Holy Fuck – Patterns – 23rd August 2017

The layout of Patterns is unusual compared to your typical venue, with only certain genres suited to the horizontal layout. However, this didn’t matter for Holy Fuck, with the Canadians deciding to move their entire stage onto the dance floor and play ‘In the round’ for the final show of their European tour.

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The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

A Deeper Understanding is the fourth full-length album from Adam Granduciel’s The War On Drugs and the band’s first since 2014’s Lost In The Dream. For much of the three-and-a-half-year period since that release Granduciel has been revisiting and re-examining endless hours of recordings with exuberance. This has pushed the group to new heights on what is their first LP since signing to Atlantic Records.

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Gold Class – Drum

Australian post-punkers Gold Class have gone deeply personal for their new record Drum. Whist their second release still showcases their dark, strident, riff-heavy sounds, the four-piece are this time exploring conversations surrounding queer history and the ideas of silence, evasion and transgression within this. ‘A sort of love letter to anyone who has ever been discriminated against or made to feel less than they’re worth because of simply who they are’, the LP emphasises with the isolation that comes with a break-up, but it also explores the depths and turmoil that come with being part of the LGBT community.

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Boo Seeka – The Prince Albert – 10th August 2017

Sydney-based duo Ben Gumbleton and Sam Croft, otherwise known as the alluring live electronic duo Boo Seeka, blew Brighton away at the 2016 Great Escape and did exactly that again in the small confides of The Prince Albert. The Australian pair have been touring solidly for the last year, traversing across their homeland with headlining tours and appearances at several music festivals as well as further afield. And, while this show was not a sell out, the pair intoxicated the room for an hour with their repertoire of electronic-soul-hip-hop hybrid tracks.

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The Districts – Popular Manipulations

Popular Manipulations is the latest epic chapter in the evolution of The Districts and, looking back on the Pennsylvanian foursome’s back catalogue, there were always glimmers of these cathartic sonic explorations. Whilst A Flourish and a Spoil was pretty much recorded completely live, this record is instead much more of a studio album in the sense that the four-piece weren’t playing gigs much at all while writing and were very focused on demoing and making sure the recordings held up as a different product than the live show.

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Boo Seeka – Never Too Soon

Formed at the beginning of 2015, Sydney-based duo Ben Gumbleton and Sam Croft, otherwise known as Boo Seeka, met and instantly wrote the song ‘Kingdom Leader’. Two weeks later they were on a national tour and haven’t looked back since. Fast forward two years and the Aussie pair’s debut is an emotionally driven 11 tracks of intoxicating soulful vocal harmonies, percussion-led instrumental and rich atmospherics.

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Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns

Based at the top of the UK in the area of Caithness, Neon Waltz could lay claim to being the country’s most isolated and, as a result, hardest working band. The Scottish group’s debut gathers influences from this rain-soaked area and delivers a stupendous record of intricately crafted, heart-swelling songs.

Under the backdrop of angelic introspective vocals, the five-piece’s swirling, melodic rock has a ‘wall of sound’ vibe which transcends a variety of genres, whilst always retaining a loyalty to delicate, emotional harmonies.

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Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Arcade Fire are a group synonymous with overblown viral marketing campaigns to promote their new records. Reflektor came with the band declaring themselves ‘The Reflektors’, which led to a fake website, a fake album and secret shows. However, they’ve gone one step further for Everything Now and created a fake global media and e-commerce platform called ‘Everything Now’, this has included a satirical review of the record in question. The aim of the whole concept was to bolster some of the record’s themes of infinite consumerism in media.

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Neon Waltz – Interview 2017

Scottish rockers Neon Waltz will soon be releasing their debut LP Strange Hymns, as they look to showcase their stringent melodies, delicate harmonies and emotional compositions to a wider audience. Ahead of this release and their headline London show at the end of August, I caught up with guitarist Kevin Swanson.

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