For the latest edition of New Music Roundup, we’ve once again delved deep into the midst of 2015’s latest releases, digging up the best that August has to offer in terms of new music. Read on to find out who we’ve included this time round.
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – TRIP SWITCH (STREAM HERE)
Our Track of the Week is courtesy of newcomers Nothing But Thieves, whose instantly accessible and catchy indie rock has been setting the scene alight in recent months. Following a stint on tour with former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, as well as a huge Italian show with Muse, the quintet have been busy in the studio working on their self-titled debut album. Roughly half of the record is already out there in some way, shape or form, with Trip Switch being the newest addition to the catchy collection. The track opens with a bass-led intro riff, in tow with Conor Mason’s brooding wails. “What do we do when the power’s out?” asks Mason during the chorus, his voices backed by robotized autotune. The track is huge, infectious and an extremely logical next step in the evolution of Nothing But Thieves. “What do we do when the lights go down?” – sit and wait for Mason and co. to put out their full debut, complete with massive bangers that reach to calibre of Trip Switch.
THE MACCABEES – SPIT IT OUT (STREAM HERE)
British quintet The Maccabees’ new album Marks to Prove It is an extremely conscious step into the world of arena domination, something which heavier contemporaries Foals are well on the way to doing. The record, which we gave a glowing review, featured album highlight Spit it Out as its focal point. The track kicks off with light piano as Orlando Weeks’ vocals smoothly accompany, before a caterwauling guitar riff enters the frame majestically. The song builds up and settles quickly, only increasing in layering throughout in order to capture extra depth. “What do we do now?” asks Weeks dramatically towards the end in a build-up which is equal parts eerie and goosebump-inducing as it is massive. 2015 is definitely the year in which Orlando Weeks and co. can (and will) prove themselves.
BRING ME THE HORIZON – THRONE (STREAM HERE)
If December 2014’s sold out show at Wembley Arena was anything to go by, then it’s that Bring Me the Horizon are the new kings of modern day metal. Although Oli Sykes and co. may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you definitely can’t fault their precision and exquisiteness. New album That’s the Spirit, due in September, is said to be a world away from BMTH’s old metalcore; rather, it heads down an extremely radio friendly route akin to lead single Throne. Linkin Park-esque melodies and Oli Sykes’ clean vocals hold the track together for the most part, with occasional screamed sections adding a hint of contrast. “The sticks and the thrones you used to throw have built me an empire” sings Sykes with self-confidence in droves, proving that he and his band are no longer just a metalcore gimmick, but a full blown monster.
GHOST – ABSOLUTION (STREAM HERE)
Everyone’s favourite Satan-parodists, Ghost, are currently gearing up to release third studio album Meliora. If you’re not aware of any new songs as of yet, then we suggest you start with Absolution, the latest headbang-inducing addition to the spiritual collection. “Ever since you were born you’ve been dying” sings Papa Emeritus III during the first verse, his voice hauntingly spectacular over the course of the track. Absolution’s riffs are nothing different to what Ghost tend to utilize, with the band making good use of pounding guitar/drum combos and manic vocal tones. Ghost are something special, yet it’ll take a lot of bargaining and luck for Meliroa to reach the dizzying heights of its predecessor and send them into the metal stratosphere. They can do it, though. It is Ghost after all.
THE WYTCHES – WAISTEYBOIS (STREAM HERE)
If you’ve been unaware of The Wytches’ existence in the last year or so, then we completely (read: partially) forgive you. The Brighton-trio released one of the best albums of 2014 last August, with its slacker-meets-garage via grunge perfectly encompassing the disgruntled state of modern youth circa 2014. Almost a year to the day of Annabel Dream Reader’s release comes the circulation of a brand new EP which goes under the name of Thunder Lizard’s Reprieve. With a release date pencilled in on 19 August, the band have now premiered Waisteyboys, the angsty opening track on the 4-song long EP. Waisteyboys is filled with classic Wytches angst from start to finish, something everpresent throughout its gritty guitar lines and shouted vocals. It might be a few tads more raw than anything which came before it, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting or haunting.
MAC DEMARCO – ANOTHER ONE (STREAM HERE)
Slacker rocker Mac Demarco does what he wants, and new mini-LP Another You is a perfect example of this. The record finishes with an announcement of Demarco’s personal living address in New York, inviting fans over for coffee and drinks in the process. Its title track, which is completed by a dreamy keyboard line, is just one example of Demarco’s recent lovelorn loneliness put into the words. “Afraid she might not love you anymore” the New Yorker sings during the first verse, his voice accompanied by laid back keyboards, light percussion and a distinct lack of guitars. It isn’t as raw or upbeat as standout track Salad Days, yet perhaps it’s this time trying to show Demarco in a new, more personal light. Who knows.
VELOUR MODULAR – THE SHIELDS (STREAM HERE)
Each week we’re going to try and bring you a new demo track which was sent to us via our mailbox. Since the last roundup, we’ve been listening to a lot of Velour Modular in the office. The French/Indian musician’s house-flecked electro pop is a world away from the rest of this list, but it definitely features the potential which contemporaries such as AlunaGeorge and Chvrches have reached. The Shields is held together by a bouncy beat, with Velour singing of the need to “be in control” ahead of a percussion-centric chorus which is aided nicely by Velour’s sweet vocals. With previous coverage from The Guardian and Clash, it’s no surprise that Velour Modular have already caused for plenty of excitement.
Check back in two weeks for a new edition of New Music Roundup. Jack Parker