Image: Alex Stark Ead Wood’s ‘Environmental’ begins with a punchy drum fill that sets the stage for roaring guitar leads reminiscent of prolific brit-pop bands like Blur and Oasis. The iconic sound gives way to a summer-y and vibrant chorus, which is punctuated by a very bright vocal delivery not
Image: William the Conquerer Released March 5th 2021, ‘Maverick Thinker‘ is a bluesy rock explosion that translates multiple facets of the ever-present genre into ten tracks – each with its own intent and a personality. The album was recorded at Los Angeles’ legendary Sound City Studios just before the world
Image: Josh Leveridge In August 2020, singer-songwriter and rapper Will Baddeley released his first EP ‘Expression of Thoughts’. He has since been preparing his future projects, two separate albums, and a string of concerts for 2021 and beyond. In preparation for what will undoubtedly be an important second half of
Photo: Ollo Weguelin The biggest challenge to face when listening to ‘Jenny‘ by Spang Sisters? Deciding whether to let yourself flow to the music, or let the music flow through you. The hit single from the UK duo’s eponymous debut album, ‘Jenny’ oozes a sense of laid-back musical liberation. Written
Image: The Reytons South Yorkshire’s The Reytons are quickly becoming notorious within the world of indie-rock, and it is increasingly obvious as to why they are gaining such popularity when looking at some of the gems they’ve released. The Reytons embody that working-class rebellion and their music unapologetically stems from
Image: Adam Macdonald The optimistically energetic East Midlands duo The Tin Pigeons have firmly established their position in the indie-pop scene with hit singles such as Steel and Sirens, each of which have amassed over 300,000 plays on Spotify alone. In the band’s Covid-19 tenure they followed suit with their
Photo: Parri Thomas North London based band, Kawala have once again worked their indie folk magic with their latest release Chasing/Wasting Time, and in their sun-drenched cover of Griff and HONNE’s 2020 track, 1,000,000x Better. The former single follows the band’s trademark soft vocal harmonies courtesy of Jim Higson and Daniel McCarthy.
‘Wet Socks’, a new single by the North Eastern band ‘Ocean Floor’, is a highly relatable and easy-to-dance to tune, while the sound doesn’t differ from the band’s positive and atmospheric feel conveyed through their previous releases. In this track, this vibe is created by the clean sound of Phoebe
Since emerging in 2017, Bath-based alt-rockers Novatines have been a reliable source of grungy, high-octane tunes. Their latest single, ‘Honey’, provides exactly that, all within a neat, adrenaline-laced 2 minutes 15 seconds. Beginning with chugging electric guitars that sound like an audible embodiment of revving up the rock-n-roll genre, ‘Honey’
Peter Cat brings the world a refreshing take on alternative music, with strong infusions of glam rock and 80’s pop synths, ‘The Saccharine Underground’ is a fun forty-two minutes to enjoy regardless of your favoured genres. The whole album radiates somewhat surreal energy, highlighted by the baritone vocals dripping with
I AM LONO are a post-punk band with bite! With hints of new wave and goth influences, their latest EP Hollow Ghosts is a pleasant, fuzz-ridden lesson on how to do modern synth-rock well. Each track encountered on Hollow Ghosts has a unique feel, playing around with different combinations of
Babe Club have successfully tapped into the alt-rock, indie airwaves with their latest EP which undoubtedly establishes them among genre stalwarts like Wolf Alice, Clairo and Basement Revolver. Like their female-fronted counterparts, Babe Club use enchanting, delicate vocals to provide the perfect contrast to fuzzy, amped-up guitar and raw, punchy
Manchester band Everything Everything are no strangers to a conceptual album. Politically charged lyrics and rich synth melodies are what makes their music so distinctive. Picking up from A Fever Dream released in 2017, their fifth and most recent album strays from the socio-political concerns which immersed their previous work.
Out on October 30th, the latest single from Birmingham-based rock duo MeMe Detroit takes their genre back to basics, naturally stripping away everything unnecessary to make the perfect rock tune. Simple lyrics, lots of profanity, combined with catchy, whiney guitar licks and fast paced, hard-hitting drums ticks all the boxes.
Atmospheric and perpetually on the cusp of something: ‘Truth Nugget’ is the latest single release from Canadian artist Helena Deland’s upcoming debut studio album ‘Someone New’. ‘Truth Nugget’ begins with a moody intro; fuzz and static that embrace you like a downpour on a lonely night, before a looming, wavering
Though self-described as “indiefolk synthwave”, to aptly label the genre Test Card Girl inhabits would require a slew of multi-hyphenates, for the solo project of Manchester-native Catherine Burgis is steeped in a veritable bounty of influences. The two-song EP ‘Holds Me Down’ gives a scintillating glimpse at what her debut
A short but ever so sweet banger, coming in at just over 3-minutes long – ‘Worth It’, the third and final single from London-based singer-songwriter beabadoobee’s upcoming studio debut ‘Fake It Flowers’, is a dream-tinged confessional wrought with punchy instrumentals and relatable lyrics. ‘Worth It’ is catchy from the get
Langkamer, a Bristol-based band of 2 years, released their ironically-titled newest single ‘Full Contact’ during the isolated no-touching normality of today’s global pandemic. The single opens with a strongly driven bass line, complimented by some country-esque chords. Lyrics such as “spit shine on your school shoes” and “28 and your
From the second the melodic ‘Singing in the Rain’ began playing through the main stage speakers in a typically eerie, Queens of the Stone Age fashion, a sense of electric anticipation disseminated amongst the crowd and I felt that this would be a performance I was unlikely to bare witness
For fans of punk, or of music in general, Iggy Pop on stage at Finsbury Park resembled a living legend as he pranced around with no less energy than the previously-on-stage Run the Jewels rappers Killer Mike and El-P, despite being thirty-years their senior. My first impressions of Iggy Pop,
After waiting many years to see a childhood favourite of mine, The Hives did not disappoint. Instantly after jumping onto stage clad in half-black, half-white suits like a gang of an evil DC villain’s henchmen, the group broke into their loud and straight-to-the-point set. Where The Hives’ bassist and guitarist