Little Indie blog

A little blog about indie stuff
  1. Credit: Glynn Parkinson

    Ahead of their hometown headline show at The Brudenell tomorrow (September 3), Leeds sextet Talkboy share new single, the intriguingly titled 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey'. 

    “I don’t think it’s really worth saying exactly what the song is about as I think this one in particular gives a very clear overall mood," says co-vocalist and guitarist Tim Malkin of the woozy, rose-tinted ode to unrequited feelings and what could have been. 

    "I also don’t really know what it’s about," he adds. "I was getting really bored of writing super specific songs about stuff that had exclusively happened to me, and on top of that, who even cares? I think overall it’s about surface level encounters - how they are usually thought to be bad but can also be good. It was written just after lockdown one and I think I had quite a romantic yearning to speak to someone outside a pub about Neil Young in 1974.”

    Created and produced by 10 Days, the video for 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey' tells a dark tale of bliss and revenge starring an adorable purple monster falling in love with a Lana Del Rey lookalike. The film was part of a unique brand collaboration with the crowd sourced sustainability platform Wherefrom. 

    Check it out below.

  2. Words: Linn Branson

    Two years ago when we first happened upon the debut single of Glasgow-based post-punks Book Klub, 'Care', we remarked how "at first [it] feels like a cross between The Smiths and Chapel Club, but then in the last 50 seconds, gives over to something - or rather, someone - else: early TOY, particularly in the vocal style of guitarist and frontman Reece Robertson - which is part Tom Dougall, filled out with a Lewis Bowman depth!"

    Lauded as a "damn fine single" (and still is!), we were naturally curious about their latest single 'Siren Song', which dropped last week on Disobedient Records.

    More downbeat and discordant than the above, 'Siren Song' - taken from the band's upcoming EP, recorded with producer Paul McInally - has a darker finish to its lustre, while once again employing the Book Klub trademark key change. As sharp, angular guitars play around a dizzying bassline, the penetrating vocal brings the song to a climactic end.

    "'Siren Song' is a track about metamorphosis at the cost of one's humanity, and it too transforms from one thing into something else entirely," comments drummer and vocalist Jack Martin.

    "On this track, we have explored a dark, trance-inducing soundscape made up of drum machines, sinister piano and reverberated bass. The song sways into a thunderous second half where we are noisier than we've ever been."

    Rosie Sco captures the mood in the accompanying monochrome visual for 'Siren Song' below.


  3. Taking over Colours venue in London's Hoxton this coming September 11, CloseUp Festival returns this year with a renewed vibrancy and energy to lay out a day of ear-grabbing acts.

    After last year's enforced lay-off (due to you-know-what), CloseUp are sowing the green seeds literally, with plans for the planting of one tree for every CloseUp Festival ticket sold, and the company ethos of equality throughout performing artists, this year will embody CloseUp in its entirety. 

    CloseUp Festival’s main aim is to bring the most infamous emerging indie and electronic artists together, and with a raft of artists and DJs to fill the stages of two rooms of music as Jagermeister supply the drinks.

    Those gracing the stage this year will include the newly signed to Modern Sky UK, alt-emo outfit Sad Boys Club, who will undoubtedly bring a set of good tunes and good looks; Hull's The Hubbards who head down 'Sarf before rockin out with Pigeon Detectives later in the month, and Reading's VALERAS who will deliver 'The Other Side', their latest indie-rock single offering, and more besides.


    BAMILY (Headliner) 

    Trudy & The Romance 

    Abbie McCarthy (DJ Headliner) 

    Sad Boys Club 


    The Hubbards 


    Natalie Shay 

    Liam James Ward (DJ) 

    Tickets at £16.50 are going fast, so grab a couple here


  5. Credit: Josh Collins

    Words: Steve Willcox 

    Last year's debut album, ‘How Do You Cope While Grieving For The Living’, with it’s storyboard narrative, took many by surprise (and certainly became one of my favourite albums of 2020), and showed Bristol-based Milo Gore as a true songwriter.

    Well... the story’s not finished. With a new EP, ‘As You Hear Me Now You Listen To My Past', out on May 28, its lead single ‘Midnight Club’ is one of the record's standouts, with its 'Live fast, die young', and/or 'Grow up' mindset whilst delivering laid back guitars against Gore's own internalised demons in the vocals. 

    Recorded in a Cornwall Airbnb along with Mumfords/Florence producer Pete Prokopiw (and mixed later by Andy Savours - Sigur Ros, Killers), the EP has a lot of dedication and heart running throughout.

    “This EP represents serious growth for me," says Gore. "Although it is important to look forward, it is equally important to look back and reflect. That is why, even with such a long time between recording and release, people can change, people can grow. Sometimes people just need more time to get there.”