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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 ... - 20160118

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So here we have it then - the first one in our new column tie-up with Scruff Of The Neck Records. Five hand-picked tracks from the forefront of the indie scene for your listening pleasure at the start of the week. 

The Beautiful Game – 'These 4 Walls'

Forming in Camden in 2008, five-piece The Beautiful Game build on a foundation of classic British indie whilst managing to keep their sound wholly contemporary. The band's latest offering 'These 4 Walls' is three minutes of upbeat freneticism that could easily fill the floors of indie clubs.


GLUE – 'Blood Red'

Ambient vibes says the soundcloud page of Manchester's GLUE, hitting the nail squarely on the head. Epitomising the band perfectly, 'Blood Red' is an understated dream-pop number that rumbles moodily through its verses, before spreading its wings and floating in to the ether during its ephemeral chorus.


Góða Tungl – 'Shabba'

Whilst the name might mean good moon in Icelandic, Góða Tungl are distinctly Manc in their delivery. 'Shabba' is the opening track from last year's EP and is built around bouncy beats and an apathetic drawl from vocalist Scott Brown and is arguably this week's biggest ear worm.


Shoals – 'A Girl Called She'

In the three years they've been together, Reading-based Shoals have managed to create a decade spanning amalgam of motown-influenced psych rock. Both melodic but suitably groove-filled, 'A Girl Called She' benefits from a rhythmic push and pull; a trippy, understated ebb and flow that's never in danger of really losing its mind.


Red Light Effect – 'Phosphorus'

From its outset, the rumbling bass and moody '80s aesthetic of 'Phosphorus' immediately brings to mind fellow Mancunian's Slow Readers Club. Driving guitars and impressive vocal range make Red Light Effect one of Manchester's hottest prospects, something the wider music press are finally beginning to cotton on to.


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