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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
THE RIFLES - NONE THE WISER (LP)
With the original line-up back in place after bassist Robert Pyne and drummer Grant Marsh returned to the fold alongside Joel Stoker and Lucas Crowther, The Rifles are firing at full strength and back with ace new LP 'None The Wiser'.
‘Minute Mile’, out strokes The Strokes, ‘Heebie Jeebies’ is the best 3 minute rock pop song never to get played on the radio (why oh why do this band get no radio?!), 'You Win Some' has that warm, rich Beatles-y Mersey sound whilst 'Under & Over' is the bands most ambitious (and longest song) to date. Top quality song-smithery from The Rifles and fuck anyone who says this band lack cool; if Weller, Noel and Liam all agree on something...
THE BOCHIAS - 'XXX/SWARM' (SINGLE)
Fresh from supporting label-mates Franz Ferdinand at Ibiza Rocks, Domino Records' band of the moment The Bohicas are releasing their debut material and generating a feverish response in the process. Hailing from the Essex/East London borderlands, lead singer Dominic McGuinness's songs have a similar mystical flavour and appeal to those of his brother Eugene; progressive and engaging rock and roll that's extremely direct and as cool as ice. 'XXX' is scratchy, scuzzy, edgy post-rock with instant Beatles-style melodies, thrusting machine-gun percussion and some genuinely exciting production touches, while 'Swarm' is steeped in that early Strokes-esque New York sound - fresh and urgent with great guitar hooks and frantic, kinetic beats. The Bochias play This Feeling @ Queen of Hoxton Sat Jan 11th. Adv tix & info www.thisfeeling.co.uk
For more details go to www.facebook.com/TheBochias
THE COURTEENERS - 'ARE YOU IN LOVE WITH A NOTION?' (SINGLE)
Lifted from the bands third album 'Anna', The Courteeners' latest single is arguably their most anthemic yet. A rousing chant-along vocal hook sucks you in instantly, making way for Liam Fray's delicate crooning with sweet, melodic guitar and piano, before sealing the deal with a cleverly constructed and relentlessly uplifting chorus.The Courteeners start their UK tour tonight. For details visit www.thecourteeners.com
CIRCA WAVES - 'GET AWAY' (SINGLE)
Yet another fine prospect to emerge from Liverpool recently, Circa Waves, who only formed earlier this year but are already signed to the same management as Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane. Furious beats, big melodies and a pure power pop chorus. This band are set to take 2014 by storm make no bones about that. For tour dates and info go to www.facebook.com/CircaWaves
DEXTERS - 'THE HARD WAY' (SINGLE)
Currently ripping it up on tour with The Rifles, Dexters massive new single surely cements their status as one of the most exciting new guitar bands in the business right now. 'The Hard Way' is fiercely melodic with a chorus as memorable as they come. A bonafide guitar anthem. The band headline KOKO's Club NME Dec 6th and are ones to watch in 2014 no questions. Get on board.Download the single - click HERE
SOS - 'ROCK N ROLL' (SINGLE)
Plucked directly from Glasgow's underground punk scene, SOS, who have toured with Glasvegas and The View, make dirty, dynamic rock with melodic hooks that stick in the mind instantly. The band's last single 'A Challenge To The Dark' was a relentless anthem that really got pulses racing at This Feeling and latest release 'Rock n Roll' is another two-minute scorcher. Produced by Kevin Burleigh (Glasvegas), there's an assured swagger about these boys and frontman Jonny Skinner spits pure fire ('I've got a feeling it'll blow your mind'). Powerful, charismatic and bursting with punk rock attitude. SOS debut at This Feeling at the end of the month (November 29th, London MacBeth). Adv tix & info click HERE
For more details go to http://www.facebook.com/SOSarecoming
THE RIFLES - 'MINUTE MILE' (SINGLE)
Like a fine wine, The Rifles are just getting better with age. By the time you're reading this, in the midst of an expansive UK tour, the band will have just played yet another sell-out London show at The Forum, armed with some of their best new material in years. Taken from their fourth album 'None The Wiser' (due out next year January 20th), 'Minute Mile' is the sound of The Rifles recapturing the sound that propelled them to such status in the first place.For tour dates and info go to www.therifles.net
THE TWANG - 'THE WOBBLE' (SINGLE)
A bit of a departure from the ecstatic indie pop that made The Twang's name, 'The Wobble' is moody and melancholy but at the same time ultra-melodic and utterly engaging songwriting that promises great things from the Birmingham six-piece's fourth album (due out next year). Classy synths, tight drum loops and silky smooth bass and guitar lines combine will Phil Etheridge's much-matured vocal to stunning effect here.The Twang play a double special Xmas gig back home in Birmingham at The Rainbow Warehouse on December 22nd & 23rd. Adv tickets & info - click HEREFor more details go to www.facebook.com/thetwang
CHRIS GRANT - 'IT'S NOT ABOUT WAR' (LP)
Making his debut at This Feeling in London on Saturday, Scouse singer/songwriter Chris Grant will be playing songs from his remarkably accomplished debut album 'It's Not About War'. Recorded on a budget of £80, Alan McGee discovered the songs online and wasted no time signing Chris to his new label 359 Music. Hearing these recordings, it's immediately apparent why. These are songs sung straight from the heart and Chris has the talent to follow in the footsteps of other great Liverpudlian acts like Echo & The Bunnymen and The La's. Delicate, understated ballads with aching vocals and gorgeous hushed harmonies, like the gently piano-driven 'Colourblind' or the edgy acoustic guitar-driven 'It's You'. Honest, no-frills straight-up, everyman melodies, delivered with a certain majesty and charm that's impossible to ignore.For a free download from Chris's critically acclaimed debut album 'It's Not About War' go to http://www.thisfeeling.co.uk/bands/231-chris-grant/
FINDLAY - 'GREASY LOVE' (SINGLE)
Manchester's Findlay continues to impress with her latest single, 'Greasy Love' - a gloriously unhinged helping of dark and menacing pop. Meaty guitars and throbbing synths form a classy backdrop to Natalie Findlay's raunchy, simmering vocals. This scuzzed up mayhem will drag into its twisted little world right from the get go. Like The Kills dunked in acid.For more details go to www.findlaymusic.com
MINERAL - 'PLASTIC EKPHRASTIC' (LP)
One of the first wave of signings to Alan McGee's new label 359 Music, Mineral have been attracting worldwide interest with their unique brand of indie/electronica. With members from Dublin and Paris and influences ranging from The Pixies to Kraftwerk to The Beach Boys, as well as the best in French music (Air, Daft Punk), the music is an eclectic mash-up of styles that almost defies definition at times. Self-produced debut single 'Serial Monkey' is hugely inventive with ice cool vocals ('you laugh at everybody else's jokes cos you ain't got any of your own') set against a backdrop of classy, thumping electronica. Title track 'Plastic Ekphrastic', which starts with a freaky sounding barbershop quartet singing another catchy line ('where are we heading with our plastic souls, where are we going with our plastic goals'), eventually morphs into an all-out sensory assault that Welsh wizards Super Furry Animals at their most OTT would be proud of. Elsewhere, 'Atoms' will blow your mind - a thirteen minute epic that's both creative and progressive. Like a cross between The Flaming Lips and Pavement, the melodic hooks are insistent with great lyrics ('with out love what are we? Floating atoms, you and me'); an electro prog symphony that's both romantic and psychedelic in equal measure. A breathtaking debut. Don't miss Mineral's London debut at This Feeling this Saturday. Advance tickets & info click HEREFor more details visit www.facebook.com/mineralofficial
DARLIA - 'KNOCK KNOCK' (EP)
Blackpool three-piece Darlia, who have been honing their skills on the road with The Family Rain and The 1975, sound like a band that mean business on this latest EP. Produced by Cam Blackwood (The Horrors, Florence & The Machine), lead track 'Queen Of Hearts' boasts juggernaut riffing, thrashing powerhouse percussion and a soaring, chant-along chorus that Queens of the Stoneage / Oasis would be proud of. Elsewhere, 'Napalm' is full of raw energy and youthful exuberance with angst-ridden Kurt Kobain esque vocals from 19-year-old songwriter/frontman Nathan Day. This band are going to be massive, watch out 2014!