Comment: Conor Rabone, frontman of Gathering of Strangers, a five-piece indie rock band from Manchester, had this to say about their latest single, Red & Gold: “My absolute favourite time of the day is just after sunset, and you have about five minutes when the sun has disappeared, but it has turned the whole sky a golden red. I wanted to capture my feelings during those 5 minutes and put it in a song“. It’s safe to say he succeeded at that because when you listen to Red & Gold, the moment that riff starts playing at the beginning, you feel instantly elated.
With songs like Red & Gold, this band is definitely going places.
Comment: 4:45 is one of those songs that become instant earworms right away. It reminds me of the style of Go Radio, in case you’re familiar with that other band. I admit I wasn’t aware of DR!FTWOOD at all before I heard 4:45, but they have been active since 2015 and had big plans for 2020 that they had to suspend because of… you know. After a brief hibernation period, they returned this year better than ever with this great tune. Enjoy 4:45!
I didn’t check but I think Five Days North are becoming the first artist or band to be featured herethree times. They totally deserve it as they have done nothing but consistently release pretty good tracks every three months or so, which is often enough to stay relevant without saturating us. Champagne Shots is their latest song and perhaps my favorite of them so far. It does sound like a Five Days North song with their distinctive synth lines and overall vibe, but the song’s melody stands out on its own. Just listen to the captivating chorus and you’ll see what I mean.
Lyrically, the song talks about those small bits of luxury we do enjoy from time to time and used to take for granted. After a year and a half of a pandemic, I think we all can relate to that theme now that even going to a restaurant or a live concert seems sumptuous. Champagne Shots is the perfect song to play the next time we do something we once considered normal.
Unfortunately, I was unable to post anything in the past two days but I hope to make it up to you by featuring the latest single from one of the best indie bands out there today: Paris Youth Foundation. Despite what the band’s name might lead you to think, they are actually from Liverpool, UK, and if you are not familiar with their music, you’ve been missing out. Frontman Kevin Potter chose their name just before the release of their debut single in 2016 after a graffiti he saw in the French capital when he was a child. They have never released a full-length album but they have quite a few singles and I’m yet to find one I dislike. They know how to write a good hook and a catchy chorus.
Tired Of Loving You is no exception. A perfect indie rock song that is anthemic and nostalgic at the same time. Potter explains that the tune is about being in a relationship that lasts longer than it should just because people are too scared to admit that it might be over. As is to be expected from a Paris Youth Foundation song, Tired Of Loving You got a really captivating chorus that gets stuck in your head. Do check it out below and enjoy!
British #altpop band Flawes have been around since 2016 but they didn’t release their debut album until early last year. Then the pandemic hit the world and changed everything. Rather than complaining about their tough luck, they embraced lockdown and went back to work, which resulted in a six-track EP called Reverie, which includes What’s A Boy To Do. Quite simply, this single is a stunning piece of uplifting indie pop.
After a brief acoustic intro, Flawes keeps things relatively quiet during the first verse before erupting into one of the catchiest choruses you will find in an alt-pop song this year. It could become a huge hit with proper airplay. What’s A Boy To Do is that good. Don’t miss it!
Five Days North are not strangers to T.A.M. and now they’re back with a new single called Colours (In My Mind), which is totally on brand with the sound of this indie pop band from Manchester, UK. It combines elements of 1980s synth pop with modern indie rock a la The 1975 to delight us with a tune that is cheerful and nostalgic at the same time. The lush synths and buoyant guitars set the scene for Darryl Messer‘s vocals to lifts us all with the anthemic chorus.
If you’re a fan of 1980s-infused music, Colours (In My Mind) will be right up your alley. Listen to it below.
Five Days North must be the band with the highest aggregate IQ. Really. Most, if not all, of the members of this five-piece act from Manchester are scientists or doctors. I don’t think there are many bands out there that can claim that. Their specialty in music is indie pop and they’re quite good at that, even winning a few competitions for unsigned bands in the UK.
Take Me Higher is just exhibit A of the knack they got for catchy melodies. The track, which was written as a collaborative piece amongst the band members, got colorful synths and incisive bass lines that make the whole song really hard to resist to. Released in 2020 after the lockdown, Five Days North have not been able to play it live yet but it will probably become one of the highlights of their live gigs once that becomes a thing again. In the meantime, you can improve your day by listening to this cheerful song below.
Accurately self-described as genre-fluid, 30 is a versatile singer/songwriter from Massachusetts with over 220k monthly listeners on Spotify. In his latest EP, The Introspects Of A Psycho, which is a philosophical introspection into the life of a girl spiralling out of control who is important to the narrator, the artist moves swiftly from rap and hip-hop to alternative rock. While the former genres aren’t really my cup of tea, I certainly dig 30‘s rocker side, such as in the appealing Lost In Colorado.
This tune is a stripped down, guitar-based track with metaphorical lyrics and an engaging melody. The chorus, in particular, is one of those that keeps playing in your head long after the song has ended. It is obvious that 30 got a creative mind that will push him to explore different styles. Hopefully, he will keep a balanced approach and continue embracing his alternative side from time to time.
If you’re a fan of The Gaslight Anthem, chances are you will like Kaleiders too. Although not specifically from Manchester, this four-piece band hails from nearby Warrington and aims to bridge the gap between melodic punk and indie rock, resulting in a sound not that different from the popular American band mentioned above. Alright, in particular, which was the first song the band ever recorded in 2016 but have now remastered to give it new life and a cleaner sound, gives me that vibe. This new version is part of the band’s brand new debut full length album: Melancholy Undertones.
A guitar-driven song, Alright is high in energy and riffs while also having an optimistic flavor. It’s evident that we have a talented band in Kaleiders, the question is whether or not they can be consistently good. Only time can tell but I like their odds. So far, so good.
Mancunian band Suave Martyrs have been releasing new music at a steady pace since completing their lineup in 2019. They describe their style as a blend of ‘60s West Coast rock, Manchester-era indie and psychedelia, but their latest single, Tell Me What You Wanna, is supposed to be a departure from their usual approach. I’m not too familiar with their previous tracks in order to comment on whether that is a good thing or not, but I, for one, really enjoyed the new sound. It reminded me a bit of New Radicals and similar bands from the late ’90s.
Tell Me What You Wanna was written during the lockdown, which each band member coming up with their parts separately and merging them in production. All in all, the end product is pretty impressive considering the circumstances and the fact that the band was going in a new direction. I don’t know if the Suave Martyrs are planning to stick with this new sound, yet I hope they give it a try. It’s catchy and sounds fresh in today’s environment. Make sure to give them a try here.