Veronica Falls release the first preview of brand new material since their fabulous début album, which was in our top five albums of 2011. Yet again its a wonderful melodic slice of frenetically strummed, beautifully sung pop, with that classic retro indie vibe which has won them so many fans in the last year. We love this and them.
The band are also playing their biggest UK tour to date in March, including a headline show at the Scala. There will also be festival dates to be announced for the summer…
Access Royale are an eclectic indie rock band hailing from Washington DC. With influences which include Classic rock, hip hop and Radiohead the band discovered each other when the cosmos collided via Craigslist in early 2011, and pretty soon after were all hotfooting it to L.A. to film the video for their single “Hide.”
“Hide” is essentially about achieving balance between the things you have to do and things you love to do, the overriding message being- try not to let life get in the way of LIVING ! So uplifting it might even cheer Sir Fred Goodwin up!
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Appearing like a wistful summer breeze to metaphorically sweep the grey turbid doom laden clouds away from the unremittingly grim January skies (for at least three minutes and fifty seconds ), Good Dangers have made ‘Abagail’ available for free download as a precursor to their debut single proper which will be arriving in the next months.
It’s joyful pop nugget sung in the style of a younger more melodious Robert Smith. And unlike Dear old tremulous voxed Uncle Bob, it doesn’t sound like a singing arachnophobe trapped in a room full of spiders.
Ok we’re a bit late with this but the lovely Rose Elinor Dougall is giving an entire EP away for free and to be honest it really is fucking wonderful. You can download it all here. Why isn’t she bigger than Adele please? (cue terrible jokes which we neither encourage or condone 😉 )
Rebekah Delgado prepares for her first solo release which apparently will be a free to download 4 track EP, here’s the new video for VPME fave ” Sing You Through The Storm” which premiered on Art Rocker this week.
Now this is fantastic. “Carver’s Kicks” by Straylings is an epic, dark, portentous sounding slice of widescreen drama. Consisting of Bahraini/Austrian songwriter Dana Zeera and London born guitarist Oliver Drake Straylings have already received high praise for their debut Ep released last June . On this track the sound recalls the cinematic Alt/Goth country which made the Howling Bells debut album such a critical hit and marks out the 5th March as a significant date in your musical diary. Why ? Well that’s the date Straylings debut album “Entertainment On Foreign Ground” is released via Deadpan records
They also play their first date of 2012 this Saturday at Camden Barfly.
Unlike London based blogs we sometimes feel a tad left out up here in the frozen north, consoled only by our warm beer, pies, our amusing flat cap collection and our prize winning whippets. If we had a pound for every time a manager, record label or PR company asked us if we’d like to “pop down” to Water Rats or Koko that very evening to see the latest bright young things we’d have, oooh, about £76.00. The point we are clumsily trying to make is that although the net has shrunk the world, it’s still very difficult to keep up with the huge number of bands based in our illustrious capital. And sometimes a band comes along who are so bloody good we think “why on earth haven’t we heard them before?” Sheen are one such band, in fact their music is so up our street we really should be neighbours!
The sound they produce is profoundly beautiful, wonderfully atmospheric and like their collective name,(and unlike Charlie) shimmers with a glittering mournful elegance.
Formed little more than a year ago at the University of Westminster, Sheen have an ear for sparkling somber beauty and are influenced by the likes of The Smiths, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine,(the) Pixies and A Place to Bury Strangers. The band hail from all corners of the UK with the exception of Swedish chanteuse Aneta. In February the band plan to hit the studio to record new material and we’ll will certainly keeping our ears on high alert in anticipation of the results
Actually we are lovin’ Sheen so much, we say fuck convention – here’s another track.
We thought we’d introduce a new “track of the day” feature on The Von Pip Musical Express, “track” you see fits in with the old “express train” logo- Genius eh! As well as interviews, reviews and our “Songs To learn And Sing” feature, track of the day is for those songs we simply can’t wait to share.
And so our first track of the day is *drum roll* *fanfare*. . .
Its out with The Outs and in with the solo career as Frankie Rose( ex-Vivian Girls, ex- Dum Dum Girls and ex-Crystal Stilts) goes it alone without her former band The Outs with this rather brilliant track “Know Me” which is released 20th Feb and precedes her new album ‘Interstellar’ out 19th March. Her label have informed us its brilliant and based on this single who are we to disagree! (here’s an interview we did with Frankie back in 2010)