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Marsicans – Sunday

Marsicans

Marsicans (“MAR-sick-anz”) has just released a breezy new track, ‘Sunday’ via Killing Moon Records.

Written as a double love song – to Toronto and NY State following the time the band spent there, and also to the girlfriend of Marsicans’ frontman James Newbigging – the quartet is standing firm in amongst the current, and buzzing, British indie scene.

UK Album Tour

Oct 14 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Oct 15 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Oct 17 – Manchester Gorilla
Oct 21 – Bristol Thekla
Oct 22 – London Scala
Oct 24 – Leeds Beckett University

Sounds like: Sea Girls, High Tyde, Viola Beach, The Magic Gang, The Night Café, The Hunna, The Pale White

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cactus? – Shitdisco

Cactus? by Riccardo Michelazzo

Cactus? by Riccardo Michelazzo

Cactus? is an innovative three-piece band from the industrial plains of Northern Italy.

Combining influences from the dance-punk phenomenon of mid-00s with the current Lo-fi Bedroom movement, adding to the mix 80s synths and samples – their new single ‘Shitdisco’, out now via Costello’s Records, is full of frenetic and unpredictable energy of crazy synths and poppy vocals.

Sounds like: Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Bloc Party

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Stevie wolf – Paper maché doll

Stevie Wolf - Paper maché doll

Indie-pop savant Stevie wolf is paving the way with his refreshing approach to unconstrained honesty.

Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and major anxiety disorder, as well as meeting a lot of set backs when it comes to making music, hasn’t stopped him exploring the constaints of both personal and societal expectations.

Sounds like: Myylo, Phil Good

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On’yu – Done Without

On'yu - Done Without

On’Yu is the creation of Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer, Rob Eggleston.

His new single ‘Done Without’ is a sweet slowburner with crisp 80’s influenced electric piano mixed with a soulful-synth bass and blushes of neo-emo in there.

Sounds like: Patternist, LOYALS, 90’s Kids, La Bouquet, MILKK

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Alexander 23 – Loving You Gets Hard

Alexander 23

Alexander 23 is calling it as it is, in the new song, ‘Loving You Gets Hard’.

Further showcasing his lyrical genius, the multi-million streaming Chicago-born singer/songwriter wishes to maintain normalcy as possible, and share his views on a compassionate relationship.

Sounds like: Lauv, Chelsea Cutler, Shoffy, Nolie

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Linney – Cool

Linney

Pop sensation Linney returns in 2020 with ‘Cool’.

The single is full of breezy vocals with a full-fledged pop essence, written about navigating the complications of losing someone, something close to Linney’s heart.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Paperwhite, Poema, Scavenger Hunt

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Mazoulew – Circles Feat. Bonnie Wylde

Mazoulew

London-born, Italian-residing Mazoulew has been making music for 15 years.

Inspired by varying genres of Motown, acid jazz and drum&bass, the UK producer fuses these sounds with minimal and melodic electronic beats.

His new single features the ethereal vocals of Bonnie Wylde.

Sounds like: Kidnap, Model Man, Jessie Ware, Lane 8

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NZCA LINES – Pure Luxury

NZCA LINES

NZCA LINES (aka Michael Lovett) shares his kooky and cosmic track, ‘Pure Luxury’.

It’s a rehashed response to the notions of luxury, status, and the insanity of pursuing material wealth in the face of environmental catastrophe.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Gold Panda, Ronika, Hot Chip, Ben Khan

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East Harbor – Miss the Old You

East Harbor

It’s always a good sign when you turn the volume right up when initially listening to a track.

Florida-based quartet, East Harbor does just that in their infectious new single, ‘Miss the Old You’. Turn up and listen below.

Sounds like: La Bouquet, The Band CAMINO, The 1975, Manchester Orchestra

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Surf Rock Is Dead – Immaculate

Surf Rock Is Dead

The Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD) boys are back with the sweeping ‘Immaculate’, lifted off their debut LP ‘Existential Playboy’ out on 1 May.

Whilst appearing genteel, this is anything but. A juxtaposition that addresses the bleakness of societal affairs and corrosion of daily life amidst the capricious decisions made by those in power.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English, Swimming Tapes, The Cure, Beauty Sleep

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Playlist: Alfie Neale

Alfie Neale

Neo-soul artist Alfie Neale has just released his ‘If My World Falls Apart’ EP, written about the topic of reliance.

He’s put together an awesome playlist of music together, something we can all count on at some point during these testing times.

J Felix – Mind Up
I picked this tune because it’s a breath of fresh air for everything we’re going through at the minute, we need all the positive vibes we can get at the minute.

King Krule – Easy Easy
I know this tune was released years ago, but I was pretty late to jump aboard the King Krule bandwagon. I’m well and truly on it now though, and as this is the first tune on his most famous record it was the first I heard, so it’s kind of become my favourite.

Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
Wanted to pick this one because it’s an absolute anthem, I listen to a lot of funky music but wanted to switch things up with this one because the build-up to the solo is absolutely unreal!

Pip Millett – Fancy
This one is such a class tune about just being in love and the way someone can make you feel on top of the world. It’s so bare, laid back and such a sick tune to listen to any time of day.

Greentea Peng – Downers
This is one of the hardest beats I’ve heard in a while, my girlfriend put me on to Greentea Peng and I’ve been absolutely rinsing her tunes since.

Mac Miller – Blue World
I’m pretty sure this was produced by one half of Disclosure, and is one of my favourite Mac Miller tunes ever, this one IS the hardest beat I’ve heard in a while haha.

Sticky Fingers – Cool & Calm
These guys have been one of my biggest inspirations for a long time, and I only got to see them live for the first time last year. Hands down one of my favourite gigs ever, their newest album is full of regret but this tune is so positive.

Jarki Monno – Fade Up
Included this one because I live with Jarki and also play guitar for him in his band, so there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not listening to something Jarki Monno related!

Yakul – Getting Late
James Berkeley (lead singer and keyboardist in this band) produced my debut EP, he’s such a ridiculously talented and hardest working guy I know, also makes ridiculously good tunes!

Sounds like: Yakul, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei

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Crush – All My Plants Are Dead

Crush

Ambient grunge-pop band Crush will be your latest just that.

Their latest single, ‘All My Plants Are Dead’ exhales Millenial dilemmas, of struggling to look after your houseplants, and yourselves in a bittersweet yet discordant offering.

Sounds like: Diiv, The Cure, Alvvays

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Alex Porat – Only Hanging Out Cause I’m Lonely

Alex Porat - Only Hanging Out Cause I'm Lonely

Alex Porat – Only Hanging Out Cause I’m Lonely

Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Porat draws us in with her new single about dating for the sake of dating.

It’s another slice of lighthearted bubblegum pop with an irresistible indifference about the opposite sex.

Sounds like: RALPH, Anna Of The North

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Sarpa Salpa – Lost Time

Sarpa Salpa

Alt-pop band Sarpa Salpa always strive to create upbeat, danceable tracks with unexpected changes and hidden meanings. The new video for their single ‘Lost Time’ aptly features a selection of tour clips showing this.

With support from Jack Saunders and Bombay Bicycle Club, definitely tune into these guys.

Sounds like: Island Club, Larkins, FEET, Two Door Cinema Club

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Cassia – Do Right

Cassia - Do Right

Very much up to date with indie-pop trends, UK based trio Cassia, shares latest jam, ‘Do Right’, which talks about waking up to what’s happening in the world and making a conscious decision of wanting to make a positive change.

The video is set in sunny isolation. We love their all round positivity and sun drenched calypso sound.

Sounds like: Dancing on Tables, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club, Still Woozy

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Chloe Tang – Fanning The Flame

Chloe Tang

R&B artist Chloe Tang shares her latest single, offering a less rosy-colored side of love and youth.

Full of angst, she tells us how it is in ‘Fanning The Flame’. This isn’t a romantic gesture, this is a slow burn about knowing you’re trapped in a bad romance and knowing you’re powerless to escape it.

Sounds like: Banks, LeyeT

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LEV – It Was U

LEV by Helen Jade

LEV by Helen Jade

Dallas pop artist Holly Peyton – aka LEV – shares the driving force that is ‘It Was U’.

Echoes of HAIM meets Erasure, this breezy 80’s inspired powerful story of triumph. Listen below.

Sounds like: Christine & The Queens, HAIM, RALPH, Erasure

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Magnus Bechmann – What Do You Know

Magnus Bechmann

Magnus Bechmann‘s new release, ‘What Do You Know’ is the first single out from his upcoming album, which chronicles nine awkward situations from everyday life.

Considering a situation where you find yourself in a relationship that is better to get out of than to stay in, this is glistening indie pop that marks a bright new chapter in Magnus’ career.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club

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This Boy – Heart Is Broken

This Boy

We know very little about experimental pop newcomer, This Boy from Denmark.

The duo’s first single, ‘Heart Is Broken’ drops just a few weeks ahead of their debut album – an unusual and bold move in a single release-dominated pop landscape.

Sounds like: The 1975, Becky Hill

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Cap’n Marble – Come 2 California

Cap'n Marble - Come 2 California

Cap’n Marble – Come 2 California

Cap’n Marble is a group led by frontmen, John Dasilva and Ryan Arshonsky.

Seamlessly blending breezy psych-pop with hand-crafted indie sounds, they invite you to sit back, relax, and dream of California.

Sounds like: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bad Sounds

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Runrummer – I Like Getting High (But Not All The Time)

Runrummer

Whilt growing up, 25-year old East London-based singer-songwriter Runrummer (real name Livi Morris) faced a struggle to find herself as she came to terms with her sexuality and gender identity.

Addressing serious issues in the juxtaposed context of upbeat, electronic-pop anthems, she aims to inspire and strives to work with other creators in the LGBTQ+ space.

Sounds like: Shura, Lilly Allen, Georgia

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daste. – About Us

daste.

Australian trio daste. shares the smooth electro / lo-fi-funk single, ‘About Us’.

As with all things daste., the “d” is in the detail. Delivering an inspiration message, the song is about battling with uncertainty. Listen below.

daste.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS DU SOL, Two Another, LEISURE, Tora

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uomo – All I Hear

uomo

Introducing the new project by Pietro Filippone – aka uomo.

His latest release, ‘All I Hear’, is the first song that Filippone has written by himself for the project. A decent bit of autotune in there, the softer house elements give the song a gorgeously gentle uplift.

Sounds like: Henry Green, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Hayden James, Elderbrook

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Tungz – Can’t We Just Be Friends Again

Tungz - Can't We Just Be Friends Again

Bristol-based quartet Tungz combines effortless funk riffs with infectious vocal melodies and indie-pop sounds in new single, ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends Again’, out now via Heist or Hit.

It speaks of the confusion and the weird frustration that comes with wanting to snap back to being happy with someone you’ve only ever really been cool with before.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Christine & The Queens, Patawawa, Bamily

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Amtrac – So Afraid ft. Alex Metric

Amtrac by Grant Spanier

DJ and producer Amtrac has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning British musician, DJ and producer Alex Metric on vocals in new single, ‘So Afraid’.

Looping vocals contemplate a simple question, “why you so afraid of love?” as Alex Metric’s breathy, enunciated voice lends an edge to the droning synths beneath, forming a steady crescendo of sound and passion that blooms.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Cut Copy, Lane 8

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Dirty Nice – 100,000 Heartbeats

Dirty Nice

UK duo Dirty Nice releases ‘100,000 Heartbeats’. A synth-wave pop at the core, it’s the perfect counterpart to the more lo-fi B-side, ‘Love Team’.

Originally presented as a special Valentines Day release, Dirty Nice sent a number of personalised cards to fans. Continuing this theme on their Instagram, an intergalactic cartoon epic has unfolded with a new card revealed every day.

Sounds like: Elder Island, Camel Power Club, Gorillaz, Everyone You Know, 10 O’Clock Chemical

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Ekko – Off My Mind

EKKO

Norwegian native, singer/songwriter and producer Rebekka Danielsson – aka EKKO – shares the visuals for ‘Off My Mind’.

Highly energetic, glorious pop with addictive melodic hooks and immaculate production this tune ticks all the boxes to be a serious club anthem and floor filler.

Expect her debut EP ‘Symptoms’ out later in the year.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Chelsea Lankes, Allie X, ALMA, Kim Petras

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Langva – Different Things

‘Different Things’ by Norweigan artist Langva is the perfect antidote in these gloomy days we find ourselves in.

It’s a short and sweet burst of summer, with a groovy bassline that amplifies the affectionate feelings you may have for someone.

Sounds like: Easy Life, Yakul

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ELBA – Remember Me

ELBA - Remember Me

Rising Danish pop songstress ELBA is making waves.

Starting her musical journey in the local choir at the age of six, it was clear her destiny was singing. Her new single ‘Remember Me’ showcases her powerful vocal range, and perfectly fits with the electro-pop production.

Sounds like: Mabel, Harlee, JUJ

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Discrete x Chris Collins – Better Days

Discrete

Creative music producer Discrete teams up with Chris Collins on ‘Better Days’.

With a top-notch level of production and flawless vocals, combined with inspiration from an extensive range of genres, prepare to click repeat.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, The Weeknd

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Emilie Nicolas – Who’s Gonna Love You

Emilie Nicolas - Who's Gonna Love You

The Norweigan artists are smashing it this week, and it’s truly great to see Emilie Nicolas return.

Showing a new side to her music – less “cool pop” and more reflective – ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’ is centred around the difficulties of letting go of a relationship, succinctly capturing despair, unbridled joy, and the desire to dance.

Sounds like: Tove Styrke, Tove Lo, Susanne Sundfør, AURORA

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Ed Prosek – Mercy

Ed Prosek

The Berlin-based indie-folk troubadour, Ed Prosek returns with a luscious ode to his love affair with music, lifted from his forthcoming EP.

It plays out like a heart-wrenching ballad and is brought into a tender balance by Ed’s genuine delivery.

Sounds like: Dermot Kennedy, Frightened Rabbit, Bruce Springsteen, Chet Faker, Talos

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Nic Hanson – Crush on You

Nic Hanson
Boy, have we got a little crush on Nic Hanson.

Having just toured with the wonderful Moon Boots and with a flurry of viral Insta covers, Nic Hanson is sending his take on funky pop.

Sounds like: Prince, Ed Sheeran

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The Endorphins – Dead or Alive

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings Alva & August Heldt are The Endorphins.

As their name suggests, their feel-good future pop is set to induce endorphins. As they put it – “It’s about love, friendship, parties and sex“, and what’s wrong with that!

Listen to self-expressive ‘Dead Or Alive’ below.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Banks, Fabich, Pastel, Midnight Pool Party, Keljet

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Gotts Street Park – Favourite Kind Of Girl

Gotts Street Park

We have to admit, we hadn’t heard the music of Leeds based fourpiece, Gotts Street Park before this single, and now we can’t get enough.

Having produced for the likes of Mabel, Celeste, Yellow Days, Kali Uchis, Grentea Peng and Rejjie Snow, their new single, ‘Favourite Kind Of Girl’ is a stand out track. It features emerging vocalist Flikka and has been inspired by the DIY ethos of soul music and tackles the theme of self-love.

Speaking on the track Flikka says, “I wrote this song when I was in a place of not feeling seen or listened to. I was continually looking for it in an outside source without result and it made me feel lonely. Sometimes you need to be your own best friend/mother and by greatest support and I wrote this song as a mantra and reminder to myself to be the person I want and need to be.”

It’s out now on Blue Flowers.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Marika Hackman

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KYOTI – Citadel

KYOTI

British art-pop trio KYOTI, share ‘Citadel’, the sixth single from their expansive ‘Project Twelve’, which sees the band release one track every month for a year.

Their disparate and captivating storytelling collides into rich soundscapes of jazz, folk, and pop-inspired synths and beats, interlaced with thoughtful lyricism.

Lyrically ‘Citadel’ considers personal issues and broader political ideas, both continuing themes throughout KYOTI’S work to date.

Lead singer, Ed says of the track, “In the turbulent times we are currently living through it can be so easy to shut ourselves off. Rather than engage with what is going on across the planet and in society, whether that’s climate change, homelessness, or mental health issues – instead people tend to seek comfort and shelter from those closest to us.

“The phrase “I need a citadel” sits at the heart of this song. I was thinking about how bombarded we all are in the modern world – by the news, social media, and constant expectations of success and progress – but that sometimes you just want to hang out with mates and loved ones, safe in the knowledge that there’s no judgement. For me that feels like a citadel and I think a lot of people are probably in need of that too.”

‘Project Twelve’ will be showcased in its entirety via a string of London shows early 2020 ahead of the final release completing the series in September.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, SOHN, James Blake, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie, Honne, Dead Ceremony

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Playlist: Larkins

Larkins

Rising Manchester four-piece Larkins recently dropped their highly-anticipated EP, ‘Hit and Run’ on Good Soldier Records.

It’s a finely-crafted mix of melodic futurism and vulnerability. We decided to have a chat with the guys ahead of their US tour to find out what’s going to be on their travelling playlist.

This is the outcome…

Khalid – Intro

Production-wise this is a pretty perfect track. Always feeling like it could kick in at any moment and it never does but still manages to bang. Incredible opening track to have on an album.

Gengahr – Icarus

Gengahr have completely taken up a level on this album. Produced by Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club, this track just makes your head move.

King Princess – Talia

Proper digging King Princess at the minute, love how this track goes from the laid back folky verse then hits you with the massive chorus. She’s proper pushing boundaries with her visuals as well, need to catch her live.

Whitney – Valleys (My Love)

Literally first heard Whitney for the first time a couple of weeks ago and fucking love them. Love how this track is kinda like a mellow Beach Boys without the harmonies on top of 70s acoustic folk with Bon Iver horns.

Friendly Fires – Pull Me Back To Earth

Whenever we’re trying to get a clean electric guitar sound in the studio we seem to reference this track. I remember when PALA came out and it blew my mind.

Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now

Just absolute vibes. Again, that clean guitar sound is mad.

Foals – Spanish Sahara

Such an anthem. Seeing this track live and how the crowd reacts to it made me want to be in a band. The drop never fails to hype me up.

Bon Iver – Naeem

The vocal on this song is madness. The piano and the whole feel is just badass. Bon Iver can do no wrong. This album has been a massive reference point when we’re in the studio, especially when it comes to synth and drum sounds.

Bon Iver – 33 “GOD”

Another Bon Iver, 22 a million is top 5 best albums ever. The production on this track just blows the roof off. Cant even quite comprehend how good this track is. No idea what the lyrics mean but this track is just insanity.

Biffy Clyro – Different People

This song really marks two defining moments in Larkins career.

1. They opened with it when they headlined T in the park in Scotland and it seemed to be such an emotional moment for everyone there, it really made us realise that we wanted to do this.

2. Dom decided he wanted to be Simon and grew his hair really long.

Radiohead – Weird Fishes

In rainbows is such a monumental album and it was hard to choose one track but Weird Fishes really sums up Radiohead’s visionary blend of pop, rock and dance music.

Haim – Summer Girl

Such a great nod to the 60s with the Lou Reed sample but with such a modern LA vibe. We’d just got back from our first trip to LA when this came out and it proper seemed to sum up the city for us. The scene out there is so vibrant at the minute.

Khalid, Disclosure – Talk

Love this track. Another one we try to reference a little bit with the style of the synths and the drum sounds. The riff is so good.

US/UK Tour Dates

12 Mar – Toronto, The Monarch
13 Mar – New York, Pianos
14 Mar – Brooklyn, Elsewhere (Zone One)
18 Mar – Austin, Maggie Mae’s
19 Mar – Austin, Rainey Street
21 Mar – Austin, Broad Studios
21 Mar – Austin, Cedar Street Courtyard
24 Mar – Los Angeles, Moroccan Lounge

15 Apr – Bristol, Thekla
16 Apr – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
17 Apr – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
19 Apr – Glasgow, Stereo
22 Apr – London, Heaven
23 Apr – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
24 Apr – Liverpool, Academy 2
25 Apr – Manchester, O2 Academy 1

Tickets are available here.

Sounds like: Flawes, Draper, The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats, Biffy Clyro, Friendly Fires

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Glass Peaks – Never Really Left

Glass Peaks

Glass Peaks is a proper band. You know what we mean when we say that, a proper exciting live act.

Comprised of Alfie Jefferies (Bass and vocals), Jake Cox (Guitar) and Grant Tugwell (Drums), these guys are relentlessly tearing their way through the scene.

Post-grunge/new-wave at their core, energetic, sometimes political, sometimes electronic, often sarcastic, these guys have a lot to say.

Listen to ‘Never Really Left’ below, taken from their upcoming EP, that continues the theme of social media toxicity.

Live

12th March – The Finsbury, London *supporting Johnny Kills*
4th April – Trinity, Harrow
1st May – The Old Blue Last, London *EP RELEASE SHOW*

Sounds like: Saves The Day, Thursday, Depeche Mode, White Lies, Another Sky, Blaenavon, The Clash, Manic Street Preachers

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Make Friends – When Nothing’s Said

Make Friends

Bristol-bred quartet Make Friends sure knows how to appease, with their dispensing progressive indie-pop.

Their fourth-ever single ‘When Nothing’s Said’, is ever so slightly more direct than their former releases, about experiencing and not being able to shake intense paranoia from the idea that your partner is being unfaithful to you.

It’s out now via Funnel Music.

Sounds like: Foals, Maribou State, Cassia, Bombay Bicycle Club

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