Thursday, February 22, 2018

Parquet Courts share 'Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience' video

After their 2016 'Human Performance' LP, Parquet Courts are now gearing up to release 'Wide Awake!' on May 18 via Rough Trade Records.

Produced by Danger Mouse - aka Brian Burton - Parquet Courts have shared the record's lead single, 'Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience'. As the split title suggests, it’s a track built of two distinct halves: the first revolving around Andrew Savage’s barked vocal, the second, more a dancey groove.

Regarding the Danger Mouse collab, Savage had this to say: “The ethos behind every Parquet Courts record is that there needs to be change for the better, and the best way to tackle that is to step out of one’s comfort zone. I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records. I liked that it didn’t make sense.”

Watch the animated clip by Phil Laslett to 'Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience' above.

The Skinner Brothers make their debut with the slick, Brit-pop-esque 'Watchu'

Words: Ellie Ward

No, not a musical offshoot for comedian Frank Skinner, though The Skinner Brothers may well raise a grin or two here with this first single 'Watchu', out now.

After touring with The Libertines on their last seaside tour, and pitching up in Carl Bârat & the Jackals' 'Sister' and 'Burning Cars' vids last year, the South London-based, Hampshire quartet who formed last year, had the opportunity of getting recording sessions in major studios such as Warner and Universal, and this debut track, mastered by John Davis at Metropolis, was one of the results.

There's a hint of another Skinner here on 'Watchu', the Mike of The Streets ilk, and while less in your face than another of their numbers, 'Chelsea Boy', it still smells of indie Brit-pop-rock 'n' roll spirit, with a singalong chorus, and frontman Zach Skinner lending the scally lad touch to proceedings.

The Skinner Brothers are: Zachary Charles Skinner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Slade David Gabbici (lead guitar), Piff Spice (bass), Chino Pola (drums)

The Skinner Brothers can be found on Facebook

​Live dates (more to be announced)

19 Camden Assembly London (headline show)
25 Zanzibar Liverpool
26 Bootleg Social Blackpool
27 Gullivers Manchester

02 Camden Rocks Festival London

** PREMIERE ** Lacuna Bloome - Alright

Credit: Lauren McDermott

Words: Sam Geary

Lacuna Bloome, a four-piece outfit from Brighton, release their second single 'Alright', today (February 22), and Little Indie is pleased to bring you its first airing.

Only formed in March of last year, they were almost immediately picked up to appear at The Great Escape festival just two months later, and have since gone on to support Otherkin, as well as share the stage with the likes of Cassia and Marsicans, before releasing debut single 'Only One' in August.

Drawing on influence from bands like Oasis, The Amazons, and Jaws - "with some inspiration from Motown records too" - the four-minute 'Alright' opens on a swathe of lush guitars, striking a balance with Niall Logue's beguiling vocals and the track's buoyant melodies, and some rampant drumming around the three-minute mark.

"The song is about wanting to escape from the world around us, and the glum current affairs that have been occurring over the past year or so," relates Logue. "Even with all these problems around us, knowing that you've got your friends by your side, it's going to be alright."

Listen to 'Alright' below - and sound out Lacuna Bloome live. Word on the street is that they're a bit good.

Live dates

26 Komedia, Brighton for HotWax's Dungafree ("It's free entry if you come wearing dungarees!")

10 Prince Albert, Brighton w/ Larkins
11 The Forum, Tunbridge Wells.

Lacuna Bloome are: Niall Logue (vocals, guitar), Sam Leaver (guitar), Frankie South (bass), Jake Lillywhite (drums)

Find out more on Lacuna Bloome on Facebook

Sing & Tell :: Pining For Sunshine

Brighton-based 'funeral pop' artist Pining For Sunshine's - a Little Indie One To Watch 2018 -
melancholic new single 'So Little Time' - recently premiered on Radio X by John Kennedy - was recorded at Bella Union Studios, and combines both experience with insight.

Who are you? 

I’m Jacob. Some people call me Whiskers. I’m the creator of Pining For Sunshine.

Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today? 

Erm... I grew up in Wales, moved around a lot, went to uni in London, hated it, got ill and moved to the South Coast and the rest is history.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

I guess my music’s quite miserable, but big sounding. Gotta love: Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, Matt Maltese, The Cure and Nick Cave. All fantastic.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

I never think about lyrics, they just write themselves. I improvise start to finish on the guitar, record it, add vocals and other instruments, then that’s the demo. Then I go to Iggy B at Bella Union Studios in London, and he helps me get it sounding better than I could ever imagine.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'So Little Time' is about my friend’s girlfriend, Amy. She committed suicide, and it’s mainly about how he’s not coping. It sucks.

Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?
Of course. I’m playing
SXSW in Texas on March 17. Then in UK: Folklore Sessions on April 4; Liverpool Sound City on May 5, and May 17 + 18 at The
Great Escape in Brighton.

How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

Optimistic, I hope. Looking to tour at some point, should be grand.

Where can we hear more of your music?

Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud. All those streaming platforms.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Track Of The Day :: Pleasure Heads - Middle Man

Words: Sam Geary

Released last Friday (February 16) through Public Records, "Middle Man' is Scots outfit Pleasure Heads' follow up to debut 'Concrete Lips' - and a bonny wee thing it is too.

The fuzzy pop Falkirk four - named after The Birthday Party's ‘(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn’ - bring some fine melodies to bear on this three minute nugget, with jangly guitar lines, catchy earworm chorus and post-punk influences.

Vocalist Euan Purves describes 'Middle Man' as "a snapshot of simpler times, getting together with friends, nervously waiting around shady corner shops, hoping the fake ID works and the carry out is claimed. Sat around makeshift campfires, drinking ourselves to merry abandon until the sun's come up."

Live dates

03 CSC Weekender, Warehouse Falkirk

06 Stag & Dagger Glasgow 2018

[Video] Whenyoung - Pretty Pure

Directed by Gwen Trannoy, Irish indie-poppers Whenyoung have shared a new video for ‘Pretty Pure’, out now on YALA! Records.

The video precedes their Public Access T.V. support show tonight (February 22) at Oslo in London. Whenyoung also support The Vaccines on April 14 at Alexandra Palace, Peace on their May UK tour, and have just announced their own headline show at Jimmy's in Manchester on May 4.

Watch ‘Pretty Pure’ above.