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  1. Credit: Patrick Starsky Thomas 



    Words: Izzy Butler

    After entering the year with 'Scores on the Doors’, fourth single from Cardiff's The Rotanas, 'Figure It Out Alone’, is a change of pace and style.

    Think DMA'S with a touch of toned down Oasis from the 'Gritpop' outfit, which arose out of guitarist and songwriter James Wilson's lockdown months, and is a more mellow offering after their previous swagger and swell releases.

    “The track was written whilst I was in self-isolation and had far too much time to myself to mull over past relationships," he says. "I learnt that I needed to let them go in a mature way, and close the chapters of my life which they were a part of.”

    From the gentle strummed opening, Harry Watton's voice is a raw delight (like a Welsh Tommy O'Dell) on the four-minute stripped down track, released last week.






  2. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Taken from their March released self-titled album, Stroud's punk rockers Milk Teeth have a video for the track 'Sharks' to offer.

    "The video for 'Sharks' was put together to show fans and friends having fun during lockdown," says vocalist Becky Bloomfield. "It’s been a really weird few months globally and incredibly isolating for many, the aim of the video was to bring the music community together while we aren’t able be together in person. The submissions brought a lot of joy - a huge thank you to those who took part. 'Sharks' is lyrically a very dark song juxtaposed against a catchy melody and tempo.

    "Originally written on the piano, it’s about when I was being bullied for almost two years after a bad breakup and having to stay strong and determined even though I was getting swarmed by 'sharks'. The “I need you like the air that I breathe” symbolises the unhealthy connection I had to the person involved - they were being abusive but I’d still feel like I needed them and their approval no matter how badly I was treated.

    "The last verse is about how resilience is so important and that they may have left me vulnerable and metaphorically 'exposed' but that I wouldn’t be made to disappear until my bones have rusted out (resilience) and that even the wear and tear wouldn’t beat me."

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  3. With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.



    BENEE - SNAIL


    The follow-up to 'Night Garden (ft. Kenny Beats, Bakar)' and 'Supalonely (ft. Gus Dapperton)' from pop diva BENEE. Written and recorded with Josh Fountain, the Auckland, NZ artist was inspired to write the song after spending weeks in isolation. “When we were in lockdown, I was fascinated by snails. There wasn’t really a lot to be doing, so I would spend a lot of time outside looking at snails and would think about how they’re doing their own little thing and they’re all free. I just played around with the idea of being kind of like a snail and how I come out in the rain. Being stuck inside because of COVID, it’s kind of my lockdown song.”
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    OBSCURA HAIL - DOOMER


    The Melbourne-via-Wollongong indie rock trio have delivered this new fuzzy, reverbed noise track, taken from their forthcoming double EP, 'Siren/ Zero', out on September 18 via Remote Control Records/Dot Dash. “The instrumentation is our heaviest yet, to give a voice to the guilt, shame, anger and frustration that comes with feeling powerless," explains vocalist Sean Conran.
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    MERCI, MERCY - FALL APART

    Credit: She Is Aphrodite 

    Sydney-based, 19-year-old artist merci, mercy shares her second single 'Fall Apart'. The electronic number, produced by Joel Quartermain of Eskimo Joe and Edwin White, comes with an infectious chorus, distorted beats and warm, pop vocals. "‘Fall Apart’ references the cynical version of myself," she says. "Where I question the point in starting something with someone when I know it’s just going to end. In my mind I think I’m going to get hurt, so will it be worth it? It’s an apology and explanation to any future relationship that could be harmed by my cynical mind."
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    DEATH BY DENIM - OUT OF HABIT


    Perth four-piece Death By Denim return after 2019's 'Year Long Minute' EP, and this year's singles, 'Homemade' and 'Jump to Mars'. 'Out Of Habit', released last week, is  filled with synth textures and retro, 90s vibe and provides a taste of what their forthcoming debut album, due out late this year, may have in store.
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    TIMI TEMPLE - SNAKES & LADDERS


    Sydney's Timi Temple has just unveiled this colourful new single ‘Snakes & Ladders’. Searing guitar riffs, thudding percussion, distinctive vocals are augmented with reverb-soaked instrumentation and a psych-laden bridge. “'Snakes & Ladders' is a song born of societal experiences and commentary about my life. As I’m starting to see success in my music career, sycophantic friends from the past emerge (the snakes) to climb the career ladder that they now deem me to be? Ironically, the sombre tone of the song is downplayed through the use of the children's board game metaphor and my tongue in cheek lyrics. The song also has a strong connection to my home country of Australia referencing ‘Falls Festival in December.”
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    DOWN FOR TOMORROW - TROUBLE PRONE 

    Credit: Robbie Walcott 

    This fourth single from the Sydney punk four-piece's 'Whatever Happens' EP, is a blast of driving pop-punk. "Everybody hates ghosting, yet a lot of us are guilty of doing it - myself included," says the band's Cody Stebbings. "So, you could say this song is a dig at the hypocrisy of ghosting people, and at those who don’t understand that their lives are a reflection of their attitxude and how they treat people. It’s also a dig at myself too."
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  4. Words: Sam Geary 

    Liverpool's Seprona have followed up their earlier spring release, 'Lost in The Lonely Hearts', with 'Rose Tinted Eyes', which arrived last week.

    A driving, bouncy pop-rock bop, 'Rose Tinted Eyes' travela a jaunty course of catchy melodies, singalong chorus pounding rhythm section, and a winding underlying synth.

    Listen in.






  5. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Working Men’s Club have a busy list of midweek announcements.

    Firstly, they today share the video to 'Valleys', the latest track from their forthcoming self-titled album, now rescheduled for release on October 2.

    "'Valleys' is probably the most honest song on the record and I guess sets a premise for the rest of the album, growing up in a small town and trying to escape," says frontman Syd Minsky-Sargeant. "It was one of the last songs we finished, we couldn’t quite get the right string sound despite layering up about four synths up then Ross brought in his fixed LE string synth and it sounded perfect for the song.

    "It’s the first track on the album and one of the last songs I wrote before going into Sheffield to finish off the record. Having been in lockdown since the end of Winter in Todmorden it seems like there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to release this song."

    'Valleys' comes via Niall Trask's video, below, shot in Calderdale.

    The band have announced details of the release of a 12” of their recent 21-minute 'MEGAMIX' for this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday August 29. Initially only available to stream for seven days in early June, the 'MEGAMIX', a condensed electronic reworking of parts of the album, was released as a thank you to fans to fill the gap left by albums postponement.

    Additionally, a 12” of 'Valleys' featuring remixes from Confidence Man and Manchester legend Graham Massey, will be available to pre-order today.
    The track listing of the 12” is as follows:

    1. Valleys
    2. Valleys (instrumental)
    3. Valleys (Confidence Man remix)
    4. Valleys (Graham Massey mix - instrumental)

    Lastly, following their multi-camera live stream performance at YES in June - read Little Indie's live review here - the band have announced details of a second special event, Basement Transmission #2 will take place on August 21 from the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds with a new set list, live visuals and support from Lazarus Kane. Tickets are available from dice.fm