Sunday, 26 April 2015

MUSIQUE LE POP - SINGLE REVIEW

Musique Le Pop - Same About You (Cafe Superstar Recordings) 
Musique Le Pop - Same About You

Release Date: Out Now

Time for a little bit of Norwegian electronic indie now as we revisit trio Musique Le Pop and their new single, 'Same About You'. As far as singles go this one is pretty brave in that it takes a good 40 seconds before the atmospheric melodies develop in to anything but once that journey is underway there's no stopping them. Imagine St Etienne or Everything But The Girl with a Scandinavian edge and a sense of fun and you're getting close but it's the dreamy, half-light vocals of Elisabeth Thorsen that really sets this song aside as something a little bit special. There is also a remix of the single by the wonderfully named Safariari which makes the tune even more chilled out and blissful if that were humanly possible. Definitely an act worth keeping an eye on but maybe from a distance, they're based in Norway, after all, and I hear tell that it's pretty cold over there. Beautiful, but cold.


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

ELLEN SUNDBERG - SINGLE REVIEW

Ellen Sundberg - Vagen Ar Lang (The Road Is Long) (Rootsy Label) 
Ellen Sundberg - Vagen Ar Lang (The Road Is Long)

Release Date: Out Now

Swedish soloist Ellen Sundberg is releasing a new, bilingual single for your ears and your mind to wrap around.  'Vagen Ar Lang (The Road Is Long)' is warm blanket of countrified Americana smothered in lap steel guitar, the First Aid Kit-esque vocal stylings of Ms Sundberg and the kind of peppiness that you normally only get from teen pop starlets. The purity of this music is as refreshing as water straight from a mountain stream and whether that water is Swedish or American is kind of irrelevant - you just need to fully immerse yourself in it.

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

Listen Here: https://rootsy.bandcamp.com/track/v-gen-r-l-ng-the-road-is-long

Live Dates:

29th April - Immanuelskyrkan, Halmstad
30th April - Kajskjulet, Halmstad
2nd May - Mastis, Kristinehamn
5th May - Ole Bull, Bergen

9th May - Facienda, Strangnas 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

YOUTH MAN - EP REVIEW

Youth Man - Hill Of Knives EP 
Youth Man - Hill Of Knives

Release Date: 27th April 2015

Well this should be good. A Birmingham trio influenced by the like Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag but with a psyche tinge and the backing of some rock media heavyweights, you say? Don't mind if I do. The 'Hill Of Knives EP' opens with 'Skin' and immediately the trio hit their stride which is lucky as the song only lasts 77 seconds. The vocals of Kaila Whyte are uncompromising and visceral but oh so captivating as you visualise the tightly packed venues bouncing around in front of and on top of the band. 'Joy' is up next and is a little more considered with an art-house angularity to the jerky riff and Whyte's impassioned vocals performance.

On 'Always The Same' the crash and thrash of the drums takes centre stage before some Faith No More-esque guitars do battle once again with that vocal style. The exotically titled 'Auto-de-Fe' is as intense as intense gets with a US rock, At The Drive-In vibe which will have audiences either cowering in fear or worshiping at the foot of the stage depending on their mental fortitude. This EP closes on 'Dead Weight', a tune which is somewhere between PJ Harvey at her most angst ridden and Hole at their most balls out and rocking. Youth Man are the first band I've heard in a long time to have picked up the mantle from those bands that brought Grunge to the masses in the 90s and have reignited the flame of intention, wit and passion. Strong, strong stuff.

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

Live Dates:

14th May - Waterfront, Norwich w/Sleaford Mods
15th May - Basement, York
16th May - Stereo, Glasgow
20th May - The Musician, Leicester
21st May - The Railway, Winchester
27th May - Rock City Basement, Nottingham
28th May - Moles, Bath
29th May - The Leopard, Doncaster
30th May - Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
4th June - Fruit, Hull
5th June - The Hop, Wakefield
6th June - Sugarmill, Stoke
10th June - Boilerroom, Guildford
11th June - Cavern, Exeter
12th June - Joiners, Southampton

13th June - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton

A BILLION LIONS - SINGLE REVIEW

A Billion Lions - Torquay (Hidden Trail Records) 
A Billion Lions - Torquay

Release Date: 27th April 2015

What's this then? A quartet from Bradford/Leeds named after a terrifying number of feline beasts with a song named after the English Riviera. That's what. New single 'Torquay' is the debut release from Northern lads A Billion Lions and it, well, it's agitated. The spoken word verses are itchy, jumpy, ranty and somewhere between Frank Turner and Liam Lynch with a nod to Henry Rollins if he was English and middles class. Then comes the chorus which is big, catchy, 90s influenced and tailor made to be sung back at the band in festival tents around the English countryside this year. I'm hooked. There is still more to come from this band but like city rivals NARCS and Allusondrugs I think there are big things to come for these boys so watch this space (literally, I'll let you know just as soon as any new material comes my way).

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


Watch The Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0XcYozJ_wc&feature=youtu.be

RAT FACE LEWEY - SINGLE REVIEW

Rat Face Lewey - Dead In The Ground 
Rat Face Lewey - Dead In The Ground

Release Date: Out Now

I have to be honest, I didn't expect much from this song - the band name is a bit ropey and the song title is a bit, well, finalistic isn't it? Nevertheless, Rat Face Lewey's new single will get as much consideration as any other artist I get sent so let's give 'Dead In The Ground' a spin. The first thing that hit me was how quickly I was transported to my late 90s/early 00s rock phase. Bands like Kerbdog, InMe, My Vitriol, Offspring and Smashing Pumpkins all spring to mind and I'm suddenly surrounded by Goths, Skaters, Grungers and Punks in sweaty rock clubs where cans of cider are pumped in to the air along with RFL's pounding beats and mosh pits sway to the hypnotically swirling riff churned out by frontman Jonny Down. I'm intrigued by this mysterious trio who have the power to transport me back to my younger days, what other magical powers do they possess I wonder....?

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZas_lntcn0 

DANI AUGUSTT - SINGLE REVIEW

Dani Augustt - I Really Like You 
Dani Augustt - I Really Like You

Release Date: Out Now

So here we have a young lady from Hoboken New Jersey who is currently residing in Palm Beach Florida and doing covers of Carly Rae Jepson songs. Now, if this sounds like pretty much 50% of the teenage girls you know then you're probably right but the difference here is that Dani has quite the following on that there social media. Dani's version 'I Really Like You' is as perky and autotuned as Jepson ever was with a video shot entirely in selfie mode without a shot of Tom Hanks in sight. Dani's press describes her as a teen pop starlett releasing popular covers of other people's songs and that's fine but I just don't understand the new trend for releasing a cover of a song that is still hanging around the charts without even giving it a serious reworking. I mean, I don't want to be harsh to the 17 year old singer but what's the point? Who is the market? Is this for people for who really, really, really, really, really, really like 'I Really Like You' but really, really, really, really, really, really, really don't like Carly Rae Jepson so can't cope with her singing the song? That's pretty niche if you ask me.

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RdZLTkUbl4

THE KUT - SINGLE REVIEW

The Kut - I Don't Need Therapy 
The Kut - I Don't Need Therapy

Release Date: Out Now

Ladies of London town, the Kut, have a new single coming ahead of a full EP and from the get-go you can tell this is going to be in your face stuff full of attitude. 'I Don't Need Therapy' kicks in without any introduction and guitars chime malevolently against the pile drive drums. This is melodic rock with an American tinge with the likes of Hole and Veruca Salt feeding through but also the British vibes of Lush or Feeder also creeping in around the edges. Vocal harmonies and a slick pop melody add a sweetness to the hard hitting rock and it leaves you with the undeniable contradiction that you would want this trio out with you on a night out but you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of them in a bar brawl. Feisty but slick stuff.


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