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.