Sunday, November 19, 2017

Track Of The Day :: Firestations - Build A Building


Credit: Clive Rowley


Words: Ellie Ward

Sweet flowing alt-pop from London five-piece Firestations with new single 'Build A Building', their first release on the Lost Map Records label.

The Walthamstow, north London-based group deliver a sound far removed from their urban environment. "It's about seeking release from feeling like a cog in a machine," is the description of 'Build A Building' offered by Firestations' Mike Cranny.

The track - which is the first single from their forthcoming second album, 'The Year Dot', due out early next year - is an ambient flow of smoothly textured vocals and lush guitar strums, accompanied by a patter of synths. One for lazy afternoon listening.

Firestations play the Lost Map Strange Invitation Xmas Party with other label artists on December 10 at the Strongroom Bar in London.


Listen :: Leeds outfit Party Hardly are ‘Living In Moths’


Credit: Josh L. Zakovics


Words: Ellie Ward

We weren't sure on first hearing the title of Party Hardly's new single ‘Living In Moths’ if the Leeds outfit were referring to the London venue, or a home infestation of the flying pests.

However, we are reliably informed by the band that the song is in fact about "how depressing the news can be sometimes and how terrible tabloid newspapers are, e.g. The Sun, which should be eradicated from the face of the earth.”

This follow-up to ‘Mindchanger’ has the slacker pop rockers further their gritty guitar and sharp vocal sound in an off-kilter three-minute melodic run.

New tracks coming up from Down Under




Little Indie casts its ears and eyes over more of the latest sounds to emerge recently from Down Under.


BALU BRIGADA - OVERLAP

New single - released November 20 - by Auckland, NZ indie hip-hop artists, comprised of brothers Henry (vocals, guitar), Pierre (keys, vocals) and Charles (drums) Beasley, with Guy Harrison (bass, vocals). Following on from the summer's 'Could You Not', with a funky rhythm line and synth pads.




ELSTOW - NIGHT & DAY

Co-produced by Darragh Nolan (Sacred Animals) of Ireland’s Asta Kalapa Studios and mastered by NZ’s Andrew Davenport, the Sydney alt-psych-pop infused track oozes with twanging guitar, punchy percussion and velvet, lo-fi vocals.




ESTÈRE - GRANDMOTHER

25-year-old Wellington, NZ-based Estère Dalton shares the soulful track from her recent mini-album 'My Design (Part 1)'. Lyrically the song discusses Estere’s grandmother - "the woman I am named after but never got to meet."




BEDIQUETTE - IN CIRCLES

Dunedin, NZ electronic artist Jens Moller released this new glitchy, electro-pop single on November 7, ahead of upcoming EP which follows her 'Looking, Not Listening EP' debut from earlier this year.




TIA GOSTELOW - HUNGER

The 18-year-old Queensland-based indie pop singer-songwriter debuted 'Vague Utopia' last year at the age of 17; now on her third official single which was co-written with Little May’s Hanna Field and Liz Drummond and produced by Konstantin Kersting. Her distinctive soaring vocals rise over a driving beat and guitars.




POLYESTER - DIFFERENT FOR A BOY

Released earlier this month from the Auckland, NZ, alt-pop five-piece - their first since last year's 'Lucky Me'. With their debut album set for early next year, this dreamy ballad's lyrics talk about songwriter Amelia Berry’s experiences coming out as a trans woman.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

[Video] Movements - Daylily





Words: Ellie Ward

Taken from their recently released debut album 'Feel Something', Southern California alt-rock foursome Movements share the video to emotive track 'Daylily'.

Frontman Patrick Miranda explains how the song evolved from his girlfriend's battle with depression. "She went through a really tough few years when she was a teenager, dealing with mental illness and an eating disorder, and still struggles with anxiety and depression today. An important part of her recovery, much like anyone else with a mental illness, was working with a therapist. Her therapist described her recovery as an up and down process. Basically, there would be a lot of bad days, but there would also be good days. She called the good ones her 'pink cloud days' and the goal was to eventually have those outnumber the bad ones. When she was going through another tough time last year I wrote this song for her."

The Kurt Duffy-directed clip is set in a wooded area of autumnal hues as we follow Hannah, one of the band’s fans, at the centre of the story.

"Adding that little touch of colour into the concept of the video was really important for us," adds Miranda. "We wanted to really drive home the ethereal, dream like state that Hannah would be acting out. A few full memory cards, two cans of paint, and four hours later we had what we needed to make the video. It was stressful, it was crazy, and it was harder than it needed to be, but it was a blast and our work paid off."

The band head to the UK next month on tour. See dates further down.



Live UK dates (all with Knuckle Puck)

DECEMBER
07 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
08 Leeds, Key Club
09 Glasgow, SWG3
10 Newcastle, Riverside
12 Manchester, Club Academy
13 Bristol, Fleece
14 Southampton, 1865
15 London, Electric Ballroom

Listen :: Lull seek a 'Sea Change' with third EP




Words: Sam Geary

We have not heard a lot of Lull of late, not in fact since their 'Bubble Tea' of two years ago.

But now the London four-piece return with their third EP 'Sea Change', which came out on November 3.

You can hear its title track below. Swells of hazy vocals spin under waves of noise, and in a departure from the band's usual recording style, everything on the record except vocals and a handful of overdubs was recorded live in pursuit of a more raw sound.

Founded on a mutual love of shoegaze and the guitar-based attack of 90s alternative rock bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Hum and My Bloody Valentine, Lull formed in 2014 and features vocalist/guitarist Jon Billinge, guitarist Toby Dutton, bassist Simon Hann and drummer Filipe Fernandes

Live dates

NOVEMBER
18 London The Engine Rooms Studio
23 Cardiff Gwdihw (w/ Yossarian)

DECEMBER
01 London The Finsbury (w/ Electric Litany)



Trudy and the Romance stream new EP ‘Junkyard Jazz’




Words: Sam Geary

Trudy and the Romance released new EP ‘Junkyard Jazz’ yesterday.

We previously heard 'Is There A Place I Can Go' back in September, now you can grab a listen to all five tracks - recorded in a former vicarage and produced by David Pye (Blaenavon, Wild Beasts) - below.

The band play The Lexington, London on January 26 2018, and Birmingham's The Castle & Falcon on February 2.