Fresher Sounds - 07/12/15
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So this week, the first Reading and Leeds announcement divided the nation. ‘Are Red Hot Chili Peppers a worthy headliner?’ was the question on everybody’s Twitter feeds. Half of the answers were ‘pls help a poor student’ the others were thinking ahead for their transport to T. Jaden Smith then announced he was writing a philosophy book, and a Lana Del Rey fan got arrested for camping out in the singer’s garage. Then Morrissey’s novel won the Bad Sex Award 2015. Average week, then. Anyway, here’s some wicked new tracks to get you pumped as you battle through the last part of looming deadlines. Palma Violets – Last Christmas on Planet Earth It’s the first column of December! Brit rockers Palma Violets are getting in the spirit with Rudolf being shot, blood in bathrooms and a balding bloke who reckons he’s Santa. Though that doesn’t stop their Christmas anthem being joyously juicy. The standard sparkly keys accompany a sugared hook. It’s one to stagger around the tree yelling when a bit pissed on the mulled wine. Get new treats every day in December with the band’s online advent calendar. WALL - Milk If you like things that are a bit odd, then you’ll love this New York four-piece. WALL add a gothic slant on post-punk, slotting it midway between glamorous and grotty. "The sky opened up / milk poured out" lyrics are tossed in a way that commands full attention. Then there’s something about feline mistresses. Woozy guitars balance on tension. Check out their self-titled debut EP, early next year. Van Damsel - Sophia OK, it might be a lil cutesy cutesy kitschy. Though that doesn’t stop it from being. So. Damn. Catchy. A stellar hook flirts with lusciously smooth vocals spinning tales of romanticism about a certain Sophia. The Vancouver band wear their hearts on their sleeve and know how to create some gorgeous melodies. 'Sophia' launched the announcement of their debut self-titled album for release in February. Turin Brakes – Keep Me Around Prepare to be dazzled. Turin Brakes’ latest single is string-laden and treads on curiosity and an air of cool. The upbeat track is laced with feel good rhythms and enveloping harmonies. Running with colour, there’s a danceable element. Lifted from their highly anticipated album Lost Property set for release at the end of January, they’re taken their live show around the UK.
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