Embracing the raw power and enduring legacy of rock, Cleopatrick are a Canadian duo who combine gritty riffs and fiery beats with hook-filled choruses. Employing a muscular and groove-laden amalgam of classic hard rock and churning alternative rock that evokes Arctic Monkeys by way of Highly Suspect, the group was formed in Cobourg, Ontario, by lifelong best friends Luke Gruntz (guitar/vox) and Ian Fraser (drums). Cleopatrick issued a debut EP, 14, in 2016, followed by a second EP, Boys, in 2018. The following year saw the rock revivalists return with the rollicking single “Sanjake,” and in 2021 they released their first full-length effort, Bummer. Now, they are sharing new single ‘OK’.
Nova Twins are a genre-bending duo consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Amy Love & bassist Georgia South. Innovative in every element of what they do as artists, whether that’s performing to moshing crowds & packed out tents, art directing their own music videos or designing & making their outfits for all photoshoots & stage-wear. Described as “devilishly-heavy & vivid punk-rock” by NME, “grunge-pop” by the Independent & “amalgamation of raw punk energy, illegal rave electronics & unapologetic grimey attitude” by PRS. Their debut album ‘Who Are The Girls?’ produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian) was released to critical acclaim.
The Snuts are building an undeniably rapid and devoted following in their native Scotland (notably selling out Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in a matter of hours).
Most appealingly, their fan base has grown around the two most fundamentally important ingredients of any upcoming band – big tunes and an overwhelming, all encompassing live show. Fans of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys etc should not miss.
The final day of Primavera Sound 2018 at the Parc del Fòrum won’t disappoint, charged as it is with unmissable concerts like the much-anticipated return to the stages of the UK’s Arctic Monkeys, led by Alex Turner, who, after releasing a second album in 2016 with his other project The Last Shadow Puppets, seems to be ready to get back to his Monkeys, who haven’t released a new album since 2013’s hit ‘AM’; back in Barcelona after killing it in Sant Jordi Club when she made her concert debut in the city back in October, it’s New Zealand pop star Lorde, with her second LP, ‘Melodrama’, one of the best albums of 2017; charismatic hip hop star A$AP Rocky comes back to the festival with his latest album set for a 2018 release; another mystery of the moment is whether Swedish pop artist Lykke Li will present her new album at Primavera Sound, as she’s had us waiting quite a while since her ‘I Never Learn’ from 2014; Baltimore duo Beach House comes along with their charming pop and a new album; Jane Birkin performs the songs of Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a symphonic orchestra of 50 musicians; we won’t be missing one of the most interesting artists in recent years, Ariel Pink, and his fascinating style of pop; the hypnotic Grizzly Bear; and British shoegaze from Slowdive.
Last Friday, Arctic Monkeys released their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The album has already proved divisive amongst fans, some of whom are praising it as their new Humbug, and others who dislike the slower, piano-driven approach the band have taken.
The first music video from this new era of Arctic Monkeys is for ‘Four Out Of Five’, and was directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown mainly at Castle Howard in Yorkshire. There’s lots of screens, a horse, and a dog. We’ll leave you to enjoy the first visual glimpse at Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
This week we are introducing…Bilk. Essex based working class Indie 3-piece Bilk released debut single ‘Give Up’ produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, The Coral) at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool a month ago.
Having all just turned 18 years of age Bilk write honest songs about the world they live in and the things they go through as teenagers living in modern suburban Britain. The band spent last year gigging extensively in Essex building a strong grassroots following, leading to their debut play on BBC Introducing at the end of 2017.
With influences ranging from The Jam, The Streets and Arctic Monkeys through to Eminem and Dizzee Rascal, Bilk are a young Indie band inspired by the authentic attitude and message in Hip Hop and Grime.
Dua Lipa has covered Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know?” for BBC Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’ segment, she performed this alongside her well known track “New Rules”. Dua Lipa covered the quartet’s song ‘Do I Wanna Know?‘, taken from their last album ‘AM’ iand transformed it from a gritty, bluesy rock song into a sombre piano ballad.