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?
Keep an eye on www.colourcolour.co.uk for news on the EP.
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.
When a songwriter is backed not only by an independent label (Matchbox Recordings) but by the distributing power of a major player (Universal), that’s usually a good sign in terms of quality. Based in Cambridge, song writer Elliot Porter is definitely a talent, and deserves all the backing he is getting.
A subtle writer in the vein of Damien Rice or Glen Hansard, his sound is primarily acoustic, spinning his lyrics around the tried and true combination of light percussion, acoustic guitar and piano. His vocal also bears up to the Damien Rice comparison – harsh edged and melodic, it is captured with little vocal effect in the production, giving it a real raw quality.
That raw quality is exactly what makes this a release worth recommending. If you enjoy the track above, the EP is available here from November 23rd.
Raw but unblemished, the new EP from songwriter Theo Mak and his musical collective E Mute is a poltically minded indie project who have just released a brand new EP.
To give it it’s full title, ‘I Can Pay For It: A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis’ takes a gritty look at the political landscape, and doesn’t pull any punches in the lyrics. This fully formed base of opinions forms the core of the four tracks on offer here, and the fact that the tracks are well constructed and suitably raucous for the genre is something of a bonus too.
So, if you enjoy good music that also has a point to make, check it out at the links below.
Spotify / Amazon / Google Play / Rdio
Song number 19 so far in his monthly run of singles, ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ is the latest indie flecked single from songwriter Prints Jackson. His day job is to compose music for games, films and TV, and in his down time he has chosen – perhaps surprisingly – to just keep on making music.
His mission statement, started in March of last year, is to release one independent single (alongside full artwork and a video) per month, and he has promised to do so until the day he dies.
It’s one hell of a project, and admirable in its ambition. Previous singles can be found, along with the dazzling array of artwork, at http://www.printsjackson.com/, and we really hope he can keep up the schedule and quality shown so far. This is real music, from a real music lover, and thus deserves a hell of a lot of credit.
Pronounced ‘Mex-a-neens’ and not ‘Mezz-a-neens’ as you might expect, the Mexanines are a great indie band who can’t really be described as ‘new’. They’ve been around for eight years, and have supported the likes of Pigeon Detectives and Embrace. Their new music, however, has the potential to hit the sweet spot and become an ‘overnight success’ in the same way Elbow did (after years of hard graft).
Because, let’s face it, fantastic songs like ‘Rocket’ don’t come along as soon as a band gets together. And now, sure of their sound and approach, the time is right for The Mexanines to start turning more heads.
The first step is this single, out in September – don’t miss it, you’ve got the chance to get in on the ground floor with one of this year’s hottest prospects…