Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Words: Ellie Ward
Archy Marshall may have been fairly quiet under his King Krule moniker of recent years, after issuing his debut album '6 Feet Beneath The Moon' in 2013. But after time spent away producing hip-hop works and releasing a mixed-media project with brother Jack, he now is about to relaunch as Krule.
'Czech One' (b/w 'Dum Surfer') is his 7″ return, out on September 13 via True Panther Sounds/XL Recordings, and the news comes after he sent out teaser packages to fans and shared a video, 'Bermondsey Bosom'.
Check out the video to 'Czech One' directed by Frank Lebon below.
Live UK/IE dates
20 Bristol Marble Factory
21 London Koko
22 London Koko
23 Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
13 Dublin Academy
14 Manchester Academy 2
15 Glasgow SWG6
The Killers' new video for single ‘Run For Cover’ is as urgent as the title suggests.
In the clip for the track - which is from their upcoming album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, released on September 22 - Brandon Flowers and his bandmates only make brief appearances, leaving the action to a female on the run pursued by a mystery driver in a car, and a cassette tape (which reads ’07/28/17′) that seems to be important to both.
Words: Linn Branson
STOP! Before you go any further, stop right there. Do not read further...immediately scroll down, hit play and then listen to the vocals on Silk Village's debut single ‘Company’ (out now via The A&R Department). Right, now you're listening, where would you say this band hailed from? Birmingham? Somewhere north of Watford and south of Glasgow, perhaps? Or is it just me who thinks that?
It was a surprise - to me, anyway, and perhaps will be to you - to find this new alt-rock/psych four-piece come a few miles further than B-Town - about 8500 of them roughly. Darwin, Australia is the locale of this band, though by the sound of them they have something here that could be taking them a lot further afield, especially once their upcoming EP drops.
Drawing this interesting and pleasing vocal from Ben Quinn in with a mellow attitude and blues-esque instrumental appeal, there's a touch of London's Palace about their sound - 'cept with Brummie vowels! - which is no bad thing at all. This song really grows on you; in fact, after three plays it has now moved into our 'This is great, mate!' box.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
This week our three guest reviewers take on another five new tracks and give them a spin through the headphones before they then air their opinion on each.
This week's panel: Francois 'Mido' El Alfy, tour manager/ sound engineer for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Temples (and scores more over the years); George Sims, lead singer with the band Family Jools; Little Indie contributor Jane Davies.
NECK DEEP - IN BLOOM
Premiered on Daniel P Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show, and taken from their August 18 released third album 'The Peace And The Panic'. Produced by Mike Green (Paramore, Pierce The Veil), and out via Hopeless Records, the Wrexham pop-punk five-piece reveal a slightly softer side. Says vocalist Ben Barlow: "It’s pretty down-tempo for us, yet it builds throughout and climaxes in one of my favourite arrangements we’ve ever created."
Mido: Pop-punk? Feels like this genre hasn’t moved on in 20 years. The barbershop of punk; inoffensive, upbeat, melodic, and probably phones its mum once a week to make sure she’s alright. Expected a grittier sound on Hopeless Records, to be honest, but this is far from the worst spewed by this genre despite the Yank drawl from those very nice Welsh boys. It’ll probably be a hit. 3/5
George Sims: Not bad. I like the toilet paper in the video - you can never have enough in my opinion. It sounds like the kind of pop-punk that will do well. Not my thing, but can tell they're good at it. 3/5
Jane Davies: I automatically assumed it was an American band, influenced by Green Day and Good Charlotte, so was very surprised to find out they're from North Wales of all places. A well put-together, verging on indie, pop song, but sounds a bit too retro and like they are trying to sound American instead of developing their own original style. 2.5/5
Total score: 8.5/15
HAPPY HOLLOWS - METEORS
No, it's not Blondie 2017, this is LA quartet Happy Hollows with a synthy rock likeness, with Sarah Negahdari playing Debbie Harry. Taken from their September 8 dropping new album, 'Concordia', produced by Lewis Pesacov in Echo Park, California and mixed by Gareth Jones at Strongroom, London.
M: This isn’t for me. On first listen I hated it, upgraded to dreadful after a couple more saccharine spins, finally peaking at ‘bearable’ after a few more. Formulaic melody, busy production, unconvincing joviality, there’s only one place I could think of sending a meteor after this, although there’s some nice arrangements going on and I like her voice, the song itself doesn’t cut it. 2/5
GS: I never went to Studio 54, mainly because I wasn't born then. This sounds like a indie/disco anthem in that vein.
I'd lose the bridge. To many do-do-do's. Liked it though. 3/5
JD: The first few bars are reminiscent of the intro to Duran Duran’s ‘Planet Earth’: starting slowly with two synth lines underpinning the song. I detected hints of Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ in there too. The guitars eventually predominate to the point of the synth being somewhat drowned out towards the end - which is my only criticism. 3.5/5.
Total score: 8.5/15
ESTRONS - GLASGOW KISSES
New single release as part of a double A-side (w/'Cold Wash'), the Welsh alt-rock quartet follow ‘Strobe Lights' with this hard-hitting number, of chopped up guitar riffs and the vocal force of Tali Kallstrom, who describes the song as “a nursery rhyme about adult life. A bittersweet study of the fear of commitment and how people protect themselves by hiding their emotions.”
M: I don’t know what a ‘Glasgow Kiss’ is, but imagine it tastes like chips. Chips go with everything. This isn’t just chips, though, this is chips with gravy; sludgy, thick and overpowering in all the right ways. Like L7 or Babes in Toyland with better melodies and more bile. I like chips. 4/5
GS: I've heard of this band so they must be doing something right. Well produced track. I think a "Glasgow Kiss" is slang for being headbutted Scottish style, Mido! Suits the song. 4/5
JD: “I’ll give you loving/she’s got a heart, got a heart." This instantly grabs you. Big, brash, bold and bassy, gritty no-nonsense lyrics about real life, and a voice as powerful as a force 9 gale. 4/5.
Total score: 12/15
PROLETARIAT - IGNORANCE
New single - released August 18 - from the fast-rising Mossley, Manchester band, following debut single 'Mr Brown' in April and EP 'Always The Same' in May. The track - said by the band to be "our best work yet by a mile" - comes with their rocket fuelled guitar riffs and driven by the grungey vocals of frontman James Cummins.
M: Oh dear. Generic riffs, familiar arrangement, hacked lyric and the production of a well recorded demo. It's Soundgarden without the soaring vocal or pounding polyrhythms, or The Cult without the operatic charm, plodding along and never getting anywhere. 1/5
GS: Arctic Monkeys all over this one, but still good. I'd like to see this band live. I imagine they'd be good. Quite gothic. 4/5
JD: A throwback to 70s punk; politicised and packing a powerful punch. Simply in awe of the guitars on this song. “Everybody’s talking but nobody’s listening” - a political anthem if I ever heard one. One of the best examples of the current crop of punk inspired emerging bands proving their worthiness to support Cabbage on their forthcoming tour. 5/5
Total score: 10/15
PALE WAVES - TELEVISION ROMANCE
Follow-up to their debut ‘There’s A Honey’ from earlier this year, which brought them to attention via The 1975-produced single. Shimmering guitars, sweet synths and an infectious chorus sees the quartet do crucial pop, Manchester style.
M: I was expecting a mix of Pale Saints and Joywave from the name - which, it turns out, is exactly what I got. Sadly it’s all of the sugar and none of the soul, but certainly not without merit. Chirpy bubblegum chorus, twisting guitars, sense of forced well-being, probably great for the gym or in the background at Topshop. 3/5
GS: Dreamy pop. Don't mind this. Its not the sort of thing I'd listen to normally, but, again, you can tell they know their stuff. 3/5
JD: Bright, breezy, shimmering summer indie pop, helped along by the essential ingredient of a synth. Bit of a synth backing track revival going on at the moment. Produced by label mates The 1975 - and it shows. Sounds very much a Fickle Friends influenced track too. 3/5.
Total score: 9/15
After releasing their 'Earl Grey' album earlier this month, Girl Ray now share the video to one of its tracks, 'Don’t Go Back At Ten'.
It comes with the message: "This is an early 00's inspired video for our not very 00's inspired song 'Don't Go Back At Ten'. Prepare your retinas for some greasy magic with themes of unity, friendship and heartbreak. We hope it will fulfill your throwback urges."
Words: Linn Branson
Stockport's new rising stars, Matter Of Mind, follow last year's debut EP 'A State Of Mind' and this April's single 'Far Too Wrong', with 'Stay', which was released at the end of July.
Now the indie four-piece - all still in their late teens - share their impressively classy video to 'Stay', which Little Indie is pleased to bring you the premiere of.
The video was shot by award-winning filmmaker Callum Scott-Dyson of CSD Videography, and filmed in one day around the areas of Whaley Bridge and the Peak District to Salford Pomona Island.
"The slow-mo shots were filmed at exactly twice the speed of the actual song - so we had to play to the song twice as fast," the band tell Little Indie. "This turned out to be much more difficult than we first expected which resulted in J [vocalist/ guitarist Jordan Lambert] landing on his arse during one of the takes. The idea was to achieve an 'in time' slow-mo effect."
Capturing the band performing the song in a derelict building and an outside location, its style perfectly complements 'Stay's hooky melodies and raw, hammered guitar sound.
"What the song means to me personally, is that someone very close to me has recently moved away, and I wrote the lyrics as an almost coping mechanism to help with the situation," says J.
Keep an eye on the band's Facebook page for upcoming live dates. Their EP, 'Dead Apologies', is set for release in November.
Matter Of Mind are: Jordan Lambert - (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rob Bramwell - (bass), Ash Meadowcroft - (lead guitar), Connor McQue - (drums, backing vocals).
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