Get In Her Ears w/ Luna Neptune 16.08.18

Kate returned to the studio this week, armed with plenty of new music from the likes of Ghum; Basement Revolver, LOW, Skating Polly & Ellie Bleach. She opened the show with a tribute to the late, great ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin too.

Luna Neptune also came in to chat about her recent EP Next Automated Wave, and for a live performance.

Listen back to the show here:

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Get In Her Ears 19.07.18

Kate was presenting solo this week & playing loads of new music for your listening pleasure. Highlights include tracks from Bad Sidekick, AE Mak, Caswell, hear & Fisty Muffs.

There’s no show next week, so you’ll just have to keep this one playing on repeat instead…

Listen back here:

EP: Bad Sidekick – ‘Bad Sidekick’

A fistful of brooding indie noise: London trio Bad Sidekick have shared their debut self-titled EP. It follows their previous singles ‘Circus’ and ‘Crook’ (which you should definitely check out) and proves the band are at the beginning of a promising music career.

“Everything I touch, it gets destroyed” sings front-woman Cooper Rose with powerful intonation on opening track ‘Run Boy’. Guitarist Joe and drummer John create loops of fast, fuzzy, furious sound as she warns of the storm that’s coming. It bleeds in to the snarling ‘I Ain’t Sick’ on which Cooper oozes more of her enviably cool vocals, supported by a cacophony of guitar noises and more heart-thumping beats. If you think these tracks sound impressive on record, wait until you hear them live.

Bad Sidekick’s stellar song-writing skills are showcased on the gentler ‘Lost Cause’, which broods with quiet intensity before the drop-in. It’s not long before ‘Romeo’ comes spiraling along though, and the band rev things up to full throttle again here. Penultimate track ‘Think About It’ is cut from the same cloth; full of visceral riffs and driving percussion that urge you to contemplate Cooper’s invitation.

A glitchy sampled recording opens final track ‘If I Were The Devil’, on which Cooper sings: “I don’t wanna be like the others, trapped inside these dead eyes, waiting for the flames to turn me to ashes”. With her superb vocal intonation, there’s no danger of her burning out anytime soon, especially when paired with Joe’s razor sharp guitar riffs, and John’s knockout drumming.

Bad Sidekick are masters at making manic, mind-buzzing sounds; and their debut EP is a shining collection of infectious, gritty indie anthems. Invest immediately.

Listen to Bad Sidekick’s debut EP on Spotify.
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ALBUM: Asylums – ‘Alien Human Emotions’

Released via their own label Cool Thing Records; fun and frustration fuels Essex rockers Asylums‘ brand new album, Alien Human Emotions. The band’s sophomore record is a turbulent, tenacious collection of tracks; buzzing with enthusiasm and self-awareness.

After the success of their critically-acclaimed debut Killer Brain Waves in 2016, the indie rockers have embarked on another aural adventure. Presented differently, the tracks on Alien Human Emotions would shrink your heart with sadness; but Asylums’ DIY ethic and riotous delivery makes this record a hopeful, heart-swelling affair.

The album kicks off with ‘Day Release To The Moon’, documenting a grand, but turbulent emotional journey that will “pull us closer to the sun, annihilate everyone”. Jazz’s manic guitar riffs mask the dark side of front-man Luke’s pessimistic wish, before Drummer Henry’s relentless percussion punches through on second track ‘When We Wake Up’.

The song assaults the senses from start to finish, and fans are guaranteed to mimic the mosh-pit that features in the accompanying video when they hear it live. Luke’s anthemic lyrics invite listeners to take a “front row seat for Armageddon”, which sounds tempting against a back drop of manic guitar noise. ‘Bottle Bank’ follows with more of Jazz’s trademark spiraling riffs and Mike’s thundering bass lines, leaving listeners sweaty and short of breath three tracks in.

The eponymous ‘Alien Human Emotions’ comprehends emotional black holes via dense bass lines and thoughtful lyrics, before the gentler ‘Millennials’ provides a moment for reflection. Named after a social label that’s doused in negativity, Asylums have reclaimed the term and turned it into a thought provoking, comforting tune.

Just as you’re on your way back down to earth, the toxic punk blur of ‘Napalm Bubblegum’ blasts you back in to the band’s sonic atmosphere. Luke’s visceral Essex accent and Henry’s savage drumming provide the ultimate punk infused sound to bounce around your bedroom walls to. ‘Pause’ is an aptly named interlude track – because even Asylums need to take a second to catch their breath sometimes.

‘Graveyard Tourism’ is a distraction from “morbid fascination”, whilst ‘Critical Mass’ urges you to “keep pushing along, because the force is strong” amidst more manic guitar noise. The timely ‘Homeowners Guilt’ dissects feelings towards “characterless buildings” and the unfair reality of having to always make sure ends meet, before the penultimate ‘Sexual Automation’ starts the gentle descent down to earth, whilst resisting the “impulses you can’t castrate”.

The simple but raw honesty on ‘The Company You Keep’ closes the record on an optimistic but realistic note. An ode to true love and friendship, and a poignant reminder to appreciate the people around you – it’s a track that remains rooted in your consciousness long after it’s stopped spinning.

‘Alien’ in the sense its sound blasts you in to an unknown sonic universe, but ‘Human’ in its quest to make sure no listener feels left behind – Asylums’ Alien Human Emotions is an intense, joyful second record that kicks and comforts in equal measure.

 

Order your copy of Alien Human Emotions here.
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LIVE: Indian Queens – Meltdown Festival 2018, London 15.06.18

After watching Hackney trio Indian Queens perform to a packed out Purcell Room at The Southbank Centre last night, we have only one ambition: to become as skilled a guitarist as their front woman, Jennifer O’Neill. The band were hand-picked by The Cure’s Robert Smith to play his exceptionally well curated 2018 Meltdown Festival, and after their mesmeric, sharply executed, stunning performance; it’s easy to see why.

Together; Jennifer, bassist Katherine, and drummer Matt create thoughtful, atmospheric sounds reminiscent of bands like Warpaint and Radiohead. Performing against a backdrop of kaleidoscopic visuals – which were a fusion of live footage and urban buildings – Indian Queens played a captivating set, featuring their brand new single ‘Pretty Little Thing’, which was released via Cool Thing Records on the day of the show.

Bare-foot bassist Katherine was animated throughout, delivering her moody bass lines with stylish aplomb, whilst drummer Matt was the driving force behind it all – even after he dropped a stick, he recovered the rhythm seamlessly. Jennifer’s vocals were as magnetic as her guitar riffs; effortlessly anchoring the performance of singles ‘Save Yourself’ and ‘Get No Rest’. She confessed mid-way through that the band had accidentally their set-lists in the dressing room, but the trio moved from song-to-song with such ease and precision, this oversight was barely noticeable. Their set closed with a standing ovation, which was unsurprising, but entirely deserved.

If you haven’t caught Indian Queens live yet, a) what have you been doing? They were the secret openers for our March gig at The Finsbury earlier this year, and b) buy a ticket to their headline show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in October here. They’re a must-see for those who appreciate hypnotic, alternative, guitar-led tunes. We can’t wait to hear more from this compelling new band.

Photo Credit: Emma Viola Lilja 

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LISTEN: Indian Queens – ‘Pretty Little Thing’

Equal parts driving and delicate: the ever cool Indian Queens have shared their new track ‘Pretty Little Thing’ – and it’s as attractive to the ears as its namesake suggests. Released via Cool Thing Records today (June 15th), the single is an infectious blur of hypnotic vocals and shoe gaze guitar sounds.

“’Pretty Little’ Thing started as a childhood memory” explains guitarist and vocalist, Jennifer O’Neill. “My Nan and Grandads’s garden always sounded of birds and far off planes travelling to nicer places. It was a warm feeling and I didn’t want to be anywhere else”. This nostalgic undertone makes ‘Pretty Little Thing’ ring out with warmth and understated joy. Jennifer also designed the artwork for the single (pictured below) – titled ‘Self Portrait no.1 – Writer’s Block’ – making this release particularly personal.

Indian Queens have been championed by John Kennedy (Radio X), LOCK Magazine, they were added to Burberry’s emerging playlist on Apple Music, and they supported We Are Scientists on their recent tour. Now, they’re set to play at Southbank’s Meltdown Festival – curated by the inimitable Robert Smith – tonight, and we can’t wait to seem them live again. Listen to ‘Pretty Little Thing’ below, and follow Indian Queens on Facebook for more updates.

Grab your tickets for Indian Queens’ headline show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (12.10.18) here.

Photo Credit: Emma Viola Lilja 

Kate Crudgington
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Track Of The Day: LIERS – ‘Universal Female’

Are you “Hooked on dreams, tired of emotions”? – fear not, Dublin-based LIERS have written a tune for when you’re feeling “perfectly imperfect”. Their debut single ‘Universal Female’ is a torrent of alternative sound, designed to shake your ear drums and get your feet stomping.

Formed by lead singer Liz Seaver (an established singer/songwriter in her own right), LIERS have been performing together at festivals and gigs for a while now. Inspired by the sound of 90’s bands like Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey and Alanis Morrissette; Liz, Ed Scanlan (Lead guitarist), Stephen Farrell (Bassist) and Ronan O’Hanlon (Drummer) decided to create their own music, and ‘Universal Female’ is the first of what we hope will be several stellar singles.

The band will be celebrating the release of the single by joining Sub Motion to open for post-grunge rockers Fangclub at Whelan’s in Dublin on Thursday April 26th. With the support of Polite Society (Fangclub, Long Tail, Vulpynes), and an EP release lined up on Headwire Records later this year, 2018 is set to be a big year for LIERS.

Listen to ‘Universal Female’ below and follow LIERS on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
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