18th June 2019
Mercury Machine Debut Album: Mercury Machine Release Date: 15th February 2019
Hailing from Manchester, Mercury Machine are an 80s inspired Dark Electro band. From their home in an old Cotton Mill in East Manchester, they have been plotting their world domination, finely tuning their sound and planning ahead. After releasing several singles in 2018, they were finally ready to release their self-titled debut album. The release was supported by a sold out album launch show at Manchester’s iconic venue Night People in February 2019, which brought attentions to reviewers. The buzz led them to perform at Juwenalia Music Festival in Warsaw, Poland. This festival is described as the largest music festival in Central and Eastern Europe, last year attracting up to 30,000 people per day. The quintet are now playing gigs throughout Europe to promote their music in 2019.
The centre of the Machine is Lee Maguire with the mathematical mastermind. The
influence of his autism is reflected in the subject and sound of the music, with
continuing themes of isolation and stifled communication flowing throughout their
work. The other parts of the Machine are: Tim Burge (Lead Guitar), Gav Foley
(Drums), Carl Street (Bass) and Kade ‘the Kid’ Daniels (Keyboards). Their live set is electronically centred and an almost orchestral in the size of the sound. Together they are on a mission to bring this wall of sound to audiences in all its glory. Their debut album is atmospheric and epic. Listen to it now!
12th March 2018
RMCK Debut EP: RMCK Release Date: 19th June 2017
Hailing from Belfast, RMCK is a post-rock and experimental project that plays extremely loud, heavily distorted banjo, and uses loops to create hypnotic swirls of sound. I am familiar with the tunes performed with violin and loops, but this is the first time I am listening to the sound of the combination of banjo and loop. RMCK‘s music is unique, cosmical and authentically dreamy.
RMCK works alone and is solely interested in crafting music that he finds interesting. It is not yet known if RMCK will perform live. Solid Choice know who RMCK is, but respect his wishes regarding his anonymity. Just enjoy the music!
RMCK (Self-titled EP) - Tracklistings 1. Mercer 2. Altered 4 3. Sickness From Cure 4. Dem Devi 5. 7 And In Between Recorded by Rocky O'Reilly at Start Together Studios, Belfast Drums on the recording performed by Ben McAuley
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3rd March 2018
Debut EP: If Not Now, When?
Release Date: 9th February 2018
If Not Now, When? Tracklisting: Leave It All Behind Honestly Between You And Me DownDownDown One Sided Conversations
Originally from Liverpool, now based in Manchester, a heavy alternative rock band Counterpoint released their debut EP “If Not Now, When?” on 9th February. After forming the band in 2015, they spent some time on the production and went in to Treehouse Studios to record these 5 absolutely killer tracks.
The quartet bring some fresh vibes into their powerful alternative metal tunes. The hard-hitting band provide their sound energetically and uniquely along with the irrepressible riffs for you to enjoy what they are all about.
To find out more about Counterpoint, visit their sites using the links below;
28th February 2018
New Album: Watching The World Come Undone
Release Date: 23rd February 2018
Hailing from Birmingham, a powerful rock trio Templeton Pek have just released their stunning album “Watching The World Come Undone”.
They are the most exciting political melodic hardcore bands of our time, and the band prove it with their new release.
Templeton Pek are pondering the question why we as human beings sabotage our political climate, our environment and ourselves. After a historically unique seventy-year period of peace in Europe, the band’s home country is isolating itself, submitting millions of people to a hopeless situation. Musically and lyrically, “Watching The World Come Undone” is the strongest record of the band’s career to date and deals, along with the political component, with existential questions, presenting a previously unknown diversity. Vocalist Neal Mitchel says: “It’s as close to a concept album as we could get. From day one of writing the album, we had a clear idea of its vibe and general feel.” “Watching The World Come Undone” is a very personal analysis of an increasingly complex and confusing world. The fictitious city on the artwork emphasises the band’s fixation with the self-destruction of mankind and is, according to Neal, part of the total work of art that is “Watching The World Come Undone”: “Like earth itself we start off with abundant green landscapes, like the innocence of our youth. We then gradually go on to obstruct, develop and pollute it beyond recognition, the colours oppose each other and are radically different, the orange cutting crudely and uncomfortably through the calm green.”
After ten active years since they formed in in music, the band has earned itself the status of veterans of the melodic hardcore scene and has correspondingly high expectations of its latest release: Neal tells “From the beginning we wanted this to be one of the albums that contain one great song after the other.” Every one of the ten tracks had to have single potential. They wanted their album number five to be a testament to their current creative power. The trio teamed up with fellow Brummie Davey Warsop (Badcop Badcop, Vanishing Line), and the result is an album that asks the right questions at the right time, that tackles the important problems of the world and that for Templeton Pek themselves with “Watching The World Come Undone” is their most mature and considered offering to date.
Enjoy this amazing album:
To find out more about Templeton Pek, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://www.templetonpekofficial.com/
12th January 2018
New Single: Exit Route
Release Date: 12th January 2018
New EP: Days We Found
Release Date: 6th April 2018
Leamington Spa based Alt-rock band TrueHeights announced to release their forthcoming EP Days We Found on 6th April 2018 through We Are Triumphant, which is an American label the band have just signed to. To celebrate the release of the EP, TrueHeights released their new video for lead single ‘Exit Route’ today.
They will be on tour from this month with plenty of shows. Try to catch them on one of the dates!
Click here to check the dates: TrueHeights Events
Also you can read our previous article which includes the interview to find out about the band more:
To find out more about TrueHeights, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://trueheights.co.uk/
New Single: The Pragmatist
New EP: Bay View
Release Date: 19th January 2018
Hailing from Birmingham where it is said to be the birthplace of Heavy Metal, a hard-hitting rock band Crimson Star are ready to deliver their new EP Bay View following the release of the single The Pragmatist.
1. The Pragmatist
2. La Prom
4. Euthanise Me
5. Gimme Some
The midlands trio spent this Summer crafting their new EP with esteemed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend and more). The result is nothing short of breath-taking with the five killer tracks with rhythmic riffs and dynamic sound. The lead track from Bay View – “The Pragmatist” – is a genuine rock tune from the emerging rockers, and is sure to engage any true rock fans.
To find out more about Crimson Star, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: https://www.crimsonstarrocks.com/home
23 November 2017
Debut EP: Flare Voyant
Release Date: 15th November 2017
Flare Voyant are a London based multi national rock ‘n’ roll band, and released their self-titled debut EP on 15th November. The quartet keeps the jazzy and funky vibes through out the 5 track EP. You can sense that the band were influenced strongly by some artists in ’60s and ’70s, the Rolling Stones in particular. In fact, this EP was produced by legendary producer Chris Kimsey after the band’s early demo caught his attention, and was recorded at Eastcote studios, London in January 2017.
1- Borders (Bourganos)
2- So Contextual (Bourganos)
3- Ephemeral Romance (Bourganos)
4- Empty Soul (Baignères/Bourganos)
5- Ephemeral Romance (Bourganos) – single version
The singular musical encounter between Brazilian drummer Lucas Roxo, greco-Italian-Brazilian guitarist Rod Bourganos, French singer Thomas Baignères and British bassist George Hudson ignites a blend that echoes the whole rock music tradition. This particular international touch provides the spark that ignites the sound of Flare Voyant. The band seek to embody all their plurality in the sound and go beyond revivalism by pursuing a contemporary perception of rock music through poetry, unusual tones and beats. This EP is definitely one for those music fans who are after a fresh sound with a traditional rock’n’roll foundation.
Click here Flare Voyant – EP ‘Flare Voyant’ to listen via your favourite digital platform.
The band have a show on New Year’s Eve in London. Get your ticket now to make sure you will party with them!
Details and tickets: Le Beat Bespoke NYE Party
Featured photo 📷: Sonia Shahid
To find out more about Flare Voyant, visit their sites using the links below;
Lady Jane’s Revenge
New Single: Heroes
New EP: Lady Jane’s Revenge
Release Date: 27th October 2017
Hailing from Cornwall, an alternative modern rock quartet Lady Jane’s Revenge have released the band’s self-titled EP, which is their second release since releasing the debut EP “1554” about two years ago. They celebrated this occasion with a special live performance recently, which the group have had the opportunity to share the stage with the emblematic Crazy Town. The recently presented successful single”Heroes” is about strong and undeniable opinions on the current state of the world and the society nowadays, and is outlined by dynamic and diversified guitar sections and memorable vocal lines. Their EP “Lady Jane’s Revenge” combines numerous different musical influences, and was all polished and prepared in Outhouse Studios (Architects, Enter Shikari, Deaf Havana, You Me At Six, Steven Wilson, Funeral For A Friend and many more).
“The overall concept of this EP is for everyone to hopefully realise that we are strong enough to make changes to our world individually or hopefully by everyone realising that if we unite and come together – we are in control. And we don’t need to do absolutely everything we are told by anyone. Every living being that is being born on this earth is worthy of a slice of land and input, so let’s learn to do this together and make the world a better place.” – Lady Jane’s Revenge
To find out more about Lady Jane’s Revenge, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://www.ladyjanesrevenge.com/
New Single: Keeper
Release Date: 30th October 2017
Swedish British combo The Franklys are set to release their third single ‘Keeper’ from their debut album ‘Are You Listening?’ which was released in June this year. Just before their single release, the band dropped the music video for ‘Keeper’ this week.
Inspired by the indie rock scene in the UK, Swedish Jennifer Ahlkvist and Fanny Broberg moved to London to embark on something compelling and new. The girls crossed paths with East Anglian bassist Zoë Biggs and adding drummer Lexi Clark, they bonded over their love of rock music, coffee and second-hand clothes – The Franklys were formed. Since then, The Franklys have created something unique, commonly described by themselves as “frenetic garage rock with heavy and psychedelic overtones”. They are one of the bands you need to keep eyes on especially on the London rock scene.
The band have built a reputation for themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the London circuit and beyond with relentless touring across the UK, Europe and America the past couple of years. They are best known for being a band that can’t be pigeonholed, and have proved that by making festival appearances at both Isle of Wight 2015, Download Festival 2016 and Rebellion Festival 2017.
To find out more about The Franklys, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://www.thefranklys.com/
New Single: One Foot In This Club
Release Date: 08/09/17
Hailing from South East London, MassMatiks are an indie alternative quartet. The band have just returned from the successful UK tour with Youth Killed It to support this new single release.
They highlight social injustice, oozing with raw honesty and not tied to a specific scene, sound or genre. “One Foot In This Club” is crafted with a heavy sound, narrative, and little rap-like vocals with attitude. Their energy in the song gives you something to relate to.
To find out more about MassMatiks, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://massmatiks.net/
New Single: 64 White Lies
Release Date: 22/09/17
Twister are a fresh sounding pop/rock outfit from the North East of England. With a high level of energy, this young band are really exciting, and are fronted by Stevie Stoker, a charismatic singer with an authentic and distinctive voice. Twister’s natural ability to connect with their audience is self-evident at every concert and they are renowned for giving an amazing show at every performance. You can catch Twister (Vocalist & Guitarist: Stevie Stoker, Guitarist: Jake Grimes, Bassist: Matt Whitaker and Drummer: Joe Major) playing their forthcoming single ‘64 White Lies’ along with the songs from the new album ‘Combined State of Mind’ on 22nd September which is the day they release the new single.
To find out more about Twister, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: www.officialtwister.co.uk/
Skies In Motion
Debut Album: Life Lessons
Release Date: 01/09/17
Hailing from Derby, England, Skies In Motion are a 5 piece metal band. Today they released their massive debut album “Life Lessons” today, which is packed with personal and emotional lyrical content and offers a hand to their fans to show that they’re not alone in this journey called life. With a brutal and raw tenacity, the band combine chugging riffs with glorious breakdowns, taking example from some of the greats which include the likes of While She Sleeps and Architects. Their choruses are absolutely staggering, underpinned with furious guitars and a killer groove whilst the energy they create is charged with positivity and hope, a recurring theme throughout the course of the album. We must not forget to mention about the frontman Adam Connor’s impressive vocal range, he performs with grace and great finesse. “Life Lessons” must be heard by wider audience. Probably they are one of the hottest bands in metal and hardcore scene right now.
To find out more about Skies In Motion, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://www.skiesinmotion.com/
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Debut Single: Stargazed
Release Date: 25/08/17
Formed in 2012, Cleargreen have been well known in the Manchester independent music scene and have a variety of influences coming from genres such as alternative indie, mod, and rock and roll. Almost a year on from being tipped by Fred Perry Subculture as one of ‘20 Manchester bands you need to hear now’, the band aims to live up to and exceed these high expectations. Today, the band released their debut single “Stargazed”. It seems like the quartet have their own textbook, and followed it to craft this new song superbly.
Fresh off the back of a summer packed with gigs including a support slot at Dantevilles’ show at Sound Control, as well as appearances at various festivals, some of which include Sonder Festival and Blackthorn Festival, Cleargreen are looking to kick-start Autumn 2017 by making a big impact on the independent scene. Their forthcoming show will be held at Rebellion Bar, Manchester on Saturday 14th October, which cannot be missed.
(Featured photo: Rhian Melvin)
To find out more about Cleargreen, visit their sites using the links below;
Stream and download:
Google Play: goo.gl/euaWmz
Amazon Prime: goo.gl/8mPrL5
Single: Falling Asleep
Release Date: 18/08/17
British singer songwriter from Greater Manchester, Lou Foulkes released his new single “Falling Asleep” on 18th August.
Following self-releasing his debut EP ‘Grin & Bear It’ in 2016, which garnered a reasonable amount of attention in the UK and Europe, Foulkes did a very intimate acoustic show in London that was attended by people from as far as Finland. Then he was invited to make an appearance on one of the UK’s favourite soaps, “Emmerdale” as a busker. After recording his new material earlier this year, Foulkes is eager to get his new music out there and looks forward to the next chapter in his career. He is the one to watch out this year.
“Falling Asleep is a song about a dramatically failing relationship, when everything feels as if it’s going wrong. The chorus is supposed to be a final plea before the seemingly inevitable breakdown. You should listen to my music because well, we all get sad sometimes.” – Lou Foukes
To find out more about Lou Foulkes, visit his sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://www.loufoulkes.com/
Release Date: 12/08/17
Hailing from Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, Erica is a three piece rock band that makes huge tunes. Following their second album “Hollow Moon” which was released in August 2016, Erica finally released the new single “Human” on 12th August. The vocalist and guitarist Dalton Woodward shows flexibility with his authentic vocals. Erica is very talented and dynamic. Is there any room for more improvement? The young band have set the bar very high.
You can listen to their live version of “Human” here;
Having now enjoyed success twice in a national battle of the band’s competitions, Erica has been streamed live to over 2 million viewers on Italian television station RAI in April 2017 and opened V Fest in Chelmsford in 2015.
Their debut album ‘Sons of the High Land,’ released in 2014 and was credited with 4/5 stars by Kerrang.
Erica is regularly played on radio stations in the United Kingdom and worldwide, also has been interviewed and had tracks broadcast on BBC Introducing.
The band has played many festivals including Ryderfest, Tadstock, RovinFest, Off The Tracks and Livestock. They played the main stage again this year at Lakefest where they have become firm favourites. In addition to this, they are playing both North and South Carfest events this year, an event organised by Chris Evans for Children in Need.
Dalton Woodward – Vocals/Guitar
Jason Burger – Bass
Will Hall – Drums
To find out more about Erica, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: https://www.ericarock.co.uk/
Single: Rise Again
Release Date: 27/07/17
Hailing from Chelmsford, England, Hemmingway craft and bring their own unique sound with elements of drum and bass, grime, electro and pop together. Their debut single ‘Rise Again’ was released on July 27th, which was supported by their special launch show on the same day. It has received great support, and the track has been played on BBC Introducing as well as Phoenix FM the most established station in Essex, and many more.
They have spent much of 2017 in the studio, writing and recording their self-titled debut EP, which is due out in September this year. Lyrically, the duo do not shy away for controversy. Their songs range from commenting on domestic violence, immigration and austerity to name a few. Always socially conscious, they hope to strike a chord in listeners’ hearts, whilst shaking the foundations of every venue they play with their huge sound.
Hemmingway consist of CeCe Hemmings on Vocals/Programming and David Moriaty on Guitar. They are very experienced musicians considering their age.
To find out more about Hemmingway, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: https://www.hemmingwaymusic.com/
Single: Six Miles
Release Date: 26/06/17
Hailing from Liverpool, indie alternative pop-rock band Black Pulp have just released their new single “Six Miles”. This song is even more polished than their previous songs. The last single “Cry Again” received over 130,000 streams on Spotify. Black Pulp bring such a fresh sound with “Six Miles”, and it is the must hear song this Summer.
Black Pulp are a four piece band taking influences from Indie, Rock and Pop to create encapsulating guitar music that stands on its own two feet.
Since the band’s inception, they have released three official singles, all of which have had support and airplay on various BBC Introducing shows. The band have recently been featured in the Manchester Evening News’ as the ‘Bands and acts to watch out for in 2017’
To find out more about Black Pulp, visit their sites using the links below;
Single: Wide Awake
Release Date: 17/06/17
Sheffield based indie rock’n’roll trio Floodhounds have released their new single “Wide Awake” today following the cracking single “I Wanna Know” which was leased a few month ago.
Their music is fast paced dynamic and layered in blues, never stops your foot tapping.
Their brand new song “Wide Awake” is available for downloading on iTunes, and you can stream via Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.
Live: Floodhounds are playing at Jock’s Cavern Barnsley at 4:30pm on 17th June today!
To find out more about Floodhounds, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://www.floodhounds.com/
Single: Red Sky
Release Date: 02/06/17
Hailing from Leicester and formed in October 2015, a Brit-rock band Escapade released their new single “Red Sky” on 2nd June 2017.
The East Midlands quartet have nurtured a sound inspired by Britpop/Psychedelic Rock, but with a captivating character of its own which has grown song by song.
The infectious single “Red Sky” is the latest flame in an increasingly bolder and exciting creative fire.
May 27th: Glastonbudget Festival, iCon Stage 8:30 pm, Leicestershire
June 10th: Double Denim Live (Headline) – The Shed, Leicester
July 28th: Headline Gig @ Music Cafe, Leicester
To find out more about Escapade, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://escapadeband.co.uk
Single: Mercurial Man
Release Date: 26/05/17
Digitally Available: 01/06/17
Exactly a year go, I reviewed Luna Rosa‘s single “This One (High On The Groove)” just before it was released. The song was from their latest self-titled EP. Luna Rosa are an alternative indie rock band hailing from Corby, Northamptonshire. Recently I was very excited to hear that they were releasing a new single.
“Mercurial Man” is constructed with three moods, which makes the song a more interesting kind psychedelic-indie-rock’n’roll. The band show signs of a jazz influence or background which they have brought into indie rock. This is one of the elements that leads to the band being unique.
Luna Rosa has a “Mercurial Man” single release show on Saturday 27th May as well as many live shows through June. Check their website of Facebook page about the dates.
Click here to read Luna Rosa “This One” Review
To find out more about Luna Rosa, visit their sites using the links below;
Official Website: http://lunarosaband.com/