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.



Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (19/09/16)

Hey there! How was your summer? We were away along time, we’re sorry. But lets make it up to you. For starters here are five awesome tracks for you to check out this week! We’re working on catching up on all the emails we missed over the past few months so we’ll get back to you soon. We’re also working on putting together a podcast and a record label so we haven’t just been sat around enjoying that one week of sun we got! So thanks for being patient, if you want to be involved in anything that we do, get your music on the blog, get involved in the pod cast or maybe do some writing for us, just get in touch at Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and you can keep up on Facebook and Twitter too!


Blaenavon – Let’s Pray

Somewhere between the Maccabees and the beach the latest single from Hampshires Blaenvon, ‘Lets Pray’ is packed with riffs somewhere in the realm of ‘BBC’, delicate vocals that only add to this feel good instant indie classics emotive feel.




Stabels – Be Together

Playing together since their days in school, Keston folk duo ‘Stables’ third single from their debut album ‘Be Together’ is a soul stealing mix of beautiful harmony and melody weaving it’s way though a perfect field of emotion and timbre.





Through the Sparks – Meteors in Gorges


‘Meteors in Gorges’ is the latest synth heavy single from Alabama band ‘Through the Sparks’, catchy and euphoric, with influence from the likes of Pulp, the hulk like drums and slick as grease vocals contribute to the pure cool feel of the track.





JORDAN ALLEN – ‘Dancing In The Dark’

Bolton band Jordan Allen’s latest track is gritty, explosive and definitely not a Bruce Springsteen cover. Striking guitars and subdue verses it’s that type of indie that’s just almost retro, but still takes hold of you while you reminisce about the likes of Pigeon Detectives in their heyday. But theres more to this track than that, it’s blearing noise and addictive riffs make it an indie rock anthem.


Mountain face – I Want You To Smile 

Chester folk trio’s Mountainface infuse a back bone of classic English folk fleshed out with an American blue grass feel. Their debut EP ‘Let’s Play’ sites influence from Punch Brothers, Joanna Newsom and Nick Drake, evident in it’s heavenly sound and captivating melody. ‘I Want You To Smile’ blends beautiful simplicity and perfect harmony through out.


5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (18/07/16)




CAESAR – Hazey

Manchester Indie band CAESAR unveil their debut single Hazey this week on cassette and digital download via Black Hand Records. The aptly named track is packed with lazy vibes that wash over a care free vocal as the rhythm section moves freely around the dreamy guitar all before the song breaks it’s self down to build it back up again. Captivating and disorientating, it’s a solid first track from an awesome band.

Berries – Siren

A simple but haunting hook, a far out beat and a cool vocal all add to the hypnotic feel that Siren emits. From all girl band Berries, this new single is an intelligent yet clean rock song that litters it’s self with surprises through out.



The Teen Age – Liquor Store

Taken from their new EP ‘Bad Seed’, The Teen Age hit us with the video for their track liquor store. This Brooklyn band have been a Shoplifters favourite for some time (in all honesty we love anything Paper Cup Music send us), standing at just under two minuets it’s like a Vaccines power track with all the slick punk style of the Ramones.


Xylaroo – Track A Lackin’

Sister/Sister two piece Xylaroo have an unbelievable grasp on harmony that sounds just as good live as it does recorded. Their new track is like a Country & Western soundtrack with a modern take melody, and somewhere in between old and new in terms of lyrics.




Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy

After waiting so long for new music from Jamie T it feels like all our christmas’ have come at once since he came back, with a stellar third album and an electric Glastonbury set, there’s now a new album and tour planned for later this year. New track ‘Tinfoil Boy’ is a shambles of noise and genre thats more explosive than we’ve seen Jamie in a while, anything this man does is exciting and different to the last time around and this is no different.


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 (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 (15/02/16)



Alina Bea- Live Undone

Nothing makes for better writing then a breakup and that’s what Californian singer Alina Bea has used to make her debut single ‘Live Undone’ from her EP of the same name. Bea previously fronted the L.A pop band Body Parts but is now striking out on her own. Think Joni Mitchell mixed with St. Vincent. Her delivery of the lyrics is empowering and the music is subtle and simple creating a great platform for Bea’s voice.



Old Monk- Shifting The Earth

Brooklyn based band Old Monk really have an interesting sound that is hard to compare to others. ‘Shifting The Earth’ shows that Old Monk make you think you’re getting one thing and then they slap something else in your face. Centred around a catchy surfer esq guitar riff that will be stuck in your head for days, the band quickly change in to a explosive punk sound to really get the message of the song across and then back to the riff. Intriguing and contagious.



Young Gun Silver Fox – In My Pocket

Hailing from London, Young Gun Silver Fox have a sound more reminiscent of the 1970’s Los Angeles funk scene. ‘In My Pocket’, from new album ‘West End Coast’ is pure funky pop harkening back to the early days of Prince and Nile Rodgers. Their infectious hook and groovy bass line will have you dancing the night away.



Merricks Tusk- 25

Merrick’s Tusk, named after the Elephant man John Merrick, are a Nottingham based four piece emo rock band who take their influences from the likes of Jimmy Eat World and American Football. Expect heavy drums, distorted guitars and lyrics which tell a story most people 25 and under will know all to well, trying to find yourself and being frustrated by the world around you.


MU- Debauchery

MU, a duo from Vancouver, recently released their second EP named ‘II’ and with that have released a music video for their single ‘Debauchery.’ It’s a dreamy, electronic ode to youthful days gone by. Comparisons have been drawn between MU and the likes of Tegan and Sara and Lorde and they are more than warrented. The song is almost hypnotic and leave you in a daze you wont want to wake up from.


Author: Thomas Durkan.

5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (7/12/15)

Getting those winter blues? Here are  five tracks you need to hear this week to perk you up!



Weekender – Floaty Feeling, Blue

Philadelphia chill rockers Weekender have had a pretty sweet year, support for Future Islands and Peace, and now gaining complacence to the likes of The Stone Roses and War on Drugs, it’s pretty impressive. But it’s all very much deserved. As the name suggests the latest the titles track from their EP, released in January, is jam packed with floaty vibes and indie pop guitars John Squire him self would envy, with under tones of Ash it’s got a real Brit Pop feel dipped in a fuzzy haze of magic.



FEWS – The  Zoo

Curetnly working on their debut FEWS, made up of members form Sweden and the US, give us a snippet of what’s to come with the video for The Zoo. It’s a big post punk power track with a riff that stabs into your brain like something taken from ‘Unknown Pleasures’. Dripping with ambient vibes it’s an exciting taste of that’s to come as they work away on there debut album in South London.




DOLLS – Kid Kannibal

All girl, two piece grunge outfit called DOLLS, can it get much cooler? wait till you hear it. Taken from their double A side single which also features ‘Audrey’, Kid Kannibal is a full sounding, loud, rock banger. Beat heavy and packed to the rafters with noise, driven by a riff that’s as slick as it is fuzzy.


Gang – Animalia

Brighton band Gang show us the feral video for Animalia. The track it’s self is an incredible movement of dirty riffs and grunge beats held together by howling vocals. Think ‘Bleach’ and you’re getting the vibe. Expect filty riffs, hammered beats and penis. You have been warned.




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5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (5/10/15)

Here are the 5 tracks that we’ve not been able to stop listening to and that you need to hear this week. Got something you think we need to hear? Get in touch at Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter.

Modern Baseball – The Thrash Particle

The post emo Philadelphia bands latest track takes a different approach to their last album ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’. It’s a little more low-key to start with but just as witty as anything these guy have written before, lyrically and musically. Bursting into an explosion of noise like nothing else ‘The Thrash Particle’ is just a perfect taste of what to expect from the future of Modern Baseball.

Delta Palms – Do Ya, Don’t Ya

Manchester based multi-instrumentalist Delta Palms showcases his new track that’s laced in Rock & Roll from the tight beats to distorted vocals, it sounds loud and dripping with Miles Kane vibes. The one-man band manages an enormous Indie rock sound with west coast riffs for good measure.

Världens Band – Krafthalling

The first single from the 14 member, cross continental folk super- troop is an epic adventure in terms of sound and style. It’s all there in a punchy short expert of globe-trotting, with layers that give something new with every listen.

Landmarks – Bones

From the bands EP ‘Fighting Gravity’ released this yeah, Bones is Landmarks latest single. Slow guitars and lead singer Brad Shea’s heart wrenching vocals build into an epic piece of music, particularly the huge drums at the end, that accompany this heart breaking video perfectly.

Pretend – Through The Snow

A mesmerizing moment of beauty is the only way to describe Pretends seven-minuet epic ‘Through The Snow’. Enchanting beats and melody with a soft vocal all exploring tempo and dynamic to glorious effect.


Here are the 5 tracks that we’ve not been able to stop listening to and that you need to hear this week. Got something you think we need to hear? Get in touch at Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter.

WOMPS – Live A Little Less

Glasgow two piece WOMPS released their video for ‘Live a Little Less’ last week and it somehow manages do me as dressed in 90’s style and fuzz as the track it’s self. Masterfully stylish, it’s a throw back to skate grunge that touches on Dinosaur Jr. and Pixies vibes.

White Reaper – Pills

Simplistically genius, the latest single from White Reapers debut album is a guitar chugging, beat steady work of pop art. The bouncing bass line and synth melody blended with a pack or guitar hooks is a perfect exhibition of what the Louisville band are capable.

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die – January 10th 2014

Waiting to hear a bands new album is never fun but TWIABP have been keeping up filled up with new music lately and a taste of their new album ‘Harmlessness’ in the form of ‘January 10th 2014’. It’s a massive tune that touches on eternally relevant subjects that are hard to ignore. It’s another stellar effort from the nine piece, flushed with riffs, noise, beats and heart.

Cheap Haircuts- Paper Cuts

Taken from the new four way split EP between some of the best grassroots American bands around, one of the highlights has to be ‘Cheap Haircuts’ – Paper Cuts. The witty as ever lyrics that mirror early Los Campesinos!, are crooned over a heavenly combo of keys, horns and guitars. Keep your eyes peeled for our full review of the split.

Mike Garry –  St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson

As a charity records for The Christie Mancunian poet Mike Garry pays tribute to the late great Tony Wilson. With the help of Joe Duddell, St. Anthony, hails the history and the culture of Manchester, is read by Garry over music arranged by Duddell and inspired by New Orders ‘Your Silent Face’.

Gold Jacks – Take It Back (Single Review)

Author: Jake McGloin

Manchester’s Gold Jacks unveil their effortlessly cool new single ‘Take It Back’, a master class in modern Rock & Roll.

Gold Jacks Promo-Photo-4

We live in a strange time for Rock & Roll, rappers seem to be the new rock stars (or at least that’s what they seem to think) and it’s difficult to find new rock acts that really excite, when you get down to it there’s an argument to be had that it’s all gotten a bit shit.

Manchester four piece Gold Jacks have somehow done the impossible, a sleek powerful outing that excites from beginning to end. There’s something inherently cool about this band and their latest single ‘Take It Back’ is a prime example of why we need an act like this.

Guitar tones, the feel like a Josh Homme jamming with Jack White, slide through a tight, cold rhythm section that set the whole tone for this seductive piece of Alt Rock. The chilled vocals of Stu Burns, that seems to bring to mind a Northerner in California, slick across a ground of dirty riffs and solid beats.

It’s a laid back track that seeps cool from all over and wouldn’t be out-of-place as a Bond theme, with Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding number one choice for Spectre surely 007 needs something a little more Rock & Roll? How ever you look at it there’s no doubt there are some acts out there still trying to breathe life into the U.K. Alt-Rock scene, and it’s clear Gold Jacks are one and with tracks like this they have half a chance.

‘Take It Back’ is released on Scruff of the Neck on August 7th