Live Review : The Sherlocks w/Misfires + Farebrother : SWX Bristol : 20/09/17

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As you should know by now, The Sherlocks have nailed their own brand of indie rock and armed with an arsenal of ready-made anthems, it’s safe to say we were not surprised to see SWX Bristol packed pretty much full. (Even on a school night!)

The crowd, consisting mainly of young teenagers, were already dancing and singing along to popular indie tracks that were being played on the PA and were full of energy, raring to go.

First up was Farebrother, a local band from Bath whose enthusiastic set opened up the show brilliantly. Next on support were our boys in Misfires, who we were naturally excited to see play a venue like this. Although it was a big difference for us to see them on a stage this size, they seemed right at home and kicked off their set with crowd pleasers like ‘22’, ‘Tonight’ and of course ‘Indie Kids’ (they definitely know their audience). With some dedicated fans singing along to every word and the rest of the crowd pulling off brilliant dance moves- these guys did themselves proud.

Both bands were great and had all the fans warmed up whilst waiting for The Sherlocks to step on stage, the atmosphere was insane with a constant buzz of energy filtering around the packed out room.

After what felt like forever to these loyal fans, The Sherlocks took to the stage and instantly kicked it up a notch with ‘Last Night’, hooking the crowd from the go. Tracks like ‘Escapade’ fed driving guitar into the atmosphere with an inescapable beat that had us all “dancing all night when the lights start to flicker.” Wonderful harmonies coalesced with cool stage presence made this set perfection perfection. ‘Will You Be There’ is always a highlight for me, as my favourite track – with brilliant sing-along lyrics which had us all shouting “when the rain starts pouringgggggg, will you be thereee” and pushing the crowd to create dance circles, (there’s just something so infectious about this track.)

Bringing something different to the set came ‘Candlelight’ which saw the crowd throw their lighters in the air, although a bit cheesy it was memorable- this track and ‘Turn the Clock’ slowed down the set and showed off the range of Kiaran’s beautiful vocals. The gig had to come to a close but not before the audience-anticipated ‘Live for the Moment’ and ‘Chasing Shadows’ which blew up the venue with sheer energy, visible in the crowd as they sang their hearts out and danced like mad for the last time, ending the night on a high. Both tracks are huge tunes and bought the show to a close in the best way possible.

 

Words : Becky Woods / Photos : Courtney Brock

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Live review : Casey Lowry : Camden Assembly, LDN : 03/10/17

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Two weeks break and I’m back ready to discover some new artists. It’s my second time at the “Camden Assembly” and I can say that it is always a pleasure to be here. As last time, after I enter the venue I’m welcomed with blue and purple smoke.

To warm up the audience for the main act, we have “Little India” a four piece band from Vancouver, Canada but currently based in London. Their music is been described as Nostalgic Rock with 80’s Pop influences. With their perfect harmony mixed with electronic sampling, they keep the listeners on their toes and keep them dancing. I would say that it is an amazing choice on how to start an evening in style. Quite a few people are still making their way into the room, but it’s nice to see how everyone is getting involved by the music as soon as they step in.

Changing the scenery after a little bit, “James King and The Royals” is up, an Indie Commercial Rock band from Harrogate. As soon as they hit the stage I’m blown away with the pathos and the energy that these guys have, especially lead singer James Brown, who is able to entertain the audience with little jokes. It is another great band that keeps your feet moving. The crowd is now warmed up and ready to get on with the party. After the first couple of songs we are notified that James’ dad is in the audience and he looks so happy and proud of his son and his friends.

Lights are down and a couple of fake plastic palms create a summer atmosphere to the stage. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s “Casey Lowry” and his band turn. His music is classified as “California Brunch Pop” and he is from Chesterfield. Despite his young age, 19, he is been already featured as Radio One’s Artist of the Week and sold out some of the UK’s largest and most well known venues, all before his first single. Everyone is super excited to see him, so they take videos and selfies with him from the first row. His music and energy manage to involve them even more. During the last song of the set, he decides to make the night more special so he asks the audience to low down and at his signal jump high in the sky. The lights are on and everyone is going mental.

Another great night comes to an end and it is always a pleasure for me to discover such great artists.

 

-Words + Photos : Selena Ferro

Sea Girls Unveil Video For ‘Lost’ Alongside Full UK Tour

20170918-IMG_4760-2_smallBritish rock band Sea Girls are pleased to unveil the video for their latest single, Lost as well as details of a full UK headline tour for 2018.

Watch the video for Lost here: http://vevo.ly/I8xmsl

The band are also today announcing details of a full UK tour in February 2018, starting with the previously announced Omeara show and covering 6 nights including Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow.

Fronted by the ambitious Henry Camamile, Sea Girls, a London-based four-piece (originally hailing from Kent and Leicestershire) are proving adept at delivering simple storytelling and arena-ready anthems.

Sea Girls Live Dates:

21st October – SWN Festival, Cardiff

01st February – Omeara, London *

02nd February – The Exchange, Bristol *

03rd February – The Cookie, Leicester *

08th February – Deaf Institute, Manchester *

09th February – Brudenell Social Club (Community Room), Leeds *

10th February – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow **

 

*  – 14+

** – 18+

Tickets for the tour are available now at: www.seagirls.net

Live review : NOVATINES

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Well, this is awkward. I love Bare Knuckle Parade and I was going to write a few words saying you should go and see them sometime.

But I can’t. After I’d been to their latest gig in The Islington (wearing their merch, too) and just as I was going to write something saying how they’re the bawdy, addictive brethren of Dropkick Murphys and Bon Jovi, they broke up. “It’s been a beautiful, unforgettable journey, and we want to thank every single one of you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you all.”

I first heard the Bath five-piece on the radio late last year, being championed by Steve Lamacq. A few clicks later and I discovered that ‘Come Alive’, the upbeat indie-tinged anthem I’d heard was a bit of a departure from the Gogol Bordello covers and rock shanties sung in basement bars that had forged Bare Knuckle Parade in the first place. The first time I saw them live, there were five blokes in leather jackets with long hair, dancing jigs on tables and thrashing strings on guitars and mandolins in full-throated harmony like a demented Mumford and Sons mainlining testosterone and preserved in cider.

Upside is, now they’re called Novatines and are still making amazing music. Their first release, ‘Medicine’, is a bold statement of intent. At a time when guitar bands aren’t as popular as they used to be, Novatines come at you with all guns blazing. The menacing verses blend the modern UK rock sound of Lower Than Atlantic and Royal Blood with a soulful tinge that’s more like Kings of Leon.

It’s the anthemic chorus that marks Novatines out as different. Huge harmonies make up a pre-chorus that leads into a showcase of vocalist Jamie Beale’s tenacity and range, backed by a drumbeat that could fill a stadium. Even live in a small venue, Novatines attacking their instruments and alive in full-throated voice stayed tight and in tune where less well-drilled bands would fall into noise more than music.

The onstage enthusiasm obviously caught the crowd too, and we sang the simple words back even though it was the first time any of us had ever heard the song. It doesn’t come across as strongly on the recording, but Novatines live really have an almost 80s arena rock feel to them. You’ll be hearing a lot more of these West Country boys in future – but for the full party, and even if  like me you were a huge fan of what they did before – go and see for yourself just how good they are live.

 

-Joe Morel

SHANGHAI BLUES Release New Single ‘SWIM’ – Out Now!!!

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East London quartet Shanghai Blues are pleased to reveal their return and announce that their brand new single ‘SWIM’ is out now via all good digital retailers.

 

Check it out here -https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6ldNL7wHeZMeAx9L74Vx3J

 

Injecting a heaviness into their more indie-leaning material, and instantly more impactful and considered than their previous releases, the new single shows a mellower and more mature side to this young outfit, displaying some restrained and intelligent song writing which only goes to underscore their growing appeal.

Commenting on the track, the band say: “Swim is a song for anyone that has ever felt like they can’t cope, a song for anyone that feels like things are too much and they can’t go on. Although quite a dark subject with heavy lyrical themes, we think it’s a song with light and hope that physically lifts you, daring you not to give up with your struggles.”

 

 

 

ANDY OLIVERI & THE MOUNTAINEERS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘OHIO’

unnamed-4Andy Oliveri & the Mountaineers explore all angles of their collective musical heritage on new single ‘Ohio’, taken from debut album ‘Call Them Brothers’. The single will be released on istartedthefire Records on 20th October 2017 and is preceded by a music video directed by London filmmaker Vitapoesia, who has worked with the band on previous singles to bring to life the band’s passion for both aural and visual art.

Ohio’ is the third single to be released from the collective and follows both ‘Sky Candy Apple’ and the critically acclaimed single ‘Where Wild Flowers Grow Fondly’ which was featured on Mark Radcliffe (BBC6Music)Steve Lamacq (BBC6Music) and John Kennedy (Radio X) upon release in January 2017. Since the release of debut album in March 2017, the band have completed a successful UK headline tour and made various festival appearances.

Every project begins with an idea, for Oliveri and the band this was ‘Ohio’. The first track written as an acoustic demo was swiftly scrapped and imposed with the rule that its arrangement will not include any guitars. This shift in breaking down the walls of their creative freedom would mean the band could explore every avenue, allowing the record to take shape around them, finding a fulfilling destination at the end of each one.

OFFICIAL VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/l2K7SgDmuos
SOUNDCLOUD LINK: https://soundcloud.com/andy-oliveri/ohio-1/s-Vw8kJ

EP REVIEW : HONESTLY, I’M JUST THINKING : THE YOUNG HEARTS

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What a wonderful EP to review, ‘Honestly, I’m Just Thinking’ is the new release from Deal hailing, The Young Hearts. As a whole it’s pretty exciting, embodying a youthful vibrancy in these big tracks. So here is what we thought…

The first track, ‘Bloom’, starts soft, with the harmonious guitar drawing you in before bursting into a fuller sound. The intro on this track alone makes a statement about The Young Hearts; it sets you up nicely for the rest of the EP. The vocals are melodic, yet have a bite of passion around them, which is strengthened with the support of emotive backing vocals. The whole thing, for me, channels the likes of Moose Blood – leaning on a new era of emo-pop-punk. ‘Bloom’ carries a big chorus and overall it sounds pretty. It pulls back a little here and there, yet keeps the upbeat pace throughout the track.

The next track ‘Medicine’ throws you straight into the deep end, this time showcasing softer vocals that are backed with a driving guitar melody. Already this is a well-written, catchy track that could easily spark a sing along. It carries that full sound which was set up in the first track. ‘Medicine’ feels like a song that will sound incredible live. The EP showcases some ready-made anthems and their sound is deserving of big venues filled with big crowds. This track pushed more passion behind the sound as a whole, then twisting into a breakdown later in the track that creates an atmosphere before ripping through with distinctive guitars.

Next up is the leading single from ‘Honestly, I’m Just Thinking’ – ‘Smoke’. It’s high energy from the go and it stands as a staple track for these boys. It pulls back the vitality through the first verse, letting the vocals shine through – emphasising the passion while remaining sweet and melodic. The chorus here is upbeat and catchy, proving to be probably my favourite track from the EP. ‘Smoke’ has a certain youthful feel to it that’s major refreshing. It’s a big track with a big sound.

Blending smoothly from ‘Smoke’ is the last track on the EP – ‘October’. It pulls back the urgency for a much softer intro while still building the sound but carrying a much slower pace. This track is super atmospheric and has more of a slow build to it. It’s beautifully crafted and still embodies the full sound that is present through the EP. ‘October’ makes a great addition to the EP as a whole, changing the pace and showing the diversity of their sound.

 

– Courtney Brock