Saturday, 31 January 2015
2015 promises to be Blossoms' year. A huge UK tour is planned for the Spring that will take them to cities across the UK and into the hearts and ears of the public. We made the short trip across the Pennines to the wonderful Trades Club in Hebden Bridge to catch their first show of the year, supported by Man Made.
Friday, 30 January 2015
After what seems like an eternity, Rae Morris released her debut album Unguarded on Monday. To celebrate she played an intimate in-store gig at Manchester's HMV store followed by a signing session. We went along to check out how she's coping with life in the spotlight.
Random White are a four-piece from Manchester that we recently caught at the Eagle Inn in Salford. Impresssed, we got talking to guitarist Lloyd Jones after the show to find out more about them, how they get together, what you should be listening to and their gig-heavy plans for 2015.
Puppet Rebellion seemed set for bigger things following the release of last year's second EP No Means Yes. Their fans were shocked soon after when front man Simon Monaghan unexpectedly quit the band. They regrouped and have brought in Oliver Davies and played their first gig with him on Tuesday night and have now revealed the first track from their third release entitled Watch Me Fall.
Thursday, 29 January 2015
It seems an age ago that Cattle & Cane burst onto the scene with their debut EP in 2011. They're finally now ready to release their debut album Home to the world. The first song they've revealed is the beautiful Then You Came Along, which is our Track Of The Day.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
The Leisure Society have revealed details of their forthcoming fourth album The Fine Art Of Hanging On, due on April 13th, and have revealed the lead track Tall Black Cabins, which is our Track Of The Day.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
One of our Even The Stars favourites The Minx will be no more after Saturday night as they bow out with a sold-out show at The Soup Kitchen in Manchester. Ahead of that they've released a free download of an unreleased studio track called I Want A War and we've got all sentimental and made it our Track Of The Day.
2014 saw the return of Northside with a series of triumphant comeback shows and the release of Shall We Take A Trip?, an all-encompassing compilation of their time around their debut album Chicken Rhythms. As they prepare new material for release in 2015, they're taking time out to headline Sound Control's 5th birthday party this Thursday and we caught up with front man Dermo for a look back at 2014 and at what's in store in 2015.
The Barr Brothers brought their Sleeping Operator album to a sold-out Deaf Institute on Sunday night. We went along to witness them astound a crowd with a wide range of unusual instrumentation and songs from the heart.
Monday, 26 January 2015
The Tapestry were one of our three Top Tips for 2015 and they've started the year intent on proving us right with their double A-side single Infatuation and Look Out, which is out digitally today and will also come in 7" vinyl soon.
Norfolk-based Daisy Victoria is a singer-songwriter who released two stunning EPs last year - her debut Heart Full Of Beef in March, being followed up by Nobody Dies at the end of November. She's currently hard at work on new material for a release in the near future, but is taking time out to play a show at Birthdays in Dalston tomorrow (27th) and to talk to Even The Stars.
The fact that The Charlatans are releasing their twelfth album Modern Nature is an achievement in itself. They are a band that has seen its fair share of adversity and tragedy, losing two members way too young including drummer Jon Brookes during the recording of this album, and, almost as an irrelevant aside to that, whose commercial star has risen and fallen along with so many of their 1990s contemporaries. Yet, they're still here and in Modern Nature, they've created an album that still has their indelible stamp all over it, but which may just be the best of their career.
Nashville's Natalie Prass has appeared out of nowhere with a debut album that showcases a unique expressive voice married to a series of classic songwriting pieces and arrangements that pull off the mean trick of sounding effortless but at the same time striving for perfection.
Returning with their second LP on the ever popular Bella Union label are Bristol based collective Zun Zun Egui. Led by Mauritian Kushal Gaya, who provides guitars and vocals and keyboard player from Japan Yoshino Shigihara, Shackles Gift is a real fusion record, mixing a variety styles and influences.
Sunday, 25 January 2015
One of the artists we've championed over the past couple of years and one of the first we wrote about was Stefan Melbourne. He's put the solo project on the back burner for the moment and is part of a new collective called We Were Strangers. They've just revealed their first track I Believe and it's our Track Of The Day.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Colour describe themselves as "art pop" and have just released their debut EP Strangers. The four-piece hail from Stoke and Liverpool and have been gathering a rising reputation around Liverpool over the past few months. We love the title track of the EP and it's our Track Of The Day.
Friday, 23 January 2015
Aaron is a London based singer-songwriter about to release her debut EP Letters To Jonny. A self-declared purveyor of dream pop, the lead track on the EP is Strong and we were hooked by how the warm, engaging vocals mix with the shimmering electronic background so much that we've made it our Track Of The Day.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Alvvays' self-titled debut album gathered the Toronto collective a raft of admirers with its summery sweet disposition. We went along to their sold out months ago gig at the Deaf Institute in Manchester to see if they could recreate the magic of the record in the live environment. They more than delivered. Support came from fellow Torontonians Moon King.
She Drew The Gun is the nom de guerre of Wirral songwriter Louisa Roach. Her band's debut single If You Could See is released on James Skelly's Skeleton Key Records on February 23rd and is our Track Of The Day.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Barr Brothers are from Montreal, Canada and they released their second album Sleeping Operator in October. They're back in the UK starting a run of dates this week and we caught up with them for a quick chat ahead of the tour.
Cold Cold Heart revealed themselves last year with two stunning tracks - Wolf Eyes You're Staring and Stand/Still - that got them played on Radio 6. They open up 2015 with a beautiful brooding instrumental piece entitled Megan that is our Track Of The Day.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
One of our top three tips for 2015, Blossoms, have released their new single digitally this week. Cut Me And I'll Bleed is a huge step-up for them from their debut single Blow and precedes a huge UK headlining tour. The single is also out on 7" vinyl on March 2 - both formats feature a version of live favourite The Urge recorded at Parr Street Studios.
Monday, 19 January 2015
Ratworld is Menace Beach's debut album following the release of last year's Lowtalker EP. The album is raw, doesn't take prisoners yet has a softer underbelly in parts in amongst all the guitars. It's set the bar high for garage-infused rock in 2015.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
The Monday Club are a four-piece from Sheffield who have just released their second single Time Ticks Away, the follow-up to last year's Itchy Feet. The song is a meticulously crafted slice of guitar pop with a rousing chorus and a riff that will attach itself leech-like to your brain.
Saturday, 17 January 2015
The Night And Day's local showcase nights are a great concept. Three or four bands, not always local, less than a fiver to get in and always guaranteed to throw up a new band or two. Tonight's gig featured two of our tips for 2015 and two bands we'd never heard of before. We were impressed by all four.
The Yearning are a London-based self-confessed retro band that released their debut album Dreamboats And Lemonade last year. Chasing Shadows is the latest single from it and with its video filmed in an Oxford Union library it is today's Track Of The Day.
Friday, 16 January 2015
Cats Of Transnistria describe themselves as a "doom/dream pop duo" from Helsinki. Today they release their debut EP Away. We've chosen the track San Francisco from the EP as our favourite and as our Track Of The Day.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Dark Furs are back with their third single, the male/female duelling of Hearts, a story of a break-up set to music with female and male vocals telling the story in dramatic accusatory tones, set to a cacophony of electronic chicanery and trickery.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
The High have announced plans to reform to play their first gig in 22 years, headlining the second stage at the Gigantic Indie All-Dayer at Manchester Academy on May 23rd. Their excellent debut album Somewhere Soon, released in 1991, got caught up in the Madchester backlash and its follow-up Hype never got granted a proper release by their label. So now it's time for them to set the record straight.
James will be reissuing their 1993 album Laid and its 1994 companion piece Wah Wah on March 23 in a number of new formats with the Super Deluxe edition featuring a range of previously unreleased tracks. The Laid album contained the hit single of the same name as well as further Top 30 singles Sometimes and Say Something and is regarded by many as their finest work. Wah Wah was released a year later and is a collection of studio jams recorded at the same time as Laid with Brian Eno and features live favourites Jam J and Honest Joe.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Pyx are a mysterious new entity from Manchester. We don't even know if they're a band or a solo artist as their Facebook profile has their members as Vocals / Keys / Cello / Synth / Beats / Guitar / Sampler. They've have only recently revealed their first tracks and we think you should give them a listen.