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Fresher Sounds - 15/06/2015


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Who’d have thought the stage was such a dangerous place? 

This week saw two of music’s prominent artists receive a stark reminder that live music doesn't come without its risks.

Over in Sweden, the Foo Fighters’ energetic live show ground to a halt after Dave Grohl broke his leg on stage. Not one to be stopped by such trivialities, Grohl returned only 15 minutes later to play for over two hours and confirm his status as an absolute badass. 

Back in London a pyrotechnic mishap left 5 Seconds of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford with facial burn injuries.

While I would usually have some choice words for 5 Seconds of Summer, its hard not to sympathise with a man unfortunate enough to have his hair set alight. While we wish both men a speedy return to the stage, here is a selection of the best tracks to reach our ears this week.

Wolf Alice - You’re a Germ 

Wolf Alice bare their teeth on this fiery new track. Taken from their highly anticipated debut My Love is Cool, the track’s dark brooding guitars and hushed vocals build to a ferocious conclusion as a sinister Ellie Roswell cries ‘you ain't going to heaven, ‘cos i’m dragging you down to hell.’

Gengahr - She’s a Witch 

Another band unveiling their debut album this week are Londoners Gengahr. The latest single to be taken from A Dream Outside is ‘She’s a Witch,’ a hooky-heavy, guitar-driven track that makes use of the band’s characteristic lo-fi sound and falsetto vocals to give us plenty of reason to be optimistic about the forthcoming debut.

The Maccabees- Something Like Happiness 

With a new Maccabee’s album on the horizon the band have treated us to another taste of what’s to come. Taken from their forthcoming album Marks To Prove It, ‘Something Like Happiness’ is an uplifting song filled with rousing elation and restrained delacy. According to frontman Orlando Weeks, the track is about ‘Being really happy for someone if they’ve got something.’

Sextile - Can’t Take It 

Sextile are on the brink of losing control on their latest song. ‘Can’t Take It’ is an unrelenting track driven by a bubbly synth melody into a raw, infectious chorus that is as catchy as it is unsettling.

Day Wave - We Try But We Don't Fit In 

Peak behind the dreamy ambience on American newcomer Day Wave’s latest track and you will find all is not well. ‘We Try but We don’t Fit In’ contrasts angst-ridden, melancholy lyrics with distant, fuzzy guitar loops in a familiar but delightful combination.

Caius - Things Gonna be Okay 

This chilled out track from Copenhagen producer Caius is the perfect slow jam for a lazy weekend. As the title suggests, ‘Things Gonna be Okay’ is a laid back, upbeat tune filled with smooth synths and  breezy beats.

Skepta - Lukey World

This powerful track from Skepta pays tribute to late grime prodigy Lukey Maxwell. While you can feel the sadness in his voice, Skepta maintains the characteristic energy and passion that we have come to expect from the grime artist.   

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