If my last posts didn’t give it a way, I am a huge music lover from this years city of culture, I am all about spreading the word about the great bands born and bred in good old ‘ull. Therefore, I have created the ultimate ‘Made in Hull’ playlist, a celebration of both new and old artists who are placing us on the map with bands such as LUMER, LIFE, THE HUBBARDS, THE HOUSEMARTINS and LA BETE BLOOMS. Check It out over on my Spotify!
Having already played multiple shows around Leeds and got some sweet stuff recorded, lad band Muffin are in the middle of working their way higher up the Leeds music scene. Their fresh track, ‘Dinosaur’, is the perfect listen if you want a taste of what Muffin have to offer.
As soon as you hit the play button, an infectious guitar shred penetrates your ears that is soon followed by the explosive voice of frontman, Matt Bond. Already in the first 30 seconds of the track, it is clear that this is a song of rebellion and protest with the lyrics ‘he’ll sell you lies, he’ll plagiarize// and rip your soul away’ foregrounding its anarchy feel. As their track progresses, the band really come together with some addictive guitar riffs, rebellious bass strings and the driving drum rhythms that lend to the power of the song and it’s lyrics. This isn’t one of them song that’s too ‘in your face’, yet Muffin still manage to create the perfect mix to get across their F**k you attitude.
Matt told us the meaning behind the song saying: “The song was written in the final stages of the US Presidential Election Campaigns, and its focal point is effectively a ‘highlighting’ of all the ways Donald Trump is tyrannical lunatic. So for the purpose of the song, he’s the Dinosaur, attempting to exert power over and dominate those weaker than him, but as a collective, there is a great deal of protest to his ideologies and that regardless of the result, he’d never be looked up to as leader (“King of What? F**k All!”)”
Calling themselves a ‘grungegaze’ band- a mixture of shoe gaze and grunge- Muffin are certainly bring breath of fresh air to the music scene with their tunes having a mixture of grungy/ punk sounds. The band are ones to catch while you can; get over to Santiago Bar on the 9th of May to check out their single launch of Dinosaur, or alternatively you can catch them play The Leading Room on the 30th of May. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they bring free muffins to their gigs? Whats not to love?
Being a band that you would often spot busking on the streets of the UK, King No-One are finally beginning to climb their way up the music scene. Having just practically sold out every gig of their tour, the bands performance at Hull’s Fruit Space was the perfect example to signify that King No-One are a band who perform with charisma, charm and pure passion. Definitely a band to catch now before they are playing to the masses!
Having sold out the venue as they tour with Topman, Peace sent Leeds’ Stylus into complete carnage with their indie tunes. Despite being off the scene for years now, the Worchester lads performance showed just how Peace will never be kicked off the popularity scale. With support from rising artist, Will Joseph Cook, Peace gave a legendary gig for all those who had the chance to attend.
Kicking off the night, Will Joseph Cook wowed the crowd with his catchy mellow tunes, getting the crowd into a hazy state as they danced along. Having just recently toured with Sundara Karma, got an album set to be released in April, and about to venture on his own tour of the UK and Europe this May, the indie style singer is catching the ears of more and more people with his infectious feel good tunes. With a fair few people singing along with Cook, the artist was very much the calm before the storm as Peace took to the stage.
As soon as Peace emerged onto the stage, the crowd exploded into a giant mosh pit as the lads belted out ‘Higher than the sun’, the first song from their first album.With half the crowd on the floor and sweat dripping off everyone just by the first song, it was clear that this was going to be no average gig. Peace then moved onto to play a couple of songs from their most recent album Happy people, with ‘Lost on me’, ‘Money’, ‘Perfect Skin’ and ‘I’m A Girl’, causing the crowd to breaking out into none stop mosh pits as each and every gig goer sang the words back to the band.
With the crowd pretty much worn out by this point, Peace decided to give their fans a bit of a breathers with a Binary Finary cover, ‘1998 (delicious)‘. The hazy song was a perfect example as to why Peace are up there with some of the most grooviest bands of the present day as the audience swayed along. This was of course was until frontman Harry Kiosser’s guitar picked up the pace and the crowd were back at it yet again, thrashing along to the band’s tune.
Complete of a night of both funky songs from the album ‘Happy people’, and timeless classics from ‘In Love’, the lads wrapped up the night with a more recent song, ‘World Pleasure’. For one last time, Peace shook Leeds union with their immense sounds as their loyal fans gave it their all. With people flying about left right and centre, World Pleasure was a unforgettable song to mark the end a mind-blowing night.
Rumour has it that Peace are currently in the process of making new music, keeping your eyes peeled people!
If you are yet to hear of the The Hubbards, you are missing out. Having just dropped a beauty of a new track, ‘Just Touch’, the born and bred Hull lads are the ones to watch out for this year as they climb their way higher and higher up the indie music scene.
With the song kicking in straight away with choppy bass strings, groovy guitar chords, a delicious drum beat, and the melodious vocals of front man Reuben, the echoing dreamy lyrics ‘I can do what you want me to just reach out and touch me’ pull you in right from the off. As the song cracking song progresses, all elements of the band merge together in a frenzy of musical goodness, making it impossible not to catch yourself tapping along to the lads infectious rhythm.
‘Just Touch’ presents the sheer talent of this small town band, and is just one example as to why these lads will be blasting out off your radio in the months to come!
You can download ‘Just Touch’ at the end of this month on the 31st of March, or check them out on their tour of the UK this March and April! Don’t miss out!
London girl gang, The Big Moon, have just released a banger of a new music video for their single, Sucker! Set in the wild wild west, drummer Fern, portrays a mean sheriff who tries (and fails) to seduce the ultimate queen, and bassist, Ceilia. But fear not, The Big Moon’s vocalist, Jules, is here to save the day! Not only is it hilarious to watch how many characters the band’s guitarist, soph, manages to play, the little twist at the end is just what makes these girls the biggest babes on the music scene right now. Mark your calendars as The Big Moon’s debut album, ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ comes out on the 7th of April!
If you haven’t heard yet, Hull is this year’s City Of Culture. However it is not just the fantastic events that are occurring over the city during 2017 that is attracting thousands of new visitors, but it is Hull’s emerging bands and artists that are putting this under-rated city on the map.
A lot of Hull bands are given a lot of recognition by the press and social media recently, yet it is not often that we heard of some of the up and coming solo artists that Hull has to offer, one of these being the 17 year old singer and guitarist, Elizabeth Pickering. Despite only being 17, this student has accomplished so much in so little time; having already sang live on Beverly Radio, played at Hull’s notorious Humber Street Sesh and performed at almost every venue in Hull, the time has come for Elizabeth Pickering to be recognized as one of the cities most talented and gifted emerging soloists.
It is not only Elizabeth’s angelic voice and soothing guitar chords that are what makes her one of the most original artists to grace the Hull music scene at the moment, its the sheer lyrical talent and composing skills that this girl possesses. Her music is pure, thoughtful and creative as Elizabeth sings each of her own songs with emotion and passion. One of the artists most popular songs continues to be, ‘Take off you colours’, a warm song in which Elizabeth’s incredible vocal range, wholehearted lyrical writing and skilful guitar playing are really present. Even if you don’t know any of Elizabeth’s catchy and cheerful numbers, her covers are just as unique and individual.
Elizabeth Pickering creativeness and originality is what is getting this girl to the top of the the Hull music scene. It is advised to catch her while you can, it wont be long before this young girl is performing to the masses.
In the last week, women across the world marched together in protest of Trump’s inauguration as women are STILL having to fight for their right for equality! Yet despite all the turmoil, the taste of girl power is in the air, so name a more perfect time to pick out some hot up and coming indie girl bands who ooze with coolness. Its a fact that theses babes will get more of an audience than you, Donald!
The Big Moon
Formed in early 2015, girl gang The Big Moon are capturing the heart of thousands of music lovers as the girls are pretty much the hottest up and coming band right now. The London based girls are an indie/alternative lovers dream come true, with Juliette Jackson’s entracning vocals, Soph Nathan’s seductive guitar riffs, Fern Fords immense drum clashes and Celia Archer memorizing Bass strings, The Big Moon are a band that are the first ones to add to your ‘feeling good’ playlist (come on, we’ve all got one). In just the two short years they have been together, the girls have already toured with the Vaccines, played at Radio 1’s future festival and been featured in NME countless times. With a their debut album, Love in the 4th dimension, set to be released this April, expect to hear The Big Moon on every indie playlist on Spotify as these girls are taking over the alternative world day by day!
With a sound that reflects 80’s punk rebellion meets modern day indie alternative, Dream Wife are arguably the biggest patriarchy warriors on the music scene right now. Named after a feminist 1953 movie, the indie/alternative girl trio possess individuality, irresistibly fashion sense and a ‘I don’t give a f**k’ attitude which is enough to get anyone turning these girls up to full blast when they come on the radio. Made up of Rakel Mjoll (lead vocals), Alice Go(guitar and vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals), Dream Wife have a very addictive rhythm to each of their songs that are complete with delicious guitar cords, bold drum beats and feisty lyrics. Dream wife are the perfect artists to lead all men and women into the battle field to fight for equality!
New to Leeds, comes local band, MOM. Complete of Sarah on guitar and vocals, Brooke on lead guitar, Beth on drums and Hannah on bass, MOM are an indie rock band who are a force to be reckoned with when they hit the stage. Filled with feel good vibes, MOM are exactly what you need to listen to if you are in need of a pick me up as their groovy tunes wrap you up in a glowing haze of warm lyrics, fiery drums, sweet bass sounds and delightful guitar strings. MOM very much have charming sound to them, becoming a pleasure to listen to as they invite you in more and more with every song. Not only do they sound wicked but they all look cool as heck. If you want to hear MOM at there finest, catch them at a live show and see how refreshing it is to have a girl band like this to shimmy along to.
Although the title of this blog is ‘Girl gangs that are taking over the world’, we are still fighting for equality for both men and women and this last band is a group of young men that are rebelling against the male stereotype. With bleached hair, flamboyant make up and outfits that you would not find on the high street in this day and age, you can spot HMLTD from a mile off. The band have a sound of a 70s post punk band, as they trash all their instruments together in a strangely catchy amount of songs that get there small fan base into carnage. Seeing HMLTD live is like being taken back in time to an underground bar in the late 70’s where unconventional bands would play, if you haven’t seen them live them you cannot even imagine how unique this band are.
Although things seem pretty bleak in the world of equality right now, just give these 4 bands a listen to, add them to your motivational playlist and get out there and fight for your rights!! Donald Trump, we hate you!
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