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  1. Oxford's Ritual Union festival has announced its first wave of artists for its October line-up.

    Teleman, Young Knives, Twin Peaks and Pig Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are amongst the top headers, but our money is on capacity venues for The Murder Capital, Flamingods, Scalping and Heavy Lungs. They are also joined by the highly recommended Working Men's Club, Far Caspian and Porridge Radio. More artists will be announced over the coming months.

    The event takes place on Saturday October 19 from 11am until late at various venues along the city's Cowley Road: O2 Academy Oxford, O2 Academy2 Oxford, The Bullingdon, The Library, Truck Store.

    Early Bird tickets at £33 are on sale now. Click here.





  2. Words: Linn Branson 

    Just over two years ago, Little Indie spoke to Little Triggers frontman Tom Hamilton, just as he and the band were heading out to China for a few shows.

    Since that time, the Liverpool rock n’ rollers have supported Iggy Pop, dropped single 'So Fine' this past February, and been busy working on their debut 10-track album, 'Loaded Gun'. Produced by Bring Me The Horizon engineer Al Groves at Motor Museum Studios in Liverpool, the record arrives tomorrow (May 24) - but we bring you a sneaky early taste of here in our exclusive premiere.

    As Little Triggers have become known for, the album lives up to their reputation that combines raw rock n’ roll, diamond cut with indie verve, huge guitar riffs, howling vocals and arena-sized melodies.

    "The album is dedicated to rock n’ roll geezer Dean Kennedy who passed away recently," Tom tells us. "He ran away from school to roadie for Dr Feelgood and ended up as tour manager for acts such as Robbie Williams and The Divine Comedy, while also playing guitar in punk and ska bands. He was a mentor to me and a huge supporter of the band."

    We've had a few listens to the album now, and our favourite four are: 'Giving Me Up (mosh-pit headbanger with some massive guitar licks), 'Fosnavag' (blues-fused rocker), 'Loaded Gun' (love the retro-sound to this, and the more tempered vocal delivery), and 'Run Away Baby' (gorgeous melodies that really flow).

    Find out more as Tom gives Little Indie his track-by-track walkthrough on the album.

    Giving Me Up

    We’ve all been dumped by a partner at some time, and this song expressed that cry of anguish when a relationship breaks down.

    I’m Alright

    A pocket battleship of a tune at only 1m 53s - “It’s Friday night and I’m stepping out”. This is our take on Elton John’s 'Saturday Nights’ Alright For Fighting'.

    Fosnavag

    A semi-autobiographical number about a trip to a Norwegian town.

    So Fine

    Steve Mason (ex Beta Band) pogoed his way through this song at a gig in his Brighton hometown. This is a number about being love-struck for the perfect partner…’she’s so fine’!

    Girl

    This song is dedicated to our friend Scott from the USA who came all the way from Clarksdale to Carlisle to see the band play at a festival. It’s another number about girl trouble - the one that you fall for but doesn’t quite return the compliment.

    Loaded Gun

    A ‘smoky tune’ according to Polly Glass, Classic Rock Mag’s features editor. It’s been described as Zeppelinesque and Zombies-like. We’ll take that! It tells the story of an encounter with a woman you want to know but probably shouldn’t…

    Silly Cigarettes

    The one out-and-out ballad on the album. It reflects on the despair of finding out that you are being two-timed and everyone knows it. A real fan favourite at gigs.

    It Ain’t Over

    Just when you think that you’ve ended a difficult relationship, there’s a knock on the door! Another tale of love gone bad.

    Run Away Baby

    This could be The Clash ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, but for the millennial generation.

    I’m Not The Same

    A classic teenage rage against the conveyor belt of school, college, then nine to five job. Surely there is something different over the hill?



    Little Triggers are: Tom Hamilton -vocals, guitar, harmonica; Lowell Carragher - vocals, guitar; Chris Carragher - bass, vocals; Jay Radcliffe - drums, vocals

    Catch the band live tomorrow ( Friday May 24) for an album launch show in Brighton at Vinyl Revolution. Check their Facebook for UK autumn tour dates to be announced soon.




  3. Words: Sam Geary 

    Busy months ahead for London-based Palace. Their Catherine Marks (2018’s UK Producer of the Year)-produced second album, 'Life After', arrives on July 12, they have UK and European tours in October and November - culminating in their biggest live show to date at Camden Roundhouse - as well as summer festival dates such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Truck and Mad Cool Festival.

    Today, Palace reveal the album’s fourth single. ‘Running Wild’. The soaring track is accompanied by a stunning cinematic video directed by Daniel Alexander Harris (Fickle Friends, Nina Nesbitt) and starring Clea Martin who plays the protagonist Arden; trapped living with an oppressive guardian, the video sees her crossing the front door that had become more than just a physical barrier and stepping out into the world to make a life on her own terms.

    Watch below.



    Live dates

    JUNE
    26-30 Glastonbury Festival
    27 LEUVEN, Rock Werchter

    JULY
    12 MADRID, Mad Cool Festival
    18-21 SUFFOLK, Latitude Festival
    26-28 OXFORD, Truck Festival

    AUGUST
    08 HALDERN, Haldern Pop Festival

    OCTOBER
    14 ANTWERP, Trix
    15 PARIS, Le Point Ephémère
    22 ZURICH, Plaza
    23 COLOGNE, Luxor
    24 MUNICH, Strom
    26 VIENNA, WUK
    27 BERLIN, Lido
    28 HAMBURG, Knust
    29 UTRECHT, Tivoli Vredenburg
    30 AMSTERDAM, Paradiso Noord

    NOVEMBER
    01 NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
    02 BRISTOL, Anson Rooms
    03 NEWCASTLE, Riverside
    04 GLASGOW, St Lukes
    06 DUBLIN, Button Factory
    07 MANCHESTER, Academy 2
    08 LEEDS, University Stylus
    09 LONDON, Camden Roundhouse




  4. Words: Ali Mack

    Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard previously unveiled 'Frank', one side of their double-header single, and now they shared the second side of the limited edition 12" split banger; the single following last year’s debut album, ‘Wednesday’.

    Produced and recorded by the band with Chris Ryan in Belfast, ‘October’ is the more darker side of the two tracks - listen to both tracks below - with an industrial type distortion, that is juxtaposed against Katie Ball's ghostlike vocal cadence, and a coating of razor-like, abrasive noise guitars, that is both disturbing as it is compelling.



    Live dates

    MAY
    31 Kfest Killorglin, Ireland

    JUNE
    14 Róisín Dubh Galway, Ireland
    15 Kasbah Social Club, Dolan's
    Limerick, Ireland
    28 Cyprus Avenue Cork, Ireland

    AUGUST
    02 All Together Now Waterford, Ireland
    16 Green Man Festival
    17 Future Sounds Festival

    NOVEMBER
    02 Mirrors festival Camden Town London




  5. Words: Sam Geary 

    After hearing from them at the end of last year with 'Just In The Band', check out the new single from Dublin five-piece Silverbacks.

    Produced by Daniel Fox (of Girl Band), ‘Pink Tide’ - released last week - says the group's vocalist and songwriter Daniel O’Kelly, is about “trendy and stylish revolutions that lack substance and never fully materialise. The chorus is inspired by a YouTube compilation I came across called 'Make Way for The Queens Guard!!!' It's pretty much the Queen's Guard yelling the video title every time a tourist impedes them from completing their duty.

    "I told Kilian about the video before he went on a short trip to London and upon his visit to Buckingham Palace he shouted out the line. His moment of inspiration wasn't very well received so we made it into a chorus."

    Along with that chorus, the sub-three minute track canters along with O’Kelly's delivery spoken-type vocally leading the way over off-kilter melodies for an absorbing listen.

    ‘Pink Tide’ precedes Silverbacks' debut album, due later in the year.