The Gulps

Based in London, The Gulps hail from various parts of Europe and the Middle East, they are Harry All (Lead singer), Franco Buffone (Guitar), Charlie Green (Guitar), Simon Mouchard (Bass) and Raoul Khayat (Drums).

At the Kick Out The Jams all dayer at Amersham Arms recently, The Gulps walked on stage, seemingly unknown to regular attendees. They walked off stage heroes. It was fervent proof that one great rock n roll show can change everything. They were chillingly cool but yet, an embracing hug from all the classic rock n roll reference points.

Here's a a track by track look at 'In The Kings House', the EP they released in April this year:

The Kings House

The title track lays bare their love of The Strokes, which reappears throughout. Here, its coupled with the warmth of glam and the immediacy of punk. Their is a shimmering quality to the guitars akin to Will Seargent (Echo & The Bunnymen) but with the aggression of Miles Kane.


My Girl From Liverpool

The charm of The View meets a classic Scouse jangle. That is, until they put the pedal to the floor!

Every minute begins with the archetypal Shack or Cast acoustic melody before they ramp up the drama to the intensity of Burton and Taylor.


Lola Cola

Full on The Strokes 'Is This It', but with style and showmanship that takes them away from their heroes introverted garage rock. You will be hard pressed to hear 00s indie-punk delivered better all year.


Let Me Say I'm The One

The crowning glory of the EP 'Cigarettes and Alcohol', '20th Century Boy' and 'Richard III' influences on display as a badge of honour.

There is an era defying level of confidence to this song. The ambivalence of front man All's vocals, the elation of the handclaps and the welcoming glam rock is enough to make even Jimmy Anderson smile.

Then, the lyric so many believe they can deliver, very few can emerges:

“they will never understand / what its like to be young”

So simple in rhetoric and yet so hard to pull of. The Gulps do! They are the sound of the next generation coming for their turn; they are not asking!

Shambolics

Shambolics, part of the Creation 23 revolution, are a four piece from Dunfermiline. Made up of Lewis McDonald (Vocals/Guitar), Darren Forbes (Vocals/Guitar) Jordan McHatton (Vocals/Bass) and Jake Bain (Vocals/Drums) , they are creating waves with a blend of the La's jangle and straight up rock n roll. They haven't quite hit that magic formula yet but, some things are inevitable.

Here's what they've been up to:

When She Goes Home

Distorting The La's to their Scottish roots, they've created sweet sonic to accompany a tale about carefree spirit. Despite the sumptuous jangle, it's the pitfalls of the protagonist where this songs beauty lies. The hallmarks of Michael Caine as Alfie or Rita Tushingham as Jo (Taste of Honey) permeate the sun kissed sounds to forge a murkier world to delve into.

My Time Is Now

The euphoric glam of Miles Kane's debut combines with the Libs inspired Trampolene. It's the sound of young people making things happen. In age where more and more is being ripped away from them, it's no wonder Shambolics sound so gloriously violent.

RATS

RATS are the latest in a wave of UK rock n roll bands attracting the attention of Alan McGee’s Creation23 imprint. The Liverpudlian four piece are two singles in and have laid out an ambitious blueprint to glory.

 *Photo courtesy of Chris Driver

Figure It Out

Much like Primal Scream’s ‘Sonic Flower Groove’ impact on the Roses, Australia’s DMA’s have launched a wave of heartfelt rock n roll in the UK. Full of spirit, swagger and escapism, RATS’ ‘Figure It Out’ is an uniting anthem demanding to be heard.

Generation after generation has to endure the homogenisation of rock music, lately it’s been the dreary 1975 types and their fetid offshoots. With their unpalatable stench though, comes the reaction. The fightback from the likes of RATS, this is where true euphoria lies. The vocals here, taking the best bits of Rob Harvey (The Music), Tom Clarke (The Enemy) and Thomas O’Dell (DMA’s) are majestic.

Weekend

Big emotive riffs collide from humble root combine to create an edgier but, equally pop driven Blossoms-esque single. With the earnestness of The Pigeon Detectives and the melodic dirge of The Strokes’ second album ‘Room On Fire’ coming together, there is no chance they’re not making it.

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The Orders

The Orders are a three piece from the Isle of Wight consisting of Kyle Chapman (Vox, Guitarist, songwriter), Isaac Snow (Bass), and Connah Newton (drums).

Having recently played the This Feeling stage at the IOW festival, they have returned with a brand new single ‘Moloko Tea Party’. It has taken all the best psyche elements of latter day Small Faces and Weller circa ‘Sonik Kicks’ and given it the dramatic immediacy of The Walkmen.

*Image courtesy of Olivia O'Callaghan

Let’s check out some previous tracks too:

Therapeutic Glue

Much like Kent’s Theatre Royal, The Orders have reimagined the work of Go Betweens and The LA’s for the present day. They have the added hazy pysche of Temples too. Teeming with youthfulness and psychedelic energy, they look set to inspire a generation of mop top kids.

Veronica’s Venom

Brian Jonestown Massacre are given the injection of The LA’s effortless acoustic pop flow. Kyle Chapman’s vocal has a gloriously androgynous appeal, allowing him to inject aggression or a cuteness at will.

They draw upon the beauty of the c86 movement and Sarah Records but, like Oasis, The Real People or The LA’s, have a spiky mindset indebted to the power of punk rock.

The juxtaposition of beauty and danger coming together is what British bands do best, The Orders might just be the next one to leave a big mark on the world.

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Raging Bull

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Raging Bull are a three piece from London consisting of Quentin Fourmond (Vox/Guitar), Kostas Cheliotis (Bass Guitar), and João Tiago Branco (Drums).

In March, they delivered their latest single ‘Waiting’. It’s a big sounding bluesy rock n roll number. The type latter day Oasis strived to define their stadium status but was always out of reach.

The big driving hooks strut like an alpha domain at peak virility. It’s QOTSA colliding with BRMC via The Black Keys. There is a hint of Led Zeppelin in the psyche breakdown and just sheer expansive nature of the record.

If they can deliver this type of tune live, they are a hairs breath away from the big leagues.

Argh Kid

Hailing from Manchester, Argh Kid, aka David Scott, is MC and spoken word poet making waves with his wit and social commentary.

Having already garnered critical acclaim from John Kennedy (Radio X), Janice Long (6 Music) and Chris Evans (Virgin Radio), we’ve decided to check out his work to date:

Neighbours

Soil yourself funny social commentary on gentrification and ‘look at me’ trends:

“Round my way people stopped wearing socks and started growing beards”

Despite a litany quips, Argh Kid has a serious artist with a message to deliver. Working class culture has been pissed on from a great height in recent times. Austerity brutalised lives and, unless your middle class or upwards, cities and towns are forcing people to stay in. Socialising breeds community and in turn, harmony. Extortionate rents, drink prices and a vapid Instagram sense of community has all but laid ordinary folk to rest.

Despite the clear lyrical prowess, sonically, there is a lot to admire also. Taking the best bits from The Streets, Reverend & The Makers and Skint & Demoralised, he has forged a new ska via funk and soul path.

 

Frank

The funk and soul rhythms continue to flow here. At times, Scott takes this to a darker edge by clashing the spoken word of Matt Abbott (Skint & Demoralised) and with the dystopian vision of Hard-Fi’s ‘Stars of CCTV’.

This is a character driven narrative in the same vein as The Coral’s ‘Bill McKai’. The protagonist, irrelevant of his highs is heading for a sinister fall.

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Young Garbo

Signed to Alan McGee’s new incarnation Creation23, Cardiff’s Young Garbo look set to do big things in 2019. Born out of the teenage friendship of singer Garyn Williams and lead guitarist Arwel Brown (Levi Ball and Milo Rodell-John completing the line-up), they have recently been on a This Feeling tour with label mates Jawbone.

Lets check out their recent double a-side:

Faustus

A remarkably polished single for a fledgling band. The spirit of the Blockheads comes alive on this punk-funk anthem. 2018 was a raw awakening of the sharp tongued working class (Shame, Cabbage, The Blinders), might 2019 be the year of the intelligent party?

The hooks and Prince-esque solo display here suggest it might be. 

Things D Change

In a similar vein to ‘Faustus’, there is a brevity and a wryness to ‘Things D Change’ which can breathe life into a crowded polemical scene.

Make no mistakes though, this is still full of attitude and punk spirit. Bouncing along without a care in a world and with just enough frostiness to show up Foals for the bores they are. It’s Young Garbo’s time now!

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Cleargreen

Manchester, oh Manchester, how you continue to speak this rock n roll nation’s soul. Cleargreen, made up of songwriting duo Ali Staley (Vocals/Guitar) and Liam McIver (Vocals/Bass), plus Josh Haworth (Lead Guitar) and Mike Wilcock (Drums) look set to be the next crucial act from the North West.

Let’s check out some why:


Blue Lights (Sirens)

Staley and McIver’s vocals will beckon fans of The Twangs 2007 cult classic ‘Love It When I Feel Like This’. The beauty of Staley and the aggression of McIver combine to give rock n roll another much needed working class voice.

However, it’s Josh Howarth’s stunning Nick McCabe guitar work which steals the show. His solo, a destructive piece of shimmering rock n roll not take you away from reality, it will blow it away. Remarkable when you consider Jorja Smith’s beige original.

Gone

As free and easy as The View and DMA’s but, they’ve a richness which threatens to take them way beyond the aforementioned.

The guitars have the immediacy of ‘Definitely Maybe’ but, through Staley’s vocals, a warmth is emitted akin to the great soul and motown records of the ‘60s.

Like all great records, this has great juxtaposition. Amid the warmth is a defiance that launched The Roses and Oasis, and now it’s going to launch Cleargreen. It’s inevitable.

(To Be Understood) In My Paradise

Indebted to the Roses (especially 'Mersey Paradise'), Cleargreen have channelled The Enemy’s working class romanticism through the Roses’ paisley era.

Although the magic of Squire is not there, they’ve taken a shot at forever and, they’re really not that far away. ‘Supersonic’ has a clip of Noel furiously explaining to journalists that “our music will stand the test of time”, that spirit is out in full force here.

*Image courtesy of Sarah Oglesby

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CALM

Originating from various parts of the UK and basing themselves in South London, CALM are made up of Adam James, Jack Gee, Louie Cameron and Mark Zanna.

Let’s see what they have been up to:

Vivid

They’ve taken Ride’s psyche meets shoegaze classic ‘Seagull’ and condensed it into a punchier three-minute single. Other Creation Records influences lurk here with jangle of mid-career Felt and the spiky side C86 of Jasmine Minks.

A rehash this is not though. ‘Vivid’ is firmly planted in the modern world and has more pop clarity the aforementioned. It’s crisp and defiant, a sure thing on the alternative scene.

What You Saying

The hallmarks of Ride are here again. Much like their Aussie peers DMA’s, they are dragging the early 90s in to the modern day with some Foals-esque licks.

Their underlying sense of rebellion is striking. Whilst making accessible alternative tunes, there is a feeling of ‘us vs the world’ surrounding them. Encouragingly, they have flirted with shoegaze, punk, and jangle pop here, and their identity continually shines through.

Little Avis

Little Avis are a four-piece hailing from Oldham and Manchester. Consisting of Lee Hunter (vocals & guitar), Dave Buchan (drums) and brothers Martin (bass) & Paul Garside (lead guitar).

With a string of gigs coming up in April and May, let’s check out their releases in 2019 so far:

So Pretty

Guitarists Paul Garside and Lee Hunter have found a style which raises the question ‘what if Frank Black made a Graham Coxon record?’ There’s an awkwardness and charming nature permeating from start to finish. It threatens to become one of Teenage Fanclub’s effortless rumbles at times but, then a choppy riff or slacker rock solo splices though to keep you on your toes.


Ghalib

‘Ghalib’ is a track about an Indian poet of that name and thoughtfully carries lyrics of his work and sentiments.

Musically, front man Lee Hunter has channelled in his inner Jonathan Richman with the spirit of The Futureheads at their pop best not far behind. Meanwhile, Garside and Hunter’s playing taps in to a post-punk in spirit and has the riotous nature of Graham Coxon’s classic ‘That’s When I Reach For My Revolver’.

There is a lightness at play here too. A brevity which continually lifts them into a serious but playful mood worthy of their idols Talking Heads.

 

Catch them on tour here:

18 April - Oldham - Whittles

20 April - London - Dublin Castle

30 April - York - Fulford Arms

4 May - Failsworth - The Not So Secret Garden Party

18 May - Manchester - The Peer Hat.

Dangers of Love

Southend’s Asylums have led the charge on reimagining pop-punk in the UK recently. No longer is it the juvenile pop of the late 90s, a breed of intelligent and humble heartfelt acts are now emerging. Picking up the baton are Deptford’s Dangers of Love.

Let’s check out what they have been up to so far:

Dangers of Love

A drunken swagger reminiscent of Tribes courses through this hopeful anthem. There is a menace lurking throughout worth of Glasgow’s PAWS but, the warmth of Teenage Fanclub always wins out. In its simplicity comes a humble and incredibly lovable soul.

I’m A Pretender

The innocence and affectionate song writing of Palma Violets builds the punky verses to a Slade-esque solo. Yet again, they find a warmth and a purity in the mayhem.

Why Would You Run

The warped jangle of Asylums combines with a winner takes all spirit. Their cavalier attitude screams glory in the face of desperation. This is the new sound of spilt snake bites and sticky DMs.

Crushed Veneer

Crushed Veneer are a three-piece punk rock outfit from London. They consist of Kieran (Guitar & Vocals), Al (Bass & Backing Vocals) and Julia (Drums).

They recently released the single 'Denial' to rapturous praise from Tom Robinson. It's not hard to see why! Their latest single ‘Denial’ has taken the escapist spirit of Gaslight Anthem and stripped it back a gutsy minute of punk rock.

Last May, they released their EP 'Desire and Need To Live'. It showcases a real love of Dinosaur Jnr and especially Husker Du on the aggressive and melodic 'Kind of Blue' and 'Sew Me Up'.

The heartache shining through on 'Wild Nights suggests the song-writing process wasn't nearly as cathartic as it should have been. Meanwhile, on the title track, Crushed Veneer have possibly hit upon their niche. When Frank Turner first emerged, the mainstream turned away from his blend of folk punk rock. If Crushed Veneer have half his success with this blend of emotive punk and lo-fi rock, the world will be a better place.

*Image courtesy of Simon Perry

The Wha

When a good new band emerges, it gives a tingling feeling in all the wrong (but very right) places. Hope and dreams flood the consciousness. When three of that band are still at school, you dream a little bigger. Might Ireland's The Wha be the frontier of this generation?

The Kilkenny four piece (Finn Cusack, Sam Cullen, Marek The Lech, Abe G Harris) released their debut single 'Innocents' Friday on all streaming services. Finn Cusack has an effortless sixties croon reminiscent of Alex Turner on his soundtrack to Submarine.

Sonically, this is Costello's 'Olivers Army' meets Irish modernists The Strypes. Much like the early Smiths singles, The Wha and their close associates are beautifully obsessed with 60s imagery.

Where do they get the nerve to be this good on a debut single?





Ivory Wave

Something is afoot in the in the Midlands. Gazelle, The Assist, The Pagans SOH, The Cosmics and now, Ivory Wave. The Brummie four piece are gathering momentum rapidly with their blend of Madchester, 00s indie-punk and the finer points of Foals.

In 1988, Factory Records and the Happy Mondays put out 'Rave On' EP. Calling on Paul Oakenfold and Steve Lilywhite for remixes, they changed popular music forever. Ivory Wave's tracks are begging for the next big DJ/producer to come along and unite guitars and dance music once more. In fact, on 'Separate Beat' and 'Club', its hard not to hear Oakenfold doing something special.

Like the Mondays, no one sounds like Ivory Wave currently. Latest single 'Gold' has production values akin to Primal Scream on their 'Chaosmosis' album. 'Cool Kids' merges Black Grape and The Twang, but frankly, is so fresh, the sound is theirs. The minimalist drums, psyche wobble, sax, and venomous vocals are going to blow a hole through dance floors in the UK.

*Image courtesy of Luke Jones

Gazelle

Gazelle are a four piece from Leicester consisting of Ryan Dunn (Vocals/Guitar), Ben Gooch (Guitar), Richard Sorbi (Bass) and Danny Wright (Drums).

For anyone who has lived through boom eras of bands, their two songs will bring a tear to the eye. The touchpaper has been lit for a time in the sun once again.

They've tapped into the all the best bit of The View, The Rifles, and The Courteeners to reflect the pent up desperation of the working classes to escape their surroundings.

Let’s check out those two songs:


Finger On The Trigger

This is the sound of being young, angst ridden and full of dreams. Escape is the name of the game and the immediacy of the All The Young style guitars and Tom Clarke-esque lyrics will surely give them everything they ever wanted.


Where Nothing Ever Happens

This is the legacy of Peter Lloyd and Tony Moon’s Sideburns zine from 1976:

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Like the original punks, Gazelle have concerned themselves with the boredom of their surroundings. Musically, this lends itself more to The Rifles’ second album ‘The Great Escape’ than punk but, the spirit of ’76 is undeniable.

Sugarthief

The Staffordshire four piece are made up of Jordi James (Lead vocals & Guitar), Jack James (Guitar), Reece Downton (Drums) and Luke Owen (Bass). With the heart and soul of Peace and Magic Gang and the showmanship of Foals, they look set to fulfill many of 2019's guitar needs.

The biggest criticism you can level at them is, they sound like the bands who initially inspired them. The conscious of Peace, the gentle sun kissed sway of Swim Deep and the credible pop hooks of Magic Gang run through their veins.

There is of course, always a need for bands of this ilk. However, in 'Where Did It All Go Wrong' and especially on recent single 'Good Luck I Hope You Make It', a glimpse of something more emerges.

'Where Did It All Go Wrong', angry and funked up riffs set to a tale wayward romance, it's a standard musical affair. However, with lyrical nuggets like “help me away from my emotion” and “can't stand to face society's rejection”, a brutal honesty and credibility materialise.

Fast forward 12 months to their last release 'Good Luck I Hope You Make It', my how they have honed their skills. Lyrically, they've taken their distinct world view to a more personal level. In an age “it's no use in breaking people / As one day you'll find its a lonely scene ”. Despite a clear message to someone, its universal appeal is undeniable as Owen Jones is abused by morons on a peaceful protest.

With the striking bassline and laid back guitar riffs, they've funnelled warmth of Richard Hawley's Coles Corner through a summer vibe. Couple this with the story of letting go, it's impossible not to visualise this sound tracking a coming of age movie.

Jellyskin

Fresh from supporting Brian Jones Town Massacre and The Moonlandingz, Leeds duo Zi and Will have taken their experimental electronica to the next level with recent single ‘Mountain’.

In a world which is tearing itself apart, their vast, unfathomable mountain landscape is the perfect imagery to ponder its complexities. Then, up pops a hint of Django Django's pop classic 'Default' and the faint hope of the synths lifts the mood. A horizon emerges, one where Nigel Lawson is not interviewed on climate change, Nigel Farrage is known as the worst kind of metropolitan elite and Tommy Robinson is simply known as, the cunt!

As The Horrors expanded horizons on their 4th and 5th albums ‘Luminous’ and ‘V’, there was always a nagging sense they hadn’t quite hit the home run. Now we know what it is. Jellyskin’s mix of pop hooks and unique synths have created a new landscape for which we should all be grateful.

*Image courtesy of Francesca Tirpak

Family Jools

Some bands, like The Libertines have a volatile and short moment in the sun. Bristol’s Family Jools however, like The Mamas and Papas or The Band, no less dramatic but with a fuller of body work.

There's a richness and a quality to their craft which is way beyond their fledgling years. From debut single 'Twisted Side' to 2018's 'Sister' to their last release 'Don't Know', there is a clear lineage through the classics of The Beatles, The Band and electric Dylan.

There work to date, all has moments you long to hear again, the blistering guitars of 'Twisted Side' or the soul music of ‘Don’t Know’ for example. However, everything feels like a great album track and frankly, this band are to talented not to possess an array of classic singles.

Cafe Spice

The three piece from Manchester are Georgia Gage, Niamh Feeney, Eleanor Lang. We'd come up with more words for an introduction but, their own is superior to anything we can conjure:

“Café Spice was born over a love of singing in harmony, beautiful songs, plain naan and sausage rolls on a wet and windy night in a curry house in Glasgow called Café Spice.”

To date, they've published just one song online, 'Lauren', a sumptuous piece of harmonising. The folk boom of the late 2000s and early 2010s may have long dissipated, but, with vocals this beautiful and in such high quality, a renaissance cannot be far away.

Be Sure to check their Manchester gig at the legendary Jimmys out February 6th.

Bexatron

Bexatron are a four piece from London. They are hell bent on reawakening the golden ages of glam, punk and post-punk with their volatile and heady spirit.


Lets check some tracks out:

Dirty Disco

Combining early 70s glam-rock with early 80s post-punk sounds bloody iffy on paper, in reality, Bexatron have funnelled these two stylised eras into a sound that screams “come and watch us live”.


Out of My Tree

Unsurprisingly, this is a boozy rock number. So many bands die on their arse professing hedonistic tendencies. Bexatron though, walk that tight rope of “real deal” just right. Self-destruction is rife and guitar solos this good are impossible to ignore!

*Image courtesy of https://www.quitegreat.co.uk