Tracks Of The Week, 01.12.17

The first taste of their incredibly highly anticipated upcoming EP No Hot Ashes have shared their latest single ‘Eight Till Late.’

Seeing frontman Isaac Taylor open up about personal struggles with mental health, he says of the track “I wanted to give a fairly honest account of how day to day struggles can weigh on the brain, everything from work to your favourite fizzy drinks being tampered with. As a band we think that modern life is all a bit much and taking time to fix your head is essential.” Yet while ‘Eight Till Late’ may see No Hot Ashes taken on a deeper emotional topic – and one that no doubt needs to spoken about – it maintains the dance-ability so synonymous with their tracks and has got us very excited for the new EP.

Skint Kids Disco EP is out 30 March 2018
9 – Nambucca, London
15 – The Magnet, Liverpool
16 – Club Academy, Manchester [SOLD OUT]

Off the back of two months on the road with Marmozets and Cabbage, Liverpool’s Queen Zee have shared their new single ‘Idle Crown.’

Questioning heteronormativity, through “two LGBTQ+ characters trapped in a heteronormative relationship” ‘Idle Crown’ is an unapologetic, menacing but super, super cool dose of punk that sets out to push boundaries and make a point. Drawing on everything from 90s garage and punk, to 80s pop, but ultimately a sound entirely of their own making, ‘Idle Crown’ is what Queen Zee do best – themselves. They’re a band who aren’t afraid to stand out, to make a point, and are making some f*cking good tunes in the processs.

Queen Zee head out with the Marmozets again in February 2018. Dates:
2 – The Tramshed, Cardiff
3 – The Engine Rooms, Southampton
4 – Concorde 2, Brighton
6 – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
7 – Student Central, London
8 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
9 – Riverside, Newcastle
11 – The Leadmill, Sheffield
12 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh

Sometimes we all need a good pop song. Luckily, that’s exactly what MALORY is offering in her new single ‘Nuclear Brandy.’

Inspired once again by dystopian motifs, in ‘Nuclear Brandy’ MALORY spins a story of two lovers caught in a 50s post-apocalyptic underground bunker. Mixing feel-good pop sensibilities, with darker undertones of post-apocalyptic chaos, ‘Nuclear Brandy’ is, in her own words, an exploration of the “surreal and playful side” of MALORY’s imagination. Despite the slightly sinister air, ‘Nuclear Brandy’ is undeniably fun – a pop song with a twist. We’re sold.

‘Nuclear Brandy’ is out now

Ahead of their upcoming debut album, LA’s Moaning have shared their new single ‘Don’t Go.’

Alongside a charming – if somewhat manic – video featuring the band and some of their friends, ‘Don’t Go’ introduces us to Moaning’s unique brand of snappy post punk. While the band may be just kicking off, they’re doing so with a sound that is truly exciting. Spacious, dark and incredibly atmospheric, the band use “the complexity of personal heartbreak” to inform a sound that is never quite settled – but very sure of itself. It’s a taste of the brilliant minds behind Moaning, and it’s left us wanting more.

Their debut album Moaning is set for release on 2 March 2018

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie