Easter new album, Meander Lines – effortless Americana

EasterManchester’s Easter create an Americana Alt Rock sound that effortlessly emanates from the speakers. Meander Lines is their brilliant new album.

The free-improv tendencies of drummer Andrew Cheetham and the twin-guitar effect of Gavin Clarke weaving intricately over Tom Long’s, while Rich Clarke’s driven bass playing gives the songs energy and immediacy. All play out perfectly with Tom Long’s chilled vocal delivery.

Meander Lines is full of strong, catchy songs that have a tendency to stick in your head. Delivered in a remarkably gentle, less frantic but still very powerful sound. Think Dinosaur Jr, Neil Young, Television and The Dream Syndicate.

Since recording their debut album, Innocence Man, singer/guitarist Tom Long spent 2 years on the road as multi-instrumentalist with LoneLady, promoting her second album for Warp, while drummer Andrew Cheetham has been in high demand, touring with Kiran Leonard, Jane Weaver and a host of improv projects. In this interim the band shared ‘How You Spend Yr Time’ online and it was quickly picked by Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, yet initial sessions for the follow up were abandoned. After an intense period of writing, re-writing and whittling down a huge batch of material, the band regrouped last year for 2 days of live recording at Eve Studios, Stockport with producer Karl Sveinsson (Gnod/Vanishing) and finished the record at Queen’s Ark in Manchester’s Levenshulme district.

The title sheds light on a difficult process, as Long reflects: ‘it’s an architectural term, when city planners design paths for people to walk, meander lines are the routes they often end up taking instead – shortcuts, cutting across spaces etc. These songs had a long gestation, which became this heavy transition period for me personally and for the band as well, and this seemed to be the perfect metaphor: the strands in your life and in your head that are constantly at work; they get tangled, they unravel, they break in unexpected ways. It also fits the arc of most of our songs, they tend to be heading in a certain direction… then they veer off’.

See Easter Live:
The Victoria, Dalston in London on Thursday 19 April
The Peer Hat in Manchester on Friday 18 May

Easter release ‘Meander Lines’ on 30 March 2018 on Super Smash Hit Records.

Deer Tick New Albums Volume 1 & 2 + UK / Europe Live Dates

Deer Tick release Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2 on Partisan RecordsNever a group to stand by conventional protocol, Deer Tick release two separate albums of original material, Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2 on Partisan Records, recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis.

The two albums complement each other yet reflect completely contrasting styles, both of which accurately represent the two distinctive musical personalities of Deer Tick — quiet and thoughtful / loud and raucous. “Sea Of Clouds” from Vol. 1 and the garage punk-infused “It’s a Whale” from Vol. 2 show these sides respectively.

Deer Tick Vol. 1 showcases the folk-driven, roots/rock style with right amount of grit, that Deer Tick is known for. Lead singer/songwriter John McCauley is a masterful introspective and observational songwriter, who documents inner struggles and external conflicts with a perfect balance of heartfelt sincerity and wry wit. The opening track Sea of Clouds encompasses all of what brought so many fans to Deer Tick in the first place, and also what kept them there. Guitarist Ian O’Neil’s “Hope is Big” and drummer Dennis Ryan’s “Me & My Man” expand on the group’s already dynamic range.

On Deer Tick Vol. 2, the band turns it up and lets it fly with an injection of punk-inspired garage rock at it’s finest. Clever lyrics, infectious hooks and captivating melodies pack Vol. 2 with bassist Christopher Ryan skillfully laying it down with authority and attitude. The propulsion of opener “Don’t Hurt”, edgy pop of “Jumpstarting” and rowdy punk of “It’s a Whale” reveal that there was an obvious Jekyll & Hyde approach to recording Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. Vol. 2 closes with boisterous “Mr. Nothing Gets Worse”, with all three singers taking a verse on a song that would have made The Replacements proud.

Deer Tick defines the term outlier. Their ever-evolving style has never been claimed by any one scene or genre. They encompass key elements of indie-rock, country, punk, pop, Americana, folk and so much more, which is what makes it difficult to nail them down. With Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2, the question really is, why would anyone want to?

Deer Tick – UK / EU Live Dates

20 Jan 2018 Celtic Connections @ O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
22 Jan 2018 Witloof Bar, Brussels, Belgium
23 Jan 2018 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
24 Jan 2018 Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
25 Jan 2018 Nochtspeicher, Hamburg, Germany
27 Jan 2018 Le Pop Up du Label, Paris, France
30 Jan 2018 Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
31 Jan 2018 The Fleece, Bristol, UK
01 Feb 2018 Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
02 Feb 2018 Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK

Tickets go on sale Friday 13 Oct at 10am from the band’s website HERE

The Love Family – When Time Meant Nothing EP

The Love Family - When Time Meant Nothing EP

The Love Family release a new EP, When Time Meant Nothing, with all four songs about growing up in the Medway Towns in the 1980’s.

When Time Meant Nothing‘ – the lead track from The Love Family EP of the same name, delivers a no nonsense antithesis of prog rock – no thrills, wanky solo or pretentious showmanship.

The songs are produced stripped of over exuberance or false tones of excitement.  One vocal, two guitars, bass and drums. This works with, rather than against, the vocal delivery and intensity of the music. It was recorded in Newington at Squarehead Studios with Rob Wilkes.

The music drives a steady, constant speed against the alt rock hard-shoulder, with its post-punk spirit driven by solid, hard, powerful drone-like guitars, effortlessly powering the song like a tugboat against the effervescent commercial tide of X Factor-esque fizzy pop dirge.

The Love Family – When Time Meant Nothing EP tracklist:
When Time Meant Nothing
Escape
Missing Out Friday
Your Blood

The Love Family – When Time Meant Nothing EP is available as a limited CD & digital download.  Follow The Love Family on social media via  Facebook and Twitter.

Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE, album review

Piney Gir sixth album mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE
Piney Gir sixth album mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE

Cult singer-songwriter Piney Gir has been working the indie circuit for a while now, slowly introducing listeners to her world in her own unique and stylistic way. Her sixth album mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE seems to have arrived just in time for summer; filled with uplifting indie-pop ditties that are toe-tappingly catchy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHS6SWXnd24

The album opens with Piney’s second single Gold Rules which is all about celebrating the unattainability of riches and how “you can’t take it with you anyway”. The track is overflowing with tasty, drilling bass lines and uplifting tones not far from the likes of She & Him’s happy/indie vibes.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yujAMPXOjTY

The album continues to follow on with this theme of sparkly indie-pop throughout, with Piney’s stand-out American accent bringing in a wonderful element of individuality you won’t hear anywhere else.

Probably one of our favourite tracks on the album is ‘Yai Yai’ – a cracking feel good track you will catch yourself singing along to without even meaning to. All the while, still keeping that awesome fuzzy guitar distortion in, giving a Pixies-esque vibe to the track.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Musdav2M4rc

All in all, if you’re a fan of uplifting indie-pop with a hint of alternative rock, all the while feeling like you’re at some sort of 60s fairground, mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE won’t disappoint. Piney Gir has been honing her sound for a while now and it feels like with this album she’s nailed it.

Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE Tracklisting:

1. Gold Rules
2. Keep It Together
3. Tilt A Whirl
4. Universe
5. Purple Heart
6. Wildfire Wake Up
7. Wing And Prayer
8. Ugly Bones
9. Oh God You Devil
10. Yai Yai
11. Mouse Of A Ghost
12. Gold Rules Reprise

Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE, album review

Alternative Pop, Indie Pop, Americana

Cult singer-songwriter Piney Gir has been working the indie circuit for a while now, slowly introducing listeners to her world in her own unique and stylistic way. Her sixth album mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE seems to have arrived just in time for summer; filled with uplifting indie-pop ditties that are toe-tappingly catchy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHS6SWXnd24

The album opens with Piney’s second single Gold Rules which is all about celebrating the unattainability of riches and how “you can’t take it with you anyway”. The track is overflowing with tasty, drilling bass lines and uplifting tones not far from the likes of She & Him’s happy/indie vibes.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yujAMPXOjTY

The album continues to follow on with this theme of sparkly indie-pop throughout, with Piney’s stand-out American accent bringing in a wonderful element of individuality you won’t hear anywhere else.

Probably one of our favourite tracks on the album is ‘Yai Yai’ – a cracking feel good track you will catch yourself singing along to without even meaning to. All the while, still keeping that awesome fuzzy guitar distortion in, giving a Pixies-esque vibe to the track.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Musdav2M4rc

All in all, if you’re a fan of uplifting indie-pop with a hint of alternative rock, all the while feeling like you’re at some sort of 60s fairground, mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE won’t disappoint. Piney Gir has been honing her sound for a while now and it feels like with this album she’s nailed it.

Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE Tracklisting:

1. Gold Rules
2. Keep It Together
3. Tilt A Whirl
4. Universe
5. Purple Heart
6. Wildfire Wake Up
7. Wing And Prayer
8. Ugly Bones
9. Oh God You Devil
10. Yai Yai
11. Mouse Of A Ghost
12. Gold Rules Reprise

mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE is out now via Damaged Goods Records.

Folk Americana album, Winter Stay Autumn by Sorren Maclean

Winter Stay Autumn by Sorren Maclean is released via Middle Of Nowhere Recordings
Winter Stay Autumn by Sorren Maclean

While it may be a little strange to release an album called ‘Winter Stay Autumn’ in the middle of the summer, Sorren Maclean manages to pull it off. Equipped with an effortless blend of indie Folk Americana, this clear voiced Celt has produced an album that could soundtrack any season.

httpv://youtu.be/8wMpFqWyzhI

There’s a bit of a backstory to the release, as it was originally written for 7 musicians to perform live at the Celtic Connections Festival (which we’d have paid good money to hear!), and Sorren Maclean has stripped back the arrangements and created an accessible and genuinely heartfelt collection of tracks.

Album opener, ‘Science Or Fiction’ pretty much sets the tone for the next nine tracks, with Sorren Maclean’s earthy guitar and voice, replete with a Fleetwood Mac-esque chorus of backing singers and musicians painting pictures of deserted, moonlit highways. ‘Rows & Rows of Boxes’ continues much in the same vein, but with a melancholy edge that really hits home.

Old Pier’ allows the music to take a backseat while Sorren’s emotive voice takes centre stage, backed only by piano and guitar, and the gorgeous ‘Way Back Home’, which is also the stand out title track from Sorren’s previous EP, takes a snapshot of a musician’s state of mind as he returns home after months on the road (something he can speak of from experience, having supported Idlewild on their most recent tour).

There’s a lot to like on this album, especially for anyone with a soft spot for delicate, yet powerful folk musings. If the Isle Of Mull is responsible for producing a musical export of this calibre, then we’d suggest be keeping a very close eye on the Inner Hebrides’ output in future.

Sorren Maclean
Sorren Maclean

Sorren Maclean – Winter Stay Autumn Tracklist:

1. Science or Fiction
2. Rows & Rows of Boxes
3. Aeroplane Leaving
4. Watch
5. Old Pier
6. Way Back Home
7. Bootlace Chases
8. Either Way
9. Winter Stay Autumn

Winter Stay Autumn by Sorren Maclean is released via Middle Of Nowhere Recordings.