Video Premiere: MeMe Detroit – ‘Will You Be My Lie?’

Having received acclaim from the likes of Clash, Louder Than War and BBC Introducing, as well as wowing us more than once with her energy-fuelled live show at The Finsbury, at the end of last year Birmingham’s MeMe Detroit shared her immense new EP Life In The Now. Now, following the EP, she has shared a brand new video for EP track ‘Will You Be My Lie?’.

Filled with gritty blasts of grunge-tinged riffs and the soaring, gravelly snarl of MeMe, ‘Will You Be My Lie?’ is propelled by pounding beats and sweeping melodic hooks that will stick in the ears on first listen. With a gentle romanticism, it soon builds to an anthemic, emotion-fuelled slice of raw rock ‘n’ roll, showcasing once again MeMe’s innovative songwriting skills.

Of the video, MeMe explains:

“Being from an acting background and working with the awesome Dwane Perks, we wanted to treat this video as more of a short film as the song’s story-like structure lent itself to a narrative style of film. ‘Will You Be My Lie’ tells of the reality of infidelity and homes in on the idea of what drives some people to act upon their urges and whether it’s ever worth it.”

Watch the eerily captivating video for ‘Will You Be My Lie?’ here:

  ‘Will You Be My Lie?’ will be re-relased as a double A-side single, alongside a brand new re-mix by producer DantannaBeatz, on 10th May.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: The Franklys – ‘Not Guilty’

‘Not Guilty’, taken from The Franklys’ upcoming new EP, is pure rock ‘n’ roll. The opening riffs hook you in and by the time the big, shout-along choruses and pure-pop harmonies hit, you’re having a full-on shimmy in your seat. Or at least I was.

Much like The Donnas or Joan Jett and The Runaways, ‘Not Guilty’ feels effortlessly cool and stupid amount of fun. It’s empowering, exciting and threatens to get stuck in your brain until the end of time.

The Franklys say they formed when Swedish Jen Ahlkvist and Fanny Broberg came to London “intent on carving out a vital new sound”. And if ‘Not Guilty’ is representative of the rest of their material, it feels like they’re doing just that. They’re really putting their own spin on macho garage rock, and I love it.

Framed, the upcoming EP from The Franklys, is out 5th April.

Victoria Conway

WATCH: Shana Cleveland – ‘Don’t Let Me Sleep’

For me, Shana Cleveland’s new single is something from another time in an alternate universe. ‘Don’t Let Me Sleep’, from her upcoming album, has shimmering guitar licks reminiscent of a desert wanderer. Layer that over Cleveland’s effervescent vocals and it’s a sterling performance of futurist folklore; a psychedelic vision explored in the music video that accompanies the track’s release.

With the vast palm-scattered soundscapes of her other project La Luz to influence her sound, Cleveland’s ‘Don’t Let Me Sleep’ is a sonic homage to the great guitar-wielding crooners of days gone by, with distinct shades of the likes of ‘Moon River’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’.

With this exquisite track as our first taste, it seems that Shana Cleveland’s first foray into a full-length LP is less of a dipping of toes into new waters, and more of a full body submersion into a warm oasis pool, the waves rippling into an infinite sea of ethereal sound and peaceful refrains. Night of the Worm Moon is already looking to be a serene reverie, and with influences rooted in the Afro-futurism of Sun Ra and cosmic consciousness, it may be the perfect score for a midnight journey through starlit desert.

Night Of The Worm Moon, the upcoming album from Shana Cleveland, is out 5th April via Hardly Art.

Luke Janke
@jankeleg

Photo Credit: Eleanor Petry

WATCH: Light Emitting Dinosaurs – ‘Ambition’

Formed last year with members from Peter Cat, the rock musical The Quentin Dentin Show and vocalist Nikki Lewkowicz, Brixton band Light Emitting Dinosaurs have now released their debut single.

Propelled by the power of Lewkowicz’s soaring, soulful vocals, ‘Ambition’ emits an eerie, electronic soundscape alongside deep bass and glitchy beats, providing the backdrop for the track’s epic, sweeping splendour with shades of ’90s trip-hop. Of their unique sound, the band explain:

We want to be on the borderline of epic and silly. Like your gran doing a surprisingly good rap.”

Accompanied by a fantastic animated video adding to its racing sense of drama and intensity, ‘Ambition’ is a stimulating delight for both the eyes and ears.

‘Ambition’ was recorded by Nick Howiantz at Brixton Hill Studios.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: POZI – ‘Watching You Suffer’

If I could describe ‘Watching You Suffer’ from London trio Pozi in one word, it would definitely be quirky… With a raw punk energy and attitude, the track resonates a strong sense of emergency and alarm, coupled with a dystopian DIY music video that surely helps the case.

The main female character is alone in the midst of a sterile world inhabited by human-like, faceless creatures dressed in red, the colour of danger. The raw vocals are reminiscent of The B-52s and the lack of guitars is a definite innovative plus – with the violin and its mid-track solo being a key highlight of the song. The growling, constant bass-line continues to evoke the sense of urgency, and is almost lifelike, emulating  the music video’s main character’s sense of loneliness and of being misunderstood.

Pozi’s violin driven punk surely makes the trio a stand-out act that you should definitely keep your eyes and ears on!

Watch the new video for ‘Watching You Suffer’ here:

PZ1, the upcoming album from POZI, is out 5th April via Prah Recordings.

Janelle Borg

WATCH: Hexmaze – ‘Hex Hex Hex’

Making a mark on the London music scene since 2017, five-piece band Hexmaze have just dropped their single, ‘Hex Hex Hex’. With a hypnotic potion of punk lyrics and vocals, haunting chants and fuzzed out guitars, the collision of different sounds creates a genre-splitting track. In their latest single, the band demonstrate their diversity and ability to experiment in a song and create what will ultimately become a favourite amongst fans.

The music video, directed by Swedish visual artist Anna Bo, complements the energy and organised chaos of the song. Anna Bo creates a horror-like fairytale setting, which is intersected with scenes of the band dressed as Atwood-esque spectres band walking in unison. The video is almost ritualistic as its indulgent and rich imagery perfectly captures the intense emotions packed within the song. Both the music video and the single signify the journey from anxiousness to anger, and overall create an empowering message.

Watch the new video for ‘Hex Hex Hex’ here:

Amy McCarthy
@behindthecritic

WATCH: The Coathangers – ‘F The NRA’

We’ve been massive fans of Atlanta trio The Coathangers for a while now, finding comfort in their cathartic fusion of uplifting melodies and gritty, angst-driven energy. And today, with the release of their poignant new video for ‘F The NRA’, we see them speaking up for what they believe in, in an impassioned plea against gun violence. Referring to the US National Rifle Association which advocates for gun rights in the States, ‘F The NRA’ was written by guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel, who felt compelled to make a political statement in the face of potential backlash, in part because she is a refugee from Belarus, a country with limited freedom of speech and press.

Propelled by a gritty, punk-driven energy, ‘F The NRA’ is a painfully topical offering charged by the band’s seething passion, trademark raw growls and driving, frenzied hooks. Accompanied by a protest-fuelled video, featuring spine-tingling statistics, including the final heartbreaking fact that ‘Every Day 100 Americans Are Killed By Gun Violence’, The Coathangers deliver a furious and clear message with an anthemic, potent force.

Kugel has expanded on her motivations to speak out in an essay published today at The Talkhouse, with contributions and advice from Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Brendan Canty (Fugazi/The Messthetics) and Dennis Lyxzen (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy). From the essay:

 “I do not take the freedom of expression that all U.S. citizens are granted lightly. The band was confident that we wanted to put ‘F the NRA’ on the record. It provided a personal catharsis and a sense of empowerment in the wake of the immense feeling of helplessness that was weighing heavily on us as we coped with continuous reports of mass shootings. It was not until those around us started warning us of the repercussions we could face, did we realize the risk involved in yelling at the giant. My ingrained fear of speaking out came back to me. Yet the reason I am a musician is because of a need to express my truth, personal or political. I began to question everything: the rights of an artist, the responsibility of being political, the fear of backlash, and the desire to be heard.” (Read more here)

Watch the powerful new video for ‘F The NRA’ here:

The Devil You Know, the upcoming album from The Coathangers, is out 8th March via Suicide Squeeze.

Mari Lane
@marimindles