Happy new year to all. It’s that time of year again. The shortlist and the winner has been announced for the BBC Sound of 2016.
This is one of those awards that the winner is pretty much guaranteed to have a good year. After all, BBC Sound of 2015 winner was Years and Years who have gone on to have a pretty successful 2015. I must admit I have even grown to like them, although my favourite for that year was and is still James Bay.
So, without further ado let’s start…
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Anyone that knows me may know I really like my Scandinavian (especially Finnish) bands from The Rasmus to Nightwish. So imagine my surprise and delight when a friend from work introduced me to another Finnish band. Continue reading “Poets of the Fall”
As you may know from previous posts, one thing I really enjoy being able to do is promote local music. This time I can go one better!
On 15th March, Southampton University will be host to Takedown Festival 2014.
This event is host not only to well know bands such as Kids in Glass Houses and Funeral for a Friend but also to many local bands such as 6 Minutes to Sunrise, who I have previously reviewed and Seasons in Wreckage who are based in Portsmouth.
Doors open at 13:30 and there will be lots more bands playing throughout the day.
Tickets are available through the official website (www.takedownfestival.co.uk)
So, if you want a day filled with good music, both on a local and national level, what are you waiting for?
It may only be February, but 6 Minutes to Sunrise are already set to take 2014 by storm. Having recently supported bands including; Max Raptor, We are Fiction and Attention Thieves, they came back to perform once again at the Joiners to support Lonely the Brave.
The band has previously played to a sold out crowd at the Joiners so they are no stranger to this venue or a large audience; this is clearly evident through the band’s stage presence, and the lead singer, Cameron’ charisma and energy throughout the gig which helped captivate the audience.
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I was inspired to do this blog post after reading my friend, Mr Brawny’s post on his blog (Brawny: Life, thoughts and drunken ramblings) about the nominees at the Brit awards. So I thought I would do one for BBC Sound of 2014 as this very much applies to my blog.
By the way his blog is very good so once you have read mine you should definitely go have a read.
It’s that time of year again, a short time ago BBC announced their Top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014, including their winner. This is quite an influential list because previous winners have often gone on to become pretty big. Previous champions include; Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. So, this is quite a good indicator of finding out who we are going to be hearing more of in 2014.
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One thing I really enjoy being able to do on this blog is promoting local bands and artists. If you listen to a great local band, it is that much better than someone from a different area, in my opinion. It makes you like your city that little bit more as you know that at the very least it produces some decent music. This is certainly something 6 Minutes to Sunrise did for me.
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If you are looking for a new indie/rock band, look no further. From the first track I listened to of theirs I knew I was listening to a good band with a lot of potential. Plus, they are also from Southampton so they are also local talent for me which is always a bonus.
They have recently released a new album called Sweet Sour but I would definitely reccomend you start with their début album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey as it is a brilliant mix of indie and rock beats from the catchy lyrics of Death by Diamonds and Pearls to the upbeat melody of Light of the Morning; you will not be disappointed!!
This band is set to breakthrough the music industry having already featured on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton’s track of the week as well as having slots at this year’s Isle of Wight festival and Reading festival.
You will be sure to hear more from this band very soon, once they get back from their european tour they are currently on. Keep up to date with the band’s tour and music here.
Here is a favourite track of mine of their second album and their most recent single, Devil takes care of his own:
A fellow work experience at nme recommended I listen to this band, as they are from Ireland, same as said work exp. Now, I thought it would be pretty good as the others that she has reccomended have been amazing, but I am afraid even the people with good taste in music can have the occasional bad band on their list, and this is one of theirs.
The first song I listened to on their myspace was called “Jake summers” and to be honest that was their best one out of the lot as it wasn’t 99% mice squeaking. Plus I could understand most of the lyrics on this track. However, it goes downhill from there.
One piece of advice whilst listening to them, turn down your treble, you will need it, the female lead singer often reaches pitches only dogs can hear. In fact they should lend her voice to the next mosquito device.
But, I must say the “highlight” of the track was a cover version of Lightsabre cocksucking blues, originally sung by McCluskey. I thought, to be fair on Fight like apes I would listen to McCluskey’s version to see if it was just a bad song, but sadly, it seems, fight like apes just destroyed a pretty decent song. It didnt help that it was originally sung by a male and the cover version sounded like a prolonged orgasm by the female.
But, if you are into your loud mouthed, screaming females then you should definitely give them a listen just don’t put the volume on too high, we don’t want any windows breaking!
Any followers of this blog may have remembered one of my first posts was of a band called Palladium. Since then, the band has split to pursue individual projects. But, recently I have managed to track down their ex lead singer, Pete Cochrane, who along with Sie Medway-Smith has set up a new band called Velo. This band exudes uniqueness, with an electric feel to their music. They have a few songs posted on Myspace which you can listen to here. I reccomend Perfect Twisted world which has an electronic, 80s, uplifting feel to it, and for those fans of Palladium I would definitely reccomend White Nights which has an air of Peter’s previous band. These guys are set for big things with their brilliant lyrics and catchy melodies, these are songs which could easily exceed former projects
Although not on tour at present, they are in rehearsals for their debut performance at one of London’s biggest club nights in February. If this was not enough for the London lads they have recently completed a remix for Ellie Goulding, another rising star who came out top in BBC sound of 2010. Surely, with these starter markers for their career they can only excel, only time will tell! In the meantime, watch this space!!!
This band is quite different from all the others I have reviewed, they are from London, Bristol and Bournemouth. Their sound is very unique.In the song, “I kina spiser de hund” the tone varies and thorughout the song, which is purely instrumental with the exception to one scream, the song goes from hard rock sound to a classical intrumental sound. This continues to swap and change thoughout this song and gives the song an air of unease and imbalance.
As well as this, the album art for their E.P is jus as unique and surreal, which you can purchase through their myspace, which you can view by clicking here