Leeds trio RadioPartizan are protest post-punk rabble-rousers, FFO TheRedskins or Heaven 17. Loving their latest single ‘Breaking News – an anti-fasc pro-rocknroll call to arms, a song to punch a Nazi to. Enjoy!
Fun fact: the ace video was made by Harri Shanahan of ILL.
Catch Radio Partizan live in Leeds on April 12th with the most excellent Kath and the Kicks, at the Primrose on Meanwood Road.
Philadelphia’s Low Dose offer us a high dose of punkrock in today’s video of the day – their new single ‘For Sure’. Enjoy!
Low Dose’s self-titled debut is out now via Brutal Panda / Knife Hits Records. Preorders are available here and here.
Low Dose — on tour: April 4 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s April 5 Baltimore MD @ Metro Gallery April 6 Columbus OH @ Spacebar April 7 Detroit MI @ Deluxx Flux April 8 Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle April 9 Canton OH @ Buzzbin April 10 Hamilton ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood April 11 Montreal QC @ Turbo Haus April 12 Boston MA @ O’Brien’s April 13 Brooklyn NY @ Union Pool
London’s new rocknroll Queen Izzy Thomas has an anthemic new single out – Trouble – and her enormous, fiery hair-rock video is our video of the day.
Izzy’s classic rock guitar sound is given a contemporary production, showing her to be a fan of hip hop as well as alt pop. All the food groups here and something for all palettes – a healthy rocking plate.
In her own words:
“This track is a message now as an experienced artist, saying whatever doesn’t kill me, better run! Although it came from that particular place for me, I would say it is an anthem for anyone with a message to sing”.
Swedish indie-pop duo Wy have a supercute new video out today for their single ‘Tired II’. Enjoy its dreamy, new-new romantic vibes.
Singer Ebba says of the video:
“We filmed the video during the fall and winter of last year, which was a really tough time for both of us. I had a job that was killing me, we broke up with our current record label, we fought with our friends, we were forced to leave our apartment and cancel our tour. It was just a lot at the same time. We came up with the idea because we wanted to balance out the drama of the song with something simple and personal, and because of the circumstances the video became really important to us. I get very emotional when I watch it because to me this is the first time one of our videos is showing Michel how I see him, and how he sees me.”
Last month we gathered our best bitches and flew to New York for the launch of LOUD WOMEN NYC. Here’s a rockumentary, nay, Dorisumentary, from our all-time supreme favourites, the LOUD WOMEN team band I, Doris.
The Franklys are our favourite Anglo-Swedish garage-rock band, and we’re super-excited for the launch of their brand new EP ‘Framed’, out April 5th – check out the awesome video for lead single ‘Not Guilty’ and pre-order your copy here. The band tell us that “lyrically, the record takes a look at the current state of the world’s affairs, whether that be on a small scale, such as in ‘Small Town, Small Talk’, or on much wider reaching issues. For example, ‘Mayday’ takes a swipe at the massive mess of the Brexit vote and its subsequent fallout. The songs deal with an increasing obsession with gossip, news and a lack of empathy fuelled by portrayals of unobtainable perfection found on some social media.”
Their distinctive, driving pop-rock sound wins them instant superfans, so we asked them for a sneaky peek in their gig arsenal … We talked tech specs with guitarist Fanny Broberg and bassist Zoë Biggs.
Fanny: My main guitar is a semi acoustic vintage Höfner Verythin 1965. I play it live at every show and use it to record most of our songs. The tone is distinctive and has a great feel and vibe to it. With its big body it is ridiculously oversized on me as I’m very short but it’s super light and has a thin neck so it’s very comfortable to play. A lot of songs have been written on this one! Hollow body guitars can often feedback quite a bit so my mate Kev from the repair shop Stairway to Kevin filled in the hollow parts with foam and that did the trick beautifully. It was in mint condish when I purchased it but is now looking a bit worn and rugged as I flail about quite a bit onstage. In a way I feel bad that it kept so well for so long until I got my hands on it, but a guitar is meant to be played and every scratch gives it more character I reckon.
My go-to amp is Fender Blues Jr and is the best gig amp in my opinion. Sometimes when you need to borrow someone else’s amp and have to do a quick linecheck I find those amps with loads of knobs too annoying to work with, and all I really need is a clean channel anyway so the Blues Jr is perfect with just a few basic knobs. It’s also fairly light and small enough for me to carry to gigs. I crank up the master to 12 and use the volume button to adjust volume to get the cleanest sound out of the amp and use pedals for effects.
Pedal wise I have a pretty standard set up. I use Boss Distortion DS-1 on absolutely all songs and I love it. For some reason it has a reputation for being a shit pedal for teenagers but that is so wrong. It sounds awesome with my guitar and amp and I can’t tell you how many guitar geeks have complimented on my tone and asked what I use and get surprised for not using a ‘fancy’ pedal. The reason why they ask is because all my pedals have been painted red to match my guitar so unless you check closely you wouldn’t know what’s on the board. Except for the DigiTech Whammy pitch shifter which is already red of course!
On my board is also DigiTech Digital Reverb, Boss Chromatic Tuner, Electro-Harmonix Micro Pog, TC Electronic Flashback which I use for delay (and loop for home practice) as well as Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy for slapback. My favourite pedal of all time though is Electro-Harmonix Big Muff which I use for solos and whenever the songs need a fuzz boost.
Also on the photo is my dog Lucia.
Zoë: My bass set up is a Höfner Ignition Club Bass, EHX bass metaphors pedal, EHX Nano Bass Big Muff Pi pedal, and Ashdown Rootmaster 2×10″ 500W combo amplifier.
The Höfner club bass is my ideal bass; great deep tone, reliable and doesn’t break your shoulders or the bank.
I invested in the EHX bass metaphors pedal last year and for me it’s an all in one dream. It serves as a compressor and distortion pedal, while also having a DI. The Nano Bass Big Muff Pi comes with me when I want to boost the distortion level even more.
The Ashdown RootMaster 500W 2×10″ amp is a proper workhorse and has served me well. Super powerful combo, and compact enough that you can move it around fairly easily. Lightweight for a bass amp at 17kg! Lots of options with both passive and active inputs, 5 band EQ control, shape control, compressor and sub harmonics control.
When recording I use my club bass, Höfner Verythin HCT or a Fender P bass.
I don’t have a dog in my pictures, which is upsetting on so many levels.
Our video of the day is Jelly Cleaver’s new single, VI II V – a piece of art in equal parts strange and beautiful. Honey-sweet vocals over a panorama of jazz guitar, orchestral sweeps and oh my word that organ – I honestly don’t what this all is, but I know that I love it.
The lyrics for ‘VI II V’ were written several years ago as a stream-of-conscious poem, and it touches upon themes of Buddhism and Existentialist philosophy. Working with director Jasmin Selen Heinz, Jelly tried to bring these themes out in the music video. The imagery was heavily influenced by artists like Gustav Klimt, Odilon Redon and Salvador Dali, as reflected in the surrealist symbols, the masked birds and the use of mirrors. The sad clowns in the playground represent the message of the song, which is ambiguously hopeful. The video also features many musicians on both the jazz and DIY scenes in London, including members of Nihilism, MermaidChunky, IRNBrunette and Leatherhead.
Jelly Cleaver is a hugely talented singer-songwriter from London. We first met her by chance at a politic benefit in Tottenham, and since then she’s become one our favourite artists to work with – as well as now a lynchpin member of Team LOUD WOMEN. She wowed us on the Dome stage at last year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest, and we are hugely excited that she’ll be playing at the first of our new acoustic nights, LOUD WOMEN Unplugged, on 19 June.
In the meantime, follow Jelly Cleaver on Facebook.
Glorious franco-geordie duo The Noise and the Naive provide our video of the day today – Seek Solace – the first single to be released from their newly-announced EP, ‘Inside Me Ten Thousand Men Ten Filthy Curs’.
Drumming vocalist Anne says of the beautifully stripped back song:
“it’s bare and crepuscular and marks a departure from our usual sound. I wrote this song after my brother chose to end his life. I used to think that every pain should heal. I don’t believe this anymore and I accept it.”
The pair tour the UK in May, and we are thrilled to bits to be hosting their London date. Here’s the full list:
29.03.19 NEWCASTLE Cobalt Studios (EP release party) 19.04.19 DERBY Dubrek Studios 24.04.19 LONDON Hope & Anchor 28.04.19 NEWCASTLE Tyne Bar 03.05.19 LANCASTER Yorkshire House 05.05.19 NEWCASTLE Hit The North (venue TBC) 25.05.19 NEWCASTLE This Is Tomorrow (Exhibition Park)
For all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume