Marsicans – Absence EP

Sometimes fate brings a band to your attention for a reason. I feel this happened with Leeds quartet Marsicans.

The Absence EP (Deluxe Edition) was released earlier this month and is filled with dreamy indie pop goodness. 8 tracks including 2 remixes, and ending with a soothing string quartet version of the harmonious song Far Away. This whole EP bleeds a summer that we didn’t have, with opening track Absence transcending you to the middle of nowhere, cruising around with wind flowing through your locks. That is a  constant feeling throughout this EP.  Far Away eclipsed the other songs for me. The summery riffs, crashing drums, and the perfect harmonies lingered with me for hours after listening. Even the string quartet version  left tingles on my arms, taking the song to a different dimension.  The remixes by Pixel Fix and Will Featherby,  also took tracks Arms of Another and Swimming to another place, and shows just how good the original tracks are.

The Marsicans are out on a huge tour this September and we recommend you catch them. They are an astonishing band we highly tip over the next few months. Get The Absence EP now.

9/10

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Marsicans – Absence EP

#MotivationalMonday – A Meme A Day Keeps Negativity Away

It feels like this Monday has totally sucker punched us a belter. To grace you through the afternoon  take  5 minutes away from your busy day to laugh. Yes, laugh. You might get the odd look that your a complete weirdo, but laughing soothes the soul and even if it’s over nothing, it releases positive endorphines. And no better way to help with this process is a ruddy good meme. We all have a meme queen in our friendship groups (we certainly do!) and no matter how horrific the day has been they manage to sneak a smile on our faces. So we are gracing you with a few of our favourite memes to help you conquer those Monday blues.. Remember, be bold, be brash, be you

 

#MotivationalMonday – A Meme A Day Keeps Negativity Away

10 Reasons to Love… Regular Show

It was announced this week that Cartoon Network will be ending The Regular Show afterdownload-3 their current 8th season. The wacked up kids cartoon is a firm favourite amongst kids (and adults), and those who love the likes of Adventure Time and Amazing World of Gumball, also tune in to see Mordecai, Rigby and their odd posse on their bizarre adventures.  We thought we would look at 10 reasons at why this CN show will be one of your favourites in no time, and why we are all very said to see it come to and end.

It’s 11 minutes of bat shit insanity

Yes each episode has some form of a story line, however they are so out of this world you kind of question if there was any point. From random quips to then belting on 80’s classics, your mind becomes an explosion of  happiness and joy.

Skips is the big brother you secretly want

download-1Tough yeti Skips is always looking out for Rigby and Mordecai. In fact, he literally looks out for everyone in the show. From suffering heart ache, our beloved Skips is immortal. From going all mortal combat in fight scenes to being a good friend, we all want a Skips in our lives.

It’s Mighty Boosh for kids

Bare with me on this one. I understand it’s a fucking bold statement. Yes there are some innuendos for us so called grown ups, but it is targeted for kids. And for lovers of the good old Mighty Boosh, it’s worth the viewing pleasure. Random. Insane. Song and dance. As well as some strong looks. It’s the cartoon embodiment of The Boosh.

imagesIt mirrors our everyday life

Yes, even an out if this world show has some reality in it. The leads Mordecai and Rigby are constantly hooked to a gaming console, they are always eating crap and chucking sassy, bitchy quotes. Sums many of us up well. Haters gonna hate.

You cannot hate any character

From the green human Muscleman, ghostly fork to even the main characters, you want them all in your own posse. They are mental, funny and incorporate all the aspects of each of us in them (surprisingly I know!).

The reminiscing of the 80’s is rife

The creator J.G Quintel has made it clear he loves bringing back 80’s technology in Regular
 Show. From Rigby and Mordecai listening this_is_my_jam_1_2479-1to cassettes to to pay phones and VHS players. It gives us oldies a taste of nostalgia and makes kids go “What’s a cassette? All things which inevitably will be part of the mass revival of things a time past. I can certainly see myself dusting of the old VHS player and winding up so classic  Disney videos. 

The music is just perfection

The selection of classic tunes in this is undeniably brilliant. From Ballroom Blitz by  Sweet to Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds, it’s a list of tracks even your parents would be proud of. Again this ties brilliantly with the 80 inspiration throughout. A flashback perfection.

Even the movie wasn’t a total disaster 

Now when TV shows do movies, they don’t tend to work too well. Fear not! The Regular Show actually didn’t do too shabby with theirs. Rigby and Mordecai must stop an evil lord from destroying the universe and end up in a cluster of obscure situations, which provides for a good hour of laughs.

download-4The positive messages this show gives

Yes it’s bloody madness but this kids programme does give out some pretty positive messages. Always be yourself, have trust in your friends and always have a good time. Granted it is through their own crazy way,but the messages are still there. Now, who said TV wasn’t educational? 

It’s won a freaking Emmy Award

I mean, anything that has one an award is always worth a watch right?

You can catch Regular Show every day on Cartoon Network though out the afternoon!

10 Reasons to Love… Regular Show

#NoHateJust… Amber Rose

108045033_amber-rose-zoom-98cac0e2-4dbf-45e9-b035-fdf84bcd73ce.jpgSlut. Fame whore. Gold digger. Everything Amber Rose has been deemed and everything she most certainly is not. The Philly born celebrity has been caught up in some intense stories over the years, yet the star has kept her head held high and not let a thing knock her down. From hosting her first #SlutWalk to combat sexual injustice, to launching her brilliant book How To Be A Bad Bitch,  Miss Rose is a woman not to be messed with – and many of us should inspire to have her strong, positive attitude.

Go through her socials and you see a woman who is confident to not just show her own amazing body, but share love for every type of womanly shape out there. She gets trolledAmber-Rose.jpg daily for her look and lifestyle, yet this woman is promoting a healthy image and love for everyone, no matter what their back round is. I mean, being best buds with Amy Schumer helps with this (another female we ADORE!) Amber Rose shares no secrets in how she got to where she is today, and proves that no matter what you must work hard to capture your dreams. Who cares if she was a stripper? Who cares if she spoke out about her raucous of a relationship with the crazy that is Kanye West. The woman has grown, and made a career in this cut throat industry. And she’s open about that, what’s not to love? She has proved that she is more than just “just a stripper of the past” and in fact, a head strong woman.

Aside from the celebrity chit chat, Amber Rose shows passion. Whether being an advocate to stop slut shaming, to the unadulterated love she shares for her baby boy, the girl has passion. If she can teach us one thing it is most definitely that.

Miss Rose, we salut you!

#NoHateJust… Amber Rose

Saturday Playlist: Lay back, Get Relaxed

Sometimes you just need some light guitar and naked vocals to guide you through the day. Whether it’s a hard rock track going acoustic, to DIY singer songwriters, we have you covered. This playlist is for those lazy afternoons baking cakes or having a vino out in the yard. So sit back, relax and get lost in some brilliant music.

 

 

Like what you hear? What else should be on this playlist? Remember your suggestions can be added to our list of playlists!

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Swallows: Haunted EP

I find it hard to keep a strong interest in hardcore bands. I feel they can stagnate very quickly. Not the case with Scottish band, Swallows. Their new EP, Haunted is their best music to date and has restored my faith in this scene.

The whole EP is a concoction of abrasive vocals cut with the melodic guitars and percussion, giving the quartet their strongest release to date. Haunted draws similar sounds to La Dispute and Frank Carter, taking you on a brutal melodic journey of sheer perfection.

With a delicate sound in Almost Always,  to the poetic feature of Adam Craig on A Tired Soul, you are taken on an intense music journey with a band that knows how to get to your core.

Heading out on tour on 9th September, be sure to check these guys out for a raucous on new levels. Haunted is out now, be sure to get your copy here.

 

9/10

Swallows: Haunted EP

The Younger Years: Playlist

We are having a reminisce this Sunday night, looking back at our younger days. Many of us went down the alternative teen route (ourselves included!). Whether you channeled your inner Marilyn Manson or your pop punk Hayley Williams,  we  all chucked on a pair of Dr Martens or checked Vans and coated our eyes in the blackest of black eye liner. So this week we are dedicating a playlist to the days we hung at the back of Borders and gracing Glasgow’s Cathouse unders, with music bringing back memories from some of the best days of our lives.

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