LISTEN: Big Daisy – ‘Without Dreams’

Described by the band as a “sleepy lullaby-turned-powerhouse journey of a song,” Belfast four-piece Big Daisy have shared their latest single ‘Without Dreams’. Full of soft, yearning vocals and atmospheric guitar sounds, the track is a melodic slice of fuzz-pop that rings with genuine warmth and charm.

Formed of childhood best friends Aidan Reynolds, Ciara King, Dan O’Rawe and James Orr, Big Daisy released their debut single ‘Go Outside’ in November 2019, unaware that their agoraphobic anthem would become an appropriate soundtrack for a global pandemic. The band’s love for “whiny lyrics and big dreamy riffs” is something they take pride in, and latest offering ‘Without Dreams’ is another lush example of their penchant for blending the sad with the sweet.

“I dream of everything being better / I can’t wait for sweater weather” muses Ciara, as the track fluctuates between being content with being doe-eyed and daydreaming, before unwillingly following a tendency to self-sabotage feelings of joy. Penned as “a journey through the mind of someone who struggles with organisation & completing tasks,” ‘Without Dreams’ is a bittersweet, relatable tune that softens and soothes any inner chaos.

Listen to ‘Without Dreams’ below.


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Photo Credit: 26 North Productions

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Bad Idea – ‘Winter’

A fuzzy, relatable guitar tune that playfully reflects on the desire for escapism whilst working a low paid job, Bad Idea have shared their latest single ‘Winter’. Released in partnership with RoseColoured Records, the Leeds band channel the joys and frustrations that come with growing up through pop-tinged melodies, soft vocals and catchy lyrics on this track.

Formed in 2016 on a drunken night out dancing to Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’, Bad Idea’s Sarah Sefton and Daniel Johnson chose the band’s name after entering into a new creative project and a new romantic relationship together at the same time. They put aside their concerns about how this might affect their musical dynamics and enlisted the help of new bandmates Charlie Peacock and Liam Lambert in 2019 to flesh out their lo-fi sounds.

In 2020, the band released their debut EP, the ironically titled I Just Want To Go Home, after recording the tracks intermittently between lockdowns in a friend’s basement. The result of their efforts is a joyful, fuzzy exploration of love, loss, nostalgia and moving on to new experiences. New single ‘Winter’ is a lush example of how the band have trusted their instincts and channelled their energies into creating buoyant, charming tunes.

Listen to ‘Winter’ below.


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Kate Crudgington

LISTEN: Stream Ghost Guilt’s debut ‘EP 1’

Durham “grunge-tinted fuzz pop” rockers Ghost Guilt have released their debut EP via Frux Tapes today, and we’re delighted to share their raucous new sounds with you. Inspired by the bands they saw performing around their hometown, front woman Cat Black wrote the EP alongside band mates Ellie, Stevo & Jonny to combat a turbulent few years battling intense anxiety and depression.

Fortunately, after speaking out and seeking professional help, Cat is back on track and ready to front Ghost Guilt alongside her supportive band mates. Thier debut EP hosts four tracks, all of which are taken from their first recording session with Neil Combstock at Rocking Horse Studios in Durham.

Speaking about the band and the new release, Cat says: “Ghost Guilt has been such a positive place for me, I never thought I would have the courage to stand up and scream everything out in front of people!”

Listen to Ghost Guilt’s debut EP below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Track Listing:

1. Billy Liar
2. Creepy
3. Heavy Weather (social anxiety)
4. This Girl Can’t

Ghost Guilt will be playing with Bob Nastanovich from Pavement and Schwervon at Empty Shop in Durham on Monday 4th December.

Kate Crudgington