Browsing Category

Sheffield

Jupiter’s Beard plead for leaders on indie rock ‘Mr. Billionaire’

Stoke-On-Trent rockers Jupiter’s Beard are back with their new indie track that fires through the streets on ‘Mr. Billionaire‘.

From the backdrop of post-industrial struggle, Jupiter’s Beard have galvanized the youth in their home city of Stoke-on-Trent. Their close musical bond, formed during early school years, has driven Jupiter’s Beard to deliver a well-developed sound and artistic maturity that is so clear to see. They are ready for the big time. This is a band that rocks.

Mr. Billionaire‘ is a call for those with money to do better. We need good leaders at this time to see what is needed to fully help the UK. Right now, things are a mess and funding is needed to keep the music scene as healthy as possible. With fiery indie rock vocals that shines through, I love the rhythm of this new single from Jupiter’s Beard. They do their best to inspire the local community and are a band we can all get behind.

Stream here on Spotify to hear this fab track.

Click here for the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Laurie Vusolo’s returns with impatient story of an ”On and Off” relationship

Sheffield’s Laurie Vusolo is back with a new song and it’s a chilled track that reflects her current mood. ”On & Off” is all about love and what you are willing to do in order to keep the flame burning brightly. The UK has an abundance of incredible artists and once again we are treated to a simple yet beautiful song. This one hits straight to the heart if you have ever experienced the confusion of an on and off relationship- which can be so mentally taxing.

Sometimes your best efforts are not enough and the person you truly desire just doesn’t deserve your love as they are too stubborn to change. Or, are they are willing to make an effort?

With such a soulful voice, this soulful singer-songwriter takes us into her head with ”One & Off‘ and we find out more about her doubts but fascination with an on and off relationship. She knows the time is over and we are sitting on the outside of her apartment while she deals with these feelings. Laurie Vusolo is a wonderful talent. I love her voice and the calm manner in which she portrays her feeling with honest lyrics.

Stream more from this rising singer-songwriter with such soul on her Spotify channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alska have dropped their latest single Matter Of Time

Four-piece band Alska has dropped ‘Matter Of Time’ nailing that Alternative Rock essence, but adding in many varieties of instrumentation to give it a more upbeat and funky sound, it’s a perfect combination.

There’s something about this quartet that hooks you in straight away, whether that’s the way they change up their style in a rather fast way through the compelling vocals. So many elements are coarse through this piece, making it such an intriguing song to listen to and one that shows a huge amount of potential.

Kicking it off with the riff on the guitar, as the deep melodic vocals begin having this gravelly tone to the voice, As the instrumentation begins to fade off into the distance, to really let the vocals shine. When a trumpet pierces through the song playing an uplifting tune, Throughout the beginning, middle and end there is always a use of a variety of instruments and the way this band switches it up so effortlessly is incredible.

Head on over to bandcamp now to check out Alska’s single Matter Of Time

Review by Karley Myall

Micky Blouse – Brother: Energetically Infectious Indie Power Pop

Power Pop, Jangle Pop, and Surf Rock all converge in the energetically infectious latest single “Brother” from up and coming Sheffield-based Indie artist Micky Blouse.

The high-pitched vocals may invoke nostalgia for the time when Hanson dominated the airwaves but make no mistake when you hit play on Brother, you’ll meet soulfully bold aural distinction.

The punchy Alt Rock instrumentals carve out ensnaring melodies which find the perfect balance between momentum and euphorically arrestive vibrant rhythm. Brother is the ultimate Indie Power Pop earworm which you’ll be desperate to share with others once it wriggles in, which should be just about when the chorus hits.

Brother is just one of the tracks to feature on Micky Blouse’s debut self-titled EP which you’ll definitely want to delve into if you’re as sick of assimilative Indie acts as we are.

You can check out Micky Blouse’s latest single Brother for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

MUSTIE – Fantasma; Neo-Soul Meets Experimental Electronica

MUSTIE

Up and coming Sheffield-based experimental artist and producer MUSTIE is set to release their debut album “Chaos Energy” in Spring 2020. They’ve been generous enough to treat us to a preview of the soulful experimentalism contained in the standout single “Fantasma”.

Perceptibly, MUSTIE chose an incredibly apt title for their meltingly mellifluous soundscape. Unlike most genre-defying experimentally orchestrated singles, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the unpredictable melodies in Fantasma. If this is the future of soul music, we’re definitely here for it.

You’ll have to wait until March 31st to check out the Chaos Energy album for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out some of their blissfully cathartic earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Archie Baker – Casual Happiness: Timelessly Resonant Blues Rock

Archie Baker’s single “Casual Happiness” may be a unique mix of Blues and Rock, but the Soundscape from the Sheffield-based artist contains plenty of timelessly familiar appeal.

The concept of ‘causal happiness’ is beguiling in itself, so, it’s no surprise that we found ourselves incredibly enamoured by the single.

Casual Happiness emits the resonance of a track you’ve had on repeat for the last decade, yet with every seamless evolution in the serenely experimental track, you’ll be left in ardent awe. The extended Blues riffs offer an emotivity which almost allows them to feel anthropomorphic. Just why I felt a lump in my throat listening to the soaring nuanced licks I can’t be sure, but what I can be sure of is that Archie Baker is an artist which is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to Casual Happiness which premiered on November 7th via YouTube. Or you can add it to your Spotify playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Promenade Cinema Live Review: The Ethereally Cinematic Evolution of Synth Pop

Ritual Noise, Lancaster, February 9th, 2019

Synth Pop has taken many forms since the pioneers started to lay down the synth lines, but the under the deft hands of Promenade Cinema their hauntedly striking soundscapes resonate with absolute distinction.

After hearing their debut album “Living Ghosts” and falling in love with the polished sound, there was the slight doubt that a live set would give that same cinematic indulgence which the duo is quickly becoming renowned for. The cynicism slipped away as the raw power of the vocals gelled with the melodies filling the room with their expressively magnetic sound.

With arrestive baritone vocals from Dorian reverberating around Emma’s harmonies the vocal texture allowed the candid lyricism to conjure darkly poignant imagery. Yet, unlike what you’ve grown to be accustomed to with darkwave, there’s a unique warmth with the Sheffield-based artist’s stylistic approach to their sound.

With the influence of 70s & 80s synth and film scores being fed into the undiluted emotion of their music comes with a flood of viscerally danceable euphoria. Promenade Cinema may lean on the inspiration from artists of decades past, but they’re still the safest hands for the evolution of Synth Pop to be in right now.

You can check out Promenade Cinema’s debut album Living Ghosts for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or grab yourself a copy via Bandcamp.

Follow Promenade cinema on Facebook to stay up to date with new releases and tour info.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Phobophobes Live Review: Eerily Magnetic Swampy Psych Rock n’ Roll

Night & Day, Manchester, 31st January 2019

Ever since I first heard Phobophobes’ 2015 single Advertise Your Life I’ve been hooked on the unique energy behind their sound and their stylised approach to their mesmeric snaking rhythms. The music scene isn’t exactly short of swampy psych rock, but the South London 6-piece have the distinction in their sound to bring the genre into a whole new era. And if you haven’t already joined them along for the ride, it’s probably time you got onboard.

Hearing a band that you admire so much on record can always be a daunting experience. But from the moment the concordance of their synergised instrumental arrangement hit the monitors it was evident that not one note was going to fall flat.

From the first track to the last Phobophobes had magnetic command over the crowd, it may have taken the crowd a little while to warm up (quite literally – it was freezing). But mid-way through the set, there were plenty of people fuelled by the energy of their celestially salacious tracks from their debut album “Miniature World”. Starting a mini wall of death in Night & Day isn’t an easy feat for a Rock n Roll band, but the fact that was possible speaks volumes of the visceral energy which breathed through the room.

While many bands falling into the dark Psychedelic Rock n Roll genre may see adopting a brash Rock persona as non-optional, frontman Jamie Bardolph Taylor bowled over the audience with his reserved, demure lack of aggrandized swagger. I’m pretty sure if he wanted to start a cult; many people would follow.

At first, I wasn’t quite sure how Phobophobes would match the energy of their support act FEMUR, but they were the euphonic calm after the storm. The Sheffield-based fourpiece support act created a monster with their reincarnation of Grunge laced with Psychedelia which came alive through enough distortion that the guitars may as well have been buzz saws. The whole world may be raving about IDLES right now with a blind eye to bands such as FEMUR, but the remarkable amount of volatility in their sound almost made IDLES seem comparable to Bon Jovi. But that’s something that you will have to witness for yourselves before you decide if I’m exaggerating.

Phobophobes links: Spotify, Facebook

FEMUR links: Facebook, SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Soapbox Marathon – Big Sad Through the Window: Concordantly Cathartic Indie Rock

When It Rains... by Soapbox Marathon

Don’t let the title to Soapbox Marathon’s latest single “Big Sad Through the Window” fool you, whilst it may seem particularly twee, the Sheffield-based band possess a synergetic energy which feeds plenty of ethereal, mature, sonorous emotion into their sound.

Even though the single may be short and sweet at 2:23-minutes long, I only needed the first verse to tell me that Soapbox Marathon possess the pioneering vision, concordant rhythm and the ability to arrange a song that you’ll want to listen to time and time again.

With haunting elements of Shoegaze, Britpop and Indie mixed with Jazzy undertones, the ethereal power of the Big Sad Through the Window won’t fail to leave you enamoured, and that’s all without mentioning the harmonious dynamics of the vocals which feed into the hypnotic melody.

You can check out Soapbox Marathon’s adorably titled latest single via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

FEARS. – PDE: Euphorically Anachronistic Post Punk

For any one with a penchant for Post Punk; you’re in for an absolute treat with FEARS. latest single PDE. The Sheffield, UK based Indie Rock collective have created a sound that you will scarcely believe came out of this decade, their anachronistic undertones draw an unholy resonance to bands such as Talking Heads, The Cure, Gang of Four and the Fall. Yet, the band take their inspiration from acts such as Artic Monkeys and Foals to create a sound that is contemporarily fresh yet still containing that blissful resonance of the Post Punk era.

The funk contained in the bassline was the perfect way to introduce the track which seamlessly progresses with the inventive use of spatial effect to provide a popping, rolling, jangly rhythm which won’t fail to instil a euphorically feel-good hype. With their already radio-ready sound, I’d say it won’t be long until FEARS. are a prominent feature on BBC Radio 6, the instrumental powerhouse of musicians carry a synergy that you won’t hear from up and coming artists every day.

You can check out FEARS. latest single PDE out for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast