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.

Charlie Wallis teams up with EMRE to Coast into a new direction with this summer anthem

Charlie Wallis is incredibly popular on the local Open Mic scene. His delicate but passionate voice makes him stand out with his unique brand of folk stylings. So this collaboration is the last thing we were expecting.

EMRE is an up and coming producer from London, who had the vision to embrace the wondrous qualities of Charlie‘s voice over this chilled house track. ‘Coast’ is an unexpected summer anthem. It seems that even without the acoustic guitar, Charlie has big pop aspirations. This is a welcome step in the right direction.

‘Coast’ is out today and available on iTunes.

Mikey Glenister

Summer may be here, but don’t put away your winter coat just yet: you need Big Jacket in your life

The folk scene in Southend is incredibly healthy. It’s a good time to be a troubadour, with plenty of Open Mic nights springing up over the last few years. There’s never been more platforms for upcoming artists.

One of the current standout acts in this scene is Big Jacket. Led by Jordan Hemmingway, they have only been playing together since January this year and already they are earning themselves a large following. Their single release show at The Alex was absolutely rammed, but this is testament to just how good their songs and live performances are.

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Something To Think About‘ is charming song. The reassuring growl in Jordan’s voice is perfectly complemented by the delicate tones of Kyiah Marks. The subtle build to the huge crescendoing ending is a beautiful journey. They’ve stamped their sound; this is pure and honest pop music. Very welcome in our seaside town.

Big Jacket play Village Green Festival next month. ‘Something To Think About’ is available on iTunes right here.

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

Nothing But Thieves Leave Their Hearts In Amsterdam, But Return With A HUGE Comeback Single

“Is this the most highly anticipated comeback single from a Southend band in history? Well it’s awfully hard to argue otherwise. The last three years have seen Nothing But Thieves thrive and become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. With a worldwide army of fans behind them, there’s massive pressure for comeback single ‘Amsterdam‘ to deliver. Does it?

We’ll just put this out there: Conor Mason will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest rock frontmen on the planet. The evolution of this young man’s vocals is quite something; the emotive delivery, the inhuman range and the effortless dynamics once again transform the trusty rock song framework into a fast paced delight.

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It feels like Conor’s lyrics explore the frustrations of isolation, highlighting how people don’t quite know how to interact anymore. “We live and then we die as one, we all live under the same sun.”/”So I’m Hitting My Head Up Against The Wall, over and over and over and over again, because I don’t wanna be like them”.
He quietly reflects with the lyric “I left my heart in Amsterdam, where I could dream and nights were young”, he hints that maybe this is a place where they had some peace from the enormity of the struggles of basic social existence. His passionate performance makes you root for him.

It’s an exhilarating 4 minutes. This video had the band’s biggest budget to date, shot on location in Kiev. It’s the first video to fully reflect the dominance of this band. They have finally arrived at the next level. If this is a sign of things to come on Nothing But Thieves’ second album ‘Broken Machines’ (due for release 8th September 2017), we could potentially be looking at one of the great rock records of this decade.
We’re with you all they way boys. ”

Mikey Glenister

You can preorder ‘Broken Machine’ right here, receiving Amsterdam straight away.

Courts Are Back To Bring 2k17 To Its Knees – You’d Best Not Get In Their Way

By Mikey Glenister

2016 was quite the year for Courts. The world woke up and took notice. You’ll be hard pushed to find a band that have fine tuned their sound so meticulously over the last five years. When they launched their new sound (blending indie and rap with precision), it was an eye opener. As they’ve evolved, they’ve managed to hone their funk and dance influences into their product, resulting in a much more focussed and unique offering. Disco grooves, intense delivery and startling precision.

But despite their impressive year where people finally started catching onto them, is this enough for the Basildon boys?

Their latest gift ‘Jaguar‘ is a surprise release. A straight up hip hop track, with a simple message: Courts are putting everyone on notice, because 2017 is theirs. And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

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Photo – Anthony Kieler

Chris’ lyrics bounce over the clean and direct groove. Much more stripped back from their recent disco funk offerings, this is track is a rally cry, almost a reminder to themselves as to why they’re doing this in the first place.

“Not resenting anybody, making music’s not my hobby and I send for the pence cos I need it for rent, you may hear me down the Jobby telling white lies so I can write rhymes, where they’re gonna take a percent, so why not make them earn it, while I pick and burn it, living like a hermit praying that they heard it.”

The self belief here is evident. It almost feels like there is plenty of pent up frustration; being trapped in the monotonous grind of nine to fives, whilst sitting on a potential gold mine that has yet to be cashed in. It’s clear that Courts are very much done with their old lives, and it’s an inevitability that they will become stars if they continue on the route they’re taking. Chris could be a mouthpiece for a generation.

To paraphrase the band, we swear 2k17 will be their year, and if it’s not then we don’t know what’s going on here. Not in the slightest. Check out Jaguar for yourselves. It’s sick.