Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sonic Tonic 'Bad Friday' all-dayer at Brixton Windmill

Feeling a bit down and jaded still with the post-Christmas blues lingering along with the grey and downcast skies? Well, here's something to look forward to. Sonic Tonic is preparing for spring with a Bad Friday all-dayer at the Brixton Windmill, in south London on March 30 - which is, of course, a Friday.

Starting at 3pm and going on till late, Sonic Tonic promise "bands, booze, BBQ and fun times" - all for just £9 (advance from Billetto, WeGotTickets and Dice.)

Taking part are:









Further information and tickets, here

Listen :: Mellor - Arms Length

Words: Sam Geary

Reading alt-indies Mellor follow last November's 'You Were Right' with new single 'Arms Length', released digitally on February 6.

The four-piece have already been singled out by promoters This Feeling to be 'Big in 2018' with their sound described as a cross between The Beatles and The Libertines, with high energy, vocals, big guitar riffs, and pounding drums.

Live dates

26 London Nambucca (Camden Rocks All Nighter)
27 Petersfield The Good Intent

16 Oxford Jericho Tavern (w/ Ulysses Wells)

Australia's Crooked Colours head to UK this spring on 'Perfect Run' tour

Words: Sam Geary

Little Indie featured Australian indie-electronica band Crooked Colours last year with 'Plymouth' and 'Flow'.

Following the announcement of their highly-anticipated debut album 'Vera' on June 23 via Sweat It Out, the Perth trio will be heading to the UK and Europe this spring with Irish producer Eden, including a headline show at XOYO in London on April 26. Scroll down for full list.

EU/UK tour (w/ Eden)

24 Olympia Theatre Dublin
25 Oran Mor Glasgow
26 XOYO London (headline show)
27 Ritz Manchester
28 O2 Institute Birmingham
30 The Forum London
02 Trix Club Antwerp, Bel
03 Melkweg Amsterdam, NL
04 Le Trabendo Paris, FR
06 Mojo Club Hamburg, Ger
07 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Ger
09 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Den
10 Debaser Strand Stockholm, Swe

Introducing / Track Of The Day :: Shader - Broken Minds

Words: Linn Branson

It's hard not to immediately think of Oasis on hearing emerging fellow Manchester and Macclesfield-based indie rock 'n' rollers, Shader.

Vocalist Stu Whiston has still to perfect his Liam G swagger and stance, but he's spot on otherwise in the sound of this impressive debut single, 'Broken Minds', released last week; which, as big Oasis fans, that may not be too surprising. There's plenty of hooks, wiry guitar riffs, and that big, bold vocal, of course.

Already aired by BBC Introducing and picked up by promoter Mike Jonns of This Feeling for their first gig of 2018, and with plans to release a further trio of singles this year, the next 12 months could prove the breakthrough for the quartet.

Shader play The Underground, Stoke on Trent (supporting SHEAFS) on March 8 for This Feeling.

Shader are: Stu Whiston (vocals, guitar), Mike Lo Bosco (lead guitar), Darren Edwards (bass), Isaac Salisbury (drums)

Find out more on Shader via Facebook

Listen :: Brooklyn duo Dizzyride go Sopranos retro on 'Roma Lento'

Words: Linn Branson

Not having been on any previous 'dizzy rides' with er, Brooklyn-based duo Dizzyride, this new number from them, 'Roma Lento', raised a few chuckles at Little Indie HQ as we weren't sure at first if it was a parody - well watch the video if you don't believe us!

We're still not quite sure about vocalist Nicola Donà and his Canadian songstress dancing partner Zoë Kiefl, but this is pretty easy on the ear with his deep, soulful, heavy breathing voice (which weirdly sounds like an Italian hybrid version of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave) embedded in a kind of 80s electronic psychedelic time-warp. Judging by their previous 'Candy Lullaby' and 'Young You', this seems to be much their thing.

"The video was shot in the East Village while in the process of watching the Sopranos series for the second time," they say. Ah, that explains it then. It's certainly different, anyway.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sunflower Bean share new video for 'Crisis Fest'

Words: Izzy B

Sunflower Bean gave us their audio to ‘Crisis Fest’, a track from their upcoming album; ‘Twentytwo In Blue’ - out March 23 - just recently.

Now they follow up with the video.

“We shot this at our local bar, Alphaville,” say the trio. “It’s a venue that throws great DIY shows and has a special place in our heart. We trusted our favorite photographer, director, and friend Andy (who also shot the ‘I Was A Fool’ music video) with this video, because he has the best eye and understands how to capture what we’re going for, even if it means throwing himself into the mosh!”