Ahhhh, the blissful feeling of just-melted musical chocolate being tipped into your ears. LAPP’s “Sunny” is exactly that, though without any threat of cloudy conditions. Unashamedly sucking in deeply from the troughs of 70s soul, but, fortunately for us, the experimental end – think King Curtis and Van Morrison but with a happier disposition. The video is equally alluring and we urge you to invest your time in wallowing in the LAPP of luxury.
Use of alliteration is strong with Australian cover band ‘Furnace and the Fundamentals’,
where they raided Portland Arms on the 23 rd this month, delivering a performance that no one was quite expecting. The idea of a cover band may not appeal to the ears of most gig going individuals, as they want something fresh and unique in this modern age.
However, ‘Furnace’ brought the high voltage performance and throwback hits which rung in a larger crowd than they started with. Dressed in their Sunday best, (with a touch of glitter from front-man Furnace) the 6 piece group smashed through a set filled with classic pop and head banging anthems that range across various decades, showing endless versatility.
As a younger viewer, I may not have related as personally to the song’s lyrics and familiarity, but the momentum was there in that room, was if it were being played live by the actual band with the same energy from the performers and
soon after, the audience.
Hitting on hits such as “I was made for lovin’ you” by Kiss, “Blurred
Lines”, “Billie Jean” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, they invited conga dancing and merriment.
It’s no easy task to perform song after song barely taking a breather in between, but they
certainly gave it all they got and ruled the night. Lachlan Nicholson cranked out killer keytar solos and drummer Mike Solo impressed with ingenious trills and clever transitions while adding life to the set.
These guys break any stigma about cover bands and prove their killer potential, with Portland Arms barely holding their shenanigans.
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Musically, Reading has a lot going for it at the moment. From the legendary Reading Festival to individual bands like Sundara Karma, The Amazons and Fickle Friends. Another indie group to come out of Reading is indie-pop duo Ciircus Street (yes it’s with two i’s to show the band’s cool indie side). Consisting of Sam Brett (guitar and vocals) and Jim Crowder (vocals), their upcoming single is called ‘Mouth Like That’ to be released the 14th July, which is excitingly close, with a must-watch music video following on the 28th July.
A perfect debut track, with an unforgettable, in your-face start, with gruff vocals and raw guitar riffs repeating the track title “mouth like that”. The anger and attitude in the lyrics are based on the notion of karma, lies and spreading rumours. This track holds a lot of texture, from the messy beginning to a much smoother verse directly after the opening. Both voices are contrasting but work together, which is why they have been described as a mixture of salt and honey in the past. I’m pretty sure I could hear Ed Sheeran’s voice somewhere in the chorus to be honest, and that is not a bad thing as Ed Sheeran is one of their inspirations alongside Jack Johnson and James Morrison. The addition of a raw southern/London accent, in both guy’s voices add charm and character to each verse and very word spoken.
If you can’t wait to 14th July to hear the track, here’s a link to an acoustic version:
You’re welcome xx
You can catch Ciircus Street in July at the following venues:
July 1st Aloft, London Excel
July 9th The Finsbury, London
July 11th+12th Sofar Sounds, London
July 13th Boho, London
July 14th Readipop Festival
July 18th Ronnie Scotts, London
July 20th Apples & Pears, London
July 31st The Bedford, London
The female fronted indie-electronic group, Kid Cupid, are back with their storming new single, ‘Blue Moon’.
Picking up from where the band left off with ‘Broken Down’, ‘Blue Moon’ is superbly crafted amalgamation of synth bass, echoing vocals and even a touch of cornet. The band have an affinity for showcasing their vocal harmonies alongside their fusion of acoustic and electronic beats.
‘Blue Moon’ was written in a particularly picturesque moment as vocalist Laura Shaw was watching the sun set over a river in India. The sheer beauty of the place inspired Laura to think about the interactions we have between each other, fleeting moments that we have every day. We may never see these people that we encounter ever again, but this is what is addressed in the band’s new song – an original songwriting inspiration to say the least.
After forming just over a year ago, Kid Cupid have built a reputation for themselves as a captivating live act and this has led to them being compared to the likes of London Grammar and Chvrches.
Kid Cupid’s social commentary based songs set them apart from a lot of artifical indie artists and ‘Blue Moon’ is no different. Definitely well worth a listen.
If you love your indie music and haven’t heard of Eden Royals yet, then you’re in for a treat. The Essex based band make a wonderfully funky and infectious brand of indie-guitar pop that oozes that British home-grown music quality.
The group haven’t had a release for a while now, since they’ve been touring in America with platinum selling band, Third Eye Blind, but now they’ve returned with more experience to release their new single ‘Time Won’t Wait’ on March 10th, which is taken from the EP of the same name.
Eden Royals consists of Lloyd Buck, John Ryder, Kenny Cole and Sean Quigley, and the boys have varying musical backgrounds. John used to be in a Beatles tribute band called The Day Trippers, whilst Lloyd had featured in music videos for Paul McCartney and Pete Doherty. They have all brought their relevant experience to the band and the result is one of chemistry and powerful dynamics that make them one to watch for the future.
They’ve even played at Liverpool’s Sound City festival where they shared a stage with King Krule, Bastille and Peace and the Daily Mirror voted them as one of their top bands.
Although the single isn’t out until next month, you can listen to some of the band’s previous work here, including the catchy track ‘Close To The Sun’.
Described by former English cricketer Mike Gatting as ‘The Girl With The Golden Tonsils’, Welsh singer-songwriter Chey is known for her powerful vocals. She demonstrates this in her debut single ‘Dirty Love’, which is a huge power ballad, proving Chey is ready to take on the big time.
Ready to break out from her small Welsh village, Chey worked alongside top London producer David Ezra to form the perfect debut. David says “I loved Chey’s voice and I was looking forward to working with her on the new single, I brought in Shakil Hussain, a songwriter also from London to join us and within a day we had written and recorded Dirty Love.”
The single takes a unique view upon a love affair where the women is in control of what happens next. Chey aimed to emphasise the power of women and how she uses her own sexuality to get what she wants.
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‘Love Songs For Scarlett’ is the debut EP from Los Angeles based folk musician Clem Darling, who is otherwise known as Tuffet Bunnies.
The debut EP from the folk artist is a collection of love songs (as you can tell from the name) dedicated to Darling’s circus performer girlfriend.
Clem describes the songs as though ‘they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan’ and if that isn’t a reason to listen to the EP then I’m not sure what is!
Darling’s grandmother was always the biggest fan of his work, but the holocaust survivor sadly passed away recently. However, Clem continues to write honest, charming songs in the same manner that pleased his grandmother.
Since playing in garage-rock bands and performing with the likes of Jucifier, Two Cow Garage and Carson McHone, Darling has moved away from this genre in favour of his new folk-rock-pop sound.
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