If you didn’t know, Clue Records are a Leeds-based independent label putting out some of the most captivating new bands around that area at the moment. Recently they’ve launched a singles’ club, no not the lonely hearts type but a musical one, putting out bi-monthly AA-side releases.
Having previously featured splits from Fighting Caravans/Colour Of Spring and Tea Buckley &/Team Picture, this latest edition comprises newbies Mini Skirt and a now-expanded Night Owls. The former have provided a song titled French Kiss, which exactly matches the feeling evoked by its title, emanating the warmth of summer nights and the blissful innocence of youth. Its companion Honestly is a fair amount rowdier, an ode to more mature relationships and the importance of trust. While sounding less amorous on the surface, lyrics such as “I’ll catch you when the ceiling falls right through” show the sort devotion absent from adolescent romance.
Whether chosen intentionally or not, the similar-but-contrasting themes result in these two songs balancing each other perfectly. This single is available now on its own, or a subscription to Clue Club will get you a bunch of bonus goodies as well as all the year’s releases.
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.
Coming to my attention last year as Pines, a subsequent name change seems to have upped the band’s productivity as they’ve already recorded and released debut album Dixieland under new moniker Greet Death.
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.
We understand, really, that we live in a world of constant encouragement to have often unattainably high expectations of ourselves and our lives, buoyed by a media that’s owned by corporations willing to promote whatever ideas they believe necessary to sell their products. The problem we have is facing up to the truth of a matter that has become so deeply ingrained into our culture we barely even notice, never mind challenge it. So in their latest video, False Advertising get Honest about, erm, false advertising, and the way we’re expected to mindlessly accept whatever the broadcasters tell us. I guess the only way end this is by telling you that the single is out now, and buying it will make your life infinitely better.