You don’t often see a live session from a petrol station, but then there’s not always a band like NOISY lurking about.
Born down the road from us, we’re a little bit gutted that we weren’t filling up with petrol when this was being filmed. It’s a beat-ridden, boundary-free cluster of joyous noise and escapism.
NOISY Live Dates
YUNGBLUD TOUR SUPPORT DATES
8 March Nottingham, Rock City
9 March Nottingham, Rock City
10 March Glasgow, Barrowland
11 March Glasgow, Barrowland
17 March London, o2 Forum
YOU ME AT SIX TOUR SUPPORT DATES
19 May Glasgow, Barrowland
20 May Bristol, o2 Academy
21 May 21st Manchester Academy
23 May Newcastle, o2 Academy
24 May Cardiff, Great Hall
25 May London, o2 Forum
29 May Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
BAD SOUNDS TOUR SUPPORT DATES
1 June Bristol, The Fleece
2 June Brighton, Patterns
3 June Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
5 June London, Lafayette
6 June Sheffield, o2 Academy 2
8 June Glasgow, SWG3
9 June Newcastle, St Doms
10 June Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
11 June Liverpool, Jimmys
12 June Manchester Gorilla
Sounds like: Everyone You Know, APRE, Jamie T, Bloxx, High Tyde, The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, Bad Sounds
Worthing lads NOISY release ‘Put A Record On’ – a frenetic techno-infused indie banger with friendly combatant energy, perfect for a well deserved mosh in the music venues when they open up again, or one in your living room, if you can’t wait that long.
British alt-rockers Psyence shares their bold new single ‘Tusk’. It’s been a moment since their release, and it’s a great return – a radio-friendly, expansive and modern take on psychedelia, full of swagger.
Margot Polo is back, with a softer approach to his usual electronica infused pop. His new song ‘This Old Thing’ is as nostalgic and emotive as anything we would expect Ben Gibbard to write, and reflects on Polo’s emo roots from back when he was growing up in California.
Gaming has been a safe haven for many during the worldwide pandemic, the variety of options has never been so vast, and in many ways this reflects the current state of the music industry also. Given the circumstances, what better time to introduce some 8-bit gaming/music fusion brought to us by Alfie Templeman in his latest music video for ‘Things I Thought Were Mine’.
In what could well be the most creative and unique music video release for quite some time, we are greeted with a clip reminiscent of the Mario glory days. As Alfie himself plays through the game levels, lyrics pop up as in-game rewards, genius! The track itself is a delightful and uplifting alt-pop tune that you can’t help but have a nostalgic association with thanks to the chorus line.
Gamers and Music lovers come together and enjoy a track that already feels timeless, and get lost in its brilliance.
Sounds like: Pizzagirl, APRE, Bad Sounds, Will Joseph Cook, Oscar Lang, Hot Flash Heat Wave
Scottish band, Dancing on Tables, explores a more melancholic side in ‘Not To Need You’.
Written in Nashville alongside legendary songwriter Liz Rose (TaylorSwift, LittleBigTown, CarrieUnderwood), the hopeful song encapsulates the uphill battles everyone goes through in life but reminds us that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sounds like: Sea Girls, Biffy Clyro, Circa Waves, The 1975, Rat Boy, Circa Waves, The Amazons, Blossoms, Wild Nothing, Cassia, Catfish and the Bottlemen
Another Newcastle band for us this week – Llovers.
Releasing the infectious new cut, ‘Feeling Sound’, it’s clear that anyone listening to the track will be enamoured by their immense potential, thanks to their irresistible anthemic tendencies with sparkling riffs, sing-along choruses and playful songwriting.
London baroque pop band Weird Milk shares ‘Is That Love?’.
Having already supported indie risers Alfie Templeman and Pip Blom, and about to support APRE on their UK tour, their latest offering doesn’t disappoint.
Songwriter and drummer Charlie Glover-Wright explains, “The song itself is about a relationship turning sour as a lemon and the main character realising that they don’t need it anymore and they’ll be better off on their own.”
Sounds like: FEET, Sports Team, The Magic Gang, Genghar, The Last Shadow Puppets
You may recognise Kelli-Leigh’s vocals from such hits as ‘More Than Friends’ by Jame Hype, ‘I Got U’ by Duke Dumont and Second City‘s ‘I Wanna Feel’, but it’s time for the British singer/songwriter to step out into the light and reveal her first solo music of the decade.
The uptempo pop song, ‘Cotton Clouds’ describes a blissed out relationship. Lovely.
Dutch DIY duo The Day are Laura Loeters from from Antwerp/Belgium and Hamburg based Gregor Sonnenberg.
Sharing the fancy-free video for their cover of ‘Tenderfoot’ by The Lemonheads / Smudge, the latest release is inspired by their youth, as the dream-pop band continue their tasteful take on original classics.
German artist Jinka shares her explosive new single ‘U Bit My <3'.
Channelling emo and urban vibes with a playful way with wonky arpeggios of synthesized steel drums and piano samples that intertwine with a trap-leaning beat.
DAD (aka bedroom pop singer/songwriter Kei Wells) shares her new single ‘Fresher’.
DAD has teamed up with Grammy-nominated Austrian producer, artist and pianist Yakob. Our favourite of hers to date, this declaration of independence is the ultimate single girl’s anthem, with electrified pop sequences infused with synth-pop juice.
Wrabel and Gallant will feature on her forthcoming EP.
We’re super excited about the sounds of Norwegian artist Jon Olav.
His new single ‘I Am The Thing’ opens with sparse piano chords (we instantly think James Blake), and bubbles into itself with deliciously sinister pop hooks and crystalline vocals as Olav looks inward to contemplate the pluses and minuses of attention.
Approachable Members Of Your Local Community – Small Change
With the best name we’ve seen for a long while, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community (let’s call them AMOYLC for short) releases the catchy ‘Small Change’.
The quartet – who met at school – fuse elements of indie, electro, funk and disco into their unapologetically spirited sound. But their new single ‘Small Change’ has a serious message. Dedicated to the firefighters and communities affected by the Australian fires, “it’s clear that small change can have a big impact.”
Gold Member is a three-piece of producers and singer/songwriters.
Crossing genres between funk, soul and pop, their new single ‘Stay On’ is an easy, breezy piece of charge-soaked, soulful pop with a topical headline about Indigenous identity in white Australia, and the struggles of living in a system of cultural oppression.
A daydream about endless summer days, it’s the perfect antidote for a wet and cold January. The song was crafted early one morning using a drum loop and an oberheim synthesizer and is a call to a honeycoated time of romance and yearning.
Swedish duo I AM KARATE (aka producer and songwriters, Marta Pettersson and Erika Ahlström) shares new single, ‘Hey Love’.
Speaking about insecurity, the girls explain,
“The song is about insecurity and not feeling sure you’re being honest with your love. Like he’s got a secret world when he’s dreaming that you’re not a part of, and you wonder if it’s more than just dreams.”
Sounds like: Ralph, Say Lou Lou, MIYNT, Doe Paoro, Sirena, Susanne Sundfør, Shura, Kyla La Grange
Nottingham-born singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ronika is back and sounding distinctively disco-noir.
Continuing Ronika’s inclination for all things funk and dream pop, the track features spoken-word contribution from Lee-Ann Curren (a French female pro-surfer and fellow musician) whilst also forming part of Ronika’s latest longer-form project.
Sounds like: ABBA, Chaka Khan, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots, Bananarama, Annie
Bristol-born pop three-piece KOKO have a natural wall of energy which they call the “KOKO traingle”.
They’ve just dropped the acoustic version of their debut single, ‘Freak’. Stripping back the electro-tinged original of their debut singl, it’s all about embracing individuality – “It’s a FU to the man!”
Born in North-London to a Punjabi father and a mother from the Midlands, AMiR has always had a burning passion for music. Since a young age, music has been the only path for the gifted performer. Starting with the drums, he soon found music an addiction taking on the guitar and piano. Since then, he’s worked to become the complete musician.
Ahead of his BBC Introducing performance at this year’s Glastonbury, AMiR puts together a playlist of rising artists to watch out for.
Ta’Shan – Foodie This song is awesome. Proud of who she is and won’t change for anything. Respect.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Late Night City I just love the rock n roll. No-nonsense guitar pop. Wild stage movements and sick harmonies.
Isaiah Dreads – White Tee Love the flow and the beat is simple and infectious. Confident summer jam
Easy Life – Nightmares I’ve known about these guys for a while. The song to me says we all got problems. Everyone says we should talk more but no one gives a f*** about my nightmares.
Ferris and Sylvester – Burning River Their togetherness vocal is awesome. So in sync and love listening to it.
Billy Lockett – Fading Into Grey This song spoke to me cos I’ve been here before. Overthinking ruining a good thing.
Celeste – Lately This vocal music combo makes me make that “filth” face. The flow of her rhythm and voice just sit perfectly to me. It swings.
APRE – All Yours Love the guitar at the beginning and then the immediacy of the vocal catches you and keeps you there and the guitar line is a hook in itself.
Gus Harvey – Bliss Really strange backward beat and horror film voice with the electronics. Never heard anything like it.
Kudu Blue – Call Out Vocal and flow make me feel it. then it drops and pumps your heart. The song I imagine if you stop breathing, the adrenaline brings you back. Beautiful song.
Lauran Hibbard – Call Shotgun It’s quite punk and that reminds me of my childhood. No frills just here it is. I love that.
Monster Florence – Beautiful Death Flows and the bars are so real about each of the MCs. My head was bopping and heart beating.
XamVolo – Lose Love It oozes funk. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about that funk. The drums and the guitars with simple bass and vocals sit beautifully on top of that.
Sounds like: Trey Songz, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Years & Years, Olly Murs
It’s that time of year. SXSW. One of the biggest music festivals in the world and we have to confess…we are SXSW virgins. Not to worry as we’ve scoured the line up to ensure we don’t miss any music whilst stuffing our faces with tacos.
Here’s a list of ones to check out (in no particular order).
10 O’Clock Chemical share anthemic new single, ‘Crucify’, a call to arms to those survivors and perpetrators of abuse.
10 O’Clock Chemical is the creative vision of songwriter, vocalist and multi instrumentalist Rhys Oakes, who started writing songs in his bedroom as a teenager in his native Stoke on Trent. He later teamed up with local musicians guitarist Jack Ellis, and electronic whizzkid Mark Crawford. A fourth member, a mysterious cyber entity called Zed, remains all but invisible, and carries out administrative duties for the band and makes the odd cameo appearance.
Carving their own “gritpop” sound, the band create hook-laden pop songs with a dark and gritty electronic rock edge.
Sounds like: Kasabian, Muse, Depeche Mode, Prodigy, APRE