7 Nov 2016

New Tunes For November: Part 2

Woah there. Another new music playlist? Yeah, it's that kind of month. With tons of great stuff out last week from a host of acts I'm sure will be both familiar to you and brand new, another compilation of some of the best new tracks seems fully in order. If you missed part one, check it out here - featuring Dream Wife, Dog is Dead and more.

WHITE - Private Lives 
It's difficult to pin down just what genre Glasgweigan five-piece WHITE fit into. 'Glam punk' is the closest I've got. Taken from their debut EP 'Cuts That Don't Bleed', Private Lives is a total disco onslaught, taking bits of Bowie, Talking Heads and Gary Numan and giving them an electric up-to-date finish. Frontman Leo Condie's vocal is brilliantly audacious, pirouetting magnificently over retro instrumentals.

The London quartet take a turn away from their Jesus and Mary Chain-esque singles so far, with bassist Chloe Little delivering lead vocals on this garagey firecracker of a tune. "I want someone to treat me right", she demands, before a flurry of guitars rise and crashes back down again. Make sure to check out our interview with Chloe and frontman Jake ahead of their tour with Blossoms this Autumn.

JAWS - Just A Boy
The future looked shaky for JAWS as the 'Be Slowly' era ended, and they focussed on readying new material. With a lineup change behind them, and a second LP 'Simplicity' on shelves now, it seems they've just about pulled off the unlikely. The new record moves away from the straightforward indie-pop tone of its predecessor, Just A Boy being a good example of the more shoegaze stroke grunge direction the group have gone in. See them live as they tour the UK from November 23rd - details.

Honeyblood - Sea Hearts
Also making their return with a second album, Scottish duo Honeyblood have streamlined the rawness of their debut on the sublime 'Babes Never Die'. The slickness of Sea Hearts is the stand-out point in the record; Stina Tweeddale's powerful vocal and infectious lyrics are underlined by Cat Myers on drums, forming an almighty wall of sound, made all the more impressive by the band just being a duo. They're also on tour very soon, with PINS support.

Lazy Day - Disappear
Hailing from the Southeast, Lazy Day are the 'bedroom project turned live rock n' roll band' of vocalist/guitarist Tilly Scantlebury. The brand new video for their single Disappear is an apt metaphor for their sound - gloomy and sorrowful in places, but perfect for festival fields on sunny days in others. Watch it! You'll see what I mean. 

Formation - Powerful People
London outfit Formation have been busy, releasing this new single (complete with a video directed by none other than The Streets' Mike Skinner) but also announcing their debut album and a UK tour for next March. Over the dirty, percussion-driven groove of Powerful People, Will Ritson delivers a defiant vocal, looking damn slick as well, mind. This group are criminally underrated and deserve to blow up come 2017, so hop on the bandwagon now.

(Words: Alex Cabré)