New Music – Forgetting the Future

Forgetting the Future – Cigarettes, Cigarettes, Cigarettes 

It can’t get much more indie-rock than Forgetting the Future’s latest Cigarettes Cigarettes Cigarettes, a track that bounces along with carefree danceability, one that’ll give it high praise in the crowds of future gigs. Rather than trying to weave in a joke about forgetting their future gigs (haha), lets just talk about the track, yeah?

With a strongly vibrant intro, Cigarettes*3 begins. Its verses are subdued, giving vocalist Robbie McNicol his first chance to sew seeds of a story that holds some darker, yet titularly related, beats. References to a cold atmosphere where electric bills are replaced with drugs seems to hold its influence in our current CoL crisis, snuck within the happy go lucky tune like poison in your vodka coke.

As we continue, the band are treated to higher distortions. The second verse feels grittier, ‘cooler’, fuelling the fire of both the song and story. It comes to its pinnacle, as expected, in its bridge, with the energy of drums, guitar and bass boosting up to beat rhythm between McNicol’s triplets, exploding into a final four bars of pure rock energy.

With its mingling of fun, worrying undertones and musical bombast, Forgetting the Future have set themselves up for a line of upcoming gigs that are sure to impress, throughout Scotland this November.

Forgetting the Future

Review by Jacob Rose

26th September 2022

EP Review – Lizzie Reid

Lizzie Reid – Mooching

Mooching, the latest EP from Glasgow singer-songwriter Lizzie Reid, captures the strengths of any sophomore project; not only does it catch the highlights of Reid’s previous work, but it explores new tonal realms, allowing the work to capture a weaving landscape of the indie folk artist’s sound. To appreciate the realms explored, it only feels right to cover each within its own space.

To do this EP justice, it is worth exploring each track, beginning with the last single before the EP’s release, titled Love of Her Life. The track showcases some Reid-esque qualities, with the verse taking atmospheric and melodic qualities from her previous EP Cubicle. What makes this track fresh from its predecessors is, strangely enough, Reid’s mastery of the presentation of emotional complexity. The chorus’ lyrics “She told me I’m the love of her life” / “She told me even when she changed her mind” hold true to this; the combination of beautifully reverbarating piano, slowly effective percussion and twangy electric guitar backs the message with a tune that feels both intimate and lost, both mournful and hopeful – a mysteriously captivating way to open Mooching.

Next up is Bible, the first single release. Since its first appearance on Breaking Glass, the tune retains its piercing emotion, feeling just as yearnful here as in its solo debut.

Soda Pop Stream provides a new sensation in the LR discography, being (no matter how old it makes me sound) Cool. The track punches hard, with a tiptoeing 6/8 rhythm that gives Reid a chance to display some suave aspects of her personality. The line “I will heat up your plate with my face” rings in my head as I write, even if I don’t truly know what it means just yet.

From making rhythms with flames to painting in teardrops, How Do I Show my Love details the role that panic attacks have had in harming Reid’s relationships. In her own words, “When I sing this song it makes me feel how hard it has been to stay connected and express my feelings for certain people I care about”. The anguish at the heart of the track rings throughout, but in its message comes a feeling of catharsis. A repeated image of Reid’s painting of a man and his dog becomes an art that brings a feeling of strength. In the talent in her expression, Reid brings pain into a light where it can dissolve into experience. 

Blazing into its finish, Mooching ends with Warpaint. The tune has a pop quality that once again brings out both the old and new of her style. Reid’s ending here adds the same singalong quality of cubicle, almost communally celebrating the triumphs of her record. It’s no wonder, considering the trials faced and strived through within this collection of songs, that this moment feels joyous, adding the frame to the art that she has created. With it, Reid’s portrait of love, connection, heartbreak and adversity is complete, demonstrating an extremely open, divinely performed reflection on life.

Lizzie Reid

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo by Matilda Hill Jenkins

1st September 2022

New Music – SOMEONE

SOMEONE – In Your Arms

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the video for In Your Arms takes a leap into a DIY sci-fi world of discovery as the song itself feels ready made for a cinematic soundtrack.

SOMEONE (aka Dutch/British composer, producer and visual artist Tessa Rose Jackson) presents her creative talents through multiple channels and sonically achieves a dreamy psych-pop  music-scape that is both intriguing and absorbing. This new track starts with a sense of calm then builds to a crescendo of scattered synths without losing its initial serenity.

The video is beautifully shot by David Spearing, and depicts two young girls ‘as they emerge from subterranean bunkers for an adventure in what SOMEONE describes as “A post-apocalyptic world, where the air is toxic and terrifying six-legged creatures prowl the land. What follows is a day filled with fun and play, because no matter what the world may throw at them, kids will always find a way to just simply… be kids. It’s a celebration of the power of joyfulness and love against all odds”.

In Your Arms is taken from upcoming album Owls, due for release in February via Tiny Tiger Records.

SOMEONE

Words by Siobhan
Photo by Bibian Bingen

31st August 2022

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years

Dark Horse Records is celebrating what would have been Joe Strummer’s 70th birthday today with Fantastic, available now on all streaming services. The previously unreleased track stands as one of Strummer’s final recordings, with vocals recorded in December 2002 at the famed Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, mere weeks after Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros played their last ever live show at Liverpool University on 22nd November 2002.

Continuing the celebrations around Joe’s 70th birthday this weekend, longtime Strummer fan Eddie Vedder has covered Long Shadow from the posthumous Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros album, Streecore. “I just think that what Joe did with the Mescaleros and those records, and those songs, and those words, it was a very communal sound,” said Vedder. “I think when you have a communal sound, the listener feels like they can be part of that community.”

Fantastic heralds Dark Horse Records’ upcoming release of Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years, the first-ever comprehensive collection highlighting Strummer’s work with his post-Clash band, The Mescaleros, arriving everywhere on 16th September on 4 CD w/72-page book and 7 LP w/32-page book, special edition packaging and exclusive 12”x12” art print. Pre-orders are available now here.

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years includes remastered editions of all 3 of The Mescaleros’ studio albums, plus 15 rare and unreleased tracks spanning the first demos Strummer wrote for the band to outtakes from their final recordings together, as well as songs like Ocean Of Dreams, featuring the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones on guitar. Executive produced by Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait, and produced by David Zonshine, the richly curated boxset also includes exclusive new interviews with Joe’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros band mates, plus never-before-seen handwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Strummer taken from the Joe Strummer Archive.

Details via Big Mouth Publicity

21st August 2022

New Music – GIFT

GIFT – Gumball Garden

Hailing from Brooklyn, GIFT blend immersive psych with a softer vocal reminiscent of The Charlatans/Ride in the height of their floppy haired shoegaze phases. It’s a warm sound and new track Gumball Garden flows comfortably into a sea of fuzzed up riffs and scintillating synths.

Speaking about the track, TJ Freda says, “I had a dream in late 2019 where I woke up one day and there was nobody on earth. I was walking around looking for any forms of life to no avail. It was sad but also strangely peaceful. When the pandemic happened, this song took on a whole new meaning. We did wake up one day and the streets were empty. Everyone had gone away. This song is about finding peace in solitude”.

It’s a strong precursor and enough to pique interest in their forthcoming debut album Momentary Presence, due for release on 14th October via Dedstrange. Take a look at the video for Gumball Garden below.

GIFT

Words by Siobhan
Photo by Jena Cumbo

11th August 2022

New Music – Eerie Wanda

Eerie Wanda – Long Time

Paving the way for her new album Internal Radio; Eerie Wanda (aka Dutch/Croatian musician Marina Tadic) has shared her latest single Long Time.

With haunting vocals and a touch of Lynchian quirkiness, the track saunters into the room with the quiet confidence of an artist who understands that the subtle nuances in their music can have a bigger impact than a full on cacophony of noise. Less is more, if you will.

Marina describes Long Time as reflecting the “longing to belong, but also letting go of the past, and the growth that comes from that”.

It’s a song that works its way into your psyche, one to hold in your subconscious. The album teasers so far suggest that we’re in for an artful treat on its release next month. Internal Radio is available digitally and on CD on 23rd September, with a vinyl release to follow in November via the aptly named Joyful Noise Recordings.

Words by Siobhan
Photo by Anna Tadic

5th August 2022

New Music – Collars

New release: Collars – Rabbit Heart

Bumping up even more hype for their debut album Clyde, Rabbit Heart delivers on the Collars’ flavour, providing a sound oozing with intrigue, grunge, and a bit of bounce thrown in (no pun intended).

The track begins, and is immediately thrown into a strong rhythm with a simply bumping drumbeat, creating a verse which rocks an upbeat lullaby. The track acts as a great mattress for lead singer Dan’s voice to bounce along, creating a unique energy alongside the more subdued track, matching a percussively heavy background with lively vocals.

As we hit Rabbit Heart’s chorus, these near-opposing features meld into a pop-centric tune, with rhythms, chords and vocals intertwining into a jumpy melody. The hook of ‘Run away, Rabbit Heart’ especially suits this alt-poppy purpose, creating a singalong vibe with a melody that stands out. 

‘Alternativity’ reigns for Collars, not being too much of one genre to neatly fit into its box. With so many opportunities to surprise even more, Clyde is sure to make an impact when it drops. 

Collars

Words by Jacob Rose

29th July 2022

New Music – GRAVE GOODS

GRAVE GOODS – Come

If Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten had a current day musical love child, it might just sound a bit like GRAVE GOODS. The band, based in Manchester, Dublin and Belfast, race out of the starting blocks with the kind of industrial art-rock that would sit well alongside their much feted predecessors, heavy on percussion and dry spoken word. Featuring current and former members of PINS, Girls Names and September Girls, new single Come is a strong sweetener for their upcoming debut album, TUESDAY. NOTHING EXISTS., set for release on 9th September via TULLE.

Singer Lois MacDonald says of the track, This is one of the first tracks we wrote, and for me the one that helped to cement the feel of the music we make. I wanted to use the guitar in a percussive way, and I wanted the track to feel stressful and furious. I felt frustrated at the time and had so much to express. I wanted the lyrics to reflect all this, and to come from the gut.  The best noise I could imagine for this is ‘Ugh’ which I use towards the end – it represents frustration, disgust and sex.

GRAVE GOODS

Words by Siobhan

1st July 2022

 

New Music – Bad Pelicans

Bad Pelicans – Paris

Sometimes you hear a song that refuses to remove itself from your psyche. That most definitely is the case with the latest track from Bad Pelicans, not that I would want it to go anywhere, as its repeated guttural reminders of the French capital’s tourist hotspots offer up intensity and a smattering of tongue in cheek humour in equal measures. With excellent timing as I showed someone the video, they asked where the band are from. Hang on there a second, I said, and pressed play. For anyone looking for a nod to Bauhaus and The Sisters of Mercy with a continental twist, this could be right up your dimly lit boulevard. Pop your shades on, watch the video below and enjoy. Yeah.

New LP Eternal Life Now is scheduled for release in late 2022 via Géographie Recs and promises more dark distortion for the suppressed goth inside us all.

Bad Pelicans

Words by Siobhan

14th June 2022

 

New Music – Connie Constance

Connie Constance – Miss Power

With her first single of the new year, Connie Constance kicks the generator back into full swing, as she demonstrates her energy and eclectic freedom in the very aptly titled Miss Power. 

The track begins with one of the most lively riffs, that keeps the track in bouncy motion from start to finish. Musically and lyrically, the tune feels like it kicks right back up from 2021’s Electric Girl, especially in the line ‘I’m not the girl that I was before’. That being said, she’s still got the talent, creating an absolutely stellar hook that boosts bass up to a perfectly raw tone, balancing with her classically phenomenal vocal range that dances between expression and conversational tone effortlessly. Matched with drums that are always right when you need them but never how you expect, that energy helps the three minute track feel timeless, seeming a minute long while keeping you engaged for however long it’s been on repeat now

Matched with both a beautifully sombre-turned-surreal video, and released at the same time as a Sports Team song with the same tempo, key and energy (even more interesting considering their co-headline of Sonic Wave in two weeks – conspiracy theorists will go wild), Miss Power will keep long-time fans and newcomers pumped with electricity through the summer and beyond. 

Connie Constance

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo by Joel Palmer

18th May 2022

New Music – Aoife Nessa Frances

Aoife Nessa Frances – Emptiness Follows

In Emptiness Follows, Aoife Nessa Frances finds a voice for bleak pain – one that entices with a delightfully calm track that feels like the lift music you’d find in a dream. 

Instruments run riot in Frances’ track: Soft strokes of the harp accompany harmonising woodwinds in cuts that feel like a troop of cloud-flying musicians playing a soundtrack to your light walk. On the other hand, tight percussion and keyboards play an almost bossa nova beat that keeps the train of the track chugging alongside its delightful flavours. Even trumpets get a beautiful mix of the two, combining harmony with staccato pulses, helping solidify the tune. 

From the instruments alone, it would be safe to assume the whole song is just as delightful – right? Well, this is where Frances’ singing comes in. 

There is an intrigue in the way that Frances sings the sorrows of the track. It combines a quaint vulnerability (akin to Broadcast’s Trish Keenan) with the sonorous delight of moments like the feather-fall of “I’m counting do-oo-oo-o-own”, retaining a feeling of hope amidst the despair of Frances’ lyricism. Such a shift manages to keep the track’s tone a consistent floating along a painted river of mild melancholy.

Aoife Nessa Frances

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo by Katie Freeny

16th May 2022

EP Review – deep tan

deep tan – diamond horsetail 

The release of their new EP diamond horsetail confirms deep tan’s trademark sound that, whilst eclectic and ever changing in pace, stands out against the pack in terms of originality and sharpness. The range of influences is apparent and makes them much more than just another London based post-punk outfit.

Adding to the subversively sweet singles beginners’ krav maga and rudy ya ya ya are three new tracks that maintain the theme while refusing to sound alike. device devotion displays smooth vocals against a jagged beat, while gender expansion pack proffers an apparent instrumental but with hidden subliminal messaging. Finishing on the title track, the EP is an accomplished piece of art that keeps on unearthing new gems of audio the more you listen.

Grab the chance to see deep tan play the songs live on upcoming tour dates, and prepare to be impressed by a live performance that matches the understated prowess of the tunes.

deep tan

12 May – Shortt’s Bar (Alt Escape), Brighton
13 May – The Pipeline (Alt Escape), Brighton
20 May – Zerox, Newcastle
21 May – The Great Eastern Festival, Edinburgh
22 May – Record Junkee, Sheffield
24 May – Rough Trade, Nottingham 
25 May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 
27 May – Headrow House, Leeds
28 May – YES (Basement) (Mood Swings) Manchester
29 May – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
1 June – Venue MOT, London
11 June – Long Division Festival, Wakefield, UK
22-24 July – Truck Festival, Oxford

Words by Siobhan
Photo by Alex Matraxia

11th May 2022

New Music – Sakura Murakami | Síomha | Siv Jakobsen | Anorak Patch

New releases – Sakura Murakami | Síomha | Siv Jakobsen | Anorak Patch

Sakura Murakami – Cast Away

Yet more talent to emerge from the creative hub of Leeds, Sakura Murakami fall a good distance from the indie tree so often associated with the city. Music to escape with, new single Cast Away mixes chilled psych reverb with soft nostalgic funk beats throughout. Difficult to hook people in with a instrumental, but there’s enough intrigue here to set the cat’s curiousity to dangerous levels.

Cast Away is out now on Strong Island Recordings.

Sakura Murakami

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Síomha – Infinite Space (album)

With a soulful nod to the lounge clubs of the past on latest single Right From the Start, you could be forgiven for assuming that this was Síomha’s only chosen genre. However, dipping your toe into her album Infinite Space uncovers whole layers of different shapes and styles just waiting to take the listener by surprise. Tracks in English and Irish bring not just pop tinged soul but an eclectic hybrid of Celtic jazz that makes for a veritable journey through the senses.

Infinite Space is available now on all major streaming platforms.

Síomha

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Siv Jakobsen – Most of the Time

A welcome return for Norway’s Siv Jakobsen’s floaty vocals on new track Most of the Time. With a knack for capturing those very personal emotions that run alongside life, Jakobsen’s last album, A Temporary Soothing, despite being written prior to lockdown, dealt with feelings of isolation and the uncertainty it brings. Most of the Time takes on the impact of a past relationship and manages somehow to bring a sense of serenity and hope to its resultant fallout.

Most of the Time is out now, new music is in the offing.

Siv Jakobsen

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Anorak Patch – By Cousin Sam (EP)

Those old jokes about policemen looking younger all the time could easily be adapted to fit an intro to Anorak Patch, all within the youthful age range of 15-18. How they sound so accomplished so soon is a mystery to behold, but their music demands your attention, merging sophisticated pop hooks with spiky vocals full of whimsy and charm. Definitely ones to keep on your radar.

Recently released track Paris Will Be Paid For sets a suitably askance scene for their EP By Cousin Sam, available now via Nice Swan Records.

Anorak Patch

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Words by
Siobhan

2nd May 2022

 

New Music – Sorry

Sorry – There’s So Many People That Want To Be Loved

Last Tuesday I was putting together a summer sun playlist, and I was, very minorly, disappointed that no songs from North London group Sorry would fit the ‘vibe’. Now, I’m not saying there’s magic in the air, but two days later they dropped an instant classic that bears a soft joy to it in all the bounciest and best ways.

The track, named There’s So Many People That Want to be Loved, is a delightful mix of the band’s classic talents, like Asha Lorenz’s airy-but-grounded singing and eerie lyricism/tonality, with (and I’m partially ball-parking here) an Elton John-style Happy anthem. Instruments range from delightfully clean to delightfully harsh guitars, strings, staccato synths, pianos, horns, and any of the aforementioned played with an array of pedals. That latin word Tutti was made for this.

There’s not much more that can be said that isn’t summed up by the song itself, so if you’re reading this, take a listen (even if you already have 10 times today), and just enjoy the delightful eerie era of Sorry. With rescheduled tour dates and a duet with Sports Team on the horizon, There’s never been a second-best time to check out Sorry.

Sorry

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo by Peter Eason Daniels

25th April 2022

New Music – ELLiS D

New Music – ELLiS D – Drifting

A powerful and ambitious single, Drifting boasts a no-fear attitude to the psych-pop world. The bass introduces the track and becomes the status quo for the 7 minute piece. Yes… people are still allowed to write 7 minute songs!

This shouldn’t deter anyone from lending their time to ELLiS D. D’s whiney and very contemporary vocals cry for honesty and confinement in the repetition of “ I am living in the comfort of my shadow”.

Musically, when it comes to Psych Art Punk – to which D describes himself, I think this song is it. It is fine orchestration of guitar focused melody which is subtle enough to hypnotise while remaining poppy and highly-listenable. The guitar line blesses me with nods to early Sunflower Bean or Candy Moore’s 2018 Under the Weather album.

With all this energy and drive in the chorus towards a certain crescendo the mood shifts… all of a sudden we are being gracefully walked down a psychedelic garden path to what feels like the end of the song. And then the bass returns. The drums kick back in. And we’re back to square one again to an early U2 style instrumentation, love it!

It’s worth pointing out, and although I may be wrong, what felt like programmed drums at the beginning really add to the robotic stop-start elements of the first two minutes of punky attitude before switching to a live performer – something I accepted on the second listen.

I see ELLiS D build greater understanding of himself personally and musically moving away from those around him through his music, “some fuckers say, they’ll sleep when they’re dead” stood out as a strong social critique of what D has been perceiving as a young man.

Take the time to listen to the track and be shot through a 7 minute vacuum that will pull you through the other side only to want to experience it all over again.

ELLiS D

Words by Matisse Moretti
Photo by Hector O’Donnell

8th April 2022

New Music – Cage Park | Ostrich

New releases – Cage Park | Ostrich 

Cage Park – Holding On To Hand Me Downs EP

It’s official: Cage Park’s newest 6 song EP Holding On To Hand Me Downs scores their hat-trick of EPs, with a project that races through genre, creating a pulsing energy that makes each track fresh, but part of a full ‘Cage Park-y’ atmosphere that is better felt than described.

The EP begins with mind-melter Sofa Bed’, a track that pulls like an eager dog between a soft indie verse and a sonically brimming chorus, that almost revives the vitality of 2000s brit indie albums like Silent Alarm and especially I Had the Blues but I Shook Them Loose – tones that are ready to blaze eternally. Guitarist Leo Marks shines in the latter half, bringing that tense sound that always plays perfectly alongside each singers’ resonance. If looking to get a taste of the band’s potential, Sofa Bed will give you that, but I can’t promise you won’t want the full meal after hearing this three minutes. 

We then jump right into MUD – part one of the two singles of this EP that fall into the distinction of three letter, one word, all caps anthems that bring a slice of British life in song form (think English Weather by FEET, but even more niche and weaving). Both MUD and BUS bring the gig audience into the headphones, with shout-along choruses that beg for a crowd to sing along. While the number 50 bus in Birmingham might not be a universally known phenomenon, BUS certainly pulls for anyone to sing as if they too were in the seats of our narrators.


One personal highlight of the EP is the distinct personalities of each singer. Not only are each given the chance to express their clear talent, but their styles give each voice purpose throughout. For vocalist Edie Mist, this comes in the brilliant Split Ends, which emphasises the rock of the band, building from Mist’s intimate storytelling (like the peculiar ‘you take off my make-up, you cut my split ends’) into an abrasive, increasingly dynamic fight of words (‘sorry, you’re not good enough for my friends’ being another entrancing piece of the puzzle of this song). This is backed superbly by the band’s quick-paced builds, especially with drummer Reuben Saunder’s control over the rhythm of the track. If words weren’t enough to express the feelings towards this track, the amount it’s taken to express those feelings probably gets you to understand the quality of Split Ends.

In Ninety-Nine, Arthur Belben gets his highlight, giving a stellar vocal performance that laments over the fears of the future, including £7.80/hour jobs and the dread of becoming a daily mail reader in his eighties – existentialism doesn’t even begin to cover it. Holding thematic similarities to Hand Me Downs, Ninety-Nine holds focus in the future, with lyrics that will be taking me weeks to emotionally decipher. 

Ending strong in sorrow with previously covered track Hand Me Downs, Cage Park fulfil the promise of their singles, by creating an EP that rolls as a rollercoaster of emotion, never holding the brakes through joy, fear and gloom. 

Cage Park

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Ostrich – Perfect Family

It’s hard to believe there’s anything cooler than Ostrich’s newest single, Perfect Family. The band weave round the idealisation of the title, creating a tune that creates a spookily funky atmosphere.

The tune is backed heavily by a heavy hitting bass line, one that kicks a strong rhythm right into the ears, aided by funky little musical additions from time to time. Singer Will Mctaggart weaves a Dick and Jane-esque tale of happy families – at least, until the chorus’ “They have chestnuts in their yard”; a strange display of perfection that opens the gate to the most ethereal elements of the band’s capabilities. Saxophones and synths keep the aforementioned funk flowing throughout, as the band maintain a pumping song whilst never feeling stale. 

It’ll be a wonder to explore the worlds that Ostrich create in the future, as this Perfect Family seems to only further demonstrate their creative potential.

Ostrich

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Words by Jacob Rose

8th April 2022

New Music – Keston Cobblers Club

Keston Cobblers Club – Lullaby for the Wide Awake

Any of us who’ve suffered with insomnia will understand the toll it can take. However, instead of hopelessly watching the minutes turn to hours or checking out bargain jewellery on late night shopping channels, Julia Lowe turned the moment towards creativity, writing the band’s new single Lullaby for the Wide Awake in the early hours of just one such morning.

Folk-filled vocals backed with an almost orchestral undertone, the track is haunting, compelling and uncomplicated in its delivery but far from simply constructed. Less is more as the saying goes, and the understated quality in the production is what takes things to a new level for the band here.

Things bode well for pending album Alchemy, due for release on 22nd April, and you catch them on UK tour dates throughout April and May. In the meantime sit back and enjoy the music – sweet dreams…

Keston Cobblers Club

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Words by Siobhan

6th April 2022