LIVE (Photos): Neighbourhood Festival, 12.10.19

On Saturday, Manchester’s annual multi venue Neighbourhood Festival took place, giving music fans the choice to see over 100 bands, all with just one wristband!

Our Jon was there to capture all the action, including some of our faves …

The Big Moon treat Manchester to their heartfelt, buoyant melodies and feel-good lyricism.

Nova Twins blast out all their immense offerings with their trademark energy-fuelled ferocity.

Julia Bardo charms the crowd with her beautifully sultry creations.

Past GIHE headliners, and all round favourites, Witch Fever, deliver their explosive, grunge-fuelled punk.

Phoebe Green oozes a soaring splendour throughout a truly dreamy set.

Grace Lightman‘s sparkling electro pop casts its spell.

Long time faves PINS make a triumphant return to the stage!

Photo Credit: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

Track Of The Day: Superglu – ‘Forever Endeavour’

Having been firm favourites of ours with previous offerings such as ‘Weekend’ and ‘Dreams’, and having wowed us with their incredible live show at our first ever gig at The Finsbury, Manningtree band Superglu are back with their first single in two years, and we couldn’t be happier!

Oozing the band’s trademark buoyant energy, ‘Forever Endeavour’ reminds us of all we’ve been missing over the last couple of years. Filled with a gentle sentimentality that we may not have heard in previous releases, alongside those scuzzy hooks and whirring harmonies that we all know and love, this new single is sure to add a little bit of sunshine to these dark Autumn evenings; an instantly uplifting and immensely infectious indie-pop anthem.

Of the track, lead vocalist explains:

The band had stopped making music and my girlfriend Krista (and bass player) was preparing to move to Berlin. I was at a low point. As I sat in my house strumming the chords and singing the verse, I heard Krista singing a potential chorus whilst packing upstairs: “Remember the good times” seemed to summarise it all… This is a love-letter from me and Krista to both SuperGlu and one another – a swan song we thought no one would hear has found new meaning and brought SuperGlu back to life.”

 

‘Forever Endeavour’ is out now via Don’t Try. Catch Superglu live (we were gutted to miss them in London last night!):

16th October – The Lending Room, Leeds
17th October – The Basement, York
18th October – Record Junkee, Sheffield
19th October – Wild Paths Festival, Norwich

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Chris Driver Photography

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ ĠENN, 11.10.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including Chorusgirl, Witching Waves, CLT DRP, Crumbs and Mammoth Penguins, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off to a joyous start are Breakup Haircut. Treating us to songs about everything from wanting to be a “greaser”, to not feeling cool enough to move to Berlin, their set’s filled with an uplifting buoyant energy and infectious punk fuzz.

Next up, Bitch Hunt deliver their poignant offerings with stirring emotion. Covering themes of being non-binary, experiencing domestic abuse and general feelings of grief and being an outsider, they bring an impassioned energy and gritty power to an immense set.

Penultimate band of the night, The Weird Things, bring their racing energy propelled by the soaring vocals of front woman Leila, creating a set filled with rough ‘n’ ready rock ‘n’ roll anthems.

Having played for us twice before (under their former moniker Cryptic Street), it’s an honour to now have ĠENN headline for us. With their wonderfully eccentric charisma and immense, empowering spirit, they deliver impressive riffs and racing beats, enrapturing the crowd with their buoyant spirit, as vocalist Leona bounds across the stage in a whirlwind of joyous energy. Once again proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with, ĠENN deliver a memorable set that does not disappoint.

Massive thanks to all four bands who played for us on Friday! We’ll be back at The Finsbury on 8th November with a super exciting Secret Headliner, plus Cozy Slippers (all the way from Seattle!), Gold Baby and Macadamia Sluts. Not to be missed!

 

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

Track Of The Day: Foundlings – ‘I Love You All’

Having charmed our ears both with their live set at The Finsbury and previous single ‘Caught Up On You’, Brighton band Foundlings are back with a brand new offering.

A cover of the original, taken from the 2014 Lenny Abrahamson film Frank, ‘I Love You All’ . flows with jangly hooks and luscious vocals, oozing Foundlings’ trademark scuzzy, sunny energy. An uplifting slice of of fuzz-filled indie pop, building with the whirr of impressive riffs, showcasing all there is to love about Foundlings. Of the track, the band explain:

We’re big fans of the film, and of Frank Sidebottom, who the film’s partly inspired by, so we wanted to pay homage and give it the Foundlings treatment.”

Watch the quirky, DIY, Frank-inspired video for ‘I Love You All’ here:

‘I Love You All’  is out 18th October via Last Night From Glasgow. 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: HAVVK – ’52’

Having completely mesmerised us on many occasions with their immersive live shows, and captivated our ears with a number of incredible, politically driven offerings, total faves HAVVK are back with a brand new single.

Oozing a stark, stirring emotion, ’52’ is about the extreme political dynamics in the run up to the Brexit vote in 2017. With the soaring, celestial splendour and gritty raw emotion of front woman Julie’s vocals, it’s filled with a glistening musicality juxtaposed with a frenzied, angst-driven climax alongside its all-too-relevant subject matter. Showcasing why we need voices like theirs now more than ever, with their unique euphonic activism and the deeply affecting plea “we’ve got to get over it…”, HAVVK offer a poignant soundscape with necessary meaning.

Of the track, Julie explains:

… we lived in London at the time of the vote and I don’t think any of us will forget the day the result came out. It felt like the campaign was designed to leverage a divide between people. At times, it felt like every spokesperson for or against Brexit was willing to put a short-term win ahead of opening a genuine conversation about people’s safety and futures. It drove a chasm between people which only seems to getting wider, with a rise in racism and hate-crime, and the constant out-pour of hateful language in online media.”

A montage of footage showing Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and protests erupting in violence, watch the affecting new video for ’52’ now:

’52’ is out now via Veta Records, followed by HAVVK’s debut album, Cause & Effect, due for release on 22nd November.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

PREMIERE: Saachi Sen – ‘Dark’

Having been a resident artist at Camden’s Roundhouse, and performed at this year’s London Pride event in front of 10,000 people, Mumbai-born, London-grown artist Saachi Sen has now shared her poignant new single.

A song about accepting and celebrating your identity, ‘Dark’ flows with Sen’s beautiful fluid vocals alongside a delicate, twinkling musicality and heartfelt emotion. Building with an impassioned energy, ‘Dark’ showcases this artist’s ability to create stirring alt-pop anthems. Of the track, Sen explains:

From a personal and literal perspective, it’s about my brown skin – but playing it live at events like Pride reminds me that it’s for everyone, whose traits like their race, gender, or sexuality are looked down upon by so many in our society. The song says that though people may treat you differently than others, stereotype you… it’s imperative to remember that who you are is who you are, and you should never apologise for it.

Listen to ‘Dark’, for the first time, below:

 

‘Dark’ is out tomorrow, 11th October. You can also watch a special live performance of the track here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Five Favourites: ĠENN’s Sofia Rosa Cooper

Having completely blown us away playing for us at both The Finsbury and The Five Bells over the last year, we cannot wait for ĠENN (fka Cryptic Street) to headline The Finsbury for our gig there this Friday!

We think one of the best ways to get to know an artist is by asking them what music inspired them to write in the first place. We caught up with ĠENN‘s drummer Sofia Rosa Cooper to talk about her ‘Five Favourites’ – five songs that have influenced her playing and songwriting techniques, or simply take her back to a specific feeling or time. Check out her choices below, and make sure you listen to the band’s ‘Let’s Go Suki’, ahead of the gig this Friday, at the end of this post!

Kashmere Stage Band – ‘Kashmere’
Sounds varying from jazz to rare groove/funk have always been an inspiration source to me, no matter what style I play and this is just one example. The drums are tasty af and worth grooving to if you can keep up (I can’t!).

Angel Olsen – ‘Woman’
This song!!! I can’t be the only person to have stumbled across Angel Olsen and wondered why it took so long. It’s just so nice to see a rise of powerful and raw artists that are striving unapologetically. Writing music almost always serves as an outlet for me and I’ve found that part of putting pen to paper is being open and honest with myself. I can’t imagine the process being any easier without influence!

Funkadelic – ‘Maggot Brain’
I don’t need to say much! but Funkadelic have definitely played a part in my growth as a musician and I just love ‘Maggot Brain’. Unrelated to this song, one of my favourite drummers of all time Dennis Chambers played for Parliament/Funkadelic and this was the connection that brought me to them. If you’re unfamiliar with Dennis but a Santana fan like me, Dennis was also an asset to Santana’s never-ending supergroup and toured extensively with him. Watch some Dennis Chambers content today!

Yellowjackets – ‘Summer Song’
Yellowjackets are a band I revisited after listening to a bunch of my dad’s records and I instantly felt nostalgic. I love this song so much and it’s definitely my favourite of theirs. Also, I always associate these kinds of songs with nature and being outdoors, and they’re usually the type to get my creativity flowing!

Hollie Cook – ’99’
A sweet and tropical song to finish, and an easy choice really! I first saw Hollie Cook when she was supporting The Skints a while back and I’ve been following her ever since. It’s really cool to see artists really innovate with genres like reggae and dub whilst staying true to their foundations, and she’s done exactly that.

Big thanks to Sofia for sharing her Five Favourites! Make sure you catch ĠENN live headlining The Finsbury, this Friday 11th October, and listen to their immense track ‘Let’s Go Suki’ below!

 

Photo Credit: Maria Galea