With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
The Dandelion War is a 5-piece indie rock band, hailing from Oakland, California. This, ‘We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes,’ is their sophomore effort and delivers an album of ethereal, experimental indie tracks with startling accomplishment and beauty.
Opening with atmosphere-setting instrumental ‘Strange Ghosts,’ the album then builds in to ‘Drifters.’ Clocking in at over seven minutes long, one may think that it would drag along but that is just not the case. It is a masterpiece of gradual layering that builds to a joyous crescendo. The euphoric wave of music rivals that of Sigur Ros’ ‘Hoppípolla;’ a band that The Dandelion War borrows a portion of their aesthetic from. The album then meanders joyfully into ‘1848,’ another melodic monster; it is so articulately layered that it tells a definite story, a truly crafted progression.
The echoing Jonsi-esque vocals truly shine in ‘A Different Heav’n,’ a haunting and sparse track. This is truly breathtaking music. Despite the length of songs like ‘A Mi Alrededor,’ they never bore, as you can see the track open up and the narrative progress. Gooey guitars glow through this track as it is led to its’ blissful conclusion. The whole album is characterised by this energy; shimmering vocals and soothing multi-instrumental melodies, drifting along to a self-imposed conclusion without the level of jaw-dropping beauty wilting once. Songs like ‘Bloom’ offer more introspection, but overall the album is one euphoric, extroverted celebratory salute to music.
This is not an album that will be to everyone’s taste. It is not immediately beguiling and takes some repeated listens to fully appreciate. Clocking in at an impressive 55 minutes long, it is definitely not one for the casual listener. It is, however, overpoweringly beautiful, perfectly layered music, and this kind of craftsmanship must be applauded. Complex but utterly euphoric music; let it wash over you and be pleasantly surprised.
'We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes' by The Dandelion War is available now on Deep Elm Records.
Words by Tom White (@WhiteyWitters)