Leader: ‘Young Again’

Oxfordshire band Leader have been busy since their formation in 2014. In just over two years the 5 piece have played gigs and festivals all over the country, including opening up the main stage at Penn Fest last weekend on a bill including the likes of Britpop veterans Shed Seven and Ocean Colour Scene. In addition to this, they have put out three EP’s; ‘Honest Man’, ‘Landing Light’, and their latest: the eponymous ‘Leader’ EP.

‘Young Again’ is both the opening track of this EP and also the subject of the band’s latest video. It’s a song built for festival season and large crowds, with catchy hooks and a big, sing-along chorus. Lyrically – as might be expected from its title – ‘Young Again’ seems to be a nostalgic look at simpler times, as singer Ben Edginton tells us about the naivety of his youth, describing himself as “a dreamer” who thought “the streets were paved with gold”, before begging “take me back, I want to feel young again”. This nostalgia also seems to seep into the music, with its stripped back verses creating a wistful, reflective mood. This is transformed in the chorus however, where the nostalgia becomes a more joyous affair.

Exactly why Leader would want to go back is anyone’s guess. After a successful EP launch and armed with a brilliant new video and single, the band appears well poised to take big steps forward.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Deaf Havana: ‘Sing’

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Deaf Havana are back! After a 3-year gap we have been longing for these talented boys to bless us with another album of their delicious music.

Luckily the wait is almost over, it has been said their 4th album will be released in early 2017!

Recently unleashing ‘Sing’ has bought them straight back into our hearts with this dynamic and honest track.

Bringing all the great attributes of previous Deaf Havana songs, this track brings a more mature and heavier style to their punchy and soulful sound.

The intro begins with a catchy and strong guitar riff that sets a heavier tone for the song, complimenting the honest lyrics and soaring melodies. James’s raw vocals illustrate previous desperation and regrets, breaking into the chorus with their new intentions to “sing along, [to] struggle on, ‘cause [they] need it.” Rocky guitar riffs continue and the words “we’re going sing like we mean it” are repeated and without a doubt will be left stuck in your head, returning back to that original monstrous guitar riff that ends the song perfectly.

This song is the start of something bigger for Deaf Havana, expanding their horizons with this vibrant and sophisticated sound! Which is bound to be a crowd favourite, perfect for Reading and Leeds festival, which they are playing next month!

Be sure to check out ‘Sing’ and keep an eye on what’s next for these lads!

SINGLE REVIEW : JAMIE T : TINFOIL BOY

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Before the release of his most recent album, ‘Carry On The Grudge’, we were left with a huge Jamie T shaped gap in our lives, not knowing when the Wimbledon hailing singer-songwriter would release anything new. So whenever Jamie gives us any new tracks we are beyond overjoyed, and relieved that we haven’t had to wait 5 years this time!

This is exactly the case with brand new track ‘Tinfoil Boy’, which was debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest record in the world on the 29th of June! Here’s what we make of the new track!

This track is new and improved Jamie T. It still carries his style, but it’s been reworked, and follows that set of the last album, certainly being a lot darker than his early anecdote filled tracks. Tinfoil Boy is gritty and rocky with dark synth sounds but contrasted by the softer female monologue that sets up the track.

The intro is a little haunting and builds anticipation, while the female monologue sounds isolated. The track builds from the go in the first verse with Jamie’s crooning vocal still carrying that dark edge while guitar blending with almost distorted electronic sounds build behind the vocals. Then ripping into an explosive chorus which is loud, gritty and confrontational with repetition as Jamie spits “HE’S A TINFOIL BOY, BOY BOY BOY BOY” leaving it echoing in your head. The track twists and turns, from a punchy chorus then stripping back to isolated vocals and spoken monologue and then build the power again. The chorus has a hint of a heavy chase-and-status-esque track but ‘Tinfoil Boy’ is definitely a lot rougher.

Overall the track proves that Jamie is back, and he is stronger than ever. We love the way that his music has evolved, and these darker tracks take you on a journey that stays with you. We can’t wait to hear what else Jamie has for us!

 

Check out Tinfoil Boy now!!