Having watched this a few times now, it’s still definitely one of the best music videos I’ve seen. Wanna learn the lyrics to the song? Answer the questions correctly and you can. Thinking of starting your own band, but not sure how to get famous? It’ll teach you that too. Apart from the very beginning where my heart jumped to my throat as I really thought my laptop had crashed, I stare, joyously agape as an entire digital world built around the band unfolds line by line.
The attention to detail here is impeccable, I’m sure there’s still more to see than I’ve yet noticed, and the complexity of multiple layers reflects the tune itself with its juxtaposition of sunny melody and anguished lyrics. A catchy, upbeat indie-pop song about… crippling headaches? Probably not what you expect. But then when the band’s own name describes them as TRASH, I suppose the bar isn’t set high. Based on Migraines though, by which I mean the track not just the video, they should have a little more faith in themselves. This, and other songs will be available on their self-titled EP, released August 11th via Clue Records.
Also, TRASH now owe me a fiver for paying attention to aforementioned details.
Where have Bloody Knees been? For a while even their twitter went quiet, granted previously most of it seemed to be them playing hide-and-seek in bins but still, it was news of a sort. When that stopped it begged the question whether something serious had happened, given the bands attraction to injury (note both their name, and the true story behind previous EP title track Stitches). However they seem to be ok as there’s a new song, and skinny-dipper on the single artwork appears healthy enough.
Oh yeah, music. Aside from I Want It All last spring, this new EP will be the first release from the band in more than three years. Maybe It’s Easy is out on October 13th, with Not Done being the first cut from it, and available now. There’s something a little bit sad about this song, but ultimately it refuses to give up and rages back into grungy indie life ending with the words ‘I don’t care anymore’; as if the band have decided that whatever was holding them back (presumably the same reason they temporarily vanished) doesn’t actually matter. And rightly so, don’t let anything keep you away from what you care about.
Now onto their sixth EP, it feels like Trampolene will never release a full album. And honestly, whilst it would be a lovely thing to have, the shorter format seems to work so well for this band and at a rate of a couple a year, they’re giving us more songs than most manage through the traditional cycle. ‘Beautiful Pain’, the latest addition to their collection, is out now.
Beaneath all the fuzz and drawled vocals, there’s something strangely warm and balmy about this new Forever Cult EP. Homewrecker may sound on the surface like it wants to tear you apart, but there’s a gently yearning element that suggests what it might just need, is a decent cuddle.
Returning to once again agitate and soothe in equal measure, Bellevue Days released their third EP last week. Whispering into life, Rosehill continues to expand on the band’s core sound, using silence as much as it does noise to build mesmerising atmosphere into every moment.
So urm, my interpretation of the new Forever Cult video is that it’s an advert for pacifism. You know like, if you fight over things then you both end up losing, right? Though the actual song is about… well if anyone can make out any of those grungy, slurred vocals buried somewhere in the delightful racket that is Codeine, then let me know. I can’t make any other sense of it, maybe we’re not supposed to. The EP that this track is part of, Homewrecker, will be out on July 7th via Clue Records.
Well, this is different. Bellevue Days, not content with having just one of the most emotive vocalists around at the moment, have switched up lead singers for their latest track. And there’s no disguising that fact either – throughout, the vocals are the centerpiece of Faith, as its bare-bones outset erupts into rage against the misconception that religion, rather than self-belief can guide a person through the hardest times in life. The song will be included on new EP Rosehill, due out on July 4th.