Orchards Share New Track ‘Wrong Shoes’

Orchards have shared a new track from their upcoming EP, ‘Trust Issues’.

Set to be released on 26th November via Big Scary Monsters, the five-track release follows on from their 2020 debut record ‘Lovecore’, and will arrive ahead of a February-March UK tour. Their latest teaser track is ‘Wrong Shoes’.

The band explain: “Wrong Shoes is the angrier cousin of Drive Me Home. Still on brand wholesome Orchards, don’t worry, but it’s an anti love song at its core. Like with all our songs, whatever the words mean to you is totally valid. “This could be the best song we’ve ever written. Bold, I know. But honestly this whole EP reflects the best of our creativity and we are in love with the whole thing. We hope you find connection and validation in these tracks and Wrong Shoes is really one of those songs you can scream along to in the shower when you’re washing that person out of your hair.”

Of the full EP, singer Lucy Evers adds: “2020 has given us trust issues, hence the name of the record. This EP is an angry (yet happy, we’re still on brand!) call out to all the things that have given us trust issues in the last year. We’re not keeping our mouths shut now. I always say I’ll never write lyrics about something I haven’t personally experienced, and at this point I’ve experienced enough in the last year to last me a lifetime.”

The full tracklisting reads

Leave Us Here (We’re Fine)
Wrong Shoes
Drive Me Home
Bye, Insecurity

Bad Pond Festival Announced As Free Livestream Event

There’s a festival returning in a special way! Small Pond Records have announced the return of Bad Pond Festival for 2020 but this year it will be held as a free live stream event.

This will be Bad Ponds Festival’s fifth year and will run from 2:30PM – 10:00PM UK Time. The bands will perform live from Ooosh! Tour Studios, Brighton.

Check out the full lineup including Jamie Lenman, Orchards and more.

A.A. Williams
Gender Roles
Jamie Lenman
Saint Agnes
Yumi And The Weather

More details on the festival will be shared soon via the events official Facebook page.

Homeschool Festival Adds The Xcerts, Bloxx, The Sherlocks And More

Jamie Lenman, Blox, The Xcerts and more have been added to the online festival, Homeschool.

The event will now take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (8th – 10th May 2020) at homeschoolfest.com with acts including Orchards, Wallflower, Huney Lung and more.

The festival is also raising awareness of the amazing work of frontline medical staff and volunteers in the UK, encouraging donations to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal throughout the weekend.

Here’s the full festival poster so you can see who’ll be playing the festival.


Live Review: Indoor Pets @ Fulford Arms, York

Support: The Hubbards, Orchards

Date: 27/01/20

It’s the start of independent venue week in York and of course, I’m over at The Fulford Arms. It’s sort of my second home and when you’ve got a stacked lineup such as this, it’s often hard to say no when you can just feel the energy in the air.

Now first off were The Hubbards. All I’ll say is that the audience didn’t react to this band particularly well at all. I don’t know if it was because the came off a little cocky and smug but there was just something that didn’t resonate with the audience on the night. You have to give them points for trying, pulling out some good material which toward the end of the set did show signs of them turning around but not in the time needed.

The Hubbards

The Hubbards

Moving to Orchards, this went down a lot better in fact. More people came a little closer but did move back a touch, only because of vocalist Lucy Evers kick routine which seemed to go down like clockwork from track to track. What’s more, is that this seemed to be one well-oiled machine where everyone just seemed to riff off each other perfectly. This is one band I’ve waited a long time to see and based off of this performance, I’m glad I did because this was just near perfect where you have to have confidence such as theirs to give off what they were doing. The ball was well and truly rolling now.



All I can say is that Indoor Pets. Wow. The roar of the crowd combined with their on-stage energy, I’m surprised how they didn’t make more room for themselves because from my viewpoint, they felt trapped on the stage but that just seemed to bundle up their energy, even more, to witness possibly one of the best sets of the decade so far.

Indoor Pets

Indoor Pets

Indoor Pets

This is where Indie Rock music is at its finest because for one, you just couldn’t keep your eyes off of this band. Time and time again, you just want to hear more off them to where you’re just captivated by everything that you hear. It’s the sort of band which comes along once in a while that translates well over from the record to live performance where the indie part of them just doesn’t hold back to give what is a fantastic performance. ‘Dopamine Girls’ was one of their brand new additions they decided to pull out of the bag whereas finishing on ‘Pro Procrastinator’ just falls into the realm of obvious choice to end on but when they actually finished, I have to say it didn’t seem as if they had fully finished. That’s the trick though, always leave them wanting more.


Rating: 6/10

5 Upcoming Bands You Need To Check Out

This is one post  I’ve been meaning to write for a while. How come I’ve not done one of these for a while? I probably haven’t thought of it until now. So, there are no many emerging bands coming throughout the world at the moment but which ones have caught my eye and ears the most?

Here are five bands that I’ve been listening to the most in 2019 so far.


This five pieces Alternative group are the latest to be hailing from the ever-growing roster of Brighton bands. Currently signed to Big Scary Monsters, Orchards are about to be setting off on their debut headlining UK tour, playing five dates before opening for Jamie Lenman in London at the beginning of July. Be sure to be a fan of them soon because I’m sure they will explode on the scene within the next 12 months.



The rising British Yonaka are ones that have been making a name for themselves over the last 12 months and really been pushing the boundaries and now with their debut record, ‘Don’t Wait ‘Till Tomorrow’ out right now, it’s a collection of everything they can and will accomplish together as a band. Opening for The Amazons and Don Broco as well as more in 2018, Yonaka are more than ready to take the next step in their careers, and I can’t be happier to see them take their future as headliners on their upcoming debut UK headlining tour.


I’ve had my eye very early on in Vukovi’s career, seeing them at Slam Dunk a few years ago but with the band in hibernation in 2018 to recalibrate and refuel for their upcoming anticipated second record, they’re a band who are sure to push boundaries for what it means to be a band in 2019. With their new material each an anthem in their own rights, the Scottish up and comers are sure to hit gold and collect more and more fans as they continue to rise in the ranks.

The Fever 333

Headed up by the former vocalist of Letlive, The Fever 333 have been exploring more and more in 2019. What’s interesting about this band is their politics where their tracks, their lyrics are all a platform against the worst people in charge of the world. With their ‘demonstrations’ taking place more and more each day, they are becoming the future of just what it means to be a musician in today’s world. They’re a group who come up once in a generation with lyrics that speak to the masses because music will make us rise, just as the band has since their inception.

Dream State

For my final pick I’ve gone for the best female-fronted Welsh post-hardcore newcomers Dream State, just so you’re not confused with any other band I’m talking about. They are making waves front right and centre, having closed off the storming UK headlining run, the band are sure to bring about new material, adding to their anthemic, ambitious and atmospheric sound which has made them a force to be reckoned with over the last two years of activity, both small and large on the scene.


And that’s it for another countdown list, hopefully, in the meantime, I’ll be getting to see these bands live soon, Dream State and Vukovi have recently rounded up tours and Orchards and Yonaka are on my list! I have high hopes there!

Orchards Announce UK Tour

They’re the Brighton Pop group on the rise within the UK and they’re taking their UK domination up a step up, with a debut headlining tour the country!


Here are the dates.

July 2019

2nd – Tunbridge Wells Forum

3rd – Norwich Waterfront Studio

4th – Leeds Brudenell Social Club

5th – Glasgow Lukes

6th – Newcastle Think Tank Underground

7th – London Islington Academy

9th – St Albans The Horn

10th – Brighton The Hope & Ruin

11th – Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival



ArcTanGent Festival Adds More Bands

With more bands being added every week to more festivals, it’s just a question of when your favourite is making an announcement. Today, however, it is ArcTanGent Festival 2018 with the announcement that Tides of Man, Bad Sign, Halo Tora and more have been added.

Here’s the full list of added bands:

Bad Sign

Black Futures


Boss Keloid




Death & The Penguin

Halo Tora

Jean Jean


Mouse On The Keys

Natalie Evans



Pijn & Conjurer (Performing as Curse These Metal Heads!)


Seven Colour Drive

Tides Of Man




This year’s ArcTanGent Festival will take place on August 16th – 18th 2018 at Fernhill Farm, Bristol.