NEW MUSIC: Greenman by School Disco

Plymouth garage-rock trio, School Disco have made their first release of 2018, Greenman.

2017 was a massive year for the band, seeing them land support with Wolf Alice in Tavistock, play countless shows across the UK, and really start to push their name out there. It also saw them setting up their own self-titled festival – School Disco Festival – which aims to celebrate some of the finest musical talent in the South-West.

Greenman is the first self-recorded track from the band, partly produced by Andrew Girdler. It takes a clear post-punk, dreamy approach, incorporating keyboards and synthesisers in a large way. Setting off with a mixture of rapid guitars and percussion, the track soon introduces a mixture of trippy sound effects and filthy riffs, bringing me to think of packed venues and bright lights; it’s definitely one to get the crowd buzzing.

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Photography by: Max Searl

If you couldn’t already tell by the name… Greenman is inspired by space, from the sound effects to the lyrics. Lead vocalist and guitarist Rory told us much of the influence came from from 50s/60s horror films such as ‘Invasion of the body snatchers’ and ‘It came from outer space'” which is highlighted in the ethereal sound effects and the slightly ‘cheesy’ lyrics matching up to the way these films are seen in the modern day.

Greenman is a proper groovy tune which symbolises just how far the band have come since the release of their debut EP.

It is evident how dedicated School Disco are, not only to their own music, but also the music scene as a whole especially in the South-West; I’m certain this will see them go far.

Listen to the track here: 


ALL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MAX SEARL: Instagram: @maxsearl | Website: maxsearl.com

 

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NEW MUSIC: Wanderlust by The Recreation

If you’re into the indie-rock, psychedelic vibes from the Manchester music scene you need to sink your ears into Wanderlust, the brand new track by The Recreation. 

As the lads first release of 2018, Wanderlust is an intriguing mix of funky riffs, rapid percussion and Van McCann-esque vocals. Produced by Jim Spencer who has worked previously with the likes of Johnny Marr and New Order, this track encapsulates just what The Recreation are all about. Taking a much bolder approach to their earlier sounds, Wanderlust highlights the bands ability to make music that crowds will love.

Wanderlust definitely shows that The Recreation have developed their sound further from their older material, and as a personal favourite by the band so far, I can’t wait to hear what they bring out next.

Wanderlust is now available for streaming on Spotify.

 

Single artwork by: The Northern Dread

ALBUM REVIEW: Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life // The Wombats

In case you hadn’t heard, The Wombats are back.

They’ve been spoiling us over these last few weeks with singles such as Turn, Cheetah Tongue, and, most recently, Black Flamingo since their initial single release of Lemon To A Knife Fight off this, their fourth studio album.

But now, finally, their album is upon us as of Friday. Three years after their last album was released, was Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life worth the wait?

In short, yes.

The first four tracks on the album are the four singles: instant recognition, guaranteed head-nodding, potential lyric belting (especially on Turn, an indisputable feel-good, sing-along tune). For me, this was a very strong start to the album, although also a bit risky: once these four tracks are over, I am thrust into the album proper, with no hope of an upcoming track whose familiarity I can take comfort in.

It’s lucky, then, that the first unknown track, White Eyes, is catchy as all hell, featuring familiar Wombats-esque playfulness with their new ‘grown-up’ edge which they seem to have adopted for this album, no doubt a consequence of trading in Liverpool for Los Angeles, something which Murphy touches on in I Only Wear Black.

While we’re on the subject of catchy tracks, which by now we all know is The Wombats’ bread and butter, some notable mentions must be made for Lethal Combination, Dip You In Honey and Ice Cream, with all of these tracks having successfully nested into my brain after just a couple of listens, and Dip You In Honey quenching my thirst for some twangly guitars, falsettos and Beatles style riffs.

As far as moodier songs are concerned on this album, you would think I Only Wear Black would be a contender from the title, but this one is surprisingly upbeat and dripping with their usual sardonic lyricism. Instead, I would say their moodiest track on the album is the finale, I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do. But, think less Isabel from Glitterbug and more Anti-D from This Modern Glitch. Its lyrics are heartfelt and candid, but the track is still punchy, with the mounting guitars and drums from verse to chorus being one of those things in music that you can’t quite put your finger on. Something about the way the highs and lows marry together, the way the tension builds and the song’s identity transforms from one thing to another creates some sensation that you can’t vocalise. I don’t know why I like it, but I do.

NEW MUSIC: The Vaccines return with brand new single ‘I Can’t Quit’

Indie-rock band The Vaccines have returned with brand new single I Can’t Quit.

Much like their earlier material I Can’t Quit gives off a rock n roll vibe, but combines it with the indie-pop sounds heard in English Graffiti. With this tune, The Vaccines have put a new twist on their music; but still keep the distinct sound we know and love.

A raucous mix of driving riffs and passionate vocals, it’s a euphoric, dynamic track; sure to cheer you up if you’ve got the January blues.

Their upcoming 4th album Combat Sports is set for release on March 30th and we can’t wait to hear it!


 *Feature image courtesy of The Vaccines.

 

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Glasgow – Eyes To The Skies

Indie-rock quartet Eyes to the Skies released their second single, Glasgow last month. A dynamic mix of electronic riffs, driving percussion and appealing vocals; Glasgow makes for just over 4 minutes of feel-good, boppy heaven.

A vibrant, psychedelic sounding tune, it nods at influence from bands such as Two Door Cinema Club and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Frontman Alex told us the track is about about “searching for the perfect life

adding that: “the track is all about starting a life with somebody without all the rubbish in-between.

As the second release from Eyes to the Skies (ETTS), Glasgow is a dynamic track, taking elements from many indie tunes we know and love, whilst adding in its own unique twist.

 “We just want to gig, release music & have a dead class time”

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Eyes to the Skies supporting The Sherlocks

With plenty more material in the works, the band are set to support Antarctic Monkeys at their O2 Academy 2 gig in Sheffield on November 18th; find tickets here.

To keep up to date on news, check out their social media:

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Lemon To A Knife Fight // The Wombats Track Review

The Wombats are back again, baby.

Lemon To A Knife Fight is their first single to be released from upcoming album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and, if this track is anything to go by, the album should not disappoint.

It undeniably sounds like The Wombats, but more grown up. Still catchy, still witty and down-to-earth, but something about the pared back guitar sounds and slower groove adds a layer of polish to this track. Perhaps it’s the fact that this song was quickly written after an argument between Murph and his wife that gives this song that more adult feel, but it still manages to retain that poppy childishness which we’ve come to love and expect from the Liverpool trio. This track is definitely a good sign of progression without losing sight of their distinctive sound.

In true Wombats fashion, this tune is an earworm and has been on repeat for days. Even on the first listen, I was singing along with the chorus by the end of the song: it passed the ultimate test.

Until the next release.

Harri x

THE WOMBATS ANNOUNCE STRING OF 2018 TOUR DATES

Indie-rock trio The Wombats have just announced a string of March tour dates. The announcement comes just after the long awaited release date of their 4th album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life; out 9th February 2018.

The tour includes dates in popular music venues such as Manchester Academy and London Ally Pally.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday 15th November at 9am, with general sale starting Friday 17th November at 9am. Tickets will be available here.

You can see the full set of dates here:

March

Tuesday 13th – Limelight2, Belfast

Wednesday 14th – Academy, Dublin

Friday 16th –  Great Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 17th – O2 Academy, Sheffield

Monday 19th – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Tuesday 20th – O2 Academy 1, Newcastle

Wednesday 21st – Rock City, Nottingham

Friday 23rd –  O2 Institute, Birmingham

Saturday 24th – Manchester Academy, Manchester

Sunday 25th –  The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich

Tuesday 27th – Alexandra Palace, London

Wednesday 28th – O2 Academy, Bristol

Thursday 29th –  O2 Guildhall, Southampton


DISCLAIMER: Feature image courtesy of The Wombats.

REVIEW: 2Q Festival 28/10/17

A few weeks ago, Lincoln played host to over 80 acts from across the country in various venues across the city. From the Angel Coffee House to the Engine Shed, a variety of acts catered to all ages and music tastes providing a day well worth the £25. With acts like Busty and the Bass, Clean Cut Kid, The Himalayas and headliners Peace and Circa Waves, the inner-city festival brought new people to the city to explore and find new pubs, bars and cafes. Places even I had not visited before even after living there my whole life.

Hard work, ambition and community spirit gave Lincoln exactly what it needed and put it on the map as a new and exciting place for music.

Throughout the day, I ensured I ticked off everyone on my list – Trash, Jaws, Peace, Clean Cut Kid etc. However, I spent the rest of the day dipping in and out of different locations to catch different live acts, one I especially enjoyed was The Himalayas whose music I hadn’t listened to before. Additionally, I also managed to catch some of The Sherlocks, a band I hadn’t really listened to before.

The crowds, at every act I went to were enthused and really into the music; the variety of ages showed that this was definitely a community event bringing many people together. The demand to see Peace, who were rumoured to be playing 1998 for the final time, was enormous. The venue (a night club called “Home”) couldn’t fit everyone in and thus, a one in one out system came into place. Of course, this left many fans disappointed and perhaps more so as acts such as Eliza and the Bear, Circa Waves and Tom Grennan were playing at the same time. Similarly, Jaws and Superfood, two similar bands, also clashed making it hard to decide who to go to see (I chose Jaws!). Regardless of this, the day was amazing and as a Yellowbelly myself I felt so proud that my city could play host to such an event. Especially as for many gigs I have to travel around 2 hours to Nottingham, it was great to see so many bigger acts playing.

I really hope that next year will be even more of a success. To see the city grow and the festival too would make it even more amazing. As an inner city festival, it was clear to see the sheer brilliance of community spirit and behind the scenes hard work all come together.

Disclaimer: Feature image courtesy of 2Q Festival

INTRODUCING: Enemy II Lines

Hailing from Navan, Ireland, indie-rock newcomers Enemy II Lines released their second single F.F.Y in June this year.

Consisting of Dylan Hicket, Jordan Patton, Matty Melady and JohnPaul Melady who formed in January 2016, Enemy II Lines have received praise from Garageland Ireland who described their sound as “an awesome mix of darkness, power and energy.”

F.F.Y (Fool For You) is a guitar driven tune with a mixture of indie-rock and pop-punk elements. It hints at influence from Catfish and the Bottlemen, using husky vocals and rough riffs which evoke a darker mood.

Cora, their debut release gives off a softer energy than F.F.Y, mixing expressive vocal with light percussion and dynamic guitar to create a more psychedelic sound. Talking about the track’s meaning and influence, they told us: “it’s about when somebody is so much like you that they’re your echo/they do or say everything you do”…evoked through the echoey delivery of the backing vocals alongside the lead.

Enemy II Lines will head into the studio in January to record their next few singles; set to be released over the early months next year. They also have plans to play some gigs around the UK, so keep an eye out across their social media to keep up to date on news:

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*Feature image courtesy of Enemy II Lines Facebook page.

Review: Morrissey – Spent the Day in Bed

Last Tuesday Morrissey, somewhat spontaneously, if you ignore the non-descriptive tweet the day before, released his first single in three years. The single received it’s first play, unfortunately, on Chris Evan’s (ugh) BBC Radio 2 morning show at around ten past eight. The track was titled ‘Spent The Day In Bed’ and is the first of, hopefully, a selection of singles preceding the release of his forthcoming album ‘Low In High School’ on November 17th.

I know this review is coming over a week after the track’s first play but this is a conscious decision from me both because college and travel means I have little time to write and because my obsession with each modern Morrissey work only really happens after I am truly familiar with it, in fact it took me four listens to unabashedly adore ‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’ and hold it as one of the master’s finest works which, of course, I now do. That isn’t to say I wasn’t fully committed to listening to ‘Spent The Day In Bed’, by the end of the day I had listened to the track on repeat around 20-25 times and knew every lyric by heart. Sad, I know but train journeys are long and Morrissey’s voice is much more beautiful than the indistinctive chatter and clang of the national rail. Equally as beautiful, it turns out, is this song which remains an utter treat from start to finish.

Opening with a chimy keyboard riff that continues throughout, it’s clear very suddenly that this is a deeply produced and somewhat upbeat track instrumentally, even if the lyrics aren’t directly optimistic themselves. Bouncing, rhythmic beats proceed from off-kilter opening and soon Morrissey’s vocals fall over the top, rising and dropping in time with the instrumentals provided.

(Above) The cover of Morrissey’s upcoming album
As expected, and always seems to be the case with Mozza’s output, the poetic lyrics are the star of the show here. When elaborated on, the title and refrain of this track take on a much more tender and gentle meaning, ultimately transforming a song many assumed to be dour into an almost uncharacteristically chirpy anthem of self-care. Framed within the fantastic chorus decrying partisan paranoia pushing is a myriad of politically charged soundbites promising warmth and kindness from Britain’s favourite curmudgeon.

“No bus, no boss, no rain, no train// No emasculation, no castration”

This wonderful refrain is what ultimately concludes Morrissey’s enigmatic endeavour into self-love but, most importantly, is a conclusion to the subtle yet tightly strung political comment running through the entire track. Not one to hide his stances on political and moral issues, Morrissey’s new album promises to be as political as any other albums he has worked on including ‘The Queen Is Dead’ and ‘World Peace is None of Your Business.’ Boasting a front cover emblazoned with the image of a child brandishing a pick-axe and a picket sign declaring that we ‘Axe The Monarchy’ and featuring tracks such as “Israel” and “Who Will Protect Us From The Police”, it’s safe to assume this won’t be the most radical track on the album however this lack of outwardly topical comments is in and of itself a political comment. As mentioned above, Morrissey’s insistence on avoiding the news and seeming disappointment that all of his dreams “are perfectly legal” follow a smug opening phrase that he may relax in bed whilst “the workers stay enslaved”, however I would argue that, rather than truly smug, in the context of this track and the freedom from societal chains that is preached in the later verses, this is much more an image of disgust with the modern, oppressive systems. In regards to the somewhat vague comments on the legality of dreams, the image conjures up comments from previous works of Morrissey discussing the criminalisation of homosexuality, and so in my own, somewhat warped, interpretation I can’t help but feel that this day spent in bed is also somewhat of a reflective day pondering Queer British heritage. And of course, when discussing modern politics, we can not, although we may try, avoid the subject of Trump. Morrissey himself has made no subject of his disdain with the Republican president, bringing his band out in ‘Fuck Trump’ shirts and manipulating some Smiths classics into anti-Trump protest songs whilst the media have also done very little to avoid his presence, splattering his orange face across every website and news bulletin for the last 12 months. And so, ‘Stop Watching The News’ can only feel like a direct attack against the centrist apocalyptic coverage being spewed since the beginning of the American presidential election, and Morrissey is aware we’ll make this connection and that is exactly why he sings it the way he does and at the time he does.

Ultimately, this is another Morrissey track. Another peer into the mind of a troubled genius reflecting on the world around him and articulating what we’ve all wanted to for so long. This is also a rather delicate turn from Morrissey both in gentler lyrics, highlighting his worries about the wellbeing of his friends, and instrumentally in which a playful organ backs a catchy selection of repetitive and soothing riffs. We waited three years for this and, of course, it was worth it.

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