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Scruff Of The Neck Presents ... - 20160926

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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.

Bayonet – 'Weekend'

Kicking things off this week is the latest single from Sheffield indie-poppers Bayonet. While its upbeat guitars might be familiar to those who know the band already, 'Weekend' feels like a step in a more confident direction. Harbouring a definite sense of purpose behind its frenetic percussion and rolling bass, it's the sound of Bayonet stepping things up a gear.


False Heads – 'Weigh In'

Rapidly making a name for themselves thanks to their own brand of scuzzy garage rock, East London's False Heads can count both Iggy Pop and Gary Powell as supporters. 'Weigh In' is the band's most recent single, and fittingly seems them piling on the weight and riffs for arguably their heaviest  track to date. Foregoing the snot-pop of previous releases in favour of something with a little more bite.


Furr – 'Padlocks'

From London to Leeds, 'Padlocks' is the latest single from West Yorkshire's Furr and conversely sees the band in a somewhat poppier light than their previous single 'Think Sharp Kid'. That said, far from leaving behind the QOTSA vibe that track favoured, it marries it effortlessly with a bombast similar to that of early Killers and even U2. A band to keep your eye on.


Marsicans – 'Absence'

Staying in Leeds but heading in a much poppier direction, the latest cut from tropi-pop four-piece Marsicans sees rich swells of synth and guitar combine to create a bed of melody for vocalist James' heartfelt lyricis. Upbeat and ultimately irresistible, the band are currently on tour in support of their new EP and should definitely be checked out live.


Glue – 'Badlands'

Grungy and glitchy, East London trio Glue craft off-kilter and anarchic alt-pop that's entrenched in punk sensibility, but not afraid to show a melodic and even at times, anthemic side. Taken from their Balloon EP, 'Badlands' is the band at their most chaotic. Falling somewhere in between The Clash and The Libertines at their shambolic greatest, its woozy shanty-like chorus will be rattling round your head for weeks.



Scruff Of The Neck Presents ... - 20160530

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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.

Barron – 'Waiting For'

Ripe with melody and rich with emotion, 'Waiting For' signals the debut music video from Manchester's Barron. With enough pop sensibility to harbour definite cross-over appeal, it's indie rock at its most polished. That shouldn't deter listeners though, 'Waiting For' is rife with subtle nuance and proves Barron are a band to keep your eyes on.

Furr – 'Think Sharp Kid'

Heading North East up the M62, Leeds-based Furr offer a weightier take on rock. Unsurprising given their LS postcode, debut single 'Think Sharp Kid' is a distinctly British take on grunge, and comes across like Queens Of The Stone Age had they formed in West Yorkshire rather than South California. There's reason it appealed to Radio One's more alternative DJ's.

Morning Smoke – 'Waste My Time'

Hailing from Brighton, Morning Smoke are arguably one of their cities more morose outfits. That doesn't mean to say there's not a lot to love however. 'Waste My Time' is the band's most recent single and depicts their trademark despondency while never shying away from occasional melody. Having followed the band since their debut single, it's fantastic to hear just how far they've come the three years that followed.

Holy Matrimony – 'In A Dream Of You And I'

The first of the week's bands to harbour a more electronically driven aesthetic, Holy Matrimony are both refined and somewhat understated. 'In A Dream Of You And I' is the trio's most recent release, and floats effortlessly on the steady percussion that backbones its hazy bed of electronics. A track both indebted to its influences, yet feels unequivocally contemporary.

BlackWaters – 'Moon On A Stick'

In keeping with this weeks' tradition of new singles, BlackWaters' 'Moon On A Stick' is a frenetic and punchy indie-pop number with enough energy and bite to appeal to even the punk crowd. Upbeat and full of a wild and and wilful abandon, it's the sort of single that turns crowds in to a heaving mass of sweaty limbs, and we can't wait to here it live!

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