David Ford – 2 Shots

To wishfully launch us into an optimistic and brighter new year, singer songwriter David Ford has granted us a small screen operatic ballad of coronavirus sparring hope. Recalling, over piano and violin, finer days of “Rock’n’Roll/soda pop and Philly soul”, the latter-day troubadour considers the stunting impact of the virus, “a thousand dumb conspiracies” andContinue reading “David Ford – 2 Shots”

An Edge of Arcady Christmas

To hurl us headlong into Christmas cheer and bow out of 2021 in suitably alternative indie style we have compiled our own list of our 8 toppermost festive songs, brought to you in watchable YouTube format. Sit back, scroll down, click along and enjoy! 1. Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)Continue reading “An Edge of Arcady Christmas”

Disgraceful Friend – Craft Excluder

Independent author Ryan Bracha has an alter-ego. His name is Disgraceful Friend and this alter-ego has just released a spunky second album, Craft Excluder. Slotting into a bookshelf laterally with Scroobius Pip, Sleaford Mods and sonically with Working Mens Club, the record is compiled of Bracha’s sarky spoken word nestled just under the surface ofContinue reading “Disgraceful Friend – Craft Excluder”

Billy Nomates – Christmas is for Lovers, Ghosts and Children

The mighty Billy Nomates has written and released a Christmas song to raise funds for Feed The Homeless Bristol throughout December. ‘Christmas is for Lovers, Ghosts and Children’ highlights the disconnect between the festive season shown online, in the media, on the high street and the reality many people experience – of Christmas being aContinue reading “Billy Nomates – Christmas is for Lovers, Ghosts and Children”

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”