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Introducing… Bad Mannequins!



For fans of... Japandroids, Electric Six, The Hives, The Strokes

"... fiery garage-rock filled with blistering guitar riffs and ground-shaking percussion..." - The Revue


Channelling the late 70s CBGB’s era of New York city’s punk rock scene, Glasgow two-piece Bad Mannequins are preparing to unveil their raucous sound to a new generation. Their debut EP Deny Til U Die Part I is set for release via Triple Denim on 2nd June 2017.

Ahead of the EP's release, Bad Mannequins have shared new track Buzz Killer Skinny Gene, which premiered on The Revue and is now available to stream via the band's Soundcloud page.



The first of a three part EP trilogy, Deny Til U Die Part I contains radio friendly tunes combined with a garage rock attitude, as Bad Mannequins press their steel toe capped boots firmly on the throats of modern music; melding an in your face punk rock sound with tongue in cheek lyrics, creating a fun, hook-laden four track record. Semi-autobiographical and aiming barbs at the music scene in general, Deny Til U Die Part I gives the sense of a band who don’t take themselves too seriously, without losing their ability to create highly technical garage rock tunes. Opening track and forthcoming single I Hate You, encapsulates everything that Bad Mannequins have to offer: killer riffs are accented by metronomic, pounding drum beats, fuzz-filled vocals are delivered at break neck speed and all rounded off neatly with the obligatory hand clap.

Comprised of Ross Hamilton (lead vocals, guitar) and Jamie McGrory (drums, vocals), the duo formed after having been in a previous band together. Combining their efforts to write songs collaboratively, they realised they were creating something that was a huge departure from what they had been used to, and they loved it. Taking inspiration from the likes of Electric Six, The Hives, Television, Ramones and B-52s, the second song they ever wrote was immediately picked up by US TV show Limitless with their track ‘No Easy Way Out’ being used in the opening moments of the first episode. Since then, the band have written a trilogy of EP’s, which they will release over the course of this year, with a number of gigs planned to coincide with each release.

Deny Til U Die Part I by Bad Mannequins is set for release on 2nd June 2017 via Triple Denim.

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Posted Thu, 27 Apr 2017 in Bad Mannequins

Maria Kelly announces new single ‘Torn Into Two’!



For fans of... Lucy Rose, Wildes, Billie Marten, Daughter

"...Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
- Wonderland


"...stunning..." - The 405



"...silky smooth vocals that spin widely relatable tales."
- Consequence of Sound


"...a glorious concoction full of ear-pleasing tones and immense emotion...."

- The Line Of Best Fit


Irish singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has revealed the second single to be taken from her debut EP The Things I Should, will be the beautifully poignant Torn Into Two.

The single premiered on Wonderland Magazine and is also available to stream via Maria's Soundcloud page now.


The Things I should is a stunning collection of emotionally gripping tracks performed with purity and grace. The EP is based around Maria’s struggle with self-expression and how, by always trying to please others, you can lose a part of yourself in the process. Maria explains, “these four songs are written about four different personal experiences, where a lack of honest expression at the outset had created a much bigger problem in the long run”. Opening track Torn Into Two immediately displays Maria’s signature fragile vocal tone as well as her incredibly earnest songwriting abilities akin to the likes of Lucy Rose and Billie Marten. Each track on the EP builds intricately alongside Kelly’s soaring vocal, with a captivating string arrangement throughout adding the final touch.

Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a stunning combination of delicate indie-folk. She has been writing music since the age of 10 and is currently studying at BIMM Dublin where she met her backing band. Maria also regularly works with Matt Harris (HAWK) who produced this EP as well as her critically acclaimed singles Before It Has Begun, Black & Blue and Stitches. Maria has already played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Orla Gartland. 2017 sees Maria back on the road again co-headlining alongside Ailbhe Reddy as well playing The Great Escape Festival on 18th May 2017.

Maria has previously received praise from various online publications including Consequence of Sound, The 405 and The Line of Best Fit to name a few, as well as Radio X. She was also featured in The Irish Times’ ‘Top 50 Songs of 2016’ and ‘Top 50 People To Watch in 2017’. With The Things I Should, Maria hopes to continue to rise as she introduces listeners to her most sincere release yet.

You can catch Maria perform on her Far At Sea tour with Ailbhe Reddy at the following dates:

29th April - Spraoi Studios, Waterford
3rd May - Róisín Dubh, Galway
5th May - Connollys, Leap, Cork
6th May - Levis Corner House, Ballydehob, Cork
10th May - Spirit Store, Dundalk
12th May - The Mac, Belfast
13th May - The Clock Tavern, Westport
18th May - The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (Maria only)
24th May - The Bowery, Dublin - EP Launch (Maria only)
26th May - Coughlans, Cork

The Things I Should by Maria Kelly is due for release on 19th May 2017 via Veta Records.
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Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 in Maria Kelly

Introducing… Love Talk!



For fans of... Silverchair, Drenge, Weezer

Danish alt-rock four-piece Love Talk release their powerful, grunge-tinged new single Her Name Is Jenny on 19th May 2017.

The single premiered on IDIOTEQ and is now available to stream via Tapetown Records' Soundcloud page.


Her Name Is Jenny, inspired by a girl they met at Roskilde Festival in 2014, focusses on the blurred lines between obsession and admiration for someone. The track is driven by heavy licks and pulsating beats sounding akin to Silverchair and L7’s 90s-infused rock, revamped with the Love Talk touch.

Love Talk consists of Casper Iskov (vocals/guitars), Mathias Risager (vocals/drums), Jens Hyldahl (bass/vocals) and Andreas Frandsen (guitars/vocals). They aim to change people’s perception of new music, offering 90s inspired scuzz-filled riffs both audibly and visually. The band have previously played at Extravaganza Festival in Denmark and with Her Name Is Jenny, the band hope to introduce the UK to their unique blend of cathartic grunge rock.

If you're in Denmark, you can now catch Love Talk live on the following dates:

5th May - Spot Festival (@ Tapetown)
6th May - Grundtvigs Festival
11th May - Headquaters (w/ Spacebaby)
13th May - TAG Festival
19th May - Ungehuset (acoustic set)
25th May - Jelling Musikfestival (acoustic set)

Love Talk’s Her Name Is Jenny is due for release on 19th May 2017.

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Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 in Love Talk

The Nickajack Men announce new single ‘Running’!



For fans of... Band of Horses, Dawes, Alabama Shakes

"...a perfect blend of bass, shakers, and twangy-toned guitars..."

- Impose Magazine


Falkirk-based four piece The Nickajack Men are preparing to release their debut EP Wasting Away, due for release on 26th May 2017 via NJM Records.

The band have revealed the first single to be taken from the EP will be Running, which premiered on Impose Magazine and is also available to stream via The Nickajack Men's Soundcloud page now.


The theme of the EP explores the difficulties and frustrations experienced by aspiring young musicians as they try to break free from the environment they have grown up in, preparing to take their first steps into a larger, daunting world. From the first note of the opening track Running, the momentum builds slowly with lead singer Lewis White’s country-tinged vocal style taking centre stage. Skilfully supported by a dynamic band who’s instrumentation is expertly delivered, The Nickajack Men’s ability to write emotive, heartfelt music comes to the fore; producing a captivating, anthemic sound in the spirit of contemporary stalwarts such as Band of Horses.

Each song offers something different from the last, without losing the band’s americana and indie-rock roots, as the listener works their way through an eclectic mix of sounds and rich textures. ‘Marilyn’ is instantly catchy; a combination of 90’s style brit pop fused with traditional country flavours, while ‘Erb’ effectively incorporates elements of gospel and blues. Closing track ‘When The Winter Comes’ showcases the full repertoire of a band in their element culminating in a climactic, classic rock outro that would do Bruce Springsteen proud.

Having formed in 2014, the quartet have been building their name on the Scottish live circuit for the past few years. A sold out show at King Tuts was followed by the ‘Best Newcomers’ 2015, ’Best Single’ and ‘Best Alternative/Indie Band’ 2016 at the Alternative Music in Falkirk Awards. They have also received support from the likes of Gigslutz and Amazing Radio.

With the release of their debut Wasting Away, The Nickajack Men want introduce the rest of the world to their undeniable energy and authentic approach to alt-country rock.

Wasting Away by The Nickajack Men is out on 26th May 2017 via NJM Records.

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Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 in The Nickajack Men

The Barnum Meserve release new album ‘When All Is Lost’!



For fans of... Nine Inch Nails, Anathema, Starset

“... they could be as huge as their sound.”

- Big Cheese Magazine


"... a large sound and careful arrangement..."

- RMP Magazine


"...an eerie, yet catchy, slice of cinematic rock..."

- Gigslutz


Turning their back on the traditional rock band set up, The Barnum Meserve aim to breath fresh life into the genre with the release of their epic ten track album When All Is Lost, out now via
34D Records and available to buy and stream via iTunes and Spotify.

The video for their second single The Summit premiered on Gigslutz and is available to stream on The Barnum Meserve's YouTube channel.


Opening track Flight sets the tone for the rest of the album as The Barnum Meserve race out of the blocks, immediately showcasing their distinctive sound as the metronomic rhythm section drives proceedings on relentlessly, piano soaring euphorically, all merged beautifully by the unique vocal range exhibited by Leon Wiley (vocals, piano).

Flight premiered on RMP Magazine and you can now stream the video via the band's YouTube channel.


Sombre, brooding and cathartic are just some words you could use to describe the emotive music created by the Nottingham based three-piece. Despite having the ability to produce a robust, heady alternative sound, they skilfully do so with a cinematic flair and expert musicianship that marks them out from many of their contemporaries. Impressively, The Barnum Meserve are a three-piece rock band who write and perform without the aid of guitars, instead experimenting with piano, bass and drums; and creating an atmospheric record that would be just as impressive emanating from a festival’s main stage as it would appearing on the soundtrack of a classic b-movie disaster flick.

While there are elements of introspection evident throughout the record, The Barnum Meserve excel in building layer upon layer of soundscapes, producing a uniquely apocalyptic soundtrack, and emphasising their diverse love of music ranging from Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden to Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell.

Having been in a number of alternative rock bands over the years, The Barnum Meserve were formed in 2007 by Leon and Dylan Griffiths (bass), who later added Paul Moss (drums), with the desire of creating a dynamic different from what they had been previously exposed to. They have not looked back since having written two EPs, released their debut album in 2015, picking up support from the likes of Big Cheese Magazine, Prog Magazine, Team Rock and Bring The Noise.

When All Is Lost by The Barnum Meserve is out now via 34D Records and available to buy and stream via iTunes and Spotify.

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Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 in The Barnum Meserve