"...infectious, reverb-strewn hooks..."
Edinburgh based artist Andy Thomson - aka Fuzzystar - has revealed the video for the undeniably catchy Angel Transported, which is out now and and available to buy and stream on iTunes and Spotify.
The video premiered on Gigslutz and is now available to stream via Fuzzystar's YouTube channel.
The audio for the single premiered on Impose Magazine and is also available to stream on his Soundcloud page now.
Telegraphing flows with a rich narrative alongside scuzzy melodies and uptempo indie-rock beats. The album is full of catchy riffs akin to The Cribs but with the endearing emotion strewn delicacy of Sun Kil Moon. From the catchy hooks of Angel Transported to the twinkling melodies of emotive ballad ‘Telegraphing’, and the reflective and honest sense of fragility oozing from ‘High Friends’, the new album from Fuzzystar is sure to capture the hearts of many in no time.
Referring to the album’s title, Thomson explains that the songs are about a “mix of love, loss miscommunication, feelings of alienation or being disconnected. Telegraphing to communicate and also indicating something you may not already be aware of yourself, like the physical metaphor for it, often referred to in boxing.”
Andy Thomson has been playing solo and in various line-ups as Fuzzystar for years; starting in Edinburgh, with a stint in London, before returning to Scotland. The band name comes from an appreciation of the bands Big Star and Mazzy Star. Now, Fuzzystar is made up revolving cast of whoever is available at the time, hence the name - a star which looks like one star but is made of lots of other stars.
Angel Transported is out now and available to buy and stream on iTunes and Spotify. Fuzzystar's forthcoming album Telegraphing is out on 28th April 2017 via Satellite Sounds.
Right Said Fred's 9th studio album Exactly! is out now and available to buy on
The brothers Fairbrass, who have been making music as Right Said Fred for over 25-years since their 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy, announced the latest album on ITV’s Lorraine late last year. Following the announcement, their single Sweet Treats premiered on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show and the guys headed in to see Chris Evans at Radio 2 as well, performing a special acoustic version of the single and I’m Too Sexy. On the run up to the release, the pair also dropped into the This Morning studio to chat about the album and The Sun premiered the video for Sweet Treats, where instead of blowing their money on a big budget music video, the guys decided to give the money to charity Crisis instead.
You can watch the video for their latest single Sweet Treats via Right Said Fred's YouTube channel now.
The album was two years in the making featuring an array of special guests and Fred and Richard Fairbrass’ signature mix of tongue-in-cheek observational pop. Half of the album was recorded with Paul Statham (Simple Minds, Kylie, Dido) and the other half with Gordon Davis and Jason Glover (who was part of the James Taylor Quartet). The album’s opener ‘Me And You’ is an upbeat pop anthem featuring Jodie Scantlebury who has previously worked with Bryan Ferry. The album’s themes range from simple and fun observations like single ‘Sweet Treats’ inspired by a British Airways dessert, to the more serious. ‘Save Me’, which touches upon depression whilst ‘Raining In England’ is a melancholic song about everything in the world around us is changing but the one thing that can be relied upon - the rain in England.
Right Said Fred are one of the UK’s most enduring pop acts and in the 25 years since I’m Too Sexy’s release, the brothers have reached fans all across the globe, selling in excess of 7 million copies of their debut album Up worldwide, receiving two Ivor Novello’s for I’m Too Sexy and Deeply Dippy as well as a Brit Award nomination for Best British Act. Fred and Richard have also played The Royal Variety Performance, met the Queen, released a track for Comic Relief (Stick It Out) and, most importantly, Richard was voted Rear of the Year by Smash Hits Magazine.
Right Said Fred continue to appear at various special events and TV shows all over the world performing in front of 200,000 people at the 2006 World Cup opening ceremony and 300 million people for the Bollywood Awards plus guest appearances on Good Morning America, Big Brother’s Bit On The Side,The Wright Stuff, Lorraine, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Pointless and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.
However, after 25 years, the brothers remain true to their spirit - they don’t follow trends, they follow their instincts and have fun along the way. Doing music the ‘Right Said Fred’ way has always been the right way and their track record and continued success is testament to that. Long live Right Said Fred!
Catch Right Said Fred live at the following dates, including a headline show in London, TBA:
30th July 2017 - Camp Bestival - Lulworth Castle, Dorset - Tickets
Exactly!, the new album from Right Said Fred, is out now and available to buy on iTunes,
Google Play and Pledge Music. It is also available to stream on Spotify and Tidal now.
“... they could be as huge as their sound.” - Big Cheese Magazine
"... a large sound and careful arrangement..." - RMP Magazine
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, due for release on 21st April 2017 via
The band's new video for Flight premiered on RMP Magazine and you can also watch it on the band's YouTube channel.
You can also listen to the track on the band's Soundcloud page now.
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.
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). 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 on 21st April 2017 via 34D Records.
“...a lucid, engrossing, and highly
personal piece of work." - Clash
Originally starting out as a bedroom project by singer songwriter Lucas Berner, The Chairman has grown into something exponentially bigger than even Lucas could have imagined. Now, The Chairman prepares to share his sumptuous sound with a worldwide audience through the release of Animate, out on 10th March 2017, via Danish Music Entertainment (DK).
The video for Animate premiered on Clash and now the track is available to stream via the DME Soundcloud page.
The Chairman has built up an impressive amount of recognition in his native Denmark having released the critically acclaimed debut album 2064. A huge amount of national airplay followed and, as a result, The Chairman’s music has seeped into the creative consciousness of the country. Lucas found writing music as a cathartic release from the chains of anxiety and depression, using the outlet to develop both on a personal and creative level. The result of this process is an emotive, deeply personal sound that anyone dealing with modern life, and the many obstacles we have to overcome, can relate to.
What marks The Chairman out from many of his contemporaries, such as Honne and Shy Girls, is his rich, soulful vocal range; a mature singing voice combining seamlessly with the slow, incessant beat and atmospheric, yet intimate, synth soundscapes, the depth and warmth enveloping you as you listen. Animate is a perfect example of what The Chairman has to offer and has the ability to resonate with a youthful, contemporary audience as well as seasoned music lovers.
Written exclusively by Lucas with the aid of producers Mathias Bang Madsen and Jakob Løkkegaard, Animate is the first track to be released from forthcoming album The Strange Life. Aiming for a busy 2017, The Chairman will follow Animate with the release of a second single in April before unveiling his second album after the summer’s festival season.
Animate by The Chairman is out on 10th March 2017 via Danish Music Entertainment (DK).
“…a sharply defined melodic
"...emotional..." - Stereogum
“…stunning…” - Noisey
“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit
Hawk have revealed the mesmerising new video for their latest track Take It Away, ahead of their 2017 EP release She Knows out on 17th March 2017 via Veta Records.
The video premiered on Nialler9 and is also available to watch now on Hawk's YouTube channel.
Hawk also recently released the sinister new video for their EP track 'Static', which premiered on Bedroom Disco and is also available to watch via the band's YouTube channel.
Take It Away was written as a reaction to singer Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home after a night out. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t have been out on her own at that time” but Julie says that comments like that “miss the point and are the main cause of the problem” in that it’s not the fault of the person being followed but the man who takes away her freedom to walk back home on her own.
Previous single Mirror Maze is about what society expects from us from a female perspective, which is touched upon again on a global sense in ‘Ghosts’ - we should break free from society’s standards and be comfortable in our own skin. Meanwhile, ‘Static’ shines a light on those in power who pay lip service but fail to insight real change.
She Knows covers a range of themes including inequality, exclusion and preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Hawk’s acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear but instead of unravelling these ideas into brash political punk songs, they convey their message with beauty and grace. Hawk are not a ‘political band’ but instead a group of friends using their creative talents to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.
Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on Hawk’s edgy emotionality. Now, with She Knows, the band are ready to defy expectations once again, soaring to new heights on this latest release.
Catch Hawk live at the following dates:
23rd March - The Waiting Room - London - Tickets
30th March - Cyprus Avenue - Cork, Ireland - Tickets
31st March - Connolly's of Leap - Leap, Ireland - Tickets
1st April - Pumphouse - Kilkenny, Ireland - Tickets
2nd April - Central Arts - Waterford, Ireland - Tickets
5th April - Roisin Dubh - Galway, Ireland - Free entry
6th April - Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland - Tickets
Hawk's EP She Knows is out on 17th March 2016 via Veta Records.