Pizzagirl moves to fuzzy synths as new album ‘softcore mourn’ due this summer

I’d say this is a break-up song.” Featured press photo by Kate Davies Share Layers of instrumentation are continuously added through the track, echoing a sense of snowballing resignation, hurtling towards a reconciliatory breaking point. Liverpool’s new hopeful Pizzagirl is set to release his sophomore album ‘softcore mourn’ this summer.  Perpetually ensconced in the fault-lines between effervescent humanity and binary technology, pitting maximalist-pop sounds against claustrophobic production, Pizzagirl (AKA Liverpool native Liam Brown) delves deeper into the emotional hard-drive on his latest project. But gone is the postmodern absurdism and vapor-wave escapism, the sentiment now is as real and grounded as a 90s dial-up squall.  In his own words, Pizzagirl… Read More

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Red Rum Club tease The Hollow Sessions with acoustic version of ‘Eleanor’

Alex Pearson The Hollow Sessions will be released digitally via Modern Sky on Friday, April 30th – pre-save here – with the band hitting the road again this summer with their pushed back support tour with Circa Waves, festival stages and Red Rum Club’s own UK Tour. Fran Doran, the band’s frontman, says: “It’s been a rollercoaster for us all and while the ride still isn’t over, we’re all hoping for the best and hope more than anything that we’ll be on stage again by late summer.  “Between now and then, The Hollow Sessions presents new versions of the songs we’re really proud of, but we’re not done there. Known… Read More

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The Sherlocks confirm new single ‘End Of The Earth’ and rescheduled tour dates

Alex Pearson As well as this, there are rumours floating of their highly anticipated third album. Speaking on the release, The Sherlocks said “‘End Of The Earth’ is quite punk rock for us, a slight change in direction. But definitely the perfect comeback track. “We chose Sessions because they allow us to connect with our fans wherever they are in the world, we’re buzzing for everyone to see us perform again. Tickets for their live shows can be found here. “We locked ourselves in the studio for three days straight with sleeping bags and bottles of spirits. This track is WILD!!” The band have also revealed that they will be… Read More

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PREMIERE: CHEEKBONE share acoustic performance of ‘In & Out’

‘In & Out’ is stribbed back to basics as the 90s-esque jangly guitars are gone as very raw vocals take hold. Later in the year, CHEEKBONE will finally have the opportunity to perform live. CHEEKBONE premiere their music video for an acoustic lockdown performance of their latest single ‘In & Out’.  The band have reaped in the rewards since its release last month including airplay on Soccer AM and placements on Spotify official playlists. Ernest Gorka, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for CHEEKBONE, explained that “the track itself details a young mum dealing with adult life”, highlighting “the juxtaposition of the subject against the youthfulness of the track”. They’ll be heading… Read More

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PREMIERE: Synth pop outfit Yonder debut ‘Medicine Dreams’

The track has expansive layers of infectious tonality which is neatly housed within an animated melody and assured vocal presence. ‘Medicine Dreams’ weaves and winds through a road of spacious scenery and stimulates the mind with imagery.  Yonder are already rich with musical tapestry thanks to their involvement in four-piece SAHARAS. ‘Medicine Dreams’, released tomorrow (March 12th), is guilt-free as the melodies and vocals show a clear statement of intent from the Windsor-based outfit. It’s clear that Yonder remains very much a part of a forward-thinking vision that respectfully tips its hat to prior involvement with a band that expanded in both maturity and status. Share The quartet was discovered… Read More

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The Psychedelic Furs release music video for ‘Wrong Train’

Alex Pearson Frontman Richard Butler said: “‘Wrong Train’ continues the black and white textured, mysterious feel of the previous videos from Made Of Rain. The creativity Hans, Peter Sebastian and their team brought shows in every frame.  “Much like in paintings, imagery in this video is altered to where it is seen in an entirely different way.” Restricted by Covid-19 limitations, the video was shot in Neleman’s home-studio in Connecticut and at Michelson Studios in upstate New York.  After the shoot, the photographic material was handed over and digitally manipulated by Peter Sebastian. Neleman photographed and filmed Richard while painting his face as if he were delivering an art performance.… Read More

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Tom Grennan announces biggest UK headline Tour for second album

Share The mammoth 16-date tour includes Grennan’s biggest ever headline show at Alexandra Palace.  The news follows his performance on The Graham Norton Show with Ella Henderson for their new single ‘Let’s Go Home Together’ which is currently climbing the UK Charts.  Tom Grennan’s highly anticipated second album, ‘Evering Road’ is our March 12th via Insanity Records.  Earlier this month saw Tom’s virtual interactive gig receive overwhelming demand as he debuted new music from the album as 27,000 buzzing fans rushed to join the live stream. Tom Grennan has just announced one of his biggest UK headline tour this Autumn in celebration of his second album ‘Evering Road’. TOM GRENNAN… Read More

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Lomon releases space-aged psychedelic single ‘Fractures’

These impressive lyrics, combined with a soaring soundscape, form the foundations of a promising career ahead of Lomon. However, ‘Fractures’ is a stellar performance from a promising musician and his future success is certainly written in the stars. However, the back bone of the single still rings true with ‘Fractures’ as sonic melodies, distorted electronics and abstract backing vocals all overlap together to produce a well-cohered song. His rather unique approach to music is aimed at inspiring others to think about what’s in deep space – is there the existence of extraterrestrial life out there?  The track’s space-themed lyrics are punchy and delivered with an essence of hope and desperation… Read More

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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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