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.




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 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 Awesome Alternative Christmas Songs

There’s no easy way to put it. It’s Christmas time, cue awkward Christmas work parties, tacky, ironic jumpers and more Cliff Richard than you can shake a candy cane at. But it’s not all bad, letting yourself go, drinking more whisky than humanly possible and watching Die Hard 2 are personal highlights. But let’s face it, it’s the only time of the year we’re forced to listen to The Cheeky Girls – “Have a Cheeky Christmas” or Wham. But there’s a few shining lights on the withering tree that is Christmas tunes, so here it goes; 5 awesome alternative Christmas songs that are guaranteed to shake up your Christmas party.


Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today

The Strokes front man’s stab at a christmas tune is a cheery rock and roll work out. Fast passed, electric and still with that New York feel he always brings to the table. Imagine the strokes if Albert Hammond Jr. had bells instead of strings.



Run The Jewels – A Christmas Fucking Miracle

Probably not one my Gran’s going to appreciate at Christmas dinner but the New York Hip-Hop super group hit home pretty hard here. But is it really that christmassy? There’s sleigh bells and that’s good enough for me.



The Knife  – Christmas Reindeer 

Swedish electronic maestros, The Knife, made a pretty good effort with Christmas Reindeer, a darker seasonal track with a bit more of a soft touch about it.



The Crookes – It’s Just Not Christmas Without You

A more classic take on the Christmas song, The Crookes swooning yule time effort is like something you’d expect to hear on any christmas compilation but still completely current. Full of festive merriment it’s the perfect modern christmas track.


The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa

Let’s face it, The Killers are the kings of indie Christmas song, there’s a whole bunch you could choose from, but their ode to a murderous santa has to be the pick of the bunch. Starting like a country-folk classic and moving into something out of Sam’s Town it’s a modern Christmas masterclass.


5 Albums That Shaped Me – Lucky T Jackson

Josh Goddard of Manchester Retro Guitar Band Lucky Jackson Talks Us Through The Albums That Shaped Him.




Mixing guitar pop, soulful vocals and an R&B edge, Lucky T Jackson are certainly making an impression with they stunningly cool style and retro sound. Front man Josh Goddard takes us through some of the albums that shaped his sound.



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This Album I think is one of the best of all time. Otis Redding is one of my favourite singers – he sounds like he’s crying when he’s singing (in a good way) which makes you feel like he means every single word. This album in particular has a few covers which I think are as good or maybe even better than the originals. He sings two Sam Cooke songs (another inspiration) ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Change Is Gonna Come’. He puts his own take on these slowing them down and adding vocal ad libs and runs everywhere. He also covers ‘My Girl’ made famous by ‘The Temptations’ which in my opinion is better than the original. Not only does he smash these songs other people have already made famous he had plenty of his own on the album that are some of the best songs of all time – ‘I’ve been loving you too long’ for example. The soul man – gone too soon





Oasis – Definitely Maybe 

This was the album that got me into being in a band. My older brother used to play it and I used to sing along pretending to play my electric guitar. Eventually I learnt to play loads of Oasis songs, I think everyone in Manchester learns to play guitar covering oasis tunes. although soul and Motown is my passion, when an Oasis song comes on it makes me smile – reminiscing of 18 year old me in 42s with two doubles vodka Redbulls with my best mates going mental to rock and roll star.



Graceland – Paul Simon

This is a massive inspiration to all of us in the band… I grew up being forced to listen to Paul Simon in the car by my dad and back then I didn’t understand it and just wanted to hear Shaggy and Ja Rule – what an idiot. Graceland in particular has some great tunes on it – Graceland itself has one of my favourite lyrics of all time in there “loosing love is like a window in your heart, everybody sees your blown apart, everyone sees the wind blow” being made even better by an out of this world melody. The fact Paul Simon got the band he did to record and tour with the album makes it all even better – it just shows there are amazing musicians out there that haven’t been noticed and have never made a career out of music when they deserve nothing less. There are lots of examples like this around Manchester, people who I have played with that are mind blowingly talented and need to be 10 million times more recognised.




Spencer Davis group – Their first LP

Stevie Winwood is probably my main inspiration – white guy with so much soul. People who don’t know think some of the songs are sang by an old black guy from America but no it’s a white boy from Birmingham. His voice is amazing and he plays piano/organ like Ray Charles and guitar like Clapton. ‘My Babe’ comes in with an amazing guitar lick then sweet harmonies from the band followed by an outrageous screaming soul vocal from Winwood which really shows he’s got one of the best soul voices of all time. ‘Dimples’ – wrote by John Lee Hooker another song that Winwood made his own and the band changed it to a jangly blues. I went to see him recently and he’s still got it.



The Beach boys – The Beach Boys Today!

Today this is my summer driving album. Me and my mate used to just drive around with all the windows down in my Morris Minor thinking we were surfers from the 60s. Everyone song makes you smile and wanna go talk to pretty girls. Not only does this album have the massive dance hits like ‘Help Me Rhonda’ and ‘When I Grow Up To Be a Man’ but it’s got slower more intricate tracks like ‘I’m so young’ and ‘she knows me to well’, which in a hungover state my make you shed a tear. The sound they managed to get on the guitars by doubling up the same riffs was so original and never been done before and that I think with the harmonies makes the beach boys.



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.

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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

5 Albums That Shaped Me – Liam McClair

Manchester Based Acoustic Singer Liam McClair Tells Us About How These 5 Albums Influenced Him and His Sound.

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Liam McClair talks us through five albums that shaped him as an artist in anticipation of his new EP ‘Honest’, released September 28th. Grab tickets to the launch show at Manchester’s Gulliver’s here.

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Carry On Up The Charts – The Beautiful South (1994 Go! Discs)

This album was my first exposure to music, my sisters and I would sit for hours watching the VHS version with all the videos and the CD the soundtrack to all my lifts as a child. I initially loved it as the songs were very memorable and as most of the tracks have a distinct theme or story My Book being a reflective satire on celebrity culture and exaggeration and Old Red Eyes Is Backweaving you through a tale of an old drunk who’s story runs a little deeper than first imagined, a great example of judgment. When I revisited the album I realised that not only the structure of the tracks was brilliant but also the lyrics, so much so that it led to a family sing-song whenever it was played. As a singer songwriter, this album has examples of a wide variety of songs from piano ballads like Let Love Speak Up Itself and I’ll Sail This Ship Alone, to rock fueled guitar tracks 36D  and slower folk based songs with gentle guitar melodies such as Prettiest Eyes and Little Time. My Favourite song on the album is the opening track Song For Whoever it evokes great memories of knowing every single word and beat with my family. This album showed me the importance of memorable and catchy music through honest and intelligent lyrics.

The Bends – Radiohead (1995 Parlophone)

My Mum used to play this album so often that we had 3 different copies so wherever she was she could listen to it! It’s a fantastic piece of work and one of my first pieces of exposure to electric guitars and overdrive being used.  Just, My Iron Lung, Bones and Street Spirit all are fantastic tracks and I find them to be totally unique. It’s loud, archaic and bold at times but charming all the while. Then High and Dry, Nice Dream, Fake Plastic Trees and Bullet Proof all helped in my understanding of the acoustic guitar and also of how it fits into a band and what band arrangements work well. This album provides escapism.  Whenever I hear it I get lost in it and Thom Yorke is just incredible, some of the vocals on the album are extraordinary as well as Johnny Greenwood’s versatility and invention.

Blue – Joni Mitchell (Reprise, 1971)

I was first struck by the artwork of this album and I found it very intriguing. I first listened to it when my Mum and I were tackling traffic in Lancaster on our way to Scotland. We ended up being stuck in traffic for hours and listened to the whole album 3 times. Listening to this was one of the first times I remember being struck by lyrics and turn of phrase. The expressive nature of each song takes you in and you want to hear what’s next after every line. Old Man and All I Want are the two opening tracks and 2 of my favourites, Joni Mitchell writes love songs which are very honest and their content rings true that is why they are even more engaging than most. River is a fantastic song and has a Christmassy feel to it, her soaring vocals rise and fall through every possible range with ease and her guitar playing is totally unique and this makes her instantly recognisable. My favourite song on the album is A Case Of You, a warm and sentimental love song that expresses so clearly and so obviously how we all have felt about infatuation and desire. It makes me wish I had written it every single time I hear it.

An Awesome Wave – Alt-J (Infections Records, 2012)

This album was the soundtrack to my time at University. I first heard the album from Spotify, it completely blew me away. A totally new sound which was more addictive than anything else I had ever heard, so much so that by now I have listened to each track well over 100 times. It is a fantastically innovative album using samples and effects which I have never heard in anything else before. Joe Newman has a brilliantly unique vocal sound which lilts and crashes through every song.  Breezeblocks was the first love of the album, but Tesselate, Taro, Something Good, Ms, Dissolve Me I could list them all, really captured me and I couldn’t listen to anything else. It’s so diverse making you want to dance, shout, cry, laugh there are brilliantly soaring sections of happiness and sombre reflective almost psychedelic songs. When  I was listening to this song I had first decided to give music a real go and the way this album is bold, charismatic innovative, nonconformist but still popular and successful has proved hugely inspiring for me to do things my way and to feel confident in your own creations. My Favourite track, Ripe and ruin, is really basic as a duet but the harmonies are so intriguing and encapsulating I just cannot help but sing along. The lack of instrumentation on the track gives it a hauntingly atmospheric feel that provides even more impetuous on the importance of the lyrics and what they are.

Sweet Baby James – James Taylor (Warner Bros 1969)

After buying a record player in my second year of University, I found this album in a charity shop. From the moment the needle dropped I was totally taken in and would play the album over and over, switching from side 1 to side 2. When I was listening to this I was writing the songs that went on to feature on my first EP How and the chords used and the finger picking style opened up a brand new area of writing. I find that this album provides the perfect mix of relaxing but melodic music. You can sing along at the top of your voice or have in gently on in the background. I love the various elements of different genres which crop up through the album, Steamroller is a satire on the huge boom of blues songs in London at the time that Taylor arrived and it’s a fantastic song. Sunny Skies and Country Road are well structured and are really easy on the ear with a fantastic verse and chorus.  Fire and Rain and Sweet Baby James are the two biggest tracks on the LP and they provide a wonderful narrative into parental relationships and a feeling of heartache respectively, My favourite track is Country Road

5 Tracks you need to hear this week (04/07/15)

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.

Horsebeach / Rain Paints – Broken Light / Kill Me With Your Smile

Right now we only have tasters of the split 7” between Manchester Indie maestro Horsebeach and Japanese Dream pop band Rain Paints. It’s already a must have single, with only 150 copies in the UK and Japan, that see’s Horsebeach keeping true to their typically rain surf sound lead by dreamy riffs and mesmerizing melody in Broken Light. Kill Me With Your Smile is an up beat feel of shoegaze beauty, oozing cool vibes.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Chest & Shirt

Another track from a new split single, TWIABP team up with Rozwell kid who provide the other stellar tune but there is no doubt for me they steal the show with ‘Chest & Shirt’. It’s a much different set of feelings the Connecticut Emo Indies emote, with more hope than despair, powerful and heartbreaking as ever from a band never afraid to take chances in this hook packed, beat jammed new track.

The GAMES – Afterglow

Like a 2005 Indie banger ‘Afterglow’ is built from tricky hooks on a steady beat, but despite the feel of nostalgia there’s something futuristic about The GAMES’ sound. Afterglow is build on all the sounds that dominated the scene while I was finding my musical taste, a bass line that wouldn’t be out-of-place on Room on Fire, little riffs that could have found a way onto Favourite Worst Nightmare, making it an irresistible Indie pop track.

Southern Holiday-Stay The Night

Who say’s you need to be in the same place to create awesome music, Brooklyn artist Morris and Montreal singer Laura Ohayon started creating their music via email for months before recording their debut EP in Jersey last month. The result is devastatingly addictive pop; our first taste ‘Stay the Night’ is filled with country vibes, big drums and heavenly riffs and hooks through out. Flawless vocal lines of winning melody resting atop an instant country-pop classic.

Hey Bulldog – Making Friends Not Millionaires

Manchester three-piece, Hey Bulldog’s latest effort is a bass driven, psych rock master class, ‘Make Friends Not Millionaires’ is a slick, grooved out five minuet lesson in how rock & roll is made. Garage beats, and fuzzed up bass coupled with an array of genius hooks make this track unstoppable. Dark and stormy vibes that bring to mind BRMC and Black Keys at their finest, Hey Bulldog are a band that are growing with no end insight.