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Larkins – Not Enough Love

Larkins

Manchester-based band Larkins release their brand new single ‘Not Enough Love’ via Good Soldier Records.

The rich synth-infused, guitar-led track has just the right amount of The 1975 in there, whilst retaining their vibrant originality.

Regarding the single frontman Josh Noble says,

“‘Not Enough Love’ was born from thinking about our hometown. I just remember feeling like we just had to get out of there and moving to Manchester was such a big deal for us. The production is my favourite yet. We slowed stuff down to record and then sped it up to create really cool guitar tones. I think lyrically I just wanted to talk about everything that went on when I was a kid and being so frustrated with the politics that comes with a small suburban town.”

Tour Dates
[Tickets here]
October
12th – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts

November
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
7th – Bishop’s Stortford, The Half Moon
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar
11th – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
12th – London, The Garage
13th – Stoke-On-Trent, Sugarmill
14th – Liverpool, The Zanzibar Club
16th – Huddersfield, The Parish
18th – Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms
20th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
21st – Hull, The Polar Bear
22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill
25th – Dublin, Academy 2
27th – St Albans, The Horn
29th – York, Fulford Arms
30th – Sunderland, Independent

December
5th – Wigan, The Old Courts
6th – Banbury, Also Known As
8th – Plymouth, Junction

Sounds like: Draper, The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats

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Hot Minute – Magic

Hot Minute

All-female synthpop newcomers Hot Minute might well be making music in a DIY manner, but they are here for the long run.

Working their own label called Hotter Than Hell Records, these girls are running the show without being at the mercy of a male-dominated industry.

“Can you imagine an all-male band who can actually play their instruments being told, ‘we can get you a deal based on how you look’, in f-cking 2019? I can’t – and I’ve had label interest from some pretty big hitters in the past”, fires off Hot Minute frontwoman Keely Hutchinson.

“We’ve all experienced these types of comments from male industry members over the years and in many respects, Hot Minute is the culmination of our individual frustrations from receiving such comments whilst apart of other projects we’ve been involved in” agrees Bella (guitar/BVs).

“Even male videographers we’ve met have casually insinuated that without their input into Hot Minute, we’ll end up with nothing professional on a visual level”, states Courtney (keytar/synths).

Word.

Sounds like: Pale Waves, The Aces, The 1975, Charley Stride

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Shy Luv – Lungs

Shy Luv - Lungs

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

The video for their new single, ‘Lungs’ is directed by HUMANS and produced by CANADA. Shot in a Mars-like red clay quarry, it illustrates the songs overriding theme of wanting to re-tract an open offer of love to your object of desire who’s feelings aren’t openly reciprocated, and works perfectly with the track’s spacey production depicting such nostalgic moments.

The ‘Lungs’ EP is out now and the guys play The Courtyard Theatre in London on 14 December. Get tickets here.

Sounds like: Patawawa, Roosevelt, Cut Copy, Ten Fé, Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis

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RUNAH – This Silence

RUNAH

Mental health is a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so.

Speaking out about said issue is rising Manchester-based artist, RUNAH, who describes her new single ‘This Silence’ as one that “explores feelings of isolation, pain and bodily disconnection, which can be felt not only by the sufferer, but also by those who seek to support them. It’s of great importance to me to acknowledge both parties.

Her folktronica-based music has a delicate approach and ‘This Silence’ showcases her ability to write sensitive and forward-thinking music with captivating visuals.

Sounds like: MIEARS, Gabrielle Aplin, Aurora, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Laura Marling

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Shy Luv – Shock Horror (Feat. JONES)

Shy Luv

Shy Luv

Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria. They’ve teamed up with JONES for ‘Shock Horror’.

It’s a beautiful neon number with funky falsettos and a trippy video to match.

The CGI-chopped video, directed by London-based French duo Bif, sees the band skydiving amongst mini-clones and giant women. Glorious!

The track is released on Black Butter Records.

Sounds like: Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis

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GIRL FRIEND – Call Me If You’re Lonely

GIRL FRIEND

GIRL FRIEND

Hurray GIRL FRIEND are back with another killer floor filler!

‘Call Me If You’re Lonely’ is taken from their box of tales of nights out, chance romantic adventures and walking the hazy line between wasted-chic glamour and spectacular chaos.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Fickle Friends, Pistol Shrimp, Swiss Lips, Passion Pit, Bastille, Phoenix

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Premiere: Mad Winter – Running Low

Mad Winter

Mad Winter

The city of Manchester exports some pretty decent bands, and Mad Winter are one of those.

An exciting and infectious four piece who merge indie rock with subtle electronic tones, these guys are primarily united by their love of music and hometown idols Oasis, Stereophonics, and Foals.

Catchy hooks and gentle guitars leave you swaying for more on new track ‘Running Low’.

Their debut EP, ‘Emergence’, is out on 19 August via Keep Me Young Records, and available for pre-order on iTunes here.

Mad Winter will also be having their EP launch party at Night & Day Cafe in Manchester on 20 August.

Sounds like: Foals, Fairchild, We Have Band, High Tyde

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D/R/U/G/S – New Born Love

D/R/U/G/S

D/R/U/G/S

Time for some D/R/U/G/S. The Manchester producer returns with ‘New Born Love’, the first release on D/R/U/G/S’ own imprint, Code Silence Records.

‘New Born Love’ is a fresh new style from D/R/U/G/S; atmospheric indietronica with mellow vocals.

The all new D/R/U/G/S live show with permanent new fixture, the stunning vocalist Candi Godbold, is on the road in the UK at the end of Summer; they play live in Bristol (28 Aug, Start The Bus) and London (1 Sept, The Waiting Room) as well as DJing the 1234 festival, Shoreditch on 3 September.

It features the vocals of Akiine.

Sounds like: Shura, July Child, Goldroom

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Francis Lung – Dance 4 Sorrow

Francis Lung by Michael Mayren

Francis Lung by Michael Mayren

Francis Lung is the solo pop project of Tom McClung, former bass player of WU LYF.

Watch the impressive stop-motion video for the highly melodic ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’, directed by Jamie Allan, Aliyah Hussain, John Powell Jones, and Francis Lung, and which also features illustrations and characters created by fellow Manchester local, John Powell Jones.

Francis Lung will release his new EP, ‘Mother’s Son’ on 16 September and will mark the release with a headline show at The Lexington on 21 September. Tickets for the London show are on sale now and available here.

Sounds like: Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tuska, Two Door Cinema Club

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Rivet City – Circles

Rivet City

Rivet City

Rivet City are a light-hearted band hailing from the Manchester area, who like to distance themselves from being pigeon-holed into any solid definitions.

Frontman Jake Breeze explained “Circles started as a joke. I bet a good friend that I’d be able to fit the line ‘linear motion’ into a song and get a room of people to sing it. Fast forward six years and we’ve actually been able to achieve that! However that doesn’t mean the song as a whole is a joke.

The lyrics work as both an insight into how I believe the world can be experienced through a surrealist lens; as well as documenting a particular idea I had regarding what the apocalypse may look like. The song’s really about potential, and the potential for a creative mind to sculpt the world into any image that it sees fit; and as a result your physical location doesn’t have to define your reality”.

Live Dates

1st July- Maida Vale (Sheffield)
9th July- Private Party, Mount Snowdon
23rd July- Tramlines
6th August- Party In The Pines
14th August – Kendall

Sounds like: The Island Club

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