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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:

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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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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.

Twitter: @macbenson_

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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JEWELS: ‘TOO CLOSE’ EP

Jewels, a band I introduced to you all a while back, are releasing a new EP with six incredible songs on the 14th of April. I had the pleasure of previewing the EP, and thought it was only right that I did a small review on the tracks and the albums overall feel before its release, as it is such an amazing record.

The first song, ‘Sally’ has previously been released as a single, and is one of the reasons I fell in love with the band. It’s such an ambient song, with the alternative guitar riff, stunning vocals, and heavy drums. ‘Sally’ also promises some brilliant lyrics, based on a ‘real-life’ situation they seem familiar and expressive, almost like you’ve lived Sally’s story or you’re watching it unfold. The sounds on the track work so well together, I can’t stop listening to it!

‘Glow’ is the next track on the EP, one which I think really highlights the vocal talent of Jewels. A lot of things about this song remind me of another great alternative band, ‘Sunset Sons’, as the strong vocals join with the melodic guitar and create something you really want to jump around to. These two songs really set the overall vibe of the EP, the rocky, alternative guitar and drums with amazing vocal lines and indie sounding lyrics.

The third track, ‘Someone Else’ is much more upbeat and fast than the first two; its a proper dancing track (perhaps even one for mosh pits when they perform it live!!) I love the instrumental sections where you can really hear the heavy guitar and drums, this one really goes back to alternative music’s roots and style. This one has the potential to be a favourite of mine, purely because of the surprising last minute of it where the vocals are extremely raw and emotional.

When I first listened to the fourth song on the EP, ‘Can I be a Better Man’, I honestly got chills. It is so perfectly produced with the smooth guitar, heavy drums and the lyrics and vocals that are softer than that on previous tracks making it poignant and reflective. It reminds me slightly of new ‘Sundara Karma’ or indie band ‘Peace’ but has its own creative difference; its not completely like anything I’ve heard before.

The fifth track, ‘London Town’, I knew I would love straight away. It’s so full of passion and emotion, which is something Jewels are so good at conveying. It starts with an amazing acoustic verse and then adds layers of sound, making it so full and rich in sound. The lyrics are so powerful; its a real anthem and one I advise EVERYONE to listen to as soon as the EP is released.

The sixth and final addition to the EP is entitled ‘Leave me alone’, and is a fitting finale to such an amazing record. It goes back to the heavier side of Jewels, the chorus especially, reflecting the pure talent the band have when it comes to each of their instruments. I love the honesty and emotion in this track, its very hard-hitting and again one I can imagine mosh pits involved when its played live!

This EP is honestly one of the most creative and dynamic releases I’ve heard for a long time, and I am grateful to have had the pleasure to preview it. I implore you to listen to ‘Too Close’ as soon as it is released on Friday; its the sort of music you really don’t want to be missing out on. Make sure you follow the boys on their instagram – @jewelsband and keep your eyes peeled for them playing live in your area. With the possibility of them playing Colchester Arts Centre in the future, it looks like this is going to be a good year for Jewels.

-Kaia-

Twitter: @kaia1975

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NEW MUSIC: Lost (and Found) – The Seamonsters

The Seamonsters are a six-piece indie group hailing from Sheffield in Yorkshire. The indie glitter girl-gang formed in 2013 and are now set to release their debut single Lost (and Found) on April 14th.

The group combine catchy guitar riffs, melodic tunes and distinctive keyboard sounds. So far their material has brought them comparison to the likes of The Wombats, Wolf Alice and Black Honey. They’ve already played a number of headline and support gigs as well as playing festivals such as Outlines and Tramlines.

After hearing news of the debut single release I was super excited to catch a listen and share my thoughts on the tune with you all.

Almost from the get-go Lost (and Found) had me hooked. Opening with a single riff, followed briefly by a heavier mix of instruments that steadies out just in time for the introduction of the verse.

Naomi’s pleasantly ethereal vocals portray a dreamy-pop vibe; highlighted particularly by Naomi and Lauren’s backing vocals throughout the chorus. It’s a euphoric combination of drums, guitars and keys; combining beautifully with the vibrant variety of voices.

As a track that evokes memories of late summer nights at festivals this is one to add to your Summer playlists.

Talking about the track and the release, The Seamonsters told us:

“We’re so happy and very proud. The production and recording quality is a huge step up from the demos we put up … We’re honestly thrilled with how it sounds.”

They are hoping to play some gigs across the UK off the back of the single. Keep an eye on their social media which can be found below!

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INTRODUCING: Strangewave

Indie-rock quartet STRANGEWAVE are set to release their brand new single Out All Night later this month.

The Brighton band led by Darius Zaltash chatted with us ahead of the single release, along with revealing details of their next few gigs & even touching upon where their name idea came from. Check out what they had to say…

Hiya guys! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves? 

[Darius]: So I moved to Brighton from Reading for Uni in September, met Stewart as he’s my housemate and straight away we wanted to work together, Stewart and Harry used to be in another band back in Maidstone and so did I back in Reading. Although it was fun both bands weren’t really going anywhere so we thought why don’t we give it another crack here.

[Luke]: I’m from Burnley and moved Brighton for the same reasons really and I’m on the same course as Stew so he said come for a jam one day, we’re looking for a new guitarist and here we are!

 Where did your name come from?

Saw it on the back of a dolphin.

What artists influence you?

[Harry]: Too many! I’m rating The Orwells at the moment though.

[Darius]: Our influences come from all over the place but I’m really digging the new Palm Honey EP, they’ve just got a wicked sound deffo check em out!

[Stew]: I’ve been listening to a lot of Dinosaur Pile-Up, they just sound so grungy I love it.

[Luke]: – Picasso is still decent tbh.

So you’ve got your first single coming out soon (exciting!!), can you tell us a little bit about it? 

[Darius]: Yeahh boii, so the single is called “Out All Night” and it is about exactly that to be honest! I took a trip to Budapest last summer with some of my closest friends and it ended up being one of the craziest experiences I’ve ever had! Met some of the best people so the song is kind of a tribute to those 10 days if that makes sense, I think its got a kind of “you and your mates vs the world” vibe aswell which is cool.

When will the track be released and where will it be available to download/buy?

[Stew]: The song is coming out next month and will be released on Apple Music,Spotify and Soundcloud.

What gigs are you going to be playing in the near future? 

[Luke]: Our next gig is at Bleach on the 16th of March with Sisteray and The RPM’s, then after that we’re playing Jumanji’s single launch party at The Hope and Ruin on the 19th of April which looks like its gonna be huge! The rest is all hush hush for now.

Who would you say is the funniest in the band?

Harry!

Have you guys got any gigs you’re attending in the near future?

[Harry]: Maybe Jagwar Ma

[Darius]: Seeing The Amazons at Patterns next month, they played a gig in my house once back in Reading and been a huge fan of their work ever since!

Are you more of a cat or dog person?

[Harry]: Cat

[Darius]: Dog

[Stewart]: Cat

[Luke]: Cat

Do any of you have pets?

Harry has a cat, Stewart has a bunny.

Did you have any New Years resolutions and have you stuck to them?

Not that we can remember haha!

Favourite album of all time?

[Harry]: Nevermind

[Stewart]: the hurting by Tears For Fears

[Luke]:  Wild Cub – Youth

[Darius]: Fortune Drive – A Modern Question.

Cheers guys!

As of yet the band have just one demo track on Soundcloud after forming late last year; you can listen to Run below.

Strangewave are playing a local gig at BLEACH / Brighton on Thursday March 16 along with The RPMs, Sisteray & HAKE. Tickets are available here.

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