Album Review – ‘Felt’ by Clean Cut Kid

Once it was clarified that the album is named after the emotion and not the fabric, Clean Cut Kid have FINALLY released their debut album after two years of hard work, determination and lots of love went into the production of ‘Felt.’


Liverpudlian four-piece made up of Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson create wonderous stories which last between 3-4 minutes long which are full of hope, love, feeling wanted and promoting a healthy dose of a certain vitamin. Shimmery, glistening and downright dazzling, the spellbinding vocals which are Mike and Evelyn Hall together prove that holy matrimony is much more than just marriage, the pair’s harmonies are such a divine dream to listen to, you will feel a warm little haze inside which is perfectly normal when listening to the record.

Now, the 5 F’s: The Forever Fangirl’s Favourites From ‘Felt’

Vitamin CThe song which made me realise how poignant this band are, the first ever song I heard by CCK, it holds a special place in my heart. Also, a subtle promotion for fruits and vegetables. 

We Used To Be In Love – A firm favourite among fans and so much so that it was covered on a PRIDES’ Mixtape, the chorus along will make you think of those nostalgic moments where you did love someone but you know what? You’re in a better place now, sing it out loud wherever you are!

Felt The title track of the album, this little piece of genius make you feel like floating around a wonderland garden. Taking a somewhat touchy subject of feeling brokenhearted and putting an upbeat twist using a bop-a-long guitar riff will make that heartache a little bit easier to deal with. As a friend of mine once said, dance like your heart is breaking.

Jean – A fitting tribute to his late Grandmother with lyrics such as ‘You’re in my seconds, in my minutes, in my hours, And not a single day you pass’ is completely relatable when thinking of someone you love who has passed. She would be proud of Mike’s accomplishments so far and what else has yet to come.

There are very few records which leave a lasting impression of amazement and make you feel precious, wanted and loved. Felt is one of those albums which welcomes you into Clean Cut Kid’s arms with fuzziness, a ray of light and facial hair galore. The overall question is how I felt after listening to it? A sense of belonging and at right at home.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Chasing Shadows’ by The Sherlocks

With two sets of brothers hailing from Sheffield and one mammoth sound, The Sherlocks have released their new single Chasing Shadows and it has a lyric about being ‘out your tree.’ Any song which has this as a lyric is an instant winner!

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The Sherlocks are:

Kiaran Crook – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Josh Davidson – Lead Guitar
Andy Davidson – Bass
Brandon Crook – Drums

Chasing Shadows instantly brings three things to mind:

1. This is a summer anthem which should be played at the loudest volume you can get.
2. Picture the scene: summer festival, all your pals and complete strangers jumping around to this song on a nice summer’s day*
*even if it’s raining, you’ll still have a ball.
3. This would sound banging in a massive arena of 10,000 people screaming about chasing shadows and the ‘OH’s.’

Crook’s standout drum beat will immediately have you moving and grooving for 3 minutes and 48 seconds of pure indie delight before progressing into a chorus so rememberable you will be singing it for days on end, coming from personal experience.

Check out the video below:

Their debut album Live For The Moment is released on August 18th, pre-order the album here.

Catch The Sherlocks on their UK tour:

SEPTEMBER

14th – University, Newcastle
16th – Rock City, Nottingham
19th – O2 ABC, Glasgow
20th – SWX, Bristol
21st – The 1865, Southampton
22nd – Heaven, London

Tickets are available from here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Hard Times’ by Paramore

Before tears and After Laughter, somewhere in the middle, there is the utter joy of knowing that Paramore are well and truly back in full force.

Teasing fans by unveiling the album cover over on their Facebook page, the band have FINALLY unveiled what their fans have been waiting on for YEARS now. This is Hard Times.

Different from the band’s usual sound of straight in your face epic guitar riffs, Hayley, Taylor and Zac (who has returned to the band after leaving in 2010) have opted for some tropical vibes before the drums and guitar riffs kick in.

Once the chorus gets into full swing, you will have your whole body dancing along to the melody which has more of a bubblegum-esque pop feel rather than a throwback to their All We Know Is Falling and RIOT! days. With lyrics so infectious it’ll get stuck in your head for days, it’s a strong comeback for the Tennessee trio.

The video for the Hard Times is nothing short of a colour palette’s dream. With the artistic flair creating stunning visuals and extremely retro tying in perfectly with the theme of the song, kudos to Andrew Joffe and the production team behind the video!

Not what was to be expected but overall it was a successful surprise to open and Paramore, don’t leave it so long next time please?

Their highly anticipated album After Laughter will be released on May 12th via Fueled By Ramen. Pre-Order bundles are available to purchase here.

The band have just announced a UK & Ireland tour including a Scottish show at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 22nd!

Tour dates are as follows:

JUNE

15th – Olympia, Dublin
16th – Waterfront, Belfast
18th – O2 Apollo, Manchester
19th – Royal Albert Hall, London
21st – Colston Hall, Bristol
22nd – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

More information and ticket links will be available from paramore.net!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre