Category Archives: Indie Pop

My Great Affliction – Good Things To Come

With their new single ‘Good Things to Come’ set to be released on the 19th August, what better way to celebrate this than a number of live dates!

Live dates:
11th August @ The Flapper – Birmingham
19th October – Secret Venue – Brierley Hill
20th October – The Flapper – Birmingham

“My Great Affliction were the band that rocked up on stage treating the forum members to their heavy sounds…a stunning show with their hard rock material, kicking off the Festival with a bang.” – Download Festival

Band Links:
https://www.facebook.com/MyGreatAffliction
https://twitter.com/MGAband
http://www.mygreataffliction.com

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The Guilty Ones – Conquer the World (Single)

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Released 28th July 2013

 

With the release of their EP ‘Conquer the World’ imminent, psychedelic pop rock band The Guilty Ones, will be releasing their single ‘Conquer the World’ at the end of July.

 

‘Based in London, The Guilty Ones have extensively been playing all the credible gigging circuits around the UK – after a fruitful studio sabbatical they are now ready to release their infectious new single ‘Conquer The World’ through Auditorius/BMG Chrysalis, home of Yeah Yeah YeahsFrank OceanTame Impala and Bruno Mars.  This track is just a small taste of what you can expect to hear from this great live band.’

Take a listen:

“The Guilty Ones revive the very best of 60’s and 70’s; with their modern twist of psychedelic pop rock. Vocalist Liv will sweep through your soul; with a voice so magnetic that you’d follow her every word down the darkest of backstreets…What a great find” NY Times Magazine

You can pre-order it now by clicking the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/conquer-world-conquer-world/id661654626

For more information about The Guilty Ones:

https://www.facebook.com/theguiltyones

https://twitter.com/guiltyonesmusic

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Showbizheroes – Tales From Behind the Curtain

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Released 3rd June 2013 

With the release of ShowbizHeroes debut self-recorded (in a greenhouse?!?!) album to be released next month, ShowbizHeroes show us exactly what you can do with an old Compaq Desk pro and some ripped off recording software!

If you haven’t heard of Showbizheroes before, they define themselves as “Four mates from TOWIE, not cool, totally spray tan free and only wear scarves when it is cold and they are outside. Leaving aside the style and concentrating on the substance… Good melodies, loads of hooks and changing dynamics to create catchy indie pop music.”

To get a copy of ‘Tales from Behind The Curtain’ for a discounted price and half the album for free, sign up to their mailing list before the 3rd of June.

‘Sinner is flipping brilliant!!!’ – NME Radio

‘Short and sweet with a hook laden centre that won’t fail to snare all!’ – Room Thirteen

‘Sinner is Awesome!!!’ – BBC Essex

‘More hooks than the National Portrait Gallery!’ With Guitars

If you could live your life by one of your song lyrics, what would it be?

This one is easy, ‘On the town I’m a Sinner’ I’m pretty sure we would all like to be but some of us never get the chance!

Why record your album in a greenhouse? Who even comes up with the idea of putting a recording studio in a greenhouse?!

When you have nowhere to record and no money to go into proper studios you’d be amazed at the places you would try and lay down a record… I’ve currently been laying down ideas on my iPad on the train to work in the morning!!!

You’re trapped in a lift with one other band/artist. You get talking to them and they ask if you want to collaborate with them. Which band/artist would it be and why?

Well if ‘collaborate’ is code for something else then Girls Aloud, failing that it would have to be Ladyhawke, her two albums have been great and it would be really good for us to all come up with some stuff together.

Did you ever think “we should go on The Xfactor”? Why/why not?

Think we would go down like a f**ked lift on X Factor… Actually believe it or not I can’t comment, I have never seen X Factor ‘proper’. I’ve only ever watched one of the first episodes with the auditions, it was pretty funny! 

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing right now?

We wish we were only doing the band, but to answer your question, Nick would be further up in the government, Dan would be helping RBS get out of debt, Austin would be doing exactly what he is doing now and I would be insuring more planes.

Who comes up with the lyrics to your songs? Are they based on anything or made up of rhyming words that sound good. “Lying in my bed, wishing I was with you instead” etc…

Nick comes up with all the lyrics, normally on the spot or within a few runs of the song, it’s pretty amazing to watch… There is a rumour that all our tunes are about one girl (hope that’s his wife lol).

Picture the scene. You come home after a gig. It’s late at night, you’re tired, you’ve just finished a curry and you’ve fallen onto the sofa. The light comes on, someone screams. It’s not your house. What’s going through your mind?

 How did my key work in their front door? I had a very similar experience to this at Glastonbury once in a tent… It was like the scene in ET when that kid first comes face to face with ET!


If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would be the first thing you do? (The real first thing.)

 Touch my boobs….. That was the FIRST thing I thought. Second thing, get down the gym and hit the changing rooms!

What do you look like first thing in the morning? (Pictures accepted.)

I’m too scared to look… I’ve seen Austin a few times in the morning while we have been on tour, he’s is certainly not a morning person!

For more ShowbizHeroes:

www.showbizheroes.com

www.twitter.com/showbizheroes

www.youtube.com/showbizheroes

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The Trade

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With their new album “Fu-Go” recently released (20th May 2013), The Trade are certainly making a name for themselves! They have also been seen supporting various bands such as The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, The Stiff Little Fingers, Ray Wilson & Stiltskin, The Twang, Dave Arcari, The Twilight Sad, The Xcerts, Chris Helm, Mark Morriss and The Underground Hero’s.

With Fu-Go being described as “Real get up and go music” (therockandrollreport.com) it gives you the perfect reason and no excuse to go see them live! For gig dates, visit http://www.the-trade.co.uk/?page_id=129

Lead vocalist, Ross Milne, recently took time out to answer my questions:

If you could live your life by one of your song lyrics, what would it be?

‘From Fu-Go, I would say – Missing Out, the 2nd half of the song. The first half is painting the picture of most folk’s lives. The second half is the bit to live by. It’s about letting go, being impulsive and living life instead of keeping it all inside.

You’re trapped in a lift with one other band/artist. You get talking to them and they ask if you want to collaborate with them. Which band/artist would it be and why?

‘Mine would be Fish I think! – His lyrics are amazing. I love the fact that he is still going is awesome. I would also like to do the same with Roger Waters! Similar reasons. BUT if you’re looking at current artists, then it’s Kaleb Followill every day of the week for me! Loving the energy. So to blast out a collaboration with him would be off the scale!’

Did you ever think “we should go on The Xfactor”? Why/why not?

‘Yes. BUT only to get recognition, then leave it at that.  Not to do the entire competition. We have our sound and just need a leg up. We believe we have something folk like. We just need the bigger stage.’

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing right now?

‘Being in another band or certainly writing music!

Got to pay the bills, but on the spare time thing, it would always be music. If my voice went, I would play better than I can now! The guys all love it. Once it’s in you can’t just ignore it……..well not for long at least!’

Who comes up with the lyrics to your songs? Are they based on anything or made up of rhyming words that sound good. “Lying in my bed, wishing I was with you instead” etc…

‘I write all the lyrics and very seldom do they rhyme hahaha!

The idea for me is to convey a story or a point and make it as interesting as possible at the same time. I try to write so there are a few meanings taken from the song, so folk can personally like them for different reasons. Most of the time there is one ‘correct’ meaning, but not always. That’s the great thing about writing songs! Creating and getting imaginations going!’

Picture the scene. You come home after a gig. It’s late at night, you’re tired, you’ve just finished a curry and you’ve fallen onto the sofa. The light comes on, someone screams. It’s not your house. What’s going through your mind?
“Bollox! I cannot believe this has happened again!!!”

If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would be the first thing you do? (The real first thing.)

‘Alone time!!!! – And LOADS OF IT!!!!’

What do you look like first thing in the morning? 

‘Have you ever seen the MILK scene in Anchorman?’

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For more from The Trade:

www.the-trade.co.uk

www.facebook.com/thetradeoffical

www.twitter.com/the_trade

www.youtube.com/monthetrade

Arcade Parade – Cave of Swimmers EP

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Arcade Parade are one of them bands you can listen to over and over again and never get fed up.

Consisting of brothers Ollie and Elliot Scott, Jacob Ferguson and Dan Byrne, they are a 4 piece rock band with a sound of their own.

Winners of Shropshire’s “Next Big Thing” competition, Arcade Parade are clearly a band worth watching!

 

‘Cave of Swimmers is everything you want a young indie band to sound like… It is euphoric, hooky and just gets the job done perfectly with the minimum of fuss.’ (Greenmanmusic.biz)

‘Playing catchy song after song, this band that are already emerging on the local scene oozed potential and raw talent. Arcade Parade are certainly ones to watch.’ (Counteract Magazine, April 2013)

Arcade Parade recently answered my questions:

In every band, there’s the one that gets all the girls. Which one of you never gets the girl?

Elliot: Definitely NOT Oliver, that’s for sure haha

Have you ever used the line “I’m in a band” to get the girl?

Dan: I don’t need to, people think I’m harry styles

Who comes up with the lyrics to your songs? Are they based on anything or made up of rhyming words that sound good. “Lying in my bed, wishing I was with you instead” etc…

Ollie: I do, each song’s different and has a different story behind it but I don’t tell anybody what they are, being the shy guy that I am, and I try and make it so that nobody can understand them haha. I use like codes/ rhyme and slang a lot so that even if somebody knows what I’m saying, they don’t really “know” what I’m saying.

If you were a generic pop boyband, which boyband would you be?

Ollie: JLS I think. They’ve split up now so we could just live off the royalties without doing anything. Also, free hoodies/ rubbers man.

Have you ever thought “We should go on the Xfactor”?

Dan: Fuck no.

Picture the scene. You come home after a gig. It’s late at night, you’re tired, you’ve just finished a curry and you’ve fallen onto the sofa. The light comes on, someone screams. It’s not your house. What’s going through your mind?

Jacob: “Brilliant. Now I need a clean pair of trousers”

Would you rather have the top half of your body, the same as a fish, or the bottom half of your body the same half as a fish? Why?

Dan: That depends, what kind of fish are we talking here? Do fish have penis’?
 
If you could be anyone else, who would it be and why?

 Dan: Dave Grohl, what a hero.

 If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would be the first thing you do? (The real first thing.)

Elliot: Breasts.

What do you look like first thing in the morning?

Dan: Like the lovechild of a broccoli and a fabulous zombie.

Jacob: Exactly the same as I always do, just with slantier eyes.

For more Arcade Parade:

www.arcadeparade.co.uk

www.facebook.com/ArcadeParadeUK

www.twitter.com/arcadeparadeuk

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Kisses – Kids in L.A. (Album)

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Released May 14th 2013

Kisses are Los Angeles-based pop project featuring Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson.

Track listing:

Up All Night
The Hardest Part
Huddle
At The Pool
Funny Heartbeat
Air Conditioning
Having Friends Over
Bruins
Adjust Glasses

Tour Dates:

05/10 Seattle, WA – Barboza*
05/11 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl*
05/12 Portland, OR – Holocene*
05/13 Sacramento, CA – Midtown Barfly
05/14 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop**
05/16 San Diego, CA – The Griffin
05/17 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
05/18 Tucson, AZ – Playground Tucson
05/19 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
06/13 Brooklyn, NY – Northside Festival (Cascine Showcase)
06/19 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

* = w/ Trails and Ways
** = w/ Astronauts Etc, Sister Crayon

For more from Kisses:

Facebook.com/blowkisses

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Charlie Straight – I Sleep Alone (Single)

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‘I Sleep Alone’ Single out 20th May 2013

First impressions? A joyful track you’ll instantly be singing along to. The infectious chorus of ‘I sleep alone’ along with the joyous instruments makes for an excellent song to lighten up any day.

Charlie Straight are a four-piece consisting of Albert (lead vocals), Michael (keyboard, backing vocals), Johnny (bass) and Paul (drums). Recently, the band supported Red Hot Chili Peppers and their video was featured and promoted on Coldplay’s website.

With over 50 thousand fans on Facebook3,5 million views on YouTube, one MTV Break-Through European Award and 3 Grammy Award, it’s clear that the band are hitting the right notes and impressing the right people!

Video for ‘I Sleep Alone’

If you enjoy the sounds of Charlie Straight, they will be playing The Great Escape Festival this year in 16 – 18th May, Brighton.

For tickets, and band listings, visit:

 http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape/

“Charlie Straight make the kind of joyful, harmony-driven Britpop, Britain itself has forgotten how to master.” The Guardian.

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ZmS5Zm

Twitter: http://bit.ly/YCy0iH

Website: www.charliestraight.com

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Great Mountain Fire – Crooked Head

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Released 6th May 2013

First impressions? Dancing on the beach. The instant feeling of being on a beach on a sunny day comes to mind as soon as I hear this song.

The great summer sound of Belgian band, Great Mountain Fire, instantly fill you with joy as you listen to them.

If they were asked to compare themselves to anyone, their answer would be The Beatles, fun’n’games, and Vietnamese beef soup- all in one go.”

Want to hear the acoustic version?

“Liking the sound of Great Mountain Fire!” – XFM

‘… A knack for classic songwriting that will take you back to the times when quality of music mattered and artists weren’t afraid to explore their creativity in a brave and honest way’ – Glasswerk

“Absolutely loving it! Tuuuune!” –  Festival Diaries

“Great Mountain Fire are really cool, a bit Foals-esque like!” – 102.6 Sine FM

“Really liking the single!” – Phase One FM

www.greatmountainfire.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ZXh2gS

Twitter: http://bit.ly/XOHLgp

Wampire – Curiosity (Album)

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Released – May 14th 2013

Within seconds of hearing Wampire’s first song, and single “The Hurse”, you can tell that this album is going to be a success. Its dance, indie pop vibe with a slight creepiness to it, makes it something that even if you don’t like it at first, it will definitely grow on you.

Tracklisting:

1. The Hearse

2. Orchards

3. Spirit Forest

4. Giants

5. I Can’t See Why

6. Out of Money

7. Trains

8. Why

9. Magic Light

For more Wampire, visit their website www.WampireMusic.com

The resulting nine tracks are instantly memorable, while defying easy categorization. Says Phipps, “We realized the record began to stray away from having a ‘sound’ and gradually be- came a platter with an assortment of sounds. The record showcases a flavour we haven’t quite dug into before.”

 

“The interest in Portland’s Wampire continues to grow – with Huw Stephens a fan writing about them at SXSW, Zane Lowe picking the band as part of his “Next Hype” feature on Radio 1 last night and coverage coming up, or already happening, with the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, Mojo, The Fly, Noisey, Uncut, Q, Dazed & Confused, NME, Artrocker, DIY and more.”

 

Best New Music – Pitchfork

“Creepy, but in a good way” – The Guardian

 

This is definitely one album worth buying.

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