New Music – The Vanity Project, Leo C, Gulls

New releases – The Vanity Project / Leo C / Gulls

The Vanity Project: Centaur

With something of the theatrics and art-pop of the 80s’ Blitz Kids about them, The Vanity Project are as known for their decadent stage performances as their music. Perhaps no surprise then that the Manchester based duo (Flora Jackson and Rob Paterson) met in the theatre but this doesn’t detract from the multi-layered eloquence of their songs. Debut single Centaur is a reflection of their modern day surroundings, described by the band as having ‘a Greco-Roman lens but focused on animosity in the Internet Era, from video game enemies to alt-right trolls.’ With loop pedals aplenty and an electronic undercurrent, it offers an alternative view on the wonders of technology in a sometimes dystopian world. It will be interesting to see where The Vanity Project go next. For now, Centaur is out on Eve of Creation Records.

The Vanity Project    Listen to Centaur


Leo C: Nothing Nothing 

Amidst a big resurgence in folk music, Leo C puts his own twist on the traditional with new single Nothing Nothing. Hailing from Southend, the singer-songwriter has been busy playing on the local scene and recording the track at Side-On Recordings in nearby Rayleigh. Leo adds this song to a growing catalogue of work addressing contemporary issues against a chilled folk rock backdrop; a congenial way to ease you into the day.

Leo C    Listen to Nothing Nothing


Gulls: Shop

Never has there been a more vociferous defence against the closure of libraries. Make no mistake that Gulls have something to say and they’d like you all to sit up and pay attention please. The Brighton punk poets’ latest release Shop rails against cuts to community services as shopping centre consumerism threatens to eat up local individuality and identity. Think Lydia Lunch meets Slaves for a face off; a protest song for the new generation – all we are saying is give libraries a chance.

Gulls    Listen to Shop


Words by Siobhan

1st May 2019