ALBUM: The Other Ones – ‘The Other Ones’

London based pop-punk four-piece The Other Ones join Reckless Yes for the release of their self-reflective and self-titled debut album, following their two self-released extended plays: 2017’s Perfect Girl, Normal Boy and 2019’s Picking Up the Pieces. The result is an evolution of the infectious sound they have cultivated over the past five years; a fusion of punk-rock riffs and melancholic pop influences, from Buzzcocks and My Chemical Romance to The Smiths and Kate Bush.

Introducing The Other Ones with opening track ‘Drown You’, bassist Vicky and guitarist Nick whet the appetite for the rest of the record with their unrelenting energy; the power (pop) couple’s distorted riffs offset against front-woman Steph’s and Nick’s spellbinding vocal harmonisation. Next, the cathartic ‘On Top of Me’ reflects on mental health and the struggle that we have all experienced at some point in our lives: “I wake up every day / I wish I could run away / You say it’s getting better / Why do I feel the same?”

‘Forever Young’ is another self-reflective track, this time nostalgic for younger, care-free days; oozing fuzz and swooning vocalisation. Shimmering pop-punk that is the perfect addition to your next mixtape! Relationships are explored next in ‘Money’ (“We never kiss / We never touch / We only talk about money!”), a track that drenches the listener in distorted sound. Originally recorded for their first EP, The Other Ones instinctively let loose on this reimagining; particularly drummer Francis with a thrashing percussive soundscape reminiscent of Jord Samolesky’s latter work in Propagandhi.

Slowing everything down for ‘Out of My Head’, scuzzy guitar riffs define the track’s soft-loud-soft dynamic, transitioning into the acoustic track ‘I Wish I Was Your Boyfriend’, where gender identity is left ambiguous. Raw emotion (and a spacey bridge) dominates ‘Better Off Alone Again’, whilst ‘Wasted Youth’ sees The Other Ones picking up the pace with Vicky’s throbbing bass-lines and a punchy drum assault from Francis.

‘Sad Case’ is yet another reimagining from Perfect Girl, Normal Boy, further showcasing Nick and Steph’s overlapping vocal abilities, but it is the title track, ‘The Other Ones’ that truly defines their impressive debut. Propelled by the scuzziest of riffs, ‘The Other Ones’ is a fitting anthem for the misfits of society – the freaks who won’t conform to societal norms – firing on all cylinders with a fierce, impassioned performance from Steph. Fuck all societal expectations to be a certain way… Strive for complete self-expression: “We are the other ones / We are the other ones / We are the other ones / We are not alone!”

Closing The Other Ones’ self-titled LP is the ethereal acoustic soundscape ‘I Think Too Much’; an unexpected, but welcomed, departure from the preceding ten tracks of energetic DIY punk rock.

With their debut, The Other Ones have delivered infectious hooks, emotionally-driven melodies, and enough feverish feedback to reinforce their underlying message: Fuck you to anyone who has ever told you that you’re not enough just by being yourself. “We’re the freaks and we don’t belong.”

 

The Other Ones‘ is out now via Reckless Yes. Buy on bandcamp.

Ken Wynne
@Ken_Wynne

Photo Credit: Keira Anee Photography

 

#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ The Tuts 16.03.17

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Lockdown 2.0, we’re unable to make it in to the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our March 2017 show with feminist pop-punk trio The Tuts (aka Nadia, Beverley and Harriet.) Tash, Mari & Kate spoke to them about power-cut troubles during their Glastonbury set, the struggles of being a DIY “three tone” band, their interactions with Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, their love for Feeder and playing for Decolonise Fest’s fundraiser in 2017. They also performed two of their tracks live in the studio.

Listen back here:

Tracklist
Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
Nina Jirachi – Pure Luck
Nipah – Forever
Malka – Fell For You
Little Wise ft. Sal Kimber – Favourite Song
Shopping – Wind Up
Luuna – Soap
Pip Blom – I Think I’m In Love
Vaarwell – You
DYVR – Half Awake
H1987 – I
Caswell – Animal
Molina – Salvation
The Baby Seals – Guuurl
The Selecter – Missing Words
**The Tuts Interview & Live Session**
Stormzy – Shut Up
Tilia – Black Monday
Innacut ft. Anqui – Feel Love
Petrol Girls – Touch Me Again
Bitch Falcon – Clutch
Xy&o – What’s Love Got To Do With It
Noga Erez – Toy
Adwaith – Hall
Barbara Lewis – Hello Stranger

LISTEN: Palberta – ‘Before I Got Here’

An energetic, totally infectious slice of guitar pop, New York trio Palberta have shared their latest single ‘Before I Got Here’. Taken from their fifth album Palberta5000, which is set for release via Wharf Cat on 22nd January 2021, the track explores the juxtaposition of emotions that come with letting someone new into your life.

“While punk music was our first love, pop music has become our fixation,” Palberta explain. “Throughout the making of Palberta5000, we were focused on making music that people could not only sing along to, but get stuck in their heads. That, and attempting to make songs longer than 50 seconds.” This evolution towards the softer side of things is epitomised on ‘Before I Got Here’. Full of buoyant guitar riffs and lush vocal harmonies, the song showcases the band’s playful poppy outlook, while still delivering a much needed cacophony of noise via the krout-surf style outro.

Palberta opened for Bikini Kill on a handful of the band’s US tour dates in 2019, and were supposed to tour the UK and Europe for the first time this year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. There’s still much uncertainty around when the return of live music will happen, but Palberta’s new single should keep your heads bopping until then.

Listen to ‘Before I Got Here’ below.

Follow Palberta on bandcamp, Instagram, SpotifyFacebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: BAXTR – ‘Feathers’

Following their uplifting debut offering ‘Bloom’, London alt-pop trio BAXTR are back with a catchy brand new single.

‘Feathers’ is a sunny slice of pop-punk filled with a fuzzy contagious spirit and explosive fresh energy. An empowering anthem celebrating self-love and each of our own unique beauty, it’s inspired by the band’s own journey with self image, acceptance and expression of sexuality. The band add:

“Hell hath no fury like a woman who refuses superficial, unrealistic, heteronormative beauty ideals constructed by a patriarchal society and perpetuated by systemic sexism and consumerism. Show… your… FEATHERS!”

Listen to ‘Feathers’ now:

 

Mari Lane 
@marimindles