With clear indie and post-punk influences, Alex Rave and The Sceptical is a new Manchester psych band that release their debut EP ‘Profound Absurdities’ on 12th June. The single Itch is quite the emotional journey! It starts of with some haunting chords and when the reverbed vocals kick in, the verse is almost like a spoken word or monologue piece that develops into faster paced chorus leading into a glorious frustration filled crescendo which has you balling up your fists and shouting along. It’s quite a unique sound, which admittedly is a bit of a grower. The EP as a whole is strong and exciting project so watch this space!
Out now, the new Single ‘Move to LA’ is the third single from Red Hot Riot. Recently signed to West Star Records, this is a band that is on the up and had managed to secure a spot at Glasto after just 3 gigs! Written about the human need to be liked, ‘Move to LA’ is an up-tempo alt-pop track with a country influence, catchy lyrics and a summery charm.
The latest single from Leeds based singer-song writer Liam Sullivan will be released via Spotify and Soundcloud on 5th June accompanied by a video release on Youtube. With inspiration from Jeff Buckley, ‘When This Is Over’ was written and recorded during lockdown and is a lament about the current climate and hopes for when simpler times return. It’s played beautifully with a soft, slow acoustic sound paralleled with Liam’s clear songwriting talent and is an emotional piece. Whilst lyrically the track is looking towards more positive times, it’s unlikely to raise your spirits due to the tempo although it is ideal if you want to bask in your lockdown blues.
Polyhymns – Down With The Kids
Released on 1st June this mellow summer tune is reminiscent of a Neil Young track with its gentle yet catchy flow. The songs gentle chords, soft keyboard and airy light vocals create a warm and dreamy sound which oozes nostalgia. The song is about parenting during isolation and particularly home schooling during lockdown so is a theme many will connect with.
Hailing from Douglas in the Isle of Man, Voodoo Bandits are an emerging 4-piece band with a lot to look forward to. Released on 5th June 2020 ‘Yesterday’s Jam’ can be added straight into your summer BBQ playlist. This is a great upbeat indie-pop track that is just what the doctor ordered to cheer our poor furloughed souls during long lockdown days. The seamlessly produced indie disco banger is an instant hit, for 2 minutes and 46 blessed seconds you are no longer confined to your own walls but transported, singing and dancing into the field under the baking hot sun that we are dying to see this band playing in!