James Leese

American Football Release New Video

American Football have released yet another video for a song off of their sophomore record, yet against being self-titled. In this new release, the band are gracing their track Home Is Where The Haunt Is weith a brand new video which yet again not only shows their musical maturity but also their growth as a band. The band are soon to be gracing UK stages again on a short run of shows and it is definitely not going to be a show to miss. However,  in the meantime check out the new video for American Football’s Home Is Where The Haunt Is below.

Bad Sign – Live and Learn – REVIEW

Hailing from Croydon the three piece Bad Signs have been making waves ever since their 2014 release Destroy, and this time the band are only planning on building to their good name. This debut record Live & Learn promises to be a stacked release filled to the brim with dreamy melodies and angular dynamics, and following on from the release of singles Intermission and Square One it definitely seemed that the record was shaping up that way. But without further ado let’s break down this debut record from Bad Signs.

Opening up this debut record is Liars & Lovers a track which opens up with this strong and powerful instrumentation. There is little to no messing around as this track begins with the band coming into full swing with this well-orchestrated composition. Soon enough the vocals of Joe Appleford come into view and present this extra layer to the bands music, despite it being so early into the album from this complete sound that the Bad Sign present during Liars & Lovers shows not only how much potential the rest of this record has but also just how tight this band are, and how strong they all are instrumentally as the well-orchestrated guitar riff from Johnathan Harris mixes well with the driving beat presented by Kevin Miller. 

Coming directly after this strong opener is a duo of tracks which starts with Covenant. This first track yet again showcases the band in a very positive light. The tight and well-orchestrated instrumentation comes powering through from the offset of this track. During Covenant, the band explores a few different dynamics which not only shows the band exploring some softer moments of instrumentation but also towards the tail end of the track flip the tables into vocal melodies and musical moments which are also heavier. The second part of this duo is Square One  which brings the band back to a similar sound that had been present on the album’s opener. However, in this track, the drums by Miller are truly the driving force and the part of the band’s instrumentation that sticks out and is particularly memorable during this track.

After this duo of songs, Bad Sign then present a set of four tracks which start with the instrumental cut XX, this instrumental cut is short but does act as a direct follow-on to the first full track in this set of four Intermission, this track is very impressive vocally, with Appleford’s vocals gliding gently atop this track which shows off not only his ability in a concise vocal range but also show how well the band construct their tracks which allow for this what does feel soft but powerful vocal melodies.

The second full track in this set of songs is Closure which is, unfortunately, the band feel a little lackluster in terms of their instrumentation, by no means is this song weak, as its overall makeup is still overly strong, there is just something that during this track makes it fall a little flat and winds it up being the weakest cut off of this record. Following directly on from this is XI the second short instrumental moment that Bad Sign present on this debut record, this one is vastly different to XX being that this is solely synth based and it is a nice break from the full throttle music that has existed up to this point on this record.

Moving on from XI is October, which uses the track before as a short intro before the full track kicks in. October is a far different track than everything that sits before it on the album, as it is in this song that the band flip their dynamic entirely and stay down with this far more relaxed and softer instrumentation. Towards the end of this track there is gentle but eventual build which allows for this big and well-orchestrated ending where the band drops back off for the last few seconds. October is the strongest cut off of Live & Learn in a number of ways, from the tight and well-orchestrated instrumentation to the well choreographed vocal melodies Bad Sign on this track showcase all of their ability in what is a well thought out track.

Following on from this is a trio of tracks which starts off with the song Attrition. This track sees the band continue with this powerful and well-planned instrumentation which showcases not only their innate ability to write cohesive numbers but also to present a song which houses different dynamics and an instinctive bop. The following track Certitude allows the band to experiment more with this heavier instrumentation they had teased in the opening half of this record. The final track in this trio is Immutable which unfortunately at this point is bringing nothing new to the table and despite there being great moments scattered across this track, there is nothing really new to sink the teeth into.

Ending this record Paramnesia, this track is the closest contender for being the strongest cut off of this record, as not only are the vocal performances from Appleford on this track spectacular but also the instrumentation on this cut are second to none with amazing moments from start to finish. During this track, the band present different dynamics and well thought out musical textures which add to the overall feel and power of this track. Overall this track is the perfect closer to this album and ends everything on such a high note, even when the music seems to have this odd drop off to end the album on this short and sweet acoustic moment.

Overall this debut album from Bad Signs is impressive, with little to no dull moments this record is an enjoyable listen start to finish. With great vocal performances and well-orchestrated instrumentation from the beginning to the end of this album, there is something for everyone. This band are definitely one to keep and eye out for at their upcoming shows and this album is one to definitely check out when it drops this month. [8/10]

The Cadillac Three Announce Headline Tour

The Nashville-based The Cadillac Three have announced a new string of UK show for November this year. The tour is in support of their new album Legacy which is releasing this August. The tour entitled Long Hair Don’t Care will see the band supported by Broken Witt Rebels for half of the shows and then Brothers Osborne for the second half. This tour won’t be one to miss, check out the poster below

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Last Bullet Announce New EP

Hard Rockers Last Bullet have been making a name for themselves since the release of their debut EP in 2010. Last Bullet have been receiving praise for their newest EP  80-69-64 since the release of the first two singles, and with it pipped for release on the 14th July there isn’t long left until fans can receive the full six track release. This EP promises to be Last Bullet’s best work and based off their single Sin that just may be true. Check out Sin below and keep your eyes peeled for Last Bullet’s release on the 14th of July.

Thousand Below Release Video For Sinking Me

Thousand Below are set to release their new record before the end of this year, and following on from their first single Tradition it would seem like this upcoming release is going to be a great listen. However, the band have now released their second single from this upcoming record Sinking Me which is accompanied by its video. Yet again Tthousand Below are showing a mass amount of potential in this track, they are definitely a band to keep an eye out for. But in the meantime check out Thousand Below’s new video for their single Sinking Me below.

Gogol Bordello Announce New Album and Release a New Single

Gogol Bordello have recently announced not only a string of European Tour dates but they have also announced their new full-length album Seekers and Finders which is pipped for release on August 25th. This album is the ninth album by the multi-cultural band, yet again it will look into the frenzied punk and rock styles Gogol Bordello are known for with a party of accordions, trumpet, marimba, guitars, drum and bass. However, alongside both of these announcements the band have released the first single off of this upcoming release. Saboteur Blues is the first look in to this album and shows the potential that this record has. Check out Gogol Bordello’s Sabotuer Blues below.

Gogol Bordello European Tour Poster

Shaman’s Harvest Release New Single

Following on from the announcement of their newest studio album Red Hands Black DeedsShaman’s Harvest have released the first single off of this upcoming record. This new single The Come Up implements this well orchestrated and juxtaposing instrumentation that houses a Motown backbeat and this classic rock and roll swagger. This single sets a great precedent for everything which is to follow on Shaman’s Harvest’s new record. Check out The Come Up below.

Carole King Announces New Live Album

Carole King is hailed as the quintessential singer-songwriter and her album Tapestry is one that is held in high esteem by many, be it fans of her music or fans of music in general. Last year Carole King recorded Tapestry, the album which gained her 15 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and four grammys, live in Hyde Park. This year this live recreation is set for release this September, the album and DVD houses the first show that Carole King has played Tapestry in its entirety. This album will not be on to miss out on and can pre-ordered HERE. 

Carole King – Tepestry: Live At Hyde Park tracklist

  1. I Feel The Earth Move
  2. So Far Away
  3. It’s Too Late
  4. Home Again
  5. Beautiful
  6. Way Over Yonder
  7. You’ve Got A Friend
  8. Where You Lead
  9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  10. Smackwater Jack
  11. Tapestry
  12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  13. Medley Intro
  14. Goffin/King Medley: Take Good Care Of My Baby, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Go Away Little Girl, I’m Into Something Good, One Fine Day
  1. Hey Girl
  2. Chains
  3. Jazzman
  4. Up On The Roof
  5. Locomotion
  6. I Feel the Earth Move (Reprise)
  7. You’ve Got A Friend (reprise)

Faultlines Release New Single and Video

UK Melodic Hardcore band Faultlines released their newest single Breathe on the 9th June, this release was accompanied by a video. This new single and video not only allows the band to showcase their updated lineup but also show off the potential this band has moving into the future. Breathe houses this very anthemic composition that shows off the band’s new members but also shows this bright future Faultlines has. Check out the video and single for Breathe below.

You can purchase the new single HERE.

The Movielife Release New Track

The Movielife haven’t released anything since their 2003 record Forty Hour Train Back To Penn. Post this record the band had parted ways and their comeback has always been highly anticipated. This year The Movielife are giving fans exactly what they want with an album which is set for release for September this year. This new record, Cities In Search Of A Heart, is not only somewhat of a rebirth for the band instead of a comeback record but it is also a release which shows the growth in the band over the past 14 years. Leading this new record from The Movielife is the new single Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel, a song which is said to be ‘the album’s hard-charging, thought-provoking centerpiece’ which brings the band back in top form.

Check out The Movielife’s single Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel below.

Cities In Search Of A Heart tracklist:

01. Ski Mask

02. Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel

03. Ghosts In The Photographs

04. Sister Saint Monica

05. Pour Two Glasses

06. Lake Superior

07. Laugh Ourselves To Death

08. Blood Moon

09. You’re The Cure

10. Hearts