London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents have got a rather big summer planned, announcing their signing to Alcopop! Records and the forthcoming release of their debut album "You Might Be Right", which will be revealed to the world on 1st July. This accompanies a rather enviable string of tour dates in mainland Europe and a run of UK festivals. Drawing influence from The Thermals, The Pixies, as well as their peers in the UK’s thriving DIY scene, they kick off with a video from the album’s first cut, Leaving Parties Early - which will be released in early April.
If there was one song on the record that could truly define Happy Accidents, this new single would be the one. With sugar-coated choruses and ‘four to the floor’ disco drums, the band’s sonic urgency may speak volumes on its own; but the disparity between the music and the lyrics showcases the great dichotomy of Happy Accidents. Dealing with matters such as anxiety and societal pressures, the song raises questions of identity within the context of attending parties where 'you don’t quite know if you fit in'. This contrast runs throughout the record, with the band pairing introspective lyrics with the biggest hooks they can muster. Rich from the band elaborates on the track:-
“Leaving Parties Early is about the coping mechanisms I go through when put into situations where I’m not completely comfortable. I wrote it after coming home from another terrible club night, trying my best to have a great time, while simultaneously never entertaining the idea that it might just not be for me. It was all part of learning that it’s okay to have a different idea of fun to those who surround us, and that personal preference is a wonderful thing!”
Formed by brothers Rich and Neil Mandell and Phoebe Cross back in 2014, Happy Accidents craft the kind of earworms that will be rattling round your head for months to come – fusing their deep-seated love of 90s punk and indie, whilst still managing to sound as fresh as any of their contemporaries. Quickly making a name for themselves in DIY punk circles, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Front Bottoms, Martha, Muncie Girls, and countless others.
Following the positive reception to their self-released EP, the band took the collective decision to move beyond the home recording equipment and travelled to Leeds’ Greenmount Studios to record their all-important first album. The result is 30 minutes that neatly encapsulates what the band is all about. Packed with effervescent hook-laden melodies, bouncing bass lines and choruses to live for - this is intelligent, immediate pop. But dig a little deeper into Rich’s self-effacing lyrics and you’ll see there’s a more intensely personal edge to their output.
Though intensely personal, the album’s charismatic delivery and witty turn of phrase effortlessly turns these tales of personal struggle into a triumphant affair. With Rich noting that “It’s a record about overcoming the times where uncertainty is too much to handle, which is why we called it ‘You Might Be Right, there’s still a bit of ambiguity there, but optimism wins out in the end”.
It’s in this fine balance where Happy Accidents find their strength. By interweaving day-to-day difficulties with addictive pop hits, the album truly comes alive – transcending an undeniably exceptional pop record, to become something a little bit more special. You Might be Right will sneak into your consciousness from the first listen, like it or not!
TOUR DATES -
13th - Lille, FR - L’Imposture
14th - Diest, BE - JH Tijl
15th - Castricum, NL - De Bakkerij
16th - El Topo Goes Loco Festival, BE
30th - Leicester - Handmade Fest
14th May - Sheffield - Hagglers Corner
8th July – Cheltenham - 2000 Trees Festival
17th July – Oxfordshire – Truck Festival
13th Aug - Scene Better Days Fest (Leeds)
Sheffield's finest garage-punks, Nai Harvest, follow a successful headline tour and dates at SXSW with the release of the second half of their upcoming AA single "Just Like You / Jelly" - the melodic and direct "Jelly". This and the recently released "Just Like You" mark the first new material from the band since last year's critically acclaimed full length "Hairball". Stream "Jelly" HERE
The single is released on Topshelf Records on April 29th.
Pre-order here: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/products/568013-nai-harvest-just-like-you-jell
Cheap beer and endless movie-nights helped Nightmen create their debut LP ”Fifteen Minutes of Pain”, a 28-minute primitive Rock ’n’ Roll-album filled with power-pop hooks and ingenious songwriting. The three vocalists sing with equal measures of punk snottiness and sugary sweetness. The diversity of having three singers makes “Fifteen Minutes of Pain” a dynamic garage-rock anthem. Nightmen are Ramones tangled up with Dead Moon and The Cars. ”Fifteen Minutes of Pain”, a twelve track killer-LP straight from the heart to be released the 15th of April on Lövely Records.
Christine, Tony, Nopan and Erik have spent time in notorious Swedish acts such as MF/MB/, Terrible Feelings, and Yast, although Nightmen is something completely different from those bands. Nightmen’s debut EP ”Girl For You" was lovingly described as being ”somewhere in the no-mans land between hard and soft, between sweet Power Pop and Rock ’n’ Roll. The music is recorded in 2015 but the sound is warm and comforting, like a couch covered in velvet. It reminds you of how things used to be in the good ol’ days.”
15/4 Ungdomshuset Köpenhamn w Nightbirds
16/4 Oceanen Göteborg w Västerbron
28/4 Babel Malmö w Earl Great
20/5 Mejeriet Lund w Tacocat
17/6 Mossagårdsfestivalen Veberöd
Letlive.'s fourth studio album entitled 'If I'm The Devil…' will arrive on June 10. With a sound that Afropunk described as "the first truly unique post-hardcore band in years," Letlive. is a band that reflects humanity as a collection of emotional, frontal-lobe beings, and uses their ambition to ignite the same passion with their fans.
'Good Mourning, America' fuses political lyricism with the urgency of punk, rhythms of hip hop, and avant-garde noise: Check it out here
Since their beginning in 2002, Letlive. has been a band that is not easy to categorise. In fact, Letlive. refuse to be constrained by the ideas of a "scene" – whether it is punk, metal, indie, rap. However 'If I’m the Devil…' necessitates a genre, one could posit revolutionary counterculture music - a punk rock Run the Jewels, a more emotional Rage Against the Machine, and Public Enemy with more inclusive politics.
The album is the follow up to Letlive.'s critically-lauded 2013 release, ‘The Blackest Beautiful’. And the time spent between that and 2016 are defined by the band's engagement with the griot lineage of Saul Williams and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the social pathologies that led to Ferguson, Missouri and divisive redlining policies that are functionally domestic terrorism. And with those ideas Letlive. is a band that aims to bring political messages into rock music again. “Our music is very left-leaning. It’s very clear I have a large disdain for the way a lot of systems are working and our society’s incapability to unravel," front man Jason Butler states.
Pre-orders for ‘If I'm the Devil…’ are available here
letlive. – ‘If I'm the Devil…’ - Track Listing:
1. I've Learned To Love Myself
2. Nü Romantics
3. Good Mourning, America
4. Who You Are Not
5. A Weak Ago
6. Foreign Cab Rides
7. Reluctantly Dead
9. Another Offensive Song
10. If I'm The Devil...
11. Copper Colored Quiet
UK & European Tour Dates
21st April – Sound Control – Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT
22nd April – The Dome – London, UK – SOLD OUT
23rd April – The Underworld – London, UK – SOLD OUT
24th April – Fighting Cocks – Kingston, UK – SOLD OUT
26th April – Dynamo – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Tickets
27th April – Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany – Tickets
28th April – MTC – Cologne, Germany – Tickets
30th April – Groezrock – Meerhout, Belgium – Tickets
Canadian four piece Sumo Cyco are known for creating completely DIY, self directed and produced videos which are nothing less than mental master pieces. The next two instalments in the Sumo Cyco narrative are no exception.
Check out ‘Fuel My Fire’ and ‘Crowd Control’, which complete Chapters 7 and 8 in the on going series.
Matt “MD13" Drake was behind the camera in almost every scene and Skye "Sever" Sweetnam did all the post work, creating the gun shot effects, as well as shooting the super-slo-mo scenes on her iPhone. The band also custom designed the money used in the video featuring the character “The Ugly” on the notes with the slogan “In US we trust”. The video also features spray painted super-soakers as the gangster guns and home designed porno magazines featuring the bad guys, aka the skull Terrornauts.
Sumo Cyco released their most recent album ‘Lost In Cyco City’ last year via RSK Entertainment. The band are about to hit the road in the UK on a run of dates with Butcher Babies.
Sumo Cyco supporting Butcher Babies
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