BOOT WATCH - MAY 2020
Need some great new music to get you through the month? Then here is our top 3 artist picks for May.
Grimsby's fuzzy rocksters have quickly been gaining momentum with a string of energetic singles and EP's, earning support from BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music. Now, they have arrived with another dance along single, 'Animals'. Their music carries that sought after filmscape quality, the kind of songs that could slip right inside your next favourite film and provide the soundtrack to your lockdown daydreams.
The new single is no different. It is a track that has let its hair down and began living life its own way, capturing the freedom and expression of the Summer months. However, this care free surface is deceiving, with the lyrical content a lot more angst-ridden. Lead Singer Ash told us that this is no coincidence - "We like working with sweet and sour elements....to take aggressive lyrics and lay them over sunny, feel-good guitar riffs and poppy beats". So if you need to let go and whip out some self isolation dance moves then 'Animals' is your track.
Another new release comes from one of the most unique indie sounds out there, The Assist. These guys have been making a name for themselves for years now, layering their urban swagger on top of indie dance floor beats. Their live shows have gained them a close following, however you don't need to have seen them live to feel their energy, it is apparent in every track. The lyrics are packed tightly between their infectious hooks making for a sound that is festival ready.
Their new single 'LIFE' is dedicated to the NHS workers who are battling against COVID-19. It is an expansive track that gradually builds in drama, allowing the socially conscious lyrics to shine through. Lead singer Mikey has said that "I'd like for this song to resemble a period in history that will be remembered for the constitutions of everyone when it mattered most". The charity single has already raised over £1000 for the NHS via their just giving page which you can donate to here.
Wrexham's new band on the block is The Royston Club who have been gathering attention since their debut EP 'This State I'm In' (recorded in the under threat Parr Street Studios) and their recent lockdown cover of Blackbird.
For those not familiar, their music is just what you would want from a young, northern band; full of energy, full of character and with great singalong tunes to match. Speaking on the new EP, band member Ben explained that "The idea behind it is just the standard issues that lads like us are going through so we hoped people could relate through that" . This personal and relatable attitude shines through on the EP. The music if packed with an honest charm that seems so in demand right now, with the likes of Gerry Cinnamon and The Lathums offering a similar musical authenticity. They manage to pull off a tricky task - drawing on the sounds of of Indie rock classics without becoming retrogressive in any way.
Standout songs like 'Believe It or Not' and 'Tangled Up' are somewhat nostalgic whilst also emanating a contemporary freshness. With smooth layered vocals, acoustic hooks and lyrics of summertime romance, the EP is the perfect audible guide through the coming warmer months.
Take a listen to all these new tunes plus all our new favs in our Listen Up playlist.