Giving you some of that crushing grunge sound in the vein of Alice In Chains, Big Spring have just unleashed their thundering new single ‘Cold Foot‘ which was originally showcased on their recent tour they were on with Decade.
It’s time for alternative rock to shine again with Deaf Havana giving you all the good times and good vibes with the new album-centric tour. With their new album being a strong staple in this new stage of their career and being supported by two great rising stars in UK artists, it’s time to see how well this pays off for all of the bands.
Opening the night were alternative rock band from Leeds who were ready to bring their strong mainstay into the venue. Dinosaur Pile Up (7) are a trio who have a great old school knack in their sound which was portrayed pretty well in the venue. With 3 albums of music to smash your heads with, they split the duties between their most recent two for a much more vibrant and fresh set. It didn’t provide much of a stage presence for the group, but when they smashed through tracks such as ‘Friend Of Mine’ and their set closer ’11:11’ it gave them a newer chance to show off their latest material. The band did very strong and despite being dealt with the ‘open band syndrome’, they pulled it off well and opened the night quite strongly.
Picking up the pace a bit more were the mysterious London band Dead! (8) who are definitely pushing themselves harder than ever before. With this bands mystique from their social media it is safe to say that they are a group who will have their work cut out for them when they hit the stage supporting someone like Deaf Havana, but they pulled it out of the bag! Showing off different sides of their bands character from the onslaught of ‘We Are Dead’ to the calmer and more anthem-like track ‘Alaska’, it made their set feel much more dynamic and exciting. Whilst the sound came through as a bit hit and miss during their set, their closer ‘You’re So Cheap’ made everything feel that much more rounder and ended another set on another high note.
To bring the night to its close with a showcase of their amazing new release, Deaf Havana (9) brought so much passion and a gripping live show that spans a lot of their career. With James Veck-Gilodi’s vocals running through so strongly throughout the entire set, whether it be through the more emotional tracks like ‘Anemophobia’ to the more bouncy and crowd moving tracks like ‘Sing’. The band also showed how much they can push through their sound with an alternate version of ‘The Past Six Years’ which, in comparison to the original sound that the track has, gives it a bit more of an acoustic and somewhat folksy life-force behind the song and shows more of the bands versatility when it comes to their writing. Overall, the band brought a tonne of different elements to the stage and made the entire night worth it with over an hour of material to smile, dance and cry to.
The supports for the upcoming Real Friends UK/EU tour do not disappoint. Doing just the UK dates are Can’t Swim who will be bringing their strong tracks from their latest EP release, as well as opening the entire tour will be Microwave who will bring you something a little bit different.
You can check out both bands below to get your fix!
Showing off the other side of the bands AA single, GANG are here to give you ‘Enough Nothing‘. Being just as macabre as the previous song ‘Dead‘, this is setting out to be a very drowsy and mind-tripping lot of singles. Check out the song below!
Hailing from the far south of the UK, alternative rockers Hypophora have recently released their ‘double A-side’ singles Youth and Caught. The band take influence from a huge variety of musical styles, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to post-hardcore outfits.
Caught is the first track on the double release, and it kicks off at a brazen pace. Hypophora are a talented bunch, and the band demonstrate technical prowess all round. Vocalist Katie McConnell demonstrates a good range and a confident voice, whether she’s singing husky tones or really projecting a high note. Caught is well-written, with a powerful hook and a catchy chorus as the guitars pound out a bouncy riff. The song strips back for a short and impressive instrumental section before the song builds back up to climax. Topping five minutes, it’s quite a long track, but Hypophora don’t let the song meander – it remains focused throughout.
Youth begins with a jubilant riff, and it’s a song with a stronger sense of rhythm. Some of the band’s funk influences are audible here, as the song rocks along with a sense of fun reminiscent of the legendary Chili Peppers. The band’s music is infused with motion and energy, a quality which is certain to make their live shows admirable.
In all, the double single is a great addition to the band’s discography, and a brilliant breath of fresh style spanning genres. Hypophora are a band that will, and deserve to, stand out.
As well as their new signing to Power Trip Records, Cardiff alternative band Concave have released a music video from their latest record ‘Hard To Find‘. Full of trippy visuals accompanied by a sombre sounding song, it fits right into the glove of said track. Check out ‘Let Go‘ below.
If you’re a fan of bands like Basement and The Xcerts, then you will most definitely enjoy this upcoming four piece from Cumbria. Youth Salute bring that emotional alternative rock blended with elements of emo and that can be strongly said for their latest single ‘Shudder‘. Check out the track below!
Their new EP will drop on October 28th via Spoken Records.