Track Of The Day: After London – ‘Operator’

In a high energy, hard-hitting banger, London based post-punks After London release their empowering new single ‘Operator’. Right from the track’s start, the undeniable chemistry between instruments is in the face of the band’s listeners in a loud and striking way. With a flawless glue between their experimental backdrop and Frank Ward’s powerful vocals, the scene is set as the track grabs your attention and refuses to let go until the song concludes.

Moments of tasteful guitar feedback throughout ‘Operator’ pay homage to After London’s punk roots and give their track a slice of edge that creates a hunger for listeners to see the band’s dynamic live. Layered synths cohesively incorporated into the rock instrumentation provide an ear catching, progressive element to After London’s sound. The fact that the track utilises such an array of different sounds drawn from various genres, but still maintains a minimalist mix, is a reflection of the band’s extensive creative harness.

With such a catchy chorus that celebrates individualism, After London bring out the self determined side in us all and encourage us to move to the beat of our own drum “with the outlaws.” After London’s ‘Operator’ is truly a call for being your own person and feeling liberated by that in the face of objection.

Watch the new video for ‘Operator’ now:

Jill Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Track Of The Day: After London – ‘Do You Want Another World?’

A brooding new offering that laments the struggle between what you have and what you could have if you tried something new; After London have shared their latest single ‘Do You Want Another World?’. Released via Roadkill Records, the London alt-rockers have created something that’s garnered comparisons to early Wolf Alice.

Vocalist Frankie Ward’s range is showcased wonderfully on the new single, backed by atmospheric guitar and bass riffs provided by her brothers Will and Bryon. Drummer Jake Palmer and violinist Alex Tiffany complete the line-up, and together the five piece build a melodic soundscape incorporating all of their musical elements fluidly.

Speaking about the track, Frankie explains: “Sonically, we wanted to create a landscape that had groove and relief in its verse, which would then hit a wall of sound and noise in the chorus. In a way, the music reflects the choice between tearing something up and starting over or trying to make the best of what you have.”

Listen to ‘Do You Want Another World?’ below and follow After London on Facebook for more updates.

Photo credit: Keira Cullinane

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Veta Records & Get In Her Ears LIVE @ Servant Jazz Quarters w/ HAVVK, 06.12.18

Having just launched their utterly compelling and intensely poignant new single ‘Always The Same’, last Thursday GIHE faves HAVVK headlined East London venue Servant Jazz Quarters. To celebrate the release, the band’s label Veta Records, with a little bit of help from yours truly, put on a night filled with great vibes, awesome women and – of course – the best live music.

Kicking off the night’s music is Birmingham born, London based artist Rookes. Delivering her rich, sweeping vocals alongside shimmering melodies and infectious swirling loops, she treats our ears to anthemic pop anthems with her distinctive sparkling charm. 

Second band of the night After London have already wowed us once with their live show at The Finsbury earlier this year, but tonight they succeed in completely blowing us away. With an immense energy and alluring charisma, they deliver their gritty alt-rock with the soaring power of front woman Francesca’s vocals taking an empowering hold.

Gracing the stage to headline this intimate venue, HAVVK make their welcome return to their London fans with a subtle captivating power. Powered by front woman Julie’s trademark celestial vocals, the band treat us to offerings old and new. From the sparkling emotion of tracks such as ‘Take It Away’, to the grittier edge of latest single ‘Always The Same’,  each and every moment spent with HAVVK is one of exquisite, spine-tingling splendour.

Huge thanks to all involved for making the night so special! Catch some more of the best live music at The Finsbury this Friday 14th December, with Fightmilk, Handsome Eric, Hanya and Candy Cane!

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

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Wendy Rae Fowler, 14.09.18

Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us recently – including LIINES, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, H.Grimace, The Menstrual Cramps and Thunder On The Left  – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday for another jam-packed night of the best new music.

Kicking things off, the absolutely stunning Caswell returns to play for us – full band in tow – after captivating us all last year. As her silky smooth, luscious vocals soar alongside deep pulsating beats and twinkling soundscapes, she charms the crowd with the uplifting, sparkling splendour of her catchy creations.

Next up, utterly immense duo Belle Scar take to the stage. Delivering her sweeping, majestic offerings, Geeta casts her spell over us all an instant. As the intense power of her spectacular vocals ooze a beguiling grandeur alongside innovative, mind blowing hooks, she shimmers and shines with a unique grace.

Penultimate band of the night, the many members of After London, treat the jam-packed venue to their anthemic alt-rock with an infectious, uninhibited energy. As front woman Francesca’s gritty, soulful vocals cascade over swirling riffs, the band draw us all into their high-octane creations, cementing themselves as definite ones to watch.

Finally, Wendy Rae Fowler and her band (including GIHE fave Jemma Freeman) take to the stage, immediately capturing our attention with a completely immersive presence and innovative soundscape. As Fowler’s deep, resonant vocals soar with a spellbinding power, whirring hooks and tribal beats create a captivating, cinematic atmosphere, filling the room with a sense of wonder; a soul-grabbing, breath-taking set that I’m truly honoured to have hosted.

Massive thanks to all the artist who played for us on Friday – it really was an amazing night of live music, and we’re so grateful to have you all play for us!

Catch us next month at The Finsbury for our Blogtober event on 12th October with Peach Club! It will also be our website’s first birthday, so make sure you come and join in the celebrations!

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