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
After The Rush Hour – North West
‘Grab a Napkin It’s Gonna Get Messy’ is the debut EP from 6-piece, dual female-fronted punk rock band ‘After the Rush Hour’. That mouthful is why you need the napkin; as there’s nothing messy about the music. Every song sounds enormous and intricate. Stunning vocal harmonies layered over frantic guitar licks and heavy drums. It’s some parts Arctic Monkeys and some parts Pretty Reckless. But it’s mostly something of its own; something impossible not to bounce along to.
‘After the Rush Hour’ are based in the North West, frequently gigging in Liverpool and Chester.
The three-piece Design have built an enthusiastic following in the Yeovil area with their distinctive pairing of driving indie rock and irresistible pop hooks, exhibited on their latest album ‘Black Marker Red Marker’. The most striking thing about Design is the carefully crafted dual vocal lines of bassist Simon Barber and guitarist Helen Stickland, which are perfectly complimented by the dynamic interplay between the bass and guitar, and powered by the taut drumming of Rob Parry. A formidable live act, Design are committed to the local music and arts scene, and have a admirable DIY ethic, releasing their records on their own Design Label.
Inspired by punk pioneers such as The Ramones and The Clash, Death To Indie have built up a reputation as one of the North East’s must-see bands, due to their catchy songs and explosive live performances. Their first full-length album, #you’reit shows of their versatility, with songs ranging from the raucous “Congratulations” to the more reflective “Pirates”. DTI has also provided support for several internationally renowned bands including Dead Kennedys, The Buzzcocks and Reel Big Fish and, following a recent line-up change, they are planning to get back on the road in early 2016, and release a new E.P.
Brighton newcomers Safe To Swim have recently been making waves with their first two singles ‘Forget Life. Repeat,’ and ‘Joyride.’ The four-piece are a well established live act, and their new tracks blend 90’s influenced rock with modern indie tones, creating an interesting mix, and one that is rather satisfying. The varied and skilful instrumentals, as well as the good quality music videos, particularly for ‘Joyride,’ make it clear that the band is acutely aware of their own direction. With work on their first EP underway, it seems that Safe To Swim are definitely one to watch for the future.
What do you get if you blend the delicate drone of post-punk dreamers Teenage Fan Club with the chaotic rattle-and-roll sound of Cloud Nothings and add a Scottish twang? You get WOMPS, a two-piece (sometimes three when playing live and a bassist is needed) garage rock/pop band from Glasgow, fronted by Ewan Grant and backed by the thunderous drumming of Owen Wicksted.
The band released their first LP: Live A Little Less/Dreams On Demand, which was out on September 28th last year. This venture was spearheaded by the great Steve Albini, who was responsible for Nirvana’s final studio album ‘In Utero’. Big things could be on the horizon for this duo.