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introducing: Martha Hill

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Martha Hill is a powerful new voice from Newcastle, who got in touch this week to let us know that she’ll be playing in London and Bristol very soon … and that she’s made this captivating video of an a capella live performance of her sensuous jazzy-pop-RnB fusion ballad, Blindfold.

Busking since she left home aged 17, Martha Hill released her debut single “Blue Moon” in December 2016. She has since toured throughout the UK and Italy, securing the acclaim of fans, promoters on the festival circuit and the attention of the music press.

During a summer of festivals, including slots at Solfest festival, Harambe Pasadia and Lindesfarne Mainstage, Martha Hill was also working with producer Matt Terry (The Enemy, Wonderstuff, RSC etc.) on new material due to be released in 2018. Martha Hill completed her second DIY UK tour of the year in October, including a sell-out show at Cluny2, Newcastle, as well as shows as far as London, Southhampton and even Aberdeen; Martha Hill is a passionate young musician, unafraid of hard work.

She says: “The point of this project is all about creating; it’s really journey based, that’s my philosophy. I don’t really have a big destination that I’m trying to get to, I’m really just doing things that I enjoy, taking it one step at a time and seeing where it takes me.”

Catch Martha Hill live:
Feb 07 - The Canteen, Bristol
Feb 09 - The Harrisons, London
Feb 12 - Blue Monday at The Boogaloo, London

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Best Praxis: 10 question interview

bestpraxisBest Praxis are a brilliant new DIY punk band, under a year old, created at a First Timers event. Since forming, they've been busily touring with fave babes Suggested Friends, and they played at last year's Decolonise Fest. We were chuffed to welcome them to LOUD WOMEN last weekend at Amersham Arms, along with Personal Best, Dream Nails and tEDS – they opened the show by filling the venue with friends and fans, and rocking TFO. We love them big time already. Here's their 10 Question Interview ...
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
Screaming Toenail 
2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
Our ex band member Joyce back on the keys – double synth!
3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
To disamantle oppression, diffuse agression and smash the kyriarchy.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 

Small pub with friends

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Ta Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me – a letter to my son recommended by Vwede, because it’s full of powerful truths.

The Just Joans – You Might Be Smiling Now – recommended by Ash. I’m enjoying the addition of synth to their music. It’s the first album they’ve released in ten years which is really exciting and they make me laugh more than any other band.
6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
We don’t even have pedals. And the guitars don’t work. Please gift us guitars.
7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 
The people are the best thing about this band, getting to play with other POC.

8. What are your band goals? 

We wanna record some songs soon and write more music.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 

We are recording soon keep your eyes peeled
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.
Metric – loving the synths and vocals (Dee)
Sudan Archives – beautiful violins and I love that it’s not coventional (Jo)
Fuck U Pay Us – cos they’re fucking full of rage and it’s beautiful (Vwede)
Kelela – I like her energy, lyrics are very thoughtful (Ballu)
Japenese Breakfast – she’s written a lot of songs about grief which are incredibly moving (Ash)

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Personal Best: 10 question interview

personalbest1Personal Best are headlining our show this weekend at Amersham Arms, awesomely supported by The Ethical Debating Society, Dream Nails and Best Praxis! We can't wait! To get to know them a bit better in the meantime, we asked them 10 questions ...
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
St. Vincent could do a great job of ‘This Is What We Look Like’ I reckon. Get some cool beeps and beats on there. Make it a club banger.


2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
 I wanna say a sick guitarist like Mary Timony but then I’d feel really inadequate. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a pianist or keyboardist so I’m gonna say Carole King. She also seems really nice and I reckon she wouldn’t hog the hummus.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
Turning homophobes into goldfish.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 
 Big venue! We are a stadium rock band at heart haha. 

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Record – Any Other City by Life Without Buildings, which continues to blow my mind. It’s not mega obscure but they did one album then split up in the early 2000s and it’s perfect. I kind of admire them doing that just as they were getting loads of cult attention. Book – Near to The Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector. It plays with perceptions of time and perspective and explores amorality and disruptive childhoods.



6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.

My guitar is a 2015 Gibson Firebird (that model has an extra millimetre width on the fretboard). I love how extra this guitar is, it’s very silly and over the top. Amp – Cornford Roadhouse 30. The company doesn’t exist any more but you can still find the amps around occasionally. Best amp I know for the money. Cost me £380 and it’s amazing. Cab – a Zilla oversized 112 with Neodymium lightweight speakers. They make custom cabs with a bunch of cool options. I picked it up second hand a while ago. Pedals – Way Huge (Jim Dunlop range) Swollen Pickle fuzz, Way Huge Angry Troll linear amp boost, Boss RV-2 Japan reverb.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 
When I bring a song to practise and everyone does their thing over it and makes it sound a million times more exciting.

8. What are your band goals? 
For this year, release album two, tour in the US which we haven’t done yet. Just get next level. World domination.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
That we’re writing a really sick album.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands 
 St. Vincent, Doe, Nervus, El Morgan and the Divers, Colour Me Wednesday. Why? Cos they’re all amazing obviously.

Find Personal Best on Bandcamp and Facebook, and see them live this weekend at the Amersham Arms!
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New Music: Carry Lyanne – Nothing

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London’s Carry Lyanne launches her debut EP, Life, today, with a stunning video to accompany the lead single Nothing.

Following the local support of her track India, Carry Lyanne experiments with a new world of sounds and visuals, ‘Stranger Things’-inspired synths, electric guitars and airy vocals.

Written after a tormented relationship of ups and downs with an older musician, Nothing is about falling deeply in love with the wrong person, and that moment when you open your eyes and realize the relationship has come to an end. In contrast with the song, the video is quite cheeky and rather than depicting the pain of unrequited love, it gives the message: ‘Look what you’re missing out on!’

For Carry Lyanne the driving force to release an EP came about after her father died two years ago, provoking her to reflect on the meaning of life and explore new themes through her writing. The final result is a deep-flow of emotions: ranging from anger to love; melancholy to happiness.

Originally from Milan, big cities’ lights and nostalgia inspire her sound, which is reminiscent of artists such as Lana Del Rey, Florence & The Machine and London Grammar.

Carry Lyanne is an Italian-born singer songwriter currently living in London. She is currently studying Commercial Songwriting & Production at Tileyard Studios (Ella Eyre, Tiggs Da Author).  Life is out today on digital platforms.

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new music: Martha Ffion

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Martha Ffion is launching a very beautiful debut album, Sunday Best: “gleaming guitar-pop songs that drift between soft-centred balladry and something altogether more cutting and forceful”. To celebrate the news Martha Ffion has also released a track from the album – the wonderful ‘We Make Do’. Click to stream the track.

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The album was written entirely in Glasgow since her move from a distinct Catholic upbringing in small-town Ireland, and recorded with her full live band by Jamie Savage at Glasgow’s Chem 19 Studio.

Opening track ‘Missing You’, with its glass of milk and “half smoked pack of Lucky Strike” plunges the listener in to 1950s American suburbia, all dimly lit rooms and crushing quietude; the previously-heard ‘No Applause’ remains a glowing stand-out, its crunchy guitars and radiant hooks as captivating as ever before, while ‘Record Sleeves’ feels like a more personal snap-shot of Ffion’s own life; talk of “burning diaries” and the devil painted on record sleeves.

Also announced with week are a handful of UK tour dates in March 2018

7th – Cardiff – D/s @ Clwb Ifor Bach

8th – London – Waiting Room

9th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

10th – Glasgow – Mono

11th – Newcastle – Think Tank

Find Martha Ffion on …

Instagram  |  Twitter  |  Youtube  |  Facebook | Soundcloud

Video: Beach Girls and the Monster drop ‘Monsterbeach’

BGATM_2017_square(c)TheresaAdamski_previewWhen you think of surf music, Vienna might not be the first city that comes to mind. However, Beach Girls and the Monster provide audible evidence that you don’t have to live close to the shore to get soaked by ocean spray!
 
From the banks of the Danube, Beach Girls and the Monster deliver 60’s-beat driven surf music, and black humour. Top Eurotunage.
A R T I S T:  Beach Girls and the Monster   T I T L E :  Monsterbeach
F O R M A T: black 7″ vinyl + company sleeve, ltd to 300 copies || digital
G E N R E:  Pop, Rock’n’Roll  //  S T Y L E :  60s Beat, Surf Pop, Garage Pop 
O U T:  November, 24th 2017 via Cut Surface

Video: Murmur Tooth drops ‘A Belly Full’

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Murmur Tooth is a DIY artist from NZ, now living in Berlin, making all her music and videos herself in her “little home studio with 0 budget”. We love all of this so much!
Here’s the brilliant video to her single, ‘A Belly Full’.

 

Once a band, now a solo project, Murmur Tooth is the songs of Leah Hinton. Sometimes dark, sometimes light, sometimes grimy, sometimes beautiful, not for elevators, not for dancing.

Leah grew up in rural New Zealand playing classical piano and wanting to be a doctor.  At 15 she heard Nirvana’s Bleach album and everything changed.  She began teaching herself guitar and decided to study music instead of medicine.  At university she formed an avant-metal band and spent the next 10 years playing around Australasia and Europe.  

Leah formed Murmur Tooth some years after settling in Berlin, Germany.  It was here that she became fascinated by the possibilities of the recording, mixing and producing process as an extension of the creative songwriting process, and she built herself a home recording studio.

“Dropping Like Flies” is the result of this.  Written, played, recorded and mixed by Hinton, it is her attempt at capturing that dark, awesome, spine tingling feeling that she first felt when she heard Bleach all those years ago.

You can stream her EP ‘Dropping Like Flies’ or download for free on Bandcamp.