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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.

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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.

Year Of The Girl

Even though I’m a girl, I’ll admit I’ve never really found myself listening to many female musicians. I’ve always had massive respect for the likes of Blondie, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, The Pretenders and Siouxsie and The Banshees, but they’ve never really been amongst my favourite artists. Up until this year, almost every musician on my Spotify ‘recently played artists’ were men. It wasn’t a conscious decision, I just hadn’t found the one.

So this is my shoutout to 2017 – the year that changed it all for me. I don’t know whether the girls have had a particularly good year in 2017, or whether it’s just taken me this long to properly hear the music they’re making. I know they’ve always been out there, but 2017 seems to be the year that I’ve finally tuned into them.

Lana Del Rey was the first female artist to really grab my attention when she dropped Born To Die back in 2012, serving nihilism, hedonism, self-loathing and feminine melancholia in a sort of hip-hop-punk package. Something about her persona and talent made a lasting impression, not only on me, but on the music scene in general. For me, she’s sustained her well-deserved reputation, culminating in this year’s Lust For Life album. Whilst, for me, it still doesn’t top Born To Die or Ultraviolence, this is perhaps her most accomplished album yet, with an exciting array of musicians featuring, including the aforementioned Stevie Nicks, as well as A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd and Sean Ono Lennon. Not only this, but Del Rey landed herself a magnificent ELLE UK cover and spread and whipped up excitement over shows in London, Liverpool and Glasgow. In short, 2017 has seen Lana Del Rey rocket ever higher.

A year later than Del Rey’s debut, 2013 saw the release of Haim’s Days Are Gone, an album which made its way into my summer playlist and into the pages of NME regularly. However, this year’s Something To Tell You has been the real showstopper, perhaps as a result of an agonisingly long 4-year wait for the group to return. Already with a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around at the moment, Haim certainly have not disappointed this year, with an explosive headline set on the NME stage at Reading and Leeds. Even though I haven’t seen them live, watching their Reading set on the TV was proof enough to me that they deserve their reputation, and that 2017 has treated them well, with a second log of crowd-pleasing tunes, an eager and adoring audience, and a confetti cannon finale. This year their singles have even become an almost regular feature on Radio 1. However, my personal favourite Haim moment of 2017 has got to be their incredible cover of Shania Twain’s That Don’t Impress Me Much on Triple J’s Like A Version. 

Like Haim, Lorde also released her debut album Pure Heroine in 2013. Unlike Haim, Lorde wasn’t really on my radar until she came back this year with Melodrama – an album I really can’t speak highly enough of. I’d heard Royals back then (who hadn’t?) but I feel like I, personally, wasn’t ready for it. It’s not until I heard Melodrama this year that I decided to listen to Pure Heroine, this time with full appreciation. A captivating performer, talented songwriter, and pals with the late David Bowie, Lorde is one of the girls I’m championing this year as she continues to enjoy commercial success without compromising on her quirky individualism, in terms of fashion, performance and personality (see her recent performance at the VMA’s despite having the flu). However, there’s definitely something different about 2017 Lorde compared to 2013. The musical direction, the haircut, I don’t know what it is, but, to me, 2017 seems to be the year that Lorde has flourished most so far, breaking into my psyche at long last and doing it for the girls.

Even on a smaller scale, 2017 seems to have blessed us with an array of talented gals, with Wolf Alice coming back at us with some new tunes, and Fickle Friends continuing to  tour and work on their much-anticipated debut album. From the small tents to the headline stage, the gals have really been gearing up this year.

So, has 2017 been the year of the girl, or have I just been deaf all these years? Who is the queen of the scene at the moment? And, most importantly, who has dropped the best album of 2017: Lorde, Haim or Lana?

Harriet x

Introducing Winstons Awake

Winstons Awake are a Cornish Grunge/Indie duo based around Truro. Members Robin Owen (Guitar and vocals) and Malcolm Shead (Drums) manage to fill their live performances with energy and passion. As for their music, the mix of powerful vocals, outstanding solos, and tune you can’t help but dance, this band could have a future few can match. With inspiration from such famous bands as smashing pumpkins, Blind Melon and White Denim, it would hardly be surprising if this band becomes one of the leaders in the British grunge scene in just a few years. small bands like this are proof that the classic style of rock can never die, merely change its look and lay in wait for the right band to come about.

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Check out their social media and

http://www.winstonsawake.co.uk

http://www.winstonsawake.bandcamp.com

http://www.soundcloud.com/winstonsawake

Facebook and Instagram @winstonsawake

Also, don’t forget to check out Robins Solo work below \/ \/ \/

http://www.romusic.co.uk

http://www.robinowen.bandcamp.com

If you have any questions my social media links will be below.

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Basically sundani karma everywhere. on youtube, I will be updating and adding videos from the festival and any gigs I go to in the future so keep an eye out.

MY Pick For Top 5 Acts of Boardmasters

Disclaimer. Acts of all genres, popularity, and fame have been considered. These are my top picks and mine only. I have also ignored the headliners as everyone knows Two Door, Alt-J, Jamiroquai, slaves, Jake Bugg and the like will have had insane sets.

5. Will Joseph Cook

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Will Joseph Cook played the main stage at 14:15 on the Friday and for me was one of the first acts I saw on the weekend. His energy, vibrant music and charisma on stage made him one of my favorite acts of the weekend. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t yet heard of Will Joseph Cook. be sure to check him out on youtube and Spotify.

4. Loyle Carner

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If you’ve been anywhere near the rap/ indie scene this year you’ve certainly heard this name before. This contemporary hip-hop artist from south London tackles difficult subjects with his smooth rhymes. The beats combined with his voice are bound to get you dancing. If you have any appreciation of rap then this artist is for you.

3. Winstons Awake

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That’s right, time for a small act. This Truro based duo blow me away with their live energy and attitude towards the music they were making. Their passion reflected in their music. With band members Robbin Owen (vocals/guitar) and Malcolm Shead (drums). This rocking duo is bringing old-fashioned grunge into the modern era and throwing around a bit of indie and folk while they’re at it. be sure to check them out on youtube along with Robbin’s solo ep as well. you might just find something you like.

2. Tom Grennan / The Amazons

These two acts were both incredible and impossible to split up since they performed one after the other at the festival.

Tom Grennan

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A man with a band backing him and his powerful vocals all the way and stopping at nothing to throw out tune after tune. This man will be staying on the festival circuit for a long time and I have no doubt in a few years we could see him headlining.

The Amazons

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I’m sure everyone heard the fuss when this band released their debut album just a few months ago. There was a lot of hype around it, and rightfully so. Their amazing album has just released the floodgates on this bands potential to perform live as well.

1. Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls

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If you’ve been to a festival in the last 8 years you’ve probably heard of Frank Turner and with good reason. With such incredible songs as “Get Better”, “I Still Believe” and “recovery” (shown in the video). His Punk attitude combined with a rock/Indie folk sound makes him very distinctive. With having seen nearly 500 different musicians live I know a good show when I see one, and I have got to say few come close to the dedicated, energetic crowd he seems to draw in. I don’t think it was possible to not to dance. Frank Turner has played over 2000 shows and his positivity, energy, and love for his music combined with having fun on stage was enough to make him my number one (nonheadliner) for Boardmasters 2017

This has been my BM 2017 countdown. I hope this opened your eyes to new music.

If you have any questions my social media links will be below.

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Basically sundani karma everywhere. on youtube, I will be updating and adding videos from the festival and any gigs I go to in the future so keep an eye out.

 

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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