Category Archives: indie rock

Bloody English ‘Conflict Resolution’

Bloody English have just released their new single ‘Conflict Resolution’. The band are primarily a family affair with brothers Peter and Andrew Gomez joining their cousin, Chris Reynolds and his friend Sean O’Hanlon to form a covers band for a friend’s memorial gig. When Laurence Burden was recruited as vocalist they began writing original material.The London based band made national headlines following a charity gig for Momentum, when Daily Mail pictured them with Jeremy Corbyn with the caption ‘Corbyn with members of the band Bloody English’. Day to day, hobnobbing with the political class gives way to working with musical collectives, DJing at underground parties and promoting club nights in East London.

‘Conflict Resolution’ is a wild thrilling  number that batters and smashes your eardrums into tiny unrecognisable pieces. Travelling at an unruly hyperactive pace this track thunders in on a snappy punching groove of pulverizing relentless drums and elastic bass while crashing guitars dizzy and distort their way around the frantic backdrop. It’s loud, raucous and angry as Burden howls, exclaims and screams spitting the rapid lyrics into your brain while the intense rambunctious instrumentation bruises and shatters.It’s one for the frenzy of the mosh pit each blistering briery note evokes the smell of sweat, blood and the glorious sight of frantic pushing and jumping. This impassioned number summons the mosh pit frenzy into your room – in all its brutal glory.

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BERRIES ‘Discreetly’

London alternative rock band BERRIES have released their latest single ‘Discreetly’. BERRIES are a three piece rock band who blend big breakdowns with instrumental hooks and catchy choruses to create their own twist on riff-driven rock. Following regular regional dates and notable festival slots including Liverpool Sound City, Dot to Dot and Alt Great Escape they recently sold out their biggest headline show to date at The Camden Assembly in London. They have attracted the attention of major radios and taste makers such as Record Collector, Time Out, Louder Than War, BBC 6 Music & Radio X and their previous single ‘Faults’ was featured for seven consecutive weeks on Jim Gellatly’s Amazing Radio Show. At the beginning of the year they were invited to perform at a Radio X live showcase by John Kennedy and are championed by Fred Perry Subculture and Fender (including being listed as one of their top ten favourite new bands for a feature in Richer Unsigned).

‘Discreetly’ is a weighty alternative rock track brimming with gritty riffs slicing through distorted abrasive bass lines and punchy drums. These guys build the track meticulously as the verses feature eerie tones and  light twinkling guitar injections through attitude soaked vocals and a buoyant rhythmic section as the song creeps and progresses into a more harsh and heavy chorus with crashing guitars and boisterous instrumentation. Blending a healthy dose of garage rock into the mix BERRIES’ biting sound creates a gripping mosh ready track filled with the perfect brew of subtle haunting moments and epic robust outbursts.

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Galants ‘Follow’

Dublin indiegazers, Galants have released, ‘Follow’, the second single to be taken from their forthcoming sophomore EP via Zen Ten Records. ‘Follow’ heralds a change of pace from the band’s previous offering ‘In Vain’ and is prefaced with thundering drums and a sense of melodic urgency that is unrelenting throughout. Reflecting on the psyche of the crowd and pressure to use the decisions of others as a mental shortcut to navigate life, the track represents the race towards escapism. Gritty guitar riffs slice their way through the  relentless drum rumble as laid back reverb laden vocals soothe the blistering instrumental backdrop with a dreamy haze and lush melodic refrain. This fiery track rushes through with high voltage adrenaline as a powerful chorus erupts with pop – esque infectiousness-  richly flooding your ears with delicious bliss while a riotous backdrop keeps the edgy mosh ready inferno ablaze. 

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Mini Mansions ‘Works Every Time’ EP

Mini Mansions have released their highly anticipated EP ‘Works Every Time’. Singer/guitarist Michael Shuman, singer/keyboardist Tyler Parkford, and bassist Zach Dawes are the glorious trinity of Mini Mansions, a band who push boundaries and overwhelm our minds with psychedelic encryption and delicious tunes. The band have played in some of the world’s biggest rock bands, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets these guys have been flourishing right at the roots of the rock genre readying themselves and fermenting their sound.This new release arrives three years after their second record, ‘The Great Pretenders’, which received critical praise and featured guest appearances from Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and ‘Flashbacks’ a collection  of B-side tracks which was released in 2016. Mini Mansions sound is unique and stirring all at once and places them firmly on par if not above their comrades in intricate obscurity and just plain genius. ‘Works Every Time’ is only a glimpse of what these guys are capable of.

‘Works Every Time’ is a concise, flavoursome collection of juicy tracks to re-introduce us to the mouth watering home cooking of Mini Mansions. Title track ‘Works Every Time’ reels us in with a soft beat bouncing off a swoon worthy melody and glistening keys.Filled with wistful tones Parkford takes the vocals on this track, his sweet falsetto cooing over the breathtaking soundscapes as this song floats around a dreamy ethereal atmosphere while the zesty sting on guitars give a lamenting bite and sharpness to the track. ‘Midnight in Tokyo’ rumbles through with Dawes’ elastic bass line teamed with the sticky slapping beats setting the groove infested foundation as the track spirals into a sleazy swagger smacked number. With Prince like Bowie -esque hued verses and a triumphant catchy chorus this track struts in, slicked back, funk fueled and glossy. Shuman’s vocals take the lime light here drenched in panache and gritty rough flamboyance as flashing disco hued electronics dazzle the background while Parkford provides lush tight harmonies. The rich meaty sound is filled gloriously with zingy guitars weaving their way, flickering little bursts of spice throughout. Parkford takes vocals once again on ’This Bullet’ a psychedelic whirl of utter mind melting mania. He ventures to his ominous lower range while Dawes’ throbbing bass and meandering soundscapes rush you with a sinister sense of danger. This track has a residue of Mister Goodnite’s ‘One Against Five’ with a little more darkness and obscurity smeared on top as alien- esque electronics wail about eerie tones and snappy driving beats. There is something magnetic and hypnotic about this track as Mini Mansions distort and dissolve your entire grip of reality with one catchy dizzying tune. It’s dark and creepy especially when Parkford orders take off your vest“ however it’s difficult to prise yourself away from its chilling charm. Of course the band offer up another stirring cover for us to devour. Having previously embellished our ears with Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ and Sparks ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Mini Mansions dissect and dismember a thrillingly dark rendition of Edwyn Collins‘ ‘A Girl Like You’, dousing it in the gritty sleazy and intoxicating tones we love from this trio. It’s dark as Shuman howls, screams and deeply haunts over whining guitars and flashing electronics. Filled with infectious shimmy grooves this track will make your skin crawl and tantalize all your senses while creeping into your mind where it will firmly reside for days. They did a cover the only way Mini Mansions can … better than the original.

The talent of this band is immense. Each track was meticulously cultivated – simmering and ripening slowly in Mini Mansions pressure cooker until the band were ready to delight and shatter our ears all at once. It’s exciting to see what each release will bring. They never compromise their sound yet push boundaries and provide an enthralling full bodied sound with every release. There is no one else like Mini Mansions out there at the moment. We need this trio to keep music fresh.

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The Word UK ‘Fish In The Sea’ EP

 

The Word UK have released their new EP ‘Fish In The Sea’. The Word (UK) are a Pop Rock band from Medway, Kent. They first got together in 2017 due to their mutual love for The Beatles (the name was taken from a Beatles song), which sums up the band well – these four lads aspire to write and perform music to the same standard as the biggest bands around, past and present.In search of the ‘old-school sound’ of their idols from the 1960s and 70s, the band headed to Ranscombe Studios, Rochester, famed locally for its analogue equipment and back-to-basics approach to recording. Most of what you hear was laid down live in a single room, with the band playing all at once – and all without a computer in sight. The result? A group of songs that capture a snapshot of the energy of their live performances, and a nod to the classic way of doing things.’Fish In The Sea’ is the band’s first EP. It’s a cluster of five tracks showcasing some of the original tunes the band have been pumping out live all over the UK for the last year; in pubs, clubs and even busking on the streets.

Swirled in luscious 60’s -esque melodies with a tight wall of sound driving this peppy collection of tracks ‘Fish In The Sea’ is a wholly satisfying  uplifting EP. Glorious honey drenched melodies caressed by warm sweet harmonies are the pinnacle point of this EP. Brother,Brother’ and title track ‘Fish In The Sea’ swoon with these delicious melodies, shredding guitar licks and a driving rhythm section that evokes images of surf waves and good times. With a shimmy ready lightness and compact Beatles – esque approach the track glides into your ears with effortless sun kissed charm. Intricate guitars weave and wander their way through each track with a golden, glorious toned thread of delight. The tongue twister ‘Lemonella Citronella’ is a darling little gem that sits comfortably in the middle of the EP. The enchanting guitar once again entwines and illuminates this balmy gem. The Word UK shake things up a little with the Bo Diddley rhythmic intro of  ‘Captain Pine’ teamed with a rooted bass rumble. This track brings a slightly darker tone to the EP as the guitars whine over the stormy instrumentation. The melody however, remains peppy and bright. These are catchy tunes that will put a smile on your face and have you singing along and clapping in no time. Closing track ‘The Hillbilly Song’ is the perfect example of this, bringing a 60’s swing into the mix that is sure to have a live audience dancing and bopping along.With a shredding guitar solo and harmonica injection this vibrant track is a blistering highly energetic number to bring the EP to an end.

‘Fish In The Sea’ is a playful charming collection of tracks that exude swagger and easy going fun to keep your hearts light and joyful. These guys have showcased their proficient musicianship through some highly enjoyable tunes.

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The Empire Police ‘Modern Obsession’ EP

Preston four piece The Empire Police have released their new EP ‘Modern Obsession’, the follow up to last years self titled EP. The indie rock quartet formed in 2015 and quickly became an accomplished “live” act with a growing, energetic fan base across northern cities including Preston, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. Having had several of their songs played on BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music the band continues to develop their live shows and their own unique sound.

‘Modern Obsession’ is a power-rock pumping station ready to burst with huge choruses and shredding instrumentation. The arena sing along ready title track ‘Modern Obsession’ introduces the EP with a fine sense of subtle grandeur. The catchy chorus, twinkling guitars and punchy drum stomp create a gripping atmosphere for the song. This Imagine dragons -esque ditty, swoons and soars over heartfelt melodies and crowd friendly motifs while steamy guitar solos inject a healthy dose of classic rock grit into this anthemic number.‘Fine Lines’ andAm I To Know’ thrusts some punk fire into the mix. These guys prove they can whack some gritty mosh ready heaviness into their sound seamlessly while also flickering into some funky guitar bridges and infectious smooth melodies between the crashing mania. Slick riffage is another glorious feature running riot throughout this EP, it is at its most thrilling display in ‘Vibrant Hideaway’. Gritty jagged and razor sharp, the guitar riffs slice and dice their way through this track. The Empire Police continue their blistering rock intensity with By The Scenes’ and closing track ‘Any Greater Wisdom’ as they glide a delicious melody over the vigorous instrumental. There is a residue of The Killers ‘Sams Town’ era floating about ‘By The Scenes’ as it pulses through on a gripping lamenting melody with an anthemic soaring backing of scorching guitars and pummeling drums. However The Empire Police create their own cinematic enthralling display throughout this tune.

The Empire Police have created a hook filled collection of tracks to get the heart racing and fill the soul with that adrenaline fueled sense of urgency only a solid anthemic indie rock EP can induce.

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Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Saults

After one year of gigs across the UK (30 in London’s clubs, Love Supreme Festival, Minehead Festival in 2018…), french pop-rock band Saults have released their new single ‘Kelly Ride’. The track which was recorded  in Abbey Road Studio, last February and has already got a massive reception among professionals (BBC, London Live TV…). Saults is comprised of brothers Antoine Saults (lead guitar / vocals), Greg Saults (drums / vocals) and Axel Castets (bass / choirs). In the beginning of 2016, they decided to record an EP and shot the video of its main title, ‘I Wanna Jam’, with the help of Sam de Salvador. They sold over 1.500 copies and ‘I Wanna Jam’ was viewed more than 15.000 times on YouTube.

‘Kelly Ride’ is a funky sweep of indie rock that struts in dripping in swagger as slinky guitar licks stride over a foot tapping beat and groove infested bass line.Jagged guitar riffs slice and dice with steamy vigor as the danceable bass groove and punchy drum whacks lay an elastic foundation,  building the tension gradually and suavely for the meaty mosh ready rock n’ roll crescendo. This track has everything to coax you to the dance floor with panache driven vocals cruising over the vivid backdrop- its crisp clean and swanky.

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Color Palette ‘Sunburn’

Color Palette have released their new single ‘Sunburn’. Color Palette – comprised of Jay Nemeyer, Joshua Hunter, Matt Hartenau, Rogerio Naressi, and Maryjo Mattea – are an Indie Electro Rock band from Washington, DC. Since their first release, Color Palette have garnered hundreds of press hits worldwide. The band released their debut full-length album, ‘Vaporwave’, in 2016 and  have shared bills with the following notable artists: Charli XCX, The Naked and Famous, Mother Mother, Day Wave, Yumi Zouma, Mr Little Jeans, The Kickback, and Spirit Animal. The band are set to release their second full-length album in 2019.

‘Sunburn’ is a soft marshmallow of swirling sweetness caressing your ears with glorious smooth textures which wrap a zingy indie interior in silken coated bliss. Ethereal and dreamy, this track pirouettes in, on a spongy buoyant rhythmic foundation while jangly guitars slice through with zealous vigor and sun kissed radiance. The subtle hazy vocals layer the track in dreamy vibes as shimmering whirling electronics set a Utopian atmosphere to lose yourself in. These guys blend the delicate electronic tones with blistering indie seamlessly to create a gripping enthralling listening experience that transports you to that euphoric sun soaked land, dreams are made of.

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Kill ‘Em Charlie ‘Better Off’

Irish band Kill ‘Em Charlie have released their new single ‘Better Off’ which was recorded and mastered in GAF Studios in Tipperary and was used as the closing song for a play called ‘Happy Slapped’ which was showing in Cork. The five piece from Tipperary comprised of members Eoghan on vocals, Alex on guitar, Patrick on guitar, George on bass and Gavin on drums have fleshed out their dynamic indie sound through ‘Better Off’. Brimming with ethereal guitar strides that glimmer and twinkle between punchy drums this track glows with a beaming radiance and an exquisite quality that makes this band ones to watch. An anthemic vibrant chorus belts through a vivid instrumental backdrop as the five  piece create the perfect radio friendly number that will grip the hearts of live audiences around the country. It’s an easy to listen to passionate number as warm vocals glide upon the infectious melody while Kill ‘Em Charlie showcase their slick musicianship with a shredding guitar solo and blistering crescendo. These guys have a tight sound and a growing knack for melody as they create tracks that are enjoyable, fiery  and compelling all at once.

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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From whenyoung

Following their recent singles ‘Heaven on Earth’ and their cover of the Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’, Limerick’s finest indie-poppers whenyoung have announced their new EP ‘Given Up’ to be released through Virgin EMI on the 9th November with new single and title track ‘Given Up’. 2018 has already been a landmark year for the young band. It’s seen them perform 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 Great Escape, Latitude, Kendal Calling, Bestival, All Together Now and Electric Picnic, they are playing headline shows in October supporting both The Vaccines and Blossoms on their upcoming tours along with their own headline shows in Dublin, Limerick and Cork this coming November.

‘Given Up’ is a catchy indie pop number driven by a meaty backdrop, forming the perfect blend of gritty alternative rock. This trio weave between shimmering luscious pop and razor raw indie rock seamlessly to create a satisfying and hair raising listening experience. Dynamic drums and elastic rumbling bass create the resilient foundation while refined guitars meander from sweetly chiming to blistering stings as this track builds from its Pixies-esque style into the rich wholly consuming sound that is whenyoung. Aoife Power’s vocals sweetly coo with attitude hued undercurrents as she lulls the glorious melty melody. This track is well crafted each element bringing something delightful to the table. The infectious chorus, jangly guitar elements and honey drizzled vocal bridges make this track just sublime and pretty impressive.

About the track the band said “Given Up was written after a series of late nights and self-inflicted misdirection. The central message is to take your life by the reins and create your own future.”

You Can Catch whenyoung live at:

21st September – Reeperbahn Festival (Molotow) – Hamburg

26th September – The Key Club – Leeds

27th September –The Shipping Forecast – Liverpool

28th September – Think Tank? – Newcastle

29th September – Tenement Trail Festival – Glasgow

3rd October – The Boiler Room – Guildford

4th October – The Purple Turtle – Reading

5th October – The Cookie – Leicester

6th October – Neighbourhood Festival – Manchester

10th October – Komedia Studio – Brighton

11th October – Boston Music Rooms – London

12th October – Kasbah – Coventry

20th October – Ancienne Belgique – Belgium (Supporting The Vaccines)

21st October – Luxor – Cologne (Supporting The Vaccines)

22nd October – Gruenspan – Hamburg (Supporting The Vaccines)

24th October – Alhambra – Paris (Supporting The Vaccines)

25th October – Melkweg – Amsterdam (Supporting The Vaccines)

26th October – Festaal Kreuzberg – Berlin (Supporting The Vaccines)

28th October – Vega Small Hall – Copenhagen (Supporting The Vaccines)

29th October – Pustervik – Gothenburg (Supporting The Vaccines)

30th October – Nalen – Stockholm (Supporting The Vaccines)

13th October – Heartbreakers – Southampton

2nd November – The Workman’s Club – Dublin

3rd November – Dolan’s – Limerick

4th November – Cyprus Avenue – Cork

4th December – O2 Academy 1 – Sheffield (Supporting Blossoms)

5th December – Rock City – Nottingham (Supporting Blossoms)

7th December – O2 Academy 1 – Birmingham (Supporting Blossoms)

8th December  – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester (Supporting Blossoms)

9th December – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester (Supporting Blossoms)

11th December – O2 Guildhall – Southampton (Supporting Blossoms)

12th December – O2 Academy 1 – Bristol (Supporting Blossoms)

 

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