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Favorite EPs of 2018: YONAKA – ‘Teach Me to Fight’

Favorite EPs of 2018: YONAKA – ‘Teach Me to Fight’

In their brief time as a band, YONAKA have quickly emerged as the voice of a young generation that feels frustrated and disenfranchised. They have assumed the space that Nirvana, Hole, and Rage Against the Machine once occupied. With the backing of a major label and an alt-rock sound that is equivalent to 10 mega-tonnes of TnT, they have the […]

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Black Honey – ‘Black Honey’ (album review)

Black Honey – ‘Black Honey’ (album review)

Always busy and rarely settling down, Black Honey have taken an incremental approach to build their portfolio and, thus, their popularity. Instead of releasing full-length albums, they’ve given music fans bite-size morsels in the form of numerous singles and a handful of singles (and it’s approach replicated by other bands like YONAKA). Consequently, the Brighton-based quartet have enough material to […]

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Juanita Stein – ‘Until the Lights Fade’ (album review)

Juanita Stein – ‘Until the Lights Fade’ (album review)

A year ago, Juanita Stein released her debut solo album, America, which showcased a vastly different side from her days fronting the underappreciated indie-rock band Howling Bells. Instead of catchy and booming numbers, the record was complex and mystical, as Stein combined an ethereal vocal deliver with hard-hitting and occasionally unnerving stories. In addition, she brought an expected cinema and […]

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YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

After releasing their debut single “Ignorance“, YONAKA immediately entrenched themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands. Like Wolf Alice, INHEAVEN, and Black Honey before them, the quartet of Theresa Jarvis (vocals), George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass/keys), and Robert Mason (drums) were reviving the lost of art of edgy, seismic indie alternative-rock. Following the release of their […]

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Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (album review)

Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (album review)

As we enter Spring, we’re almost already overwhelmed by breakout albums from young artists. Perhaps one of the strongest debuts so far comes from the UK’s Fickle Friends. Over the last few years, they’ve given us a bunch of infectious, dance-your-ass-off singles. This March, they released their debut full-length record, You Are Someone Else, which features some of those songs […]

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Other States– “Both Worlds” (single premiere)

Other States– “Both Worlds” (single premiere)

Like any art form, the more creative a song is, the more striking it is. Let’s be honest, there are only so many times you can view still-life paintings or portraits of rich, dead people. Similarly, one can only listen to a love song set to a folk-pop or electro-pop arrangement so often. Then there are the few artists and […]

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White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

For anyone who has followed the five Brightonions who call themselves White Room for the past two years already know they are one of the most promising and underrated psychedelic bands around. While fellow Brits Temples helped usher in a new wave of neo-psychedelia, Jake Smallwood (vocals/synths), Jacob Newman (guitar), Tristan Sava (guitar/keys), Josie McNamara (bass), and Hen Sava (drums) […]

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YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

After bursting onto the scene in 2016, YONAKA immediately became one of the UK’s buzziest bands. Comparisons to Wolf Alice were inevitable with their combination of gritty, explosive indie rock and foreboding storytelling. Not surprisingly, Atlantic Records UK quickly signed the Brighton-based quartet, further fueling expectations that a record was on the way. Finally, YONAKA’s first EP arrived on Friday, and […]

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Animal House – “Coca Cola” (video premiere)

Animal House – “Coca Cola” (video premiere)

In the classic party movie, Animal House, the Delta Tau Chi fraternity is on double secret probation (whatever that is) because its members violated every Faber College rule and are flunking their courses. Instead of investing their time to studying, they decide to host a toga party, which is one of the great moments in film history. (John Belushi in […]

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Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River can not be compared to anything I’ve heard before, as I don’t think I’ve ever been exposed to the raw power that they gave us during a short set on Saturday. Their performance was part of a Holy Roar Records showcase in their home town of Brighton. The band recently completed another European tour, where their brand of hardcore […]

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Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Phoria

SXSW 2017 Memories – Phoria

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Phoria. The Brighton, England-based quartet are […]

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Jolé – “A Year of Ages” (single premiere)

Jolé – “A Year of Ages” (single premiere)

Sometimes it is important to get away from it all. To escape the demands of our careers. To venture out and meet new people. To explore new countries and experience new cultures. And in the process, feel reinvigorated, be able to test our limits, and discover who we are. This is exactly what Jolé – a.k.a. Josh Oliver – has been […]

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Johnny Kills – “Maybe Next Year” (single premiere)

Johnny Kills – “Maybe Next Year” (single premiere)

A month ago, three young guys from southern England dropped their debut single.  “Take It Easy“ by Johnny Kills arguably was the biggest surprise hit of the spring. Think Thee Oh Sees meets METZ meets Wavves, and it is easy to explain why this little-known band had the blogosphere excited about their fiery brand of indie rock. Today, Johnny Kills […]

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Phoria – “Volition”

Phoria – “Volition”

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Massive Attack introduced the world to a new version of electronic music. Their version of trip hop was magical and mystifying at the same time, having that rare ability to be able to take over people’s minds and emotions. In the 2000s, M-83 took electronic music to different cinematic spectrums – from immensely […]

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Black Honey – “Headspin” EP

Black Honey – “Headspin” EP

2015 was the year of Wolf Alice. Now set aside 2016 as the year of Black Honey, the Brighton, England-based quartet who have already taken the world by storm. Late in 2014, they released their eponymous debut EP, which drew comparisons to Lush and even Mazzy Starr for the band’s blend of garage-infused, cinematic indie-pop. This was best evidenced on […]

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Army of Bones – “Break Away” (single premiere)

Army of Bones – “Break Away” (single premiere)

There have been a few artists and bands that have arrived this year which have caught our attention. Not just in a passing fancy but who we can honestly say we get excited every time they release a new song and we get antsy when we don’t hear from for a few weeks. Bands who have time and time again […]

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Thyla – “Betty”

Thyla – “Betty”

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom Members: Thyla are Millie Duthie (vocals/guitar); Elis Davies (guitar), Danny Southwell (drums), and Dan Hole (bass). For those who like: Garbage, Wolf Alice, Joanna Gruesome Our take: Released in the spring, “Betty” is the debut single from Thyla. With Millie Duthie’s poignant lyrics and punk-ish vocals and the edgy guitar work and bass lines, the track has the attitude and […]

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Stuart Newman – “Love’s Off the Hook”

Stuart Newman – “Love’s Off the Hook”

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom Member: Stuart Newman For those who like: Richard Ashcroft, The Verve, Neil Young, Hawksley Workman Our take: How did we not find out about Stuart Newman sooner? His folk-rock style is a blend of Richard Ashcroft and The Verve and a young Neil Young. His latest single, “Love’s Off the Hook”, is more playful and upbeat, […]

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Bentcousin with Guiville – “Solid”

Bentcousin with Guiville – “Solid”

  For a few months now, London/Brighton-based band Bentcousin has teamed up with Paris-based producer Guiville on a few songs, such as “Golden”. Their latest collaboration sees them release a ’70s-inspired pop tune, “Solid”. It’s a cheery and even romantic song. And unlike many collaborations involving a producer, the song respects the poppy and shimmering melodies of the original song. […]

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