THYLA are headlining the first ever ADM Live! at Norwich Arts Centre

The cat is well and truly out of the bag. Anti Despair Machine is incredibly excited to be taking its first step into the world of live music, as we bring a trio of amazing new bands to the city of Norwich, with a little help from our friends at Dork Magazine. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

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TOTD#30: Team Picture – (I Want Your) Life Hack


For fans of: Tame Impala, Gary Numan, Franz Ferdinand
Hear it live: London Shacklewell Arms (31 May) – free!

In their own words, Team Picture are “a group of six polite individuals who live in Leeds”. In ours, they’re one of the most intriguing new bands we’ve come across recently. Today, as well as announcing plans for a debut mini-album titled ‘Recital’, they’ve shared ‘(I Want Your) Life Hack’, an absolute stomper of a song. Over a steadily thunderous beat, brash guitars whirl and bursts of shout-sing vocals pop up intermittently. “I want your life hack”, they resolutely demand. The track is accompanied by a stunning pop-art-esque video which is as overwhelming for the senses as the music itself. Check them both out in the player above.

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NME may be gone, but these 5 music magazines prove that print isn’t dead yet

The day has come that many of us have been anticipating for a while. This afternoon NME announced that its physical, print edition is to imminently end after more than 60 years in circulation. While NME will continue as an online platform, it must be recognised that this is a sad day, as another musical institution and British alt-culture monolith moves a step closer to extinction. Continue reading NME may be gone, but these 5 music magazines prove that print isn’t dead yet

TOTD#29: Spector – Fine Not Fine

For fans of: White Lies, The Horrors, Pulp
Hear it live: London Scala (24 May) – tickets.

It’s so good to have Spector back. With a new EP out this Friday (more on that later) the metropolitan moth boys have shared ‘Fine Not Fine’, a rampant and super-smart slice of electro-pop. About the makings of the song, frontman Fred Macpherson told Clash that “a Spector listener once told me our lyrics were good because every line could be an Instagram caption. In which case they’re going to love this one.” It’s true; his uber snappy quips about the reality of post-adolescent glory ought to be strung up in a gallery of ironic anti-motivational posters. A personal favourite? “Your neighbours came round / but didn’t complain / it wasn’t too loud / they wanted to stay”.

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TOTD#28: THYLA – I Was Biting

For fans of: Slowdive, Black Honey, INHEAVEN
Hear it live: London Sebright Arms (14 March) – free!

Brighton bunch THYLA are, to be honest, nauseatingly good. With their previous singles they’ve explored floaty shoegaze and brash, 80s power-pop (check out ‘Pristine Dream’ which we played on our radio visit the other day). Now they take their sound in a grungier direction on ‘I Was Biting’, an unstoppable stomper of a tune. Millie Duthie’s crystalline vocal booms throughout, while fuzzed-up guitars bloom as if from some lost My Bloody Valentine track. Gradually proving themselves to be more than just another south coast buzz-band, we can’t wait to hear what’s next from this majestic new outfit.

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TOTD#27: Ten Tonnes – Lay It On Me

For fans of: Declan McKenna, George Ezra, Circa Waves
Hear it live: Norwich Waterfront (18 March) w/ Tom Grennan – tickets.

Don’t make the mistake of pigeonholing Ten Tonnes. The 21-year-old newcomer may be the younger sibling of one Mr George Ezra, but Ethan Barnett is creating a buzz of his own with his unstoppably catchy brand of guitar-pop. About “telling someone if they need you, you’ll be there”, his latest single ‘Lay It On Me’ is an energetic driving-with-the-windows-down anthem waiting to happen. As well as a peppy chorus that rushes in from nowhere, it has a middle eight you can bet your bottom dollar on hearing in a festival field somewhere or another come warmer months.

Straight off the back of an arena tour opening for Stereophonics, you can catch Ten Tonnes on the road this month with Tom Grennan. And you should! It’s one of our March picks.

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Track of the Day #26: Gengahr – Where Wildness Grows

For fans of: Wolf Alice, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes
Hear it live: Cambridge Portland Arms (30 April) – tickets.

Gengahr’s second album ‘Where Wildness Grows’ lands next Friday (9 March) and as a final preview, the band have shared its expansive and evocative title track. For anyone who has followed the foursome since the blissful twinkles of 2015’s ‘A Dream Outside’, it’s noteworthy how the quartet have evolved their sound from pretty good to damn near perfect. That album broke ethereal sections up with loud rock to create an unpredictable twisting musical journey. This one, based on what they’ve shared so far, is a better-rounded soundscape that deepens the trenches and widens the rivers for an even more epic adventure. True to the pattern, this latest cut is rich with a thirst for escape, and sees Gengahr performing at their absolute finest.

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