The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: January
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With a new year comes a whole heap of new music to stimulate your eardrums. Hot out the kitchen, check out this batch of fresh cookies from our brilliantly talented members.
Temples Of Youth – ‘Divide’
Enjoying support from BBC Introducing and airplay on BBC Radio, playing support slots for Declan Mckenna, Inheaven and Sundara Karma, and being nominated for Best British Unsigned Band at the 2016 Best Of British Awards, it’s fair to say that the past 12 months in the musical life of electronic duo Temples Of Youth has been extraordinary.
Hailing from Winchester, Paul and Jo wanted to create something that was a mix of organic instruments and electronic sound and the end result is shimmering electric guitar over a soundscape of synths and percussion.
They shed some light on the inspiration behind ‘Divide’: “The track was initially written in response to the current political climate and the frustration of what's going on around us. We're both sensitive people and the events of 2016 have certainly had an impact on us. Jo sent a basic sketch of chords and some lyrics over to Paul, who built the track up into something that would better fit into our set.”
With a brand new website, new artwork and visuals in the pipeline, as well as plenty of fresh tracks, Temples Of Youth are certainly embracing the new year ahead. After a brief dabble with playing festivals last year, this summer they hope to expand on this experience. They’ll also be playing a small run of shows around the south of the UK during February and March. Check out their website for dates.
Finding Kate – ‘Get Over You'
Merging melancholy emotion with raw power, the melodic rock and alternative sounds of Finding Kate’s music has drawn comparisons with Evanescence, Avril Lavigne and Paramore.
Written by Kate and her producer Chris Charalambides, Kate explains the premise behind our chosen song ‘Get Over You’: “We wanted to really convey the feeling of heartbreak and the emotions you feel when someone has betrayed you and you really want to get them out of your head, heart and mind.”
At just 20 years old Kate has been gigging hard and honing her live skills across London and beyond, and in November 2016 she brought out her debut album ‘If I Fall’. Her previous single ‘Forever’ received airplay on Kerrang! Radio and with blog coverage mounting for her latest release, it looks like this single may be set to soar as well. For 2017 Kate’s focus will be branching out to play bigger shows and new venues, possibly including some dates in Cyprus where Kate grew up.
Miracle Glass Company – ‘T.R.O.U.B.L.E.’
Edinburgh trio Miracle Glass Company lovingly embrace the classic rock n' roll acts of the 60s and 70s and drag their iconic sounds into the 21st century with a jolt.
Having released their debut album ‘MGC1’ in 2016 to a hugely complimentary response, the band have found themselves namechecked by radio DJs and tastemakers Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly. Vic has named Miracle Glass Company amongst his top Scottish acts to watch in 2017, as well as putting the album on his ‘Festive Fifty’ and Jim Gellatly crowned ‘MGC1’ his album of the year. They’ve also been included on annual lists by Tenement TV and Netsounds so you can see why the band are launching into 2017 with unbridled energy, ready to spread the word (and most importantly, sounds!) of their debut album release to the rest of the UK.
With lots of gigs lined up across the country and new material on the agenda too, this year could be the one that propels their undeniable talent into the stratosphere.
Eloise - ‘Studio 54’
Selected as a top tune on KCRW in December and as a producer’s pick on BBC Essex Introducing, and applauded in many a music blog over the past months, it’s no wonder that Eloise is the name on everyone’s lips for alternative R&B, describing her sound as a lovechild of the late 70s, indie pop and a bitter sense of humour.
Londoner Eloise bursts out soulful vocals with a maturity and authority that far exceed her 18 years. She tells us more about how ‘Studio 54’ came about: “The track started with a vocal sample and baseline on loop and seemed to stir up some kind of link for me between the ostentation of disco and pop culture in the 70s (which I was just obsessed with aesthetically).”
Poisonous Birds – ‘Old Sun’
Creating cinematic and mesmerising music that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of sensations ranging from soft and delicate to intense and potent, Bristol duo Tom & Finn conjure up all manner of emotions along the way.
‘Old Sun’ is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Gentle Earth’ due in early February, and both releases are on the band’s own record label, Be Softly. The rubbery synth arpeggios on ‘Old Sun’ certainly wouldn't be out of place soundtracking Stranger Things. On the EP Tom tells us: “We ended up with precisely the record that we set out to make and that's a great feeling. It took us a long time - the best part of a couple of years, but we're really proud of it.”
Another track which didn’t quite make the EP ‘Big Water’ will also be surfacing sometime in Spring. We’re assured their live show is quite a spectacle but the pair plan to take it up a notch this year. Intrigued? Make sure you keep Poisonous Birds firmly on your radar for upcoming gig dates and releases.
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