Every now and again a band comes along whose music puts an instant swagger in your step as you are listening to them full pelt. Kombat are one of those select bands. Combining the raw guitar tones of Definitely Maybe era Oasis coupled with a hungry Arctic Monkeys, Kombat have successfully made what is old brand new again. Their sound is familiar yet exciting; lyrics are by no means deep but exactly as they should be. Direct, a rally cry of youth. New single, and our Single Of The Week, Getting Better fits their self made mould to a tee - loud guitars, banging drums and an energy in the vocals rarely heard. The outro to this is phenomenal. Kombat are simply the best new band in the UK and new single Getting Better is best played as loud as possible.
By Paul Laird @mildmanneredmax
Regent follow up their earlier release Dirty Little Sinner with new slow burning tune Today (released on Friday). A song about heartache and loss, it is reminiscent of Richard Ashcroft’s Paint The Night With Colour in places and even upon a first listen, it can be heard that Today is a special song.
Scottish lads Shambolics, signed to Creation 23, kick things off this week with their new release Love Collides. Clearly talented songwriters, this indie love anthem jingles and jangles along with spades of melody.. “It’s alright i’ll be by your side” - croons singer Darren Forbes and for three minutes and twenty three seconds we are enthralled and believe. An incredible release from a vibrant band. Read our feature on Shambolics here. Love Collides is our very worthy Single Of The Week. Stream here.
Shambolics are the latest band to be signed by the legendary Alan McGee - The Scots are back with a new single, Love Collides, out today. It’s an epic and dreamy break-up song with hints of early The Cure or The Smiths about it - Steve Lamacq on 6Music has been championing the dreamy new guitar band.
Fenne Lily delivers a cacophony of catharsis in easy-listening second album.
We (I) reviewed the new album from The Gravity Drive earlier this month here and gave it a mediocre review. Here Our Sound writer Paul Laird takes an alternative view.
The Posies have been around forever and fans of the band will be all too familiar with their laid back alt pop sound. Sideways is the new powerful and melodic release from the Washington, USA band who never fail to deliver a tune. An incredibly easy listen, Sideways is comforting guitar pop. The Posies take our Single Of The Week this week. Listen here.
We have been fans of Ireland’s The Wha for a while now ever since hearing previous single release Innocents in what seems like an age ago. The Wha are somewhat in the shadows still despite a string of cracking releases in Blue For You and 40 Odd Years; a genuine band that indie music aficionados, especially those of you who enjoy seeking out new bands, will grow to love.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK - JOHNNY LLOYD - REAL THING
By Robin Mumford of The Indie Plug
Declan McKenna loses record-breaking charts battle, but cements the affection of music lovers in sensational glam rock thriller.