#38 Canoes, knees and mayors

Royal Canoe were a band I first heard back at SXSW 2011 and they sounded awesome. But, unlike the majority of bands who pass through the biggest new music festival in the world, these guys have kept bubbling under on my music radar and have gone with ‘Hold Onto The Metal’ for the next single. With a mixture of math bars and electro, pop, indie mix to build it up, this is a multi-layered and captivating listen.

They’re a three piece from London. Formed 2005-ish. They’ve released an EP, an LP and one split. This is awesome post-rock sounding a little like ASIWYFA with vocals. Thank you BBC Introducing for helping me find Mayors Of Miyazaki.

Another finding from the BBC Introducing uploader for London comes from London Soundklash – a North London duo who came to my attention for the bass in this track and the rest came with the first listen. Taken from the forthcoming EP ‘Yellowblue’ which I will check out. It’s not rock, but very few can deny a good tune whatever genre.

Now through my musing with 4zzz – an alternative community run station in Brisbane, Australia, I’ve come to learn lots about the amazing Australian music scene that I love. Ta-Ku is one of them and this Sydney boy has taken to giving Daughter ‘Love Lost’ a goreous re-edit.

Hooded Fang are (and I’ve said this before on twitter), one of those bands that make me want ‘to pack it all in and go be in a band’. They have fun! And their music is brilliant. The unsung herores of the alternative scene for sure. They recorded this song as a special session track when I was still broadcasting on DIY but it was at that point unamed. Luckily this week they’ve thrown it upon the world as ‘Bye Bye Land’.

I did go through a phase of getting Bloody Knees and their Australian similar named bros Bleeding Knees Club confused. But that was ridiculous. So I sorted that out rather easily. Cambridge was home to Mallory Knox and a university. Now it has Bloody Knees scuzzed fuelled punk to it’s list of important folk too.

For sounds like this and more from the alternative music scene why not check out the weekly episode of Alive And Amplified? Every Thursday from 7pm.

Elise x

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