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.
Well I may have written Wolf Alice off a little bit previously, for being decent but unimaginative sugar-coated grunge-pop. Latest single Yuk Foo is, however, none of those things. Screeching, cursing with a very direct and barely controlled anger, this is not like anything else around at the moment. Add in a simple but disquieting lyric video that builds on the drama, you won’t be forgetting this song anytime soon.
Estrons continue to blaze brightly, tearing their way vividly as always through new single Strobe Lights. The video was filmed at their local rehearsal space with help from a few friends, so if you know Cardiff’s music scene pretty well then look out for some familiar faces (and the ever-recognisable My Name Is Ian shirt). The band will be on tour through autumn, including a set as part of Hoyfest at Cardiff’s The Gate theatre on September 30th.