ISSUE 8 – OUT THIS WEEK

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We are excited to share Issue 8 with you this week!! Featuring Floorboards, album reviews, the best new singles, the best new bands and some festivals! DON’T MISS OUT!!

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RADAR: THE HARLERS

Yet again the Swindon music scene has opened our eyes and ears to another deeply talented band!

The Harlers are an alternative rock duo, showing up on our radar this month after seeing them give an unforgettable performance at Flare Up festival! Earlier this month they also supported the great Fat White Family at The Victoria, Swindon.

Their tracks are strong and passionate, mixing electric sounds with demanding backbeats that remind us of tracks by The Black Keys. With Royal blood vibes these guys have nailed that crowd-pleasing stadium alternative rock sound.

These guys are definitely ones to catch live, with soulful vocals and blues-rock influenced guitar combine together to make that infectious foot tapping sound that is every gig-goers addiction.

Tracks to check out are: ‘Your Love’ and ‘Get Away’

READING FESTIVAL PLAYLIST 2016

With Reading festival only a matter of days away how do you get yourself prepared? Buy a whole load of hand sanitiser and cider? Study the line up to figure out who to catch this weekend? Why not let us help you out with our READING FESTIVAL PLAYLIST!!! It features all of the artists that you should be catching live, including big names and small ones.

CHECK IT OUT BELOW

Faux – ‘Inhale’ EP review

Back in June I had the pleasure of reviewing Southampton band Faux’s single ‘Inhale’. The song was an excellent combination of intimate verses and huge choruses, taken from their latest EP (also named ‘Inhale’). The full EP is now available on both iTunes and Spotify amongst other formats, including a limited vinyl pressing of 300 copies.

The title track’s intimate verses and big choruses are retained on the EP’s following four songs, but there is a slight shift of pace after the opener. Whilst ‘Inhale’ is spacious and reverb drenched for much of the song, the remainder of the EP is busier, more tightly wound. ‘Nerves’ opens in explosive fashion with a fiddly guitar riff, and while the reverb-y sound is present in the verse, a second guitar keeps the energy high. ‘Call’ dials down the tempo a touch, but not by much. The drumming – solid on every track – is particularly impressive here, whilst the build-up to the first chorus really sticks out.   

Fiddly clean guitar riffs are a persistent feature throughout the EP, but the best of them are arguably found in the verse and pre-chorus of ‘You know’. These are followed by another of the sing-along choruses which seem to be a staple part of the band’s repertoire. Closing song ‘Swimmingly’ begins as frenetically as any of the others, but soon calms down in the verses, which like in ‘Inhale’ are more reflective. It switches between these and a chorus which wastes no time jumping back into a higher gear, before an ending as big as any that have come before it.

Throughout the EP, Faux manage to pair their emo influences with some infectious hooks, resulting in a sound almost reminiscent in places of a slightly harder edged Two Door Cinema Club. The instrumentation at no point seems lazy; in places it brims with invention. For fans of either emo or indie rock, Faux are well worth checking out.

SPOTLIGHT: NATIVES

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It’s been a while, but New Forest based band, Natives, have recently bounced back on to the pop rock scene.

A slice of euphoric pop perfection, their tracks blend smooth synths, upbeat percussion and catchy vocals.

Following on from the bands March release ‘Chasing Lions’, they’ve bought out a brand new track ‘Stop the Rain’. Their recent track ‘Stop the Rain’ generates an instant uplift for the audience, infused with a beat that makes you want to get up and dance! Oozing with inspiration and culture the video reinforces the tribal pop sound these lads have mastered.

The band have been working hard on a new album which has been rumoured to tell the listener a fictional self discovery story, complimented with a novel! What a unique concept these lads are working on, summing up how dedicated and rare this talented bunch is.

Natives have matured greatly, keeping their loveable upbeat and feel good sound, known by fans from their earlier tracks like ‘This Island’ and ‘Stand for Something’, whilst bringing a fresher vibe to their music.

Be sure to them out, and with the promise of live gigs to come, you’d be silly to miss out!