Neo-Victorian Music Hall from Steampunk Records

You’ve read the books; you’ve donned the garb; now, attached gas-powered hot-air balloons to your ears and catch the remainder of the Steam Punk Record Label tour of the UK. With more bands than you can shake a pair of goggles at, it’s a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the magical world of future/past and forget about the present for a few hours.

 

 

 

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The Magic Gang- UK Tour

If you somehow managed to miss The Magic Gang during this summer’s festival season then worry not. They are back on tour as Sundara Karma’ special guests.  Sundara Karma joined with The Magic Gang is certainly going to be a stonking great gig. The Magic Gang have already toured alongside Wolf Alice, Swim Deep and Spring King so they are no strangers to a big crowd. Especially considering they played the Glastonbury and the Radio 1/NME stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival. In addition to this, the Brighton four piece, made up of Kristian Smith (vocals/guitar), Jack Kaye (vocals/guitar), Gus Taylor (bass) and Paeris Giles (drums), have a total of 5 million Spotify streams and backing from Huw Stephens and Mistajam.

Their latest single ‘Your Love’ has a proud place on radio 1’s playlist and you can catch the sixties-tinged pop vibe video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9P-zHCZTsQ

You can also catch them on tour (recommended) here:

September – with Sundara Karma

27 th – Cardiff, Tramshed

28 th – Bristol, O2 Academy

29 th – Southampton, The 1865

30 th – Nottingham, Rock City

October – with Sundara Karma

1 st – Glasgow, O2 ABC

3 rd – Manchester, Academy

4 th – Coventry, The Empire

5 th – London, O2 Academy Brixton

6 th – Liverpool, Guild of Students

7 th – Sheffield, The Plug

 

See you there! J

The Sheratons- Better Days

 

sheratonsProbably the best things to come out of Bingley (not quite Bradford, but not quite Leeds either), The Sheratons have been described as a good, young, old-fashioned indie-pop band. You can see exactly why in the first ten second of their new track ‘Better Days’.

It begins with a catchy bassline and drum beat, swiftly followed by a string of groovy guitar riffs that can be compared to the like of The La’s for some, but at the same time has similarities to The Cure’s breeziness and groove. Leaing-man, Kane Bulleyment’s vocals contribute a gruff and gritty sound, adding to the pure indie band-esque qualities. A stand out feature of this track is the two guitar solos, showcasing lead guitarist Kane Bulleyment’s skills. Nowadays most tracks seem to lack these 1980 style Marr-like guitar solos, however, The Sheratons seem to effortlessly specialise in this almost extincted musical merriment.

This band may be part of the return of the well-loved Paisley Underground movement from the 1980s, which saw the rise of bands such as The Bangles and The Chills during it’s prime. This brings music fans from the 80s together with the new generation of indie music lovers to fuse together to create a unique fan-base for the young band who’s sound is said to be agelessly reassuring, which certainly makes sense with the 80s indie vibes it seeps.

The Sheratons comprise of Kane Bulleyment (lead guitar and vocals), James Jowett (bass guitar and vocals), Finley Ryan (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Emma Liu (drums), each with a very individual style in all senses, from Kane’s James Dean cool to Finley’s Doc Marten ska, but with a sound that is ageless and reassuring. There is a lot of promise for this young band.

You can listen to ‘Better Days’ here: https://soundcloud.com/the-sheratons/better-days

You can also see them on tour on these dates:

September

15th – Venue, Skipton

16th – Steeton Club, Bradford

19th – West Street Live, Sheffield

22nd – Manchester Academy, Manchester

October

7th – The Exchange, Bradford

14th – Indie Week Uk – Jimmys, Manchester

21st – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool

November

18th – The Lending Room, Leeds

ENJOY!

Superfood- Bambino

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Words: Dylan Salter-Payne

It’s been 3 years since the release of Superfood’s first album Don’t Say That, but I can safely say that Bambino is well worth the wait. During their time off, they’ve shifted from a quartet to a duo – emerging with a markedly different sound to the first album. As front man Dom described it ‘beat orientated funk with a rock edge’.

Bambino is an experiment with sound, and you can tell the duo have had fun producing this record. There are playful echoes throughout, from the first released ‘Double Dutch’ to the title itself. Dom describes it as ‘a fitting title because we were playing really, experimenting’ which you can see from the real variation between tracks on the album. There’s infectiously energetic songs like ‘Unstoppable’, which features a sample from Prince Buster, juxtaposed with slower paced tracks like ‘Wibble Mtn’ and ‘C is for Colour’ that veer into electronic territory.

A reoccurring theme in every song however, is the impressive fusion of textures and shifting tempos which make it constantly exciting. This blend of sound is definitely going to make for fantastic festival sets as the band are making appearances at Reading and Leeds, Beyond The Tracks and Festival No.6 before they head off on their October UK headline tour.

There’s no stopping Superfood either, as in November they’re on the road again supporting Wolf Alice, giving them the opportunity to bring their distinctive music to huge venues and ‘realise visually and sonically in big venues’ what the Superfood experience really is. From speaking to Dom it’s clear he’s passionate about the future for the band and sees Bambino as a platform from which they can keep developing and delving into how their sound can evolve.

Against the competitive backdrop of Birmingham with indie heavy hitters like Peace and Jaws, Bambino is a statement from Superfood that they can definitely hold their own. In our interview, Dom hinted that the next album is already in the works so I can only hope it comes sooner rather than later, as if the duo can keep producing this fresh and indisputably unique sound big things are sure to come.

Bambino will be released on the 8th September 2017.

Furnace and the Fundamentals at The Portland Arms 23/08/17

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.

Check out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/furnaceandthefundamentals/

Five O Five: Young Italian indie band delivers new single

A group of four determined 18 year olds emerges from the east coast of Italy to bring you a an indie sound resembling The Arctic Monkeys, with their new single “Where They Bring Sophie.” From their recently recorded record @Y&! with Giuseppe Fiori as their producer, this single exemplifies well done garage indie-rock, with poppy undertones, starting in with a catchy guitar riff and banger beat. It’s vibrant and fast paced, clocking in at just over 2 minutes bursting with youthful sound.

Inspired originally by the likes of The Beatles, The White Stripes and The Arctic Monkeys, members Piero and Andrea took a shot at their own music, finding an extreme, unstoppable passion. Ricardo and Alessandro joined the line-up later on, and they had themselves a killer act. The band has been known to take an experimental approach to songwriting, using a cultivation of random non-sensical keyboard and animal noise and turning it into a polished, legit sound. Their live repertoire includes playing at the Adriatic Bowl for the International Skate Contest, seating 2500 people.

We can expect to see great things from these guys in the future. There’s never too many young Italian indie bands out there right?

-words by Daniel Hunwick

Video: ‘Go Your Way’ by Voldo Blanka

Canadian electronic artist Voldo Blanka is here with his latest single ‘Go Your Way’ and the beautifully shot accompanying video. Having formally been part of blues rock band Head of the Herd, Voldo, otherwise known as Neu, is taking a detour into the world of electronic music which he clearly has a knack for!

Check out more on Voldo Blanka here:

Links:

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

 

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1249391410?ls=1&app=itunes

Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1249391410

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2MvcF5DBabvLO0VE1EFduG