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

He’s also had attention from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, which meant he’s had playlisting from none other than Folk Radio UK, a major player in the folk scene. Find out more below… Turtle Tempo: VALA – ‘Only One’ Manchester quarter VALA have serious potential to play multiple huge festival stages one day, and they are more than deserving of such accolade. Alex Pearson 19/06/2020 Friday’s Finest is back on ICM once again. The song is terrifically tender with some delightful acoustic guitars and ukulele tones from the off. The new track is the title of their upcoming EP and is a great sing-along pop banger with infectious riffs and… 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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Luna Bay to premiere ‘Misunderstood’ music video tonight

The tune is a pure feel-good anthem with Luna Bay’s purpose of releasing it to bring positivity to people around the world. ‘Misunderstood’, released on May 29th, is a summer bop with airy riffs and sweet vocals. Listen to the single on Spotify here. We hope that it brings people a bit of joy right now.” Catch the premiere tonight at 7pm on the band’s YouTube channel below. The indie rock superstars played to a sold-out headline show at Scala to coincide with the release of their self-titled EP which is one of their pivotal points in their four years together. We then sent the stems to Dan to be mixed.… Read More

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Sundara Karma release three tracks on a new SoundCloud account

In an email to fans, a statement read: “This is probably the craziest time in our lives to be writing to you and we hope that everyone is keeping well. “Stay safe, sanitised and most importantly, sane during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to see all of you on the other side of the hill.” Sundara Karma also revealed they had plans for new music this month but the global pandemic halted all work for the foreseeable future. Alex Pearson 22/05/2020 If you haven’t noticed Sundara Karma have dropped three new unheard tracks on SoundCloud then where have you been hiding?! ‘Vision Sick’ has a powerful rhythmic drive… Read More

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PREMIERE: Sarpa Salpa share fan made video for ‘Forwards Backwards’

As Modern Age Music so eloquently put ‘Forwards Backwards’ is a “nailed-on summer favourite” and it’s hard to argue when the band have a knack for creating catchy, funk-filled pop with lush 80s inspired synths. On the video expect “pumping party music” and an “inspirational build up” as fans and the band themselves perform some moves in the shower, in bedrooms and just about anywhere at home. Sarpa Salpa will be heading to Southampton for the first time alongside Neverman and Bought It For The Bottle. So they went to their passionate fans for help to create their music video instead. Alex Pearson 21/05/2020 Northampton indie rock gems Sarpa Salpa… Read More

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ICM Recommends: Seven music podcasts you need in your life

Everybody knows that Steve has a great ear for new music and what would you know, he’s at it again producing the goods. Alex Pearson 19/05/2020 Podcasts have definitely become more popular during the lockdown as our brains suffer from boredom syndrome and there are millions our there to get engrossed in. Listen to Steve on the BBC website here: Lamacq’s Roundtable As seen on Mock the Week, Taskmaster and 8 out of 10 Cats; he’s a well-known comedian on the circuit and now has a podcast called Perfect Sounds. James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds British comedian James Acaster used to be a musician himself under numerous names in the Northamptonshire… Read More

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Artist tips: How to create an EPK that stands above the rest

Secondly, you don’t have to get a professional to take them. Yes, you will certainly get better quality but if you don’t have the budget, getting friends or family to take a high-quality photo with a digital camera or phone will do the job. Whilst sitting at home, people in their millions are listening to music and searching for new platforms to discover new music so there’s no better time to create an EPK. Every blog we know will needs a landscape photo for their featured image, if you only have portrait or square ones then it’s very likely it will be cropped to fit so whatever is in the… Read More

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CloseUp Festival adds three big names and moves date to autumn

Alex Pearson 20/04/2020 London’s CloseUp Festival has announced three new artists to its line up and has pushed it back till September. The London-based live promotions company hosts its annual festival at Colours in Hoxton, London in mid-May but due to the Coronavirus, that has been moved to September 11-12th. New to the bill include Sad Boys Club, The New Coast and SPQR in addition to Sophie and the Giants (Friday Headline), Diskopunk, Only Sun, VALERAS, Corella, PATAWAWA, and more to be announced. NEW :: CloseUp Festival 2020 now takes place this SEPTEMBER (11th & 12th) at @ColoursHoxton, w/ @JagerUK. @sadboysclb, @TheNewCoast & @SPQR_songs are added alongside @SandTGofficial, @DiskopunkSwe, @Corellamnc,… Read More

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Patawawa share ‘Forget About It’ with sales going to Corona Virus Relief Fund

New offering ‘Forget About It’ follows on in this vein, as Patawawa a technicolour sonic landscape with cascading vocals and encompassing synths with has a tropical twist to it. Armed with a contemporary concoction of the sparkling synths and glittered guitar riffs Patawawa are charismatic and cathartic in equal measure. The track is slowly creeping up the iTunes charts at 75 and all downloads will be helping stop this virus. Alex Pearson 14/04/2020 Hailing from the quiet sleepy Derbyshire town of Matlock, Patawawa have released single ‘Forget About It’ in aid of The Corona Virus Relief Fund. ‘Forget About it’ is a hedonistic escape, it’s optimism and positivity has never… Read More

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The Assist release single ‘Life’ to raise money for NHS Charities Together

Ben Faulkner’s funk-ridden and intricate percussion drives the choruses. The Walsall band – Mikey and Ryan Stanton, Jorge Poole, Ben Faulkner, Luke Jones – wrote the song about their honest expressions of the 21st century frustrations we face. “Plenty of people have echoed our thoughts and we are proud of the positivity we have managed to spread.” ICM has donated £20 to NHS Charities Together, if you would like to donate, please visit their Just Giving page here. ‘Life’ has raised over £800 (at the time of writing) on their Just Giving page which will go towards helping the NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking… Read More

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Lewis Capaldi in action at O2 Apollo Manchester

Performing tracks from his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ alongside his band made up of close pals Andy Black, Aiden Halliday, Aidan Beattie and Freddy Sheed Capaldi took you on an emotional journey from start to end with a mixture of slower heartbreak ballads such as ‘Forever’ and ‘Headspace’ to his more upbeat tracks like ‘Maybe’ and ‘Hollywood’. It’s really quite a special sight to behold. Despite him being a young, male artist the crowd was not just young girls, it was a real mixture of groups of friends both male and female, couples, families, even gig-goers on their who didn’t want to miss out on the… Read More

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ICM Recommends: SEVEN indie acts you wish you’d seen at SXSW Festival

A huge musical journey awaits them and you will not want to miss out on it. Alex Pearson 24/03/2020 Finding out that one of the best festivals on the plant was cancelled, a devastating blow is certainly an understatement but for SXSW Festival it was a decision probably no one wanted to make as COVID-19 grips the world. As soon as you catch their tune, you will find yourself deeply immersed and vibing along to their songs because that’s Reality Club for you. Having just released their debut album ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’ the band featured on ICM’s Ones To Watch 2020 series after gaining a huge cult… Read More

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ICM recommends: SEVEN alternative acts you wish you’d seen at SXSW Festival

Born and bread in Dallas, Sara King is so cinematic and nostalgic her music gently ensnares you, wrapping itself around you before you even fully realize what is happening. PEACH TREE RASCALS Deep in the Bay Area of LA, five-piece Peach Tree Rascal are completely unbounded by genre as they combine alt rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B influences. From uploading covers on YouTube in 2013, her own brand of R&B and alt pop is soft and dreamy and it’s catching on like wildfire – it all started with her first single ‘Dreamz’ in 2018; reaching more than 1.4 million streams on Spotify alone. Their anthemic pop and indie infectiousness… Read More

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Manchester’s new all-dayer Fair Play Festival primed to be a hub of discovery

Ben Wallers of Country Teasers performs under his solo moniker The Rebel, which relays a satirical spin on the political narrative that many artists follow, by acting as the perpetrators – marking them as a mockery. Joining him are International Teachers Of Pop who, like a skilled academic, can never be accused of lacking enthusiasm in their craft. Infectious pop tracks accompany bedroom-esque dance routines to create a wonderous maximalist soundscape from former members of The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz. He then resurfaced with the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Inji’ in 2015, under the LA Priest moniker before repeating his vanishing trick. Hosted at St Philip’s Church on… Read More

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Neffex – Myself Lyrics

I don’t need anyone, I’ll do it all by myself [Instrumental Drop] I do what I do, ’cause it is just me And nothing is new, no, I’m not lucky I work my ass off so I’ll be something [Chorus] You either pick yourself up or you let yourself down Life will always be tough, so, who the f*ck are you now? Will you make it alone or do you need someone else? Will you make it alone or do you need someone else? [Intro] Yeah [Verse 1] They say life will bring discomfort And I discovered, we all just suffer ‘Cause no one feels that bad And it comes… Read More

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$not – Gucci Lyrics

I don’t love you anymore… goodbye [Chorus] Gucci on my jeans and Gucci on my shoes Friends talkin’ shit and I don’t know who Please, tell me the truth Keep my circle small, I’ll roll with one or two Niggas switch up, this ain’t nothing f*ckin’ new Went from rags to riches, now I’m drivin’ in a coupe Bitches changed up, now they actin’ brand new If I ever die, will they ever they come through? [Intro] [Alice]: I don’t love you anymore [Dan]: Since when? [Post-Chorus] Please, I don’t wanna know these fools (nah) Get them out my face, ain’t none of them cool [Interlude] Ayy, yuh Please, I… Read More

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Napoleon Da Legend – Gut Check Lyrics

Swish! [Napoleon Da Legend verse 1] No Pain no Gain a king I’m a say no names Changed the whole game while they did the same ol’ same Same old names and gimmicks it’s an age old saying What you put ins what you get out of this game OK? the black Smith maximum lit My Maxim is to blow backs in tilt ya over the axis You can tell from the accent I’m spitting facts and Saks Fifth getting to this bag quick / I’m nasty with it A fire hazard a fly bastard I adapted Sado-mas’ got the knack for this game time Y’all talking about practice I… Read More

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Thundamentals – Tardis Take Off Lyrics

It is going to cross central Australia and within the next twelve minutes it will pass across just south of Townsville out over the Pacific Ocean [?] The spacecraft is now over the Australian continent two hours and thirty minutes after lift-off. It just passed the [?] Australia. [Intro] “Over one-hundred foreign governments, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers, and kings have sent the most warm messages that we’ve ever received.” [Scratches: DJ Morgs] “Ye—yeah, ye—yeah Ye—yeah Ye—ye—ye—yeah Ye—ye—yeah” “[?]— [?]— From electrifying words— [?]— [?]— From electrifying words— [?]— [?]— [?]— [?]—” “Ye—yeah, ye—yeah Ye—yeah Ye—ye—ye—yeah” “[?]— [?]— From electrifying words— [?]— [?]— From electrifying words—” [Outro] Ah, fifteen minutes… Read More

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Thundamentals – Hearts Lyrics (feat. Ev Jones)

[Pre-Hook: Ev Jones] I’m falling, falling, I’m falling Falling for your love again And I’m all in, all in, all in Scared as f*ck it’s all pretend [Verse 1: Jeswon] Reminisce on when we first met, you wasn’t having in Ghetto fabulous, fat booty, mad bougie Only thing that you gave me was some attitude Wrote me off as just some other rapper dude, on a different latitude Sassy rude miss, but it only made me wanna hit Like a dog with a bone, sniffing round your mothers crib Next we on some other shit, kicked it for a second More than just a physical connection Falling from the heavens,… Read More

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Napoleon Da Legend – Guilty Lyrics (feat. DJ Swab)

My words alone reverse a heart attack Drug dealer carter chat, Magna Carta rap Wild victorious but place my name, next to where the martyrs at Peep how I play this, I’m shaking the snakes like Petyr Baelish Told by the elders I got what it takes to be the greatest It’s with a heavy heart my semi spark you ready paul? I’m epitomizing Spit a fly line turn it to a bank deposit [outro – Martin Luther King] In the process of reaching our rightful place We must be guilty of wrongful deeds I shoot, make my adversary catch bullets like Gary Clark That’s a flashback, scratch that I… Read More

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Raimon – Qui Pregunta Ja Respon Lyrics

Quants homes calen per a fer un país Quants països per a fer el món Quantes llibertats per a fer la democràcia: Llibertats Quantes cases calen per a fer un carrer Quants carrers per a fer una ciutat Quants arbres per a fer un espai verd Un espai verd Quants obrers calen per a fer una classe obrera Quants burgesos calen per a fer una burgesia Quantes lluites per a vèncer Quantes lluites Quantes “apertures” calen per a trencar la tancadura Quants pagesos calen per a fer una pagesia Quantes amnisties calen per a fer l’amnistia L’amnistia Això em preguntava el vent a mi mateix Això em preguntava jo a… Read More

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Busta Rhymes – Party Is Goin On Over Here Lyrics

With some shit that’ll be tearing your ass off Keppin’ it comin’, keepin’ it movin’, keepin’ you wylin’ We gettin’ this paper let’s keep the cheddar stacking and piling And now we happy and smiling cause now we living good Doin’ it is how we be movin’ it in the hood Wishing you could f*ck around with me and my niggas How we double and wyle And double our bitches double our figures Turnin’ you out Run from my niggas (No doubt!) Keepin’ it blazing make all my bitches all shout Then I hit with the new make you take off your see-through While you peekin’ around the corner baby… Read More

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$not – Lovely Lyrics (feat. SUS Valentino)

[Chorus: $us Valentino] Look up at the sun but when I see it, I just close my eyes Shawty wanna love me but I’m only seein’ lies Niggas wanted war, shoulda told me, choppa’s make me cry Bitches want in love with me but I’m only gettin’ high I’m so lovely, so wavy, I can never die Feelin’ like I’m James Bond, cruisin’ with the black tie Stupid bitches tryna play me like I’m the bad guy But I set it back, I close my eyes, look at the blue sky [Post-Chorus: $us Valentino] Call my cell phone, I’m busy, you can call back tonight I’m a wolf, sleep all… Read More

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Christina Taylor – That Girl Lyrics

Looked in the mirror last night Same blonde hair, brown eyes But now there’s crazy where sane use to be Something about me ain’t right I’ve known boys like you And what you put a young girl through Well I use to laugh at girls like that Swore no one could turn me into That girl You know the one On a roller coaster ride not having any fun That girl comin’ unwound One day she’s up then the next day she’s down If I was smart I would walk right out that door Cuz I don’t Don’t want to be That girl anymore I don’t wanna be that girl… Read More

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Neffex – Struggle Lyrics

[Verse 1] Oh, growing up ain’t easy Too many things to do weekly Too many thoughts to think deeply Too many thoughts to be sleeping, yeah Oh my god, I’m not eating I feel so empty, I’m receding And all of my friends are misleading All of these posts and the lives they’re leading, yeah [Pre-Chorus] Oh, no way I ain’t gon’ stand for this today I’ma keep my head down, I’m okay I don’t wanna listen to a word they say Uh, and we all know fear is a slogan, yeah And we all feel broken, yeah And we all outspoken Need someone who can just go show them… Read More

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