Le Trouble – ‘How Was I to Know?’

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Le Trouble are a Montreal-based quintet – comprised of friends Michael, Max, Garrett, Bao-Kahn and Jesse – with a flair for slick, finely chiselled and upbeat indie.

The Canadian outfit’s most recent record Making Matters Worse was released earlier via Indica Records. Lifted from that LP, ‘How Was I to Know?’ offers a bustling snapshot of what they are all about. It’s a spiky, hyperactive and swaggering slice of indie, with burly, compelling vocals soaring above big hooks, a guitar melody reminiscent of The Strokes circa Is This It with a supercharged energy. A blistering, catchy and upbeat piece of punky indie-pop perfection. Magnifique!

You can listen to ‘How Was I To Know’ below now. Also, you can stream their latest LP, Making Matters Worse here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #3

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and 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 top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #3. Enjoy!

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Yungblud – ‘King Charles’

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19-year-old Yorkshire-born artist Dominic Harrison aka Yungblud, is pissed off, he’s riled up and he’s going to tell you about it!

That is the premise of his debut single ‘King Charles'; a passionate outcry against the misrepresentation of his generation, who as he sees it, are almost entirely forgotten about. Snarling, abrasive and infectiously in-your-face, ‘King Charles’ superbly blends catchy lyrical quips – spat with ferocity – with break-beats, guitar-hooks and bopping pop rock. It’s all well and good being pissed off but you’ve to have the tunes to go with it; something Harrison doesn’t need to worry about. It’s a massively passionate, confident and finely executed first offering.

‘King Charles’ is out now. Tune in below.

Introducing: Bad Pop

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Bad Pop are the Vancouver-based trio of Chris Connelly (vocals/guitar), Catherine Hiltz (bass/vocals/trumpet) & Aaron Klassen.

Self-deprecating titles aside, this Canadian trio are anything but bad – and just a little bit pop. The proof, well, that would be wonderful recent double a-side ‘Same House/Masculism’. It displays two rather different sides of a band with an inherent capacity for the tongue-in-cheek and ace tunes. ‘Same House’ is a sort of hyperactive warped psych-disco-pop that’s as weird as it is wonderful, and catchy as hell. Jerky, art-rock guitar riffs dance with crashing cymbals and to-die-for harmonies. ‘Masculism’ on the other hand, is a hard-rocking stomper; delivering a ferocious brew of pounding riffs, sledge-hammer percussion and raspy vocals. An engaging, addicting and brilliant introduction to a band with exceptional promise.

‘Same House/Masculism’ is out now via Metropolis Recordings. Tune in below.

If the double a-side is to your liking, Bad Pop are playing a few shows in the UK in May: Sebright Arms, London (18/05), Bleach, The Great Escape (TGE), Brighton (19/05) & Canada House, TGE, Brighton (20/05).

 

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #2

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and 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 top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #2. Enjoy!

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Duncan Lloyd Announces New Album; Shares ‘Heads Of The Bastille’

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Duncan Lloyd is probably best known as the guitarist with Maximo Park but away from the day job, he’s kept himself busy with various side-projects including Decade In Exile, Nano Kino and solo work under his own name.

It is the latter which demands our attention, with the release of new album, I O U O M E, and follow up to 2008’s Seeing Double. The first single from the new record is ‘Heads of The Bastille’, and it’s a beaut! Lloyd’s hushed vocal has a tactile warmth and echoes through the melody and shimmering guitar, tempered with a mild coat of fuzz. Bristling with an nocturnal moodiness, it is permeated with a sense of intimacy, melancholy and understated optimism. A tantalising taste of what Lloyd is capable of and marvellous intro to the new record.

I O U O M E is set to release on 26th May, but before then whet your appetite with ‘Heads of the Bastille’.

Fuzzystar – ‘Telegraphing’

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Fuzzystar is the moniker of Edinburgh-based songwriter Andy Thomson and band, who have a flair for off-kilter indie pop, strewn with scuzzy, lo-fi melodies.

Andy Thomson has been playing solo and in various line-ups as Fuzzystar for years; starting in Edinburgh, with a stint in London, before returning to Scotland. The band name comes from an appreciation of the bands Big Star and Mazzy Star. Fuzzystar’s forthcoming album Telegraphing is due for release on April 28th and ahead of that, we’ve been gifted record’s title-track, and it’s a doozy. ‘Telegraphing’ is three-and-a-half-minutes of melodic lo-fi indie laden with dream-like fuzz, infectious reverb and strewn with hooks you could hang your hat on. Bristling with an unobtrusive moodiness, it is permeated with a sense of melancholy and understated optimism, as Thomsen’s droning vocal echoes through the shimmering haze. A tantalising taste what Fuzzystar is all about.

The album is due out on 28th April 2017 via Satellite Sounds, you can treat your ears to the marvellous drifting haze of title-track ‘Telegraphing’ below.

Morrissey & Marshall – ‘She’s Got Love’

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London-based, Dublin duo Morrissey & Marshall are readying the release of their second album, due for release on May 26th.

Previewing the new record, the pair have unveiled single, ‘She’s Got Love’. It’s a timeless, immaculately tailored, super catchy slice of and infectious indie-pop. Lively, bright and chipper, ‘She’s Got Love is enveloped by janglely guitars, uplifting harmonies and a giddy, bouncy rhythm. This is as close to a perfect three-minute pop song as you’re likely to hear, and it is an impossible to resist, feel-good jam designed to paste smiles on faces. The two friends appear to possess an innate ability for incredibly catchy indie-pop, and long may it continue.

‘She’s Got Love’ will be released on May 5th and followed by a new album on May 26th. Brighten up your day below.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #1

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A brand new feature on the Gruff channel, a weekly 15-track Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in at under and hour, it’s an easily digested slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share more great tunes for your ears, so hopefully it can be a regular feature. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

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Jon C Butler – ‘A Little Misunderstanding’

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‘There has been a misunderstanding hasn’t there?’ sings Jon C Butler.

The brand new single ‘A Little Misunderstanding’ so clearly and concisely parades the endearing nature of his Americana infused jangle, it leaves no scope for misinterpretation.

Leicester-based Jon C Butler is a singer, songwriter and musician with over 25 years in the game, and it shows. ‘A Little Misunderstanding’ is reflective, profoundly stirring and intoxicating alchemy of life, love and spirit. It is a sweet song of melodic-pop with an indie-folk twist; a Dylan-esque jangle mingles with hints of Memphis country soul troubadours as Butler channels his inner Springsteen. A rather charming single that is deserving of a resounding thumbs up.

Butler’s album Universal Stranger is scheduled for release on 23 June via Strataville. While ‘A Little Misunderstanding’ is out on 14 April 2017. Have a listen below.

There is also free exclusive 4-song EP called Revelation Calling in return for an email address, not a bad deal at all. Get it here.