Apparently today is Blue Monday; the most depressing day of the year. The weather is certainly doing its best to assist with that, but music isn’t! What a treat today has been for my ears.
First up, the brand new This Town Needs Guns album has been released and blimey, what a cracker. I had the misfortunate of reading a review which gave it 5/10 and provided inaccurate reference points such as Foals and Two Door Cinema Club. Let me tell you this – it’s a strong 9/10 and if you’re in need of some reference points, may I suggest Pinback, Braid and of course, any Kinsella project such as Owls, American Football, Make Believe et al.
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Cattle & Cane were absolutely spellbinding last night. One of the best sets I’ve seen and heard in a long time. Playing totally unplugged and fully acoustic really let the quality of their songs shine through – especially Joe, Helen & Fran’s harmonies. Brilliant stuff.
They’re working on their debut album and I for one can’t wait to hear it! Some of the new stuff had hints of bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills & Nash in there – as well as their obvious folk influences – classic songwriting!
If you missed the sold out tea house gig, here’s a full video of the gig from that there Youtube:
The band I manage have just released their debut single. It’s an indie pop Summer smash in waiting! Their video has already had over 5,000 hits in less than 48 hours – crackers…
Check out their label’s site for more info: http://www.thisisanadventure.co.uk
The new Lifeless album is being released by Pay For The Piano Recordings on Monday 31st October. To whet your appetite, here’s the official video for the first single to be taken from the album – Judgement Day:
Lifeless-judgement day (official video) from Rick Baker on Vimeo.
Eagle eyed viewers may notice a brief cameo from yours truly…
Protectors feature ex-members of two of my favourite bands – Pylon & Dugong – so it’s no surprise that I think they’re dead good is it? Their debut album is available to download through the In Rainbows business model of “pay what you want” from Bandcamp.
Check out this rather splendid video:
For those of you who prefer a physical release to digital download, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ll be releasing a limited run of CDs in lovely packaging over Summer. Nice one.
Directed by Matthew Mood, check it oot: