Monday, 6 July 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BULLY - FEELS LIKE

ARTIST : BULLY
ALBUM : FEELS LIKE
LABEL : STARTIME INTERNATIONAL/COLUMBIA

Nashville 4-piece Bully recently released their debut album, 'Feels Like', through Startime International / Columbia, with the record being recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios in Chicago.

The 10 track record has a real energy and snarl to it, helped in no small part to vocalist Alicia Bognanno's gritty vocals, whilst the music her and the rest of the band create (Stewart Copeland, Clayton Parker, and Reece Lazarus) is a glorious patchwork of shoegaze, grunge, surfer rock, and any other 90's tinged alt-rock you might like to think of.

It could sound dated, but it actually it doesn't, with the band layering fresh ideas over a tried and tested soundbed, much like stateside contemporaries Best Coast, and the UK's Pins and Wolf Alice.


https://open.spotify.com/album/76CR7xZkAElmSDZF5NF3Bo

Monday, 29 June 2015

EVENT: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2015

With less than 10 days to go until this years 2000trees festival, we are excited to announce some extra special guest sets and events have been added to this years bill.

Hidden away from the main site of the festival amongst the woods is where the Forest acoustic sets take place, and we can reveal the following bands will all be performing some intimate sets:-


http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/
2000trees captain Andy Rea said, "This is an incredible line-up! We cannot wait to see these intimate, soulful, acoustic performances rock our beautiful little Forest Sessions stage, while we kick back with a cool cider on the hammocks!

Alongside the forest acoustic sets and the main stages (full line up here), there's also going to all of this lot going on!

- BBC Introducing – Den sessions in the Forest 

- Silent disco - Self explanatory messiness! :) 

- Silent Cinema - Busk Stops - There are five Busk Stops – Wristband Exchange, Camp Marwood, Camp Reuben, Room no. 7 and Camp Turner.

- Fancy dress competition Saturday - The theme is literal representations of band names 

- Games! - Look out for human size hungry hippos, a straw bale maze and everyone’s favourite, Swing Ball!

We're super excited for all of the above and would urge you all to buy a ticket if you haven't got one yet!

See you there!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HEYROCCO - TEENAGE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

ARTIST: HEYROCCO
ALBUM: TEENAGE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

We first covered US 3-piece Heyrocco earlier this year when we named their song 'Elsewhere' as a track of the week in February, and we've turned our attention back to them again for the release of their album - 'Teenage Movie Soundtrack' which is out now.

The band are comprised of Nathan Merli (Guitarist/Vocalist), Christopher Cool (Bassist), and Tanner Cooper (Drums). The ten track album is released through Vital Music Group (Old Flame Records in the states), and it sees the band put together a highly energetic, well-constructed, and ultimately well received debut record. There are pop hooks aplenty throughout the album but there's also some rather meaty guitar parts which allow for an appreciation of both elements.

The band were on tour with The Xcerts back in April of this year, and you can see the links between those bands certainly, but we've also seen Heyrocco linked with the likes of Blur, Pavement, Nirvana, The Cure, and Mudhoney, and you can indeed hear all of those influences on Teenage Movie Soundtrack. But that's in no way a bad thing, and you get the sense that a generation of new ears might hear this album and go absolutely nuts for it, as well as reeling us nostalgic old guys in!

https://open.spotify.com/album/5nq90M1isWuZSMm10VuiPv

Sunday, 14 June 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ALGIERS - ALGIERS

ARTIST: ALGIERS
ALBUM: ALGIERS

Algiers are a 3-piece from Atlanta, Georgia, who earlier this month released their self titled debut album through Matador Records. The 11 track album provides a platform for the bands political commentary which is underpinned by a collection of post-punk, gospel influenced, highly thought out songs, that when listened to as a whole body of work really lends itself to a challenging yet highly rewarding experience.

https://open.spotify.com/album/24hXu3nSvxjwfYbbJIG3U0

http://algierstheband.com/

Monday, 1 June 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : SLAVES - ARE YOU SATISFIED?

ARTIST: SLAVES
ALBUM: ARE YOU SATISFIED?
LABEL: VIRGIN EMI

Out this week is 'Are You Satisfied?', the debut album from Tunbridge Wells 2-piece Slaves. Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman have been gradually building momentum over the past 18 months in the lead up to this release, with regular gigs interspersed with festival appearances and radio/tv slots.

We first caught them supporting Blood Red Shoes at the Electric Ballroom early last year, and have seen their name jump out at us ever since and have therefore been eager to check the record out.

'Are You Satisfied?' is an interesting mix of present and past punk rock, with The Guardian rather obviously labelling them as 'mixing Royal Blood's minimalist blues-punk dynamics with Sleaford Mods' acerbic, state-of-the-nation lyrics', which we of course get where your coming from Guardian team, but come on guys you're better than that...(ED: which of course, we are not, clearly!).

https://open.spotify.com/album/3Fb5mZyJn0HcP2RUtPVMXZ

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

COMPETITION: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2015 TICKET GIVEAWAY

http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/

We are pleased to be able to offer x2 individual tickets to this years 2000trees festival! Two lucky people will each win a full 3-day ticket to the UK's best independent festival (we're a little biased but really it is! - read our review of last years event if you don't believe us!).

2015 sees headliners The Subways, Deaf Havana, and Alkaline Trio joined by a whole host of great bands including Music Liberation fav's Turbowolf, Samoans, Future Of The Left, The Xcerts, Benjamin Booker, and many many more as you can see below!

http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/

To be in with a chance of winning one of the two tickets we have available simply send an email with '2000Trees 2015 Competition' in the subject line to musicliberation@hotmail.co.uk with your name, and the answer to the following question:-

Which farm is the 2000trees festival site located on?

The deadline for the competition is 12 noon on the 9th June 2015, after which a random draw of all the correct answers will take place, with the winning 2 people notified by email after this date.

*** PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED!! ***

Good luck!!

Monday, 18 May 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : TORRES - SPRINTER

ARTIST : TORRES
ALBUM : SPRINTER
LABEL : PARTISAN RECORDS

This week sees the release of 'Sprinter', the 2nd album from Brooklyn's Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott). We rated her first album so much that we made it our top album of 2013, so we're expecting big things from this new record which is released through Partisan Records.

Has she delivered? Of course she has! The new album is bolder, louder, and delivered with such a confidence that belies her 23 years of age. Testament to her clear talents is that 'Sprinter' was recorded over this side of the pond at Portishead's Adrian Utley's studio in Bristol. That's a pretty big deal.

There's 9 tracks coming in at over 45 minutes so that gives you an indication that the songs have time and space to breath and envelope you, with much to be had on repeated listens. The album is heavy and tender in equal measure, basically Torres has yet again wowed us!
  
Buy 'Sprinter' / Torres / Partisan Records

https://open.spotify.com/album/4Uq7Rw4cUuSWrdQgfksMOl

Monday, 11 May 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : WATERS - WHAT'S REAL

ARTIST : WATERS
ALBUM : WHAT'S REAL

Van Pierszalowski and his WATERS band are back with their 2nd full length album following 2011's 'Out In The Light', it's titled 'What's Real' and available right now through Vagrant Records. The new record has a slightly more pop orientated edge but the guitars are still there, and there's reward to be had on multiple listens for sure. It's feel good tunes for those moments when a pick me up is needed! // WATERS

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4KKQvsAWZWMkS1QCuPnajG