Category Archives: indie rock

whenyoung ‘Given Up’ EP

Limerick’s finest indie-poppers whenyoung have released their new EP ‘Given Up’ released through Virgin EMI. This follows  their recent singles ‘Heaven on Earth’ and their cover of the Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’. The trio also recently released a stunning video for the title track, filmed in London’s iconic Peckham Liberals Club and directed by, Dazed editorial director, Bunny Kinney. It shows the band as a conduit for escape from banal, suburban living.The band have performed in Dublin as part of Shane Mcgowan’s 60th birthday celebration alongside the likes of Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor. They’ve also supported the likes of Dream Wife, Declan McKenna, The Vaccines and Peace.Having already played storming sets at this year’s Electric Picnic, All Together Now Festival, Great Escape, Latitude, Kendal Calling and Bestival the band are also supporting Blossoms on a nationwide tour in December.

‘Given Up’ is a perfectly balanced EP showcasing the refined and mature musicianship of whenyoung. They jump straight into their bubbly infectious indie with title track ‘Given Up’. Stinging guitars jaggedly slice their way through this Pixies-esque number as the entire track revolves around a driving drum and bass groove with the honey drizzled melody gliding above like a soothing blanket from heaven.The harmonies in this track are just so luscious. ‘Heaven on Earth’ follows. It’s another tasty indie banger filled with vibrancy, shedding guitar lines and the perfect sing along anthemic chorus. Having featured both of these tracks on Indie Buddie this year I have come to appreciate the intricacy within this trios musicianship. Aoife Power’s vocals are immaculate throughout the EP her voice filled with sweet coos, luscious tones and yet she holds a powerful and demanding air that is mesmerising. However it is their ability to create an upbeat tune with darker underlying tones adding depth that sets these guys apart. The sweet ethereal cover of The Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’ lies comfortably nestled in the middle of the EP. Passionate, pristine and touching whenyoung present the track exquisitely- balancing the tender delicacy with edgy rawness seamlessly. It stops time. ‘Sleeper’ brings us to the end of the EP – flawless, sweet and emotional, this track shows us the sombre, majestic side to whenyoung. Reaching into the depths of your mind they find the tender moments, gently draw them out and sweetly lament them back to you. A soft guitar melody mournfully pines behind Power’s beautiful crisp vocals while a delicate tapping beat sets a steady thud and mournful tone to this magical number.

whenyoung didn’t disappoint they lived up to the hype of their singles and even threw in a blinder in the form of the enchanting heavy-hearted ‘Sleeper’.

Stream ‘Given Up’ below





 


Delights ‘Sun Visor’ and ‘Sun Lounger’

Following the release of their previous singles ‘Naked Heart’ and ‘Jungle’, Manchester indie rock band Delights have now released their new single, ‘Sun Visor’, and its B-side, ‘Sun Lounger’. These heavenly tracks glow with the glorious sprinkling of yumminess that this four piece do so well. ‘Sun Visor’ kick starts the sun-kissed dreamy tones with a delicious melody spread delicately upon jangly guitars and soft spongy beats. Velvety vocals coo over the upbeat, psychedelic soundscapes as this ethereal number bounces and floats along creating the perfect zesty chill-time atmosphere. It’s the satisfying bite of angel cake to get your mouth watering for ‘Sun Lounger’- a surf tinged gem that calls the summer back with sweet jingles and beachy breezy tones. Catchy and tranquilizing these tracks will give you a subtle sun tan while caressing your ears with the most luscious soothing melodies. I just love the laid back radiant tunes these guys produce.

Delights are also starting their second mini UK tour in 2 days, which has been organised by the band themselves without any manager, funding or record label check out the dates below

November 11th Mayfare at The Cluny Newcastle

November 15th Somedays at 93 Feet East London

November 23rd Delights at Sound Basement Liverpool

November 29th Delights at Castle & Falcon Birmingham

December 1st Delights at Breadshed Manchester

 

Stream ‘Sun Visor’, and its B-side, ‘Sun Lounger’ below

 


KAVES ‘Serotonin’

Norwich four piece alternative rock band KAVES have released their new single ‘Serotonin’. KAVES were formed in Norwich in June 2017 after attending a Black Peaks and YONAKA show. Their debut single ’27’ was released on 24th November 2017. The band’s debut live show at The Waterfront in Norwich on 7th December 2017 was a sell out. The tongue in cheek video for the single received 2500 views via Facebook in 2 days, and the song itself got played 2 weeks running on BBC Introducing in Norfolk.

‘Serotonin’ is a catchy shuffle and bounce of indie rock filled with intricate guitar twinkles and punchy funk flavoured rhythms. Caitlin Mapes’ charming vocals ooze charisma and warm tones which melt upon the vibrant melody. It’s a buoyant gem that flickers light springy vibes between slinky guitar lines and a sublime bass groove. Lush backing vocals and perfectly placed instrumentation provides glorious little bursts that keep this song refreshing. This track is a compact tasty number from this four piece.

Stream ‘Serotonin’ below

 


Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From White Room

Brighton indie risers White Room have released ‘Shoot’, their first release of 2018 and follow-up to 2017’s double EP ‘Eight’, co-produced by frontman Jake  Smallwood and Theo Verney (Fake Laugh, TRAAMS, FUR).Having spent 2017 conquering the festival circuit and receiving widespread acclaim throughout the tastemaker community and radio airwaves (BBC 6 Music, Radio X), the quintet played their biggest headline shows to date in London (Moth Club) and Brighton (Patterns) this spring, cementing their reputation for visceral, energetic and captivating  live performances. After a summer immersed in writing and developing new material, the five-piece are ready to hit the road again supporting The Blinders on an extensive UK tour alongside the release of ‘Shoot’.

‘Shoot’ is a lavish and exhilarating whir of indie pop bound in a mouthwatering concoction that is too hot to handle. It’s eclectic and edgy with a thick rhythmic bounce adding that chic cool foundation for this track to ricochet off. These guys showcase their ability to tie captivating and seemingly disjointed elements together to create a head spinning wholly satisfying and rich sound. Quirky vocals whisper, wail and entice through a luring bass rumble, steamy guitar interplay and dense textures. Each part is ingeniously cultivated for maximum explosive impact as the verses build the intensity for the blistering chorus. Filled with stomping adrenaline as chaotic soundscapes hurry around the dynamic vocals, haunting backing vocals and glorious melody ‘Shoot’ has everything you could need. Holding a refined stance this track floats on an air of elegance while only just about holding back the manic instrumental frenzy in the backdrop. White Room are fast becoming one of my favourite new finds.

Stream ‘Shoot’ below

 


Edited People ‘Feel My Skin’

Edited People have released their debut single ‘Feel My Skin’. The band consists of four members Alisha Vickers (Vocals), Josh Ellinor (Guitar), Thomas Whitaker (Bass) and Laura Bentley (Drums) pioneering a new-wave of Alternative music. Their sound is reminiscent of 90’s rock mixed with modern, heavier flavours.

‘Feel My Skin’ is a moody slap of adrenaline fueled alternative rock. The track revolves around gritty guitar lacerations through a punchy slap of drums while elastic bass rumbles set a flexible foundation. Alisha Vickers’ vocals are laced in rich varied tones as she wails, howls and coo’s sweetly between the rough and tumble backdrop. There is no denying the powerful command she has over her vocals and it is this that wrestles your ears into submission. Brimming with attitude this track creeps in filled with dark mystery before pummeling right into its heavy mosh ready core. The verses create a steamy enticing sense of danger as twinkling guitars weave between a steady beat while the chorus wallops out the meaty raw side of this new band. It’s sophisticated and enthralling as Edited People have developed their sound into a no nonsense, full flavoured spectacle. Keep an eye on these guys.

You can catch Edited People live at

27th December supporting Hands off Gretel at the Old School House Venue in Barnsley

Friday 8th February – single launch #2 at Record Junkee in Sheffield with support from Desensitised and Hazel

Stream ‘Feel My Skin’ below


Drop The Shadow ‘Break The Fall’

Formed by brothers Mike (lead vocals/guitars) and Eric Walsh (drums), Dublin based Drop The Shadow have just released their debut single ‘Break The Fall’.Joined by Sean Carey on bass, the band draw inspiration from the sounds of Alt rock to folk & everywhere in between.

‘Break The Fall’ is an impressively mature number brimming with slinky guitar lines, steamy bass grooves and a solid drum progression. This track glides effortlessly through a smooth suave melody as raspy soul filled vocals coo and soar over slick guitar licks with a sweltering country hue and elastic bass rumbles. Building into a whopping silky turbo banger this charming number seeps and oozes swanky swagger as the glossy guitar evaporates off the  luscious rock melody keeping you hanging in suspense off every word. There is enough grit mixed with infectious sensual soul to keep your ears craving for more and lets not forget that shredding guitar solo. This blistering track announces Drop The Shadow with great poise and panache in the form of  glorious classic rock and soul pop.

The band have also just released a  video for ‘Break The Fall’, produced by vocalist Mike Walsh you can watch it below.


The Flavians ‘Non Stop Fun (All I Wanted)’

The Flavians have released their new single called ‘Non Stop Fun (All I Wanted)’. The track was recorded over the span of a year in various spaces around Berlin, Germany and in Nässjö, Sweden using a mix of analogue and digital gear with instruments from the 60s and 70s. The track was finally mixed by Fabio Buemi in TRIXX Studios, Berlin and then mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NY. The single will be the second release from The Flavians’ first album ‘Ordinary People in an Ordinary World’. The band has been playing support shows across Germany and The Czech Republic while filling out venues such as Cassiopeia and Badehaus in their adoptive hometown. Furthermore, they have built up a strong following through social media and their last single ‘On the Radio’, has racked up over 150,000 streams and been played on over 50 radio stations worldwide.  

‘Non Stop Fun (All I Wanted)’ is an easy going pop sprinkled gem that bounces along in a dreamy soft 60’s-eque soundscape while intelligent witty lyrics glide upon the sugar coated melody. These guys tell a story perfectly as lush backing vocals lull in the background while jangly keys twinkle around laid back guitar strides and punchy drums. It’s candied exterior makes this track so easy on the ears as The Flavians flesh out their catchy melodies and infectious bopping light instrumentation. This track is sure to put a smile on your face as it bops its glorious way into your head until you are blissfully singing along.

Watch the video ‘Non Stop Fun (All I Wanted)’ below

 

 

 


Passive ‘Anti Romantic’

Watford indie-rock band Passive have released their new single ‘Anti Romantic’. On the back of ‘Premonitions’, the first track Passive put on Soundcloud, the band received local radio airplay, saw an increase in online interest, secured slots at local festivals and have packed out shows across London venues such as The Camden Assembly and The Water Rats.

‘Anti Romantic’ is an impressive slice of alternative rock as Passive wrap our ears in a mysterious dark number filled with absorbing mature musicianship. This creepy track has a slinky shadowy looseness that weaves with a relaxed attitude around reverberant desert toned guitar. Punchy drums and elastic groovable bass lines create a danceable yet haunting backdrop. The catchy melody seeps into the ears with charming ease as the luring vocals coo and haunt over this wholly sinister and enthralling number. Passive balance the meaty, raw and delicate crawling instrumentation perfectly to create a sophisticated hair raising thrill that consumes and entices with chilling elegance and ominous awe. These guys are expanding their range nicely.

Stream ‘Anti Romantic’ below

 


Bitch Falcon ‘Prime Number’

Dublin rock trio Bitch Falcon have released their new single Prime Number’. The searing shatter of grunge rock wrestles with pulverising drums battering and crashing through the thrilling distortion of blistering wails on guitars while Lizzie Fitzpatrick powerfully howls over this frenzied soundscape. It’s sharp, eerie and dark as Bitch Falcon balance dizzying hysteria with smooth melodies soaring over the relentless raw aesthetic. The track is perfectly crafted for creeping, chilling and explosive impact as the verses build in intensity crawling and bleeding into the chaotic gritty chorus. This trio channel and harness their fiery rock, grunge and melodic pop elements with a slick finesse that makes these guys one impressive force to be reckoned with.

On the release  of ‘Prime Number’, lead singer Lizzie Fitzpatrick said – “It’s basically an apology song, for people close to me for being too self-obsessed and narcissistic to the point of pushing them away. It’s a nod to myself trying too hard to be cool and I’m probably better off just being plain ole me.”

Watch the video for ‘Prime Number’ below


Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Gavin Glass

The National Treasure that is Gavin Glass has just released a live video for the track ‘Horseshoe Tattoo’. The track, taken from his critically acclaimed 5th album, ‘Opus Pocus’ and is the follow up to the singles ‘Break Your Daddy’s Heart’, and ‘Thirty Somethings’.

‘Horseshoe Tattoo’ is a heartfelt, magical radio ready number that floods, swirls and gracefully swoons over a pristine rock pop backdrop. Glass knows how to grasp the heart of his listeners with every note and strum filled flutter while those relatable lyrics bring it all home. A steady beat maintains a strong foundation as guitars fill the track with nuanced soul and lamenting bluesy tones while Glass’ swagger and emotion filled vocals caress the melody. This smooth, passionate ditty makes time stand still as western-esque country hues swirl into the mix before the anthemic arena ready crescendo that sparks images of massive crowds swaying and singing along with the most passionate expressions on their faces as Glass narrates their lives back to them in the most gripping bittersweet melody ever to grace their ears. It’s a rich and beautifully cultivated track from Gavin Glass.

Watch the live video for ‘Horseshoe Tattoo’ below