Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Jelly - I Feel Fine

Time for a song that'll get you into the summer mood. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Jelly (or as they are known in the UK, The Jam*) are two brothers who make feelgood surf-rock. Their latest single, "I Feel Fine", is a breezy, upbeat guitar-pop song which despite dark lyrics from the onset, is a joyous little number, with shades of early Van Morrison and "Roll To Me" by Del Amitri. Lovely stuff.

"I Feel Fine" is taken from the E.P "Greetings From Jelly", which is out now.

*Yes, that was a terrible joke, but this is my blog, and it is my right, nay, my duty, to interject with sub-cracker humour from time to time.

Monday, 27 June 2016

The Metaphorical Boat Spotify Playlist - May/June 2016

For those of you who like your musical recommendations in playlist-able Spotify form, on a bimonthly basis The Metaphorical Boat posts a selection of songs that we have been enjoying over the prior eight weeks or so, containing songs that we've written about, new songs that we haven't written about but are enjoying nonetheless, and a few older but fantastic tracks that are currently floating our Metaphorical Boat.

Below you can find our playlist of songs that we really enjoyed in May and June 2016. If you like what you hear, or just want another playlist to add to your growing list of playlists, then we really hope that you'll take the time to visit the playlist on Spotify and give it a follow. You never know, your new favourite song of all time could be somewhere on this playlist!

This month's playlist feature songs from established artists Radiohead, Beck, Paul Simon & Teenage Fanclub, songs from newer bands such as Meilyr Jones, Half Japanese Half Muscle &  Basement Revolver, local acts Ciaran Lavery & Jealous of The Birds, plus we also included our favourite song from this year's Eurovision Song Contest, because why not?

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Streets of Laredo - 99.9%

Streets of Laredo are a five-piece indie folk rock band from Brookyn by way for New Zealand. They released their debut album "Volume I & II" a few years ago, a release that admittedly went over or heads when it came out. However, it looks like we've picked a good time to get acquainted with them, as the first song from their sophomore album is a rather great one.

"99.9%" mixes Springsteen-esque lyrical imagery with a driving rock rhythm that mixes horns and electronics rather effortlessly. It also reminds us a little but of a more uptempo Neutral Milk Hotel in parts, which can't be a bad thing at all.

"99.9%" is out now. Their 2nd album is due out in the autumn.

Photo is © Jessie Sara English

Bad Fit - Strong Forever

We've featured quite a bit of fuzzy indie-pop on the blog from further afield in the past few days, so it's nice to be able to write about some from a bit closer to home. Hailing from Northern Ireland's north coast, Bad Fit only played their first official gig together a few days ago, although their members have played with a plethora of different local acts over the years, including Vanilla Gloom, Lantern For A Gale & The Salt Flats. One of them was also a contestant on the game show Pointless a few years back, but that's not really relevant to their music, but is still worth mentioning, because Pointless is awesome.

Their debut single, "Strong Forever", is a very promising start for the four-piece, with its honeyed vocals mixed with fuzzy guitars calling to mind not only the indie-pop of Alvvays, but also elements of 90s American alt-rock in the style of Belly. 

"Strong Forever" will be released on 27th June.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Teenage Fanclub - I'm In Love

As anyone who has read this blog on a regular basis or follows me on Twitter will know that one of my favourite bands ever is Teenage Fanclub. As far as the rankings go, I put them at #3 on my list of top musicians, although admittedly it's been a while since I've considered my internal band ranking, so I might have to sit down at some point and consider whether there should be any movement (and just so you know, #2 is The Cure, and I don't need to tell you who is at #1).

It's been about six years since the band have released their last album, "Shadows", although the members have been rather busy in the interim period. Norman Blake releasing records as both The New Mendicants and in collaboration with Euros Childs, Jonny. Gerard Love released an album under the name Lightships, whilst Raymond McGinley played guitar for Snowgoose. They reconvened last year to record a new album, and with that on its way in September, they've unleashed the lead single on us.

"I'm In Love" offers a welcome return to the band after their absence. Like most of their post "Songs From Northern Britain" material, it's a lot less noisy and more subdued, yet still has all those qualities that make us love the band - the sunkissed harmonies, the jangly guitars, and that unbridled optimism that shines through. At this point in their career, what you get from a new Teenage Fanclub release is more or less what you expect from it, but of course that doesn't make it any less satisfying.

"Here" will be released on 9th September on CD, vinyl, download & cassette.