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Everything Everything – Can’t Do

Everything Everything

The Everything Everything boys are encouraging you to dance with the brilliant ‘Can’t Do’.

A sound and look we’ve come to expect from the Manchester quartet – synth-driven pop of a cinematic nature with addictive hooks. The video depicts the need to try to fit into what society deems as “normal”.

“Can’t Do” is about trying to bend to the world and fit into it. Nobody is normal, nobody knows what normal is. ‘I can’t do the thing you want’ – we don’t care we just want you to dance.” Jonathan Higgs

It’s the first track to be taken from their forthcoming new album ‘A Fever Dream’ which has been produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Depeche Mode), out 18 August on RCA Records.

Sounds like: Editors, Dutch Uncles, Foals, White Lies, Dutch, Wild Beasts

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YONAKA – Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya

YONAKA

Whilst watching YONAKA perform at The Great Escape this year, we decided that the band should best described as follows;

“If Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Karen O and Charli XCX had a late night jamming session and Arctic Monkeys turned up with some cocaine, the end result would probably be YONAKA”

The Brighton locals’ latest single, ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ sums up this analogy, and has been produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys).

Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Charli XCX, Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drenge

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An Indietronica Preview of Wildlife Festival 2017

Wildlife Festival 2017

Wildlife Festival returns for its third year at Shoreham Airport. Headed up by Disclosure and Black Butter Records, expect this be the most fun year yet, not just because you now have an excuse to take the Friday off, but because the line up is quite simply awesome.

We’ve picked out our favourites, so you don’t have to. Check them out below.

ANNE-MARIE
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Anne Marie

Essex-born artist, Anne-Marie, has had numerous hits over the last couple of years. With her sweet vocals (she performed in Les Miserables when she was younger) and urban swagger, we expect her performance to be very special indeed.

Sounds like: Zara Larsson, K-Stewart, Kiiara, Mabel

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CLEAN BANDIT
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Clean Bandit

We’ve been following Cambridge collective, Clean Bandit since they began, so it’s with great excitement that we see them playing the big stage Wildlife Festival this year.

They have gone from strength to strength with their collaborations, including a couple of other Wildlife artists.

Sounds like: RAC, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Bondax

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DISCLOSURE
Live DJ set. Location & Date TBC.

Disclosure by Catie Laffoon

Reigate brothers, Disclosure, are running the show at Widlife.

Citing a range of influences from classical, rock, funk and soul, their sound is a forward thinking amalgamation of the aforementioned genres.

They will be doing a DJ set at Wildlife.

Sounds like: MNEK, Sam Smith, Gorgon City

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JESS GLYNNE
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Jess Glynne

Was ‘Hold My Hand’ the best song of 2015? Quite possibly, but regardless, it was definitely the song that put Jess Glynne on the global map, with a number of remixes secured with some key contenders in the dance industry.

With her stunning vocal tone and energy, Jess will be headlining the festival on Friday. Bring it on!

Sounds like: Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie, Ella Henderson

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JOE GODDARD
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Joe Goddard by Marc Sethi

Fresh off the release of his album, ‘Electric Lines’ (out on Greco-Roman/Domino Records), UK producer Joe Goddard is set to play Wildlife Festival.

Joe Goddard is the founder member of electronic legends Hot Chip and ½ of DJ duo The 2 Bears, so expect a stellar performance in a similar vein!

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Hot Chip, The xx, Four Tet, Caribou, Jamie XX

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LIV DAWSON
Wildlife Stage, Saturday 10th June

Liv Dawson

Lovely Londoner, Liv Dawson, is one of our favourite newcomers from 2016.

The sound and emotional depth of the late teen prove that she is undeniably wise and confident beyond her years, and it’s therefore no wonder that she’s been picked to play Wildlife amongst such other great acts.

Sounds like: Beyonce, Banks, Jorja Smith

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MURA MASA
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Mura Masa

Electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Crossan is Mura Masa.

He has a huge fan base (most, if not all of his singles have been used in various clothing adverts) and he is renowned for his glitchy production that incorporates Asian instruments, as well as incredible live shows.

Sounds like: Flume, Cashmere Cat, SBTRKT, FØRTE, The Knife

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RAYE
Wildlife Stage, Saturday 10th June

Raye

BRIT School attendee and South Londoner, RAYE, has been making waves with her unique take on R&B.

RAYE has received support from the likes of Years & Years, Charli XCX and Jonas Blue.

Sounds like: Years & Years, Louisa Johnson, Jess Glynne

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RUDIMENTAL
Live DJ set. Location & Date TBC.

Rudimental

With a knack for choosing great vocalists, Rudimental are known for their bold, bassy and brassy sounds. In a massive contradiction to their name choice, this four-piece are anything basic.

They will be doing a DJ set at Wildlife.

Sounds like: Alex Clare, John Newman, Will Heard, MNEK, NIMMO, Leo Stannard, Oli Hannaford

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SHY LUV
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Shy Luv

Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria.

‘Time’ follows on from their ‘Shock Horror’ EP, but it’s live where the duo showcase their diverse range of influences including LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy and Friendly Fires.

Sounds like: Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis, LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy, Friendly Fires

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ZARA LARSSON
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Zara Larsson

It doesn’t seem that long ago since social activist and Swedish electro-pop singer, Zara Larsson hit our screens with the video for ‘Lush Life’.

She later teamed up with MNEK for ‘Never Forget You’, and is now set to get the crowds pumped on the Wildlife Stage.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Tove Lo, Dua Lipa

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High Hazels – Joined At the Lip

High Hazels

High Hazels

Sheffield dream pop four-piece High Hazels recently released new track, ‘Joined At The Lip’.

While the swirling guitars and reverb-heavy vocals are sure to remind listeners of bands such as Beach House, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine, High Hazels structure ‘Joined At The Lip’ in a way that should capture quite a great deal of attention.

As the song opens, frontman James Leesley croons, “In the backwaters of my bloodstreams nightmares play their violins every night for me.” It is an unsettling statement that is revealed in a chillingly relatable way, given how relaxed his vocal stylings are. According to Leesley, Scott Walker was a big influence on his vocals for the song. “I remember Scott Walker being played a lot around the time of writing ‘Joined At The Lip’ before practices, in the car and stuff – and the way he delivers his voice really got to us,” Leesley said. “That’s how the opening melody came about, really.”

The rest of the band isn’t slacking either. The bass of Paul Barlow is bouncy but has an air of tension to it as well. Drummer Anthony Barlow paces his percussion nicely, particularly with snare hits in the outro. Meanwhile, the guitar contributions of Leesley and Scott Howes are both melodic and intense all the same. This is the kind of song that once first glance seems ideal for drifting off to sleep. However, once it kicks into gear, it doesn’t let up.

High Hazels aren’t completely new to the music landscape, but they aren’t completely known yet. Their self-titled debut was released in 2014 and received very positive attention. The BBC was a fan of theirs early on, playing their music on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music when the only things they had recorded were demos and they hadn’t played a single show.

They also released the ‘Valencia’ EP last year to positive notices. A new EP will be following their single release of ‘Joined At The Lip’ early next year.

On December 17, they will be playing a hometown show at the Leadmill in Sheffield. Tickets available here.

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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The Born Love – Tempest

The Born Love

The Born Love

Debuting their first single, The Born Love share ‘Tempest’.

Comparing themselves to The Temper Trap and Kings of Leon may seem like a slightly cavalier approach, but what’s the point if you don’t aim high? And in this case, the resemblance is just.

‘Tempest’ has the flavourings of an electronic track, but with the additional rocky drums, and an all indie inspiring chorus.

The track was written by Kevin and Aron (BANKS, Halsey) of the band, and has been mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) in Los Angeles.

Sounds like: The Temper Trap, Kings of Leon, Foreign Air, Portugal. The Man

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Interview: April Towers

April Towers

April Towers

Following the huge success of ‘Modern Psyche’, Nottingham duo, April Towers, are back with their ‘Silent Fever’ EP, having worked with award winning producer, Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals).

We caught up with the boys.

April Towers only formed a couple of years a go. Tell us more about how April Towers came about.

We met at school when we were about 15/16 years old. Arctic Monkeys had just exploded and it seemed like everyone was picking up a guitar, We were paired together in a school biology project but just spent most the time writing songs before forming an indie band, Frontiers, of which we were members for about 5 years before our tastes became more electronic and we formed April Towers!

Describe your sound in three words.

Fun, Dance. Pop.

‘Modern Psych’ received a great response from blogs and fans. Have you set the bar too high for yourselves?!

Haha, I think the bar is set by others rather than ourselves. We just write what we feel are the best songs we can and it’s up to you guys to decide how high that bar is!!

Your EP, ‘Silent Fever’ is out in April on Lab Records. Tell us more about it.

Silent Fever is our first EP – it features five tracks (featuring previous singles A Little Bit Of Fear and Modern Psyche) as well as two remixes. We are really proud of it and feels it really represents us well as a band. We are also very honoured that LAB records are putting this EP out – Mark and the team have shown great faith in us and we really are grateful for that.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

It’s a broad range of influences to be honest – from the golden era of the 80s with bands like New Order and Depeche Mode, to modern cutting edge electronic pop like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, with a bit of Cut Copy thrown in there!

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

We are really into the new Steve Mason record at the moment – it’s so intelligently put together. Also really loving Theo Kottis, a Scottish producer who is making real waves in the dance scene right now!

If you fancy seeing April Towers perform, check out the dates below.

Tour Dates

18th March// Kasbah, Coventry
24th March//Picture House, Sheffield
26th March//Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th April//Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
6th April//King Tuts, Glasgow
9th April// 2Q Festival, Derby
14th April//Moles, Bath

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy, Hot Chip

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Maudlin Strangers – Gingerale

Maudlin Strangers

Maudlin Strangers

Meet dark-disco electro-pop advocate, Maudlin Strangers (aka Jake Hays).

The bedroom songwriter and multi-instrumentalist produces his music in his Agoura Hills bedroom, but despite this, his music would easily resonate in a decent sized venue.

When asked what influenced the first new batch of Maudlin Strangers music since the Overdose EP, Hays cited that it was created by being constantly immersed in a world of his own songs, growing and developing the sound based on the progression of the demos and coined this new phase of Maudlin Strangers as “dark disco”.

Tour Dates

10/18/15 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH #
10/19/15 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, Canada *
10/20/15 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Canada *
10/23/15 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT *
10/24/15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY *
10/25/15 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC *
10/27/15 – Spirit – Pittsburgh, PA #
10/28/15 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA *
10/29/15 – House of Blues – Boston, MA *
11/4/15 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC #
11/5/15 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA #
11/10/15 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX #
11/11/15 – The Sidewinder – Austin, TX #
11/12/15 – Dada – Dallas, TX #
11/15/15 – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ # With Strange Names #

Supporting Cold War Kids *

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Ghost Beach, Phoenix, Bad Suns, Cold War Kids, Arctic Monkeys

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High Tyde – Do What You Want

High Tyde

High Tyde

Brighton teen quartet High Tyde have shared their new single, ‘Do What You Want’.

They are not just another indie pop act. No. For a start, they’re only 18! Secondly, they write bold songs about youth culture full of decent lyrics and catchy bridges. Thirdly, we like them.

Tour Dates:

23/11/15 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
24/11/15 – Manchester, Fallow Café
25/11/15 – Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
26/11/15 – London, Barfly
2/12/15 – Brighton, Green Door Store

Sounds like: Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, The 1975, Peace, Little Comets, Bad Suns, Youth Club, SKIES

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Circa Waves Talk Young Chasers, Dave Grohl, and the Magical World of the Strands

Young Chasers album

Liverpool-based Circa Waves released their full-length album, ‘Young Chasers’, on 18 September via Virgin Records. The British indie-rockers’ debut includes the wonderfully blissful summer anthem, ‘T-Shirt Weather‘, and ‘Stuck in My Teeth, described by Apple Music’s award-winning DJ and producer Zane Lowe as his “Hottest Record in the World.”

Of the compliment, bassist Sam Rourke has said, “It’s great getting the thumbs up from someone like Zane Lowe, he’s been such an important figure in British music for so long. Now that he’s leaving [Radio 1], we’re working out a way to sweet talk Annie Mac — we’re sending her a basket of kittens every day this week.”

Read on as Sam and frontman Kieran Shudall answer my questions about musical influences, the touring experience, and what songs they are jamming to these days.

In a DIY interview, you mention Joni Mitchell, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Arcade Fire as favorites out of your own vinyl collection. Could you throw us a couple more gems from your record arsenal? What have you been listening to lately?

Kieran: I have a little old record player by my kitchen and love to cook ‘n listen to old records. Sgt. Pepper’s [Lonely Hearts Club Band] get a lot of use (cliche, me being from Liverpool, I know.) Graceland gets a lot of attention also. I’ve been listening to Michael Head and the Magical World of the Strands vinyl reissue. It’s underrated and totally beautiful songwriting. It must be heard by more people.

You say you write “loads of mediocre material” for every hit you write. I am quite sure this is the case for most bands. The hits you do have have really taken off. Are there any personal favorite songs you think could have been singles, but weren’t?

Kieran: I wrote a lot for the first record, including a lot more laidback songs which got pushed to the side to make a more explosive first album. There is a track called “Lost It” on the album which Is one of my favourites lyrically and has a chorus that competes with any of the singles we released.

Sam — You mention being fired, just before the band took off, from a job at a cathedral’s visitor center café and described it as “fucking terrible.” Intrigued and being nosy — why were you fired?

Sam: To be honest, I was a terrible employee. I was late all the time, left early, and was rude to customers. I’m surprised I lasted as long as I did.

Circa Waves

You came from humble indie beginnings and blew up as a fairly young band with a lot of buzz. How has this experience changed you?

Kieran: Coming from playing in bands for 8 years previous to Circa, you get knocked down over that time and don’t believe it’s ever going to happen to you. When the band started taking off it was surreal and an almost outer body experience, like I was watching someone else do well. Over recent months I’ve started to really feel like we have earned everything that has come to us. The experience has showed me that we give any band out there a run for their money.

You have toured with some pretty big names, such as Phoenix and The Libertines. How has it been working with such legendary bands?

Kieran: Much like listening to music is good homework for writing songs, I think touring with great bands is amazing for learning from them and their performance. Every successful band has something you can learn from them, be it the energy they put into the show or just how they treat their crew. You need to have your eyes open as a young band and take it all in.

You once mentioned wanting to meet Noel Gallagher, expecting to be called “shit” by him, as he is a well-known sourpuss. You seem to see this as kind of a rock ‘n roll christening. Have you met him since?

Kieran: Ha. I’ve not yet had the pleasure. He has a very similar outlook to writing songs as me and talks about how some songs mean nothing and are just great pop songs and how some tracks mean a lot. I love that way and think it encourages great songs to pour out of you. I’m sure our paths will cross one day.

How has it been touring/meeting bands you admire? (e.g., Arctic Monkeys, to whom you are often compared).

Kieran: [Have] not met the Arctics yet. I hear they are lovely. People say don’t meet your heroes, but that is utter bullshit. The Libertines were so warm and welcoming. They bought Joe a birthday cake! Phoenix invited us for beers and talked about pop music with us. I played ping pong with Interpol. They are just normal people that you meet. The only difference being that you’ve been listening to their records for years and maybe been air-guitaring to their tracks in your bedroom as a kid.

To what extent has the press played a role in your success?

Kieran: We’ve only recently started getting some. We have had bits since the start, but never a lot. Radio 1 and constant touring has been our foundation for building a fanbase in the UK.

What is something you’ve struggled with as a musician. Is it something you’ve overcome?

Kieran: I miss home. Family and my girlfriend are a huge part of my life and I see them a few weeks a year now due to touring. It’s a big sacrifice but luckily I have huge support from them.

You get to kick back, relax, and have a beer with anyone in the world (past or present). Who is it and why?

Kieran: Dave Grohl. He’s someone I’ve been so inspired by since my brother brought home Nirvana Unplugged. I later bought every Foo Fighters record and studied his songwriting. He’s a man who has become so well-known but still maintains this approachable vibe. He seems like someone who would actually have a beer with me one day as well! I’d just have to try and not sweat so much as to drop my pint.

Many thanks to Kieran and Sam, and congrats on Circa Waves’ new album!

Listen to Circa Waves’ latest track on Soundcloud below!

Want more? Check ’em out on Coco!

Young Chasers was released 18 September and is now available on iTunes. For more info about Circa Waves, visit their official website. View upcoming tour dates or stream their music through Spotify. Many thanks to Circa Waves and Virgin EMI Records!

To learn more about the author, visit Lauren Kruczyk’s website. Co-written by Christopher Flakus – Author, Musician, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Sounds like: Catfish & The Bottlemen, Superfood, Wolf Alice, Peace, Palma Violets

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Foals – What Went Down

Foals - What Went Down

Foals – What Went Down

Foals are back, after teaming up with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, Jessie Ware, Mumford & Sons) to release their fourth album, ‘What Went Down’.

The Oxford five-piece retreated to the South of France to record in a rural 19th-century mill. The result is a primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes.

Lyrically, Philippakis deals with themes around cultural identity, generational anxiety, cynicism, pessimism and heartbreak; “I wanted to tap into my inner madman and feel like I was channeling some sort of fevered creature”.

Watch the video for the lead single below:

The album will be released on 28 August.

Sounds like: The Black Keys, Muse, The Maccabees, The Griswolds, Coasts

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