Some of the first people I ran into on the streets of Brighton capturing the attention of a small crowd near The Royal Pavillion were Bradley Hicks and Simon Stewart. Bradley’s album Candidates is due for release on Saturday 25th May before the start of a number of UK gigs. The album is not on national release but if you can make it to one of the live dates, you may be lucky enough to get your hands on a copy after the show and it’s worth it. Eleven tracks of acoustic beauty, it’s a heartfelt offering of soulful tunes with my favourites Baited Breath and 36/1 – a cautionary tale of gambling addiction and human mistakes. Although it is not just the lyrics that cut to the heart, Bradley’s signature fragile, raw tones mixed with quiet instrumental accompaniment make the lead vocal the star of the album as it should be. If ever there was a voice that deserved to be heard….it features heavily on this album. If you are a fan of unplugged simplicity without the accoutrements and set dressings to distract, give this a whirl.
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The unexpected pressure of a meteoric rise or a highly successful debut album might be enough to make some bands quiver in their live boots but not Bastille who hit the Concorde 2 in Brighton with the kind of multi-layered skill of a band secure in their talents.
Tribes are back with a bang as the video for ‘How The Other Half Live’, the first single to be taken from their upcoming second album ‘Wish to Scream’, was unleashed last night. The new album hits stores May 20th and is already available to pre-order at iTunes where you can also preview every single track.
You can also pre-order exclusive UK formats here.
Here’s the aforementioned brand new video. Let us know what you think of the new feel to the band. (Parental advisory)
To Kill A King’s debut album makes its way onto the musical meal table on February 24th, 2013 and they are still astounding with their five part harmonies, orchestral strings and rousing brass highlights.
To Kill A King prepare to unleash their debut album ‘Cannibals Without Cutlery’ and supporting single ‘Cold Skin’ on 24th February. Response has been outstanding with YouTube racking up over 90,000 views in just over a week.
South London band, Bastille, may have been on the scene for some time, but, with the release of their latest single, Bad Blood, it looks like the ante is about to be upped, and rightly so. On stage, they can be seen as a four piece, but originally Bastille consisted solely of founding member, singer-songwriter, Dan Smith. The singles Laura Palmer and Overjoyed sparked the interest of many a national radio station, and this was swiftly followed up with the half a million viewed YouTube sensation Flaws, which proclaimed Dan’s love of the hit 1973 movie Badlands (although the movie scenes have since been removed).
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are all set to unleash their sixth studio album ‘Specter At The Feast’ on the 18th of March. The follow up to 2010’s ‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’ will be supported with the band embarking on a six-date UK tour, beginning on the 24th March at Manchester’s HMV Ritz
London based trio ‘The Midnight Beast’ have been delighting YouTube audiences with their own brand of comedy music, high jinx videos and well played parodies. With enough hits to populate a small country, a successful E4 series and a current tour underway. I sat down with the guys to talk triple bunk beds, dirty pigeons and why they should be scared of Hollywood legend Will Smith.