Silverbacks Ready New EP; Share ‘Dirty Money

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Lo-fi indie noise-merchants Silverbacks have returned, brandishing a new single ‘Dirty Money’; the first track to be lifted from their forthcoming EP Sink The Fat Moon.

The Dublin-based quintet will release the new EP on May 19 and judging by the new single, we’re in for a treat. Silverbacks have already eked out a solid rep for themselves when it comes to whipping up lashings of ’90s inspired lo-fi fuzz. Another self-produced effort, it a brusque, harmonic three-minutes of masterful indie noise. It slips from languid meanderings to brash, searingly loud riffage with an effortless ease; and swagger to boot. A marvelous & confident return from Silverbacks (with their re-jigged line-up) and it is one of their finest offerings to date. Quite a claim given their propensity to proliferate superb singles.

Listen to ‘Dirty Money’ below – you’ll be hooked before you know it!

Sink The Fat Moon is out via Miami Records on May 19, pre-order here.

Silverbacks support Sea Pinks in the Roisin Dubh, Galway on May 25 & play Whelan’s Upstairs, on May 27 (launching the new EP).

Why not get acquainted with Silverbacks’ most recent album, ‘Hot Bath’, released in 2015, it’s ace! You can get that for free from Bandcamp.

Mayfly – ‘Losing You’

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Hailing from London, Mayfly conjures up magical electro-pop that will transfix, and have you reaching for the repeat button

‘Losing You’ is the debut single from Mayfly, written, produced and performed by this clandestine London artist. Mayfly has a supreme ear for melody, paired with a sweet and heavenly (folk flavoured) vocal, ‘Losing You’ slowly reveals itself along an easy-on-the-ear bass-line, with layer upon layer of entrancing sounds. Our senses are immersed in a colourful mix of electronics, ethereal tones and swirling synths leaving us with a most captivating, breathtaking and irresistible of tunes.

Listen to the crystalline dynamics and intricate sound collage that is ‘Losing You’ below. It does not disappoint!

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.

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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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.

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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Sweet Baboo Announces New Album ‘Wild Imagination’, Shares ‘Badminton’

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Two years on from The Boombox Ballads, North Wales native Stephen Black, better known as Sweet Baboo, is gearing up to release his brand new LP.

Due out on 2nd June Wild Imagination was penned as something of an antidote to our turbulent, worrying developments of 2016. In addition, Black has shared the sweet new single ‘Badminton’. Black is songwriter who has a clear vision, coupled with an unquestionable understanding of the melodies and rhythms that hits the sweet spot time after time. The outcome of which, is a some of the most wonderful, curious and eminently listenable music in recent recent years. These aforementioned qualities are found in abundance on ‘Badminton’. It is a gentle, bright and airy ditty with lilting electronics as Black’s peaceful vocals floating gracefully between gentle tones and the breezy, warbling synth. Just beautiful.

Wild Imagination is out 2 June via Moshi Moshi. Check ‘Badminton’ out below.

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.