Introducing Shaun: The latest single from PLAY DEAD

Today, the latest single from up and coming band PLAY DEAD titled Shaun was put out to listeners. It’s a rather vibrant track, laced with a lightheartedness that imitates the carefree feeling of spending a Saturday down the pub. Maintaining high energy and a punchy sound throughout, it’s in keeping with PLAY DEAD’s signature upbeat punk style. 

It tells the rather entertaining story of Shaun,  boyfriend of bassist Ollie Clarke’s Nan who’s often described as ‘a gentle giant’. It’s clear to see he’s a man with a somewhat social buoyancy, who like the rest of us enjoys a nice pint and a pie (as well as a bit of Coldplay). However, his short temper has led to some rather intriguing incidents. The most notable taking place in Brixton, when a short fuse resulted in what could only be described as a classic pub brawl. PLAY DEAD’s latest song deems Saturday night alright for fighting. 

With a playful narrative that loosely mimics The Streets and nods to influences such as IDLES, PLAY DEAD maintain flexibility within their sonic style. They not only efficiently captured the comedy and charisma of Shaun lyrically but also through the dynamic instrumentation. Their brazen attitude and desire to make a (well-received) noise has allowed them to tell a fast-paced tale and also to gather the attention of other music lovers.

It’s admirable how much the band has achieved so far. Being only sixteen and producing such a high standard of music leads us to believe that they have an exciting future ahead of them. Make sure you have a listen to their previous release, Whitstable, which is another song bounding with liveliness and charm.  

Recently, a fan favourite and major influence on this budding band, The Streets released their latest album titled  ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive.’ Before digging into their twelve new tracks and maybe your pie of choice be sure to give PLAY DEAD a listen. Their new track could leave a taste in your mouth that tops Steak and Ale.

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Televised Mind – The Latest Single From Fontaines D.C.

This evening we welcomed the release of Fontaines D.C.’s latest single, televised mind. It’s the third single from their second album, ‘A Hero’s Death’, which is set to be released at the end of July. It’s yet another valuable addition to the band’s musical collective.

The music video was also released earlier this evening.

From start to finish, the instrumentation is captivating. Forcing a grip upon the listener’s attention. The track is full of movement, driven by the excellent use of dynamics. The introduction of the drums, bass, and guitar riffs all at once, for example, is a powerful maneuver (and one that Fontaines D.C. have mastered). The vocals are particularly melodic, further enticing the approval of those who listen.

Recently the band shared how The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre were great influences in the creation of the track, more specifically their use of chord progressions that create a ‘droning, hypnotic feel’. As a result, the melodic structure of Televised Mind feels a lot more experimental in comparison to their previous songs.

Of course, you can’t go without touching on the pungent lyricism present. The track homes in on the sobering idea of fading originality and the desire of acceptance. We see a use of repetition within the lyrics creating a realistic reflection on the indoctrination present in modern-day society. It’s like a walk through the city, looking at each individual walking past and seeing them for what they really are, a televised mind. After all, we’ve all fallen victim to the pressures of forced ideology.

‘This song is about the echo chamber and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we’re robbed of our ability to feel wrong.’

– GRIAN CHATTEN (Frontman of fontaines d.c.)

The release has further increased the anticipation and excitement regarding the release of ‘A Hero’s Death’ as it presents a broader collection of sonic influences, leaving fans wondering what else the band might be hiding up their sleeves.

Overall, Televised Mind is a track ridden with reality. It’s a reminder of the hidden issues present in all of our lives, and reaffirms the notion that we must strive towards individuality and staying true to ourselves.

Tickets for their UK tour go on sale on Thursday, we’d highly recommend heading down to your nearest venue to catch them live.

A Hero’s Death – The Latest Single From Fontaines D.C.

On the 5th of May, Dublin band Fontaines D.C released their latest single, A Hero’s Death. The track has already received an unprecedented amount of praise whilst fuelling a frenzy of interest and anticipation for their next studio album (A Hero’s Death) which will be released on the 31st of July.

A Hero’s Death is soaked in repetitive mantras, all of which share the same familiar sense of realness that Fontaines D.C. portray so effectively. There’s an air of demand created in the delivery of the lyrics as the track acts as a harsh reality check. It depicts what lead singer Grian Chatten describes as the ‘principles for self-prescribed happiness’ and is certainly further proof of the group’s ability to provoke meaning and independence in the music they create.

The sheer power of this single is impossible to ignore and shows us the band delving into a new territory of sound whilst still maintaining the humbled familiarity of their musical makeup. From the guitar to the vocals, this single has generated a presence of its own due to its explicit form and sonic maturity.

Accompanied by the gritty stance of the instrumentation, the backing vocals are especially prominent within the single, providing a vital layer of melancholic graciousness that is present from start to finish. In addition, the movement created by the drums and bass combined displays their post-punk style perfectly, acting as the backbone of this musically righteous track.

The release has proven rather topical, with lyrics such as ‘life ain’t always empty’ and ‘look forward to a brighter future’ providing a reminder to all that there’s more to life than the current endeavours and the need to remain vigilant, no matter what. It is this ability to connect with the masses that has allowed Fontaines D.C. to create such a storm, they are a band that embraces vulnerability, allowing for a personal relationship between themselves and their listeners.

Watch the music video starring Aiden Gillen here:

Listen to A Hero’s Death Here:

You can pre-order A Hero’s Death on all formats (as well as merch bundles) from https://shop.fontainesdc.com/

Blossoms – Rough Trade East

On the 1st of February we were lucky enough to have seen Blossoms perform an intimate acoustic set live at Rough Trade East in London. The show commemorated the release of the band’s latest album, Foolish Loving Spaces. The band treated us to the new album (bar My Vacant Days) and even took a request at the end, finishing the set with a crowd favourite: There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls). From the excitement in the queue to the appreciation from the band when signing our albums, the evening was overall pretty incredible!

The show was especially relaxed and the interaction with the crowd further illuminated the friendly, down to earth nature of the band. It was also great seeing their tour manager, Wolfie, getting involved on stage by playing percussion! Looking around mid-performance, it was clear to see how much love there already is for this new album.

The signing process was particularly memorable due to the chattiness of the band (as well as Joe’s infectious laugh). It was heartwarming to see the genuine appreciation they have for their fans.

As third albums go, Blossoms have created something spectacular. It’s an incredible display of their talent and cultivates the genre-bending versatility of the band. We’re looking forward to the tour and can’t wait to see where this new album will take them.

Photos taken by Olivia Green

Have a listen to the album here:

The Amazons – Future Dust Expanded Edition Release

Back in May 2019, The Amazons released their second album, Future Dust. Over 7 months later, we’ve been lucky enough to have an expanded edition of the album.

The expanded version includes 3 new releases:

-Mother (Acoustic)

-Heart Of Darkness 

-Howlin

Heart Of Darkness 

Since its release, we’ve been listening to Heart Of Darkness nonstop. It has an extremely fiery attitude, with an immediate and high energy dynamic right from the start. It’s a fitting outlet to expand the album and its universe through. Incorporating previous track titles into the lyrics, such as End Of Wonder, it really does feel like a vital part of the grand finale and the closing of the Future Dust era. 

The vocals really stand out in this track, especially in the verse, as they have quite an emotive demeanor. When building up to the guitar solo at the end of the track, we hear an almost growing of strength and power within the vocals which charges the energy of the song. The bass line is an unsung hero within the track, not only complimenting the rest of the instrumentation but also adding to the dynamic with confidence. Overall, the musical makeup of Heart Of Darkness really is impressive and most certainly combines to create a pretty great song. 

Howlin

Howlin is brazen, the instrumentation is audacious and the lyrics have a sort of parallelism to them. They appear rather intrepid at first, and yet there is an air of tenderness as a result of their contents, its delivery creates an entirely different narrative to the story they verbally contain.  

To expand on its instrumentation, Howlin has an assertive stance which is vital for a good rock track. The drums, whilst not being overpowering, generate the robustness needed to maintain an atmosphere of vigor. In other words, their pounding beats really do power the track forward. 

In addition, the guitar riffs are a key element to the basis of the song, not only accompanying the vocals but also strengthening the punch the song has, with its rich aura making it extremely memorable.

We’ d highly recommend seeing them live if you get the chance, they most certainly do put on a great show. Check out their live show dates and venues here: https://theamazons.co.uk/#live

Lost In Yesterday – The latest single from Tame Impala

On the 8th of January Tame Impala released Lost In Yesterday, the last single from their next album, The Slow Rush, which will be released next month.

First things first, what a single it is. The lyrics explore the ever changing state of memories: over time, views on past events become distorted and the feelings attached can change completely. This is a topic pretty much everyone can relate to, which in itself depicts an air of nostalgia. There is a certain feeling of inclusiveness when listening to this track, it’s an anthem of the masses.

Alongside its expansive storyline, Lost In Yesterday has a rhythmic stature of synthesised disco. The bassline is a prominent feature of the track and amplifies the groovy dynamics present. And of course, we had to touch on the incredible vocals of Kevin Parker. His voice blends perfectly with the style of instrumentation, there’s a perfect balance between power and tenderness. It’s sure to be a festival favourite due to its vibrancy and will most certainly not get ‘lost in yesterday’ as its presence is immense.

The Slow Rush will be released on the 14th of February 2020 and Tame Impala have already confirmed future live performances, such as All Points East festival in London. We’d highly recommend seeing Tame Impala live if you get the chance and make sure you have a listen to the other singles that have already been released.