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ALBUM REVIEW: Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life // The Wombats

In case you hadn’t heard, The Wombats are back.

They’ve been spoiling us over these last few weeks with singles such as Turn, Cheetah Tongue, and, most recently, Black Flamingo since their initial single release of Lemon To A Knife Fight off this, their fourth studio album.

But now, finally, their album is upon us as of Friday. Three years after their last album was released, was Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life worth the wait?

In short, yes.

The first four tracks on the album are the four singles: instant recognition, guaranteed head-nodding, potential lyric belting (especially on Turn, an indisputable feel-good, sing-along tune). For me, this was a very strong start to the album, although also a bit risky: once these four tracks are over, I am thrust into the album proper, with no hope of an upcoming track whose familiarity I can take comfort in.

It’s lucky, then, that the first unknown track, White Eyes, is catchy as all hell, featuring familiar Wombats-esque playfulness with their new ‘grown-up’ edge which they seem to have adopted for this album, no doubt a consequence of trading in Liverpool for Los Angeles, something which Murphy touches on in I Only Wear Black.

While we’re on the subject of catchy tracks, which by now we all know is The Wombats’ bread and butter, some notable mentions must be made for Lethal Combination, Dip You In Honey and Ice Cream, with all of these tracks having successfully nested into my brain after just a couple of listens, and Dip You In Honey quenching my thirst for some twangly guitars, falsettos and Beatles style riffs.

As far as moodier songs are concerned on this album, you would think I Only Wear Black would be a contender from the title, but this one is surprisingly upbeat and dripping with their usual sardonic lyricism. Instead, I would say their moodiest track on the album is the finale, I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do. But, think less Isabel from Glitterbug and more Anti-D from This Modern Glitch. Its lyrics are heartfelt and candid, but the track is still punchy, with the mounting guitars and drums from verse to chorus being one of those things in music that you can’t quite put your finger on. Something about the way the highs and lows marry together, the way the tension builds and the song’s identity transforms from one thing to another creates some sensation that you can’t vocalise. I don’t know why I like it, but I do.

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MUSIC VIDEO: SPS – Wax Colour

Essex lads Wax Colour have released a fresh new music video for one of the tracks from their DIY EP; SPS. The track takes a slightly different approach to others on the lineup, giving off a blues kinda feel and highlighting the versatility of their sound.

SPS brought me visions of walking down the street while the sun is shining, fitting to the opening line “People walking in the street”. It’s an incredibly infectious tune and I found the lazy guitar sounds running through my head after just my third or fourth listen. The imaginative, slightly jazzy riffs are accompanied by faint percussion and Charlton Paine’s distinguishing vocals; which can be recognised in any one of the bands tunes.

The video fits with the DIY name of the EP, set in the lads hometown Witham, it takes you on a journey through the town and shows a day in the life of the band. It uses impressive ideas, with lyrics discussing the ‘overrated talent’ in the music industry nowadays, scrolling through the official charts’ website as these play.

Watch the video here:

Download the bands debut EP for free, or order a Limited Edition physical copy here.

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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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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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!