1. New Hope Club – Crazy
New Hope Club are quickly becoming one of the most talked about new bands in the world. With over 430,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, 40 million global streams and half a million YouTube subscribers, New Hope Club are poised to takeover in 2019. Today they release their brand new single Crazy, along with the accompanying video which was filmed in Los Angeles. The track has been added straight into Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday playlist (638k followers).
They are a three-piece from the UK who have spent the past 18 months building up a loyal and rabid fanbase. The trio have teased warm up tracks and covers of their favourite artists online and toured relentlessly around the world. Earlier this Summer they sold out two headline shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. New Hope Club have garnered a huge buzz Stateside where they have signed to Hollywood Records, toured with Sabrina Carpenter and are in talks to perform on some of the biggest shows in the US.
Crazy is the first official single from New Hope Club and it follows warm-up tracks Fixed (watch the video here) which has picked up over 8.5 million streams on Spotify alone and Medicine (listen here), which garnered the band their first Radio 1 support over the summer. Crazy is already picking up attention from some of the UK’s tastemakers and with a video that features some of the world’s biggest influencers including Ava Allen and Matthieu Lange, the single is sure to exceed these numbers.
2. Slow Readers Club – For All Here to Observe
Manchester four-piece – THE SLOW READERS CLUB – have released their new acoustic EP, For All Here To Observe, coinciding with their headline slot at Head For The Hills festival and their headline tour this winter. Listen HERE.
Featuring tracks spanning their entire career, from their eponymous self-titled debut album to this year’s Build A Tower, the reworked tracks were produced and mixed by Phil Bulleyment (Gaz Coombes, Dutch Uncles).
In addition, the quartet have just been announced to headline the Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2018. In an exclusive set, the Readers will perform their For All Here To Observe EP live and in-full on the CityLife stage on Thursday 4th October at 8pm. Entrance for the event is free. More info HERE.
Opening with their most recent single ‘Supernatural’, the EP sheds an emotive reinterpretation on tracks including ‘I Saw A Ghost’ and ‘Forever In Your Debt’, taken from 2015’s Cavalcade, and ‘Block Out The Sun’, taken from their 2011 debut, as well as ‘On The TV’ and ‘Lunatic’ from Build A Tower, which the band have now released a new video for, filmed in the studio.
4th – Manchester Food & Drink Festival
12th – Belfast, Limelight
15th – Dublin, Button Factory
27th – Kaltern, Kaltern Pop Festival
3rd – Lincoln, 2Q Festival
8th – Glasgow, School Of Art< 11th – London, Scala< 14th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
3. Cassia – Loosen Up
Cassia release their new single ‘Loosen Up’ on Distiller Records, ahead of their UK headline tour in October and November.
‘Loosen Up’ draws inspiration from dreams of everyday life, routine conversations and the importance of relishing the little things in life amidst the chaos. With its joyful melody, instantly foot-tappable riff and carefree lyricism, ‘Loosen Up’ aims to make the ordinary extraordinary and soundtrack the simple moments we take for granted. The track came about organically in a jam session, drawing on the music of The Black Keys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Police. Of the process behind the track, frontman Rob Ellis recalls “trying new ideas and approaches to mould and fuse styles that I love together. From the start I knew this track needed to pack a punch and be full of energy and passion.”
Cassia will play the below headline dates in October. Tickets available here.
October 9th Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms
October 13th Leicester, The Cookie
October 16th Guildford, Boiler Room
October 17th Brighton, Patterns
October 18th London, The Garage
October 19th Oxford, The Bullingdon
October 24th Aberdeen, Drummonds
October 25th Glasgow, King Tuts
October 26th Newcastle, Cluny
October 30th Exeter, Phoenix
October 31st Southampton, Joiners
November 3rd Manchester, O2 Ritz
4. Free Money – U Got Me
Free Money are a four-piece from East London. The new single is to be released via Buff Records and Communion Records. Fittingly it’s Communion’s first collaboration of this kind and also the first release for Buff Records,Dan White (Tribes) and Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets). The mantra of Buff Records in many ways mirrors the ethos of how Communion came to be: an artist-led community focusing on long term growth and a DIY spirit. UGOTME is set for release on Sept 14th
5. Tea Street Band – Marseille Blues
‘Marseille Blues‘ is the brilliant new single from The Tea Street Band, available to stream now LINK and impacting at radio on October 12th. The track is the first single to be taken from the cult Liverpool band’s new album ‘Frequency’, which will be released November 9th on Modern Sky UK.
“Marseille Blues came about pretty naturally,” says Nick Otaegui (bass, vocals). “Lee was playing some superb riff that sounded like nothing else we’d heard before, especially on a guitar. Once Dom laid a beat down, we knew we had something. Lyrics and theme all just came dead easy. About being a glutton for punishment and always ending up with the blues. Marseille being that place beyond it all, you can never quite get back to.”
Also available to stream and as an instant grat with pre-orders of ‘Frequency’ is the uplifting new track ‘Feel It‘.
6. Marianne Faithful – The Gypsy Faerie Queen
The first single from Marianne Faithful’s 21st album ‘Negative Capability’ – her “most honest album” – is released today September 14th 2018. ‘The Gypsy Faerie Queen’ – inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – was co-written with Nick Cave and features his vocals and piano playing.“It’s a little miracle,” says Marianne. “It’s just gorgeous….I think it’s one of the loveliest songs we’ve ever written together. It was so great working with Nick again.”