#FeelGoodFriday: The 1975 – ‘Give Yourself A Try’

 

   

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The 1975 have just made a triumphant return with their brand new single, ‘Give Yourself A Try’.

Taken from their upcoming third album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (originally titled Music For Cars, the band are now using this as the moniker for this period of the band’s career, with a second album, Notes On A Conditional Form, already in the pipeline for May 2019), the song is set to kick off the band’s new era with a bang.

The track is much more subtle than some of their more straight-up pop tunes like The Sound and ‘Girls’ but has a rather ‘Chocolate’ feel to it; could this album see the band return to the sound of their debut?

I particularly like their interesting take on the world and certain aspects of it, throughout the verses, particularly the part about, ‘And what would you say to your younger self?’ – it’s a great moment in the song. Equally, whilst it’s not an instant pop anthem, the chorus is majorly catchy and I’ve found myself singing it loads already!

The music video is pretty funky too with it’s split-screen and trippy effects. I particularly love Matty’s dancing and new orange hair (is it just me or is there something a bit My Chemical Romance about it?!) and the clear guitars and drums used by the rest of the band.

This is certainly an exciting new era for the band and I can’t wait to hear their next single, and the rest of the album.

What are your thoughts of the new single from the band? Do you like the direction of their new era? Are you excited about the new album? Got a #FeelGoodFriday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Give Yourself A Try’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/give-yourself-a-try/1389783331?i=1389783376


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#Review: Super Whatevr – Never Nothing


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Hopeless Records - SmallerSuper Whatevr is the brainchild of singer and guitarist, Skyler McKee. Self-confessed as a project by a ‘kid [that] left the old band [and] started a new band, telling stuff (using words and sounds),’ he has created a cracking debut!

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The album opens with the intricate and melodic track, ‘Ah Oo Oh (Interlude)’, which features the vocals of singer, Skyler McKee, singing the aptly-titled name of the track, over some airy yet grungy instrumentals, that I find somewhat reminiscent in style to Nirvana. It’s then ‘Bloomfield’ that really kicks the album into gear; there’s something The Automatic-esque about the song, with a hint of Arctic Monkeys too but it’s most definitely unique, in it’s own right! It’s certainly a track to rock out to and is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser at shows.

I find that the most stand-out tracks on this record include, the get-up-and-danceable ‘Why Do I Wonder Why’ (which has some almost ska flavours to it); the punchy-in-all-the-right-places, ‘For You’, with it’s chaotic, rock-out chorus; ‘When Doesn’t The World End?’ with its sombre lyrics and atmospheric instrumentation and ‘Telelelevision’, which feels nostalgic and would fit perfectly in a resolution scene towards the end of an emotionally driven movie…or even over the credits. ‘Misquote’ and ‘Katherin With A K’ are also great album tracks too.

Whilst I don’t think it’s necessarily revolutionary within its genre, it’s brilliantly well-crafted…artistic even, with subtle production flourishes; it feels like it was a real labour of love to create.

There is definitely an almost British indie vibe throughout this record but it’s been turned up to 11 with edgier guitars and deeper lyrics. The lyrics throughout are very self-reflective and honest, telling the tale of a tortured past, however the album feels therapeutic in its approach to tackling these topics.

If I’m completely honest, the album actually didn’t instantly grab me, but over the space of a week, I found myself being automatically drawn back to it, every day, and listening to it all over again…and thoroughly enjoying it! Whilst I don’t think it’s necessarily revolutionary within its genre, and there are still a couple of tracks that I could take or leave, it’s brilliantly well-crafted…artistic even, with subtle production flourishes; it feels like it was a real labour of love to create. That being said, it is most definitely worth a listen (several times through) and I guarantee that there will be at least a couple of tracks for everyone to want to listen to over and over again.

Rating
4


‘Never Nothing’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/never-nothing/1291111449


‘Never Nothing’ on Spotify

Telelelevision (Official Music Video)

Bloomfield (Official Music Video)

For You (Official Music Video)


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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with James Walsh from Starsailor


   

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When Starsailor visited Brighton’s Concorde 2 on their All This Life Tour, I had the great privilege of chatting to James Walsh, backstage, before the show (check out our review).

We chatted all about the inspirations behind the band’s latest album, All This Life, who he’d most like to collaborate with and discussed the weirdest question he’s ever been asked. It’s all here…



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#WildCardWednesday: The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’


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American Punk Rockers, The Menzingers, have just released a new song called ‘After The Party’, which is also the title track of their new album (due out February 3rd via Epitaph Records).

The song is in-your-face with its punchy guitars and intense vocals and is filled with nostalgia whilst still sticking to the romanticism of not quite growing up.

There is no official music video yet but the audio video can be viewed below – we’ll update you if a music video is made.

Also, the band are due to embark on a UK tour in April 2017, so be sure to check them out at one of their upcoming dates!

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‘After The Party’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/after-the-party/id1167648174?i=1167648720


#ThrowbackThursday: The Kooks – ‘Naïve’


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Another classic track from 2006 (10 years ago!) is The Kooks‘ ‘Naïve’.

The song was released in March of 2006 and not only peaked at Number 5 in the UK charts but also found itself featured in an episode of One Tree Hill and the film 17 Again.

It is a funky song which skirts around the borders of Indie Rock and Pop and was the UK’s 19th best-selling song of 2006!

Do you like this Kooks track? Would you have chosen a different song of theirs? Or a different band/artist altogether? Please leave your #ThrowbackThursday song choice in a comment below.

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‘Naïve’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/naive/id724160495?i=724160600


#ThrowbackThursday: Orson – ‘No Tomorrow’


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Orson were a Brit-award wining band from Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

The band formed in 2000 and split in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2006 that the band really gained their first success, with their debut single, ‘No Tomorrow’.

This song ended up reaching Number 1 in the UK charts and went on to become the UK’s 12th best-selling single of 2006! Although many people think of the band as one-hit-wonders, they did in fact have 2 albums!

The song is a Power Pop/Indie Rock belter that just screams to be chanted at the top of your lungs, so go on, rock out your #ThrowbackThursday like it’s 2006 again!

What did you think of Orson? Do you still love this song? Please share your #ThrowbackThursday song choice with us in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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‘No Tomorrow’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-tomorrow/id154229489?i=154229538


#FeelGoodFriday: The 1975 – ‘Chocolate’

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The 1975 are incredible; there’s no two ways about it!

The band (consisting of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald) first caught my attention when they released their single, ‘The City’ and then reaffirmed my love for them, when they followed it up with this beautiful song, ‘Chocolate’.

This song is crafted to perfection with its catchy pop-rock/indie sound; it is pop and rock, merged at its best.

The 1975 recently had fans worrying about their demise, with their clever release of a cryptic comic, suggesting they were no more…however, if you read between the lines, they were talking about a change of image and hinted at a potential new album!

The 1975 Split

They then returned, around 24 hours later, with the following comic, confirming that they were bringing about a change to their current style, and informed their adoring fans (much to their relief) that they were going to go on tour around the UK again!

The 1975 Return

I hope you love this song as much as I do and please share this on your media accounts 🙂

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Download ‘Chocolate’ from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chocolate/id670471325?i=670471546