Review: Nosebleeds by The Lost Boys

Track by Track Review: Nosebleeds by The Lost Boys

Southampton indie four piece band The Lost Boys are releasing their debut LP Nosebleeds on January 8 (David Bowie’s and Elvis’s birthday!). Their Indiegogo supporters received their copies just in time for Christmas, but you can purchase the album on iTunes and it is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

The band kindly sent me a digital copy of their debut LP, thank you so much!

First, a little background on the band: Daniel Ash is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter; James Millar is the bassist, Shaun Ashley plays guitar, and Joel Doherty is the drummer and does some vocals. The band have played the Hammersmith Apollo, Plymouth Pavilions, and The Cavern Club. They’ve opened for legendary musicians like Paul Weller, The Buzzcocks, The Zombies, The Undertones, and The English Beat. They’re definitely a band to keep an eye on.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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Exclusive: The Keepers new single “Another Night” + Q&A

On 15 December, Northampton retro inspired indie band The Keepers will release their newest single, “Another Night” b/w “Cerise.”

To celebrate this milestone, they will play at local venue The Pomfret Arms on December 15 at 8 PM.

If you’re in the area and on a tight budget because of Christmas shopping, don’t worry as entry is free!

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Review: “Here Comes Spring” by The Keepers

The Keepers are a four-piece Indie and Mod inspired band from Northampton, England. They are made up of Jordan Jones – guitar and lead vocals, Liam Taylor – guitar and backing vocals, Oli Rumens – bass, and Taylor Hart – drums. Jordan Jones founded the band in 2015 and the band released their debut EP, No Exit, in October of that year. You can find it on Soundcloud or buy it on iTunes. One year later, they released the single, “Lancashire Rose,” which has a psychedelic sound with a touch of punk. You can listen to it on Spotify or buy it on iTunes.

The band will debut their follow up single, “Here Comes Spring,” on the radio on the 5th of May and release it on the 9th of June.

The single has a psychedelic, droning, polished sound reminiscent of Temples and The Urges. It shows a growth and evolution in their sound since their debut EP, sounding more complex and layered. It has an energetic, garage rock feel and will make you feel like it’s the late 60s again. The vocals by Jordan Jones have a Britpop and British Indie sound, the guitars by Jordan Jones and Liam Taylor have a psych sound and they work well together, and the rhythm section by Oli Rumens and Taylor Hart is solid, adding layers to the song.

The artwork for the single, which has a beautiful, trippy film photography look, fitting perfectly with the sound of the song, is by Jordan’s girlfriend Nallie.

Overall, I would give this single 5 stars and I am looking forward to future work by the band and I see them making it big in the psych scene. Give The Keepers a listen! You won’t regret it!

Update: The Keepers debuted their single on BBC Introducing in Northampton on 29 April. Click here to listen to the programme.

Review: Volcano by Temples (2017)

Here’s an article I wrote for my uni’s newspaper:

I enjoyed Temples’ debut album Sun Structures when it came out three years ago in 2014. It is an album I can listen all the way through and not skip a track, or as I like to call it, a perfect album. It is an album that is pure psychedelia. If you’re like me, a big classic rock fan, you will love this album.

Since listening to Sun Structures, I couldn’t wait to hear more from the band. Temples just released their sophomore album, Volcano, on March 3 and it is well worth the wait.

The band released two singles ahead of time as a teaser for the album, “Certainty” in September 2016 and “Strange or Be Forgotten” in January of this year. The music video for “Certainty” is influenced by Japanese pop music and anime, and it feels like an acid trip. It fits perfect with the sound. It is the opening track of the album and I think it’s a great opener. “Strange or Be Forgotten” is the final track on the album and it has a very 80s dream pop sound to it.

These two singles had a different sound than their previous material. Similar to Australian psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala, their sound evolved into a beautiful combination of synthpop and psychedelic rock, but the band do not forget their psychedelic sound. In an interview with Paste Magazine, singer and guitarist James Bagshaw describes the album as “a result of implementing a load of things we didn’t know about the first time around.”

As a whole, the album has a chill, trippy, dreamy sound to it. It is hard to pick my favourite tracks on the album, but if I had to choose, I would pick the dream like “(I Want to Be Your Mirror),” the beautifully written “Oh the Saviour,” the catchy “Mystery of Pop,” and “Roman Godlike Man” with its combination of 60s pop and 80s synthpop.

The album is beautiful sound and packaging wise. The album has a limited edition on yellow vinyl from Heavenly Recordings or neon orange vinyl from Rough Trade Records for those who pre-ordered very early. The album is also available on beautiful pink tie-dye vinyl as a limited edition from Fat Possum Records.

It is an album that is absolutely worth buying and I give it an A plus. It’s another album that I will add to the perfect albums list.

I am looking forward to seeing Temples in concert in Berlin next month.

Volcano is available on LP, CD, and cassette. You can buy it on the Heavenly Recordings website, Amazon, iTunes, or at a record store near you.

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