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By Gigantic Tickets
Posted on Friday 1st May 2020 at 16:00
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You’ve been working hard all week and so it’s only fair that we bring you your favourite #NewMusicFriday blog and playlist!
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New York indie rock pairing Alex Luciano (guitar/vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) have been playing as awesome band Diet Cig for six years now and despite their hard-earned reputation for their passionate performances they’ve always felt somewhat like they’ve got something to prove. The duo blast away any shadow of doubt just how amazing they are on their second LP ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’
“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” – Alex Luciano
It can get truly exciting when you strip rock right down to the bare basics. Getting rid of all the unnecessary gimmicks and gadgets allows the purity of a song can shine through and it’s the truly special bands that dare to write in this way. Dashing all fears of a difficult second album, they have returned with a rousing record that has all the energy of their debut as heard on stand out song ‘Broken Body’ plus the added dynamism of gorgeous slower tracks like ‘Night Terrors’.
When Obaro Ejimiwe AKA Ghostpoet speaks, the world listens and he certainly has a lot to say on new album ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’. This, the fifth LP from the two-time Mercury Prize nominee, continues to perfect his fusion of spoken work, trip hop and atmospheric experimental rock is a self-produced masterpiece and is doubtless one of the most important records of 2020.
There is something about controlled rage that is so much more compelling than the puerile cries of someone who has a very dim grasp of politics and the simmering rage throughout the record sounds like a genuine threat rather than a teenage tantrum. Aiding Ejimiwe with his articulate condemnation of a society drowning in anxiety with guest vocal appearances are Delilah Holiday from Skinny Girl Diet, Art School Girlfriend, SaraSara plus more
Ghostpoet will be touring ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’ in November, stopping to play at SWX in Bristol, Manchester Academy 2, Rescue Rooms at Nottingham and Cambridge Junction.
Blackpool based pop punks Boston Manor have been threatening to become something truly great and by taking a harder edge on third album ‘GLUE’, they might just breakthrough and achieve the huge success they have been on the cusp of achieving.
“It's a lot more abrasive and a weirder record... It's just new territory for us. The whole point was to throw away any preconceived notions of what the band is and push ourselves out of our comfort zone.”
“This is the start of our band finally becoming the band that we want to be. It's taken us so long to get here, but I'm really proud of us for becoming our own thing. Not once did we think about what people wanted to hear – we just went entirely down the rabbit hole with it. Our only rule was to do what we wanted to do. And I'm really happy that we did that.” – Henry Cox
Tapping into the anger and frustrations of a generation that can see past the problems of late stage capitalism and yet are continued to kept down, ‘GLUE’ tackles issues of toxic masculinity, mental trauma, class war and sets its sights on the powers that be, determined to see them come unstuck
“I want people to listen to it and feel something and think about things. The aim of the whole record is to make people angry. It's to make them go ‘Well, this pisses me off, how can I change it? What is one thing that I can personally do – that I can start doing today – to make a difference?’ Because we can do better than this. We just need to start.” – Henry Cox
‘GLUE’ is released on CD and limited spatter 12” vinyl, plus an additional 12” vinyl splatter design only available at independent record stores.
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