#Two4Tunesday: TEAM* – ‘I Like It’ & New City Kings – ‘Change’

This week’s Two4Tunesday features two bands which are signed to independent labels, and man they’re awesome!

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I discovered the fantastic TEAM* while checking out what one of my favourite bands (Forever The Sickest Kids) was upto these days and discovered that the members were all currently working on side projects; TEAM* being one of them.

TEAM* consists of Caleb Turman and Rico Garcia (Forever The Sickest Kids), Jay Vilardi (The Almost) and Bryan Donahue (formerly of Boys Like Girls). To date, the band have released two EPs, TEAM* EP and Good Morning Bad Day.

This particular song is superb and almost like a crossover of indie, beach-rock and pop. The video is well worth a watch too; it’s quite an inspirational song and video.

TEAM* – ‘I Like It’



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As for New City Kings, well they were a very recent discovery, when I saw them support McBusted on their recent tour. NCK have performed at South By Southwest, Bestival and Download Festival and supported acts such as The Cribs, Marilyn Manson, and London Grammar. The band consist of brothers, Mark Kovic (vocalist) and Ben Kovic (guitarist) as well as Ben Nyari (drummer). They hail from Chelmsford, Essex (UK) and although they are a British band, clearly have American influences.

I particularly like this song and felt it was worth sharing this week, as I can see this band going on to big things.

New City Kings – ‘Change’

Happy Two4Tunesday! Which 2 songs will you choose to share?

Matt – Muzik Speaks

#EventSpeaks: McBusted @ Brighton Centre, Brighton

I went to see McBusted perform at Brighton Centre on 7th April 2015 and they were phenomenal!

They were supported by American band Symmetry and UK band New City Kings. Symmetry were decent however quite generic emo-pop with a high-pitched vocalist, while New City Kings were more alternative rock with well-crafted songs.

The highlights of the show had to be; Dougie jumping on Matt’s back and playing Matt’s bass while clinging onto him; Danny picking up a huge bra and holding it to his chest saying, “massive”; James riding a bicycle around the stage; the harmonies they performed during an instrumental break in Air Hostess; James’ use of an auto-tune microphone for Riding On My Bike, but afterwards stating “this thing makes singing so easy,” before breaking into some choruses of songs like Cher’s Believe, Usher’s OMG and Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee) and the fact that their stage was massive, working computer game!!! Also their stage presence was fantastic and the chemistry between them made it all the more enjoyable!

The show began with McBusted’s first single, Air Guitar, which started with a superb entrance (see below)!

McBusted – Air

They then performed several Busted and McFly hits before performing a standout track from their debut album (McBusted)What Happened To Your Band? – this song particularly stands out due to their fantastic harmonising at the end of the song.

McBusted – What Happened To Your Band?

Another highlight of the show had to be their hilarious introduction to Busted’s Crashed The Wedding, as they came out like a wedding procession…naturally Matt Willis was marrying Dougie Poynter!

McBusted – Crashed The Wedding

Finally, one of their other, most memorable songs of the evening (and clearly a crowd-pleaser due to the audience’s immense reaction) was Busted hit, Air Hostess.

McBusted – Air Hostess

The complete setlist for McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure Tour (MEAT) included:
(Denotes who the original version is by:  McBusted  Busted  McFly)

  1. Air Guitar
  2. Hate Your Guts
  3. One For The Radio
  4. Thunderbirds Are Go
  5. Get Over It
  6. You Said No
  7. 3AM
  8. What Happened To Your Band?
  9. Air Hostess
  10. What I Go To School For
  11. Obviously
  12. Beautiful Girls Are The Loneliest
  13. Crashed The Wedding
  14. Riding On My Bike
  15. All About You
  16. Star Girl

Encore

  1. 5 Colours In Her Hair
  2. Shine A Light
  3. Year 3000

If you ever get the chance to see McBusted live, take it! They put their utmost energy into the performances and their stage banter and antics is hilarious; they’re highly recommended!

Matt – Muzik Speaks