Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 22/04/19
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Amidst M&S selling out of canned mojito, and chocolate eggs becoming the nation's diet for the weekend, some outstanding new music might have slipped under your radar. From jagged Irish shoegaze to charismatic slacker pop, we've got you covered.
Image: Just Mustard by Karl Welsh via They Do PR
Just Mustard - Frank
Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard, return with the sensational, brooding new single ‘Frank’. Following a support slot with FONTAINES D.C., where Just Mustard displayed their distinctive noise, trip-hop and electronic influenced sound to a legion of new fans, 'Frank' draws from the distortion-heavy shoegaze genre. It's a slow-burning track which builds up into a wall of harsh, jagged noise. 'Frank' flirts with the darkness in mundanity, as frontwoman Katie Ball sings “I watch TV to fall asleep and I can’t fly in my dreams”. Ball's candied vocals find a morose romance with the ominous instrumentation, creating a wholly engrossing sound. These guys are big ones to watch this year, so make sure you catch them at one of their various festival appearances, including Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and Green Man.
Lauran Hibberd - Hoochie
Isle Of White singer-songwriter Lauran Hibberd releases the bitter-sweet ‘Hoochie’. A barrage of summery guitars provides a complimentary background to her charismatically sweet vocals, delivered with an acidic kick. 'Hoochie' is no exception to previous tracks in providing quotable one-liners, as Hibbard quips “Nothing ever hit you like my motorbike / It’s cute that you cried”. Commenting on the track Lauren explains "‘Hoochie’ is a 90’s slang term for a bit of a ‘loose’ woman. It’s also the name of my new hamster. For me, this track is kind of that three-month period, after you’ve stopped hanging out with someone and you realise that actually, they were kind of a tool and that maybe you are alright". Lauran will play a series of festivals over the summer including Live At Leeds, Hit The North, and a slot at the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury.
False Advertising - You Won’t Feel Love
The Manchester three-piece, False Advertising reveals an infectious new single ‘You Won’t Feel Love’ that sees garage-rock instrumentation backing Jen Hingley's battle-axe vocal delivery. Produced, engineered and mixed by Luke Pickering at The Church Studios, it comes as a taste of things to come, as the group work on their debut album. Speaking of the track Jen Hingley explains “You'd maybe be forgiven at first listen for thinking it was a happy and upbeat song, but lyrically it's more about being honest with yourself, rather than papering over the cracks out of convenience". The band will be playing a free headline show at First Blue Last on 3rd June.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - Late Night City
Cardiff based four-piece Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are making a name for themselves as fun-loving mavericks of guitar music. Taking inspiration from the rudiments of 70s Classic Rock, slick guitar work flatters singer Tom Rees' glam drawl. Rees explains, “This tune fully explores the deeply rooted constitutional issues with work and play, and I’m excited at the prospect of folks rocking to this song whilst doing both, even if it is steeped in horrific irony. I also wanted to write a song that expressed my love for the Eagles and I think I may have finally done it!" The band will play a series of festivals over the summer including Live At Leeds, Glastonbury and The Great Escape.
Arlo Day - Bad Timing
Bad Timing is the new melancholic single from southeast London singer-songwriter Alice Barlow's moniker, Arlo Day. It explores the frustration of regret with an air of maturity. Speaking of the track, Barlow explains, “I recorded ‘Bad Timing’ at home last summer, it was a song I wrote after a break up when many things in my life seemed out of sync. I was aiming to capture the feeling of loss and how hindsight can really do a number on you sometimes”. The song comes from the forthcoming self-produced Bad Timing EP. Arlo Day will be playing a headline show at Bermondsey Social Club in London.
Honeyblood - She’s A Nightmare
‘She’s A Nightmare’ is taken from Honeyblood's third album In Plain Sight which is to be released on 24th May. The spooky single explores the illusiveness of the human mind, drawn from frontwoman Stina Tweeddale's own experience with night terrors. The former two-piece is now operated purely by Tweeddale, who is set to take on a gruelling 46-day tour across the UK visiting some lesser-visited towns and cities on the gig circuit. Speaking on the track she explains, “After months of touring my last album Babes Never Die, I finally came home to rest and developed increasingly vivid and frightening night terrors. At one point they were a weekly occurrence - the same figure would visit me each time hell-bent on either strangling or just plain scaring me to death!” The tour kicks off on 3rd May at the Crescent Community Centre in York.
Mermaidens - You Maintain The Stain
This trio from Wellington, New Zealand are all sleazy guitars, and seductive vocals on 'You Maintain The Stain', as vocalist Lily West quips, "You won't look me in the eye/You're afraid I see you". So what is this stain? Well, it's a manifestation of the deep-seated microaggressions that so many experience day to day in the messed up power-structures of the world.“It's about being assertive and having attitude - thus defying gendered expectations that women should handle situations in a calm, kind way,” explains West. The trio will headline London's Shacklewell Arms on 3rd May followed by a number of dates around the country, before returning to London's Sebright Arms on 14th.
Tacocat - The Joke Of Life
Tacocat is everything you expect from the band name; eccentric and to the point. Their latest single 'The Joke Of Life' sees the group trying to find humour in the joke that is life, to the soundtrack of ironically buoyant guitars. It's full of good-old, sardonic humour with lines such as - "The joke is that the joke is already a joke/Forgot to print the name on the envelope". Vocalist Emily Nokes says of the song, "We can examine some hard stuff, make fun of some evil stuff, feel some soft feelings, feel some rage feelings, feel some bitter-ass feelings, sift through memories, feel wavy-existential, and still go get a banana daiquiri at the end”. Tacocat's fourth full-length album The Mess Is A Place is out on 3rd May.
Cold Showers - Shine
Cold Showers make music you can lose yourself in and inspire that fiery optimism you might have lost somewhere within you. 'Shine' is all driving bass lines, hypnotic guitar riffs, tom-heavy drums, and deep melodic vocals inviting you to "come on/ Shine where you are". If you're a Spiritualised fan, these are definitely a band to stick in your playlist. 'Shine' is taken from the off the Cold Showers' upcoming sophomore album Motionless, set to be released on 24th May via Dais Records. The band is also embarking on a UK tour starting on 25th May which begins at the Shacklewell Arms in London.
Eşya - Nothing
Eşya is the solo project from Ayşe Hassan of Savages. Her latest single 'Nothing' is an unsettling, beat-driven, wonky exploration of the absurdities of life. Heavily driven by a dark, fuzzy bassline, Hassan laments, "Did you die? Or did you hide from us?" She explains that the song is "an acknowledgement of a moment in your life that changes everything you thought you knew [...] The song is a dedication to a friend lost, not in body but in mind - from a tragic experience that changed their entire being." Her latest EP Absurdity of ATCG (I) is due out on the 24th May.
Fat White Family - When I Leave
Notorious South London outfit Fat White Family released their third album Serfs Up! on Friday, taking a surprisingly toned-down approach in comparison to the incendiary nature of the first two albums. ‘When I Leave’ is the menacing third single from the LP in which Saul Adamczweski's western-style guitar creeps around Lias Sauodi's gravelly vocals like a hungry predator. The band will be doing a series of in-store gigs at the end of this month, as well as embarking on a UK tour in May. Serf's Up! is out now.