INTERVIEW: Last Light talking about their new single!

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With their new single ‘Shelter’ coming out soon, we caught up with their lead singer Paul to see what we can expect from their new release, and if there is anything else in the pipeline!

WFM: Hello Paul! just wanna start by saying a big hello from all of us here, we love what you guys do, and believe you should get more recognition for it

Paul (Vocals): Thanks!  It’s always nice when someone other than your family and friends like something you’ve created so that really means a lot to us.

WFM: First things first what are your top 5 albums and why?

Paul:
1. Brand New – The Devil and God are raging inside of me
I love how dark and moody it is.  Every song is an absolute banger  with so many different textures to each track.  Lyrically and musically it’s a massive influence to us all.  It’s amazing.

2. The Smiths – Louder than Bombs
It’s a classic album, but probably not everyone’s favourite Smiths album.  I think the lyrics on Louder than Bombs are a lot more ‘emo’ (Not to be translated negatively)  than other Smiths albums, which is really influential to us.

3.  Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist
Again, probably not everybody’s favourite Deftones album but it has a lot of variety in the songs.  Some you can chill out and let wash over you and some really heavy tracks that you can band your head to.  It’s got everything you want in an album.

4.  The Weeknd – House of Balloons
This was the Weeknd’s first free album he released and it got really hyped up through blogs.  His vocals are amazing on this album and he managed to keep a real mystery around him and his music and that’s something that I think is quite rare in the modern age.

5. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
This is a fantastically written album that’s got everything, fast, slow, heavy, soft.  It’s what we are all about.

WFM: Cool, some answers I didn’t expect there, which are the best ones. ‘Louder than bombs’ is a spectacular album, with ‘Rubber Ring’ and ‘Sweet tender Hooligan’, it’s hard to beat, for me personally.

WFM: Finally before we officially start the interview, who is your musical Icon and why?

Paul: I’m going to have to be extremely unoriginal and say Morrissey for the simple reason that he’s depressing and outspoken like us.  Lyrically he’s a genius, he’s funny, sad , angry.  He just inspires so many emotions.  He is closely followed by ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen.  Niall and Josh saw him at Glastonbury in 2009 and said he was unreal.  He’s 64 and still plays 3 hour shows!

WFM: Totally agree, lyrically he is a genius, he’d say things you’d never really expect which really threw you back. So, the new single ‘Shelter’ will be coming out soon, what can we expect from the song? What have been your key influences been?

Paul: Yeah we’re really excited about it because we feel like it’s us at our best and a real representation of who we are.  It’s pretty atmospheric and darker than any of our previous songs.  I’d say we were influenced by the bands mentioned before and drinking lots of cheap polish beer.

WFM: Haha! Not a big fan of it myself, but Tyskie seems to be alright.Did you try any new approaches to the song regarding recording and mastering the song?

Paul:  The song was actually written and recorded really quick for us, normally we write it and mess with a song for ages before we are really happy with it but this time it sort of just clicked instantly.  We are big fans of fellow Birmingham band God Damn so we found out where they recorded and went to see Ryan Pinson and he did a really great job with it.  We kinda gave him free reign over the whole song and his input was really important.

WFM: Yeah I know Pinson, he’s a really good producer and has recorded some good songs with God Damn, Baby Pink and Modern Minds. Would you say that you’re taking a slightly different direction to your older stuff, or sticking with what you have already done and tweaking it?

Paul:  As far as the writing process goes we always stick with the same routine but with our new songs, we’re definitely going for a darker edge which suits us a lot better than our previous tracks, but we’re still going to be keep drenching the songs in reverb and keeping them atmospheric.

WFM: Yeah, you can’t completely change your sound, it might sound to alien, So after this release can we start looking out for a new EP? If so, what can expect more of the same or will it be a diverse EP with different types of songs?

Paul:  We will most definitely be looking to record an EP in the near future.  You can expect a heavier edge with the newer songs, but the vocals will stay melodic.  We’re gonna throw a curveball into it as well.  Maybe a Jazz Flute solo.

WFM: I can’t wait to see how you would even attempt to incorporate that into one of your songs, but I know that you will make it work! Cheers for talking to WFM! Good Luck with the new song, and everything you do in the future!

Paul: No problem! Thanks for the interview guys!

Their song ‘Shelter’ is out NOW and can be heard below

If you would like to see them live, they have an upcoming gig!

SUNFLOWER LOUNGE, BIRMINGHAM – Friday 28th March! – https://www.facebook.com/events/1457114881172020/

Friday Club – Cut Me Up

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Band: Friday Club

Hometown: Birmingham

When band members leave , it’s quite hard to replace them, especially when you’re in the middle gigging and you beginning to grow a fan base. Friday Club decided to take the a slightly different root when their drummer and their guitarist left,  which was just to simply turn into a 3 piece. This hasn’t affected their music in the slightest, as their new single ‘Cut Me Up’ shows.

The snarling vocals are still there along with the raw sound they seemed to have developed which is evident when you see them live. Along with these aspects they sound somewhat grungier, and taken a leaf out of Cobain’s book by adding a calculated amount of dread and eeriness to their music. ‘Cut Me Up’ very much follows their previous release ‘Tropical’ with its deep, dark and daunting sound which is very much the driving force of the track, along with Josh’s vocals. You’d think if a band lost a guitarist that they would lose that extra power and complexity, but they haven’t as the solo is still as blaring as previous songs, and normal service has been resumed, not that it was ever lost.

This new direction for Friday Club is something to keep an eye and an ear out for as they continue to release these catchy grungy numbers, I think the next step for the band now they have the line up all sorted is to release an EP, and get it playing people’s cars.

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Words By Alex Wise

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Bombers – Forecast

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Band: Bombers

Hometown: Birmingham

Sounds Like: Joy Division

As Birmingham march on with their B-Town scene full gaze, haze and daze other bands that aren’t really in the scene continue to go along with their work nicely, like BOMBERS. A Joy Division influenced band with disturbing riffs, lyrics and vocals that could make you feel uncomfortable after one listen. Their new single ‘Forecast’ is something slightly different to what they’ve done before as they leave a bit of their influences behind and look to something more new-wave and fall-esque.

‘Forecast’ still has a palpable riff that makes your spine shiver as it shimmers across through your ears, and the heavily distorted rhythm guitar adds to this nervous feeling you obtain when listening to it, and it won’t just leave you alone. The Ian Curtis like vocals have been kept because it works so well for the their music and this particular type of genre , somehow it wouldn’t sound the same if it had a voice of an angel singing over it.  Unfortunately you feel at times the lyrics are slightly unimaginative, but yet they still work well for the song, and the line ‘I want you to hold me’ manages to stick in your mind after just listening to the song once. Without even a hint of warning the song ends as it tots up 2 minutes from start to finish, but just makes the song even more endearing and likeable because of how unexpected it is. Another strong song from the Birmingham band, and I doubt that it will be the last of them.

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Shatter Effect – Cold

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Band: Shatter Effect

Hometown: West Midlands

In The Band: Rebecca Davies  ,Robin Davies, Ricky Hill ,Tom Karakas, Edd Duffell

Sounds Like: Depeche Mode, Coldplay (Bar Vocals)

Shatter Effects attempt at introducing the most hard-core indie/rock fans to the slightly more dance side of music is probably one of the best attempts I’ve ever heard as it’s swung me over. Whether it was intentional or not, Shatter Effect as new sort of indie dance music, with a slightly more uplifting feel surrounding it accompanied by some angelic vocals.

As they slowly introduce some subtle dance conventions, for example the atmospheric sounds and the slight change of the drum beat, the song starts become catchy. The riff is perhaps the main reason for this, as it continues to float throughout the whole piece it brings a mellow side to the song because not as overpowering as what I usually find myself listening too. Finally the track is immaculately produced, as there are no flaws in it at all, with no rough edges. After hearing this track by Shatter Effect, I will be more than likely following them to see if they release any new material, it’s something about their sound that just sits well with me.

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Friday Club – Fall Down Kids (Live Demo) – Unsigned Bands

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 -Before I continue with this post I would just like to apologize to the band for how long this has taken, sorry guys-

Intro

This band is very close to home with them coming from Birmingham, a place that isn’t as bad when you visit it. Although they may fall into the Category/Genre of Indie/rock music, they have more of an edge to them, having a slightly more grittier sound with a fuzzy guitar. So they’re a lot more punkier than most indie bands. If you like you’re Libertines, Jam and all that lovely music that we’ve been blessed with, then there’s no doubt that there’s a chance you may fall in love with their music.

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Fall Down Kids’

This is the first taste of what we can expect from Friday Club, and it’s not the same bland taste that leaves a bad smell afterwards, which you get get from a few up and coming Indie bands, this taste is moreish. As soon as the song start you sort of already know in your gut that it’s going to be a good one, because of that intro that rings through your ears and leaves a permanent mark on your brain. After 13 seconds the drums really kick in setting you up for the vocals, which have a very Julian Casablancas touch to them, which really adds to the song . At times you wonder when listening to it if this is what The Strokes would’ve sounded like if they were British, but just with a much more fuzzier guitar lingering in the background, supporting those Casablancas like vocals. It’s hard to write about this song and not mention the riff because of how prominent and  frighteningly catchy it is, there’s signed bands out there that would die for a riff like this, mentioning no names. Even though it’s a live demo, it should be kept like this because the sound is rough around the edges making it that bit more desirable. There’s no doubt that this Punk/garageband sound with a slight bit of indie running through it will make crowds manic however big or small the venue is.

This is first taste of the band, and their EP will be out nest week, so keep your eyes peeled for this. The band will be playing at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham April 13th, so if you can make it down, why not?  Treat yourself.

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Looca – Unsigned Bands

Intro

Another band that’s been found off twitter, this band is quite close to home as they’re hailing Birmingham, UK (So you don’t wonder if it’s the USA one).  Taking influences from bands like Oasis, Kings of Leon, The Coral and Ocean Colour Scene which is quite obvious when you listen to the band. These are a three piece band, members consisting of Iain Gough – Vocals/Guitars, Dom Boyle – Bass/Vocals and Ant Heath – Drums. They reformed in late 2011, and they spent a lot of time writing songs so they were ready and prepared for some gigs in 2012. They have quite a growing fan base in the midlands and supporting CAST and The Musgraves have only helped that.

Their Music

I’m just reviewing one of their songs, they have four more tracks which you can listen to on their reverbnation page, which is…

This band is quite versatile, with their acoustic song ‘Goodbye Charlie’ (which is probably my favourite one) to their heavy their heavy guitar riffed ‘Chase The Dragon’, which is another one of my favourite ones, purely because of the solo.

‘Goodbye Charlie’ was the first song that I listened to by them, and it’s a really catchy song with, the lyrics and the beautiful acoustic guitar part in the background. It doesn’t  sound like one of the most complex of songs but perhaps that’s what makes it so good, because it is that simple. I also think the lyrics are a big part in ‘Goodbye Charlie’ because it doesn’t have any solos in it or anything, and I just think that’s what makes the lyrics such a integral part of this song and they really are some well written, well thought lyrics.

The lead singer reminds me of Tom Meighan a bit in his voice, because it sounds quite commanding but uplifting at the same time, you can see a good example of this in the song ‘I don’t need you anymore’, which also has a really catchy riff in it.

Overall

Another band, giving the world what it needs more of, MUSIC. Also they’re close to home so quite nice to do a review about a band that isn’t so far away. Lets get behind em’

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