A trio of musicians who have come together to form a new group of their own, Colour Colour are a London based group with an edgy but commercial sound. With clanging guitars and a vocal style that’s not a million miles from Arctic Monkeys, this is a band with a solid sound and potential for a very successful future in music.
This single, ‘Do Something Beautiful’, is something of a mission statement in both content and style. It’s fun, memorable and upbeat in tempo – doing a great job of whetting the appetite for future releases. Which is perfect, considering there’s an EP on the way in the summer.
It’s a well-known fact that, even in this internet age where any talented artist can get their music online, there is still a substantial glass ceiling when it comes to being a real success in the music industry. In spite of all the new tools and avenues to making your own music, the fact remains the same as its ever been – ‘making it’ relies on being in the right place, at the right time and being heard by the right people.
However, some artists immediately present themselves as a full package which the ‘industry’ would be silly to ignore. Take Rachel Johnson as an example. A young lady with a vocal that is far more mature than her years, it seems from her YouTube channel that she has won over many a crowd with her soulful acoustic pop. And now, we’re hoping she’ll win you over too, with new single ‘Safe Island’.
Take a listen to the video above, then show Rachel Johnson some love over at iTunes.
Jeremy? are a four piece rock band from Bulgaria whose new single ‘Two Weeks To The Great Escape’ is out now. Accompanied by the moody black and white video above, the track does a great job of showing why the band are being invited to play all over Europe, including the festival to which the song owes its name.
Working very much in the melodic rock vein, the band make an impact with strong lyrics and full-on rhythms. It all grows from a place of unity, with the band having made it through many highs and lows to come out the other side stronger. Perhaps 2016 will be their year to progress even further.
Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, and marrying those styles with intricate indie-rock guitar lines, Weinf is a songwriter who offers something a little different from the norm. A little to light to be rock, but too heavy to be a classic ‘singer-songwriter’, he instead finds a middle ground musically while lyrically pouring his heart out on new album ‘Requiem for Myself’.
The album happened almost by accident – the result of a writing binge which followed some awful medical news which had the potential to prematurely end Weinf’s life. The result is an album of songs on a very definite theme, questioning life itself, his place in it and various other deep themes that occurred to him during this stretch of time.
And now, having been told that all is well in terms of his health, the timing is perfect to get these songs out there – exploring dark feelings while safe in the knowledge that there is a happy ending coming. It would have been difficult listening were it not for that outcome, but as it is it simply documents an uncertain period with great dexterity.
As you can tell from the name of this blog, I am a musician who would very much like to make music my occupation on a full time basis. I’m sure that time will come, but in the meantime, I have a special admiration for those who are able to do just that.
Step up and take a bow Prints Jackson.
Having written music for games, film and television, as well recording and producing for other artists, Prints Jackson is already an experienced campaigner when it comes to writing music. And now, his aim is simple. To release a new single every month until the day he dies.
Sounds simple in principle, but there’s no doubt a commitment like that is damn hard work and should be applauded. Which is why you should follow him on his journey:
A classy four piece who have worked for almost a decade to hone their sound, The Mexanines are a band very much on the cusp. Having supported the likes of Pigeon Detectives and Embrace, the time is right for this band to break big, and with a slew of new singles on the way, the time could be now.
The first of the upcoming singles is ‘Rocket’, the anthemic track above, officially released this coming September.
Coming across like a stepchild of Muse and old school (i.e. good) U2, Irvine are a South African band who are already making waves back home.
However, a new challenge awaits having moved to London, and it’s easy to see that challenge having a successful outcome based on the evidence of this debut album.
The single above is an excellent example of their approach, going full pelt at their rock style with the glee of a child who is running too fast for their own legs. It rubs off on you as a listener, carrying youth through the whole album until it’s over all too soon. But you can always listen again.
From the very first bass note and percussive jangle of opening track ‘Here & Now’ to the final, powerful throes of closing song ‘Be No Love’, The Lowriders are a band who are in assured control of their indie-rock sound.
Seemingly angered by press comments about their home town of Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, the band have produced a gritty, memorable debut album in which their sound is laid bare – not showy, not glossy, but substantial.
Like their press release says: “Not bad considering they’re from a town going nowhere with no aspiration!”
The above track is taken from the brand new psych rock mini-odyssey from singer songwriter Spirals – out now on Bandcamp.
The mixtape, inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd, blends modern electronic influences with the mind bending aspects of traditional psychadelic rock. It makes a refreshing change and is surprisingly affecting an accessible for something that is so mindfully non-commercial. Good, fun music with a dark undertone.
Manchester trio Partisan are set to embark on a string of live dates taking them from Manchester to Edinburgh and back again.
Risen from the ashes of Six10Repeater, Partisan are ready to lay waste to the music scene. The first track off their self-titled 3 track EP, Juggernaut has been picking up views on YouTube and is currently playing on SubTV:
The live dates start on the 23rd August at Ducie Bridge, Manchester – their first date of a residency – and end on November 21st at Manchester’s Castle Hotel, with a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe festival on August 30th thrown in for good measure.
Full dates are as follows.
August 23rd – Ducie Bridge, Manchester
August 30th – The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh. As part of the Fringe Festival