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New Single: Louis Berry “She Wants Me”

The husky sound of Louis Berry was a successful one last year and has started 2017 with a hit. She Wants Me is fast-paced, good old fashioned rock and roll. The self-proclaimed ‘Liverpool’s finest’ is certainly one of the brightest coming out of the city at the minute, he has a handful of dates to come over the next few months and tunes like this are bound to be hits live.

The domesticity combined with the energy of not quite ever knowing whether the song is sitting steady or about to crash into a chorus leaves you on edge. It stops and starts unexpectedly and there’s an air of confidence that comes from it, it’s not unjustified.

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New Single: The Shimmer Band “Jacknife and The Death Call”

Another release from Bristol’s The Shimmer Band. These lads are very active around the country and are on a quick rise, Jacknife and The Death Call will add strings to their bow. It’s a good sample of their music to date, with Kasabian sounds throughout and a layered electric feel which runs behind echoed vocals.

Crashing drums make this track explode from the offset and they open up what is an interesting song title. I caught this band in Liverpool last year and they’re bound for good things in 2017.

Album Review: Sundara Karma – Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

There’s always an excitement when a band gains a big following before even releasing an album, we’ve seen it recently with Blossoms, but there’s also an added pressure to deliver. Reading’s Sundara Karma released their debut album today.

Speaking candidly, let’s not mark them as trailblazers, neither are they completely the same as what we can listen to at the minute, but their first LP delivers nothing we’re unaccustomed too. Assertive guitar, big drums, the beginning of the album feels large by scale. Especially opening track, ‘A Young Understanding’ which sounds a little like The Vaccines and The Maccabees. ‘Happy Family’ is the longest track, and it unfolds nicely after a gentle start.

There are elements of new age indie, The 1975 seem to have inspired ‘Flame’, they retain their own sound partially, though. ‘Lose The Feeling’ is nice dynamically, before the highlight of the album, perhaps inevitably, ‘She Said’, which epitomises that youthfulness they seem to regard as less than fun in the moment. I’d disagree and say that this tune would be great fun live. ‘Be Nobody’ builds moodily but never really kicks, there’s a contrast afterwards with ‘Great Relief’ which is quicker and brighter. The penultimate track ‘Watching From Great Heights’ might save the back end of the album.

Let’s call it a grower, they’ve not got a big following for nothing and perhaps their live work elevates these songs. They’ve spoke about a second album already, and that they’ve got material in the bank for it, this is a good record, not every LP has to blow the world away as a ‘never before seen’, I’m looking forward to hearing more.

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Photo: The Guardian

Smoking Gun EP – Dead Natives

London four-piece DEAD NATIVES released their debut EP Smoking Gun in November 2015

Brought together through a love of psychedelia and grunge, with influences such as Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys and Joy Division… Dead Natives formed in the January of 2015, and their first EP is finally here.

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The opener is the rather steady-paced and moody sounding track, Smoking Gun. Listening to the track you can certainly hear the Arctic Monkeys’ influence shining through. Next up is the much faster, filthier, Feel Alright. Filled to the brim with explosive guitar riffs, and hazy vocals, which complement each other perfectly.

The final track, In Spite of the Rain is both lyrically and vocally strong. This track certainly has a lazy feel to it, and I love the relaxing, chilled vibe it gives off. This is a good Friday night, belter of a song!

The band’s self-titled, follow up EP will be released on the 20th April 2016, with 4 tracks very similar to those from this EP, but also with a little difference. They’re also playing 4 gigs over the coming months:

  • 10th March – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden
  • 18th March – The Good Ship, Kilburn
  • 2nd April – Dovers Castle, Brighton

You can find the band on social media here:

Twitter

Facebook

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/blacksailsclub/sets/smoking-gun-ep

Shut Me Out – The Clause

The Clause are a 4 piece indie rock band from Birmingham, made up of Pearce Mcmenamin, Niall Fennell, Jonny Fyfee and Liam Deakin.

Inspired by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys, they have developed a substantial following on Twitter, and in the last few days have released their debut single Shut Me Out which has sparked excitement throughout social media. The single gained over 1,000 listens on Soundcloud in just two days.

This track reminds me largely of Catfish & The Bottlemen, however certainly has an original sound to it, and fits right in with the indie rock scene at this moment in time. From the guitar playing, to the drumming, accompanied by the distinctive tone of the vocalist, it really is indie rock at its best!

The band have got two gigs coming up, one on February 6th at the 02 Academy Islington, and another on March 4th supporting The Taskers at The Rainbow in Birmingham.

From the response the track has got already, I can tell it is going to be a big success, and The Clause are definitely a band you should listen out for!

 

The Balcony – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Release Date: 12th September 2014

Rating: 8/10

Let’s go way back to August 2013, Catfish and the Bottlemen were seen performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival. Almost 2 years on and they’re still growing, playing at numerous festivals in the upcoming weeks, having a sold out UK tour, and apparently also having lots more content which they are planning on releasing in the coming months.

Influenced by the likes of The Beatles and Oasis, Catfish and the Bottlemen are a four piece, fronted by Van McCann, formed in Llandudno in 2007. Their debut album ‘The Balcony’, was released in September 2014, and reached number 10 in the UK charts.

Homesick, their first single was released in 2013. It was written by Van, evidently talking about the strain of being away from his girlfriend whilst he was touring.  Then there is ‘Kathleen’, inevitably the bands most popular/well known song, hitting number 11 in the UK Indie Chart. The band also have become close friends with actor Ewan McGregor, he featured in the music video for ‘Hourglass’ another of the 11 songs on this album, it’s one of the slower more acoustic ones.  ‘The Balcony’ also consists of other songs such as ’26’, ‘fallout’ and ‘Rango’ which was written about Van trying to win back an ex-girlfriend, are we seeing a trend here? Many of the songs were written when Van was still in his teens. Van has even said many of the songs on the album are ‘from all over the place really’.

The song ‘Kathleen’ uses lyrics such as “I gotta give it to you, you give me problems when you are not in the mood.”, the lyrics in ‘Homesick’ include, “I said, ‘i’m only looking out for you,’ she said, ‘it’s obvious that’s a lie'”. These are all lyrics you can almost hear the large crowds at their concerts singing along with. Catfish and the Bottlemen have evidently written lyrics that an audience will love, and also enable them relate to the mood of which the band are portraying especially when performing them live.

Tyrants is the final song on the album, and they have clearly put their all into this track. Not only is it the last song, but it is also the longest of all 11 tracks on the album at a length of 4 minutes and 41 seconds. It starts off quite slowly and then gets louder with the use of guitars and banging of drums, giving the song a dramatic opening. The song gets  increasingly  louder and more intense over the duration, until the end when it just completely cuts off. This leaves you wanting more, and I certainly can’t wait to hear more from this band.