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Ultimate Playlist: Blood Red Shoes

Blistering Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes release their fifth album ‘Get Tragic’ in 2019; a record that stands as their first studio album in some 5 years. Navigating through a minefield of accidents, heartbreak and something of a career curse that lined the rocky road towards this latest record, the plucky pair pulled-through to regroup for this record of re-energised form. Hooking up with esteemed producer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Arcade Fire / Nick Cave), the adventurous new album sees BRS incorporating greater electronics into their trademark sound while staying true to their ferocious rock roots.

If you’ll excuse the idiom, Blood Red Shoes have been through hell and back. Accidents, heartbreak, and a career curse have plagued the Brighton duo on the road to their new LP, the appropriately-, knowingly-titled ‘Get Tragic. “I don’t even know when this began,” laughs Laura-Mary Carter, nervously. “It feels like… a lifetime.”

Relentlessly gigging off the back of their 2014 self-produced and self-titled record, the heels finally fell off of Blood Red Shoes at the end of that same year. Drummer Steven Ansell interjects with his habitual bluntness: “We f*ckin’ hated each other, is what you’re politely trying to say.”A near-decade of incessant road time and a non-stop pace of life finally took its toll, they explain. “We got to the end of the fourth record and were like, ‘F*ck you, I never want to see you again’,” Steven adds, half-laughing, half-sighing.

“That’s the whole running theme of this record,” says Steven. “The reason we called it ‘Get Tragic’ is that we realised that everything we’ve been doing over the last three years is kinda tragic!” he says, prompting laughter from the pair. ‘Get Tragic’, then, fully embraces the absurdity of Blood Red Shoes’ situation. As a result, the pair came out the other side sounding fresher and more assured than ever.


Throughout it all, they went through a conveyor belt of managers and manager firings, the group falling out with everyone around them as they attempted to rebuild their core, two-way relationship. One of those managers “led us into a record deal that was really f*cked, and we shouldn’t have signed,” explains Steven. The subsequent fallout and legal trouble financially crippled them both. As that period came to a close, Laura went through a romantic breakup that still visibly affects her.

“We wanted to have the soul of a rock band, but change the style so it was more interesting, more groovy, and sexier – and less like everybody else! I started to feel like all rock music around us was one shade of colour.”  Through disaster and dismay, Blood Red Shoes have emerged reinvigorated. Every incident has fed into a record of defiance and self-acceptance. Knowingly embracing the tragedy of their movements, and the clarity at the end of such woe – they even laugh at the very idea of having a picture of themselves on the cover – ‘Get Tragic’ is a total reimagining of the Blood Red Shoes you might think you know.

BIG THIEF – Real Love

I saw this band in San Francisco on our last tour in the states, it was a moving performance. In fact, every time I listen to this song along with some of the others I get very emotional because her lyrics really speak to me, this one especially.

GRIMES – We Appreciate Power

I didn’t know about this song until it got played in my friends’ clothes shop one night whilst being extremely intoxicated. I woke up the next day with a hangover and this song going through my head non-stop. I re-listened and realised, yes this is a banger and industrial is coming back.

ST. VINCENT – New York

I really like this song off St. Vincents latest album. It is a well-written song with cool lyrics. I like singing this in the car which is probably very annoying for the people around me.

IDLES – Samaritans

This band are the hot new band of the moment, this is my favourite track of theres! “A mask, a mask of masculinity… It’s a mask, a mask that’s wearing me” gets me every time. The ending is epic, I have yet to see them live but I hope to catch them on the road somewhere.

BRONCHO – Boys Got to Go

It is hard to pick one song on this record because it’s all so good!  there are not many albums which can hold my attention span for the entire thing but this one does. I love how effortless they sound.

PARQUET COURTS – Tenderness

I was a bit late on this band but I really like their vibe and this song is really fun and makes me wanna dance.

BODEGA – How Did This Happen?

This song sounds like a mixture of LCD sound system and the B52s, I am really excited about this band and this song is infectious.

ARTIC MONKEYS – Four Out Of Five

I was not sure what to make of this new Arctic Monkeys album, I think it sounds more like an Alex Turner solo record, but this song has really grown on me, I like the melody and lyrics the video along with the song is visually cool too.

IAN CLEMENT – Hardly

Ian has been a friend of ours for a long time, we took his band Wallace Vanborn on tour a few times and there are so many good Bands from Belgium that we don’t get to hear of much over here. This is off Ian’s new solo record and is a brilliantly crafted song.

SHARON VAN ETTEN – Jupiter 4

I have always liked Sharon Van Etten but this new stuff she is coming out with is, even more, up my street. She made it with John Congleton who is a friend and a wonderful producer, every time I hear a record I like the production of it’s usually him. We made an ep with him and I hope to make an album one day!
This song gives me shivers.

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ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Walt Disco

Glasgow quintet Walt Disco are a heady mix of ’80s-esque new-wave set against an darkened indie-pop backdrop. Fronted by bassist and vocalist James Potter – whose unabashed and unpredictable performance is the audience-catcher in this show – Walt Disco are made up by drummer Calum Kennedy, guitarists Dave Morgan & Lewis Carmichael with the newest addition Finlay McCarthy providing bass. As an act, Walt Disco have played with 77:78The Ninth Wave, Neon WaltzSports Team, The Parrots, Boy Azooga, Starcrawler and Her’s – to name but a few. An impressive array for such a young band who only seem to be picking up more acclaim with each release – latest offering ‘My Pop Sensibilities’ being a clear example of this.

Walt Disco‘s aesthetic is yet another strength, having picked up plenty of praise recently with frontman James taking to the runway for esteemed fashion house Celine – hand-picked by the brand’s newly appointed Creative Director Hedi Slimane. Whether it’s their music or their fashion, Walt Disco are a clear standalone band bringing more than a breath of fresh air. With this knockout start to 2019, the band now present us with new track ‘My Pop Sensibilities’, starting as they mean to go on.

In light of the new release, (and perhaps the direction the exciting band are going in?), Walt Disco have put together a list of tracks built around the music the 5-piece were listening to in the studio when recording ‘My Pop Sensibilities’. With the vigour of Nine Inch Nails and style of Freddie Mercury (a la Queen), it’s a heavy punk/indie pop mash-up that is sure to get your head jerking. Read on below.

Love Of My Life – Queen

This is a moment I’ll never forget. After wrapping up an intense 16-hour session of tracking at the studio in London, we all listened to this song at 5 am and were stunned into silence. We all love Queen but this was such a particularly special moment!

The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails

When we had one of our first mixes back of the track, we loved how much the choruses just grated like Nine Inch Nail’s choruses do.

A Matter Of Gender – The Associates

The bass tone on this track is so so good. And Billy McKenzie’s vocals as always are just sublime.

Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds

These early Simple Minds tracks made us fall in love with Moog synthesisers, and they feature all across Pop Sensibilities.

Image Craft – Crack Cloud

A group that we and our producer Chris McCrory love, we listened to a lot of Crack Cloud in the studio.

Kool Thing – Sonic Youth

Our guitarist Lewis loves Sonic Youth, and they’re a big inspiration for the guitar tones we use.

Fifty-Five Clown – Cocteau Twins

Another Scottish group we played a lot in whilst in the studio, I love how they just have nonsense lyrics that aren’t sometimes aren’t even real words.

Frederick – Patti Smith

Patti is the queen.

Unconscious Melody – Preoccupations

Another band we listened to a lot whilst in the studio! The guitars on this are so good.

Faux Fox – Total Leatherette

The coolest band. Everyone should listen!

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Ultimate Playlist: The Lovely Eggs

Forget the Chinese zodiac, 2018 was the year of the Egg. With both the release of their fifth album ‘This Is Eggland’ to rave reviews from the likes of BBC 6Music & The Independent and key slots at major festivals up and down the country, The Lovely Eggs have had their biggest year yet.

Proudly unsigned and unmanaged, The Lovely Eggs are constantly continuing the exciting wave the year has brought, which hasn’t remotely stopped. The duo who recently completed an extensive autumn tour – reaching Dundee to Southampton and everywhere in between – including their biggest London show yet at prestigious venue The Scala. With numerous plays from punk-legend – and self-proclaimed fan Iggy Pop who likes ‘everything’ he has heard by the polished psych-punkers; it’s all a pretty impressive feat for a wholly independent band, no?

Having had such a blistering year, we reached out to the band to ask them to pull us together 10 tracks which make their Ultimate Playlist right now. From exciting new bands like Mr Ben & The Bens to some truly established punk-rock in form of Thee Oh Sees, this mix is anything but tame.

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Mush – Alternative Facts

This is pretty much one of the best songs we have heard in the last year. It was released last year on the Too Pure Singles Club. Must have been one of their last releases before Paul Riddlesworth set up his new label Dipped in Gold. You just can’t argue with it. It’s a tune. We loved it so much we invited them on tour with us and they’ll be playing with us at our upcoming gigs in Newcastle and Manchester on the 9th and 10th of November.

Wand – Self Hypnosis in 3 Days

Keep coming back to Wand and in particular this album. It is so heavy and psychedelic and poppy, it’s just perfect. This track is an absolute minter! If you’ve not heard this album Golem you seriously need to check it out.

Mr Ben and the Bens – The Bluest Blues

Here’s another band we’ve taken on tour with us just cos we like ’em and wanted to give ’em a chance to play in places and to audiences they’ve never played to before. It worked because everybody loved them. They are mates of ours from Lancaster. This is a great tune of theirs. Pure Lancaster and Morecambe District pop!

Thee Oh Sees – Animated Violence

We love the Oh Sees. Fuck me they get through so many albums! This tune is off Orc which they released last year. They’ve already put another one out since then!! Unbelievable! Their sound is just great. So good. So heavy. And they’re a great example of no-nonsense DIY punk rock. They set up all their own gear on stage, there’s no bullshit. It’s just pure hands-on hard work. Respect.

Sleaford Mods – TCR

We love this tune and now we always play it after our last song really loud when we come off stage to make it loud and clear that we will not be doing a fucking encore!! Sleaford Mods are a proper band. They’re real. We love em.

Xylouris White – Pulling the Bricks

Saw these at Greenman Festival. Never come across them before. They pulled me in so much, I had to totally stop what I was doing, leave my friends and go and watch them. Not many bands do that to me but this was one of them. We’re big fans of eastern music and psychedelia and jazz and for me, this had all of those elements. It was like nothing I had heard before. You don’t get that much.

Ill – Stuck on a Loop

Here’s another band that we invited on tour with us cos we wanted to see em live! They were great and was ace getting to see them every night. It’s always ace touring with women in bands. We need more bands like them to inspire future generations of hard ass punk rock women!

Beak> – Brean Down

Another of those ones that you hear and you stop and go “tell me what the fuck that is right NOW!”. Love everything we hear by these.

Parquet Courts – Nearly Had to Start a Fight/ In and Out of Patience

One of our songs of the year is this. Just such great energy. Just love it when we hear stuff on the radio and go “what the fuck was that” and this was one of those times. Also love the segue-way into the next song In and Out of Patience. Just very cool.

Cattle – Tanking the Piss

Cattle are a great band from Leeds. We’ve banged on about them before. We’ll bang on about them again cos yeah they are that fucking good. They blew us away a few years ago when we saw em playing around a fire pit in the woods. There were two drummers playing opposite each other in this stone circle and there were smoke and flames going everywhere. It felt like a punk rock satanic ritual. We loved it! Naturally.

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Ultimate Playlist: TVAM

Joe Oxley is the one-man electro/psych machine behind TVAM – producing arguably the biggest dance-floor action Wigan has seen since the legendary Casino closed its doors in the 1970s. As BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne observed, “It’s like someone took Spiritualized to the club!!”

Heralding the arrival of a singular talent, the self-produced and home-recorded debut album ‘Psychic Data’ contains ‘These Are Not Your Memories’ and ‘Narcissus’ (both of which enjoyed playlist support at MCR Live) alongside ‘Porsche Majeure’, ‘Gas & Air’ and the title track.

TVAM gigs blur the boundary between art and performance; via a large television sits on an 80’s secondary school-style podium, a VHS video recorder projects long-forgotten Mondo movies alongside vintage footage often sourced from hours spent poring through charity shop shelves. Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, Suicide’s deconstructed rock ’n’ roll and My Bloody Valentine’s infinite noise all becoming touching points in Oxley’s musical output. We asked the rising star to put together 10 tracks which sum up his music.

From The Dandy Warhols to DEVO, check them out below and make up your own mind.

 

Every Day Should Be A Holiday – The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy‘s melodies always stick in your head. This one is particularly sticky.

Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine

It’s a pop song. The greatest, most layered, dreamy, explosive pop song there is.

Ghost Rider – Suicide

Rock ‘n’ roll never had anything to do with guitars. Suicide were the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band that music ever had.

Big Mess – DEVO

I could’ve picked any song by them, really. This one is so insistent. It won’t take no for an answer.

V1NC3NT COM3 ON DOWN – Brainiac

A criminally overlooked band with more ideas than time to put them down.

Lady Shave – Fad Gadget

The point where body image, personal anxieties, and media align is an obsession of mine. For this tale to be told by Iggy Pop with a drum machine is a bonus.

People Mover (Maximum Velocity Wedway Mix) – Servotron

The ultimate dance record. Separates the nerds from the douchebag.

Kill All Hippies – Primal Scream

‘XTRMNTR’ was the first time I really got into Primal Scream. It felt like they’d found out how to take all the records they loved and force them into the future. I’m also 100% behind that title.

High Pressure Days – Units

Part DEVO, part Talking Heads, cheap as you like and charming as hell.

Revenge of the Black Regent – Add N to (X)

Art is there to enrich us, educate us, enlighten us. It’s also there to take the piss. At the same time. Add N to (X)’ knew how to walk that stupid/serious line, and if they pissed people off in the process, all the better. Here’s an overblown slice of baroque that’ll send shivers down your spine, then slap you in the face for feeling emotion. Take that, stupid human.

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ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Mama Racho

Recently formed Mama Racho are the quintet expanding our musical horizons with their majestic blends of percussion and synth, leaving a psychedelic euphoria in their wake. The eclectic Columbian music sub-genre Cumbia oozes through Mama Racho – enlighten your senses and catch them in the headline slot of our next Free Vibes on Saturday 5th January at Band On The Wall.

Although very little has been disclosed about the band thus far (with being quite literally masked, too), what we do know of them is incredibly exciting – in a Manchester scene flooded with indie & hip-hop, Mama Racho are a breath of fresh air. We caught the recently formed quintet a couple of months back supporting the incredible Mauskovic Dance Band, and knew we needed them to bring home the bill. Blending the folkloric rhythms of cumbia music with a modern twist of psychedelic electronica groovy percussion, trippy synths and a calamity of guitars – one thing is for certain, you’ll have more than a toe-tapping for their set.

Ahead of their slot at our highly anticipated Free Vibes, Mama Racho have selected their top-tracks reflecting their sound, which you can find below. Grab the last free tickets, here.

Goat – Hide from the Sun

An incredible, mysterious, masked band with plenty of fuzz and percussion.

Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight

Fela and Africa 70 doing a 4/4 banger.

Altın Gün – Goca Dünya

Modern Turkish Psych-Disco stomper.

Mustafa Ozkent – Burcak

Fuzzy 70s Turkish psych featuring 2 drum kits and grime-y bass.

Khruangbin – Maria También

A whirlwind of exotic guitar riffs and funky backbeats inspired by sounds of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Maisha – Azure

Contemplative, slowly unfolding fusion of spiritual jazz and Afrobeat.

The Mauskovic Dance Band – It’s All Mauskovic

Unique, fun disco cumbia, blending traditional percussion with electronics and spacey vocals.

The Mauskovic Dance Band – Continue The Fun

A hyperactive blend of African influenced grooves, Latin American percussion, drum machines, and silly vocals.

Juaneco Y Su Combo – Vacilando Con Ayahuasca

A great, drug-referencing introduction to Chicha music – Psychedelic Peruvian surf-cumbia. This style of music was the initial main inspiration for Mama Racho as a band.

Los Shapis – El Aguajal

Beautiful Chicha. Blissful vocals and guitar share a bath of reverb and delay.

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ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Sequin Sally

Newcomers to the electro-pop scene, Sequin Sally are bucking the trend against pop acts alike. Synthesizers and shell-suits match their pared-down melodies and ethereal vocals that depict the tumultuous events life throws at us.

The band has already amassed a cult-like following around their local hunting ground of Manchester, selling out shows across the city. With their refined sound and established presence on the local music scene, you’d be forgiven for assuming they are well seasoned within the industry. Their first EPis all set to be realised in 2019, produced with label Uncommon Ground; it is a confident and well-positioned step into the professional music scene.

Ahead of their slot at our highly anticipated Free Vibes on Saturday 5th January at Band On The Wall, the newcomers selected their top tracks for an ultimate playlist with us:

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Active Child – Hanging On

My ultimate favourite song. Sonic bliss.

Wild Nothing – Partners In Motion

I can’t stop listening to this at the moment, it’s that riff.

Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

I owe a lot of myself to this song.

Britney Spears – Break The Ice

The pop slag in me can’t say no to a bit of mood boosting Britney.

Bicep – Glue

Sadness you can dance to, the vibe of my newer songwriting tbh.

Death In Vegas – Your Loft My Acid (Fearless Transhouse Single)

Not gonna lie I re-watched the entirety of Skins from the beginning and this song was in an episode and I’m obsessed.

Robyn – Honey

Robyn’s return with an album full of heartbreak to thumping beats was exactly what I needed this summer. Thanks for being the real MVP Robyn x

Depeche Mode – It’s No Good

Newer stuff I’ve been writing is more dark and moody, I feel like these lyrics are extremely relatable for me right now.

Tommy Genesis – 100 Bad (Charli XCX Remix)

I hate that I love this so much. I first heard it on the light up dance-floor of KIKI’s. Scatter my ashes on that dance-floor while this song plays when I’m dead and gone. I am trash.

Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas

BASICALLY thank you to this band for paving the way for my songwriting and sound. A perfect song that feels like a film. Timeless.

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Ultimate Playlist: Yang

10 SONGS THAT HAVE INSPIRED YANG’S SOUND

WORDS: JESS CAMPBELL, PHOTO: HARRY GREEN

Yang are a genre-fluid duo from Manchester formed, not so long ago, on Halloween 2017. Haven’t heard of them yet? Don’t worry – you’re about to. Though they might have been making music behind-the-scenes for a little over a year, the faces behind the electronic project – Oliver Duffy and Davey Moore – are set to embark on their debut gig at January 5th’s Free Vibes event, as hosted by ourselves at Manchester-favourite venue Band on The Wall.

Honing their live performance for months, Yang are unequivocally original. Following in the footsteps of the local-leader TVAM, from the distorted vocal samples to the extensive sonic-soundscapes and pounding hypnotic beats, listening to Yang is almost trance-like. Topped with the duo’s highly-aesthetic visuals (seriously! – tumblr, what?), for such a young band Yang are polished. Live, we hope these visuals also come in to play… but we guess that’s all to play for. But what we do know is that Yang will be bringing a live hardware show with hard-hitting synths and dreamy soundscapes sure to catch your ears.

Need more? We asked Yang to put together their ‘Ultimate Playlist’ to give you a taste of what you can expect on the night. Check it out below!

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Oliver’s picks:

Kelly Lee Owens – Throwing Lines

Oliver Duffy: Kelly was the first artist we looked to for inspiration; we had no idea what we were going to sound like when we first decided to make music together and Davey had just seen Kelly support Mount Kimble. He suggested that we use her album as reference for the type of stuff we should make which was a great move as we made Yangtape2 straight after.

Ian Pooley – Chord Memory (Daft Punk Remix)

OD: This is one of my go-to tracks for a DJ set, the chords are amazing and it sums up Homework-era Daft Punk pretty much. Daft Punk are my favourite electronic-based artist of all time. I’m obsessed with them so I had to include them in this playlist in some capacity!

Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush

OD: The tempo changes in this song are WEST. Our lecturer plays this song in Uni all the time and it’s great, the album is awesome. I know it inspired Twin Complex a lot, who did a sick remix of Yangtape2.

Justice – Audio, Video, Disco

OD: I fucking love Justice, and this one is off my favourite album of theirs. Their live show is actually ridiculous, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever witnessed. I hope one day Yang can be as musically intelligent as Justice are – they fully set the bar for what an electronic live show should be.

AWAYteam – Motown Funk

OD: It’s absolutely criminal that this band didn’t go further than they did… they’re not even on fucking Spotify. Like ‘Chord Memory’, this song is one of my favourites to play in a DJ set. One half of this duo, Ian Davenport, produced my old band’s single and did a sick job. Ian has done some great stuff, and this tune is right up there with the best stuff he has done, some of my favourite ever music.

Davey’s picks:

Mount Kimbie – Delta 

Davey Moore: Mount Kimbie have solidified themselves as one of my favourite artists of 2018. Silky melodies, lush chords and interesting production. Perfection, really.

OD: The song they did with King Krule is fucking great.

John Maus – Just Wait Til Next Year

DM: John Maus, what can I say. He makes me feel okay with the fact that I’m weird. To release an album filled with 80s synth sounds, weird lyrics and a lo-fi production is genius; love him.

Kelly Lee Owen – Evolution

DM: Kelly, Kelly, Kelly – an incredibly talented and intelligent woman has finally taken centre stage in dance music. Well, she has in my eyes. I haven’t heard a bad song yet.

Jamie XX – Sleep Sound

DM: Jamie xx is the reason I am here, making the music I do. His production techniques, paired with incredible sampling skills, and all the rest just… well, they just do things to me.

Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine

OD: Large.

DM: Everybody loves the bloody sunshine, they do, and I’m sure you’ll love this song too. It’s just a banger, an utter banger. I love it, I love you, I love music. Peace.

OD: Thanks for this, hope we guided you on your musical journey.

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Ultimate Playlist: Cousin Kula

Building a passionate fanbase in Bristol, Cousin Kula are a 6-piece on the rise. Blending psychedelic textures with slick pop vocals, lush synths and soaring guitars, their unique sound has gained them high profile support slots for Dutch Uncles & more. 

Frontman Elliot Ellison possesses an enviably unique vocal, a mix of Syd Arthur and Kevin Parker if you had to compare. Musically, they’re a band’s band; the juxtaposition of ‘happy-beats’ and moody lyrics call upon the tipping of one’s metaphorical music hat. With their recent traction in the UK music scene it is clear their name will establish itself amongst Bristol’s best.

We caught up with the upcoming act to discover their ultimate playlist of tracks that they adore:

Parcels – Hideout

We’ve been following this band closely since they released their first couple of tunes in 2016, and we’ve been really inspired by how fast they’ve grown in that time. This is a favourite of their EP, tight, funky and catchy – a great example of super precise pop writing.

Pixvae – La Fuga

This one was shown to us by our friend Ben Tunnicliffe, an excellent DJ (the artwork for his night in Cardiff is illustrated by our singer Elliot) and ex-bass player (he sold me his lovely P bass at the start of 2018). This song encapsulates our love for catchy and left-field sounds and is such a particularly unusual combination – Latin and hardcore.

HOMESHAKE – Call Me Up

It wasn’t until after writing our single ‘Jelly Love’ that we realised a similarity between the synth hook and the one in ‘Call Me Up’. It’s understandable though, Homeshake’s album Fresh Air was getting played a lot at the time so inevitably crept into what we were writing.  The spacious production of these tracks are awesome – it gives the hooky melodies and basslines so much room to speak.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Necessary Evil

The album Multi Love has been played a lot in the van on our way to shows, so no doubt has influenced our output. This tune, in particular, is such a well-made song and there’s something about the chord changes that really get me.

Khruangbin – Evan Finds the Third Room

Khruangbin are the masters of sitting on a groove – a good reminder that you don’t have to cram a load of stuff into a tune. Evan Finds the ‘Third Roomis’ a lesson in how effective sparse vocals can be. We were lucky enough to catch them play in Bristol at the start of 2018, it was an awesome gig.

Oro Swimming Hour – Marshmellow

This one’s from the band of our friend Oliver Wilde, also from Bristol. They’ve got that cosy, de-tuned lo-fi feel down to a tee. The tune’s a real earworm and a firm fave for the tour van.

Vels Trio – The Wad

These guys started out as a prog band, so we’ve obviously got a soft spot for ’em. This latest tune is a bonafide banger. London jazz with a G-Funk swagger. Deep groove, catchy melodies and wait for that bassline at the end, woo!

Al di Meola – Sequencer

This is one of our favourite ‘love to hate’ tunes. A prime example of musicians from the  60’s and 70’s losing their way a bit in the 80’s and writing some pretty awful music… but Al Di Meola is still a stone-cold badass!

BADBADNOTGOOD –  Time Moves Slow

We are big fans of their album IV, but this track, in particular, had a real influence on our writing around the time of its release. The whole vibe of this track, from the low eerie organ to the syncopated brushy drums and super round bass tone (not to mention the awesome vocal performance from Sam Herring of Future Islands), really won our affection and was a big reference point for the first verse of our song ‘Brain Abroad’. It’s not been released yet so you’ll have to see our show to see what we mean!

Methyl Ethel – Ubu

We first became aware of this band a couple of years ago when we almost supported them in Paris. The date didn’t come off in the end, but we ended up getting heavily into their music with this tune ‘Ubu’ being an absolute standout track. The arrangement of the tune is very clever – the main refrain gets reinvented throughout the track so it never gets old.

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Ultimate Aus Playlist: Skegss

Unless it’s the likes of Tame Impala or Jagwar Ma, we’re often sparring to hear word about music acts from the land of Aus. We managed to grab faithful contenders, garage rock trio Skegss to hear about the new discoveries that are working their way through the Australian music scene and (hopefully) over to our shores.

The threesome hail from Byron Bay, on the country’s South East coast and have ventured out on tour across Australia, America, Canada and Europe. Prior to the release of their album ‘MY OWN MESS’ in September 2018, the band had launched several extended plays and singles which have put them firmly on the map. Not ones to shy away from long nights and wild antics, they’ve got a youthful edge that sets them up as ones to watch in the surf lead scene. Check out who Skeggs say are also making waves from across the ocean.

Dumb Punts – Mad

We are on tour with them at the moment. About to play Dublin.

Pist Idiots – Princes

Insanely good band. They are from Revesby and are one of the most well-quenched bands around.

The Pinheads – Not Like You

They just got back from almost a year on hiatus and they were dearly missed. They just dropped a new song and ya gotta listen to it.

Scabz – Starting Line

They are the biggest legends ever we just finished a tour with ’em. They have a song about Brett Lee.

Israeli Chicks – I Love You Mum

Lovely Kiwi guys except Lew but I think he did live there for a year. They let us jam in their garage in Byron.

Camouflage Rose – Taste

We were on an island and Larry stayed in the pool for 4 hours with a smile on his face and then on the bus we were chanting his name.

Dune Rats – Ratbags

The day 1’s that have always supported us.

Totty – Uncomfortable

Max Kell and Chris. Chris is good to drink to toxic poison with.

Drunk Mums – Urban Cowboy

They just dropped Urban Cowboy. Best live band in Australia.

Gooch Palms – Marfa Lights

Basically the Australian Version of Gucci Mane. Need we say more?

White blanks – I Don’t Wanna (Die)

Rule.

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Ultimate Playlist: Sunflower Bean

NYC power trio Sunflower Bean started as a duo by Jacob Faber and Nick Kliven back in 2013 with a name that combined each of their favourite things – sunflower seeds and coffee beans.  Joined by ex-member of the Supercute! duo Julia Cumming in 2014, the then threesome moved from Long Island to Brooklyn and submerged themselves in the areas thriving DIY scene.

Constant graft and dedication brought them through the scene and out on to the radar – showcased by their awarded title of ‘Most hard-working NYC band in 2014’. From there on out it’s been a non-stop run for Sunflower Bean, with support and headline slots alongside the likes of Wolf Alice, Pixies, Cherry Glazerr and so many more. 2015 brought the true initiation of their domination, with debut album ‘Human Ceremony’ which – despite none of the band members being of legal US drinking age at the time – soared the international charts and placed them firmly on the map, at such a fledgling stage.

Bringing us bang up to date and now with a second album ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ under their wings, in 2018 the triad have announced a new EP entitled ‘King Of The Dudes’ produced by Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Charlie XCX, Angel Olsen) and due to be released on January 25th, 2019. To celebrate the announcement, the band have shared the first single from the record: ‘Come For Me’, which sees the band in a more menacing light than ever before.

Julia explains,This song was inspired by inner strength, power, and sexual freedom. In 2018 there is no time to waste and no time for shame. This song is a declaration of that. Do you really want to come for me? Do you really want to waste my time? The song is a dare, a threat, and a beckoning.”

We asked Nick to put together a list of his favourite tracks, check them out below.

Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex

I recently really got into Cigarettes After Sex and it took me a second to get on board but now that I’m on I can’t get off.

Licking an Orchid – Yves Tumor

We’ve all been super into the new Yves Tumor record since it came out. It sounds like the future.

Serve the Servants – Nirvana

For some reason we walked out to play a set to this song the other night and it reminded me that’s its low key the best Nirvana song.

Broccoli – DRAM

My younger brother turned me on to DRAM a little while ago, safe to say he’s got hooks for days.

Walking My Tears Across Manhattan – Lawrence Rothman

I love this song so much. Being from NYC I think we have all felt this at some point.

Ghost Town – Kanye West

I know Ye has not been on it as of late but he did make one the of my favourite songs of 2018…

Death or Glory – The Clash

Such a tune, just makes me want to punch a hole in the wall out of excitement.

But I’m Different – Les Rallizes Denudes

Was listening to this while we were in Japan last week, pretty perfect soundtrack for the trip.

Crawling Up The Stairs – Pure X

Been revisiting this record as of late and this song especially hits hard.

Humility – Gorillaz

I came to this band so late but I’m so glad I did.

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