Glasgow newcomer Lucia Fairfull’s neon-tinged music is saturated with references to Blondie, Bowie, and Madonna. Since releasing a debut EP as more of a solo project, Lucia has evolved into a full-blown band affair, which has seen the foursome hit the road with their art-punk mates The Ninth Wave, and before that Britpop darlings Sleeper, where we had a post-set chat at Norwich Arts Centre.
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Continue reading LUCIA / “You’d be fucking disco dancing all weekend”
Uxbridge foursome Bloxx are a lucky bunch. Since forming in spring 2016, the guitar-pop newcomers have strutted their stuff on stages nationwide alongside some of the finest indie acts of the moment – not bad for a band who still work in Wetherspoons [update – none of the band work at Wetherspoons anymore]. When I join drummer Moz, guitarist Taz, bassist Paul, and ringleader Fee Booth in the green room at Norwich UEA, they’re on the home stretch of an enormous tour opening for The Wombats, set to conclude in a couple of days time at London’s Alexandra Palace. This is a big deal.
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Continue reading BLOXX / “I don’t want to go home and work at ‘spoons anymore”
It’s an unassuming Monday night in March, around 11pm. Fresh from supporting Sunflower Bean in the club room at OPEN, London upstarts Sorry are thirsty for a wild night out. Fat chance. Enticed by the prospect of £1 shots (practically a fairytale compared to the prices at home) we end up at local hotspot The Mischief. Tequila is promptly consumed, pool cues acquired.
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Continue reading SORRY / “People will look up to you whether you’re bad or not”
Formed in Limerick, Ireland, and now based in London, guitar pop trio whenyoung look all set to become the next big thing in British indie. Endorsed by everyone from The Maccabees to Nick Cave, they’ve toured with the likes of Peace and Declan McKenna and this week unveiled ‘Heaven On Earth’, a new single that demands to be played on repeat; their rough-cut songs gloss up hidden complexities with happy-go-lucky exteriors. With a debut EP slated for release at the end of summer, theirs is a name you should get to know right now.
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Continue reading WHENYOUNG / “This time last year we would not be saying that Aoife had punched Bono”
Fuzz rock trio Calva Louise have shared some big journeys to get where they are today. On guitar and vocals, Jess Allanic is a native of Venezuela who moved to France in her teens. There she met bassist Alizon Taho with whom she eventually travelled to the UK, where drummer Ben Parker joined the picture. Now based in London, the group routinely rip up venues nationwide with their explosive garage/surf tunes. Earlier this month they joined fellow mosh-stirrers Spring King on the road, where we got to know each other over warm rider beers.
Continue reading CALVA LOUISE / “It’s all about music and friendship. It’s genuine. It’s love!”
Oxford singer songwriter Willie J Healey, 22, is as much a movie character as he is a man, with an unmistakable orange barnet and a whimsical take on life in both conversation and song. Released through Columbia Records his 2017 debut ‘People and Their Dogs’ is a diverse affair that jumps from jaunty highs to sultry lows and fills the gaps with crackling slacker-rock. As the year drew to a close, we met for a natter about the joy of living life in analogue.
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Yassassin are one of the hardest working new acts around. The quintet, based in London, are yet to give up the day jobs, but have already found time to hit the road with Pins, and share stages with the likes of Primal Scream at European festivals. Taking their moniker from a song by David Bowie, everything they do embodies a swaggering vintage quality, and an inclusive, DIY ethos is core to the Yassassin experience. Between them Anna, Moa, Jo, Ruth, and Raissa work not only in music but video, fashion, publishing, graphic design and more, and with backgrounds spanning five countries, each members brings their own creative flare to the group.
Continue reading YASSASSIN / “What else is there, what else can we create?”