By Tom Fake
February 12, 2014
The Hot Five – My favourite new tracks of the week, usually rounded off with a classic, obscure or alternate track from my music collection. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that I come across.
Track of the week: Royal Blood – ‘Little Monster’
Did anyone catch this beauty of a track on Zane Lowe’s show on Monday as the Hottest Record in the World? Their debut track, ‘Out Of The Black’ was frankly awesome, and was good enough to encourage me to buy tickets to see them at The Globe in Cardiff this Friday evening. I find the amount of noise these two make massive, and the energy that they create is really amazing. The potential for future releases really is huge, given the amount of support and coverage they have received off the back of just a few singles.
Broken Bells – ‘Holding On For Life’
I can’t believe it took me four months to discover this track. ‘Holding On For Life’ is lead single from Broken Bells’ second album, After The Disco. Broken Bells, aka. producer Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer. The band continued that 2013 love of a bit of dance (think Daft Punk, Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’). a Bee Gee’s-esque vocal line in the chorus easily grabs your attention as the disco kicks in along with Mercer’s higher vocal register. I can’t believe it took me four months to discover this track. Broken Bells are set to play Sheperd’s Bush Empire on March 24 as their only UK tour date.
Bears Of Brasov – ‘Stay’
A winner of BBC Berkshire’s The Demo Panel, ‘Stay’ is a catchy track from upcoming band Bears of Brasov. Bears of Brasov combine heavy riffs, catchy tunes and dynamic boy/girl vocals. If you like the sound of this track, the riff in ‘Just Lately’ is a gem, and both tracks show off the vocal harmonies between Issy Oon and Jon Cooper Smith. Since forming in late 2012, they have been drawing in crowds across the UK with their energetic live performances and unique on-stage chemistry. The band are set to play in Reading, Birmingham and London over the coming months.
Shooting Suns – ‘Parallel’
Funnily enough Shooting Suns’ ‘Parallel’ was a recommended listen on SoundCloud after hearing the above track by Bears of Brasov. Perhaps its because I’m a guitarist, but the timbre of the guitar captured me straight away. The band demonstrate fantastic harmonies and arranging technique in this track. More demo’s are available on Shooting Suns’ website here, and they have also recorded a new EP which is set for release this year. One last thing before I forget, you can download tis one for free too!
Hidden track of the week: Elbow – ‘Switching Off’
I think this has to be one of my favourite songs of all time. Taken from their underrated (in my opinion) second album Cast of Thousands, I just love the simplicity of the song. It really shows off the band’s talent for songwriting as well as the vocal capabilities of Guy Garvey. Elbow are set to release their new album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, on March 10, so I thought I’d get back into them before the new album comes out. The band are also to set off on an Arena tour in April in support of their eagerly-anticipated sixth album.
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