This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #15

Welcome to your weekly catch up on the “This Is How It Feels To Be Indie” radio show hosted by Adam Jeffery on Radio Scarborough. Last week’s show had all the usual great artists including tracks from The Smiths, Ride and The Jesus and Mary Chain. New music this week came from Dresses and The Perks.

Check out the full track listing on the Indie Radio Facebook page and give us a “like” and a share please! You can also listen again to the show in full on Mixcloud here.

The weekly feature of “The Best off a Best Of” (hosted in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40) was Hits by Pulp. Top track chosen by the folks online was “Babies” and this week’s winner of that most sought after EIO40 t-shirt was Andy @wheelbarrow193. Well done Andy! Keep an eye out for next week’s competition and get your vote in as you’ve got to be in it to win it!

As per usual Adam left the studio to go and get his cake fix so Johny popped by and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics”. This week he brought us “Today (This Army’s For Peace)” by Belle and Sebastian and “Paris In Flares” by The Housemartins. I think we were all well aware of what the connection was this week and our thoughts go out to everyone following the atrocities in Paris.

And now this week’s Indie Vigil. It’s a very special one this week as not only is it Adam’s brother Phillip taking part, but he’s also joining us on his birthday! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your birthday than by having some of your favourites tracks played on the radio – can you?  In fact, this may happen again very soon…

Anyway, here’s a little bit about the birthday boy:

Some say it’s just a coincidence that I get to do my Indie Vigil on my birthday, others (who are right) say nepotism. Yes, it’s time for the show’s host @howcaniapply to let his little brother loose on the airways. Unfortunately (as I may have already mentioned) today (25th November) is my 41st birthday, so I won’t be listening live. Instead I’ll be indulging in my two of my favourite pastimes, real cider and football. If all has gone to plan I should be on route to Borehamwood to witness Lincoln City triumph, via a few hostelries in the capital. Hope you enjoy my picks…

Something Old

Suede – “Lazy”

From Coming Up, which is one of my all-time favourite albums. You could blindfold me and I could stick a pin in the track-listing and it will always be a great song.

Something Borrowed

Vampire Weekend – “M79”

My ringtone for many years. Never got to the lyrics, so let’s rectify that today. Love their live version on YouTube with a couple of violins and a double bass, or is it a cello?

(I think it’s a cello – Ed)

Something New

Peace – “The Music Was To Blame”

Hardest one to pick, mainly due to my lack of new music knowledge. Did enjoy their latest album Happy People though. They just seem to belt out some decent old fashioned indie tunes.

And that’s it for this week’s birthday show. Thanks to Phillip for sharing his song choices with us and why he’s chosen them. Hope you had a great birthday!

Listen in to the show next week to find out who will be featured in the vigil and then come and join us for a debrief along with a replay of their tracks.

And finally, as always, don’t forget to tune in to http://www.radioscarborough.co.uk/ on a Wednesday night to hear some great music and chat.

Hurricane #1 – Find What You Love and Let It Kill You

Sixteen years after Hurricane #1 called it a day, Alex Lowe is back with a brand new album and a brand new line up.

Signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Records after forming in 1996, they released their self-titled debut album Hurricane #1 in 1997. Those of you in the know will remember the big hitting singles “Step into My World” (which reached number 29 in the UK singles chart) and the gorgeous “Only The Strongest Will Survive”, taken from their 1999 second album of the same name, and which scored them their biggest single by getting to number 19 in the charts .

Things were looking good for the band, but that same year they decided to call it a day. Guitarist Andy Bell (who joined Hurricane #1 after leaving shoegazing favourites Ride) left and joined the band Gay Dad for a short time before becoming a member of a little known group called Oasis. Singer Alex Lowe forged a solo career and has released several albums before reforming Hurricane #1 last year. He has also been battling cancer and wrote the new album whilst undergoing treatment in hospital.

Andy Bell isn’t in the new line up as Ride reformed last year so Alex takes up not only his previous role as lead singer, but also lyricist for the new album Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, released on 20 November through Tapete Records.

When you are wired up to chemo and radio therapy, the last thing you want to do is wallow in it and feel sorry for yourself so I had the idea that the album should be happy and not too darkAlex Lowe

As a fan of the band from way back when, I was keen to hear their new offering and have played it through several times to get a feel of what it’s all about. It’s un-mistakably Hurricane #1 as Alex has a very distinctive voice and I knew straight away who I was listening to. I do think you can tell that Andy Bell is missing from the record though, mainly because there isn’t as much lengthy guitar work on it as there has been on the previous albums. But that’s totally the point as Alex says he wanted “an organic album, back to basics type of sound, nothing fancy, just good tunes played in a good Rock “n” Roll manner”.

You will find Andy Bell on one album track though: on lead single “Think of the Sunshine” he lends a wonderful bit of backwards guitar to the proceedings. Alex also painted the artwork for the album so this has been something of a labour of love to produce.

The opening track “Best is Yet to Come” starts the album with a purpose and as we continue on with “Crash” which is a louder more energetic number. There are also some more stripped back songs on the album with “Feel Me Now Again” being a gentle, acoustic number and possibly (with the exception of the lead single) this the stand-out track for me.

I can totally understand what this album should be about, and as someone who has always enjoyed their music I was very much looking forward to listening to this record. However, and I hate to say it, it feels to me like there is something missing. And I guess that something would be Bell. I purposefully listened to some older tracks alongside the new album and found that the guitar work of Bell, his lyrics and the sound isn’t quite the same. This was to be expected though, and I should say that what has been produced is still an album well worth listening to. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with moving onwards in a new direction and I think Lowe should be proud of his accomplishment. Will the old fans like it? Yes, I would think they, like me, will be interested to hear what this new version of the band sounds like. Will it win any new fans? Quite possibly, and only time will tell on that one.

If I had one complaint about this album, it’s that it’s not quite long enough for my liking. Clocking in at around 35 minutes, I would’ve liked just a little bit more time with the band as 16 years has been a long wait. But, all in all, I’d say the wait has been worth it as this is new era of Hurricane #1 and I hope that this record will showcase that.

This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #14

Welcome to your weekly catch up on the “This Is How It Feels To Be Indie” radio show hosted by Adam Jeffery on Radio Scarborough. Last week’s show had all the usual great artists including tracks from Joy Division, Mansun and The Supernaturals. There was also music from new bands Kalimur and Scarlett and Saffron.

Check out the full track listing on the Indie Radio Facebook page and give us a “like” and a share please! You can also listen again to the show in full on Mixcloud here.

The weekly feature of “The Best off a Best Of” (hosted in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40) was Dirty Hits by Primal Scream. Top track chosen by the folks online was “Come Together”. The winner of that most sought after EIO40 t-shirt was @Chops_Top_Fives. Well done Chops! Keep an eye out for next week’s competition and get your vote in!

Also on the show Johny popped by and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics” while Adam nipped out for his usual iced latte and a cinnamon swirl. This week he brought us “George” by Headless Chickens and “Weirdo” by The Charlatans. Apparently Adam guessed the connection this week, but I’m not too sure that I believe him! Anyway, the connection was all about someone baking a giant sized cake of Prince George. Weirdo indeed!

And now this week’s Indie Vigil. This week it’s Paul Hasley known online as @has99.

These are Paul’s three choices:

Something Old

The Men They Couldn’t Hang – “Ghosts of Cable Street”

Something Borrowed

Cinerama – “Barefoot in the Park”

Something New

Seedhead– “Crocodile”

And that’s it for this week. Thanks to Paul for sharing his song choices with us.

Listen in to the show next week to find out who will be featured in the vigil and then come and join us for a debrief along with a replay of their tracks.

And finally, as always, don’t forget to tune in to http://www.radioscarborough.co.uk/ on a Wednesday night to hear some great music and chat.

Wry – Waves

With influences including Shoegaze, Punk and Britpop, and a career spanning fifteen years, Wry are still as new to me as they perhaps are to you. If Waves is anything to go by, they’ve spent that decade and a half wisely, perfecting a relaxed shoegazing vibe based around shimmering guitars and gently shimmying chord changes. Fighting back waves (uh-huh) of nostalgia, I’m nonetheless bound to admit that Waves delivers an ocean (uh-huh x2) of memories of the first time I heard music like this and knew I needed it in my life. Getting its point across without jabbing a finger in your face, it’s an introvert’s dream of telepathy without unwanted intrusion – unspoken agreements, unsignalled but understood.

Whales & Sharks / Deeper in a Dream is avalaible as a digital release now. Vinyl is out on January 15th, from Sonovibe Records. You can order the album on vinyl or digital from Sonovibe HERE, or from iTunes.

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Butterfly Child – Holding On

With a first album in nearly eighteen years on the way, Joe Cassidy, aka Butterfly Child, has announced a second track from the album. “Holding On” is dream pop with a classic twist: something a reflective Richard Hawley and Jason Pierce might come up with, it contains harmonies, heavenly gliding strings, and a hint of old-time twang.

It’s a sad song, but one that smiles. As Cassidy writes:

A lot of songs are about past relationships – like most everyone, I’ve gone through happy and sad times, and you rebuild and move forward, toward the future, which is where the album title comes from. It’s like I’m looking for light at the end of the tunnel.

And as he translates this into a lyric:

Though we want to make it we won’t make it on our own
Because this love may not be coming home
Still we keep holding on
Still we keep holding on

“Holding On” is taken from the album Futures, out on November 27th 2015, on Dell’Orso Records.

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Public Service Broadcasting – Sputnik

By my reckoning, this is the 1000th track here on Record Rewind Play.

[wait for applause to die down]

It’s an entirely arbitrary and somewhat fudged landmark, of course, since some of the tracks actually pre-date the launch of the site and were copied from the Facebook page (hint: click HERE) of the same name. There are also hundreds of other tracks posted as part of playlists and articles here, but for single track posts, the counter has reached the stage where we need to bolt on a fourth digit. Which we will do promptly, and damn the expense.

It all started, really, with the Facebook page, which I set up in 2012 while I was deep in the writing phase of what was to become a book, also of the same name. And whereas the first track to appear here was “Happy Hour” by The Housemartins in November 2012, you have to go all the way back to April to find my first musical offering.

Taking a break from the 80s today, skipping forward to 1993, when I started going to gigs. Catherine Wheel was my first…

Posted by Record, rewind, play on Tuesday, 24 April 2012

In between tracks I made some over-excited milestone posts about how many words I’d written up to that point, very much in the “never mind the quality, feel the width” spirit. These petered out after the sixty thousand word mark, and to date I don’t yet have a book published, although I do now have two partly written. In a sense, I suppose, I could count that as progress.

The website came into being on August 25th, 2013. I don’t know that because I particularly remember the moment, but because I found the tweet in which I mentioned it. I’m not one for fanfare in general:

Starting out, this wasn’t really a new music blog, more of a loosely themed old-stuff-that-I-like blog. I added a track each day, and a playlist each month, and pretty much failed to tell anyone what I was doing, other than a few friends who’d liked (possibly under duress or a sense of loyalty and obligation) the Facebook page. I wasn’t even using twitter, really, and only changed my handle to @recrwplay in February 2014. That’s when this site really started to become what it is today: a promoter of new music of no fixed genre, with occasional album reviews and articles. It might not change the world, but all I really want is to connect musicians and music fans: any time someone discovers a new musical love that resonates with them, which maybe they, too, want to share with their friends, that’s an achievement unlocked.

So, to everyone who has contributed words, liked the Facebook page, followed on Twitter, retweeted, liked, commented, sent me a track or a link, shown an interest, or generally supported Record Rewind Play in any way – a hearty and sincere thank you. This doesn’t exist without all of your input.

I probably imagined that I’d have more twitter followers by now, and more average daily page views, but then as a mildly space (and trains, of course I was into trains… and computers… also: spying) obsessed kid growing up in the 1980s I thought we’d be at least taking regular trips to the moon, if not actually colonising it by now.

Which brings me neatly [are you sure? Ed.] round to Public Service Broadcasting, and “Sputnik”: a band name and a track that epitomise progress and growth. Now, it might be a tad lofty to suggest that Record Rewind Play can match the remit of Public Service Broadcasting – “Inform – Educate – Entertain” – but I like to think that each of those has been attained at least once in the last three or so years. Failing that, I’ll settle for one example from any category.

Also, in putting the first artificial satellite into low earth orbit in 1957, the Soviet space program achieved, it’s safe to say, somewhat more than a little music blog chuntering on about how Moose were unfairly denied greatness, that Tindersticks are the one band you absolutely have to see live if you get the chance, and that [redacted x 3] are my picks and the best picks for #blogsoundof2016.

“Sputnik” is the literally pulsing first half of a double a-side, the fourth release from Public Service Broadcasting’s 2015 album The Race For Space. It’s a mesmeric, metronomic track that brings to life the awe and wonder that must have been felt around the world after the launch of this strange, beeping creation, so alien, to the western powers a little surprising, and – given the politics of the day – so threatening. Like the tracks that make up the bulk of The Race For Space “Sputnik” creates waves of atmosphere from small gestures, perfectly timed audio snippets, and a clear love and appreciation of its subject matter; you feel the “the voice of the Russian moon” throughout the track, even though its signal comes and goes. It’s a sylph-like presence in the sky, tiny and cosmologically insignificant, but on a human scale, a powerful force that inspired and motivated people and governments: four months after the satellite’s launch, President Eisenhower responded with the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA / DARPA)

Sergei Korolev (cloaked in secrecy, and referred to only as “The Chief Designer” at the time) is the subject of the release’s other a-side. He was “the talismanic figure spearheading the Russian Space program”. During his lifetime, and under his stewardship, the Soviet space program put the first man in space, and the first man in space outside his craft (Alexey Leonov). After his death in 1966, the balance of extra-terrestrial power swung away from his nation.

You can buy Sputnik from the Public Service Broadcasting store HERE, and tour tickets HERE.

Otherkin – Feel It

How do you fancy some indie rock very much in the “fuck it, let’s go” style? Yeah? Why not, I suppose. I mean, tbh (TBH!) being playlisted on Radio X (manzone! hng!) doesn’t really do it for me. But hey, if they’re giving air time to Otherkin and their rapscallion ilk (assumptions: they have ilk, they are rapscallions. Probably true) they can’t be all bad.

“Feel It” is taken from The 201 EP – out today, via Rubyworks, available on all digital and streaming platforms.

Tour Dates

Nov 13 Studio 2, Liverpool
Nov 14 Cavern, Exeter
Nov 16 Underground, Plymouth
Nov 17 Oslo, London
Nov 18 King Tuts, Glasgow
Nov 19 Quids Inn, Scarborough
Nov 20 Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds
Nov 21 The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
Nov 25 Oakford Social, Reading
Nov 27 Tram & Social, London
Nov 28 Night & Day, Manchester
Dec 4 Coventry Empire, Coventry
Dec 5 Hope & Ruin, Brighton

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Saltwater Sun – Wild

First there was the blistering “Habit on My Mind”, then came the Foals-meets-The-Cardigans of “Making Eyes”. Now Saltwater Sun have completed the release cycle for their debut release Wild with the EP’s title track. Happily and predictably, it’s another corker, all textures, depth and harmony, and some sort of alchemy by which they get a guitar to ride alongside Jennie Stearnes’ vocal like a swan disguised as a shark (or possibly the other way round) cruising in the wake of a crumbling analogy passing itself off as a metaphor. Again, possibly the other way round. The point being, we hope Saltwater Sun can keep building some sort of momentum through 2016 so that whenever their debut album is out, they achieve the same levels of wide acclaim as a certain female-led band with occasional male vocals and a name consisting of two words has done throughout 2015.

Wild is out on November 13th, via Hand in Hive. So that’s tomorrow, if you’re reading this today, and today really is today and this post is fresh off the presses.

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Fieu – Running

If you’ll allow me, for a moment, to indulge in discussion of the pointlessness of tags and genre descriptions…

These days I seem to be a partially lapsed indie kid with a penchant for music variously described as “synthpop” or “electropop”. Quite where the boundary lies between these I’m not sure, but I tend to feel a softness in synths, and an energy to electro. Because alliteration is awesome (also, appropriate). But even so, two things called or calling themselves synthpop did not necessarily fall from the same tree and you’ll find yourself jarred and jolted should you compile a playlist solely on the basis of one tag. This will not be news to anyone who’s let an algorithm choose the background music for their latest society soiree.

Case in point: “Running”, the new single from Australian singer Fieu. It’s the first fruit (enough with the analogies already!) of a collaboration with Eskimo Joe’s guitarist and Western Australian based producer Joel Quartermain. Calls itself synthpop, but don’t let that lull you into looking forward to a quiet evening in – “Running” is fizzing with electropop sparkle. Synths shoot up and down, meeting stunning vocals coming the other way, and occasionally some huge bass leaps out grabs you by the shoulders, shakes you up then calmly lets you go, picks a speck of fluff from your jacket and sends you on your way again.

To celebrate the release of “Running”, Fieu has announced an east coast tour, including two showcases at this year’s Australian Music Week in Sydney.

Live Dates

Nov 18th – The Pier, Port Macquarie
Nov 19th – Australian Music Week Showcase, Sydney
Nov 20th – Australian Music Week Showcase, Sydney
Nov 22nd – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour

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This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #13

This Is How It Feels To Be INDIE! – Broadcast 11/11/15 by Radio_Scarborough on Mixcloud

Welcome to your weekly catch up on the “This Is How It Feels To Be Indie” radio show hosted by Adam Jeffery on Radio Scarborough. Last week’s show was an extended version (three hours!!) where the last hour was dedicated to just The Charlatans. In the main show there was all the usual great music including songs from Sleeper and Radiohead. You can find the full track listing on the Indie Radio Facebook page and give us a “like” and a share please! You can also listen again to the show in full on Mixcloud here.

The weekly feature of “The Best off a Best Of” (hosted in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40) was “Melting Pot” by The Charlatans. Due to the amount of votes that were received, Adam presented us with an extra hour of the show to play all the best tracks. The winner of that most sought after EIO40 t-shirt was @isherwood_rob. Well done! Keep an eye out for next week’s competition and get your vote in!

Also on the show Johny popped by and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics” while Adam nipped out for his usual iced latte and this week two cinnamon swirls. This week he brought us “Dry the Rain” by The Beta Band and “Ocean and a Tear” by Robert Post. Did you get the connection? It was all about Justin Bieber getting all upset about something again. Boo hoo!

And so onto the Indie Vigil. I cannot believe we are up to week 13 already! It’s flown by. Up this week is Mr Funky himself, Matt Jones AKA @maffrj. Here’s a little bit about Matt:

I’m 44, dad of 2 from Rhuddlan in North Wales (NOT RHYL!). I did go to Scarborough once on a holiday as a kid but don’t remember it.

Here we go with Matt’s three choices:

Something Old

dEUS“Suds and Soda”

dEUS are a band I’ve loved ever since I first heard this on the radio. My friend James and I finally got to see them live ten years ago after years of following them, and we pretty much stood there in awe.

Something Borrowed

The Lilac Time“Return to Yesterday”

The Lilac Time were the band Stephen Duffy formed after he dropped the Tin Tin and gave up on chart success. “Return To Yesterday” was on the Chart Show and my good friend Eifion realised its genius and bought it. He was always ahead of the game having been into Factory Records for years before I bought True Faith. The Lilac Time are one of umpteen bands I owe him for.

Something New

The Mountain Goats“Foreign Object”

Finally, my favourite band. I’m off to see the Mountain Goats twice this week, in Leeds and Manchester, and this track from their latest album Beat The Champ from earlier this year is one of my tracks of the year.

And there you have it. Many thanks to Matt for sharing his song choices and the reasons why he’s picked them with us. Enjoy the Mountain Goats!

Listen in to the show next week to find out who will be featured in the vigil and then come and join us for a debrief along with a replay of their tracks.

And finally, as always, don’t forget to tune in to http://www.radioscarborough.co.uk/ on a Wednesday night to hear some great music and chat.

Meilyr Jones – How To Recognise A Work Of Art

Normally when the press release comes swaggering in, all talk of glorious years and rave reviews of live slots supporting the great and good I have to take it on its word, but leave it. Not so when it comes to the hugely talented and charismatic Meilyr Jones: he supported Richard Hawley on his recent tour, and I have first-hand and not soon-to-be-forgotten knowledge of the utterly fantastic joy of experiencing his live, full band set.

How To Recognise A Work Of Art, the new single from the former Race Horses frontman, is no less of a thrill. Exploring authenticity and the cult of the artist, the song makes a soulful indie star of Jones and bursts with sounds and ideas. Its effect is roughly what you’d get if you multiply the excitement of discovering Belle & Sebastian going Northern Soul with the clipped thrills of the percussive precision of Field Music.

As Jones says:

I wrote the song about the preposterous world of art collectors, the panic of what is popular, what will succeed, telling people what to like, what to eat, and the recycling of pop culture. I also wanted to make something light and fun, and full of humour.

The video, meanwhile, was inspired by Fellini’s 8 1/2:

I imagined the story of the video to the song really clearly and worked with Theatre director Wils Wilson to bring to life the ideas in my head. I love getting people together. My grandmother was an amateur theatre director and I loved going to watch her rehearsing plays in the evenings when I was a boy, you’d see people from the town making the costumes, and singing, my granddad would have designed the set, and the spirit of the whole thing was great. We worked with a group of 12 actors, and over a period of 4 days, transformed a warehouse in Cardiff from scratch to a film set, building and painting the sets.

“How To Recognise A Work Of Art” is out on January 8th, via Moshi Moshi.

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The Lonely Wild – Snow

Just the other morning I was sighing dejectedly at the thought of all the potentially great and to-be-loved-by-me albums that I had overlooked, been ignorant of, or set aside for later never to then reset afront this year. And then I started watching the new video for Snow, the opening track to The Lonely Wild’s 2015 album Chasing White Light, and I knew that I had to add one more to the fuzzy list I keep. So that’s infinity plus one I have to worry about now, and that, as you know, is a pretty large number.

But what can you do? Or what can I do? Except buy the album (tick!), listen to the album (coming soon!) and share the opening track, with its gambolling folk-rock coming across like the best of Okkervil River (who are much loved around these parts, by the way) with a glorious video in tow. Why wouldn’t you take the time to listen? As they themselves sing – “there’s nothing on the television”.

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