When a band generates a buzz of the level that’s surrounded Estrons for a while now, it’s quite easy to get distracted and start celebrating that, rather than the band themselves. Sometimes it can be necessary to take a step back, listen to the music rather than the hype, and remember what matters – that they just write damn good songs.
Cold Wash is the b-side to recent single Glasgow Kisses, and showcases exactly what it is that makes this bunch of former ‘strangers’ stand out from all the rest. Direct and passionate, the track captures the band’s untameable energy and autonomous spirit; that’s why I listen to them, not the amount of magazine coverage they get. And not that their being from Cardiff matters all that much, but it’s great to remember how damn lucky I am to have bands so important that I can consider local.
Speaking of which, if you’re around this area you can catch Estrons at their live best next month, as they play a hometown show with CHROMA and Palomino Party at Clwb Ifor Bach on December 9th.
I have to confess, by the time Wylderness got around to releasing their debut single, I was concerned it might be a little late in the year for a song titled 72 & Sunny. However while the temperature might not be quite there, October is proving today that it can still be pretty bright!
The name may be very slightly misleading anyway – while there’s no denying the prominence of hazy vocals and washed-out guitar, there’s also an underlying element of the garage rock of (previous project featuring most members of this band) KUTOSIS. This added bite actually asserts the track as fairly fitting for a crisp-but-clear autumn afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Every now and again, Fizzy Blood ease off a little on the creepiness and write something headed in the direction of soaring modern alt-rock. Latest single Summer Of Luv is one such example, not anywhere near as hippy as the title might suggest but still sort of laid-back (well at least for the first half) by comparison to their other recent releases. The song is available digitally through Killing Moon, and now the heatwave has eased off to ‘bearable’, can be the one to dance away your summer nights to.