Introducing: KAZE

Quirky, unique and refreshing. If that’s what you look for in a band then allow me to introduce you to Manchester’s finest KAZE.

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Formed by Graham McCusker from Paisley and Amy Webber from Kent in February 2016, they formed the band shortly after Graham, originally from Paisley, was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

It’s all good news though while undergoing treatment, they had written 17 songs and after an extremely successful crowd-funder of over £3,000, the band travelled down to Kent to record their debut EP titled No Filter.

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With their influences including Fleetwood Mac, The Cardigans and The Beatles, you can notice the hints of these artists within their songs including their debut single Pinned On You.

Pinned On You starts with a fuzzy mixture of piano and guitar mixed together before the striking vocals of Webber, prime and proper yet mesmerising. One of those songs you don’t forget in a hurry, addictive, fresh and extremely different from what’s currently out there. Focusing on where to pin your hopes and dreams, in KAZE, that would be a good place to start.

No Filter was released on March 10th celebrating with a sold-out gig at The Castle in Manchester. Described as “pretty darn tasty”  by Jim Gellatly and A lovely, vibrant, edgy, unusual sound”  by Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6, KAZE are a recipe for sheer delight and just like a desert, there’s always room for more with this band.

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Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘GO’ by Apache Darling

After being shortlisted for Hard Rock Cafe’s #HardRockRising, Glasgow’s very own Apache Darling make an entrance to 2017 with their first release of the year with the catchy new single GO

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Apache Darling are made up of:

Stefanie Lawrence – Vocals
Andrew Black – Keys/Vocals
Charlotte Printer – Bass/Vocals
Danny Kelly – Drums

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Produced by Paul Beard who has worked with artists such as Bryan Ferry and Robbie William, the Alt-Pop 4 piece have created something which is a league of their own, knowing their own niche and comfortably delivering a track worthy of a roaring success when released.

GO is about a previous band breakup and finding the good from an otherwise destructive situation which can be somewhat difficult these days however the positives outweigh the negatives in this situation, Lawrence’s vocals on GO outline the emotion, the realisation of dealing with what has happened and she is the sunshine brightening through the rain – one of the best female vocalists in Scotland, period.

The synth on this record is dark, edgy and hypnotisingly addictive. You can easily lose yourself in those 3 minutes and it will leave you craving more.

Their debut EP is being released this summer and if GO is anything to go *ahem* by, this EP will be one that you should be watching out for.

GO is released on May 3rd

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre