York-based alt-rock band FOXHAUNT have announced their new EP ‘Division Culture’, out 7th April (self-release), and released the title-track alongside a lyric video.
Vocalist Ollie Swift says of the new track, “The song relates to how the world is split in two and how we have to spend every day of our lives trying to find a middle ground with people who don’t share the same opinions and/or values as us.” He adds, “Ultimately, we are now living in a society where there is a constant battle to try and make the world a better place but sometimes it’s just not possible.”
The band’s upcoming 4-track EP ‘Division Culture’, out 7th April, is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2022 ‘Mindset’ EP. The new tracks were written and recorded over three months with Robin Adams (Architects, Blood Youth) in Leeds. “We wanted to write something about our take on social influences and how opinions, issues, and behaviours divide the world. I think especially off the back of the pandemic we felt like it made us reflect even more about how we act as human beings and the way we treat one another,” says Ollie.
London-based post-punk power trio Alien Chicks announce their arrival with eccentric new single‘Cowboy’ via cult indie label Slow Dance Records (Saint Jude, Uma).
Forming the lead single from their upcoming debut EP, the group explore a whole mix of genres including jazz, rap, latin, and math rock in their music, providing a surreal social commentary packed with punchy rhythms and eclectic time signatures.
Detailing ‘Cowboy’, an amalgamation of a few riffs that were loitering in frontman Joe Lindsay’s mind over a few weeks, Alien Chicks revealed: “The lyrics explore themes of regret, confusion, self blame and how these evils collude in taunting you through your dreams and subconscious”.
Metalcore band Saving Vice are releasing their brand new EP Dichotomytoday ahead of their upcoming fall tour. The Dichotomy EP was written by the band and brought over to Justin DeBlieck (formerly of Ice Nine Kills) for production, engineering, and mixing. It was then mastered by Steve Sopchak at the Square Studio (Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White).
The two songs show the band expanding on their already extensive discography to showcase two new tracks that touch on subjects the band wants to bring to light.
“Culling Kindness” is about “resisting the urge to attack bullies or aggressors or always being too afraid of fighting back or getting arrested because it isn’t worth it and how trying to be the bigger person ends up making you a victim your whole life. You eventually have to draw a line and fight back.”– Tyler Small (vocals)
“I, Dysmorphia” is about “hating your appearance and being raised or influenced to hold yourself to impossible beauty standards or through being bullied and how that insecurity can be projected on the people around you when you start making them feel as ugly as you do when you’re the one with the internal struggle, and even when everyone tells you you’re beautiful you never feel that way.”
Toronto-bred, UK-based singer/songwriter Melissa Bel transcends musical eras and genres with a voice that is timelessly soulful, yet distinctly fresh. She creates a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of singer-songwriter-pop, bringing intricate narratives to life with heartfelt lyrics, enchanting melodies, and indelible hooks. Armed with the influences of Eva Cassidy, John Mayer, and The Beatles in her subconscious, her soon-to-be-released EP Alone Time offers listeners a moment for self-reflection.
Setting the tone with lead single “Better In the Morning”, Bel reassures the listener (and herself) that things are going to be ok, with the title Alone Time offering an influential ode to the global pandemic. Finding familiar comfort in nature, she confides, “I spent lots of time walking in the countryside and I would come up with lyrics and concepts, or tweak ones we already had. I recorded the birdsong and some other nature samples that you hear throughout the EP on a couple of my walks, and went back to one of my favourite spots in the woods to shoot the artwork for “Better In the Morning.” It’s Bel’s hope that Alone Time accentuates the importance of slowing down, spending time in nature and appreciating the fleeting moments we have with our loved ones.
Slacker-pop newcomers bigfatbig announce the forthcoming arrival of debut EP ‘Rockin’ and Rollin’ and Whatnot’, set for release November 4th via Daemon T.V, and share brand new single ‘Brink Of My Sanity’, out today (September 29th).
Joining forces with Du Blonde’s revered indie label, the bubblegrunge duo (FFO Martha, Charly Bliss, Muncie Girls) have already attracted early press acclaim from the likes of Consequence of Sound and Rough Trade following the release of explosive lead track ‘Shut Up!’, with the band primed to continue their ascent as they embark on an extensive UK tour alongside pop-punk specialists Martha next month, in addition to a newly announced show supporting Peaness.
Detailing their newest release, vocalist Robyn Walker explained: “I wrote ‘Brink Of My Sanity’ after a very overwhelming few weeks when I felt like every little obstacle was the end of the world. For me, it’s a song about going back to basics: remembering to breathe, thinking of the bigger picture, and how in years to come none of these small issues will matter despite how they feel right now. When I inevitably find that lost perspective, losing my head always feels utterly ridiculous, but Brink of My Sanity is a song that recognises how important it is to work through those feelings. When it feels like the universe is against you – even for a minute – regaining that clarity is a very sobering and reassuring feeling. It’s my reminder to myself that nothing is ever as bad as it feels, and I’m never alone in feeling that way. One foot in front of the next, one day at a time, take a deep breath and go again”.
UK rock’n’roll upstarts State Of You have released a final taster of their self-titled debut EP, which is set for release this Friday. “’Blood Party’ came together very quickly and is a straight up party anthem,” says vocalist Steve Sitkowski. “It’s about wanting to get involved in life, to get hurt by it and to just accept the experience. I believe we only live once so now’s the time to listen to yourself and do whatever it is you want to do. Nick and I were working on the lyrics until 3AM on the day we recorded it. We were staying in a house we rented for the band and were both whisper-screaming lyrics to the instrumental demo playing when Max walked in. We both instantly apologised to him thinking we had woken him up but he just wanted some water. I thought we were in trouble at first, like two kids staying up late at a sleepover.”
This new cut follows the release of State Of You’s massively entertaining music video for ‘The Perfect Storm’ where band members’ old lady alter egos embark upon a tea party with a difference. The song itself does explore a serious issue as Sitkowski explains it’s “about living with undiagnosed ADHD for most of my life and the destructive relationships I’ve been in because of that. I was constantly using drugs to get away from myself and being in a dark place most of the time – That feeling of not belonging, being incapable of functioning in the real world and not being able to figure out why.”
Recently Manchester based Idle Hours have dropped their debut EP, ‘The Fourth Wall’.
With quizzical and assuring social commentary, Idle Hours culminates the sense of cruising rhythm with oncoming jagged guitar and melody. Pulled together from four distant English towns, the band’s garage rock sensibilities have already bagged them slots alongside the likes of The Lounge Society, Keg, The Rills and Silverbacks, in addition to several of their own sold-out hometown headline shows.
Marking their first major body of work, ‘The Fourth Wall’ showcases their flexibility and uniqueness in sound and character. Spearheaded by the driving, motorik-infused rhythms of ‘French Disconnection’ and ‘Souvenirs’, to the melodic ‘Made Flesh’, and infectious‘Televangelist’, the group’s introduction to the indie landscape has certainly generated widespread acclaim (Gigwise, Clash, Beats Per Minute).
Check out the EP, ‘The Fourth Wall’ via the following link.
Swindon’s All Ears Avow have recently released a soaring melodic single for which they are swiftly becoming known. ‘Feel The Push’ is, ultimately, about depression but offers a message of hope. As vocalist and guitarist Claire Sutton says: “It’s written as a sort of message to anyone suffering, from the perspective of having come through it to the other side and offering this message of hope. That even though someone is in pain and finding it hard right now they will get through it and into the light. The song is full of angst and pain both musically and lyrically, but ends with this almost euphoric sense of making it out alive.”
The track will combine with previously released ‘Be That Nothing’, ‘L.O.V.E.’, ‘Asleep At The Wheel’ and several brand new compositions to comprise a new EP, also titled ‘Feel The Push’. The collection will be self released by the band on 21 October.
Sutton says: “This EP has been the biggest labour of love for us and something we’ve been working on for the last two years, mostly throughout lockdowns like so many other artists at the moment. The main thing that glues this EP together is the message and lyrical journey, which is a reflection of what everyone has been through since 2020. The last two years have been absolutely mental for society. There’s been the pandemic, riots, toilet roll shortages, catastrophic wild fires, Russia invading Ukraine, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Everyone’s either been desperately trying to keep themselves afloat or they’ve been in complete denial that the public hysteria we’ve been experiencing so much of is of our own making. And that’s what this EP is about. We decided to name the EP ‘Feel The Push’ after the closing track, because it encompasses the message that when life or the world gives you a nudge or a push, you shouldn’t ignore it. In other words, when everything is going catastrophically wrong maybe we should look at it.”
Celebrating over twenty years as a band, Anberlin are gearing up to start the second half of 2022 on a strong note. Today the band announces their signing to Equal Vision Records and their new EP, Silverline, set for release on July 29th. Silverline marks their first new collection of music in 8 years, following 2014’s Lowborn. Anberlin gave fans an early taste of new music last year with the standalone release of “Two Graves” and follow that up today with “Circles”. “Circles” is an anthemic track about how hard it can be to find ourselves when we feel lost, and how discovering hope can feel impossible. The song starts with a graceful, slow build before soaring into the chorus highlighted by intense drums and Stephen Christian’s signature vocals.
Writing and recording Silverline was a very collaborative and do-it-yourself experience for the band. Entering Feral Sound Studios in Tampa, FL, the band self-produced the EP alongside help from friends Tim McTague (of Underoath), Chad Carouthers, and JJ Revell. The five songs on the album showcase the band’s penchant for creating incredible alternative rock, filled with engaging tempo changes and thoughtful lyrics. Silverline is available for pre-order now through Equal Vision Records.
Brighton genre-bending trio CIEL sign to Jazz Life (Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Circe), announce ‘Not In The Sun, Nor In The Dark’ EP, set for release October 7th, and share brand new single ‘Baby Don’t You Know’ out now.
Newly-signed to the cult Brighton indie label, and drawing influences from fuzzy indie rock, goth and shoegaze, CIEL have fast become one of the buzziest acts on the indie circuit, with a BBC 6 Music playlisting spot for EP lead single ‘Fine Everything’ followed by an acclaimed set on the BBC 6 Music stage at The Great Escape Festival, alongside fellow rising acts Opus Kink and Deadletter.
Speaking ahead of their single release, frontwoman Michelle Hindriks revealed: “‘Baby Don’t You Know’ is about the routine of an unbalanced relationship. I am so excited to finally release this track into the world. I think it’s the closest to a conventional pop structured song we’ve written so far and the way it was recorded really captures the moment we were at as a band.
Jorge broke his wrist just a few days before going into the studio and I just switched from playing guitar to bass for the band for the first time, as we became a 3 piece. Despite the circumstances, we were really inspired and excited about our new music and recorded this song really on the spot”.
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