Premiere: Dose Share New Demo ‘Bloom’

Just as the title would imply, ‘Bloom’ is a slowly transcending tapestry of cool ambient sounds and shoe-gaze staples that is as chilling as it is soothing. From the minds of Newcastle act Dose, the track is injected with an array of alluring instrumentals that span the entirety of its running time, leaving the firm impression that the band are potent and bursting with potential.

Liam Menzies

Rough Trade Release Heroes 1976-2016 (Volume 1), Marking Their 40th Anniversary

Today brings the release of Rough Trade’s comprehensive 40 track compilation, marking the 40 years in which the world renowned indie label and record shop have been creating, moulding, and selling the best alternative music over the decades. This compilation double CD is a set of Rough Trade’s favourite songs about other musicians, all of which were released in the 40 years since they first opened the front door in 1976, and features the likes of The Fall and Psychic TV, to Radiohead, to Daniel Johnson and Pavement, to Mogwai, Fat White Family, and Sun Kil Moon. 40 years, 40 heroes. Continue reading “Rough Trade Release Heroes 1976-2016 (Volume 1), Marking Their 40th Anniversary”

Communions – ‘Eternity’

‘Here we go again…’ and indeed we do, because unsurprisingly Communions’ newly unveiled track ‘Eternity’ is another stunner. It’s got that thing that those 80s bands like The Cure had – a perfect sense of shimmering aching love, just a dash of melancholy in an oddly life affirming tune. They’ve somehow mastered that sense of nostalgia, but fusing it with an incredibly 2016 production that makes it sound just so vast. It’s just layer upon layer of subtle references, from thrilling synths to rapid heart beat drumming and then to power pop guitars. Instant classic, just add a good pair of headphones. Continue reading “Communions – ‘Eternity’”

End of the Road Festival: Ones to Watch

Despite celebrating its 10th anniversary last year and winning NMEs ‘Best Small Festival 2016’, End of the Road remains a bit of a hidden gem. Musically, the line up usually consists of a lot of folk and psych, and smidgen of world. But what really makes it something special is it’s ongoing efforts to champion creating unique moments, from special guests, secret sets and stages, and wonderful art and experiences hidden throughout its fields and woods. Top tips for anyone heading would be to bring a wooly jumper and blanket, as the weekend always seems to be just that bit chillier than other festival weekend. And of course, a pair of open ears…

Continue reading “End of the Road Festival: Ones to Watch”

Premiere: Thee Mightees – ‘Glimmer’

Whenever I’ve heard what Google tells me is the genre of “Jangle Pop”, I always like to imagine one of the characters of George Lucas’ seminal 1973 classic American Graffiti driving down the boulevard to ‘Sloop John B’. Fast forward 40 years or so and Sheffield’s Thee Mightees are on of the latest bands to keep it going with their second LP, titled Glimmer. Continue reading “Premiere: Thee Mightees – ‘Glimmer’”

GILLBANKS: “I’m Still Pummelling Away”

Sam Gillbanks is a Peckham based musician who simply goes about under his surname “GILLBANKS”. He immediately caught my eye when I saw him play at the Roundhouse Rising Festival back in March. Backed by his band, an abundance of grungy energy circulated the stage. I caught up with him, in his bedroom.

Continue reading “GILLBANKS: “I’m Still Pummelling Away””

Reading and Leeds Festival: Ones to Watch

From the highest points of Reading and Leeds, the looming framework of the festival stages are finally starting to take shape. Campsites are being prepped and gallons of overpriced warm, stale beer are being rolled into grotty bars. First aiders and poor downtrodden volunteers are armed with their plasters, scissors and water in preparation for drunken stupidity and the inevitable taping of a young male to a telephone pole. If you’ve ever been to Reading or Leeds, you know that the prodigious atmospheric buzz is enough to elastically spring you back into coming year after year. Here’s who were most excited to see this year…

Continue reading “Reading and Leeds Festival: Ones to Watch”