Tagged: indie-pop

LIVE: Flyte, Sidmouth Fringe Sessions, Devon (9/8/17)

DSC_0140Heading up the final of four days of music at Sidmouth’s Fringe Sessions, Flyte had plenty of live up to. The standard across the whole programme had been extremely strong, with the likes of Bryde, Tors and Stone Roots among others setting the bar high. The band rose to the challenge superbly though, wrapping up this wonderfully initmate event in triumphant style.

The four-piece from Hampshire – comprising Will Taylor (lead vocals, guitar), Sam Berridge (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Jon Supran (drums, backing vocals) and Nick Hill (bass, backing vocals) – have been honing their considerably talents for a couple of years now, supporting the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and being booked for festival slots at Reading & Leeds, and Wilderness Festival. Continue reading

SPINN – Notice Me

Liverpool dream pop four-piece SPINN have unveiled the video to their latest song Notice Me. The video is a fairly simple performance piece up until the end when the band become almost parodies of themselves, looking like Pale Waves in their There Is A Honey video, and really just having the same kind of fun that their music evokes.

Notice Me was first made to actually gain some radio play from SPINN’s local BBC Introducing host, Dave Monks. The idea was to write a song about wanting the attention of Monks. Of the track, singer Jonathon Quinn said: “Notice Me started out as a way to get some radio play. We used to say it was a homage to BBC Radio Merseyside because when we wrote it we couldn’t get any radio play, and wanted to be noticed by them. The lyrics are a bit more meaningful, it’s essentially us trying to portray the concept of hero worship in a pop song.”

SPINN – Notice Me

Everything Everything – Desire

The second single from the forthcoming fourth album from Manchester band Everything Everything (released 18 August) is Desire, a bold, brash and unashamedly loud statement about society’s ‘want it now’ culture.

The song represents a big contrast to Can’t Do, the first release from the new album A Fever Dream and a former Sync Track of the Week, employing a musical backdrop akin to glam-rock, mixed with the bands ever-developing harmonies and bringing the distinctive falsetto of frontman Jonathan Higgs very much to the forefront.

Everything Everything – Desire

Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)

Simply beyond dreamy, this work of art comes from Reading-based producer Roche and features the flawless vocals of Sync favourite Liyv. Four Walls is a track taken from the new EP Pink Sounds which has been entirely written, produced and recorded by Nick Roche in his own bedroom.

The full EP – which also features collaborations with Siad Cole and Justin Richard – can be found on Spotify. Also, check out Liyv’s wonderful Hot Lights which features on the latest Sync List.

Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Marsicans – Too Good

There’s so much good stuff arriving into our inbox just at the moment so it’s no easy task picking this week’s TOTW. By virtue of our inability to get this tune out of our heads, this beauty from Marsicans is our big one however.

We’ve been banging on about the Leeds-based four-piece for a good long while now and its great to see them making some great progress and continuing to develop their sound. They also have a great support slot coming up in the autumn when they’re on the road with Clean Cut Kid during October which we can’t wait for.

Too Good is a strong piece of upbeat indie-pop which will doubtless have been sounding great on the band’s various festival appearances this summer – and there’s several more of those to come too including appearances at this weekend’s 110 Above, Greenbelt, Redcar Rocks and Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.

Marsicans – Too Good

LIVE: Declan McKenna, Rough Trade East, London, 27/7/17

DSC_0112Less than a week since releasing his debut album What Do You Think Of The Car?, it came as little surprise to find that Declan McKenna‘s fans knew all of the words to each of the songs he performed during this sold out in-store set at London’s Rough Trade.

Kicking off with Isombard, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter rattled through a host of songs from the new album, including singles Brazil, Bethlehem, ParacetamolThe Kids Don’t Wanna Go Home, and Humongous. In a generously long set for an in-store show, he included album tracks Make Me Your Queen and Listen To Your Friends, as well as earlier song Brew from the Stains EP.

He then showed no less enthusiasm during the course of an hour-long signing and photo session with fans. His on-stage persona is somehow both confident and slightly awkward at the same time but make no mistake, McKenna’s highly impressive debut album is backed up with his equally strong live showing, suggesting that this prodigious talent will be making waves for the long term.

ALBUM: Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About The Car?

DeclanMcKenna album coverCertain things in life can make you feel very old indeed… [cliché alert!!] like the seemingly ever-youthful police officers on the streets, or teachers that look young enough to still be at school themselves. The effect Declan McKenna can have on someone like me is on an altogether different scale however. It’s not just that the Hertfordshire-born singer-songwriter is a mere 18-years-old, it’s much more the fact that his songs are so full of depth and meaning that it’s hard to comprehend they are the handiwork of someone of such tender years.

Throughout, the album is full of great, catchy hooks, backed with polished arrangements and sung with consummate ease. Album opener Humongous sets the tone with its big, bold chorus. Brazil – a song about FIFA corruption around the World Cup in the South American country – then leads-in to a track that’s probably brought him more airplay than any other; the superb Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home, which packs arguably the best chorus of the album.  Continue reading

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Swimming Tapes – What’s On Your Mind

More wonderfully dreamy stuff from London band Swimming Tapes. Released today, What’s On Your Mind is characteristically breezy, and crafted with a real lightness of touch that gives their sound such a distinctive edge. The track is taken from the forthcoming EP The Soft Sea Blue, out on 15 September.

Don’t miss the chance to catch these guys live at London’s lovely Lexington on 20 September. Tickets here.

Swimming Tapes – What’s On Your Mind

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Banfi – She Comes Home

DSC_0552.jpgWe were lucky enough to catch Banfi during the frenetic schedule of the Dot To Dot festival in May and they were one of the real highlights. The three-piece band from lovely Leytonstone, East London, have that knack of pulling out the kind of killer hooks that give their brand of indie-pop enough of an extra edge to really stand out from the crowd.

She Comes Home is their latest effort and is probably their most accomplished yet. It cements our view they they’re destined for a far, far higher profile.

Banfi hit the road this September so don’t miss them if you live within an acceptable distance of these fine towns and cities, especially as the support is the most excellent Bryde: Oxford (8 September), Glasgow (10), Manchester (11), London (12), Southampton (14), Bristol (15), Birmingham (16), Nottingham (18), and Leeds (19).

Banfi – She Comes Home

ALBUM: LANY – LANY

lany-albumThree years after the release of their first EP Acronyms, American three-piece LANY are finally blessing fans with their much awaited self-titled debut album. Already having four popular EPs under their belt and having supported the likes of Halsey, Troye Sivan and Ellie Goulding on tour, LANY have built a strong name for themselves along with a large and devoted fan base.

The album opens with the calming sound of rain in short but sweet track Dumb Stuff which quickly develops into an electric love song, setting the energetic and passionate tone of the album. The next song, single Breakup, manages to contrast the pain of being alone with a lively dance beat, along with lyrics that speak to any lonely teenager’s soul.

Third track Super Far tells the story of an unhealthy relationship in which one person is much more invested than the other. Frontman, Paul Klein, paints the tragic image of knowing it’s doomed for failure but clinging to hope anyway, in lyrics like ‘my heart is so invested, I don’t want to face the truth’ and ‘Got me begging for affection, all you do is roll your eyes’.

The melodic and emotional tone of the album is somewhat interrupted by track Parents which is a voicemail from member Jake Goss’ mum in response to a photo of his new tattoo which he posted on Instagram a few months back. An old fan would recognize this as a reference to song OMG from their first EP, another voicemail from Jake’s mum also starting with the words ‘oh my god’.

ILYSB is the lead single from the album and the song most people will recognise, with the band releasing a music video for it a few months ago. Klein’s strong vocals and powerful lyrics paint a dramatic picture, one of longing, love and lust. It’s the kind of song that you want to live in. First being released three years ago, it’s the oldest song on the album and considered iconic amongst fans.

LANY – ILYSB

The next few tracks seem to be describing the aftermath of a relationship, with songs 13 and Hericane detailing the emotions left in the wake of love. Track Hurts also couples lyrics that speak of pain and desperation with an electric guitar riff, a common feature of this record.

The first new single to be released from the album was Good Girls, and may be recognised by non-LANY fans as it was recently sampled in the form of a sunglasses Snapchat filter. This perfectly represents the tone of the song, and the album, as it feels like the right way to listen to it would be on a beach at sunset.

LANY – Good Girls

The penultimate song, So, Soo Pretty can only be described as just that. It’s a dreamy instrumental with the angelic piano chords contrasting with some of the pop tones of previous tracks.

LANY finishes with single It Was Love in which Klein reflects on a previous relationship. When placed in context of the whole record, it seems like he is reflecting on the album itself – making you feel more like you’ve just heard a story.

This record is full of vibrant songs about heartbreak that make you unsure whether you’re supposed to dance, cry or, more likely, both. The album tells the tale of love, whether it be true, unfulfilling or lost and Paul Klein’s vocals wrapped up in beautiful synthetic sounds along with his heartfelt lyrics, make it easy for you to immerse yourself in the story he’s telling.

Review by Tabetha Parrick

Alvvays – In Undertow

Canadian indie-pop outfit Alvvays marked the announcement of their second album with this beauty of a first track. In Undertow is taken from the forthcoming LP Antisocialites which is out on 9 August.

The Toronto-based five-piece create a wonderful wall of sound, topped off with the sublime vocals of singer Molly Rankin and we can’t wait to hear more from the follow up to their self-titled debut album.

Alvvays – In Undertow

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Everything Everything – Can’t Do

Everything-Everything-June-2017-1-1500x1000Manchester-based art-pop foursome Everything Everything have dropped the first track from their forthcoming fourth album, and it’s an absolute banger.

Just as they made a big impact with the start of the campaign for their previous album with Distant Past setting the tone for a more urgent, feisty Get To Heaven than its predecessor LP Arc, Can’t Do certainly bodes well for what’s to come when A Fever Dream is released on 18 August.

The Sync-favourites are currently previewing a large slice of the new material at a series of intimate dates around the UK. They then perform a support slot for Foals at Cornwall’s Eden Project before hitting several festivals over the summer including Reading and Leeds and By The Sea in Margate. A full tour in support of A Fever Dream is expected in the Autumn.

Everything Everything – Can’t Do

Dan Croll – Bad Boy

Here’s a tune we can’t get out of our heads. Back with the latest track from his forthcoming second album, Dan Croll released Bad Boy a little earlier this month. It’s taken from Croll’s upcoming album Emerging Adulthood which is out on 21 July.

You can catch him live over the summer at Latitude in Suffolk (15 July) and London’s Citadel Festival the following day.

Dan Croll – Bad Boy

LIVE: Marsicans, The Joiners, Southampton (29/5/17)

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Marsicans, Southampton (photo: Phoebe Reeks)

Up-and-coming Leeds four-piece Marsicans brought their indie-pop vibe to Southampton for the first time ever, to play at The Joiners.

Their set opened with Arms of Another, a massive track which instantly got the crowd interacting with the band, singing and dancing along. They went on to play a few newer songs including Wake Up Freya – a more stripped back song compared with their more typically dancey tunes – as well as their most recent single, Friends, which was released earlier this year.

The set concluded with popular songs Far Away, Swimming and Absence which were guaranteed to make you move with their infectious guitar and drum beats.

You could tell that the band were truly enjoying themselves from the moment they stepped on stage, and that positive energy spread to the crowd. It’s hard not to get swept along with it all, with songs that are full of hooks and which most certainly transfer well to the live stage.

The group formed in 2014, and are slowly but surely beginning to get the recognition they deserve. There’s no doubt about the future looking positive for the band, and hopefully we’ll be hearing more tunes from them in the coming months.

Marsicans will be joining Natives on their upcoming tour this month. Tickets here.

Words and photos: Phoebe Reeks