June 2017- What I’m Listening To

A month of festivals, tour announcements and new music (thank God).

Firstly, Rat Boy are finally releasing their debut album. The record is called Scum, which we already knew after Jordan Cardy (Rat Boy) teased it at Reading Festival last year. The record is out on the 11th August 2017 and features the previously released singles ‘MOVE’, ‘GET OVER IT’, ‘REVOLUTION’ and ‘FAKE ID’.

The Killers are back with a new album and single. The band are set to release their sixth sutdio album, entitled Wonderful Wonderful, later this year. The band released the catchy lead single, The Man, simultaneously to the record announcement. The single channels Two Door Cinema Club’s funky 2015 album, whist remaining iconically infectious, like most of The Killers songs are.  They’re also set to tour the UK in Winter this year, following their surprise Glastonbury set.

Everything Everything have announced a new album, A Fever Dream, which is due to be released on August 18th. The band also released lead single ‘Can’t Do’, which is equally as fascinating, mad and marvellous as their previous material. I love the absurdness of Everything Everything songs, which often include one absolutely brilliant, strange line, which is madly catchy.

Mystery Jets are set to release a remix EP, called The Electronic Earth EP. Key tracks have been remixed and reimagined from their 2016 album Curve of the Earth, especially to dance to and “shed new light on the material”, according to the band’s website.

Wolf Alice have released the raucous ‘Yuk Foo’ (or, err, “Fuck You”, as the song’s lyrics transpire) as the lead single from the second album, Visions of a Life, which is due to be released later this year. The single is explosive, angry and intriguing. You can’t tell a lot about how the album will pan out on just one song, as usually their songs are vastly different throughout- and that’s what makes them brilliant.

George Ezra has also released the lead single from his imminent second album. The single- which he debuted on his recent UK tour and is now a staple on his 2017 festival setlists-  is called ‘Don’t Matter Now’. It’s infectiously happy, upbeat and filled with summery, laid back vibes. It’s gloriously optimistic and I love it. I was lucky enough to hear his 2017 festival setlist at Wildlife Festival (his first festival of the season no less) and at Glastonbury and it’s great to hear our George performing such wonderful new tracks. I can’t wait for the album.

Lorde has announced a September UK tour, which includes a date at London’s prestigious Alexandra Palace, as well as dates at the Brighton Centre and at a string of O2 venues across the country. She will be supported by Khalid.

Reading’s Sundara Karma have also announced a September/October UK tour, which features a HUGE date at the O2 Academy Brixton. It’s so exciting watching Sundara Karma get bigger, especially after the release of their triumphant debut album earlier this year. The band are on their way to big things.

Blaenavon have also released a tour (with The Night Cafe). The tour kicks off in November and features a date at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. These dates are set to be special, especially after the success of their debut album, That’s Your Lot, which was released earlier this year.

Just when you think there could be no more tour announcements… The Libertines released details of a seaside stop UK. The tour features dates in Brighton, Blackpool and Scarborough. I’m hoping the band showcase some new material, as a follow up to 2015’s Anthems For Doomed Youth.

Reading and Leeds festival have announced details of their Alternative Stage line-up. The stage offers a break from the music, with comics, speakers and DJs.  The line-up features DJ sets from Blossoms, Circa Waves and The Big Moon, as well as a Transgressive Takeover. The line-up also features comedy sets by Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan and Joe Lycett.

Glastonbury Festival announced earlier in the month that Liam Gallagher and Johnny Depp were amongst the latest faces to join their mega 2017 line-up. The festival itself has since gone by in a flash and was a huge success. The festival was headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran and featured secret sets by the likes of The Killers and Elbow. Highlights across the weekend include the spectacular Lorde, Scotland’s finest Biffy Clyro and Blossoms. A full review will follow.

In July, I look forward to Finsbury Park’s first Community Festival (headlined by Catfish and the Bottlemen, with The Wombats, Slaves and Fickle Friends amongst loads of great acts) and the long awaited release of Declan McKenna’s debut album. There’s also Haim’s new album, which is set to be good.

This month I’ve listened to a lot of Anne-Marie’s brilliant ‘Ciao Adios’, which is already soundtracking my summer, as well as the Clean Bandit hit she features on- ‘Rockabye’- having seen her play at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend. There’s also the summer hit that is Little Mix’s ‘Power’, which I’ve been enjoying (in various layers of guilty pleasure) since Big Weekend. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Everywhere’s latest single, ‘Man Up’, who are my new band of the month in June. I’ve also been loving Declan McKenna’s ‘Paracetamol’, as well as bit of Blondie. There’s also a lot of Lorde on this playlist, especially ‘The Louvre’, which I recommend you listen to at full volume on repeat for full effect.

 

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June 2017- What I’m Listening To

Up and Coming Artist of the Month- July 2017 // Everywhere- “Man Up” (new single)

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This month’s featured up and coming artist are a UK based band called Everywhere. The band recently released the new single “Man Up”.

Everywhere are an Alt Rock band based in London, who formed in 2012. The band started out with Swedish lead singer Max Berga emailing out early demos to producers all over the world- something which paid off as acclaimed hit maker Mark Needham (The Killers,  Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie) proposed sessions in LA. The band eventually became what it is today as a result and they have previously released singles, including “Eddie”, in 2013, which got played on BBC Radio 2.

The critically praised band are already starting to make waves in the music industry and have found success in playing alongside huge indie artists including Django Django and Palma Violets at the NME Awards in 2013. They later went on to support indie-rock icons the Kaiser Chiefs and headline Notting Hill Arts Club, in London. They’ve been snapped up by BBC Introducing London for their previous single “Some Other Dude” (from the band’s 2016 Sophomore EP, Fiction Act) and have had over a million streams on Spotify so far.

The band officially released their first 2017 single “Man Up” on the 9th June (which can be found on Spotify, as well as on Soundcloud and other digital online stores). The single features Swedish singer/songwriter Rebecca Nohr.

“Man Up” is an infectiously catchy electro-pop tune, complete with groovy synths (vaguely reminiscent of 80s pop music) and a funky, distinct bass line. The tune is gloriously upbeat and optimistic, despite the lyrics echoing tales of unfulfilled expectations, dominant partners and the archaic ideas of what being a man is and what it really takes to be one. Rebecca Nohr’s vocals lend perfectly to the tune- offering a female perspective to the unfolding events. Overall the track is effortlessly easy to listen to and its bold chorus lingers in your mind for ages. It’s a keen dance floor filler, as well as a perfect summer anthem. It’s harmless pop in a bold electronic, alternative disguise. There’s definitely an undertone of assured anthem, similar to that seen in songs by The Killers, Mystery Jets and Two Door Cinema Club, within it too.

The single’s stunning abstract artwork was designed by German graphic artist Sebastian Onufszak.

The band say “We’re currently working on an album, it’s still early but hopefully it should be out this fall” and I, for one, can’t wait. Watch this space.

You can find and follow the band here:

http://www.everywheretheband.com

http://www.facebook.com/everywheretheband

https://twitter.com/Everywhereband/

 

 

 

 

 

Up and Coming Artist of the Month- July 2017 // Everywhere- “Man Up” (new single)