Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Words: Ellie Ward
Prior to embarking on their upcoming tour next Monday (April 3) which includes their biggest headline show to date on April 27 at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, Palace share the new video for their signature track 'Bitter'.
Taken from their debut album 'So Long Forever', out now on Fiction Records, 'Bitter' has always been one of their most emotive and well-received songs.
The beautifully shot black & white concept film, below, is a collaboration between the band and artist and designer Joe McCrae, whose concept deals with feelings of self-reflection and self-exploration. It's a perfectly apt accompaniment to the track, which is a gateway to the centre of frontman Leo Wyndham's soul and explores some of our darkest emotions.
Words: Sam Geary
Essex boy Jordan Cardy, better known as Rat Boy, is set to embark on his biggest UK tour to date next month, but before he does he has shared new single ‘Revolution’.
“’Revolution’ is about life as a young person growing up in a post-Brexit Essex,” he says. “It’s about feeling trapped.”
Listen in below.
25 Glasgow, O2 ABC
26 Leeds, University Union
27 Newcastle, University
28 Stoke, Sugarmill
29 Oxford, O2 Academy 1
01 Norwich, Waterfront
02 Birmingham, O2 Institute 1
03 Bristol, Bierkeller
05 Manchester, Academy 1
06 London, Roundhouse
Words: Ellie Ward
This year's Latitude festival has announced a raft of new names for its 2017 line-up.
Joining previously announced Mumford & Sons, The 1975, Fleet Foxes, John Cale, The Horrors, Temples, Sunflower Bean, King Nun, SOHN, and Sylvan Esso at Henham Park in Suffolk between July 14 - 16 are new arrivals Marika Hackman, Strong Asian Mothers, Dream Wife, Shame, The Magic Gang, Cabbage, Dan Croll, Gurr, IDLES and Jorja Smith.
Tickets are on sale now via
Words: Ellie Ward
After the 125 artists added earlier this month, The Great Escape has today announced a further 150 artists who will play across the 30+ venues in Brighton between May 18 - 20.
With just 7 weeks until the three day event begins, Rat Boy, Fickle Friends, Anteros, Communions, Girl Ray, Tigercub, Rejjie Snow, Liv Dawson, will be joining the likes of previously announced Rag’n’Bone Man, Slaves, The Magic Gang, Stefflon Don, Marika Hackman and many more.
The full list of artists announced today is as follows:
AFRIQUOI / AILBHE REDDY / ALDOUS HARDING / ALICE JEMIMA / AMA LOU / ANTEROS / ARTIFICIAL PLEASURE / ASTROID BOYS / AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON / AYIA / AZUSENA / BABY QUEENS / BEAUTY SLEEP / BECKY & THE BIRDS / BERT MILLER AND THE ANIMAL FOLK / BESS ATWELL / BETTI / BITE THE BUFFALO / BLOOD RED SHOES / BLUE LAB BEATS / CALLUM BEATTIE / CALLUM STEWART / CASSELS / CHAMPS / CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON / CHELOU / COCO / COMMUNIONS / COSMIC STRIP / COSMO PYKE / CUPIDS / CUT_ / DAN BETTRIDGE / DAN CAPLEN / DARLIA / DEAN LEWIS / DELANEY DAVIDSON / DENAI MOORE / DODIE / ELDER ISLAND / ELIZABETE BALČUS / EMME WOODS / EPHEMERALS / FICKLE FRIENDS / FISHBACH / FLAMINGODS / GABRIELLE APLIN / GEORGE MAPLE / GIANT ROOKS / GIRL RAY / GLASSMAPS / GOOSE / HANNAH GRACE / HAPPY ACCIDENTS / HEJIRA / HER’S / HONEY HAHS / HOWL / HUNGRY JOE / HYPERCULTE / INHEAVEN / ISABELLA CROSS / ISOBEL ANDERSON / JACKO HOOPER / JADE BIRD / JAGARA / JNTHN STEIN / JOE HERTZ / JOHN ADAMS / JOHN JOSEPH BRILL / JULIEN GASC / KAMIKAZE GIRLS / KIM JANSSEN / KOJEY RADICAL / LAKUTA / LITTLE CLUB / LIV DAWSON / LOW ISLAND / MADAME GANDHI / MATT WOODS / ME + MARIE / MELLOW GANG / MICHAEL BAKER / MIKKO JOENSUU / MIYA FOLICK / MOME / MONSTER FLORENCE / NAPOLEON GOLD / NATHAN BALL / ORLA GARTLAND / PAPOOZ / PARK HOTEL / PIXX / POM POKO / PUMA BLUE / RAHEEM BAKARÉ / RAKETKANON / RAT BOY / REDFACES / REJJIE SNOW / RHYS LEWIS / ROBOCOBRA QUARTET / RONYA / RORY WYNNE / ROSIE CARNEY / RYAN DE LA CRUZ / SABELLA / SALUTE / SHIT GIRLFRIEND / SHOCK MACHINE / SHOUT OUT LOUDS / SLANG / SOLEIMA / SONIA STEIN / SONNY / SPINNING COIN / STEAMING SATELLITES / STRANDELS / STRONG ASIAN MOTHERS / TÉMÉ TAN / TEN FÉ / THE DANIEL WAKEFORD EXPERIENCE / THE FEDZ / THE GIFT / THE KOLIN / THE LIGHTNING YEAR / THE MASKS / THE TURBANS / THE WOODEN SKY / THIS IS THE KIT / TIGERCUB / TOM ADAMS / TOM HICKOX / TOMAGA / TUYS / TVAM / VIØLETS / WEIRDS / WELSHLY ARMS / WHITE KITE / WILDWOOD KIN / WRABEL / WYVERN LINGO / YOKE LORE / YOUNG T & BUGSEY / YUNGBLUD / ZIPPER CLUB
Tickets and further information: website.
SAVER GREAT ESCAPE 2017 FESTIVAL TICKETS - £60
SAVER GREAT ESCAPE 2017 DELEGATE PASSES - £195
EARLY BIRD GREAT ESCAPE 2017 YOUNG ADULT TICKETS (16 & 17 YEAR OLDS) - £32
RAG’N’BONE SPOTLIGHT SHOW TICKETS: SOLD OUT
SLAVES PIER PARTY SPOTLIGHT SHOW: SOLD OUT
THURSDAY - £35
FRIDAY - £35
SATURDAY - £42
FRIDAY & SATURDAY - £54
YOUNG ADULT SATURDAY - £29
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: emerging Preston teen songstress Pip Hall; booker with Lost In The Manor, Giedre Zaveckaite; Little Indie contributor Danny Shackleton.
BLOODY BEACH - YOU'LL BE FINE, SISTER
Nordic indie surf punks Bloody Beach release new album ‘Boys’, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album, ’Bloody Beach Pirate Radio Presents’, via Brilliance Records in May. Ahead of the album release, the band reveal this lead single that fuses psychedelic pop, surfrock, dub and afrobeat.
Pip Hall: I instantly feel like it's a combination of The Growlers and Alex Turner. I like the raw vocals too. 2/5
Giedre Zaveckaite: Perfect for the forthcoming summer, very beach-like. Love the energy. 4/5
Danny Shackleton: The same melody throughout doesn’t really reach out to me but the vocals are good. It’s like something you’d hear on the next Fifa soundtrack. 2.5/5
Total score: 8.5/15
EAT FAST - SCRAMBLED EGG
The Newcastle fuzzy noise outfit, newly signed to Cannibal Hymns, are to release their second EP, 'Immortal Kombat' from which this sharp bruiser of a lead single comes.
PH: I love the lo-fi sound they have, it's really easy listening for me as this is the kind of stuff that I brought myself up on. They remind me so much of FIDLAR or Dead Ghosts and I can't get enough of distorted guitars. 4/5
GZ: To be fair, not the biggest fan of grunge/garage like tracks, but lovely production on this one. I’m sure they’d blow my mind live. 3.5/5
DS: Breezy vocals make it quite an easy listen and I like the chorus, but the guitars need to be louder in the mix for me. The screaming in background is subtle but a good addition. Gets better with every listen I’ve found. 3.5/5
Total score: 11/15
LUPA J - PUT ME BACK TOGETHER
"Australia's answer to Grimes", aka 19-year-old Sydney artist Lupa J, put out this latest single on March 17. Driven by bold, electronically inspired beats that meld with her angelic vocals, the lyrics explore themes of relationship dynamics, and emotional expression.
PH: The vocals immediately grab me with their dreamy echoes. Being a lover of synths I can't fault their appearance here. 3/5
GZ: Not something I usually listen to, but after a few listens, it definitely grew on it. Dance track, yet very emotional and dark. Reminds me a bit of Fever Ray and Röyksopp. Love the violin in the end of the track, gonna give half a point for the strings touché. 4.5/5
DS: She creates a relaxed atmosphere with her almost whispered vocals, but doesn’t get going as much as you’d expect after the intro. Not the type of music I’d usually listen to, but it’s not unlistenable by any means. 3/5
Total score: 10.5/15
GRACES - SMILE
Self-produced new single from ex-Over and Out member Steve Harrison, who Little Indie first featured back in 2015, then as a solo Grace. Since expanded to a quartet, based in Sheffield, here producing cinematic indie pop, combining ambient soundscapes, distorted guitars and recognisable pop sensibilities.
PH: The slow build up intrigued me and I wasn't disappointed. Love the lyrics, vocals, and crunchy guitars. 4/5
GZ: All helter-skelter like. Very energetic, yet very chaotic at the same time. I remember Grace as a solo act, so wasn’t expecting anything like this. 3/5
DS: After the slightly too long intro, it really gets going into a happy sound which grabs you as soon as you hear Steve’s vocals; when the drums kick in, it makes for a really good song. One to be added to my playlist that’s for sure. 4/5
Total score: 11/15
KUDU BLUE - SUGAR LEMZ
Brighton-based quartet release their self-produced debut EP ‘Shaded’ on April 28. This single cut highlights singer Clementine Douglas's rich neo-soul, jazz-inflected vocals over brooding, expansive electronics. "Sugar Lemz is intentionally something a bit different from the other music we have put out. We wanted to make a chilled track that you could put on in the living room at 5am after a heavy night.”
PH: Very chilled and current with a slow burning pulse. 3/5
GZ: Loooove this. Feel-good R&B paired with sexy electronic vibes. Really enjoying Clementine’s voice. Looking forward to hearing more of them. 4.5/5
DS: Certainly a song for the end of a night - which is what they set out to do, so I can’t fault them for that, but I like a hook in the songs I listen to and this just doesn’t quite have that. 3/5
Total score: 10.5/15
Words: Richard Cobb
Scottish alt-rock duo Pyro return with their second single ‘Green’ which delivers a shy on subtle, more full-blown steel toe-capped boot into capitalism.
Guitarist Cameron McLean powers the track with a frantic Royal Blood inspired rampage leaving a ferociously incensed Connor McCarthy (vocals/ drums) to belt out a dramatic Biffy Clyro infused chorus of: “The rich are rich, the poor don’t get paid / the kids are starving while the rich get laid.” Such is the venom and overwhelming feeling of unjust in this track, it wouldn’t surprise me if at the completion of this song he proceeded to throw a TV with Sky News on it out of his Bathgate window.
Little Indie featured Pyro back on January 10 with their debut single ‘Money’, and this latest song feels like another positive step in the right direction for this young pair, both just 17 years old. Since then, they’ve gained more traction as a result of being selected by DJ Jim Gellatly to appear at Stereofunk festival in April alongside Scottish festival favourites Indigo Velvet, Mickey 9’s and Vladimir.
Knocking on the door of politics is a popular route for bands just now as we’ve seen recently with the successes of Vant and The Blinders who have favoured this approach. It paves the way for more open and honest song writing and it’s satisfying to see a young band have their say on these important topics and going against the grain of perhaps what is expected of young bands to be writing about.
06 La Belle Angele Edinburgh
30 Stereofunk Festival Strathclyde Country Park