The Innocent Bystander – ‘Neon Lights’

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The Innocent Bystander is a new project from Dublin-based producer/songwriter Mark Healy, which grew from an ambition to “make guitar music that takes nothing from the Blues” – and the result is an interesting and personal take on a classic indie sound.

The past 12 months or so saw The Innocent Bystander release a string of well received singles – ‘Waster’, ‘Electrocute’ and ‘The Complacency League’ – and latest offering ‘Neon Lights’ is of a similarly high quality. Shifting along a powerfully danceable groove. ‘Neon Lights’ is spiky slice of irresistible guitar-based electro pop, complete seductive synth-work and a ridiculously catchy, sing-a-long chorus that will worm its way into your psyche and tumble around your head all day. A sparkling delight of irresistible neon-bright sounds.

The Innocent Bystander are currently working on a debut album, There’s Music Still Left in These Streets, expected in 2019.

The Hannah Barberas – ‘No Mystery’

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Self-described “DIY pop partisans” The Hannah Barberas have returned with a new single, ‘No Mystery’ – the lead and title-track from their third EP.

The indie-pop foursome – Damien, Lucy, Doug & Matthew – from New Cross, London have a way when it comes to charming and irresistible effervescent indie-pop gems, and thankfully the latest effort doesn’t break with tradition. ‘No Mystery’ is dreamy ’60s inspired jangle, all woozy and breezy vibes, it is dripping with melody and those harmonies, they are just a delight. An enchanting and addicting parcel of perfect pop-craft harmony, The Hannah Barberas have delivered the goods once again (complete with an unlikely guest appearance by Angela Lansbury).

Tune into ‘No Mystery’ below now – and the full EP is here too.

no reception. – ‘Door Mat’

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No reception is a one woman pop punk machine, the brainchild of Claire Julian who takes charge of roles as songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.

Julian’s brilliant brand of angsty, lo-fi indie with a pop-punk streak is clear for all to see on new single ‘Door Mat’. Taken from the recently released EP, See Through, ‘Door Mat’ is a super buoyant affair that unleashes a three-minute, power-pop blitz of catchy riffs, crunchy guitars, infectious pop melodies and fast paced drum grooves that are all coated in a light fuzz and imbued with youthful energy and punky aggression. An irresistible power-pop punk nugget!

Listen to ‘Door Mat’ below now – and the entire EP is available here.

BILK – ‘Slob’

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BILK are young Essex trio of Sol Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Luke Hare (bass), and James Holland (drums) who’s preference is an angsty blend of indie, rap and punk; and a fondness for Fred Perry and Adidas.

Their latest single ‘Slob’ is an absolute riot; it is frenetic, feisty, energetic, raw and anthemic.
Crunching, raw guitars and buzz-saw riffs meet furious fast-paced drums to drive the energy forward, providing fuel for the volatile, semi-rapped streetwise lyrics that are brash, mouthy and tongue-in-cheek.Talking themes of youth, unemployment and drugs the trio present a firm middle finger to the people who looked down on them as dosers for choosing music. This is an apologetically raw and lippy indie-punk sound.

Tune into the sound from the suburbs, ‘Slob’ below:

BDRMM – ‘C.U.’

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BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who explore the worlds of ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psychedelic-rock and slacker dream pop – demonstrated to perfection with latest single ‘C.U.’.

Armed with the combined power of burning guitars, bubbling basslines and crashing drums, they craft a compelling sulky rock sound that is full of youthful yearning and glistening guitar lines. Amid dreamy synths, gauzy guitars, and heart-filled harmonies, ‘C.U.’ unravels gradually, channelling a cocktail of hurt and numbing anxieties into a sprawling epic of burning guitars and synth-soaked and lethargic vocals splattered with melancholy – for a mesmerizing four-and-a-half minutes that whooshes by with an electrifying, sonic alchemy.

Tune into ‘C.U.’ below:

Rock Eupora – ‘People In My Head’

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Rock Europa is the alias of Nashville-via-Mississippi fuzz pop lover Clayton Waller, who’s sound is bound by a love of – and an ability to produce – timeless and infectious pop songs, with a fair share of “oohs” and “ahhs” thrown in for good measure.

Taken from his self-titled album, latest single ‘People In My Head’ delivers this fast-paced and action packed rock-n-roll experience with a seductive power-pop hook. It is a hyperactive mesh of lively pumped up punk and garage riffs, snappy beats, wonky psych-tones and utterly contagious fuzz-filled adventure. While it is at times comical and tongue-in-cheek, it is a hyper-active punky, power-pop two-fingers to those mocking of a career in music. The allure of ‘People In My Head’ is seductive as hell, it will have you reaching for repeated plays, over and over, and over and over again.

Try it below, see if you can resist…..

Perfect Body – ‘Fields’

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Formed in Cardiff in 2017, Perfect Body take their cue from the sonic experimentation of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Having established a name for themselves locally, the Welsh five-piece have joined up with the much renowned Bubblewrap Collective to release a split EP along with Zac White. Perfect Body’s inclusion is ‘Fields'; a dreamy, glacial shoegazy effort that rustles with the ghosts of their aforementioned influences and woozy 60s psych. ‘Fields’ is characterised by managing to be a number of things simultaneously; it’s noisy, psychedelic guitar is both that and elegant. It is ethereal yet muscular and amid the icy, crisp glacial tones there is warmth from the slowburing guitars and wall of sound. Combining to create a wall of noise, it is funnelled through a hazing mix of fuzz and distortion which doesn’t obscure the delightful pop core, and allure of the single.

Tune into ‘Fields’ below: