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

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!

 

 

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)

WE’VE BEEN SO BUSY BUT AFTER AN AMAZING WEEKEND AT THE GREAT ESCAPE IN BRIGHTON, WE’LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT SOON, WE’RE BACK ON THE BALL WITH SOME MEGA EXCITING PLANS. 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!

 

 

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 TRACKS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK (21/03/16)

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)

 

 

 

Summerhouse- Chlorine

By dropping the first track from their upcoming debut EP, Manchester four-piece Summerhouse have sent a message that despite being new kids they can make just as much noise as anyone. Chlorine is a heavenly track bread from the Surf/Shoegaze crossover that seems to feed us so many great bands. Lo-fi vocals and jangled guitars and fuzz jackets ride over beats that dictate and rapid fills. An unreal first effort from the surf-grunge rookies. (Jake McGloin)

 

 

 

Telethon – A Funny Thing Happened To Me

Wisconsin band Telethon have released new single A Funny Thing Happened To Me from their new album Citrosis. Musically it’s the melodic guitar harmonies of Thin Lizzy meeting the punky rhythm of Weezer. Whilst lyrically there’s an honesty reminicent of Modern Baseball. Pop Punk fans check it out. (Thomas Durkan)

 

 

 

WSTRN – Come Down

After their massive debute single In2, WSTRN are back with follow up Come Down. Having remixed club classic Love Comes Down, the London boys use the typically infectious beat to show off their diverse range of voices. Expect this song to be playing at clubs all summer long. (Thomas Durkan)

 

 

 

 

 

Lusaint – High

The ambient sound of singer songwriter Lusaint makes for incredibly easy listening. The sparse backing track allows Lusaint’s voice to take control of the song and really highlights the amount of talent she possesses. It’s indietronica in the vein of Lorde and FKA Twigs. (Thomas Durkan)

 

 

 

 

Dam Gilla- The Undertow

Chicargo native Adam Gill, former frontman of psych pop band YAWN, has just released his second single The Undertow from upcoming EP Face The Sun. This song is what summer sounds like, it’s a big rocking pop anthem that will get anyone dancing, close your eyes and you’re in Miami at spring break. Throw in a Brian May esq guitar solo and some chanting and you have a hit. (Thomas Durkan)

 

 

5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (14/03/16)

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)

 

 

Indigo Quest – Light In The Dark

The one man indie music project Indigo Quest is the brain child of Italian musician Denis Rossi who’s just dropped his latest track “Light in the Dark”. Taken from the upcoming second album, the track moves Rossi’s sound a little further forward than what we’ve heard in the past by using a more electronic sound and an encapsulating key section it’s got a ‘Highflying Birds’ feel about the whole thing with underlying tones of ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, it’s an indie masterclass from a bright new comer.

The Britanys – Basket Holder

A sleek new effort from the New York band that has a resemblance of fellow NY rockers The Strokes, and it’s no wonder as the track is produced by the legendary Gordon Raphael (Is This It?). A heavenly vocal melody that could easily modelled on Lou Reeds circa T.V.U. and a ‘Strokes’ riff and beat combo with over an intelligent bass line it’s as classic as it is fresh.

The Survival Code – Catalyst

London trio ‘The Survival Code’ drop the fifth single from their debut album. Aggressive and delicate in different measures, Catalyst is filled with heavy rhythm and sharp guitars that aren’t afraid to tare you ears apart. Gritty vocals and monster beats match the killer riffs in importance on this powerhouse of a track.

Bugzy Malone- Late Night in the 0161

Manchester grime legend Bugzy Malone is back with a new freestyle called ‘late night in the 0161.’ This is classic Bugzy  storytelling as he spits a great narrative over a heavy beat. He even manages to quote everyone’s favourite Leicester City bad man,  Jamie Vardy. Hopefully this is a sign of more new material to come.

 

CUPIDS – Kickin’ In

The Mancunian four piece have had a pretty solid career since they formed last September supporting the likes of fellow Mancs Blossoms along with Ocean Colour Scene and Tibet add in the pretty packed festival season ahead CUPIDS aren’t doing too bad. Listening to their new track it’s easy to see why, ‘Kickin’ In’ is an intricate work that blends classic rock sounds and pop dynamics, melody heavy over tricky beats the sounds of bands like Phoenix that aren’t a million miles away. It’s early days for this band but if they keep producing belters like this there’ll be a lot more days ahead.

 

5 TRACKS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK (29/02/16)

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)

Allen Stone- The Weekend

Self proclaimed ‘hippie with soul’ Allen Stone is back with the first song ‘The Weekend’ from his upcoming third album ‘Radius.’ It’s an infectious pop song which harkens back to the days of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The keyboard hook accompanied by Stone’s crooning will ensure that you dance the whole weekend away.

 

 

Tennis System- Here We Go

L.A. Trio, Tennis System have just release ‘Here We Go’ on Paper Cup Music. Their wavy sounds see a blend of dreamy guitars, a punchy bass line, killer beats and hazed melody, imagine The Cure on a California beach without the sunburn and you’re half way there. The bands dream pop vibes come from shoe gaze roots and ‘Here We Go’ is packed with sunshine vibes feels, giving you something to hold on to until the summer gets here.

 

 

Parakeet – Sugar Rush
Fuzz pop side project of Yuck bassist Mariko Doi, Parakeet, are back. Riff upon riff the thrashing ‘Sugar Rush’ is a barrage of noise draped in glittering melody, Fuzzed guitars and Mariko’s killer vocals all backed up by massive drums.

 

 

 

 

Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation- Sunny Afternoon

 

Swedish band Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation released their debut album ‘Horse Dance’ in November and their latest single ‘Sunny Afternoon’ has just dropped. It’s striking, tribal drums and a repetitive bass line grab your attention right from the start. They have a sound that’s very reminiscent of Hawkwind, it’s psychedelia with an almighty sound.  

 

 

 

 

Chipmunk – Bluku Bye Bye Bye

 

Chip, having recently dropped the munk from his name as a sign of reinvention, has released a video for song ‘Bluku Bye Bye Bye’ from his ‘Rap vs Grime’ mixtape. This isn’t a wishy washy heartfelt song with a melodic chorus that most UK rappers use as a way to cross over in to the mainstream. This is a big grime tune with a heavy beat and Chip proving that he’s still up there with the best in the game.

 

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

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)

 

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.

 

 

Zed Motel – TIE DYE/NEW PONY

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.

 

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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.