Tuesday, 30 June 2015

THE GOOOD THINGS - EP REVIEW

The Goood Things - The Goood Things EP #2 (33 Records) 
The Goood Things - EP #2

Release Date: Out Now

Tokyo indie rockers The Goood Things (yes, that's three 'o's) are back with a new four track EP, imaginatively titled The Goood Things EP #2. Kicking off with 'No Mojo', the Goood Things seem to be channelling the likes of the Dandy Warhols, the Flaming Lips and Redd Kross on this laid back, drawled piece of slacker indie that buzzes and fizzes in all the right places. 'Simmer Down' starts with a real show stopping drum beat and then pizzicato guitars join in to create a Libertines-esque indie tune with Elvis Costello guesting on lead vocals - and yes, that's exactly as good as it sounds.

The second half of the EP starts with 'Take Me Home' which is more of a slow burner but still has that marvellously drawled, sunset feel to it that early Kings Of Leon or Midlake used to do so well with. There is a wonderfully sunny and approachable feel to this music that makes me sure these guys would not only be great fun live but the after show parties would probably be hugely well spirited affairs with Mojitos on tap and strip table tennis happening on the tour bus. 'I'm Only Saying' is the final track on this collection and the slathers of organ create a comfy, silk sheeted bed for the rest of the song to sprawl out on luxuriously in a finely embroidered robe (a tiger, since you ask) giving the listener a cheeky wink and an irresistible smile. Essentially, the Goood Things take the best bits of US slacker indie, mix in a few British influences and serve it all up with the charm and elegance of The Dude in the Big Lebowski. Entirely deserving of that extra 'o' then.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/theGooodThingsJP?fref=ts

Listen/Download: https://thegooodthings.bandcamp.com/album/the-goood-things-ep-2-2

Live Dates:


11th July - Biff Sounds No. 9 @ Ruby Room, Tokyo

THE DEADLINE SHAKES - SINGLE REVIEW

The Deadline Shakes - Phonecalls In The Bath (Flowers In The Dustbin Records) 
The Deadline Shakes - Phonecalls In The Bath

Release Date: Out Now

It's been a while since I've had anything to review from Scotland so I was excited to get the new single from Glaswegian gang The Deadline Shakes. From the word go, 'Phonecalls In The Bath' has something different about it from the haunting, almost choral vocal harmonies to the gentle guitars and strings that herald the beginning of the song. Sombre yet smooth lead vocals guide us through a pop influenced but heavy hearted first third of the song that sits well with the likes of Divine Comedy and Belle & Sebastian before this turns in to a good old indie stomper with Motown backing vocals. Teenage Fanclub, Franz Ferdinand and the lighter side of B&S all come out to play as the song bounces along before changing direction for a third time. That's right, this song essentially has three movements all fused together by a melancholy vibe but still manages to retain a glimmer of hope, a morsel of optimism. Truly impressive stuff from this Scottish collective and refreshing to hear a single with so many twists, turns and, well, ideas.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/thedeadlineshakes?fref=ts

Monday, 29 June 2015

FERAL KIZZY - SINGLE REVIEW

Feral Kizzy - Community Service (Elite Records) 
Feral Kizzy - Community Service

Release Date: Out Now

I have to say, Feral Kizzy is one of the more imaginative and enticing band names I've come across in a while even if it does paint front woman Kizzy Kirk in a slightly unflattering light. This latest single/video from the Long Beach quintet, 'Community Service', starts with a cool, brooding riff that chugs restlessly in the shadows until Kizzy's vocals come in and suddenly the whole thing is given a Patti Smith, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or PJ Harvey vibe. The addition of a rumbling bass, biblical organs and well placed drums makes this an almighty sound that has as much bitterness as it has sweetness as it reels drunkenly through dark corridors looking, searching, yearning for something to satisfy the hunger. There is a beautifully shot video to accompany this tune and all in all it makes for an impressive release and, with an album to follow this year, the future looks good for Feral Kizzy.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/feralkizzy?fref=ts


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR-izdVyaRY 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

THE TUESDAY SYNDICATE - EP REVIEW

The Tuesday Syndicate - The Tuesday Syndicate EP 
The Tuesday Syndicate EP 

Release Date: Out Now

It won't surprise you to hear that this bunch of handsome, buff and generally fit looking chaps hail from North Devon and all enjoy a spot of surfing when they're not making music together. It also won't surprise you to hear that I think The Tuesday Syndicate is an awful, awful band name but I'm not here to review band names, I'm here to review the music so let's just move past this shall we? This latest EP from the five piece weighs in at a meaty 7 tracks which is in that territory between EP and album but I think EP is the right choice. Opening track 'Bury My Mind' begins with a sleepy, sunrise inspired piece of acoustic noodling that transports you to a field atop a cliff staring out at glistening sea below you. The smooth voice of frontman Sam Mayo encourages the rest of the band to join in and a Radio 2 friendly folk-rock ballad unfolds but not without a certain edge and bite that suggests there is more to come from the quintet. 'Come Inside' has a similarly gentle and subdued beginning but there is less time to wait for the rest of the band to kick in this time and there is a real Brother & Bones vibe about this tune but with a more US radio feel.

The Tuesday Syndicate in their natural habitat
There is an impish start to 'Go' which veers more towards the Mumford & Sons or Passenger end of the spectrum with an urgent riff, impassioned vocals and a thumping beat that pulses at the heart of the song as it builds to a crowd pleasing crescendo. By the time we reach 'Palm Of My Hand' there is a pattern forming of quiet acoustic openings that give way to full band shenanigans but there is more energy to be found here and more bitterness as the band power through a tale of heartbreak and the realisation that whatever relationship there was has long since died. Just to prove me wrong, 'Sticks & Stones' cracks straight on with things and has a more Elvis Costello meets Frank Turner feel about it which is hard to resist as the guitars cut through the air like a call to arms. Presumably a song about a well, 'Too Deep To Climb Out' returns to the previous formula but then if it ain't broke (and it ain't), don't fix it. Again, this is a US friendly power ballad that, combined with their looks, should see these guys playing to crowds of knickerless girls all summer (because they've thrown them on the stage, not because they're forgetful or can't afford knickers, you understand). Closing track 'Worth It' is possibly the most powerful of the lot and, in my opinion, ought to be the lead track - which it could well be as Dropbox tends to do funny things to track listings. It combines Paolo Nutini, Brother & Bones, Crowns and Frank Turner to make an almighty rock racket with a folk spirit and a soulful heart. If this were a half hour set I would be left feeling impressed but with a niggling feeling that the band could have given slightly more energy to some of the songs to get those beach parties going. There's still more to come, I feel, but they are definitely heading in the right direction.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/thetuesdaysyndicateofficial

Listen Here: http://www.thetuesdaysyndicate.com/#!home/mainPage

Live Dates:

11th July - Glasdenbury Festival, Ashburton
12st July - Esplanade, Newquay
17th July - The Old Firehouse, Exeter
24th July - Somersault Festival, North Devon
31st July - Folk Off Cancer, Barnstaple
1st August - The Red Lion, Clovelly

8th August - Croyde View Festival, Croyde

Thursday, 25 June 2015

NEW ARCADES - SINGLE REVIEW

New Arcades feat. Lula - More Than This 
New Arcades feat. Lula - More Than This

Release Date: Out Now

Time for a new British synth duo following in a long line of British synth duos like the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yazoo, The Chemical Brothers and Black Lace. These upstarts go by the name of New Arcades and their new single, 'More Than This', is a bouncy, light piece of synth pop that sounds a little like the perfect support act for Bastille or Jess Glynne. The moody, electronic vibes are given a soaring sense of optimism by the guest vocals of Lula and that combination of dark and light makes this a classy sounding slice of electro-pop and no mistake.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/newarcades?fref=ts

MS. HENRIK - SINGLE REVIEW

Ms. Henrik - My Only Vice 
Ms. Henrik - My Only Vice

Release Date: Out Now

Coming on like a camper, more glam version of Mika, Ms. Henrik is a Swedish pop-star in the making and if you don't like your music a little over the top then you might want to look away now. 'My Only Vice', for those brave enough to hang around, is pop music in its most experimental coat strutting out on a Saturday night fully prepared to turn heads and possibly make a few people question their sexuality. The melodies throb in time with the beat and Ms. Henrik's voice cuts like a razor blade through silk with a certain 80s panache. Considering the video is as colourful as it is and Ms. Henrik is as flamboyant as he seems, there is a definite dark side to this track but what is light without a little shade, eh?

More information: https://www.facebook.com/MsHenrik


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2OY6L8n-VM 

MANY THINGS - SINGLE REVIEW

Many Things - Burn Together (Dew Process) 
Many Things - Burn Together

Release Date: Out Now

I really, really liked the last single from this London trio so I am quite literally moist with anticipation at the prospect of this release. New single 'Burn Together' is pleasingly satisfying as the honky-tonk piano is bolstered by a bass drone and scattered beats to fight off a laser attack (don't ask) and come out triumphant with the rich, deep vocal tone of a man so assured of his own sexuality that he regularly wears lacy socks and clip on ear rings. Or not. Anyway, the point is that Many Things create huge, bonkers and beautiful soundscapes that the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and Talking Heads would all give an uber cool nod of approval to. That's two singles that have got my juices flowing now so there better be an album on the horizon. Oh, there is? This summer? Good then, carry on......

More information: https://www.facebook.com/mtmanythings