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First Listen : False Heads - Thick Skin

First Listen is the part of Musos' Guide where we tempt you in with lesser played tracks from the recent past or this very minute. Enjoy.



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Scruff of the Neck Presents ... - 20160613

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For your entertainment during another working week here's five more hand-picked delights from the Scruff Of The Neck stable.

False Heads – ‘Thick Skin’

Kicking off this week, London-based snot poppers False Heads return with their newest single ‘Thick Skin’. Woozy in its delivery and clattering in its composition, it’s yet another reason to sit up and take note of one of East London’s fastest rising bands. When Iggy Pop is championing an act, you know they’re on to a good thing.


Rock Bottom Risers – ‘Legal In A Week (or maybe two)’

Released just over a week ago, the new single from West Yorkshire reprobates Rock Bottom Risers is built around stoned, propulsive grooves that come courtesy of perfectly matched bass and percussion. The idiosyncratic drawl of vocalist Kane Scott is a steadfast as ever, providing more than enough bite and grit to offset an effortless rhythm section.


The Claremonts – ‘Money’

Drawing from a wealth of decade-spanning indie, Manchester’s The Claremont’s belie their young years through their deft musicality and on-stage chemistry. Latest cut ‘Money’ is steeped in jangle-pop tradition, falling somewhere in between The La’s and The Stone Roses at their prettiest, it’s simple and melodic, allowing the band’s promise to shine through.


RINSE – ‘Taser Party’

Spiky guitars and a chunky bass line form the backbone of ‘Taser Party’ the most recent single from Stoke alt-rockers RINSE. Frenetic and atmospheric, it’s a natural progression from the band’s last outing, ‘Not Too Late’. Building on the brooding atmosphere of the aforementioned, ‘Taser Party’ feels both subdued, and somewhat more driven in comparison, 


Bright Young People – ‘Solitude’

Following False Heads as the second band on the list signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, Rhyl’s Bright Young People relish in their own sleazy brand of indie rock. ‘Solitude’ is the band’s first single for the label and is three minutes of blistering swagger and snarl that’s impossible to ignore.











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