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Ghost//Signals – A Bag For Death

Newcastle-based four-piece Ghost Signals have returned with their new single ‘A Bag For Death’. Much like Fierce Panda’s Sad Boys Club, they are making waves with their Cure inspired pop music.

Vocally, Rick Lanning has a great ability to impart elements of so many of the 00s greats. Its Preston (The Ordinary Boys) at his pop finest, there’s the fluidity of Joel Stoker (The Rifles) and the warmth of Liam Fray (The Courteeners) circulating throughout.

Musically, it unashamedly reaches for glory with The Cure as its foundations. It has the hallmarks of The Rifles and The Courteeners at their freest flowing. Setting such an awe inspiring sonic to a tale of toxic masculinity in society still burying its head on mental health is highly commendable.

Already a must see in act in Newcastle, Ghosts//Signals look set to achieve wider success with this heartfelt portrayal of a universal problem.

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Japan Review – Juno

Adam O’Sullivan formed Japan Review five years ago and, now, after several members have come and gone, has settled into a writing partnership with Dom Ashton on their new EP ‘Juno’.

Pop simplicity and drone-rock or noise-gaze are not things that marry well together often. On opener ‘Soviet Happy’, Japan Review have come pretty close. O’Sullivan’s lo-fi vocals have a lazy Lou Reed style and the main riff saunters along like The Horrors in a good mood. The droning psyche howl at the beginning gives it a much needed ‘anything could happen’ feel before the sumptuous Depeche Mode synth hooks come in to melt even the coldest of hearts.

The 5am lo-fi feel flows throughout the EP. ‘Say Hi To Juno’ effortlessly floats on by with the eloquence of Beach House. ‘Sealand F.C.’ has a raw demo of Lemonjelly feel to it whilst ‘Inertia’ has hazier mood.

‘Inertia’ signifies a bright future for Japan Review. It’s reach for something more life affirming will evoke memories of all-nighters with your best friends where, tomorrow, nothing will ever be the same again. It’s like a stripped back TV On The Radio making a Velvet Underground record in the 21st century.

‘Say Hi To Juno’, treads a similar line. The revolving synths soaring through pain and elation simultaneously. They have Mogwai’s ability to torture and nourish the soul in one achingly blistering piece of art.

If Japan Review show as much ambition live as they do on this EP, they’re going to be wowing audiences for a very long time.

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Mark Morriss: Islington Academy, London

The Bluetones front man returned to London’s Islington Academy this past week. He is arguably the hardest working live act in the UK. Forever touring and dazzling intimate crowds with wit and charm.

With a new album in the pipeline, the quest to blend the new with the classics was always going to be the biggest test. Whilst its great to hear the pop classics of ‘Cut Some Rug’ and ‘Bluetonic’, it’s the heartfelt ‘Rimini’ and ‘Rollaway’ that strike the biggest the chord. The roots of Crosby Stills & Nash shine through here and, with his unique pop vocal, converting fans of yesteryear to the present seems inevitable.

The prowess of ‘If’ and ‘Never Going Nowhere’ hit a sweet spot with the crowd but, flittering just behind was the mystery of mystery of ‘Duchess’ and the bewitching nature of ‘It’s Hard to Be Good All the Time’.

The balance between old and new was still skewed towards the old among Morriss’ faithful. There were however, moments when the crowd’s nostalgia dissipated and a new focus began to emerge. Let’s hope this was the first step to Morriss renaissance he clearly deserves.