"...a brilliant debut and one that should be listened to on repeat."
- The Skinny
"...brassy jazz tones interwoven with
traditional Scottish sounds..."
- The List
"...distinctively fetching soul-pop..."
- A Music Blog Yea?
Glaswegian six-piece Pronto Mama's latest single Cold Arab Spring is out now via Electric Honey. It is taken from the band's debut album Any Joy, which is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
The single premiered on BBC Radio Scotland on Vic Galloway's show and is also available to stream via the A Badge of Friendship Soundcloud page.
An impressive few months has seen the band perform at the 6 Music Festival as well as picking up airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 as well as a premiere on The Skinny and an exclusive album stream on The List. The video for their most recent single Double-Speak, yet another killer track from one of Scotland's most anticipated young bands, premiered on A Music Blog Yea? and is now available to stream on Pronto Mama's YouTube channel.
Taking inspiration from their cultural surroundings, the band have created a collection of songs about hope and hopelessness, vice and virtue and how love and friendship go hand in hand with hate and jealously. Any Joy bucks the trend of countless generic indie bands recreating the same, tired old sound, instead Pronto Mama challenge the listener to think for themselves, a process that will unearth something new every time you listen.
Blending jazzy tempos, uncommon time signatures and an alternative rock attitude with progressive pop hooks and emotive vocals, Pronto Mama have created a truly mesmeric record instantly demanding your attention. On tracks such as single Arabesque, ‘Rubber’ and ‘One Trick Pony’ Pronto Mama exhibit the brass-inspired alternative indie rock that has become synonymous with artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club and Dutch Uncles; respected contemporary bands who’s sound has resonated with a new generation. A more measured, introspective sound can be found on ’Bottom Feeder’ and ‘Sentiment’; tones and textures that traditionally run deep through the veins of many Scottish bands, inspiring the likes of Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad and Admiral Fallow.
Like most bands, Pronto Mama began playing together as teenagers in their bedroom; a convenient escape from the sharper edges that existed in Glasgow’s east end where four of the members went to school. Initially, the band were formed when two pairs of best friends came together. Each pair comprised one core songwriter, Marc Rooney (vocals, guitar) and Ciaran McEneny (vocals, keyboard, guitar), and one member of the rhythm section, Michael Griffin (bass) and Martin Johnston (drums). Alex Sharples (trumpet, keyboard) and Craig McMahon (trombone, keyboard, percussion) later joined the band completing the line-up and Pronto Mama were officially born. They have already picked up a slew of press since their inception in 2014 with Vic Galloway’s BBC Introducing show and Jim Gelltaly’s Amazing Radio show both offering continued support throughout. The band have also appeared at T in the Park, performing on the T Break Stage, as well as Wickerman festival, Belladrum festival and selling out Oran Mor at Celtic Connections 2017.
To support the release of the record Pronto Mama will be playing the following live dates:
28th May – Knockengorroch Festival, Castle Douglas
7th June – XpoNorth, Inverness
10th June – Strange Behaviours – Tolbooth, Stirling
17th June – Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
23th June – Northern Roots Festival, Inverness
1st July – Kelburn Garden Party, Kelburn Castle, Largs
Any Joy by Pronto Mama is out now via Electric Honey and available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
"...biting yet plaintive indie
"Gritty, poetic descriptions of life up
north..."- The Guardian
Having released their debut album Well Well Well ten years ago, Sheffield indie rockers Milburn return with their latest single Take Me Home, out now via Red Essential. It is available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes.
The single premiered on Clash and you can listen to it now via the band's Soundcloud page.
Known as the band who helped kick start the Sheffield revival alongside the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Milburn’s new single feels refreshingly modern. Take Me Home sits comfortably between the anthemic sounds of noughties favourites The Strokes, indie newcomers Blossoms and Spring King and the sounds of Sheffield’s local music scene.
Over the past ten years, Milburn have received support from the likes of NME, Gigwise, Clash and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe and Maconie and Chris Hawkins to name but a few. After being away for ten years, Milburn recently reformed due to overwhelming popular demand. As a result, the band have sold out four massive anniversary shows in their hometown with a combined capacity of 10,000 tickets sold in under 5 minutes and a further 11,000 tickets for a sold out UK tour. They have also announced a 12,000 capacity hometown show on 2nd June 2017 at Don Valley Bowl with support from Reverend & The Makers and Cabbage.
The show will celebrate the release of the band’s new single and the upcoming release of their third studio album, which has been recorded in Liverpool with help from critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Bill Ryder-Jones.
Catch Milburn live at the following dates:
2nd June - Don Valley Bowl - Sheffield
3rd June - Camden Rocks Festival - Camden
5th August - Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - by Beauly
2nd September - Bingley Music Live - Bradford
Take Me Home is out now via Red Essential. It is available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes.
"... a completely mesmerising
“... blissful synth-pop with dreamy, almost shoegaze, harmonies…”
Portuguese duo Ed Rocha Gonçalves and Catarina Salinas - aka Best Youth - have re-released their debut album Highway Moon via Station 5. The album is available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes now.
Taken from the album, latest single Sunbird premiered on Wonderland and you can listen to it now via Best Youth's Soundcloud page.
You can also watch the video for previous 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 now via Station 5.