State Of You Release New Single, ‘Bloody Party’

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.”

Check out the video for ‘Blood Party’ below.

Goldie Vargas Shares Debut EP, ‘Golden’

Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Goldie Vargas is releasing her debut EP, GOLDEN.’ The 5-track EP includes past singles like “Moving in Reverse,” “Canyon” and “Strawberry Kisses,” as well as two brand new tracks, “Gravity” and “Mary Jane.”

At just 21 years old, Goldie Vargas exudes a musicality wise beyond her years. Her music is the definition of California cool with breezy soundscapes, intimate lyricism, and dreamy melodies. Working with her producer Adam Gurr in Topanga Canyon, Goldie has spent the last two years crafting her debut EP, ‘GOLDEN.’

Goldie elaborates on her new EP: “‘GOLDEN’ was written during a time in my life where there was so much change happening  a worldwide pandemic had just started, I was at the end of my teen years and I was going through everything from breakups, mental health struggles and finding myself as a woman and not a girl. My first EP feels like a short story on what it’s like being young, sad and still trying to find a hope in this world.”
 

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Streaming links below.

1. Canyon
2. Mary Jane
3. Strawberry Kisses
4. Moving in Reverse
5. Gravity

Abbie Ozard Releases New EP, ‘Water Based Lullabies’

Manchester’s Abbie Ozard releases new EP ‘Water Based Lullabies’ today via House Anxiety(Genesis Owusu, carpetgarden, Bad Boy Chiller Crew; formerly King Krule, Courtney Barnett, Vagabon). It’s an eclectic, invigorating 7-track collection that establishes Abbie as one of the buzziest rising stars in the UK right now.  

Throughout the EP Abbie experiments with her distinct, characterful indie-pop sound. Downtempo single ‘Grown’ set the foundations for an evolution in approach, born out of Abbie’s own personal and musical development, and anthemic singles ‘Pisces’ and ‘Rose Tinted’ take things to explosive new levels. Moving beyond bedroom origins, listeners can trace elements inspired by the likes Phoebe BridgersWolf Alice or Folklore/Evermore without losing her ear for a life-affirming hook. “I love that no two of my singles are sounding the same in this era,” Abbie explains, “The last thing I want to be is predictable. I feel like genre isn’t really a thing anymore and when I remind myself of that I feel like I can express myself creatively and have the freedom to make whatever music I want.” 

The ‘Water Based Lullabies’ EP is now via House Anxiety, available on all platforms, plus on limited edition 12-inch vinyl with exclusive fanzine bundle available to order now via the following link and check out the EP, ‘Water Based Lullabies’ via your preferred streaming service.

Rolo Tomassi Announce ‘Closer (The Edits)’ EP

ROLO TOMASSI hare announced ‘Closer (The Edits)’EP, set for release on 5th August. The EP contains newly edited versions of the bands single ‘Closer’, which is taken from from their critically acclaimed album ‘Where Myth Becomes Memory’ that was released back in February earlier this year. The band teamed up with Daniel Avery and ATTLAS  and Ki Oni & Luke Elliot for the new edits.

On working this edit and remix project, the band said “It was great to get the opportunity to have an artist like Daniel Avery produce this edit of the track. We’re big fans of his own work so jumped at the chance to have him work on it. Similarly with  ATTLAS, who has taken take ‘Closer’ and opened it up to a whole new audience with his incredible remix. It’s just so exciting to hear these other artists take elements from our songwriting and make something entirely new.”

Check out the Daniel Avery edit of ‘Closer’ below

Sophie Powers Releases Debut EP, ‘Red In Revenge’

Spending the last year cultivating a unique blend of punk and hyper pop, 17 year old artist Sophie Powers has just released her highly anticipated debut EP ‘Red In Revenge,’ now available via Set Records. Brimming with the spellbinding energy of her unique ‘hyper-punk’ hybrid and unique artistic vision, the collection is accompanied by the new release official music video for focus track ‘Breakup On The Weekend,’ co-directed and styled by Sophie herself. 

The seven song collection includes stellar collaborations including ‘1 Thing’ with Kellin Quinn, which continued Sophie’s on-going conversation surrounding youth mental health; rock anthem ‘Greed,’ featuring fast-rising alternative singer/rapper DE’WAYNE; and ‘Clearview’ which features tour mate NOAHFINNCE. Her recent single ‘U Love It’ featuring rapper $atori Zoom laminated her unique hyper-punk genre. In addition to fan favourite ‘Life Goes On!!,’ Sophie has released two brand new tracks, ‘See Me!!’ and focus single ‘Breakup On The Weekend.’

The song’s title summarizes my experience during the ending of a boring relationship,” Sophie shares about her new single. “In the song I explain how they were a good person, but just never wanted to do anything other than the two of us. I’m a very outgoing person and even though they say “opposites attract”, being in a relationship with someone more introverted than I was, was super hard. It’s a very real thing feeling stuck, and gathering the courage to move on from something/ someone that is dragging you down. ‘Breakup On The Weekend’ has a deep story behind its simple title and relatability, and for that reason I’m proud of myself for writing it.” 

Check out the video for ‘Breakup On The Weekend’ below.

Stream the EP via your preferred streaming service.

Gilt Drop ‘Conceit’ EP Via Smartpunk Records

GILT’s unique exploration of the dichotomy between brutally heavy music and ethereal melody is exemplified with their new EP ‘Conceit’. The collection is book-ended by impactful recent single Trophy Hunter’ (ft. Nat Lacuna of The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir) and the affecting Amethyst(ft. Shaolin G of Unity TX), which opens up the release. GILT’s poetic, emotion-drenched, post-hardcore stylings are further elevated by a series of guest vocalists on this release with the new tracks, out today, featuring turns from Syd Dolezal of Doll Skin (‘Small Hollow Bones’ – stemming from a repressed memory Ash had unlocked), Kind Eyes (‘The Shape of Tools’ – a diss track calling out every fake friend and industry insider who uses having stood next to greatness as a personality trait) and Carson Pace of Callous Daoboys (‘209’ – exploring the idea that the devil on your shoulder not even being excited you died).

‘Conceit’ as a whole explores the topic of grief in its entirety. It was recorded & mixed by Lee Dyess at Earthsound Studios and mastered by Matt Goings, with production consultation from Hansel Romero (Nightlife). “We’ve spent a lot of time as an emo band talking about grieving and addressing pain, but Conceit is the first material we’ve made since my father passed, and there’s simply no way for it to not be about that in almost every regard because it affects every part of my life,” explains vocalist Ash Stixx of the EP’s concept. “Each song is a vignette, a ‘conceit’ in the literary sense where one emotional reaction to death is explored, bolstered by guest vocalists who were each chosen for their ability to stretch our ideas beyond what we could physically do. The title is a double entendre, these are all poetic metaphors, but the feeling of righteous rage has never come through more and the marriage between those two in ‘Conceit’ is, to us, perfect.”

Having navigated topics of gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, and mental health in their music, GILT are all about empowering their community. The band put together a livestream event during the pandemic – SnipFest – which raised money for gender-affirming legal name changes for people across the US. Born in 2018, SnipFest’s first incarnation raised money for the top surgery of a friend of the band. Though GILT have been a band since 2017, their 2021 EP ‘In Windows, Through Mirrors’ was an introduction to their new direction with drummer Ash Stixx stepping up to vocal duties with finesse. 

Order the Conceit EP via the following link and stream it via your preferred service.

All Is Allowed Release New EP, ‘Just Keep Walking’

All is Allowed have released a new EP “Just Keep Walking” on all streaming platforms by Electric Funeral Records.

The band moves between the seventies sound of sabbatical stoner and the alternative nineties grunge and in this way transmitting in their music influences from Black Sabbath to Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, Tool and some things from both the 70s and from the 90’s. The band’s name is nothing more than the message of free will where you will reap what you sow, the law of Karma, of vibration

Check out the EP, ‘Just Keep Walking’ via your preferred streaming service.

English Teacher Release Debut EP, ‘Polyawkard’

Leeds indie heavyweights English Teacher share remarkable debut EP ‘Polyawkward’, out today (April 22nd) via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR) and reveal video for their title-track (watch here) – described as “‘If Yorgos Lanthimos made a Gucci advert’”. 

Steeped in alt-rock sensibilities and politically-charged lyricism, ‘Polyawkward’ showcases the group’s limitless potential in full flow, spearheaded by mammoth lead track ‘Good Grief’, vivid follow-up ‘A55’ and exhilarating latest effort ‘Mental Maths’.

Newly confirmed to support US indie icons Yeah Yeah Yeahs on their UK tour this summer, the band’s unstoppable rise shows no signs of easing anytime soon, with their own debut UK headline tour also lined up this month, followed by countless festival dates and autumn shows with fellow Yorkshire breakout stars Yard Act.

Detailing their EP, enigmatic bandleader Lily Fontaine revealed: “‘Polyawkward’ is a journey of self discovery around supermarkets, along pub crawls, through lockdowns, space, time, hooks and wonk.”

Produced by Theo Verney (TRAAMS, FEET, Lazarus Kane), English Teacher’s ‘Polyawkward’ (EP) is out now via Nice Swan Records and available on your preferred streaming service.

Check out the EP below.

Aibai Drops Four Track EP, ‘Disconected’

Aibai is a 24-year-old producer from Minneapolis, currently based in Phoenix. Her songs are filled with ambient, cinematic soundscapes that create a daydream-like atmosphere. Having experimented with different genres, her new music explores more of an upbeat electronic dance style, taking inspiration from the likes of Odesza and Polo & Pan, mixing organic instruments with electronic elements to create a unique blend of sounds. 

Her latest four-track EP Disconnected, narrates the artist’s feelings during the time she wrote it. Noticing a disconnection from reality, she immersed her emotions into her music, creating a release which allows listeners to escape from real life, delivering an immersive experience and transporting them into an ambient dream-like state.

Leading single “Higher” sees the artist playing with samples she recorded of her roommates and pets. She shares, “It was super fun including everyone on this song! And I had a fun time taking their voices, meows, and barks and turning them into a cool new sound that could add to the song.” 

All-encompassing echoing synths, playful melodies and dance-worthy beats create an intoxicating aura, letting your mind float away and forget about your worries. Ethereal, hypnotic and transcending, Aibai has constructed her own world with Disconnected, and it’s one where you’ll never want to leave. Aibai has garnered hundreds of thousands of streams for her music, as well as features on prestigious publications such as The Line of Best Fit, Earmilk, EDM.com, Live Nation’s Ones to Watch and Rolling Stone.

Check out the EP, ‘Disconnected’ below.

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GILT Announce New EP, ‘Conceit’ Set To Be Released May 6th Via Smartpunk Records

GILT have announced their new EP ‘Conceit’ will be released 06 May in a new alliance with Smartpunk Records.

You can hear the lead single from the collection, the affecting ‘Amethyst’ right now Its poetic, emotion-drenched, post-hardcore stylings are a sign of what’s to come.

Check out ‘Amethyst’ below.

‘Amethyst’ is a bridging moment for the band with GILT songs from every era getting lyrical shout-outs throughout Amethyst and signature reverb guitars, sparse drums, and navel-gazey vocals permeating the song. ‘“Wax wings remade ceramic” was our big breakthrough lyric in writing the track,” says vocalist Ash Stixx, continuing: “it’s an homage to “different mistakes in new and almost impressive ways” from ‘Through Mirrors’. We wanted to explore that mindset but get even more bleak about our own limitations. Shaolin (Jay Webster) from UnityTX absolutely crushed the task of conveying the unhinged freedom of not caring if you die, probably one of the most conceited feelings, and delivering that rage under a pile of literary and art school references to social politics. We spent two quarantine years studying the hardcore side of post-hardcore and we’re very proud to flex our new muscles, and lucky to have guests like Shaolin to push it to the next level. ‘Amethyst’ is the bridge between some of the optimism we had about growth and forward motion from previous material into the absolute temper tantrum that will follow for the rest of ‘Conceit’.”

‘Conceit’ as a whole explores the topic of grief in its entirety. Each song features a guest vocalist – Kind Eyes, Syd Dolezal of Doll Skin, Carson Pace of Callous Daoboys and Nat Lacuna of The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir all appear. It was recorded & mixed by Lee Dyess at Earthsound Studios and mastered by Matt Goings, with production consultation from Hansel Romero (Nightlife).

“We’ve spent a lot of time as an emo band talking about grieving and addressing pain, but Conceit is the first material we’ve made since my father passed, and there’s simply no way for it to not be about that in almost every regard because it affects every part of my life,” explains Ash of the EP’s concept. “Each song is a vignette, a ‘conceit’ in the literary sense where one emotional reaction to death is explored, bolstered by guest vocalists who were each chosen for their ability to stretch our ideas beyond what we could physically do. The title is a double entendre, these are all poetic metaphors, but the feeling of righteous rage has never come through more and the marriage between those two in ‘Conceit’ is, to us, perfect.”

‘Conceit’ EP tracklisting:
1. Amethyst (ft. Shaolin G)
2. The Shape of Tools (ft. Kind Eyes)
3. Small Hollow Bones (ft. Syd Dolezal)
4. 209 (ft. Carson Pace) 
5. Trophy Hunter (ft. Nat Lacuna)

Gilt are set to head out on a UK tour in June 2022.

Below are the touring dates.

Jun 9th Thu Bristol UK Exchange (Basement)
Jun 10th Fri Newport UK Le Pub
Jun 11th Sat Leeds UK Temple of Boom
Jun 12th Sun London UK The Queen’s Head, Brixton