Trudy And The Romance are a three-piece band sounding like they’re from the 1950s with rock and old school rhythm and blues-leaning tendencies. Funnily enough, there isn’t anyone called Trudy in the band, with Oliver, Lewis and Brad the three members. Many have tried to decide precisely what genre the band fit into, although the band have rather usefully offered up ‘mutant 50s pop’ as a description. The band began in 2015 with debut single Behave, as the band continued to build their live reputation as one of the most kick-ass touring acts to come out of the UK for a long time.
Trudy & The Romance have announced their debut album which will be released ‘Sandman’ on 24th May,
It all started as a joke, but has now become a batshit crazy, worldwide sensation. Confidence Man have elevated the party anthem to a work of fine art, playing their energetic electronic dance-pop with – well, a healthy dose of confidence. Janet Planet and Sugar Bones catch the eye as the all-dancing, all-singing, freaking male/female duo, ably supported by the masked drummer Clarence McGuffie and keys player Reggie Goodchild (yes, they too are pseudonyms). These headstrong Australians made their official debut last year with Confident Music For Confident People. A banging party for sure then? We have every confidence. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.
Black Midi are the enigmatic new London 4-piece that are quickly becoming one of the hottest new underground bands in the country. Taut, frenetic, inventive and with an off-kilter sound that is so completely their own. Black Midi, have shared a brand new track ‘Talking Heads’ to show they’re equal to their new moniker. The new song feeds off the band’s swelling creativity.
The spilt of Wild Beasts was a knock for fans. Held up as one of British indie’s most individualistic talents, the four boys from Kendal held a mystery that set them apart from the trilby and winkle-picker-wearing hordes of noughties indie boys. At the heart of their appeal was frontman Hayden Thorpe, a whisper-delicate vocalist whose lyrics targeted toxic masculinity and latent sexuality long before such things became regular headlines.
But last month, Thorpe returned from the dead. ‘Diviner’, his debut solo single, is an atmospheric cut of piano-led balladry, Hayden singing of the titular “diviner” like a man discovering a new spirituality. Now, Thorpe has announced a full-length release under that ethereal new guise, also titled ‘Diviner’. A record of “torch songs about intuition, belief and mysticism”, ‘Diviner’ is set for release on May 24 via Domino.
Throughout their young career, Palace have pulled off a rare pop trick. Songs steeped in darkness emerge in to light, from bleak situations spring fresh starts. Bathed in the band’s atmospheric alt-rock, the future feels brighter and more optimistic. Palace didn’t start their career with any plans in place. Buoyed by the reception of their debut, 2016’s So Long Forever, and near two years of sold-out shows and festival slots that won them fans worldwide, the London-based trio of former Dorset school friends had a new-found confidence that they were keen to capture on record.
Palace have confirmed details for their second album, ‘Life After’. The record will arrive on 12th July,.
UK group Bear’s Den are about to release their new album ‘So That You Might Hear Me’, the follow up to their silver-selling debut Islands, which earned them an Ivor Novello nomination in the UK and a devoted following worldwide, and 2016’s more expansive ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’, which went Top 10 across Europe. 2017 saw the band cap four, non-stop years on the road with their largest headline shows to date, from sold-out tours of the States to a 7000-capacity arena in Belgium, and sold-out hometown shows at London’s iconic Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo. The speed and scale of Bear’s Den‘s rise is remarkable and 2019 is set to be another year filled with wild successes.
The Afrobeat eight-piece – led by the inimitable Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet – have built a reputation for traversing the intersections between jazz, Afrobeat, high life, and the sounds of London.
Their debut EP dropped via Brownswood in March, making serious waves, and the record’s final track ‘Abusey Junction’ – a masterpiece in meditative, mellow mood, both warm and melancholic – is the jewel in that crown.