Saturday, March 24, 2018
Words: Richard Cobb
From Glasgow via West Linton and Romanno Bridge, Pencil Formation are a self-described 'lo-fi snack rock' two-piece consisting of Lewis MacDonald and Jamie Cameron.
In a time where new bands can take themselves frighteningly seriously, it wouldn’t be wide of the mark to suggest that Pencil Formation on the surface appear 90% pisstake. However, their music speaks for itself and alongside the weird and mysterious videos you get the feeling this band will amass a sizeable cult following without even meaning to.
‘Ski Free’ alongside the two other videos the band have released to date, are wonderfully catchy and don’t appear to follow a set path. Instead they opt to veer off the road and treat the listener to an afternoon tea in Amsterdam you’ll be confused about for weeks after experiencing.
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Words: Linn Branson
Hauntingly beautiful alt-popgaze from Melbourne's Seattle Fix.
Following last autumn's 'Teddy Bear' EP, the Australian duo - Olivia Puchalski (vocals, guitars, bass, synths) and Luke Burns (drums) - return with 'Stone'. The percussion and guitars are stirring, Puchalski's vocal exquisite, and when the drums kick in to lift it to another level, you just want to sigh in pleasure.
"Lyrically, it’s important to me too," says Olivia. "It’s about finding the strength in yourself to persevere, even with the struggles you face every day. Sometimes I feel you never even know you have it in you to get through, but it’s there. Parts of it were written during some trying times. We definitely think it’s our best song yet."
So do we.
With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.
SLY WITHERS - GOOGLE MAPS
The Perth grunge-indie punk quartet start off on a slow build vocals and acoustic guitar on this third single from their forthcoming second album. But hang on, as it soon starts working up to a big storming electric track.
DENNIS COMETTI - SUNNIE TAN
Not a he but a they, a three-piece 'they' from Perth with this new release, out this week. Following on from last year's 'On The Sauce' EP, their self-described "Hell shit garage music" raises a smile with its infectious quality.
ONONO - PICKUP POINT
Released March 16, the lead single from Wellington, NZ Jono Nott's forthcoming EP 'Stand'. There's a lot to like here from the dreamy vocal layers, throbbing bass and psych-persuasive guitars.
THE FAIM - MIDLAND LINE
The second single from Perth alt-rockers, with arresting rhythms and big stadium melodies, and driving guitarsm The band are on an extensive UK tour April onwards with Lower Than Atlantis, as well as their own headline shows and festival slots at The Great Escape and Camden Rocks.
CANDY - APARTMENT IN THE CITY
Lo-fi bedroom pop from Melbourne's Calum Newton, released March 23. Four and a half minutes of toir-tapping, smooth instrumentation and a soaring vocal.
THE CAVEMEN - JANEY
Capturing the spirit of 70s punk, currently London-based New Zealanders from Auckland release their third full-length 'Nuke Earth' on April 6 via Slovenly Recordings. Rowdy, raw garage punk-rock, made up of frantic vocals, screeching guitars, and infectious riffs. For Londoners, they play Shacklewell Arms on May 11.
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Words: Sam Geary
Produced by Adam Jaffrey "in a studio that was later bulldozed to make way for luxury flats", London indie/dream-poppers Night Flowers share 'Hey Love'.
Taken from their debut album, 'Wild Notion', out on April 13 via Dirty Bingo Records, 'Hey Love' is also part of an EP released this week which includes two other new tracks: an original called 'You Don’t Tell Me' and a cover of The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin’s 'Rush Hour'.
The band's Greg Ullyart says of the track: "The song is basically about friendship and positivity through hardship, which sometimes feels more difficult as you get older."
27 The Lexington London
24 Picture House Social Sheffield
14 Glad Café Glasgow
15 Hyde Park Book Club Leeds
27 Midland Railway Centre Ripley
Friday, March 23, 2018
Words: Linn Branson
Taken from her debut full-length due later in the year on My Little Empire, 'Fire' is the latest single from Preston singer-songwriter Pip Hall.
“I’m my own worst enemy and often find myself battling my own thoughts and criticising myself for the most insignificant things. The song is kind of about that," she reveals, of the bedroom laptop written composition.
Little Indie can now bring you the video to 'Fire' in our premiere here.
Made by motion graphic designer and VFX artist, Aleksandar Melov in a lyric style, it complements the song with both colour and subtlety without overwhelming the lyrics.
Watch 'Fire' below, and then check out Pip's festival appearances, plus two dates supporting Bryde.
20 Manchester, Gullivers (supporting Bryde)
01 London, Omeara (supporting Bryde)
05 Liverpool Sound City
18 Brighton, The Great Escape
20 Highest Point Festival
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Words: Sam Geary
They only wanna have some fun - so GLOO got together to follow January's 'Hit It' with some monster riffage on 'Act My Age', released today (March 23) through their own DIY label Dropping Bags Records.
The Littlehampton trio have also dropped their self-directed video for the single - which airs on the soundtrack for episode 403 of hit US soap opera The Royals on March 25, which stars Joan Collins and Elizabeth Hurley.
"'Act My Age' is a diss to being expected to grow up,” say the band on the track. “It’s short and to the point. We think of it as uplifting - just under two minutes of do whatever the fuck you want. Just have some fun."
GLOO play The Birdcage in Portsmouth tonight (March 23), and Brighton's Green Door Store on March 27.