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January has been a very busy month for new music and it's not over yet! We're bringing you another selection of the finest tunes to land in our inbox over the past few weeks. And with our inbox crammed full of new musical delights due to be released in February, you can be sure that we'll be bringing you even more great music over the coming weeks.

 

New Single: Jekyll "I Do What I Can"


JEKYLL are four guys from Blackpool, consisting of Joel Foster (vocals / guitar), Lewis Armistead (bass), Liam Singleton (drums) and Mike Spence (guitar). Their new single, "I Do What I Can" landed on 10th January. It's a melodic alt-rock song that is foreshadowed by a guitar riff that initially seems out of place, framing a clever lyric and melancholic vocal. Accentuated by smart harmonies and cute synths, the song builds into a real cacophony of sound that is topped off by some pretty amazing vocal notes!


“’I Do What I Can’ s a song about relentlessly chasing the object of your desires, with a wish to change the past, and trying to force chance a little bit. It laments missed opportunities and borders on obsession," tells frontman Joel. "I think it’s important that there is a sense of tragedy to it all – that despite the optimism in the lyrics, the past can’t be changed and all these efforts to force fate are futile.”

 

New Video: Dahlia "Wash Away"


Dahlia was one of the first artists we featured here at It's Indie Towers and was one of the finalists in last years' Beatdown competition. Now the Canada-based songstress is back with the very beautiful "Wash Away"

 

FAIR PLAY FESTIVAL - Announce 2020 Line Up | 28th March - St Philip's Church, Manchester

FAIR PLAY FESTIVAL is primed to be a hub of discovery as an eclectic group of artists, spanning across multiple genres, are gathered together inside the unparalleled mystique of Manchester’s St Philip's Church on the 28th March 2020.

Coaxed out of hibernation, LA Priest, reappears after a five-year-long hiatus to headline this fresh-faced festival. Electronic music rarely comes as playful and pop tainted as this. Formerly operating under the name Sam Dust, he gained tremendous attention as the front man of Late Of The Pier before vanishing into the shadows in 2010. He then resurfaced with the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Inji’ in 2015, under the LA Priest moniker before repeating his vanishing trick. 2020 sees his return, with new album 'GENE', that acquires its name and focal point from the analog drum machine Sam hand-built and used to make the record. 


Joining him are International Teachers Of Pop who, like a skilled academic, can never be accused of lacking enthusiasm in their craft. Infectious pop tracks accompany bedroom-esque dance routines to create a wonderous maximalist soundscape from former members of The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz.


These new additions join a stellar cast of previously announced names including Northern stalwarts PINS, who return to the game in 2020 with their first LP since 2015’s ‘Wild Nights’ and the 2017 follow up EP ‘Bad Thing’. Las Kellies who are part of the loose-knit DIY scene in Argentina, their debut album – 2016’s ‘Friends & Lovers’ – went on to become a global success and they’ll debut their new album ‘Suck This Tangerine’ – set to release on 27th March – at FAIR PLAY FESTIVAL. Ben Wallers of Country Teasers performs under his solo moniker The Rebel, which relays a satirical spin on the political narrative that many artists follow, by acting as the perpetrators – marking them as a mockery. Dysfunctional yet captivatingly functional, experimental noise takes no finer form than DIY collective POSA who supported the likes of Goat Girl, Hey Collosus and Black Country, New Road in 2019. Completing the unique lineup are the electronic duo YANG who recently released their debut EP ‘Patrice’ which was mastered by Jesse F Keeler of Death From Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT.

Tickets are on sale now, and available here.

FAIR PLAY FESTIVAL 2020: ST PHILIPS CHURCH, MANCHESTER

28TH MARCH

Line up to date:

LA Priest

International Teachers Of Pop

PINS

Las Kellies

The Rebel

POSA

YANG

 

New Video: Kath & The Kicks "Walls Between Us"


Released late December, "Walls Between Us" is a riotous rock tune from Leeds-based trio Kath & The Kicks. It's about that feeling of frustration when you can't express your feelings, the panic of not being in control and the utter sadness when you see that opportunity to slip away. Musically, however, the song is the exact opposite - strong, powerful and controlled. A real ying/yang of a song!

 

Introducing: Skylights


Infusing Brit pop and post punk influences from the likes of Oasis, Courteeners and The Verve, indie rock quartet Skylights are building a palpable buzz in the North. Following on from their debut single, ‘YRA’, which was featured on Leeds United's 100-year anniversary video, the band played a sold out Millennium Square Leeds to celebrate Leeds Uniteds' birthday. Skylights have sold out headline shows at Belgrave Music Halland The Wardrobe in Leeds. They have recently supported indie giants Twisted Wheel in Leeds.

You can catch the band live at the following:

27 Feb The Castle Hotel, Manchester

28 Feb The Crescent, York

29 Feb Riverside 2, Newcastle

2 May Live at Leeds Festival

26 June Piece Hall, Halifax (supporting Shed Seven, The Pigeon Detectives and The Wedding Present)

6 Sep Bingley Weekender

 

New Single: By Devices "Glad You Called"

By Devices are a five piece band from Birmingham. Formed out of a passion for live music, they strive to create songs that get more than just your foot tapping. Powerful and melodic songs full of venom and melancholy, the band's sound may not be your typical mainstream but indie and rock vibes are sewn through every track they write. Their latest song, "Glad You Called" is driven by some pretty fierce guitars, drums that are burning to burst out and make themselves heard, acrobatic bass lines. Sonically, you'll find them somewhere between The Cure and The Killers and that's not a bad place to be at all!

"Glad You Called is about getting an opportunity that's fallen to you at the wrong time and the struggle of having to accept that you may regret it in the future," says frontman Ced, "it reminds me of the times when we had land-lines and no matter how desperate you needed to speak to someone or how important it was you spoke to someone you had to wait till you saw them or got a message from them through someone else... that retro type feel... both hope and a smidgen of sorrow"

 

Introducing: The Calls


The Calls... They're from the Leeds area. They're named after a street in Leeds. This video is filmed in the centre of Leeds. I am from Leeds. Need I say more?


This video is from late 2018 but do check out more great music from The Calls on Spotify

 

That concludes this whistlestop tour of our Inbox... watch out for round 3 very soon!

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