SPOTLIGHT : CASSIA

Who doesn’t love a bit of quirky indie pop?

My latest find in this genre is Cassia.

Cassia are a three piece hailing from Macclesfield and their chirpy tunes seem to bring a sunny vibe to even the gloomiest of days. Being equated to the likes of Vampire Weekend and Bombay Bicycle Club, Cassia captures the spirit of groovy indie pop rock and blends it together with beachy, Caribbean vibes. Layer that with humble yet raw guitar riffs that sit easy in your ears and effortless vocals that convey the easiness of Cassia’s overall sound and you’ve got yourself a pretty exciting band.

I find listening to Cassia is really refreshing and you can’t help but chill out for a little bit dreaming of sunshine, and I’ve listened to them ‘100 times over’…(see what I did) ((cause that’s the name of one of their tracks))

 

Be sure to check them out and catch them on their run of gigs this year too!

 

Tracks to check out : ‘100 times over’ and ‘Moana’

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THESE DAYS THIS CITY : BUNNY : REVIEW

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You are probably already more than aware of indie legends Mystery Jets, but are you aware of bassist, Jack Flanagan’s, dreamy indie solo project – Bunny??

If you aren’t then you definitely should be.

Rearing its floppy-eared head on social media, Jack shared the first track from his project ‘These Days This City’, giving us a hazy taste of what’s yet to come.

Opening with a mysterious sort of hum before breaking through to a chirpy two-chord motif witch creates a refreshing simplicity around the track. This fairly happy-go-lucky feel contrasts with the weary lyrical content, which is delivered beautifully by Jack and the vocals are brimming with character. Lines like ‘It’s hard to be chill, when you feel so blue’ set the somnolent tone that hums throughout the track, juxtaposing with the airy upbeat musical content. It feels like that is what makes this track feel special. The lyrics resonate and spark with that dull weight of feeling generally quite down.

A lot of music does push miserable lyrics up against upbeat tracks, but ‘These Days This City’ is stripped back and humble, which sets it apart. It doesn’t pretend to be anything that it isn’t. ‘These Days This City’ takes you on a melancholy walk through a dreamy, uplifting track.

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Check it out on Soundcloud now! And be sure to catch Bunny some time soon too!

 

RADAR: BREAK GLASS TO OPEN

So if like me, you’re tired of the freezing cold-overcast weather and are longing for the sun to make an appearance (for longer then a day) then I have the prefect solution for you! This band are the antidote, with a feel good sound that is bound to break apart those clouds and give you those well-needed summery vibes.

Swindon/Marlborough based- Break Glass To Open is a four-piece indie band. On our radar after they recently supported Misfires at The Victoria, Swindon earlier this month.

Their indie flare captures that infectious plucky guitar with upbeat rhythms and lyrics that are bound to get live audiences singing along.

Their recent EP-‘Your Embrace’ was released July last year, and on first listen I must admit – I was hooked. Indie lover or not, for high-spirited guitar riffs, enticing melodies and catchy choruses that’ll be stuck in your head, it’s well worth a listen.

Feel good sound captured perfectly in tracks like Your Embrace hit you with that nostalgic feeling- with slight hints of early Arctic Monkeys, is sure to get you moving. ‘X2’ brings catchy lyrics that would melt any hopeless romantics heart with words like “ I want to hold you til the end of time, I do…. Oh darling I love you.” Combine that with a memorable indie guitar riff and foot tapping beat and it’s safe to say you’ll be hooked on this one.

Check out: ‘Your Embrace’ and ‘X2’

https://soundcloud.com/break_glass_2_open

 

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SINGLE REVIEW : COME ON OVER : MISFIRES

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Now, it’s fair to say that I am quite a fan of Spilt Milk regulars, Misfires. Their bouncy indie sound draws influence from all of the indie rock greats and they are wasting no time in getting themselves known on the local scene. After pretty much taking over Swindon and selling out local shows with complete ease, they have pushed forward to begin to take the rest of the UK by storm. Landing themselves a nice support slot on tour with The Sherlocks, as well as hitting a headline show at Rough Trade Records in Nottingham.

On Monday the 13th of February Misfires put out brand new single ‘Come On Over’ and at a first listen – I am impressed. Spilt Milk have supported Misfires from a fairly early stage and each track they put out gets better and better. ‘Come On Over’ showcases their developing sound and proves that these guys are working hard.

As an avid indie-rock-band-listener, this track ticks all the boxes for a quintessential indie track for me. It carries youthful exuberance that follows in the lyrics too, surging guitar hooks, a rhythm to get you moving and a catchy chorus to get a room full teenagers shouting the lyrics to the ceiling. The layers of guitars create a sweet melody that contrast with the raw vocals, making Misfires an exciting and refreshing indie band. This is a commanding track that bursts with festival vibes and feels like it would be a fantastic start to a debut album! Their overall sound plus the energy that Misfires pour into their music is reminiscent of the late Viola Beach. Misfires could well be on their way to getting noticed by the right people, with a fan base big enough to crowd-surf them to the top.

Be sure to check out ‘Come On Over’ out on Youtube now! It’s a fun track that’s super catchy and very well put together!

Catch Misfires on tour:

15th February, Rough Trade Records, Nottingham

17th February, Thekla, Bristol, Sherlocks support (SOLD OUT)

21st February, Hope & Ruin, Brighton

24th February, Sub89, Reading, Sherlocks support

25th February, The Horn, St Albans, Sherlocks support (SOLD OUT)

11th March, Zanzibar, Liverpool

 

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