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

Marsicans – Absence EP

Album Playback: Evanescence Fallen

downloadFallen is the debut studio album by the american rock family Evanescence, released on March 4th 2003 through Wind-up and Epic Records. The album has sold over 17 millions copies worldwide and they proved they were a band to be reckoned with and had a sound, that at the time, was very sparse in mainstream. 

One of the many stand our tracks is the powerful Going Under. Kicking the album off, it was the second single from the band and sees Amy Lee captivating you ears while the low guitar riff demands your full attention. With lyrics that hit the soul and a chorus that show off the stellar vocals it is easy to see how this was not only a concert staple for the band, but also a fan favourite.

Another stand out track is the light yet powerful Imaginary. With lyrics that describe Amy’s beautiful world inside head where she can retreat to the song is both powerful and wp-1473930135407.jpgalluring with a haunting melody coming to a crescendo at the end with driving guitar and Amy reminding us not to give up on this world. 

Whisper is the final track of the album and does not disappoint with intensity and strength from Amy’s almost haunting vocals, asking the listener to catch her as she is falling from the get go. The Latin choir at the end tied with Amy’s belting vocals helping drive this powerhouse of a song to its and the albums end. Fan favourite and one he has now, like Imaginary has been a concert staple for the band throughout all tours. 

Fallen proves Evanescence’s staying power and after 12 years they show no signs of stopping.These were some standout tracks for myself. What were you favourites from the album and what song captivated you like these songs did for me?

Martyn out x

Album Playback: Evanescence Fallen

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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Album Playback: Bwani Junction – Fully Cocked

For a first album, Edinburgh’s Bwani Junction really turned something out when Fully Cocked was released in 2011. One of the best bands to come out of Scotland, we take a listen back to the album that set this Scottish quartet apart from the rest.

Bianco’s

For an opening track, it certainly captures the essence of this band. Starting slow then being tantlised with lead vocalist Rory’s unique voice it’s what you want from an opening track.

She Ain’t Saying No

Everyone loves a singalong and this is the track for that. Simple rhythmic guitars send you in a trance and instantly you find yourself singing (or screeching) this aloud.

My Body, My Mind

This song has gone a few revamps since its first release, but like I say, nothing beats the orginal. Nothing complex lyrically, however the fusion of intense rhythms from the guitars and staggering drums is a winner for us.

Marylebone

Rarely played live, this track is an underdog. Slightly quieter and more poignant feeling, it reminds me of cosy winter nights. Soft harmonies and delicate beats, it’s definitely not a song to skip on this album.

Two Bridges

Ah, the Bwani boys first single. And yet, will always be a crowd pleaser and send everyone in to a frenzy. Talking of tales with friends, every time I have seen this song live it just gets better. A song that will stand the test of time.

Album Playback: Bwani Junction – Fully Cocked

Nova Twins Release Self-Titled EP

This band caught my eyes a few months ago when I stumbled across this North London duo a few months back with their grunged filled track Bassline Bitch. So when Nova Twins released their debut EP last week I was fucking buzzing. And still am.

Opening with their latest single Hitlist, this wp-1471980021424.jpgEP takes you on a journey of harsh tongued rhymes and filthy guitars, to the dark synths in Drums. The female empowerment this EP gives is unreal and the more I listen, the more I turn it up and go wild. It’s filled with punk, hip-hop goodness that we don’t hear often nowadays, and has essences of old Rage Against the Machine throughout.

These are two girls I wouldn’t want to mess with and look forward to them kicking ass in the years to come with their unique blend of music.

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Nova Twins Release Self-Titled EP