Saturday, February 17, 2018

Live Review :: Spring King + Weirds + Calva Louise :: Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh - Feb 14 2018


Spring King + Weirds + Calva Louise

Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

February 14 2018

Words/Pictures: Richard Cobb

“Who’s here on a date tonight then? I wore my red shirt especially,” Spring King's drummer/singer Tarek Musa jokes. The love-In didn’t end there - there was a real connection between the Macclesfield band and the sold out Edinburgh crowd who were making the most of an intimate gig with one of their favourite bands on Valentine’s Day in the capital.

Prior to the Cupid’s arrow in the shape of Spring King landing on the stage, Calva Louise warmed up the crowd with a frantic 20-minute celebration of noise. Earlier this year I’d compared the band to The Big Moon, but live they’re more like The Kills meets early Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Eagles of Death Metal riffs alongside their high energy and stage presence. They’re back at the same venue next month as part of a This Feeling presents show, so it would be good to see them headline to see how it compares with their promising opening slot tonight.

Weirds were up next and there was clearly an audience in tonight specifically to see them as they gravitated to the front and didn’t appear to miss a single beat the band threw at them. With suitably weird shoutouts to local towns Haddington and Drem, the band went down well with the crowd even if genre-wise they were chalk and cheese to the more accessible headliners, with their anger-fuelled heavy guitar and keys driven sound.

Bounding onto the stage to the sound caffeine that is 'Come On!' by The Hives, the breakneck pace of alt-rock post-punks Spring King didn’t let up for the hour they are on stage, bursting through 'Detroit', 'It's So Dark' and 'Demons', like the latter song's title. There’s definitely a working ingredient to their signature style, but there’s enough in the songs like 'Tell Me If You Like To' and 'Animal' to keep them interesting and ensure the crowd have plenty to be cheerful about. New song ‘Ready For War’ - which may feature on a new album later this year - was well received and an early  highlight of the set.

Ending with what is still easily their best song, ‘Rectifier’, which sparked off a mosh pit which grew arms and legs and turned into a stage invasion, the band proved that their passion is still there and if they can replicate a similar raw urgency of that track on a new album this year, the band should have no problems adding to their loyal and at times chaotic fan base.

Track Of The Day :: Househats - Stop

Credit: Rhea Caldwell

Words: Leah Raymond

Fronted by Norwegian expat Freddy Fostvedt (along with Margy Noble on bass and drummer Joshua De Laurentiis), the Househats trio have pitched up with their second track - after debut single 'All Together' - 'Stop', a two and a half minute buzzy garage-punk roller. With its catchy styling and edgy riffs, along with thumping drums, it has a feel of Parquet Courts, or at least US East Coast, rather than Australia's Melbourne.

"Even though it’s a high energy song, it really promotes taking time for yourself," say the band. "Life can get hectic, everything is piling up on you – sometimes you just need to slash your tires, and put yourself first. Come back to that anxiety-riddled shit storm later."

Check it out.

Live dates

01 The Gasometer, Collingwood w/ Yes, Yes, Whatever & Blaire
04 Sydney Rd Street Party @ The Penny Black, Brunswick w/ The Pretty Littles, Drunk Mums & British India DJs
18 Cruisin' For A Boozin' @ Yarra River Sunset Cruise w/ Moody Beaches, Hot Wings & Some Jerks
6-8 By The Meadow Festival, Bambra w/ Fazerdaze, Tiny Little Houses, Gum & Stella Donnelly

Watch :: Swimming Girls - Back Of Your Car

Words: Sam Geary

Little Indie's Track Of The Day last month, 'Back Of Your Car', from Bristol 'One To Watch' four-piece Swimming Girls, now has a bright, shiny video to match.

Directed by Aidan Zamiri, the cinematic visuals feature beaches, dark drives and of course, cars.

Live dates

03 Epic Studios, Norwich *
14 Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth *
16 Platform, Lincoln *
18 Komedia, Bath *
31 The Lock Tavern Festival, London

* w/ Fickle Friends

Sing & Tell :: Strange Cages

Credit: Todd McConnochie

Brighton's psych-garage-punk trio Strange Cages - who describe themselves as a "garage/psych band with cruel intentions” - follow their recent cover of 'The Cutter' with gritty new single 'Hypothalamus Blues', released yesterday (February 16) via Vallance Records, that has already caught the ear of Radio One's Huw Stephens.

Who are you? 

I'm Charlie McConnochie and I play guitar and sing with Strange Cages. Joseph Thorpe plays bass and Ellis Dickson plays drums.

Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today? 

We were born and raised together in the sewers of Brighton. Our music is very popular down there amongst the rat communites, but it was never going to be enough. We had to come above ground to find new audiences.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

We're very influenced by 60s psychedelic and garage bands like the 13th Floor Elevators; post-punk sounds like The Pop Group; The sweet repetitions of Neu! Also modern bands like Hookworms and Thee Oh Sees, and a few musicals like West Side Story or The Sound Of Music.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

There are a lot of different ways we write, but we've recently settled in to a good system. Me and Ellis sit Joe down on a tiny piano, take our tops off and then beat him with pointed sticks until he comes up with something. He doesn't like being whacked incessantly like this, so he usually write songs pretty quickly.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'Hypothalamus Blues' is an ode to the highs and lows of life. We've been playing it as our set closer for a while now and it feels good to have it released.

Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

We're playing some UK dates starting Monday:
Feb 19 – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge
Feb 20 – Southampton, The Alex
Feb 21 – Bristol, Hy
Feb 22 – Cardiff, The Full Moon
Feb 23 – Brighton, Green Door Store
Feb 28 – London, The Lock Tavern

How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

Exciting. We're playing in Belgium for the first time for Stellar Swamp psych festival in April and are working on more Euro dates. There will be more release news soon.

Where can we hear more of your music?

We have two EPs and the new single on Spotify. There is the Echo & the Bunnymen cover and some old stuff on Soundcloud.

What social media platforms can we find with you on? 

Facebook // Twitter

Best new tracks Down Under #7

With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.


Second single by Melbourne electronica-chillwave duo - vocalist Tiff Fung and producer Benny Boi - after 'Rest Of My Life'. Although released last year, the vid is new and this sultry vocalled, slow-burner with choppy beats is worth further attention.


First single of the year for the Sydney-based band  with this reverb-laden, fuzzy psych-punk three minute ode to a friend’s recent coming out, released via Rice Is Nice.


Following last year's 'Life Is Messy' EP, Perth punk-surf trio return with some new beach-pop vibes on this gloriously catchy, lo-fi vocalled track.


Brisbane singer-songwriter floats his unhurried, laid back vocal on this hauntingly intro'd new single, lyrically about disconnection, tolerance and human behaviour. “I was on the train and realised everyone just sits there, looks at their phone and doesn’t communicate. They get nervous around or put off by other people. We get scared of what we don’t understand, and it wouldn’t happen if we talked to each other more,” Hazlett explains.


Rangiora, NZ garage-punk four-piece share sub-three minute, energetic new single taken from their just released 'Life Under The Big Top' EP. Singer James Harding says the song is largely about "the absurdity of life as we know it. We like to think of it as searing and soaring emotional power pop that invokes the feeling of timeless cinema from the 1980s."


First single from the debut EP, 'Mostly Sunny', out March 16 through Spunk Records from the Sydney quartet. Smooth, sunny drifter of upbeat melodies built around a synth refrain and Charles Rushforth's Oz-flavoured vocal.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stream Ride's new 'Tomorrow’s Shore' EP

Following last year's 'Weather Diaries' return for Ride, their firs album since reuniting in 2014, the shoegaze outfit now drop an EP of further session, called 'Tomorrow’s Shore'.

The four tracks can now be heard online.