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SINGLE Review: 'Nobody Else'-The S.L.P

Indie legend, Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno a.k.a. The S.L.P., has released a new single, 'Nobody Else'.

The lyrics are so relatable starting with, "I don't want to got to work today".

The video sees Serge in an English field crop circle, playing a piano-which just happens to be on fire. It's a trippy video! And I'd expect nothing less from the creative genius.

The tracks then jumps into an uplifting, summer-y chorus ("can't beat the feeling").

The video also focuses on people enjoying their classic British summer days in different ways.

It's actually chucking it down with rain as I type this so it's nice to have such a cheery tune to listen to. Absolutely love this! 

Serge (The S.L.P.) will be playing London's EartH on 9th and 10th September.

SINGLE Review: 'Feeling Some Way'-REGI FLIH

REGI-FLIH's smooth track 'Feeling Some Way' is out now and it sounds great. The singer-songwriter's previous track 'Something For Me' has gained over 40,000 streams on Spotify in its first month. He has also been performing in Los Angeles and Australia.

REGI-FLIH has said, of the track: "Feeling Some Way is more of an emotional ballad detailing the break up of a guy and a girl. I wrote it from the perspective of the instigator, however through the mind of the heartbroken. As I wrote the piece I wanted to break the barriers of a typical song structure, keep it open and flow like a conversation, rather than a standard song."

If you like R 'n' B then this is definitely a track for you.


Interview: Ed The Dog

Ed The Dog (Ed Wettenhall) released his indie-pop debut album, 'Shame', last year. Now, he is playing a string of festivals including the much-loved Neverworld. He was kind enough to speak to me about being a solo artist, supporting Circa Waves and his love for Another Sky.

How are you?

Ed: I'm splendid thank you. 
How did the decision to become a solo artist come about?

Ed: The band I was in for six years called 'Fish Tank' broke up and I thought to myself: "What band format haven't I done yet?"
Your track, 'A Good Thing' has been played by Annie Mac on Radio 1 recently; what did that feel like?
Ed: Quite bizarre and wonderful at the same time. I still find it hard to fathom that R1 legends like herself, Jack Saunders, and Huw Stephens are playing stuff I recorded in my attic to their considerable audiences. Feels amazing.
What was the inspiration behind your album, 'Shame'?

Ed: I just always wanted to write an album to be honest, even just the one! 
Doing the whole solo thing felt like the most appropriate time to do that. I was bummed out about 'Fish Tank' for sure, but I was really excited to do something for and by myself (for the most part anyway). I got a lot of 
inspiration from lo-fi productions like the first Darwin Deez record, Daniel Johnston tapes,  and the first couple Strokes records. 
What was it like touring with Circa Waves last year?
Ed: Best tour of my life. Truly lovely lads. Felt very surreal when me and Charlie ended up covering for Joe when he shoved that wine bottle through his palm in Guildford. Always been a big Circa Waves fan so to actually be in the band for a couple shows was quite the trip!

How was The Great Escape?

Ed: Wonderful. It was my first time there so it was nice to be both performer and punter for the weekend
My favourite band I saw over the weekend were FEET down on the beach stage. Amazing musicianship right there.
Are you looking forward to playing at Neverworld?

Ed: Yes! Again, I've never been before but heard amazing things having gone to uni in Kent. I still find it weird to see my band name up on the poster with artists like The Vaccines and Craig David! I'm definitely going to dress up as something for it. Perhaps Captain Hook? Or maybe dressing as Wendy's family dog would make more sense? 
Which new artists have you been listening to?

Ed: I really love the new Another Sky EP ' Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds'. Such humble and lovely people making incredibly thoughtful music. The new Saltwater Sun EP 'The Great Deceiver' is also a winner, particularly that title track. I spoke to their guitarist at Live at Leeds and I asked him how he wrote such a killer guitar hook for that song and he told me he wrote it while trying a guitar in a shop. When I'm trying new gear I just end up forgetting how to play the guitar, let alone managing to write a genius riff!
What are your future plans, in terms of new music? 
Ed: Album DEUX is in the pipeline and you'll be hearing something from it before the summer is out. Might even go play it for some people if I venture outside.

SINGLE Review: 'Wolf' - LION

LION (Beth Lowen) has an amazing voice. It's gravelly and powerful and I am obsessed with it. 

'Wolf' is the unrelenting new track from LION, out on Fiction Records.

Photo credit: Dan Evans
'Wolf' is rocky and intense yet gentle and stripped back too. LION roars in this track, demonstrating her passion for her music.

On the single Beth commented, “It’s about being fucking scared and not knowing what the hell you’re doing and just rolling with it. It’s a song of release, a personal song about myself and mental health problems and taking a leap of faith.”

LION is also headlining The BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival this year.

Fri 26th DERBYSHIRE, Y Not Festival
Tues 30th LONDON, NME Girls To The Front, Shacklewell Arms

Thurs 8th NEWQUAY, The Dead Famous Liquor Lounge
Fri 9th NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
Sat 24th READING, Reading Festival 
Sun 25th LEEDS, Leeds Festival

INTERVIEW: Charlie Barnes

I was lucky enough to speak with the inimitable Charlie Barnes about his upcoming solo tour. For those of you who might not know, Charlie is also a touring member with Bastille..and all round superstar.  

Photo credit: Helena Rodgers

Charlie: Well, hello there.

How are you?

Charlie: I am in a very agreeable state.  I’m currently sat on a balcony of a hotel room in Norway overlooking some beautiful woodland.  The air is clean, and I have taken a fine breakfast in good company.

Why have you decided to go on a mini tour?

Charlie: Well…originally the plan may or may not have been to tie the run in with some sort of a release that may or may not be on the cards, but that hasn’t quite panned out, so fundamentally the reason is as simple as my having a week off from the day job.  I only really got a couple of opportunities to play some of the songs from my last release in front of other human beings, so I want to (more or less) take any chance I can to do that.

Can we expect new material at these upcoming shows?

Charlie: That depends entirely on how brave I’m feeling.  I’ve got a lot of things knocking around, but there’s one song in particular that feels like it might make sense to include in this run.  Something I wrote in an hotel room last summer.  Lengthy.  Sad but hopeful.  We’ll see eh?

How are you feeling in the run up to the shows? Nervous, excited or both?

Charlie: Pretty solidly both.  It used to be so fucking easy.  Book gigs, go to gigs, play gigs, enjoy or not enjoy gigs, carry on to next gigs, always plugging away looking for the next whatever.  I get really excited when I put these things together and think it’s a fucking GREAT idea, and then it all gets announced and I realise I have to live through the actual reality of standing in front of actual people who may or may not have parted with their actual cash to see me perform and I freak the fuck out.  Last year was a really bizarre mixed bag on that front, during the tours where I was, so they say, ‘promoting’ the new album.  There were some shows where I should’ve felt great, and I really, really didn’t.  (Having said that, there were some shows, and I’m thinking of a fairly obvious run to work out tour here, where I should’ve been feeling great about them, and holy fucking moly did I feel like the King of the fucking world about them. You know the ones.)  I’m trying to approach this little cluster with a very different mindset to last year, and I think throwing an appearance at one of Earth’s best festivals in the middle (where I get to go and watch a load of bands I fucking adore after I’m done) is a hell of a crutch to make fine use of.

How did you pick such stunning venues for your shows?

Charlie: London was down entirely to googling small venues to hire, and Whirled Cinema looked like the ideal (and, most importantly, reasonably affordable even for London) spot for the VLMV chaps and I to put on our own little night.  The original plan was to create a run of shows around small indie cinemas, but then the ArcTanGent Festival offer came through, and by a stroke of ridiculous luck I fell back in touch with an old, old friend from home who’s involved in the St Mary’s venue, so we mostly sacked off the cinemas idea.  I didn’t even realise that St Mary’s had the upstairs venue part, I thought it was just the new library for Lichfield, so that was a complete no-brainer in terms of a booking decision.

Lichfield is your home town, how long has it been since you’ve been back?

Charlie: I’m fairly sure the last time I played in Lichfield was nine years ago, in the back room of a pub in town, with my old high school bandmates, playing our album from start to finish for a handful of mates.  I did a couple of last solo shows there around the time I left for/had started at University and was getting into the whole looping thing, but nothing else since.  I didn’t really have much contact with the City at all for a while, but thankfully my life sorted itself out and my wife and I moved back there a few years ago.  It’s been great being back home, and in the last few years the place has come on leaps and bounds.  There are so many great new places opening up; Melbourne Coffee has become a very regular haunt, and I’m excited to try out Larder and the Ultimate Vegan CafĂ©.  I’m still not home all that much so I’m taking my time with getting around to visiting all the new haunts.  It’s going to be pretty great to play a gig and be back in my own bed within the hour.

How have you found time to rehearse (as you’ve been busy promoting Doom Days with Bastille)?

Charlie: Well, I’ve been doing my best to make good use of the inbetween days from touring.  My wife and I converted our garage into a studio of sorts at the start of the year, so between that and buying myself an absolutely fucking beautiful new acoustic guitar I’ve been spending a lot of time just sitting around playing through things.  As I alluded to before, there may or may not be something in the pipeline…not entirely new…but different…and that’s been something I’ve put a lot of time into between tours and promotional duties sailing on the good ship Bastille, so there’s a lot of stuff feeling reasonably well rehearsed at the moment anyway.  (Also, it’s a lot easier to remember stuff you’ve written yourself…right?!)

Does touring with Bastille influence your solo performances?

Charlie: Last year when I was touring with a band I was definitely trying to take a lot of what I knew from the big-league touring world (heck, for Manchester and Sheffield I even had Bastille’s drum tech Oli standing in for my usual drummer behind the kit!) into the circuit of pubs with an audience of twenty odd people.  It was pretty fucking slick, and I hope that made for an enjoyable experience for the handful of folks who came along to see it.  I guess I was sort of anticipating some weird expectation people might have of somebody making their ‘return’ from bonkers arena world, so to speak, and that really got in my head in a big way.  I’m not sure I was taking exactly the right approach, not sure I was being entirely true to myself (although I absolutely know we did a fucking exquisite job of pulling that record off live, and I extend enormous credit and thanks to Ed, Ste, Oli and Ben for making that happen.  You 12/10 good boys, you), but I’m glad I did it.  This time around I want to do something that feels a bit more personal.  The majority of the performances I’ve done in the last decade or so have been just me, so what I’m planning for the run in August isn’t exactly anything mind-bogglingly new, but it feels kind of fresh to me in comparison to what I was striving for last year.  If anything, I’m probably taking more influence from the last year or so of stripped back radio promo stuff I’ve done with Bastille.  I’ve been taking those performances as opportunities to work on my finger-picking (something I never fucking bothered to learn to do properly, as with basically anything to do with music in my case), and that’s lead me to try playing some of my own stuff in more of a finger-picked style.  If there’s any latent country lurking in any of the songs from my last couple of albums, be prepared to hear it come to fruition.

Can we expect a larger tour in future?

Charlie: I think now that I’ve worked out I’m probably more comfortable onstage alone, it will likely make performing my own material a slightly more regular occurrence.  Realistically I don’t get much opportunity outside of work to plan big tours, and I want to spend most of my time off with my wife and my dog, but I do still feel like my solo material is something that needs airing out.  Not because the world needs it or any such egomaniacal bullshit, but moreso just because I feel like I need to get it out of me.  I could throw in a whole discussion here about whether art by definition requires an audience, but you’d be better off just listening to that new 65daysofstatic podcast where they cover the topic far more articulately than I ever could.  (It’s in episode three, by the way…)  I do however kind of think I need to get myself out of the headspace of ‘it has to be a TOUR, a big THING, something to stick all over the INTERNET’ etc, and just get back to how things were when I was 20 (musically, at least).  I always thought back then that I was yearning for the next thing, the shows I was doing were enjoyable and exciting BECAUSE they were leading to something else.  Actually, I think those shows were fun because I was getting out there, playing to whoever showed up (almost exclusively the friends of the other people playing that night) and making what felt like very genuine connections.  I feel like I’ve been trying to run before I can walk, probably for the last ten years, and maybe now is the time to correct the pace a bit.  I was so desperate to be invited up the ladder, not realising that, actually, it’s way more fun on the floor.

Thank you so much!

Charlie: Thanks for having me, be excellent to each other. X

Oh, and please buy a ticket for a concert.

Tickets can be purchased here:

NEWS: Two Door Cinema Club Reveal New Video For 'Dirty Air'

'Dirty Air' is the third single to be taken from Two Door Cinema Club's critically acclaimed, and third UK Top 5 album 'False Alarm'.

The apocalyptic video sees the band flexing their creative muscles, so to speak.

The video was created by Jordan Martin and combines retro 60's footage with cutout collage animation. 

"It was an extremely fun video to make," says Jordan. "I searched through stacks of 60's-70's archive footage and magazines (I've started a pretty wild collection) to find the right look and feel for the track. It's trial and error; reworking footage and printing it out, then physically collaging it. I love happy accidents when two things seem to fit together perfectly. I enjoyed taking lyrics from the song and letting a stream of consciousness try and piece together parts from all the imagery and footage that slowly builds and fills up my head."

'False Alarm' is out now.

Tour dates:
03/10 - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
04/10 - Glasgow, O2 Academy
05/10 - Glasgow, O2 Academy
07/10 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
08/10 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
10/10 - Hull, Bonus Arena
11/10 - London, The O2 (with Support from Tom Grennan)
13/10 - Plymouth, Pavilions

SINGLE REVIEW: Roller Skate - Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield has always been a totally unique artist and she has just released 'Roller Skate', which reflects that. 

The Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter has powerful vocals, which are showcased in the positive, energetic track.It's a soulful, fun anthem-perfect for the summer!

'Roller Skate' is taken from Natasha's upcoming fourth studio album, 'Roll With Me' (August 30th). 'Kick It', the second track from the album, will be out August 2nd.

Natasha has also released a special new remix of the iconic song 'Unwritten' for The Hills: New Beginnings.

Bedingfield has sold 10 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide.

'Roll With Me' is available to pre-order.

SINGLE REVIEW: Plain People O.S.T.-Knave

Bristol-based duo, Knave, have released a conscious, heartfelt track which explores many topics-from the monotony of life to global warming. "This can't be happening," they sing as they observe the apathetic nature of (some) people. 

'Plain People O.S.T' features guest singer Katie McConnell of Hypophora and her voice is meant to represent a certain fragility, to further point out how delicate the current state of the world is.

Knave (Lewis Dunn and Sam Lawson) formed in 2017 and have made their comeback with this beautifully honest offering. They are inspired by artists such as Radiohead and The Smiths, as well as Brand New and Thursday. 

They have an album scheduled for release later this year, with live shows planned for the Autumn and I can't wait to hear more from them!

NEWS: Avril Lavigne New Video 'I Fell In Love With The Devil'

'I Fell In Love With The Devil' is the latest single from her sixth studio album, 'Head Above Water' and there is now a video to accompany it.

The Grammy-nominated pop rock legend that is Avril Lavigne has also announced her first tour in five years.

'I Fell In Love With The Devil' debuted in the Top 10 when it was released in February.

The video is directed by Elliot Lester and opens with Avril's enchanting acapella vocals. The video has mysterious visuals which represent the internal struggle of leaving someone who is toxic. In an empowering ending, Avril chooses herself and lets go of everything holding her back.

Avril has announced a 15 date 'Head Above Water' tour in North America, with proceeds from each ticket being donated to The Avril Lavigne Foundation. The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports those with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities.

SINGLE REVIEW: Closer-Sea Girls

As soon as 'Closer' from the Sea Girls starts, it will have you hooked. The band's latest single is already a live favourite- and you can see why! It's infectious, anthemic and just all around great.

Sea Girls were named BBC's Sound of 2019 and are already on the path to becoming British indie stars and this will only help them get closer (excuse the pun).

Speaking of the track, guitarist Rory Young says; "The song came together in a backwards fashion in a hotel after our debut European gig in Barcelona. It was originally written as an electronic track about being far away. Replacing the synths with guitars back in London gave the track an absolute new lease of life"

The 4-piece will play some of their biggest ever shows while on tour in October (see dates below) and 'Closer' was actually released last Friday when they played their 100th show at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl. They were supporting The Kooks as part of Sounds of the City.

They are playing many other shows as festival season continues. Be sure to check them out!

Fri 12TH        Sounds Of The City @ Castlefield Bowl, Manchester (supporting The Kooks)
Sun 14TH       TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
Fri 19TH        Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
Sat 20TH Benicassim Festival (Spain)
Thu 25TH Kendal Calling, Lake District
Fri 26TH        Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
Sat 27TH Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
Sun 28TH Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

Thu 8TH         Haldern Pop (Germany)
Sat 10TH Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
Sun 18TH Lowlands Festival (Netherlands)
Fri 23RD Reading Festival (Radio 1 Stage)
Sat 24TH Leeds Festival (Radio 1 Stage)
Tue 27TH Art Platform, Kiev (Ukraine - supporting Foals)
Thu 29TH Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow (Russia - supporting Foals)
Fri 30TH         Morze, St. Petersburg (Russia - supporting Foals)

Sun 1ST Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland)
Wed 18TH Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)

Wed 2ND NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
Thu 3RD         BRISTOL, The Fleece
Thu 10TH LONDON, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Fri 11TH LEICESTER, O2 Academy 2
Sat 12TH GLASGOW, Tenement Trail
Wed 16TH HULL, The Welly
Thu 17TH MANCHESTER, Academy 2
Fri 18TH LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy 2
Sat 19TH STOKE, The Sugarmill

NEWS: Whenyoung @ Trnsmt Festival

If you haven't read my interview with whenyoung, first of all-what are you doing? Secondly, find it here.

The band opened the King Tut's stage at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow yesterday.

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer now!

SINGLE REVIEW: Will We Talk?-Sam Fender

Sam Fender is back with another great track, 'Will We Talk?' which he debuted on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. "It's a story about a one night stand," he told listeners.

As with his other tracks, 'Will We Talk?' has Sam's signature rock 'n' roll sound all over it, with it's heady, high octane sound. The string section adds a nostalgic feel to the song. The lyrics are observational and have a storytelling quality to them.

This a song meant for the stadiums, especially with the 25 year old's huge vocals and anthemic guitar sounds.

'Will We Talk?' is taken from Sam's forthcoming debut album, 'Hypersonic Missiles'. The album will now be released on September 13 and is available for pre-order.

SINGLE REVIEW: My Cheating Heart - Love Fame Tragedy

'My Cheating Heart' is the first offering from Love Fame Tragedy, otherwise known as Murph from The Wombats' new solo project.

In the playful track, Murph is feeling lustful. "Money, women, cars" are on his mind and he "want[s] it all".

This is an infectious track- made for the replay button. It features singer and model Maddi Jean Waterhouse. It was produced by Mark Crew, who has also worked with Bastille and Rag 'n' Bone Man.

The debut EP, 'I Don't Want To Play The Victim, But I'm Really Good At It', will be released in September and will feature exciting collaborations with Joey Santiago (Pixies), Gus Unger-Hamilton (Alt-J) and Matt Chamberlin (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam). 

There will also be live shows in September (London, Liverpool and Manchester).