Monday, April 24, 2017
Words: Ellie Ward
If you're in Brighton - or prepared to face the vagaries of Southern Rail - Royal Blood make a hometown return tonight (April 24) to Concorde 2 for their first live show since October 2015.
Tickets are on sale now but are available only for in-person sales at Resident Music record store in Brighton in order to prevent ticket touts getting their mitts on them. See full details here.
Royal Blood release second album, ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’, on June 16.
Words: Linn Branson
Newly hatched from South London are four-piece Social Contract who are making thrir debut with ‘Citizen’.
Despite only playing their first live show a couple of weeks ago, the band already have a prestigious support slot lined up at the capital's Scala this week with JAWS (who call them "a bloody great new band"). Not bad at all, and neither it seems is their live set which has proved them capable and confident of holding their own.
With just one track online to their name, there's not a lot to go on, but Social Contract has already picked up blogosphere fans, with comparisons of their being "similar to The Smiths, with more modern twists."
Led by ex-Birmingham band Laced's guitarist Josh Eggerton, 'Citizen's opening 75 seconds play with some cool guitar work and pacey drums that's enough to hook you in, before Eggerton shows a fine vocal performance, and the whole thing picks up a gloriously dancier pop tempo.
With such an impressive start, expect to hear more of Social Contract.
26 Scala, London (supporting JAWS)
06 Oslo, London (free entry) for Dementia UK.
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Credit: Bridget McQuillan
Words: Leah Raymond
'Violet' is something quite lovely from Omaha, Nebraska shoegaze outfit See Through Dresses. It's the first single from their upcoming second album, ‘Horse of the Other World’, which is released on June 30 via Tiny Engines - and which sounds like one to wait for.
The shimmering synths and pounding beat that run throughout give backbone to dreamy reverb and Mathew Carroll’s vocal which details lyrical regret of how, “I couldn’t stop you/ I had my chance/ I didn’t know what you had lost/ I couldn’t ask.” There's a pretty awesome end fade out too.
Words: Ellie Ward
Some fast and furious rock 'n' roll riffs are delivered here on 'Mr. Brown', the debut single from Proletariat.
Released last Friday (April 21), it is the first cut from the Mossley, Manchester band's debut EP 'Always The Same', out on May 5.
A live favourite, 'Mr. Brown' offers some blistering punk guitar riffs that augment the sharp grungy vocals that could have come straight from the 70s, mixed with a dose of Noughties' Slaves.
In a recent interview with GIGsoup, vocalist James Cummins said of the song, "'Mr. Brown’ is the demon that lives in all of us," adding: "A lot of people think that it’s about heroin, but I can’t say that, at the age of 20, any of us have delved into it so it’s definitely not about that."
Proletariat play their first headline show at Jimmy’s, Manchester on May 5 for This Feeling. They are also confirmed for Oldham's Cotton Clouds Festival on August 12.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
Fast rising Liverpudlian five-piece Paris Youth Foundation might be a 'Lost Cause' in the title of their newest third single release, but in theory this is a band with plenty of mileage ahead.
Produced by Al Groves at the Motor Museum Studios in Liverpool, this follow-up to last autumn's 'Losing Your Love' gels with all the right indie rock ingredients from the thrashing drums, thumping bass and catchy chorus, to Kevin Potter’s meaningful vocals that deliver lyrics to resonate: "We’re fighting our flaws, is this a lost cause? / Maybe it’s best if you never know / We all got ghosts we can’t let go."
28 Newcastle, Hit The North Festival
29 Live At Leeds
01 Sheffield, The Leadmill*
02 Manchester, Sound Control*
03 Stoke, The Sugarmill*
04 Leicester, O2 Academy 2*
05 Birmingham, O2 Academy 2*
06 Norwich, Waterfront*
08 Cambridge, Portland Arms*
09 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms*
10 Oxford, Academy 2*
11 St. Albans, The Horn*
12 London, Heaven*
19 Brighton, The Great Escape
28 Liverpool Sound City
* w/ The Magic Gang
Words: Ellie Ward
North-west London four-piece Keroscene share their Zeta Spyraki-directed video for single ‘Our Time’, which is out now
The former Binary members who regrouped as Keroscene a few years ago, draw on influences from late 80's noise rock, nu-wave and psych - to make for something the band hodescribe as "multicoloured melancholy".
“The story sees a girl at home listening to her favourite song as she prepares to leave the house but as the song progresses she senses she isn’t alone,” says the band of their latest offering. “We focused on the finer details within each shot to create something slick and cinematic, with each frame containing hidden gems that date the band back to its origin. The idea was that each time you watch the video you notice something new that you may not have seen before“.