Tuesday, 29 April 2014

ALBUM: BLEECH - HUMBLE SKY

'Humble Sky' is the second album from East London three-piece Bleech, following their 2012 debut 'Nude'. The band are composed of sisters Jennifer and Katherine O'Neill and drummer Matt Nick. 

The album released through Billie Dog Records is a reaction to what Bleech see as their capital city being full of wooly jumper hipster bands and posers. Jennifer explains how "it’s exasperating to see so many bands choose fashion over function these days".

'Humble Sky' sets out to stay away from 'tastemaker' lists, instead focusing on two attributes which some argue are usually missing from such lists; big melodies and big guitars.

The album begins in sharp fashion with 'Not Like You', the video for which pokes fun at what Bleech see as our sex-crazed entertainment industry. 'I Just Want You' is our favourite track from the record, showing exactly what makes Bleech great - big, fun melodies which you can sing along to and head banging guitars.

'Love Is Free' slows things down a bit with the tone being darker than before, which sets up 'Isolate', perhaps the bands most ambitious track to date from a songwriters perspective, and its certainly a bold move to place the song so early in the album.

'Marching Song' and 'Here I Am' get things back up to tempo, before 'Sparks' lets the band show off their groovy best. The record closes with the piano led 'Grow', a poignant way to finish an album which is so heavily fronted by guitars.

'Humble Sky' is yet another arrow that can be fired into the trendy tastemakers balloon of 'there are no decent guitar bands anymore'. / Buy 'Humble Sky' / Bleech / Billie Dog Records

Thursday, 24 April 2014

EVENT: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2014

Music Liberation is pleased to announce that this year we are supporting the 2000trees Festival in Cheltenham which is taking place between July 10-12th. Not only will we be previewing and reporting live from the event, but we will also be giving away a free weekend ticket to one of our loyal Music Liberations fans!

Details of the competition will be announced next week, so for now sit back and find out a little bit more about 2000trees, which last year won the Grass Roots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards 2013 no less!

First and foremost lets get to the headliners, Band Of Skulls, and revealed this afternoon the glorious Frightened Rabbit! Alongside them you've got the likes of Blood Red Shoes, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, The Bronx, and Trash Talk.

That's not to mention a large number of acts that have graced the pages of this blog in times gone by, including Public Service Broadcasting, Wolf Alice, Tall Ships, DZ Deathrays, Turbowolf, Lonely The Brave, and Johnny Foreigner. Pretty easy to see why we would support a festival which clearly shares the same tastes in music!

Saturday night headliner - Frightened Rabbit
Created by a group of friends in 2007, 2000trees was borne out of frustration with the ever increasing corporate sponsorship and ‘musical merry-go-round’ nature of the larger mainstream British festivals. 

Disillusioned by extortionate ticket prices and over-priced food and drink, this band of festival veterans vowed to take matters into their own hands and in true punk rock style set about developing the perfect antidote.

5,000 music fans will get the chance to discover the very best new and underground bands on six stages, plus comedy, Silent Disco DJs, quality food and drink and much more, in a picturesque Cotswolds setting.

2000trees organiser James Scarlett said: “We book exciting and interesting bands who bring something new to the music industry and we are delighted with this year’s line-up, it is our strongest yet with a depth and breadth of talent for everyone to enjoy.”

Get more information and purchase tickets here - www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk - and remember to check back next week to find out how you can win a free ticket!

Monday, 7 April 2014

SINGLE: SOPHIE JAMIESON - STAIN


One of tips for 2014 and a Music Liberation favourite since we reviewed her debut EP 'Where' in August of last year, Sophie Jamieson has been working hard on new songs, and today a new one surfaced - 'Stain'. Part 1 of a double A-side the track is released through Luv Luv Luv Records and is produced by Ben Walker.

It's a breathtaking track, with gorgeously understated vocals, some voluptuous basslines and lots of shivering guitars which sweep in and out transfixing the listener. Again for someone so young the potential that Sophie has is pretty substantial, and it's safe to say we're really eager to closely follow her progress this year. // Sophie Jamieson // Luv Luv Luv Records

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

VIDEO: LONDON...ON A REGULAR

Whilst we can't purvey to be massively clued up aficionados of the electronica and house music scenes, we can certainly attend to the fact that we are big fans of new music ventures and the passion and commitment that comes from their emergence.

We are therefore glad to share a new short film directed by Rollo Jackson which shows just those things.

'London...On A Regular' takes a retrospective look at London's clubbing culture over the past decade, featuring guest interviews with the likes of Erol Alkan, Joe Goddard, Mark Ronson, and Richard Russell.

The film is produced by Somesuch and Co. // Rollo Jackson