SINGLE REVIEW: ‘SHE TASTES LIKE SUMMER’: SPILT MILK SOCIETY

Firstly, how could we resist writing about a band that have such a great name.. (we may be biased)

And secondly…how great is it that this 5-piece hailing from Birmingham are also incredibly talented and geared up with a summery track that is the perfect addition to our playlist!

Now I know, the weather doesn’t always play fair, but it IS summer right? And we all know that Summer requires feel good tracks that you wanna relax in the garden too whilst also jump around too? …Well if you don’t know what I mean then let me present you with a song that will make you understand!

Spilt Milk Society’s new single ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ is “the ice in my lemonade” and the perfect dose of indie-pop that we need.

Intimate raw vocals that contrast a hazy guitar-line open the track, building you with a state of relaxation before the drum kicks in and lifts the track to that classic upbeat, but still as delicate, indie rock sound. A cocktail of inescapable vocals mixed with an almost MGMT arrangement and Swim Deep energy make this to be a cool distinctive sound.

Such a strong and perfectly designed track from the Spilt Milk Society, that captures their sound and balances it with that indie direction, fans wont be able to get enough of this refreshing sound- so let’s hope these guys keep up the good work!!

Check out their new single here:  soundcloud/SpiltMilkSociety
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Live Review : Better Than Never : The Black Heart, Camden : 14/08/17

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After a few days break, I’m ready to get back in action. For a good start of the week, I head down to the usual “The Black Heart” in Camden.

I have a quite early start to the evening and the room is already packed! The first artist to jump on stage is “Luke Rainsford” – a young man from Wolverhampton that plays Acoustic Emo/Punk music. This guy is truly amazing; he has so much energy and every song that he sings come straight from his guts and his heart. You can feel his passion in the air. The crowd know him very well and it is so nice to see everyone singing along with him.

Second act of the evening is “ICYMI” an Alternative Pop/Punk band from Gloucestershire. Their performance is explosive, infectious and energetic and lead singer Elin Allan surely knows how to own the stage. Her voice it’s great and reminds me of Hayley Williams from “Paramore”. To spice up the show they decide to play a cover of “Bye Bye Bye” of NSYNC, where the audience starts to dance with them.

Time for a little break and we move on with the show. It is now the turn of “All These Years” a Pop/Punk band from Hertfordshire. Their sound is upbeat, sun-soaked and aggressive all thanks to their music influences such as “A Day To Remember” to name one of them. As they just released their second EP “Pull it, Tug it, Love it!”, they are already working on the new one touring the UK in the meantime. Their set is unbelievably great and funny and everyone in the room really enjoyed it.

So far so good – time now for “Maypine” a Pop-Punk/Alt-Rock band from Brighton. Formed in mid-2016 they have rapidly progressed through the Brighton scene, established themselves as one of the most exciting new Pop/Punk bands in the UK. They have a fresh sound with upbeat and catchy melodies. The crowd is already warm up, but with them people start to head bang and open up to a big mosh pit. These guys have the talent and the energy to go even further in their career.

It’s hot and everyone it’s sweaty but ready for the main act, “Better Than Never” a Pop/Punk band from Oxford. The duelling vocalists and the guitarists make a huge impact on the killer sounds of this band. The audience is on fire and I can spot some of the other artists in the front row, having the time of their lives singing along with them. They are superb and by the intensity of their performance, it’s very difficult not to dance.

It is a good way to end a kick ass gig!

 

-Selena Ferro

 

 

Live Review : Twin Red : Surya LDN : 01/08/17

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It’s another lovely evening and I head down to Surya to shoot a few exciting bands.

Surprisingly there are not too many people there, but I guess it’s because its’ still quite early. Since I’m already here I can get ready with no rush. The show actually delays of half an hour, so nothing starts before 8.00 pm.

The room is very quiet, probably up to ten people in the crowd and mostly are friends and members of the other bands. “Black Palms” is a London base band that plays a Bluesy/ Grunge Rock enriched by the melodic and energetic voice of the lead singer/bassist Bri. Their music is pleasant and very enjoyable and the best part of the performance comes on the last song, where you can feel the adrenaline in the air. It’s their first gig of the summer and also Bri’s birthday. What a nice way to celebrate a birthday.

The evening goes smoothly and it’s now time for “Another Poe” – another London based band but their music is instead a Progressive/ Alternative Rock. The thing that comes up straight away is the creativity that they own. Eddie, the lead singer, has so much energy that he is jumping on the stage during all the performance followed by singing and playing the keyboard. There are actually a very good amount of people in the room I can spot few of their friends cheering and dancing along.

Last but not least it’s the time of “Twin Red” a band based in Hannover (Germany). They are able to create a catchy and independent Alternative Rock that impresses using creative and diverse song writing. They are pretty popular in their home country and after two EPs and one album; they released their new one on May 27th call “Please Interrupt”. The audience loves them. They are very excited and happy to be here because it’s such a big opportunity for them. At the moment they are touring the UK, so make sure you catch them in some of the other dates because they are very talented.

My evening ends earlier than usual but I enjoyed myself and discovered some great new artists.

 

-Selena Ferro

 

Live Review : Double Denim

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In the back of a pub by the docks, beer flowing on a Friday night, I learned that Double Denim is back in fashion. The website said “psych-fringed Indie rock with a nod to a dirty weekend spent with Fleetwood Mac” and the gig showed that was true. There’s a definite Nicksesque quality to vocalist Chelsea Orme-Williams’ stage presence and vocal style, tinged with Lana Del Rey’s mellow-drama character and a harder edge more reminiscent of Lynn Gunn. Jake Bradshaw’s free-flowing basslines and Tom Burrows’ relentless energy combine to make a rhythm section as bulletproof as the Mac’s on any night. Double Denim aren’t one of those bands you tell your friends sound like anyone though, because they don’t. This Plymouth foursome are hard to pin down.

Latest release ‘Paperman’, about their dislike of Plymouth City Council (no, honestly – Chelsea said so onstage) drops social commentary over straightforward, powerful riffs and driving rhythms but it’s got too much polish to be anywhere near a spit-and-mosh punk track. An occasional quaver in Chelsea’s voice shows a softer side and gives the hard-edged shouts more menace, and sterling guitar work gives it an immediately recognisable indie feel. It’s a danceable, singable song that doesn’t fall into the trap of trying to be anthemic and ending up predictable.

‘You Don’t Tell Me’ showcases guitarist Harry Stephenson’s voice in harmony with bassist Jake Bradshaw. The folk-punk tinge to the track gives it an unmistakeable Gogol Bordello influence, and the irreverent lyrics show some Cosmo Jarvis touches here and there too. The diverse voices work fantastically well on the recorded track and stood up well to a tiny room and big amplification live – Double Denim’s singers never vocally step on each other’s toes and there wasn’t an off note between them.

Fans of Bear’s Den’s latest synth-chorus sound will love the introduction to Double Denim’s ‘Ian’. It’s a shimmering, glittering gem of a track, starting out as a melodic riff over slow two-part vocal that waves about eight effects pedals in your face. That said, it quickly builds to a more urgent, louder nature that loses any folky touches in favour of shouts and big drums, and I never got the feeling that I was watching a pedalboard performing instead of a band. This is one to play when the flames are dying on the fire you made with mates outside, or to drive around a city to at night. Check out the behind the scenes video they made too – it’s as artful as the real one.

Double Denim are friendly and casual enough onstage for you to think they’re a friend’s band, but at the same time they’re a million times better than than your flatmate sweating over a fretboard awkwardly brandishing a guitar behind a singer chewing their way through the chorus of ‘Wonderwall’. Here’s a band that can turn on a penny, one moment laidback shoegaze that you nod along to, the next a jumping, grinning frenzy of energy like a ripped jeans teen at their first Slam Dunk or Warped Tour.

It’s a mark of Double Denim’s songwriting craft that they can bring these contrasts into the same song and keep an audience with them. There’ll be a sound in every song that takes hold of you, keeps you, and that you won’t let go. Catch them live, then head home to watch one of their brilliantly-produced music videos as you hum everything you heard them play live.

 

Words : Joe Morel – Photo : Anna Edwards

Live Review : The Decoy : The Black Heart, LDN : 23/07/17

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I have quite an early start to the evening this time around. As I enter the venue, the first band is about to start any minute.

“Shaded” is a Pop Punk band from Surrey. They are pretty excited to be here and the adrenaline coming from them is pretty visible in the air. Personally I am a fan of this kind of music so I enjoy it even more. Despite all the confidence that comes from them, this is their first live show. They surely know how to own a stage.

The second act of the evening is “Oceans” an Alternative band from Brighton. The first thing that I notice is that every person in the room knows them pretty well, since they start dancing. Their performance is a mix of powerful and energetic with a distinct sound. While I listen to the music and the lyrics, I can understand that is something that comes from the bottom of their heart and therefore full of emotions. Still their sound it’s something unique and never heard before. Definitely worth giving these guys a listen!

Everyone is still buzzing from the previous band and now is the time for “Cast Ashore,” a Punk Rock band from Rotherham. It’s another nice and well done change of music of the evening. They are funny and energetic on stage and the audience enjoys them quite a lot. This is the first time that they have played in London. The crowd gave them a very warm welcome to the city.

The time is going absolutely fast and it’s now up for “The Decoy” to own the night. They are a three-piece Rock/ Alternative band from Pontypool. Even if they are the main band, it’s quite a disappointment that the crowd is reduce by roughly 10/20 people. I honestly think that they are great band with an innovate sound. A lot of energy comes from lead singer Lewis while he performs plus his jokes that he does with his band mates are quite funny.

While everyone is getting ready to leave, I make my way home.

I just wished more people come down to appreciate some good music, without leaving early.

 

Words + Photos by Selena Ferro

Live Review : Sarah Longfield : 18-07-17

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I’m ready to have another awesome night,

It is a bit weird on this occasion, because there is a big gap between the opening time and the actual starting time. Everything starts a bit slowly and quite late, but I figure out that is because there are just three artists to perform so they need to fill up a big time space lap.

The first one to get on stage is “Opium Sky”, a Metal band from London. Their music in a mix of djent, thrash and punk that gives a big space to instrumental too. One of the members is actually missing so there are just the singer/guitarist and drummer. Despite their young age, they are quite talented and I can spot between the crowds, probably couple of parents to film the entire performance. The audience is pretty still, but seems enjoying them after all.

After a little break, is the time of “Riviere” a Post-Rock/ Progressive Metal French band from Toulouse. They are one of the main musicians of the evening and I can straight away see that the audience knows and appreciate them very much. More people are in the room and we get quite close to the stage. These guys are awesome and to add on top of that their instrumental game is pretty strong. Main action comes from the two guitarists.

Last pause for the night and “Sara Longfield” is up. She plays with a mate from her band “The Fine Constant”, Steve Meyer. They are from Madison (Wisconsin) USA and this is the first time that they are in the UK. Their music mixes all together Progressive, Experimental and Instrumental styles that gives a very catchy atmosphere to the set. Sarah is a master and very talented at what she does. Everyone seems to know her very well and they are quite excited for the all performance. At the end a bunch of people queue at the merch desk to get some t-shirts and take few photos with Sarah.

The concert finishes quite early but was of much interest for me.

 

Words + Photos : Selena Ferro

 

 

Bruno Major Unveils The Penultimate In His Series Of Monthly Releases, Cold Blood

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‘A Song For Every Moon’ Collection Set For Release on 25th August.

Bruno Major is excited to unveil the penultimate in his series of monthly releases, Cold Blood, taken from the forthcoming collection of his releases over the last year ‘A Song For Every Moon’, which will be available on 25th August.

After setting himself the task of recording and releasing a song every 30 days in August last year, Bruno Major has reached the penultimate track in his year-long pledge. Cold Blood is the penultimate release before the year’s work is compiled in to the collection ‘A Song For Every Moon’ released on 25th August.

Running slightly later on the 30-day schedule due to Bruno losing his voice, Cold Blood is a more up tempo cut of the North London artist’s crooned R&B. Another release atop of body of songs that have accrued over 20 million streams. Bruno on Cols Blood: “The penultimate song, only one moon to go. I wrote ‘Cold Blood’ after having been unceremoniously dropped by my record label a while ago. It was recorded last month as with nearly all of this project in a garden shed in London with my genius friend Phairo … I think he has excelled himself on this one. Lots of love. B”

 Making music for Bruno is a cathartic experience, a release for someone who is sat on such a wealth of new material.

Bruno played to a heaving tent at this year’s Latitude Festival. Appearing alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jack Garratt, Lemon Twigs, Declan McKenna, and Maggie Rogers.

Listen to the latest single Cold Blood Here: https://soundcloud.com/mrbrunomajor/cold-blood.

Check it out now!!