Unflinching honesty exposed bare, through the gorgeously soft, yet fiercely brave vocals of Ailsa Tully.
By a brooding bass line, we are drawn into the world of Ailsa Tully. Husky musings pry open latest single Edge as we learn an unexpected truth. On a hazy, glowing twilight of London’s riverbank, an evening full of laughter and life; painstaking anxiety is all that consumes her inner monologue.
As though the river flows calmly, Edge carries the listener along in delicate ripples and waves that never break. Despite the swell of emotive depth conveyed within the track, the music remains soothing and soft. Purposefully evoking a sense of numbness, against racing thoughts and a quickened heartbeat. When a mind cannot stop thinking, there eventually exists an odd state of tranquillity in the confusion, where one is simply lost amongst the chaos. As the brooding bass line plays on and the lull of the nightlife hums steadily in the background. Set against Ailsa’s stunning vocals, the music is reflective of that peculiar state where we feel everything, yet nothing. The surrounding world is meaningless, as our thoughts are all that exist.
The deliberate stark contrast between the music and lyrics is staggeringly beautiful. Creating a dreamlike, lullaby nightmare in Edge, that is nothing short of captivating. As we meander through the song, musical traction is picked up towards the end as the bass heavies and a drumbeat ensues, but an overall eerie sense of calm remains.
Vocally Ailsa heightens her range in parts, as peaks in her worries amplify in reflection of her lyrics. Edge is such a raw, honest, and brave expression of herself, that presents gorgeous vocal capabilities. Ensuring we behold Ailsa Tully as a hauntingly brilliant singer and songwriter.
A deep level of empathy and reflection exists within her music. As listeners, we too feel as though we are wandering the streets of London’s nightlife. Woefully lost amongst the ‘normality’, whilst consumed by our own thoughts and a desperate search for clarity. Yet somehow, we are swallowed by a soft heady calmness that could be our outer appearance to the world. I am completely in awe of the fascinating vocal delivery and backstory of Edge. I cannot wait to hear more from Ailsa Tully.
Following on from their previous release True Secret to a Happy Life, TJ Roberts are back with yet another slice of indie-rock goodness. Latest single Sinceridipity makes no apologies for its bold entrance, as shredding guitars hurtle us full force into the track. Brooding vocals from front man Tom tear through in the first verse, but there is no hiding from that biting guitar lurking underneath, as the track builds to break in its charged chorus.
Blazing to life, Sinceridipity brands its mark, easily becoming one of the finest indie tracks of the year to date. Instruments stampede in a glorious frenzy but complement one another exquisitely well. The track features Zac White of Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard on guitar. A musical collaboration of dreams, with fellow BBB member Tom Rees having produced the track. The close-knit South Wales Music Community proving yet again, just why it is so good.
Demanding your attention from start to finish. Sinceridipity is undoubtedly a track that needs to be turned up loud. Especially if you really want to enjoy that minute-long guitar solo that powers through to the end. Hushed thought-provoking verses intertwine with the triumphant chorus; showing off impressive combinations of vocal and instrumental prowess that are driving this band to the forefront.
Lyrically Sinceridipity encapsulates adolescence, and those moments of embarrassment, when we somehow find ourselves looking back over an array of fake, but often misinformed, personalities that developed. A time-honoured tradition of barely comprehensible nonsense. Musical inspiration has been sought from the dark-eyed Lou Reed and Eels’ Mark Everett, as well as the rambunctious energy of Dinosaur Jr. and Fugazi.
The track is available to stream on all platforms via Libertino Records.
Lindsay Munroe is a brave a bold lyricist, baring her soul through music. Her previous singles ‘Mirror’ and ‘Split’ resonated with my very core, and I have been eagerly anticipating her next release.
‘River’ washes over the listener instantly, and is breathtakingly stunning. From its very source, the track is deeply emotive but the vocal delivery from Lindsay is so soothing and tranquil. The most quiet and gentle of her songs to date. The melancholy and heartfelt, ‘River’ finds a way to nestle into your mind and make its home there.
With a heavy emphasis on repeating lyrics, Lindsay is brooding over her pain. The song is slow and winding, allowing us to ponder over our emotions, as well as her own. It is a soulful but soft track. The quiet nature of it is nurturing and not harsh or cutting, despite its emotional heaviness. Instead Lindsay’s vocals convey enough emotion through their almost muted tones, as though they are whispering a secret. It is just enough to invite the listener in.
A songwriter who carves out a part of her heart and places it into the soul of her song.
The lyrics themselves are haunting, as Lindsay conveys such yearning through the depth of her words. Exposing so much of her inner most thoughts and feelings, is once again, admirably brave. Lindsay has such an ability of providing fleeting glimpses into her past, and slight reflections of what may have been, divulging just enough to provoke thought and create in many ways, a story for the listener.
Her self-expression is captivating and certainly makes for a fascinating muse. What I hope I am conveying to you, is that ‘River’ is more than just music and lyrics. It is raw and real, and a slice of Lindsay herself. A songwriter who carves out a part of her heart and places it into the soul of her song. Lindsay’s lyrics are vulnerable and open, however, rather than be deterred by her sheer honesty, Lindsay Munroe is helping it build her.
‘River’ begins with awash of subtle guitar strings and moody vocals. As the song progresses, it also incorporates more elements musically, as drums emerge, and guitars are played a little heavier. Synths and pedals are also used. Although the track is in no way crowded and cluttered with a clash of jarring instruments. Instead instruments simply blend in to complement one another. Lindsay’s vocals and the overall tension of the track heightens in its chorus, but ‘River’ remains to be so soft and delicate; the music carries it along beautifully.
My adoration for Lindsay Munroe is deepening with each song I have the pleasure of hearing, and I am waiting earnestly for her debut EP release. I just know that it is going to provide the most beautiful emotional journey.
Lindsay Munroe’s Debut EP ‘Our Heaviness’ has been rescheduled for release on 19th June.
I could not love Panic Shack any more if I tried. Their fierce bad girl attitude, tongue in cheek humour and adoration for chaos, all creates an impressively powerful emerging punk band. How close they are means they are more like sisters than friends, and they are quickly becoming the band that everyone wants to know. Causing carnage with raucous live shows, and acquiring a cult following. Panic Shack have already supported infamous punks Amyl and the Sniffers, and are tearing up Cardiff’s live music scene as they go. Once you have seen Panic Shack perform at a gig, you certainly won’t forget them. A band that were born to break the rules. Combine crazily good music with an infectious amount of energy, and they are able to command a crowd and deliver a gig like no other.
Panic Shack’s debut single ‘Who’s Got My Lighter?’ was a roaring success. The band are renowned for playing a number of unreleased songs at their gigs, so fans already knew what to expect from their loud and untamed debut, and its popularity has continued to soar ever since. At Panic Shack’s headline gig in March the track had its first live outing since its release. A boisterous crowd and a night fuelled with frenzy, meant their debut hit went down a storm, and blew the roof off Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach. Since its release, the single has received airplay on a number of radio stations, including BBC Radio 1. YouTube views are racing up by the day, and streams are continuing to spiral. A lockdown is not going to reckon with the force of Panic Shack.
Today the band are releasing their latest single ‘Jiu Jits You‘. An unapologetic anthem that is as bold as its title suggests. The track tells the tale of a night out, and the idiots encountered along the way. Not shy in speaking their mind, Panic Shack do not hold back on this brilliant spoken-word story and express in no uncertain terms what they would like to do to anyone causing them trouble. In true Panic Shack style it’s all delivered in good humour, proving they are as fun as they are fierce, but you’d still be a fool to think you could mess with them. Especially if they really do know Jiu-Jitsu!
Their ability to blend spoken word stories with rebellious punk music, provides Panic Shack with a unique edge that certainly makes them memorable. Many punk bands can spit out their lyrics with a harshness and throw themselves around a stage, but Panic Shack have a different appeal. Although rebellious and wild, they also bring in a girlish charm and there is a bubble gum pink theme surrounding them. A female-fronted punk rock band with two personalities, that clash gloriously together.
Bringing in an added element of fun with the song’s catchy chorus and shout-out chants, ensures that ‘Jiu Jits You’ really sparks to become a hit that you can sing along to. It is not for the faint hearted, but is fun and fiery, and I love that they make no apologies for that. Guitars blare, and vocals shout out to pack a punch on this screamer of an anthem.
‘Jiu Jits You’ will plant itself firmly in your mind and knock you out by how good it is. It is a very strong follow-up to Panic Shack’s debut single, that shows listeners exactly what they are all about.
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Forever entwined in some way or another, Wales’ chaotic but lovable indie rock band Trampolene and music-heavyweight Pete Doherty are certainly no strangers. With Pete initially having taken an interest in the bands front man Jack Jones for his poetic flair way back in 2015. The two formed a firm friendship after Jack became the resident tour poet for The Libertines on their 2016 Arena Tour. Jack and Pete have only grown closer every day since, with the pair working continuously together on a number of musical projects.
Pete Doherty is now a family figure to Jack and the band as a whole, almost acting as a mentor for their musical journey. With immense experience fronting one of the most successful UK bands of all time. For a young indie band like Trampolene with stars in their eyes, he’s certainly a very good connection to have.
Over their five year friendship, Trampolene have supported The Libertines across several tour dates already. Front man Jack is also a guitarist and occasional vocalist within Pete Doherty’s new gypsy-punk band The Puta Madres, and Trampolene drummer Jay Bone is also a member of Carl Barat & The Jackals, which is another band of The Libertine’s co-founder Carl Barat.
It is evident to see that within just a short period of time, their ties run pretty deep. Therefore for Trampolene and Pete Doherty alike, it must have been an exciting and engaging prospect to collaborate on a song with one another. Surely a means of cementing their bond, for all to hear. Asides from Jack’s participation in The Puta Madres, for us fans this will be the first time we have the pleasure of listening to Trampolene and Pete performing together on one track.
It is an adoring ode to how close they all are.
It almost feels as though it is full circle from where they began, with Jack’s poetry being that initial spark to ignite their relationship…
Written and performed entirely in isolation. ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’ was given its first spin on BBC Radio 6 this morning. Radio Presenter Chris Hawkins explained how the track consists of poetry recorded by Jack on his phone in Swansea, which was then forwarded on to their producer Mike Moore in London, and finally over to Pete Doherty in Normandy, who added vocals for the chorus and backing. Jack’s poetry is the main focus of the track, so it almost feels as though it is full circle from where they began, with Jack’s poetry being that initial spark to ignite their relationship way back when. It is a glorious and touching sentiment.
To anyone unfamiliar with the works of Pete Doherty and Trampolene, the track may seem a little eccentric. However, to fans its charm will remain undisputed. Jacks existing poems have grown to become so popular amongst followers of Trampolene and The Libertines, they are chanted out at gigs and recited word for word as though they are anthems. I do not doubt that in time, this song will be no different.
Hailing from Swansea in South Wales. Jack’s Welsh accent always shines beautifully throughout his spoken-word poetry. This is no exception for ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’. There is a delightful rhaspiness to Jack’s vocals on this track, which emphasises the songs emotive lyrical content, whilst rightfully demanding the attention of the listener. Contrasting exquisitely with the high pitched and warped vocals that emerge from Pete Doherty during the chorus. Pete’s vocals somehow pour through, and add a light hearted aspect to the track. The giddy oddness of the style in which they’re delivered allows for this, and showcases that unique spirit and personality that runs between the two joyous and loving individuals that are Jack Jones and Pete Doherty.
The idea behind the new track was curated by the marvellous mind of Jack Jones, who was inspired by a painting created by his young cousin. The little artist had depicted a world where animals and humans live as one in harmony, but as is the innocence of a child, had mistakenly called her “farm” painting an “abattoir”.
Being the keen lyricist he is, it wasn’t long before Jack’s mind pondered over those thoughts and ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’ was born. As Jack’s inspiration wound to seek out the skewed aspects from the painting, in its innocent error. The finished track expresses a harmonious existence inspired by the child’s idea on one hand, but also a caged one on another, due to the harsh truths we know to exist within the title. Additional inspiration was sought from the current UK lockdown.
‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’ is being released on Friday 22nd May, as a means of celebrating the creation of new record label, Strap Originals
New music, I hear you rejoice! It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to your new favourite band, Tales In The Shade.
A wonderfully eclectic mix of individuals, with an incredibly expansive and exciting take on music. Hailing from Wales and the South West, Tales In The Shade have performed on and off together locally since 2018, so you may have caught them at a gig or two already. However 2020 will see them release their debut single ‘Elephant’ and I cannot even begin to express to you how great it is.
I’m sure you’re curious to know a little more about them, right?
Well, each band member brings their own unique diverse sound and style to the band, having been a part of numerous other musical outlets over the years. From an ELO tribute band to a heavy metal mash up, Tales In The Shade have the full-colour spectrum of musical influences. Such a rich variance of experience, combined with a can-do attitude and ability to perform so well together, means that Tales In The Shade have created a band of friends, as well as musicians.
The band do not label themselves as being a part of a particular genre, but would rather describe their sound as an abstract, underlying concept. Their varying thought processes and ideas collide gorgeously, to allow them to create songs that they write collaboratively through an initial brainstorming process.
Tales In The Shade breathe more life into their lyrics than your average songwriter.
Before their songs even materialise, Tales In The Shade create their own back-stories, worlds and universes for their songs to be set in. These stories give Tales In The Shade their very own dimension from which they can source characters, and an array of fantastic plot lines, as a basis for their music. Similar in a sense to the works of Creeper and Green Day, where recurring characters and storylines entwine throughout multiple songs. Who knows in the future, Tales In The Shade could have their very own Rock Opera on the way! Move over American Idiot.
The bands front man Sam Griffiths (pictured above) explains their creative approach in more detail;
“We like the idea of not telling a story in a verbatim and obvious way, but to just tell a fragment of a story, an ambiguous hint of a bigger picture. If we were to write a song set in a world of superheroes, we wouldn’t be writing about Batman, we’d be writing about the perspective of the unassuming janitor cleaning away in the next room. ‘Show and don’t tell’ can have tremendous power lyrically.”
Being a writer myself, their creative means of devising song lyrics really appeals to me, and has made the prospect of future releases incredibly intriguing. Recording their music on the brink of lockdown, Sam expressed to me how finessing their debut single within those last few precious hours was “a very profound and memorable way to experience such a devastating event.” The band have had zero human contact with one another since, but are eagerly awaiting the chance to be back in the recording studio as soon as they are able.
Twin Stranger are back with yet another incredibly catchy single. You may recall my adoration for them, following the release of their debut single ‘Tears Of Joy’ back in February. ‘Crushed’ has arrived with as much bold enthusiasm, and more. It’s fantastic.
‘Crushed’ has the huge capability of becoming an instantly recognisable hit, and I am beyond excited about it.
Fuelled by an amazing energy and sound that fires throughout the track. ‘Crushed’ begins by captivating the listener instantly, delivering such a glorious intensity as it bursts into life. Lead Vocalist Alex McConnachie sweep us off our feet, possessing an overwhelming confidence. I continue to be enthralled by his distinct energy. You just know that when a song hooks you within the first 10 seconds of listening, that it’s going to be special. It is clear to me that ‘Crushed’ has the huge capability of becoming an instantly recognisable hit, and I am beyond excited about it.
The track oozes vibes of sunshine, summer-time parties and dancing. It is a proper feel good song and yes, I am just a little bit in love with it already. Bringing joy in strange times, ‘Crushed’ is a song you can turn up loud, and drown out the rest of the world with. Twin Stranger have produced a gorgeously fun track that fizzes with so much life, and I honestly cannot stop listening to it.
I would describe ‘Crushed’ as an alternative type of pop-rock. It has all the power, punch and fun of a blaring pop-rock number, but is in no way overworked, or too full on. Instead its homegrown powerful presence creates something that shines. ‘Crushed’ is certainly impressive, and it’s clear to hear that every element incorporated, from vocals to melodic guitars and drums, collide perfectly together. Personally, I feel the tracks popularity will only grow the more it is heard, and it’s a song that anyone can enjoy listening to.
Despite the upbeat nature and carefree charm of ‘Crushed’, the lyrics are actually an underlying jab at the vane and egotistical sides of humanity; which you’d be forgiven for not noticing straight away. Speaking of the track Alex McConnachie expresses; “Crushed is about realising that some people you know just love listening to the sound of their own voice, and other people’s troubles and feelings only really enter their mind for a split second, then they’re gone again. On a more positive note it’s also about summer time when you’re a teenager, the days blend into one and you’re just hanging out with your friends without a care in the world, just living in the moment.”
From its vibrant sound to its sniping lyrics, ‘Crushed’ is a track that certainly makes an impact. It’s definitely a firm favourite of mine already, so you now know what I’ll be listening to non-stop this summer.
I can’t wait to hear what Twin Stranger bring us next!
Twin Stranger are a Welsh 5 piece power-pop project led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Alex McConnachie. The band’s sound is a mix of hooky bass-driven pop melodies, synth freak-outs and dreamy guitar soundscapes.
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2020 has become a completely different year to what we expected, when it began in January. Plans were in place, and headliners were being confirmed for major UK festivals such as Glastonbury, and Reading and Leeds. With the outbreak of Coronavirus in March affecting the world as we know it, of course festivals made the sensible decision to pull the plug following government guidelines to abolish mass gatherings. Musicians and concert venues alike began to cancel shows, and live music as we knew it, ceased to exist.
With no live performances likely to take place until at least August or September, and even that remaining dubious for the time being, with the UK having remained in a form of lockdown since late March. Due to flurrying anxieties that were swirling regarding the global pandemic, the future of healthcare resources, our economies and the survival of many local businesses. With lockdown looming over us, we as individuals had no choice but to adapt to the strange changes in our existence. Despite all of this taking its toll, we continued to progress, and all hope for live music was not lost.
It wasn’t long before musicians, being the natural creatives and entertainers that they are, came up with an innovative way to still engage with their audiences and bring joy by providing a heartfelt distraction. Thus, what was an occasional treat for fans, such as a livestream Q&A, or an intimate at home gig, became the norm. Almost every artist I can put my mind to, has now hosted a live stream session on a social media platform of some form. Music fans are rejoicing, and the trend is really skyrocketing at a time when live music feels so lost to us all, and we feel so lost ourselves.
By musicians hosting their own live stream gigs, and so many thousands of fans tuning in. It wasn’t long before blogs, music publications and websites began tapping into this, and the livestream festival was born. Often spanning over the course of a weekend, Livestream Festivals such as DIY Magazine’s DIYsolation Festival, or more recently Dork’sHomeschool Festival, have given a platform to hundreds of emerging indie and alternative artists. Bills have included the likes of rising Welsh band Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Manchester’s Phoebe Green, Brighton-based Porridge Radio and Cambridge’s Cavetown.
Livestream Festivals such as DIY’s DIYsolation Festival, or more recently Dork’sHomeschool Festival, have given a platform to hundreds of emerging indie and alternative artists.
With these festivals doing so well for emerging artists, whilst also helping contribute donations to our NHS and key workers. The phenomenon is only growing. Why would this not be something huge stars would want to be a part of too? It’s left me wondering, with summer soon arriving and major festivals not set to go ahead, will we be watching our Glastonbury Headliners via a livestream performance instead?
Just imagine the help and funding, events on this scale, could provide for research charities, food banks, the NHS, and many more. It would be groundbreaking.
If UK festivals opted for a not for profit approach, as so many magazines and music websites have already done successfully. Just imagine the help and funding, events on this scale, could provide for research charities, food banks, the NHS, and many more. It would be groundbreaking. With live streams becoming such a popular form of entertainment, surely this could be an idea worth investing in?
There would be obvious hurdles and festival organisers would have to treat those who had bought tickets to the physical festivals with care and consideration, however if refunds are already issued for festivals not going ahead this year, or if ticket-holders are offered a place for next years festival instead. If live streams were billed as taking place and shared with us all, surely that would be an amazing uplifting experience for everyone.
Major festivals would have the social media knowledge, marketing tools and funding to hopefully deliver a polished and professional livestream experience. Drawing on inspiration from those festivals I have mentioned previously, created by music magazines DIY and Dork. Both festivals to the viewing eye ran without so much as hiccup. Granted I do not know what had gone on behind the scenes, but I avidly watched both and they were fantastic. DIY chose Instagram as their provider, and acts had hour long slots on Instagram live to perform. Dork continue to host their festival on their own website, instead opting to harness a mixture of live and recently pre-recorded content, to showcase acts over a number of different stages with varying slot times. As well as performances, both festivals also had different angles such as artist radio shows, story telling, comedy and so on. This worked wonderfully well for both events, and I for one thoroughly enjoyed. Very generously the publications also donated all funds raised to charity or the NHS.
Let’s hope I’ve predicted the next big thing here, and this is already something the likes of Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Download and many more are keenly looking into. Imagine the varying genres each could offer, the donations just one festival alone could drum up. Live streams are proving to be immensely popular and personally I feel it would be a trend our innovative and ever-changing festivals could certainly build into something stratospheric .
Musicians are providing us with an intimate live performance, from their home to ours.
Whilst the world is in lockdown, it may seem as though gigs and live music are a distant memory for many of us. However, even in these strange times, there is one shining beacon that is continuing to bring joy to music lovers, and it is a phenomenon that is sweeping across the music scene.
Live stream sessions, are becoming increasingly popular, with hundreds if not thousands tuning in to watch their favourite artists performing on social media platforms, such as Instagram.
Musicians are providing us with an intimate live performance, from their home to ours. We are given possibly the closest insight into their lives, that we may ever have. Combined with the fact that these performances are so beautifully DIY, there is just something so raw and real about them, that makes them wonderfully special.
We see first-hand those little swirls of nervousness, chit-chat with fans, nods to watching family members, stumbles in their performances and laughter. The songs we love are stripped back to their bones, often we can be gifted to an acoustic rendition we may never have heard before. Personally, I feel as though we’re experiencing music in what could be its purest form. It is as though we are hearing the songs we love, in their original demo format, and there is just something so blissfully rewarding about that.
Even though these shows are being brought to us over our phone, tablet, or laptop screens. So far, I have yet to notice any terribly bad sound quality or severe lagging issues. I guess it is a little nod to how good our modern-day technology really is; often taken for granted, but it is in times like these we realise how important it is.
During a period of isolation, live stream gigs are creating a sense of togetherness. Music fans are interacting over live chats, sharing their favourite songs, moments, and memories together. All whilst enjoying a unique performance from their favourite musicians.
Album Listening Parties, Social Media Account Take-Overs, Q&As… the list goes on. It is remarkable how many wonderful, innovative ways we as humans are finding, to enable us to still hold on to that sense of community we share, by continuing to discover and create.
Their existence is bringing so much joy and happiness to our new found world, whilst also helping to combat those feelings of loneliness that many are incurring. High praise is certainly deserving to the artists contributing. Despite this being a period which will certainly go down in the history books as something terrible, in an obscure way it is also helping me to see how much goodness there really is in this world, solely from our overwhelming love for one another and that sense of community we still strongly share, even though we’re apart.
Rory Wynne is the next shining star to burst out of Manchester’s flourishing music scene. Showcasing a unique blend of indie-pop, Rory is not shy in taking charge of his own music career. You’re saying hello to the writer, performer, recorder and producer of his own music, which is certainly impressive.
Already championed by the likes of Radio 1 and NME, Rory is making a bold impact, and his music speaks for itself. Upon embarking on his headline UK tour, Rory wowed avid gig goers. Since then he has secured a string of residency nights in Manchester, as well as playing a show at iconic venue, Jimmy’s.
Echoes of summer nights, and carefree fun scorch through Rory’s whimsical tracks. His latest single ‘Roses’, is another undeniable indie hit. Dusky vocals scatter like petals throughout, but Rory’s sharp lyrical capabilities soon scar us with their thorns, as the track embodies that peculiar sting from lust for love, and ghosts of mistakes that are capable of entrancing us all, especially when they relate to that one person we adore most.
Driven by want and desire, ‘Roses’ is as lyrically dreamy, as it is catchy. Rory’s passion for music is clear to hear; the track is so brilliantly put together. Each verse, chorus, and even the song’s breakdown, are meticulously crafted to grow a truly beautiful track. 80s synth and modern indie clash, as Rory presents us with a singalong hit you’ll be blasting through your speakers in no time.
Rose-tinted by name and by nature, ‘Roses’ really does bloom. Lustful lyrics and vocals are charged by captivating music, that really emphasises the charm of this track. Lyrically and musically, Rory has got it spot on here, and I’m very excited to hear more from him in the future.
‘Roses’ is out now on Very Clever Records, and is available to stream through all platforms
If you like your music loud and untamed, Saytr Play certainly pack a punch.
Following on from the release of singles ‘Future’ and ‘VCR’, I am overjoyed to share that Saytr Play have released their debut EP ‘In Truth I Fear For The Heart’ today. Saytr Play are a chaotic, brilliant burst of energy, hailing from Manchester. My passion for their music rung clear in my recent review of their single ‘VCR’, and I cannot emphasise to you enough how brilliant this band are. Their sound is a modern twist on rock and roll. Influence is sought from classics of the past but Saytr Play are definitely bold in placing their own unique stamp, bringing in that added swagger of indie rock music gloriously.
If you like your music loud and untamed, Saytr Play certainly pack a punch. Their debut EP is full to the brim with songs to sing your heart out to; from the anthem of ‘Everyday Since’ to the fast-paced fun of ‘VCR’. This EP grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. As an added bonus for the acoustic lovers, there is also a gorgeous acoustic version of ‘Future’ to close the EP. The 4 tracks shine marvellously together and showcase that beautiful array of sound that Saytr Play capture so well.
This band are undoubtedly ones to watch. Their music has blossomed incredibly over the years, and this EP is surely that spark to ignite them. Already renowned for their frantic live performances, fans of Saytr Play are obsessed, and if you listen to this EP I am sure you will understand why. Guitars blare out, and front man Fred Farrell’s vocals are fantastic. Combine this with such an incredible stage presence, and I’m certain we’ve struck gold.
You can stream Saytr Play’s Debut EP ‘In Truth I Fear For The Heart’ on all platforms now, or you can purchase a copy directly from Saytr Play at www.saytrplay.com
Saytr Play are expected to tour via This Feeling later in the year, new tour dates are to be confirmed.
Rosehip Teahouse are back with a beautiful, woozy track written in isolation by lead vocalist Faye Rogers. Always sharing messages of positivity and kindness, Faye is a movingly brave lyricist who sings openly of our innermost human emotions and fragile experiences. Her latest track is a glowing beacon in dark times. Her vocals soar on the DIY single, and it is a delight to listen to.
A slice of indie goodness, soothing and soft. It highlights a tender, delicate subject and wraps it in sweetness.
Faye of Rosehip Teahouse has a gorgeous gift of comforting listeners through her music. ‘It’s The Wrong Time’ is about those self-destructive thoughts that often invade our minds when we are on our own, and linger. Faye has written and performed the song to raise awareness that we are not alone in encountering these frightening feelings, despite feeling like we might be, and to help those who may be struggling during such a strange period of our lives.
Everything about this song is beautiful; its vocals, its meaning, the subtle backing music. The track is simply made, but truly glows. A slice of indie goodness, soothing and soft. It highlights a tender, delicate subject and wraps it in sweetness. Faye’s voice is set against twinkling sounds from a keyboard, which compliments the serenity of her latest single, and swirls us around in a lullaby haven. Although ‘It’s The Wrong Time’ does have lyrics relating to unnerving thoughts, worry and fear woven within it, the song is subtle and so caringly delivered by Faye, it is a beautiful safety net rather than a trigger. Personally, I believe a lot of listeners will find solitude and peace within this blissfully blended track.
I commend Faye for once again having the boldness and bravery to record such a touching, emotional song and perform it with such wonderful composure.
If you enjoy listening to Rosehip Teahouse’s latest single, please do go and listen to their other singles on Spotify, and tune into any livestream sessions Faye is performing on Instagram. Often, you will be able to hear unreleased music that the band are working on, and I assure you these are equally as stunning. The band hail from Cardiff, and have performed a string of gigs locally and further afield over the years. Next time they are playing near you, it would be wonderful if you would go out and see them live. Their shows are completely mesmerising. I featured them as one on the best, emerging Welsh bands that you need to know about, back when I first started my blog in December 2019. You can read that here if you like.
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‘It’s The Wrong Time’ is out now exclusively on Bandcamp.
I always have and always will hold a soft spot for Matt Maltese. His music is melancholy but strangely comforting and it has been a huge part of my life over the last few years. I keep both of his albums, ‘Bad Contestant’ and ‘Krystal’ dear to my heart, so I was delighted to discover that he has shared a new track with us all today.
I need not explain much about the single, for it is entitled Ballad of a Pandemic, and given our current global climate I’m sure you can all guess what it is in relation to. Matt Maltese however somehow breathes joy into our world, with his gorgeously woeful vocal delivery and oddly comedic suggestions; “Help your neighbour even if they’re not nice. Help your neighbour even if they’re hostile” he pleads. The lyrical content of the song is serious, of course it is, and it is without doubt that it sends a very strong message of love and hope for us all to stay safe in these uncertain times, however, I do love Matt for those little elements of madness he incorporates so beautifully; “Sit tight on your couch like a soldier in a dressing gown.”
I have cried to this man’s songs over my lifetime, and I have laughed. Often during the same track, which I know is slightly concerning. However, because of that ability he harnesses to so carefully balance emotion with wit, I believe that he is the only musician able to write a song about this horrific situation we’re all in, and somehow get it right. As I have said before, he is the king of wounded lovers, he guards hearts and he is a bizarre type of comfort blanket to me. I adore him, and I admire his bravery and boldness in releasing this song.
What is most kind-hearted about the release is that Matt is donating any profit made from the single to The Trussell Trust. An organisation which supports a network of food banks across the UK, and provides emergency food and support to people in poverty. A very worthy cause, and it has actually touched me how much of a lovely gesture this is.
Let’s please all help support Matt and this wonderful organisation by streaming and purchasing his latest single ‘Ballad of a Pandemic’
Clwb Fuzz are brooding newcomers to Cardiff’s music scene, and already they are creating a buzz with their fresh, grungy, post-punk sound. The moody tones that surround this band are hot on trend at the moment, and their live performances are preceding them as they are continuing to rise in popularity amongst the live circuit. Channelling the likes of The Breeders for inspiration, Clwb Fuzz provide us with crushing basslines, sniping drums and hushed stirring lyrics from co-vocalist Emily Kocan. Today they are sharing their newly-recorded single ‘No Heaven’ with us, and it is definitely one you will want to listen to.
The track has been a favourite on their live sets already, and it went down a treat during their recent live-streamed gig with Let It Happen via Instagram. The single has been produced by Tom Rees, who has already worked with bands such as Panic Shack, and his own band Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are taking the music scene by storm. Clwb Fuzz are certainly in good hands here. ‘No Heaven’ has been released through Libertino Records, who already nurture the likes of Adwaith and Los Blancos; they are certainly off to a very promising start.
Clwb Fuzz have nailed getting the balance right between echoing wistful vocals and biting guitars in the verses of ‘No Heaven’, but it is in the build-up that we really feel co-vocalist Emily Kocan’s voice rouse our senses and throttle with its grip.
‘No Heaven’ is a churning, post-punk anthem that will leave you stunned, in the best possible way. Its lyrics are in no way delicate, and remind me of those internal screams that swirl around in our minds when it plays with choking wild thoughts and delusions. These thoughts are captured and bottled by Emily’s initially soft vocal delivery, that could almost trick you into thinking the song is nice on your first listen. When in reality it contains words that snake menacingly around your soul. The moody tension makes it all even more unnerving, but the shudders you experience are glorious. Clwb Fuzz have nailed getting the balance right between echoing wistful vocals and biting guitars in the verses of ‘No Heaven’, but it is in the build-up that we really feel co-vocalist Emily Kocan’s voice rouse our senses and throttle with its grip.
Clwb Fuzz’s menacing moody sound is completely captivating and it is clear to see from this track alone, that they are a wonderfully talented emerging young band. ‘No Heaven’ progresses stunningly well, and I can’t wait to hear more of what they have to offer. I adore how this single, that is at first quiet, wistful and eerie, evolves into a shredding-guitar track with a snarling bite, that will definitely leave a mark.
Clwb Fuzz’s Debut Single ‘No Heaven’ is available NOW on all platforms via Libertino Records
My obsession with Lindsay Munroe is growing. Her debut single ‘Mirror’ was both striking and stunning, and clearly emphasised her strength as a singer-songwriter. The single cut through with direct vocals but maintained a soft element which I was curious to hear more of. It is clear in Lindsay’s lyrics that self-reflection is key to her music. Her latest single ‘Split’ is an intimate exploration of her soul. Encased within a delicate soft vocal delivery that swept me yet again into her daydream.
Words dripping in truths wrap around your core, and soon you find yourself entranced, as though her lyrical confession is being bestowed upon you.
The gentle opening of the single, accompanied by the hum of a guitar, carries the listener away in Lindsay’s arms. Her words dripping in truths wrap around your core, and soon you find yourself entranced, as though her lyrical confession is being bestowed upon you. Lindsay’s heart wrenching agony within this song is clear to hear. Her ability to be so open and honest as a lyricist is truly captivating, and I keenly admire Lindsay’s bravery in baring herself through her music.
‘Split’ evokes but never directly addresses its subject. We are led to believe what our mind takes us to, and somehow we reach back into our own pasts and look at what may have tormented us, through her eyes. Lindsay’s hushed nods to belief and virtues mirror an existence quietened and forced rigid by religion in its verses. However as ‘Split’ progresses, Lindsay heightens her spirit beautifully. The quiet beginning fades, as Lindsay’s confessions spiral and her anger is relinquished. The song breaks into a frenzy, and we really feel her unlock her vocal chords to take centre stage. This is the first time we also harness that euphoric rush of hearing the full band present too, which of course adds to the powerful expression exerted in this moment.
‘Split’ is honestly triumphant. Lindsay’s bold expressions of finding herself and being able to love another have been clearly captured within both of her singles now. Through music it is clear she is flourishing, and the medium allows for an exquisite outpouring of her emotions. Lindsay is utterly relatable, and I feel she will invade the hearts and minds of many within no time. The singles close is a woozy comedown, and as an emotionally depleted Lindsay concludes ‘Split’ with an unfinished sentence and soothed vocals. The final seconds of this single are painfully poignant as though she is defeated. However, I can assure you she is far from it. Lindsay Munroe is in fact, soaring.
Saytr Play are nothing shy of complete craziness. Madchester by birth and mad by nature, this band know how to make music and have a good time doing so. They thrive on loud guitar riffs, stage dives and vocals that pour from front man Fred Farrell who leads the charge. Saytr Play are a burst of energy, and always bring electricity to their live performances. Their engagement with their crowds is euphoric and as for what they do on stage, well, I’m talking climbing speakers, swinging from the ceiling, and almost anything else you can think of. I am pretty sure it won’t be long before this band become infamous for their stage antics, as well as their music.
The bands name Saytr Play is a twist on “Satyr Plays”. These were Ancient Greek tragicomedies, full of drunken antics and sexual deviance, designed to delight their audiences. Quite fitting to the playful nature of our modern-day Saytr Play, don’t you think?
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have such a high volume of energy that they bring to all of their music.
There is no stopping Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. Even in the strangest of times, they are still working hard alongside their record label Communion, to create music. Today the band announced not only a new single, but also joyous news of impending ‘The Non-Stop EP’ that’s scheduled for release in July. The EP has a LOT of tracks, and although it isn’t labelled as such, it’s very close to being our first album offering from the band which is incredibly exciting. One of the tracks we can expect to hear is previous single ‘John Lennon is my Jesus Christ’ from February, which I loved. The EP will also include their latest single, and classic Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard tracks ‘Double Denim Hop’ and ‘Late Night City’, besides half a dozen of new songs. Therefore we can already get a pretty good feeling of how brilliant this EP is going to be.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have such a high volume of energy that they bring to all of their music. This is no exception for latest single ‘Hollywood Actors’. Their flare is flawless, and once again they successfully blend in that retro rock twist, that makes anyone want to get up and dance. Although, this is the heaviest release I’ve heard from the band to date.
The electric guitar pulses throughout this track and it features a stunning solo, but the melody driving the song isn’t quite as upbeat as you would have come to expect from them. Vocals from lead singer Tom take on wider pitches, drums bite and lyrics jab at famous faces. This all combines to form a far more expansive sound for the band, and of course it is a little different, but I think it’s great to have enlightened upon this slightly darker shade of their music and progression is clearly present. Buzzard bring all of their flavour, and add a little extra spice to this track.
I am highly anticipating Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s EP release in July, along with their headline tour, which will now be taking place at venues across the UK in September instead of April.
I have one word to describe this band and their sound, and that is intriguing. I had never encountered Sorry before 925 burst on the scene. I merely saw an album from a band unknown to me, receiving rave reviews on social media. Therefore of course my curiosity was peaked, and it wasn’t long before I indulged my senses with their debut album release.
925 greeted me as a gorgeous medley of sound. Each song is able to capture a different mood and feeling. With every individual element of each song reflecting this. It appeared to me as though they have been crafted meticulously, from their lyrics through to each note of their musical content. Different instruments are used within every song to create a unique vibe for each.
With each song having its own uniqueness, this does mean that overall tracks on the album do contrast. However, I don’t see this as a bad thing. These contrasting sounds blend together to create a kaleidoscope. Complete clarity can never be captured within this album, as we are taken on a wild ride both lyrically and musically, but I believe that is the point. The album is a trippy, euphoric rush. Moods sway and vocals swing. It’s a meticulous, gorgeous high.
I have seen this band described as having an ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Through the album however, personally I struggle to find this. There is a confidence present of course, although, I perceive Sorry as a band experimenting and breaking boundaries through their debut album. 925 is an experiment with impeccable results surely, I am left wondering how there could possibly be any anomalies present?
Whether Sorry constructed 925 on an arrogant social whim, frankly has no impact on me. I can see they have sought inspiration from and interpolated well-known tracks, however I only have admiration for their boldness. To be so blasé, and use popular releases to create something new. Yes it does snub the noses of their predecessors slightly, but they have crafted their influences into their own forms of artwork. In no way are the songs of 925 carbon copies of resembling sounds before them.
The album is meant to be beautifully woozy and dream-like. This is what we should focus on, if we possibly can. Hazy vocals clash with jarring instruments and create songs that shake and wake you up. Vocals are bordering on mundane but, they’re not. I can’t help but feel that lead vocalist Asha Lorenz, purposefully mutes her sound to stir emotions and hook onto the ledge of a feeling.
To hone in and cherry pick my favourite tracks for you to listen to, would not do this album justice. Listeners who capture the spirit of 925 as a whole, will enjoy the freedom it offers from its fluidity, and relish in the mystery of this intriguing band.
If you haven’t listened to Talk Show yet, then you seriously need to. The bands brand new EP ‘These People’ is out today, and is available to stream on all platforms. It contains four singles, that will stir your subconscious and invade your mind.
On this punchy new release, Talk Show simmer to boiling point with their edgy punk sound and lyrics that snare your senses. I have been eagerly waiting the EP since we were graced with our first taste back in January. The initial single Banshee quickly entranced me, and was a stark reminder of the incredible capabilities this band possess.
Talk Show relish in a madness that is able to function absurdly well.
Talk Show are a fascinating enigma to behold, and their onstage presence is unlike anything I have ever witnessed before. Blending edgy punk with something far darker, their latest EP is a glowing example of how they cleverly clash genres and sounds, to create a form of punk that is in many ways a breed of their own. Their songs are eery and distorted in their lyrical approach which knocks you off balance in a woozy bliss, but as quickly as you are lost are you then swept back up again and thrown into the frantic, chaotic frenzy of their fast paced, energetic tempo. Instruments collide and screech in this fuelled riot, with vocals tearing through in a crazed harmony that I can’t imagine any other band fusing together so well. Talk Show relish in a madness that is able to function absurdly well.
My personal favourite from ‘These People’ is Petrolhead. Talk Show always have a way of building their songs up brilliantly, but Petrolhead is nothing shy of an explosion. It’s charged and gloriously angry, and I cannot wait to hear it live.
You can catch Talk Show on their headline tour in September. They are also going to be playing across Wales for IVW with Panic Shack, postponed tour dates are yet to be confirmed.
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What better way to relax and unwind, than putting your feet up and watching a good film?
Seeming as we’re all music lovers here, I thought I’d compile a Music Film Guide for you all.
Here are 5 films about bands and musicians, that I think are definitely worth watching.
1. The Dirt
A must see for anyone who loves rock and roll. The Dirt is based on notorious 80s rock icons Mötley Crüe, and their rise to fame from then until the present day. The film is centred around the highs and lows of their music career, and their personal lives. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion from start to finish but is definitely worth watching. I’ve seen this film countless times now and it just gets better with every watch. It’s gritty and raw which doesn’t always make for easy viewing, but it shows Mötley Crüe in all their glory, providing one hell of a story. Through The Dirt, we experience the incredible times they’ve shared together and it feels like you’re right there with them. The actors are superbly alike to Mötley Crüe themselves which makes The Dirt even more fantastic to watch.
Supersonic is a rockumentary film that takes us on the journey of Oasis’ immense rise to fame. It is incredibly interesting to watch. The whole concept is so well put together, I really got lost within it from start to finish. Supersonic is constructed beautifully through series of recorded footage and pictures dating back to the bands conception, which take us down the winding path of Oasis’ memory lane, with all of the twists and turns along the way making it a bumpy ride. We witness never before seen interviews and backstage footage which come together to create a remarkable picture of Oasis from the very beginning until now. I found this documentary film an absolute joy to watch, I learnt so much about Oasis and it gave me a far deeper insight than I’ve ever had before. This is definitely worth watching even if you’ve only heard the classic songs, as you’ll discover so much more about their personalities and their story.
3. Bohemian Rhapsody
This film is incredible. If you love the band Queen, or even if you don’t, then you still need to watch Bohemian Rhapsody. It is one of the most moving, powerful pieces of screenplay that I have ever seen, and captures front-man Freddie Mercury’s life exquisitely well. The actors that portray each member of Queen bear such an uncanny resemblance to them in real life. In particular the actor who plays Brian May looks so alike to him, that it led me to think they could actually be related. Everything about this film is phenomenal. It tells the story of how Queen became the band we know and love today, and follows their journey from formation to stardom, and the infamous Live Aid Concert. All whilst showing us glimpses of what we didn’t see before in their personal lives, which provides a fascinating insight into their existence, behind all of the fame. Bohemian Rhapsody is a glorious tribute to and celebration of Freddie Mercury’s life. Captured forever through film, which can be cherished for generations to come.
4. Rocket Man
Rocket Man soars into the stars, showing us the immense rise to fame of musician Elton John. I will warn you, the start of this film is VERY cheesy, as it follows the setup of any cliché musical, but please stick with it. I promise you, the film blooms to become something that will shake you to your very core as the story unfolds. Through a fantastic portrayal by actor Taron Egerton, Elton John allows us the privilege of an incredible look back at his life from childhood onwards. Rocket Man is a fiercely brave and bold film, that hides no aspect of the stars personality. Through Rocket Man, Elton John bares his all with us; from family quarrels, to his battles with substance abuse, and his private love life. The film is truthful and intriguing, and overall fascinating to watch. A celebration of his wonderful career, and life.
5. A Star Is Born
I know this film isn’t technically related to a real-life band or musician, but it does feature the incredible acting and vocal talent of Lady Gaga which I think is good enough to count. Although A Star is Born is fictitious, the story and message it conveys about the music industry is staggering. Particularly the pressures which artists can face. I would urge anyone who has a passion and love for music to watch this film, it embodies both dreams and nightmares that are very real within the industry. Asides from this, the story is also wonderful and romantic. A Star is Born follows the rise of Allie (Lady Gaga) to stardom after she meets a famous musician (Bradley Cooper) by chance, at a bar she sings in. The film features original songs performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who knew he could sing?) that are brilliant and the soundtrack to this film is amazing on its own. I adore A Star is Born, and could watch it over and over again, and never tire of it! I’d love to know what you think!
I hope you enjoy watching my film suggestions above. All of them are available for you to stream online!
Make sure to eat plenty of popcorn, and escape into another world, just for a little while.
Let me know if you adore any of the films I’ve mentioned, or if you have any music film suggestions for me, please let me know by leaving a comment below. I always love having new films to watch, especially if they’re about a band or musician.