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TRACK OF THE WEEK: You Wanna Know – YVES

This week’s track of the week comes from noise-pop Swindon trio YVES with their latest track You Wanna Know.

You Wanna Know is a punchy and dynamic tune. It combines indie-rock with punk-pop giving off similar vibes to the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Circa Waves and Drowners. As a band who have clearly got their sound developed down to a tee, YVES’ material puts me in mind of festivals, romance and lush weather, and You Wanna Know is no exception.

The track racked up over 13,000 plays in just 24 hours, you can give it a listen below.

 YVES are playing three UK dates (18+ entry) this month:

  • July 6th – Sebright Arms, London (Free Entry)
  • July 7th – Green Store Door, Brighton
  • July 8th  The Victoria, Swindon

 

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FAVOURITES TO SEE AT TRUCK FESTIVAL 2017

 Truck Festival is now just a matter of weeks away and it will see some huge acts take to the stage including The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand and The Wombats. We took a look at the lineup and picked some of our favourites to see over the course of the weekend.

Sundara Karma

Potentially the most exciting indie-pop band around at the moment, Sundara Karma released their debut album back in January and have since done a headline tour, and landed support with the likes of Two Door Cinema Club. The Reading lads take to the Truck Stage on the Saturday of the festival, never failing to put on a crowd moving set; you won’t wanna miss out.

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Sundara Karma @ Manchester Albert Hall | 16/2/17

The Wombats

Inevitably, The Wombats are one to fit in to your festival schedule. As the penultimate Truck Stage act of the Saturday, these will sure get you hyped up in time for headliners The Libertines. If you’ve seen them before you’ll know just how good of a show the Scouse trio put on; blasting out indie-anthems such as Let’s Dance to Joy Division, Moving to New York and Tokyo. 

Jaws

Synthpop quartet Jaws are an unmissable part of the Truck Fest lineup. Since forming in 2012 they’ve blessed our ears with two albums filled with dreamy tunes like Stay in, Gold, and 17. As one of the best live acts I’ve seen, these guys are definitely ones to look out for over the weekend.

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Jaws @ Sound Control | 30/11/16

The Big Moon

The London quartet who formed in 2014, released their debut album earlier this year; filled with numerous feel-good tracks. Anticipation to see their performance will certainly be high.

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The Kent quartet will headline The Barn stage on Saturday. Throughout their material there is an energetic theme with the lads describing themselves as ‘surf inspired pop’. Upbeat, breezy tracks like Pro Procrastinator and Teriyaki will give you that summer feeling.

Check out my Truck Festival Playlist filled with tracks from all of these acts, and more!

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Festival News: Hoyfest add local band Estrons to lineup.

Hoyfest is back for the second year running and they’ve revealed yet another act set to perform at the event.

Earlier today Hoyfest added local band Estrons to the main stage lineup. Many of Estrons tracks discuss wider issues in society, particularly shown in tracks such as She’s Here Now (Lyrics: “Just because I said I want it / Don’t mean you can call me on it / Listen close to what I’m saying / You’re not asking I am telling.”). Honestly, I only discovered them upon this announcement, however they were soon added to my playlist. If quirky bands with a punk kinda vibe take your interest, these are for you.

Other Acts

Taking the headline slot are Welsh four-piece Pretty Vicious. They’ve blessed our ears with massive tunes such as Cave Song and Are You Ready For Me. Their set is bound to be mega.

Sheffield lads Redfaces will also perform, having recently played a set at music festival Dot to Dot. Tipped to be one of the breakthroughs of 2017, their track Kerosene has racked up nearly 100,000 listens on Spotify alone since it was released last year.

You can also catch Swindon lads Misfires at the festival. The southern quartet make for a number of catchy tunes with dynamic vibes; sure to be a crowd starter. They’ve previously been championed by BBC Introducing, and quickly gained a following across social media after forming in early 2016.

Also set to play are: Himalayas, Vida, The Strawberries, Fossette, Palomino Party, Farebrother, Chroma, and The Americas. With more to be announced.

Talking about the future of the festival, the founder of Hoyfest told us: “My dream is a full weekend of camping in fields with loads of bands over several stages.”

Hoyfest have pulled some great bands out of the bag; and at just £15 a ticket, we certainly wouldn’t give it a miss. Grab your tickets here!

Keep up to date on future announcements: @hoyfest

PLAYLIST: Festival Season

So festival season is fast approaching with Download under a month away, and Glastonbury kicking off not too long after. Following on from these come the medium sized ones such as Truck Festival and Y Not, with the end of the season leaving the likes of Reading & Leeds and Bestival.

Festival Season is in my opinion the best time of year… we get to wind down to some of our favourite bands, crack open some bevs and spend some quality time with our pals. Whether you’re camping out for the weekend, or just going for a day, this playlist will be filled with some summery bangers to add to your festival playlist. Get your portable speakers ready.

1.Kids – MGMT

As a track I’ve always loved, this is an energetic tune which everyone knows – whether it be from FIFA 09, or from your mates sticking it on towards the end of a house party. Although it was released back in 2008, Kids will always be a timeless classic; sure to get you hyped for what the day holds.

2. T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves

As cliche as this may seem, how could this track not be on this? Undoubtably Circa Waves’ biggest hit, it will forever bring me happy memories of my first festival experience, and all that came with it.

3. Lost on Me – Peace

Indie-rock quartet Peace have released plenty of catchy tunes to wind down to. Lost on Me is a funky track led by dreamy vocals and groovy instrumentals; perfect for the sunny evenings.

4. Waterfall – The Stone Roses

This is just another timeless classic which makes me quite nostalgic and happy from the opening riff. It’s a stellar hit that will be sure to get the vibes moving.

5. Something Good Can Work – Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door are set to perform at a number of festivals around the UK this year; they make for some classics hits to warm you up for the weekend. Something Good Can Work is one of many up-beat, vibrant tracks from TDCC to start your day off before you head to the arena.

6. She Changes the Weather – Swim Deep

As one of the slower tracks on the playlist, this classic guitar driven tune is so happy that it couldn’t not be on the playlist. My take on the track is that it’s about love, and spending time with someone and forgetting about the reality of everything. Not dissimilar to how festivals bring you away from the real world for a few days and often, you’ll find mates for life.

7. Your Soul – Coasts

If you’ve heard of Coasts before, it’s most likely from their biggest hit Oceans, but be assured there’s plenty more where that came from. The Bristol based indie-rock band make arena-ready tunes filled with surfy, summery riffs and rhythms; Your Soul is one. Check ’em out.

Other tracks include: Machu Picchu – The Strokes, Be Slowly – Jaws, Fire – Kasabian, Dreaming of You – The Coral, Limousine – Beach Baby

If you think there were more deserving of a mention, drop a comment below but listed are a selection picked from the playlist put together.

Listen to the full playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/emilyrobbinspugh/playlist/1AcQCau2b57A3la0NJG5Rs 

NEW MUSIC: Overtime EP – Idle Noise

Idle Noise are one of many exciting new groups emerging from the Midlands music scene after the release of their debut EP 18 in 2016. A year on and they’ve returned, with a second EP, Overtime, which undoubtably lives up to their first and creates a sound many of us are familiar with; polished off with it’s own unique edge.

Rooftops sets the EP off as an authentic track giving off a garage kinda vibe as it intensifies. It combines dynamic riffs and percussion with appealing, slightly husky lead vocals which are delivered with ease.

Entourage is the second on the EP which the band tell us “depicts the story of a man who’s blinded by infatuation with his lover.” despite her being disloyal, uncaring and the fact she’s “been with your friends.” The track is powerfully composed throughout from the vocals to the guitars, suitably paired with the redolent message behind the lyrics.

Fortune highlights the bands ability to perform a variety of sounds. It’s an acoustic tune which gives listeners an insight into their slightly gloomier side.

Following on from this, title track Overtime closes the EP, leaving us wanting to hear more. With riffs comparable to the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen Overtime gives off an anthemic vibe highlighting the band’s talent to write tunes which could one day fill arenas.

With many of their lyrics tending to be an “Outsiders perspective of a people living in a dream world of life and not necessarily accepting reality.” and “Relationships that are just a mess instead of success.” after just a couple of listens it became evident that this band write tunes that will be somewhat relevant to the situations of many.

If you’re into bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen, Courteeners, Circa Waves, and other indie-rock sounds from the noughties, sink your ears into this.

Overtime EP is available to listen to on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify & Soundcloud.

Idle Noise are currently booking gigs following the release so keep up to date across social media:

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INTRODUCING: Ivory Wave

Brummie lads Ivory Wave are set to release their next single Separate Beat on 1st May, with it already receiving airtime on BBC Introducing West Midlands. They recently played their first London gig and 2017 is looking to be a huge year for them; with this being their 3rd single release since forming, and it could be their best yet.

We chatted with frontman George ahead of the release to find out more.

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and your roles in the band?

We’re Ivory Wave from Birmingham, I’m George the singer, Luke plays bass, Connor plays guitar, Seb plays drums and Rob plays synths and keys.

You’ve recently played your first London gig, is there anywhere new you’d like to play in the next few months?

Yeah London was maaad, We’d really love to play Brighton as we know there’s a great musical heritage there Also I’d love to play the Thekla in Bristol as the venues actually on a ship. That just seems like a mad place to play to me.

How has your local music scene helped you with getting to where you are now?

The scenes always been great for us, it’s the same great group of people that go to all the gigs in the city It’s like one big family really

So your new track comes out on May 1st, could you give us an idea of the sort of sound you went for?

It’s the cross between indie guitar driven music and the dance music that we’ve been striving to recreate for a while now. I definitely feel like this is our best track to date that we can proudly say ‘this sounds like ivory wave’ and nothing else.

Who helped you produce the track?

Matt Terry from Vada Studios produced the track for us, he’s worked with the likes of The Enemy and newer bands such as White Room and Cupids.

Can we expect an EP from you guys anytime soon?

Yes that’s definitely in the pipeline for us in the near future!

How did you guys all meet?

Luke and Connor knew each other from playing in bands a few years back. I met Luke by playing in a band in Brum but me and him always talked about creating a band that bridges the gap between the genres of hip hop, dance music and guitar music so after a few months me and him wrote a few demos and Ivory Wave was born. I knew Seb through college and I used to work with Rob’s brother and he heard me talking about wanting a keyboard player in my band and passed me on to Rob.

Have any artists or tracks been influencing you guys lately?

Me and Luke really like the white room at the moment, we also really like the new track by Franko Fraize ‘lines’.

What would be your dream gig lineup?

Kasabian, NWA, Real lies

Where would you like to be as a band in 18 months time?

Who knows what time will bring for us, it’s definitely all up for us at the Minute with all the gigs we’re playing, it’s really exciting for us.

Who would you say is the funniest in the band?

Luke, the kids a nutcase

Describe your sound in a few words!

Groove groove groove!!

Cheers guys! Best of luck with the release.

Separate Beat will be released on May 1st, to keep up to date, follow them on social media:

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Royal Blood announce first batch of UK tour dates

Brighton’s finest, Royal Blood have revealed details of a four-date string of UK shows, kicking off next month; with support from Black Honey.

Setting off in Cambridge, they’ll then go on to play Newcastle, Southampton and Leicester; alongside some huge shows at R1 Big Weekend, Glastonbury and Eden Sessions.

The announcement came after the release of their brand new single, and the news of their second studio album; out on June 16th.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 28th April.

Keep an eye out on their Twitter for updates and see the announcement below:

NEW MUSIC: Mac Benson to release brand new single

On April 20th indie-solo artist Mac Benson is set to release a brand new, two part single; he chatted with us in a small Q & A ahead of the release to tell us more… we talked desert islands, dream collabs and doggos…

Hiya Mac! Firstly, can you tell us a bit about you?

Sure. I’m 17 and from the North of the U.K and I’ve been writing songs from around aged 14.

Is your music all produced/performed by you?

Yes, all the music I make is written and recorded in my bedroom. I usually am 100% self produced.

How would you describe your sound?

As of recently my ‘sound’ has changed quite a lot. My first EP was heavily inspired by Lo-Fi and Indie music but in the time between making my first EP and making new music I’ve become quite influenced by Indie Folk stuff and film scores too. I would describe my sound now as calm, quiet and minimal.

So you’ve got a single coming out on Thursday, can you tell us about it?

The single is 2 tracks the first is called ‘The Cosmos’ and the second is called ‘Yellow Light’ which is kind of a little b-side. They’re both quite similar in terms of sound, to me they sound like spring, the sun and childhood days at the seaside. They’re perfect for anybody who listens to music as a means of temporary escape or to feel calm.

What was the inspiration behind the track?

The first track, ‘The Cosmos’ is inspired by friendship and love, as many of my songs usually are. Lyrically, the song is very visual, I wanted to write something that was descriptively detailed and beautiful. The second track, ‘Yellow Light’ was written in the very early hours of a morning, i was laying on my bed looking at the light from my lamp glaring across the wall, everything was silent, I thought it was beautiful and would make a nice concept for a song. As I continued working on it into the next day, writing the different verses, the song moved away from that concept and started to become a song about how its very easy (especially at the age or stage of life I am at) to feel very isolated and wanting to break away from that feeling and experience freedom.

Can we expect any more material from you in 2017?

I am currently working on something which these 2 tracks will be a part of, whether it will be another EP or a full length I’m not sure, I’ll just have to see how much material I make that I’m happy to put out.

Can you tell us some artists you’re particularly enjoying listening to right now?

Right now I’m listening to a lot of Folk and Indie Folk artists like Father John Misty, Florist, Angel Olsen and Big Thief which are having quite an influence on the kind of music I’m making myself. For a while now I’ve been into music with an electronic feel such as SOPHIE, Porches, Maggie Roggers, Soft Hair and Blood Orange.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you pick and why?

I’d love to collaborate with Emily Sprague of Florist, her music is so beautiful and perfect, I think she’d be the perfect person to have produce the kind of music I want to make. I’d also love to collaborate with Clem Creevy of Cherry Glazerr and Tyler, The Creator, they’re both incredibly talented musicians who I respect massively.

You can pick 3 CDs to take to a desert island with you, which ones would you take?

That’s a hard one, I would probably take ‘Apocalipstick’ by Cherry Glazerr, ‘Girl Talk’ by Kate Nash and ‘Half Way Home’ by Angel Olsen.

Are you more of a cat or a dog person?

Definitely dog. Dogs are so pure and beautiful.

What are your hopes as an artist for the next few years?

I’d really like to start playing gigs, it’s something I’ve always been very anxious about but now that I’m starting to grow in my ability to write songs and am happy with what I’m making, I want to start to share that in a live environment. Possibly not in the next few years, but in the long run I just want to make creating music my full time job and continue to make music that people connect with.

Finally, we’ve spoken a bit about bigger artists but can you recommend any newer, up and coming acts for us to check out?

Sure, my friend Matt Autieri (who’s from Philadelphia)  has been putting his own stuff up on Soundcloud for about a year now, he’s amazing at everything he does. In terms of people more local to me this guy Nathan Mcpartlan is putting out some new stuff soon I think, he seems pretty cool, he makes really nice electronic music, my friend Ewan Devenay has started writing songs which I hope he’ll put out soon, they’re great, and Daniel Brown (Empty Rooms) is a great guy and he’s working on stuff at the moment too.

Thanks Mac, and best of luck with the release!

You can check out Macs debut Hot Water Bottle EP on his Bandcamp, and the new tracks will be available as of Thursday.

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MUSIC VIDEO: SPS – Wax Colour

Essex lads Wax Colour have released a fresh new music video for one of the tracks from their DIY EP; SPS. The track takes a slightly different approach to others on the lineup, giving off a blues kinda feel and highlighting the versatility of their sound.

SPS brought me visions of walking down the street while the sun is shining, fitting to the opening line “People walking in the street”. It’s an incredibly infectious tune and I found the lazy guitar sounds running through my head after just my third or fourth listen. The imaginative, slightly jazzy riffs are accompanied by faint percussion and Charlton Paine’s distinguishing vocals; which can be recognised in any one of the bands tunes.

The video fits with the DIY name of the EP, set in the lads hometown Witham, it takes you on a journey through the town and shows a day in the life of the band. It uses impressive ideas, with lyrics discussing the ‘overrated talent’ in the music industry nowadays, scrolling through the official charts’ website as these play.

Watch the video here:

Download the bands debut EP for free, or order a Limited Edition physical copy here.

NEW MUSIC: Dreamboat Picture – The Empire Police

Indie-rock four-piece The Empire Police have laid out yet another belter of a tune, Dreamboat Picture, which came out earlier this month.

The Lancashire lads released their self-titled debut EP back in January, combining a mix of raw and melodic indie-rock sounds, with influences such as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines. The EP release got them large recognition, seeing them play a hometown gig supporting INHEAVEN and start gigging further afield.

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Setting off with a single drum roll Dreamboat Picture quickly erupts into a dynamic mix of raw bass, harsh percussion and melodic riffs.  The track combines powerful vocal hooks, filthy guitars and punchy rhythms giving off an alternative vibe which only makes it all the more infectious.

Frontman Jordao Bassa told us the meaning behind the track, saying:  “It’s about a relationship or friendship that’s sort of going downhill fast, you can see it happening and you know it’s inevitable,  but you try to see the bright side and get on with it regardless.”

Bassa’s smooth, slightly raspy vocals are the perfect tone as he belts out  lyrics like:  “Guess it was chaos intertwined with love, I’ve got my hand in glove”. and “She still beats me dry, my dreamboat picture very nearly has capsized”.

 Dreamboat Picture not only combines elements of many indie tunes we know and love, but also brings a refreshing, distinctive voice to the scene.

Listen to the track below:

The Empire Police play the final of Last Band Standing at Preston venue The Ferret this Saturday (April 15th).

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They’ve also got some huge summer dates planned in Preston, Bolton, Manchester and Sheffield. They’re keeping quiet about these for now so make sure to watch out across their social media for any updates:

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