Search This Blog

Powered by Blogger.

Labels

Music

Pages

SINGLE REVIEW: 'Boots' - Greyson Chance

'Boots' by singer-songwriter Greyson Chance is a playful track, written from an interesting perspective, “’Boots’ at its core, is a narrative addressing pop culture’s current usage of Western imagery. When I was writing the song, I found myself imagining what Johnny Cash would be like if he were around and making music in 2019. I thought about what he would wear, how he would act, and what he would write about. My conclusion was that it all would look and feel considerably different than these stars wearing cowboy hats these days. Being from Oklahoma, I understand that being ‘Western’ isn’t all about the style, it’s about an attitude, an obsessive loyalty and an unwavering wildness. ‘Boots’ is truly just an observation of what I see in pop culture currently, and what I think about it.”

'Boots' is a confident and catchy pop track.



Oklahoma's Greyson has just finished the 'portraits' World Tour. 


SINGLE Review: 'The Prey' - Nowhere To Be Found

'The Prey' is the brand new single from alternative four piece Nowhere To Be Found.

'The Prey' has had support from Planet Rock and Amazing Radio.

The track showcases a heavier sound for the band, especially compared to their previous releases.



The band are also being featured on CBS show 'Sounds of the Underground'.

"The prey in me will be the death of you," lead singer Tiago Duarte growls.

It’s a song about limits, about frustration, about being fed up. “Sometimes you're just doing your own thing, living your own life, minding your own business, and these things/forces/people just get in your way, and try to change you. And usually that's when you become dangerous, when the prey becomes the hunter,” says lyricist Tiago.

If you're a fan of bands like Bring Me The Horizon, this could be for you. 


NEWS: Wombats join Neighbourhood Weekender Line-Up

As if I haven't been posting enough about The Wombats already (see my previous post), they've been announced as Very Special Guests at May 2020's Neighbourhood Weekender.

Photo credit: NME.com


This is very exciting news and they join an amazing line-up: headliners Ian Brown and Catfish and the Bottlemen, as well as Sam Fender, Miles Kane and Sundara Karma to name a few.

Neighbourhood Weekender is on 23rd and 24th May 2020, with The Wombats playing on the Sunday.

Tickets are on sale as of this morning, from www.nbhdweekender.com (go, go, go!).

NEWS: Love Fame Tragedy Announces New EP And Tour

I'm already obsessed with Murph from The Wombat's solo project, Love Fame Tragedy. His EP 'I Don't Want To Play The Victim, But I'm Really Good At It' is so freakin' good, you guys!




I'm yet to see him live and I'm so jealous of those who have..because the shows so far have been so intimate and looked amazing! Luckily, he has just announced a new EP 'Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void' featuring Bastille's Dan Smith among others.

The EP will be out in February 2020.

Alongside the EP release, there is also a second UK/Paris tour, which has also been announced (dates below). 

If that wasn't enough exciting Love Fame Tragedy news, he's also released a new single 'Body Parts' today and the video is also below.

Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void Tracklist:
1. Riding A Wave 

2. Body Parts
3. Hardcore 

4. Please Don’t Murder Me (Part 2)
5. Multiply

Love Fame Tragedy Live Dates:
25th February — The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
26th February — King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
27th February — Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
29th February — Manchester Academy, Manchester
2nd March — The O2 Institute, Birmingham
3rd March — Heaven, London 

4th March — Thekla, Bristol

SINGLE Review: 'What U Do' - ONUR

ONUR's 'What You Do' is smooth and seductive ("Baby, I'm yours"). It's also bold and exciting.

It follows his debut EP 'A Millenial Rhapsody'.

"The whole idea of this video was to capture the good parts of what makes a special bond between two people. I really wanted to portray it in the simplest and most organic way as I could so that everyone could relate to the sentiment behind the song", says ONUR. 



The track has a real 'feel good' vibe. 

You can watch the official music video below.


ALBUM Review: 'Blood Rush Déjà Vu' - Sunset Sons

Following their previous album 'Very Rarely Say Die', Sunset Sons have released second album 'Blood Rush Déjà Vu'. This time they have worked with producer Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice).



The first single to be taken from the album, the upbeat and energetic 'Heroes', has already been highlighted as Zane Lowe's World First on Beats 1. Speaking of 'Heroes', "it's nostalgic but also joyous" explains drummer Jed Laidlaw.

Opening track 'Superman' is a soaring track, but one which carries a warning ("You better run when the wolves start howling").

"Say Hi" is quite a cheerful tune, whereas "Problems" is passionate and equally as catchy.

'Blood Rush Déjà Vu' is a great album and I highly recommend you take a listen (below).

NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
20th Bristol, Thekla
21st Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
23rd Glasgow, SWG3
24th Newcastle, Riverside
26th Manchester, Academy 2
27th Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
28th London, Electric Brixton


EP Review: 'A Glossary of Broken Human and Beating Hearts'- Yard Arms

Yard Arms are a duo from Bristol who have just released their 4-track EP, 'A Glossary of Broken Humans and Beating Hearts'.



The opening track 'Idea of Me and You' is upbeat and features raw vocals.

Another track from the EP 'Keep On Laughing'  inspires hope, despite sombre lyrics ("Still I can't see a way out from there"). The overall message is one of positivity.

The lead single 'Comfortable' is emotive and candid. It was released in September and has received support from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.

This EP is a heartfelt and passionate body of work. Their sound will most appeal to fans of bands like The National. 

Listen to the EP below.


SINGLE Review: 'Now You're Moving'- Drug Store Romeos

Ethereal vocals against the backdrop of a hypnotic beat, the debut single from Drug Store Romeos, 'Now You're Moving', is really something special. 

The song is almost 3 minutes of pure bliss.

Drug Store Romeos formed when childhood friends Jonny and Charlie placed an ad for a bassist for their new band, but they found a vocalist in Sarah instead. Charlie then took up the bass and Jonny stayed on drums.

I'm excited by this track and for what's to come from this band. To me they sound like the love child of Laura Misch and Lana Del Rey. They definitely have a distinctive sound. 

The band have already had airplay on BBC Radio 1. 

Make sure you watch the video below.

SINGLE Review: 'Boy Toy'-Sarah Khatami

'Boy Toy' by Sarah Khatami is a fun, cool track.

Sarah expresses her disappointment and frustration at being messed around in a relationship ("If you wanna play with my feelings, then Baby I'mma play with you right back"). 





Sarah is a singer-songwriter from Pittsburgh and she is the daughter of Muslim Iranian immigrants. 

Her vocals on 'Boy Toy' sound great! 

It features rapper Myia Thornton and was produced by Lu.E. 

SINGLE Review: 'Less Than Lovers' - XO


XO is a Midlands-based R&B artist who had a smash hit earlier this year with 'Shut It Down' and has now released 'Less Than Lovers'. 

It's a modern, refreshing R&B track, with a seductive side.

The chorus is catchy and infectious. 

 “Less than lovers but more than friends, that’s the only way this makes sense…, " XO is honest about his intentions. "You and I know the situation, baby".

The vocals are mesmerising and layered over guitars, a punchy bassline and an Indian vocal sample. In this way, he fuses both eastern and western influences.

At only 24, he has received praise and support from A-listers such as Diplo, Tyga & Majid Jordan - and it's easy to see why! 

You can stream 'Less Than Lovers' below.



LIVE Review: Ralph Pelleymounter @ Moth Club, London - 20/10/19

You may know Ralph as the frontman of To Kill A King, or you may have seen him on his recent solo UK tour.

He recently released his debut solo album, Dead Debutante's Ball. And also spoke me to about his new music here

I went to see Ralph's show at Moth Club London which was a lovely, yet tiny venue for a very special intimate show. It was also the only show of the tour which had a full band (with TKAK's Josh Taffel and Grant McNeill featuring).

Charlotte Carpenter took our breathes away with her stunning vocals, as the support act.



Then Ralph took to the stage and played songs from his album such as 'La De Da' and his latest single 'AWOL', as well as the To Kill A King classic 'Letters To My Lover The Dylan Fan'. 



Ralph is also one half of Annie Oakley Hanging (the other half being none other than Dan Smith from Bastille). He played a version of their song, 'Cut Her Down' which always evokes the utmost sadness in me, by the way (so thanks guys!). 

Charlotte also came back on stage so sing a couple of songs with Ralph.

The entire evening was so much fun and great to see Ralph perform as part of his exciting new project.

I believe he is touring Europe soon so be sure to check out his website for tickets and merch and all that good stuff. 

NEWS: Bastille and Alessia Collaborate on 'Another Place'

Alessia Cara lends her vocals to Bastille's 'Another Place' but also adds her own twist to the song by reworking it and adding her own chorus.

Alessia joined Bastille on stage when they recently played in her hometown of Toronto.

The video was also shot in Toronto. Watch it below.