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Modestep

6 Jan

You may recall that I wrote about Modestep last summer and spoke of their kerfuffle with EMI regarding an Enya clearance that they tried to get. EMI tried to shut them down completely. Well, how they must be feeling now. Since then, Modestep’s popularity has grown at an alarming rate. With no releases and just a couple of DJ sets here and there, they have managed to gain almost 30,000 fans on Facebook off their own back.

Cee Le Green – Fuck You (Modestep remix)

The video (see below) for their debut single ‘Feel Good’ was posted up as a Christmas treat for fans and was viewed by over one million people in less than a week. Hats off.

Since then, they have been placed on the Radio 1 playlist and are gaining fans across the world quicker than you can say “wobble-wobble”. Their debut single is available to download on February 7th on UKF (a dubstep YouTube channel-cum-label that signed the band). Watch it explode!

Does the music make you feel good?

www.facebook.com/modestep

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The HeebieJeebies – Misery Guts

14 Jul

The debut single for The HeebieJeebies is called Misery Guts. I was drawn to this because, well, I can be a bit of a misery guts myself. Anyone that follows me on Twitter will know that I enjoy a good moan about anything from boredom to slow-moving people. Surprisingly though, The HeebieJeebies are not a band that one would associate with the word misery.

The Rotherham via Swindon trio play a blend of tropical indie that sounds positive, uplifting and full of summer vibes. Having been to both Rotherham and Swindon, I have no idea why this is. Both places are holes (no offence if you’re from either place) and it’s refreshing to hear a band that write music that sounds like it’s been made on the West Coast of the USA. Obvious comparisons will be made to the likes of Vampire Weekend and Born Ruffians. Which, despite being lazy journalism on my part, is true. The first Vampire Weekend record and Born Ruffians best singles respectively.

‘Misery Guts’ in particular gave me the same sense of happiness that came when I first heard Mansard Roof and Hummingbird. All around brilliance and yet another band for you to keep your eyes and ears on. Misery Guts is out on August 16th. Go and buy it you tight-fisted file loving bastards!

www.myspace.com/theheebiefuckinjeebies

Albums of 2009: 11 – Future of the Left – Travels With Myself and Another

21 Dec

The best thing to come out of Wales since…. since…. um…. anyone?

Post War Years – Whole World On It’s Head

5 Dec

Post War Years didn’t make my albums of the year this year but this tune is pretty special don’t you think?

My Albatross – Live and Live Lonely

11 Nov

Yet another Manchester band…

The Muscle Club – Hail! Joe Hale!

8 Nov

These guys are pretty fucking cool. Lots of energy. Fans of the Cribs will love them I am sure. I’d go so far as saying that the Muscle Club have more urgency and pace about them though.

Working for the man

4 Nov

Hey all. I apologise for the lack of posts in the past month or so. Some of you may be confused by this considering I used to blog three or four times a day.

Well, there’s no cool way of putting it I’m afraid. The only explanation I can give is that I am now working full time and don’t get online as much as I used to. It’s only a temporary measure though. The plan is to move back to London in January. That’s stage one of my plan. Once I’m in London, I can start hounding companies like a tramp asking for change.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been listening to albums more so than hunting for new music. I’m relying on John Kennedy and Huw Stephens for the next few weeks. The reason for this is that I’m already starting to think about my albums of the year. I drew up a provisional list and it was massive so I’m listening to a lot of them again.

Listening to albums takes a lot more time than listening to a few minutes of a new band on MySpace. I have to listen to a lot of them in my car for some reason. Some music just sounds better when you’re driving on an empty motorway (that’s highway to you American folk)… perfect example, And So I Watch You From Afar’s self-titled.

I won’t do the full list until December (there’s a small matter of the Them Crooked Vultures album to come!) but it’s a pretty sweet list so far. Some obvious choices in there and some ones that may surprise you. It’s all pretty varied too – everything’s covered pretty much. Apart from jazz, you all know I hate that shit.

Right then, off I go to work for the man. What man? Which man? Who’s the man? What makes a man a man? Am I a man? yes, technically I am.

Oh sweet music industry, won’t you save me?!

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