Ah the Carpels. Where to start. Well firstly, if you like the musical stylings of Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, Late of the Pier, Arctic Monkeys and a whole host of other musical infusions then you’re going to love The Carpels.
The band has cleverly fused a variety of different genres, from punk to indie and dubstep to create a new sound that has taken their hometown of Birmingham by storm and is slowly gaining recognition on the national stage.
The five-piece band earned a record deal last year with Birmingham-based label One Beat Records. Owned by Jon Brookes (drummer for The Charlatans) and his business partner Ian Light, the pair discovered The Carpels at a gig in Birmingham and have since eased them onto bigger stages.
Last month they plated at The Queen of Hoxton (in Shoreditch, London) as part of the ultra-cool club night This Feeling with fellow Birmingham outfit Tantrums. There, they were snapped by Libertines photographer Roger Sargent.
As if this wasn’t enough they’ve already gained airplay on Radio 1 (Rob Da Bank) and BBC 6Music (Mark Radcliffe) and are being bounced around the blogosphere quite nicely as well.
Their new track Handshakes perfectly exemplifies the ear-catching sound that The Carpels are becomming known for and the bright video contrasts the often dark music, check it out:
The Stanley Blacks are a no-gimmicks indie rock band from the UK and fitting into such a category is tricky at present as many of their counterparts are shrugged off in exchange of over-produced, industrial sounds.
But the four-piece band have stayed true to the purest of music and their new album (set for release this summer) has been produced by a two-time grammy award winning producer who flew over from the US having spotted the band whilst they were touring in LA.
The producer, Bob Cuturello, has worked with everyone from Elton John to The Police and even Michael Jackson. Quite an honour then for a band that’s only just about to release their first album.
The Stanley Blacks took their rather unusual name from a 19th century composer, though insist that they simply liked the name and draw no inspiration from his music.
Instead, they list The Beatles, The Strokes and Interpol among their influences and have forged a sound that’s clean and crisp, their harmonies as note-perfect as a barbershop quartet and their stage presence overwhelming.
The new video is a simple and again non-gimmicky concept, which shows a beautiful young lady spying the band as their practicing. Having been shot on a Red One camera, famously used by Peter Jackson, the quality of the video is spectacular and keeps you hooked despite the very simple storyline:
Watch the video here:
Fenech-Soler has burst onto the scene this year with an indie band style that’s been mated perfectly with some beautiful but not overpowering electro.
Demons, the first single from their album which is also called Fenech-Soler, has driven almost 300,000 views on YouTube and earned the band spots at several festivals including T In The Park in July.
The Jezabels have been getting an enormous amount of hype online. The four-piece, from Sydney, were featured on Record Of The Day recently and a whole host of indie-loving media has been hyping them for superstardom!
We’d like to jump on this disgusting bandwagon and join the hype machine! Take a listen to this stonking little number and make up your own mind:
Some clarity dear readers…the word Smoosh coupled with the picture of the rather young lady should not be taken in any Jersey Shore kind of way. Instead, Smoosh is the name of an American band that I thought I was going to hate.
Reasons for this include: They are a girl-band (American abbreviation; chick-band), they were at the time about 12 (OK now I’m exaggerating this was only about six months ago), their instruments were/are a lot bigger than them.
Then came the most shocking of musical revelations. They’re actually really incredible. Smoosh’s lyrics are mature and driven, their composition tight and well constructed. And at their tender age, which I’m still not exactly sure of, they’ve already got an album out (you can and should check it out on Spotify).
So enough mindless babbling about youth, prepare to be amazed as I introduce you to Smoosh, the way that I found them (with a few instrumental additions:
It’s Friday 13th, people are tripping up inexplicably, every possible mode of transport is failing and here at Scuzzer we’re trying not to make any big movements in fear of accidentally killing someone.
Thank the good Lord then for this great import from Norway, Kate Havnevik, who’s offering us a gentle but powerful remedy to such a terribly troubling day.
Her music has a kind of PJ Harvey feel to it, but is produced and packaged in a more subtle manner. It’s won her the backing of Imogen Heap, who she’s performed with in the past and her buzz online seems to be gaining a lot of pace this year.
Now, no more talking, it might cause some kind of accident, instead just sit tight, see this day out and listen to Kate’s wonderful track Unlike Me:
Came across Ghostpoet on the UK grime blog Grimedaily, but in truth Ghostpoet is anything but. His introspective, often dark lyrics and minimalist approach to production have put him on a load of radars.
His new album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam is a mix of depressing recession-chic anthems and at times drunk ramblings. But the no-gun-talk reality of the lyrics and I-don’t-curse-in-my-records nature of Ghostpoet makes him stand out in a genre that is lacking any form of creativity or reality currently.
As a plus, the video for lead-track Survive It is pretty good as well:
Introducing The Carpels, a five piece rabble of young’uns fusing a mind bending mix of indie, punk, dubstep and a whole host of other genres together.
The result is a kind of get-up-and-leap-around sound. The Birmingham-based group, despite their age, are already signed to One Beat Records, also of Birmingham, which is fronted by The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes.
The incredible tunes and celebrity endorsement has already earned them airplay on Rob Da Bank’s show on BBC Radio 1 and a huge online following.
Check out their debut promo video and track Sand below… if you like what you hear head over to their Facebook page where they’re giving the track away for free!
OK, if you’re the kind of person who listens to Radio 2 on a daily basis then Pete Lawrie will be your perfect partner on the lonely commute to your desk-job.
His easy-listening love song styling will be a good distraction from pricks driving Audi’s cutting you up on the M25. I heard him first on his UK tour, the first of which the Welshman has done since being signed to Island Records.
For those who don’t fit into the Wogan-loving crowd however, there are momentary sparks of perfection in his songwriting. Take for instance this little gem from his album A Little Brighter, called Paper Planes:
I first came across Babeshadow when they appeared, rather inexplicably, as a tour support for Florence And The Machine’s Cosmic Love Tour in 2010.
The duo were, rather abnormally, like ghosts (if you’re not the kind of person who regularly frequents Shorditch or certain venues in Camden). In fact, pre-show, they only had a rather under-loved Myspace which carried a track called Sea Serpants on it with a few grainy images of live performances.
Their performance was a non-gimmicky glimmer of upbeat tempos and clean-sounding rhymic guitars which set them apart from many similar indie outfits.
A range of carefully-sculpted vocal harmonies and well-constructed song lyrics made them a hit, but then…nothing. They continued to play odd shows in London but the outside world was not so fortunate as to hear such whimsical tracks.
Now, rejoice, they’re back with a four track EP (called The Sea Serpants EP) that perfectly illustrates exactly Babeshadow’s unique, crisp sound (they even have a website would you believe: http://www.babeshadow.com where you can purchase the EP).
Even more pant-wettingly exciting though is the stuff that they recorded for BBC Introducing. If you listen to one thing today, make it this: