5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (23/01/17)

First of 2017, we had a quiet 2016 but I’m determined to get this blog back up to standard and bringing you even more exciting music and features than ever before. So if you’re still with us or you’re checking us out again, thanks! Here’s to a great year for new music and here are the tracks you need to hear this week.





Grim Streaker – Guts

Kicking off 2017 with a sucker punch to your ears, Guts is a two minuets, twenty seconds of hard-hitting, pulse racing heaven. Dredged in fuzz and noise with punk roots and noise pop values, imagine a modern Joan Jett with a little more killer instinct, it’s got a hook that you can’t pull out.




Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin

Taken from their up coming 6th studio album, Sick Scenes, the latest track to tease us is a lot more Los Campesinos! than the pop-punk vibes of ‘Broke Up In Amarante’, like an album track from No Blues it’s a softer feel, more chord based but still packed with a passion that only LC! can bring.  I find myself wondering how this band always write lyrics that lyrics that seem to sit with you at any time in your life as Gareth sings, ‘Depression is a young mans game’.





The Shimmer Band – Jackknife and the Death Call

The Bristol troops latest single is a hell of a way to start 2017, a masterclass in slick rock & roll it’s driving vocal and hypnotic riffs are something and new band would dream of crafting for an early sing while The Shimmer Band seem to have thrown it together seamlessly. Catch them supporting Cabbage this February.



Healyum – Three Months

Following up from last years ‘Fools Eyes’, the latest single from sibling membered Healyum is equally as heavenly in a way that draws you in like a siren only to break you at with the encapsulating voice of 16 year old singer-songwriter Jeaná Healy. Melodic and electrifying, it’ll be an exciting year for Healyum.



TIGERCUB – Control

It’s kinda like a sinking spiralling drone that runs over your body and controls you before spitting you out again as it hits the chorus, addictive and charismatic, I can’t take it off repeat. The Brighton alt-pop trio’s latest sing is out next month and you can catch them in the U.K and Europe January and February.




5 Releases We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

Author: Jake McGloin

Welcome to 2017! So far no major celebrity deaths, political election ripping apart the country, just the continued sense of anguish and terror for the future within us all, right? Well at least we’ll have something to look forward to with a wealth of talent announcing new albums and EPs for this year. Here’s a look at five of this years upcoming release that we can’t wait for.




Scheduled for March 17th, Beauty and Sadness will be the third albums from Manchester’s princes of jangley surf sadness. Following up from 2015’s ‘II’, we’re expecting the same dreamy, wavy pop tunes perhaps with a hint of extra melancholy. Never a band to disappoint, Horsebeach’s next album is set to be as stunning, if their recent live shows are anything to go by.



February 3rd will see the debut of Norwegian fuzz maestros Beachheads. Built on a love of fuzzy guitars and strong melody, two former members of ‘Kvelertak’ formed the basics of Beachheads, now in full form, the bands sound must be everything they dreamed of, packed with hard-hitting drums and awesome riffs their debut promises to be an album full of twists, turns and stunning tunes.


Amber Run

“For A Moment, I Was Lost” will be the sophomore album from Amber Run. The Nottingham band don’t see album number two as a departure from their other work, more an evolution and so far they’re evolving quite nicely with tracks Haze and Stranger evoking feelings of a harder time in life though beautiful melody and spine tingling almost ambient noise at times. The album is set to be released February 10th with their tour starting in Norwich on the 8th.



Los Campesinos

My love for Los Campesinos is no big secret, for me they’ve been one of the most consistently underrated bands in the U.K for the past 10 years, so with album number six, ‘Sick Scenes’, on the way I couldn’t leave them off this list. So far the only taster we’ve had over the past few months is some pretty sweet art work and the first single ‘Broke Up in Amarante’. It’s a great track that seems to encapsulate every single part of the Cardiff based bands career so far but also feels like a departure from anything they’ve done before, with a little less melancholy and a smidgen of added pop punk. Out February the 24th it’s sure to be interesting experience.




With out a doubt one of Hulls best bands and a band we said a couple of years back would be one of their finest show cases as, now, city of culture, LIFE have just recorded debut album from what we hear and it’ll hopefully be dropping at some point this year. Indie-Punk with shouty vocals and fast pace guitars is always a great combo so this album is guaranteed to be one of the years best debuts.

Meadowlark -Live Review (30/09/16)

Charlotte Smith headed down to Manchesters Fallow Cafe to experience the stunningly beautiful Meadowlark encapsulate an audience with their heavenly sound. With support from O>L>A. 


Photograph: George Heaton


Author: Charlotte Smith


Salford to Fallowfield – it’s not an easy journey to make on a Friday night at rush hour but alas I arrive at Fallow Café just in time to see the second support act take to the stage before headliners Meadowlark.

One Little Atlas, possibly better known as O>L>A are a band I’m familiar with already after seeing them support a local band sometime last year so I knew what to expect when they stepped into the taped off section of the room I’d then identified as the stage. The duo, who are based in Manchester, are comfortable on stage, they give off a vibe that makes you feel like you’re stood in one of their bedrooms watching them jam. They are typically northern and interact well with crowd firstly asking who’s here to see the main act. A few muted cheers creep out of the crowd to which O>L>A respond with an accusational “fucking hell come on you aren’t all here to see us!” The crowd livens up as they wade into both old and new material, which leave the growing audience transfixed by the uplifting experimental percussion and vocals worthy of a church procession. The band finish their support slot with a huge ballad which is received well by the dispersing crowd (probably rushing off to get to the bar or toilet first), it climaxes and a huge thankful sigh is expressed. A swig of cheap wine later, O>L>A leave the stage and enter a crowd of old fans and definitely a few new ones.


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Photograph: George Heaton

I manage to wiggle my way towards the back of the attic space at Fallow Café and into the smoking area to reconvene with the photographer for this piece and quickly find myself rushing back inside in order to get a good spot for the headliners. There’s a definite buzz in the air, one that I didn’t expect as I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Meadowlark until a few weeks ago when I was assigned the gig. I googled their name and two top results appeared; the band (thank god) and the bird. I had it in my mind that Meadowlark were sweet and tranquil, much like the bird suggested. I listened to a few of their tracks and it certainly felt that way. Their live shows, on the other hand, are far from tranquil.

The band open with recent release ‘Headlights’ and the electronic drum kit claims the tiny space around it. Kate McGill’s vocals are beautiful. They are innocent but full of emotion. Daniel Broadley is the quite opposite, he is animated and full of energy and the contrast works so incredibly well that you could almost forget where you are through pure captivation of what is happening on stage.


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Photograph: George Heaton

The band don’t say much, not until after their third track when McGill asks how the crowd are doing after noting their quietness. The crowd recognise this quietness but each member of that audience knows that this is not through lack of enthusiasm, more like complete awe. The fifth track of the set invites Broadley to address the crowd. He tells the story of ‘Quicksand’ and how the song was inspired by a Humans of New York post he had seen on Facebook. The words of the track emanate the stranger’s story of working in the Pakistani brick kilns and you can see the passion Broadley feels for the track through his facial expressions during the performance.

The next 10 minutes are filled with more upbeat tracks with the band playing ‘Sunlight’ and ‘Satellite’, both of which receive a big “WOO” from an overly manly man somewhere behind me. An acoustic version of ‘Postcards’ follows of which McGill claims as her favourite track off the forthcoming album and as an ode to an ex-lover. The crowd are deathly silent during this performance and as interesting as Broadley is to watch, his talent for playing a range of instruments and dancing whilst doing so, it is extremely difficult to focus on anything else other than McGill. The audience is completely lost in her voice.

The roller coaster set is brought to a close with an acoustic version of ‘Fly’ much to the crowd’s approval. Everyone seems to know this one and the band invite them to sing along to the chorus. The room is filled with varying tones all singing the hook over and over again. Complete elation can be seen on both of McGill and Broadley’s faces as a number of balloons aptly appear over the crowd. It’s super cheesy and I can’t work out whether it was done by the band or a fan but either way, it’s just enough cheese to be acceptable. “One more time Manchester” remarks McGill as the song and evening draws to a close. The crowd lap this up and the last chorus is louder than before and a huge round of applause begins to precede over the singing. By the looks of the crowd, Meadowlark killed it tonight in this tiny venue in the depths of Manchester’s studentville. They finish with a thank you, an invitation to buy merch and promising “we’ll see you again very soon”.

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.


Till Deaf Do Us Party Records present A Compilation in aid of CALM Part II

Lonely The Brave, The Xcerts, Tellison feature along with many more on the second compilation from Till Deaf Do Us Party in support of C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably), with a 20­track compilation featuring a collection of artists passionate about the charity.





Author: Jake McGloin


A report last year found that more than 60% of musicians suffer from mental health issues, and that’s not a spot on the amount of people these illnesses affect each year. As an industry, the music business has, in the past, failed artist and workers in other sectors alike due to the high pressure of the industry we choose to enter. But there is help, and as someone who has suffered with depression for most of my life, with support there is a light at the end of what at times can feel like as suffocating and endless tunnel, despite this everyday it can feel too much for some people. “In 2014, male suicide accounts for 76% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK. ” , that really is a harrowing statement. C.A.L.M’s main aim is to prevent male suicide, offering much needed help to men in the U.K. that reach out.


In support of promoting and funding this vital charity, C.A.L.M, along with London based ‘Till Death Do Us Party Records’, have released a 20 track compilation album, that also acts to help people understand that the there should not be any stigma around mental health and there is a way out. Each band and artist has contributed to this album with a story to tell, bringing with them a view of what many of us deal with each day. I feel my self that every day it’s talked about, the stigma around mental health is cut away at little by little, albums like this embrace our ability to be free from mental prisons and should be celebrated. Hats off to both parties for that.




It’s an album packed with big noise and a lot of energy from acts like The Xcerts, Max Raptor and Classically Handsome Brutes. Tellison and Nelson Can provide more soothing sounds on a compilation that’s track by tack brilliance for an amazing cause. Check it out bellow and download from the ‘Till Death Do Us Party Records’ Bandcamp.


5 Indie Labels You Should Know About

Author: Tom Ford (@lifeastomford)

Not all current world beating artists start of with Major Label contracts, some start from the bottom on independent DIY labels and work their way up. With out DIY labels young acts wouldn’t be given the opportunity to grow and bloom. So we’re paying homage with 5 of the best UK DIY labels.

Clue Records 

Clue Records is a DIY Leeds based record label started by Scott Lewis in November 2012,
Clue records have clocked up 21 releases in the four years of being active.
Helping bands along the way such as; the notorious Allusondrugs, alt rockers Forever Cult & NARCS as well as Indie-poppers Trash.
Also specialising in Podcasts and Music promotions with a very solid philosophy of promoting & supporting music they love.
Find out more on their website & Bandcamp
Check Out Clue Records Release – NARCS – Pig:
Art Is Hard Records 
Bristol Based Art Is Hard Records have been bringing people the new generation of noise-pop-punk-lofi since 2010. Working with artists such as Diet Cig, Best Friends, The Black Tambourines, Joanna Gruesome, Gorgeous Bully, they’ve had around 45 releases in the 6   years of existance their most recent a 7” split between Gorgeous Bully & Something Anorak which is available to pre-order for release on May 27th. As well as a record label Art Is Hard like to throw the odd party primarily using their own roster but throw an annual show with other labels such as: Heavenly, Burger, Bella Union & Fortuna pop.
To find out more visit their tumblr.
Check out Gorgeous Bully’s Beaucoup:
Sister 9 Records 
Based in Lancashire, Sister 9 recordings is home to Teesside lo-fi power houses Mouses,
mainly dealing with spiky-lofi-post-punk-rock, Sister9 offer out live recording sessions to acts they like, previously including: Sweet Deals on Surgery, Cabbage & Deja Vega.
To find out more head over to their website.
Listen to Mouses – Poison:
Blak Hand Records 
Liverpool based Blak Hand Records is ran by Brit Jean and Dan Hewitson, they have only been around for a while but in that short time have managed to rack up the releases. Quirkily working mainly on cassette  have a strong an affiliation Sunny Manchester & Manchester Psych Fest. Working with artists such as: The Watchmakers, TVAM & Beach Skulls, releases coming from the latter two this year. Find out more on their Facebook and Soundcloud.
Check out Beach Skulls dreamy track ‘Slow Grind’ Below:
Beech Coma
London Based Beech Coma records have been pretty active over the last year with specialising in indie-noisy-pop. Started in 2013/2014 but Harry Bainbridge,Beech Coma have a very impressive release record working with artists such as; Tuff Love, Bruising & Magic Potion, with their newest release coming from indie pop rockers, Posture who’s new single ‘I just can’t wait to see my girl’ is available to buy now (listen below).
Find out more on Beech Coma via their website.

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 Acts To Check Out At Dot to Dot Manchester

Everyone’s favourite venue to venue festival comes back to Manchester this Friday (May 27th 2016), with a massive array of talent in some of Manchester’s best venues all day long it’s going to difficult to curate your Friday, but we’re hear to help. Here are our five favourite acts that you should be checking out at Dot to Dot Manchester.


Feed The Kid

Kick off your weekend with Manchester’s ‘Feed The Kid’, they’ve been relentless in bring their slick, glammed up sound to the venues of Manchester and beyond this year. If you’re dying for some exciting live music with rushing sounds and buckets of riffs head down to the former Kraak Gallery and check out an early evening riot of noise.

AATMA – 16:30 – 17:00




Shake things up with big sounds from local boys Turf. Expect filthy guitars and disturbing noise in the most heavenly way at Black Milk, from a band that provides riffs, beats and howls in equally excessive measures.


Black Milk – 19:15 – 19:45





The surf pop outfits beautiful blend of dreamy melody and surf guitars make them an act not to miss this weekend. A Manchester three piece that possess well crafted songs and day dream vibes, Blooms addictive sounds is as hypnotic as it is breath taking and well worth the half an hour of your festival schedule.

Texture – 21:15 – 21:45



Diet Cig

The only out of towners on the list, Diet Cig’s New York sound will be right at home in Manchester. The duos indie pop songs, with Hop Along vocals and laid back vibes are encapsulating, and quite frankly not to be missed.

Ruby Lounge – 23:14 – 23:45



False Advertising

Round things off with Shoplifters favourites False Ad, if you haven’t hear their fuzzed up, guitar heavy, crashing down brand of alt rock, where have you been!? There killer live shows bring an influx of deafening noise and electric energy that’ll sober you up before you really get the night started.

Whiskey Jar – 01:15 – 01:45





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 (14/03/16)




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.