Best Coast – Leading

There’s a fun simplicity to Best Coast – power chord rock, west coast (obviously, duh) surf vibe, Beth Cosentino’s optimistic emo pop vocals, easy rhymes (“Nostalgia’s overrated/ or maybe it’s just complicated?”). ‘Leading’ is, thank all of the Californian gods, more of the same. This time the duo have teamed up with Los Angeles’ wonderfulContinue reading “Best Coast – Leading”

Death of the High Street – Drink Driver

Death of the High Street have put out some top quality tunes this year and they’re leaving 2021 in style with new single Drink Driver, an appropriate public service broadcast for the festive period: the bleak story of a lager-sodden, down on his luck dropout who exists illegally behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Astra,Continue reading “Death of the High Street – Drink Driver”

Bloc Party – Traps

To come up with new single ‘Traps’, art-rockers Bloc Party have delved back into their own archives, interrogating debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ and singer Kele Okereke’s solo output to compose a sure-fire indie club monster. The band’s line up has changed considerably in latter years, having lost and gained an entire rhythm section in 2016,Continue reading “Bloc Party – Traps”

Vortex Town – Vortex Town EP

Sheffield’s Vortex Town are visceral, raw and loud. Guitarist Ben Hodge’s amps get turned up to nosebleed levels, bassist Tim Davis ensures sure his sound is deep enough to rattle skulls, drummer Andy Purves wallops his skins at breakneck speed and vocalist Cassie Durance conjures her vigorously soulful voice up from the very deepest depthsContinue reading “Vortex Town – Vortex Town EP”

Shame – Baldur’s Gate

Shame have come out with a nearly anti-Christmas single. The ingredients are there for a heart warming Yuletide ditty, albeit one performed by South London post-punks – jingle bells, a light melody with twinkling guitar and keys, gently coo-ing vocals. You can almost hear snow falling on pavement as the narrator trudges through wintry streets,Continue reading “Shame – Baldur’s Gate”

Windshake – Waking Moment

The psychedelics in Windshake’s veins flow strong. For debut album ‘Waking Moment’, the Welsh Bristolian four piece give their listeners space for an hour long trip out of mind. Dare I mention the ‘H’ word? Taking their inspirations into account I’m sure Windshake wouldn’t mind… the album has real hippy vibrations, you wouldn’t be surprisedContinue reading “Windshake – Waking Moment”

The K’s – Picture

One of the perils of 21st Century living, when you’re casually, nonchalantly scrolling through the instagram account of an old partner and, horror of horrors, your clumsy sausage fingers tap the screen on a picture from 36 weeks ago. You try to tap again to undo it but, in the fluster, end up sending overContinue reading “The K’s – Picture”

The Mysterines – The Bad Thing

The Mysterines keep hitting higher and higher heights of lowdown dark and gritty garage rock. In ‘The Bad Thing’, the Liverpool four-piece plumb their deepest depths yet. Frontwoman Lia Metcalfe, in a jaded, baying serenade, imagines digging up a long-dead lover from the grave in order to commit some nefarious deed. A slow burning singleContinue reading “The Mysterines – The Bad Thing”

The Bug Club – Pure Particles

The most delectable thing about ‘Pure Particles’ is it sounds as if The Bug Club have recorded their album with a cheap microphone and cassette machine, so lo-fi that it has been designed to sound best played through an old transistor radio. The second most delectable thing is the entire 9 song mini album isContinue reading “The Bug Club – Pure Particles”

Point A – Cross Me

Point A is alluringly mysterious. After her debut single ‘Cross Me’ appeared online at the far end of October a buzz set alight across certain reaches of the blogosphere and social media, fascinated with the composition’s strutting, self-assured confidence and determination – Point A’s own fusion of spoken word, rap and song articulating her ruthlessContinue reading “Point A – Cross Me”