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GANGS release single ‘Thieves’!



For fans of... Slaves, Royal Blood, The Stooges, The Amazing Snakeheads

"...a relentless battering-ram of a tune..."- Clash


"Pounding, stomping, gritty rock 'n' roll..."- Tenement TV


Rock & roll four-piece, GANGS are delighted to announce the release of their official single Thieves, out now via Smooth Action Records and available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

On Thieves GANGS announce themselves as 'ones to watch' with an exhilarating two and a half minute banger where the band exhibit all their best qualities; grimy caustic vocals prowl your ear drums, relentless raw guitar pieces soar, all harnessed beautifully by a tight rhythm section that propels GANGS, kicking and screaming, into a booming outro of frenzied distortion and affected screaming vocals. The video for Thieves premiered on Clash and is now available to watch on the band's YouTube channel.



You can stream Thieves, which was premiered exclusively on Tenement TV, via the GANGS Soundcloud page.



Born out of the dregs at the bottom of a double Jack and Coke, the band have had a sharp rise to prominence in their hometown having come together in the shadowy underbelly of Glasgow during its cold winter months.

Combining elements of American garage rock and psychedelic rock made famous by the likes of The Stooges, with the modern punk rock swagger of bands like Slaves and Royal Blood, GANGS have very much laid down their marker as a booming, anthemic rock band with plenty of attitude to burn.

GANGS were formed in 2016 when Steven Young (vocals, guitar), Stevie McLaren (guitar), Marc MacCallum (bass, vocals) and Stephen Forbes (drums) came together through their mutual love of all things rock & roll. Refreshingly, the band are forthright in their belief that they are content writing songs they believe in, rather than being populist, maintaining that they want to run their own race, all the while creating music they enjoy making. This desire to enjoy themselves is clearly infectious with many tastemakers within the music industry supporting the band with the likes of Amazing Radio, Tenement TV, Little Indie Blogs, Mad Mackerel, Fortitude Magazine and Clash Magazine all offering Thieves glowing praise.

You can join the band for a celebration of their release of Thieves this evening as they host a special launch show in Glasgow at Broadcast with tickets available to purchase on the website.

Thieves by GANGS is out now via Smooth Action Records and is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

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Posted Fri, 22 Jul 2016 in GANGS

yllwshrk release video for ‘Northern Soul’!



For fans of... Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Grizzly Bear

“...endlessly fascinating and engrossing.” - The Line of Best Fit


Experimental five-piece yllwshrk have released the video for their recent single Northern Soul, taken from their forthcoming self-titled EP and available to pre-order on Bandcamp.

Formed after classically trained Scottish composer Ian Anderson, along with bassist Dave Brown, performed violin and double bass respectively on Radiohead's album A Moon Shaped Pool, yllwshrk have shown an unerring ability to create exceptionally diverse music that has a wonderfully ethereal quality to it. Having premiered the stream for Northern Soul on The Line of Best Fit, yllwshrk have followed this up with the release of their gorgeous video. Exploring elements of prog, jazz, ambient and rock music, the band showcase the full range of their ability to experiment sonically and structurally. Watch the video now via the yllwshrk YouTube channel.



Stream Northern Soul via the ABoF Soundcloud page.



The band have already released the free EP track, a homagé to Jeff Buckley called 'Pull Me Under (In Memory of Jeff Buckley)', which is available to stream and download for free via the ABoF Soundcloud page.

Anderson (rhythm guitar) wanted to tap into his impressive musical knowledge by utilising complex ideas taken from classical compositions, relating to form and harmony, with the aim of implementing them within the context of an alt-rock song structure. Reaching out to Brown, whom he met while touring with Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as a number of other musician friends, yllwshrk made their live debut at a London gig in January of this year with Sam West (vocals), Matt Isaac (lead guitar) and Feargus Brennan (drums) completing the line-up.

The band headed to Woodworm Studios in Banbury with the aim of recording their first tracks with producer Graeme Stewart (Radiohead, Ash, Zero 7), the session resulting in three exquisitely crafted songs contained on the EP. All three tracks bear the characteristics that Anderson originally set out to instil into the project with complex rhythms and harmonies scattered throughout, taking inspiration from his work with Radiohead, allied to the majestic, vast vocal stylings of West reminiscent of Jeff Buckley. West’s vocals come close to reaching the same range and emotional intensity as the renowned singer/songwriter with the band giving a clear nod to him on the ode ‘Pull Me Under (In Memory of Jeff Buckley)’.

The rest of the record consists of the aforementioned Northern Soul, displaying gorgeous intricate guitar work which is blended beautifully with technically impressive drumming, and 'Into Her Sleep With Envy', highlighting another incredible vocal performance by West and drawing comparisons with acts such as Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors.

To celebrate the release of their EP in August, the band will be playing two more London dates with a show at The Good Ship in Kilburn on 2nd August followed by a launch show on 4th August at 93 Feet East.

yllwshrk’s self-titled debut EP is out 5th August 2016 via Oramic Records and is available to pre-order on the yllwshrk Bandcamp page.

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Posted Fri, 22 Jul 2016 in yllwshrk

Introducing… Melissa Bel!



For fans of... Meghan Trainor, Little Mix, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé

After a fateful night in Vegas, Toronto-bred Melissa Bel followed her heart and took the leap to move to the UK with her new found love. Her latest album In The Light, due for release on 4th November 2016 via Belhop Records, tells the story of this journey.

Taken from the album is single Stay Gone, which you can listen you via Melissa's Soundcloud page now.


You can also watch the powerful video for Stay Gone via Melissa's YouTube channel.


In The Light charts the journey of how a girl from Canada met the love of her life in Las Vegas whilst attending a friend’s wedding. Little did she know, this meeting would change her life forever and she’d be relocating to the rural coasts of Devon as a result. Each track on the album showcases a different side to Bel, filled with the killer combination of infectious pop beats, powerful soul vocals and heartwarming ballads. Opening track ‘Real Tonight’ is an upbeat, funky rendition of ‘that’ night in Vegas, highlighting Melissa’s incredible ability to write an impressive pop hook akin to the likes of Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift. Previous single Stay Gone along with tracks ‘Dirty Word’ and ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’ captivate instantly with their contagious pop-infused melodies. Whereas title track ‘In The Light’ is a vulnerable ballad encapsulating the naked hope and fear of finding profound, visceral love.

Melissa grew up listening to soul, classic rock and draws inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera amongst others. She also regularly receives creative support from producer/songwriter Justin Gray who has worked with artists such as Joss Stone, John Legend and Amy Winehouse and also produced Melissa’s album.

Melissa is certainly not afraid of hard work, having already released three albums over six years and played numerous live shows including Montreal’s Festiblues and supporting Juno Award winning Canadian artist Matthew Good. With In The Light Melissa has truly found her voice, promising her most vulnerable and electrifying album yet.

In The Light is out on Friday 4th November 2016 via Belhop Records.

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Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2016 in Melissa Bel