Introducing: The Bug Club

The Bug Club are the creative trio of Sam Willmett (guitar/vocals), Tilly Harris (bass/vocals) and Dan Matthew (drums), from the little-known rock n’ roll hotbed of Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

Together they craft tight-knit, catchy and memorable tunes; sometimes blistering, fiery and fierce and other times, melodic and playfully addictive, and always fizzing with humour and riffs-a-plenty – attributes on display in abundance on their wonderfully titled debut EP Launching Moondream One.

Propelled by a relentless, driving energy, it ones with ‘Check Mate’ as it stomps along with a swagger and fiery attitude as raucous riffs buzz through lashing of scuzzy fuzz, all adorned with sweet harmonies and hooks you could hang your hat on. On the other hand, ‘All Of The Scariest Monsters Live In London’ offers the first taste from the other side of their personality; that prediction for melodic and playfully addictive pop. A mellow and melodic ditty, it skips along a playful beat while a bright strum illuminates the woozy and breezy vocals the cruise above – it is a hazy and dreamy beauty. Meanwhile, ‘We Don’t Need Room For Lovin’ falls between the two, something of a bridging point between the boisterous and playful bounciness, as does closer and title track. A brilliant and utterly addictive EP that will have you going straight for repeated plays time and time again.

Launching Moondream One is out now on Bingo Records.


Gushh – ‘Drifting Through the Emptiness of Space’

Gushh is the solo project of Bristol-based artist Richard Stockley who looks after everything involved; composing, recording, mixing, mastering and artwork.

Gushh revolves around the concept of looping elements and building tracks up whilst telling a narrative through old-timey samples from forgotten pieces of media. Lifted from a forthcoming – so far unnamed – EP, ‘Drifting Through the Emptiness of Space’ is the first new material since last year’s debut EP, and is a great example of the wonderful wizardry weaved by Gushh. Guitars shimmer and bright riffs burn atop multi-textured layers cinematic explosion in sound and colour as it is propelled by a hypnotic groove and unrelenting bedrock of beats. Sprinkled with space dust and cosmic aura, It builds and builds with an undercurrent of euphoria toward a triumphant climax of epic proportions.

Listen to the epic brilliance of ‘Drifting Through the Emptiness of Space’ below.

CIEL – ‘Never Alone Again’

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Brighton-based, Dutch dream-pop trio CIEL return with new single ‘Never Alone Again’, continuing their streak for irresistible bouts of dream-pop perfection.

With CIEL we have become accustomed to them striking a perfect balance between indie-rock and dreamy pop, and  ‘Never Alone Again’ continues this trend with aplomb. While hazy, dreamy and richly melodic, there is also a harder edge to proceedings as a propulsive riff buzzes, ushers us forward through a wall of warm fuzz and distortion, lush shimmering synth and swirling hazy atmospherics – an alluring elixir for the hushed, dreamy and nonchalant vocals to thrive. A mesmerizing slice of melodic yet muscular jam that is all things evocative, dreamy and rocking – and brilliant

Listen to ‘Never Alone Again’ below:

Cow – ‘Notemakers’

Liverpool-based, Welsh exiles, COW do a fine line in ’90s inspired fuzz-filled alt-rock, and demonstrated with great potency by their cracking new single ‘Notemakers’

Having released their debut EP at the tail end of 2019, more was expected to follow in 2020 but sadly, like a lot more besides, gigging and recording ground to halt. Cow, However continued writing and rehearsing and have another EP in the works – preceded by ‘Notemakers’.

‘Notemakers’ is a potent and fuzzed-up jam with nods to Dinosaur Jr, early Nirvana and Pavement, while Merseyside hero Bill Ryder-Jones’ influence looms large too. It is a slowburing, gripping affair primed with crunchy riffs, buzzing guitar, taut drums and tempered with a perfect blend of angst and vigor. ‘Notemakers’ finds a sweet spot combining melody with crunching, grungy rock while weaving catchy pop hooks into a rock squall. With a mere few listens ‘Notemakers’ finds its way into your psyche and refuse to leave – and that is in no way a bad thing.

Take a listen below. It is a belter. Oh, and there are some live dates below……. remember them??

COW live dates:

Saturday, August 21 – Gullivers Manchester – Mai 68 Records Showcase
Saturday, September 4 – Arts Club Liverpool – w/ By The Sea
Saturday, September 11 – Live Rooms Chester – w/ By The Sea
Friday, September 24 – Smithdown Road Festival Liverpool
Saturday, September 25 – Northwich – Salty Dog
Friday, October 1 – Newport – Le Pub – w/Campfire Social
Thursday, October 21 – Late Lounge Rhyl – w/ Maines
Saturday, October 30 – The Castle Manchester – w/ Groan Room and Lossline

English Teacher – ‘R&B’

Last year London label Nice Swan began the ‘Nice Swan Introduces’ series facilitating releases from a whole raft of new and exciting talent including Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, Malady, Mandrake Handshake & Anorak Patch, and English Teacher’s ‘R&B’ is latest entry in the series.

Leeds quartet English Teacher trade in meaty and razor-sharp sprawling post-punk alchemy and waste no time in setting the wheels in motion on ‘R&B. Part of an inaugural compilation that is penned for release in August, ‘R&B’ is built upon a speedy bassline and Lily Fontaine’s deadpan vocals before exploding with a searing riffs, soaring guitars and crunching drums, all bathed in a wall of fuzz and distortion. A huge, epic and absolutely magnificent crunching anthem – turn it up loud.

Listen to ‘R&B’ and keep an eye out for the compilation come August:

Anorak Patch – ‘Blue Jeans’

Colchester-based foursome – Effie Lawrence, Eleanor Helliwell, Oscar Ryland & Luca Ryland – Anorak Patch, are a formidable proposition who introduced us to their raucous rock sound with single ‘Irate’ earlier in the year.

Anorak Patch are back with new single ‘Blue Jeans’ – and unsurprisingly, it is back with a bang! ‘Blue Jeans’ is an exhilarating exploration of their penchant for raucous rock fueled by a relentless and furiously rhythm meted out with metronomic precession while guitars crunch and riffs burn before breaking down to a meandering pace and exploding into fiery life again. It is all topped off with uncompromising vocal delivery, threatening yet nonchalant, setting the tone for what is now their hallmark; powerful, a fierce and compelling grunge-filled indie-rock. 

Listen to ‘Blue Jeans’ below now – it doesn’t hold back.

Holiday Ghosts – ‘Off Grid’

Holiday Ghosts – based in Brighton, via Falmouth, appear to be something of a magnificent pop music recycling plant.

On the evidence of latest single ‘Off Grid’ Holiday Ghosts borrow from some of the finest sounds of past era – mining parts the Kinks, Violent Femmes, Alex Chilton and Modern Lovers – while transcending their influences in a rather simple manner: by producing a really great song and crafting their own irresistible concoction of modern indie-pop.

‘Off Grid’ is quite simply an irresistible indie-pop jam blending bright tones, sunny disposition, endearingly ramshackle jangling guitars and dueling vocal melodies, and packing pop sensibility at every turn. It fizzes with energy that whizzes around addictive melodies and all bathed in youthful sense of freedom and untamed possibilities. ‘Off Grid’ is an utterly addictive and contagious ball of fizzy joy and such is its earworm powers, it will compel you  to hum, whistle, sing-along from the off. An utterly addictive and contagious ball of fizzy joy, ‘Heading Out’ will be spinning around your head for days.

‘Off Grid’ is out now with forthcoming album, North Street Air, following on May 21st via Fat Cat Records.

Sprints – ‘Swimming’

Sprints are Dublin-based post-punk foursome – of Karla Chubb (vocals/guitar), Colm O’Reilly (guitar), Sam McCann (bass) and Jack Callan (drums) – who together, create a raw, raucous and potent post-punk sound – one bursting with a ferocious blend snarling vocals, driving rhythms, meaty riffs, swagger and noise.

Sprints have already left an indelible mark with 2020 singles ‘Manifesto’ & ‘The Cheek’, and are back with ‘Swimming’, the third and final track lifted from their four-track debut EP Manifesto (produced by Daniel Fox from Girlband). ‘Swimming’ is a powerful force of nature, exploding to life with a raucous energy Chubb’s raspy vocal ricochets off the intense locked in rhythmic power below. It is a thunderous ride atop driving bass groove, choppy guitar tone, meaty riffs and pounding drums. Like previous singles, ‘Swimming’ is a huge, explosive, taut and confident anthem – a simply stunning tune.

Listen to ‘Swimming’ below and Sprints’ Manifesto EP is out on March 26.


Moderate Rebels – ‘Perfect Grey Day’

Rotating around core members Kate Worthington (vocals), Susan Milanovich (drums), Emma Faulkner (vocals) and Morag Bruce (keys/synths), Moderate Rebels are anything but orthodox. 

The London based music collective will follow up their debut with not one but three albums this year on Moshi Moshi – the first of which is If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right, coming on April 30.  

Ahead of the album’s release later in the year, Moderate Rebels have shared the wonderful lead single ‘Perfect Grey Day’. There are echoes of Phil Spector, Spiritualized, St Etienne, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Super Furry Animals and Stereolab here, but stamped firmly with their own inimitable identity too. Fueled by driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz, jangle and twangs dance amid a swirl of hazy psychedelia and divine harmonies, as hushed dreamy vocals and lilting melodic hooks float above the bewitching waltzing groove. ‘Perfect Grey Day’ is dreamy and playful as it danders along with a lullaby-esque charm, delivering its hypnotic spell – utterly beautiful.

Listen to  ‘Perfect Grey Day’ below now – the album is out on April 30. 

Anorak Patch – ‘Irate’

Colchester-based foursome – Effie Lawrence, Eleanor Helliwell, Oscar Ryland & Luca Ryland – Anorak Patch, are a formidable proposition.

Formed among high school friends in late 2019, they quickly released the singles ‘Beans’ & ‘6 Week Party’ last year, and their raucous rock sound has left a mark. So much so, that their latest single ‘Irate’ is the latest to grace the Nice Swan Introduces… series; a monthly series started last year by Nice Swan Records to shine a light on exciting emerging talent incl. Sports Team, Pip Blom, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, among others).

So, back to the single. ‘Irate’ is a colossus. Pulverising drum beats combine with razor sharp riffs and meaty, crunching guitars, chugging bass to create a thunderous backdrop of seething, pent up rage and fury unleashed, while vocals soar high above. Barbed yet nonchalant, the vocals set the tone for what is a powerful, a fierce, uncompromising and compelling slice of searing grunge-filled indie-rock – but one that is incredibly catchy and tuneful too.

Listen to ‘Irate’ below now – batten down the hatches.