New song: Suggested Friends – Cygnets

Self-defined as a ‘small choir of mostly lesbians’ on their Bandcamp, queer DIY quartet Suggested Friends returned this week with the wonderfully jaunty ‘Cygnets,’ the first taste from second record ‘Turtle Taxi’.  In spite of the fairly recent addition of Mammoth Penguins’ vocalist and songwriter Emma Kupa, Faith Taylor keeps a hold of the mike […]

Festival review: IndieTracks

In the week that Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, IndieTracks could not have been a bigger antidote. Run for love not money, the festival set on East Midlands Railway Centre is manned entirely by volunteers. So many things that would be monetised at other festivals remain free, the car park, the train ride to and […]

Album of the week: Tacocat – This Mess Is A Place

If dystopia hosted a disco, Tacocat’s fourth-full length ‘This Mess Is A Place’ would be a strong selection from the doom-ridden DJ. The rainbow-flecked guitars, playful backing vocals and huge choruses would certainly have you on your feet, whilst the sarcastic one liners, “what a time to be barely alive” would enshroud you in reality. […]

Track by Track: Flying Fish Cove

Dena Zilber is an incredibly visual songwriter. The Flying Fish Cove singer often sits alone in the evening, images and vivid memories floating through her mind, often acting as a cue for her to pick up the guitar. The amazing fruit and flowers that bloomed everywhere while Zilber fell for Flying Fish Cove guitarist Jake […]

Track by track: Mammoth Penguins

From the moment I heard Emma Kupa sing ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, fuck it all, fuck it all, fuck it all’ on ‘I Wanna’, the lead single from Mammoth Penguins’ third album ‘There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win’, I couldn’t help but become a Mammoth Penguins fanboy.  With an […]