Before the likes of Peace, Swim Deep, Jaws, and Troumaca decided it was their natural born right to fly the flag for the Birmingham indie music scene, there were a whole host of excellent bands who were doing something a little different, a little more abrasive, and little more, dare I say it, edgy. Today we’re talking about Calories, who are totally back.
Oh, Calories. I’ve missed you. DMT, is the title of the quartet’s new four track EP, released yesterday on a pay-what-you-want basis. It harks back to the days of their phenomenal debut album Adventuring released way back in early 2009. It’s melodic, patient in its delivery, catchy as hell, and so feel-good it makes me wonder whether anything bad will ever happen to the world again. It would have taken something special to tear me away from listening to the new Local Natives record, and this EP was my saving grace. Cause, Hummingbird is depressing me, in a good way.
But seriously, download DMT, for free, right now, or y’know, give Calories a treat, and pay something for it.
Watch the video for the title-track below, and download the EP, below that.
I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You know when you completely adore a band, and love everything they release? Then they split up. And you’re left in a state of disarray, and you’re just left waiting for the day their lead singer branches out as a solo artist. In this case, the band was Proceed, the lead singer was Dan Lancaster, and that day was yesterday.
Now operating under the guise Dan James, he has unveiled a new solo demo entitled ‘Just Keep Coming Back’, along with covers of David Guetta’s Titanium, and Jessie J’s Mama Knows Best. To be honest, I’m not all that interested in the covers, despite how impressive they are. The really exciting thing is this first demo. I’m finding it really hard to tag a genre to it. Quite clearly he has a mind-blowingly exceptional singing voice, but I’ve known that since his Proceed days. Utilising an intricate, kind of slap-string acoustic guitar technique throughout, and combining that with atmospheric piano lines and chord punches, and spacey electronic drum samples, the whole song is absolutely huge. Oh, and did I mention he performed all the instruments himself, and produced and recorded it all himself. Yeah.
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that this guy wouldn’t make it eventually, and I’ve got a feeling this could be his breakthrough.
Any band with Three Trapped Tigers drummer Adam Betts in their ranks is probably going to be good. But then when you throw notoriously excellent producer, and head of House of Strange studios, Ash Gardner into the mix, you’re undoubtedly onto a winner.
Emperor Yes, completed by multi-instrumentalist Hugo Sheppard, yesterday unveiled a new track entitled Cosmos, and it’s bloody brilliant. Combining elements of synth pop, with progressive alternative electro, this latest cut from the band is verging on a masterpiece. The new single will see a release through Tape Club Records on March 11th, and the band are touring with another one of our favourites Tall Ships in early March. You’d be a fool to miss them both.
Stream Cosmos below, and check out their tour dates with Tall Ships here.
I’ve found it really difficult to listen to anything but the new Everything Everything album over the past 4 days. Actually, I’ve reunited myself with Wild Beasts’ second album too, but I’m getting off topic. Come on, focus. Point is, it’s taken me a little longer than usual to getting round to writing this blog post. But yeah.
I was introduced to Josh Flowers & The Wild on Monday night, the night they happened to unveil a video for new song The Cold. Let me first go on record saying that I think this video is downright sublime. It begins with the male protagonist taking his pet bird for a stroll through a labyrinth of dark caves, before he finds an absolute babe in a conveniently well lit cave. They then proceed to dance their troubles away, before the caves start to, well, cave in on them, literally. I’m sure it’s all a loose metaphor for something, but visually, it’s very impressive.
The song itself, ‘The Cold’ which comes off their forthcoming EP Young Bones (set for release in March) is a stunning folk inflected rock ballad. Instrumentally it reminds me of The National in places, but with a much poppier and more accessible feel to it. Flowers’ vocals and lyrics are equal parts endearing and fragile, and compliment the rest of the song with aplomb. I can’t wait to hear the rest of this EP, and no doubt we’ll all be hearing a lot more about Josh Flowers & The Wild in 2013.
Download The Cold for free over at the band’s bandcamp, and watch the video for the track below.