Monday, January 22, 2018

Track Of The Day :: FLING - Bad Day

Credit: Cameron Harrison

Words: Sam Geary

We last heard from Bradford boys FLING back in December with their video to 'That's Nice'. Now our One To Watch 2018 band are back with a new single.

Released last Friday (January 19) via Dance To The Radio, ‘Bad Day’ is the latest in the typically distinctive FLING sound that combines the quirky with melodic wonky pop, humorous lyrics. Opening on a spaghetti style harmonica, ‘Bad Day’ references those kind of days we all experience now and then; this FLING day including finding the fridge broken, and "the girl I had a crush on is a lesbian".

FLING play a benefit show (with others) on January 26 for the Bradford Food Bank (various city venues). For more information, visit the Facebook event page here

Watch :: No Liars - Guilt Trip

Words: Sam Geary

Directed by Mike Morash, Canadian punks No Liars unveil the music video to ‘Guilt Trip’, the second track to be aired from the band's debut full-length, ‘The Cause & The Cure’, produced by Jesse Gander of Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung) and due for release later this year.

“‘Guilt Trip’ is a song about regret and isolation – a cautionary tale about what happens when you let trivial things get between you and the people you care about, only realizing once it’s too late to make amends”, say the bsnd. “It’s about that feeling of not being able to say that certain something to a certain someone before it’s too late and then having that weigh heavily upon yourself thinking, 'I could have done this differently'."

Watch below.

Fiancé are back with shoegazey goodness on 'Wing' from new EP

Words: Sam Geary

Delaware band Fiancé return with their latest offering of shoegaze with 'Wing'.

The track - a hazy dose of shoegazey dreampop - is the first of four songs on their forthcoming second EP, 'Feverdream', out on March 9. On this follow-up to their 2016 self-titled full-length, the band (somewhat) sheds the lo-fi bedroom aesthetic for a more polished studio sound. A collection of songs more thought out and recorded live, 'Feverdream' "was written by the five of us in a live setting,” says the band. “Our writing process has always varied, but this collection of songs was very group-oriented in it’s instrumental construction.”

Listen :: Russian Baths - Slenderman

Words: Sam Geary

They first excited us with 'Ambulance' two years ago, now Brooklyn's Russian Baths have another standout with 'Slenderman'.

Taken from their debut EP 'Penance', out on February 23 via Good Eye Records, 'Slenderman' is a frenetic paced, sub-four minute hammering of menacing drums, furious guitar licks, percussion and bass, gilded by Jess Rees' light vocal cadence.

Listen below.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Track Of The Day :: Strange Boy - Corbusier

Words: Ellie Ward

After the release of their debut EP 'Annunciation' last year, London-based duo Strange Boy return with lead single 'Corbusier'.

Both the song - inspired by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier - and cinematic video, directed by Theo Davies, are based around the idea of creating something incredible from nothing which insidiously turns into an obsession.

"This song is basically about being inspired to create something special," says singer Kieran Brunt, of the beautifully vocalled, and hauntingly emotive number.

"In the video we wanted to look at this idea through a darker lens, so we worked with Theo to come up with a narrative that focuses on obsession. The story shows the different emotions a person goes through when they become fixated on an idea; excitement, ecstasy, terror, relief... It ended up becoming a pretty honest depiction of the creative process, which I hope lots of people can relate to!"

The video was shot on film over three days in Snowdonia and involved building a 25-foot tower of branches which the band and crew built themselves.

Strange Boy play a free entry London show at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on January 30.

Camden Rocks returns with Maxïmo Park, Public Image Limited (PiL), Twin Atlantic announced

Maxïmo Park and post-punk legends Public Image Limited (PiL) are among the first names announced for Camden Rocks Festival 2018 line-up.

The North London event returns for its seventh year on Saturday June 2, where over 200 bands and artists will convene on Camden Town’s venues.

Tthe festival will be headlined by Mercury-prize nominees Maxïmo Park, who will close the event at the prestigious Koko venue. With six albums under their belts, two of which went gold in the UK, their rousing indie rock anthems and anthemic choruses will provide the perfect climax to the days rock n roll thrills.

Also confirmed to perform are fabled post-punk originators Public Image Limited (PiL), bringing their boundary smashing, forward-thinking sounds to Camden Rocks for the first time.

Also announced are Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic, Pop Will Eat Itself, post-Sex Pistols legends The Professionals, and Manchester punks Sonic Boom Six.

Other acts confirmed to play:

Brigade, Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors, The Red paintings, Towers Of London, The Main Grains, Shvpes, Massive Wagons, Freeze The Atlantic, Asylums, Ducking Punches, Riskee and the Ridicule, Carcer City, Hands Off Gretal, Duke Of Wolves, Moses, Press To Meco, Childcare, JB Conspiracy, Gold Key, Canvas, Screech Bats, Nightlord, Koyo, Black Orchid Empire, Skarlett Riot, Ramonas, False Heads, Los Pepes, Tequlia Mockingbyrd, Lots Holloway, The Bongo Club, Hvmm, Ryuketsu Blizzard, Death Remains, Better Than Ever, Healthy Junkies, The Kut, Rival Karma, The Muffin Heads, At The Sun, Toffees, Single By Sunday, Tarantula, Lupus Dei, Sisteray, Witchingseason, Charlie Manning, Black Sixteen and Dame Jean.

Further artist announcements to come over the next months.

For further festival information and tickets, visit the festival website