Idles – The Beachland Ballroom

When a band reaches a certain level of success, all the rules that applied at the start of their career are off. The fans are committed for the long term so the band can play around with their sound. This is where Bristol punks Idles find themselves as they enter fourth album Crawler.

New single The Beachland Ballroom, unexpectedly, is a post-apocalyptic, wall of sound waltz. Vocalist Joe Talbot’s punk pronouncements and growls still firmly in place but this time over a slow soul song, played out over the speakers of some old ruined ballroom on a crumbling seaside pier.

Idles are at a place few bands with their spit and sawdust origins currently end up arriving at and now they’re about to have fun with it. New album Crawler is released on 12th November 2021.

Wet Leg – Wet Dream

Wet Leg have become the indie phenomena of 2021. Debut single Chaise Longue crept up on an unsuspecting alt-music world this summer and took over. Wet Dream is another slice of art rock to make you blush and, with it, the Isle of Wight duo’s grip on the music scene remains secure.

A bit like a female led Franz Ferdinand with the effrontery of Peaches, vocalist Rhian Teasdale pokes fun at the highbrow pretensions, or maybe the wincing sleaziness, of a bloke who declares he seduced her in a seedy fantasy with boasts of owning a DVD copy of Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci film Buffalo ‘66. It seems this indie phenomena may have many more danceable, cringeworthy scenarios to share with us yet.

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Check out our review for Wet Leg’s debut – Chaise Longue.

Myles Morgan – Ikywc

Myles Morgan’s influences are vast. On the face of it you could presume he was another gunslinger with a guitar, but ‘Ikywc’ contains a whole breadth of styles. The five-minute track is underpinned by a flute and saxophone jazz symphony while Myles’ vocals are Jeff Buckley singing Jamie T, coming to terms with the fact that his lover is not going to come over (Ikywc means I Knew You Wasn’t Coming, btw).

In the same vein as artists like Jack Penate, Morgan’s style steps up with each release. Ikywc is his fourth single – 2017’s debut Circles showcased a Sufjan Stevens sound, Fool took a lo-fi minimal turn, Left Here was drenched in layers of Editors guitar. The jazz-indie of Ikywc is further forward momentum and we cannot wait to hear what the London singer will come up with next.

Sprints – How Does The Story Go?

Karla Chubb has no more fucks left to give. She’s simply done, with a partner who sounds quite frankly a bit of a headfuck. And thankfully she’s the frontwoman of Sprints, a band who can muster her up a cutting, chiming post-punk backing of a track to deliver the message to said headfuck that she’s packing up and moving on. A backing she can use to emphatically declare to said headfuck that she really isn’t fine!

In the process the Dublin band manage to create a triumphant elegy to upping and leaving a toxic situation and a damn fine song for you to shout along to next time you’re just as pissed off. Out right now on Nice Swan records.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – You

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are the first Cardiff band we’ve featured on Edge of Arcady and, alongside Boy Azooga, are the most exciting alt-rock prospect Wales currently boasts.

Since 2019 the four-piece have put out slab after slab of classic 70s glam rock, think T-Rex but written in a house-share in Canton in the 21st century, and we’re finally approaching the long awaited release of their debut album ‘Backhand Deals’ on 25th February 2022.

To get us through to that date Buzzard x3 have blessed us with latest single ‘You’, a brash and funky anthem to being told to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps by the smug millionaire elite. Deliciously conscientious hair rock for a generation who need it.

Geese – Projector

New York’s next brightest offering comes in the shape of Geese, the US culture capital’s answer to the discordant psychedelic post-rock scene that has given the UK Black Country, New Road and Black Midi. But as could be expected from NYC, their version comes with a more tangible groove. Projector is 4 minutes 25 seconds of sexual, danceable alt-rock and the title track of Geese’s forthcoming debut album – due on 29th October.

Cat SFX – Upside Down

On thunderous new single Upside Down, Cat SFX use an Echobelly via The Slits via L7 britpop, punk rock, grunge fusion vehicle to ponder whether it’s wise for a society constantly bombarded with demotivating images 24/7 through smartphone and tv news channels to turn to antidepressants as a first choice pick-me-up. Along with previous singles ‘All The Money In The World’, ‘Doom Generation’ and ‘Reunite’ Cat SFX are forcing pressing topics to the fore and giving them to the world wrapped in razor sharp spunky brilliance.

Fur – Anybody Else But Me

Anybody Else But Me is 60s psychedelic pop, early Beatles, rock’n’roll brought in a technicolour time warp to the 2020s. Replete with ba-ba-bas and hand claps the Brighton group have a knack for an upbeat melody and although the song is essentially about self-doubt it’ll still make you smile and stomp your feet. With a string of singles already behind them, their debut album When You Walk Away is out on 5th November 2021 and looks to be well worth checking out.

Landfill – Mutiny

Sometimes all you need to make surefire danceable rock’n’roll is guitars, drums and a frontman with an excitable yelp. Thankfully Landfill received the memo and made a band around it. Mutiny shoots and lands somewhere between Buzzcocks and Supergrass. Last year the 2000s alt scene was given the grim name of ‘indie landfill’, this Medway four piece turn the put-down on it’s head by attaching it to this solid indie banger. It’s definitely high time for a mutiny and they’re having a fine time instigating it!