I’ve been given the absolute pleasure of sharing my thoughts on what the band themselves describe as “being born from feelings of inadequacy, with your dreams seemingly fading. ‘NO’ is our attempt at portraying the conflict between continuing to chase them and stopping.”
So after a bit of time away. Sleeptape has come back swinging with new music and a new band member in the form of Bassist Stephen Wetherell.
So what are we to expect from the boys after their short hiatus? I’m eager to find out.
Upon first listen I was instantly greeted with such intense guitar riffs and drum beats from drummer Dan Butterworth, I’m already sucked into the song way before any vocals have reached my ears. With the first line delivered asking the listener too “come save me from myself, I’m sinking”. It’s clear Frontman Jonathan Lott’s voice is the right type of smoky to entice you into the abyss of intrigue and curiosity as he sings his truth. With a hook that is superlative and has me imagining I’m in the middle of a pit at Download rocking out. I am hooked. NO is hitting all the right places for me.
With the intense beats and lyrics that just fit with the anthemic music and make you want to get stuck in, it literally makes you see the crowd participation and tells you exactly what to do and how to get involved, I can clearly hear exactly where I’m needed to clap along. NO is such a fiercely memorable number. I can’t help but hear similarities in style to a favourite of mine, American band SHINEDOWN. However its clear that these boys are no carbon copy of anyone. Influenced by bands such as Foals and Biffy Clyro, Sleeptape have mastered a style of Alt-Rock they can call their own and I find myself drawn in. The catchy hooks and air guitar worthy Riffs from guitarist Luke Rogers and Wetherell, had me needing to hear more of their stuff. (Which I have now added to an incredible playlist I have curated over the years.)
New single NO is clearly going to be one of the bands greatest hits. I am throwing that out there!
Sleeptape play 6th March 2020 at Westgarth social club, Middlesbrough. Single out 2nd March
THE NOTION- AWAY
Hailing from Manchester THE NOTION have just released their 3rd single titled ‘AWAY’.
The band consists of Kyle McCombe (vocals, guitar) and brother Dylan McCombe (lead guitar), Ethan Goddard (bass) and Sam Short (drums). The 4 piece released their debut single ‘Wasting time’ in February of last year and have been playing the Manchester music scene hard. Gathering a promising fan base for such a new band the lads have their biggest headline show to date at the end of May 2020. Playing at the Star and garter Manchester.
New single ‘Away’ has similar hooks that simply demand to be sang along with. Having been playing this on the scene for a while its clearly a fan favourite. It’s catchy, it’s fresh and it’s promising.
Still no sign of a debut album in the pipeline. But with 3 singles released so far, here’s hoping it’s not too far behind.
The Notion 30th May 2020 at The Star & Garter Manchester.
SUNSET COLLECTIVE- HUMBLE
Considering this band literally formed just a mere 4 months ago in November 2019. Sunset collective has indeed jumped in headfirst without testing the water and it seems to be paying off. Their first ever gig was supporting Joe Carnall JNR & friends at the 02 academy in Sheffield to a whopping 800+ people not even a month later. But despite the band’s newness Alex, Billy, Joel, Rob and Sam have no inclination of slowing down. Releasing their debut single this week ‘Humble’ The band have joined forces with This Feeling and are playing a sold-out show in Sheffield next month alongside THE CROOKS and THE SEROTONES.
Promising us more gigs and music for 2020 SC have been in the studio recording some new music. With a style that promises catchy and melodic style songs that range from Jangly Summertime tunes to explosive, dance floor ready indie bangers. I for one cannot wait to hear more from Sunset Collective and catch them at a gig in the near future.
Listen to ‘Humble’ now and catch the retro-style music video on their Facebook page.
Sunset Collective This Feeling sold-out show ft The Crooks and SEROTONES 21st March 2020 at Café Totem Sheffield.
EUAN BLACKMAN- THINK ABOUT YOU
At 18 years old Euan releases his debut single ‘Think about you’ next month.
With help from his fellow students at LIPA in Liverpool where he studies music, Euan and CO recorded this track in its entirety at Uni. ‘Think about you’ is a self-confessed tribute to modern-day homesickness declares Euan who hails from Warwickshire. The single is indeed inspired by his influences such as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. You can hear the old classic rock feel they are known for coming through both in his style and the catchy riffs that his fellow students bring to the track.
Catch ‘Think about you’ when it’s released 13th March 2020 and catch Euan playing a gig the following week in Manchester.
Euan Blackman 19th March 2020 at the Slowdown Club Manchester
New single ‘DUMB’ from the Leeds based self-titled DIY pop boy band ALLEYWAYS has brought their unique and very alternative Electric pop-funk meets Indie music to another dimension. The song teleports you to your own imaginative dance floor. A place where it doesn’t matter what mood you are in, you are immediately immersed in a universe of bright sounds that emanates all those sparkling vibrant neon lights in your mind. The type of song that makes it’s hard to just sit still. With elements that echo 80s pop culture ‘Dumb’ gives us a prodigious sense of Nostalgia for what was. Even for that not born yesteryear, It has all the excitement and energy of a 80s pop culture song with a very edgy on-point sound that is resonant of today. Describing the single frontman Dougie Turner explains how ‘Dumb’ “attacks the shallowness of today’s socials, from click-bait, social likes and the viral culture we are all too familiar with”. He wants ‘Dumb’ to express the message to “not fall into the digital trap” that many do. “Let’s do something Dumb”, but in the real world not on Facebook.
Having got an amazing future ahead of them ALLEYWAYS will set stages ablaze with their truly distinctive pop-indie style and feel. Don’t miss them when they play Sound City Liverpool in May.
New single ‘DUMB’ is out 20th March 2020 and I can promise you all, it is everything, and so much more. I have just fall in love with ‘Dumb’ and cannot wait to see it performed live. Now I’m off to “do something dumb”.
Alleyways 1-3 May 2020 at Sound City Liverpool.
SCUTTLERS – LEADERS OF A LOST GENERATION
Hailed as a new direction for the band ‘Leaders of a lost generation’ is in-fact a song from the catalogue of a much younger version of Kaiden Nolan (lead vocals, Guitar). Nolan wrote LOALG at the age of 15 when he was still at school. Now aged 20 he Describes it as an “ode to his age group when he was in his mid-teens, who were lost in the crossings of pop culture, school and click-bait politics” But taking it to the studio they gave it life, a amazing drum beat, catchy guitar riffs and a bit of brass band. Giving it a play this week on his Radio X show X-Posure with John Kennedy, He gave the boys their first national radio play and that is just the beginning. They’ve already been awarded XS Manchester’s Record of the week and its not even out yet.
With the single release date later this week and a headline show in Manchester next month and a promise of a stint of UK gigs coming soon. The band are going from strength to strength. With a string of amazing gigs such as supporting the likes of Twisted Wheel at the ritz, joining the Blinders at Socialist Sunday, plus stints on the festival scene. Scuttlers are continuing to rise up. ‘Leaders of a lost generation’ is just for lack of a better word anthemic, with its singalong audience participation parts, clever riffs and a bloody french horn. LOALG is my favourite Scuttlers song so far. However, I do have a soft spot for ‘Lucy’. Of which there will be a live version featured on the b-side of their limited edition vinyl release available from their website. Www.scuttlersband.com Whilst your there don’t forget to order a t-shirt and a ticket for their headline show next month.
The futures looking bright for these Middleton boys.