Track Of The Day: Mangö – Demons

A cathartic burst of twisted psych sound; London-based Mangö have shared their latest single ‘Demons’. Released via We Can Do It Records, the track is a dark, fuzzy take down of the inner voices that fuel our stress and anxiety.

Front woman Chloe Spence explains the track’s premise further: “Demons is a power battle song intended to portray the inner workings of one’s mind, and the mental fight we have daily to remain in a positive mindset in today’s fast paced realm of society. The demons are intended to represent negative thoughts, anxieties and emotions that people who struggle with mental health feel daily. We want to portray the demons as an infestation in one’s head, the more attention you give them, the more they thrive and take over.”

‘Demons’ came together when the band were messing around in rehearsals, when guitarist Tom experimented with his whammy pedal whilst comically playing bebop jazz lines and giggling to himself. The band have affectionately dubbed this sound as “a metallic fuzzy bebop tune”, and we think that’s an apt description for this catchy, cathartic slice of psych rock.

Listen ‘Demons’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

PREMIERE: Hari Debi – ‘Sick’

An angst-fueled attempt to process feelings of self-loathing and entitlement, London trio Hari Debi have shared their new single ‘Sick’ today!

Formed of Maddy (vocals), Mark (guitar), and Luis (drums), Hari Debi began making music together in 2018. The band are influenced by the eclectic sounds of Nick Cave, Alanis Morissette, and Queens Of The Stoneage, and aim to create heavy music that flows in a similar vein

New single ‘Sick’ is the result of their time spent together, and it’s four minutes of moody vocals, dense guitar riffs and crashing percussion. The lyrics flesh out the frustration that comes with feeling like you’re not being valued, whilst the noises behind them provide a cathartic backdrop to cut loose to.

The band produced the track themselves, and are set to release more new music in the near future. Listen to ‘Sick’ below, and follow Hari Debi on Spotify so you can keep track of all their new releases.

Photo Credit: Tariq Khawaja

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LIVE: The Big Moon – The Lexington 17.10.19

Joy incarnate: The Big Moon‘s sold out headline show at The Lexington on Thursday night was a playful, polished affair that left us grinning from ear to ear. The four-piece have been busy supporting The Pixies on their UK tour, but found time to debut some of their new material to excited fans for their final gig of 2019.

The band were left beaming after their affectionately dubbed “guinea pigs” responded with cheerful applause to song’s from their sophomore album, Walking Like We Do, which is set for release in January 2020. The tracks are filled with the same buoyant melodies and charming choruses as that of their debut, Love In The 4th Dimension, and are sure to be popular singles upon their official release.

Their set opened with a trio of classic Big Moon tracks: ‘Silent Move Susie’, ‘Sucker’, and ‘Formidable’. Delivered with trademark enthusiasm and superb vocal harmonies, it paved the way for a series of new songs including ‘It’s Easy Then’, followed by older material such as ‘The Road’ and ‘Cupid’ during the latter half of the set. Lead vocalist Juliette broke the fourth wall during crowd favourite ‘Bonfire’, raising the room temperature by more degrees than we cared to count.

Whilst The Big Moon’s music is undeniably infectious, it’s their camaraderie on stage that makes their live shows such a joy to witness. Juliette, Soph, Celia & Fern have an enviable chemistry; they bounce off of each other (sometimes literally) throughout their set, and always appear relaxed and at ease in each other’s company. Their attitude and their music shows that even in the darkest of times, there’s always a space for friends to come together to have fun and let go for a while.

This is proven once again during their performance of recent single ‘Your Light’ at the end of their set. Its luscious chorus and atmospheric keys fill the venue with a shiny sense of optimism, a feeling that’s enhanced by the reflections of the disco ball above the crowd’s heads. The Big Moon proved once again that they are stars in the making, and we’re one of many fans who were blinded by their glorious garage-pop light.

Pre-order your copy of The Big Moon’s new album, Walking Like We Do, here.

Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scrounge – ‘Badoom’

Savage guitar licks, driving beats and karaoke inspired visuals combine in the new footage for London duo Scrounge‘s latest single ‘Badoom’. Taken from their debut EP Ideal, released today via Fierce Panda, the track showcases the band’s ability to take relatable concepts (such as feeling burned out), and turn them in to punchy, cathartic sounds.

Formed of guitarist & vocalist Lucy, and drummer Luke; Scrounge have been on GIHE’s radar for a while, playing shows for us at The Finsbury Pub and gigging across London with the likes of Italia 90, Great Dad, and Hussy. ‘Badoom’ is the pair’s first video, shot and directed by Amanda Tooke who they’ve been collaborating with artistically since they met at Goldsmiths.

Lucy takes centre stage in the new footage, performing a stellar karaoke routine to ‘Badoom’. As the track escalates, so do the visuals; resulting in multiple manic versions of Lucy shouting the eponymous lyric in furious style. This is reflective of the track’s context, which the band explain further: “’Badoom’ represents the release of the underlying tension caused by the stress and mundanity of everyday life.”

Scrounge’s music is far from mundane, and we’re thrilled to have them play live for us again at Notting Hill Arts Club on 30th November, supporting ESYA (event details here). Watch the video for ‘Badoom’ below, and listen to their new EP Ideal on Spotify here.

Order your Limited Edition cassette of Scrounge’s Ideal EP here.

Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Two Tribes – ‘Videodrone’

If you’re in need of a dopamine hit without the aid of a digital device, then London four-piece Two Tribes‘ latest single ‘Videodrone’ is the aural adrenaline rush you’re looking for.

Produced by Oli Bayston (Teleman,Honeyblood, Spiritualized, Boxed In), the band blur shoegaze elements, buoyant synth textures and impressive dual vocals to create seven minutes of intoxicating sound, inspired by the likes of Primal Scream, Jagwar Ma and the industrial krautrock tones of W.H. Lung.

Speaking about the track, the band explain: “’Videodrone’ deals with how the idea of a digital identity, over-stimulation from technology and the internet can perpetuate disillusion and desensitisation in the real world. For some of us, the amount of information available can be a difficult thing to process sometimes, we wanted to explore in this song that increasingly blurred line between mind and mechanism. The title takes inspiration from David Cronenberg’s 1983 film Videodrome, which carries similar themes about the cult of technology.”

Two Tribes have been building a cult-like following of their own, having sold out multiple live shows in London to date. They’re set to do the same for the ‘Videodrone’ single launch on 9th November at Shacklewell Arms, and they’ll be supporting GIHE favourites Sink Ya Teeth at The Lexington on 29th November too.

Listen to ‘Videodrone’ below and follow Two Tribes on Facebook for more updates.

Two Tribes 2019 Live Dates
9th November – Shacklewell Arms, London
12th November – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
29th November – The Lexington, London w/ Sink Ya Teeth

Photo Credit: Alexandra Waespi

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Berries – ‘Silent’

Although there are only three people in London-based Berries, the garage band manage to make a big noise. ‘Silent’, the first single from their forthcoming EP, fuses dazzling guitar solos with spiky, sassy vocals and a big pop chorus – and you’ll want to play it loud.

This song doesn’t stop moving – noisy rock drums keep the pace while the guitar soars, weaves and then even goes a bit prog-y in a fun, kinda life-affirming way. ‘Silent’ is pure rock ‘n’ roll. If it doesn’t make you want to bounce around with an air guitar and flip your hair about, we don’t know what will.

The trio are set to support Bleached at their sold out show at The Lexington on 22nd August, and we’re confident they’ll blow their crowd away with their furious live energy. Listen to ‘Silent’ below and follow Berries on Facebook for more updates.

 

Photo Credit: Matthew Young

Victoria Conway

Track Of The Day: Deep Tan – ‘Air’

Having previously supported the likes of Madonnatron and Naima Bock from Goat Girl, London’s Hackney-based three piece Deep Tan have spent the last year honing their sound, and have now shared a captivating new single.

A song about deception, ‘Air’ oozes a brooding sense of melancholy and dark sweeping splendour as poignant vocals are sung in both French and English. Exuding a dark, ethereal aura and twinkling dreamy haze, it’s a truly beguiling slice of atmospheric alt-pop. Of the track, the band explain:

“The song is about islanders who lie about being able to swim, and they’re a metaphor for people who lie generally. They pretend they can swim, but they can’t. It’s meaningless. It’s just… ‘Air’.”

 

‘Air’ is out now. Catch Deep Tan live:

9th March – The Windmill, London
13th April – The Shacklewell Arms, London

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Alexandra Loveless