Monday, 13 April 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : TURBOWOLF - TWO HANDS

ARTIST : TURBOWOLF
ALBUM : TWO HANDS

Last week Bristol's finest - Turbowolf - unleashed their 2nd studio album 'Two Hands' through Spinefarm Records and Search And Destroy. The band first appeared on Music Liberation back in 2009 when we covered their 'Ancient Snakes' single, and we've been following their progress ever since. In recent times things have really started moving for them, with a high profile tour supports with Royal Blood and Death From Above 1979 as well as Radio 1 daytime airplay.

'Two Hands', produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band Of Skulls, Opeth), comes full loaded with riffs aplenty, delivered with a real swagger and enthusiasm from a band that have clearly always had the talent but finally also now have the platform to deliver and showcase to the world! // Turbowolf

https://open.spotify.com/album/2vFLwwSRjuQ2fr2JgV0PCA

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : MATHS - THE FIRES COURTING THE SEA

ARTIST : MATHS
ALBUM : THE FIRES COURTING THE SEA
LABEL : TANGLED TALK

It's been 4 long years since we last saw Norwich hardcore screamo 3-piece Maths, when they released 'Descent' and 'Ascent', however they make a triumphant return in 2015 with a new EP, titled 'The Fires Courting The Sea' which is out now through Tangled Talk.

The record is 6 tracks long but comes in around 10 minutes, so there's plenty on offer and no filler. It's an intense listen, with chaotic fast bits and slower placid parts, but all delivered with a maturity and understanding that their time away has clearly given them.

'The Fires Courting The Sea' is available as a limited edition 12" and download over at Tangled Talk, whilst make sure you catch the band playing the Unicorn in London on May 23rd. // Maths

https://open.spotify.com/album/3RmJrnNe1atXKJ7QH1lNWl

Monday, 30 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : FRED THOMAS - ALL ARE SAVED

ARTIST : FRED THOMAS
ALBUM : ALL ARE SAVED

'All Are Saved' is the eighth studio album from Fred Thomas, but it's the first we've heard of him at Music Liberation and it seems that theme of obscurity resonates with others too. After some digging we discovered he's been making music for the past 15 years and is perhaps most known for being the front man of Saturday Looks Good To Me, which didn't enlighten us much either but still his latest record is ace.

Released through Polyvinyl Records on the 7th April, the album's 11 tracks are a result of a years worth of recording/producing from Thomas in Detroit, Michigan, and Athens, Georgia, with some additional help from Drew Vandenburg (Of Montreal, Deerhunter), and guest additions from amongst others Andrew W.K!

'All Are Saved' is a heavy record, not sonically, but emotionally. With the vocals often spoken not sung, Thomas engages his listener with heartfelt words that draw upon nostalgia, pain, suffering, and anger. All of which is played out upon a bed of samples, guitar, synths, and dreamy pop beats. BUY 'ALL ARE SAVED'

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : GROAN - HIGHROSPLIFFICS

ARTIST : GROAN
ALBUM : HIGHROSPLIFFICS

Out through Superhot Records is 'Highrospliffics', the new EP from self proclaimed party doom band Groan. The London four-piece recorded their latest material with Sam Thredder (of Slabdragger fame), and release it this week as a free digital download through their Bandcamp page.

Including tracks such as the opening 'Run Out Of Fucks' and the lead track 'Witchfinder General Finder', the 4 track record is 'doom metal to pump your fists and bang your head to' according to bassist Leigh Jones. Jones is joined by new guitarist Lindsay Hamilton (guitar), alongside long term drummer Zel Kaute, as well as founding member Mazzereth (vocals).

You can catch them next playing at The Underworld in Camden on May 23rd, we'll see you there!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0DV93r0VffdOHSqUZJBiFp

Monday, 23 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : COURTNEY BARNETT - SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

ARTIST : COURTNEY BARNETT
ALBUM : SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

Out this week through House Anxiety / Marathon Artists is 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit', the debut album from Courtney Barnett. The Australian has previously come to our attention with the release of 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas' back in 2013, which as you probably tell was a combination of her first two EPs.

The new record spans 11 tracks and includes the single 'Pedestrian At Best'. Barnett has an interesting vocal style, half spoken word, half sung, but always delivered with a clear sincerity. Her lyrics tell stories and are full of life anecdotes and humorous one liners. Aside from the humour though there's humility and honesty to her work, revealing intimate sides to her character which are hard to not get swept up by. The music itself is also varied, from fast paced guitar driven attacks, to softer more singer songwriter like tracks, interspersed with pop rock noise.

'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' is an absolute delight and showcases an artist in Courtney Barnett who is clearly making the strides and sounds that refreshingly she wants.

Catch Courtney on tour throughout March/April, and buy the record in various formats here.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4xRrnbv5WmQp6CJXksbF1t

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : ELEL - ELEL


ARTIST : ELEL
ALBUM : ELEL

ELEL are an 8 piece (yeah 8!) pop band from Nashville, who earlier this month released their debut EP through Mom + Pop Music. The band have two horns, two drums, three keys, guitar, bass, and a multitude of vocals, all of which lead to music which is bright, energetic, and wholly positive.

The lead single from the record is '40 Watt', which front man Ben describes as "a big loud dance song about dancing with one other person in a little bitty house". Sounds fun right?! Check it below! // ELEL

https://open.spotify.com/album/1gZeqsR1JzFyAyujtnyXbS

Monday, 16 March 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : AWOLNATION - RUN


ARTIST : AWOLNATION
ALBUM : RUN

Out this week through Red Bull Records is 'Run', the 2nd album from AWOLNATION, the one-man electro rock extravaganza that is the creation of Aaron Bruno. It is the follow up to his universally acclaimed debut record 'Megalithic Symphony', which culminated in Bruno travelling the world on a 2 year long tour.

AW returns with Run, a 14 track album that he has written, performed and produced entirely on his own. We featured the lead single 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)' a few weeks ago, which also had a cool one shot video to go with it. Run is a powerful album from start to finish, from the heavy rock guitars and electronic beats, to the softer mellow pop moments.

We'll be catching AWOLNATION at the Electric Ballroom on April 1st. // AWOLNATION

https://open.spotify.com/album/6yGp5e6Puhx155c8dQ8e6P

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

EVENT: GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2015 LONGLIST


The longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition has been announced and Music Liberation is pleased to reveal the three acts that we put forward - Noiiises, Otherkin, and The Pearl Harts. You can check out the full list of 120 acts over here, whilst below we've got some info on the excellent bands we chose this time around.
Noiiises

Noiiises are clearly on the zeitgeist point, following in the footsteps of contempories Years & Years and Peace, taking inspiration from 80's icons Depeche Mode and New Order, creating music which expertly fuses electronica and rock to great effect. // Noiiises



Otherkin

Otherkin are a 4 piece grunge pop band from Dublin, full of soaring melodies, intricate guitars, and most importantly they have a clear intent and togetherness which gives clarity to both their ideas and music. // Otherkin


The Pearl Harts

Channelling their inner Sabbath/Zeppelin spirit, Kirsty and Sara aka The Pearl Harts reel off their blues filled guitar riffs and drum fills with aplomb. They are noisey and brash, and coming straight at ya! // The Pearl Harts