK tour for January and February

January and February tend to be the boring months of the year, but not in 2018 as Spring King have announced that they'll be touring! The energetic quartet have also said "We’re properly excited to get back on the road and play some shows in the smallest, sweatiest, most chaotic venues we can find. We’ve chosen some of our favourites of all time, and we're hyped to play some new cities we’ve never visited. Time to get 2018 warmed up".


Spring King 2018 UK Tour
January
24th Reading, South Streets Arts Centre
25th Milton Keynes, Crauford Arms
26th Tunbridge Wells, The Forum Basement
27th Dover, The Booking Hall
30th Bath, Moles
31st Guildford, The Boileroom
February
1st St Albans, The Horn
2nd Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th Swansea, Sin City
5th Southampton, The Loft
6th Norwich, The Waterfront Studio
7th Nottingham, The Bodega
9th Stoke-On-Trent, The Sugarmill
10th Sheffield, The Harley
11th Leeds, Brudenell Community Room
13th York, The Crescent
14th Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes
15th Newcastle, Think Tank
16th Hull, Fruit

Tickets for all dates are available now: springkingband.com 

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[LISTEN] Johnny Kills - Not So Bad

The genre straddling Johnny Kills are back with another fuzzy garage-rock anthem, this time "Not So Bad" is their offering. This time round they've sprinkled some 'Grit-Pop' on it, reminiscent of Brother (aka Viva Brother) when they first came onto the scene, with an edgy presence all throughout the song this is a tune you'll be humming for hours after!


Frontman Tim says: " ... 'Not So Bad' is about ridiculous conversations you have with your friends at the end of a drunkennnight. Putting the world to rights, arguing about dumb things, "genuine" epiphanies or just chatting shit. Safe in theknowledge that nothing will have changed in the morning"



[LISTEN] Saint Raymond - Nightcrawling

The Nottingham singer Saint Raymond has announced his new EP "A Light That Blinds", due for release through Never Fade Records on November 17th. With the announcement being made Saint Raymond has also released his brand new single "Nightcrawling", which is the first taste of new music following the release of his highly praised 2015 début album "Young Blood".




[LISTEN] NINA - Counting Stars [IAI PREMIERE]

Floating in a synth-pop dream, NINA is wonderstruck in her vivid video for ‘Counting Stars’ - A video that embraces astral soundscapes presented in spectacular form by riveting synth hooks and magical 80's pop stardust.


NINA achieves a futuristic synth-pop style in her music that flutters in reflective lyric writing and sultry vocal impressions. A rich tension can be found in this track. 'Counting Stars' is driven by sombre arpeggios, throwback styled guitar plucks and a thrilling vocal track, triumphing as a dreamy love-tale. NINA's summer released EP, 'One Of Us' features characteristic remixes from the likes of Angger Dimas (Tiësto, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Vandalism), SJBRAVO and Douglas Holmquist (composer of synthwave game sensation PinOut).

NINA describes ‘Counting Stars’ as “a narrative about two lovers making a pact to escape their lives.. it’s about eternal love beyond time and space.”

LIVE DATES


OCT 27 FRI
Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, UK

NOV 4 SAT
Debaser Strand
Stockholm, Sweden

DEC 15 SAT
Neon Winter
Cheltenham, UK

Follow NINA on socials - @NinasoundUK

Words by Cole Samson
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[LISTEN] DENNY - Girls Like You [IAI PREMIERE]

DENNY are a band of the moment that encompass a rare clarity in their song writing. Reinventing 80’s pop gracefully and justly, their arrival with ‘Bloom’ took the world by storm and new single, ‘Girls Like You’ (to be released 20th October) shows no signs of them backing down. A sultry and dreamy single - with stellar vocal lines that tiptoe around a synthetic bed of rousing synth swells and delicate guitar melodies.

‘Girls Like You’ is a song that reminisces on an unforgettable night, detailing the scenery, atmosphere and a stimulation of the five senses brought on by close interaction with a dreamy woman. The full and breezy production brings a nostalgic feeling to the music, conjuring a sense of youth, good vibes and reckless abandon.


With this release and exciting plans in the pipeline, DENNY are a band with a future that’s looking bright. Their musical flair and talent makes them an exciting act to look out for in the coming year. Tune in now.



Support DENNY on their socials:

https://twitter.com/dennytheband/

Words By Cole Samson

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17 October, 2017

MGMT return with video for "Little Dark Age"

The American psych-pop duo who formed in back 2002, have shared a new song in the light of "Little Dark Age". The new cut will be released worldwide tomorrow and comes as the first new single from the band since their self-titled album was issued in 2013.

The song is lifted from their new album which is expected to be released in 2018.




[LISTEN] BELONGING - On & On

Chris Patrick - aka BELONGING  - is a singer-songwriter from North London and he has recently shared his new track "On & On. He's inspired by the likes of Foals, Blur, Grimes, Everything Everything, Wolf Alice as well as many more.


"On & On" has been recently played by John Kennedy on his Radio X show on Thursday night and since then he has been asked to play his 'Remedy' night at the Tooting Tram in London thisFriday (20th Oct), you can listen to his track below, which does seem to blend pop-punk hooks, indie-pop sensibilities and brooding vocals.


[LISTEN] Fond Of Rudy - To Be Mine

Brighton and London based indie-pop quartet Fond of Rudy return into action again with their craft and colourful song structures in 'To Be Mine'. In contrast to the group’s previous offering ‘L O V E’, a sweetened downtempo cut of reflection and vulnerability, the track is a shorter but still sweet pop package of driving rhythms and memorable hooks.

The group explain that the song was “written a while ago and straight of the back off an argument. It's a love song I suppose, plain and simply asking the question...why does there have to be complications, can't attraction just be simple." The undemanding and direct thought process is demonstrated in the immediacy and forthright direction the music constantly moves in, propelled by lead singer Matt’s staccato vocal delivery and Ross's sleek guitar instrumentation amidst a sunny production comparable to the likes of LANY and Blood Orange.


To support the release the band will play a number of dates scattered around the UK in the next two months with gigs in Brighton, London, and Manchester.




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Words By Cole Samson

[LISTEN] Medicine Club - Reform

Formed in late 2015, Medicine Club are an up-and-coming indie rock band from Canterbury, Kent. Fusing elements of modern, balls-out, guitar-driven British indie with a slight hint of 1980's rock. Having drawn influence from bands such as Bloc Party, Interpol, Radiohead and The Cure, they took to the studio in April 2017 to record their début EP, released on 6 October on Lethal Trade Records.


The band currently consists of Noah Weatherby (vocals, rhythm guitar), Courtland Adams (lead guitar, backing vocals), Drew Tucker (bass, backing vocals) and Seth Gauton (drums), with Drew and Seth joining the band as of September this year. The opening track "Reform" sums up everything the band is about, infectious guitars, frantic drumming and a underlying tone that keeps you wanting to listen to them more and more.

Upcoming gigs:
27th October 2017 – Burgate Coffee House, Canterbury
29th November 2017 – West Street Live, Sheffield
1st December 2017 – The Booking Hall, Dover


[LISTEN] FEVA - Blind

FEVA are a new band hailing from Newcastle and their début track, "Blind", is a great introduction to the band. It's a out and out rock anthem which can only surely get them attention, with soaring guitars, a catchy chorus and some frantic drumming this is a track you can stick on your driving playlist right away!


The track is officially out in all digital retailers tomorrow, and you can catch the band perform on the 2nd of December in Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle - which doubles up as their debut headline show!



Millie Turner shares video for "Eyes On You"

Millie Turner today shares her video for latest single "Eyes On You", the emotive lyrics behind the song originally stared as a poem written in a museum in Yorkshire in 2016. Speaking about the track Millie said "Like a lot of songs, it can mean lots of different things, but for me it speaks of people, and about being able to be with someone in a way that isn’t comfortable or pretty but human and honest and in some way more real."


Turner is only 17 and already has got a lot of attention, her sweet vocals are easily one of the richest I've heard in a while, and with the simple guitar line flowing through it with an industrial drum beat which gives the track even more atmosphere. You can check the track out below. 



Everything Everything unveil video for "Night Of The Long Knives"

Everything Everything have today shared the video for "Night of the Long Knives" which is the third single to be taken from their new album from Everything Everything, "A Fever Dream", and it's the opening track on the LP.


Of the Kit Monteith directed video, lead singer Jonathan Higgs says - “"We wanted to return to the DIY spirit of our early self-directed videos that we made in Manchester when we first started out. It therefore felt right to shoot this video in Manchester and Low Four studios at Old Granada Studios was the perfect fit. It's a hidden gem that has managed to maintain its original late 1970s aesthetic."

Everything Everything 2018 UK & IRE Dates
February
28th Dublin Olympia
March
2nd Norwich UEA
3rd Birmingham 02 Academy 1
5th Bristol Colston Hall
6th Leeds O2 Academy
8th Glasgow Barrowland
9th Manchester O2 Apollo
10th London Alexandra Palace



Frank Turner announces new album"Songbook" + stream new single "There She Is"

Frank has announced his brand new album "Songbook" will be released on November 24th which featuring Frank's "Get Better" documentary, a concert film of his 2000th gig last year. The new album draws together Frank's finest moments from his six solo albums to date, alongside 10 new "Songbook" tracks, with songs re-recorded in full and stripped back to acoustic versions. You can listen to "There She Is" below.


"Songbook" tracklisting

CD1:
Four Simple Words
I Still Believe
The Next Storm
Recovery
The Road
Long Live The Queen
Glorious You
Plain Sailing Weather
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
Wessex Boy
The Opening Act Of Spring
Polaroid Picture
Mittens
If Ever I Stray
The Way I Tend To Be
The Ballad Of Me And My Friends
Photosynthesis
Get Better
There She Is

CD 2:
Polaroid Picture (Songbook Version)
The Ballad Of Me And My Friends (Songbook Version)
Broken Piano (Songbook Version)
Josephine (Songbook Version)
Love 40 Down (Songbook Version)
The Way I Tend To Be (Songbook Version)
Glorious You (Songbook Version)
I Am Disappeared (Songbook Version)
Long Live The Queen (Songbook Version)
Photosynthesis (Songbook version)

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/music/frank-turner-songbook-album-2150563#EmSKJ0Y8IQb5i0uK.99



16 October, 2017

[LISTEN] The Philistines Jr. - NYC (Interpol cover)

The Philistines Jr. began in the early 1990's and it was the creation of brothers Peter and Tarquin Katis, coming together to create intriguing music, with a taste of numerous Peel sessions they used this as their inspiration. Having taken a lengthy hiatus the duo are now working on new material, with a refreshed approach and new ideas.


 One of those ideas comes in the form of a chilled out cover of Interpol's "NYC". If you listen carefully you can hear Tarquin's children on the backing vocals. You can listen to the track below.



Our BLOGTOBER show on October 25th is close to selling out!

Our #BLOGTOBER gig at The Finsbury in London is very close to selling out, if you want to come on down head to the ticket link below to grab them for FREE!

We've got the exciting Twin Wild headlining, they've sold out London venues much bigger than this so it'll be an intimate affair, and the band are much hyped to be massive next year, so be sure to catch them. Supporting them on the night is The Scruff, who are this week the 'Track of the week' on BBC Introducing with plays on Radio 1 throughout this week.


Twin Wild

The Scruff



[TRACK OF THE WEEK] B3AR - These People

B3AR are a duo hailing from Nottingham and St Albans, they infuse a mix of genres to create something quite unique. The songs they've created so far blend everything from Drum & Bass to Folk music, but "These People" sums exactly what they're all about. Captivating soothing vocals, intricate drum patterns and a smooth warm guitar tone laden with reverb and delay that soars through he atmosphere, and yes, this track is incredibly infectious and atmospheric to boot - very apt for me to make it a 'Track of the week' on the day that the sky has been tinted a sour orange.


B3AR have already been on tour with Little Comets and The Pigeon Detectives and are rising their way up quickly with their addictive sound, it's just a matter of time before they get recognised for what they're doing. You can listen to "These People" below, and let us know what you think in the comments!



[LISTEN] Tears For Fears - I Love You But I'm Lost

Tears For Fears are due to release greatest hits collection, aptly titled "Rule The World", and it's released later on in the year. The band have also shared their first new song in 13 years! "I Love You But I’m Lost" is one of two new tracks recorded for the band’s upcoming greatest hits collection.

The other new track is called "Stay", which the band say will be a more "of an emotional fare". You can listen to "I Love You But I'm Lost" below.