Live review : Mint w/ Basement Club, Rainy Day fund + The Harlers Level III / 19-10-18

Last night (19-10-18) I found myself standing in the new-and-improved Level III in Swindon, thinking to myself; ‘Have I died and gone to Indie-pop heaven?’

The answer was yes. Yes I had.

Lets talk about This Feeling to begin with. According the claims of Noel Gallagher This Feeling is the best club in The UK for future Rock and Roll stars,’ and they seem set to be proving just that by putting on line-ups that feature emerging talent in the pool of indie-guitar bands all around the UK. Surely this means all good things in Swindon as This Feeling hosted, Grimsby hailing, MINT with a supporting line up of Swindon’s up and coming artists.

Opening the night was Basement Club. They definitely set the tone for the night in terms of their bouncy, indie sound. Despite being pretty young, it appears to me that they know the direction of their sound already. Okay, they do need polishing but that will come in time – what they have right now is great. They had good energy and chemistry between them, I’m excited to see more of these guys and see how their sound develops. Next was Rainy Day Fund, carrying the bouncy energy through their set. Melodic guitars and infectious rhythm is what these guys do well and you can’t fault the energy in their performance. They write tracks to get you moving and certainly have a lively presence about them, with recent single ‘Brainshake’ being a highlight for me. Spilt Milk regulars, The Harlers, were on next and they always deliver a tight set. They have recently become a two-piece again but that doesn’t compromise their overall sound from being full and relentless. Their bluesy tinted rock was really well received too, with the crowd singing along and cheering for just one more track. Let’s face it; The Harlers are easily headliners any day

Next up were headliners MINT. My first way to describe them would instantly be ‘They were mint!!!’ but I wonder how many times they hear that. (Probably the same about of times that I hear ‘don’t cry over Spilt Milk!!!!!’) But in all fairness they are a fantastic band. Their sound and chemistry is tight and their experience lays itself out clearly, and you wonder how they aren’t already gracing bigger stages and playing to bigger crowds. Live, their sunny sound carries a bit of grit- in tracks such as ‘Nothing Seems To Get Me High’ – which creates a beautiful infusion between guitar-based rock and a dreamier realm of a quintessential indie sound like in ‘Elise’. This is certainly what gives these guys an edge on the scene.

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If you love guitar based indie bands then I strongly recommend checking all of these bands out. Overall it was an exciting line up featuring some of the freshest artists on the scene who are all working up to releasing new tracks and playing more shows. Get on it.

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EP REVIEW : COCOON : FLOORBOARDS

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If their bandcamp page is anything to go by, anyone can see that releases from Cheltenham dwelling four-piece, Floorboards, are few and far between. But this week (10/10/18) gives us the release of brand new EP, ‘Cocoon’. As a fan already, I was excited to have this release drop into my inbox.

On a first listen I was hooked, with the tracks being familiar from shows, it was great to hear them polished up and on record. The four track EP presents us with an emotional diversity of styles, yet keeping true to the familiar sound that they have built as Floorboards.

‘Second Sun’ introduces us to the EP and also is the shortest track. It builds the sound up, layering itself with dancing guitar before a passionate vocal takes over. The pace of the track picks up with a defining rhythm before twisting and pulling back, keeping you engaged through the middle of the track into a melodic outro. This leads us into ‘Mary Part II’, which pulls the pace back up into a quicker and more urgent tempo. This track has a grittier taste to it, sitting heavily in the bassline. The layers strip back almost completely allowing guitars to lead us through and showcasing Jay’s unique vocal that pull you in and hold your interest. You can hear the grunge influence in this track toward the outro.

Next ‘You’ll Never Get Better’ dances softly through the intro before contrasting with an explosion of sound, throwing passionate guitars and a driving beat onto the track, you can’t help but feel that this track is here to make a statement. ‘You’ll Never Get Better’ is the longest track on the EP, and you can hear the passion behind it as it turns around, building up the sound and then stripping back creating waves of energy throughout. The vigour steps up through contrasting vocals; both clean and screamed – carrying a certain sense of emotion. Last track ‘If You Can’t Help Yourself’ is my favourite from ‘Cocoon’. It begins more chatty, setting itself apart from the previous tracks before bursting into a familiar Floorboards-esque sound, varying the tempo and again showcasing the vocals. I also love the reoccurring lyrics in the outro that have come full circle from the first lines of ‘Second Sun’ – really refining the EP has a whole which has energy and continuity that flows through the tracks. ‘I hate the winter and what its done. I hate the dark and what it’s done to my friends.’

 

 

MILK TEETH TO PLAY THE VIC, SWINDON // 17-11-18

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This morning brought us an exciting announcement from the Sheer Music camp – Stroud/Bristol pop-punkers MILK TEETH are heading to the Vic as part of a 3 date run in November! They will be playing their last two EPs, “Be Nice” & “Go Away” back to back. Both released since Sept 17’ this is the FIRST time the Eps have been performed live back to back.

This is definitely not one to miss!

 

£9 adv. £12 otd. – Tickets via WeGotTickets, from 10am tomorrow!

SINGLE REVIEW : OPEN SKIES : LEADER

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I feel like Leader have this way of putting out tracks that are bouncy and generally feel good, and I feel like, most recent single, ‘Open Skies’ follows suit. It’s a big track with a sense of ambition; sounding well produced and clean on record but also would take on a bigger life live too.

The track itself ‘is about always looking and searching for something more. No matter where we end up, how happy or sad, rich or poor, we’re always wondering about if things had been different…what could have been… what is still to come.’ This is reflected in the driving rhythm that carries you through the track, giving it more depth overall. ‘Open Skies’ showcases what Leader are about, and gives us a glimpse of what is to come from these boys, yet there is a familiarity to the track which gives us a sense of warmth. The accompanying video works really well with the track too, and it’s aesthetically really engaging.

I really like this track and can’t wait to see what direction Leader take it.

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/leaderofficial/videos/264843530803933/

For Fans Of: Don Broco, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Editors, Travis, Lower Than Atlantis, Feeder, Alt J, Blink 182, Everything Everything 

 

https://www.leaderofficial.co.uk/

SHADED REVEAL BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR ‘A FAMILIAR LOVE’ & ALSO ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF EP ON 5TH OCTOBER

SHADED have just revealed their brand new single and video for A Familiar Love. The video was shot at Woolton Hall in Liverpool. It sees the band performing in the abandoned mansion, alongside the narrative between a young couple who are going through a tough time.

CHECK OUT ‘A FAMILIAR LOVE’ here.

 

 

The pop/punk 3-piece have also revealed details of their EP release. The A Familiar Love EP will be released on 5th October via Common Ground Records. Pre-order the EP here. Of the anticipated release, frontman Matt East has said, “The word ‘proud’ doesn’t even come close to describing how we all feel about finally being able to share this track and the new EP with the world. I know I speak on behalf of the whole band when I say that we are so excited for people to hear the record in it’s entirety.” The five-track EP also features single Tell Me. Watch the video here.

 

SHADED are currently gearing up to head out on a co-headline tour next month with fellow label mates, Wolf Culture. Full live dates below: 

 

LIVE DATES:

5.10.18 – Singleshot, Leeds*

7.10.18 – Atomic, Wrexham*

8.10.18 – Subside, Birmingham*

9.10.18 – 229, London*

10.10.18 – The Anvil, Bournemouth*

*Co-headline tour with Wolf Culture

SEA GIRLS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘ALL I WANT TO HEAR YOU SAY’

Sea Girls are very pleased to share details of their new single, All I Want To Hear You Say. It arrives on the cusp of a near sell out debut UK and Ireland headline tour throughout October.

With three EPs to their name, featuring the pneumatic, infectious punch of Too Much Fun, Eat Me Whole, What For, Call Me Out, and Heavenly War, all of those tracks have followed the trusty formula of being unrelenting guitar-fronted bangers that sound custom-made for the radio airwaves, and All I Want To Hear You Say takes that blueprint but pushes it further still. Confident, ambitious and soaring, it’s Sea Girls growing as a young band, and whilst they’ll be always be scrawling their story out on the road, they’re honing the studio process and pushing themselves to take everything to the next level.

Listen to All I Want To Hear You Say HERE

Sea Girls head out on the road for their biggest headline shows to date throughout October, including a night at London’s Scala on 18th October.

 

LIVE DATES

4th October                  Bodega Social Club, Nottingham

5th October                  King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

6th October                  Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester

11th October                Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

12th October                The Leadmill, Sheffield

13th October                Think Tank?, Newcastle

18th October                Scala, London

19th October                The Haunt, Brighton

20th October                Joiners Arms, Southampton

21st October                Thekla, Bristol

23rd October                The Workman’s Club, Dublin

24th October                Limelight 2, Belfast

All gigs are 14+ except Scala 16+ and Dublin / Belfast which are 18+