Posts Tagged ‘England’

Marika Hackman is back with ‘the one’, the second single from her forthcoming third album ‘Any Human Friend’, out 9th August via AMF Records (Loyle Carner) and on Sub Pop in North and South America.

Displaying an unapologetic attitude and a more liberated sound than ever before, ‘the one’ has been co-produced by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Let’s Eat Grandma) and Marika herself. ‘the one’ shows why Marika is fast turning herself into one of the most interesting songwriters of her time. Layered synthesisers make this the album’s most unexpected musical turn, alongside Marika’s signature new wave guitar fretwork and Blondie style delivery, she’s never sounded as widescreen.

The first song written for forthcoming album Any Human Friend, ‘the one’ is “probably the poppiest song I’ve ever written” she says. “I loved the idea of inhabiting this ridiculous arrogant rock star character who has totally fucked their career by writing too many sad songs.” To that end, it features a riot grrrl Greek chorus hurling such insults at her as “You’re such an attention whore!”

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Marika is a ‘Rid of Me’-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. Hackman’s 2015 debut, ‘We Slept at Last’, was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, ‘I’m Not Your Man’, and its exceptional, swaggering international hit ‘Boyfriend’, which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend.

Having recently teased new music at the BBC 6 Music festival, The Great Escape, All Points East, and Field Day, Marika is gearing up for an exciting year of touring. Keep an eye on this one!

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Pete Shelley in London, Britain - Oct 1977VARIOUS

Pete Shelley, the lead singer of the English punk rock band Buzzcocks, has died, as BBC reports via the band’s management. Shelley reportedly died at age 63 of a suspected heart attack in Estonia, where he was living at the time. On 6th December 2018, Buzzcocks singer and songwriter Pete Shelley died at the age of 63.

The Buzzcocks were formed in Bolton, England, by singer/songwriter/guitarist Shelley and singer/songwriter Howard Devoto, after the two met at the Bolton Institute of Technology (now known as the University of Bolton) and traveled to London to see a Sex Pistols gig. Buzzcocks then debuted in 1976 and opened for the Sex Pistols in Manchester.

Buzzcocks released their first EP Spiral Scratch in 1977, and went on to record nine studio albums. Devoto then left Buzzcocks in 1977, and Shelley became the frontman. Their most recent album, The Way, was released in 2014. The band is known for hits such as “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?” and “Why Can’t I Touch It?”

A re-issue of the Buzzcocks’ first two albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites, is due for release on January. 25th, 2019.

The band’s Twitter account posted the following statement:

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Merging a wall of noise with a keen ear for melody, La Bête Blooms have grown from their shoegaze, reverb-drenched beginnings to become a force of guitar-driven pop. With Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson and Tom Ravenscroft championing the birth of a more aggressive sound, Laverne summed up the bands transition perfectly: “Think Slowdive meeting Pixies, thrown in with a bit of Kurt Cobain’s Incesticide guitar and you pretty much have it”.

I Know It’s Nothing is an exercise in catharsis with a firmly set jaw and an ‘us against the world’ mentality.  The band’s desire to prove their worth with a unique take on life up north echoes their home city of Hull’s sentiments. La Bête Blooms are entwined with the region’s hard work to prove preconceptions wrong, and their name, created in a similar way to Bowie’s renowned song-writing ‘cut up’ method, translates as ‘The Beast Blooms’.

Frontman Daniel Mawer tells us what the EP is about: “I Know It’s Nothing is a collection of songs covering anxiety, depression, northern defiance and Hull as City of Culture! Making this EP was really cathartic and our favourite work to date,

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