New Music – deep tan | Peaness

New releases – deep tan, Peaness

deep tan – beginners’ krav maga

There is much to take from deep tan’s first single of 2022. A feel of some of those classic punk tracks that in actuality were pretty perfect pop songs, a well fitting juxtaposition of spiky riffs with smooth vocals, and an opportune use of music with a message for starters.

In beginners’ krav maga, the band continue to show why they remain firmly at the top of numerous publications’ breakthrough artists lists. At just 2 minutes 38 the track is concise, crisp and catchy; the message behind it no less serious as a consequence.

The band say, “beginners’ krav maga is a response to the idea that womxn should take self defense classes in order to feel safe on the street at night. womxn shouldn’t have to. yet it seems like every day there’s a new sarah everard, sabina nessa or aisling murphy. educate your sons, brothers, guy friends. male violence against womxn is an epidemic and it needs to stop, so we made a pop song to talk about it.”

beginners’ krav maga is out now, details of tour dates and ticket links here.

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Peaness – How I’m Feeling 

Good to hear new music from Chester trio PEANESS as they build interest for their long-anticipated debut album. World Full Of Worry is due for release on 6th May through the band’s own label, Totally Snick Records. In the meantime, How I’m Feeling sets the scene for a long player filled with their distinctive brand of sugar coated indie-pop sure to please long time fans and grab some new ones too.

Peaness say, “In an unfulfilling job? Need a shake up with something in your life or you’ll go mad? Well, that’s How I’m Feeling and it can’t be ignored anymore! Amongst self loathing and melancholy there are sparks of determination and a belief that you deserve more. I hope it works out.”

How I’m feeling is out now with album pre-order on this link. Peaness have also shared details of tour dates here.

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Words by Siobhan 
Photos: deep tan © Alex Loveless, Peaness © Derek Bremner

24th January 2022

New Music – White Lies | Maida Rose

New releases – White Lies, Maida Rose

White Lies – Am I Really Going To Die

When it comes to singing about death, who can compete with White Lies? In the new single Am I Really Going To Die, the band jam between despondence and hope through scenes of medication and phenomenon.

After an introduction that would perfectly play as a hero rises to overcome defeat, the funk of White Lies’ new track kicks in. Each tone of the track dances in its own right: the bass intricately weaving between notes, the guitar adding its own percussion with syncopated chords and the anthemic rises of the keyboard especially. This, of course, helps back singer McVeigh’s upmarket character, transitioning between the stages of recognising his own mortality.

Considering this as the first of two songs discussing this narrative only boosts hope and anticipation for White Lies’ upcoming album in February, both to conclude the narrative and to deliver more of the band’s seminal style.

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Maida Rose – I Remember

Using almost exactly the same instruments and taking them in a completely softer direction, I Remember is the latest track from Maida Rose: a construction of a dreamy landscape that feels like it could last a lifetime (somehow without even taking up three minutes).

The main forces of the track come down to Maida Rose’s voice – a carefully melodic, tranquil presence, backed throughout by a synth that pulses, giving a lovely light weight to the building percussion. As soft guitars kick in (delightfully reminiscent to The Strokes’ Ode to the Mets), this universe expands, adding a rhythmic path with which to explore the landscape the group have audibly created.
In their ability to form beauty out of unchanging, yet ever present memories, Maida Rose form another piece of the puzzle of their upcoming album, sure to carry just as many dreamy tunes as I Remember.

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Words by Jacob Rose 
Photos: Maida Rose © White Lies © Charles Cave, Lin Bartraij

22nd January 2022

Rockaway Beach Festival 2022

Rockaway Beach, Butlin’s Bognor Regis, 7th-9th January 2022

Planning a festival for early January with the very real possibility of venues being closed again after Christmas has to be a fairly onerous task. Getting safely into the new year with no restrictions announced would seem a good reason to breathe a sigh of relief, but then to have artists dropping out on a daily basis due to positive testing takes things to a whole new level.

There were points in the run up where it looked like Rockaway Beach wasn’t going to make the finishing line this year but, despite the odds, it proved to be a gamble that paid off. Some inspired last minute substitutions were made and the crowd embraced the changes in good spirit. Here are some of our best bits…

Big slots at Centre Stage on Friday were filled by Buzzcocks (replacing The Futureheads) and Do Nothing (subbing for Working Men’s Club), sandwiching a tricky set from Tricky. A more than solid start to the weekend with much audience appreciation.

No tents to pitch or portaloos to queue for at Butlin’s, and after a night in your chalet or hotel room of choice, there were plenty of highlights on both stages throughout Saturday.

Italia 90 have clearly kept up momentum during lockdown, drawing old fans and winning new ones with an early slot at Reds.

Maria Uzor (one half of Sink Ya Teeth) was an unexpected yet memorable surprise, showcasing glitchy electro-soul with hooks and melodies aplenty.

And darling of the London scene Nuha Ruby Ra proved that her performance works equally well on a bigger stage as it does in a smaller setting, making the most of the light show and never using one mic when two will do.

It’s probably unavoidable that some people will come to see Imperial Wax to check out what some of the ex members of The Fall are up to. The reality is that you very quickly lose the need to make comparisons as they really are a strong enough band in their own right, their musicianship highlighted by overcoming technical difficulties with ease and making the set look effortless.

Another very late addition, Crows pulled in a big crowd who will doubtless be pleased to hear that they followed up their Butlin’s trip by releasing new music and tour dates.

Thankfully one act that didn’t cancel was the incomparable JARV IS. Always one to walk his own path, Jarvis Cocker has become cemented in modern day culture as a storyteller extraordinaire; who else would you find headlining in a beige velvet jacket throwing mini Bountys into the crowd while chatting about Shirley Bassey? An expert in giving the crowd exactly what they want but very much on his own terms, this was undoubtedly the biggest draw of the festival, and rightly so.

Rockaway Beach certainly have a knack of scuppering any chance of a lie in, kicking off Sunday with TV Priest waking everyone up with an animated set turned up to the max, their energy only surpassed by their gratitude for the equally lively response from the early risers.

Another crowd favourite, Hull’s bdrmm continued the clever pick me up to battle Sunday fatigue with their well honed mix of hazy shoegaze lifting the late afternoon timeline.

For a band that’s spanned decades, A Certain Ratio still sound surprisingly fresh, with tracks like Lucinda sounding as good as ever and new vocalist Ellen Beth Abdi fitting in perfectly. With much dancing in the room, it’s fair to say there was plenty of movement with no room for improvement.

In a fine way to end the weekend, Porridge Radio took to the stage. The transition from small, quirky DIY band to festival headliner isn’t an easy one to pull off but they managed to retain the feeling and nostalgia of performances of old, while impressing their newer fans with tracks from Mercury nominated Every Bad.

And that was that, festival complete. Talking about being at home at Christmas, Jarvis told us that he said, “We’re supposed to be playing this concert but it’ll never happen”. Happily he was proved wrong as it turned out that the ever changing line up added some spontaneity to the already eclectic proceedings. With amusement arcades, silent discos and DJ sets into the early hours, Rockaway Beach really is a festival experience not quite like any other. See you next year.

Rockaway Beach

Words / photos by Callum / Siobhan

17th January 2022

 

 

 

New Music – Crows

Crows – Slowly Separate

Returning with their first new music in three years, Crows are clearly in fine form. Their live shows, intense and at times frenzied, have built a huge following, and a last minute slot at last weekend’s Rockaway Beach pulled a packed and delighted crowd. The new music will no doubt please their fans just as much, as pulsating and hypnotic as could be expected and hoped for.

Talking about the new track, Crows frontman James Cox says, “Slowly Separate is about living in London, working a job you hate and just going through the mundane routine of hand to mouth living. Don’t get me wrong, I love London. It’s been my home for 13 years, and this song translates to any city and anytime you’re working a job that doesn’t fulfil you. When it gets to the end of the month, all your rent and bills come out and you’re barely left with enough to get through the next month. It gets to you, I’m sure a lot of people can relate. It just makes it sweeter when you are finally making changes in your life for the better and you can leave those feelings in the past.”

Slowly Separate is the lead track from forthcoming album Beware Believers, due for release on 1st April via Bad Vibrations Records – pre-order here. Tickets for tour dates go on sale on Monday at 10am.

Words by Siobhan
Band photo by Jamie Noise

13th January 2022

 

Contributors 2021

Breaking Glass 2021 Contributors

To every one of our photographers, writers, artists and reviewers – you’ve once again made it all worthwhile through another difficult year. Here’s a roll call of the wonderful people who contributed content to Breaking Glass during 2021. Thank you all so much; this is a better space with each of you involved. Thanks also to all the bands, artists, music PR teams and promoters, publishers, venues, museum and gallery curators who’ve invited us in and sent us previews, and anyone else who’s played a part in any way. See you for more of the same in 2022…

Alan Cruickshank Photographic
Alex Curran
Andy Houghton
Ange Cobham at Cobspix Photography
Becky Jones
Cate la Starza
Cath Dupuy
Charlie Smith
Clare Ratcliffe
Courtney Tjaden
Derek Rickman
Erin Servey
Gary Catlin
Gary M Hough at allthecoolbandsphotography
Hannah Mesquitta
Ingrid Turner
Jacob Rose
Jennifer Mullins
John Mackie
Katie Stokes
Lee Thompson
Lou Smith
Malachi Francis Photography
Mark Cartwright
Martin Ross
Matt Chapman
Mirjana Simeunovich
Najm Clayton
Nigel King Photography
Oriana Spadaro
Petra Eujane Photography
Rachel Wonders
Rob Orchard
Robert C Maxfield II Photography
Robert H King
Ryan Bell
Ryan Howarth
Seb K Akehurst at Jolly Bearded Promotions
Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography
Steve White
Steven Medeiros
Tasha Jeff Photography
Tina Sherwood at AllTheTsPhotography
Tom Davies

Photo © 16 Beasley St Photography

28th December 2021

 

Live – LIFE | Nuha Ruby Ra at The Green Door Store

LIFE | Nuha Ruby Ra, The Green Door Store, Brighton, 9th December 2021

Towards the end of 2019, LIFE played a gig at The Green Door Store in Brighton, an animated and immersive performance as always. It’s odd to think back and realise we had no inkling of what was to come over the next few months, and even when things started closing down, we could never have anticipated how long it would be for.

So here we are two years down the line, and it’s great to see LIFE back at the same (sold out) venue and really on top of their game. Their latest track Friends Without Names sits comfortably alongside crowd favourites Bum Hour and Moral Fibre, their energy is relentless and full of humour.

Support comes from the mesmerising Nuha Ruby Ra, whose parting words “Enjoy Life” seem like pretty good advice in general and inevitable in the short term. Gallery below.

Nuha Ruby Ra

LIFE

Words and photos by Siobhan

13th December 2021

New Music – SPINN

SPINN – People Should Know Better

In their third single from their upcoming album Out of the Blue, SPINN continue their hot streak of colourful tunes with People Should Know Better, a demanding track that injects a bleak outlook on the modern day into a classic anthemic indie track. 

The music that surrounds the desolate landscape of Quinn’s lyrics is itself dreamy. It feels incredibly immersive, akin to the two previous singles: reverberated jangly riffs match an indie aesthetic with punchy bass and drums – the music feels full, never limited in its attempts to capture the ears of all listeners near. 

Labelled as a tale of the frustration Quinn feels towards the moral decline of Britain through their reliance on a “f**king sh**e” government, the lyrics expand past political commentary, instead beautifully portraying a public perspective – the mantra of “people should know better” both chantable and reflective of what we all want – a strange paradox of collectively wanting a change made to the collective. 

Fatigue runs through the track like poison – the demands of knowing better are a question that races alongside the exhaustion of trying to comprehend why they don’t. It’s mesmerising how such a devastating concept is captured in such an upbeat fashion, which leaves it playing on repeat (but keeps the message in mind throughout). 

Outside of the Blue is due for release on 4th February 2022 via Modern Sky UK – more from SPINN here

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo by Barnaby Fairley

10th December 2021

New Music – Mosa Wild | White Lies

New releases – Mosa Wild | White Lies

Mosa Wild – Expect Me

There’s generally something haunting about organ music, add a brass section though and things spring back to life. Combine the two with the searching vocals of Jim Rubaduka and you have a track that feels like it could have been born from Leonard Cohen’s finishing school with a side diploma of  rousing gospel.

Jim explains, “Expect Me was initially written and recorded at my mum and dad’s kitchen table in Ashford. We tracked the final version with our friend Ben Baptie at Pool Studios. I think it’s the most collaborative studio session we’ve had. It was a joy to have a bunch of our friends come down and bless this record. The song has a very simple and direct message. I wanted the verses to feel like a hymn you know well, and the outro to feel like a hug that you don’t want to end. The song was written with love in mind.”

The end result is a captivating piece of music, take a few minutes to stop what you’re doing and take a listen. The track is taken from next year’s Zip Your Coat Up For English Weather EP, to be released on  Glassnote Records.

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White Lies – I Don’t Want To Go To Mars

Back at their best, White Lies’ latest single I Don’t Want To Go To Mars lays testament to the fact that they still have more to offer on their pending new album. With a trademark build to the crescendo of a chorus, the track feels fresh yet instantly recognisable at the same time.

Bassist Charles Cave says, “I Don’t Want To Go To Mars has all the distorted bombast of White Lies’ best anthems neatly packed into a short story. The song follows a character seemingly being herded off Earth to live out a sterile and mundane existence on a newly colonised Mars. Fundamentally the song questions the speed at which we are developing the world(s) we inhabit, and what cost it takes on our wellbeing.”

A strong contender to be a favourite in their live sets, check out the video below and catch White Lies on an extensive run of UK and European tour dates kicking off in March 2022. Their album, As I Try Not To Fall Apart, is set for release on PIAS in February.

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Words by Siobhan

7th December 2021

Live – The Bug Club | Sins | The Heavy Heavy at The Loft

The Bug Club, Sins &  The Heavy Heavy at The Loft, Portsmouth, 2nd December 2021

Sometimes there’s a buzz around a band that proves to be more than warranted. The Bug Club have been steadily making a name for themselves with a series of infectious psych pop tracks that are regular players on 6 Music and have been much lauded by new music connoisseur Marc Riley.

Their visit to The Loft on Thursday was a sell out, despite numerous other gigs taking place locally on the night. With a set worthy of a much longer established band, it’s clear that they’re not only developing a seriously strong catalogue of songs to dip into, but also that their ease in performing draws the crowd in and makes for a lovely warm atmosphere too. You have to wonder how much longer you’ll have the chance to see The Bug Club playing in venues this size for – with more live dates pending you should absolutely grab that chance now if you can.

Gallery below with supports The Heavy Heavy and Sins.

The Heavy Heavy

Sins

The Bug Club

Words and photos by Siobhan

6th December 2021

 

New Music – Sunflower Thieves | Ski Lift

New releases – Sunflower Thieves | Ski Lift

Sunflower Thieves – Sirens

Sunflower Thieves have given themselves a strong justification for their artist title with Sirens. The track is a wonderfully soft, wonderfully natural, powerful melody that feels like the perfect accompaniment to a sunrise.

It’s hard to distinguish one better feature over the other in the track. Instead, each instrument brings the atmosphere into full focus. The tremolo and kick back the intricacies of the acoustic guitar, and a beautifully paired vocal delivery throughout. Even the (and this is very much just assumptive) low accordion riff, whilst being the most abstract of the tones, evokes something new without replacing the beauty of the song. A perfect supplement.

It’s hard to believe that anyone can have a time in their year where Sirens would not be a match to a quiet day. Its ability to feel intimate and yet speak universally is something to admire by itself.

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Ski Lift – I Wanna Be You

I Wanna Be You is the latest track from Londoners Ski Lift – a popping indie track that feels like a joyous shock of electricity to the ears, even with some darker existentialist undertones.

The crunchy, direct electric guitar and drums give I Wanna Be You an immediate indie pop-rock style, aided by the title itself – shouted within the chorus, calling for an audience to do the same – which hints at the usual tale of desire you might expect in a 90s track.

When digging into the further lyrics, and hearing more of the abstract sides of the track, Ski Lift shows a more introspective take on the title’s seemingly clear message – what was once just a tale of two becomes universal. We all want to be the “you” that singer Benji Tranter writes of – something that makes the song’s ability to be gleefully chanted ever so slightly bleak.

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Words by Jacob Rose
Photos: Sunflower Thieves © Sophie Jouvenaar | Ski Lift © Keira Anee

3rd December 2021

Live – VLURE | MEMES at The Green Door Store

VLURE & MEMES at The Green Door Store, Brighton, 27th November 2021

Back in the days before a certain pandemic took over our lives, VLURE shared the visual for their track Desire, an insight into what was to come from the Glasgow five piece. I watched it repeatedly, weirdly fascinated by its almost tribal ferocity. Fast forward to Saturday night at Brighton’s Green Door Store and it’s time to find out whether the same urgency is still brimming over.

First up though, the powerhouse that is MEMES warm things up on the coldest night of the year. There may be only two of them (three if you count the drumming laptop) but what they lack in numbers they make up in volume and spiky socially observant lyrics. Talking Heads meets early Young Knives turned up to eleven if you will, in a good way for avoidance of doubt. Well worth a watch if they’re passing your way. 

And so after much anticipation, VLURE hit the stage and any idea that they wouldn’t live up to expectations is instantly quashed. With a breathtakingly solid collection of songs now under their belt, there are no dips in the set. The pulsating wall of 80s electronica fronted with a visceral vocal that makes up Shattered Faith is a standout that has the venue shaking, the actual storm outside overshadowed by the manufactured one inside. 

Intense, immense, and the most welcome of antidotes to the past eighteen months, VLURE are everything you’d want them to be and more. Just a glance at everyone’s faces in the crowd shows the pure joy in the room. There were stacks of gigs on in Brighton to choose from on Saturday, I can only thank the powers that be that we had the foresight to be at this one.

VLURE | MEMES

Words and photos by Siobhan

29th November 2021

New Music- Sapphire Blues

Sapphire Blues – Church of England 

Sapphire Blues’ new track Church of England is an atmospheric track that captures a weaving history of indie rock within a succinct, energetic three minutes.

One of the tune’s most prominent features comes thanks to a pumping bassline that fuels the first atmospheric tones, helped by crunchy chords. What really stokes the track’s flame, however, is its ability to be so many atmospheres at once – moving from gloomy greyish cityscapes for the ears within verses, to a catchy, upbeat chorus, full of jangly guitars and hope.

Even when searing to the finish line with a blend of pop and rock (and a slice of punk), Sapphire Blues’ track remains a sense of optimism towards the future of indie rock, thanks to this Bristolian 3 piece and their inventive (but reflective) anthems.

Sapphire Blues Church of England is out now on Blitzcat Records


Words by Jacob Rose

Photo by Josh Cooper / Artwork by Sam Lance Jones

15th November 2021

Mutations Festival 2021

Mutations Festival, Brighton, 4th – 7th November 2021

The past eighteen months have been tough on the music industry and, along with the hit to musicians in not being able to play live, many independent venues have struggled to stay afloat. Bringing an abundance of current and breakthrough talent to Brighton, Mutations Festival offered up the chance to take in four days of live music and support a whole heap of local grassroots venues at the same time.

With some tough clashes to choose between, we started Thursday in style with Holiday Ghosts, opening proceedings in the shadow of the pier amusements at Patterns. Singing songs about the city you’re in was as good a way to kick things off as any, and the standard was set for what was to come.

Moving across to the largest venue on the agenda, Chalk played host to the ethereal songs  and bitter-sweet musings of Bill Ryder-Jones. A world away from the TV advert-friendly indie pop of his days with The Coral (though still repping them on his guitar strap), Ryder-Jones has proved to be an accomplished writer, singer and producer. His set could have been twice as long and still not long enough. Closing the first day, This is the Kit filled the room with the sounds of enough instruments to start their own music shop and an ambience that would send everyone home happy and ready to return for more.

Left: This is the Kit, Top Right: Holiday Ghosts, Bottom Right: Bill Ryder-Jones

Friday night and the lights were low, and in a nice touch that ensured Hove wasn’t left out of the picture, the evening’s activities moved across to The Brunswick and The Old Market. Highlights at The Brunswick included Hull’s Low Hummer, wearing their indie hearts firmly on their sleeves, they have a new album release if you’re inclined to hear more. Glasgow two-piece Memes engaged the crowd with their charm, energy and Hazmat suits, ending with a singalong to a German techno track, as you do. Folly Group had to take a short intermission for a guitar string break but picked things up and made a strong impression.

Along the road at The Old Market, the ‘main house’ drew in a big crowd as soon as doors opened. Hotel Lux took starting position, their brand of nonchalant Dr Feelgood-esque contemplations well received by likely a different audience to usual. Next up, Billy Nomates seemingly actually has lots of mates who knew her songs word for word and bounced off her vigourous performance. The biggest pull of the night came in the form of Mr Maserati, king of the migraines himself, the inexplicably charming Baxter Dury. For no discernible reason abandoning his trademark suit for a full camo and goggles ensemble, Dury entertained as only he can, a set showcasing most recent album The Night Chancers while incorporating a string of old favourites and new songs alike. The suit returned with his encore, the crowd had a party, Friday night ended well.

Top: Billy Nomates, Left: Hotel Lux, Right x 2: Baxter Dury

A full day on Saturday began by confirming Keg’s status as ones to watch, except ironically not every could get in to watch them as their reputation meant there were queues up the stairs to The Folklore Rooms to see them. It’s testament to the quality of a band when they sound as good from outside as they do inside the room; their charisma, humour and stacks of energy warrant the hype. And for those who missed out, there would have been photos but it was so packed and hot it fogged up all three available camera lenses.

A trio of recommended acts followed at The Albert, a tight squeeze for the frenetic pace of TV Priest, a very welcome return for the slick post-punk of Social Haul, and a thankfully rescheduled set from Famous who are clearly not as famous as they should be. In the midst of this veritable hat trick of musical delight, back at the Folklore Rooms, Legss were possibly one of the only bands that were ready to start early and had to wait, winning over the room once things got going with their raucous South London vitality. After a quick break, it was back to Patterns to catch some wit and riffs from Mush, followed by current 6 Music darlings Yard Act at Chalk.

TV Priest

Left: Mush, Top Right: Famous, Bottom Right: Yard Act

Social Haul

And so we made it to day four. An early start paid off as we were treated to a spiky yet enchanting performance from deep tan at The Albert, a welcome calm before the beautiful chaos to follow as Lynks took centre-stage at Chalk. Never one to forget their mask, Lynks put on a show that was far from your regular Sunday afternoon entertainment, complete with adroit choreography and guest vocals from Barbara the table. Imagine if you’d come to Mutations and missed Lynks, that would have been a great shame indeed.

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Left & Top Right: Lynks, Bottom Right: deep tan

The rest of the day kept the stakes raised high, continuing with an immersive set from Nuha Ruby Ra at Komedia Studio. A late start but definitely worth the wait for PVA – having seen them before in multiple venues, Chalk seemed like the perfect fit and they once again balanced keeping existing fans happy whilst doubtless picking up new ones along the way.

There were all kinds of good things happening at The Umlauts’ slot at Patterns, an art school project with the potential to become a masterpiece, check them out if you get the chance. And later on the same stage, way more established but still sounding fresh, Big Joanie supplied a lovely atmosphere, some great tunes and a message of inclusivity to lift the spirits of anyone who may have been flagging.

Left: Nuha Ruby Ra, Top Right: The Umlauts, Bottom Right: Big Joanie

Finishing up at Chalk, Scalping managed to speak volumes whilst only playing instrumentals, silhouetted on stage and painting pictures not just with projections but also the intricacies of their music. This was followed by BEAK> playing their blend of reverb heavy, synth driven tracks to a full house, and we ended the weekend with lots to reflect on.

BEAK>

It’s heart-warming to feel like live music is a normal part of life again, there are stacks of good bands and artists to see, and we can only be grateful that all the venues involved survived the non-year that was 2020. All in all, Mutations was a treat for many reasons, and we’re already looking forward to seeing what they do next year.

Mutations Festival

Words / photos by Callum / Siobhan

10th November 2021

Live – Walt Disco at The Hope & Ruin

Walt Disco at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, 1st November 2021

Scotland has produced some brilliant artists over the years. From the antagonistic wall of sound instigated by the Mary Chain and refined by Glasvegas, to the pure joy of jangle pop from Orange Juice via the perfect vocal courtesy of The Associates, it’s been a journey with multiple highs and doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon.

Though there are plenty more Scottish bands of note who have emerged in the past few years, Walt Disco are surely sitting at the top of tree, raining down hailstone sized drops of glam and euphoria whilst they’re there.

Their live performance has gone from strength to strength and, as their tour came to a close at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin on Monday night, there was a sense that things can only keep spiraling upwards. Their setlist doesn’t hit a bad note, their music plucks the best of the past and rolls it into their own unique sound, and with no offence (or maybe a little) to all the cooler than school bands who wouldn’t dare crack a smile, it’s refreshing to see the sheer enjoyment of what’s happening from both the band and the crowd.

A night to remember – Walt Disco are not to be missed, bring your dancing shoes and get involved.

Catch up with Walt Disco here

Words and photos by Siobhan

3rd November 2021

 

 

New Music – M(h)aol

M(h)aol – Gender Studies EP

M(h)aol’s debut EP strikes harsh tones into the world of post-punk, being not only impressive through the band’s power to combine unrelenting distorted surges of punk with tonally and semantically entrancing lyrics, but also in its production, with the record being compiled in a succinct three days due to their different bases spanning Dublin, Bristol and London.

The eponymous track, Gender Studies, delivers a strong image of the band’s capability. Vocalist Róisín Nic Ghearailt delivers a conversation of anger in fatigue, a worn out mocking of classic ‘criticisms’ (if they can be called as such) of feminism. Searing guitar chords and pulsating bass strongly aid the emotional resonance of the track,  along with its enchanting music video – a merging of archive depictions of women with harsh imagery overlaid – sound familiar? 

This track sets a strong precedent for M(h)aol’s musical presence within the EP. The first half of the record delivers some strong features of the band, especially within their straying of structural musical conventions, in the absence of traditional choruses – replaced instead with much more significantly repeated lines (e.g. “I can’t hear with your voice in my head”) – as well as their brazen attitudes to song length, seen most prominently in the short, sweet Kinder Bueno.

In a personal favourite Laundries, as well as the stunning closing folk cover Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile, M(h)aol’s murky, shadowlike tones are given a stronger spotlight, signalling their ability to shift listeners through various atmospheres whilst firmly maintaining strong messages of identity. In this mixture of both variation and consistency, Gender Studies acts as a seminal, virile debut EP that is more than worth a listen – released digitally today.

More from M(h)aol here

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo © Susan Appleby

29th October 2021

Live – Skindred | Trash Boat at Corporation

Skindred & Trash Boat at Corporation, Sheffield, 22nd October 2021

Sheffield Corporation was heaving on Friday, full of anticipation for a brilliant night of music, which didn’t disappoint!

(Horrendous Friday night traffic on the motorway meant a late arrival, so apologies to openers, Sheffield’s Cellar Door Moon Crow).

Hertfordshire’s Alt/Rock band Trash Boat brought the house down, interacting with the crowd and delivering a loud, impassioned performance.

It was clear that the audience was teaming with Skindred fans who knew every word and nuance of every song, jumping and singing along as once voice during Benji Webb’s call and response moments. This was an overwhelming gig, not least because of the volume of people all in one place! Numbers aside, Skindred are back and bringing their fans out to play!

Skindred | Trash Boat | Cellar Door Moon Crow

Words and photos by Tina Sherwood

28th October 2021

New Music – deep tan

deep tan – tamu’s yiffing refuge

tamu’s yiffing refuge, deep tan’s self proclaimed story of ‘furry lust’, is a tune that can feel difficult to comprehend, whilst still being a joy to play, over and over again, in trying to understand.

The pulsating bass and eclectic percussion, alongside the taunting chirps of guitars throughout the song, very suitably back the blend of deep, wavelike vocals  (“room 44, room 44”) with occasional playful calls (“Hey Steve!”). Lyrics bounce from fragment to fragment, forming a story full of humour and horror – potentially a domestic Lovecraftian tale, replacing Cthulhu with…Tamu.

If you don’t know what the word ‘yiff’ means, I would warn you from finding out. However, if you must experience this word, as well as the irrational effects that this knowledge will have on you, this is certainly the perfect musical – and visual, through a jarring accompanying video – definition.

deep tan | tamu’s yiffing refuge is out now via Speedy Wunderground

Words by Jacob Rose
Photo via Practise Music

28th October 2021