A UK band with their roots firmly planted in the recent traditions of British Rock, Colour Colour are a three piece with true potential. Their new EP ‘Do Something Beautiful’ comes out in all the usual online places this Friday (June 10th) and marks the arrival of a genuine new contender on the indie scene.
As a taster of what’s to come, Colour Colour have released the lead single from the EP (above), and it’s a cracker. Gritty and raw but at the same time slick in its production, it’s clean as a whistle and shows a real proficiency for song writing. It’s upbeat, gets you in the mood for a dance, and has a decent message too. What’s not to like?
Veteran musicians with a rich background in rock and r’n’b, Roadcase Royale are a collective of musicians who all bring something to the table. Fronted by Heart’s Nancy Wilson – a rock and roll hall of famer – and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Generation, this is new music from a group who are no slouches in terms of musicianship.
Now on their second single, Roadcase Royale have once again excelled with the exciting and energetic ‘Not Giving Up’. From the assured riff of the opening to the stomping shuffled rhythm throughout, this is a track that deserves your attention.
Evocative and infectious in equal measure, ’17 Days’ is the new single from LA band on the rise Angie and the Deserters. Blending straight up rock with a pop-fuelled country sound, it’s the third single in the row which shows that this band are one to be reckoned with going forward.
They are already picking up steam online with their energetic and well produced songs so far, and each one seems to be stronger than the last. It’s a pattern which will be tough to retain, obviously, but even if they can just keep their batting average this high then Angie and the Deserters will be a band whose wagon is well worth riding on.
A fantastic British rock trio with many musical years of experience, The Kite Collectors are a band of experienced musicians with a host of creative ideas to share with the world. It seems their recent album ‘Clockface’ has been gaining suitably good reviews online thanks to its upbeat rock style, and the band have now decided to share the love even further by making album track ‘Wonder’ available online.
It’s a well titled song, opening with a lovely bluesy feel before spiralling into more straight rock territory. In doing so, it marks The Kite Collectors as a band well worth your time, a view obviously shared by independent label Paisley Records.
The full album has been available since April, and can still be found on the label’s website. And if you’re on the hunt for a well produced, well conceived collection of new rock songs, this could be a good fit for you.
A songwriter with a background in dance (the art, not the music genre), it’s not overly surprising that US artist Rachel Sage has named her upcoming album ‘Choreographic’. That album, which blends Sage’s catchy style of pop song writing with a touch of folk and a hint of rock, is set to be a 14 track treat including the track above, ‘Try Try Try’.
If you’re in any doubt about the quality of her music, you should bear in mind that her band include musicians who have played with Coldplay, Adele and many others, so there’s a fine pedigree there.
This quality comes across in both the track above and the upcoming single ‘I Don’t Believe It’ – the video for which is coming soon. In the meantime, check out https://www.facebook.com/rachaelsagepage/ for the most up to date info (including a special UK date on June 2nd….).
For fans of old school dirty guitar riffs, Strangers Know More will be manna from heaven. Created by three industry veterans who have found cult success since the 1970s in various bands, SKM are something of a throwback to the hey day of punk, but with added blues rock flavours.
Their new track ‘Shoot The Witness’ is now streaming online, and is a great introduction to the band. It also marks the first in a number of releases currently in the pipeline. It’s set to be a busy year for SKM – with new material on the way and gigs set for the UK and beyond, now is the perfect time to discover them.
With a style and vocal delivery which immediately brings to mind the likes of early Maroon 5, Magazine Gap are clearly a band that are on to a winner. Built on a foundation of a solid bassline and rhythm section, new single ‘What’s That About?’ does a great job of setting the scene for an upcoming album.
The video too gives a taste of why Magazine Gap might well be a hot independent ticket in their hometown of London in the coming years. Once again, it’s a simple setting, but classily delivered – much like their music.
Written at a time when all the band members were beset by personal tragedies, there’s a real sense of both loss and hope at the heart of ‘Objects’ – the debut album from New Zealand indie rockers Tablefox. Far from wallowing in the bereavements the band were suffering at the time of writing, you get the feeling that the song writing and lyrics are offered depth of feeling by real life happenings.
This depth is aided not only by the lyrics, but by the musicianship and layering on offer throughout the LP (available now on Bandcamp). In some sections things are sparse and thoughtful, while in others the pace ramps up nicely. Certain sections come across like the modern synth rock of The Killers, others hark back towards the New Waye.
In spite of all these stylistic ebbs and flows, the thing that stitches it all together is quality. Make sure ‘Objects’ is high on your independent list, and keep a sharp eye on Tablefox for the future.
When you think of countries known for spawning great rock bands, Bulgaria may not be near the top of that list. However, Jeremy? are a heavy-set four piece who may be about to change that. New single ‘Two Weeks to the Great Escape’ – born from a great appearance at the cult Brighton festival – shows that Jeremy? have both the musical chops and the energy to stake a claim.
Festival appearances like this, plus other appearances at shows around Europe, show that they are staring to build their reputation outside of their home country. And if they keep working at it, they might inspire Bulgaria to become a real rock hotbed.
An indie band with a strong rock and grunge bent, The Late Yetis are a 5 piece group who spring from different cultures, influences and genres to create a sound which is fairly unique in the current climate. In particular, their harkening back to the golden days of grunge now sets them apart – what’s old is new again thanks to their vitality and style.
New single ‘Blood Driven’ is out now and sums up perfectly what makes their sound and approach so compelling. It takes ideas from heavy rock but examines them in with several mellower moments, making more impact than a song which is turned up to 11 throughout. EP ‘Per Contra’ is released on March 1st, check out the Bandcamp if you like what you’re hearing.