Monday, February 20, 2017
As February reaches its end days and the Valentine roses are now just a fading memory, we at Little Indie are staying in love with the sounds coming out way - like this latest batch we have had on the go.
ASHA - DROWNING
From her debut 'Illusions' EP, released February 3 via The A&R Department, the 18-year-old Australian delivers an hypnotic work of subtle acoustics in an electronic soundscape.
DAY WAVE - SOMETHING HERE
Latest from Californian, Jackson Phillips, all strumming guitars in a melting cascade of dreampop vocals, taken from his debut album 'The Days We Had', out on May 5 via Harvest Records.
RAVINES - BREATHE
Latest track from New Zealand electronic duo (formerly known as Ophelia), composer/producer Patrick Shanahan and singer/songwriter Alex Louise,
EP 'Ordinary' released February 17. Driving beats, darker harmonies and strong lyrical content.
LOWLY - MORNINGS
Lead cut from the just released 'Heba' album by the Danish quintet. Layered textures highlighted by the voice of Soffie Viemose.
ORCHIN - EGO DEATHBED
The latest slow-paced track from LA band's forthcoming self-titled EP out March 17, filled with frontman Jeremy McLennan’s melancholic vocals in a song "about you as your own worst enemy. Its sound is intentionally menacing, like your ego is hunting you down."
BRONTË - HANDS
Title track from the feelgood indie pop London/Herts-based trio's debut EP ‘Hands’, released earlier this month. Trop pop guitars and easy rhythms. Catch live at London's Dublin Castle on February 25.
OFF BLOOM - FALCON EYE
Following up last year’s 'Love To Hate It' EP, the Copenhagen three-piece return with this eastern influenced electro-pop cut with choppy keys, quirky synth and sitar opening.
TANGERINES - PECKHAM BOYS
South London outfit meld lo-fi, hazy jangles with reverbed vocals and sun-ripened surf rock on this cut from their upcoming ‘Into The Flophouse’ LP, released May 12 via RIP Records.
KOBA - RUSH
Glasgow/Edinburgh quartet fuse blunt edged electronics with some atmospheric songwriting on this latest smooth electro-pop single, released February 10 via INSTRMNT Records.
VIOLET YOUTH - LUCID DREAMS
Debut track from the Blackburn four-piece, recorded and produced with Sugarhouse Music (Viola Beach, Pale Waves, Stillia) as part of their debut four-track EP. Sonic landscapes of deep, dark and melancholic angst-riddled ambience.
LULLABY - ANIMAL
The London-based quartet follow up debut single 'A Lie' with crashing guitars and soaring vocals, big chorus hooks in this melodic alt-rock track.
SMITH & THELL - FEBRUARY
New stripped back single from the Swedish folk-pop duo, Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell (who have over 20 gold and platinum records to their name writing for other artists), taken from their debut album 'Soulprints' released later this year.
February 17 2017 (Parlophone)
Words: Alison Mack
Mattie and the VANT boys turn out a big, loud and proud debut album in ‘Dumb Blood'. Mixing up attitude with alt-rock and fierce punk intensity that lyrically is not afraid to touch on worldly concerns - environmentalism, inequality, racism, religion, to name but some - while still managing to pull out anthems.
From the opener ‘The Answer’, Answer’, a no-holds barred track that takes on the Syrian crisis, ‘Parking Lot’, with its ominous instrumentation, which tackles US college sexual assault cases, to the upbeat 'Peace & Love' which makes a plea for a return to the idealism of the Sixties counterculture.
The likes of early VANT outing ‘Fly-By Alien’ and debut single of furious guitar frenzy with ravaged, urgent vocals, ‘Parasite’, build dynamically, while the seven-minute post-rock of 'Are We Free?' and the recent ‘Karma Seeker' highlight Mattie Vant’s passionate vocal lines.
Produced by Sam Miller, 'Dumb Blood' is an ambitious album that sees a new political force emerge in the London band.
Words: Sam Geary
We featured the Kirkcaldy, Fife four-piece Shambolics here last summer with 'When She Goes Home'. Now they unveil new single 'Love Collides', out in March via Electric Honey Records.
Shambolics play Broadcast, Glasgow on March 18 supporting the much-lauded Blinders (also on the bill are Carousel and Black Rays). And courtesy of promoters This Feeling, Little Indie is offering a pair of tickets to the gig (which is close to sell out) for one lucky person. To be in with a chance of winning, just either like us on Facebook and add a comment to this feature post, or follow us and retweet this link on Twitter.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
With a new fuzz-enriched single ‘Not My Fault’ out on March 31, Manchester's False Advertising have a pretty busy March ahead as they first make for Texas and SXSW Festival.
“We wrote this song whilst lamenting the loss of opportunity and hope that this last year’s political developments have brought to a generation,” says the band's songwriter Jen Hingley of the new track, which was produced by Sam Jones and the band themselves.
“Whilst the American election was reaching its gaudy climax a few months ago, I found myself more and more falling asleep on the sofa in-front of Fox News, absorbing some pretty exaggerated stuff. I wondered if by watching it, that it might break me out of my own bubble and make me a super well rounded person. But instead it just filled me with despair."
22 Otso, Huddersfield
23 Dive, Manchester
03 The Fulford Arms, York
04 Nemix, Newcastle
12th March - 19th March - SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas
15th March - Official Showcase, BD Riley’s (w/ Muncie Girls, Leggy, The Britanys)
16th March - UKTI British Music Embassy Showcase, Latitude 30
25 Minifestival de Musica Independent, Barcelona
31 Threshold Festival, Liverpool
13 The Chapel, Leeds
14 Wales Goes Pop Festival
15 Stockton Calling Festival
22 Wrong Festival, Liverpool
Photo: Holly Whitaker
Words: Sam Geary
With the tragic loss of guitarist George Russell, last year was not a particularly good one for London’s Phobophobes.
But now as they reemerge into 2017, we have a first taste of new single, ‘The Never Never’, which is released on March 24 via Ra-Ra Rok Records. Vocalist Jamie Taylor describes it as “a critique of today’s excessive consumerism. The repetitive and slogan-esque nature of the track evokes the reductive nature of advertising.”
You can also catch Phobophobes on tour with LIFE in April, after their own single launch show next month.
13 London, Moth Club (single launch)
01 Hull, The Welly Club*
02 Glasgow, King Tuts*
03 Manchester, Gullivers*
05 Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge*
06 London, Camden Assembly
07 Bristol, Crofters Rights*
Words: Richard Cobb
Fife fivesome Black Rays only formed last month (yes, that is January) but they're not wasting any time. Racing out the traps, they are already self-releasing their debut single ‘Glory’ today (February 19), which Little Indie is stoked to premiere.
Like most bands that sound just a tad too good to be novices, members of Black Rays (who all grew up together in Ballingry, Fife) have all played in different bands, before joining forces as The Mona Lisas for the last few years before evolving into Black Rays.
And with their new moniker they make a fine start with their post-punk, heavy-on-guitar first offering. There’s more than a hint of Nirvana in the guitar line intro to 'Glory', but it quickly evolves into something quite distinct, particularly when Kevin Murphy Jnr’s vocals kick in and the guitar effects burst into life.
"'Glory' is about being sick and tired of working 9-5, being a robot, doing the same things day in day out," guitarist Ally Galloway tells Little Indie. "The line "slave to the grave" is describing it as never getting out, working the same shitty life to cover bills without actual 'living'. The choruses state we want to get out our small town and see the world."
The accompanying video to the track captures that feeling of frustration Ally describes; working in mind-numbing and soul-destroying jobs that many bands starting out have to face, forced to put down their guitar and pick up a mop.
So impressed with what he has heard of Black Rays so far, Mike Jonns - who describes them as "amazing" - of leading UK promoters This Feeling, has grabbed the band to play what will be their debut gig on March 18 at Broadcast, Glasgow.
Supporting the much-lauded and fast-rising The Blinders (also on the bill are Shambolics and Carousel), this night will be a great opportunity to catch a wealth of new talent. And courtesy of This Feeling, Little Indie is offering a pair of tickets to the gig (which is close to sell out) for one lucky person. To be in with a chance of winning, just either like us on Facebook and add a comment to this feature post, or follow us and retweet this link on Twitter.
Other upcoming Black Ray dates confirmed so far are: April 16 at Edinburgh's Old Town Street Festival (Three Sisters), and April 30 at Fife Airport's May Day festival.
Black Rays are: Kevin Murphy Jnr - vocals, Ally Galloway -guitar/backing vocals, Andrew Pool bass/backing vocals, Arran Graham - guitar, Cammy Gaudin Jnr - drums.
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