“... blissful synth-pop with dreamy, almost shoegaze, harmonies…”
Portuguese duo Ed Rocha Gonçalves and Catarina Salinas - aka Best Youth - are re-releasing their debut album Highway Moon on 5th May 2017 via Station 5.
You can now watch the video for Best Youth's latest single Renaissance via the band's YouTube channel.
Filled with reflections on love, sex, doubt and insecurities in the modern world, Highway Moon is a collection of dreamy, electro-fused creations. From the delicate ethereal melodies of single Renaissance and the sensual, laid-back vibes of ‘Black Eyes’, to the twinkling, synth-heavy melodies and driving beats of the likes of ‘Ride’, each track is a sweeping, effervescent indie-pop delight. With Salinas’ silky-smooth vocals flowing throughout and shades of nostalgic 80s pop, Highway Moon will capture the hearts of many.
Having previously played together in the band Genius Loki, Gonçalves and Salinas formed Best Youth back in 2011 although the pair have been playing music together since their teens. They topped radio charts with their 2012 single Hang Out, have played festivals such as Optimus Primavera Sound, NOS Alive and Paredes de Coura, opened for Father John Misty and received acclaim from the likes of Clash and Mahogany. With their debut album having sold out in Portugal back in 2016, the duo look set to gather many new followers with its worldwide re-release this year.
Highway Moon is out on 5th May 2017 via Station 5.
"Refusing to bow down, the band are fighting against the patriarchy one fuzz pop belter at a time..." - Clash
"A visceral collection of unapologetic pop-punk..." - Team Rock
London duo Tokyo Taboo’s debut album 6th Street Psychosis is out now via TT Records and available to buy and stream via iTunes and Spotify. The album features ten tenacious, in-your-face tracks that combine the band’s rock and pop punk influences.
The duo comprise of singer Dolly Daggerz and guitarist Mike, who are joined by a band for their live shows. Dolly takes inspiration from iconic performers from Heart to David Bowie and Karen O and Mike simply loves a good riff. Tokyo Taboo is a perfect amalgamation of Dolly and Mike’s influences; inspired by Manga, Japanese culture, drag and 80s fashion, they are true performers, with an image that equals the intense vibrancy of what you hear on record.
The video for Tokyo Taboo's recent single Pussy Power is available now on YouTube.
Featuring hectic, heart-pounding hooks and soaring rock-inspired vocals, Tokyo Taboo cover a range of subjects on the album, which was recorded in Downtown LA. From Dolly’s quarter life crisis to politics and vulnerability, they aren’t afraid of smashing the expectations of ‘the industry’ whilst wearing their hearts on their sleeves - cuts, bruises, tears and all.
On the album, ’Bubbilicious’ is a racing, high-octane opener, whilst ‘Emotional Suicide’ is filled with an uptempo, feisty power and ‘N.A.R.C.I.S.M’ oozes brutal honesty, raw riffs and dark undertones. Meanwhile, single Make It Out Alive was inspired by the vote to bomb Syria and the feeling of frustration, hopelessness and anger Dolly felt, which seethe through the music as she spits and snarls each lyric over Mike’s raucous riffs.
Make It Out Alive gained support from the likes of Radio X and BBC Radio 1 and with 6th Street Psychosis out soon, Tokyo Taboo hope to bring their own brand of modern pop punk kicking and screaming into the public consciousness.
6th Street Psychosis is out now via TT Records and available to buy and stream via iTunes and Spotify.
"Fragrant, intoxicating, and wholly beguiling..."
- Clash Magazine
"sultry electronic-pop vibes..."
- A Music Blog Yea?
"...hook-laden, electronic lit melodies with a distinctive indie-pop flair..."
- EQ Music Blog
Following the release of their last single, 2016’s Atomic Blonde, Edinburgh five-piece Rebel Westerns are back with another uplifting indie-pop track Envy, out now via Get Strange and available to buy and stream on iTunes and Spotify.
The video for the single premiered on A Music Blog Yea? and is now streaming via the Rebel Westerns YouTube channel.
The audio for Envy premiered on Gigslutz, which you can now stream on the Rebel Westerns Soundcloud page.
Propelled by driving beats and the band’s trademark synth-filled melodies, Envy is another slice of twinkling indie-pop from the Rebel Westerns. Reminiscent of the likes of MGMT, the track reflects on feelings of anxiety and self doubt which are juxtaposed with its euphoric, uptempo musical layers. As Dominic Thomson’s impassioned vocals flow alongside energy-fuelled catchy hooks, Rebel Westerns prove yet again their knack for creating truly infectious, and utterly danceable, anthems.
Formed by four school friends Dominic Thomson (vocals, guitar), Callum Munro (bass), Glen Gordon (keyboard) and Daniel Garvie (drums), the band have recently expanded their line-up with the addition of John Cargill (guitar) adding an extra layer to an already impressive sound. Rebel Westerns have received airplay from BBC Radio 2 and Amazing Radio, as well as acclaim from the likes of Clash, EQ Music and Gigslutz, and with packed out gigs at Glasgow’s King Tuts and Edinburgh Fringe Festival under their belts, Rebel Westerns look set to take 2017 by storm with their cascading, vibrant sound.
Envy by Rebel Westerns is out now via Get Strange and available to buy and stream on iTunes and Spotify.