What’s better than listening to new music by an old favourite? Listening to new music by someone you’ve never heard before! In this series, Local Heroes, we’ll pulling back the covers on areas that might not get the attention they should.
The Sideshow – Cambridge
The word sideshow conjures up all kinds of synonyms, such as freak like or a joke. There is certainly no joke involved with The Sideshow, the new project from singer/songwriter Mark Ellis. Having gigged relentlessly around Cambridgeshire and beyond, Mark has worked to a stage where he feels comfortable rebranding himself and his music to a point where they are almost an evolution. Going from the soft-folky, pop rock tunings of his solo career, The Sideshow are a fiercely true rock and roll band. Recalling inspiration from acts such as Ryan Adams, Weezer and other such contemporaries.
Leading single How It Goes is a thumping, rolling song that peaks with a roaring guitar solo that gives just enough indication to what we’re in for when a debut full length eventually drops. The band are in the midst of recording new material and will be looking for an independent release later in the year.
Bath based three piece Nobody crackle with frenetic energy, putting a fresh twist on grunge tinged rock n roll. Imagine if Ian Brown had a ménage a trois with Kurt Cobain and Jarvis Cocker and you’re half way there. Fronted by Alec Wilson, no stranger to creating a delicious pop hook, Sam Bradley who shares vocal duties, creates deep, brooding basslines. Rounding out the sound with Theo Raithby’s feverish drumming.
Nobody have to be seen live, You’re compelled to watch them as their passionate, raucous energy seeps out into the crowd. Stand out moments from their set would have to be Love Blind, at once a nostalgic 60s style three minute pop single, blended in a fuzz of hazy guitars and Sound of Drums, that fizzes with dark tension and lyrics of longing . ‘She sees the dark side in everything. Her stone cold stare puts me in a spin’ confesses Bradley. You know this will end badly, but the guitars drag you in further, you can’t stop now.
Nobody are magnetic, they have an addictive charisma. as they work towards the release of debut album, Epic Finery, you’ll want to delve in further for these three are something special.
The Boy I Used To Be are a band hailing from Portsmouth, which doesn’t have much going on for it. Perhaps that’s why the band have managed to forge a unique path for themselves through today’s indie rock scene, merging the downbeat low fi influences of Pavement, Cloud Nothings et al with the trippy, sunny hooks of Tame Impala and Swim Deep. Portsmouth’s current cultural high mark is the local Tiger Tiger, so don’t be surprised if The Boy I Used To Be take that crown soon with their overdrive ridden yet melodic style.
West London’s music scene is having a revival at the moment. Over the past decade all the attention of new bands has been in the East, but slowly that spotlight has been moving Westward. Two Hands are a three piece from Ealing, who are showing that heavy melodic rock doesn’t just come from Brighton.
What Two Hands do best is they don’t mess about getting to the point. Take Even Want to Know. In the first 3 three seconds you know all you need to know about this track. It opens with the chorus, clever song writing, the music is a surging force that doesn’t let up for the duration of the track. And what’s more it’s catchy as hell! Cherry picking all the best bits of Interpol, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stoneage, Two Hands have successfully crafted tracks that sound familiar and comforting, but have their own identity with driving lysergic music and questioning lyrics.