This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #20

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 a recap of the year and featured tracks from nearly all of the Vigils since the start of the show.

New music this week came from The Merks and Josh Robins. Josh will hopefully be dropping into the studio in the New Year so stay tuned for more info on that shortly. You can 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.

Possibly the most exciting thing that happened on the show was the very first public airing of a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by a collective known as The Cinnamon Swirls. The group featured various listeners of the show all taking a line each and giving it their own spin. I can’t really describe it to you, but my initial response was “bloody nora”. And I’m one of the people singing on it! You’ll have to experience it for yourself, which you can at the end of the mixcloud linked above.

There was a special “Best Off a Best Off a Best Of” with Everything Indie Over 40) this week where the folks online were asked to choose a song out of all the Best Of songs that had previously been chosen. The winning song was “Shine On” by The House Of Love.

And now onto this week’s Vigil. It’s not only the final Vigil of 2015, but it’s also the last Vigil we’re doing. As Adam was the person who did the very first one back in August, we thought it was fitting that I actually did the last one myself. So, here’s a bit about me:

As well as being the person who does the weekly write up after each show I’m also the one doing the tweeting on the Indie Vigil Twitter account. It did take some folks a while to work this out (mentioning no names, Mark), but I can confirm, yes it is actually me.

I am originally from London, but now live in Nottingham and have been here for well over 10 years. Music is a massive part of my life and has been for a long time and I consider myself very lucky to be able to not only write about it, but also basically interact online with the artists I love in my record collection!

So, what did I pick? Let’s find out:

Something Old

Sugar – “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”

Back in around 1997 I was given a mixtape of indie type tracks by a bloke at work. He was a really good mate and we went to gigs together and it was him who basically gave me a bit of an education about music. This was the stand-out track for me on the tape and I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. It still makes me smile now and I always enjoy listening to it as it’s not only a great song, but it also reminds me of him.

Something Borrowed

Mark Morriss – “Souvenir”

The Bluetones are an incredibly important band to me as I have been with them since the very beginning 20 years ago.  I’m sure most people expected me to choose one of their songs as my something old so I didn’t want to disappoint! I asked Mark himself what track I should play from his latest album The Taste of Mark Morriss and this was his suggestion. The album is a series of cover versions that have shaped his career in music and the direction it’s taken. I think this track showcases just how he can take a classic song and give it a little bit of Morriss magic to make it his own. Not that I’m biased or anything of course…

Something New

Tame Impala – “The Moment”

This was the most difficult track for me to pick. I nearly went with a song by Thee Cee Cees from their album Solution Songs which was released this year, but I couldn’t decide on which one to pick. I then almost chose a new song by Turin Brakes from their forthcoming new album Lost Property, but again I just couldn’t decide what to play. In the end I’ve plumped for a song from my top album of 2015: ‘Currents‘ by Australian band Tame Impala. It’s probably not really what would be considered indie, but I have not stopped playing the album since I got it and think its fab.

So that’s it for the Indie Vigil. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people that have taken part over the last few months, it’s been my pleasure to tell all of your stories. There will no doubt be a new feature in the New Year so keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what Adam has in store for you all.

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.  See you in 2016!

This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #19

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 a Christmassy theme and our friend Rob Morgan of Goldfish Radio joined the proceedings and gave us some festive suggestions including tracks from The Cocteau Twins, Galaxie 500 and Run DMC.

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.

Johny stopped by as usual while Adam nipped out to have a mince pie and listen to Shakin’ Stevens on his Sony Walkman and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics”. This week he chose “Distant Sun” by Crowded House and “The Trees” by Pulp. But what was the connection? It was of course the pagan festival of Yule!

And now onto this week’s Vigil. Our guest this week is Martin Fitzgerald. For those of you in the know Martin is the Martin in ‘Ruth and Martin’s Album Club’ which is a very popular website and twitter account. Each week a guest listens to a classic album that they haven’t heard before and then reviews it. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend that you do as its fab. Also, Martin is a bit like me, a Londoner in the Midlands who likes to write, but I can safely say his writing is a lot better than mine!

Before we find out what tracks Martin has picked, let’s find out a bit more about him:

Hi, I’m Martin from Ruth and Martin’s album Club. We make people listen to great albums that they’ve previously ignored.

And so on to Martin’s three picks:

Something Old

Comet Gain – “Jack Nance Hair”

This is without doubt the best song about that bloke’s hair from Eraserhead. And Comet Gain are brilliant – they should have been massive. Always annoyed me a little bit that they’re not.

Something Borrowed

Bright Eyes – “Four Winds”

We started our album club because I came really late to Bright Eyes and Ruth was such a massive fan. I couldn’t understand why she had never strapped me to a chair and made me listen to them. And that was it. That was the idea for the album club – let’s make people listen to things (without strapping them to chairs though).

Something New

Father John Misty – “Bored in the USA”

Probably my album of 2015 if you forced me to do such a thing. He reminds me of early Elton John, but with considerably better hair.

And that’s it for this week’s Vigil. Thanks to Martin for sharing his song choices with us and why he’s picked them.

Next week it’s not only the end of the year, but it’s also the end of the Indie Vigil. And just to add to it, it’s actually me that’s taking part with my three tracks! Stay tuned for a new feature in 2016 which we’ll tell you more about soon.

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.

Albums Of The Year – 2015

It’s been a big year for new music and I think I can safely say that I have bought more albums this year than in previous. So, when I considered how to approach my top albums of 2015, I decided to do a bit of reading of the big music magazines and websites first of all to see what they had to say for themselves. It was a varied bunch, including lots of albums I hadn’t even heard of, but there were also certain trends running throughout. Never one to stick with the norm though, I’ve gone for a slightly off-centre route to get to my favourites.

Looking back over this year’s music, what I’m compiling my list based on are the albums I bought and have listened to on a regular basis rather than just the once. I would prefer to try and give a more rounded opinion rather than just say that I bought the record cos everyone else did. And there have certainly been a fair few albums that I’ve purchased and only listened to once so far. I didn’t think it would be fair to just join the crowd and say “this is brilliant” because a review gave it 5 stars elsewhere. That’s just not me.

I am nothing if not honest, so my list focuses on the albums that have got well and truly under my skin. The ones I can’t stop playing and want other people to love too. Here goes…

5. Squeeze – Cradle to the Grave

squeeze-cradleIt may not be everyone’s choice of a top album of the year, but seeing as it had taken Squeeze 17 years since their last studio album to release some brand new material, I felt it should be on the list somewhere. Cradle to the Grave is a collection of new and original songs which was born out of the TV series of the same name. The wonderful song writing skills of Difford and Tilbrook are firmly found here and it’s quintessentially and most definitely Squeeze. Recommended.

Essential tracks: “Cradle to the Grave” | “Nirvana”

4. Mark Morriss – The Taste of Mark Morriss

Mark Morriss - The Taste Of Mark Morriss

In the same vain as my number 3 album, I’m sure those who know me would have predicted that Mr Morriss would make an appearance in my top albums list. His third studio release, The Taste of Mark Morriss is indeed just as the title suggests. It’s an album of cover versions based on the songs that have not only inspired him, but also those that have helped to shape the direction in which his career in music has taken. But it’s not just a plain and simple covers album, oh no. It’s something a little bit more than that and comes with the added instruction that it should be played loudly. On a yacht. Read a full review of the album here.

Essential tracks: “Souvenir” | “Lucretia (My Reflection)” | “Love Comes Quickly”

3. Thee Cee Cees – Solution Songs

Thee Cee Cees - Solution Songs

Being the massive fan of The Bluetones that I am, when I heard that guitarist Adam Devlin was part of a new band (and a political one to boot) I knew that I would probably like what they had to say. And I wasn’t wrong. With an amazing line up of great musicians such as Chris T-T and Billy Brentford, this is a gorgeous sounding album full of cracking tunes with a clear message. You can read a full review of the album here.

Essential tracks: “Soapbox” | “Have an Analysis”

2. Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space

Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space

Again this was another album that I picked up to see what all the hype was about. Someone had been trying to get me to listen to the band a few years ago, but their description was so bad that I thought “well that sounds like a load of old rubbish”, so I didn’t bother. Jump to this year and I decided to give it a listen and bought The Race for Space.

I have to say that on the first listen I wasn’t that taken in, but I gave it time and after a couple of listens I finally got it. The concept, the use of the broadcasts, the music, it all makes sense and I thoroughly enjoy listening to it. So much so, that I am off to see them in concert next year and am very much looking forward to experiencing this live.

Essential tracks: “Go!” | “Gagarin”

1. Tame Impala – Currents

Tame Impala - Currents

My top album of this year is Currents by Australian band Tame Impala. I wasn’t very aware of the previous releases and didn’t actually know that much about the band to be honest. I say band, it’s really just Kevin Parker who wrote, performed, recorded and produced the whole album himself.

I heard a lot of talk about the album when some of the tracks were made available before the actual album release so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. What I have found is basically an album that I cannot stop playing. And I mean cannot stop. In fact, I have it on in the background now while I’m writing this and it has been on constantly for the last few days on a loop. You could say I am mildly obsessed with it.

I think not having any sort of attachment to the previous albums has meant that I can listen to the record and just appreciate it for what it is. And what it is for me is the future. It’s a beautifully produced and constructed album and I can feel the labour of love that Kevin has put into making it. It’s probably what you would class as dance orientated music as it features a greater amount of synthesizers rather than guitars (which are on the previous albums) and for me this fits perfectly with the feel of the album and the themes that are running through it. Lyrically it’s spot on and although there are a couple of tracks that I don’t really get (“Nangs” and “Past Life”), it’s still an extremely strong piece of work and is highly, highly recommended.

Essentials tracks: “Let it Happen” | “The Moment” | “The Less I Know the Better”

Albums bubbling under

Gaz Coombes – Matador
Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows
Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People
Wilco – Star Wars
The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #18

This Is How It Feels To Be INDIE! – Broadcast 16/12/15 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 had all the usual great music from the likes of Saint Etienne, The Smiths and Midlake. There was also new music from Velettes and The Supersonic Jets.

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 back this week. The album in question was Carry On Up The Charts – The Best Of The Beautiful South and the top track chosen by the folks online was “Song For Whoever”. There was no t-shirt to be won this week as they have all been snapped up, but all those who picked the winning track were mentioned live on air. You can’t say fairer than that now, can you?

Johny stopped by as usual while Adam nipped out to have a mince pie and listen to Shakin’ Stevens on his Sony Walkman and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics”. This week he chose “Vicar in a Tutu” by The Smiths and “After The Rain” by The Railway Children. Did you get the connection? Yes, it was storm Desmond, which hit the UK and caused a lot of devastation. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the floods.

And now onto this week’s Vigil. This week’s guest is Tony Pearson. But before we find out what tracks Tony has picked, let’s find out a bit more about him:

I came to Scarborough 10 years ago and set up my own landscape gardening business. I recently became a qualified electrician. I’m married to Soph and have two children, Angus and India. I’ve been involved with a number of local bands (The Jawline of Julianne Moore/The East Coast Vagabonds/Grand Theft Audio/The Grand Urge) as a guitarist, bass player and singer. I’m interested in all types of music, especially anything that’s a bit different from the norm.

I was introduced to the show by fellow guest Paul Burnett. It’s a great show and a great station! Thanks to Adam for inviting me on!”

And now here are Tony’s choices:

Something Old

The Clash – “Clampdown”

My old boss was an avid punk, in fact he still is, he still dyes his hair, he still has nose rings and he still wears beaten up jeans and DMs. He absolutely refuses to conform or grow up and still has a healthy rebellious streak. A proper punk I suppose. He’s 55 this year. Our work vans were always full of old tapes by The Damned, New Model Army or The Clash. Listening to this music and specifically music by The Clash brings us to my “old” track. “Clampdown” was a musical epiphany when I first heard it, the feedback drenched beginning, the intro, like a train shooting past, the propulsive drumbeat going through the heart of the song and it’s discordant, out of sync ending, elevated it above the usual 3 chord simplicity of most of the early punk songs and I love it.

Something Borrowed

Beta Band – “Assessment”

My brother in law is a massive fan of this band and it’s him I have to thank for getting me into them properly. We were both lucky enough to catch them on their final tour before they broke up in 2004 and considering the complexity of the arrangements for a lot of their music, they were one of the only bands I’ve ever seen that sound “just like the record”. Although all the members have gone on to pursue other projects, nothing they’ve done since matches the oddness or genius of what they came up with in this band. This is the opening track from their final album Heroes to Zeroes. They’re very much missed.

Something New

Friendly Fires – “Hawaiian Air”

I first saw Friendly Fires on Jools Holland’s show four years ago when they released their last album Pala. Their music, like their performances, is infectious and full of energy, but without ever being annoying. “Hawaiian Air” was the song they played to end the show and it was mesmerising to watch. The bright colours, the rhythmic, tropical sound, the dancing, the bursts of confetti at the end, it was like a beach party and everyone was invited. Writing up beat, fun music that isn’t cheesy or forced is a difficult thing to do musically but they seem to manage it effortlessly. 

And that’s it for this week’s Vigil. Thanks to Tony for sharing his song choices with us and why he’s picked them.

Like the end of 2015, the final Vigil is approaching us fast. Only 2 more to go and then that’s it. There may well be a new feature in the New Year though, so stay tuned.

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.

This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #17

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 great music from the likes of Dodgy, Tindersticks and The Field Mice. There was also an exclusive play of the new track from Ground Pilots called “We Came From The Sun”.

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.

There was much excitement in the studio last week as Adam was joined by a special guest for the duration of the show. It was none other than the man behind the online indie community that is Everything Indie Over 40 himself, the lovely Steve. This meant a slight change to the usual “Best Off Of a Best Of” and instead the online folks were asked to choose their favourite track from the compilation album Shine Too. The winning song was “Sparky’s Dream” by Teenage Fanclub which in my humble opinion was definitely the best!

Johny stopped by as usual while the boys had a cuppa and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics”. This week he chose The Go! Team with “Buy Nothing Day” and “Sale of the Century” by Sleeper. The connection was guessed online (and given away by Rob Morgan!) by a few people and also by Steve in the studio. It was of course the Black Friday fiasco!

Speaking of Rob Morgan, there was a special track called “Those Eyes” by a band called The Cloudminders played on the show. It had never been played on the radio before and made Rob very happy indeed as this was the band he was once part of. Hopefully there will now be a reunion on the cards. What do you say Rob?

And now onto this week’s Vigil. Joining us this week is Paula Tighe. Let’s find out a bit more about Paula before her three picks:

Hi! I’m Paula Tighe, a fairly new resident to Scarborough along with my husband Tony and daughter Lucy. I am also a new listener to the show. Born and raised a Yorkshire girl (in the soon to be City of Culture Hull, come to Hull, it’s not naff anymore!!). A buzzing city full of salt of the earth people who tell it like it is. I grew up with both feet firmly entrenched in the indie / electronica of the early 1980’s.

My tastes were heavily influenced by the then, “King of Cool” (well, as far as I and half the girls on the west side of the city were concerned anyway – my brother Dave!!!). Bands such as Bauhaus, the Bunnymen, The Cure and The Clash all played a part in moulding my musical preferences.

So a big thanks to Adam for letting me be a part of the show. Hope you enjoy my tracks”.

And now here are Paula’s choices:

Something Old

The Clash – “The Magnificent Seven”

So my “old” selection is a nod to my big brother. It’s taken from the 1980 triple album Sandinista by The Clash and the track is “The Magnificent Seven” as it evokes great memories of growing up in Hull.

Something Borrowed

Massive Attack – “Teardrop”

My “borrowed” selection is “Teardrop” from the excellent 1998 album Mezzanine by Massive Attack, with vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. A beautiful track made even better by her stunning and haunting voice. It’s also a very special track to me as it reminds me of the summer I met Tony, my husband.

Something New

Leftfield – “Storms End”

My “new” selection was the easiest. It’s from the Leftfield album Alternative Light Source which was released earlier this year.  The track is “Storms End” and I chose it just because, to me, it’s simply brilliant.

 

And that’s it for this week’s Vigil.  Big thanks to Paula for sharing her song choices with us and why she’s picked them.

Listen in to the show next week to see who will be on the Vigil and then come and join us for a debrief along with a replay of their chosen 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.

This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #16

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 Happy Mondays, Super Furry Animals and Talking Heads. New music this week came from Elephant Stone and Shiners.

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 The Best of The House of Love. Top track chosen by the folks online was Shine On and this week’s winner of that most sought after EIO40 t-shirt was Darren @daznixon1989. Good work Darren! 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!

This week saw Adam undertake his first live interview on the show when he spoke to David from Ground Pilots about his music and what he’s currently up to. You can find out more about the band on their Facebook page here.

As usual Adam left the studio to go and get his iced latte so Johny popped by and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics”. This week he brought us “Three” by The Wedding Present and “21” by David Devant and His Spirit Wife. Did you guess the connection? It was of course the news that Adele’s third album 25 was released this week.

This week’s Vigil has gone global and we meet The Riverboat Captain who is residing in beautiful New Zealand. Let’s find out a bit more about the Captain before we find out what his choices were:

I’m originally from Halifax, and moved out here 10 years ago with my partner and daughter and my real name is Keith Shackleton. I became the Riverboat Captain when I started blogging years ago, and the name comes from a song lyric. It’s not very indie though – it’s from Bob Dylan’s “Absolutely Sweet Marie” off the classic Blonde on Blonde album. I was born when “Apache” by The Shadows was number one – from this you can work out my age 🙂

I was at university in Salford late 70s/early 80s, which was in my opinion the best time to be listening to music and going to see bands. My indie claim to fame is that I once shook the hand of William Reid (who was rather the worse for wear shall we say) following the JAMC gig at Coachella in 2007, and also on that trip I got to hang out in Los Angeles with David Newton of The Mighty Lemon Drops. That’s about as indie as it gets, isn’t it?!

And here are Keith’s choices:

Something Old

Bailter Space – “Splat”

Watch the backwards video below and find out more about Bailer Space on Keith’s blog here – http://www.riverboatcaptain.com/

Something Borrowed

Able Tasmans – “Sour Queen”

From the first CD that my partner Anne ever gave me as a present when we got together. It’s from the album Songs from The Departure Lounge. If there was one song that could be called our song, it would be this one.

Something New

Salad Boys – “Dream Date”

Salad Boys are just making it on the scene and deserve a wider audience. You can stream the whole album for free on Bandcamp.

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

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.

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.

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.

This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #12

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 featured all the usual great music, including Maximo Park and Teenage Fanclub. Also played was the brand new single by The Trashcan Sinatras, entitled “Best Days On Earth”, taken from their forthcoming PledgeMusic album due for release very soon. We even got a retweet by the Trashcans themselves which made both Adam’s and my day!

Keeping up with the latest new bands there were also tracks from Amber Leaves and Asylums. You can find the full track listing on the Indie Radio Facebook page – while you’re there, why not give us a “like” and a share please! You can also listen again to the show in full on Mixcloud here.

The weekly feature “The Best off a Best Of” (hosted in conjunction with Everything Indie Over 40) this week voted on Loads by The Happy Mondays. The winning track was “WFL” as voted by the Twitter followers and that amazing EIO40 t-shirt was won by Neil Cooper (@neilc79). Well done! Keep an eye out for next week’s competition and get your vote in to be in with a chance to win!

Also on the show Johny popped by and gave us his “Lost Indie Classics” while Adam nipped out for his usual iced latte and cinnamon swirl. This week he brought us “Waiting for the Winter” by Popguns and “Happy Hour” by the Housemartins.  Did you get the connection? A few people guessed it online as it was of course the end of British summertime!

And so onto the Indie Vigil. This week’s choices come from the lovely Rachel Jones who goes by the twitter handle @star273025.  Rachel is a 39 year old teacher from Wolverhampton and is single mum to 3 fantastic kids.

The three tracks Rachel has chosen are as follows:

Something Old

The Wonder Stuff – “It’s Yer Money I’m After Baby”

I was music obsessed from a young age and read Smash Hits religiously from 7, initially heavily censored by my mother. In 1988 Transvision Vamp released “I Want Your Love” and I remember reading the lyrics and thinking she was rather foolish. A couple of months later I heard Miles singing the exact opposite sentiment and I was captivated! And so began my obsession with The Wonder Stuff, leading on to discovering the wonderful PWEI and Neds Atomic Dustbin. I’ve seen Miles play twice this year, still with the same passion he always had and still making me jump up and down like a demented 15 year old.

Something Borrowed

The Longpigs – “She Said”

I went to Sheffield Hallam Uni and my best mate there wrote for a local music magazine and I would tag along to “help” with gig reviews and interviews. Her editor was friends with a local band and she couldn’t wait to play me their stuff – obviously I loved it immediately. This, and “On and On” remain two of my favourite songs ever; they remind me of an amazing gig they played at our union and lots of fantastic nights out in Sheffield.

Something New

The Sherlocks – “Heart of Gold”

Coincidentally another band from Sheffield! I heard this played on Radio 1 a few weeks ago and loved it immediately. I really can’t wait to see them live and hope big things come their way.

Big thanks to Rachel for sharing her song choices and the reasons why she’s picked them 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.

Turin Brakes Interview – Olly Knights talks about new album “Lost Property”

Back in June I left you in suspense with just a few choice questions that I had selected from an interview I had done with Olly Knights from Turin Brakes. Well, the time has come to let you in on the full interview piece as there is now breaking news on the release date of the band’s new album.

They posted a short and sweet video teaser online last week accompanied by the hashtag #TBLostProperty and mentioning today (Monday).  It is now confirmed that Lost Property is the title of album number seven.  The Turin Brakes website has been updated this morning noting that the album will be released on 29 January 2016 and currently you can pre-order a variety of bundles online including CD’s, LP’s and signed prints.  No news on any tour dates as yet, but fingers crossed this might be announced in due course.

The last studio album, We Were Here, was released in late 2013, so the new material will no doubt be excitedly received.  I spoke to Olly earlier this year and asked him what we could expect with the new album. This is what he said:

So, how did it feel to be back in the studio and at Rockfield of all places?

It was actually great, we worried it would feel too similar to the We Were Here sessions, but as always it took on its own identity as did the music.

Has the creation of the new album been a labour of love or did you find it an easy task?

We’ve done more pre-recording work than ever this time. We spent about three months in my little garden studio playing and playing and playing all the new ideas until we knew what really felt great to play together, so important! Once we de-camped to Rockfield we had barely enough time to get through all the epic material, but somehow we did it by the skin of our teeth.  Ali Staton our co-producer/engineer virtually gave up sleeping to get it done!

You have something of a reputation as a band that sounds different on every record – what can we expect this time?  Is this likely to be a return to your folk roots or a side-step into pastures new?

I’d say it’s more of a pastures new type of record, but with all the experience of what happens when we leave our comfort zone thrown in.  It’s unmistakably TB, but with some new twists and turns both sonically but also deep down in the routes of the songwriting.  We wanted to go straight for the jugular on many songs, so working out what the real point the song was trying to make was either lyrically or musically and then making damn sure it makes it!

Is it a conscious effort to change your sound or just a natural progression for your music?

A bit of both. It’s almost impossible for new identities not to be forged every time we commit to an album, everything is changing all the time including Turin Brakes. However we are much more aware these days of our “legacy” and often discuss the virtues of protecting it or the opposite.

You’ve spoken to me before about selecting the right track as a lead single when you release a new piece of work. How’s that panning out this time?

We’re being very grown up about it, we know there is this enormous monster called UK radio that comes into play (whether we like it or not). So we’ve seen it as an artistic challenge to create a few things that could work really REALLY well in that world, but that doesn’t betray what we feel is our identity as a band. I can’t predict what will happen, but it will be very interesting I hope. I like to think that if we get it right the fans will be happy.

You did a large tour when your last album “We Were Here” was released in 2013. Any plans to tour with the new album and if so on what sort of scale?

Always, but it’s too far away to know the details yet.

I enjoyed watching the short and sweet video clips you posted on Twitter of your time in the studio, although they were somewhat frustrating! Is it an easy relationship for you all to work together in that environment? Does someone usually take the lead?

We’ve gotten pretty good at working together, but there sure is pressure, from us and from time mainly. We have had to become experts at it or else we’d never have made it this long. We all have our ways of behaving, positive, negative, slow, fast but I see it very philosophically, essential parts of a musical whole. Having said that I am of course usually right about everything, ahem!

Your lyrics always seem to me to be very personal. Do you find writing new songs easy?

They are always born from my experience of life so I’m not sure if they could be anything other than personal, but I always keep an audience in mind. I really don’t enjoy music that doesn’t seem to care for its audience and is primarily self-therapy. I want someone’s truth, but I want it presented with intelligence and a little distance, so we can all get somewhere new I guess.

Is there a central theme for this album and if so can you enlighten us on what it is?

It’s all too close at the moment to sum up, but I keep seeing threads, repeated ideas and images. If “We Were Here” was a little outer space obsessed then this stuff seems to be inner space obsessed, “when we turn the telescopes from the sky to within” is a lyrical example. I enjoy the notion that inner space can be just as vast and curious as the big black and is in fact inseparable from it, a universe on the tip of every finger. These things get smashed together with the poetry of the everyday on the new album.

This will be studio album seven. Does it get harder to be creative after all this time or does your inspiration become easier with experience?

No it gets easier, what gets harder is dealing with your own history.  We had the wonderful curse of being told excessively that the very first thing we did was our best work and could never be eclipsed, how do you carry on from there? We plough ahead because we can’t really help it and most of the time we love what we do.

What are your hopes for this album?

I’d love to see the music reach a wider audience again, it’s been a while. I’m not embarrassed about the idea of making music that resonates with lots of people, just as long as it’s bloody great. It’s nice to feel your building something rather than just cruising I guess.

From a solo point of view, do you have any plans to write and record a second album?

I do, but it keeps not happening.  We were quite busy co-writing even during “down time”, but at some point new ideas will saturate my being and I will have to get them out before they evaporate, because they do.

We’re planning a Turin Brakes day on the Record, Rewind, Play site to coincide with the album release (if possible). The hardcore element of this means a day of listening to your entire back catalogue and writing a review of each of the albums! What album of yours is your personal favourite to listen back to and why?

I enjoy Ether Song a lot because it’s such an expressive and brave sounding record. When I think about how much pressure was on us at the time to repeat and eclipse the debut I’m proud of our slightly left turn that we made into artistic and edgier territory. I mean it’s hilarious that we sometimes get described as this sort of “soft acoustic duo making nicey nicey folk to forget” have you heard “Little Brother” or “Panic Attack” lately? Think again!

And finally, just out of interest, what other artists are you enjoying listening to at the moment?  Any recommendations?

I have a stack of vinyl from Laura Marling, Jessica Pratt, The Staves, burning a hole in my conscious at the moment.  It’s safe to say my leaning towards strong female artists hasn’t lost its drive. Still looking for the next Joni Mitchell I guess.

Massive thanks to Olly for taking the time to answer my questions and I do hope this has given a little bit of an insight about we can expect from the new material.  The release of a new record is always an exciting time for the fans and no doubt there will be lots of interest around this album coming out.  Head over to Ether Site to keep up to date with any news and I’m sure we will be sharing a review of the album here in due course.