The Coolest Song of All Time

Agreed

End Kwote

I’ve listened to this song at least fifty times in the past two days. I’m not quite sure what it is about it that makes me like it so much, but it’s definitely my current favorite.

It makes me happy to listen to, so I thought I’d share it with all of my interweb friends.

This is “123 Stop” by The Postelles

Got any songs that just make you happy for no reason? Listen to any tunes that give you that fuzzy feeling inside?

Let me know your thoughts and ideas. I’m interested to hear.End Kwote

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The 1975 – Girls (New Release)

Yesterday The 1975, a band that was still pretty much un-heard of this time last year, released a video for the fourth single “Girls” of their eponymous debut album. “Girls” taking listeners back to the 80’s with its jangly guitars and slick rhythms showcases something much more than just a mood change in lead singer Matthew Healy. This single is the second from the album to be filmed in colour, after a year of being in the spotlight and Healy claiming that his band’s “art” was more “subjective” due to its colour drained aesthetics this is clearly quite interesting as this single’s video has an air of Katy Perry’s hit single “California Gurls”. The electric blue, red, yellow and pink colours shown throughout the video would suggest that the band have sold out, but, if you listen to what Healy is saying at the beginning of the video; “It needs to be in black and white for a start” – this suggests it’s all a part of Healy’s “persona”. However, apart from this contradiction in aesthetics that purposely throws off fans. That have and do continue complain about this change. The song is actually well-crafted and easy to listen to. Adam Hann once again going below radar yet providing some lovely guitar licks to really make the song become what it’s meant to be. Ross Macdonald, another band member whose efforts go below radar. But, he essentially gives the song depth with his dare I say funky bassline. And again Healy with his annoying yet irresistible voice offering up some quotable lyrics that teenage boys will be tweeting for years to come.

All in all a strong, yet strange, release given the other singles from the band. Probably a new favourite amongst other fans, I give it 9 out of 10 and hopefully it’ll make Healy stop using the word “subjective” when relating to his music.

Catfish and the Bottlemen – the best thing Llandudno have produced since Neville Southall.

Catfish and the Bottlemen – A band that were pointed out to me in the latter stages of the previous year I subsequently had the joys of reviewing them for a blog back in Liverpool. The welsh four-piece sporting all black clothes and playing emotive guitar driven music have been a band that have been on the verge of “making it” for several years, now with a label under the belt alongside a back catalogue that seems to be ever growing in quantity a long with quality, 2014 WILL definitely be the year for this band, and here’s why I think this:

 

Firstly, one of the bands first major releases into the mainstream was the 6 and a half minute anthem to be; “Tyrants” a songs sporting all sorts of features that could be compared to that of an already signed and dare I say established band yet this song was released prior to any major label interest and saw the band become massive and what I see as a major factor in this was accessibility of this single, there is no music video, to my knowledge, and you could only actually buy the song by attending one of the band’s gigs increasing the attendance and interest of the band.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yKWhXFadHs

Secondly, what seems to be an almost forgotten single within the public interest; “Broken army” this song really broadcasted the front-man Van’s rough yet intricate vocals and the intricacy of the band as a whole, how the intro seems to be a complete change in tone to the verses similarly this began to see the change in the band’s moody aesthetic of black, white and songs that suit the winter to songs that really, genuinely, have a cheeky irresistible vibe about them.

 

 Enter, the actual anthem (and personal favourite); “Sidewinder”, this song really began to show how the band had grown, the song is still considered to be under the status of a “big hit” with live videos constantly being uploaded to Youtube even after a year of being released and other, more widespread releases following it showing how the band had grew from strength to strength exhibiting how song structure had clearly been more considered, how well the guitars are crafted and even how well it sounds sonically yet, how similar it sounds to the live version.

 

8 months after relentless touring, supports slots with The View and The 1975 and every music fan questioning; “When will this band get signed?” Communion Music, finally done the deed in what was an interesting business venture as Communion Music clearly has a taste for the more laid back, acoustic guitar music such as, The Cavemen, Willy Mason and Half Moon Run. Nevertheless, I think I can talk on behalf of every music fan and critic that it was a very good move. Shortly after pen had been put to paper the band released the beautiful single; “Homesick”, displaying a much more mellow sound to the band; this was counteracted much so by the B-Side “Pacifier” which was almost like Homesick’s, loud, fun and attention seeking twin. Last of the current releases would be “Rango” – this song is incredibly emotive, lyrically especially, without offending anyone, their singer, Van really opens up on this one – well worth a listen. I’d just like to finish up by pointing out that the last three songs were all released within the space of 6 months, hard work clearly pays off and the 4 boys from Llandudno are still touring!

Homesick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhfXl1OefI8

Pacifier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2IaK7VAV5U

Rango: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6LTDsPMDLY

Birmingham – the new “B-Town”?

Peace, Swim Deep and Jaws are three bands that are recently leaving something of a remarkable footprint on what is the national music scene. But what is it exactly that is making Birmingham such a hub for new music of late? Even outside the “Indie” scene, and Birmingham as a whole; the likes of Wolf Alice are still benefiting even with a different geographical location.

This emergence or, quite frankly, overhaul of bands has led to Birmingham being recognised as the new “B-Town” a name that the bohemia paradise, Brighton, once lived by. Big Chelsea boots to fill ay?

Interestingly, this was all led by Harrison Koisser of Peace’s “gruff” vocals and leather (tasseled)-jacketed band of merry-men. A re-occurring theme throughout all of these bands from “B-Town” is their attitude towards the music industry that is; “If we get signed, we get signed.” This attitude has clearly led to, tried and proved succession as it has worked for Swim Deep and Jaws too, maybe this has attracted such interest from labels due to the fact that it is clear they are willing to do the job for nothing less than fun and fun alone. Not only are they taking us back to the 90’s with their heavy chorus effects on their guitars and ripped denim jeans but also re-approaching some traditional values in that it’s not just for the sake of “making a living” which is what a few younger musicians fail to understand.

With Peace clearly getting their foot in the door for labels to recognise Birmingham as a home for a new era of indie, it’s interesting to see other bands such as Wolf Alice (featured on Peace’s album), though not from Birmingham excel due to not only their irresistible talent, but due to their friendship with a couple of the B-Town faithful such as; Peace and Swim Deep. So if you want to be cool, take up the traits classically related to the “brummies”, chips and gravy anyone (in a brummie accent)?