Sunday, 9 August 2020

John Bramwell - Manchester Rose And Monkey - 9th August 2020

A gig! A real life gig! John Bramwell played two socially distanced shows in the garden of The Rose And Monkey in Manchester on Sunday afternoon, mixing old I Am Kloot tracks with new ones from his forthcoming album with his Full Harmonic Convergence project. As the afternoon progressed we inadvertently became the focus of the show.

Saturday, 8 August 2020

The Slow Readers Club - Bury Met Livestream 2 - 7th August 2020

The Slow Readers Club’s second livestream from Bury Met brought with the inevitable announcement of the cancellation of their October tour but the reveal of a new album 91 Days In Isolation that the band have worked on over the past few months. A much-changed setlist, including an acoustic section, showed how you can do this regularly and keep it fresh.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Odd Morris - Your Four Walls

Your Four Walls is the new single from emerging hotly-tipped Dublin four-piece Odd Morris. Following on from their trio of singles - What Might Be, Lilac Leaves and Cold Water - the release of one of the standout tracks from their live shows is sure to increase the excitement around them.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Cabbage - Get Outta My Brain

Cabbage return with a new single Get Outta My Brain and the announcement of a new album Amanita Pantherina scheduled for release on September 25th.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death

Just over fifteen months after the Mercury Prize nominated debut Dogrel, which bagged a number of Album Of The Year awards, Fontaines D.C. return with a triumphant follow up overcoming the adversity of a turbulent, tumultuous and intense period for the band.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Silverbacks - Fad

With a series of successful singles and a growing buzz behind them, Silverbacks launch their debut album into the world. Fad is a record that manages the mean trick of taking a thrilling set of influences and blending them into an exciting sound that will be both familiar yet fresh. 

Monday, 20 July 2020

The Blinders - Live From The Bottom Floor

To celebrate the release of their second album Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath, The Blinders performed an hour long live set with an expanded five-piece line-up on Monday night that was streamed to purchasers of the album. 

TRACK OF THE DAY : Laurie Shepherd - Home

Home is the second single to be taken from Laurie Shepherd's forthcoming debut album Moon Moves The Sea that is due for release in October. It's a critical look at how the human race is treating the planet on which we live, oblivious to the long-term impacts.

Friday, 17 July 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : Ellysse Mason - I Don't Wanna Dance

Ellysse Mason today reveals the video for her latest single I Don't Wanna Dance, the follow-up to May's Something Good. The synth-heavy track is a departure from her previous work and heads, ironically given the title, straight to the dance floor. 

TRACK OF THE DAY : Turnstiles - S.O.S.

Well it really is the same old story as fifth single Same Old Stories sees Turnstiles continue on their upward trajectory with another punk rock number that leaves us with high expectations for their debut album.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Dulcimer Melody - Dark Alchemy

You won't have heard of Dulcimer Melody. We hadn't when we stumbled across a social media post hidden deep in a Facebook group about this remarkable debut album. It's been released with no fanfare, no singles, no marketing campaign yet something about the title and the mystery of the album's cover drew us in and revealed a meticulously constructed set of ten songs, taut with tension, rippled through with dramatic moments and with a voice that soars, drifts and takes the listener off on a journey through its creator's detailed mind maps.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Sisterix - Interview

They're only three singles into their life as Sisterix but Ornait and Siomha have already made their mark in their native Ireland with hard-hitting songs that pull no punches - whether it be about the oppressive nature of church-dominated society or the way women are viewed within that. With an EP due in September and a video for new single Family released today, we caught up with Ornait to find out more about the band, their inspirations and the groundswell of new female Irish talent and the challenges they're facing to break through.

Fontaines D.C. - Kilmainham Gaol - 14th July 2020

Fontaines D.C. followed in the footsteps of their brothers and close friends The Murder Capital by performing a socially distanced audience-free gig as part of the Other Voices #courage2020 series on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

The Blinders - Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath

Following up an album with a such a striking audio-visual package as their debut Columbia was never going to be an easy feat for The Blinders. The imagery of Johnny Dream and the stories inextricably linked to the novel 1984 were striking, but something it would be unwise to try and replicate. What The Blinders have done with their follow-up Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath is to widen their horizons in terms of subject matter without straying too far from the subjects of the political systems around the world, societal issues and mental health. 

Friday, 10 July 2020

The Slow Readers Club - Bury The Met - 10th July 2020

The Slow Readers Club joined the growing trend of bands putting out ticketed live socially-distanced streams on Friday night with a set broadcast live via Veeps. Featuring a set heavy on their recent top ten fourth album The Joy Of The Return, they delivered a full set of fan favourites in Derby Hall at Bury Met.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Sons Of Southern Ulster - Sinners And Lost Souls

Originally hailing from Cavan, Ireland and with members now residing in the United States, Australia and Ireland, Sons of Southern Ulster return with their aptly named soul searching second album Sinners and Lost Souls.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Emily Mercer - Gallery

Describing herself as "a mix of folk, pop and soul", Emily Mercer's new single Gallery is a gorgeous piano-driven track that hides a darker side lyrically that contrasts with the warmth and openness of the music.

Monday, 6 July 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ruby Joy - Hooked On Your Mind

Hooked On Your Mind is the debut single from Ruby Joy. The track tells the tale of a character who is obsessed with someone who has no interest in them and giving them firm and honest advice about how to deal with the situation.

Friday, 3 July 2020

SKIES - Interview

Our friends SKIES have been one of the busiest bands around during lockdown, performing daily livestreams from their home in Kent, strengthening the bond between the band and their dedicated fanbase. They've released a live album, recorded with full kit in a bedroom, and a series of acoustic songs. Today they release their new single It's Alright and we caught up with Alie for a chat about the craziness of the past few months and their plans for the future.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

bdrmm - Bedroom

Hailing from Hull and Leeds, bdrmm have delivered their debut LP on the much loved and acclaimed Sonic Cathedral label. Stuart Ralston came across them late one night when his favourite 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe gave their track Happy a spin a few months ago.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The Murder Capital - Dublin Guinness Storehouse - 30th June 2020

The loosening of restrictions in their native Dublin allowed The Murder Capital to regroup and perform a social-distanced audience-free set from the Storehouse at the Guinness factory on Tuesday night with views over their home city and the streets on which the songs from their debut When I Have Fears were lived out.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Bryony Williams - I Can Be

I Can Be is the lead track from Bryony Williams' forthcoming third EP State I'm In. The single is the Wolverhampton singer-songwriter's first release on Beth Shalom Records and follows in the footsteps of her first two EPs Conscious and Wanderlust that got the attention of BBC Introducing and 6 Music.

Monday, 22 June 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Maitlands - Where Did It All Go Wrong?

The Maitlands return with their second single of the year - and their first with new keyboard player Wimmy - the brooding Where Did It All Go Wrong? Following up from their excellent January single Painting In Carlisle, The Maitlands have just released the equally impressive and somewhat prophetic Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Friday, 19 June 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Fountainhead - In Chrysalis

Back in February Liam Frost announced his retirement as a solo artist with new projects promised rather than him disappearing from the scene altogether. In Chrysalis is the first track from the first of those projects - The Fountainhead - and Liam's voice is of course instantly recognisable, the musical direction has changed from his three solo albums. The Bandcamp exclusive version is an early "home version" mix of the forthcoming debut single.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Double You - Where You Go

Lockdown has decimated the music industry. For Michael Whalley, aka Double You (as one of many guises), backline work for the likes of DMAs and Echo And The Bunnymen stopped in its tracks. His response was to create - an album under the Elektrisch Nonne banner with Adam from Ist Ist has already seen the light of way and work continues on the debut Gravediggers Union album - but he's also created a solo project Double You and Where You Go is the second product of that following .

Monday, 15 June 2020

Ist Ist - Back Catalogue Reissues

Due to never-ending requests for their early material to be made available following their debut album Architecture hitting number 3 in the Indie album charts, number 4 in the vinyl and 5 in the physical album charts, Ist Ist have announced the reissue of their back catalogue for download via Bandcamp. 

The collection, which can be bought individually or a discounted pack, features both their EPs Spinning Rooms and Everything Is Different Now, their live Sessions EP, the Prologue compilation of their first five singles, three live "bootleg" recordings and their limited to 25 CDr B collection of early demos and rarities.

Friday, 12 June 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Clockworks - The Future Is Not What It Was

The Clockworks return today with their new single The Future Is Not What It Was, their third for Creation 23. With verses set to a repetitive beat, it allows front man James to reel off with increasing edginess a list of society's ills and how they cloud the future for all of us.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Fontaines D.C. - I Don't Belong

Irish post-punk rockers Fontaines D.C. follow up their single A Hero’s Death (also the name of the hugely anticipated new album) with album opener I Don’t Belong giving us another taster of what to expect on the band’s second album.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Sonic Boom - All Things Being Equal

In the time between his first solo LP (1989’s Spectrum) to this his second, the reputation, adulation and respect for Sonic Boom has grown exponentially.  In the intervening years, he has recorded and released records under his Spectrum and E.A.R. aliases and enjoyed acclaim as a producer, most notably with MGMT.  All Things Being Equal is one of Stuart Ralston’s most eagerly awaited albums of 2020 and it lives up to expectations.

Friday, 5 June 2020

SKIES - Let's Do It All Again (Livestream Tour Compilation)

Living The Stream is the name SKIES gave to their series of live acoustic streams they've been holding daily six days a week from their Folkestone home for the past eleven weeks since lockdown began. When their tour got cancelled in May they responded by setting up drums and the rest of the kit in Jericho's bedroom and playing full on live sets on their own and the venue's social media - with the option of buying tickets to support the venues. They've compiled fourteen songs, every one they've released plus one as unreleased, recorded as part of those shows for a digital and very limited physical release.

Elektrisch Nonne - Interview

Elektrisch Nonne is the collaborative project of Ist Ist front man Adam Houghton and producer Michael Whalley. Out of the frustration of lockdown they've created an album called Winter - we caught up with Adam for a chat about the recording process, his myriad of other creative projects and where the lines get drawn between band and other projects.

Asthmatic Harp - Interview

Wednesday saw the release of To The Boats, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Sophie Kilburn, the second track to be taken from Asthmatic Harp's Things We Learned To Live With, due later this year. We caught up with Hannah for a chat about the new single, how she fell in love with the harp, the history of her project and the differences between working solo and collaborating.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice

Nicole Atkins' fifth album Italian Ice saw her decamp to Muscle Shoals in Alabama with a crack team of musicians from The Bad Seeds, Midlake and the Dap Kings to create a record that pays homage to the legacy of the music she grew up loving, but one that has her own personality scrawled large across it.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : LOAstate - Blue Skies

LOAstate have quietly been making their mark around Manchester with little fanfare but packing out venues since they made their live debut at Neighbourhood Festival last year. Their new single Blue Skies seems set to take them up a notch higher and thrust them into the limelight. Julia Grantham takes a listen and finds out more.

Friday, 29 May 2020

PINS - Hot Slick

Hot Slick is PINS' first album for five years, a period where they've undergone a line-up change, losing original members before regrouping as a three-piece. Crunching guitars are replaced by bright synths and drum machines as the music's distinctive characteristic, mirrored by the bold, colourful artwork that represents both the album itself and its accompanying singles. 

TRACK OF THE DAY : Loose Articles - Snake

Loose Articles have released a lockdown video with a difference for Snake, one of the tracks from last year's Orchid Lounge EP that features them making the most of the strange times we find ourselves living in.

Thousand Yard Stare - Interview

Today sees the release of The Panglossian Momentum, Thousand Yard Stare's third studio album, released twenty-seven years after its predecessor Mappamundi. We caught up with front man Stephen Barnes to find out why a one-off reunion has turned into a fully-fledged one with a live album and double EP already under their belt and chatted about the album's writing and recording process and how their sound has changed over time.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Thousand Yard Stare - The Panglossian Momentum

Even The Stars favourites Thousand Yard Stare cement their return with the release of their third longer player, the sublime The Panglossian Momentum.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Machine - Same Old Story EP

Same Old Story is the debut EP from Barnsley four-piece Machine. The follow-up to debut single Machine raw in its delivery and production, but shows an immense amount of potential for a band in its formative stages, having only formed in November 2019.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Section 25 - Duette

Ever evolving Section 25 follow up last year’s excellent Always Now 5 LP box set with an exciting new live album – Duette is their 16th full length record.  Now in their 42nd year, Section 25 concluded 2019 by announcing a new phase under the moniker Section 25 Industrial Unit, with the band stripped back to a core duo of founder Vin Cassidy and long-time member Steve Stringer. Embarking on a short run of shows, Vin and Steve recorded their Vienna show last October and the results are issued here. Stuart Ralston has a listen.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Tim Burgess - I Love The New Sky

Tim Burgess releases his fifth solo album I Love The New Sky via Bella Union on Friday. Recorded over a year, it's Tim's first fully self-written album and features contributions from Grumbling Fur, Factory Floor and the Echo Collective string section. It's a record teeming with ideas, observations about life and friendship delivered with charm and an intuitive intelligence wrapped in a warm comforting musical blanket that reveals many complexities under its top layers as they push boundaries, drift off the beaten track yet remain focused on their destination.

Friday, 15 May 2020

James Holt - Interview

For some musicians, living in lockdown has seen them busier, more productive, more creative and increasingly active on social media, engaging with their fans in many different ways. We chatted to James Holt, who has been known and keenly followed by Even The Stars for some time now, and who was kind enough to speak to us ahead of the release of his new single Pendulum, which dropped today and was produced by James Skelly (The Coral) at Parr Street Studios, to find out what life has been like for him during these unprecedented times. Here, in a unique and in depth interview, we discovered much about the history and background to James’ musical journey thus far, as well as what’s he been up to since being forced to stay indoors, and cancel his gigs.

Monday, 11 May 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Glue - Left Without You

Left With You is the debut single from Stockport-based duo Glue who comprise of vocalist and lyricist Liv and producer and guitarist Mary. Confident, packing a punch with gravelly blues influenced vocals fighting against the drum beats and guitars, it's an impressive first offering.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

TRACK BY TRACK : The Ryne Experience - Funky Town

Funkytown is the new album from The Ryne Experience released via US label Under The Counter Records. It's described as " a conceptual psychedelic alt-country record following the story of Paul Mashake, a man who has his name, lover, and identity stolen from him by Nameless Sam. As he forms new experiences as a blank slate, he begins to see the world with new eyes, and when he eventually reclaims his past life, he feels like an impostor in his own skin and disillusioned with modern societal life. As Nameless Sam returns to take the one thing that tethered him to his old identity, he snaps and descends into madness."  Ryne walks us through the album.

Friday, 8 May 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ellysse Mason - Something Good

Something Good is the first new material from Ellysse Mason since 2018's Hunt Me Down EP. Accompanied by an home-made isolation video, the single shows her moving away from her folk roots to a more electronic sound without distilling any of the emotional qualities of her vocals or her words.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The Murder Capital - Live From BBC Maida Vale EP

The Murder Capital today release their Live At Maida Vale EP recorded shortly before the lockdown at the legendary BBC Studios. As well as featuring Green And Blue and Don't Cling To Life from their debut album When I Have Fears, it also sees them cover FKA Twigs' Cellophane and they've released a video to accompany that track. Jason Wynne takes a closer listen.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Pink Tears - Pink Tears

Pink Tears is the debut album from Jamie from Blackley M9 (he has a thing with postcodes) who describes himself as "Goff soul // Pop tart // Laptop // Geetar" in his bio. From the park shot of the album's cover through ten songs, he takes you on a twisting, winding journey through the deepest recesses of his creative mind, moments of dark reflection contrasting with those of shiny pop tones, often next to each other. Out of potential chaos comes surprising beauty.

Ellysse Mason - Interview

Ellysse Mason releases her new single Something Good on Friday accompanied by her own lockdown video. We caught up for a chat about her musical roots, her influences, making the video and progress on her debut album.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Ist Ist - Interview

Ist Ist today release their debut album Architecture, five years in the making for one of Manchester's most independent and committed bands who've built a strong dedicated following at home and further afield through an uncompromising approach to their music and their art that accompanies it whilst being ignored by large sections of the new music community. Architecture is an impressive calling card that reflects exactly what Ist Ist are about - from the detail in the songs, their desire to work with a Grammy-winning mastering engineer, the novel approach to releasing each song with accompanying visuals and their choice to continue with the release whilst most of their contemporaries are delaying their albums. We caught up with bass player Andy Keating to talk about all of this and more.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Rules - Wendy

Wendy is the second single to be released by Helsinki duo Rules via the Soliti label. The song forms part of their debut album Rules due for release in August, where all but ones track tell the tales of characters in world literature. Wendy takes up the story of J M Barrie's female protagonist from Peter Pan. It does so with a shining glimmering synth-led track underneath it that feels irresistibly poppy.