LISTEN: LIINES – ‘Keep On Going’

With their last single ‘Sorry‘ reaching over 100,000 streams on Spotify and with acclaim from the likes of Sleaford Mods, Radio X’s John Kennedy and BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, longterm GIHE faves LIINES seem to be consistently going from strength. Now, ahead of a few tour dates coming up this month, the Manchester trio – comprising of Zoe McVeigh, Leila Sullivan and Anna Donigan – have shared a potent new offering.

Propelled by a frenetic sense of urgency as Leila’s emphatic beats set the tone, ‘Keep On Going‘ gradually builds with intricate musical layers as gritty, whirring hooks kick in alongside Donigan’s deep, throbbing bass. Resulting in a sublime, post-punk force of nature, it’s driven by a swirling, frenzied energy, exuding a fierce, unrelenting power as the seething ferocity of Zoe’s distinctive raw vocals soar. A short, sharp two minute sonic explosion that’ll grab you by the ears and instantly awaken your senses with its relentless, impassioned allure. Of the track, Zoe explains:

“‘Keep On Going’ is a call to arms. The song is almost like a mantra – a chant. A reminder to put one foot in front of the other because that’s all you really can do. It’s a two minute blast of energy that signifies the need to just ‘keep on going, keep with me’.

Watch the new video for ‘Keep On Going’ here:

Produced by Paul Tipler (Elastica, Placebo), ‘Keep On Going’ is out now. Catch LIINES live at The Grace in London this Thursday 9th September with stellar support from GENN and Anna Vincent, and in Manchester on Saturday with the equally awesome Desperate Journalist – details here.

Mari Lane

Photo Credit: asupremeshot

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

LISTEN: Daisy Coburn – ‘My Paradise’

Having previously released music with her project Daisy Dares You and with years of experience playing in various other bands, last year innovative artist Daisy Coburn released her debut solo EP, and has now shared her new single, ‘My Paradise’. A festival ready stomp-through-the-woodlands-until-you-find-a-magical-clearing type listen, it’s utterly enchanting as airy chimes weave through swirling guitars and trundling bass, creating a beguiling indie track which is as whimsical and eerie as Alice heading down the rabbit hole. 

As Coburn’s vocals whisper, we’re treated to the unique, celestial Tinkerbell-like quality of her voice: delicate without being fragile, emanating light while a darker mischievousness lingers too (making the accompanying press image of Daisy bathed in absinthe green light pleasingly fitting). 

Her self-written lyrics are a call to get up and discover yourself, to stop making the same mistakes. Her admission that “my paradise is that you’d think twice” is particularly poignant advice given the knowledge that her career has seen a decade’s worth of iterations – you may remember her from various outfits including The Duke Spirit. 

While there are nods to her history, there’s an unrelenting sense of Daisy’s evolution as an artist. Having left the industry as a teenager, her return is wise, well crafted and extremely welcome. As ever, it’s refreshing to hear an artist truly find her sound and it’s with great excitement we await forthcoming EP Cut The Demon.

Tutku Barbaros

Track Of The Day: Aisha Badru – ‘The Way Back Home’

Having previously charmed our ears with the soothing sounds of last year’s ‘Soil’s Daughter’ and 2018’s poignant debut album Pendulum, singer-songwriter Aisha Badru has now announced her upcoming new EP, set for release in December.

Ahead of the EP’s release, new single and title track ‘The Way Back Home’ offers an endearing reflection on relationships, and the age-old realisation of “if you love something, set it free”. Flowing with twinkling, folk-inspired hooks alongside Badru’s rich, soulful vocals, it oozes an immersive, heartfelt emotion. Propelled by a gentle, lilting energy and shimmering grace, a sweeping majestic splendour ripples throughout this beautifully stirring ballad as its poignant lyricism swirls throughout. A simply exquisite, evocative creation that’ll soothe the ears with its resplendent, uplifting allure.

Of the writing of her upcoming EP, Badru shares:

I knew exactly what to say without thinking about it. It was as if I was writing exactly from my heart.

‘The Way Back Home’ is accompanied by a beautifully hand-crafted lyric video, directed and animated with intricate illustrations by Tash Tully. Watch it here:

The Way Back Home, the upcoming EP from Aisha Badru, is set for release on 3rd December.

Mari Lane