New Music – The Haunted Youth

The Haunted Youth – Teen Rebel

Making music that reflects the aptly chosen moniker The Haunted Youth, the Belgian band centred around Joachim Liebens, add layers of shoegazey synth and guitar loops to what essentially is a great pop record, taking it to a different level of poignant melancholy. The initial MGMT comparisons are perhaps inevitable, however, as the track progresses it saunters more towards Euro-trance, something to listen to while the rains falls onto the bright lights of the city.

Teen Rebel is newly shared to the UK market and comes from forthcoming debut album Dawn of the Freak, due for release on 4th November via Mayway Records. “It’s therapy, a way of dealing with my existence”, says Liebens. “And I hope this album will be universal and accessible enough for others to enjoy it in the same way.”

There’s a suggestion of UK dates coming soon; with a schedule across Europe for the rest of the year it looks likely that we may have to wait until 2023 for the pleasure.

The Haunted Youth

Review by Siobhan

4th October 2022

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

Live – Marillion at O2 Guildhall Southampton

Marillion at O2 Guildhall Southampton, 22nd September 2022

It was another sold-out performance for the return to the South Coast for this iconic, genre defying band.

Steve Hogarth, who has fronted the band since 1989, joked with the audience that he hated the terms often used to describe their music. “Prog Rock? I don’t like that… Orchestral Rock? I like that even less… Symphonic Pop… that’s the worst!”. He then smiled and said, “However you describe what we do, I hope you enjoy the show”. So, not wanting to argue with Steve, I did exactly that, and I won’t try to pigeonhole them, other than to say that it was a superb evening of unique music with an attention to detail that is rarely seen in live performances.

Two of the unseen heroes of the evening were, without doubt, were the lighting and sound engineers. Using a huge Midas sound desk, (which I imagine the Road Crew hate) the less than perfect acoustics of the O2 in Southampton were brought to life. Together with a stunning and perfectly engineered light show, they made this relatively small venue feel like a London Arena.

The band played a two hour set and were ably supported by Luke Jackson whose opening set was full of his wonderful vocals and faultless acoustic guitar playing.

Like most audience members, I often dread the words “We’re going to play the whole of the new album for you”. Like most, I really want to hear the songs I’m familiar with, but on this occasion, it was a joy to hear such a polished set from musicians who clearly gel together so well and clearly still enjoy playing together, even after so many decades in the business.

Steve Rothery’s lead guitar was as perfect as ever. Each note practiced and polished, drawing on years of playing live. He stood (almost motionless) in his usual stage place and looked lost in the sound. The keyboard and the rhythm section were equally well rehearsed and a testament to the adage that practice really does make perfect.

At the end of the show, there was a long standing ovation before the obligatory encore. A full house of very happy Marillion fans left the venue feeling they had been treated to a spectacular show. The tour continues around the UK before heading to Europe. Catch it if you get the chance.

Marillion

Photos and Review by Peter Nicholson

Peter is a Southampton based photographer who specialises in Concert, Live Music, Performance and Show photography. He also runs Sound Level and Sofar Sounds on the South Coast. We’re delighted to have him join the Breaking Glass team; do check out his work on the link above.

24th September 2022

Live – Altered Images | Vanity Fairy at Concorde 2

Altered Images & Vanity Fairy at Concorde 2, Brighton, 13th September 2022

There’s always an element of a gamble in seeing an artist whose music you’ve listened to as you grew up. Will it bring back happy memories or feel like a tribute to the past? No such concern with Altered Images as, in addition to the classics, Clare Grogan has continued to stake her place in the music world, with collaborations on latest album Mascara Streakz with both Bernard Butler and Robert Hodgens, better known to most of us as Bobby Bluebell.

The set at Brighton’s Concorde 2 showcased her ability to hold the audience in the palm of her hand with a mix of great tunes, storytelling and an instantly recognisable voice that still sounds as strong as ever. It rained for most of the day on Tuesday but the night ended with a spark of pure sunshine; impossible not to enjoy this.

And a shout out for an inspired choice of support as Vanity Fairy won over the crowd (not an easy task when you have a fanbase this established) with their enchanting synth-disco tunes, complete with a vocal worthy of the love child of Kate Bush and Sylvester.

For one night only, the seafront had more sequins than pebbles – which is no bad thing.

Vanity Fairy

Altered Images

Words and photos by Siobhan

16th September 2022

 

Live – THEIA at Rock City

THEIA at Rock City, Nottingham, 14th September 2022
(Supporting Magnum)

Brothers… who’d have them! An easy question for Kyle and Ash Lamley, the fraternal duo who make up the incredible multi-genre combo, THEIA.

I caught up with the guys backstage at Rock City before they took the stage on the 3rd date of their tour supporting mighty Hard Rock icons, MAGNUM on their 50th anniversary tour.

Prior to my visit, I’d been listening to the young band’s catalogue and could only question how the duo secured such a prestigious support? Elder brother, singer Kyle, explained that Magnum keyboard wizard, Rick Benton, had been a college inspiration and the personal connection was made there.

The brothers are chatty, relaxed and very funny. If you get to meet them, ask how Kyle, being an official Teletubby, met the love of his life! They’re great storytellers, which translates into well-crafted and often introspective lyrics of their songs.

Outside Rock City the queue of Magnum fans began early and I couldn’t help but wonder how these hardcore rockers would receive this young band!

As the Lamley brothers took to the stage, their clever use of theatrics engaged their audience instantly, before even striking a note! Kyle announced the band’s arrival with a large placard emblazoned ‘APPLAUSE’, followed by a quick flip to reverse, ‘MANIC SCREAM,’ the crowd dutifully followed. Behind the drum kit, younger brother, Ash, adorned an enormous pair of inflatable hands to add extra fun and warmth to their unusual introduction.

With the audience already on their side, THEIA opened with Fire, establishing the tone for the remainder of the set with strong beats, brave lyrics and infectious energy. This was followed by fan favourite, Blue Heart.

As the crowd swelled in number, following a perfect rendition of the emotional There’s A Boy , telling the story of Kyle’s growing up with Type-1 Diabetes, Ash emerged from behind the drum kit to re-ignite the room by leading a dynamic, fun t-shirt give-away .

The set concluded with a great singalong, HooWoo; the entire crowd by this time having quadrupled in size joining in as one!

For a novice THEIA gig goer, this was a young band’s masterclass in how to win fans and influence them!

Good luck THEIA; based on that performance, your future is assured!

THEIA

Words and photos by Tina Sherwood at All The Ts Photography

16th September 2022

Live – VLURE at The Moth Club

VLURE at The Moth Club, London, 9th September 2022

And so it builds – new songs like blankets you can wrap yourself in, a growing fanbase travelling far from home, a sense of expectation that is never disappointed – the rise of VLURE isn’t stopping any time soon.

Never Heard of Ya’s combined 3rd birthday and farewell party filled The Moth Club on Friday night, and there’s little doubt about who stole the show. Every VLURE set feels like a privilege to witness, something you’ll never regret making the journey for. And catching familiar faces in the crowd is becoming a regular thing too, a strong sense of being in on an increasingly less well kept secret.

With the stage ferocity of The Snakeheads, the pulsing tempo of heavy dance beats and the propulsion of all that was good about 80s’ electronica, if you’ve not caught this band live yet then don’t sleep on it for too much longer… but be nice and save us a space at the front.

VLURE

Words and photos by Siobhan

12th September 2022

All Points East Festival 2022

All Points East Festival, London, 28th August 2022

With a propensity for pulling in the biggest names, All Points East returned this year with another impressive run of weekend events that included headline slots from Disclosure, The National, Tame Impala, Gorillaz and culminating last Sunday with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Cave’s last performance at APE in 2019 is still revered and doubtless this one will be talked about for a long time too. A captivating showman with a setlist spanning the career of The Bad Seeds, the two hours plus on stage was once again a showcase of how to hold a crowd in the palm of your red right hand.

Still, there were plenty of reasons to be there earlier in the day too with some excellent main stage sets from Chilli Jesson and Kae Tempest amongst others. Jesson seems to be more accomplished with each performance, and Tempest could easily have been much higher up the line-up and without doubt captured some new fans.

Over at the BMW #PlayNext stage, lots of new talent throughout the day with exciting sets from Attawalpa, Bonnie Kemplay and fast rising stars The Dinner Party.

The North stage played host to some great music with light shows to match from the likes of Jehnny Beth, Spiritualized and Sleaford Mods, while the Ray-Ban West stage had the pleasure of Michael Kiwanuka’s presence, always a flawless production.

An eclectic mix and an open opportunity to see some firmly established acts while discovering new breakthrough artists just around the corner. Looking forward to seeing who APE manage to sign up in 2023.

Words and photos by Siobhan

7th September 2022

Victorious Festival 2022

Victorious Festival, 26th-28th August 2022, Southsea Common

Long established as a local festival, Victorious has grown over the years and now attract tens of thousands of people from near and far across the late summer bank holiday weekend. Family friendly and with some huge names performing, there’s a wide variety of music and activities running over the three days and, at the risk of throwing in a well versed cliche, there really is something for everyone.

Previously a two day event, the Friday opener is now well established and this year kicked off with Primal Scream playing in the hot, hot sunshine. From Bobby Gillespie’s Screamadelica inspired suit, to the gospel voices joining the stage, to the entire crowd singing along to Come Together, this was the perfect start to the weekend and a beautiful reminder of the power of live music.

Another standout on the main stage was (unsurprisingly) Self Esteem. Victorious has been criticised in the past for a lack of female artists on its line-up. It was really good to see a significant turnaround on this, as the rows of teenage girls loving every second of this set will attest – would be great to see a switch-up in the daily headliners too next year – 2022 offered up Stereophonics on Friday, Paolo Nutini on Saturday and Sam Fender on Sunday. Other big names across the weekend included James, Anna Calvi, Bastille, Sports Team, Anne Marie and Suede.

There was also plenty going on at the selection of smaller stages with some great showcases from loads of local favourites – amongst others Jerry Williams, Marley Blandford, Flowvers, Welly and the inimitable Van Gosh, who never disappoint visually but don’t be lulled into thinking they’re just a gimmick band; they can really play. Lots more to see and discover across the common too with a kids’ area, comedy tent, skatepark and an impressive choice of food and drink vendors and festival shops.

All in all, a really successful weekend with lots of memories made. If you want to join in the fun, tickets for 2023 are on sale now here. Check out our photo gallery below and see if you can find your favourite act (or even yourself) in there!

Common Stage

Primal Scream

Primal Scream, We Are Scientists

Self Esteem

Soak

James

Acoustic Stage

Paddy Taylor

Amba Tremain, Margo Cilker, Jerry Williams

Marley Blandford

Beats & Swing Stage

Utah Saints

Showcase Stage

Ben Brookes

Andy Foster

World Music Stage

Hutch

Welly

Castle Stage

Sports Team, Coach Party, Only The Poets

White Lies

Casemates Stage

Filta, Jordan Duke

Flowvers

Van Gosh

Words by Siobhan
Photos:
Acoustic Stage, Beats & Swing Stage, Showcase Stage and Casemates Stage by Hannah Mesquitta
Common Stage, World Music Stage and Castle Stage by Siobhan

2nd 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

Live – Everything Everything at The Wedgewood Rooms

Everything Everything at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 24th August 2022

I think it’s fair to say that the past two years have been pretty rough for us all. The live music scene has certainly had its share of struggles since the initial outbreak of Covid-19, but amongst the endless doom and gloom there is cause for optimism.

Back in the summer of 2020, the Revive Live campaign (a partnership between The National Lottery and Music Venue Trust) launched to help independent venues survive post-Covid. Its mission is to support UK grass roots venues by bringing big artists to intimate crowds, and well, so far so good.

Manchester art rock heavyweights Everything Everything grace the Wedge’s stage tonight to a sold-out crowd, but first up we have Hayden Thorpe. Performing as a solo act, Hayden conjures up a calming atmosphere which is unfortunately punctured by the gathering crowd’s constant chatting. However, Hayden seems unphased for the most part and looks to be enjoying himself. Good for him.

Having only heard a handful of tracks from Everything Everything’s six album discography, I’m told that their latest album Raw Data Feel is one of their best. Luckily then tonight’s set leans heavily on that cache of tunes. Teletype kicks things off, and the crowd are immediately singing along to every word and dancing like they’re VIP guests at the world’s greatest indie-disco circa 2005.

Watching the set unfold at a steady pace, I feel that Everything Everything are a band that is greater than the sum of its parts. Michael Spearman’s drums are loud, punchy and straight to the point. This approach then complements Jeremy Pritchard’s tight rolling bass grooves, whilst Alex Robertshaw’s efficient yet effective guitar leads provide plenty of texture and dynamics to songs like Jennifer and Night of the Long Knives.

Singer Jonathan Higgs’s passionate falsetto vocal delivery rounds off the Everything Everything sound, and it’s during Kemosabe where it really shines. The crowd sing along loudly, and Higgs can’t help but smile throughout as his words are pelted back at the band with more enthusiasm than I’m used to seeing these days.

Now, I have already admitted to not being well-versed on the subject of Everything Everything’s back catalogue. However, the last three songs of the main set are really impressive. Here we get the triple threat ‘bangers’ Bad Friday, Cough Cough and I Want A Love Like This. Each track is a total ear worm, and I’ve had them stuck in my head since the show. I Want A Love Like This in particular gets my vote as Robertshaw moves over to play synth, and Higgs’s voice soars during the chorus. I feel alive indeed.

We had to leave before the encore sadly, but judging by the band’s performance tonight, I would say Everything Everything are a solid and enjoyable live act, and it was fun seeing them play on a smaller stage. So, support the Revive Live campaign, support your local independent music venue and maybe knock the chat on the head whilst the acts are performing.

Everything Everything

Words by Ryan Howarth
Photos by Hannah Mesquitta

31st August 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

Live – Safety Jacket | Maximilian | Pastil at The Rialto Theatre

Safety Jacket, Maximilian & Pastil at The Rialto Theatre, Brighton, 12th August 2022

After a couple of years in the making, Safety Jacket launched their debut album Honey from the Wasp Nest into the world on Friday night in the stunning setting of Brighton’s Rialto Theatre. 

Kicking things off, Pastil opened proceedings with some smooth dream-pop tunes, just the thing to escape from the heat outside to. Announcing a name change to bobbysmiles, watch out for what’s to follow.

Next up, having swiftly emerged from behind the first set’s drum kit to take the mic for the second – Maximilian with an almost Cure-esque quality to his vocals, and some more familiar faces to hand from the local scene.

And so to Safety Jacket – a special evening for the Brighton three-piece and lots of support in the room. Honey from the Wasp Nest is as much a collection of short stories as a collection of songs. Dedicated to vocalist George’s grandad Derek, a photo of whom is projected above the stage, it feels like a very honest and heartfelt project, the ethos of which will be relatable to many. Veering from indie rock to almost Bragg-like protest poetry, the album is full of twists, turns and mood swings.

With lots to reflect on, it’s clear that the band have put everything into making this record and it stands up as a piece of work that manages to avoid the pitfalls of sameness that it’s easy to fall into in an attempt to follow trends. Something of a concept album, showcased at the theatre with a great reception and a call back for one more song at the end? I reckon Derek would’ve loved it.

You can listen to and purchase the album here

Words and photos by Siobhan

15th 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

Brighton & Hove Pride – Parade & Portraits

Brighton & Hove Pride, 6th & 7th August 2022

After a two year gap, it was fantastic to see the return of Brighton & Hove Pride for its 30th anniversary outing. Undisputedly one of the biggest and brightest events on the local calendar, the theme for this years Pride celebration was LOVE · PROTEST · UNITY.

The Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade was back too in all its glory, crowds of all ages lining the streets from Hove Lawns to Preston Park as the carnival rolled its way through town. A feast of colour and noise, local community groups, charities and businesses were out in force to show their support, with international representation firmly in the mix too.

Brighton & Hove Pride is operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community organisation. All ticket revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising. Over £936,000 has been raised for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund in the last seven years. The Brighton Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to give grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits good causes giving grants to a range of local groups.

Once the huge parade eventually reached its destination, the party continued in Preston Park with music, fairground rides, cabaret, dance and much more. The stages played host to Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith, Jake Shears, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Todrick Hall, Raye and Björn Again amongst others, and the atmosphere was as hot as the sun.

Huge thanks to all involved and to all the fabulous attendees who made this a very special event. Did we catch you on camera? Check out our gallery of Pride Portraits below…

Brighton & Hove Pride – more information here

Words and photos by Siobhan 

8th 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

Live – The Cribs at Pryzm Kingston

The Cribs at Pryzm Kingston for Banquet Records, 31st July 2022

The Cribs have a diehard fanbase, always there to party and equally happy to hear the new tunes as the old ones. This week though has been all about the old ones, as the Wakefield trio released special edition versions of their first three albums.

And to add the icing to the cake, some live shows to take everyone down memory lane. A show to play through each of the albums, The Cribs, The New Fellas and Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever. The twist? All three on the same day, one after another. Sunday was the turn of Banquet Records, utilising Pryzm down the road for their out-stores.

Almost off to a shaky start with a broken down van, happily none of us knew how close things were to being cancelled, and the opportunity was there for those in the right bit of the queue inside to watch the Lionesses kick off on time instead. But inevitably worth the wait, The Cribs never disappoint live, not once, not twice, not three times.

A day to remember and a chance to relive the early days – all three records are currently and deservedly sitting comfortably in the UK chart top 10. What can you say? Brilliant albums, brilliant shows, whatever…

Words and photos by Siobhan

2nd 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