Tune Of The Day: Thrice - Words In The Water
This is an epic song taken from ‘Major/ Minor’, the most recent album from Californian outfit and alt rock heroes Thrice. The quartet announced late last year that they would be taking a break from being a full time band after 13 years of touring around the world and the release of 7 albums and play their final UK show (for now) in London tomorrow evening. I can honestly say I’d only really gotten into Thrice properly when hearing this record, and what an album to get aqquainted with, it’s just a really powerful piece of melodic rock music and Words In The Water is the album’s only 6 minute epic and is just a beautiful song.
Album Review: Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
Last year Californian quartet Joyce Manor released their 18 minute debut album which was a lesson in creating short and sweet indie-punk-garage-pop song’s and left us all leaving for more. Now their back with their second ‘album’ which clocks even at an even shorter 13 minutes and is rather a eclectic affair ranging from loud and proud punk pop (there’s a brilliant cover of 80’s classic ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’), to lo-fi acoustic’s (‘Drainage’ being the key example here) to straight up indie pop (‘Bride Of Usher’ sounds heavily inspired by ‘The Smiths’). It’s a real mixed bag that we have here and it’s unpredicability makes this an absoutley joy to listen to; what I like about short albums is that they get to the point straight away, and although Joyce Manor have many different points to make across the array of styles that shift between each song, they still manage give us a pretty spot statement of intent in the most exhillirating 13 minutes your likely to hear from the Lo-Fi in a while! Fuckin’ A!
Key Tracks: If I Needed You There / Video Killed The Radio Star / Bride Of Usher
Just under a year ago, Scottish quartet Twin Atlantic released their magnificent debut album onto the world, entitled Free. This record is full of huge sounding rock songs with big hooks, even bigger choruses with plenty of riffs and strong melodies throughout! I felt the need to tell all of those that have yet to hear this brilliant record that you can get it on iTunes at the moment for the crazy price of £3.99! Now that is silly cheap! I’m sure your’ll have heard the singles by now; Edit Me, Time to Stand Up and Free were all huge hits of last year in the world of rock and recent single Make A Beast Of Myself has been doing the rounds nicely on radio stations across the globe. So do yourself a favour and go find out what all the fuss is about! GO BUY FREE! INVEST IN TWIN ATLANTIC! mcTRUST ME!
Video Of The Day: Heights - These Streets
These Streets is one of two new tracks that British hardcore outfit Heights have just released as a free download for fans. Showing a more melodic side to the bands epic take on hardcore, this is still as heavy, loud and energetic as ever but with a killer riff and soaring guitar work, it look’s like album two is gonna turn some heads! The video is pretty simple yet effective performance video of the band, well, taking to the streets!
Download this tune and another awesome epic jam called ‘Gold Coast’ fo’ free at www.weareheights.com
Video of the Day: Tellison - Freud Links the Teeth and the Heart
Tellison made one of the best guitar pop records of last year ‘The Wages Of Fear’ and are very much a treasure of the British indie rock scene, I dont think I’m only the guy who thinks that they deserve to be huge! ’Freud Links the Teeth and the Heart’ is the lovely mid-album pop ballad, which has been re-worked with extra twinkle which re-enforces it’s simple, twee romantasim. And with a quirky little video to go with it, this should be a hit!
Tune Of The Day: Alabama Shakes - Hold On
It seems that everyone is talking about Alabama Shakes right now and rightly so. Haven’t just made the top five in the UK with their debut LP ‘Boys And Girls’, it seems that big things are in the pipe line for this Athens based outfit. ‘Hold On’ is a song that has been knocking around for a little while now and I believe was the bands first single, but I’ve gotta say, I’ve only just heard it and I totally see what all the fuss is about! This is a soulful indie rock song that sounds timeless; its just a real laid back little ditty that is catchy, groovey and full of soul. I say: Believe the hype.
Video/ Track of the Day: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Daylight Robbery
Daylight Robbery is the second track we’ve from Get Cape’s foruth album ‘Maps’ which is due out next month and is a fuzzy piece of simplistic indie pop. This is a fun song with a just as fun video as Sam pays homage to videos from the likes of REM, Tyler The Creator, Beasite Boys and The White Stripes. If you want to feel uplifted check this out, its got a hook you’ll be humming all day. Welcome back Sam!
Video/ Track Of the day: Shoes and Socks Off - Tork Sport
I’ve been pretty obbessed with the many musical projects of prolific songwriter and musicianship Toby Hains but his Shoes And Socks Off project is probably my favourite in all it’s unpredictable glory. Flitting bewteen gentle acoustics to electronica soundscapes, Toby has not been affraid of experimenting with this project and as about to unleash his 5th album in 5 years. ‘Tork Sport’ is the first offering from ’Miles Of Mad Water’; which was once a stripped back acoustic number but is now a minimalistic piece of electronica with a strong bass strong, flittering drum beats and sumptous harmonies and is very reminisant of Radiohead’s more electronically infused work. The sign of awesome things to come!
ALBUM REVIEW: Now, Now - Threads
Been meaning to write a few words about this record as it’s been in my ears since the start of last month and is a real ace and lovely little listen. Now, Now are a three piece based in Minneapolis who make melodic indie rock and in my eyes are like a female fronted ‘Death Cab For Cutie’ as both bands have the knack for writing sumptuos melodies wrapped in romantised yet melancholic lyrics. ‘Threads’ is their second LP but I guess you call it their debut as it is their first album as a three piece and under the name Now, Now (they were previously known as Now, Now Every Children) and is a more expansive and dynamic effort than their previous efforts which results in a deeply moving and passionate record. From short, sweet breezy pop, slow burning indie and passionate rock songs, the dynamics of this record really draw you from the atmospheric sonic’s of opener ’Pull’, to the epic, fuzzy keyboard soaked build of closer ‘Magnet’, this is very much a emotional rollercoaster of an album which shows off the band’s musicanship and songwriting skills to great effect. Now, Now are a band should welcome into your life.
Key tracks: Prehistoric / Dead Oaks / Seperate Rooms