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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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What the World Was Waiting For: The flaws and merits of The Roses return

18th October 2011. ‘This is a live resurrection that we’ve invited you to, so you better be careful.’ This flippant comment from Ian Brown on the date of the official reunion of The Stone Roses would go on to capture the spirit, mentality and excitement of the nation’s most prominent musical dream.

Since 1989, the world has been a very different place for the British and lovers of their music. The drab, dull nature of our tiny Island was manipulated by the luscious loops of John Squire, the lyrical lexicon of Ian Brown, the loose licks of Gary Mounfield and the labyrinthine lynchpin that was Alan Wren in such a way that our culture has never quite recovered. And so you can only begin to imagine the elation that filled the air upon hearing this band were back for more and had promised new music! So why is it that six years later so many fans of the band seem disappointed with what this reunion has provided us with? I’m going to try and discuss in this article the many merits and odd flaw that have arose from the return of the greatest band of this century.

Following the press conference given to officially announce this return the band embarked on a world tour hitting their key locations of Ireland, Japan and of course, Manchester where the band’s two huge dates at Heaton Park sold 150,000 tickets in 11 minutes prompting a third date to be added. However before any of this happened, The Stone Roses announced a surprise gig at Warrington Parr Hall exclusive only to fans who brought band merchandise. This deeply intimate gig in front of 1,000 joyous and dedicated fans is some of the most exciting live stuff of the reunion and was documented expertly by Shane Meadows in ‘Made of Stone’ which for my money is reason enough for the band’s second coming. Meadows’ work in regards to all of that film is perfect but it is most visibly tender when he and his camera crew stand outside the Warrington venue and interview many of these very fans whose stories and emotions fill every inch of whatever size screen you can see this film on.

And from there the band went from strength to strength, Heaton Park was a success comparable only to Spike Island, Coachella saw the band on top form even if the crowd were bemused and even the music press were enamoured with the greatest hit sets the band had been touring with. Following this a selection of dates at The Etihad Stadium were announced, one of which was my first time seeing The Roses, and once again these tickets sold out incredibly quickly however what truly shook up the world happened one month and three days before the first concert took place. The Stone Roses finally blessed us all with new music.

‘All For One’ was the first of the new material released and was first played on Radio 1 just before 8 PM 12 May 2016, almost five years since the band reformed. I, as so many others were, was listening intently to the radio, ear pressed to the speaker waiting for what was thought to never happen. To avoid any excess noise, I laid on my bathroom floor next to my radio with my phone recording so that I would be able to listen to the track multiple times even if there had been a delay before the track was put online. The track erupted into the band’s back catalogue as it would later erupt from the speakers of stadiums across the country. The track has been criticised for its simplicity and lack of weight and yet I feel that as an anthemic ode to unity, it is bright, bubbly and brash. It is certainly a weak track when placed against the other masterworks the band have produced in their time but nevertheless it is still a Roses track through and through and it certainly satiated, momentarily, the fans need for new music.

Next was ‘Beautiful Thing’, a track released nearly a month later at Midnight on the ninth of June. I, once again, went to great lengths to hear the song properly staying up all night and listening to the track enough times to know all of the lyrics before I went to bed that night. It seems I wasn’t alone as this 7 minute epic went on to receive much greater critical acclaim and fan acceptance than ‘All For One.’ Fans and critics alike praised the more psychedelic nature of the track, the more sprawling lyrical content and the general complexity the band put forward.

Overall, the tweets following the release of each track and posts on the band’s fan site suggest that I wasn’t alone in my obsession with hearing each track and that most fans seemed to at least mildly enjoy both tracks, however many old-school fans voiced disappointment with the material and even addressed fears that the band may swap some classics for these new tracks on their live setlist. In truth only ‘All For One’ would land onto the setlist making it’s live debut on June 7 2016 at another surprise, smaller gig this time in Halifax. ‘Beautiful Thing’ would remain unperformed aside from Ian singing it’s chorus along with 52,000 other fans at The Roses final gig at Hampden Park.

There is one event I have deliberately avoided mentioning when writing this piece and that is the infamous ‘Reni leaves stage incident.’ On June 12 2012 the group played their third ever gig as a reformed band, a Music Hall in Amsterdam. During the concert Reni’s earpiece had been giving him trouble and interference lead to him struggling to play and so when the band left stage for an encore Reni ditched the performance leaving the band drummer-less and unable to go on. Ian relayed this information to the crowd in a deliberately antagonistic way and even went as far as calling Reni a “cunt”. This incident inflamed age old rumours regarding Ian and Reni’s dislike for one another, rumours that would later return as the band’s split seemed imminent. Whilst hardly the death of the reunion that the music press had described it as, it becomes painfully obvious that this highlighted what would become a growing divide between two of the band’s most divisive members.

Arguably the most important element, and the element that has truly cemented this reunion as the most important musical event of the last decade is the healing of the rift between generations of baggy-clad ravers. The Roses first defined a generation in the nineties when the loose hippies celebrating acid and the ‘second summer of love’ flocked to Spike Island and created a sea of bucket hats, an aroma of pot and an event that lives on in mythology. Amongst these were The Gallagher Brothers whose floppy hair and flared jeans kept the spirit of early 90’s subculture rolling and when the World’s cameras were pointed at Oasis during the height of their powers, the pair waxed poetic about Ian Brown and Co, specifically ‘Sally Cinnamon’ and in doing so turned a whole load of Britpop teenagers onto The Stone Roses. This sequence of inspiration, acknowledgment and revival would keep going in the years between their breakup and would create a stream of fans who grew younger and younger. And yet something special happened with this reunion. Every gig was a spectacle, every kid into indie music put a lemon in their social media usernames, bucket hats were back and parents, children, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters all became one and The Stone Roses fan-base grew ever more diverse. Suddenly it was cool to raid your parents wardrobe and go to gigs with them wearing matching bucket hats, it was cool to share CDs and I honestly believe The Roses are a great point of connection between me and my parents as well families up and down the country. The Stone Roses preached and practiced what no other band ever could. One love.

And then it was over. Following two shows at Leeds First Direct Arena, rumours began to fly about The Roses split following a supposed leak sharing news that Hampden Park was to be the band’s last ever gig. Soon after, fans began to post pictures from signings telling us that the band themselves had confirmed this was it for The Roses and before long it seemed set in stone. After an amazing gig at Hampden Park Ian dropped the final comment that solidified to so many the conclusion of the band: “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy it happened”. This was it, arena tours, new tracks and generational crossovers finished with a single line. However the lack of official announcement following this obvious finale begs the question, is this just another hiatus? Could there be a third coming?

And would we even want it? It has become a point of contention for fans of the band, across fan pages and forums as to whether it all lived up to the hype. Whether the band that we never thought could have reformed ever should have done. And in conclusion I think so. This reunion has offered me and the rest of my generation the chance we never had, the opportunity to see The Stone Roses live, to be a part of the cultural phenomenon that you can’t put into words, to feel the spirituality of The Roses. The band were always on top form performing setlists of golden material and releasing two songs, both of which are excellent for seemingly juxtaposed reasons, one a rollicking call for peace, the other a slower jam questioning the psychedelia of relationships and society. I have seen it argued that this was a nostalgia trip, a chance for fans to hear their favourite tracks and nothing more but I then ask: in this age of political turmoil and oppression, what could be more uplifting than the chance for so many of us to share in our celebration of something we love? And this return has given us that, it has provided us with unity in a time where that seems so far away and has brought us all together in a way nobody but The Stone Roses can and whether they continue or not their music is forever immortal.

Made in Hull! The bands that are placing the city of culture on the map.

As you’ve probably heard, Hull is now the Uk’s City of Culture! With something new and exciting happening every week, an expected 1 million new visitors are to come to Hull in the duration of 2017. Yet despite all this arty and amazing stuff going on just 1 month into the year, it is the Hull bands that are placing this underrated city on the map.

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LIFE

LIFE
LIFE are arguably the biggest band in Hull at the moment as the 4 piece band have just returned from touring as Slaves main support act around Europe, and the career of this punky band is becoming bigger and brighter. A band that do not stop moving once they hit the stage, their crazy and unique stage presence works immensely with LIFE’s punky/ post punk sound, a frenzy of guitar riffs, rythamatic drums and a smooth bass, all accompanied by frontman, Mez’, brash attitude and rock and roll stage presence. LIFE have their own punky sound, fast paced, noisy and full of energy, cementing them as one of the most individual post punk bands going. Some of the most popular hits from the band include, ‘go go go’, ‘rare boots’, and ‘popular music’. With a huge following in Hull alone, expect to hear a lot more from LIFE in the near future!
SONG TO LISTEN TO: Popular music

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FRONTEERS

FRONTEERS
With 12,000 monthly listeners on their Spotify and a support band for Blossoms in 2015, the Fronteers are on to big things and are doing Hull proud! It could be said that the Fronteers can be compared to any alternative/indie band, yet the bands lively tempo and melodious vocals make this a band you come back to hear more and more of. If you are a fan on the Arctic Monkeys or classic britpop bands, you will love the Fronteers. Having just recently released a new single, ‘Next time I’m around’ (a personal favorite of mine), the Fronteers present just how much potential they have. As a band that are a sheer pleasure to listen to, there’s no doubt about it that the Fronteers are going to be selling out shows to the masses in the years to come!

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Full Moon

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THE HUBBARDS

THE HUBBARDS

The quartet who are officially the City of Culture’s ‘Ones to watch’, The Hubbards are indie band that are not only taking hull by storm but have the rest of the UK in their clutches. Similar to the Fronteers, The Hubbards possess charisma, personality and an distinctive sound. In every song it is clear that the band play with passion and spirit, noticeable especially through the strong vocals and pulsating drums, bass and guitar. If you want to hear The Hubbards at their best, catch them at a live show, it is a promise that they will not fail to get the crowd going.

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Dog Bite

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LUMER

LUMER
Despite only being on the scene for just over a year, Lumer have already recently added a fourth member to their original trio, brought their own merch out, made a music video, and got an album on the go. Making their mark on the Hull music scene and becoming more and more popular by the day, Lumer are a band that scream energy, sending any venue that they play into an explosion with their punky/ grungy sounds. The bands sound could be described as a mixture of genres: grungy, punky, psychedelic rock, mental, yet these all work strangely well together with each songs captivating lyrics. Lumer are already beginning to play venues outside of Hull despite the short time they have been together. With new music being recorded right now, Lumer are definitely a band to go check out when they come to a city near you!

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Futile

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VULGARIANS

VULGARIANS
And last but certainly not least, Vulgarians! If you ever go to a Vulgarians gig, be sure to expect some headbanging as this is a band that possess energy, life and sheer heavy rock. Vulgarians have a very psychedelic/ heavy sound which I would say could be compared to the Wytches or 80s mental newcomers, Shame, yet the Vulgarians are a little more heavier and a lot louder! Complete of Ryan on vocals, Jodie playing bass, Connor on drums and Luke on guitar, Vulgarians are a band that you’d be silly not check out.

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Lost sanity smiles
Next time you think of Hull as that rough town on the Humberside with nothing going for it, have a listen to just some of our incredible bands born and breed in good old Hull. There is no doubt about it, Hull’s band are doing us Hull people pretty proud and marking our place firmly on the map as the place to be for cracking music and sick gigs!