The Magic Es – ‘How Do You Sleep?’


Norwich-based trio The Magic Es have set themselves an enviable quest, to create “original rock ‘n’ roll reminiscent of a time when guitar pop dominated the charts and the terraces”.

It may be too early to evaluate their progress and likelihood for successfully turning musical tides and winning over the masses to there cause, they have quite a knack for upbeat bursts of melodic, infectious indie that sticks like glue.The trio’s latest single ‘How Do You Sleep’ sets out their raison d’etre over a scintillating four-minutes. ‘How Do You Sleep’ is a guitar heavy, riff-filled indie rocker bursting with melody and vitality; with nods to ’60s pop, britpop and classic rock. Catchy, melodic and bursting with an obvious love of playing music; ‘How Do You Sleep’ just great and you know what, sometimes that is quite enough.

You can listen to ‘How Do You Sleep’ below:

Pale Honey – ‘The Heaviest of Storms (Devotion Pt.1)’


Swedish indie-rock outfit Pale Honey – aka Tuva Lodmark, Nelly Daltrey & newly joined by Anders Lagerfors – recently released new album Devotion, the follow-up to their great 2015 self-titled debut.

Hot on the heels of the trio’s new LP comes lead single, ‘The Heaviest of Storms (Devotion Pt.1)’. It continues to embrace a formula that has served Pale Honey so well thus far; gritty, grimey alt-rock which can simultaneously seem soothing, blissful even. Sparse but meaty riffs, crunchy guitars intertwine as drums thump and thud to create a forbidding atmosphere. This scuzzy, sparse guitar-and-drums combo and impending sense of doom is is tempered by Lodmark’s alluring vocals and cascading melodies – accidental beauty. This is all kinds of ace!

You can check out ‘The Heaviest of Storms (Devotion Pt.1) below – and if that’s too your liking, why not try their new album out for size, here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #30


After a couple of weeks absence, ‘Something for the Weekend’ returns with a relatively short Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past while.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #30 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend!

You can follow me on Spotify here.


Super Extra Bonus Party Return with Scintillating New Single ‘Switzerland’


Super Extra Bonus Party are a band that will always have a special place in my heart. Not only was their music the soundtrack to a lot of great times, SEBP gigs were always superb, thrilling and often chaotic, and the source of fun times and great memories.

Add to that, they were one of a few Irish bands who did things their own way, not playing the game (whatever the game is) and experimenting without any pretentious bullshit. Needless to say, it was more than a mild disappointment when SEBP parked the project, announcing an indefinite hiatus seven long years ago.

Oh, and in case you’ve missed it, Super Extra Bonus Party have called time on their break with their new single ‘Switzerland’ – and it is a sensational return. It’s not a million miles away from where they left off their criminally underrated second album from 2009, Night Horses. Embracing SEBP’s characteristic strength of live instrumentation meets electronics, it is propelled by a powerful, hypnotic pulsing synth and metronomic beat, injected with meaty guitars, an intense drum machine work-out and all manner of electronic wizardry. ‘Switzerland’ is instilled with an energy that feels electric as it charges forth to a cataclysmic wall of sound. Opting in favour of keeping vocal duties in-house with Gavin Elsted & Stephen Fahey is a revelation too – sublime!

SEBP were always one’s for pushing things, experimenting and avoiding the obvious, safe path. The same can be said for ‘Switzerland’, and I think you’ll agree when I say, it’s great to have them back.

You can get yourself acquainted with ‘Switzerland’ below & the single is out now on 045 Recordings.

Earlier in the week, the band at down with with Headstuff to discuss their feelings about everything that had gone before, read it here – it’s definitely worth some of your time.

Touts – ‘Bomb Scare’


Derry punks TOUTS were the finest new discovery at HWCH last year, scintillating at Electric Picnic this year and their debut EP Sickening and Deplorable, was exhilarating.

The Maiden City trio are about to release their new EP LIT and ahead of its entering the world we’ve got latest single ‘Bomb Scare’ to contend with. ‘Bomb Scare’ is an intense first preview of what to expect, and continues to build on the ’70s punk sound they’ve rather nicely cultivated thus far. An absolute punk rock stormer, this is a three-minute rattle through ’70s-channeling punk with a furious and thrilling high energy. Despite its rawness and filled with an undeniable anger, ‘Bomb Scare’ manages to maintain a certain level of fun and undoubtedly danceable. Outstanding on record and scintillating live, Touts are one of the most impressive acts on this Island right now – and if you get a chance to catch them live, do it!

Touts’ second EP LIT is out now via Hometown Records. The four track EP includes the lead single ‘Bomb Scare’, which you can sample below:

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B O K E H – ‘Great Heights’


B O K E H is the artistic alter-ego of Berlin-based, New Zealand-raised actress/musician Chloë Lewer who is proving quite a master for rather wonderful and spiritually sprinkled 80s inspired electro-pop.

‘Great Heights’ is the third single to be released from B O K E H’s debut EP, Don’t Leave The Fire. It is an intimate and emotionally charged cut of cosmic electro-pop crafted around a dreamy beat and eerie but powerfully emotive vocals. Intimate and sincere, Lewer’s vocals score the epic in a dreamy and illuminating world of colourful, 80s indebted electro-pop. There is beauty, there is pain and there is loss – all painted vividly by a colourful, powerful and stunning performance.

You can sample the stunning delights of ‘Great Heights’ below. If that’s to your liking, B O K E H’s debut EP is here in its entirety.

Weaver – ‘Boxes’


‘Boxes’ is the latest single from Swedish artist Weaver – aka Johan Weber – the first in a series of tunes earmarked for release before the dawn of the new year.

Formed in 2012, Weber has two EPs under the Weaver moniker and has built a solid rep for folklore stepping, steel guitar wielding Americana in his native Sweden. A supremely infectious, upbeat burst of Americana-tinged indie-pop, ‘Boxes’ skips along melodic keys, an array of chugging guitars and experimental endeavours, as Weber’s commanding (almost theatrical) vocal tone brings to mind a certain David Byrne quality; standout component among standout components, in a compelling, captivating and creative sounds. Accompanying the single is an extraordinarily brilliant Video. Made in conjunction with artist Johan Ejerblom – and jointly under the name ‘Silver N’ Silk’ – it took 14 months to create (far longer than the original 3 months they gave themselves), painstakingly recreating a Swedish city using recycled materials, to tell an incredible story. A sublime single, matched in every respect by the equally stunning video. Bravo!

You can sample ‘Boxes’ and it’s sublime visual companion below – both do not disappoint!