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New Video: London’s Genghar Releases a Dance Floor Friendly Single

Deriving their name from Gengar, one of the original Pokemon, the acclaimed London-based Gengahr, comprised of Felix Bushe, John Victor, Hugh Schulte and Danny Ward can trace their origins to when its members met at the Stoke Newington School. Their debut single “Fill My Gums With Blood” caught the attention ofBBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens — and building upon a rapidly growing profile, the band wound up playing at the BBC Introducing Stage at 2014’s Glastonbury Festival.

Since then the band has released two critically applauded albums — 2015’s debut effort A Dream Outside and 2018’s Where Wildness Grows. The band’s highly-anticipated, third full-length album Sanctuary is slated for a January 31, 2020 release through Liberator Music. Produced by the band’s old friend, Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman, the album reportedly finds the band ambitiously pushing their sound in a decidedly pop leaning direction while recapturing the magic and vibe the quartet felt while writing and recording their debut effort. Influenced by Homer’s Odyssey, the album’s material finds the band’s primary songwriter Felix Bushe tapping into personal pain — but while coming out throwing punches and fighting.

Interestingly, the album’s latest single “Heavenly Maybe” is a slinky and shimmering pop song centered around Nile Rodgers-like guitar, a sinuous bass line, a funky, disco-like groove, four-on-the-floor drumming, Bushe’s achingly plaintive vocals and an infectious radio friendly hook. And while being a slickly produced club banger, the song is imbued with a world weary ennui, as Bushe’s narrator details the experience of partying as a way of distracting him from his serious, real life problems. 

Directed by David East, the video follows a lonely man who heads out to a club to catch a band and to dance his problems away — but it seems only temporary. “‘Heavenly Maybe’ is the second part of a two-part video we made with David East in Berlin earlier this year. Across the two, we wanted to create something which captured the thematic essence of the album as a whole whilst allowing each song its own fitting backdrop. The song itself is essentially about going out and trying to forget all of your troubles, and how ultimately problematic that is as a form of release.” 

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With last year’s release of their debut single “TrafficLightCyclopsDisco” and their self-titled debut EP, the Manchester, UK-based indie rock trio New Luna, comprised of Tommy Deedigan, Zack Bamber and Toby Duncan, have quickly developed a reputation as being a staple of their hometown’s indie rock/alternative scene while drawing comparisons to Radiohead, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Twilight Sad. Adding to a growing profile,  the Manchester-based trio have opened for the likes of Happiness, Bruising, PLAZA, Trudy and the Romance, as well as played sets at a DIY Magazine showcase, YNOT?, ArcTanGent, Truck and Great Escape Festivals. However, with their latest single, “Opinionated,” the British trio’s sound reminds me a bit of My Vitriol and Blur, thanks to layers of distortion-filled, buzzing power chords, thundering drumming and a rousingly anthemic, mosh-pit friendly hook within a quiet, loud, quiet song structure. And while clearly being inspired by 90s alt rock, the song possesses what may be the most direct social statement they’ve released to date — openly suggesting as the old adage says that opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one, and they’re usually shitty.

 

 

 

New Audio: Amber Run’s Brooding and Anthemic Single

Initially comprised of founding members Joe Keogh, Tom Sperring and Will Jones, along with Felix Archer, and Henry Wyatt, the Nottingham, UK-based indie rock band Amber Run can trace its origins to when its founding trio of Keogh, Sperring and Jones, who had been friends since attending Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School in Buckinghamshire started an alt rock band together. Keogh, Sperring and Jones met Archer and Wyatt while they were all studying Humanities and Law at the University of Nottingham. Keogh had started a solo recording project that started to receive some attention; but as the as the story goes, the members of the then-quintet started to jam together one day and recognized that they had an undeniable simpatico — and the members of the band decided to quit school in their sophomore year, to fully focus on music.

Within their first few shows, they captured the attention of BBC’s Dean Jackson, who featured the band on the BBC Introducing Stage at 2013’s Reading Festival, which eventually resulted in the band signing to RCA Records, who released the band’s first three EPs, Noah, Spark and Pilot and their full-length debut, 5am; however, by the following year, the members of the band had been dropped by their label. Instead of giving up in frustration, the members of the band had come to the same conclusion: the songs they had been working on were worth pursuing and that they needed to write and record an album, despite not having a label and being in the midst of severe of financial troubles. And naturally, that meant the band taking matters into their own hands. But by February 2016, the band found themselves at one of their lowest points as a band — they were in a creative rut, Archer had left the band and the band was close to closing up shop.

Produced by Ben Allen, who has worked with Bombay Bicycle Club, Deerhunter, Washed Out and CeeLo Green, Amber Run’s follow-up For A Moment, I Was Lost is slated for release on Friday through renowned indie label Dine Alone Records and the album is influenced by the band’s own torment, fear, anger, betrayal and learning how to progress past ill-feelings to personal and artistic growth — while trying to write and record the best and most authentic material possible. And as you’ll hear on the album’s second and latest single “Perfect,” the band’s sound manages to be their most brooding — and while nodding at The Stills, Foals, Brit Pop and New Wave, the newly-consittued British quartet pairs that brooding air with a soaring, anthemic hook. What the song reveals is that they can pair real life emotions with a cathartic, adrenaline rush of arena rock.