Mates of State– Technicolour Girls
I love Death Cab and I love Mates of State but this is better than the original by miles.
Darlings of my former hometown powerhouse of a label Alcopop, these Londoners’ debut album comes out at the start of next month and 2000 trees will be their first show after the release.
They’re an intoxicating mix of the kind of band that would play Al’s if Happy Days was English and set in modern times and being more than capable of a sweaty tear up in a dive bar. The lyrics are refreshingly pertinent as much as being of the shaking off of adolescence and their energy is just plain infectious.
You can download their 5-song EP for whichever price you wish if you click on the player below.
This guy is brilliant. Such an accomplished sound. Jack Bennett‘s playing two sets; one acoustic and one full band, both are a must see as his layers really need to be witnessed as separate entities to be fully appreciated.
As a singer/songwriter he’d be a revelation in a world of Ed Sheeran-alikes to have someone from the same breed as Brian Fallon is a god send. As a band, Grumble Bee reside in the happy medium of metal and rock where sure there’s fire and it gets down and dirty but veers away from heavy and industrial and creates something with an essence of irresistible intricacies.
First heard these Australians about this time last year and they were good enough to get me out of blogging hibernation.
I Don’t Think You Like Me (below) was the first song I heard of theirs and it’s such a great tune, they’re really Metricesque for sure and rarely can anyone else pull that off.
Nice and heavy musicianship in the same vain as Wolf Alice with the tenacity of The Naked & Famous and soul of Jaunita Stein. A smooth, groove laden overdose.
The Cave: The Bronx, We Were Promised Jetpacks, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Xcerts, Black Peaks, Milk Teeth, Max Raptor.
The Axiom: Beans on Toast, Press to Meco, Crazy Arm, Ben Marwood, Rob Lynch, Oxygen Thief, ????????????.
Forest: Jim Lockey, Dave McPherson.
Main Stage: Twin Atlantic, Mallory Knox, Neck Deep, Counterfeit, Vant, Smith Band, John Coffey, Crooks, Brawlers.
Axiom: Moose Blood (+Forest Session), Magic Gang, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Muncie Girls, Kagoule, Tired Lion, Waco, Life.
Cave: Lonely The Brave, Palm Reader, Trash Boat, Beasts, Reining Days.
Croft: Ghost Riders in the Sky, Happy Accidents, Will Varley, Johnny Lloyd, Idles, Then Thickens, She Makes War, Armchair Commitee.
Big Lebowski Bar: Thrill Collins, Bare Knuckle Parade.
Main Stage: Refused, Ash, King Blues, Augustines, Arcane Roots (+Forest Session), Heck, Creeper, The LaFontaines, St. Pierre Snake Invasion.
The Cave: While She Sleeps, Sikth, Basement, Animals as Leaders, WSTR, Terribe Love, Blood Youth, ZOAX, Blackhole.
Axiom: Jamie Lenman, Hey! Hello!, Yuck, Demob Happy, Dead!, Black Foxxes, Cheap Meat, Puppy, Narcs.
Croft: Black Honey, Tigercub, Bellevue Days, Grumble Bee, Recreations, The Spills, The RPMs, Andy Oliveri & The Mountaineers.