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Fresher Sounds - 21/04/2015


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This week it was rock and roll’s turn to grab the headlines.

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It was a week that saw AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd embark on the highway to jail as he pleaded guilty for threatening to kill, forcing a premature end to his stint as the most mediocre drummer in rock.

Last week also saw Green Day inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Ringo Starr and Joan Jett as their revival rolls on.

While we brainstorm more terrible AC/DC puns here’s our new music picks of the week. 

Brand New - Mene

After news emerged of them teasing a new track at a series of gigs last week, excitement has been building about the return of emo heavyweights Brand New. With ‘Mene’, the first piece of music to come from the band since 2009’s Daisy, the band do not disappoint. Thundering guitar and big brash choruses drive this aggressive return to form.

Tall Ships - Will to Life

Brighton experimental indie outfit Tall Ships have hit the ground running with their follow-up track to 2012’s album Everything Touching. The frenetic track maintains the beautifully unhinged quality that has come to define the band, but it is much grander in scale, with their heady guitars and uplifting choruses showing a stadium-sized ambition.

Slaves - Cheer Up London

This track from punk duo Slaves is a rallying cry against metropolitan apathy. Taken from their forthcoming debut, Are You Satisfied, ‘Cheer up London’ is a frenzied, abrasive, snotty and effortlessly catchy track.

Hop Along - Texas Funeral

‘We have a great wanting in common, but none of this is gonna happen to me within my lifetime,’ sings Frances Quinlan, questioning the apathetic reaction to the problems facing the planet. Quinlan’s raw, raspy vocals dominate the track, complementing the distorted guitars as the track builds to a soaring conclusion.

Girlpool - Before the World Was Big

The latest track from LA two-piece Girpool is drenched in nostalgia. As the pair sing about simpler times, their signature combination of understated guitars and vocal harmonies grant the track a wonderful simplicity.

The Fat Rat - Time Lapse

This track is filled with the upbeat effervescence that has come to define The Fat Rat. Sticking to his tested formula, the German producer combines a whistled melody and funky bassline to create an effortlessly infectious electro pop track.

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