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Fresher Sounds - 26/07/2016


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It seems that every time I go to write my column, something bad has happened.

The world has frankly gone to pot!

In music, Father John Misty is making a holy arse of himself.

The Kanye West allusions become ever-more apparent as he reportedly broke into another rant directed at fans. Fans, who had probably travelled miles to see his usually spectacular performance.

He’s still amusing though, even if the parody is slipping into reality…

At times this bleak, new music is our only vice.

Hit Bargain – Cheap Death

If Queencore isn’t a term you’re familiar with, you’re about to be more than well introduced. Hit Bargain are the progenitors of a whole new genre emerging from the LA underground combining queer, queening (google it) and hardcore. The tracks pervasive bass and outlandish riffs are bound to have the crowd running straight for the pit long before the passionate howls of “Cheap Death!” hit.

Kamikaze Girls – Stitches

This riot grrl duo want you to know it’s okay to be sad and through music they aim to break down stigma and taboo surrounding mental health. They do just that on their abrasive new single, 'Stitches' taken from the upcoming ‘Sad’ EP. The band's refreshing lyricism tackles anxiety whilst aggressive drumming and dizzy guitar riffs replicate the experience.

The Pineapple Thief – In Exile

They may be on to album 11, but going off the opening track of ‘Your Wilderness’ The Pineapple Thief show no sign of slowing down. Setting the tone for the upcoming album, the band enlist the drumming finesse of Porcupine Tree’s Gavin Harrison and Godstick’s Darran Charles’ on guitar, spawning this embrasive, progressive cut.

Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human

With his seeds firmly planted in the UK underground, 'Human' could be the point that Rag ‘N’ Bone Man is elevated to the mainstream. Set to a stark chain-gang rhythm, Rory Graham’s voice forms an instrument of its own, despite the soulful momentum in his range - he’s only human, after all.

Slow Down Molasses – Moon Queen

Following on from last year's record, Burnt Black Cars, the Canadian shoegazers share the first taste of album number three. Mixed in Glasgow by Tony Doogan who is best known for his work with Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian, the track’s melancholy vocal delivery and raucous feedback evoke the noisiest kind of nineties nostalgia.

Magic Trick – More

'More' is enchanting and alluring with an appetising blues edge. Written in parenthesis between life on the road and family building in a ranch, Tim Cohen’s songwriting is backed up by ghostly female harmonies and glistening keys, perfectly transporting his own experiences of the desert ranch into our own daydream of riding in an open top car through sandy plains.

Ablebody – Backseat Heart

The LA-based identical twins have been releasing music on the quiet for a few years now, now they teeter on the edge of the release of their first full length later this year.  Every chiming synth rings clear of the 80s, whilst the smooth vocals and hazy dream pop feel won’t leave you thinking any differently.

Touché Amore – Displacement

As the band embark on ‘Stage Four’, they leave none of their gut-wrenching delivery behind. “You died at 69 with a body full of cancer”, Jeremy Bolm hurls, dripped in anger, at the crowd against a heavy backdrop of drums catapulted right into the heart and a tiring guitar line. If you’re struggling to cope with the loss of someone close, this track is truly powerful.

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