27 August, 2016

[LISTEN] Florence + The Machine - Wish That You Were Here

If you're a Florence + The Machine fan, you're being pretty spolit - after releasing some new tracks for the new Final Fantasy OST Florence Welch and Co. are back with another new cut called "Wish That You Were Here". The track is lifted from Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - OST. The film opens in theatres everywhere on September 30th, while the song hits digital retailers August 26 via Republic Records.


"Wish That You Were Here" stands out as a gorgeously hypnotic and bracing original composition from Florence + The Machine. With its cinematic overtones and expansive power, the track figures prominently serving as the end-title track for the film.

26 August, 2016

[ALBUM REVIEW] The Hunna - 100

In the past year The Hunna have literally burst onto the scene, from playing a fairly local gig at The Dog and Whistle in Hartford to selling out shows all up and down the UK, it's safe to say that they've caused a stir, in more ways than one.


Today (Friday 26th of August 2016) sees the release of their début album, "100" - and if you search google for 'Hunna' you'll find out it's slang for 100, so you can easily see where they got the album title from. Going back to the stir they've caused, a lot of people are absolutely slated them saying that they're a manufactured band and they're only in it for the money. Now let me set things straight. They've ALL been in bands since school, and they ARE hard-working musicians, yes their adverts do seem to pop up everywhere but there's a good reason for that, there is a demand for music like theirs.


"100" is a massive collection of tracks that the lads have written over the course of 24 months since the band were conceived. It's some absolute bangers, such as "Bonfire" and the charming "She's Casual".

"Never Enough" is my favourite of the 'new tracks' - there is a massive range of influences here and with the following few tracks proving this to be true, "World Is Ours" can quite easily be one of the best songs they've written in my eyes, it's a stadium ready set-closer. If you end up buying the 'Deluxe" edition you get a extra five tracks, and they even include a couple of alternative tracks, such as the slightly heavier "Bad For You" and "Be Young" before ending on a track that sounds like it was written when they were listening to The Strokes.


While a lot of people are focusing on the opening line "if you love me then why won't you use me" - claiming that it's nonsence, they're not focusing on the next line - "if you hate me then why do you care?" - for me that is a big middle finger to those whiners and whinge-bags who can't get their kraut-rock-metal-emo-folk ten-piece off the ground, deal with it.

The Hunna have seemed to get quickly big, yes primarily down to a big advertising budget, but they have to have the songs to back it up, and their fans are lapping it all up, The Hunna are here to stay and already have some even bigger tours and shows planned. I personally can't wait to see what they do from here.

The Hunna - 100
Out of 10: 7/10


25 August, 2016

[LISTEN] The New Coast - Slow Down

After a stunning début single in the form of "Lost In Your Love", the Brighton via London duo of The New Coast are back with a massive new track, "Slow Down".

Their latest offering is less alt-pop and more dream-pop, with some big ambient sounds, huge vocal hooks and all washed over with some great production. This is yet another reason why The New Coast are on everyone's lips. Head on down to listen to it.



[LISTEN] Weaves - Help (Beatles Cover)

With Weaves going on tour soon they've revealed their alternative cover of The Beatles' "Help", which is rather stripped down. You can listen to the cover from the Toronto based band below.



Weaves' European Tour
September
02 Salisbury, UK, End of the Road festival
03 Kent, UK
05 Antwerp, BE, Trix 
06 Rotterdam, NL, V11 
07 Groningen, NL, Vera 
08 Hannover, DE, Lux 
09 Aarhus, DK, Radar 
10 Berlin, DE, Rosis 
11 Wiesbaden, DE, Schlachthof 
12 Vienna, AT, B72 
14 Milan, IT, Serraglio 
15 Lucerne, CH, Sedel 
16 Paris, FR, Point Ephemere 
17 Nottingham, UK, Bodega 
18 Birmingham, UK, Hare and Hounds 
19 Manchester, UK, The Soup Kitchen 
20 Cardiff, UK, The Globe 
21 Bristol, UK, The Exchange 
22 London, UK, Scala 


Peace and Superfood form 'supergroup' called Radical Lasagne

Yeah, that's right, members of Peace and Superfood have formed a supergroup called Radical Lasagne, however Peace frontman - Harrison - has already said "[It's] for one night only". Which is a shame as I hoped they'd do more than this one show, as a lot (and I mean a lot) of people will miss out on this.

They will be at The Old Blue Last tonight (25th August), doors open at 20:00.



[LISTEN] Larkins - Velvet [IAI PREMIERE]


Harbouring sleek pop sensibilities over indie-rock swagger, Larkins are a breath of fresh air within a scene in danger of stagnating, thanks to their effortless amalgamation of indie-pop, funk and blues. It's for that reason that despite their reasonably short space of time together, Larkins have already garnered a solid reputation with fans and press alike; a steady stream of releases earning the band lofty praise from online press and important early radio exposure from both BBC Introducing and Radio X, amongst others.

This highly anticipated single 'Velvet', is built around shimmering guitars and a rumbling, propulsive back end. Arguably Larkins' most accomplished track to date, it takes the rich musicality of those previous releases and runs with it, far out doing any preconceptions one might already have about the band.

The band are playing a string of UK dates, see details here


24 August, 2016

Bestival 2016 announces even more acts

We can't contain ourselves, why I hear you cry? Well Bestival has announced even more acts! So if you were wondering about those clashes and thought you had it sussed out by now, think again, they've revealed a wide range of music acts, from singer-songwriters to rap via indie-rock.


Rob da Bank says: "The Future is fast approaching and I’m super-excited about all the new explorers who will be joining us on our journey into the unknown. From dance music legend and big Sunday Best favourite Joe Smooth and sublime selector Jaguar Skills, to hot tips Ashworth, Kid Canaveral and Nimmo there’s a little bit of something for everyone, just the way we like it!"

 
The acts just announced are as follows...

Jaguar Skills / Ashworth / Bugged Out’s Little Bugger

Cirque Du Soul / Joe Smooth / Justin Robertson / Kid Canaveral

Nimmo / Roy Davis Jr / Strong Asian Mothers / Swmrs

plus...

A Man Called Adam / Aidan Knight / Ardyn Bobby Odonnell / Burt Cope

Cc Smugglers / Deaf By Disco / Dj Gg / Dr Sid / Ella And The Blisters

Feeling Gloomy’s Bowie Tribute / Full Nelson / Graceland

Greg's Greats / Ian Void / Idiot Savant / Jay-l /jules And Lisa

Kaf-tan / Kemback / Lucy Cait / Martin Davies / Miss Chameleon

Mojo Filter / Nick Gabriel / Noble Jacks / Not Saffron

Pete Kosanovich / Rev Milo Speedwagon / Stevie Wonderland

Tasty Lopez & Karistocat / The Beau Bow Belles

The Black Kat Boppers / The Caulfield Beats

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing / The Shellac Collective

The Tom Seals Band / Thomas Urv / Timo Garcia / Tom Colborn

Tony Tunes / Uncle Junior / Vote Pedro / Vula Viel

Ziriguidum Samba Band

The festival will be taking place on the Isle of Wight at Robin Hill Park, it runs this year from the 8th to the 11th of September - tickets are £190 for the weekend. 

[LISTEN] Glass Animals - Season 2 Episode 3

Glass Animals' highly anticipated new album, "How To Be A Human Being" due to be released via Caroline International / Wolf Tone on 26th August (this Friday), and the last official teaser has dropped and it's a exotic alt-pop track which can easily sum up this band if you're not familiar of them.



23 August, 2016

Who we're excited to see at Reading & Leeds 2016

Reading & Leeds is officially the close to my summer and unfortunately it is just around the corner! That said... I LOVE IT! And this year i'm more excited than ever to be spending 5 days in sunny-ish Yorkshire trying to avoid the toilet situation, here are some of the reasons why listed below:

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers.

No one can deny their back catalogue and whilst yes I admit they're probably past their prime in terms of a live show, I have never managed to catch them so it's one off the bucket list. Naturally you have to be dubious about how many more tours they'll complete so I intend to make the most of seeing them headline R&L. 


2. Bang Bang Romeo.

If you're asking yourself who then you soon won't be. My tip for a meteoric rise in the (very) near future. They're playing the new Jack Rocks and This Feeling stage which has lined up tasty fresh talent for your listening pleasure. BBR are a mix bag of style, personalities and influences that come together to pose of a formidable musical treat. If there is one live performance I am most looking forward to it is 'Chemical' by these guys... Just YES!


3. Biffy Clyro.

These guys always smash it and their previous headline R&L slot blew me away. Since then seen them a couple of times and their energy levels/enthusiasm do not drop a single level. A cracking new album should see them smash it again this year. I'm sure people don't need me to ramble on about their hits but personally new tune 'Animal Style' is a beast live. 

 

4. The Jackobins.

Yep, The Jackobins may also not be on many a radar at the moment but like submarine beacons they'll be pinging up all over the place soon. Good solid hits that remind me of early 90's cockiness but without the feeling of thinking they've over played their card. Professional music makers at their heart. 'One More Chance' and 'Hasty' are tunes to look out for.

 

5. Vant.

The band were disappointed with the crowd in 2015 specifically at Leeds (although my friends and I were there enjoying the lads effort) I think their promotion to a bigger stage has reflected a big year of 'getting known' and hopefully the crowds effort will increase too! There's always room for more people at a Vant gig but they'll expect you to rock.


   

6. Clean Cut Kid.

A lovely band to talk to, very humble and a class act live for sure. BBC Introducing stage headliners now movin' on up! 'We used to be in love' will be a great tune to see in this setting. I think they'd be able to win over plenty of new fans in a festival setting this time so go and join their 'Babe Magnet' crew!

 

7. Maximo Park.

Energy, energy, ENERGY! Non stop frantic show when i saw them last so very excited to see them top of the bill on a great stage that will vibe off them for sure! A blast from the past for some people but still current occupying playlist space for me.

 

8. Jack Garratt.

Supremely annoyed with myself i haven't witnessed his live set yet to see what a modern one man band can wow me with. All the hype, all the awards and all of the praise means he's coming into this festival with wool on his back to give him an edge over other decent acts on at similar times for me. Let's keep my fingers crossed but like he says, "don't worry 'bout it"


Other notes - Sundara Karma and Nothing but thieves making the jump to main stage is huge for them, be interesting to see how they fair and I haven't even mentioned Foals as we all know they'll probably trash the main stage and be wonderfully self implosive! You're probably thinking i've missed loads that i'm excited for and you'd be right! But who would read a blog that lists pretty much everyone on the poster? Top picks for a reason though. 

Hope you all have a good one and see you on the other side minus half your belongings, some of your dignity and problem a good percentage of your senses! Happy Bank Holiday weekend!!!

@jasehare

10 Acts You Can't Miss At Bestival 2016

We've fallen in love with Bestival this year, and in September It's All Indie will be off to the Isle of Wight to see the festival in full swing. With lots of great bands lined up, it's got us pretty excited. In-fact here are TEN bands that you HAVE to check out if you're heading down to Robin Hill in September.

Tickets are still on sale from £200 (in booking fees), which is a bargain - and can be found here.





Honne & Izzy Bizu




Vant



The Cure



Fickle Friends



Spring King






Rationale



Odesza



Oh Wonder 



Wolf Alice



The festival will be taking place on the Isle of Wight at Robin Hill Park, it runs this year from the 8th to the 11th of September.

[LISTEN] Sundara Karma - She Said

Earlier on Sundara Karma announced their debut album "Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect" , which is released on the 6th of January via RCA / Chess Club Records... and their teaser track is "She Said".

I can comfortably say that this track could just easily sum up their album, as it really reflects their music they've released so far. It's a bouncy Indie-Pop track written with festival stages in mind and has a certain whiff of Peace about it. You can listen to it in full below.



[LISTEN] Delphina Kings - Midnight

Delphina Kings are a trio from the North-West of England and their new track "Midnight" has already got them some attention from Radio X. With sounds and tones reminiscing of early-The 1975 to and even hints of Dog Is Dead as well as fellow Northerners Little Comets.

Their previous single "Holding Me Up" was another great Alt-Pop anthem, however "Midnight" is more of an anthem and has some great textures on it as well as an infectious chorus.



[LISTEN] Jagwar Ma - Give Me A Reason

Jagwar Ma have teased fans even more, after revealing "OB1" a few weeks ago the Australian trip have dropped "Give Me a Reason". It's the second single from the upcoming new album "Every Now & Then" which is out 14th of October.

The latest cut is just as groovy as before, but with a lot more funk - listen to it below.


[LISTEN] L.A. Spring - Passerby

If you love your bouncy Indie-Pop, similar to Little Comets and Theme Park then you're in for a real treat, L.A. Spring have revealed their latest offering "Passerby", and it is certainly up there with some of the best.  Even though we're now in the latter end of Summer in the UK, this track can easily bring out the sun, and if you stick this on it'll make you think it's 40'c outside.

"Passerby" is the début single from L.A. Spring, and is released 11th November. You can check out "Passerby" below.




LANY shares tour video for "youarefire"

The Californian band have revealed a new video for "youarefire" that features footage from their recent tour which included dates in Europe as well as London. You can watch the video, maxout and relax to this chilled out dream-pop track with just a scroll of your mouse.



[LISTEN] Blossoms - Getaway (Roosevelt Remix)

If you love Blossoms - like we do - then you've been elated recently since the band's début LP topped the UK charts, now for two weeks! If you also like to chillout, then this slick remix of "Getaway" by Roosevelt is right up your street. Very smooth, very chill and you can totally see the band performing this at some point in this format.

Head on down to check it out, one of the best remixes we've heard in a while!




Sundara Karma announce début album "Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect"

Ever since I saw them perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading Festival way back in 2013 (I think) I always wanted to hear more, we've been fairly spoilt recently with a string of cracking EP's but now sees the Reading based band gear-up for a full on LP.

Their debut album is released on the 6th of January via RCA / Chess Club Records. - They're also on tour next month, those dates are below if you fancy checking them out.


Sundara Karma UK Tour
September
16 London, Heaven
18 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
19 Bristol, Trinity
20 Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
21 Liverpool, Arts Club
22 Manchester, O2 Ritz
23 Edinburgh, Liquid Room
24 Newcastle, Riverside
26 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
28 Norwich, Waterfront
29 Brighton, The Haunt

22 August, 2016

[WATCH] Bankewitz 'Push it. Shake it. Feel it'



Introducing BANKEWITZ  with his electro house hymn “Push It. Shake it. Feel it.” this native of Cologne aims to make it in the international club scene. With his electronic summer house single being an enthusiastic ode to a free and self-determined life; its vocals are at the forefront of a bed of beats and a catchy hook.

The song’s message is a great one, emphasised by the story of Berlin’s techno club guru Komet. Who plays the main part, enchanting everything around him with his infamous bubbles.  The coupling of BANKEWITZ’s music and Komet’s spirit bring the cities of Cologne and Berlin spectacularly together and send their special spirit into the world.

20 August, 2016

Bastille unveils video for "Fake It"

Bastille have revealed their video for "Fake It", which is the second track to be lifted from their second album "WILD WORLD".

You can watch it below.



19 August, 2016

[LISTEN] Strange Talk - Y.O.U.N.G.H.E.A.R.T.S.

Strange Talk have been a favourite of mine ever since I heard "Climbing Walls", but since then the band has changed, grown up a tad and had a line-up change. Their latest offering is "Y.O.U.N.G.H.E.A.R.T.S." and the Australian duo have now moved further away from the guitars and favour the electronics of keyboards and sample pads.

There's no denying that they're a great band now, they always have been, but this band has evolved into something great, listen to "Y.O.U.N.G.H.E.A.R.T.S." below.