The Playlist has been on a little summer break but the music never stops, so here’s a run down of what’s been rocking ALBL’s stereo over the past month.
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Stunner
First single in 3 years from this brilliant duo, a dark and hard-hitting in your face track that wets the appetite for the new album, Repent Replenish Repeat, which is set for release in October.
The Dirty Rivers – The Kid
Liverpool band The Dirty Rivers have all the elements you’re looking for in a proper rock n roll band – heavy bass lines, pounding drums, hypnotic guitars and great vocals, ranging from Kasabian to Led Zeppelin with a big slice of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club but for me it evokes ‘Take The Long Road And Walk It’ era The Music. Keeps you eyes peeled for these guys!!
We Were Frontiers – Night Terrors
This is the lead single from Leeds based We Were Frontiers EP Giveth Taketh Away, they have recently played for BBC Introducing at Reading and Leeds and will be playing the Kraak Gallery in Manchester on the 12th September. Elements of folk, blues and rock are combined to create a sound not too far away from Arcade Fire with a great groove. You can buy the full EP here
We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists – Big If
Here’s a little gem coming out of Sweden via Salford, full of post-punk energy and fuzzy guitar that is lifted by great catchy vocals enhanced by some stunning female backing. A well constructed song that offers great potential.
Allusondrugs – Plasters
This is the debut single from Castleford 5-piece Allusondrugs. Combing melodic intricate elements along side powerful grunge guitar with some great harmonies and more than a nod to early Smashing Pumpkins. You can buy the single here
Welcome Pariah – Neither Here Nor There
Debut single from the Southampton band Welcome Pariah, taking the best bits of melodic Brit-Pop and 60’s R & B soul, comparisons to The Seahorses and Ocean Colour Scene are bound to be made, but that is certainty not a bad thing! A full EP should be released by the end of the year along with live dates.
Moscow Metro – Spirit Of A City
Stumbled across Ireland’s Moscow Metro by accident on You Tube and was instantly sold by their melodic, melancholy take on the post-punk sound which manages to be both brooding yet uplifting and creating an eerie yet beautiful atmosphere. Striking a balance somewhere between early U2 and Joy Division. Don’t know much about the band but I hope there is more to come.
Laura Veirs – Sun Song
This is the opening track off the new album Warp and Weft from American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs. A beautiful track that incorporates folk and country wrapped around a melodic groove with soulful vocals.