Thursday, July 20, 2017
Words: Ellie Ward
Manchester's False Advertising, have announced the issue of a new EP, ‘I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring', alongside a UK Tour throughout September/October.
The EP - which will be available exclusively at their forthcoming live dates on limited edition cassette tape - is a collection of the standalone releases which the band have so far dropped throughout 2017 and builds on their caustic, fuzz-drenched approach to alternative rock.
“'I Would Be So Much Happier...' is the result of a year of being bombarded by frustrating cultural and political events,” say the band. “It's about wanting to run away from all the pointless nonsense, stupidity and inequality that we're surrounded by, but ultimately never quite being able to get it out of our heads.”
The EP was recorded across several sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London, Low Four Studio in Manchester, an old church hall in Oxfordshire, AOO Studios in Hull, and at the band's own rehearsal space and house.
False Advertising UK Tour Dates.
Tickets are on sale now from here.
23 Stockport - Blackthorn Festival
05 Hull - Humber Street Sesh Festival
08 Leicester – Soundhouse
15 Head For The Hills Festival
22 Stowmarket – John Peel Centre
23 Norwich – Owl Sanctuary
28 London – Old Blue Last (Free Entry)
29 Brighton – Green Door Store
30 Chelmsford – Bassment
06 Guildford – The Star
07 Basingstoke – The Sanctuary
12 Manchester – Indie Week Europe
13 Durham – The Empty Shop
14 Newcastle – Little Buildings
15 Sunderland – Independent
20 Chester – Live Rooms
21 Cardiff – Swn Festival
26 Hull – The New Adelphi Club
30 Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
Words: Sam Geary
As featured on this week's Roundtable, Australian psych quintet Beaches now share the Bergman inspired video for 'Void', taken from their forthcoming double LP 'Second Of Spring', released on September 8 via Chapter Music.
Directed by Beaches' Ali McCann with help from filmmaker Joel Roche, the clip takes inspiration from Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman's 1966 monochrome masterpiece Persona, as well as the early abstract films of German artist Hans Richter.
Words: Linn Branson
Even if the artist behind this debut single was not just a mere 15-years-old, it would still be pretty impressive.
With his sister Kayla providing backing vocals, and dad helping out with recording, Ryan Smart delivers a gliding, woozy four minutes of atmospheric electronica on 'Is This How You're Feeling?' under his moniker of Artistic Rage.
Based in Queensland, Australia's Sunshine Coast, this is the first self-written, recorded, produced, and mixed track - "demoed in my bedroom" - from Artistic Rage, fusing electronic based songs with an touch of RnB and psychedelia.
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July 28 2017 (Artery Records)
Words: Richard O’Hagan
Ooh, this is a difficult one. Trying to get a handle on Californian electro-pop five-piece Sleeptalk is like trying to catch an open packet of butter; just when you think you’ve got it, it squirms away again.
The press release describes them as being similar to The 1975 or Angels & Airwaves, but they’re not. They’re far more accomplished than that (and since when was being compared to A&A a good thing, anyway?). This debut full-length is Killers-y. It’s a little bit Bastille-y. It’s even, at times, a bit Big Country-y (yes, we went there). There are times when the sound is so big that it seems like there are way more than five people in this band, yet there are times when it sounds like there is hardly anyone there at all.
The slipperiness doesn’t end there. There are tunes here, such as ‘Indio, California’ and current single ‘Strange Nights’, which Brandon Flowers would give his right nipple…heck, no, both nipples for. And singer Anthony Fitzpatrick has a voice which combines the powerful and the plaintive so well that lines such as ‘I’m dying to feel alive’ and ‘You’re not alone, but I can’t control you’ become almost heart-wrenching.
Which makes it such a shame that the band then go and bugger the whole thing up by including tracks on here which are nothing but meaningless filler. That old curmudgeon Miles Hunt is fond of saying that no album should have more than ten tracks on it and, although this doesn’t explain why the last Wonder Stuff one has eleven, it is a maxim that more bands than Sleeptalk would do well to bear in mind.
Album opener ‘Sleeptalk’ contributes nothing. ‘Pure’ is…well, I’ve got no real idea what is going on on ‘Pure’ because it’s odd and pointless and caused me to throw a large glass of ennui over my notes. At the end of the album ‘What A Shame’ is at least well named and can only possibly have been included to show how good the songs that bracket it, ‘Love’ and ‘Drift Away’ are.
In summary, Sleeptalk possess a great name, some great songs, very fine singers and musicians, but really dull song titles. With a little practise at self-editing, they potentially have a great future ahead as a band - and possibly as Brandon Flowers’ love children.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Words: Leah Raymond
The debut single from Perth electronic poppers SKYUKA is a throbbing beast with a catchy dancefloor kick.
Released this Monday (July 17), the duo - Swiss/French producer Jerome DF and singer-songwriter Vanessa Raspa - recorded the party-disco-grooves track in their home studio in Fremantle. Let's hope there's more to come.
Words: Ellie Ward
Rhode Island’s pop punk quartet MAKEOUT are set to release their debut album 'The Good Life' on September 29 via Rise Records, produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer).
Ahead of release, check out debut single cut 'Crazy', a crazy, raucous and immensely catchy two and a half minutes of pop punk fever.
"The record sounds like a party. There are so many different influences touching it… That’s the kind of party we like!" says vocalist Sam Boxold.