Somebody’s Child drops anthemic single ‘The Lover’

If it shocks you it’s done what it’s supposed to. Dublin indie rock five-piece Somebody’s Child shares new single ‘The Lover’ ahead of their upcoming EP. Written in similar vein to ‘Lost’ and ‘Top Drawer Romance’, Somebody’s Child put the listener in the head of a man in existential crisis, frantically searching for meaning amongst the chaos, which carries the track to an emotive crescendo.  It’s definitely the heaviest piece from the ICM Ones To Watch 2021 artist. Taken from their soon to be released EP ‘Hope, Amongst Other Things’, the single is certainly a change of pace as Cian’s emotively driven lead vocals pack a punch which gives you… Read More

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Rosehip Teahouse drop music video for the dreamy ‘No Gloom’

Breaking out from a bustling Cardiff scene that’s already produced fellow indie risers Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, the band’s biographical, heartfelt approach to their material has certainly resonated amongst key industry gatekeepers. “But as soon as we got into the hall and Joe showed some of the footage played back, we realised that’s all we needed.  “The lighting was too good and Faye’s dog Chucky was enjoying himself so much. With further releases lined up for 2021, momentum is sure to intensify. And we’re really happy with the result.”  Produced by Thomas Rees (Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard) and mixed by Eddie Al-Shakarchi (Boy Azooga), Rosehip Teahouse’s ‘No Gloom’ is out now via… Read More

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Newcastle’s The Pale White announce long-awaited debut album

Speaking about the record, The Pale White said: “We’ve been talking about our debut album for a long time and now it’s actually happening. Their eccentric live shows and action-packed rock anthems put them on the map and this debut LP announcement will only add food to the fire. It feels surreal. This resulted in the band being picked as an ICM Ones To Watch artist in 2019. The Pale White – Infinite Pleasure tracklist 1: Infinite Pleasure 2: Glue 3: Take Your Time 4: That Dress 5: Nothing Lasts Forever 6: Medicine 7: Confession Box 8: Anechoic Chamber Blues 9: Sonder 10: …Still No Taste 11: Frank Sinatra Share… Read More

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WATCH: Declan Mckenna releases live performances of ‘British Bombs’ and ‘You Better Believe!!!’

Alex Pearson ‘British Bombs’, released in 2019, sees Declan lose the all-white suit to wear a camo jacket to highlight the song’s precedence of the British military using bombs on Yemen.  ‘Rapture’ (watch his live performance here) and ‘You Better Believe!!!’ comes off of McKenna’s new album Zeros, the first since his critically acclaimed debut, What Do You Think About The Car? YOU BETTER BELIEVE!!! in 2017. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on YouTube.com/Vevo. Declan is clad in a white suit to match the rest of the band’s outfits. On the album, Declan McKenna said: “In terms of my artistic development, it feels a… Read More

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Declan McKenna releases energetic live performance of ‘Rapture’

Alex Pearson Bedfordshire’s very own indie superstar Declan McKenna has shared his first of three music videos with Vevo. On the album, Declan McKenna said: “In terms of my artistic development, it feels a major step on from my first record. It’s a spectacular performance gradually gets more electrifying as it goes on until the bridge where Declan amps up the noise. Share “With this album, if I’m performing as a character, I wanted it to give it everything- all the artists that I love like Dylan, Nick Cave or Bowie, are great storytellers because they give their characters really intense, sometimes strange voices.” Tomorrow catch an exclusive glimps at… Read More

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The Craufurd Arms releases compilation album to support fundraising efforts

Alex Pearson Any profits made will help fund the next compilation and to the venue.  Volume One tracks are: 1 – Cusp – You are not alone 2 – Phantom Isle – Whip 3 – JJ Moon – Dazed 4 – The Comms – Pulled Apart 5 – Naked Next Door – Trying to get through 6 – Weird Milk – You 7 – Low Girl – ICU 8 – So So Sun – Paradise 9 – Sarpa Salpa – Paralysed 10 – Our Man In The Bronze Age – Out of the beginning 11 – Harvey Dormer – Spiders 12 – Enjoyable Listens – Summer Hit 13 – The… Read More

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Kings of Leon announce new album When You See Yourself

I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time as Kings of Leon have confirmed they are back for their eighth studio album.  The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling rock band will be releasing When You See Yourself on March 5th.  The quartet announced the album with a series of teasers and a T-Shirt mailer for fans where they also received album tracks and lyrics, whilst also using the moment to raise awareness and money for Live Nation’s Crew Nation relief fund for live music crews. Tracklist When You See Yourself, Are You Far AwayThe Bandit100,000 PeopleStormy WeatherA WaveGolden Restless AgeTime in DisguiseSupermarketClaire and EddieEchoingFairytale Share Kings of Leon are… Read More

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The Lathums meet Joker on the seafront for ‘Foolish Parley’ music video

Inspired by traditional customs out at sea, in which warring factions would set down arms to negotiate, Foolish Parley’s lyrics open a door once more into the old soul of bookish front man and lyricist, Alex Moore.  Of the track, he says: “Being honest, this just came to me out of nowhere, I can’t pinpoint from exactly where or why. Indie four-piece The Lathums have just released an absorbingly surreal, widescreen music video for their EP-track, ‘Foolish Parley’. Revealed as the first ICM Ones To Watch 2020 artist in the 31-day series, The Lathums are already on their way to making this year their best yet. Cut to a distinctly… Read More

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Twin Atlantic reveal beautiful cinematic video for album track ‘Asynchronous’

“The music is so melancholic and timeless, it made me think abstractly about how all relationships can be viewed as cyclical. Meaning two or more objects of events not existing or happening at the same time, the video captures a couple enjoying the simple moments in life with great emphasis on their emotions until time turns back. Speaking of the video lead singer Sam McTrusty said: “We’ve always had inspiration from still and moving images to influence our work.  “We’ve dreamt of maybe one day getting to work on soundtracks and to have our dear friend Nick suggest doing that retrospectively for us felt like a great idea.” He continued:… Read More

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Foo Fighters share second track ‘No Son of Mine’ from forthcoming 10th album

Foo Fighters are steamrolling their way into 2021 with the ear-ringing new single ‘No Son of Mine.’   It’s second track to be revealed from the band’s forthcoming 10th album Medicine at Midnight (out February 5th), which ignites the second half of the album with a lightning strike of a riff that builds into the album’s most full-on barnstormer. “This is the kind of song that just resides in all of us and if it makes sense at the time, we let it out,” Grohl explains, adding, “Lyrically it’s meant to poke at the hypocrisy of self righteous leaders, people that are guilty of committing the crimes they’re supposedly against…” Medicine… Read More

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The Lutras release festive single ‘Give It Up For Christmas’ for Shelter and Music Venue Trust

Despite none of that happening, The Lutras could be on fire for a Christmas Number 1? It started off with so much purpose; big plans centred around tours, festivals and studio time. “Like the rest of the world, 2020 hasn’t been kind to us. Hopefully lots of other people can take joy from the record too.  “But it’s not just about Christmas – people are losing their jobs, people are homeless, honest businesses are closing for good – this song is about supporting those that need it the most.” The Lutras were crowned victorious at Firestone’s Road to the Main Stage competition last year and were expected to get time… Read More

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Remain, Don’t Retrain: Lottery Winners write love letter to Covid-hit creatives

Alex Pearson You are valuable. It helped me, so I thought if I shared it, it might help somebody else. “Don’t let the b**tards grind you down. They’d do anything to be able to do what you can do,” says Rylance. In a pure of heart love letter and rallying cry to musicians, artists, writers and creatives of all creeds, Lottery Winners have released new single ‘REMAIN, DON’T RETRAIN’.  A call never give up in the face of spirit-crushing Covid pressures, the single, released November 25th, is an impassioned, spur-of-the-moment, hymn offering support, honesty and encouragement.  Initially written as a ‘note to self’ in a low moment, the alt pop… Read More

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Abbie Ozard shares 90s-tinged music video for ‘True Romance’

Alex Pearson “I feel like I’m constantly having some form of identity crisis; I watched True Romance and thought ‘fuck, I just want to be Alabama in this film’ and live this mad life with a cool leopard print coat on and purple converse.  “I want to be this character, with a cool life, and ride around in a pink cadillac. The 90s film is also a key aesthetic touchstone of the video – filmed as a two person shoot with her best friend and photographer Charlotte Rudd. Hopefully one day I’ll be happy with everything that’s going on and the way I am, but for now I’m just gonna… Read More

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Only Sun announce debut album with new indie bop ‘Extraordinary’

Alex Pearson Maybe we’re just awful humans clinging together like a tangled mess of duct tape in a world of perfect beings. Speaking about the track, the band comented: “Everyone’s got that friend that has seen you at your worst. For there is no happiness without a lack thereof, no confidence without vulnerability, and no trust, without paranoia. “Individually, the songs represent a snapshot of real life and propose an honest account of the effects that this has on a confused, flawed mind. They’ve dragged you kicking and screaming into a taxi, home before things got criminal. Together, the songs merge to form the beautiful yet flawed bouquet of a… Read More

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Save Our Venues Campaign reaches ‘RED ALERT’ with 30 venues at risk of permanent closure

Alex Pearson We don’t have the power on our own to save these venues. On top of that, 20% of profits will still be donated to the trust and help protect these vital places for live music – that’s 50%! And despite 89% of grassroots music venues who applied for a grant by the Arts Council England – where £41million was distributed – there are now 30 venues which received no help in dire need of saving.  On Facebook the Music Venue Trust said today: “We’ve checked all the available funding, financial support, furlough schemes, business support for these venues, and what is on offer is not enough to prevent… Read More

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Blossoms: From grassroots venues to an Amazon Prime documentary

We love the film and hope you do too!” The documentary’s director, and long-term collaborator with the band, Charlie Watts adds: “This is a project that has been very close to my heart for the last 18 months. It’s incredible to see a band that was just starting out their career, releasing an EP and touring in small music venues across the UK. They grew up as best friends and it really does show on the screen.” Back To Stockport will be released on Amazon Prime Video on November 8th and will launch as a 24 hour premiere on YouTube on November 7th at 8pm GMT. From playing small grassroots… Read More

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Premiere: Tom Lumley & The Brave Liasion – ‘Better Than This’

A soundtrack to the current movement of youth who are tired of being ignored, patronised and used as a scapegoat. If you’ve not yet jumped onboard, there’s never been a better time – guitar music is very much alive and kicking, and there’s not many bands kicking harder than Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison. A lot has changed in the months since Tom Lumley & The Brave Liasion released their new EP in April and new release ‘Better Than This puts a spotlight’ on the cruel world. Exclusively premiering their music video for ‘Better Than This’ (out November 6th) the two minute-30 second blast on indie rock is a… Read More

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Arctic Monkeys to release live album for War Child

Four Out Of Five2. “The situation that was bad in 2018 is now desperate and those children and their families need our help more than ever.  “To enable War Child UK to reduce their funding deficit and continue their valuable work, we are happy to be able to release a live album, recorded that evening at The Royal Albert Hall. 5057. Knee Socks11. R U Mine? Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?6. Arabella12. A trailer for the launch was revealed yesterday (October 28th) to get fans excited, with the crowds huge roar as they kick the setlist off with ‘Four Out Of FIve’. All proceeds will go direct… Read More

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Friday’s Finest with Turtle Tempo, It’s All Indie, Nexus Music Blog & ICM

Nexus Music Blog: Jack Conman – ‘Come Back in the Room’ Although Jack Conman is only in his early twenties, the young man from Hull is already building a strong reputation as an indie-rock singer-songwriter. I remember staring at myself in the mirror, just staring, and I couldn’t recognize myself anymore and knew that I had to change my bad habits in order to feel better.” Her vocals are so soothing when they come in taking you into a dreamland, with this song sounding like it would be perfect to listen to set to a backdrop of a starry sky. Speaking about the latest release she says: “When I wrote… Read More

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The Manatees premiere new music video for ‘Know You’

Speaking about the track, the band said: “‘Know You’ reveals a side to our music that hasn’t been shown before and we believe it’s another big step up in our songwriting. “It’s dark, desperate and explores a fanciful desire for romance.” As well as the release, The Manatees will be playing a couple of socially distanced shows (as things stand). The band are still fine-tuning their sound, but ‘Know You’ will do nothing but increase the excitement around this young indie outfit as they get bigger and better with every release. ‘Know You’ was released last month and follows on from ‘Have It All,’ which featured on Sky Sports Soccer… Read More

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Bad Nerves share new lo-fi video for ‘Electric 88’

All of these matters are perpetuated by the backdrop of futile modern distractions and disheartening comparisons drawn through the illusions of social media. Fuelled by existential anxiety, and a proclivity for the ‘live fast, die young’ ethos, Bad Nerves have served up another exciting slice of punk rock. The bastard child of a Ramones/Strokes a one-night stand that play ferociously fast distorted pop songs, packed with earworm hooks and melodies. This hi-octane debut explores familiar human experiences filtered through a nihilistic lens, touching upon the anxieties of lost youth, in the never-ending pursuit of self-improvement and the justification of existence. Bobby added: “‘ELECTRIC 88’ is about having a good time whilst you can,… Read More

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Bloxx edge closer to debut album with stunning music video for ‘Off My Mind’

It’s the latest track to come from the trio’s highly anticipated debut album Lie Out Loud, set for release August 28th via Chess Club Records. It’s quite purely a song about sex and love. The album will feature the huge singles ‘Go Out With You’ and ‘Coming Up Short’ alongside a wealth of new material, seamlessly showcasing the band’s journey so far, which has seen them play huge shows, build an army of fans and amass over 20 million Spotify plays. Tracklist Lie Out Loud Coming Up Short Go Out With You 5000 Miles Thinking About Yourself Off My Mind Give Me The Keys Hey Jenny Changes It Won’t Work… Read More

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The Vaccines keyboardist Timothy Lanham debuts new solo project T Truman with ‘Holiday’

‘Holiday’ is the first track to be lifted from T Truman’s debut EP, set for release later this year, co-written and co-produced by friend and long-term collaborator Geoff Roberts. “It looks like an Anchorman feat. He confidently repeats lines like “let tomorrow take care of itself’ and “I’m just a typical guy” as if they’re disclaimers for his attitude. He admits, “If I were to take the lyrics completely seriously, I don’t think I’d like me.” Debut single ‘Holiday’ paints a care-free picture of a nihilistic life and talks about seeking success without wanting to work for it. T Truman builds his elaborate compositions from his London home or on… Read More

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SKIES share heart-warming music video for ‘It’s Alright’

Alex Pearson 03/08/2020 An emotional and remarkably relevant track for the times we have found ourselves in, SKIES release their music video for ‘It’s Alright’. On the track, drummer Jericho added: “We felt the song needed a space to uplift our fans and now felt like it could make a difference” Watch now below! As events unfolded, the band felt the song and particularly the pre-recorded music video featuring lead singer Alie’s 97-year-old Grandmother, it was worth waiting just a little bit longer. After spending six nights a week live streaming on Instagram – and reaching over 100,000 people – the energising alt rock duo are back again with a… Read More

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Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan steps down due to “personal issues”

The statement said: “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent. Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. — KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) July 6, 2020 We will not be commenting further. Alex Pearson 06/07/2020 Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has today announced he is stepping down from the band due to struggling with “personal issues”. Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent. A statement from the band’s Twitter page said that Tom has been struggling for some time and is concentrating on getting his… Read More

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Hannah Moule & The Moulettes embark on huge five part compilation albums

Electric, Strings, A Cappella, Horns and Electronica. The lead single ‘Idiolect’ is from their adventurous Part 1 EP, which is introducing us to all five styles that we can expect from Hannah & The Moulettes 5th studio album which is due out early next year. Expect some familiar faces from previous Moulette outings as well as some very special guests. It’s an incredible concept which you don’t find very often and will be an interesting end-product. It’s a reminder to myself to keep my ears open, a supplication for dialogue and understanding, a call to listening closer and looking deeper, particularly to people I might not agree with,” commented Hannah Moule. “I… Read More

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Underscore Part 3 to host industry interviews in aid of CALM and Save Our Venues

From July 6th to July 17th, you can tune in live at 8pm each week night as industry nerd and founder of Underscore Part 3 James Wadsworth asks the questions you want to know with those who started their lives dreaming of making music their life, and have succeeded. The final week of events will be announced soon. Alex Pearson 02/07/2020 With a global pandemic adding to the already extremely difficult task of actually making a financially viable career in music Underscore Part 3 is lifting the lid and de-bunking the myths with its AAA Industry Interviews later this month. James will be speaking with international musician Frank Turner, AF… Read More

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Friday’s Finest with It’s All Indie, Turtle Tempo, Nexus Music Blog & ICM

With one of the most festival-worthy, singalong choruses you’ll hear in a long time, ‘Drifting’ features delicately crafted clean guitar work, a warm funk-inspired bassline and versatile percussive stabs and drumming. “The dystopian storyline really grabbed me back then and it so happened that the lyrics suit what everyone is going through right now, which is really freaky. If the track doesn’t awaken some sort of underlying motivation, we’re not sure where else to look this Friday. Not having control over what’s happening, distance, daydreaming, growing up and learning for the better.” All I know is that I’m now hyped enough for a five-mile jog and am convinced I’m Joe… Read More

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CloseUp and Blood Records produce limited edition vinyl for ‘Save Our Venues’ campaign

This record is a limited print of 3,000 copies. ‘What’s Going On’ vinyl artwork Profits will be shared between MVT (90% of all profits), and musically-aligned, BAME supporting mental health outfits via L;FE (10% of all profits). Many are under serious threat of permanent closure. They will also create a cultural void, remove opportunity and life from the grassroots up in towns across the UK, for years to come. We simply cannot sit back and allow this to happen.” ICM proudly supports the #SaveOurVenues campaign Our mental health can’t be ignored so they are teaming up with L;FE; an outfit that gives to many mid-level mental health charities, essentially donating… Read More

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Sports Team achieve the highest first week sales for a debut album by a British band in four years

Listen to and purchase your copy of ‘Deep Down Happy’ here and check out the new music video for ‘Camel Crew’ below. The London-based six-piece enter the Official Charts at Number 2, becoming the seller of the week, leading on physical sales (10,000+) and having the edge on digital downloads; as Lady Gaga only just takes the top spot. Bizarre but amazing that the community of fans we’ve built around this can take on a global superstar. Blossoms were the last British band to record the highest week one sales in 2016, with Wolf Alice in 2015, Royal Blood in 2014, and The 1975 in 2013. From a Lewis Capaldi summoning… Read More

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