#37 Ahead of my first experience of seeing The Beards live tomorrow

It’s worth sharing with you the Adelaide bearded wonders that I’m seeing for the first time tomorrow in Hoxton – The Beards. Great tune, great lyrics and I reckon a great night out.

But in terms of new music out this week let’s start with new Torche – stoner rock straight out of Miami. Woohoo! First new material since their third album ‘Harmonicraft’ came out last year and it’s sounding great in the Sunday sunshine here.

Next up is the only slow song on the books this week, but a stunning vocal display from North Londoner Alex RV Phillips. Think Dallas Green style but very stripped back acoustic support. This is just the beginning for this artist. I’ve not heard much of the rest, but this is a fantastic introduction.

Now The Ladykillers come from Liverpool and I’ve just heard their brand new single ‘A OK’ which is brilliant. But sounds suspiciously like The Hives. Uncanny!

Moving slightly left and up on the UK map These Monsters  are living breathing Leeds music scene. Paying homage to Pulled Apart By Horses and their sound, (who no doubt pay homage to the Leeds scene and thus the circle starts again), are brilliant. Very exciting new music from this team. Check out the Soundcloud page for more yummy material from this lot and lets hope we get them on the festival circuit soon.

PS – sweet video. Albeit a bit Bo Selecta.

You say her name ‘moo’. No mo. The line through the ‘O’ means you accentuate the o. But whatever your language this is a great offering from an alt. Scandi lady who’s unique onstage presence is making just as eccentric a name for her as her music. MØ – playing out at Dot To Dot festival this season if you’re north / west of the UK. Go see her for yourself.

The album is coming. ‘Ideal Cities’ due for release at the end of the month – Roomrunner are doing for my ears now what Reuben did ten years ago. They’ve not graced us this side of the Atlantic yet, but friends in the states say they are the new Nirvana both live and in recordings. Quite the claim!

I must admit the spelling I created for Google looked nothing like ‘massachusetts’, but that’s where Speedy Ortiz come from. And like Buke & Gase they’re fronted vocally by a great female singer making grungy alt rock that you just don’t get in the UK. We’re being presented recently with a lot of bands trying to make ‘In Utero #2’ but it’s a great sound that’s coming out so by all means carry on…

I’m not sure what music Seagullinvasion make, but I can only recommend you listen to it through speakers that have a rather respectable bass capability and then it all makes sense. What you can’t appreciate melodically you can through the rattling ribcage. They’re not dub or dance by any means. But they’re something. And it’s an experience to listen to. Bonkers is  a favourite.


If you want to hear music like this and more from the alternative music scene why not check out the weekly episodes of Alive And Amplified – every Thursday at 7pm or check out the archive.

Elise x


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