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.
On the 27th September The Magic Gang took to Tramshed’s infamous stage, sandwiched between an opening set from new-comers, Bloxx and an impressive closing set from Sundara Karma. The sold-out show was in no way daunting for the Brighton-based four piece as they have already toured with Wolf Alice, Spring King and Hinds, just to name a few.
Before the lights even turned on leading-man Kristian Smith shouted “YES CARDIFF” which got the crowd, made up of mostly drunken teenagers, smothered in glitter, even more excited than they already were.
As ‘special guests’ for Sundara Karma, they are not just a supporting act, they are part of main show. If you like Sundara Karma, you will naturally be a fan of these boys. Opening with ‘Lady, Please’ and closing with the fan favourite ‘How Can I Compete’, the larger section of the crowd seemed to know every word singing and dancing along in a disorderly, but mostly harmless fashion, empowered by the entire band encouraging a karaoke style sing along to ‘All This Way’.
The set was long enough to include new and old songs, from their first single ‘Jasmine’ to their latest single ‘Your Love’ with all the other favourites in between. This was a great ‘special guest slot’ and it would be a shame for any indie loving biscuit to let The Magic Gang slip past the ear.
Pablo Villavecchia, born in Barcelona, moved between Barcelona and Boston, brought back all that experience, added in a great guitarist, Joan Vinyals, drummer Pete and bassist Joe Lewis to create Pablo and The Appleheads.
Pablo and his ‘Appleheads’ return with their new track ‘Zaida’, taken from their album ‘Alessandra’, named after the singer’s girlfriend. The new song displays a vintage aesthetic, taking influence from bands like Oasis and The Beatles (a comparison that is regularly made for them), giving the band a vintage feel to a modern sound.
Pablo and the Appleheads presents us with a style that captures the true indie and pop essence, with inspiration taken from all the classic acts of the genre. Bands such as The Police, David Bowie, The Kooks and many other legendary musicians. This harmony of modern sounds with vintage influences presents us with an outstanding mix of old and new that gives us the all best parts of acts we know and love, all in one.
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.
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
Probably 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:
15th – Venue, Skipton
16th – Steeton Club, Bradford
19th – West Street Live, Sheffield
22nd – Manchester Academy, Manchester
7th – The Exchange, Bradford
14th – Indie Week Uk – Jimmys, Manchester
21st – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
18th – The Lending Room, Leeds
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.