Friday, January 19, 2018

Track Of The Day :: Brontë - Salt

Credit: Mike Dann

Words: Leah Raymond

Soulful, ethereal, moody pop songstress Brontë Leddin of Perth, Australia is destined to become a name to be seen and heard.

Making her debut as simply Brontë, with single 'Salt' - produced by Charlie Young (Justin Bieber, Green Day), JL Hiew (Troye Sivan) and Matt Gio (Abbe May, Birds of Tokyo) - at the end of December, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduate fuses sultry vocal layers of R&B-infused pop in a sonic palette of emotional intensity.

Watch out for her debut EP coming later in the year.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Track Of The Day :: SPINN - After Dark

Words: Linn Branson

Ah, jangly dreampop. Yay! SPINN waste no time in popping out another little gem after they ended 2017 in epic style with the wondrous 'She Takes Her Time'.

The Liverpool foursome didn't make Little Indie's Ones To Watch 2018 list for nothing, and 'After Dark' proves they are one of the best new bands currently around.

Those fine duelling guitars and frontman Jonny's delectable and standout vocals really make this one you'll want to press replay on. Though he describes the song as his most challenging yet, you wouldn't have imagined it did anything less than flow like nectar.

“It was a song I struggled writing the lyrics to," he reveals, "because in comparison to a lot of our stuff its quite heavy and dark. And I’m not a heavy or dark kind of person really.

“Essentially it’s about seeing some friends' relationship slowly break down. I wrote about it in a 'he said, she said' way because as they say, there’s always two sides to a coin or a story.”

We can't wait for the forthcoming EP (due in March via Modern Sky UK) - produced by Chris McCory of Catholic Action - from this band - as you won't be able to either, we guarantee.

Album Review :: Shopping - The Official Body



The Official Body

January 19 2018 (FatCat Records)


Words: Richard O’Hagan

Rachel Aggs is a busy woman. Not content with being a member of both Trash Talk and Sacred Paws, plus a burgeoning reputation as the voice of queer and/or mixed-race indie music, she is also one third of Shopping. And this, fittingly, is their third album.

There’s an awful lot going on in ‘The Official Body’. It’s frenetic and urgent, reflecting the society which the trio find themselves living in. The staccato beats echo early post-punk acts such as Wire, Cabaret Voltaire and A Certain Ratio. Aggs and bass player Billy Easter share vocal duties, often singing different – but complementary – lines at the same time. The effect is, at times, quite mesmerising.

Opener ‘The Hype’ is positively funky, with Easter’s bass burbling away like a modern day Jah Wobble. ‘Suddenly Gone’ features Aggs' trademark chiming guitar and some forthright lyrics about being female, gay and of mixed race in a predominantly male, straight and white industry.

Shopping even found a post-punk legend to record this record, spending ten days with none other than Edwyn Collins up in Clashnarrow. If that leads to a somewhat 80s vibe to some of the production, it is entirely in keeping with the band’s sound. Indeed, with so much going on, every song seems remarkably light, airy and spacious, which is a real achievement when the material is so dark at times.

There’s a little bit of a sag in the middle of the recording, where ‘Discover’ could probably have been omitted entirely, but overall this is a very fine record with some important things to say. Definitely an early contender for end-of-year honours.

Listen to 'Faking Laughter' as you enjoy a beer with Tigercub

Credit: Jodie Canwell

Words: Ellie Ward

Brighton trio Tigercub have announced a pair-up with Bloody Knees and Calva Louise for their up-scaled London headline show tonight (January 18) at Scala.

The trio will then play their biggest ever hometown show tomorrow at Concorde 2 in Brighton supported by Our Girl, Glum, and Sick Joy.

Check out the new lyric video for ‘Faking Laughter’, the final track to be taken from their 'Evolve or Die' EP, below.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the track, frontman Jamie Hall says:

"'Faking Laughter' is about coping with the absurdity of our post-satire news cycle. We now live in a culture where our politicians and public figures are feeding us bullshit every day, and we all know it's bullshit, but instead of doing anything we just dutifully carry on with our lives as if it's not actually happening. It feels like things are so out of control now - the only way to function is to be completely apathetic and indifferent to what we see.

“For the video I cut the song to early computer graphic animations from the 60s & 70s myself. I thought it would work well to contrast old programmed visions of the future as a backdrop to my own surreal/escapist take on life today. I also ran the track through an Oscilloscope - which is a frequency visualiser - to emphasise the cyclic hypnotic feel to the song. "

The band also announced a special limited edition craft beer in partnership with Signature Brew which will be available at the live shows. ‘Safemode’ is the brand’s latest collaboration beer, brewed with the Brighton rock outfit to create a beguiling Belgian Pale Ale, released exclusively at the two gigs.

Listen :: Gengahr share new single 'Before Sunrise'

Words: Ellie Ward

Gengahr are set for a busy few months ahead, starting off with the release of new single ‘Before Sunrise’.

The cut is taken from their forthcoming album, 'Where Wildness Grows', which is out on March 9 via Transgressive Records. The follow up to their much-acclaimed debut 'A Dream Outside', was produced by Neil Comber (Glass Animals, M.I.A, Songhoy Blues).

‘Before Sunrise’ follows ‘Carrion’ and ‘Mallory’,  and sees the band in anthemic mode, with breezy melodies worked in around hypnotic guitar lines.

“'Before Sunrise' is a song that celebrates the relief and simplicity one can find lost in the night," says frontman Felix Bushe. "A clarity and single mindedness that doesn't exist in day to day life. A beautiful weightlessness that gradually dissolves as the sun comes up.”

The band are set to tour the record on their spring UK and European headline dates - including a milestone show at London’s Koko. Scroll down for dates.

Live dates

30 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
31 Molotow, Hamburg
02 Le Point Ephemere, Paris
03 Artheater, Cologne
04 Sugarfactory – Amsterdam
06 Fri-Son, Fribourg
07 Covo Club, Bologna
09 Grelle Forelle, Vienna
10 Milla, Munich
11 Café V Lese, Prague
12 Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin
14 Krosset, Oslo
16 Obaren, Stockholm
17 Ideal Bar, Copenhagen
21 Think Tank, Newcastle
22 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
23 King Tuts, Glasgow
24 Gorilla, Manchester
26 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
27 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
28 Thekla, Bristol
29 Joiners, Southampton
30 Portland Arms, Cambridge
02 The Haunt, Brighton
03 Koko, London
04 The Globe, Cardiff

Tickets available here

HOLY shares new single 'Wish' ahead of album release

Words: Sam Geary

Stockholm-based HOLY - aka Hannes Ferm - returns with 'Wish', the third single from 'All These Worlds Are Yours', his second album out on January 26 via PNKSLM Recordings.

Produced by Ferm with Martin Ehrencrona (Les Big Byrd, Viagra Boys), 'Wish' is a lush five-minute swirl of  drummer boy beats around which work synth strains in an atmospheric psych-tinged palette.

Live dates

08 London, Sebright Arms
23 Stockholm, Debaser
1-2 Oslo, by:Larm
03 Gothenburg, Pustervik
13-14 – Umeå, Umeå Open
(More dates TBA)