Hiya lads, so this is the start of a new monthly blog series I'm starting. The majority of my blog posts are primarily fashion based, however anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that music is a pretty important aspect of me life. So the drill is once a month I'll gather up my go-to-bangers from the past few weeks and share them here, comprende? Peachy.
This six piece indie band from West London who released their five-track debut EP, 'I Wouldn't Worry', last June have the perfect sound for the summer. Creating a fresh, minimalistic influenced sound with the help of a saxophone, it creates the perfect blend of funky vibes and indie rock. Their track 'Pill' is one of their most well known, probably because of its 'can't help but sing along' qualities, is comparable to the likes of Circa Waves and Viola Beach. Their lead singer Dan harmonically wails in a Luke Pritchard (The Kooks ref.) fashion over delicate guitar riffs on this track. Chatting to Dan about the lyrics behind it, they go into how friends get into hard drugs (I was given a pill by a man who was wearing a suit that was falling off // He told me don't worry if your heart stops,or your skin starts turning yellow // I just wanna feel mellow) and how quickly young people go into decline, written in the early hours of one morning. Considering the true meaning behind the lyrics, the song is so painfully good and upbeat you hardly notice.
20th March - The Half Moon, Putney
31st March - The Brunswick Pub, Hove
There's no way I could've written this post without mentioning these guys. These four lads (Stan, Stephen, Lewis and Alex) that make up Deep City are based in Cambridge and supported my band (Violet Flares) last week at the second annual charity gig, Feel The Love 2.0, together raising £500 for the charity Mind. With a typical band set up and the addition of synths, they create this beautifully contemporary sound similar to The 1975. This track was only released last week and I've already listened the shit out of it. I also highly recommend one of their older tracks 'Slow'.
24th March - The Fiver @ The Junction, Cambridge
I saw both of these artists on separate occasions towards the end of last year; The Big Moon supporting Mystery Jets at the Cambridge Junction, and Marika at an intimate church venue in Bethnal Green the week before christmas. Completely falling head over heels for these babes, I was stoked when I saw that they'd collabed on Marika's first single for new label AFM Records. Released 9th of February, this track has been my pre-gig song to get me hyped and in the right mentality to perform.
Even though Marika Hackman comes from a beautifully folky-acoustic background, she's definitely taken her sound to a whole new level with 'Boyfriend'. The song itself is mellow and psychedelic, with 'dont fuck with me' lyrics masked by their soft blend of vocals. It has the same progressive sounds as Superfoods first album 'Don't Say That'.
The Big Moon - SoundCloud
17th May - Great Escape Festival, Brighton
29th May - Mama Roux's, Birmingham
30th May - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
31th May - Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st June - Heaven, London
All the way from Las Vegas, my band supported these guys at The Met Lounge in Peterborough a few weeks ago. As it was our Met debut, we were pretty nervous considering we were the youngest and only all- girl band on the bill that night. It's quite intimidating being surrounded by professionals and not really knowing any of them. However after an unfortunate powercut the other bands were so chill and made us feel right at home at the venue. Having just finished their seven date UK tour with Retro Youth, their set to do more dates in Nevada over the course of the next few months. 'Before You Go' is upbeat, synthy, and one of those songs you can't help but bop to. This is definitely a band for fans of Passion Pit, Crystal Fighters and Two Door Cinema Club.
Lisbon - Vice
I found this track in the depths of my recommended on SoundCloud and went straight onto my prinks playlist as it gets me pumped for a night out or a sesh. Comparable to the likes of Walk the Moon and Madeon, Lisbon's 'Vice' is colourful, enigmatic and feel-fucking-good. Originally from New Castle, they're set to play their first headline tour this April.
Links - SoundCloud
Links - SoundCloud
8th April - Think Tank, New Castle
11th April - The Green Door Store, Brighton
13th April - O2 Academy, Islington
14th April - The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
17th April - FRuIT, Hull