The wonderful world of transatlantic troubadour Matthew Battle

“Some time ago, Matthew Battle packed his bags, said goodbye to sunny Leigh-on-Sea and relocated to even sunnier Colombia. Taking with him 400 million instruments, a wealth of influences and his wild imagination, he has been dropping nuggets of lo-fi goodness ever since. And we should know, he has sent us a video pretty much every month for as long as we can remember!

His most recent LP ‘A Room Without a View‘ dropped recently. The whole thing was recorded in his tiny apartment and provides an intimate look into his mad little world. The whole thing is drenched in layers of irresistible DIY noise.

Opening track ‘Build Your Wall‘ throbs with a euphoric bitterness, ‘You Were Made for Me’ (featuring vocals from his wife María Angélica Madero) is a swirling, sardonic tale of love, and ‘Lost in the Internet‘ is a pulsing, despairing battle cry against the world we live in. While all these tracks reflect his new surroundings, there is still a pleasingly British matter-of-factness and humour running through them.

You could certainly do worse than buy the whole thing from his Bandcamp page, or have a little glimpse via the Southend Who Spotify playlist.”

Rob Glenister

SOUTHEND WHO EXCLUSIVE! – THE TRUSTED NEW VIDEO PREMIERE ‘SUNLIGHT’

The Trusted have already had a very busy year. This exclusive new video for ‘Sunlight‘ is the indie band’s third of the year. It’s a step back from the frenetic tempo we’ve come accustomed to from these young lads, but emotive relaxed qualities of Tom Cunningham’s voice shine through is this different framework.

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Photo: Gaz De Vere

The band also recently collaborated with Pete Gleadall (Pet Shop Boys Musical Director and Producer who’s worked with U2, Madonna, George Michael). Pete enjoyed their London show a Nambucca so much, that he decided to remix a couple of tracks for them, including the one below. Well worth your time!

With momentum clearly on their side, the band join the bill for Village Green Festival on July 8th for their biggest show yet. Keep your eyes glued to www.thetrusted.co.uk for future updates.

Arcaves Finally Crack Their Pop Formula With New Single ‘Familar Stranger’

Arcaves has been Billy Wright‘s baby for a long time now. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time when this project wasn’t active in some form or another since Redtrack‘s demise. From BB, to Casablanco, his journey has been a true musical progression, with Billy’s goal quite clear: pop music needs to happen.

14479558_1770247349883704_6182303741207336419_nWith a substantial amount of lineup changes, it seems that Billy has finally found the right ensemble to help realise his dream. One of the key additions was Bekile, who is truly captivating (as she proved at Arcaves’ recent homecoming show).
This 5 year journey has seen the evolution of Billy’s songwriting. Whereas in the past he may have been held back by the natural larger than life charisma he possesses, it feels like now he’s certainly started to find a natural balance. Finally, his songs are doing the talking.

Familiar Stranger finally brings Bekile to the front of the mix, with her and Billy’s voices complementing each others perfectly. This song is truly irresistible. The nod back to the 90s pop era is very welcome, with slick production, melodies that inject themselves deep into your subconscious, sitting over a groove that takes you on cruise control to the end of the track. There is no doubt about it; this is Arcaves‘ finest effort yet.

It’s been one hell of a ride to get there, but it seems that Billy has finally created the pop blueprint that he’s been committed to designing for half a decade. Write that shit down Billy, you have discovered the winning formula.”

Mikey Glenister

The Trusted VIDEO PREMIERE – The New Single ‘Good To Bad’

The Trusted are back with their brand new single ‘Good To Bad‘. Once again, the young quartet deliver another indie treat.

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The bass lick hooks you in immediately, quickly locking in with the drums to embark on an irresistible groove trip. Tom Cunningham’s subtle vocal delivery sits neatly over the song, possibly singing about the frustrations of losing a special someone and not being able to do anything about it.

Shot on location at The Venue and directed by Cool Thing Records visual whizz Kana Waiwaiku, this new single is only going to strengthen their claim to being your new favourite band this year.

Arcaves @ Chinnerys 24/02/17 w/ Southchurch + LJ Howard

“First and foremost, we highly recommend heading to any gigs headed by the phrase ‘JD Presents’. Free Jack and Coke on entry? Yes please!

Free booze isn’t the main event however, as Billy Wright brings his band Arcaves back for his biggest homecoming show to date. There’s a full set up with professional light rigging that would look more at home on The Cliffs Pavilion stage. Can this evening live up to the hype of the occasion?

Kicking off proceedings is LJ Howard, who immediately sets the precedence for the rest of the evening. His charismatic pop soul simply demands your attention; the crowd are like putty in his hands, getting them engaged with call and response chants for ‘History’. Instant superstar. That’s how you open a gig.

Next up is Southchurch, who are riding the momentum train, with BBC Essex Introducing choosing them as one of their Sounds of 2017. They don’t mess about, jumping straight in with their current single ‘Fading‘, much to the delight of the room that’s starting to fill up nicely. Their house and garage grooves are a refreshing change to what Chinnerys is used to. Casey’s vocals completely shine over impressive arrangements, with Taylor keeping the energy high at all times.

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We are now two for two. The future looks bright and we’ve not even made it to the headliners yet.

Billy Wright has been building and developing his vision for some time now, so tonight feels like a realisation of the dream. A packed Chinnerys, a huge stage production setting and great anticipation; can Arcaves live up to the main event?

If Arcaves new material is anything to go by, then Billy’s big pop aspirations will be soon realised. Sure, old favourites like ‘Man Enough‘ and ‘Out Of The Blue‘ go down well with the Arcaves faithful, but with the current lineup, some much needed energy and cohesion is now present. For the first time in a while, it feels like a band, rather than Billy with some session players. We’re witnessing his vision start to come into fruition, which is just as satisfying as the disco beats and big soul belters that we’re hearing.

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Bekile is an absolute star, who is absolutely key to the band’s sound, her soaring vocals compliment Billy in such a way that gives these tracks an incredible vindication. If anything, Billy’s charisma is in danger of shielding her here. Tucked away on the side of the stage, our only niggle is that maybe she should be right at the front, demanding our attention. Billy’s charisma is never in doubt, so a little switch up could bring his band more into play, because his band are simply wonderful. The moment when Dominic Nyarambi jumps on the barrier and hypes up the crowd is pure joy. Then suddenly what is going on here? Is that a keytar? Lewis Olley has stepped forward behind his keys and is about to do a keytar solo? He certainly does and somehow, it makes perfect sense. Keytars should never be cool, but here we are, a full Chinnerys absolutely lapping it up.

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Tonight is a celebration. Arcaves have come so far and with promises of more new music, Chinnerys witnessed something that was important, a rebirth and a sign that once again, the Southend Music Scene is the healthiest it’s been for years. And that’s not just the JD talking.”

Mikey Glenister

Trust Us, You Need To Get To Know The Trusted

It’s quite refreshing when you stumble across an young indie band who are contextually aware of exactly what they’re setting out to do. It’s something that is usually realised and honed a lot later in a band’s career.

The Trusted are a breath of fresh air, keeping things simple but with enough grit and character to make them stand out.

Their video for their latest ‘Turbulence’ (directed by Kana Waiwaiku, part of the Cool Thing Records team) dropped this week, a self assured indie treat. Tom Cunningham has the swagger and self belief that every great frontman should have.

The Trusted are playing lots of shows this Spring, check out www.thetrusted.co.uk for more information.

Youth Club Return With New Single ‘Are You Wanting It All’

By Mikey Glenister

You know that every time Youth Club come back with a new single, you’re in for a delicious pop treat. They are colour and light. Positivity and fun. They make music to dance to, because dancing is pleasant.

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Are You Wanting It All‘ is another polished pop masterclass. Their understanding of giving melody space to move through the song is once again evident. Their sound has almost pulled back slightly, with subtle synths building through the verses with a gradual crescendo to that all important chorus. Then POW! You’ve arrived, time to dance. We’re with you all the way boys.

Youth Club play London Camden Assembly, a gig hosted by The Hyve on 22nd February. Tickets available here: http://smarturl.it/HyveFebruary