Category Archives: New Music

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:



Minimum – Smash Routine

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‘Smash Routine’ is the first single to be released from their self titled EP.

This could easily be described as the perfect compliment to a high action drama (a good one, not something with Danny Dyer.)

Video for the single “Smash Routine” (which is nothing like the suggested videos. Natasha Bedingfield – Soulmate?!)

If you’re itching for more Minimum (and why wouldn’t you be?!), visit the following links:


The Guilty Ones – Conquer the World (Single)


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:

For more information about The Guilty Ones:


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:


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
At The Pool
Funny Heartbeat
Air Conditioning
Having Friends Over
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:


No Middle Name – ‘When Forever Ends’ (Single)


Released May 2013

‘When Forever Ends’ is a bonus track from No Middle Name and is available as a free download now!

Described as ‘dream pop’, David Bailey, one half of The Title Sequence, offers a ‘hands on DIY’ approach to music and art.

Stream and download for free here:

Find out more about No Middle Name:

James Younger – Monday Morning (Single)

Monday Morning Single Artwork

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Singer songwriter, James Younger, left his hometown of Manchester at the age of 21 to hitchhike his way around the states of America. The result of this? A note pad full of stories and conversations of all the people he has met. These stories and conversations are what James has used to create his debut album ‘Feelin’ American’ to be released June 2013.

The first single, Monday Morning, from his debut album is certainly a good one. Considering what we all imagine a Monday morning to be like, this certainly is the opposite. It’s jolly and one of those songs that makes you want to get out of bed and dance. Very Boo Radley’s like.

You can listen to his first single, ‘Monday Morning’ here.

If the album follows the same style of the single, it will definitely be worth a listen.

For more James Younger:


Honningbarna – Verden En Enkel (Album)


Released May 6th 2013 

Honningbarna (Norwegian for Honey Children) are a Norwegian punk-rock band just out of their teenage years.

Their live shows are hailed to be one of the most thrilling in Norway.

As someone who doesn’t speak a word of Norweigan, the album certain makes for interesting listening. Nevertheless this is certainly an excellent album.

Video for Fuck Kunst (Dans Dans)

Vocalist Edvard Valberg certainly has some dance moves that could compete with Ed MacFarlane from Friendly Fires.

Honningbarna will be playing The Great Escape festival 16th – 18th May, as well as various UK and Ireland locations later on in the year.


For more Honningbarna, including tour dates, visit their website


Charlie Straight – I Sleep Alone (Single)


‘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:

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





Damn Vandals – Kings of Never (Single)


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Damn Vandals have recently been described as “the most talented and exciting rock band on the music scene for years.”

They have recently had numerous media exposure from Loaded TV, BBC Introducing and BBC 6Music, and Selector Radio, it’s clear that Damn Vandals are heading for success.

Their new track, ‘Kings of Never’, clearly adds to their success. With the hard yet soft vocals from singer and guitarist, Jack Kansas, mixed perfectly with the instrumentals from the band, the song can perfectly suit any mood.

Having listened to them for the first time, their infectious sounds instantly make you want to search for more from them! This is obviously not just my opinion, as their last album was named one of Bloomberg’s top 10 ‘Best CDs of 2012.’

Video for Kings of Never

“An Introducing classic … hits the sweet spot, combining straightahead simplicity – the hallmark of all great rock songs – with a killer groove and immaculate production.”

BBC6 Music Tom Robinson

“Damn Vandals, a great live band, thoroughly recommend seeing them, I’ve seen them a couple of times and on both occasions they’ve been absolutely superb, so much energy on stage, a proper rock n roll band.”  Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music


“If Nick Cave fronted a heavier Gang Of Four….Damn Vandals are one of the most exciting bands to surface from theUK this year, and ‘Done For Desire’ one of the most exciting debuts.”  This is Fake DIY

See them live:

Thurs 28 March @ Nantwich Festival (Supporting the Blockheads)
Fri 5 April @ the Wheatsheaf, Oxford | Thurs 25 April @ Catch, London

SAT 11th MAY – 9PM £5

24th May @ Off The Tracks Festival – Main Stage 7pm /

Sat 25th May –  Headlining the Halfpenny stage at Lechlade Festival