Little Indie blog

A little blog about indie stuff

  1. Words: Sam Geary

    The alt-electronic grunge-pop debut from Melbourne sister duo, The Bambi Kills, 'Headlights', is they say, one "for everyone to unravel for themselves, but let's just say lyrically it's quite dark."

    Vanessa and Elly Velinsky have come together after their separate band excursions - Vanessa from Valentiine and Elly from Mannequin Death Squad - to release this first three and a half minute single last week.

    The dual vocals from the Velinskys while on one hand are dulcet and smooth, there is a haunting, slightly menacing underlying edge there in the minimal production - added to by the sepia tinged visual work, shot by brother Jerome, in a deserted wooded area - and the repeated line, "I would die just to have you back..."

  2. Words: Brad Hennessey

    Pirate Studios are on a hunt for treasure and have fashioned a quest to dig out only the finest talent across the land...

    Sick of Simon Cowell forcing overproduced pop acts down your throat? Done with sob stories galore, but still attracted to the riveting release of fierce competition? Well then, the Pirate Prodigy Programme might just float your boat.

    This is a public call to arms for all indie kids, part-time rockers and all round appreciators of the alternative music scene. A good ol' fashioned battle of the bands is on the horizon and ready to take the 'best breakthrough act' category by storm. Drawing expert opinions from a range of trailblazers and creative catalysts throughout the music industry, Pirate Studios aim to hold the the current music scene to ransom, shaking it down for only the finest hidden gems.

    They will be enlisting the likes of Radio X's Gordon Smart, This Feeling's Mikey Jonns, Mike Walsh, head of music at Radio X, music PR Katie Gwyther of Fear PR amongst others, as mentors - as well as a collection of promotional teams behind Liam Gallagher, The Libertines and so on - even Kate Nash is getting involved - to make sure each of the new prodigy's are set up with sturdy "foundations" to kick off from.

    The competition will hail the acts (narrowed down from 20 to 6 and finally to 3) as champions of indie rock and polish them to perfection before releasing them to the world. In more certain terms the geniuses behind the production of Florence + the Machine are offering "festival slots as well as a guaranteed audience with top-level industry A&R at three invite only shows taking place across the UK in the summer."

    Interested? To apply, visit the website and submit your one track. So, get those demos recorded and check out the competition timeline below!

    February 19: Doors open for submissions
    March 29: Deadline for submissions
    March 29 - April 12: Top 20 artists will be put to a public vote
    April 16: Top 6 artists, as chosen by the public will be announced. All 6 will be invited in to record a professional video at Pirate Studios
    April 30 - May 16: The 6 finalists’ video performances will be judged by both the public and industry experts
    May 28: The 3 winners are announced
    May 31: Invite-only show with guaranteed A&R presence at Pirate Studios, London
    June 1: Invite-only show with guaranteed A&R presence at Pirate Studios, Bristol
    June 2: Invite-only show with guaranteed A&R presence at Pirate Studios, Manchester

  3. Words: Ellie Ward

    It's not a scenario that would automatically spring to mind, despite Liam Gallagher being a dad of several kids himself. But here is 'Uncle Liam' with a bunch of small children putting some questions to him, the likes of which many a grown up interviewer has probably quelled at doing for fear of being told to 'fuck off, man'.

    Watch as Liam gets the third degree on "How do you deal with your anger management issues?", “What’s your favorite fart?” and “If you play a good song in a concert, do you get sweets after?” And of course, brother Noel gets a mention too. “I had a brother who played the guitar. He’s naughty. And he’s not much bigger than you, actually.”

    Watch above.

  4. Words: Ellie Ward

    Ahead of dropping their debut album later in the year, Pale Waves have put out a debut February EP - 'All The Things I Never Said'.

    The four-track record, which includes new track ‘Heavenly’, is now streaming online, to be followed by a vinyl release on March 16 via Dirty Hit.

    The band are currently on a - sold out - UK tour before they head to the US in March. They have just added a new London show at Heaven on May 24. Tickets  go on sale from this Friday, February 23, at 9am.


    20 The Boileroom – Guildford (SOLD OUT)
    22 Storey’s Field Centre – Cambridge (SOLD OUT)
    23 Wesgarth – Middlesbrough  (SOLD OUT)
    24 Studio 2 – Liverpool (SOLD OUT)
    26 The Cellar – Oxford (SOLD OUT)
    27 The Cookie – Leicester (SOLD OUT)
    28 The Chapel – Leeds (SOLD OUT)

    01 The Sugarmill – Stoke on Trent  (SOLD OUT)
    02 O2 Academy Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
    04 King Tut’s – Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
    05 The Leadmill – Sheffield (SOLD OUT)
    06 Gorilla – Manchester (SOLD OUT)
    07 The Garage – London (SOLD OUT)
    08 Thekla – Bristol (SOLD OUT)

  5. The Brighton-based two-piece opened the year with 'White Tambourine', their follow up to debut single, the nod-along, catchy 60s-esque number ‘Honey In The Sun’, released in 2017, and have already brought out yet another new number, 'Stick Around Me'.

    Who are you? 

    I'm Joe Habberfield, vocals and keys for Creeping Jean. Oliver Tooze is the other half of the sucker punch and he plays guitar and does lead vocal. The rest of the band are session musicians all the writing recording etc is just us!

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

    I'm from Kent and Oliver's from
    Sheffield, we both met in Brighton. We are both outgoing and don't take things to seriously; having a laugh, enjoying this processing of attacking the music industry, it not becoming a chore or causing to much stress has got us where we are today with playing music.

    Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

    It's very mid-60s influenced with the pop melodies as we enjoy such vocalists as Carl Wilson and Harry Nilsson's side of singing, but we do exploit riffs and certain shapes of playing our instruments that would be seen in T-Rex or a Deep Purple outfit, especially the way I play the keys.

    Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

    Oliver will work on a melody then stretch each lyric to give you that easy hook to sing right through the track. The music is important throughout. You gotta keep things interesting, so certain riffs, tones and movements we feel we have to keep rotating in our music.

    Tell us a little about your new single.

    'Stick Around Me' is a song inspired by Harry Nilsson's puppy song. Ol bought a puppy called Stanley and wrote 'Stick Around Me'.

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

    We play The Hope & Ruin in Brighton on March 3, and Nambucca, London on March 10, both for This Feeling. We are also playing The Great Escape in May.

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

    We're back in the studio constantly this year and we're definitely going to keep giving our all at stronger music.

    Where can we hear more of your music?

    We will be dropping more singles over the next months, to be found on Spotify, iTunes, etc.

    What social media platforms can we find you on?

    Facebook // Twitter // Instagram