Retro Youth – B.R.A.V.E [REVIEW]

If you were looking for some strong alternative rock and pop punk blends, then you need to look no further with upcoming act from Manchester. Bringing you the more uplifting and dance side of the genre, similar to Lower Than Atlantis and The 1975, Retro Youth are looking to show off a great selection of tracks and get you boogieing with their debut.

Starting off with the extra bouncy ‘The Lost And Found’, the fun and exciting elements that the band bring to the record is already exemplified by the production that comes through. It’s a great way to open your record with something that would definitely get the crowd jumping as the guitar melodies shine through. Next comes up ‘Hometown Homesick’ which invokes a bit more pizzazz and intrigue, having the same feel of ‘Priorities’ era Don Broco. The vocals aren’t overpowering at all through the track and flow really well with the instrumentation behind it, but as it leads into the more riff centric track and higher vocal octave in ‘Let It Burn’ it brings you another side of the band that you might not have been used to and puts another smile on your face as it gives you something that is full of rock and funk. The vocals might be something you need to get used to after the first few tracks but its change of tone has such a lasting effect not the track that it’s hard to judge. Plus, the solo is a surprising addition and will definitely blow your mind once listening.

Throughout the album, the band push alternative rock harder with the album going in many different motions with their guitar playing. Each track has something that brings out something really special that the band have whether it be the title track which has such a Lower Than Atlantis flavour you would most likely double take to the electronic/orchestral interlude that is aptly named ‘A Brief Moment Of Calm’, the album is somewhat very diverse for a genre you’d expect some strong similarities from. You do get that with this record, but the album seems to blend all those styles together really well and make for such a strong album from an upcoming artist.

All in all, this album is a nice surprise to the early doors of the year from the early doors of a band. Vibrance and positivity in the bands music and instrumentation and it might feel a little bit same-y to your favourite artists, but the styles that are incorporated are near perfect in their execution and give you something to smile about. Expect a great record and tracks from this bands high flying debut.

Jessarae Announces UK Tour And Stand In The Rain EP

Jessarae the guitarist and solo artist has announced his new EP Stand In The Rain will be released November 29th. The artists previous EP Nobody’s Human went into the iTunes charts at Number 4 this Summer while his 10 date UK tour in the Summer completely sold out including a headlining performance at London’s 02 Academy 2 Islington.

Jessarae has signed to Island Records for Stand In The Rain which is astounding considering he is only 21.

Some of the people he has worked with most young songwriters come dream of. These include; EG White (Florence And The Machine, Adele), Mike Crossey (The 1975, Jake Bugg) and Iain Archer (James Bay, Snow Patrol). 

These influences are felt throughout Jessarae’s music and gives context for the creative sound he makes on the record label. The singer has announced a UK tour for February next year, dates are listed below:

February 2017
Wed 15th                   LONDON, O2 Islington Academy 2
Thu 16th                     SHEFFIELD, Plug
Fri 17th                          BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute 3
Sun 19th                   EDINBURGH, Electric Circus
Tue 21st                     MANCHESTER, Sound Control
Wed 22nd               CARDIFF, Globe
Thu 23rd                 LONDON, Boston Music Rooms

Stand In The Rain was recorded in both LA and London which the singer has both lived in (originally coming from LA now residing in London). Jessarae co-wrote and played guitars on all the tracks for this new EP with tracks Done Try’na (Save A Life), Lens and both an electric and acoustic version of Stand In The Rain. 

Jessarae has already supported 5 Seconds Of Summer, Frances and Matt Corby so this tour might be the last time to see the singer in smaller venues.

King No-One Release New Video For Alcatraz

For fans of Don Broco and The 1975 comes King No-One with their new track Alcatraz. The song can be listened to below.

The 4-piece Yorkshire based group have been championed by various DJs including; Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2), Dan O’Connell (Radio X) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music). 

Their last track Constellations was added to BBC Radio 1’s Best Of BBC Introducing List for 2015, the group recently also released their track Halo. 

The group also has a reputation for being a great live band who were chosen to support Embrace on a sold-out UK tour and have played festivals such as; Reading And Leeds, The Great Escape, Live At Leeds, Dot-to-Dot and a headlining club NME show at London’s KOKO.

After selling out their own headlining tour recently, the band return for a second tour this December.
Dates include:
Mon 28th Nov– Fruit, Hull
Tue 6th – Bodega, Nottingham
Wed 7th – Sound Control Bar, Manchester
Thu 8th – Exchange, Bristol
Fri 9th – Boston Music Room, London
Tue 13th – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
Wed 14th – King Tuts, Glasgow
Thu 15th – Wardrobe, Leeds
Fri 16th – Fibbers, York

All shows are 14+.