Single Reviews 20/12/21

Published on 20 December 2021 at 13:03

Words: Adam Wright


So, here it is, the last single round up before Christmas. As always, we’re gonna kick things off with the Single Of The Week. This week it’s a single from Shambolics: a Glasgow-based band that seem to be going from strength to strength with their anthemic and raw indie-rock sound. The band’s latest offering, ‘If You Want It’, highlights the band’s strengths and features soaring guitars, arching vocals and high tempo indie rock. Shambolics are one of the true great bands on the indie music scene today. Make sure you check this one out. 


Next up this week we’ve got the new one from Seek Harbour, a Kent-based indie-rock band. Their new tune, named ‘Dagger Like Eyes’ focuses on the relationship we, as individuals, have with our vices. In terms of sound, the tune builds of the group’s post-hardcore inspired sound: featuring a pop-punk-gone-bad like makeup and the furious vocal fans of the band will be accustomed to. 


The next one comes from Australia and is by the typically chilled out quintet, Sticky Fingers. Their new track, named ‘Crooked Eyes’, is taken from their forthcoming album - due for release in 2022 - and features a mellow, clean sound with layered harmonies that create a notably chilled out soundscape. The track suggests that the upcoming album will be well worth a listen…


Next up this week is the new one from Her Burden. The Leicester-based alternative-rock quartet have dropped their latest tune, ‘Way Too Good For Me’ and, with it, have underlined their return onto the scene. The track is upbeat, energetic and infused with indie rock influences. The pandemic quietened the band, but this new track does everything but. 


Moving onto a solo artist now and this next one is from the Alt-pop artist, Will Hyde. The singer’s new track, ‘When U Need Me’, is the follow up to the 22-year-old’s spree of releases this year and is taken from his second EP - also released this year. The track, which features the singer’s angelic vocal foregrounded against soft lo-fi tones, is sure to continue the singer’s journey into mainstream conversation. 


Sticking with solo artists for this next one and it’s the new track from the Glasgow-based singer, Brian Cattigan. His new track, named ‘While We Lay’, is only the third release from the singer - whose previous tunes have seen significant airplay - and it builds on the artist’s acoustically driven sound. The track takes inspiration from the likes of Gerry Cinnamon and delivers an acoustic soundscape with a thoughtful lyric at its heart. 


And finally for this week: it wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t have a Christmas single on the list now would it? And this tune; Wigan’s take on Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is as good as any Christmas song I’ve heard. The tune is the result of 11 Wigan and Leigh bands that have come together to raise money for local charity, The Brick. At its heart are Stanleys members Jake Dorsman and Rob Hilton, who worked with the likes of The Lathums and The Lottery Winners to realise their charitable idea. Make sure you check this one out, it’s what Christmas is all about.  


All of the above releases can be listened to on our Spotify Playlist here


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