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Top New Tunes of the Summer

I haven’t introduced you to some new tunes for a while, totally missing July in the whirlwind that the month was. So, here’s a slightly longer version of my ‘Top New Tunes’ looking at those artists who are releasing new material over the summer. Artists you may be checking out at the festivals, or ones who could get you in the right mood while packing your backpack.

First up is Leeds-based Masses with their new single ‘In Circles’. Having a countdown on Facebook, I found myself subconsciously anticipating this track, to which the video was unleashed on August 2nd.

Masses have a really enjoyable rock sound, and this track showcases the Cain Cookson’s charming voice. Soft at the beginning, within the chorus it picks up, making it ever more catchy.  It reminds me of the early Matchbox Twenty sound, a pure rock sound which captures emotion seemingly effortlessly.

Another catchy tune, this time from a Hull band and from a different genre. ‘Behind These Eyes’ is the first track to feature on Three Day Millionaires’ self-titled EP, released last month.

A punk rock band, they cross over into the metal sound with heavy ruthless vocals. I’m not usually one for scream-come-singing, but recently I’ve been increasingly intrigued by the metal genre. I dallied with it somewhat in my teenage years (I dated a guy in a death metal band and had an episode of listening to a lot of Children of Bodom). Now, I’m finding myself drawn to more and more local Metal bands.

This track features some very catchy parts – the parts you can make out on the first time of listening to it – as well as some parts where I imagine I’d be moving too much to sing along to anyway. I can certainly picture myself on the outskirts of a circle pit of true metal fans, enjoying this band, even if it’s not my usual choice of noise.

You can get your hands on their music via their Bandcamp or in the physical form at the Warren merchandise stall at local festivals.

A band I can’t get enough of is Storms from London, and they’ve recently released my favourite of their tracks. ‘Shame’ is a fantastic tune, which starts directly on a high. George Runciman takes you on a journey of vocals, introducing the title of the song as he screams over the guitars, but then softening for the verses. The chorus is sung loudly as the guitars pick up and create a fantastically loud noise.

This track just does everything for me – it’s rough, it’s quick and yet has slow moment. I probably won’t be seeing these guys over the summer (a shame in itself, as they are awesome live), but I will definitely be playing this track in preparation for a good night out – it’s a great get-in-the-mood track from a very talented and fun band.

You can get this track free from their website (stormsband.com) as well as from the usual means: ITunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify.

Back to Humberside, on the other side of the water, The Finest Hour have released their new single ‘The Scrapheap’, available to buy from their Bandcamp.

Energetic punk folk, this band hit the nail on the head every time. Delivering a softly sung, guitar-heavy track, ‘Scrapheap’ is a song which we can all relate to. I don’t have much to say about this track, as I think it speaks volumes itself. If you haven’t already check out Cleethorpes-based The Finest Hour, I urge you to do so at the next opportunity.

And finally back to Hull. You may have seen Breeze performing at Humber Street Sesh, all clad in white and performing this song along with a selection of their best tracks.

New song ‘Sam Wave’ features a chorus which you’ll find stuck in your head for hours after playing it, with a tune which will keep you upbeat. It’s got a more summery sound to most of their other tracks, contrasting with the deep sultry voice of Aron Gilbey.

And with the video filmed locally, you can see just how beautiful this part of the country really is, on those days when the sun decides to shine.

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Tunes To Check Out

Let me start you off this month in my lovely home city of Hull. LIFE released their new EP I Knew I Was A Rat on Monday 11th May, and I’ve been listening to it ever since. I now own 3 copies of ‘Take Off With You’ as I had previously bought it as a single. Do I care? No. It simply means it tends to appear more often than any other song when playing all my tunes on random.

I actually featured the single ‘Go Go Go’ in my March Tunes To Check Out, the video (shot by ShootJMoore) has since been hosted by Vevo. But it is second track ‘All Your Friends’ which I am most enjoying. This track summarises the sound I associate with the band; Mez shouting out to the listeners as an introduction to the song, a clear beat from bassist Loz and drummer Rick, and some lovely guitar pieces from Mick (who wins me over every time I see them perform live). Their lyrics are fast-paced and laced with cultural references, from Breaking Bad to the Grapes Of Wrath. Their sound is furiously fun.

The next two suggestions are from bands I’ve seen sharing a stage with LIFE.

First all, Storms, who co-headlined with the band last year, and who I quickly bonded with. Now signed to MUK Records, they’ve cleansed themselves and started afresh with their new single ‘Girl’. I was saddened to see their tracks disappear from my Soundcloud stream, but immensely pleased to see them receiving significant media coverage with this track which holds onto their sound. (Too often a record label alters the sound of a band, cleaning it and stripping away all that makes it beautiful. Thank you MUK for that.)

It opens with a high-pitched guitar, the video introducing you to the protagonist who has an unhealthy interest in one specific girl. George Runciman’s vocals are gentle and yet strong, adding an additional layer which compliments the instruments. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to suggest that manic stalking is the way to get the girl, but it makes for a fun video.

My last suggestion is from Frankie and The Heartstrings’ new album Decency, which I have already pre-ordered on vinyl in huge anticipation and a moment of sheer joy when I spotted it on their website.

The video for forthcoming single ‘Think Yourself Lucky’ is immensely fun, even if it doesn’t really seem to make sense. Showing the band dressed like a 1950s rock band, lead singer Frankie bounces around before the musicians, dancing with balloons and a young gentleman (I want to say gentleman, anyway). Drummer Dave Harper flirts from behind his kit, while Michael Matthews, Michael McKnight and Ross Millard attempt synchronised guitar moves. If you’ve ever seen this band live, you’ll know that this is exactly what you can expect from the guys, perhaps without the synchronised movements from those wielding guitars.

I openly admit to having fallen completely head over heels (and every other euphemism for obsession and unashamed adoration) for Frankie and The Heartstrings. They’re fun, they’ve got a crisp and funky sound, and they never fail to put a smile on your face.

Thinking about it, these three bands would make a pretty decent line-up. Don’t ask me which one I’d stick in the headline spot though…

Storms & LIFE: Second Night of the Tour

The second night of their November tour, LIFE performed their hometown gig metres away from the space in which they usually rehearse.

Life
LIFE

Last time I saw LIFE perform at the Adelphi, it was for the venue’s birthday celebrations. It was packed so tight I would have been more comfortable with my hands in my neighbour’s pockets. This experience was bound to be contrast with that. A Thursday night, I’d expected it to be quiet, but there was just the right collection of supporters in order to create a comforting and sociable buzz.

Supported by Witty’s Passage and Babies, there was time to get a couple of drinks and settle into the evening before the co-headlining bands set to the stage. I attended with a fellow contributor for Browse Magazine. I had planned not to work the event, attending as an encouraging fan. Alas, at the last minute we couldn’t get a photographer, so I took on this role. I had one aim: get a shot of Mick which wasn’t a terrible mess of blur.

Storms
Storms

We entered as Witty’s Passage performed, greeted by Mez, and took a seat next to the merchandise table. One massive bonus to a midweek gig is that you can usually get a decent place to park yourself. But we couldn’t help feel somewhat saddened by the gap in front of the stage. For the musicians, it is always wonderful to see crowds gather as close as they can. I knew, though, that this wouldn’t hinder our LIFE.

Storms, promoting their EP on the tour, came across as aptly named. Their song ‘Shame’ is a mixture of soft and heavy vocals. A track accompanied by a soulful beat and fast-paced instrumentals, it rang around my head even as I rode in the taxi home.

Heavy sounds and a harmonic clash of vocals, there was barely a break between tracks as they swam from one song to the next. The guitarist, Felix Howes, did stop at one point to compliment Witty’s Passage and Babies, stating that Hull has “got some f*cking talent”. My favourite track was ‘Swell’, which started with a calm welcoming instrumental and then pulled you into the riptide of noise between verses. Their set concluded with a cover of ‘My Girl’, the remains of their energy thrown into the final chords, leaving amps still ringing as they stepped from the stage.

Though both bands fit into the genres of rock and punk, their sounds are very different. Storms are a loud, powerful force, whereas LIFE are a whirlwind of energy and charisma. Both empowering and mesmerising, creating a sound which pushes its way into your heart.

Life @ Adelphi 06.11.14
Mez

The short interlude between co-headliners, saw Hull’s LIFE open in their traditional manner with ‘In Citrus’, instantly hooking the crowd with their familiar tune and bouncing beats. Another popular song, ‘Money’ had the crowd stepping forward and dancing. Mez joined their fans on the floor for a couple of tracks, with Loz and Mick hanging off the stage. “You’re only close enough if you get wet from this,” Mick told us, as he shook his damp barnet. This is the spell that they cast; that within a couple of tracks they’ve worked up the audience as much as their sweat levels.

New songs ‘Membership Man’ and ‘Go Go Go’ featured, as promised, with Mez introducing the latter as “this one’s very fast”. It didn’t stop a couple of us trying to sing along, which the brothers commented on, adding they’re not even sure they can follow along with the lyrics. “I just go nananana,” joked Mick.

Mick
Mick

Who, by the way, I did get a non-blurry photograph of. The only issue the guys had was the low ceiling. Mez climbed the drumkit, curving himself around the rafters, and Mick did mention afterwards that he almost did himself an injury when throwing himself around the stage.

What I adore about this band is their sheer love of performing. They are the only band where I can guarantee the mic stand is more likely to spend it’s time off stage than on. There is never a doubt in my mind that I will leave delighted with their set, empowered by the bond they create with their audience.

Between them, Storms and LIFE are a mesmerising clash of noise and stage presence. Bands to be reckoned with, and bands you will hear about for a long time into the future.

You can still catch these guys on their co-headline tour, which continues across the UK until 13th November.

Life - Nov 2014 tour