Indoor Pets Allowed Out

“We’re a brand new band called Indoor Pets” frontman Jamie Glass jokes early in the set tonight, addressing the bands recent name change (they were formally known as Get Inuit) with the humour many expected.

Indoor Pets’ live birth is taking place at Dork’s Christmas party and as first gigs go it’s a pretty good one, if you can call it that.  Fur started off the night with their laid-back style of surf pop and were shortly followed by King Nun, an exciting young band with punk-tinged riffs who truly got the crowd going.

Indoor Pets started off their nine song set with two old fan favourites, Mean Heart and Electrify, the grungey feel of the latter felt particularly appropriate for the small sweaty room which is upstairs at The Old Blue Last. Most recent single All My Friends follows but it isn’t until a few songs later when Teriyaki hits that the pit truly opens up and both fans and band let loose with the pit growing and Glass showcasing his now infamous dance moves. Barbiturates is up next and sparks another furious reaction from the audience and showcases the excellent frontman capabilities of Glass, pausing just before the drop to have a chat only seems to make the next chorus even more powerful. Pro Procrastinator gets a similar reaction and seamlessly morphs into a cover of ‘s Christmas Time by The Darkness to make sure everyone is in the festive spirit.

Tonight may have been the start of a new era for Glass and gang but they showed what they have been stressing ever since the name change, the songs are the same, the band are the same and the live spectacle is the same. Having to change your name might hold many bands back but Indoor Pets seem determined to show that they’re going to keep growing.

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Lazy Bones new single ‘Snake’: Better Watch Out!

Punchy alt-rock trio from Brighton ‘Lazy Bones’ released their second single ‘Snake’ on 8th December. Snakes’ fiery attitude creates a whole new genre for the three, as if they have taken noise-pop to a whole new level and amplified it by a hundred. Supported by female fronted vocals, the single is nothing but catchy and energetic. Evidently influenced by big British sounds such as Sex Pistols and Black Sabbath, Lazy Bones are the next artists you should be looking for if you’re into a rush of rock.

Candi, Joe and Sam sculptured Snake with all elements of instruments. Included in the single was a funky bass, an organ and a set of drums – and it sounds amazing! The angry vocals emphasise the adrenaline they deliver. Presumably, this is matched with their gigs; full of rowdy (in the best way) crowds and moshpits. Paired with Deaf Ray records, the trio are setting themselves up for the next year with a set of gigs to play (shown below).

As for the video, it’s packed with a pop of bright colours and screens of fun fonts screaming the lyrics from TVs. Clips of the trio and their instruments are merged and makes a retro punk creation.

Next year, hopefully there is more to come from the three and their bursts of outrage. Better watch out!

Live Dates:
22nd Dec – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar – Brighton (Bitch Craft)
6th Feb – The Prince Albert – Brighton w/ DEAD!

You can find ‘Snake’ by Lazy Bones here:

 

 

By Robyn Crowther x

Swn Discovery Day 2017: Our Favourite Photos

In October, we sent our photographer Jacob Winter to cover Swn Discovery Day 2017, which featured some of the most exciting up-and-coming bands playing across Cardiff’s favourite venues. Here’s our favourite snaps from  the sets of Yowl, False Advertising, Bad Sounds, and Shame:

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Martha Ffion – We Make Do

Irish born singer songwriter Martha Ffion has announced her debut album “Sunday Best” is to be released in early 2018 on Turnstile Music, and to celebrate the news has released a single from the track titled “We Make Do

The lush melodic instrumentation of the song combined with detailed and uplifting lyrics create a beautiful snippet of a vision of everyday life realised through soft shakers, heavy piano melodies and relaxed acoustic guitars.

Along with this, the track feels like a breath of fresh air that’ll send your mind straight to the countryside, yet at the same times seems devoid of any specific time or place, and I think this is due to the relatable nature of the lyrics sang through such soft centered balladry so perfectly. The album was written entirely in Glasgow after moving away from a catholic upbringing in a small Irish town, making the track and (hopefully the album) feel ambitious and adventurous.

A March tour has already been announced, featuring popular venues such as Clwb Ifor Bach:

7th – Cardiff – D/s @ Clwb Ifor Bach

8th – London – Waiting Room

9th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

10th – Glasgow – Mono

11th – Newcastle – Think Tank

you can listen to the track here:

Words by Sam Harris, featured image by Laura Meek.

Peace make their long-awaited return with surprise, new single ‘From Under Liquid Glass’

Just in time for the weekend, B-town giants, Peace are back and have shared new track, ‘From Under Liquid Glass‘, in support of mental health awareness charity ‘MQ’.

The single is presumed to be a one-off track, yet doesn’t hesitate to showcase a refreshingly massive side of the band that has yet to be seen of the indie-pop outfit. The song comes as the band first new material since 2015’s ‘Happy People’.

The track shows Peace at their most atmospheric and honest to date, with lyrics such as: “scared to face the music alone, in my big fucking mental head” and “everybody’s changing, blooming, and moving on” really encompassing the message the track and MQ are aiming too push. MQ are running a ‘We Swear’ campaign in which celebrities snap themselves giving mental health the birdie alongside the caption: “It’s time we give a f*ck about mental illness in young people“. Be sure to take yourself over  to the MQ website to find out more. It’s great to see mental health awareness beginning to take a strong standpoint in the music industry.

Taking a different tone to their previous efforts, ‘From Under Liquid Glass‘ comes as a refreshing new direction for the Birmingham band, and a direction that I think makes perfect sense. If this track is anything to go by, Peace are set for their biggest year yet in 2018. Their newly-inhabited bold, scream at the top of your lungs sound is undoubtedly set to take the boys to all new heights, deservedly.

Listen below:

Don’t forget to get involved with WeSwear here.


Words by Ben Davies

New Single ‘Hush’ from Liv Dawson

Young singer Liv Dawson is climbing her way up our radars. Having worked with the likes of Disclosure on her single ‘Searching’, she returns with another single showcasing her superb vocals. Liv stopped by Radio 1 to premiere her new single with MistaJam; starting off sultry and reserved with only basic beats and Liv, the song builds into its electronic chorus. The song is beautifully crafted as it remains modern and upbeat while still showcasing Liv’s incredible vocals at centre stage. We can’t wait to hear more from Liv, who’s talent only grows.

 

Listen to ‘Hush’ here:

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/70l9PRXDJPPRGVjEhG6OOE

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hush/1315688933?i=1315688946

The Moonlandingz @100 Club for Fred Perry Subculture- 6/12/17

The Moonlandingz have quickly gained popularity since forming in 2015, probably something to do with the fact that crazy frontman Lias Saoudi from Fat White Family and members of Eccentric Research Council form it. On Wednesday they brought their antics to the iconic London venue The 100 club for another Fred Perry Subculture gig.

Fred Perry Subculture celebrates the more underground end of the music scene. One of the most favoured aspects of these shows is the variety of people within the crowd, ranging from rowdy teens to adults going for a dance, who were all lucky enough to get one of the very limited public tickets.

Opening with ‘Vessels’ from their debut album ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’, the Moonlandingz were quick to get the crowd moshing about, and it was instantly evident why the hype around this band is so huge. A crowd surfer, wearing a leather jacket which must’ve hurt if it hit anyone’s face, was thrown in the air then quickly dropped back down as the crowd focused on jumping and shouting the lyrics back to Lias.

Second track ‘Black Hanz’ has a jazzy, almost musical-esque vibe to begin, as if Lias should emerge onto the stage from some shimmer curtains. However the clear beat that is a common feature in most Moonlandingz songs shines through and the venue is bouncing in time, screaming “Black Hanz, do it again” in eachother’s faces with deeply sought passion.

The energy intensified as ‘Neuf du Pape’ followed, where the demonic undertones sent the crowd even more fera, I.D.S saw Lias pour his red wine over the crowd, and he even sang us a line of “Why does it always rain on me?” by Travis.

‘Sweet Saturn Mine’, the band’s most streamed song, gaining over 322,430 listens on Spotify, kicked off as the instantly recognisable spacey synth kicked in. Endless crowd surfers were hoisted into the air, including the person in the leather jacket who had now surfed a total of 7 times throughout the night. The whole venue was bouncing.

A highlight of the night for many was ‘The Strangle of Anna’, the recorded version of which features Rebecca Taylor from Eccentric Research Council’ as the venue calmed for a second (much to the joy of the exhausted moshers) and groups linked arms and swayed from side to side singing the melody; it was strangely beautiful.

The Moonlandingz ended the night with ‘Man in me lyfe’, one of their oldest songs from OG ep ‘The Moonalndingz’. Everyone reached into the air and joined in with one last scream and one last second of madness of the night on the final drop and it was the most fitting end to a Moonlandingz gig imaginable, as the band stated they weren’t to do an encore.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Fat White Family, Yak, or just good music and a fun time, definitely check out The Moonlandingz and catch them at one of their electric shows.

Thanks to the Fred Perry Subculture team for helping us out once again.

Setlist:

1.       Vessels

2.       Black Hanz

3.       Neuf du Pape

4.       I.D.S

5.       Sweet Saturn Mine

6.       The Strangle of Anna

7.       The Rabies are back

8.       Glory Hole

9.       Lufthansa Man

10.    Lay Yer Head Down In The Road

11.    Man In Me Lyfe

Words by Georgia Essex.

Feature image courtesy of Fred Perry Subculture exclusive gallery: Here

Let It Happen Albums Of The Year 2017

2017 has been year of unprecedented brilliance with incredible bands releasing incredible albums. In a way, we feel gifted. So here are Let It Happens Top 30 albums of 2017, as voted for by the writers.

There are albums that aren’t on this list that we really could not go without mentioning. Some honourable mentions go to the glorious return of shoe gaze icons Ride with ‘Weather Diaries’, Lana Del Rey’s stunning latest offering ‘Lust For Life’ and the battering and crazed sound of Thee Oh Sees with ‘Orc’. 

So please enjoy, our albums of the year 2017.

(voting was achieved by writers sending in their top 10 albums of the year, and votes were tallied from those lists)


30. Gnarwolves – Outsiders

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Released in may, Gnarwolves returned with their 5th studio album ‘Outsiders’ and it did not disappoint. Full of the upbeat, and roaring sound that you’d expect from the band, its sound was also a development that did not fail. One of the best pop-punk/punk albums of the year, and a deserved first entry onto our list.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Wires
  • Straightjacket
  • Shut Up

29. Four Tet – New Energy

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Legendary electronic artist Kieran Hebden returned as ‘Four Tet’ for a truly stunning release. ‘New Energy’ is a progression of ambient beats, electronic wizardry and stands out as a true masterpiece in his catalogue of sounds. The mesmerising ambient soundscapes that fill this album are ones that stand out and captivate you instantly.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Scientists
  • Two Thousand and Seventeen
  • Planet

28. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound

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American alternative rock band ‘Cloud Nothings’ released the epic ‘Life Without Sound’ back in January and has been a true favourite of many of our writers since its release. Their lo-fi sound has not been lost, and with that, the band were able to create a record which could be one of their best yet. The drums on this record stick out like nothing you’ll hear from on this list. Its an aggressive, yet melodic record which is loud and full of destruction and we just love it.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Up to the Surface
  • Enter Entirely
  • Realize My Fate

27. Beach Fossils – Somersault

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Beach Fossils are not afraid of releasing the soundtrack to your summer, and they did just that with ‘Somersault’. The bands latest offering is a joyous and upbeat record that compiles everything the band have learnt and then some. ‘Somersault’ features some of the bands most developed material, that also stands out as some of their best.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Be Nothing
  • Tangerine
  • May 1st

26. The xx – I See You

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After 5 years without releasing an album, The xx returned to the frame with the brilliant ‘I See You’. The album has everything you’d want from an xx record, yet with the experiences that Jamie Smith acquired in the space the band were out for, the band progressed their sound with much more influences from house and techno taking shape. The album is essentially a dance record, yet with the below and touching is that we know and love.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Dangerous
  • On Hold
  • Brave For You

25.  Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives 

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The experimental electro/rock band returned with their third studio album and they did not disappoint. Mount Kimbie reentered the frame by producing a record with stunning soundscapes, expert from production and a wealth of excellent new material. With the guest additions including the likes of  King Krule and James Blake,  ‘Love What Survives’ mixes electro beats and acoustic percussion together to create a unique and varied listen, and one that will leave an impact.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Blue Train Lines (Feat. King Krule)
  • Marilyn (Feat. Micachu)
  • Delta

24. The Horrors – V

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Goth heroes The Horrors returned this year raring to go, and the band ended up producing quite possibly their best record to date. ‘V’ is the 5th studio album from the band and features electronic soundscapes, mixed with those earie and crooning vocals from lead singer Faris Badwan. Their experimentation with synths, goth and energy made this record a bold, yet exciting addition into the catalogue of The Horrors.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Hologram
  • Machine
  • Something To Remember Me By

23. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

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Vince Staples returned with his sophomore record ‘Big Fish Theory’ this year, and it turned out to be one of the best rap albums of the year. Its stunning beats and captivating rapping style and samples created a terrific, and a must listen for any hip hop/ rap fans. The record steers away from the commercial sounds slightly, with Vince adding his own touch to the record making it a truly brilliant record.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Big Fish
  • Bagbak
  • 745

22. Paramore – After Laughter

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Nashville based American band Paramore returned after 4 years, with their new, pop influenced record ‘After Laughter’. The bands change of style from writing heavy pop punk influenced tracks, to writing upbeat, and cheery pop songs may have paid off for the band. The evolution has been one that fans have grasped, with the band still churning out banger after banger.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Hard Times
  • Told You So
  • Rose-Colored Boy

21. BROCKHAMPTON – SAURATION II

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Yet another stand out hip-hop record from 2017, and ‘SATURATION II’ sees the hip-hop collective hit new highs. After the release of ‘SATURATION’ earlier this year, their second record of the year is the true highlight with eccentric hip hop beats, and stylish approach, ‘BROCKHAMPTON’ are seen to continue their explosion of the seen with the release of their third album, sometime in December…

Stand out tracks include:

  • GUMMY
  • TOKYO
  • SWEET

20. Pond – The Weather

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Psychedelic rock band from (you guessed it) Australia, Pond returned with their 4th record of the year and to critical acclaim. More synth orientated, much like Tame Impala’s currents, Pond use a blend a psych melodies, disfigured vocals and charming melodies to entice that summer feel.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Paint Me Silver
  • Sweep Me Off My Feet
  • Colder Than Ice

19. Thundercat – Drunk

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The third record and first in 4 years from bassist extroadinare ‘Thundercat’ was one of the most anticipated records that was released in 2017. Its smooth, charming and funny, all things that life should be. ‘Drunk’ empowers all these feelings and shows it in a jazzy and just curly stunning way.

  • Show You The Way
  • Friend Zone
  • Walk On By

18. Bonobo – Migration 

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Airy, spacious and truly magnificent. Bonobo’s ‘Migration’ is just that. With its airy and chilled out vibes, the record features some of the artists most diverse and colourful sounds yet. Moments in this record could appear in clubs, chill out playlists, you name it. Its a diverse achievement and a stunning one at that.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Kerala
  • Outlier
  • No Reason

17. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

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Tylers back and he’s made a statement. ‘Flower Boy’ is the most mature offering we have seen from Tyler, yet the record is still as colourful as ever. Tylers visible progression with production, and his songwriting is evidently clear within this record. Its still whitty in places, yet on a more serious note Tyler seems to have shown his creative side even more.

Stand out tracks include:

  • See you Again
  • Who Dat Boy
  • Boredom

16. Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

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Mac Demarco, the prodigal slacker god released his 5th record in 2017. Its a charming, beautiful and elegant record that empowers all that we love about Mac and his elegant ways. Mac Demarco sees himself explore love and passion as he always does. It’s actually a really beautiful and pretty record that slots neatly into our top 30.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Still Beating
  • Moonlight on the River
  • Watching Him Face Away

15. Superfood – Bambino

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Superfood finally returned this year with the release of their sophomore record ‘Bambino’ and the band did not disappoint. The record is fun, explosive and features some truly funky grooves. The birmingham band have explored their sound and created a truly brilliant record that really impresses.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Where’s The Bass Amp?
  • Need A Little Spider
  • I Can’t See

14. Sampha – Process 

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The 2017 Mercury prize award winner now and Sampha’s ‘Process’ is truly an incredible record. The emotive piano driven, electronic sound that is brought to life in this record is like nothing you’ll hear all year. ‘Process’ is an elegant, deep and gorgeous record that blends genres and instruments together to create a truly blissful sound.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Plastic 100.C
  • (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
  • Reverse Faults

13. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder Of The Universe, Sketches of Brunswick East and Polygondwanaland

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Simply choosing one record that King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released this year was way too hard so we’ve decided that all 4 records deserve a place in our albums of the year. The band set out to release 5 records in 2017, and with four of them out already, it made for simply choosing one of them impossible. Flying Microtnal Banana saw the band explore microtonal tuning in a journey through deserts and wastelands, Murder of the Universe explored a battle of the Balrog and The Lord of Lightning with the help of narrations, making this album seem like a book. Sketches of Brunswick was a mellow and chilled out collaboration with Mild High Club, and Polygondwanaland brought back the crazed sounds of Nonagon Infinity to create a story of epic proportions. Give this band a fucking medal already.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Doom City
  • The Lord of Lightning
  • Tezeta
  • The Fourth Colour

12. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

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When two slacker giants come together and create a record you’d think it would be good, but this album is purely sensational. Courtney and Kurt (no not that pair) together released the slackers dream. ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ is fun, enjoyable and with the pairs vocals matching perfectly, its hard to not like this album.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Over Everything
  • Let It Go
  • Continental Breakfast

11. Lorde – Melodrama 

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Young pop sensation Lorde returned with her second record and it turned out to be the best pop album of the year. At the age of 21, Lorde has already proved that she is one of the worlds biggest talents, and with the release of ‘Melodrama’ she has truly cemented her position at the top of the world, and in the place of hearts worldwide. Its emphatic and empowering and a true statement in pop.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Green Light
  • Homemade Dynamite
  • Supercut

10. Blaenavon – Thats your Lot

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An album 4 years in the making, from a band who mean so much to so many. Blaenavon finally released their debut album after years of craft, building on heck of a dedicated fan base. Their emotion driven indie sounds create powerful ballads that are relatable, and full of thought. ‘Thats Your Lot’ is one of the best debut albums that 2017 has seen.

Stand Out Tracks include:

  • Lets Pray
  • I Will Be The World
  • Swans

9. The War On Drugs –  A Deeper Understanding  

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Oh and what an album this is. The War On Drugs continue with their search of making tracks that just make you wanna drive into the sunset. ‘A Deeper Understanding’ continues where ‘Lost In The Dream’ left off with sonic guitar riffs, epic choruses and those superb, crooning vocals of lead singer Adam Granduciel, this is the perfect record for roaring down a highway soaked in sunshine.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Pain
  • Thinking Of A Place
  • In Chains

8. Slowdive – Slowdive 

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Slowdives glorious return in 2017 was a true statement that shoe gaze was back and here to stay. Its a sonic adventure of noise, sound and dreamy guitars which, when all blended together create an epic wall of noise which cannot be unheard. It is a truly marvellous record of epic proportions and reverb heavy sound. Stunning.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Star Roving
  • Slomo
  • Falling Ashes

7. Loyle Carner – Yesterdays Gone 

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South London MC Loyle Carner broke onto the scene in 2017 with his incredible debut record. The album was extremely anticipated and it’d easy to see why with some of the years stand out tracks featuring on the album. Its a punchy statement that Loyle Carner has created to share his thoughts, his memories of family and youth. Its creative, melodic, and visionary.

Stand out tracks include:

  • The Isle of Arran
  • NO CD
  • Damselfly
  • A’int Nothing Changed

6. Idles – Brutalism

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The best punk album, debut album, funniest album, goes to Idles. The Bristol 5 piece sprung to life in 2017 with an absolutely mesmerising record entitled ‘Brutalism’. Its a powerful, heavy, and true to the spirit punk album which embodies anger, despair, and charm. A signifying statement from a truly spectacular band.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Divide and Conqure
  • Mother
  • Well Done
  • Heel / Heel

5. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream 

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Yet another glorious return…. LCD Soundsystem returned in emphatic style to produce a record that came to everyones surprise. We knew it was going to be good, but not this good. James Murphy this year has released possibly his album to date and its easy to see why. Its a euphoric adventure of indie dance that shows why this band are so important, and so inventive. The production on the record is intense, and lyrically its deep and empowering. Its a staggering record of epic proportions.

Stand out tracks include:

  • oh baby
  • call the police
  • emotional haircut
  • how do you sleep?

4. The National – Sleep Well Beast

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‘Sleep Well Beast’ is the 7th and most daring record that the band have produce. Yet with that, The National have released one of their best. Reaching Number 1 in the UK, The National still carry on the trend of touching and heartfelt music with Matt Berningers beautifully crafted lyrics, and melodic pianos, yet the band go head-to-head with the electronic sounds of Radiohead, creating a more synth based sound with the record taking in drum machines and electronic instruments. Yet the band still keep to base with their blend of synth and acoustic. It’s heartfelt, emotional and a magnificent effort from a band we all adore.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Nobody Else Will Be There
  • Day I Die
  • The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
  • Guilty Party

3. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

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A true Let It Happen favourite, Wolf Alice released their highly anticipated sophomore record, ‘Visions of a Life’ to great acclaim. The band experiment with shoe gaze, indie pop, and grunge to create an album which is full of treats, noise and depth. The heavier moments introduce a wall of noise like sound, whilst Ellie’s lyrics and vocals have never sounded so vigorous, yet at times touching.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Heavenward
  • Planet Hunter
  • Dont Delete The kisses
  • Visions Of A Life

2. King Krule – The Ooz

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At number two on our list, we have the all talented King Krule. The latest offering in the King Krule project from  Archy Marshall sees the talented songwriter delve deeper into sound and lyrics. ‘The Ooz’ entices a heavier sound and which pulsates through the record. The production, is stunning. Each song seems to include layer after layer of complex sounds to his bedroom esque style of writing, with his crooning style beckoning across each track. A truly deserved number 2 on our list.

Stand out tracks include:

  • The locomotive
  • Dum Surfer
  • Lonely Blue
  • Czech One

1. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy 

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And our album of the year is of course from Father John Misty. ‘Pure Comedy’ is Josh Tillmans third record under the name Father John Misty and it could well be his best. From start to finish, the record is beautiful constructed with enduring lyrics and melodies which flutter throughout the record. It’s a stray away from his sex and drug filled ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ with politics and global affairs taking centre stage in this record. With the 13 minute long, chrous-less power ballad ‘Leaving LA’, the epic and emotional ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’ and the gorgeous ‘So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain’ (which bought a tear to my eye live) all leave a lasting impact on your mind. It’s a deserved number 1, and one of the most important records of the decade. Thank you Father John.

Stand out tracks include:

  • Pure Comedy
  • Birdie
  • Leaving LA
  • So Im Growing Old On Magic Mountain

Here’s to 2018. Thank you for reading.

Word by Piran Aston

Franz Ferdinand Unveil The Video To ‘Always Ascending’.

A few weeks ago, we reviewed ‘Always Ascending’, the track that marked the triumphant return of Franz Ferdinand. Fast forward to now and the band are happy to unveil the long awaited video to go alongside the single.

The video is striking, colourful and creative, much like the single itself and was created by the band themselves and the acclaimed French directors AB/CD/CD to create a hypnotically-charged visual to complement the single.

Talking about the video, Alex Kapranos said:
“We’re happy to now be Always Ascending on the screen, with ABCDCD capturing the mood of the song and likenesses of the band in perfect detail. This is pretty much a typical Sunday afternoon round at Franz Ferdinand’s flat.”

The band recently announced ‘Always Ascending’, their fifth album which was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys). Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.

Franz Ferdinand are Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Paul Thomson, Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot.

Below are the band’s upcoming tour dates where they’ll no doubt display the new record as well as firm fan favourites from over the years.

DECEMBER

05 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore (SOLD OUT)
06 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
07 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds (947FM Portland DEC2REM)
09 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas) (SOLD OUT)

JANUARY

25 – Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast

FEBRUARY

10 – Galway, Ireland – Leisureland
11 – Dublin, Ireland -Olympia Theatre
13 – Manchester, Albert Hall
14 – Nottingham, Rock City
16 – Newcastle, 02 Academy
17 – Glasgow, 02 Academy
19 – Leeds, 02 Academy
20 – Birmingham, 02 Academy
21 – Bristol, 02 Academy
23 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
24 – London, 02 Brixton Academy
25 – Brighton, Dome
27 – Paris, France – Zenith
28 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National

MARCH
 
01 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
03 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg
04 – Groningen, Nlands – De Oosterpoort
05 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
07 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
08 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
09 – Prague, Czech Rep. – Forum Karlin
11 – Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622
12 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
13 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
15 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
17 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
19 – Toulouse, France – Zenith
20 – Montpellier, France – Zenith Sud
21 – Lyon, France – Amphi 3000
23 – Rennes, France – Liberte
24 – Caen, France – Zenith

APRIL
           
08 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
10 – Boston, MA  – House of Blues
11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
16 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
27 –  Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
28 –  Kansas City, MO – The Truman
30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

MAY

02 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
07 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
08 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11 –  Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
13 – San Diego, CA – North Park @ The Observatory
15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

17 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre

PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID EDWARDS 

Lower Than Atlantis Announce 2018 UK Tour

Lower Than Atlantis fans rejoice, the band are back with the announcement of a 22 date tour in April and May of 2018. They’ll take on intimate venues across the country from Aberdeen to Exeter and will even play a special, homecoming show in Watford Colosseum.

The tour announcement comes after a busy year for the band, amongst highlights, their 2017 album Safe In Sound saw them bag a top 10 position, they headlined the infamous Brixton Academy and supported rock legends Enter Shikari on their gigantic arena tour.

Lead singer, Mike Duce says:
“It’s been nearly four years since we did a full regional run in the UK and we can’t wait to get to some towns that we haven’t even been to before. We’ve got an amazing package being announced a little later, plus a homecoming show in Watord, which will be massive. Grab your mates and get your tickets
quickly because these rooms aren’t the biggest”

This tour is a chance to see your favourite hits from the band up close and personal, they will be extremely celebratory for both them and the fans and are not to be missed by anyone!

APRIL

Mon 02 Lincoln Engine Shed
Tue 03 Cambridge Junction
Wed 04 Leamington Spa Assembly
Fri 06 Swansea Sin City
Sat 07 Pontypridd Muni Arts Centre
Sun 08 Gloucester Guildhall
Mon 09 Bath Komedia
Wed 11 Exeter Lemon Grove
Thu 12 Southampton Engine Rooms
Fri 13 Watford Colosseum
Sat 14 Southend Chinnery’s
Sun 15 Brighton Concorde 2

MAY

Thu 03 Oxford Academy
Fri 04 Reading Sub 89
Sat 05 Wrexham Central Station
Mon 07 Liverpool Hangar 34
Tue 08 Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Wed 09 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Fri 11 Middlesbrough Empire
Sat 12 Hull Welly
Sun 13 York Fibbers
Mon 14 Sheffield Plug