Category Archives: Alt- Pop

Get Inuit ‘All My Friends’

Get Inuit have released their new single ‘All My Friends’. The band’s previous release ‘Barbiturates’ which we featured on Indie Buddie revealed the large scope and diversity the band have available in their repertoire, as well as furthering their support from Radio 1, with the track getting regular play on MistaJam and Huw Stephens’ shows.

The new single ‘All My Friends’ is a strike of mighty vigorous pop that spits sharp dynamic energy from every note. Punchy drums and the piercing zesty sting on guitars cut deep while the sugar coated infectious pop melody soothes almost acting as a shield to hide behind whilst the lyrics lash out at loved ones and lament normality. This high powered track follows the ear worm dazzling prowess we know and love from Get Inuit however with lyrical gashes. These guys are a band to get excited about.

When asked about the track frontman Jamie Glass said:

“I wrote it as a sort of anti-enjoyment song to compete with all of the age orientated pop music I hear in mainstream music. I wanted to use lyrics that would alienate people that live inside their bubbles whilst constantly trying to rationalise all of the safe decisions they made to get to that point. Although the message is clear throughout song – I wanted to appear a little hypocritical and a little childish. I leaned towards using squeamish metaphors to make a mockery of the point I was making.”

 

The band are putting on a headline show at London’s Dingwalls this month, where they’ll be showcasing their blistering and energetic set on Thursday 25th May, following a sold out show at The Lexington at the start of the year.

You can also catch them live at

6th May – 02 Institute 3, Birmingham (w/ Clean Cut Kid)

8th May – The Exchange, Bristol (w/ Clean Cut Kid)

9th May – Patterns, Brighton (w/ Clean Cut Kid)

12th May – Sound Control, Manchester (w/ Clean Cut Kid)

20th May – Academy, Liverpool (w/ Clean Cut Kid)

25th May – Dingwalls, London

8th July – 2000 Trees, Cheltenham

22nd July – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

12th September – Boardmasters, Cornwall

Watch the lyric video for ‘All My Friends’ below


Everywhere ‘Man Up’

UK band Everywhere have announced their first 2017 offering in the form of new single ‘Man Up’. The single is currently available for streaming on Soundcloud and the official release to all digital stores including Spotify will happen on June 9th. At the end of last year, Everywhere released their critically praised sophomore EP ‘Fiction Act’. The EP single ‘Some Other Dude’ was featured on BBC Introducing in London and has received over a million streams on Spotify.
They made their first International appearance at the 2013 NME Awards in the UK, playing alongside Django Django and Palma Violets and later went on to support the Kaiser Chiefs and headline Notting Hill Arts Club in London. New single ‘Man Up’ continues the bands strike for world domination.
‘Man Up’ is a blissful explosion of sweet electro- pop. Swirling electronics kick the track off to a suspenseful start. Followed by a catchy chorus and infectious beat, this track seeps sugary pop from its core while holding enough raw cool tones to contain the sugar rush. The addition of vocals from Swedish singer-songwriter Rebecca Nohr blends smoothly and perfectly with the track and with Max Berga’s velvety vocals. With a funky dynamic bassline and shimmering synths this track is packed with oomph and honey coated melodies that will compel you to put  ‘Man Up’ on repeat.
Stream ‘Man Up’ below

 

 


St. Jude the Obscure ‘Wonders of Youth’

Electric art-pop duo, St. Jude the Obscure have released their new track ‘Wonders of Youth’. Adele Emmas and Christian Sandford who were previously from the bands Bird and Feral Love have created a chilling icy track that shivers in blissful electric soundscapes. Enchanting melodies wrapped in sultry beats create a luring hazy wisp of magic. With enticing raspy vocals that are hair- raising and thrilling it is instantly likeable. The track is breathtaking yet almost eerie with frost-bound electronics cooling the intensity. Ghostly backing vocals give a goose bump inducing chill as St. Jude the Obscure show their skill for refined musicianship. Keep an eye out for these guys.
Stream ‘Wonders of Youth’ below

Island Apollo ‘Hold it Down’

Indie rock band Island Apollo established themselves as one of LA’s hottest bands to watch. Combining a classic surf vibe with funky urban grooves, Island Apollo captures the spirit of a West Coast daydream come to life. With members from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, Island Apollo is authentically Southern Californian and isn’t afraid to show it. After being named Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards, Island Apollo has had songs appear on FOX Sports, CBS, PBS, TeenNick, VH1, USA Network, and has even had a song appear in a commercial with 2017 Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton. Island Apollo have now released their new single ‘Hold it Down’ which was produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius).

‘Hold it Down’ is a mighty blow to the head of richly textured full bodied indie pop. Smothered  in darker undertones this track gives us eerie spine chilling soundscapes cloaked in a bouncy pop exterior. Featuring upbeat funky strutting guitars, this track is sleek and groovy and infectiously catchy. Driving drumbeats and synth bass riffs add that spooky thrilling vibe while smooth layered vocals add a multi texture and delirious quality. Island Apollo demonstrate their unique thrilling sound all wrapped up in fine musicianship. These are ones to watch.

Stream ‘Hold it Down’ below

Heir ‘I’ll Pick You Up’

Heir are an alt-pop band based in Leeds. The band consists of members Tom Hammond, Sam Luca, Harry Vernon, Ste Fisher and Samuel Newham. The indie pop quintet have been selling out venues in their hometown.They have also enjoyed support from the BBC, and completed a European tour following the release of their debut EP last year. They have also supported the likes of Honne, The Dunwells and Karima Francis and have now released their new single ‘I’ll Pick You Up’.
‘I’ll Pick You Up’ is an ebullient zippy track that bursts with refreshing zesty vibes, cooled with smooth vocals and shimmering synths. Funky buoyant riffs give the track an infectious groove and bounce. Smothered in effortlessly cool swagger and a strut-like glide the track is chilled yet packed with upbeat feel good vibes. The punchy ductile bass adds animation and spring while the subtle twinkling synths add a laid back drift and cruise mellowing out the effulgent boppy track. Sweet lush harmonies glide along adding a delicate silky texture to the track. ‘I’ll Pick You Up’ is a catchy clap along refreshing glass of indie pop sprinkled with funky zealous blends and radiant vibes chilled with cool tones.
Stream ‘I’ll Pick You Up’ below

Luke August ‘Need Nobody’

Luke August will release his latest single ‘Need Nobody’ on Tuesday. ‘Need Nobody’ was worked with Grammy Award winning mastering engineer William Bowden (Gotye, Bluejuice, Paul Dempsey).
‘Need Nobody’ is a melodic track filled with intense emotion and set to subtle music. August displays a state of Zen restraint as the track flows with gentle elegance and posture while maintaining an edge by adding indie guitar pop and R&B influences. Its stripped back yet instrumentally rich. Sharp bright guitar ripples throughout with a sticky beat that adds thick tension and raw intimacy. Darker tones add an eerie quality which is lifted by the twinkling on guitar. Smooth vocals add a sleek soothing quality and passion to the track. ‘Need Nobody’ is a brooding emotionally raw track that throbs and oozes with sonic flecks and refined guitar while leaving you with a stillness to reflect on.

In contrast to his previous tracks, ‘Refugee’ and ‘One Heart’, ‘Need Nobody’ is a story of independence and acknowledging your inner strength to empower yourself. August says the opening line, “First you get drunk, then you get love”, a concept born in a moment of solitude and stillness, is a notion that most can relate to. August extracted his own emotions that gravitate around the opening line and infused the raw sentiment into the vibe of ‘Need Nobody’.
‘Need Nobody” will be available globally on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all major digital platforms on Tuesday March 21st, 2017
You can follow Luke August on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/Lukeaugustmusic

Mellor ‘The Visitor

Reading Indie four Piece  Mellor have released their new single ‘The Visitor’. The band consisting of members Gary, Sam, Kris, and Josh have had a whole host of national and regional media support from the likes of Absolute Radio, BBC6 Music, BBC Berkshire, BBC London, and BBC Introducing. Labelled by Alt Reading as “one of Reading’s most exciting acts”, they bring a live show packed with high energy, raucous vocals, big guitar riffs, and pounding drums. The bands dedicated following is steadily on the rise thanks to shows up and down the UK sharing stages with the likes of The Kooks, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Carl Barat & The Jackals, Flyte, and The Milk.

New single ‘The Visitor‘ is a jaunty sliver of catchy pop smothered in laid back vibes and effortlessly cool swagger.Its blissfully bright lightweight indie however with meatier and more meaningful elements. Raspy vocals backed by blistering vibrant guitars and punchy drums, its a sway and a bop of vitality smoothened off and rounded with chilled tones and breezy summer vibes. The nimble elastic bass adds depth and movement as the track explodes into a mighty crescendo. Mellor present a track that is tightly bound and polished with all the bounce and slick shifts of a great Indie band while still having depth and a touch of raw edge to keep them fresh and interesting.

Stream ‘The Visitor’ below

The Hubbards ‘Just Touch’

The Hull-born Leeds-based four-piece The Hubbards will release their new single ‘Just Touch’ on March 31st in association with Scruff of the Neck Records. The band consists of members Reuben Driver (Vocals and Bass), Alex Green (Guitar and vocals), Ronan Burns (Guitar) and Joe Orlowski (Drums). A smattering of single releases have earned the band crucial early and continued support from BBC Radio 1 and 6Music, while support slots for the likes of Augustines and The Pigeon Detectives has seen the buzz that surrounds the band grow to an almost deafening level.
‘Just Touch’ is woozy hazy infectious fizzing indie. With shrilling guitar bliss, rooted driving bassline and fresh breezy vocals its blistering and sizzling with strutting swagger. Fiery drums pound while the track explodes instrumentally with piercing razor sharp guitar and ear-piercing ecstasy. Effortless cool and dreamy with red hot intensity this track is mighty and honey to the ears, you wont be able to get enough of it. Its flickering fever-causing bliss that is oh so catchy. The Hubbards have managed to encapsulate a vibe that feels both of the moment, yet ultimately timeless and riveting by blending polished pop with gritty grunge. These guys are amazing and a must listen they will fast become your favourite band.
Watch the video for ‘Just Touch’ below

Jetty Rae ‘Take Me to the Mountain’

Jetty Rae is a singer-songwriter based out of Northern Michigan she recently released her new album ‘Can’t Curse the Free’. Jetty is known for the power and restraint in her voice and her ability to pull at your heart strings delicately. However she also possesses the power to awaken a passion, a fight in all of us when she really belts it. Her hopes are to eventually start a label for independent artists like herself, that will empower artists to start where they are. She is hoping to give them the tools, studio time, experience, and resources they need to succeed in making great art. Her single ‘Take Me to the Mountain’ is the perfect example of Jetty’s magnificent voice and powerful song writing.
‘Take Me to the Mountain’, echoes with haunting goosebump inducing soul fused with indie rock and laced with speckles of pop. Its sensually smooth with gentle instrumentation letting Jetty’s sultry vocals take the limelight. Warm deep guitar glimmers throughout the track while the soft percussion and melodic sway -like character creates a steamy sweltering track that oozes soul and emotion. The sharp guitar stabs in the chorus add edge and sting to the enticing velvety track. Its enchantingly luring and seductively intense as Jetty coos with a gentle yet assertive alluring quality.’Take Me to the Mountain’ is a strong addition to an album which is filled with raw emotion soulful passionate vocals and fine musicianship.
Stream ‘Take Me to the Mountain’ below

Stream ‘Can’t Curse the Free’ album below

 

Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Young Earth

Young Earth are an Indie-Pop/Rock band from Dublin. Formed in BIMM, the band drifts effortlessly between summer pop tunes to heavier, overdrive drenched styles, all while keeping an obsessive focus on solid hooks and singalong chorus’ to create a fresh, retro tinged style of Indie Rock.The band had a busy year in 2016, headlining several shows in Whelan’s and Sin E for the release of their Single ‘Maggie’, with highlights at Whelan’s Summer Watch 16, Le Cheile Festival, Ruby Sessions and featuring at Hard Working Class Heroes.
The four piece have released their new single ‘Got A Secret’ which is the band’s first single of 2017. Its an impressive blister of swagger soaked indie rock gritty and heavy in all the right places with the slickest smoothest verse that will have you weak at the knees. This track is well crafted with insanely catchy sleek finger clicking verses teamed with cool breezy vocals. Punchy drums add a mighty powerful brawn and fight teamed with the crashing vigorous guitars makes for one sturdy powerhouse. Heavy instrumental summons that thrilling neck breaking moshing which I can imagine is epic live. Mixed with this frenzy Young Earth cool things down with swing-like panache soaked verses, featuring zesty sprightly choppy guitar strums and a vibrant bounce on drums. The magnificent rhythm and polished approach brings to fruition a track that exudes talent and displays a band that deserves to go far.
Stream ‘Got A Secret’ below