Ghetto-Dubsters Bootleg Rascal, from Sydney and Gold Coast, are masters of hip-hop infused jams and sonic brews: blending infectious alternative rhythms with exquisitely raspy vocals. The reprobates that make up Bootleg Rascal, as dodgy as the name suggests, include Carlos, Jimmy, and Jack.
Wesley Gonzalez has announced details of his debut solo record Excellent Musician, which will be released 30th June 2017 on Moshi Moshi Records.
London-based artist Tom Speight recently released ‘The River’, the first single from Tom Speight’s new EP My My My.
Beginning as the result of a chance, shoeless acid-trip chance meeting, Dead Pretties were soon to gravitate around their one common interest of making music. Dropping out of their respective musical colleges at 17 and instead adopting London’s smaller, more ramshackle venues as their musical institutions of choice, the three-piece soon set about making noise together wherever and whenever possible.
Rising Welsh alt. rock band Estrons have unveiled the brand new video for latest single ‘Strobe Lights’. Shot in one take at the band’s own rehearsal space in Cardiff – the video nods to the caustic track content: a reflection of jealousy and personal conflict.
It’s been a lively ride for London 4 piece Island who announced themselves with debut EP Girl at the back end of 2015 which saw debut single ‘Stargazer’ hit no. 7 of the UK Spotify viral chart. After just a handful of shows, the band headlined 800 capacity Scala last November and more recently took the step up to Heaven, the target venue for the top crop of major label guitar acts launching their debut albums.
Distorted, childlike, energetic, excitable, mischievous; quite simply Francobollo is everything you ever wanted for Christmas, but were too afraid to ask.
Some artists go on feeling like secrets long after they’ve started being told. Leif Vollebekk, who released his third album in February 2017, is one of these treasures. Born in Ottawa in 1985, he taught himself music using instruments inherited from his grandfather: harmonica, guitar, piano, an old fiddle.
Croydon’s Bellevue Days recalls The Xcerts at their most boisterous, Manchester Orchestra at their most anthemic, and Weezer at their perfect-pop-crunch best. The self-proclaimed “sludge-pop” four-piece have plans to release new material before the summer, and they’re hoping that their new songs – the follow-up to last year’s Sad Boy EP – will give them enough momentum to justify plenty of time on tour. Unsurprisingly, given the EP’s name, there’s a hefty amount of emo on show on Sad Boy, but it’s laced with pop hooks and lashings of indie coolness which make the band stick-out from the UK’s burgeoning DIY scene.
QUJAKU are a Japanese psychedelic band formed in 2013 and based in Shizuoka, Japan. Their music is described as “gothic dark shoegaze”, bringing to mind the likes of The Horrors, but with hints of Scandinavian post rock a la Sigur Ros, noise rock and psychedelia.