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”

Camp Cope – Running With The Hurricane

Australian alternative rock trio Camp Cope’s new single, the title track from forthcoming third LP ‘Running With The Hurricane’, sees the group in empowering form. Lifting the song’s name from the 1986 record by singer/songwriter/guitarist Georgia Maq’s dad’s band Redgum, the band take the blustery persistence of the title’s sentiment, imbuing it with their folk-punkContinue reading “Camp Cope – Running With The Hurricane”

Swim Deep & Hatchie – World’s Unluckiest Guy

Birmingham’s Swim Deep have teamed up with Australian singer-songwriter Hatchie for a sun-drenched and dreamily upbeat slice of indie-electronica, a bittersweet ode to some admired individual who doesn’t seem to think that much of their self. The midlands lads usually have a propensity for shoegaze but the Aussie songstress weaves her hazy-pop magic deep intoContinue reading “Swim Deep & Hatchie – World’s Unluckiest Guy”

Peter Doherty & Frédéric Lo – You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever

With shades of early-Beatles whimsy or Morrissey in his late 1980’s first twee solo exploration throes, ‘You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever’ feels a breezy, light-hearted, innocent affair, capturing the most seemingly straight forward lyrical effort of Peter Doherty’s career to date, backed with a gloriously gleeful 60’s guitar pop strum from Frédéric Lo.Continue reading “Peter Doherty & Frédéric Lo – You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever”

dexter – Paper Cup / Different

South London singer-producer dexter follows in the footsteps of Arlo Parks with serene bedroom-dance tune ‘Paper Cup’. The 18 year old songwriting newcomer manages to miraculously merge together lo-fi indie with the kind of tune you’d hope to hear playing at the start of the night when you’re walking into a club and sings aboutContinue reading “dexter – Paper Cup / Different”

Muse – Won’t Stand Down

Written by Laura Day Muse are a band that have defied their own boundaries time and time again. Forged in the crucible of uncertainty over the last two years, ‘Won’t Stand Down‘ is a testament to their determination to transcend musical expectations. With a juggernaut bassline that pulses through the bones, Bellamy spins a heavy-metalContinue reading “Muse – Won’t Stand Down”

Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down The Line

If they haven’t already, Dublin maestros Fontaines D.C. are in the process of taking over the world. Latest single ‘Jackie Down The Line’ is the initial release from upcoming third album Skinty Fia, a record the group have daringly, or is it jokingly, described as being disco. With this new song, their sound moves onContinue reading “Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down The Line”

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”

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”