5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (31/10/16)

Happy Halloween! I hope you’ve all had a drunken weekend dressed ridiculous and hilarious and making mistakes. So to help cure you’re long running hangover, here are some of your best options for new music this week. Don’t forget to send your tracks over to Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



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.



5 Manchester Acts You Should Be Listening To In 2016

Author: Jake McGloin

Historically Manchester is one of the great music cities of the world, argue against that all you want but you’d be wrong. But there’s always more to this city than Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and The Buzzcocks to name but a few. We didn’t do bad last year predicting Prose and Blossoms would do well and we were early champions of Horsebach and False Advertising, so we know Manchester is still producing a whole host of amazing acts. So here’s our pick of the bunch for manchester best new artists.



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.





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5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (30/05/16)




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.


5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (23/05/16)




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.


5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (18/04/16)

We haven’t been writing lately, and we’re sorry. Life aye!? But we’re back with bigger ideas and the same passion and high quality music as ever. So to make it up to you here are five awesome tracks you need to hear this week! And send us your tracks to Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!




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.

(Jake McGloin)




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.

(Tom Durkan)


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.

(Tom Durkan)


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.

(Tom Durkan)



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.

(Tom Durkan)

5 New York Bands You Need To Hear In 2016 (SU Stateside)

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;



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Wavey rock trio BOYTOY talk us through New York punks METALLEG.


“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

Our favourite New York surf band Little Racer​ tell us why they’re excited about Surf Rock is Dead.
“There’s so much great music coming out of NYC right now – bands like Honduras, Public Access T.V, Sunflower Bean – but hands down we’re most excited about our pals Surf Rock is Dead. They’ve been building this buzz in the city over the past year and just dropped their first EP “SRiD”. Their only a three piece but make this enormous sound – killer guitar/bass interplay, plus those vocal harmonies are over the top. They’re our homies and we can’t wait to see what they do in 2016.”
The Mystery Lights
Queens gritty psych rockers Raccoon Fighter talk to us about The Mystery Lights garage sound.

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!” 

Dead Stars
Heres what The Teen Age think of Calm Punk by the awesome Dead Stars
“Been listening to this one on repeat. The quiet/loud dynamic fits Jeff’s voice perfectly. We also shot a video for this song, featuring a very calm punk.”
Acid Dad
Head of Paper Cup Music Magnus on NY Psych Punks Acid Dad:
“This infectious Psych-rock quartet have a brash, energetic swagger, with the songs and melodies to back it up.”​

5 Two Piece Bands You Need To Hear

Two heads are better than one. Not always true but when it comes to making music there’s a fair few artists who have proved the rule. Take The White Stripes, Black Keys, No Age, Death from above 1979 who have established them selves as cornerstones of enormous sounds with just two of them, along with new comers Honey Blood, Royal Blood and Slaves  taking a strong hold on the scene. Two piece bands are as relevant as ever and making even more noise, so here are 5 duos you need to check out:


Vogue Dots – (Halifax – Canada)

The collaboration between producers Babette Hayward and Tynan Duffield, Vogue Dots, is an electronic, harmonic medley of noise that results in irresistible wavy pop. They head back to the U.K this year with plans to tour and will certainly be ones not to miss with a sound that projects the best of The xx and Warpaint mixed with glorious synth and soul targeting guitar riffs that helps them make the sound their own.




Mouses – (Billingham, UK)

Teeside two piece, Mouses, power out distorted lo-fi, infused with classic pop melody. The Garage Rock duo take a classic combo of fuzzed up guitar and crash heavy beats that add up to addictive, enticing tunes that sound like Yucks cooler younger brother that hangs out with Dinosaur Jr. With slick riffs cutting through the dirty noise, Mouses sound cooler each time around.


She-Devils – (Montreal, Canada)

Pop duo Audrey Ann & Kyle Jukka are making a splash after just releasing their self titled debut EP, their delicately simple brand of melodic pop is as hypnotic as it is refreshing. Incorporating vibes from doo-wop to indie to electro, it’s a blanket sound that’s simple but effective from a young act, with retro roots, with their whole career ahead of them.





LONG BODY – (Leeds, U.K.)

Hot of the press, LONG BODY are brand new. Their fuzz guitars and emo vocals are a dream combo. Mega hooks. Awesome Melody. It’s rare you get a start product so finished. They’re a girl/boy duo from Leeds describing themselves as “2 PIECE LO FI FUZZY SAD POP”. Perfect.



Fabric – (Derry, Ireland)

Northern Irish two part Fabric’s unique yet old school brand of post punk, takes things back to basics. With just bass and drums they manage to created an awesome noise with a result that sounds like the missing tracks from ‘Unknown Pleasures’. The unsigned duo’s slick yet powerful noise is packed with dirty bass, haunting sounds and 80’s post punk nostalgia.

5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (8/2/16)



False Advertising – Piece Of Mind

Manchester Fuzz messiahs False Advertising had an impressive 2015 and seem to be stepping it up a gear for the year ahead, following up their brilliant debut with a new EP in April,’Brainless’. First track ‘Piece of Mind’ is classic FA, big guitar with big fuzz, filthy bass, crashing drums and driving duel vocals. It starts by creeping into your brain and erupts into a festival of noise.




Two is always better than one right? certainly the case for Swansea duo Zed Motel, their brand of stripped back garage rock leaves a longing for grunge glory days. Like Royal Blood with hints of The White Stripes and QOTSA, their latest single is Tie Die, stabbing riffs and hard hitting beats lead the way in a debut that shows a band packed with potential coming into a reviving scene.




 Through The Sparks – The Driveway

Veteran psych-rockers The Driveway have dropped latest single ‘Through the Sparks’ ahead of their new album this spring. The Alabama band are masters of their craft now and their up beat new track it’s  perfect blend of harmony, melody and riff with stunning guitar tones and piano with a sound that spans ages.


Oracle North – Communion 

Hailing from Sweden, Oracle North’s latest single is a key-centric spiral into a brief history of electronic music, with sounds through out reminiscent of New Order, The xx and  A Certain Ratio it’s dripping in post-punk feel destines to leave you hypnotised.


Telethon – Mineral King

Some times two things just shouldn’t go together but somehow it works, Wisconsin band Telethon have been called Modern Baseball meets Thin Lizzy and man, how it works. With the added bonus of piano and organ, it’s a tarring track that rips through the winter blues and make’s you think it’s summer. Somewhere between Pavement and Weezer, the old school skater riffs and heavenly melody, matching the honest vocal, make it seem like the sound track you your favourite 90’s movie.

SUNSPOTS – I Know What You Don’t – Single Review

Author: Peter Bennett

Leeds New Comers SUNSPOTS have an indie pop blend that’s starting to turn heads. Current, fresh and it’s roots deeply planted in indie rock their new single ‘I Know What You Don’t’ is out now.



Forming in 2015, Sunspots are a four piece indie/pop band from Leeds.  A strong end to 2015, with a run of a few successful gigs has made Sunspots a band on the up, and their début single “I Know What You Don’t” is available to listen to now,  released on the 28th of January.

“I Know What You Don’t” is a strong début from the Leeds four-piece, The intro is grabs you, it’s made to be heard. When the lyrics join, they are are sung with a swagger and confidence, rarely seen from newer artist these days, which match the vibe of the whole song.

They music they are creating should fit in well with popular music of the last few years such as Catfish and the Bottlemen achieving commercial success, The Libertines more relevant then ever,  and with the 1975’s second album due out this year, the genre could become very relevant again. They’re definitely a band to listen out for, as they are continuously growing and developing new fans. They have a full sound, like they have been a band for years. Keep your eyes peeled for Sunspots.


5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (25/01/16)

Here are five awesome tracks you need to check out this week! You can send your tracks, suggestions or complaints to Shopliftersuni@gmail.com. (We try to listen to everything and give everyone feed back so hang tight)



Dance Savage – Do You Feel It?

A different vibe than last years ‘The Place I Started From’, the latest track from Mancunian songwriter Dance Savage unleashes a more electronic feeling sound in 2016 with killers beats and smooth synth as ‘Do You Feel It?’ brings a smoother sleeker Dance Savage.




The Teenage – Backwards

Brooklyn rockers The Teenage unleash the punk-pop ‘Backwards’, somewhere between The Vaccines and The Ramones with post-punk guitars chiming over the top it’s a highly addictive pop tune that brings doo-wop undertones to the table.




My Cruel Goro – Lost E

Italy-Iceland trio My Cruel Goro unveil their brand new single ‘Lost E‘. Fast paced, big guitar garage rock that packs a massive punch. Somewhere between ‘Four Kicks’ and ‘Rock & Roll Queen’ it’s a high power, punk feel head banger with thrashing drums and tearing riffs.



The Pooches – Heart Attack

Hailing from Glasgow, The Pooches create a unique subtle yet stunning brand of indie pop. New single ‘Heart Attack’ it’s a quirky pop classic based on beautifully flooring guitars, and enchanting lyrics to a heavenly melody, it’s a soul touching tune from a band I can’t wait to hear more from.


Lou E – What Do You Do It For?

The 18 year old South-Londoner’s debut single is pure magic. A thumbs up for one of the best bass lines of 2016 already, along with his chugging guitar, as Lou E calls out those gap year students with a new found sense of fake ass spirituality, we all know one, on a very promising debut.