Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Go Wolf - One More Night

Those Go Wolf fellows have done well for themselves recently, haven't they? The Belfast band received a major career boost a few months back when their song "Voices" was featured on a Kitsuné Compilation album, bestowing on them the status as the Northern Irish band most likely to break through internationally in 2014*.

Now the band have released a brand-new single, and in recognition of the increasing worldwide buzz for the group, it premiered earlier today on highly influential blog Indie Shuffle. "One More Night" is another great tune from the group. They have, and will inevitably be compared to Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club because, let's face it, it's the rule that every hip, danceable indie band will be compared to those two, but I'd like to think that they offer something a little bit different to the norm. Regardless, "One More Night" is a rather infectious little ditty, and if early indications are anything to go by, then this song could be their first true breakout song.

"One More Night" will be released on June 2nd.

*Among solo acts, I think we all agreed that NI's brightest hope was, and continues to be, SOAK.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Nudybronque - Moondog E.P

In all the emails your humble captain has received from purveyors of fine music, this introductory greeting from Wiltshire based trio Nudybronque is perhaps the favourite -

Hello Christopher,

We found you! At last. We're so relieved. The internet is big, isn't it?

With such a charming greeting, we'd more than happy to write anything about the band, regardless of whether they're any good or not. Thankfully, their most recent E.P, "Moondog", is rather good indeed.

The band seem to have taken inspiration from a smorgasbord of intelligent bands from rock history in order to create something that's both brilliant and very much their own. Take "No Wives, No Children", for example. The song seems to take cues from The Beatles, Pulp and Muse, yet also adds a little bit of their own flavour by adding some organ and accordion into the mix. Another quality track on the record is "Peachy Keen",  the E.P's most raucous track, which take cues from the less dance-y end of Franz Ferdinand. The rest of the E.P is unable to keep up the same quality of the first two tracks, although that's not to say they aren't bereft of interesting sounds and ideas - their slow-building take on 50s rock and roll on "Allsorts" is worth listening to.

"Moondog" by Nudybronque sets the band up as one of the more interesting bands to emerge from the Swindon area. They've got a knack for an intelligently put together tune, a somewhat sardonic sense of humour, and if their email etiquette is anything to go by, they are perfect gentlemen as well. Not all ideas may stick, but there's enough here to mark the band out are future cult icons.

"Moondog E.P" is available to buy now.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Simple & Sure/Eurydice

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart are genuinely one of the blog's favourite new bands to have emerged in the past five years. They first grabbed our attention with their scruffy, lo-fi, yet brilliant self-titled début album, then completely blew us away with their more polished follow-up, "Belong", an album which in "Heart In Your Heartbreak" has given us one of the finest indie-pop anthems of recent times, and which ended up as our favourite of 2011. In spite of this, there seems to have been some uncertainly surrounding the release of album #3. Its release date appears to have shifted several times since it was first announced, and it wasn't until yesterday that it was even confirmed for release in the UK (we'll be getting it a few weeks after our American brothers).

So should we be worried? If the first two singles from the album are anything to go by, we really have nothing to fret over. "Simple And Sure" has been floating on the interwebs for a few months now, and is a deceptively straightforward example of The Pains' knack for a indie-pop brilliance. In "Eurydice" however, they really do have something extraordinary in their possession. Taking its name from a character from Greek mythology, the song is the nearest to a straight-up rock song the band has given us, and has all the hallmarks of a classic - its expansive yet measured production, it's soaring, infectious chorus, and that wonderful moment 3 minutes into the song when the counter-vocals come in. Just when you thought the band couldn't match "Heart In Your Heartbreak", they just go and shoot it out of the water.

The first album from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart got a few complaints from people who though it was too under-produced. Their follow-up received criticism for being too over-produced (something we don't happen to agree with, incidentally). Will their new album be their 'Baby Bear' record, one that is 'just right'? I don't think we've got anything to worry about at all - if "Eurydice" isn't this blog's top song of 2014 come December, and the album isn't jostling for the number 1 spot, then I will be very surprised.

"Days of Abandon" will be released in the UK on June 2nd on Fierce Panda Records.

Photo is (c) Shervin Lainez. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Silent Noise Parade - Fears

It's not usual for TMB to feature two bands from Limerick in the space of a week, but sometimes that's the way the metaphorical cookie crumbles. Five-piece electro band Silent Noise Parade already have one album under their belts, and as the band gear up for #2 later in the year, they have just released a brand new single, "Fears".

In the past week, "Fears" has picked up more than its fair share of love on the Irish blogosphere, which should come as no surprise, as it's a pretty great tune. The song is a dark and glacial, yet catchy electronic song characterised by a forceful yet memorable synth riff. It calls to mind a little bit of Prides in terms of its structure, but oddly enough also sounds a little bit like a more synthetically focused Linkin Park as well.

Silent Noise Parade's début album didn't really excite us when it came out last year, but if they can keep up the quality they've shown on "Fears", them number 2 is going to be rather exciting indeed.

"Fears" is available to download from reputable music download stores.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Meadowlark - Family Tree

Plymouth based Meadowlark are probably going to be getting compared to London Grammar a lot, given that they're both female-led trios with vocals that pull firmly on the heartstrings. However, that is more or less where the similarities end, at least if "Family Tree" is anything to by.

Unlike LG, whose sound is quite electronic and stripped back, Meadowlark offer something more earthy, organic and expansive, as singer Kate McGill sings of familial angst over a sparse piano line, which blooms into something more cinematic by the time we reach the 4:30 mark. They've got something special here, just don't let the lazy comparisons put you off.

"Family Tree" is taken from the band's début E.P "Three Six Five", which will be released on May 26th.