Friday's Finest #4

This week we've somehow managed to get out the article, the reason this time is that myself (Fred) and that Jordan (at Slate The Disco) was refused entry to the USA to play at SXSW. This was down to us both being 'too cool' by the US State of Homeland Security. Pfft, I know, it's a real headache, but we have a treat install for you!

Ivory Seas - Boundary (Slate The Disco):
The band takes an infectiously rhythmical and humanistic approach to their songs which can be heard in their first single ‘Boundary’. Formed in Autumn 2011, Ivory Seas are a four-piece band from London with members Adam Heron (Voice, Guitar), Thomas Walker (Voice, Guitar, Keys), Brendan O’Boyle (Bass) and George Latham (Drums). Working with producer Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Egyptian Hip Hop) on their first offering ‘Boundary’, the band create an intricate blend of flowing rhythms and textures overlaid with a humanist lyrical expression. Ivory Seas recently played as part of Artrocker’s New Blood Festival, and are soon heading into the studio to record their début Ep.

In Golden Tears - Underneath The Balance (It's All Indie):
We've been long time admirers of the German foursome, now they've enlisted a further member and the sound has got so much more! In Golden Tears’ uplifting Rock is driven by a crunching bass line and commanding vocals from Patrick H Kowalewski, with their signature tones coming in at the bridge they've still kept the guitars that we well in love with but... This is everything I've wanted from them, they've delivered the goods here, we knew them as boys, and with this track they are now men!

Hotel Mexico – A Space In A Loveless Field (Slate The Disco):
Hotel Mexico are a band from Kyoto in Japan. Their brand of washed out guitar jams on début EP His Jewelled Letter Box caught the eyes and ears of various websites last year including the likes of Gorilla vs Bear and Noisey . The first of two forthcoming tracks to début is ‘A Space in the Loveless Field’ an airy, yearning song that recalls the glow of Ariel Pink at his poppiest. Later on we’ll reveal ‘Wolves running through the Desert’, a swaggering guitar-pop song that has flecks of 80s synth, and a hugely addictive guitar riff.

VOWS - Lay Me Down (It's All Indie):
After their stunning début track; 'Colours' the Midlands six-piece, and since having shared the stage with the likes of Spector, Various Cruelties and recently Brazil's CSS they're certainly one to keep an eye on. As we found out when they sprung the remix of 'Colours' (Matty Moon Remix) on us and a live demo from their forthcoming EP they're a creative bunch that'll go far if they keep on the tracks that they're on!

Hot Chip - Flutes (Unanimous):