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Friday, 1 July 2016

Interview :: Holy Bouncer

Photo: Florencia Lucila

Words: Regina Valdameri

Having recently released 'Hippie Girl Lover', the second single from their upcoming debut album, we talk to Spanish rock five-piece Holy Bouncer.

This is an abridged interview that originally appeared in music blog The Five Ws Of. For this and more music profiles, you can reach their site with a click here.

WHO are they?
“Holy Bouncer is a band composed of five friends who have known each other since they were 5-years-old. We work every day to try to get as many people as we can to know our music.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“Our inspiration comes from all the music we listen to, which mostly is music from the 60s and 70s - The Who, The Doors, The Beatles, Frank Zappa. Given that we are 21-years-old and we live in 2016, we also listen to current music - Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Kings of Leon - this makes our music sound as a 'mix' of all of this.”

WHERE did they grow up?
“We all were born in Barcelona in 1995, and we also went to the same school since kindergarten. We are in love with our city, and we are very proud of it, but musically speaking, the music scene is a bit complicated in the whole country. The town hall and even the government are making it very difficult. It’s really a pity, because it’s hard to find pubs or clubs with live music.”

WHY are they called Holy Bouncer?
“When we were 15, in an English lesson our teacher (who was a music fanatic) told us about the story of Mick Jagger’s assassination attempt. A security bouncer saved his life. Therefore, the teacher said something like “He was a Holy Bouncer!”. That story captivated us and we also liked how that two words sounded together, so we decided that it would be the name of our band.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“We just started our Spanish tour with more than 16 shows, and we are planning some gigs out of Spain: Portugal, France and the UK.” (See dates confirmed below).

HOW can I get to know them better?

Live shows

15 BARCELONA Balcony TV Fest Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm
22 SANTANDER Sala Opium
23 TUDELA Bar Lupita
24 GIJÓN Chelsea Social Club
26 ZARAUTZ Pukas Surf Shop
27 BIARRITZ (FRANCE) Musique d’Apéritif
30 MALLORCA Free Art Festival

Watch :: Jamie xx unveils new and epic video for 'Gosh'

Words: Ellie Ward

Jamie xx has unveiled a second video today (July 1) for 'Gosh', the opening track from his 2015 album 'In Colour'.

Directed by M.I.A./Justice collaborator Romain Gavras, the new visuals are impressive. Featuring a solo albino male figure - Hassan Kone - throughout, dressed in white and surrounded by scores of disciples in Tisndechung, a Chinese city with an Eiffel Tower replica. The work was shot using no CGI, but with an extensive cast of extras.

Watch below.

Track Of The Day :: White Sea - Ellipses

Photo: Samantha West

Words: Ellie Ward 

White Sea, aka Los Angeles songstress Morgan Kibby, has shared a new single, the third song from her interactive art project 'Postcards From Nowhere' (which allows her to share postcards, demos, polaroids, correspondence,
and more directly with fans).

Following 'Arcadia' and 'Bloodline', 'Ellipses' is one of those tracks that has you hooked from its opening notes, and that's even before Kibby brings her Kate Bush-inflected vocal acrobatics in, or from 2:18 in where it becomes truly spellbinding weaving its electro charms like a sneaky snake around your ears.

Hot Top Ten - July 1 2016

That this quartet are American is just one surprise in this new track that has a dark satanic mills of England touch about it, a la Eagulls mixed with shades of the Doors. It is an incredibly impressive, atmospheric sonic delight. “This song is about the calm before taking on whatever stands in your way,” reveals vocalist Douglas Robinson. “It’s a peacefulness that is ready to seek and destroy at any given moment. The internal calm before the storm.” Taken from their upcoming second album 'Into The Vanishing Light', out on July 8 through Equal Vision Records, and recorded with legendary producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure). The band are on tour in the US tour with letlive., Seahaven, and Silver Snakes. Next date, July 5 in Allston, MA at Brighton Music Hall, followed by New York's Irving Plaza on July 6.

Queensland electro-pop sibling duo Josh and Amy Dowdle return with another cut of lush dreampop, combining exquisite guitar work and breathtaking vocals, released on June 12.

Leeds alt-rockers follow their debut EP with this new single released today, July 1, on 7" vinyl and digital download. Dan Clark supplies the deep, hypnotic vocals against the dark background beats and bluesy guitar. Catch live on July 8 at Leeds' Brudenell Social Club.

The London lad delivers some surprisingly rocky vibes on this new, gritty single which builds into dark, anthemic bursts of experimentation. Written by Jamie and co-produced by longtime collaborator James Dring, it is his first track since 2014’s 'Carry On The Grudge' album.

We fell in love with Sydney's Matty Took (brother of DMA's' Johnny) and his four compatriots back in February with the lush 'Northern Skyline'. Now they release this latest gem this week. From the gorgeous opening strains to its build over shimmery, light guitar riffs and Took's incandescent vocal, it is a sub-four minute shining diamond.

Scottish alt-pop quartet from Dundee unveil their new single set for release on July 8 as a digital download through Island Records, and follows debut EP and title track ‘Something Like Heaven’. Demonstrating a richer, funkier sound, fleshed out with tropical vibes, cowbell and a zesty pop aroma.

Our favourite NYC noise rock quartet gear up to the release of their debut album, 'Never Enough' - out via Cinematic Music Group on September 23 - with this early cut of crisp intertwined guitar layers with catchy hooks and their trademark melodies. They return to the UK later this month. Catch live at London's Old Blue Last on July 23.

Belfast pop-rock four-piece share their debut single, released this week, after forming last year, and playing their maiden gig just a week ago. This three-and-a-half minutes of indie pop track is harmony and guitar-driven, anchored by its catchy beat and Grace Loughrey's light, summery vocals.

Lead dance-pop-disco single from the Melbourne quintet's - formerly Jess Cornelius' solo project - upcoming album 'Give Up On Your Health' due for release in September. Helmed by Cornelius’s soaring vocal, it is backed by a raft of repetitive keys and zippy synths to make an infectious electro-rock buzz.

First single from new Viennese rocking four 20-year-olds, is full of fuzz, hooks, reverb and the shredding vocals of Tino Romana. Debut album 'Death Row Kids' is out on October 21 through Seayou Records.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

[Video] Parquet Courts - Human Performance

New York garage punks Parquet Courts share a new video for their newest album's title track, 'Human Performance'.

Directed by British visual artist (and Turner Prize nominee) Phil Collins, the work was filmed on 16mm and features puppet versions of the band rocking out.

Watch above.

Introducing :: Four

Words: LB

Bristol's Four are aptly named, given that there are four of them: Annabel, Jake, Oli and Alex. Little Indie came across them last month, not on their Avon home turf but by the sea in Brighton at the Great Escape, where there had taken to pound the pavements handing out flyers.

Investigating further, we find that two of their four, brothers Jake and Oli Edwards, were previously with The Jacques, and that Four had released their debut single 'Take Something' earlier this year.

Taking inspiration for their sound from sources such as Wolf Alice, Pixies, The Strokes and Weezer, with their female vocalist Annabel they create a fine dynamic of explosive vocals and driven guitars to create a raw indie rock-crossed-with-alt-pop sound.

Four are: Annabel Allum (vocals, guitar), Jake Edwards (lead guitar, backing vocals), Oli Edwards (bass, backing vocals), Alex Andrews (drums).

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