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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Author: Peter Bennett
Leeds New Comers SUNSPOTS have an indie pop blend that’s starting to turn heads. Current, fresh and it’s roots deeply planted in indie rock their new single ‘I Know What You Don’t’ is out now.
Forming in 2015, Sunspots are a four piece indie/pop band from Leeds. A strong end to 2015, with a run of a few successful gigs has made Sunspots a band on the up, and their début single “I Know What You Don’t” is available to listen to now, released on the 28th of January.
“I Know What You Don’t” is a strong début from the Leeds four-piece, The intro is grabs you, it’s made to be heard. When the lyrics join, they are are sung with a swagger and confidence, rarely seen from newer artist these days, which match the vibe of the whole song.
They music they are creating should fit in well with popular music of the last few years such as Catfish and the Bottlemen achieving commercial success, The Libertines more relevant then ever, and with the 1975’s second album due out this year, the genre could become very relevant again. They’re definitely a band to listen out for, as they are continuously growing and developing new fans. They have a full sound, like they have been a band for years. Keep your eyes peeled for Sunspots.
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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A Touching Tribute To A Manchester Great For An Amazing Cause.
In the wake of the great late Tony Wilsons anniversary, Mancunian poet Mike Garry has reworked his tribute to the Factory Records boss. With the help of Joe Duddell, St. Anthony, that also 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’.
With all the profits from the release going to Manchester cancer charity The Christie, where Wilson was treated, it’s accompanied by an amazing video that brings together a whole host of Wilson’s friends and celebrity fans, from Steve Coogan to Shaun Ryder and Iggy Pop, with a touching moment at the end from Peter Saville.
This goosebump inducing six minuets of magic is a fitting tribute to a man who changed the face of music, and a reminder of what he did for the city of Manchester. The song is out now on Skinny Dog Records, with the money going to a fantastic cause.
Delta Palms brings a truly British Vibe to the surf scene.
Manchester based DIY surf project Delta Palms is the brainchild of 22-year-old Reece Clayton. Infusing Indie rock songs with fuzz guitars the Blackpool native is creating irresistible surf pop. Growing up by the sea has certainly influenced his sound that’s littered with California licks and garage beats that mirror the transatlantic equivalent.
The one-man outfit has had plenty of time to work on his craft playing in bands for years before deciding to go it alone, creating music that follows an ever-growing revival of garage surf exploding across the U.K. Delta Palms is filled with northern style and steeped in star-spangled Americana heritage, feeling like the missing link between surf and Britpop.
Latest track ‘Don’t Wanna’ is driven by fuzzy bass and packed with hypnotizing steely guitar melody, it’s a nostalgic sound that feels more relevant than ever. A blend of lo-fi recordings, garage drums and poetic lyrics feel as though they’re at the heart of the Delta Palms ethos, creating a mesmerizing sound that’s only at it’s birth.
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