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Oxjam Brum 2018 (Preview)

Oxjam are music festivals that give back, organised by volunteers with a deep and powerful love for music and Oxfam themselves it's a great cause to be a part of and it's wonderful to see something like this hitting Digbeth in Birmingham on the 13th October! What Oxjam does as well is give back to the music community as they hold their one day festival across 5 venues in which there's a plethora of unsigned and new musical talent on show.

This years Oxjam festival in Birmingham will be holding gigs atthe 100% eco club Suki10c, new brewery and taproom Dig Brew Co, quirky industrial space The Engine Room and The Mockingbird with live music in both the bar area and inside the cinema. Within these beautiful little venues will be live performances from immense brum talent such as Bryony Williams, Sunset Beach Hut, Real Cool, Bad Girlfriend, Love Bites and much much more.

When asked, Adam Pyzer, festival manager, said: “Oxjam Brum is going to be an unforgettable day of live mus…

Introducing... Future Fires

Future Fires are an indie rock band from Birmingham who have been quietly plugging away in the underground scene for a while now whilst releasing banger after banger - much like their new tune "Midnight Sky" which outlines their unique sound so comprehensively that if the charts equated to real music then it would definitely be charting! Check out the guys as they usually play at The Sunflower Lounge and take a read of my full interview with them below...
Question. Hey guys, so how did Future Fires form?
Future Fires:
 Your traditional fairy-tale story, girl imprisoned by dragon in the tallest tower, knight in shining armour....just kidding. Friends of friends, mutual interests and lots of beer turned into something beautiful.

Q. Where does the name Future Fires come from?
 There's no symbolic meaning behind the words per se, but we wanted the sound of the name to reflect the kind of music we love as a band and the crowd-pleasing, energetic style of music we want to make.

Introducing... The Shakers

The Shakers make the perfect indie pop, their tunes emit a feeling of joy that is barely matched in the music world. Their tunes can be related to those of bands such as The Orielles or with the production of Jungle. The London-based 5-piece have been growing and growing at such a pace that it wouldn't be ridiculous to see them doing arena tours within the next few years! I had the chance to catch up with the band to chat about their incessantly catchy new single "Get Me Down" which will definitely get your toe tapping faster with every listen. Read the full interview below:

Question. Hey guys, How has it been releasing your new single, "Get Me Down", into the world?
The Shakers: It has been amazing. This one has been a pretty long time in the making so not only is it really exciting to see people’s reactions to the song it has been a huge build up for us personally so it is awesome to see it out there and start getting some nice reactions.

Q. Post-release is the…

Introducing... Anna Pancaldi

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Anna Pancaldi is a phenomenally talented singer-songwriter who you may know from her huge hit "Brother" a song that has resonated in the heart of so many people across the world, leading her on tours all over the globe. Anna is due to release her brand new EP on the 5th October and then embark on a free UK tour which you can get tickets to at the top and bottom of this article. Anna Pancaldi's music sets a high bar for emotional songwriting whilst, in her own words, maintaining the ambiguity which means it's relevant to almost every single person. Read my interview with her below which explores her musical upbringing, her future tours and what it's like to have a song with a million streams...
Question. Hello Anna, your music is so deep, emotional and personal. Does that ever make you hesitant to release certain pieces of music? Are there any songs that haven't seen the light of day due to this?
Anna Pancaldi:
It has at times…

Live Review: Goat Girl at The Cookie, Leicester (07/09/2018)

Goat Girl are a London based, alt-rock band who earlier this year released their self-titled debut album. Despite all of the singles being fantastic pieces that melded grunge, rock and a few other genres into the melting pot I found that the album never really resonated that deeply with me. Due to the singles though I'd already booked a ticket to see them, so I was excited to see how the album translated to the stage. That was until it was cancelled on the day of the event due to the drummer falling sick, this was in march and the day finally rolled around which they'd scheduled.

With their goat heads on poles on stage and the lighting of The Cookie it was a dreary affair, and the morbid sounds of Goat Girl's music added to the darkness of the atmosphere. It was as enticing as it was exciting to see a band that were so into their own image of dark music that it conveyed onto the stage. With their socially charged tracks and their ability to stir this atmosphere it made Go…

Introducing... The Jacks

The Jacks are a rock 'n' roll band by their own accord, and they're very adamant about that. Whether they'll be the saviours of the genre remains to be seen but what we do know is that they're one of the most promising bands rising from over the Atlantic - in the UK we get very little rock from America but The Jacks blend a perfect mixture of British rock with their own American twist on it. Their single "Tonight" is a certified anthem in its own right which will have even the most miserable person tapping their foot. There is big things coming for these guys. Take a read of my interview with them below:
Question. Hey guys, how would you define your music?
The Jacks:
We like to think of our music as raw Rock n Roll with a modern spin. We are trying to create something that sounds timeless and unique at the same time.

Q. You've just released "Tonight", what are the thoughts and feelings behind that song?
The Jacks:
 It was the first time that we…

The Power of The Single

When I was younger it felt like the single was king, I'm sure it wasn't though. The charts felt like they meant more, there was some decent singles that soaked their way through into the top 40 every now and then and some of the pop was genuinely quite imaginative. Fast forward 10 years to 2018 though and it feels as though the charts are there to be reaped by the lowest denominator. Whether this is a question of streaming now being accounted for in the charts, or if it's just a mission to create a catchy tune with no sort of substance whatsoever.

I feel like the perfect example of this would be to look at Calvin Harris. A fair few years ago he was making some imaginative dance, plenty of it was critically acclaimed with tunes like "Acceptable In The 80's" - I never personally liked that but the idea behind it of infusing some elements of techno along with a tune that sounded like it was straight from the 80's. Then Calvin Harris started to hire people t…

Introducing... Open Arms

Open Arms are an indie pop band based out of Birmingham that are currently unsigned, hell bent on doing everything on their own terms it really shines through in their music. Their tracks have the distinct tone of perfectionism, creating a sound that feels like the deepest depths of summer, the ultimate indie pop anthems. "Honey" is a personal favourite as it clearly portrays their individualism. I had the chance to chat with frontman Ben Farmer regarding their rise up until this point...
Question. Hey Ben, so what message do you feel that Open Arms are trying to portray?
Open Arms:
Hi Karl - I think our ethos as a band is to create music that can translate to a wide audience. We are a totally self made band so for us its really important that we create in a free way and our music is an embodiment of that.

Q. When going into the studio are you purposely trying to create a certain sound or do you let it naturally flow?
We don't tend to do the stereotypical studio session…

Laurel - Dogviolet (Album Review)

Laurel is a UK based singer who has been surrounding herself with buzz and excitement throughout the music blogger and indie scene for a while now. When it was announced she was to release her debut album a lot of people were excited for it, especially as it means that we finally get something tangible to resonate our excitement around her.

And Laurel did not disappoint, being an artist who makes a lot of her music in her bedroom or with her own found talent it's astounding to sit and listen to this album and realise that Laurel really is a musical genius with a fantastic voice. Her voice is so smooth and beautiful that it just glides over tracks and whilst sometime she struggles to really dominate the track because her voice isn't quite strong enough I actually really love that, because it's a representation of the openness and the rawness of her music.

The opener to the album really sets the tone. "Life Worth Living" is a wonderful song that oozes over the edg…

The Kooks - Let's Go Sunshine (Album Review)

You know when someone else has cooked you dinner, it's nice that you don't get to cook for yourself for once. But you forgot to ask what they were making you, you trust that person to make something you like though, they know you very well so why would they ever do that? And when you get the dish the main part of the dish is breaded chicken - they've pulled through, of course they did. So you cut a big chunk of it off and slam it into your mouth doured in sauce of your choice only to have your tastebuds attacked with the taste of fish. Now there's nothing wrong with fish, but it's no chicken. That is what it's like to listen to this album.

There isn't particularly anything wrong with this album, the "Intro" builds up and "Kids" keeps you rising on the rollercoaster due to it's fun nature and the ability to sing along to it - I'm sure it will be a big hit at their future gigs. But the rollercoaster never drops, in fact it slowly …

Introducing... The Æther

For Fans of: Oh Sees, Joy Division, Killing Joke
The Æther is a singer-songwriting super producer with heaps of talent that are put to use in a way that helps him bring in aspects of rock alongside hints of electronica with a slight of pop to liven the mood. What he does is so well is take the lo-fi sound that is so in right now and flips it so that it sounds as contemporary as ever and will help him to spread his music and gain fans across the board. The Æther's debut album was released a while back to high praise and I got to chat with him about the release of that project and what lies in the future...
Question. So your album has been out for a while now, how has the reaction been?
The Æther:
I'm grateful and overwhelmed at all the kind comments from people. I didn't want to make a big fuss and just hoped there would be a word of mouth type effect that would build organically. I want to go on a journey with my audience and feel a connection with people that will hopeful…

IDLES - Joy As An Act of Resistance (Album Review)

IDLES are a post-punk group from Bristol that have rose to fame due to their brutally honest lyrics and surprisingly catchy tunes. Their debut album 'Brutalism' is quite possibly one of the greatest punk records of all time that combined elements of heavy rock with the witty lyricism that is only found in spoken word. They gained a huge cult following because of the record that has took them on a journey to selling out shows and making a lot of their records incredibly valuable.

The singles leading up to this album have resonated with a lot of people and have helped them lead an album campaign that is absolutely buzzing to the maximum. "Samaritans" is a song that resonated with me and a lot of other men as well as it deals with the toxic masculinity that is abundant in today's society and the whole idea of telling people to "man up". It's very clever because the way that Idles deal with their topics is to hit it head on without you realising.