All posts by Emily Pugh

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

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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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.

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.

NEW MUSIC: CARLOS DANGER takes us on a trip back to the 80s with Neon Daydreams EP

CARLOS DANGER is the latest project by Sam Butcher who takes us on a journey back to the 80s in an attempt to go all in on the sound of 80s pop.

Setting off with his debut release, Carlos’ Neon Daydreams EP has a combination of upbeat tracks as well as other more mellow ones. With this guise being part of a group project named The Taurus; Neon Daydreams aims to be a prologue for this next project.

Bouncy Balls sets the EP off and belongs back in the realms of the Mario Kart 64 soundtrack. Made up of groovy beats and retro sound effects the track gives off a (literally) bouncy and vibrant feel. Track 3, Puppy Love is just as upbeat and similarly belongs on the tracklist of an 80s computer game.

Demarco-esque Blue comes second on the EP and is just over 3 minutes of shoe-gaze psychedelia giving listeners a ride back to the late 80s.

Palm Tree Passion has a funky sound to it with a slightly western edge in parts. As  Butcher’s personal favourite on the EP, he told us:

“I was trying to emulate an 80s cop show/movie theme tune like Miama Vice or Beverly Hills Cop”

Redbone is the final track on the EP which is a cover of the Childish Gambino tune by the same name, a different take on the track, which Butcher described to us as “almost vaporwavey”.

You can stream the EP on Soundcloud:

Sam Butcher has also been involved in other projects including playing lead guitar for indie-rock band Mirror Gorillas & releasing a solo EP back in 2016, find him on social media below:

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INTRODUCING: Go Gracious

With the release of their debut track Shake, and more material already well in the works, it’s looking to be a huge year for people pop group GO GRACIOUS.

Emily chatted with the Brixton based band to find out more about them…

Hi guys and welcome to indieblogfest! Could you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Dee: You may or may not be surprised to hear Go Gracious is actually a duo! (loosely based on if the person reading this has listened to our music. If you haven’t I’m not sure what you are waiting for?)

   Dee: I sing and play guitars, I was born in a small town on the south coast called Folkestone; basically as south as you can get without getting wet. Morris, who plays Drums and does a little bit of singing himself, was born in Peterborough. I have only ever been there once and I remember the house we were staying in had no light switches…. all the lights would just automatically come on as you walked in each room. True Story. We now live in Brixton, London and we formed late 2016, so very fresh faced and ready to go.

What made you guys want to start making music together?

Dee: We actually met on tour working for a band called Get Inuit. Morris is their Sound Engineer and I was Tour Managing them at the time. It was around a festival camp fire that Morris asked if I ever played music myself and I had that awkward moment of gently telling him that not only did I play music, he had also seen my band before. So we must have been memorable. After a few sips of Whiskey and a little jog of the old memory (we do see a lot of shows), Morris asked if I’d like to hit the studio with him to rework and produce some tunes. Shake being the first of said songs.

Morris: In my defence, you’d lost about a stone in weight, a pair of glasses and a ridiculous bandana between our conversation and me seeing your band.

What was the idea behind your name?

Dee: Well; first of all who doesn’t love alliteration? It’s the perfectly pretentious platform for professional performance! AM I RIGHT? No but seriously, it sounds really cool to say.

Grace is something that we all lack. I really don’t think you can ever be graceful enough in this world that seems to be falling out from underneath us at an alarming rate. So i say: if you are going through Hell keep going…. I think its really important that if we have to struggle through certain things we do it with grace. Sure, we may sound like hippies but I don’t have a problem with that as long as people know that we are about being good to each other.

Morris: As I recall, I let Dee name the band so I’d never have to answer this question.

So you recently released your debut single ‘Shake’ (Exciting!), have you got anymore material in the works?

Dee: YES! It still feels really weird to be able to say our debut single has finally been released. There’s a lot of hard work and love gone into something that only lasts three minutes, but its a bloody good three minutes ay? We are planning on releasing a three track EP very, very soon…. The progression of the project was always going to be a slow ride for us. Nothing rushed and everything relaxed. Then we released Shake and we received such amazing positive feedback now we are throwing every spare minute we have into our first EP hahaha.

Morris: I’ve got no idea what he’s talking about: I’ve been working on this stuff for months…

Who are some of your favourites bands/artists?

Dee: I could ramble on and on for days about this but ill try my best to keep it short!
The lineage ‘Bruce Springsteen’ left in the East Coast of the states changed my life…..

‘The Menzingers’, ‘The front Bottoms’, ‘PUP’ all give me chills deep into my revolutionary heart! ‘The Smith Street band’ and ‘Camp Cope’ fighting the good fight over in OZ. Seriously if you are a fan of song smithery that will make your soul ignite? Listen to ‘Will Wagner’ from The Smith street band.

More close to home? I really respect bands that can write a huge pop banger but still be cool if you get my drift? Catfish and the Bottlemen, Deaf Havana and The Hunna seriously nail that every damn time!

Morris: I’m also going to do my best to keep this short. It’s a dangerous game to ask musicians about music…

My favourite music changes every other day, but currently I’m really enjoying Spring King; I love their energy and live they are totally disarming by being indescribably nice, and having a confusingly polite stage persona, then smashing you in the face with big guitars and gang vocals.

I’ve recently rediscovered “One Hundred and Thirteen” by a band called Middleman. I’ve still not found anything that comes close to it’s lyrical beauty.
And I’m unashamedly pleased that Taylor Swift is back on Spotify.

Were you particularly influenced by any of these as a group?

Dee: I think the songwriting aspect of Go Gracious; very much so. I have always been in love with the revolutionary vibe and the really comes out of my influences. From a production perspective, what Morris adds is something of miracle to me haha, he makes every song turn into a huge pop masterpiece, I feel like he pushes our sound more towards 30 seconds to Mars and the Killers…. #noregrets. The combination of my blue collar writing attitude and his unbounded take on huge soundscape is what makes Go Gracious.

Morris: I’ll definitely admit to being influenced by This is War. It’s an album that changed how I thought about music. And I definitely have more of a pop sensibility than Dee. When the 2 of us started Go Gracious, we did so without any boundaries in terms of style or instrumentation, so I took influences, in varying degrees, from pretty much everything I’ve every listened to. It sounds odd to say but my biggest influence is probably Dee, because I’m always working from his starting point and expanding from there.

What are your hopes for the future?

Dee: I think success is absolutely subjective, but my hopes are honestly to be able to play music in front of as many people as possible. Go around the world twice and talk to everyone once….. also it would be pretty good to have a live horns section. Who doesn’t want horns?

Morris: I like to measure success in terms of memories, rather than anything as crude as money. If the music we make can improve just 1 person’s mood, I’ll feel like it’s been worthwhile. That being said, I’d love to be able to make music and generate enough income to not die too. We can have a conversation in private about the horn section.

If you were going to space and could only take 3 things with you, what would you bring?

Dee:

1. The complete collection of Indieblogfest back catalogue printed so I have something to read 😉

2. Probably a guitar. So I can serenade Morris which will absolutely ruin space for him.

3. A framed picture of Justin Timberlake….. on the odd chance I am the first contact with Aliens there is absolutely no way I would reply to the obligatory “Take us to your leader” with “Oh, well, his name is Donald Trump and um, well, I have a lot to explain”. So I will be rewriting history and naming JT the leader of the free world and Commander-in-Chief and there won’t be a single earthling there to stop me.

Morris: Do I have to go with him?! Ok…

1) Earplugs; to cope with the incessant serenading.

2) A gag; because there is no way I’m letting Humanity’s first introduction to an Alien race come from him.

3) A jacket; in case it’s cold.

Describe your sound in a few words!

Dee:  Feel good groove, infectious melodies, with a blue collar punk sensibility! Think Bruce Springsteen’s English love-child raised in Las Vegas.

Morris: Sounds like 2 fools with extremely limited musical ability took on an ill-advised, entirely limitless project with a handful of decent ideas, a few excellent acquaintances, and no shortage of passion.

Thanks guys for taking the time to answer our questions!

Shake is an up-beat, feel good tune led largely by guitars, but with elements of driving percussion. Sink your ears into it below:

Keep up to date with the bands releases and gigs:

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Track of the week: Lie Low – Fox Chapel

Dark noise quartet Fox Chapel have made their first release of 2017 with brand new track Lie Low.

A mixture of psychedelic hooks and dark lyrics, Lie Low portrays a dystopian, post-punk vibe from the start. The track is a 3 minute slice of mysterious, electric instrumental combined with husky, ethereal vocals which – much like their previous track Ice Cream – hint toward influence from 80s and 90s punk.

Lie Low is an A-class tune and it is clear Fox Chapel have a firmly developed sound which will see them go far; I can’t wait to hear what’s next to come.

Check out the music video which was written and directed by Benn Veasey:

Make your way down to the single launch on July 18th at The Lock Tavern in London.

The lads told us they’ve been demoing loads over the last few months and are hoping to make another release around October.

Keep an eye on their Twitter for updates on new music and gigs:

Feature image courtesy of: Sam Farmer

FAVOURITES TO SEE AT Y NOT FESTIVAL 2017

At the end of July Y Not festival returns to Derbyshire, with previous years having seen the likes of Noel Gallagher, The Wombats and Circa Waves. As part of our recent series we thought we’d talk about 5 of our favourites to see at the festival which is gaining more and more popular by the year.

Stereophonics

As the Saturday headliners at Y Not, Welsh rockers Stereophonics are still going strong after more than 20 years. They’ve released 9 studio albums, with hints of a 10th being finished already. Responsible for some massive tunes including Local Boy in the Photograph, A Thousand Trees and C’est La Vie; as a band I’ve always wanted to see, these are top of my list for the weekend.

Oddity Road

Hailing from Sheffield, the quartet released their debut EP Handshake last year and have since racked up over 2,500 monthly listeners on Spotify; they even landed support with fellow Sheffield lads The Sherlocks on many of their UK dates. As one of the brightest bands coming onto the indie music scene this year, be sure to catch these in The Quarry on Friday.

Black Honey

Brighton born Black Honey take to The Giant Squid stage on the Sunday of Y Not. The female fronted quartet released catchy single Somebody Better in March this year and with a string of other infectious tracks under their belts I’m certain they’ll put on a fantastic show.

DMA’s

The Sydney trio gained recognition from tracks Delete and more recently their cover of Cher track Believe which gained positive speculation across social media. The band – who’s sound has led them comparison to Britpop legends Oasis – did a headline UK tour earlier on this year. If their performance in Liverpool was anything to go by, these guys sure know how to get the crowd bopping. Catch them on the Big Gin Stage on Saturday.

Happy Mondays

The Madchester icons take to the Big Gin Stage as the penultimate act on the Sunday where I’m sure we’ll hear some massive tunes from Step On and Kinky Afro; to Hallelujah and 24 Hour Party People. Get practicing your Bez moves!

Give our Y Not playlist a listen, including all these artists and a bunch of others from the lineup!