New artist in the indie scene is Red Shakes and he is the embodiment of everything that makes indie music so brilliant. His latest single ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ has all the features on a great indie track, so make sure you give it a listen.
Being inspired by indie legends such as The Kooks, Vampire Weekend and Razorlight. It’s clear that this artist is well on his way to joining his heroes in being a staple of the indie scene. With lyrics that unashamedly captures the bittersweet melancholy of British youth Red Shakes is definitely a talent to watch.
Red Shakes has already gained quite the reputation as a performer, harnessing that guitar driven alternative sound that carried music in the 00’s.
Be sure to check out ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ tomorrow!
Ok! Fine! I’ll Step into the Light! der Mist have convinced me. As long as the Light has lots of der Mist songs being played on a constant loop, then I’ll step in if I must.
It’s a nice feeling to feel welcome in a song. It isn’t der Mist’s aim to alienate, but rather to welcome you in with a pat on the shoulder and a tin to crack open. The Glaswegians, who remind one of both LCD Soundsystem and Franz Ferdinand, seem keenly attuned to what makes a good tune. I doubt they could write out the exact formula, but you get the sense that they know what they’re doing.
That’s a great thing, by the way. Indeed, it’s a hard balancing act to sound at once in control, yet also nowhere near intimidation. You wouldn’t put on ‘It’s Alright’, a track also from their new ‘Step into the Light’ album, to show off your super in-depth musical knowledge. You’d whack it on at a gathering, where the mood needs to stay friendly and fun. If someone touches to aux when I’m trying to Step into the Light, I’ll scream bloody murder.
You wouldn’t be foolish to think that der Mist have a bright future ahead of them. A pathway lit by catchy melodies, embracing chord progressions and some incredibly mixed drums. Maybe their future is bright due to their own Light? But if it’s the same light I’m stepping in to? I’m not happy about that, I want all The Light to myself. Let me step in!
87 and the Toys are back with ”Japanesy If You Pleasey”, which combines Japanese and American culture into their current indie pop style, pondering every day issues from goading incumbent Republican Governor of Georgia over his attitude of Covid-19, to the sadness of realising there are no more Bojack Horseman episodes to watch.
87 and the Toys subscribe to the school of absolute musical purity with no filters or overblown production techniques, instead choosing to embody a commitment to authenticity.
With Dave on stand-up bass and Guitar, Hana on min-drum kit, piano and vocals, and Patrick on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, fans are in for a treat. As Hana hails from Japan, the rich culture infuses the EP thoroughly with Eastern elements. This is found in the tracks ”All you can eat Sushi” – a song initially written as a joke by Patrick to convince Hana to go to a sushi restaurant.
Another Track to set your psyche on a spiral is Bojack, written about the fascination of a new series (in this context ”Bojack Horseman”) after Patrick had binge-watched the show and suddenly realised their are no more episodes to watch.
Filled with different sounds and elements, 87 and the Toys have excelled in representing a multitude of genres with their new EP, and are an impressive showcase of why bands that don’t take themselves too seriously are more than capable of producing great tunes.
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Taking lockdown as their cue to gather their collective talents, West Midlands-based Four Crooks took to a remote farmhouse to write and record their new EP, and are now unleashing the results to the world.
Four Crooks consist of vocalist and guitarist Dave Morris, Guitarist Eamonn Russell, Bassist Toby Barnet and Drummer Dan Quinton-Jones. Having actually met over a bar altercation, Eamon and Dave shared a common Bond in music and how it should be performed.
They formed a band with Toby and Dan and took advantage of the lockdown to record a new, hard-hitting EP.
Black Magic by Four Crooks is led by the title track, a meditation on the addictive qualities of women and substances of all kinds – both a warning and a celebration of everything that can get you high and take hold of your senses.
The Black Magic EP also features Feel Alright, a song of redemption which sees someone working their way through a difficult relationship and walking out with their head held high.
Paranoia, a thudding, far heavier track looks at how it really feels to be trapped mentally with feelings of anxiety and doubt.
All in all, Black Magic is a trio of tracks that are honest about mental health and relationship battles.
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French punk-rock band Quitters release new single ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ ahead of the release of their second EP Singing Like Nobody’s Listening in January 2019.
‘My Own Worst Enemy’ is an upbeat and positive offering. The message is one of empowerment and Quitters note that most of the difficulties that people experience arise from the way they deal with problems as opposed to the problems themselves. As the band explains, you can be disenchanted, frustrated, lost, hopeless but at the same time realize that there are so many positive things in this world. It’s all about choice, about making the decision to pursue these things as long as you can.
Quitters are a Punk Rock indie quartet formed in 2015 in Montpellier After a few dates in France, the band releases their first EP entitled Move On to Honest Things in May 2015 on four European labels (Krod Records, Bad Mood Asso, Inhumano and Dingleberry Records). Then follows several tours that will take them to Chile, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland…
In 2017, the debut album Good Night Memories released on eight independent European labels including Inhumano, Bad Mood Asso and Dingleberry Records. With the same desire to defend independent culture and Do It Yourself. This year also marks the arrival of Roma in the group and the resumption of tours in England, Europe and the USA.
In January 2019, the second EP Singing Like Nobody’s Listening will be released.
These are the first songs composed with Romain on drums. They were made between Montpellier and Grenoble. Rom living 300 km from Antho, Jerem and Dookie, the exercise was to ping-pong the songs without ever repeating until a satisfactory result was achieved.
The ep was recorded in June 2018 with RomTom Cat and is called Singing Like Nobody’s Listening.
‘The face of the Phoenix emo revival movement’ – The Huffington Post
Arizona indie rock group, The Breaking Pattern, are bringing a fresh new sound to the emo scene on their debut album There Are Roadmaps In Our Veins. Anthemic vocals and reverb-soaked guitars make for a euphoric and equally lovelorn summery sound.
The band cite emo and pop-punk acts such as Real Friends, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and The Hotelier as influences. Fellow Arizona indie rockers Lydia have offered the band much support, their guitarist Justin Camacho even co-writing songs with the band in the past.
The album lyrically tackles the hurdles of a failing relationship. The band’s frontman explains: ‘The album is somewhat of a break-up album, chronicling the various stages of a doomed relationship from the moments leading up to the split until the resolution and recovery. I say “somewhat” because it is not a concept album. The songs do not tell one specific story, but are a compilation of personal experience and the stories I’ve witnessed from friends who had their own hearts disintegrated into red dust.’
Producer Cory Spotts engineers the record, having worked with other esteemed Arizona acts including The Maine, The Summer Set, BlessTheFall and Job for a Cowboy.
Within the first few months of their formation, the band opened for celebrated acts such as Emarosa, This Century, Weatherbox and The Rocket Summer. They have since sold out multiple shows.
Vocalist Derek Hackman previously fronted a band called Ezer. Having long had a passion for music, he began writing songs aged 11. Moving house frequently as a child, Derek dealt with long periods of social isolation that fuelled his songwriting. The first time he ever sang live was at his high school graduation – in front of 6000 people. He was so nervous he vomited in the bathroom only minutes prior to going up on stage.
Derek is also a published poet and has a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Making up the band’s other members include drummer Brandon (who also handles a lot of the photography), guitarist Nick (who happens to also be an award-winning coffee roaster) and bassist Jacob (who is Columbian and fluent in Spanish).
A truly exciting band who have been likened to some of the shining lights of UK indie, Vida are a British four piece who are going places. Drawing comparisons to a wide ranging indie catalogue, including the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Miles Kane and more, their growing reputation has seen them garnering recognition from some of the country’s top tastemakers.
Their new single is a double A-side release showing two of the different sides of the group. First, ‘Electric Lady’ tells the story of repeated overnight stays with the same girl after meeting on several nights out, and the awkwardness that follows the next morning. Meanwhile, ‘Fade Away’ speaks of a completely different kind of awkward – finding yourself in the same room as an ex…
Already supported by Amazing Radio for their previous single ‘Colour’, Vida have also been building their reputation on the live circuit. Having been handpicked to play XFM’s This Feeling shows several times, as well as four gigs at prestigious independent venue King Tuts in Glasgow, they also headlined a charity festival in Stirling to which went very successfully.
Their appearance at the fundraising events mirrors their approach to music, offering fans something free in exchange for their ongoing support. Vida are known for handing out music and merchandise at live shows, free to music fans who go home with EPs, CDs, badges and more. This generous approach is spreading the word and helping to build a legion of fans, who will continue to build Vida into a force to be reckoned with.
‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Fade Away’ will be released on June 15th.
Single taken from upcoming debut EP ‘Start Over Again’
A thoughtful singer songwriter based in North London, River Child is the creator of original indie-folk tunes with a soulful edge.
An ex-busker who got so much good feedback from his pavement performances he decided to take to the studio, with second single ‘Lone City Lights’ coming next.
Brilliant in its simplicity, the track marries a vocal reminiscent of Dylan with an upbeat shuffle rhythm which belies the darker lyrics, as well as mixing acoustic and jangling electric guitar to great effect. You can hear the song here:
Looking to build on his burgeoning reputation with this single, River Child is working hard on the London scene to keep turning heads – and with top quality, accessible music like this it shouldn’t be long until more and more eyes are on him.
Produced by Ian Wallman, this is music easy on the ear but written from the heart – a soulful reminder of how affecting a simple chord/melody combination can be.
Exciting and energetic contemporary folk band, ‘Apple Of My Eye’ announce release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December. Beautifully arranged epic songs in a unique twist on classic folk themes.
Now living in London, the majority of the band hail from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin.
The album was recorded at Cowshed Studios and engineered by the hugely respected folk and jazz engineer Joe Leach. They decided to record the entire thing on 2 inch, 24 track analogue recording tape to give a warmer and richer sound than digital techniques.
Having spent the summer performing at some of the most exciting festivals in the UK, including, Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and headlining Exile festival in Sheffield, the band are flourishing into an exciting folk force, not to be missed.
The band describe their music as “brand new old songs” and collectively generate all their own material drawing on personal experiences and carefully arranging the music on the guitar, bouzouki, violin, double bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Band member Chris Rusbridge lives on a narrow boat on the waterways of London, where often a rehearsal will turn in to a performance as passers by become a listening crowd. No London public house is safe from the spontaneous band. They are well known for bursting into song and entertaining the drinkers of London pubs.
The band boasts an impressive hoard of musical talent:
Kit Massey (Violin) and Phil Cornwell (Bass) are both full time professional musicians. Cornwell is the musical director of West End musical “The Scotsboro Boys’’ and Massey was formally a violinist with the Santiago Philamonia in Chile and has worked as a session musician with artists such as Emile Sande, Dizzie Rascal, Muse and Jamie Cullum. Arran Glass (Vocals and Guitar) and Alex Scott (Mandolin) are both professional Actor-Musicians and Puppeteers who perform and compose the music for a variety of theatre and television. Chris (Bouzouki), Dan (Harmonica) and Ellie Rusbridge (Vocals) are all siblings and come from a rich folk music heritage as their parents met in a folk club and still perform in their own folk band Thornbridge.
The Bristol bunch have already been making waves across the folk scene and have received raving reviews from some of the top publications in the genre.
“Be prepared to enter an entirely different world” – Allan Wilkinson – Northern Sky Magazine
“Sublime vocals and intricate instrumental work […] a magical journey filled with rhythm and rhyme.” – Folkblues and Beyond
“These are more than songs sung to tunes. The texture is seamless. Throughout, there’s an unvarying, symbiotic fusion as vocals and instruments feed off each other to create songs with space and depth.” – Tim Carroll – Folkwords
LP to be released on the same day as lead single, ‘That Ain’t Love’ – October 1st
A South Wales based boy band with a taste for energetically infectious melodies, Eric Unseen are a three piece with a growing reputation in the UK indie scene.
Having supported and gigged with a host of high profile names including Bastille, We are Scientists, The Alarm, The Stiff Little Fingers, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Skindred, Paramore, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Subways, and The Automatic, the band are now ramping up for further exposure with new album ‘Brought Up the Right Way’.
With a sound that comes across like a contemporary version of The Smiths with an indie twist, Eric Unseen are unlike any other band on the circuit at the moment, and aim to drive their point home with this album’s lead single – ‘That Ain’t Love’
The band are no strangers to the stage and have really turned heads with the quality of their live shows. In addition to the impressive list of gigs above, they also reached the final of national competition ‘Live and Unsigned’, fighting through 10,000 acts to play in the showcase event at London’s O2 arena in front of 3 thousand people.
Their success though has not gone to their heads, and they happily joke about the gig they played the next day – a small pub with seven people in it who were there to watch the football.
Fans include producers Greg Haver (The Manic Street Preachers, Cataonia, Super Furry Animals), Richard Jackson (Duffy, The Automatic) and Slade front man Noddy Holder, all impressed by Eric Unseen’s versatile and consistently high quality songwriting.
And it all comes from an outlook of simplicity and the feel of a band simply having fun, with lyrics inspired by a relatable life in ‘The Valleys’ of Wales painting a very different picture from the trashy MTV attempt at reality television.
The album and single will be available from October 1st and is being funded by new crowd funding site Free The Music Book: http://freethemusicbook.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61
“Good luck with trying to get these melodies outta your head..” uberrock.co.uk