Category Archives: Indie

Pin Ups ‘Do You Hate Yourself Yet?

London based three piece Pin Ups have released their new single ‘Do You Hate Yourself Yet?.’After a chance phone call with a friend of a friend, drummer Jesse (hailing from Norwich) and singer/guitarist Josh (from East London) came together in another project Pastel Colours. After stripping down from a 5-piece to a 3-piece and recruiting Jesse’s brother Louis on bass, Pin Ups was born. Their latest release ‘Do You Hate Yourself Yet?’ was recorded in the wee hours of a Sunday morning with producer/engineer Scott Docherty. The song deals with the feelings after waking up from a particularly heavy night out, those of confusion, doubt and self-loathing, as you question why you do it to yourself, and who’s that person over there?

‘Do You Hate Yourself Yet?’  is a combustible track brooding and smouldering in a gloomy grunge atmosphere as stinging guitars jingle their way playfully between punchy drums and a pop drizzled melody. Raspy hushed vocals whisper the verses as the track slowly brews and bubbles. Its moody and vibrant all at once as the song builds into a dynamic chorus sprinkled with 70’s /80’s post punk attitude. It’s catchy with a darker undercurrent that takes over as the track progresses into a blistering instrumental with shrilling guitars whining and screeching over pulverising rhythms, mighty drum whacks and aggressive vocals. This summer soaked scorcher burns its groovy infectious way into your ears with dizzying psychedelic hues among its grunge hostility. ‘Do You Hate Yourself Yet?’ is a tight well crafted Pixies -esque track that makes this trio one to keep and eye on.

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Enemy II Lines ‘What She Said’

Alternative/indie rock four piece, Enemy II Lines, have released their new single ‘What She Said’. The band who are from Navan, County Meath, Ireland, formed in 2016. They are a young band, whose members are Dylan Hickey, Jordan Patton and brothers JohnPaul and Matthew Melady. ‘What She Said’ is an anthemic adrenaline rush of indie rock swirled and carefully rolled in pop punk with some garage residue sprinkled on top. Driven by catchy guitar hooks and punchy drums this infectious number soars and glides upon heart gripping youthful exuberance while maintaining a powerful meaty foundation of hefty riffs and a bulky rhythmic backdrop. The husky warm vocals and pop smeared glorious melody make this track an instant radio ready gem that is impossible to prise from you head. These guys showcase some swagger throughout the track with sublime guitar whines and intricate layering. It’s sing along ready and perfect for the kinetic live setting. Keep an eye out for these guys.

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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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Ivory Wave ‘Frankie’

Birmingham’s Ivory Wave, have released their new track, ‘Frankie’ via ModernSky UK. Fresh from sets at festivals such as, Tramlines and Truck Festival, as well as Birmingham SHIIINE ON Weekender. The band have just supported The DMA’s by personal invitation.Formed of George, Connor, Luke, Rob and Seb, the band have become known for their hooks and good vibes to boot. The band have been touring the UK heavily for quite some time, and have started making some remarkable waves in their hometown. ‘Frankie’, picks up where Ivory Waves’s last single, ‘Cool Kids’, left off. The production of this track was aided by Gavin Monaghan in Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden Studio.

Much like their live performance, ‘Frankie’, exudes a level of fun-loving exuberance. This infectious party indie pop banger rides in on a slick wave of hyper synths swirling around buoyant beats and shuffle inducing danceable grooves. Glistening guitars meander through the exhilarating soundscapes lacing the track in a sleek fluid whack of indie while attitude drenched vocals strut in with panache and punch. Frankie is designed to fill the dance floor – it’s an instant adrenaline shot to the veins. With a clap along feature ready to infect the live audiences and glossy production providing a dazzling sheen-  it’s one heck of a body mover.

You can catch Ivory Wave Live at:

20th October – Manchester – Night People
25th October – Leeds – Lending Room
2nd November – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2
5th November – Brighton – Komedia studio

Stream ‘Frankie’ below

 


Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From LOVE SICK

Julie and Shaun first met working for the same life insurance call center at an office Christmas party where Julie divulged her passion for singing. A few weeks later, the pair bumped into each other at a Glasgow train station and the rest, as they say, is history. LOVE SICK first introduced themselves in 2017 with their debut single Bullet’, which quickly captivated a global audience of almost 1 million listeners and support from the likes of BBC, KCRW, and even Sir Elton John himself.LOVE SICK announces their forthcoming “No Sleep” EP by sharing the first single ‘Fever’.

This dark pop delight swirls and ferments beneath a hypnotic groove, driven by trip hop beats. Dizzying electronics lure you into the delusions of bliss prowling in the deep enticing abyss of ‘Fever’. The infectious melody seeps into your ears whispering a sweet bewitching curse  to your soul as Julie’s sweet vocals entice and seduce over this mesmerising hypnotic track. Warping their blend of pop into a trance inducing menacing number LOVE SICK are a duo to keep an eye on. Their cool, chilled, musically rich musicianship and slick crisp production will have you dancing in a darkly hued, mind dazed trance of bliss.

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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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METHODS ‘Mankind’

 

Wolverhampton/ Salford based METHODS are set to release their new single ‘Mankind’ on Friday the 5th October.METHODS are a five piece dark electro indie band formed after a mutual  need to create something special, meaningful and different. The band is comprised of members Ash Bradley – Vocals, Jon Nash – Synths, Ryan Deakin – Guitar, Adam Hall – Bass and Pete Bates – Drums. June 2018 saw the release of latest single ‘Fires’. BBC Introducing WM are big supporters and have been playing METHODS regularly and Johnny Doom, Kerrang Radio, is also a fan and has been playing the single on his show.

‘Mankind’ is a gripping whack of fermenting gloomy electronica rushing with euphoric adrenaline. Flickering synths surge through this infectious number with a dazzling blindness while a gritty rhythmic foundation drives the track with an ominous sense of urgency. The ethereal guitars twinkle and tower above the dark smothered danceable foundation while the dynamic vocals exude effortless swagger. The sublime guitars lament and soar over the track with a tender sweetness and bitter sting all at once as the foreboding electronics swirl and wisp about them.It’s a gripping catchy track that pulses and seeps dark electro indie from its very core.

You can follow METHODS on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/methods2


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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