Apollo Junction display their new romantic and britpop colours on new single Borderlines, our Single of The Week this week. Borderlines is an explosive two minutes and forty-eight seconds of stomping rock that will help propel a band who next year are supporting The Kaiser Chiefs. A band clearly on the rise and ones to catch on the road next year. Borderlines is our stand out release this week and can be streamed here.
Each month here at Our Sound we take a look back at an album from twenty five years ago that month - September 1995 in this case - a time when Britpop ruled the world and Blur were one of the biggest bands in Britain. Their third album The Great Escape followed on the heels of the phenomenally successful Parklife album and was released a month after the infamous Blur v Oasis chart battle of that year.
Celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of its release, the War Child charity album Help has been reissued on limited edition vinyl and has been made available on streaming services for the first time. I remember buying the album on cassette (!) on release day all those years ago and also remember not being particularly impressed with it either. At the time the album was a huge success - Britpop was in full flow - and it generated over £1.25 million for the War Child charity which is pretty phenomenal. Help was recorded on Monday, 4 September 1995, mixed on Tuesday the fifth and was in shops on Saturday the ninth.
Next year's Neighbourhood Weekender has been announced and the festival has added a third day for the first time. Running from Friday 28th May until Sunday the 30th, there is a stellar line up for next years event.
This year’s Mercury Music Prize winner will be announced on the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ on the 24th of September. The annual awards show honours the best in British music of the last twelve months. The programme will feature an interview with the winning artist.
THE gig of 2021 has been announced today, with The Music set to perform in their home city of Leeds in May. After a nine year break, this is a reunion show of sorts and features a stunning support line up including The Cribs, The Coral, The Snuts and The Skinner Brothers. Their self titled debut album is hailed as an influential classic and this gig is set to be one of the most sought after tickets of 2021.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK - SHADE - HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce is parting ways with his Platinum Disc for The Smiths’ iconic ‘The Queen is Dead’ album to raise money for Back on Track - a local charity who supports people facing multiple disadvantages in Greater Manchester.
The Gravity Drive are a band that have recently received heavy coverage in MOJO and have been championed by the BBC. Their new album, The Wildlight reached our desk a few weeks ago and since then the album has received strong reviews elsewhere.
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We revealed last week that Liam Gallagher had been in the studio recording new material and now the man himself has confirmed that his third solo album will be released in 2021. Furthermore, speaking on Twitter, Gallagher said that the first single release from the new album will be released before the end of this year. 2021 is bound to be another huge year for the comeback king after recently being revealed as the headliner of Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2021.
Reading and Leeds Festival have announced their headliners and other performers for next years’ festival to some controversy. They have been widely criticised for the lack of female performers across the headline slots with Mabel being the only female performer of note announced for the festival so far.