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With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
Calgary's debut EP 'Fight Fire With Fire' is a bright, warming collection of indie pop songs.
With comparisons to Hellogoodbye and John Mayer, the four tracks showcase a band with pop sensibilities and plenty of potential to breakthrough. We caught up with the band to find out more.
Returning with their first album in six years, 'Balancing' sees Hertfordshire’s The October Game showcase dynamic growth and versatility with a brooding undertone throughout. Already Heard recently spoke to Luke Williams and Nick Kozuch to discuss the album in
more detail; the writing process, its various packages, and working with Scylla Records.
We as music consumers have our favourite labels - mostly because when you see a certain label’s release, even if you have never heard the band before, you have a good idea of what’s in store. If you see the Deathwish label, for instance, you’re prepared that the music is most likely to be skull-crushingly heavy. If you see a Fat Wreck Chords label, you know that you’re in for some riotous and rollicking three-chord punk. Oxford’s Alcopop! Records have a reputation for releasing fun, eclectic and accessible indie-pop, usually on a fairly mathy slant - but even for them, this EP from Bear Cavalry is a little leftfield.
The four-piece, hailing from the sleepy town of Gosport, Hampshire, play a groove-driven style that falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend, Tall Ships and Everything Everything, a constantly surprising and interesting piece that provides for head-nod inducing rhythms in spadefuls. This four-tracker, following on from last years 'Maple Trails' EP, is a wee stunner, brimming with sumptuous basslines and constantly shuffling style and approach, always remaining fresh. ‘Aubrey Plaza’, named for the actress who portrays April in NBC sitcom “Parks And Reaction”, is a record highlight, from the Talking Heads-esque synth lilts underlying the verse to the soaring, mammoth chorus, this song is an absolute gem.
'Trail Dust And Good Water' is another banger; the early part of the song has an almost seductive quality, as horns and synths lay over a hooky bassline, like a hazy, smoky slowdance in a John Hughes movie, leading to an incendiary finish that sends this EP off on a mightily high note.
A surprising record, and one definitely not expected to emerge from Alcopop!'s fine roster, 'Puryss' constantly and consistently delivers in a style that simultaneously feels comfortably familiar and brand new, and is a fantastic introduction to a band that seem destined to worm their way into a wider consciousness sooner rather than later.
'Puryss' by Bear Cavalry is out on the 5th November through Alcopop! Records.
Words by Ollie Connors (@olliexcore)