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#NewMusicFriday 07.05

Posted on Friday 8th May 2020 at 16:00

Jimi Arundell

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Jimi Arundell

Hi Gigantic Gang,

Guess what? It’s the bank holiday and what better way to enjoy the long weekend than with the #NewMusicFriday blog and playlist!!

There has been some fantastic new singles and albums coming out this week and we are always excited to be the first to bring you the new tunes and the stories behind the music – plus you can even grab tickets to hear the tunes being played live!

So, take it easy and #StayAtHome because we want everyone to be safe so we can all get together at all the amazing gigs and festivals in the future! See you soon Gang xx







CHOIR BOY – ‘Sweet Candy

It’s been four years since dream pop band Choir Boy first impressed with their debut album ‘Passive With Desire’ which had critics applauding their tremendous promise. Now they are back with their heartbreakingly saccharine single ‘Sweet Candy’.

Led by Adam Klopp, ‘Sweet Candy’ is the third single to be taken from Choir Boy's sophomore album ‘Gathering Swans’. The songwriter explains; “‘Sweet Candy’ expresses the sugar cravings and lovesickness of someone who denies themselves the excitement and bliss of romantic fulfilment. They’ve had a taste, but have opted for a sugar free diet.

Leading up to recording, we were struggling with the songs structure and melodic arrangements. So on the first day working on it in the studio, Michael and I took some acid hoping it would soften our biases. Mid-way through the day I began imagining the song as a neighborhood in a 1950’s musical. When the instrumentation sounded natural to me, it felt like the characters were going about their business on a calm Saturday morning, chiming in to the neighbourhood gossip when they saw fit. “Oh it’s true, I heard that too.” Chaz and Jeff would play around with the beat and instrumentation and every 10 minutes Michael and I would return from space with a twinkly piano or a character from our play. At some point, our friend Bly (who recorded and produced the record) began producing a meal of tomato sauce and garlic bread. The sauce was fragrant and seemed to take forever to cook. In the middle of someone’s take, the toaster oven bell dinged a great ding. “Someone’s cooking something good!” I thought. So, we incorporated the bell sound in the drums. The day continued like that with many ideas tip-toeing the line between rotten and wrong. Finally, after an exhausting day of stimulating playtime, we drank some fancy bottled water and went home.”

Choir Boy tickets are currently available.



FONTAINES D.C. – ‘A Heroes Death

Can you hear that massive explosion? That’s just the sound of the internet blowing up with excitement because Fontaines D.C. have just dropped their brand-new single ‘A Heroes Death’!

Last year, the Dublin based post punks became THE biggest breakthrough band with the release of their debut album 'Dogrel' which earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and saw them named Album of the Year 2019 by both BBC 6Music and Rough Trade. Now they return with this confident song which acts like a manifesto for living.

It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over. There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well. “The idea was influenced by a lot of the advertising I was seeing – the repetitive nature of these uplifting messages that take on a surreal and scary feel the more you see them.” – Grian Chatten

A Heroes Death’ is the title single taken from Fontaines D.C. second album and you can pre-order your copy right now on Limited Edition Stormy Blue Vinyl, Limited Edition Deluxe Double Vinyl, Standard Vinyl and CD – plus money saving Bundles are also available.  

Fontaines D.C. tickets are currently available.





THE CHARLATANS – ‘Between 10th and 11th’ (Expanded Edition)

When Tim Burgess isn’t busy hosting his Twitter listening parties (if you haven’t already, make sure you check them out HERE) or playing as a solo artist, he’s once again riding high with indie icons The Charlatans and to celebrate thirty years since the release of their seminal second album ‘Between 10th and 11th’, the Manchester lads are bringing out a new Expanded Edition.

Between 10th and 11th’ was originally released in the Spring of 1992 and include such game changing singles as ‘Tremelo Song’ and ‘Weirdo’ which would become their biggest selling song to the US to date.

 ‘Between 10th and 11th’ (Expanded Edition) will include a remaster of the original album, plus plenty of bonus material in the form of the entire live disc devoted to their heralded 1991 Chicago gig know as Isolation 21.2.91. – with even more on the bonus CD!

You can grab a copy of The Charlatans ‘Between 10th and 11th’ (Expanded Edition) right now on Clear Double Vinyl + 2CD Bundle, Clear Double Vinyl and Double CD.

The Charlatans tickets are currently available.




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