Tags : indie rock

Track Review: My Heart Beats 4 U // Rooney

Five years since the release of their last single, Californian indie-rock band Rooney return to the music scene with summer track, ‘My Heart Beats 4 U’, a tune largely reminiscent of the group’s traditional, laid-back sound. Rising to fame in the noughties with songs such as ‘When Did Your Heart Go Missing?’ and ‘I’m Shakin”, […]Read More

Track Review: Stay // Useless Cities

Useless Cities play dark, bittersweet indie rock in the vein of Arcade Fire and The National. The quartet are building up a reputation by playing gigs around London and released their track ‘Stay’ last month. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/259562265″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] ‘Stay’ is driven by a hypnotic Veronica Falls-esque guitar riff, with Clare’s loud […]Read More

Live Review: Mac DeMarco // KOKO, London 28.06.16

Mac DeMarco is special … really really special – he’s something of a cult phenomenon, a totally anachronistic character, who just entices you into his weird world. DeMarco acts as the poster boy of the whole ‘indie slacker’ scene, and through the apparel of the crowd this style is clear as denim jackets, worn caps, […]Read More

EP Review: What Happened? // FREAK

FREAK. The name says it all. The Chelmsford-based artist, real name Connar Ridd, has recently launched his debut EP What Happened? into the realms of the web. Consisting of 3 riff-heavy tracks accompanied by an almost spoken-word vocal throughout, What Happened? is a collection that is well and truly freaky, in the sense that it […]Read More

Album Review: The Ride // Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen drive through life at full pelt. A gold-certified debut managed to sell out an upcoming date at Manchester’s 8000-capacity Castlefield Bowl in a matter of minutes. Churning out another set of arena-ready indie-rock anthems, The Ride proves a cigarette smoke-infused, alcohol-soaked but artistic leap forward. The Llandudno-based four-piece somehow have a way with […]Read More

Track Review: Ain’t Got Nothing // Same Streets

‘Ain’t Got Nothing’ is the most recent single from up and coming Nottingham based three-piece, Same Streets. The track bursts into the jerky guitar riff and steady beat which is apparent throughout, and is shortly followed by lead singer James Gooch’s raw, original vocals. The track features well-crafted mini guitar solos that bloom at the […]Read More

Track Review: Back to Back // States of Emotion

States of Emotion are a rock band formed by singer songwriter Olly Hookings. They gained a reputation following a support slot with The Enemy, and self released their long-awaited debut album Black to White to Gold in February, along with a new track, ‘Back to Back’. The emotion is felt in the big minor chords […]Read More

Live Review: The 1975 // Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 22.03.16

It seems these days that it is the ‘in thing’ to hate The 1975. Before NME were splashing their photos on their front cover, they named them the Worst Band of 2014, with indie Twitter seemingly awash with berating of the band and their material. Be that due to their outspoken frontman Matt Healy, their ever-so-slightly irritating […]Read More

Gallery: The SSS // The Leadmill, Sheffield, 19.03.16

Having previously played the smaller stage, The SSS returned to The Leadmill to play in front of a raucous sold-out crowd, on a stage that has previously seen the likes of Pulp and The Strokes perform. The Sheffield quintet have seen their stock rise exponentially over the past year, thanks to a host of exhilarating […]Read More

Track Review: Exertion // Sean Duncan

‘Exertion’ is the debut single from Sean Duncan, who, after years of making collaborative music as a member of various other bands (such as Boy on Guitar, Kid Mud, Seanario, Duncan Booth and Thombie to name a few), is finally venturing it out as a solo artist. Mixing elements of indie pop, alternative rock and electronica, the song […]Read More

Introducing: Louis Berry

Name: Louis Berry Hometown: Liverpool Listen To: .45, Prince of Thieves In an age where chart music is being dominated by sugarcoated tracks, one man from Liverpool is seeking to kick some soul back into it. Fuelled by his experiences of poverty and despair, Louis Berry has his eyes set firmly on where he wants to be, […]Read More

Album Review: Curve of The Earth // Mystery Jets

2016 sees the return of many bands, and here we have the sixth studio album Curve Of The Earth, by Mystery Jets. This came as the first new taste of music since the release of the Americana influenced Radlands, back in 2012. Curve Of The Earth opens with ‘Telomere’; with an electronic opening to the […]Read More

Track Review: Cruel Ways // Drowners

The first full length album release from Drowners came in 2014. Two years later comes the first new release from the New York based Indie rock sensation. Drowners have teased their second album with a song that encompasses their style with a progression of their sound from Drowners; here the sound seems to have more […]Read More

Track Review: Soundcheck // Catfish and The Bottlemen

After an excruciating wait, Catfish and The Bottlemen return with the mighty ‘Soundcheck’.  The song begins with only lead vocalist Van McCann, a simple guitar part and a high hat. Almost immediately the definitive lyric “I raced through soundcheck just to meet you” enters, conjuring similar lustful images to those found in The Kooks’ ‘She […]Read More

Live Review: Blossoms // Scala, London, 25.02.16

Blossoms have to be one of the most hyped up and coming bands at present. A great sense of anticipation was felt as people from all corners of the UK flocked into the doors of their sold out show at London’s infamous Scala. Blossoms’s unique brand of 60’s inspired pop translates fantastically into a live […]Read More