Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rough Trade Bristol opens in December with instores from IDLES, Hookworms and more





Words: Sam Geary

Bristol music fans are in for a treat when the new Bristol Rough Trade, located on Nelson Street, opens its doors to include a café, bar, and performance space for live music.

Lined up for instores are IDLES, Django Django and Hookworms and others who will be celebrating the opening on December 11 at 3 New Bridewell, Nelson Street. Plus, customers spending £15 or more in the first week will receive one month’s free membership to the Rough Trade Club.

Instores

DECEMBER
16 IDLES

JANUARY 2018
22 The Go! Team
24 Django Django

FEBRUARY
06 Field Music
10 Hookworms

Find out more at roughtrade.com

The Great Escape announces more artists for 2018




Words: Ellie Ward

Pale Waves, Girlhood, Grace Carter, M.I.L.K, The Orielles, FREAK and Naaz are among the new acts announced for The Great Escape 2018.

Also revealed today is the first spotlight show at Brighton’s Dome which will feature MIST and MoStack.

MOBO nominated Birmingham rapper MIST is making waves with his honest and thoughtful lyrics, sell-out UK tour and millions of YouTube views. Joining him is North London MC MoStack whose catchy hooks and Afrotrap sound have been gaining him attention and have led to collaborations with some of the biggest UK rap artists on the scene including Krept N Konan, J Hus and Dave.

Mama Festivals CEO, Rory Bett says: “The Great Escape is all about championing and celebrating new music and next year we have such an exciting selection of new artists across every music genre to engage with. In our 13th year we are completely focussed on delivering another programme that wholly embodies this ethos, and today we announce the latest helping of the very best emerging talent from around the world plus 2 outstanding spotlight show stoppers.”

Full list announced today:

ÁINE CAHILL / AMA LOU / AWATE / BAD GYAL / BENNY MAILS / CITY CALM DOWN / COIN / DAN STOCK / DENZEL HIMSELF / DREAM STATE / EBENEZER / FEET / FREAK / FRED WELL / GIRLHOOD / GRACE CARTER / HAK BAKER / HOTEL LUX / HUNTER & THE BEAR / JERRY WILLIAMS / JOY CROOKES / KATIE VON SCHLEICHER / KING NUN / KOPS / LEWIS CAPALDI / LOVE SSEGA / MAISIE PETERS / MANSIONAIR / MIKAELA DAVIS / M.I.L.K / MIST / MONCRIEFF / MOSTACK / NAAZ / PALE WAVES / PARTNER / PITOU / PROMISELAND / RUBY EMPRESS / S4U / SAM FENDER / SAY SUE ME / SPORTS TEAM / STELLA DONNELLY / STEREO HONEY / TAMINO / TEN TONNES / THE NINTH WAVE / THE ORIELLES / VALERAS / WILD FRONT

Watch :: Yonaka debut 'Bubblegum' video and announce London headline show





Brighton's Yonaka have debuted a new video for the track ‘Bubblegum’, the lead cut off of their ‘Heavy’ EP.

The clip, features fans the quartet rounded up on their social media - and plenty of bubblegum.

Already making waves with their frenzied live show, the new video encapsulates a world that they and their fans have become well acquainted with. Directed by Ali Kurr (Loyle Carner), it takes a glimpse into the world of chaos that is Yonaka, playing to a packed out room of sweaty bodies cut with scenes of a gigantic bubblegum marauding around the hallways.

The band have also today announced their biggest headline show to date at London's The Garage on February 28 2018 – general sale commences on Thursday November 23 at 10am and tickets are available here.

Live dates

NOVEMBER
22 London, Nambucca (w/ The Sherlocks)

DECEMBER
14 Derby, The Venue (Radar Love)

JANUARY 2018
14 Bogner Regis, Butlin’s Rockaway Beach
07 Brighton, Green Door Store

FEBRUARY
09 Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre (w/ The Amazons)
28 London, The Garage

Watch :: Brighton quartet FUR unveil video to new single ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’






Directed by Edward Zorab and Jakob Thorhallsson, one of our favourite Brighton bands, FUR, unveil the video to recent single ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’.

“Ed came up with the idea knowing that it would play into the song and give it a new personality," say the band of the clip for the jangly, retro feeling track. "The influences we had shared like the early Monkees videos and Wes Anderson, matched with Jakob’s ability to recreate an authentic vintage look, helped us create the aesthetic that runs throughout.”

Check it out above.

Track Of The Day :: Sway - To Be A Man





Words: Sam Geary

Released last Friday (November 17), Glasgow's Sway blend an eclectic mix of shoegazey guitars and pounding rhythms with strong power pop melodies on new single ‘To Be A Man’.

Following ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Give You It All’, the band return with another striking slice of rock-gaze shot with through with an energetic fizz bomb of power pop, driven some nifty guitar as the song lyrically details being a man in today’s society.

Live dates

JANUARY 2018
14 Glasgow King Tuts

Little Indie Roundtable Review - w/e November 24 2017




This week our three guest reviewers take on another five new tracks and give them a spin through the headphones before they then air their opinion on each.

This week's panel: London-based producer/singer-songwriter Jay Brown, better known as Amaroun (with debut single 'Bed Bugs' out now); Nancy Lu of New York-based boutique music public relations company, Fancy PR; Little Indie contributor Sam Geary.


THE ACADEMIC - WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?

Produced by Tim Pagnotta (Dreamcar, Wilde Belle, Saint Motel) and released November 16, the funk-infused groove with addictive chorus, taken from the Irish band’s debut album ‘Tales From The Backseat’, due for release on January 12 2018.

“Having a love-hate relationship with someone can sometimes create kind of an innate insecurity that ultimately keeps you holding on,” says frontman Craig Fitzgerald. “The song is kind of about that dynamic, putting up with all the imperfections you see in someone for maybe one thing that is so undeniable that it keeps you together.”

Amaroun: Uplifting indie band anthem. I like the cheeky driving bass line. First impression is of a dirty raw version of Scouting For Girls. 2/5

Nancy Lu: This one's got some soft dick rock elements to it - and I mean that in the best way possible! Reminds me a bit of late 90s alt-rock. Really enjoyed the wailing guitar lines here. 4/5

Sam Geary: I personally preferred their last single, 'Bear Claws'. This has a great chorus though. 3.5/5

Total score: 9.5/15




THE TATES - WATER

Released December 1 through Libertino Records, the forthcoming single from Carmarthen indie pop five-piece The Tates, following debut release ‘Electric Girl’ during the summer.

A: Eighties, eat your heart out. It kinda reminds me of this band called Blushes I'm into at the moment. Catchy and nonchalant. I'm into this. 3/5

NL: Nice bright shimmery synths in the opening. Very summery feeling. Lost a little bit of interest at the chorus, which felt a bit underwhelming after such a strong beginning. 3/5

SG: Rather an American style to this. It does have a catchy, singalong appeal in the chorus line. 3.5/5

Total score: 9.5/15




HAARM - LOVE IN A DIFFERENT WAY

New single from the Liverpool alt-pop four-piece, released November 10. Written about “those relationships you just can’t understand”, it oozes a neo-soul vibe, though something of a change to their previous material.

A: Instant love. Just like when you see someone for the first time after a long period apart. That ‘ohhhhhh’ chorus is hitting the right spot. I lose it a bit in the bridges, but then it grabs me back with the additional clever arrangement elements that just keep building. Definitely adding this to my playlist! 4/5

NL: This one's real fuzzy. I'm imagining this track playing out in a Wes Anderson film. 4/5

SG: Finding it very hard to get the same feel as Amaroun about this have to say! It's pleasant, but too lightweight for my taste. I really liked their last single 'Valentine', so a bit disappointed with this. 3/5

Total score: 11/15




THE NIGHT CAFÉ - TURN

The second melancholic jangly pop cut (after 'Felicity') to come from the Liverpool quartet's second EP, due early 2018 via Kobalt. Sean Martin's vocals give a nice direction to the lush hooks and melodic tone.

A: This one makes me feel good. Sixpence None The Richer go into a bar and fall for The Courteeners. Yep, I like this. 3/5

NL: 'Turn' is definitely vibey, but the vocals are a little too muddled for me. 2/5

SG: Another good outing for these guys. A grower, this. 4/5

Total score: 9/15




SAN SCOUT - HOLD FIRE

Hot on the heels of previous Little Indie Track Of The Day ‘You Instead’ last month, London duo San Scout are back with new ambient electro-pop of sharp production and distinctive glitch-pop.

A: YES! YES! YES! First instinct: definitely Imogen Heap-esque vocals. It's a head-bopping soul experience. Love the bass - you wait for the drops and they happen in all the right places. Nice. 4/5

NL: The beginning of this track reminds me of Imogen Heap too. Has a nice R&B meets pop sound, very chill. 4/5

SG: Very atmospheric, slightly dark; bit of a spine tingler. Best of the five. 4/5

Total score: 12/15