Category Archives: indie

‘World Breaker’ by QTY

Sounding like a combination of The Velvet Underground and the Strokes, QTY have released their beautiful track, ‘World Breaker’.

Building from the bare bones of drums and clean piano, the track gradually mounts up further layers of lightly overdriven guitar and emotive vocals.

The husky whisper of Alex Niemetz provides a wonderful contrast the the Julian Casablancas-esque tone of Dan Lardner’s vocals.

There’s nothing over the top or flashy here, just good quality, simple songwriting with the perfect recipe for an indie-rock ballad.

 

Twin Peaks ‘Holding Roses’

Chicago psych-rockers Twin Peaks are back with their latest single, ‘Holding Roses’ and its childishly drawn, but nonetheless entertaining animated video.

The video was made by a good friend of the band and supposedly it is based on real photographs. ‘This video features the band in a crazy, crazy world, zooming from place to place always revealing the bigger (or smaller) picture’.

The track itself is arguably a little more chilled out than some of their previous work, such as ‘I Found A New Way’, but it still features their distinctive gritty vocals and garage rock sound that they have built their fan base on.

The guitar work on ‘Holding Roses’ is careful and wistful, lilting along gently as if it were the work of New Jersey band, Real Estate, until the chorus where the track powers up a bit more into a sort of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers anthem.

Twin Peaks’ latest album, Down in Heaven, is out now.

 

 

Goldsands take you to ‘A Place Far Away’

goldsands-a-place-far-away-promo1Goldsands transport listeners to ‘A Place Far Away’ with brooding and cinematic new single, they effortlessly blend elements of pop, rock and jazz.

The single tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. What makes this even more unique is that it was self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham and then later mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

‘A Place Far Away’ has comparable sounds to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, this is a result of the band members eclectic musical backgrounds, Liam brings a rock vibe with a driving groove, Tom brings a Jazz flare, Ramsey takes his influences from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook.

The single ‘A Place Far Away’ has a lovely soft melody which is complimented by the vocals, it really does transport you to somewhere different, as it is a bit of a dreamy track, stream it here:

 

Goldsands are also about to embark on a UK tour…

Tour Dates:

Thursday 29th September – Zigfrid’s Underbelly, London

Saturday 1st October – Actress and Bishop, Birmingham

Tuesday 4th October – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool

Wednesday 5th October – Star and Garter, Manchester

Thursday 6th October – Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh

Friday 7th October – 360 Club, Leeds

Saturday 8th October – Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham

Wednesday 2nd November – LS6, Leeds

Friday 11th November – 02 Academy 2 Islington, London

Friday 9th December – The Workshop, London

Friday 16th December – O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Liam Browne and The Love release ‘Babygrow’

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‘Liam is a born front man who always looks like he’s playing to a stadium- Rowetta of the Happy Mondays.

 

Liam Browne is the creator of Liam Browne and The Love’s and they have just graced my inbox with their latest release ‘Babygrow’.

Liam Browne and The Love’s already have a cult following in Manchester, and are now branching out to other areas in the UK and thank goodness they are, they are a band not to miss.

‘Babygrow’ is off of their forthcoming album ‘Forget and Remember’ and if this track is anything to go by, the album will be brilliant, it has been described as a crazy cocktail of lad rock, hip hop, folk and electronica, all recorded in guitarist James Fraser’s garage… And what a mixture of genres, now I understand why they are called genre meddlers.

The group have an unusual origin story – frontman Liam was in the Amazon and a Shaman convinced him to sing for the first time initiating his aspirations as a vocalist and a songwriter. He met fellow member James at a Shamanic workshop the following year and from that point on they started making music together.

‘Babygrow’  reminds me of that happy go lucky indie pop, it puts a smile on your face and you soon learn the words to the song so you can sing along, the track kind of reminds me of Jack Penate, it has a similar vibe to ‘Tonight’s Today’.

Check out ‘Babygrow’ here:

 

 

 

Take a travel to Fairytale Land with Pedro Syrah

_MG_3304.jpgWith an album due for release in October, Pedro Syrah releases his latest offering ‘Summer Night On Fairytale Land’ – A song that definitely pulls at your heart strings, I was glued to the video, just taking in every word and digesting what Pedro Syrah was saying.

 

Watch the video for ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ here: 

 

 

The Portugal-born singer takes lots of influence from classic music, but listening to ‘Summer Night On Fairytale Land’ I could hear the modern spin he has put on the guitar sound. He reminds me a little of someone like Ben Howard, with the smooth and chilled out style.

Personally I really enjoyed the track and cannot wait to hear the album.

 

Links:

www.pedrosyrah.com

https://soundcloud.com/search?q=pedro%20syrah

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvJP_Irnyam2yoLAquUiO1w

Hoops announce new EP for Fat Possum

Have a listen to the short but sweet opening track from Hoops‘ forthcoming self-titled EP for Fat Possum, out later this summer.

The new record is easily their best work yet (I say this as a huge fan of their first three tapes), and opener “Cool 2” is the perfect intro to the Bloomington group’s woozy and effortlessly melodic lo-fi guitar-pop: tailor-made for summer road trips and night swims, recalling the fleeting, hazy nostalgia of early Real Estate, TOPS’ dreamy soft-focus funk, and Ariel Pink at his most wistful and sincere. One of our favorite new bands of 2016. The Hoops EP drops August 26th.

Read more here

Check out more of them here: http://hoopsband.blogspot.com/

UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner demonstrates unique nocturnal sound with new album ‘Night Music’

This is the type of music that will endure long after other fads and fashions have passed on by’ – Electric Harmony Blog

Mr. Bonner has the means of a pauper but sings with the heart of a king.’ – Surviving The Golden Age Blog

UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner is set to deliver his third album, Night Music – a smoky, dimly-lit collection of songs inspired by London and its nocturnal inhabitance.

As Bonner puts it: ‘songs inspired by drinkers, thieves, prostitutes, spurned lovers, fallen rock stars and chance meetings with strangers on night buses. Songs inspired by the disaffected creatures that take to the streets and the bars of the city when the sun goes down.

The album touches on personal tales of long-distance romances, family relationships and depression as well as world-encompassing topics of love, hope and mortality. This is all delivered with a vivid and poetic lyricism certain to appeal to fans of artists like Rufus Wainwright, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Perfume Genius.

Produced by Aneek Thapar and recorded in South London, Night Music’s backdrop is one of intimate pianos, orchestral strings and minimalist percussion that perfectly encapsulate the album’s title.

He holds this whole history of gay men’s relationships in his music that Beyonce as a straight woman will never once hold.’ – QX magazine

Bonner has regularly worked with LGBT charities, being a gay artist himself. His interests in social issues have also extended to substance abusers and the homeless, having worked voluntarily and professionally as a support worker.

Having already released two well-received previous albums, Bonner will hopefully build on his success with this new release. Already, he has received previous airplay on stations such as BBC 6 Music and MTV Italy, and achieved press coverage from Grazia, Gay Times, Attitude, Time Out London and RTE Ireland.

Although based in London, the artist has spent a lot of time recently living out of a suitcase, touring extensively across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US.

Hear an 8 track sample of the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/alanbonnermusic/sets/night-music-album-sampler

Watch video for ‘Always Tomorrow’ here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ46k4s7GdE&feature=youtu.be

 

The album ‘Night Music’ is out 27th May

 

Links:

 

https://soundcloud.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC

https://www.facebook.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC/

https://twitter.com/alanbonnermusic

www.youtube.com/AlanBonnerMusic

www.alanbonnermusic.com

Cherry White new EP ‘Staring at the Sun’ with New single ‘Drifter’

The EP is led out of the gate by single ‘Drifter’, which will be released on June 1st, one week prior to the full EP:  

Engineered at Bark Studios by the excellent Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, The Firm, My Bloody Valentine), the EP does a fantastic job of capturing the frenetic energy of a band who thrive on a live environment.

Folding the old school songwriting smarts of Fleetwood Mac into the contemporary edge of the Raconteurs, London based four piece Cherry White are an immediately impressive proposition. Their in your face indie-blues sound is highlighted by great hooks and high energy, blending genres in a way that sets them apart from more pigeonholed bands.

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Cherry White’s live reputation was cemented at ‘Togfest’ in 2014, where their festival debut to a huge crowd was so well received they immediately sold out of albums. Having also taken to the stage at some of London’s top venues, including The Troubadour, Hope and Anchor (Islington) and Covent Garden Arts Theatre, their reputation in our fair capital is beginning to grow. Further afield, a BBC Wales live session a number of years ago proved there’s life outside the city for this eclectic group.

And with the single and EP on the way, Cherry White will be working harder than ever to make sure that reputation continues to grow into the music career they deserve.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/cherrywhitemusic?_rdr

www.twitter.com/cherrywhitegigs

https://m.soundcloud.com/cherrywhitemusic

Looking for Liam implore you to ‘Take What You Need’ with new single

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A hard hitting melodic rock group with echoes of Incubus with added rawness, Looking For Liam are an Essex based four piece band who have also been compared to the wide ranging indie sounds and created an anthemic fusion of Muse, Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys. That those acts are so eclectic in their approach gives you an idea of what is so special about Looking For Liam – their ability to write indie-rock music with a number of different styles and tropes.

Formed in 2010, they first gained momentum in 2011 with a Battle of the Bands competition win, BBC Introducing coverage and a debut EP. Since then they have added another Battle of the Bands contest victory plus an appearance at Brownstock Festival to their CV, and with new single ‘Take What You Need’ coming on June 1st their stock is set to rise further.

Hear the track for yourself here: https://soundcloud.com/lookingforliam/take-what-you-need

Exciting new track to be unleashed on June 1st

On the booming single, lead vocalist and songwriter Tom Harper-Ward had this to say:

“‘Take What You Need’ is a true representation of our sound and musical direction. We hope you enjoy it!”

Brilliantly self-produced, the track above is a great example of their layered and intricate approach to songwriting, with heavier moments acting as punctuation to the more contemplative sections. It’s hugely impressive work from a band who are still only in their late teens, but show a great deal of maturity in their music.

Links:

www.lookingforliam.com/

www.soundcloud.com/lookingforliam

www.facebook.com/LookingforLiam

www.twitter.com/lookingforliam

www.youtube.com/user/LookingForLiamMusic

Vida more than ready to release their incredible double A side single ‘Electric Lady’/’Fade Away’

A truly exciting band who have been likened to some of the shining lights of UK indie, Vida are a British four piece who are going places. Drawing comparisons to a wide ranging indie catalogue, including the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Miles Kane and more, their growing reputation has seen them garnering recognition from some of the country’s top tastemakers.

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Their new single is a double A-side release showing two of the different sides of the group. First, ‘Electric Lady’ tells the story of repeated overnight stays with the same girl after meeting on several nights out, and the awkwardness that follows the next morning. Meanwhile, ‘Fade Away’ speaks of a completely different kind of awkward – finding yourself in the same room as an ex…

You can hear both songs here:

https://soundcloud.com/wearevida/sets/electric-lady

Already supported by Amazing Radio  for their previous single ‘Colour’, Vida have also been building their reputation on the live circuit. Having been handpicked to play XFM’s This Feeling shows several times, as well as four gigs at prestigious independent venue King Tuts in Glasgow, they also headlined a charity festival in Stirling to great acclaim.

Their appearance at the fundraising events mirrors their approach to music, offering fans something free in exchange for their ongoing support. Vida are known for handing out music and merchandise at live shows, free to music fans who go home with EPs, CDs, badges and more. This generous approach is spreading the word and helping to build a legion of fans, who will continue to build Vida into a force to be reckoned with.

‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Fade Away’ will be released on June 15th.