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With three releases under their belt, Hallan are growing in stature. The Portsmouth based four-piece mix frank social commentary and deadpan humour with cavernous, angular riffs, producing tracks that are honest and unique.

We’re proud to announce the release of our debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ via Nice Swan Records . A prologue chapter within the world we call Hallan, Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor introduces the 21st century to the Gumshoe Boy. The boy is always the man for the job. He’s the man on the inside. He’s the Agency’s number one frontman and he’s armed with a tape provided by an anonymous source. An undercover operative in a satirical, Orwellian world, Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor paints a semi-abstract but tangible image of the new decade, holding a mirror up to not only our modern society but our individual selves. The time is now right. From the corner of his bleak bedroom the boy plans his plan, and from the corner of ours we do the same. Our music is built on the overlaps of musical interests. We each enjoy our separate preferences however we have a shared passion for creating music replete with integrity and honesty.  These traits can be attributed to the bands that influence us the most.  Bands such as The Fall, The Clash and Fontaines D.C. continuously remind us to write without constricting ourselves to genres and outside pressures.  Classic songwriting is also something to take note of. Inside the Gumshoe Boy’s record collection you’ll often find Bob Dylan classics and one of George Harrisons solo albums.

Track Listing:1. Reruns2. Hands Up3. The White Boys4. Orwell’s Idyllic Future5. Television Show6. Prime Time Lullaby

Out 16th July 2021 on Nice Swan Records

And so we venture into Lockdown 2.0, a hard time for many and an especially hard time for local musicians. With no gigs or even anywhere to rehearse it’s a bleak and soul crushing time for us local bands who love the Portsmouth music community. We’ve been fortunate enough to release pre-recorded material over the first lockdown but there are some bands that will be less fortunate. We will always be a Portsmouth band.

Check out their earlier track one of my favourites: Fueled by the sounds of Sports Team to Joy Division, Hallan create their own take on post-punk using unique social commentary lyrics and chunky riffs. I guess the track could easily be seen as accusational but honestly that’s not the case. The track was written as a notice to myself primarily. The track is comprised of notes on self betterment and reminders to aspire to be more than my current self.  Other parts of the track draw from everyday observation and derives from Gumshoe Boy’s notes on the scene. He sits in the corner and sees the beauty in the reoccurrence of habit.

The 7″ vinyl record will feature our newest single Modern England alongside Yesterday (With Him) on the flipside. Limited to 100 copies so snatch one up whilst you can.

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Portsmouth-via-London band Hotel Lux shared their debut EP “Barstool Preaching” via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, Fur). The five-track release spans slow-crawling, introspective rock (“Charades”), self-aware post-punk (“Loneliness of the Stage Performer”) and even jubilant organ-led guitar-pop (“Ballad of You & I”). There’s self-deprecating humour (“I scroll through pages upon pages on eBay to find the biggest ego and I beat the highest bidder”), stark frankness (“It’s just another day / Wasting our lives away”) and moments of clarity (“Sometimes I forget the people I meet are not the people for me / You see”). It’s also just a jolly good time with rollicking guitar lines and frontman Lewis Duffin’s cloak-and-dagger vocals.

Our ‘Barstool Preaching’ EP has landed! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. Thanks to Dave McCraken for producing the EP and being the referee during this process and thanks to all you lot for your continued support. Stream away here and let us know what you think. Onwards and upwards!.

The songs radiate youthfulness but Duffin’s precision-like lyrical scalpel ensures it maintains the mature, theatrical and visual edge that the earlier songs possessed and as a result, the songs now feel even bigger. Huge nights out and failed relationships feel almost mythic as the music maintains the sense that it’s on the edge of chaos, especially during opener “Tabloid Newspaper”, “Eddie’s Gaff” and “Loneliness of the Stage Performer”. It’s music to while away the night to, drinking, singing, dancing and only remembering parts of it in the morning.

There remain elements of those bands on the ‘London band’ playlist in the instrumentation and vocals, but other sounds leak through; Brit-pop pub staples such as Blur, Pulp but most notably The Libertines and Pete Doherty. “I always listen to Pete Doherty when I struggle for lyrics,” says Duffin. “He’s got everything, great lyrics, great melody and great hooks.”

The five-track EP culminates with “The Ballad of You & I”, an accomplished recounting of being dumped, filled with great lyrics, great melody and, you got it, great hooks. It rattles with the raw energy of those potent first releases; balancing it with the richness of blazing horns and organs oozing seaside nostalgia that build to the cathartic finale reminiscent of early Beirut or The National. Duffin sees “The Ballad of You & I” as the shape of things to come. “It’s definitely my favourite song on the EP,” explains Duffin, “and I think musically that is the sort of song that we would like Hotel Lux to be writing – that sort of vibe.”

The Last Hangman has just hit a million streams on Spotify!. Thanks to the people behind Peaky Blinders for choosing the track for the latest series of the show and to everyone who has followed us.

The Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub, having hosted earlier chroniclers of every-day London life such as Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys. It’s also where Hotel Lux shot their music video for 2017 break-out “The Last Hangman”, a song depicting the enigmatic 20th-century British hangman Albert Pierrepoint. Duffin still appears stunned by the synchronicity. “It was absolutely perfect. This pub was literally around the corner from our flat in Wapping and we were in there one day and we just noticed the noose. We said we have to film the video there.”

“The Last Hangman” is reflective of Hotel Lux’s other early releases “Envoi” and “Daddy” that caught attention; songs built on irresistibly mythic characters, most notoriously, the unsettling pedophilic character in “Daddy”. These grand sweeping tales are backed by swirling sounds that grow to a rousing chaos: Sam Coburn and Jake Sewell’s bluesy roots rock guitar lines ping and permeate, Cam Sims’ bass taunts and dominates and Craig Macvicar’s drums prance and trot before bursting into unsolicited gallops. When the jaunty keys and organ sounds reminiscent of The Doors and Dr. Feelgood get thrown in by Coburn, the music becomes almost mesmeric.

“The Last Hangman” and “Envoi” were crafted in Fareham, a market town just outside Portsmouth where they grew up. When asked how they all met, Duffin skips over his, Coburn & Macvicar’s first band Clues, insisting “they mostly tried to rip-off The Clash” and mentions they knew Sims from other bands playing in Portsmouth and Duffin knew Sewell from college.

Barstool Preaching’ EP out April 24th via Nice Swan Records.

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Portsmouth-via-London band Hotel Lux have shared their debut EP Barstool Preaching via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, Fur). The EP follows a series of singles over the past few years like “The Last Hangman,” “Berlin Wall” and “English Disease.”

The five-track release spans slow-crawling, introspective rock (“Charades”), self-aware post-punk (“Loneliness of the Stage Performer”) and even jubilant organ-led guitar-pop (“Ballad of You & I”). There’s self-deprecating humor (“I scroll through pages upon pages on eBay to find the biggest ego and I beat the highest bidder”), stark frankness (“It’s just another day / Wasting our lives away”) and moments of clarity (“Sometimes I forget the people I meet are not the people for me / You see”). It’s also just a jolly good time with rollicking guitar lines and frontman Lewis Duffin’s cloak-and-dagger vocals.

“It was good fun working on a release that’s a bit bigger than what we’ve done before,” Duffin says. “The tunes seemed to come in pairs when writing ‘em—we’d make a little playlist of 5-10 tunes as inspiration and go from there. The songs are more introspective lyrically than we’ve been in the past, more personal as opposed to stories so the EP has an air of vulnerability to it—to us at least.”.

‘It was good fun working on a release that’s a bit bigger than what we’ve done before. The tunes seemed to come in pairs when writing ‘em, we’d make a little playlist of 5-10 tunes as inspiration and go from there. The songs are more introspective lyrically than we’ve been in the past, more personal as opposed to stories, so the EP has an air of vulnerablility to it. To us at least.’

‘Barstool Preaching’ EP out April 24th via Nice Swan Records.

Portsmouth group Is Bliss are aptly named. The band’s psychedelic sound continually reaches toward the sublime, matching shoegaze tapestries against some beautiful melodies.

Debut album ‘Strange Communication’ lands on June 7th, with Club AC30 stepping in to offer a platform.

Live shows are planned, and with Spring beginning to show its face the time is right for some aural bliss. The group excel on new song ‘All I See Is You’, a wandering, churning, meditative piece of love-lorn songwriting that finds those heavenly harmonies augmented by the merest touches of strings. Formed via a shared love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3 and Verve, the band paint a sprawling, reverb filled sonic landscape mixing hypnotic, drug induced reveries with explosive noise, droning instrumentation and plenty of emotional rawness.

It’s a many splendored jewel, seeming to reflect light in a thousand different ways, a thousand different shades of colour.

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Portsmouth based psych aficionados, Is Bliss, their debut album Strange Communication, will be released on the 7th June via Club AC30.

In brief: Fuzzy, chaotic, but always a blast live. Melt Dunes are a Portsmouth/Southampton based noise-rock band.  Melt Dunes’ raucous racket is a violent sensory attack. Brutal aural experimentation has spawned what is the bastardised sound of whirring psychedelia and gutsy garage noise.

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Portsmouth based indie-pop singer/songwriter Jerry Williams whose narrative songs are more than charming. Having recently released her latest single ‘Babe’ just a few days ago, Her EP ‘Let’s Just Forget It’ also won the Best Produced Unsigned release of the year 2016 at the Unsigned Music Awards last year. Just a few days ago, Jerry Williams also released her latest single ‘Babe’ which has a fragile side to it, yet is still powerful throughout.

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Part of the award winning ‘Let’s Just Forget’ it EP
Voted best Produced EP of 2016

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CURXES – ” Haunted Gold “

Posted: December 11, 2015 in MUSIC
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Brighton England’s Curxes blew the cover off of my dislike of electronic music. Darkly intense……. both terrifyingly and infectiously arresting sound By embracing the in your face immediacy of punk,”The perfect example of original, intelligent pop music and the manic nature of industrial, all while punishing a synthesizer, the band has concocted a wholly unique sound. It rarely lets up, when it does, it’s only to reload. And I love it.