Dublin’s powerhouse alternative rock band LIERS have released their new EP ‘Elixir’. LIERS are a four-piece female fronted grungy 90’s inspired alternative rock band made up of Liz Seaver, Ed Scanlan, Ronan O’Hanlon and Stephen Farrell. The band have played festivals such as Castlepalooza and venues such as the INEC, Whelans and The Sugar Club.The new EP features previous hit singles ‘Host’ and ‘Universal Female’, which gained much acclaim and helped secure a slot at last year’s sold-out Electric Picnic.
‘Elixir’ fleshes out, blends and refines LIERS powerful sound. With all its rawness and glory intact, LIERS sweeten and merge this wonderful grungy display with luscious melodies and crisp musicianship. The EP is a relentless onslaught of potent tunes that pack one heck of a punch. The dark smothering intoxication of title track ‘Elixir’ kick starts the EP. A rooted bass groove slithers and creeps beneath the track lurking below the massive crashing guitars and striking vocals. LIERS tease and entice through the darkened verses with eerie guitar twinkles and luring vocals before exploding into the mammoth chorus. Liz Seaver’s vocals are utterly bewitching as she sultry entraps and seduces before shattering out the bellowing chorus. These tracks have a mesmerising, cinematic quality that chills the spine and rushes through your veins with intense red hot adrenaline. ‘Universal Female’ and ‘Host’ are doused in infectious honeyed melodies while packing one gutsy full bodied backdrop. LIERS grab edgy unruly grunge rock, wrestle it down and pepper it with their fine branded sultry alternative rock. The emotionally charged ‘Can’t Go Back’ sits snuggled and comfortable between the mayhem with tender tones passionate vocals and splintering instrumentation. There are some sublime guitar moments throughout this EP. There is nothing like a passionate guitar melody twinkling around a track with warm tones, delicate melancholic melodies, vibrant solos or menacing injections and this EP is brimming with these compelling guitar moments, adding rich depths and multi textures throughout. ‘Realise’ is one wild angsty tune. Full of meaty grooves and punching drums with a dynamic old school power backing which is balanced perfectly by soft emotion exclaimed through passionate expressive vocals. The band’s ability to stabilize and distill their sound is masterful. They don’t just whack out loud blasting tunes, time has been spent here, purifying each part to create a tightly woven collection of tracks that have fermented into a biting, fizzing treasure.
‘Elixir’ lays out a rich flavoursome platter for us to devour. Filled with fiery intensity, raw power and slick instrumentation these robust anthems are brimming with passion and vigor marking LIERS a band to keep an eye on.
Oceans Over Alderaan are set to release their debut single ‘Sevenfour’ on January 11th on The Recording Industry Is Dead, Records.Starting off as an instrumental band Oceans Over Alderaan gradually evolved to include vocals. The first gig they ever played was in October 2017 at Preston Guild Hall supporting The Big Moon and Porter & May. The quartet are an atmospheric doom-pop band from Blackpool UK who combine shoegaze and post-rock elements to make a wholly fresh sound. Made from former members of Goonies Never Say Die, Escape Artist, Dinosaurs Are Shit Dragons the band have been together since Summer 2017 with Alice Deacon joining in February 2018
‘Sevenfour’ displays Oceans Over Alderaan’s heavy-duty sound in an atmospheric implosive manner. The verses creep and lightly flutter into your ears with sweet euphoric bursts while the meaty chorus packs the bands hefty wall of sound in your head firmly. With a dreamy melancholic melody haunting through punchy drums, jabbing bass and crashing guitar -these guys create a wholly enthralling listening experience.There is a rushing sense of urgency through the track like a doomsday gloom nagging over the whimsical flutters of majesty – adding a rich and diversely contrasting atmosphere throughout the track. Its intense moments are climactic and adrenaline-filled as they blast through with mosh frenzy while the sweet flickering moments are delicate and soft with gentle guitar glimmers and breezy soundscapes. Perfectly crafted and crisply produced ‘Sevenfour’ is a sublime debut from Oceans Over Alderaan.
Tipperary’s Jester have released their new single ‘In The Meantime’. Comprised of Colly Dempsey, Mark O’ Dwyer, Tomas Maher, Niall O’Shaughnessy and David Fitzpatrick, Jester have played festivals and club gigs the length and breadth of the country and beyond, sharing the stage with some of the biggest acts in the country including The Fun Lovin Criminals, The Blizzards and Paul Weller amongst others as well as appearances at Electric Picnic, Feile Classical and headlined the Feile Beag festival in their hometown to a sold out audience as well as opening up for the likes of The Stunning and Aslan.The band have recently signed a publishing deal with UK based independent record label Velvet Moron Records the brainchild of Dave White (Biffy Clyro, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kasabian, etc.) and their debut album is set for release in March 2019 on the label.
‘In The Meantime’ gives us a taste of what Jester have in store with their upcoming album. It’s a passionate number with a fist pumping chorus,sweet melody and a tight anthemic wall of sound. It’s a big tune filled with those simple pleasures that hit all the right spots- jangly guitars, steady rhythmic bounces, lush backing vocals and an elastic bass rumble. This tender ditty is easy on the ears as it travels along a bittersweet melancholic melody while smooth vocals seep emotion into the track before it explodes into the sing along ready chorus. Light vibrant guitar elements crash and flicker between that sublime bass line while punchy drums and the ethereal breezy atmosphere floods the track in lonely, icy tones. It’s slick, polished and well crafted as Jester surge soul and meaning into every bruised note. It’s the sound of raw heartfelt passion canned and compressed for your aural pleasure.
Melbourne three piece Poorxcuse have released their new single ‘Miss You Babe’. The song was taken from their latest album ‘Cutfingers Blues’ which is inspired by band member Chris Breen. His day job as a roofer means his fingers suffer many injuries therefore the album follows the journey of a tradesman who works all day and plays music all night.
‘Miss You Babe’ is a bluesy gritty number brimming with raw edgy riffs and a stomping beat. Dripping in swagger this groove infested ditty is catchy, punchy and sleek. With an elastic rumble on bass holding down the fluctuant foundation – this charming steamy track whines and pines with its sultry melody while a shredding guitar solo adds that final adrenaline inducing ingredient. With a funky foundation, blues guitars and rock elements ‘Miss You Babe’ is an impressive well crafted track.
You can catch Poorxcuse and their captivating live performance when they play their upcoming show at Sooki lounge Belgrave on 1st February 2019.
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Michael Jablonka
London’s Michael Jablonka has released his new single ‘Papier-mâché’.Born and bred in the capital, Jablonka has been gigging since the tender age of 14 as an in-demand guitarist for hire, including, over the past couple of years, touring arenas and festivals worldwide with fellow North Londoner and Brit-soul sensation Michael Kiwanuka. During this period, Jablonka decided it was time to blaze his own trail as a bandleader and songwriter, collating a set of intense yet universal rock’n’soul tunes.
‘Papier-mâché’ is another kinetic treasure from Jablonka. Filled with his high powered intensity, passion and prowess for songwriting- this track exudes effortless swagger with tenderness and emotion exploding from every note. With a snappy meaty rhythm driving and pulsing through the track like adrenaline in your veins Jablonka builds the tension slowly adding a new thrilling dimension with each verse as it ferments and broods into the dynamic chorus. Just when you think this molten sweltering gem couldn’t get any better Jablonka bursts into the most riveting spine tingling guitar solo. This solo shreds through your skull with shivering distortion, sublime nimbleness and spiraling grandeur ensuring his masterful guitar skills are firmly imprinted into your brain until you are attempting air guitar while kneeling on the floor dramatically. With an infectious chorus doused in a sweet melody and warm vocals this is another outstanding track from Michael Jablonka.
Lyrically, ‘Papier-mâché’ is something of a metaphor for an intangible idea, a thought that flounders on uncertainty. Michael explains: “Sometimes unconsciously an idea might snowball into an emotion that you’re afraid to confront. And ‘Papier-mâché’ for me is that structural object you can’t quite figure out, it’s fragile and easily falls apart if not taken care of.”
Oxford four piece rock band Juniper Nights have released their new single ‘Future Spring’. The band consisting of James Gallagher (Vocals/Guitar), Zach Wilmott (Guitar), Marty Melvin (Bass), and Tom Lindsay (Drums) create contrasting atmospheric soundscapes with aggressive guitar-rock.
‘Future Spring’ is a tasty melodic number that bounces along a jagged guitar hook, buoyant rhythmic section and ethereal soundscape. The laid back melody tips away at the verses building steadily into the mighty chorus and dynamic crescendo. It’s easy going with glorious little bass grooves that weave a sublime meaty yet elastic foundation while the sparkling and thrilling guitar lines glisten over this gripping backdrop before shredding through the chorus. Juniper Nights ability to blend the easy-going sweet and razor-sharp bitterness seamlessly is powerful and pretty impressive adding vibrancy and rich depth to the track. Future Spring is well crafted with melodies that tickle the ear, swell the heart, moisten the tear ducts all while filling you with that ” fist-pump might” to have you swaying and singing powerfully along. The refined production reveals sublime new facets upon each listen as meticulous guitar injections, slithering licks and vivid strikes create the ultimate tasty backing for this mellow potent number.
Bath-born alternative rock outfit Farebrother have released their new single ‘I’d Be the Worst’.After releasing roaring singles ‘A Little Late’ and ‘Rewind’ in 2017, which have a collective 140,000+ streams on Spotify, Farebrother have been developing their sound at legendary Rockfield Studios and ‘I’d Be the Worst’ is the glorious result.
This swagger steeped delight announces Farebrother’s triumphant return with slicked back confidence and a dazzlingly infectious glossy pop exterior. With punchy drums, jangly guitar and strut ready panache this track swarms in – animated, catchy and filled with charm and charisma. Those jagged riffs slicing through the funk flavoured bass grooves and danceable beat takes this bands sound to another glistening suave level. Blending the rugged raw rock with silky disco hues, steamy guitar licks and lustrous indie elements Farebrother pull another doozy out of the bag.
Pop Rock trio Last One Home have released their new single ‘Give You The World’. The band consists of singer-songwriter Tom Westlake, bassist Harry Lowndes and drummer Phil Horler. ‘Give You The World’ was written by frontman Tom Westlake. Last One Home released their self-titled EP, from which the single ‘Bring Down The Storm’ won the band the ‘Music Expo’ prize at the ‘Glastonbury FM Songwriting Competition 2018. Their most recent single ‘Land of Immortality’ made it to the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting contest. They have supported internationally famous bands such as ‘Crazy Town’, ‘Courage My Love’ and ‘Halflives’ at shows on their UK tours.
Last One Home blast out their melodic pop rock with oodles of energy against a rugged backdrop with ‘Give You The World’. Blistering guitars weave between punchy drums and elastic bass grooves creating a satisfying layered foundation. The smooth melody glides over the blustery wall of sound with effortless grandeur as Westlake slips seamless up to his falsetto range. Its catchy vibrant with just enough grit and edginess to have you jumping and moshing along. The guitars venture between a crashing vigorous assault and sweet jangles fluently, filling the track with rich textures and enough gusto to ignite a live audience. It’s a cracking pop rock number.
You can catch Last One Home live when they play The King Arthur – Glastonbury, Somerset on 22nd December 2018.
Stevenage, UK four-piece Waste have released their new single ‘Run’. The single is the first new material from the quartet since the release of last years track ‘Bullet’.Prior to this release the boys had already created an organic buzz online with a five track EP produced by Brit Nominated producer Tom Dalgety and a demo for the track ‘Blow’ amassing 25,000+ plays across SoundCloud & Spotify, Selling out Camden’s ‘The Fiddler’s Elbow’ (200 cap) at their EP launch, and being named as one of Subba Cultcha’s ‘Bands of the Weekend’ at Standon Calling Festival. Apart from sharing the stage on the festival circuit with bands such as Idles, The Horrors, and Slaves they have also supported Childhood and Frankie & The Heartstrings, Gold Key and losers combined with other high profile slots alongside acts such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mallory Knox, The Fratellis and The Amazons.
This fuzz-fueled slick leviathan swarms in with all its rock battering regalia as Waste mercilessly leave their stamp all over your brain. It’s a swagger soaked slithering belter as pulverizing drums, crashing guitars and sleek bass create a powerful wall of sound while the catchy melody glissades and weaves around the mammoth backdrop. It’s a heavy assault that will have a live audience headbanging until they bleed while maintaining a crisp polished exterior that is radio friendly and easy on the ears. These guys have blended the ferocity of rock with their creeping suaveness seamlessly creating a thrilling invigorating listening experience. Its meaty riffs teamed with blustery drums and precise production makes ‘Run’ one riveting tune.
Dublin-based experimental/post-punk band Tribal Dance are set to release their video for ‘And Then All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette’ tomorrow December 5th. Tribal Dance consists of bassist and vocalist Adam Smyth, guitarist Stephen Dowling and percussionist Leo Clarke. Their debut single “Flongo” released in August 2017, sent out waves of excitement and received extremely positive reviews from music blogs and nationwide newspapers as well as national and international radio play, which contributed to a sold out single release show. The band have been showcased in Whelan’s Ones to Watch along with headlining a special Nialler9 showcase The Button Factory as well an unforgettable performance to a packed tent at KnockanStockan 2018.The band’s sophomore release ‘And Then All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette’ is set to be the first release on Bad Soup Records in December 2018, accompanied with an intense and dramatic music video, a limited edition physical release.
‘And Then All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette’ is Tribal Dance’s fierce way of dissolving your mind in their thick murky concoction of math punk with sweet little bubbles of psychedelic rock gasping beneath this suffocating brew. The tense atmosphere builds right from the start as these guys unfold each segment gently with eerie soundscapes twinkling through distorted guitars and punchy drum attacks. This acid saturated gem lures and entices with soft lulling vocals, sweet little guitar injections and a meaty rhythmic foundation. Just as the track seeps into its dreamiest delusional state Tribal Dance electrocute you back to life with a pulverising heavy finale. The fluctuation between Math mania and soothing psychedelia is masterful as Adam Smyth switches from animated screams to soft coos seamlessly while wobbly desert guitar whines between a deep groove and laid back melody. Well crafted this track consumes you entirely in the dizzying world of Tribal Dance and with musicianship this refined and messy all at once – these guys are definitely ones to keep an eye on.
Watch the video for ‘And Then All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette’ below
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