Tagged: Indie

INTERVIEW: The Big Moon

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Juliette Jackson, The Big Moon (© Sync Music Blog)

The Big Moon‘s tour comes to a conclusion next week, with the intrepid foursome having been on the road for almost a month. Conor Giblin caught up with Juliette Jackson and Celia Archer from the band back at the start of their run of dates to chat about their Mercury Prize nomination, the experience of touring with Marika Hackman and plans for the future… Continue reading

LIVE: Seafret, The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (29/9/17)

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Seafret, Bournemouth, 29/9/17 (photo: Phoebe Reeks)

Acoustic duo Seafret returned to Bournemouth, this time to support Amber Run at the Old Fire Station as part of their current tour. Though it wasn’t a headline gig, they had a large number of dedicated fans singing along to songs including Give Me Something, Atlantis and Wildfire.

The majority of songs came from their debut album Tell Me It’s Real released in 2016. Their set also included unreleased track, Monsters which was well received by the audience. Continue reading

LIVE: The Sherlocks, The 1865, Southampton (21/9/17)

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The Sherlocks, Southampton, 21/9/17 (photo: Phoebe Reeks)

Indie rock band The Sherlocks returned to Southampton to play a packed-out show at The 1865. The packed-out venue was full of excitement from the moment brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook, and Josh and Andy Davidson stepped on stage. Last Night opened their energetic set, which got the crowd pumped. This was followed by other singles Escapade and Blue which both also went down well.

They continued to play tracks from their recently released debut album, Live For The Moment. Frontman Crook thanked the crowd for coming and especially buying the album and helping it reach the top 10. Continue reading

LIVE: Yonaka, Bestival 2017, Dorset (10/9/17)

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Yonaka, Bestival 2017 (photos: Phoebe Reeks)

Alt-rock band Yonaka were one of the first bands to play at this year’s Bestival 2017, with an exciting performance on the Invaders of the Future stage. Both the energy of lead singer Theresa Jarvis and heavy guitar hooks got the crowd jumping and moving along to a dynamic performance.

The band performed several unreleased tracks as well as Drongo and newest single Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya. They drew a wide-ranging audience to this early set, including plenty of committed fans at the front who knew every word of every song. Towards the end of their set, Jarvis leapt from the stage and down into the pit, screaming lyrics from Ignorance to fans in the front row, before the band wrapped things up with final song, Bubblegum.

Yonaka’s set was high tempo energy at its best, and a great way to kick off a weekend of live music.

Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks

 

LIVE: Blaenavon, Bestival 2017, Dorset (10/9/17)

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Blaenavon, Bestival 2017 (Photos: Phoebe Reeks)

Blaenavon put on an exciting and action-packed performance for their set on the Invaders of the Future stage at Bestival 2017. With the band hailing from various parts of Hampshire, lead singer Ben Gregory recognised familiar faces in the crowd as they performed so close to home.

The band owned the stage, performing several songs from their recently released debut album, That’s Your Lot, including My Bark is Your Bite, Let’s Pray and Orthodox Man as well as older song, Into the Night. The tent was packed out with fans singing along.

They closed their set with Prague 99, which the crowd really responded to, singing back the lyrics loud and proud. The song ended with a frenzy of guitar and drums as Gregory jumped off stage and got a little closer to the front row fans.

There’s no shortage of talk about Blaenavon right now. Believe the hype.

Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks

 

Underwater Boys – Everyone You Know

There’s something very fresh about this debut track from Underwater Boys. With a falsetto vocal giving it a touch of Tame Impala, the song is the work of Tom and Nick Klar – two brothers who make dreamy, fuzzy pop music in Brighton.

Their sound is characterised by Tom’s sweet, otherworldly falsetto, and multi-instrumentalist Nick’s woozy, ethereal soundscapes, and although on the surface their songs might sound bright and blissed out, their music is also bubbling with anxiety and tension, with lyrical themes of mental illness, existential dread and malaise.

As well as releasing their debut single Everyone You Know, the band have also announced a number of live dates for those wanting to get in early and check these guys out. They can be seen in London (September 13), Brighton (20), and Southampton (30) supporting Our Girl, Estrons and Palm Honey respectively. They’ll then be headlining their own show at London’s Sebright Arms on 11 October – free tickets here.

Underwater Boys – Everyone You Know

LIVE: Alvvays, The Talking Heads, Southampton (29/8/17)

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Alvvays, Southampton, 29/8/17 (photo: Phoebe Reeks)

Toronto-based five-piece Alvvays returned to Southampton to perform their pleasant brand of indie-pop for a sold out show at The Talking Heads. The band drew a crowd of dedicated fans, with the venue packed with people of all ages.

The band opened their set with new song Saved by a Waif, followed by popular anthem Adult Diversion, which got the crowd moving. Alvvays’ set consisted of old favourites from their 2014 debut album including the bouncy tracks Atop a Cake and Next of Kin and the more chilled Ones Who Love You, as well as new material from upcoming album Antisocialites. Continue reading

The Modern Strangers – Hot Rain

Here’s an duo that are on our modest list of acts that can seemingly do no wrong. The Modern Strangers are brothers Max and Archie Davenport from Kent, and the pair have the Midas touch when it comes to creating ridiculously catchy tunes. Hot Rain is their latest effort and follows where our previous obsessions Margarita and Coco Hello left off.

Catch them live soon in London (5 October) and Brighton (6).

The Modern Strangers – Hot Rain

LIVE: VANT, The Loft, Southampton (22/8/17)

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VANT, Southampton, 22/8/17 (photo: Phoebe Reeks)

Indie rockers VANT took to the relatively new Southampton venue The Loft for an energetic Reading and Leeds Festival warm-up show.

VANT burst onto the music scene back in 2015 and have been building a dedicated fanbase since. Their intelligent lyrics clearly depict the messages they want to share with the world, particularly surrounding political and societal issues, which sets them apart from mainstream music. This is shown in songs such as Put Down Your Gun, and Birth Certificate.

The band performed numerous tracks from their debut album Dumb Blood, which was released earlier this year. The moment the band’s performance began, the crowd had a sudden burst of energy which filled the venue. The enthusiastic fans were clearly enjoying themselves, bouncing around and screaming the lyrics to popular songs including Peace & Love, Fly-By Alien and Do You Know Me? Continue reading

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

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

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