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JOE FOX - 'MONEY DON'T LAST' (EP)
Another top notch talent to rival Jake Bugg and the likes, Joe Fox's debut EP is a classy collection of acoustic guitar-driven songs that showcase a truely majestic vocal talent. The hypnotic 'Sienna' breezes along like something off Blur's post-Coxon comeback album, while the soulful 'Money Don't Last' is spot-on, melodic guitar pop that ebbs and flows with well-timed injections of convincing rock and roll passion. The key to it all, though, is the mesmeric tone and texture of Joe's Olympic voice.
Joe will be marking the EP launch with a special This Feeling show at London's Purple Turtle on Friday April 18th. Info & free download CLICK HERE
JIMI GOODWIN - 'ODLUDEK' (LP)
After two number one albums during a glittering career fronting magnificent Manchester band Doves, but approaching half a decade since the band's last material, news of Jimi Goodwin's debut solo outing couldn't be more welcome. The result of that substantial break (don't worry, Doves haven't split) is a wonderfully eclectic collection of songs that will surprise many people. 'Odludek' - a Polish word meaning 'loner' couldn't be a more apt name for an album that Jimi paid for and created almost entirely on his own and, as such, these are deeply personal, often introspective songs that form a fitting counterpoint to his band's back catalogue. 'Oh! Whiskey' - the lead single with its meandering bass, chugging acoustic and beautifully bruised vocal - is raw, honest songwriting at it's best, while 'Panic Tree' - the considerable fruit of a long-overdue colloboration with Elbow's Guy Garvey, featuring instrumentation as unlikely as steel drums and music boxes - sets the tone for an album that's almost deviantly diverse at times. This is not the soaring ecstasy we've come to expect from classic Doves LPs, but an entirely different, equally impressive animal instead. And the glorious mash-up of styles continues unabashed during songs like 'Man vs Dingo' (like Shaun Ryder ranting over the trippy middle bit in Doves' 'Black and White Town') and 'Live Like A River' (Queens of The Stone Age meets rave music) as Goodwin fuses layer upon layer into his bewitching brew. In the creator's words, 'Odludek' is a 'mad mix tape', but amid the contrasting flavours of Northern Soul, gospel, hip-hop and even the odd moment of full-blown Psychedelia, the real focus is always Jimi's gorgeously battered baritone, lighting up every corner with effortless earnesty. Jimi Goodwin is on tour supporting Elbow on their UK tour...
For more details go to www.jimigoodwin.com
THE TAPESTRY 'RIGHT AS RAIN' (SINGLE)
The Tapestry are from Manchester. They are Liam Faherty (vocals/guitar) Katy Baker (Bass/vocals) Dyna (Guitar/vocals) and Zara Finnegan (Drums/vocals). Their tunes are both impossibly catchy and implausibly glamorous New York in the late 70s Blondie vibe.
It's early days, but so far the guys have got stuck in to recording their debut album with Mr. Jim Spencer (Johnny Marr, New Order and The Charlatans) and cutting their teeth live. So far they've managed to attract the approval of Liam Gallagher.
“He showed up at a This Feeling last year and we were playing, we had a chin wag backstage and he was a total gent. Later we got the 'Fucking tune!' seal of approval.”
'Right As rain' is released on April 14th 2014. Watch the brilliant video below.
The band play This Feeling London & Manchester this month. Info & free download - CLICK HERE
DUMB - 'TWO BOTTLES' (SINGLE)
Anyone who got in early to the Jon Brookes memorial at The Royal Albert Hall last year witnessed one of the bands championed (and managed) by the late, great man performing a fittingly blistering tribute. Birmingham's Dumb, who snub the current dreamy shoe-gaze trend of fellow B-town movers and shakers in favour of a brasher, more edgy approach, instantly call to mind the sinister college rock sound of bands like The Pixies. With rasping vocals and truly raucous, in-your-face sonics, it's a case of less ecstatic, more emphatic. Dumb, like their mentor Jon said, clearly have the creative talent to go all the way to the top. Dumb are currently in the midst of a UK tour and play This Feeling Manchester, Liverpool & London this month. Info & free download CLICK HERE
Details at www.werdumb.com
BLOSSOMS - 'YOU PULLED A GUN ON ME' (SINGLE)
Introducing Blossoms, a flower power explosion straight out of Manchester's murky surburbias. 'You Pulled A Gun On Me' is hugely inventive pop - the kind of dark, Hammond-driven psychedelia you can imagine gracing a Tarantino Western perfectly; a barrage of melodic hooks with frontman Tom Ogden's electrifying vocals piercing through like a young Jim Morrison.Blossoms play This Feeling Manchester this Saturday - adv tix, info & free download CLICK HERE
SECTION 60 - 'CHAMPIONS OF THE UNDERDOG' (SINGLE)
Tipped for big things by Alan McGee after supporting the likes of The Courteeners and Reverend and The Makers recently, Section 60 already have a considerable following up north, and it's easy to tell why on this evidence. Inspired by Keith Richards' biography, 'Champions Of The Underdog' is a monsterous tune; captivating indie rock with bundles of raw energy to go with the requisite self-assured laddish cool. Authentic working class talent.
YOUNG KATO - 'HELP YOURSELF' (SINGLE)
Fast-rising Cheltenham six-piece Young Kato release 'Help Yourself' is a supremely stylish slice of resolutely British indie pop that calls to mind the edgy, angular angst of Bloc Party in their prime. Recorded with much-sought-after producer Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Vaccines, Beck), there's a relentlessly charming, almost timeless, quality to the songwriting, combining soaring synths and urgent dance beats with frontman Tommy Wright's pulsating vocals to mesmerising effect.Music & tour dates > www.youngkato.com
TOWNS - 'YOUNG AT HEART' (SINGLE)
Childhood friends TOWNS create a spaced out suburban escapism that combines the experimental guitar sounds and DIY aesthetics of psych and shoegaze with the melodies of 60s and 90s guitar pop. Seeing the excitement of rock’n’roll as a way to escape the everyday humdrum of growing up in Weston-super-Mare, they believe in the beauty, glamour and power of ‘proper’ pop music.
Kicing off in a squall of guitars and lovely ooh-ing, ‘Young At Heart’ takes a grip from start to finish. “You make me so young at heart”, cries frontman James MacLucas as he rattles into a Towns sky scraping chorus. They've built an already healthy fan base this year supporting The Tang on their UK tour and their debut album is out later this year. You'd be advised to get into this Town, they're going places...
The band play This Feeling London tonight. Info & a free download from the band - CLICK HERE
THE KOO - 'LOVE SONG' (SINGLE)
North London-based Leicester lads The Koo release their psychedelic anti-love song on Valentine's Day and it's an absolute riot. Think Happy Mondays/Black Grape - a bit sleazy, a bit naughty with funky bass, soaring synths, screaming wah-wah guitars and booming, charismatic vocals ('this ain't no fuckin' love song'). These boys are a bit different, and this is a memorable release, full of witty social observations and punk attitude.Free download at http://www.thisfeeling.co.uk/bands/254-the-koo/
THE TWANG - 'NEON TWANG' (LP)
The Twang, to their credit, are a band that refuse to sit still, continually reshaping their infectious pop music since the mainstream success of their debut album. 'Neon Twang' finds the Birmingham boys in more reflective mood than the ecstatic 'Love It When It's Like This' period seven years ago, but it could just be their best work yet. From the brooding trance of 'City Lights', through the bold and colourful indie rock of 'Happy Families', to the gently uplifting ballad 'Bigger Than You', it's the sound of a real creative ressurgence from The Twang. Recent single 'Larry Lizard' - gloriously echoing club culture amid smart industrial samples and rousing melodies - confirms it. An excellent collection of songs.For more details go to www.thetwang.co.uk
DEXTERS 'SHIMMER GOLD' (LP)
In the midst off a big UK tour at the moment, East London quintet Dexters release 'Shimmer Gold' - a cracking debut album that's crammed full of rocking indie grooves, slipstreamed choruses and more melodic charm than you can shake a stick at. The mesmeric title track showcases a fearsome vocalist in frontman Tom Rowlett, and 'Can't Sleep' is a rampant beast of a tune which demonstrates real depth and, you sense, longevity in the band. Elsewhere, 'Recover' and 'Start To Run' are blistering songs, bursting with the youthful exuberance and energy to match bands like The Kinks, The La's and The Strokes in their pomp and, album highlight, 'The Hard Way' has the kind of swooping, lilting chorus that great indie bands of yesteryear used to do so well. High-octane guitar anthemia of the highest order from a band whose hard work and endeavour deserves every success.XFM EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM - CLICK HEREFull UK tour underway now...for more information and to order 'Shimmer Gold' head to www.dextersband.co.uk
CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN - 'KATHLEEN' (SINGLE)
With a major label now on board and a load of new admirers to boot including Radio 1, things are moving fast in the frantic world of Catfish & The Bottlemen. 'Kathleen', produced by Jim Abbiss of Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys fame, is an all-out sensory assault of a single; a super-slick song drawing inspiration from the best of recent indie history, and frontman Van McCann hooks you with his unbridled rock and roll passion.Catfish & The Bottlemen are on tour in the UK throughout May...
For tickets and info go to www.catfishandthebottlemen.com
MARK MORRISS - 'A FLASH OF DARKNESS' (LP)
Mark Morriss' second solo album is the work of a man who really means business. Almost twenty years since the release of his old band's magnificent debut, Morriss has lost none of his flair for crafting bewitching minor melodies, rediscovering some sumptuous songwriting form here. Single 'This Is The Lie' is a reflective but rousing ode with classy percusson touches complimented perfectly by cool, considered electronics. Elsewhere 'Pink Bullets' is an unexpected but quite delightful cover of The Shins' live favourite, while 'Guilty Again' and the breezy, sunkissed 'Consuela' enchant with an almost effortlessly charm. Quite possibly his best work since 'Expecting To Fly'.For all Mark Morriss gigs, merch & music, visit www.markmorrissmusic.co.uk
TWO WEEKS RUNNING - 'HOLY GHOST' (SINGLE)
Widely tipped to make a big impact this year, Bolton quintet Two Weeks Running have been winning fans all over lately with some pulsating live performances. Mixing flavours from bands like The Strokes, Bloc Party, The Cribs and Foals, 'Holy Ghost' combines jagged guitars with rock solid beats and dynamite disco bass lines before building to truly ecstatic wall-of-sound finale. Break-neck brilliance. Two Weeks Running are gigging all over the UK in the coming months including This Feeling LONDON March 7th info > www.thisfeeling.co.ukFor music & gig details go to www.twoweeksrunning.com
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS - 'THIRTY TWO' (LP)
With pre-orders surpassing any of their previous releases and the majority of dates on the current UK tour sold out well in advance, it's fair to say that anticipation for the Rev's fourth album is massive. The good news is that 'Thirty Two' - the follow-up to low-key 2012 release '@reverend_makers', delivers the kind of form that propelled the band to greatness in the first place. Produced by the band with a sprinkling of fairy dust from Youth (Primal Scream, Depeche Mode, The Verve), this is heavyweight pop, overflowing with great hooks. From emphatic opener 'Detonator', through the banging indie/dance hybrid 'The Only One', to the Chemical Brothers-style big beats and industrial synths of 'Your Girl', it's a relentlessly diverse record with some big choruses, and McClure's mischief-poking lyrics about life in modern Britain are really good value, as ever. A marathon UK tour is already underway. Get down the front with a pint of Reverend Brown Ale for the full effect.To order the album, the beer and a gig ticket head to : www.reverendmakers.com
JOHN LENNON McCULLAGH - 'TOWERLAND LULLABY' (SINGLE)
The first signing to the legendary Alan McGee's 359 Music, Doncaster's John Lennon McCullagh has spent the past year building a reputation as one of the UK's brightest singer/songwriter talents, impressing on tour with the likes of The Enemy, The Strypes, Richard Hawley and Babyshambles. Now at the ripe old age of sixteen, McCullagh is preparing for his first full headline tour and releasing latest single 'Towerland Lullaby'. Displaying vocal skills well beyond his years, as with much of debut album 'North South Divide', it's raw, unfussy and delivered with the kind of energy and enthusiasm that's imposible to ignore. A little rough around the edges, maybe, but that all adds to the charm and McCullagh's primal, bewitching tones, coupled with an introspective Dylan-esque lyrical style, make for a constantly engaging listen.the UK tour starts Feb 27th in Sheffield...
For more details go to http://www.facebook.com/JohnLennonMcCullagh
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PUSHER - 'LET IT BREAK' (SINGLE)
Currently bulldozing their way through an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland, bold and brash new five-piece band Pusher combine a pulverizing rhythm section with cavernous psychedelic guitars and soulful crooning to form wonderous Joy Division-style soundscapes. Mix in some pulsating electronic flavours, frenzied percussion and a smattering of moody deep house influence, and you've got a sound as fresh as anything out there. BIG.
NEVILLE SKELLY - 'CAROUSEL' (ALBUM)
Recorded at various Wirral homes with musicians including members of The Coral, Neville Skelly's second album 'Carousel' is a self-produced triumph. Weaving elements of jazz and folk together with a truly heartfelt vocal performance, these are timeless songs with an enchanting, authentic feel, recalling greats like Nick Drake, Tim Buckley and John Martyn. 'Catherine's Song' is an expertly realised composition with a string arrangement that ebbs and flows alongside Skelly's mesmeric tones, while the delicately plucked 'Falling Leaves' showcases seductive, stripped-down song craft at it's very best. A wonderful collection of songs.For more information go to www.nevilleskelly.com
SUPERFOOD - 'TV' (SINGLE)
Frenetic midlands four-piece Superfood are the real deal. 'TV', the lead the track from their debut 'MAM' EP, is the proof… Expertly crafted college rock in the Blur/Weezer mould with razor-sharp melodies and delightfully ragged Coxon-esque guitars. Some of the best guitar pop we've heard in ages. The band play what promises to be a momentous NME awards show at London Oslo tonight!For tickets and info go to www.superfoodjunk.com
TEMPLES - 'SUN STRUCTURES' (LP)
Kettering four-piece Temples' recent ascendency has been impressive to say the least. The band play a headline show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire as part of their forthcoming UK tour and self-produced debut album 'Sun Structures' has been winning plaudits from fans including Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr. Recorded on vintage equipment it's a sumptuous sonic feast that recalls the majesty of The Beatles' psychedelic studio albums coupled with The Flaming Lips at their most euphoric. The best songs ('Shelter Song', 'Mesmerise') simply wash you away in a glowing stoned haze of classic 60s grooves, glorious cascading melodies and gorgeous flowerpower harmonies. Pink Floyd for a new generation.UK tour starts in Glasgow on Feb 24th...
Tickets and info at www.facebook.com/templesofficial
THE SWIINES - 'LOVE IS BLIND' (SINGLE)
Introducing The Swiines - turbo-charged indie rock straight out of Nottingham featuring Jake Bugg's cousin, Scott. 'Love Is Blind' is good old-fashioned songwriting at it's best. A simple bluesy arrangement with a stomping country rock twist that exudes a similar rustic charm to his brother's music. Scott's vocal spits and snarls like a young Kelly Jones while the band delivers all the hustle and bustle with relentless flair and energy. The band are supporting Jake Bugg and Reverend and The Makers & Dexters later this month and The Rifles on their May UK tour. Get down the front early for a real treat.
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS - 'THE ONLY ONE' (SINGLE)
Yet another top notch single from Sheffield's finest, Reverend And The Makers. Taken from new album 'Thirty Two', out on February 24th, 'The Only One' (produced by Youth and dance maestro James Welsh) is a thumping dose of retro indie/electronica with a scorching chorus that's as catchy as anything they've ever done. The Rev is heading out on a full UK tour to coincide with the album release. If they're as mad as the legendary house party gigs The Rev's just completed, you need to be be there.
THE TWANG - 'LARRY LIZARD' (SINGLE)
The Twang return with a new album, their fourth, on March 10th and judging by the early evidence, ‘Neon Twang’ is shaping up to be the Birmingham band's best set of songs yet. With the creative talents of new member Jon Simcox (also the brains behind the video for recent track 'The Wobble') on board, 'Larry Lizard' is the sound of a band obviously having a lot of fun in the studio, taking their signature brand of pop rock in ambitious new directions, from the delicately melodic to overdriven industrial noise. Echoes of club culture, too, as ever, with loads of neat sampling and plenty of sonically expansive production touches. The Twang embark on a full UK tour, beginning February 13th in London...
For tickets visit www.thetwang.co.uk
EMBRACE - 'REFUGEES' (SINGLE)
With three number one albums and six top ten singles under the belt, the Yorkshire five-piece have little to prove, but 'Refugees' - the first taster from the band's forthcoming (April 28th) self-titled sixth album - proves the band have still got a knack for a skyscraping chorus. The blueprint is much the same as seven years ago; majestic and heartfelt, stadium-sized rock songs. But there's a darker edge to the McNamara brothers' music these days with much more raw sounding guitars and vocals, and even a smattering of cool electronics during the epic, sing-along finale.Embrace are playing four intimate Scottish shows in Febuary...
13th Dundee - Fat Sams
14th Aberdeen - The Lemon Tree
15th Forres - The Loft
16th Inverness - Ironworks For details and to pre-order the album 'Embrace' go to www.embrace.co.uk
CAST - RE-ISSUE SPECIAL EDITIONS
Merseyside maestros Cast are the latest Britpop band to be given the deluxe re-issue treatment. Four albums; 'All Change', 'Mother Nature Calls', 'Magic Hour' and 'Beetroot', released between 1995 and 2001, will be made available as comprehensive double CD plus DVD editions, complete with brand new interviews, in-depth sleeve notes, live tracks and other bonus material. A salivating prospect for fans of John Power's ecstatic brand of everyman guitar pop, Cast's impressive back catalogue saw the band outlast many of their contemporaries (Kula Shaker, The Seahorses, Dodgy). Experience the powerful, jangling hooks and majestic melodies as you've never heard them before - classics like 'Fine Time', 'Sandstorm', 'Alright' and 'Beat Mama' and the unforgettable 'Walkaway', painstakingly remastered and in glorious technicolour. 'A religious experience', as Noel Gallagher put it. A collection to be treasured.To order go to www.casttour.com