Track Of The Day: ĠENN – ‘Catalyst’

Taken from their excitingly diverse recent EP Liminal, the latest track by Brighton based four-piece ĠENN is a perfect slice of high-energy post-punk. 

Catalyst’ delivers on the fizzing chemicals its title promises; a spiky minor-key riff from Janelle Borg collides with Leanne Zammit’s stormy bass, while vocalist Leona Farrugia’s striking command to “stay awake” would jolt even the most bleary-eyed into action. The sonic intensity is complete with heavy, punching drums from Sofia Rosa Cooper, as crowd-chants and climbing chords build the energy to fever-pitch. At its crest the song swells into a rousing call to arms, a sparkling rallying cry for mass revolution both personal and international. As Farrugia explains: “Lyrically the track could be interpreted as a cry for collective change, but I had, in fact, began writing from my own perspective, realising the ‘revolution’ one can make within their own approach to everyday life; changing the rhythm of my thoughts to achieve freedom from unhealthy traditions.

Finding freedom in frenzy (the band’s name means exactly that in Maltese) is ĠENN’s great strength, as they hop around genres to produce an increasingly exhilarating body of music.

Liminal, the latest EP from ĠENN, is out now. Catch them live at their Autumn run of dates next month – tickets here.

Leonie Bellini
@teenpeachmovie

Photo Credit: Holly Whitaker

WATCH: Beach Riot – ‘Wraith’

Following acclaim for previous singles ‘Wrong Impression’ and ‘Sofa Surfer’ from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Brighton’s Beach Riot have announced the release of their upcoming debut album, Subatomic Party Cool, due out later this month. And now the fuzz-pop quartet have shared a new video for album track ‘Wraith’.

On an energized excursion, it casts an invigorating spell as it coasts through the best sounds of pop-rock, indie and fuzz. It feels like pure adrenaline, a roller coaster taxi taking you on your way to something awaited for, serving as a fantastic anticipatory track for the band’s upcoming LP. Gothic, echoing guitars open the track with an eeriness as Jonny Ross’ high hat leads the way. It is with urgency that the track takes off at the speed of light and throws itself into the wind. 

Anchoring the sonic storm is Cami Menditeguy’s vocal melody that is striking in its swirling power from its start. A melodic catchiness comes effortlessly, but the real power emerges from the lyrics, as the band’s distinctive harmonies burst with intention and purpose. With dark thematic undertones, Beach Riot’s disposition seeks nostalgia from acts like PJ Harvey, but meets that yearning with a pop-rock energy with shades of Arctic Monkeys’ AM.  

Beach Riot have a knack for building infectious tunes as their skeleton – so, anything they choose to dress it with is never anything short of complimentary. ‘Wraith’ is a wrath of fuzzy determination; a push against gravity and a motivation for change.

Of the track the band comment:

“… it’s a song about your life force being slowly drained away in a fading relationship and there’s nothing you can do about it but watch and brace yourself.”

Watch the new video for ‘Wraith’ here:

Subatomic Party Cool, the upcoming debut album from Beach Riot, is set for release 17th September via Alcopop! Records. Pre-order here. And you can Beach Riot live on their rescheduled headline tour throughout November and December, tickets here.

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Comic Review: ARXX – ‘Not Alone But Not With You’

The latest in our ‘Comic Reviews’ feature – where illustrator Sally-Anne responds to a new release with her wonderfully unique drawings – we check out the brand new single from total faves, Brighton duo ARXX. Following acclaim from the likes of John Kennedy, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq for latest catchy alt-pop anthem ‘Deep’, they have now shared another gritty, yet reflective, and unapologetically honest offering – ‘Not Alone But Not With You‘.

Arxx

Of the track, vocalist/guitarist Hanni explains:

You know that sadness or guilt you feel when you’re surrounded by people you love but you are just missing that other person? Maybe it’s a loved one you’ve lost, maybe it’s a friend, maybe it’s a partner. This last year has been different for everyone but we’ve all had people we’ve missed.” 

‘Not Alone But Not With You’ is out now. Catch ARXX on their upcoming UK tour – tickets here.

Sally-Anne Hickman
@sallyshinystars

Photo Credit: Bridie Florence

Track Of The Day: CIEL – ‘Never Alone Again’

A snapshot of uncertainty filtered through hazy guitars and soft melancholic vocals, Brighton trio CIEL have shared their latest single ‘Never Alone Again’. Inspired by front-woman Michelle Hindriks’ own experiences of feeling isolated, the track is a gentle reflection on the darker moments of life and an honest attempt to make peace with the past.

“Sometimes I spend quite a long time crafting the lyrics for a certain song. This wasn’t the case for ‘Never Alone Again’,” Hindriks explains. “The lyrics were just there, like they appeared out of nowhere, but they were accurately reflecting my feelings at the time. It’s quite scary to me to release this song into the world as the lyrics are very personal and intimate. I never really speak much about these feelings from the past to people around me – even close friends. But it’s the reason why this song feels really close and honest to me. It’s a part of my life’s story. I think it’s important to actually be able to speak about these subjects more openly in our society.”

In these heightened times of isolation and separation, CIEL’s new track provides a tender moment of comfort and relief, acting as a gentle reminder that loneliness is only a temporary state.

Listen to ‘Never Alone Again’ below.

 

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Photo Credit: Ryan Deag

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut