Perhaps the most exciting punk band around, Wartoad, emerged from the swamp just before Christmas with a cover of Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, amassing oodles of social media hits as a result. They now issue their first original material, I Alone Can Fix It, though the lyrical content has largely been written by a superstar not technically in the band…enjoy!
It’s nearly 30 years (!) since the grunge movement exploded in Seattle, so it’s well overdue a comeback…if indeed it ever went away. Everyone from Linkin Park to Muse have been influenced by the sound and mayhem of the punk/rock/groove of the bands that emerged in the late 80s and early 90s, so you can expect Ikkarus, a band from Mexico City, to be part of a rock resurgence which pays tribute to losers everywhere!
Hopefully kicking any X Factor or Reality TV stars into touch this Christmas is Wartoad, a mysterious punk collective who have covered perennial seasonal favourite, Merry Xmas Everybody, by Slade. The video is huge fun, splicing together scenes from Z-Movie Santa Claus Meets the Martians with scenes of political unrest, stage antics and cute little dogs, which you can never have too many of. A percentage of sales of the single go to homeless charity, The Passage, so do your festive duty!
Feline and Strange are currently midway through their headlining tour of the UK, leading a whole host of Steam Punk-influenced bands through everything from cabaret to rock to punk. Here’s a glimpse of the (Feline and) Strangeness you can expect:
The Lab, Northampton – 6th Oct
Musician, Leicester – 7th Oct
The George, Belper – 13th Oct
NEM, Heanor – 14th Oct
Wagon & Horses, Birmingham – 15th Oct
Museum of Water and Power, Brentford -20th Oct
The Albert, Brighton – 22nd Oct
If you’re into your blood and gore and horror films then The So So Glos new video for ‘Missionary’ will certainly satisfy your slightly twisted appetite.
Supposedly the track is about using the extreme to get through and so you can see where the band are coming from with visuals such as these.
The video from the New York City Punk-rockers will be followed by the release of their new album ‘Kamikaze’ on 25th November.
It’s well known that a strong work-ethic in the modern industry is often as important as the quality of the songs and the fact that Yeti Love has both makes this year one full of potential for the pair.
Already busy putting together a tour to promote the album from the end of September, they are already in and out of the studio working on an new EP to follow it up. Already two steps ahead, all this comes at the same time as curating and organising their very own festival: The Airballoon Garden Party, 29-30th August at Rickman Hill Park.With the festival in late August, plus the single, album and tour due for September, this summer offers Yeti Love to bring their music to more people than ever before. And with an alternative-folk brand this compelling, they’ll be listening.
You can enjoy it here:
August 29th Airballoon Garden Party Coulsdon
More dates to follow…
Nai Harvest has always had a habit of surprising people, whether by surpassing their sonic expectations of a two piece or by effortlessly skipping between genres. Racing through ‘80s and ‘90s-influenced indie rock, their recent album Hairball (Released April 2015) is propulsive and elastic, taking sharp turns into hazy garage punk and feedback-laden grunge.
Video director Ed Crisp explained how it came to fruition: “I had the idea a while ago for a video that was based on a band playing in the middle of a circular dolly track, so that was the sort of starting point for the video… We got some friends in to be in the background and to bring loads of props and costumes etc; for some reason somebody had a kangaroo outfit and a gas mask.”
Have a look at this captivating confusion for yourself …
Post-punk indie single set to hit on June 15th
Currently based in New Orleans – the birthplace of soul and jazz – This buzzy rock band ‘YO’ are seriously not afraid to go against the grain. After travelling the world and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and lyrics draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road.
The latest single taken from the album will be hitting us with a unique, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – dripping in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a distinctly trippy sensibility.
You can hear the track here:
Watch the video here:
Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.
We featured the band a few weeks ago on their new release of the single ‘Hit Me Back’ and now they have just released the video to accompany the track!
The single is based on a domestic relationship, and encourages women all over the world to stop hiding their abuse and living in fear. Cherry wants to highlight this message due to a saying in Russia which is ‘if he hits me, he loves me’.
Rock/Pop-punk duo ‘Good Guy Dies’ are a fresh new act on the UK music scene, powerfully protesting against injustice and discrimination. Made up of Latvian vocalist Cherry Makej, and guitarist Joe Hodgson from Northern Ireland, the pair have spent the past two years perfecting their sound and style; their album was produced by none other than George De Angelis (Seal, Rod Stewart, LeAnn Rimes).
For more info on the band check them out here: