A singer/songwriter dedicated to “love, feelings, self-awareness, and telling stories about those things”, this lady is willing to take risks, and the result is paying dividends.
After waking up and realising that she had been making decisions out of fear, Beck Pete quit her job and started planning an Indiegogo campaign to complete her first-ever solo project (which she successfully funded), cut all of her hair off, and moved to Los Angeles. The result, some three years later, is a beautifully composed five-track EP called ‘Muse’, that considers who Beck Pete is.
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
Their latest track ‘Face to Face’ has been taken from their debut album ‘How Can We Fix This?’, which has been produced by Adrian Bushby (Muse, FooFighters).
Bushby sings praises of the band, “Shields, in my opinion, are one of the best bands I’ve heard in a long while in both songwriting and performance. They are an incredibly fresh and original-sounding band who I think will go on to achieve great things.”
Watch the video below to see if you agree.
‘How Can We Fix This?’, is available for pre-order, with a free download of ‘Face to Face’ for all pre-orders. You can’t say fairer than that!
Sounds like: Foals, The Maccabees, The Griswolds, Coasts
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