The Hot 5! #017

Published by ukindietouring on June 3rd, 2014 - in The Hot 5!

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Count down to Summer with number 17 of The Hot 5! Shout out to Rooms Magazine for the support of this feature, and to illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar from Paperfig for our lovely logo. This is where we get listening at UKIT to find 5 tracks of up and coming bands around the UK that we think are worth sharing. Here we go, in no particular order…

 

#017-01 POLYMATH - MOVIN
Let’s introduce some summer vibes with this one man electronic act from the Highlands of Scotland. With a few ambient vocals layers throughout, this groove based track will be sure to get feet moving.

 

#017-02 GALAXIANS – MY SHIT IS CUSTOM
We’ll keep the dance party going with Galaxians from Leeds. Plenty of synth and instrumental good time beats. Yeah.

 

#017-03 GENO CARRAPETTA- ÉTERINITÉ
Another one man band, this time from London, this song brings psychedelic vibes and out there vocals. Smooth.

 

#017-04 JOE INNES & THE CAVALCADE -  FABLE
This self described anti-folk outfit tick all the boxes; acoustic guitar, story telling vocals, fine use of a fiddle and group backing vocals. An accomplished track from London town.

 

#017-05 THE WITCH HUNT - WIDE AND LAUGHING
Last but not least we have The Witch Hunt from Leed, with understated yet strong guitar riffs and dark and haunting female vocals. Solid work.

The Hot 5! #016

Published by ukindietouring on May 5th, 2014 - in The Hot 5!

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We are well into Spring and as summer approaches we are getting HAWT with sweet number 16 of The Hot 5! Shout out to Rooms Magazine for the support of this feature, and to illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar from Paperfig for our lovely logo. This is where we get listening at UKIT to find 5 tracks of up and coming bands around the UK that we think are worth sharing. Here we go, in no particular order…

 

#016-01 ESCAPE TO NEW YORK – IT’S A BATTLEGROUND
We ease in with this lovely track from Derby’s Escape to New York, with a nice build, good groove and interesting dynamics. A great way to kick off the May Hot 5.

 

#016-02 DARK BELLS – IN HEAD
With an old skool sound and dark groove, this song has a very cool vibe with its moody female vocals and killer chorus. Great work from this London based three piece.

 

#016-03 APIDAE - THROWING SHAPES
Our instrumental this month is by a one man band from Kent, Apidae. You could definitely throw some shapes on the dance floor with this tune and we’re loving the interesting break down about half way where the string section comes in and builds until the outro.

 

#016-04 OLYMPIANS –  SEA PALLING
We’ll bring the mood down with this mellow track from Norwich’s Olympians which has sweet vocals and a good sense of story telling. It is sad, but good.

 

#016-05 GRAND OLD JUKE – BUILDING HOUSES OUT OF STICKS
To finish this Hot 5 we have Grand Old Juke from Manchester. An uplifting song with a good use of the extra instrumentation of brass, synth and male/female harmonies. Plus the outro is a great way to round things out!

Songeist: An Online DIY Music Community

Published by ukindietouring on April 23rd, 2014 - in DIY, Interviews, Online Tools, Promotion & PR

Barney from Songeist

Barney from Songeist (Photo source: supplied)

Paul “Barney” Barnes is a man after our own heart, so we were pretty pleased when he got in touch with us to tell us about his new online venture Songeist. The website is a clean, well designed and functional platform, and with Barney’s background of playing in touring bands, it makes sure the focus represents the thinking and mentality of musicians. We chatted with him to find out more. 

Tell us about Songeist. What is it? How did start etc?

Songeist is a new online digital platform for emerging artists. The site launched last September and is currently live in its Beta version.  It is a site that allows artists and fans alike to discover and buy new music, to connect with each other and it ultimately aims to help emerging musicians to advance their careers.

The site was devised by a family who have had several family members involved in emerging acts and collectively experienced the trials and tribulations that come with that. These experiences have built a passion for supporting the arts and a concern about musician’s rights and the fair discovery of new talent. They worked to create a website that catered to the needs of emerging artists and secured investors to support the site which takes us into the present, where we’re working as a small, dedicated team to make that concept a reality.

What makes Songeist different to other online platforms for music?

Essentially, the staff’s proximity to the bands and fans we’re working with as well as our immediate connection to the music scene that bands are emerging into. I have over a decade of experience being in a DIY band and running my own label for instance and I’m just at the end of an email for anyone who wants to get in touch. Granted, there are a number of fantastic UK sites and resources for promotion of emerging music but the hosting and selling of music tends to be handled by huge global sites. They are great for what they are, but we think that having our nose to the ground gives us an advantage over them as it pertains to our interaction with emerging artists in the UK.

We really want to foster a sense of community on the site and we don’t want the artists to feel lost in the crowd which is a problem on the huge music sites. At Songeist we champion our artists and help spread the word about their music via social media, our home page, featured artist sections and editorial content. It’s a small team, so when we all agree on an artist it’s a great feeling and they can enjoy all the promotion we can muster! Other feathers in our cap that we’re very proud of are our exclusive live showcases and sessions. This year we’re hosting a Songeist curated showcase at The Great Escape festival in Brighton which we’re stoked about. Every act on the bill has their music on Songeist and is an active part of our community and promotion so it’ll be great to present that to the music fans and industry representatives at the festival.

Here is a video from our first one at The Sebright Arms in London on December 4th http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAFXIQgZiXk ) and a session to check out  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWBzPPer1Ks).

What are you top tips for an indie band to promote their music online?

A little research and organisation goes a long, long way. Know your genre and have a plan. Last night I was advising an act that have a single and a video ready how best to proceed and a lot of the time I was just re-iterating to know your genre, have a plan and stick to it. Don’t let your material dribble out onto different platforms just because you’re excited. Even if it’s your first four track demo, you still need an EPK; a good photo, a decent bio and a press release written to a professional standard. That stuff makes as big an impression as your music and you can’t go back and re-do that just because you’ve rushed to get your stuff out. Leave time in your schedule for the photos and written parts of your EPK to be double-checked by someone who knows the ropes.

Do some research and make a list of the sites and magazines you’re aiming for. There are a stack of links over on the BBC Introducing page to sites and blogs for emerging artists to send their music to. Hit them all together on a Monday morning and hope that across the week some of the sites and blogs may pick up on it. A great way to promote a digital single or EP is with a video. So set a date for the EP release and be intelligent in your use of your social media to hype that over the subsequent weeks. Choose the Monday a week or two before the single comes out to drop the video and use annotations on YouTube to point the viewer towards that. On the same day, send your EPK and press release about the video and single to all the sites and blogs and magazines that cover the genre you’re in. You’ll be amazed how your organisation and preparation in that aspect of your music will be as important to your act’s failure or success as the music itself.

How does a band get involved with Songeist?

To claim your free profile, simply head over to Songeist.com and go to http://www.songeist.com/artist/register. We would absolutely suggest that you check out other acts on the platform; maybe use the ‘browse artist’ function to find other bands in your genre. And then, why not get in touch with the band via the messaging system? We’re inspired by sites that have a strong community. It’s that sense of community that we envision and that we’re dedicated to nurturing at Songeist.

Future plans?

In the short term, we’re spending our time adding technical tweaks and features to the site. We launched in beta because we wanted to be able to remain agile to the needs of the bands that are joining our community, so we’re building additions to the site based on their recommendations, which is a really exciting way of developing. In the longer term, we’re hoping to become the first stop for bands, fans and industry to learn about and interact with emerging acts in the UK. It’s a lofty goal but you have to have a dream!

Any thing else to add?

Thank you to you and the guys at UK Indie Touring. I love what you and others like DemosUK, Fresh on the net, Best of British Unsigned, Help for Bands, Music Crowns and others are doing for the support of emerging UK acts. We know we are the new kids on the block but we are inspired by your work and efforts and we look forward to working alongside you in the promotion of emerging artists in the UK. Thanks for letting us get our voice across and keep up the good work.

Get in touch with Songeist:
Website: songeist.com
Twitter: @SongeistBarney
Facebook: facebook.com/songeist

The Hot 5! #015

Published by ukindietouring on April 6th, 2014 - in The Hot 5!

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Spring is in the air and things are heating up with 15 of The Hot 5! Shout out to Rooms Magazine for the support of this feature, and to illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar from Paperfig for our lovely logo. This is where we get listening at UKIT to find 5 tracks of up and coming bands around the UK that we think are worth sharing. Here we go, in no particular order…

 

#015-01 EKODA MAP – PASTELS
We’ll open the first Spring Hot 5 with this lovely instrumental from Ekoda Map. Not much info to be about he/she/them on the WWW, but that doesn’t take away from this well crafted electronic based song.

 

#015-02 HELLA BETTER DANCER – SLEEPINGTALKING
This track kicks out deep womanly vocals with a cool psychedelic vibe. Great work from this London / Brighton band for producing a tune that should definitely attract some attention.

 

#015-03 DEATH & THE PENGUIN – SNUFFED OUT
We are big fans D&TP and this is a great track. An interesting arrangement with intricate guitars, fantastic vocals and intelligent lyrics, the London based four piece takes you on a journey with all its dynamics.

 

#015-04 BEST DAYS –  SOMETHING
An uplifting song from this Cardiff band with all the right feel good moments and a catchy chorus, making us all warm and fuzzy inside! Welsh pop at it’s best!

 

#015-05 PINACT – GUILLOTINE
Let’s round this Hot 5 out with some shoe-gazing rock courtesy of Glasgow’s Pinact. This two piece have made a rocking tune reminiscent of sounds coming out of mid-west US twenty years ago, but with a fresh Scottish approach.

A Few Tools for the Indie Musician’s Online Toolkit

Published by ukindietouring on March 19th, 2014 - in Online Tools, Resources

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It’s old news that the online world is an essential part of an indie musician’s journey. Over the last year or so we’ve interviewed an interesting range of web based music companies so we thought we’d compile a shortlist for your toolkit. Put down your instruments and start typing on that keyboard…

1. Distribution: CD Baby

Founded in 1998 and based in Portland, CD Baby is one of the world’s largest online distributers. It focusses on enabling bands to keep control of their music and is a on stop shop for selling your music on the likes of iTunes and Spotify, as well as CD sales and publishing. Read more…

2. Ticketing: WeGotTickets 

WeGotTickets is a London based ticketing company aimed working with small to medium independent based music organisations, as well as directly with bands. All their ticketing is done electronically with e-ticketing and is a fairly straightforward process to set up. Read more…

3. Crowd Funding: Pledge Music

Crowd funding has become a great way for artists to raise funds for their projects over the last few years, as well as a marketing tool for testing the demand for their music. Pledge Music is a dedicated online platform to managing your crowd funding campaign and payments. Read more…

4. Collaborating: Music Gateway

Music Gateway connects the various create roles of a the recording process, with a platform set up for musicians to either pitch opportunities or look for them. It’s DIY on a global scale from the comfort of your living room. Read more…

5. Apps: BandApp

Smart phones are everywhere and BandApp is a great way for musicians to connect to fans directly to their mobile or tablet. It’s simple to use and free too! Read more…

The Hot 5! #014

Published by ukindietouring on March 4th, 2014 - in The Hot 5!

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Winter is nearly over but we’ve kept things hot with number 14 of The Hot 5! Shout out to Rooms Magazine for the support of this feature, and to illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar from Paperfig for our lovely logo. This is where we get listening at UKIT to find 5 tracks of up and coming bands around the UK that we think are worth sharing. Here we go, in no particular order…

 

#014-01 DELTA SLEEP – JESUS BILL!
Delta Sleep from different parts of the country and have produced a fine track here with intricate guitars, smooth warm vocals and good use of dynamics, syncopation and time signatures.

 

#014-02 VESSELS – ELLIPTIC
A very cool and emotive instrumental piece from Leed’s Vessels, takes you on a journey (like The Neverending Story) with a lovely blend of organic and electronic instruments.

 

#014-03 HALFLING’S LEAF – SPLINTERS
Fast, shouty and technical! This Manchester band shows they certainly knows how to rock with this in your face track!

 

#014-04 SUNS – BELLS
Loving the electronic sounds and moody grove of this track by Suns from London. A haunting build and a beautiful breakdown to finish the song.

 

#014-05 MOLO – HELLO GOODBYE
Another electronic track, this time from London duo Molo, featuring Caterina Moreno’s lovely vocals. A perfect way to finish this top five with a some chilled out grooves.

DIY Recording: General Production Techniques – Part 5 – Other Instruments

Published by ukindietouring on February 19th, 2014 - in DIY, Recording, Resources

DIY Recording: General Production Techniques – Part 5 - Other Instruments

In our final session of DIY Recording we are looking at a range of other instruments that your might come across, as part of our five part series on General Production Techniques, with tips and tricks to help with your sound. Recording is an art and a science, so try these tips out using your ears and creativity. 

You never know what instrument you’ll come across in indie music these days, so here is an overview of a range of different possibilities. Whilst it’s always great to have the real live instrument, the advance in technology means that often virtual/synth alternatives are used, but many of the same principles apply.

Grand Piano

25-50Hz - resonance
80-120Hz - fullness
2.5-5kHz - presence
14kHz - brightness
(50Hz-4.7kHz – Formant) – IMPORTANT REGION

  • Pianos are mechanically noisy and can produce enormous transients.
  • Levels should be set between -3 & -5 VU and a limiter inserted with a +4dBm threshold and 12:1 ratio.
  • Manuel gain riding is sometimes employed.
  • The piano should be in a live environment on a hard floor.
  • Where possible and desirable, piano should be treated as natural as possible.
  • Reverb should be big and decay quickly.
  • Panning should be no more than 1⁄2 left & right.

Harp

100Hz - LF region
3kHz - presence range

  • Needs a live room.
  • Mic top & bottom.
  • For miking LF – place 2m away, aim for spot on floor halfway.

General Strings

100Hz - muddiness/boominess (cut to get rid of)
300Hz - body
2kHz - edge/presence
7kHz - screaming string sound

  • Needs to be in a live area (especially a string section)
  • Use basic stereo mic technique
  • Gratey strings – can be a problem, flange above 4kHz, slow & subtle.
  • Sequencer strings section – get one string player to play along to make sound better.
  • For a section – only the lead guy and a conductor needs to wear hear phones.

Violin

250Hz - bottom end
6kHz - presence/brightness
10kHz - airiness

  • 200Hz-1.3kHz – Fundamentals (G2-E5) C3 = middle C
  • Up to 10kHz – Range with harmonics
  • 300Hz, 1kHz & 1.2kHz – important frequencies/formant of violins
  • Record -3 to -5VU (-3VU for bow)

Viola

  • Formant points – 200Hz, 600Hz & 1.6kHz
  • See violin.

Cello

65Hz- 520Hz - fundamental range (C1-C4)
80Hz - bottom end
350Hz – 600Hz - formant
250Hz – 900Hz - critical area
800Hz - low mid warmth/roundness
2.5kHz - string sound
5-12kHz - upper harmonics

  • Condenser mic is favoured for a clear bright sound.
  • For a rounder, mellow sound – try a dynamic mic.
  • Record -3VU (for dynamics).
  • For rock use compressor dampening

Brass

100Hz - HPF
250Hz - bottom end warmth/body
3kHz - presence range
5-7kHz - sibilance equivalent
14kHz - LPF

  • For brass ensemble try up to 1.3s reverb time, plate for stabby sound, size will vary.
  •  Try to record in a natural environment.
  • Compress to tape and afterward, 8:1 ratio.
  • Use stereo miking technique.
  • Often double tracked, depending on skill of player.
  • Optional second track an octave lower, blend at lower level for more weight.
  • Gate for tightness. Needs to be warmed up for right pitch.
  • For harshness try slow flanging.
  • Delay and harmonizer to spread out.

Trumpet

  • Use both close and distant mics.
  • Close 80Hz-250Hz (capture fullness).
  • Distance 80Hz + 2.5kHz (brightness).
  • Pull out some LFs.
  • Formant points, 1-1.5kHz & 2-3kHz.
  • Reverb as long as 4-5s, more common 1-2s - Hall reverb - sense of space.
  • Harmonics go as high as 15kHz.

Trombone

  • Fundamental range – 80Hz-520Hz (E1-C4).
  • Harmonics up to 5kHz for quiet play, 10kHz for loud play.
  • Formant points – 480Hz, 600Hz, 1.2kHz.

Tuba

20Hz - LF
1.5-2kHz - HF
80Hz & 200Hz - cut for full sound

  • Mic distance – 1.5-2m, on axis to bell and move around.
  • Range 29Hz-1.5-2kHz.
  • Use LF dynamic mics.

French Horn

66Hz- 700Hz - fundamental range (B-F4)
120Hz – 240Hz - body
3.5kHz – 5kHz - shrill, harsh
Formant
340Hz 
- roundness
750Hz, 2kHz 3-5kHz

  • Distance mic over 2m.
  • Reverb – big, typically hall, give a big delay time as filler.
  • For a small room, to get distant sound play around with mic, put behind player.

Saxophone

8kHz - harmonics
10kHz - breath noise

  • Bb tenor – Fundamental range – 117 – 725Hz (B1-F4).
  • A Alto – Fundamental range – 140 – 784Hz (C2-G4).
  • Record -3VU, preferable in a live area, dynamic mic.
  • Reverb – wide open pan stereo reverb (brass needs ambience).
  • Watch for players hopping around.
  • Headphone mix, give rhythm, nice reverb on sax.

Clarinet

12kHz - Upper harmonics
Formant 880Hz weak areas
3- 4kHz weak areas
+ 500kHz - for body + 2kHz - for presence

  • Bb tenor – Fundamental range – 147Hz – 1.57kHz (D2-G5).
  • A Alto-Fundamentalrange-139- (C2-).
  • Reverb – big hall reverb, up to 1.5 decay.

Flute

240Hz-2.1kHz - body
6kHz - prominent harmonics (edginess)
9kHz - weaker harmonics (light area)

  • Fundamental range – 247Hz – 2.1kHz (B2-C6).
  • Watch out for 1kHz (B4), sounds like sine wave.
  • Problems – key noise, breath noise, detuning resulting from temperature fluctuation.
  • Record in live area, use omni, can use 2 mics.
  • Dipolar pattern – for dispersion up to 3kHz, it is along the player’s line of sight.
  • Above 3kHz it is 90° to the right.

Blues Harp

250Hz - bottom end
700Hz - warmth/thickness
2.5kHz - presence
5kHz - sibilance/spit

  • Reverb up front, bright plate, depending on situation.

Chromatic Harp

  • Little boost at 4kHz (articulation), shorter reverb than blues harp.

Piano Accordion

100Hz - bottom end
600Hz - warmth
3kHz - presence
8kHz - last harmonics

  • Generally recorded in stereo with left being the top end.
  • A condenser 30cm from headboard side and dynamic 1-1.5m from other side.

Bongos

  • Mic from overhead with one condenser.
  • Treat like rack toms. 

Get the gear

Two mics that are definitely good to have on hand and aren’t too expensive are the Shure SM57 and MXL 990 Condenser Microphone.

Specific items for a DIY budget:

  • Zoom H4N Hand Held Stereo Recorder
    This little machine has an awesome sound for recording as room mics eg for a string section, once you find the sweet spot. Also a great tool for demoing during the songwriting and preproduction stages.
  • Rode NT1-A Condenser Microphone
    An extremely clean, smooth and affordable condenser mic, and as with the MXL 990, can use on any instrument requiring a condenser mic.
  • Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone
    The classic  microphone for when you’re on the road, it’s always handy to have the ’58 nearby as it can often produce great result for such a cheap microphone.

Check out Part 1 – DIY Recording Vocals.

Check out Part 2 – DIY Recording Drums.

Check out Part 3 – DIY Recording Guitar.

Check out Part 4 – DIY Recording Bass.

The Hot 5! #013

Published by ukindietouring on February 4th, 2014 - in The Hot 5!

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We’re still keeping things HOT for winter with edition lucky number 13 of The Hot 5! Shout out to Rooms Magazine for the support of this feature, and to illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar from Paperfig for our lovely logo. This is where we get listening at UKIT to find 5 tracks of up and coming bands around the UK that we think are worth sharing. Here we go, in no particular order…

 

#013-01 BEARDED YOUTH QUEST – QUANTUMPLATION
Let’s kick this one off with an exciting instrumental from Bearded Youth Quest from the South Coast. With so much energy, this track takes you on a rainbow roller coaster!

 

#013-02 VASCO DA GAMMA – BRIGADIERS
A punchy and melodic number from Liverpool’s Vasco Da Gamma, you can definitely hear some of those old post punk references in their sound. Still fresh though.

 

#013-03 CHPLN – WHITE SNOW
Beautiful vocals, melancholic sounds and a lovely build, this is a very sweet track indeed from London’s Chpln.

 

#013-04 VULPES VULPES – PLAYING PATIENCE
A nice bass groove, cool range of electronic sounds and interesting effected vocals coming from this nocturnal producer from Stoke-on-Trent.

 

#013-05 THE WITCH AND THE ROBOT – AYN RAND’S GRAND PLAN
This Lakes District act has given us fine, psychedelic and somewhat quirky number to round off this edition of The Hot 5!

DIY Recording: General Production Techniques – Part 4 – Bass

Published by ukindietouring on January 22nd, 2014 - in DIY, Recording, Resources

DIY Recording: General Production Techniques – Part 4 - Bass

In session four of DIY Recording we are looking at bass, as part of our five part series on General Production Techniques, with tips and tricks to help with your sound. Recording is an art and a science, so try these tips out using your ears and creativity. 

Bass is sometimes thought of as a simple instrument, but getting the bottom end right can be quite complex and is really important to the drive of the song.

As with guitars, the bass is a variable instrument in terms of the sound they produce, and it crucial to get the source of your sound right; making sure you have selected the right bass and amp for what you are going for and to look at the condition of your bass – does it need new strings, is it in tune? Here’s a good overview of the different types of bass guitars from Sweet Water Music. There is also the option of playing the bass part on a synth or keyboard – although this won’t work for every genre of course…

Another thing to consider is the monitors you are using. Sometimes those low notes and sub frequencies can get lost. If you can, get hold of a sub woofer to check the low frequencies.

Electric Bass

The aim is to capture LF warmth, while maintaining note distinction.

50Hz - Boominess
80Hz - Warmth + power
250Hz - Body
500Hz - string distinction when cut
800Hz - roundness & warmth
2.5kHz - attack
5kHz - harmonics
10kHz - LPF

  • Usually DI & mic the bass.
  • For a mic – use larger diaphragm dynamic, 10-15cm from the speaker.
  • Must be in a dead area, because reflections will make too muddy.
  • Record 0VU -3 to -5

Effect for distinction

  • Very low flange.
  • Compress with low threshold, but slow attack
  • Gentle chorus (50-50 mix) – makes smooth.

Double Bass

41-261Hz - Fundamentals
<70Hz - Response = -3dB (less power)
70-250Hz - Critical range (tonality)
80Hz - Body
800Hz - fullness/warmth
2.5kHz - clarity, brightness, edge
5kHz - string sound
7kHz - end of harmonics Sounds up to
10kHz if played with a bow

  • Loud above 70Hz & fairly transient.
  • Play on a fairly hard surface, but not too live.
  • Jazz – +80Hz, +250Hz, +1.5kHz • Pop – +80Hz, +250Hz, +3.5kHz

Compression

  • High threshold
  • 12:1 ratio –  medium attack – medium-slow release

Get the gear

Specific items for a DIY budget:

  • AKG D112
    The egg mic – great for capturing bottom end and works well on kick too.
  • MXR Bass Distortion+ Pedal
    Great affordable pedal for giving your sound a boost live and also can be used as a DI when recording.

Check out Part 1 – DIY Recording Vocals.

Check out Part 2 – DIY Recording Drums.

Check out Part 3 – DIY Recording Guitar.

Check out Part 5 – DIY Other Instruments.

The Hot 5! #012

Published by ukindietouring on January 6th, 2014 - in The Hot 5!

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Happy New Year, welcome to 2014 and our first Hot 5 for the year! Shout out to Rooms Magazine for the support of this feature, and to illustrator Jhinuk Sarkar from Paperfig for our lovely logo. This is where we get listening at UKIT to find 5 tracks of up and coming bands around the UK that we think are worth sharing. Here we go, in no particular order…

 

#012-01 THE KINGSMITHS – BRETON
We start the year with this eclectic song from The Kingsmiths. The Brighton quartet has produced a catchy tune, with intricate guitars, interesting vocals and good dynamics.

 

#012-02 ARCS & TRAUMA – THIS PLACE THAT I LOVE
We always have a soft spot for experimental indie, and this month Arcs and Trauma has got that spot! Fat riffs, prog riffs, melodic riffs and a great soaring chorus, it’s a nice piece of work from Hartlepool in NE England.

 

#012-03 CRASH OF RHINOS – INTERIORS
With good dose touch of old skool post punk, loving this punchy song from Derby’s Crash of Rhinos. Great beats and shouty yet melodic vocals.

 

#012-04 CALICO – NIGHTOWL
A soothing tune for our first instrumental of the year by Brighton’s Calico. Nice use of horns and keys too. Sit back and relax to this one.

 

#012-05 THE DRUMATICS – SHOW STOPPER
Hailing from London Town, The Drumatics have given us a pacing and ethereal electronic number that has song very cool vocals and drives all the way to the end.

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