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  1. Words: Sam Geary 

    Brighton's indie punk outfit Harker dropped their newest single 'Dead Ends' back in May, but now are back with a visual treatment for the track.

    The video was put together by the band and Claire James as an homage to B-movie horror.

    ‘We’re all influenced by horror films," says vocalist and guitarist Mark Boniface, "something I’ve always wanted to be involved in since I was a teenager. This video we tried to encapsulate everything we love about them. Stretching to areas of spooky, gore, quirky, B-movie and downright entertaining."

    With a busy start to the year which has seen the band tour Japan, play a string of shows as main support for Mercy Union (ex-Gaslight Anthem) and appear at festivals such as Call of the Wild Festival and Booze Cruise Festival, Harker are poised to return to mainland Europe this September. See dates below.

    Live dates

    10 At the Edge of the Sea, Brighton w/ The Wedding Present

    05 Grenswerk, Venlo NL*
    05 Groene Engel, Oss NL*
    07 Monster Records, Hannover DE
    08 Metropool, Hengelo NL*
    09 Music City, Antwerp NL
    11 Paard, Den Haag NL*
    12 De Markthallen, Herk De Stad BE*
    13 Popmonument, Bergen Op Zoom NL*
    14 De Singer, Rijkevorsel BE*

    * w/ Magnapop

  2. With a sound that is described as an electric mix of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons, Sam Fender, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, Scottish alt-rock quartet Sub Violet released their debut single 'Let Me Know' on July 19.

    Who are you?

    I’m Ewan McCunn, I’m lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Sub Violet. Then there’s Matthew Carson (bass) Jake Charleston (drums) and Joe McDonald (lead guitar).

    Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.

    We’re based in Motherwell, Scotland, although our drummer and lead guitarist are from Edinburgh. I formed the band along with our bassist Matthew in 2017, we originally started as a piece then decided to get another guitar in, from there we went through a few lineup changes to finally get to where we are now.

    Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

    I’d say we’re an alternative rock band. We’re influenced by all kinds of music. It’s always changing depending on what I’m listening to. although I always find myself listening to Catfish and the Bottlemen or The Amazons so I guess they influence our music a lot.

    Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

    The writing process changes every song, usually one of us will have a chord progression or riff and we’ll play about with it and find a basic structure then I’ll go home and write lyrics for it. Sometimes it takes five minutes to write the song, sometimes it takes weeks!

    Tell us a little about your new single.

    ‘Let Me Know’ is our debut single. We wrote it about a year ago now and it’s went through loads of versions. It was one of the first ones we wrote after having a second guitarist join the band. It was recorded and produced by Paul McInally from 45 a-side in Glasgow; he’s class at what he does and spent so much time helping us develop the song.

    Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

    Yeah, we’re playing Opium club/bar in Edinburgh this Saturday (27th July). It’s free entry so if you get a chance head along! Looking forward to it, will be a decent night!

    How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

    Back in the studio next month, focusing on the single at the moment working hard to reach as many people as possible. Currently getting more gigs booked nothing set in stone yet.

    Where can we hear more of your music?

    'Let Me Know' is available on all major streaming platforms. Unfortunately, it’s the only tune we have out for now, but we’ve got some more songs hopefully coming out by the end of the year!

    What social media platforms can we find you on?

    Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

  3. Credit: Tanya Voltchanskaya

    Words: Ellie Ward 

    Upgraded from Little Indie's weekly collection of best new tracks bubbling up from Australia and New Zealand, as half way through listening to the quality of Vorsen's voice on new single 'Say All The Right Things', so hard to resist, that it needed singling out.

    Released last Friday (July 19), Perth-based singer/songwriter Oliver Halvorsen with his titular band, weaves a lush, atmospheric landscape around three and a half minutes of intricate structures with an irresistible soulful vocal execution that is just heaven to the ears.

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  4. Words: Sam Geary 

    Melbourne-via-Hobart, Tasmania's The Sunday League dropped this first single ‘Rock n’Roll’ from their forthcoming second album, 'Make It What You Want' (the follow up to their self-titled 2017 debut).

    Compared to early R.E.M, The Sunday League have a way with creating poignant melodies and reflective lyrics, and here on the mid-tempo ‘Rock n’Roll', written by bassist Ian Stolp, there's an easy rolling 80s feel wrapped in a fuzzy, jangly guitar-driven coat of nostalgia.

    Listen here.

  5. Words: Amelia Callister

    Los Angeles outfit Trapdoor Social have apparently been around for a few years now, though truth be told I had never heard of them until this latest, 'The Lie'.

    From checking they seem to have arrived with an EP, 'Death Of A Friend', back in 2012, a whacking 14-track debut album four years later, and more recently a few singles, 'The Move', 'The Truth'. There has no doubt been a lot more in between the gaps, but this isn't a discography. They seem to have also gone from a duo to a five-piece in this time, although their latest image - see above - shows only three of them. And despite there being over a thousand pictures on their Facebook, this still feels like a band hard to get a grip on.

    Apparently, says the accompanying press blurb, they are an environmental activist musical collective "who have a record of fundraising and activism supporting sustainability, producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the US", with their "own brand of earnest, hot-blooded, independent alternative rock". Who knew? No, me, neither.

    Skylar Funk (that's what it says), their vocalist/guitarist, writes on their Facebook page that 'The Lie' is "a bit of a curveball because we love to put out positive messages but sometimes life is a little more complicated. This song plays with that emotional complexity. It is a story of conflict, punctuated by a sweet repetition of the phrase 'this is gonna be alright'...but over time I realised the context I'd written around it reveals the phrase to be an empty mantra, something you just tell yourself because you don't know what else to do. It's a well-intentioned lie."

    Trapdoor Social feel and sound very American, a kind of musical equivalent of Gwynnie Paltrow, which is perhaps why they aren't by now household names in the UK. But that said, 'The Lie' is a rather punchy little blighter, that contains some nice touches that travel away from "hot-blooded, alternative rock", and veer into melodic, arena-sized anthemic, radio-friendly proportions, and isn't at all hard to digest.

    Give it a whirl. They might just be your new favourite band - even if you're in Lytham St Annes or Lyme Regis.