Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Adult Mom release stripped down demos of last year's 'Soft Spots'

Words: Sam Geary

Released yesterday (May 21) on Tiny Engines in celebration of the one year anniversary of New York's Adult Mom’s critically acclaimed second full-length 'Soft Spots', this nine demo track work is stripped down, moving and as powerful as the fully orchestrated songs they would eventually become.

Intimate and deeply personal, 'Soft Spots (Demos)' showcases what Adult Mom’s Stephanie Knipe can do with their voice, a guitar and an iPhone.

Track Of The Day :: Tin Can Telescope - Just Another Day of (Pack)aging

Credit: Jakob Villumsen

Words: Linn Branson

Just a fraction shy of seven minutes, 'Just Another Day of (Pack)aging', released last Friday (May 18), is one hell of a quirky, immensely enjoyable listen.

There's an undertone of Chris Isaak, with something of an Americana edge, until it later dawns that Tin Can Telescope are in fact Danish garage-rockers, which gradually becomes discernible as the track progresses and Emil Pedersen's accent more pronounced.

Produced by the Grenaa-based four-piece under the alter ego of Skinny Wave and the Tin Cans, 'Just Another Day of (Pack)aging' follows the release of their third EP, 'Put Down the Chainsaw, Honey' In March.

The song's witty lyrics - about the mundanity of life and the fact that everyday is just another day of aging - were written "in the aftermath of a summer of constant touring and 10 hour shifts In a cardboard factory, hence the title," says Pedersen. "Rock n' roll life in the evening and sweat in the day time. Oh yeah, and a relationship also. Not much time to enjoy anything."

"Manic Monday is not a fun day / and there’s a man who’s probably in love with me / I don’t blame him, have you seen my shins / He gives me weird stares / it’s getting creepy / I got out of there..."

Enjoy every minute of this track - spot the Pulp Fiction reference, and more.

Brilliant stuff.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Neighbourhood Festival announces first wave of artists including Everything Everything, Sundara Karma, Stereo Honey

Taking place on Saturday October 6 across 13 venues in Manchester's city centre, Neighbourhood Festival returns for its third year and reveals its first wave of artists for the one-day event.

Everything Everything, Sundara Karma, Temples, Swim Deep, Blaenavon, The Orielles, Teleman, Spector, Her's, Asylums, Stereo Honey, Marsicans, Lady Bird, Sports Team, Trudy and the Romance, Vistas and Whenyoung are just some of the announced today. Many more yet to be announced, with more than 100 acts performing on the day.

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday May 25. Click here for more information.

First single from upcoming second album by Durham's T-Shirt Weather - My Dad's Blue Motion

Words: Sam Geary

'My Dad's Blue Motion' is the first single from (the aptly named for the season) T-Shirt Weather's second album, 'Dinner And A Show', out July 20 via Everything Sucks Music.

The Durham pop punk trio are bright and effervescent over three and a half minutes of engaging guitar lines, rumbling drums, singalong chorus as, lyrically, the band say it "is a sequel of sorts to ‘My Dad’s Black Polo’, from previous album 'Pig Beach'. It calls to mind the songs that come on, as you drive alone at night in your dad’s car.

Listen here.

Q+A :: Sisteray sit our Camden Rocks interview

London's Camden Rocks festival starts rockin' the streets of Camden once again on Saturday June 2.

If you still haven't got around to working out just who to see out of a wealth of both new and established artists filling out the line-up, we will be suggesting a few names over the next two weeks who we think are worth making the effort to see.


Sisteray is an alt-rock four-piece from East London formed around the songwriting partnership of singer Niall Rowan and lead guitarist Daniel Connolly, along with Michael Hanrahan on bass guitar and Calum Landau on drums.

The band released their debut single 'No Escape' in June 2015.
Latest single'Algorithm Prison' is out now through Vallance Records, ahead of their follow-up EP to last year's '15 Minutes'.

Dan Connolly is in the hot seat.

Camden Rocks - this your first time 'rocking Camden'?

No, we headlined The Good Mixer last year and it was one of the best nights of our lives. I have never seen so many people packed in to a tiny venue and it was amazing to play the Mixer with it's great history. What was so special about that set was, after seeing a lot of our friends play throughout the day (Moses, Sons, Lighthouse), seeing all the bands in the crowd when we hit the stage was something else. It was brilliant to see grassroots bands supporting each other. We expect much more of the same this year.

Do you have any special treats planned for your festival fans on the day?

We've spent the past few months recording on Pete Townshend's Grand Cru Studios in London. We can't go into too much detail just yet  but let's just say we've got a few 'special surprises' up our sleeves.

What is your favourite song in your set?

At the moment, it'll have to be our newest track, 'Algorithm Prison'. It's a really fun, fast, in your face punk tune and it's one of them songs that really participates the audience.

Do you have a different focus playing festivals to a standard gig?

Yes and no. We're passionate about our music and put 100% in to every show but I guess, with festival audiences, there's a lot more winning over of people, as not everyone will know you or your songs. Engagement and crowd participation are a big part of our shows, so we do focus more on getting festival crowds on side than say, one of our headline shows.

Where will you be playing and time?

The Crescent, 5.30pm.

What do you like best about festival gigs?

There's normally so many great bands, especially at festivals like Camden Rocks, just bouncing off each other. It's a great experience all round.

Ever had a festival disaster?

On the way to Kazoopa Festival, our manager crashed the van. After exchanging insurance details and getting back on the road, we arrived at our stage 5 mins after our stage time. We sprinted on stage with all of our gear and slammed straight in to the set... no line check, nothing. It turned in to a really rowdy, punk show and I think it added to the atmosphere in the end.

Can you remember the first festival you ever went to as a punter?

Reading Festival 2010 - The Libertines first comeback. I would tell you more but it's all a bit of a blur now!

Before or after the crowds catch your set at Camden Rocks, who else would be your festival must-see tip?

Berries, Calvalcade, Lucie Barat, The Black Roses, The Gulps and The Jacques, to name a few.

Who else will you personally try and see on the day?

I'm a huge PiL fan, so it'll be a dream to catch them live.

Find out more about Sisteray here.

For tickets and further information, visit the Camden Rocks website.

Finnish five-piece Planet Case drop new single 'Average'

Words: Sam Geary

A twinkling little number with a funky beat, from Finnish fivesome Planet Case.

Taken from their upcoming debut EP ‘Simple Thoughts’ and produced by award-winning Nordic producer Aki Sihvonen, ‘Average’ was inspired by the lack of creativity on their Instagram feed and the type of attitude social media is perpetuating.

“The lyrics are meant to encourage people to break boundaries instead of trying to look like clones”, say the band, of the follow-up to recent single ‘Same Old Blood’, which reached top 10 on the Viral 50 Finland Spotify Playlist.