Sunday, March 18, 2018

HAARM premiere new single and announce debut EP

Words: Ellie Ward

HAARM have revealed their self-produced new single ‘Box of Bones’, released on March 30 on limited edition vinyl via boutique record club HURD. Fans can sign up here to be in with a chance of securing a copy of the record, which will be the band’s first physical release.

Premiered by John Kennedy on Radio X, ‘Box of Bones’ is the first cut to be taken from the Liverpool alt-pop trio's forthcoming debut EP, due out later in the year.

Commenting on the single they said: "We wanted ‘Box of Bones’ to be a marriage between horror and pop music. We wrote the song shortly after watching a film called The Witch which came out a couple of years ago and scared the crap out of us, and we remember watching The Blair Witch Project for the first time and it genuinely scarring us for life too. We’re all obsessed with Abba, too, so we tried to squeeze as many catchy hooks in there as we could. It's the first time we've deliberately attempted to write a song for the dance floor in the same vein as Justice vs Simian.”

Check out the track here.

Despite their York show being snowed off today (March 18), the trio haven't far to go for their hometown show later in the week.

Live dates

21 Liverpool O2 Academy (w/ Fickle Friends)

03 London The Waiting Room

05 Liverpool Sound City

L.A. Witch return to UK at end of March to play 5 dates

Following their debut self-titled album last September, reverb-drenched grunge-psych Californian trio L.A. Witch return to the UK to play five dates later this month as part of their European tour.

UK dates

27 Nottingham The Chameleon
28 Glasgow Sleazy’s
29 Newcastle The Cluny
30 London Oslo
31 Leeds Headrow House

Track Of The Day :: Kid Kapichi - Puppet Strings

Words: Sam Geary

Released last Friday (March 16), 'Puppet Strings’ is the latest offering from Hastings quartet Kid Kapichi.

Taken from their upcoming second EP ‘Lucozade Dreams’ - out March 30 - the indie rockers bring out just shy of three minutes-worth of meaty big riffs and infectious vocal melodies, which are delivered between the two guitarists, Jack Wilson and Ben Beetham.

Live dates

29 Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
30 Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
31 Tooth & Claw, Inverness
04  The Monarch, London
06 The Apple and Parrot, Torquay
07 The Carlisle, Hastings

Stream Nakhane’s stunning new album 'You Will Not Die'

Words: Sam Geary

We featured London-based South African polymath Nakhane’s stunning track 'Interloper' last week. The number comes from his new album 'You Will Not Die', released Friday (March 16) via BMG.

The powerful and brutally honest collection of has already received critical acclaim, and you can now stream the record in full below.

Finding his voice and learning to love himself having struggled immensely growing up a gay Xhosa (the second biggest ethnic group in South Africa after the Zulu) in a strict Christian household, the 11 tracks sees a balance of beauty and pain.

Nakhane plays London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on March 20.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Live Review :: White Room :: Moth Club, London - Mar 16 2018


White Room

Moth Club, London

March 16 2018

Words/Pictures: Joanne Morris

Brighton's White Room performed to a sold-out crowd last night at London’s Moth Club. Having climbed the rungs of the musical ladder, progressively and consistently, the band have won fans over with their compelling live performances and range of lysergic pop compositions.

With the room packed to the rafters, the psych five-piece took to the stage, setting the theme for the evening with the, happy, singalong track 'Tomorrow Always Knew'. Devoted fans at the front immediately sang back the chorus towards the stage: “So let this sunrise open your eyes / into tomorrow / seasons watching them change / as we rearrange the future to follow”.

Jake Smallwood, the band's iconic frontman, energetic, charismatic; his voice reaching through the room, crystal clear. He engaged with the crowd, while he flailed around, waving the mic while shaking a tambourine, over soaring psych guitar riffs. His vocal range was outstanding during 'Circles' as he sang the lyrics “I can show you how to make sense of anything / Take my hand right now and we’ll drive into nothing / but everything”, as bass player Josie McNamara provided beautiful complementary harmonies throughout.

A somewhat ecstatic atmosphere ensued as the crowd danced and sang along to the songs. The band looked extremely proud and happy to be sharing and performing their music - many songs coming from last December's 'Eight' EP - and even included three new songs. Crowd pleasers were undoubtedly 'Tomorrow Always Knew', 'Circles', early breakthrough number 'Stole the I.V.', and 'The Blue'. During the latter set closer - their current single - Jake majestically elevated guitarist Tristan Sava up on his shoulders as the song drew to a close. As the happy crowd slowly departed the venue, concluding a successful first London headline show for White Room, you were left with the feeling that this was undoubtedly the first of many more to come.

Setlist: Tomorrow Always Knew, Stole the I.V, Shoot, Twisted Celebration, Cannibal Song, Red and White Stripes, Circles, Take Me Away, Cable-built Dreamland, Think Too Much, Freaking Out, The Blue

Track Of The Day :: Montauk Hotel - Hands

Words: Ellie Ward

Released earlier this week, 'Hands' is the new single from Dublin's female four-piece Montauk Hotel, who Little Indie introduced here this time last year.

Following ‘Sense of Place’ and self-titled debut EP, this latest release furthers their adeptness for strong melodies in an 80s-influenced indie pop veneer, with a foot-tapping beat and soaring vocals from Claudia Verdecchia.

Catch 'Hands' live tonight (March 17) when the girls play a hometown show at the Workman's Club.

Live dates

17 Workman’s Club, Dublin
28 Whelan’s, Dublin
05 The Menagerie, Belfast
27 The Underground, Dublin