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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

 


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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

 


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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Lycio

Birmingham Alternative Electronic band Lycio have released their new single ‘Up Down’.Lycio are a contemporary 3-piece bringing a uniquely authentic take on electronic/hybrid music. Having started in 2016, the band have supported notable acts such as Rae Morris, Yonaka, Gurr, Low Island and Stevie Parker on their headline tours. Live highlights have also included a Richer Unsigned session, Chris Evans’ Carfest for BBC Children in Need 2017 & 2018, BBC Introducing acoustic session, Project Soundlounge at Birmingham Town Hall, and an exclusive in store Selfridges ‘Live + Loud’ session.Mastered at Metropolis Studios by Stuart Hawkes (Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Fickle Friends, Rudimental, Amy Winehouse), Lycio’s fourth offering ‘Up Down’ continues the up-beat momentum gathered by their previous release ‘Evil People’.

‘Up Down’ is a richly textured electronic composition of elation. Infectious rhythms whack and weave their groovy way throughout this gripping gem as a smooth vibrant melody ensures the band have a firm grip on your ears. Staccato synths surge the track with little kinetic bursts of vitality which pulse and divulge darkly hued energy into every flicker and hop while Genie Mendez’s vocals float and glide with lush soulful tones over the sublime melody. Elegant piano twinkles throughout creating glorious magical qualities through the enchanting swirls of electronics. This dynamic buoyant gem surges with energy, sultriness and danceable bliss. It’s intense and animated with a slapping beat driving through the smoggy mystery filled, dark soundscapes and lyrical theme as Lycio present a wholly satisfying intoxicating number.

On the subject of the track, front woman Genie Mendez explains “Up Down is loosely based around my fluctuation in mood and emotions; hence the title and lyrics ’Up Down’. The chorus is a cry for help, and an expression of the loneliness that comes with mental illness”.

Stream ‘Up Down’ below


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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Jack Perrett

Newport newcomer Jack Perrett has released his new single ‘Like A Fever’. Ahead of its release the track had already been played by Janice Long on BBC Radio Wales and Charlie Ashcroft on Amazing Radio.Set in the his hometown Newport, Jack Perrett’s previous single was a parody based on Blur’s Parklife. ‘Portlife’ went viral, reaching more than 100,000 views.Since then Jack has been busy recording his latest bombastic indie anthem at Rat Trap Studios in Cardiff with producer Steffan Pringle.

‘Like A Fever’ is a scalding invigorating indie anthem that steam rolls straight in, taking no prisoners as it obliterates your mind with blistering guitar, punchy drums and fiery adrenaline. It’s an energetic number that relentlessly slices through at a brisk exhilarating pace while a catchy pop sprinkled melody takes its infectious hold, rendering you powerless to its fiery seduction. The snappy rhythm creates a buoyant foundation for the shrilling guitar riffs and intoxicating soundscape to spring and ricochet off. This is a well crafted intense song that is sure to have a live audience going crazy. With swagger soaked vocals, stomping attitude and panache sprinkled all over the catchy lyrics while the instrumental assault batters your skull with feverous mania this track makes Jack Perrett one to keep an eye on.

About the track Perrett explains “The song started off with a guitar riff that I had. Then I had a couple of verses with lyrics based around chord progression. Lyrically, the song is about the people who go out in their own city centers every Saturday night and get into trouble after not handling their drink. It is sort of me saying ‘Why waste your money every weekend on drinking in the same nightclub surrounded by the same people who you don’t even like?’ After a few practices in the studio I started playing it live with the band and people watching us were loving it so it had to be the next single.”    

You can catch Jack Perrett live at:

20th October – Pen And Wig, Cardiff

4th November – Tiny Rebel, Newport

9th November – 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

15th November – The Assembly, Leamington Spa (From The Jam Support)

16th November – Clwb Ifor Bach

17th November – Pen And Wig, Cardiff

18th January – Cheltenham Town Hall (From The Jam Support)

19th January – Cheese and Grain, Frome (From The Jam Support)

23rd March – Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry (From The Jam Support)  

Stream ‘Like A Fever’ below


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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From BRONCHO

BRONCHO have released their new single ‘Keep It In Line’ from the upcoming album ‘Bad Behavior’ out tomorrow October 12th via Park the Van Records. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based band of Ryan Lindsey (vocals/guitar), Nathan Price (drums), Ben King (guitar), and Penny Pitchlynn (bass), has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively over the past few years, including arena shows with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Cage The Elephant. The band have now gifted us another soothing, blissfully sweet number to keep those summer glistening sunny days implanted in our minds.  Lindsey’s soft, velvety falsetto vocals drift and delicately float over the dreamy delicious melody as twinkling guitars shimmer between a snappy buoyant beat and glittering bass. BRONCHO have created their own glorious world of euphoria to keep us calm and sedated with their sugar sprinkled groove infested tunes that make you want to dance and bop while the sway-able hazy melody swoons you into a delightful stupor. There is no denying when these guys want to crush your brain with fuzz filled tunes they can do it superbly however, this track shows us just how slick, luscious and tightly woven their musicianship can be and it’s beautiful.

Stream ‘Keep It In Line’ below

 


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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.

Stream ‘Fever’ below


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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.

Watch the video for ‘Kelly Ride’ below


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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)

 

Stream ‘Given Up’ below

 


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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Johnny Kills

Following  on from the  success of ‘’Who’s  Counting?͛, their first  release via Killing Moon, Johnny  Kills emerge for the second time  in 2018 with their new tune ‘Seems’.  Earning champions including BBC Introducing,  The Line of Best Fit, DORK, Indie Shuffle and  The Metro plus dozens more tastemaker radio stations  and blogs with their flair for delivering scuzzy pop  off-cuts, the trio are made up of Tim, biological brother  Lewis Lloyd-Kinnings and spiritual brother Cameron Gipp. Aiding them  in bringing their tracks to an acceptable auditory standard is Leeds  based producer and Forever Cult bassist Alex Greaves (TRASH, PLAZA, Seeing Hands)  on production and mixing duties, with Pete Maher (Pixies, Lana Del Rey, Scissor Sisters)  on mastering.

‘Seems’ is a glam rock dash of bedazzlement propelled into a fuzz fueled  garage-rock setting to create a whirlpool of blistering bliss. A pounding relentless bass line forces its punk-esque ego  through the glittery bravado with relentless ground shaking ferocity while the falsetto vocals subdue this pounding with its flamboyant sleekness. This track weaves a wiggly wonky thread through the instrumental battery to make for a scuzzy quirky listening experience filled with angst and vigor.

Stream ‘Seems’ below


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Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Dead Rebel

Dead Rebel is a three piece band from Liverpool England comprised of members Rob on guitar & vocals, Dan on drums & vocals and Dylan on guitar. The band have released their debut single ‘No Reply’ with renowned producer Al Groves at The Motor Museum Liverpool (who famously produced Bring Me The Horizon).  ‘No Reply’ is a blistering wallop of alternative rock. Brimming with fever inducing frothing at the mouth instrumentation, this track is one heck of a debut. Laced in slick glossy guitar lines, a shredding solo and pulverising drums the mammoth sound this trio create is one to be admired. It’s gritty, razor sharp and mosh pit frenzy ready as crashing guitars slap and flamboyantly strike off the punchy drums while raspy vocals saunter over the catchy vibrant melody. It’s a meaty ear worm that packs one heck of a punch while still holding an air of finesse and grandeur.

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