30 May 2016

Exclusive Stream | Mad Love's Explosive New Single "I'm Not A Smoker"


Mad Love are a power trio from the northern market town of Huddersfield, poising them to be West Yorkshire's very own answer to the Arctic Monkeys. You might think I'm overstating them here. That's probably because I am. Fronted by Danny Sharp, who's not a smoker, they hammer out snarling, anthemic, angsty Weezer style rock 'n' roll. Brutish choruses, snarky vocal delivery and scuzzy guitars; what's not to love? 

Lush / Blind Spot (EP review)


It seems like Shoegaze is making a comeback. With the return of sonic giants such as Ride, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine in recent years, it’s hardly surprising that Lush have followed in the footsteps of their contemporaries. After the untimely passing of original drummer Chris Acland in 1996, a band reshuffle (in the form of the addition of ex-Elastica, Suede and Spitfire drummer Justin Welch) has taken place and were very glad to say they’re back. The highly anticipated EP Blind Spot has delivered with four glittering tracks that take us way back to the bands most active years prior to the allegedly Britpop-inspired album of 1996, Lovelife. We are met with a buffeting whirr of swinging open dream chords and melancholy arpeggios, accompanied by the gentle yet distinctive vocal melodies provided by co-frontwomen Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson.

27 May 2016

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / First World Problem (single review)

The first new material since their brilliant, bright third record Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra yesterday unleashed a single called First World Problem unto the world yesterday.  It's business as usual, in that it's a brilliant, bounding number of off-kilter pop - and like quite a few bits on Multi-Love, it's pretty batshit too.

The first thing you hear is this invasive Ornette Coleman-style sax, before the band really get this kinda classic UMO groove on. To me, I think, like a lotta sounds are coming at you at once, and Ruban and co are somehow managing to shape the chaos into one brilliant, cohesive groove, and to me, this means that the track's just a point of endless fascination.

26 May 2016

Jenny Hval / Female Vampire (single review)

Jenny Hval is a Scandinavian artist who creates quirky, baffling, and challenging pop music that notoriously challenges notions of female sexuality and explores other feminist themes with transgressive and often shocking lyrics. She doesn't do things by halves. Her album Apocalypse, girl was so acclaimed last year, and the similarly splendid album Innocence Is Kinky proceeded that (I guess you get the point already), and well, since then she's obviously not stood still. She's just announced a plan for her second album in as many years, and done so with this pretty brilliant single.

"At Least It's Better Than The Stone Roses' Comeback" - The Strokes' New Song, Reviewed

See, the thing about The Strokes' comeback is that you can't really fault them for trying to be a bit ambitious. Sure, on the single Oblivius they're sticking to the realms of indie-pop white boy guitar music, but obviously, they have every right to do so, and by adding in these oddball synths at the end, and with Julian Casablancas' sprawling vocal delivery of the (kinda inaudible) chorus, it's certainly got the feel of something with a bit of ambition. But really, although while I was ready to love this, it kinda lacks enough real substance to do it for me.

Latitude Festival Announcement | Film Arena

The next wave of acts for Latitude 2016 has arrived! This time, it's the new names for the Theatre + Film Arena. Check below for the full list of cinematic masterpieces and performance artists on display at Latitude 2016. (See acts in bold for Vapour Trail recommends)

25 May 2016

Declan's Hipster Hovel #6 | Morphine - Good

DAMN, DECLAN AT IT AGAIN WITH THE JAZZ.

Ahem. Sorry. Consider my reference to that crap meme penance for the fact that once more, I’m bringing you a jazz-tinged record, in this case Boston-based jazz-rock band Morphine’s 1992 first effort Good. But this is one of those albums that reviews itself. It’s good. Say that slowly, seductively; I’m just damning with faint praise. This album is gooooood.

Gabriel Bruce / Come All Sufferers (album review)

To paraphrase Kanye, Come All Sufferers is not a pop album, or a rock album, or a singer-songwriter album; Come All Sufferers is a gospel album. After recovering from a pretty torrid few years, the second album by Gabriel Bruce is an masterclass of love, loss and redemption, and has reaffirmed what anyone that saw him a couple of years back when he was doing the rounds for his debut album - Gabriel Bruce is something special. Come All Sufferers showcases one of Britain's most charismatic songwriters and performers at his most extreme - there are loud, angry numbers, there are slow, caressing, serenely beautiful numbers, and there are flat out belters that make you wanna get up and dance, and as well as that, it ties together elements of so many different genres together so effortlessly that when you're listening to it it feels like all the music in the world should come from as wide a sonic palette as Bruce demonstrates here. He literally ties everything together, and the result is one of the most powerful, beautiful, and downright amazing albums of 2016.

24 May 2016

A.R. KANE BRINGS SPUNK AND NOISE


One of the most fiercely creative, infinitely influential, and downright loud bands of the 1980s, A.R. Kane have been down in history alongside the Cocteau Twins and The Jesus & Mary Chain as one of the bands most responsible for the invention of the shoegaze genre. Arriving on the scene in 1986, they combined cacophonous, noisy guitars with dreamy vocals, to forge an almost unfounded genre that the band described as dream-pop (which has seemingly stuck). They've influenced the likes of MBV, Slowdive, Seafeel, The Telescopes and The Veldt, and have been championed by people like John Peel and Simon Reynolds meticulously. The past year or so has seen the band come back, bringing the noise to a new generation of fans, and getting even more of the recognition they deserve. I caught up with Rudy Tambala, the mastermind and guitar powerhouse behind A.R. Kane to discuss the past, present, and future of the 1980s lost great band.

White Lung / Paradise (album review)

The Vancouver band seemingly manage to reinforce notion that punk is not dead, nor will it be whilst they continue to proudly uphold its banner with their latest album Paradise. After the storming success of their 2014 third album Deep Fantasy which reached the heights of critical acclaim with uncopriminsing, visceral and often vicious sound taking it to a place on Rolling Stone’s 40 best punk albums ever, White Lung appear to have focused their cutting musical onslaught on a knife edge  somewhat into a more concise and refined sound. Yes, a little of the rawness that so many of us grew to love on Deep Fantasy may have dampened slightly, but undoubtedly the excitement remains.

Oscar / Cut and Paste (album review)

People have been debating the question of who has written the perfect, quintessential pop song for just about as long as music has been laid down onto tape; do The Only Ones wear the crown? Perhaps it's Bowie's Rebel Rebel? Whatever the answer is, it's fair to say that Oscar has had a pretty good stab at staking a claim to the metaphorical throne with the lead single from his otherwise mixed bag of debut album. Jumping out of the traps with an absolutely killer riff that appears to be being played on the lovechild of an electric guitar and a kazoo, Sometimes is a confident and infectious track, deserving of the radio play that it will inevitably receive across the airwaves this summer. It bops along sounding like Pulp's much-overlooked His 'N Hers at such a rapid pace that by the time it's finished you're already left scrambling for the replay button. It even has handclaps, and who doesn't love those?

23 May 2016

5 Smaller Artists To See At... Common People Festival

Common People Fest is back, ready to fill the acres of greenery that make up Southampton Common with lots and lots of beautiful noise. Among the biggest, and inevitably most fun sets promised are Public Enemy, Primal Scream and Duran Duran. Nestled in the line up though, is some gems of small bands you really need to check out. Festivals aren't just about the big names, so here's some smaller gems you could and should stumble across next weekend. They're all on the Uncommon Stage, which is hand picked by local legendary St Mary's music venue The Joiners.

A Playlist Of Haunting, Beautiful Acoustic Songs To Prove It Ain't Just Wonderwall 'Round The Campfire

There is a well-known phenomenon that has swept over the chino clad nation. It's around every corner and engraved in every post code, sweeping our once great country like a plague. This kind of atrocity is committed in the once innocent names of singalongs and good vibes... man, and I advise you, dear reader, to steer well clear. For campfires are off limits. House parties aren't safe either. Festivals might just be worth the risk but please know that the risk is very, very real. Because when the moon sits in the night sky like a Johnny Borrell solo record in a bargain bucket, and a dozen empty cans echo and roll along the floor: the acoustic guitar is drawn. As if he's conquered Excalibur itself, the flimsy six-string is brandished and flaunted. It doesn't matter that he only knows four and a half chords, two Nirvana songs, and the intro to Mr Brightside. He's tipsy, confident and knows exactly what the people have been missing. They've been missing some pissed up egotist mumbling and fumbling their way around a 90's classic! And thus the acoustic guitar is ruined. Forever. You'll never get to hear Don't Look Back In Anger again without picturing an obnoxious teen singing oh so passionately with his eyes forced closed as if he's Thom fucking Yorke.

22 May 2016

Smash It Up | Why The 40th Anniversary of Punk Ain't So Punk

The term 'punk' has always been defined in different ways by different people, its one of those words that means something different to each individual. For some, its the freedom to do what you want, to create what you want whereas for others, its just about the mohawks, ripped jeans, and shouty music. I personally think that the term punk has very little to do with the actual sound of the music that’s created, but more about the message being conveyed through the art. I think that punk music and even art is about the rebellious attitude embedded deep in the art.

21 May 2016

Night Beats, Melt Dunes & Maths and the Moon @ The 1865, Southampton (live review)

Arriving from Seattle, Washington, Heavenly Records' heaviest signing Night Beats poised themselves as the ultimate rock 'n' roll stage. Blue jeans, facial hair, and hats that didn't come off under the lights. It's the kinda thing that normally makes me just cringe, really. But the thing is, despite the flirting with the cliches that Night Beats do ever so dangerously, is that they're absolutely insanely good, and can really get away with it.

Maths and the Moon / Familiar Strange (album review)

"Familiar strangely comes to greet me, I shake his hand but he’s a hologram" sings Andy Fielder, the lead singer of Southampton's very own Maths and the Moon on Boomerang, from their new record, Familiar Strange, and it's a pretty good summation of what's on offer on this record. Sure it's familiar, to both fans of the band and fans of the more surreal quotient of alternative rock, but everything's just a bit different to what you might expect. Twitching guitars, droning noise and songs with really challenging structures, it has all the ingredients of a record that deserves your ears.

20 May 2016

Finally! Someone's Stopped Giving Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes A Free Pass

Eagles of Death Metal are a millennial classic rock band, who were last year involved with one of the biggest tragedies in the history of art performance, when their Paris show at the Bataclan was subject to a terrorist attack. It goes without saying that that was truly horrific, a tragedy, and I myself am still pretty heartbroken about the fact that that kinda thing could ever happen.

Declan's Hipster Hovel #5 | Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music

Apologies for the brief hiatus from the Hipster Hovel ladies and gents; that last jazz record really took it out of me. In fact the last few jazz records really took it out of me. Double in fact, it hit me that with the exception of the first record, I’ve written exclusively about jazz-tinged stuff. And that’s cool, but we’re all about /diversity/, y’know. Jazz might be arguably the most diverse genre, but let’s get real here folks; you deserve more. So consider this my mini little mission statement thing, I’m opening up this thing.

19 May 2016

Who The Hell Are The Hunna And Are They Going To Enslave Humanity?

The world is a scary, scary place. A scary, scary, scary place. There are lots of unexplained things out there, and in this piece, this exposé, I'm going to put across another one of these phenomenons. We're all aware of the conspiracies surrounding 9/11, of the ulterior motifs of World War 1, and Denver Airport, some things that kinda have some explanation but not really. But ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a marvel and a mystery that's much more confusing, baffling, and universally unexplainable than all of those things combined. I present you the mystery of The Hunna.

Strange Cages / Lavasurf Lovesong (single review)

Brighton band Strange Cages are one of the finest upcoming artists in the business, garnering a lotta support in their short existence with their snarling psych-garage revivalism. On their latest track Lavasurf Lovesong, they've released yet another brilliant nugget of brilliance, symptomatic of their shows, which are just very, very alive.

18 May 2016

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard / Nonagon Infinity (album review)

The surfedelic cosmic vibrations that emanate from Aussie six(ish) piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and their almost bi-annual album releases are one of life's few constants. They've released 2 albums a year for some time, some of them embracing prog, or the slower contingent of psychedelia, but some of them see King Gizz crank their psyched-out sound up to 11 and hammer through an album's worth of batshit psychedelia. 2014's I'm In Your Mind Fuzz is a work of brilliance because it occupies this sphere, and 2013's Float Along, Fill Your Lungs is also like this. I'm really quite chuffed, because their latest effort, Nonagon Infinity is absolutely batshit crazy and very much the maddest record King Gizz have done since Mind Fuzz.

Is the Stone Roses new single just a jazzed up Fall song from 1988?

Let's be honest, the new Stone Roses single is objectively more disappointing and uncomfortable than losing your virginity, and furthers the band's sound on in the same way that a Conservative government further the Human Rights Act. That is that this record is a regression from the band's former glory, and well, with every listen it becomes more and more insufferable, and I for one would sign a petition to get it taken off 6Music's A-list forever and ever. But is it a rip off of The Fall's 1988 song Squid Lord? Well...

Starwheel / Drip Feed/Broken Glass (single review)

Starwheel are a young psych band based in the midlands whose teething demos we reviewed a year ago, now arriving with a fully fledged single (with a pretty damn good b-side too) to make their mark on the British music scene. Their sound is a perfect mish-mash of lotsa the greatest bands of all time, and the product of this is ultimately some of the most mesmerising, spaced-out psychedelic pop you'll hear.


17 May 2016

Monomyth / Exo (album review)

Exo is the third full-length release from the Dutch rock outfit Monomyth. It’s the final chapter of the trilogy started by 2013’s Monomyth and 2014’s Further. They describe their sound as instrumental space kraut stoner rock, which is probably the only combination of words that do their sound justice. They sound somewhat like what Mogwai would sound like if they’d dispose completely of all the melancholic piano bits and dialled the spacey bits and the heavy bits up to eleven, but their sound should honestly just be experienced by yourself. Preferably live, but this album would suffice too as it does a great job of showing what being at a Monomyth show is like. Which is to say, it’s completely awesome.

16 May 2016

LIFE / Rare Boots (single review)

Hull's LIFE are one of the UK's most energetic bands, ferociously energetic live, their music is delivered with so much passion that it's hard not to be hooked. They're so passionate that their frontman has the band's logo tattooed. On their new track Rare Boots, they've put down further proof that they can do it in the studio as well as on the stage. Frontman Mez's vocals are a hybrid of Johnny Rotten's circa Liar and Mark E Smith, during the days when you could make out what Mark E Smith was saying, which is obviously a cocktail for enjoyable guitar music.

Yak, INHEAVEN & The Hungry Ghosts @ The Rainbow (live review)

The Hungry Ghosts opened the night of noise, with their 'trash country/slaughterhouse blues' and effortless cool, they delivered a brilliantly violent set, with plenty of fuzz and intoxicating vocals. Frontman Joe Joseph had charisma oozing from every pore, strutting into the crowd, guitar aloft and smirking. After I had some time to digest the set, and have a listen to what I could on the band's soundcloud, they've got a new fan in me. It was refreshing to hear something new, something not just churned out run-of-the-mill music, but a band with bite. The Hungry Ghosts are a band I'll be keeping my eye on, the possibility of more music from them on the horizon is very exciting indeed.

15 May 2016

VIDEO | Rain Maze play Midday Sun and have a chat with us

A month or so ago, me and a few of my bestest pals filmed Rain Maze - a London dream-pop band we're exceptionally fond of - playing a session of gorgeous acoustic gems for us in a surreal Shoreditch garden space. What we have here is a beautifully melodic version of Midday Sun, from their Sleeptalking EP debut, and it's quite frankly gorgeous. Check it out below, and tell us what you think!



Buy Rain Maze's stuff here

Words: Calum Cashin

ENTRODUCING #16 - Hypochristmutreefuzz

I saw this band play a pretty fucking insane show in a castle vault not long ago, and well, the time has come to big them up a bit and turn the rest of the human race onto them, as I'm sure my Entroducing column is more than capable of doing. Hypochristmutreefuzz (kinda like hippo-christma'-tree-fuzz, if you wanna see it) are a collective of batshit Belgian noise merchants that take great pride and pleasure in melting your brain with some of the most invasive, intruding and incessant noises known to man. Essentially, they're a psychedelic band that bring in lots of live energy, cosmic synths on the blink and shamanic yelling to achieve their aim.

14 May 2016

Yak / Alas Salvation (album review)

Make no mistake, Yak are something special. Yak are something really fucking special, and this album you're about to read a review of is the 2010s' Raw Power. And with its release they've cemented something I've suspected for quite a while; the London power trio are absolute master provocateurs of noise, fuzz and energy, and have made the whole notion of guitar music more exciting in the year 2016 than you'd have rationally thought possible. The record in question, Alas Salvation, is a debut that comes out about 15 months after we first rolled our beady eyes in the direction of Yak, after the release of their debut single, and well, since then our eyes haven't really looked anywhere since. It's a 40 minute journey through the noisiest, most chaotic of rabbit holes, and the band have so much charisma that at every corner you're greeted with caricaturish delivery that throws you, as the listener, all over the place.

You've gotta watch Shame's new video

Shame are a band for South London that have quickly rose to prominence for their incredible live performances, which have seen them bag support slots with the likes of The Fall, The Fat White Family and Meatbodies in times of late. Now, to go alongside it, they've released one of the best songs of the year in The Lick, the video to which was unveiled last week.

Top Ten Radiohead Songs

Since their first self deprecating scratch marks first lacerated the music press with the song Creep, it doesn’t really seem like anyone’s shut up about Radiohead since. The Oxfordshire band, specialists in doom, gloom and paranoia have become one of Britain’s most cherished artists, and probably rightly so. They’ve put out 9 albums, and have really, over and over, proven themselves to be consistently brilliant enough to warrant their legendary status. From their scratchy pseudo-grunge debut Pablo Honey to the delicately beautiful new release A Moon Shaped Pool, the band have put out a lot of great songs, and here are the ten I judge to be the best.    

13 May 2016

THE BIG MOON: "I WANT TO START A BAND CALLED ANTISEPTIC WIPE"

Meet The Big Moon. With songs full of enough hooks to hang your entire wardrobe up on and the personalities to match, this London quartet are destined for big things. We snuck backstage at one of their shows with Mystery Jets to have a chat to lead singer and guitarist Juliette to find out about life on the road, side projects and why being a girl in a band is no big deal.

Juliette Jackson

12 May 2016

The Stone Roses' First New Music In Twenty Years - Is It Any Good?

The Stone Roses are one of those bands that, for reasons beyond our comprehension, warrant much more of a fuss than any new artists in the world today. Since their 2012 reunion, they've done very little besides a few shows, and tonight's All For One was their first new music since the frankly unlistenable Second Coming album. Social media lit up, as it was unveiled at twenty hundred hours on both Radio 1, Radio X and Spotify, erupting with opinion on the Roses' return. Seeing as this is my blog, here's mine regarding the new single, All For One.

POLITICS AND POETRY WITH K.I.D VICIOUS


K.I.D VICIOUS is the furious spoken word project of Manc-based punk-poet Connor Seed. Outspoken on a lot of political issues most artists dare not mention, Seed combines his rage with his settings and sensibility for words to make some of the most articulate art you can consume today. I sat down and picked his brains over a lotta important issues, and some less important issues. Here's what happened when we bridged the subjects of Sleaford Mods, the plight of the workers, and fucking dead pigs with Connor.

Gabriel Bruce / Gifts From God (single review)

Gabriel Bruce is making 2016 his year; the year the London psycho-crooner returns to centre stage following a different couple of years. His second LP, Come All Sufferers is out in the middle of the month (the twentieth), and he's already unveiled two songs from the record ready for human consumption. There's Freedom, the album's opener, a rampant bastard of a song, a frothing at the mouth goth-tinged stride back into the spotlight, and Metal Soul (which was his first new song in three years), which is a slower, darker and more twisted caustic affair that combines angular pop with eerie electronics to ensure that Gabriel Bruce is the 2010s' king of darkness.

11 May 2016

Lola Colt / Gold (single review)

Monday sees Lola Colt, psychedelic titans from the general London area, release the first single from their new album (Twist Through The Fire, out June 1st). It goes by the name of Gold, and is full of the seductive danger and dark atmospherics that make Lola Colt a real force to be reckoned with.

Radiohead / A Moon Shaped Pool (album review)

After half a decade of near silence, Radiohead became completely silent, deleting their entire internet presence, sending the music world into a frenzy, trying to work out what the hell they were up to. After the unannounced release of two singles, Burn The Witch and Daydreaming, Radiohead announced they'd be releasing an album on Sunday the 8th of May. On that day they gifted us A Moon Shaped Pool, their most intoxicating and vulnerable album to date.

10 May 2016

Misty Miller / The Whole Family Is Worried (album review)

Misty Miller put her first album out about 6 years ago, when she was 16; a ukelele-type cutesy Juno indie pop type thing, perhaps as 2007 as it could have got without actually being 2007. But here we are in 2016: since then, the South Londoner has cut her hair short-ish, dyed it black, gone tattoo mad, and - most artististically importantly - spent a fair amount of time as part of The Fat White Family's grimey entourage, and well, you can hear a lotta change here. On this record, The Whole Family Is Worried, Misty Miller positions herself as grunge's most exciting upstart; her music is ravaged, rugged, and it doesn't grow staid or predictable for the whole duration.

9 May 2016

Lovelace / Grizzly (single review)

Grizzly is beautiful minimal, the fact that Lovelace's instrumentation is so stripped back only serves to accentuate what a beautiful voice it is Rebecca Whitbread possesses. With only the occasional twee guitar sigh and the infrequent piano blasts to go atop metronomical drum machine beats, Whitbread's voice is most certainly the focal point as she Ooooohs and Ayyyys her way through one of the most beautifully melodic twee pop songs you'll hear all year.

8 May 2016

45 great records by people older than Sleaford Mods

This week, Radio 1 friendly indie-pop pretty-boys Blossoms and Sleaford Mods had one of those petty Twitter spats that gets everybody talking. Sleaford Mods - one of Britain's most interesting, talented and passionate bands - slagged off Blossoms' Savage Garden-soundalike songs for sounding like Savage Garden (if you don't know who Savage Garden are, don't look them up, they're worse than Blossoms) and Blossoms' twit account bit back with a lot ageist diatribe. Sure, Sleaford Mods are older than most bands on 6Music today, but surely it's bigoted for privileged 20-sumthings to shut down any art that doesn't come from pretty, sharply dressed, middle class white boys. And besides, Sleaford Mods aren't even that old. Jason (frontman-slash-lyricist) is literally 45, and I guess that kinda shows Blossoms' Twitter account operator is just a bit of a dick'ed looking for controversy, because, well, lotsa great artists release brilliant things post-45, right? Anyway, I had a think, and came up with a list of records that come from artists older than Sleaford Mods, that you probably wouldn't slag off if you were in a pseudo-psych band trying to look edgy on the internet. (In most cases with bands, it's if the frontman/singer is over 45).

7 May 2016

Absent Friends / Absent Friends (album review)

A collection of 12 instrumental guitar odysseys, Absent Friends is a bedroom project that's as soothing, moving and beautiful as they come. The pieces are all fairly varied in their smooth, slow-moving charm, but all work together in a gorgeous cohesive package that works like nothing else as a record to relax you before you go to sleep at night.

6 May 2016

Glaciers / Everything Ends (single review)

Glaciers are a Hampshire band looking to thaw their way into your hearts by unveiling a new song each month. March gave us Vivid, April gave us (an exclusive premiere of, ahem) The Walls, and May sees the release of this... Everything Ends. (although we hope it's not the end of their song per month campaign)



Common People preview | Public Enemy, Primal Scream and more bringing Southampton the noise

Southampton's Common People festival returns for the second year in a row, and boy - have the stepped up their name! Last year saw the likes of Grace Jones, Slaves and Fatboy Slim, but this year the line-up's got even better, giving the residents of Southampton even more variety for musical events this Summer.

Afterbloom / Duh (single review)

Afterbloom, a quartet hailing from the Midlands, unveiled their debut single Duh this week, and y'know when a band are going to get big? Well, they show so many symptoms from day one: it treads the line between catchy, bright and psychedelic beautifully. Lotsa gorgeous guitar tones fill the scene, while mumbled vocals are far from the focal point because of all the vibrancy radiating from elsewhere. It echoes Primal Scream, and the Horrors, with explosions of colour being flung from all over the shop.



5 May 2016

Shakey Graves @ The Institute (live review)

Shakey Graves came out alone to a raucous reception in the smallest room of the O2 Institute, with a wry smile and a swig out of a polystyrene cup before jokingly telling a member of the audience with an especially piercing whistle to 'go fuck yourself'. This set the tone of the evening, Shakey's relaxed style and ease with the audience, it was like watching a friend perform. The intimacy of the show was intense as he told us the stories behind his songs with warmth and sincerity, batting of the energy of the roocm with buckets of charm. He'd laugh along with the crowd make jokes at his own expense, and get call and responses going, clearly enjoying every moment of his time on stage.

Eagulls / Ullages (album review)

Eagulls have been a band I've been excited about since they romped their way onto the scene with their barnstorming self-titled debut album in 2014. On the Eagulls record they poised themselves as Britain's primary provocateurs of punk rock; their sound had it all. It was angst-ridden, anger-fuelled, and combined a furious rage with lots of brilliantly interesting guitar tones that recalled both shoegaze and raw, dirty punk rock. The music on that album was the voice of the pissed off and disenfranchised, and god was it raging.

4 May 2016

Sit down and listen to some on-point EU satire parodies

Remember when The Iain Duncan Smiths rose to fame at the time of Piggate, with stunning punch of acoustic political satire that was Pigs Mouth Strikes Again? No? Well, yeah, it won't hurt to refresh your memory.



Well, with the run up to the EU, the mastermind behind this masterpiece has been busy - very busy. But not sticking just within the realms of the Smiths. Oh, no.

Meilyr Jones has just released a new video for "Strange Emotional"

Meilyr Jones, turtleneck-wearing baroque-popping connoisseur of fine off-kilter pop, and our current obsession has only just blessed the world with a video for Strange Emotional, which is gonna be the next single from the quite frankly wonderful 2013 debut of his.

3 May 2016

Meilyr Jones @ Moth Club, Hackney (live review)

Meilyr Jones released his beautiful debut record 2013, and quite honestly: it's almost certainly the best release of the year so far. Through 12 songs that merge bright brass parts, stomping percussion and just about every instrument under the sun (there's a fucking harpsichord) to create the perfect sonic backdrop for his distinctive Welsh voice. It's a really quite wonderful record, and you can read my record review here - but obviously as a very ambitious record, it's always a test to see how it works on stage. Armed with a six-piece band, Meilyr took to Hackney to bring the trumpet-powered noise to the golden glittery walls of Moth Club.

MEATDUSCHER | Warmduscher and Meatraffle's split single reviewed

Speedy Wunderground is a London record label that puts out 7 inch records by the finest underground talents in the country. They give the artists about a day to record the track in the studio, and from there put it out... The latest offering - number 17 - sees two of South London's finest bands sharing a bit of wax - Meatraffle and Warmduscher.

2 May 2016

Pity Sex / White Hot Moon (album review)

White Hot Moon, Pity Sex's longest album to date, is a satisfactory album for reasonable people. At points it crackles with Sonic Youth instrumental promise; it encompasses elements of experimental rock, pop punk, even shoegaze. The whole album is underpinned by peppery guitar, which peaks on the third track Bonhomie. You cannot resist tapping your foot.

Britty Drake and Brennan Greaves, the foursomes two vocalists, mix well. They create an equilibrium between grit and sparkling softness. It is reminiscent of Tigers Jaw and was arguably groundbreaking in an originally male dominated scene. It is one of Pity Sex's constants, and does wear thin on both Dandelion and September. With lyrics such as "You are the earth beneath my feet" and "You are my sun and my breeze," it's cliché and verging on tacky.