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February Round-Up - Part 1

As we wave goodbye to what was possibly the longest January in the history of time, it's time to catch up on some great new music, news and videos for February.

 

New Music: Say Hello to Arcades

On 7 February 2020, Leicester’s Indie Rock ‘n’ Rollers, Arcades, are releasing their brand new single, ‘Say

Hello’ which is the lead single taken from their debut EP, ‘Religion’ out 6 March.


Lead singer Tommy Cobley explains the deeper meaning behind the lyrics - “it’s a tune about the music industry’s strange ways and how some bands seem to have it given to them on a plate.” The chorus line, “Show me the money let it talk” talks about the divide between working class bands that are prepared to graft and the silver spoon kids who somehow have already go their seats warmed at No.1” he adds, “we’re not one of those bands.”

2019 was their comeback year and saw the band show off their DIY skill set, booking two huge tours spreading across the UK and Europe, including a sold-out hometown show at Leicester’s o2 academy. Now with four successful singles each backed by BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, Arcades are quickly becoming one of the UK’s most excited new bands.

Collectively, the East Midlands four piece say - “2020 is our year and we're prepared for whatever comes our way” With a new EP on the horizon and a tasty new single packed with a punch, Arcades preach that the lyrics “I will be the king one day” means that “if it takes ten years then so be it, we’re going to headline Glastonbury one day.”

 

New Video: Methods "No Cover"


The brand new video from Methods dropped late last night. "No Cover" - taken from their debut EP "Anything" - is the follow-up to the epic "Back Of Your Hand" and continues the up-tempo sound we have come to know and love!

 

New Music: Camens "Handbrake"

Camens are amongst the new breed of Northern guitar band and more specifically the new bunch of talent hailing from Stoke-on-Trent. In the last year alone, they’ve been invited to support The Futureheads, The Feeling, Scouting For Girls, The Sherlocks, King No One and The Snuts to name a few. Camens' debut single ‘Boys Will Stray’ was described by BBC Radio 6’s Gideon Coe as "A Well Recorded Strong Debut". Two more singles were added to Tom Robinson’s 'Listening Post' by the Fresh on the Net team and the band have gained ongoing support from their local BBC Introducing presenter, Rob Adcock, who has awarded Camens tracks record of the week status on more than one occasion.


Camens are also no strangers to a busy festival season, having travelled North to Redcar Rocks, South to Boardmasters, East to Latitude and West to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, as well as becoming popular headliners at Stoke festivals such as Your City and Lymelight festival. This hard work and the band's undeniably good songwriting and production, demonstrated in a further 5 singles, has gained them airplay from Elise Cobain on Amazing Radio and attracted some high-profile fans including bastion of new music Steve Lamacq, who championed single 'Danny DeVito' on his BBC Radio 6 show. With a solid live set and a healthy batch of new music and content up their collective sleeve, 2020 promises to be a pivotal year for Camens.


"Handbrake" is a cracking high-energy rock tune and reminds me of my youth... which wasn't so long ago, honest!


“I like to write about moments. Single moments and thoughts that everyone stops and finds themselves in, often more than once in life. Handbrake is about the car times. When you're old enough to drive but not to drink and you and a girlfriend would spend hours driving around with nowhere to go. Maccies drive through, cigarette stops on a supermarket car park, shuffle on the iPod, just driving and around together because there’s nothing better to do." – Scott Powell (Lead singer)


 

New Video: King Kartel "Be Mine"

Probably better known for their indie rock anthems, King Kartel have just dropped their brand new single "Be Mine" - a "doo-wop indie" track that's incredibly catchy!

You can catch King Kartel live at the following:

6th March - Club Academy, Manchester

11th April - KU 2, Stockton Calling

12th April, Indiependance, Wigan

3rd May - Stag & Dagger, Glasgow

29th May - Spirit Store, Dundalk

30th May - Whelan’s, Dublin

 

New Music: Ruben Dawnson "FYALMA"


Commit the name Ruben Dawnson to your memory now. It’s a name you’ll be hearing often as the young Norwegian artist unravels all the genre-blending and emotionally expressive music he’s been working on over the past year. He’s making his first entrance with the brilliantly titled ‘FYALMA, standing for ‘Fuck You Anxiety Leave Me Alone’. How many times have we all wanted to shout that at our inner demons? Well, hit play on this indie-pop gem and you can singalong with Dawnson as cuts the tie to this emotional anchor. 


“This is by far the most liberating song I’ve ever written! It’s a big fuck you anthem to anxiety! Like many others I’ve been struggling with it for a long time… hopefully this can lift people’s spirit and I hope people will connect with it and scream out the lyrics!! I really want it to reach as many as possible and help create a big “fuck you” wave towards anxiety!! I know it won’t solve any deep issues people might have, but hopefully it can make someone feel less lonely.”


Hailing from the cold woods of Norway, Ruben Dawnson is a young artist and producer determined to make a name for himself. His melancholic indie pop style, infused with raw honesty and emotion, echoes the thematic elements of his influences which include Frank Ocean, James Blake and Tyler, the Creator.

 

Introducing: The Cosmic Array


The Cosmic Array are a loose collective from Wales, and their brand new album "Goldilocks" will be making its appearance in April - watch this space!

 

That concludes our round-up for this edition but stay tuned for another catch up later in the week!

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