Cat SFX – Rodeo

Like the rest of us, Cat Speranza is pissed off at the state of the world. Unlike the rest of us, she has a podium to stand on and preach. And, by God, she is using it well! Cat SFX are lead singer Caterina Speranza, guitarist Giancarlo Mariani, bassist Jacob Morris, drummer Gordon Mills andContinue reading “Cat SFX – Rodeo”

Bandicoot – Early in the Morning / Mynedfeydd

‘Early in the Morning’ wakes up slowly. As gentle keyboards softly ease us in, vocalist Rhys Underdown coos our eyes open as he describes his lover rousing to consciousness after slumber. Delicate chiming guitar builds stronger and more echoey, taking the song up to a cathartic crescendo as the singer’s croon grows more emphatic, eventuallyContinue reading “Bandicoot – Early in the Morning / Mynedfeydd”

The Alphabetamines – Drink Too Much

The ‘Drink Too Much’ picture starts serenely with a short section of lulling strings, but very quickly mayhem ensues. Drums and gritty guitar tumble in as Natasha Sparkes realises all is not well in the Alphabetamines camp and she’s pushed to the point of screaming ferociously at frontman Adam Edwards about his out of controlContinue reading “The Alphabetamines – Drink Too Much”

Stone – Stupid

Their social media bios state they’re “Post Apocalyptic Scally Rock” and I admit to only just stumbling across them seconds before writing this review here, but if first impressions count for anything this sounds like a bob on description of Stone’s latest track ‘Stupid’. This is The La’s playing Happy Mondays, with a chorus likeContinue reading “Stone – Stupid”

Grace Calver – Zombie Conversations

Grace Calver is tired of crappy, short-winded Instagram conversations with wannabe casanovas who end up losing steam before they make it to a first date. So much so, she has turned her frustration into ‘Zombie Conversations’, a charming slack-pop dedication to wasted time on time wasters. Grace’s home counties accent sounds perfectly unimpressed over loose,Continue reading “Grace Calver – Zombie Conversations”

Spacey Jane – Sitting Up

Australia has been a veritable hotbed of on-fire indie bands lately and now, taking their place alongside Gang of Youths, DMAs and Middle Kids, are marvellously monikered Spacey Jane. The Perth quartet’s excellent new single, Sitting Up, is a wavy prelude to their sophmore album, Here Comes Everybody, all about drinking too much booze andContinue reading “Spacey Jane – Sitting Up”

Andrew Cushin – You Don’t Belong

Andrew Cushin’s early career has been packed full of high level endorsement, with third single ‘Where’s My Family Gone’ boasting a Noel Gallagher production credit and his recent signing to Peter Doherty’s Strap Originals records. ‘You Don’t Belong’ is a shining example of why alternative music’s top boys are bigging him up. Newcastle’s Cushin provesContinue reading “Andrew Cushin – You Don’t Belong”

L’Objectif – Same Thing

Trading in their rumbling guitar and dourness for bubbly synths and a funky bassline, L’objectif’s new single may be named ‘Same Thing’ but, ironically, they’re treading new dance-friendly ground. The Leeds teenage four-piece, all 17 years old and splitting their time between band life and study, show that, in the still early stages of theContinue reading “L’Objectif – Same Thing”

Sunflower Bean – Who Put You Up To This?

As the New Yorkers gear up for the release of album number three, ‘Who Put You Up To This?’ sees Sunflower Bean take on a deep, scuzzy bassline and eighties hair metal guitar solos, fronteers they’ve not broached until now and they gloriously succeed in creating an entire filmic, swoonful groove of a mood. SingerContinue reading “Sunflower Bean – Who Put You Up To This?”

College Elite – Next Semester

There’s a brand new single out from this Californian pop-punk group. It’s a bit Bowling For Soup, a bit Simple Plan, a bit New Found Glory, and it’s called ‘Next Semester’ by College Elite. Ok, I lie. College Elite aren’t Californian, they’re actually from Manchester, England, and the DIY solo project of songwriter Joshua Williams,Continue reading “College Elite – Next Semester”