Sheffield three piece Feral Family release there latest single ‘Sasquatch’ a riff heavy garage rock power house that’s chill wave undertones make it an instant banger.
The first full length record from Aussie band Loose Tooth comes to us courtesy of Courtney Barnet ran label Milk! Records, not a bad endorsement to have on your first outing, but there’s not doubt that it’s fully deserved, ‘Keep Up’ is packed with dreamy anthems rooted in post punk vibes through out with their jangly guitars and melody acting as an anchor.
Opening track ‘Keep On’ epitomises all that’s good on this record, driving bass, power steady drums with vocal melodies riffing with guitars to create killer tracks. The feeling stays the same on ‘You Say’ and, single, ‘All the Colours Gone’, these tracks are simple but effective in the sense that they seem so naturally written but still give a big pop energy with punk at the heart of it. The likes of ‘Butter Knife’ and ‘You Want It’ slow things down a little whilst still keeping this garage rock vibe that ties all the different sounds on this record together. ‘Miss You’ show a completely different side to the album that bleeds a little deeper but a personal highlight for me is ‘Asteroid’ where the record really seems to find its feet and encompasses everything around it. And that’s the beautiful thing about ‘Keep Up’, it’s easy to call it a garage rock or indie album but there’s so many more influences in there that give it a rich sound but it has a constant direction all the way through. Listen to ‘Keep Up’ bellow:
False Advertising have come along way since the first time we got behind them for ‘Wasted Away’, over two years ago now, bigger shows, bigger fan base and arguable an even bigger sound, but there’s consistency in the quality of the riff heavy, powered out music they produce. ‘You Said’, is just one in a line of massive rock singles and EP’s they’ve brought out since their debut album, and despite the recurring big guitar sounds and pounding drums False Advertising do what a lot of other bands their size, who release as often, fail to, keep it interesting. At it’s core ‘You Said’ is an absolutely belting pop track quilted in layers of hooks and melody, guitar tricks and ‘Hole’ vibes, Jen’s vocal delivers the finishing blow with power and precision. Magnificently production and stuck right in my head ‘You Said’ is available for stream and download now.
5. Song of Praise – Shame
Londoners Shame are undoubtedly going to make it on to most top ten lists by the end of the year, having taking the UK scene by storm this and being every newspaper and magazines’ great white hope for the future of British Indie and still, somehow, managing to miss out on a Mercury Prize nomination. Their debut ‘Songs of Praise’ is a fast-paced, post-punk influenced storm of big guitar riffs and pacing drums with ‘One Rizla’ and ‘Concrete’ being the stand-out tracks, whilst tracks like ‘Gold Hole’ and ‘Tasteless’ give the album an added edge that make those ‘The Fall’ comparisons a little too easy.
4. Somewhat Literate – Retirement Party
Chicago’s Retirement Party dropped their debut LP back in May on the back of a huge wave of praise from online press, and rightly so; ‘Somewhat Literate’ is a fine blend of emo vocals and big 90s guitar riffs that interwind like if J. Mascis had a summer job in Modern Baseball. Energetic from start to finish and undeniably angsty and heartfelt, it drags me back to being a kid at a basement show loosing my shit – I just wish those bands were this good.
3. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – Arctic Monkeys
It’s split opinions where ever I ask: the biggest indie band in the world releasing a rock/lounge music concept album about a hotel resort on the moon was never going to please everyone. For me though it was a breath of fresh air, Alex Turner, in parts, seems to fudge the lines between this Sci-fi world and autobiography with his most compelling songwriting to date. Some of the best bass lines on an indie record ever, combined with smooth organs and Turner’s crooning vocal just make this album an absolute dream and people asking where the guitars are just aren’t listening hard enough with tracks like ‘She Looks Like Fun’ meeting somewhere between Humbug and AM. I love it, sue me!
2. Clean – Soccer Mommy
Sophie Alison, aka Soccer Mommy, has made a record that both musically and lyrically epitomise what we’re all thinking and feeling. Tracks like ‘Cool’ and ‘Your Dog’ are relatable, emotional and consuming all at once. Clean is a free-flowing ten tracks of softly stroked guitars that meet hooks and melody that touch on all emotion and a narrative ready to break your heart. Lo-fi in parts with hi-fi production it’s truly a breathtaking listen where I keeping finding something fresh with every play through.
1. Lush – Snail Mail
To release your debut album at 19 years old is pretty impressive but Lindsey Jordan’s debut is so good it’s hard to believe where all this unstoppable force of sound and melody is coming from. ‘Lush’ is an angsty, worked out, riff-driven album that twists and turns between indie ballad and guitar pop, but constantly delivering the same results; heavenly hooks layered on well-written, thought out pieces of music that almost juxtapose the sweet and sour lyrics at times. Lush is a beacon of hope for indie guitar music bringing it back to its roots whilst, at the same time stripping it down, cleaning it up and adding something to it that was lost for a long time before.
The Hotspur Press – Other People
Just released through B33 music, the Greater Manchester four pieces latest single is a heavily melodic burst of energy that’s perfect coming together of slicing guitar riffs and vocal hooks laid down on a rock solid bed of explosive drums, break up songs never sounded so fun.
Hunter & The Bear – Who’s Gonna Hear You
As Explosive as Biffy Clyro, with smoother rock & roll vocals, ‘Who’s Gonna Hear You’ is released in anticipation of their debut album next year and Hunter & The Bear are certainly setting a high standard for them selves already. But it’s something they can live up to having supported Clapton and gained nominations at this years Unsigned Guide awards, they’re flying high and this epic new single thats packed with power and passion that’s hard to ignore.
Ocean Calling – Black Sand
Encapsulating from the moment it starts, in terms of both visual and audio, Black Sand is a track that electronically produces emotion that seem real, with a unique vocal style that’s almost hypnotic in it’s pattern. The secret to the unique sound could be Sophie Wilkie’s move from the U.K to Washington State, giving the sound a perfect edge.
Plastic Barricades – Half of your Soul
Taken from their upcoming ‘Mechanics of Life’ album, the new single from North-West Londoners Plastic Barricades starts with all the charm and attention to detail and melody of a Belle and Sebastian track and flows seamlessly with a build of layers into something of their own unique sound, subtle details in the guitars and more obviously in the drums and vocal make this a track that feels like it should already be in any indie singles collection.
D E C O R U M – Near Gone
Post Punk straight from New York, this track sounds like something that narrowly missed the cut for Joy Divisions seminal debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’ from bass to vocals it’s a truly honest take on the genre and with hints of the likes of The Horrors thrown in for good measure. The bands video is their own interpretation on the classic Smashing Pumpkins, heart wrenching, ‘Disarm’, that fits the pulsing, industrial track perfectly.
Author: Jake McGloin
Shoegaze newcomers Summerhouse released their debut five track EP this year that’s packed with fuzzy guitars and dreamy vibes. Grunge elements and slick beats make this Manchester based band an irresistible listen and an exciting prospect for the future. Embedded in this bands ethos is a pure wall of noise and catchy hooks through out every track, see them live at Fallow Cafe June 24th and experience it for yourself (tickets here).
It’s a saturated market for female singers in the modern ages, and it would be easier to compare Manchester born Lusaint to the likes of Lana Del Rey and Lorde due to the dark edge of her music, but her haunting vocal and eerie beats set her apart. It’s a sound that oozes cool from every note, her hypnotising voice drives straight though any distraction and plays beautifully to the elements of pop and rock that are littered thought out her, as it stands, small catalogue of music. She’s still in the formative stage of her career but imagining how great she can be is just damn exciting.
Blooms have been showing off their gorgeous surf pop sound around Manchester for a while, and it’s wavy vibes and dreamy riffs are making them one of the cities more exciting prospects. The trios perfect blend of surf riffs and pop melodies make them a heavily listen with Marr like guitars in parts and California feels through out, they’re definitely one to break out on a rainy Manchester summers evening.
The Hyena Kill
This Manchester two piece have been causing a storm throughout Manchester for some years, but this year they seem like a real force to be reckoned with. Their raw live shows and ability to create double barrel noise from seemingly nothing is just something that can’t be compared. The Hyena Kill are insanely explosive and not to be missed.
It’s roots are firmly planted in early folk but theres undoubtably elements that seep in to the music from the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Arm&Hearts is like a Mancunian Bruce Springsteen, guitar in hand and gruff vocals at the ready. Steve Millars acoustic project is filled with heart and passion that’s seen a little to rarely and might seem more at home in the dark back room of an old Irish bar, but thank God he’s sharing it with us instead. Hard hitting and deeply melodic ‘The Jaded Captain’ EP is out now.
Richard Lomax – Choose Your Own Adventure
A step away from his sometimes acoustic folk stylings, Richard Lomax’s upcoming single Choose Your Own Adventure (June 24th, through Sotones Records) is dirtier, grittier outing with bigger guitars and more haunting beats but keeps hold of Richard’s irresistibly unique vocal. His bard like style of guiding us through a song has always worked but some how fits perfectly with distorted riffs and almost tired, relaxed style of this latest single taken form upcoming second album “Postcards & Love-letters (From Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of)”
DBFC – Autonomic
Hypnotic, enticing and simply cool are the only words to describe the latest single from Paris electronic group DBFC. A trance inducing beat, and slick pop melody fitted around a subtle wall of noise that wraps it self around you and won’t let go.
NO JOY – A Thorn in Garland’s Side
They’re Montreal Shoegaze band who’s bendy guitars and strategical use of dynamics in their latest single ‘A Thorn in Garland’s Side’ leaves your head bent, warped and wanting more. No Joy have been going around six years now and are currently playing shows in the Europe to so the rest of the world what they’ve been missing, catch them in the UK June 5th in guilford and 6th at Londons Moth Club, all building up to their Drool Sucker EP through Top Shelf on July 15th.
Gregory Alan Isakov – Liars
Some music stirs the soul in a way nothing else can, Gregory Alan Isakovs latest single does just that through his haunting vocal and gentle, exhausted guitar, in a song that layers it’s discreet, hidden melodies to perfection as it gradually evolves in to an epic show case of emotion through music in this cinematic barrage of beautiful noise.
The Record Summer – Prizefight
The first track in six years for The Record Summer, Prizefight is a laid out stopped back tune packed with relaxed summer vibes. Beautiful guitar and heavenly piano match the smooth vocal to create a stunning noise somewhere between The 1975 and Death Cab.
The Neverists – Little Mystery
London based The Neverist have a sound that doesn’t age, sitting somewhere between Idlewild and R.E.M. they draw from elements that span through folk, rock, pop and everything in between. ‘Little Mystery’ brags a classic folky vocal tone intwine with melody and care that equates to a feel good, indie day dream.
Fifteen Years – Black City
Sometimes somethings just drop in your inbox that really packs a punch, this week Black City was just that. The track is driven by killer beats and a real feel of fire through out the song. It’s the latest demo from Bristol Hardcore/Punk band Fifteen Years, despite the punk feel this track carries, it’s a well crafted song with raw vocal that I can’t get enough of. They only formed this year, which makes it all the more exciting for a band with an awesome sound and a blank page.
Grieving – My Friend, The Ghost
Cambridge’s ‘Grieving’ release their third single, ‘My Friends, The Ghost’, a guitar heavy track that hijacks your ears with emotion and riffs in equal mesure.Melancholy hasn’t sounded so sweet since The Smiths, this perfectly layered work of indie rock.
Nail Polish – Stay Gone
Nail Polish hit us with two and a half minuets of garage rock heaven, the state site two piece’s latest track Stay Gone is laid out on surf vibe guitars and a driving beat taken over by the most awesome, lazy vocals.
Waste – Ricou
French London based electro pop band have been building things up for a while, working on their second album they’ve released new single Ricou. It’s electro indie at it’s finest that’s formed of hypnotic verses that dissolve into melody, a promising track that doesn’t disappoint.
False Advertising- You’re Too Slow
Our favourite home town grunge heroes are back again with their new EP ‘Brainless’. Their latest single ‘You’re Too Slow’ is everything you’ve come to expect from False Advertising, big fuzzy riffs, killer beats and nothing but noise in between. The vocals bring out a the bands melodic side amongst a meddle of stunning guitar. Stellar as ever from F.A.
Bad Breeding- Remembering
With a barage of noise, Stevenage band ‘Bad Breeding’ bring us their latest song ‘Remembering.’ It’s pounding drums, excessive feedback and the singer shouting about the corruption and manipulation of politicians and institutional bodies, which could not come out at a more relevant time, give us a punk song today’s generation and a middle finger to the powers that be.
Andy Shauf- The Worst in You
If you like tales of loves struggles sang in a whispy voice over acoustic guitars and light percussion, then Andy Shauf will be right up your alley. Think of a modern day folky Burt Bacharach. It’s easy listening chamber pop that will help you while away a summers day in the garden with a good book.
James Holt- The Mirror
Mancunian musician James Holt exhibits a brand of classic pop rock with a bluesy undertone in new song ‘The Mirror.’ Holt, who produced the song himself, shows a real knack for composition with an arrangement which perfectly blends electric guitar, keyboard, horns and even an organ to create a sound even the finest producers would be envious of. This is real talent and a guy to look out for in the near future.
Nick Brewer- Nobody
Following on from his 2015 top 20 single ‘Talk To Me’, Nick Brewer is back with his new song ‘Nobody’. Brewer tells a story of not being taken seriously by other MCs along side thoughts on religion and being patient. He has a flow reminiscent of Wretch 32, who’s ‘Fire in the Booth’ is sampled in the song.
New York is the worlds capital of cool for so many reasons, from the breath taking skyline to the stylish bars, high fashion to art, but above all NY has churned out some of the greatest bands the world has ever heard; The Strokes, KISS, The Velevet Underground, Talking Heads, Blondie, Interpol, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Sound System, Television, The Ramones I really could go on for ever. But whats new in The Big Apple, that’s what we really wanted to know. So we asked our good friends over at Paper Cup Music and the bands there each gave us an act that are killing it in New York right now. So here it is, 5 New York bands you need to hear in 2016, courtesy of Paper Cup Music;
“Awesome power pop made up of 1/2 of Dirty Fences and one member of Nancy. Super poppy catchy punk songs with awesome Ramones-esque harmonies, Jay Reatard melodies and killer stage presence. Great as a 3 piece or a 2 piece. Keeping it real playing whatever, whenever and keeping the New York vibe alive.”
Surf Rock is Dead
“High energy fueled garage rock at it’s finest, inspired by hard hitting 60’s garage and late 70’s punk, blending bluesy psychedelic elements that is sure to melt your face. These NYC based California boys recently signed to Daptone Records rock imprint ‘WICK Records’ and you best bet, their next record will be fire!”