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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

 


Arcade Hearts ‘Bleach’

Arcade Hearts have released their new single single ‘Bleach’, the second to be taken from their debut self-titled EP out this Friday 21st September on Republic of Music. After releasing their debut single in late 2017 the band have not stopped, taking the hard graft attitude of their day jobs into the music and applying a hunger only a few bands possess to make this work. This has led them to earn a loyal following and the booking of their largest headline show to date at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms. The band have gathered support from Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing, Spotify and Born Music alongside supporting some of the biggest new bands including Sports Team, Orchards, Wild Front, Jerry Williams, Swimming Girls and Fickle Friends.

‘Bleach’ is a sweet sugarplum swirl of 80’s fused indie pop that gets your heart racing with each delicious tender moment. Lush synths shimmer around the rich rhythmic ripples while the  delicate melody drips and seeps like honey over this glorious tuneful soundscape. The velvety vocals surge with passion while zesty guitars inject vibrant glimmers of scintillation throughout. These guys write heart moving tunes wrapped in romance and tight angel delight doused instrumentation with a nice little underline sting to keep the edgy indie element. With a sound that evokes quivering emotion delicately and blissfully these guys are ones to keep an eye on.

Describing the single frontman Dan Surridge-Smith said: “Bleach is trying to tell a story of acute late night romance and the degradation of a mental-well being in a social age. Not in a pretentious way, just a blend or being delicate and obvious with the subject”

Stream ‘Bleach’ below

 

 


Jack Woodward ‘Look Looking Around’

25 year old singer-songwriter Jack Woodward, is set to release his new single ‘Look Looking Around’ on Thursday 20th September which was written and produced last year with the production duo ‘Sugar House’ in St Helens. Woodward has  played many gigs with his backing band in towns and cities around the North-West of England such as Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool, Bolton and Manchester as well as performing on the X Factor Live Tour in Brighton to 4500 people, the BBC Introducing Stage at Blackburn’s festival of making, a sold out gig at Sound in Liverpool and The Cavern Club and supported ‘Rae Morris’ at King Tuts in Glasgow.’Look Looking Around’ is being released as a double single along with Woodward’s song ‘Let it Happen’ which he released last March. Both tracks on the double single have already been played multiple times by ‘BBC Introducing Radio Lancashire’ and ‘Amazing Radio’ with great support at blogs and radio stations too, and have so far been received well by fans at gigs and critics alike.

‘Look Looking Around’ rushes in on a whirring spur of youthful adrenaline aloft a punchy anthemic indie foundation. Dynamic drums pound through with relentless foot stomping stamina while jangly energised guitars weave, wail and slickly entwine the smooth heartwarming melody and velvety vocals. This track has the balance on point – the edgy powerful instrumental backdrop oozes confidence and swagger while the melty ear-worm melody glides over this animated explosion with sweet luscious grandeur and finesse. Brimming with heart stopping warmth with some glorious melodic lines glimmering throughout,  it’s peppy, anthemic and one to have a live audience bellowing out and uncontrollably dancing to.

You can follow Jack Woodward on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/jackwoodwardmusic

 


My Ultra Violet ‘Wilde As Me’

 LA trio My Ultra Violet have released their starcrossed new track ‘Wilde As Me’. After casually swapping numbers at a gig in LA, Magic Wands member Dexy Valentine has teamed up with Coleman Moore (bass guitar) and Phil Galloni (synths/programming) to create elegant, moody dream-pop.With the help of producer Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Supergrass, Band of Skulls) and drummer Malcolm Cross, ‘Wilde Like Me’ is the second single from their debut E.P ‘Wilde’ released later this year.

‘Wilde As Me’ is a luscious fizzy can of 80’s pop swirled in hypnotic dreamy electronics. With jingly keys and a steady beat creating the constant within this whirling bliss Ultra Violet wisp us up into a chilled daydream of bop along sugar coated euphoria. The flashing soundscapes dazzle and illuminate the track while soft lulling vocals soothe and ease you into the songs glorious sparkling charm. Easy to listen to, this track submerges you into a thick tranquilizing  electronic utopia filled with delicious melodies and sweet nostalgic tones.

Stream ‘Wild As Me’ below


Delights ‘Jungle’

Following the release of their previous single, ‘Naked Heart’, Manchester, indie rock band Delights have now released their next single ‘Jungle’. Both tracks were recorded on the same day at Oscillate Studios in Knutsford by producer Chris Hughes. This laid back indie number is brimming with juicy guitar jingles between a buoyant beat and a smooth vocal delivery, making for an easy and vibrant listening experience. With a velvety melody cruising upon the dynamic indie backdrop coated in sun soaked vibes this track will charm and glisten its way onto your playlists. The tight production and meticulously layered components give the track a smooth glossy lustre while rooted bass grooves weave snug braids into the punchy foundation creating a wholly satisfying track.

Stream ‘Jungle’ below


RAFFER ‘Fake It’

Kent clean-cut indie pop artist RAFFER has released his first independent single ‘Fake It’. Self producing and performing his take on indie pop Raffer spent the past year touring the UK supporting the likes of The Academic, Airways, King No-One and Indigo Husk. The single will be released alongside a music video which consists of footage captured from the 20 year old’s live shows – showcasing Raffer’s energetic stage presence.

‘Fake It’ is a juicy spurt of infectious melt in your mouth indie. Vibrant zesty guitars jangle and playfully weave between punchy drums and delicious swirling soundscapes. Raffer layers his sound magnificently as a sugary sweet pop melody hops along the vivid background making for a wholly enthralling glorious listening experience. The guitars entwine and braid round the shimmering synths making for a toothsome sun soaked anthem that is most pleasing to the ears as Raffer lays out a delicious melodic spread ready to tantalize your indie pop cravings. It’s a dynamic, buoyant gem with 80’s -esque hues over edgy indie. Perfect for excited festival crowds.

Watch the video for ‘Fake It’ below


Llovers ‘Go Get Her, Go Getter’

Indie five piece Llovers have burst back onto the scene with their latest infectious offering ‘Go Get Her, Go Getter’. Specialising in shimmering indie anthems with unquestionable pop sensibility, the Teesside outfit’s newest effort reflects their continued rise in 2018, having  already been championed throughout the online community  and attracted encouraging national airplay (BBC 6 Music). Drawing widespread comparisons to the likes of MGMT, Tame Impala and The 1975, the rising quintet continue to hone their live show with support slots alongside Anteros, Caro, Dream Wife and VANT.

Produced by Sugar House  (Pale Waves,Viola Beach), ’Go Get Her, Go Getter’ is a sparkling track doused in hazy dreamy vibes with a vibrant indie backdrop.Zesty guitars weave a golden thread of sun kissed bliss through the luscious synth soundscapes providing glimmers of scintillation throughout the track. A dynamic rhythm maintains a peppy buoyant foundation while velvety vocals coo and soothe over the delightful heavenly melody making for a glorious ethereal listen. It’s catchy, melodic and a refreshing guzzle of sweet fruity indie.

Discussing their forthcoming release, co-frontman Jack Brooks explained:  “Go Get Her, Go Getter is about the end of a relationship – more specifically how falling in love with the concept of someone, rather than their true selves, leads to multiple contradictions and a breakdown of communication”.  

Stream ‘Go Get Her, Go Getter’ below


Indie Buddie Introducing : Under Starling

Under Starling is a new musical project by brothers Danny and Tommy Dunford, along with guitarist Stephen Keating and bassist Colin Drummey. Past experience has left the group with a few notable gigs. A debut festival appearance at Indiependence 2016, support gigs to Walking on Cars, All Tvvins and Fangclub to name a few. They regularly play full house shows in Fred Zeppelins (Cork) and in venues such as Whelans Live (Dublin), Fibber Magees (Dublin) and Roisin Dubh (Galway). The band have now released their debut  single ‘Far Be It From Me’.

Far Be It From Me’ showcases this bands ability to produce and deliver a deeply rich melodic track brimming with true passion and gusto. The track progresses slowly with perfectly placed spacious moments for maximum heart gripping impact as the brooding and fermenting verses build in intensity for the explosive passionate chorus. The vocals pack oodles of emotion giving you goosebumps while ethereal guitars lament along a punchy mournful drum backbone. It’s a melancholic fiery gem that cuts deep but rests comfortably on your ears as you crave to hear more.Under Starling illustrate all the ingredients for greatness within this number with gripping instrumentation creating a chilling backdrop for the bittersweet melody to swoon over while the heartfelt vocals caress the tender outburst. It’s radio ready and immaculately crafted for an enthralling wholly consuming listening experience.

Stream ‘Far Be It From Me’ below

 


TYNI ‘Good Luck’

Sheffield’s pop artist  TYNI has released her new single ‘Good Luck’. Over the last few years she’s been rubbing shoulders with the best in the industry, heading over to LA to work with Wayne Wilkins upon personal invitation (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga,Björk) and receiving remixes from PC Music’s Sophie and Frank Ocean collaborator Troy Noka. She’s also recently spent time at London’s Abbey Road Studios with Help Musicians UK, recording in Studio Two (home of The Beatles & Pink Floyd, among others) with a host of artists for the Music Minds Matter campaign.

‘Good Luck’ is a glittering synth pop number saturated  with sun soaked melodies sparkling between swirling synth soundscapes. With a sticky gloopy groove infested beat flickering and weaving between lush vocals this track glides in strut ready and filled with dazzling dance floor bliss. It’s a spacious tune paced perfectly for maximum impact. The delicious melody floats and melts upon the sticky smothering beat and ethereal soundscapes creating a creamy delightful infectious track.

Stream ‘Good Luck’ below


Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Cassia

Macclesfield Indie band Cassia have recently released their new single ‘Get Up Tight’.The band comprised of members Rob Ellis (Guitar/vocals), Lou Cotterill  (Bass/ vocals) and Jake Leff (Drums/sings) are becoming known for their summer tunes and irresistible Calypso Afro-Rock and ‘Get Up Tight’ follows this glorious trend. The band are becoming more tight sonically as this effortless laid back number is enclosed in compactly weaving guitars knitting their way melodiously and sweetly through the glorious sun kissed melody and rich calypso beat.It’s an infectious ear worm that wiggles its way into your brain causing symptoms of uncontrollable shimmying and bopping. It’s a slick track that cruises in filled with tropical tones and warm zesty guitars lines adding a dash of vitality to the dreamy hazy soundscape. This trio have the balance perfect the track takes its time laying out each component part with a laid back attitude that makes for a juicy enthralling listen.The riffs subtly inject a vivid lush quality while the accented beats keep the song bouncing along. The vocals are unique and distinctively refreshing adding to the entire relaxed state of the track.. There is no rushing this little gem and why would you the pace and quality of this number is perfect. Pure refined indie goodness.

 

Stream ‘Get Up Tight’ below