Monday, 27 October 2014

LIVE: LAURA DOGGETT at O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON (supporting John Newman)


Laura Doggett is a 20 year old from Bath who recently signed with RCA Records, toured with SOHN, and this week sees the release of her debut single 'Moonshine'. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week she's also currently supporting Yorkshire's finest - Mr John Newman, on his UK tour, the highlight of which came at a sold out show at Brixton's O2 Academy.

For someone of such tender years Laura Doggett certainly displayed a clear confidence not only in her ability, but also through the strength of her song-writing. The half a dozen songs that populated her set-list demonstrated her deep, powerful vocals that are refreshingly unique, which alongside the sultry stage presence leaves you feeling like you've witnessed not just a normal concert but a theatrical event.

The between song chit chat clearly revealed someone who appreciated the opportunity given to her by John Newman (who incidentally put on a fantastic show), with the honest thank you mentions to those who've been supportive endearing her to the crowd which swelled in numbers as her set reached a conclusion.

With a debut album to look forward to in 2015, no doubt we'll be seeing Laura Doggett on the live scene again in the near future, I'd recommend you do so too!


 

Monday, 20 October 2014

ALBUM: YES I'M LEAVING - SLOW RELEASE


Out now through Homeless Records, 'Slow Release' is the fourth album from Aussie three-piece Yes I'm Leaving, following up from last years well received 'Mission Bulb' LP.

'Slow Release' is a blistering garage-punk-rock assault taking place over the record's 11 songs, full of angsty, grungy vocals and bass heavy guitars which never let up throughout the duration. It's a bleak yet strangely uplifting listening experience, leaving you with ears that feel abused but a brain that feels energised...strange!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

USA NAILS - SONIC MOIST


London based 4-piece USA Nails release their debut album next month. Titled 'Sonic Moist' it will be available through Smalltown America on a delicious sounding mint green swirling 12" vinyl, alongside a less appetising digital download.

I'll level with you, 'Sonic Moist' is not an easy listen. However for those who like the current wave of post-punk-noise that seems to have surfaced over the past 12 months, it's an essential listen. In a nutshell it's abrasive, obnoxious, relentless, and at times damn right brutal, comparable with contemporaries Big Ups, and Pissed Jeans, and inspired by Sonic Youth and Swans.

The album is available on the 17th November, head over the Smalltown America for pre-order, meanwhile the band's next London show is on 17th October at the Unicorn, with a full tour to follow - full details here. // USA NAILS

Monday, 29 September 2014

ALBUM: GYMNAST - WILD FLEET


Last week Manchester based duo Gymnast independently released their debut album 'Wild Fleet'. In an attempt to appease the culture of streaming and also build support ahead of the release, the band have made a different track available to stream from the album for the last 10 weeks. The band (Cathy Wilcock and Chris Lyon) have support from 6 Music's Tom Robinson and have also toured with Music Liberation favourite Torres.

'Wild Fleet' showcases the groups penchant for melodic pop songs but there's much greater depth than just that, with careful song-writing and a clear knowledge of musical arrangement present throughout. Drawing comparisons with London Grammar, Wild Beasts, and Alt-J, Gymnast take the listener on an interesting journey during the album's 10 tracks, with dark themes often intertwined with upbeat sounds.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

SINGLE: GOD DAMN - HORUS

God Damn are a duo hailing from the West Midlands - 'Horus' is their latest single which is due to be released through One Little Indian on October 27th.

We caught them at this year's 2000 Trees festival and have been hooked ever since. They are due to drop their debut album next year, ahead of which come tours with Turbowolf and Kagoule.

We like them...ALOT.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

ALBUM: YETI LOVE - YETI LOVE

Acoustic folk three-piece Yeti Love (Peter Hamilton, Dave Sears, and Julian Eccleston) have recently released their self titled debut album through Airballoon Productions.

It's fair to say that each member of this Croydon based band have been around the musical block a bit, but having been a part of several national and international touring acts, the trio seemingly came to the unanimous decision that the mainstream industry was not for them and a new path needed to be taken. Step forward Yeti Love.

Firstly the name, Yeti Love, according to Peter Hamilton comes from him seeing footage from the TV programme 'Patterson Big Foot' when he was a kid, with said show making him 'scared shitless' and he's been obsessed ever since!

This album is not your straight forward acoustic folk fodder, it's a brave record that mixes up tempo and styles, with some clever production work, and with Hamilton's acutely infectious vocals surrounded by a swathe of delicate chords and finger picking guitar.

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Kicking off with 'Old Man', the album moves effortlessly around the acoustic spectrum. 'Lonely Road' is the heaviest song on the record, with 'Saints Of White Lines' perhaps the strongest track emotively, but it's surrounded by others with different depths such as 'Blood On Her Hands' (which might be the first harmonica filled track I can confess to liking), and 'Stones' which sounds really genuine and honest to it's core. Half the songs you can imagine sitting around a camp fire listening to, the rest you'd want to be up on your feet dancing about to!

Having been on tour with Nick Oliveri this Summer it's clear that Yeti Love are already getting to the right ears and hopefully more good things are to come for them! // Yeti Love / Airballoon Recordings

Monday, 11 August 2014

SINGLE: GALLOWS - CHAINS

 
Ahead of the fourth Gallows album 'Desolation Sounds' which is due to be released in November this year, the band have put out a new single as a split release through their own label Venn Records and Play It Again Sam.

'Chains' is a slow, powerful and dark track that is one of the heaviest bits of music the band have put out to date. Recorded in one day, there is a real edge attached and a intensity that has maybe been lacking since the 'Grey Britain' days.

The video is also worth a mention, shot in Toronto by director and musician Josh Reichmann, it's almost a short film than a music video. There's dark and sinister undertones throughout with the black and white effect helping to enhance the eerie unforgiving nature of the music.



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

ALBUM: BEVERLY - CAREERS

Beverly, a recording project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, released their debut album 'Careers' through Kanine Records earlier last month. A combination of surf pop melodies and shoegaze noise, the duo based out of Brooklyn, New York have created an album that certainly sounds more than just after thought in between their main pursues of interest.

On tour with The Drums in the states in the upcoming months, the track 'Honey Do' - the first single from the album, was recently used as the music for a video promoting the UK Independent Label Market in London. // Beverly / Kanine Records