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

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 – ‘The Cure’ by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga needs no introduction Ms Stefani Joane Angelina Germanotta is quite simply music industry royalty and deservedly so.

The Cure is her latest offering and Little Monsters, what an offering you have! Let’s face it, Gaga can pretty much do no wrong she’s got the Midas touch and was writing for other artists long before launching her own pop career.

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In true Gaga fashion, this is an infectious little number with hooks that catch you like claws and melodies like lullabies. Slow dance with your other half, belt it out with your sisters on a night out, sing into your hairbrush and as we say in Scotland: ‘Goan yersel!’ This song is everything! I love it! The lyrics are pure perfection (Hey, I’m a fan girl what do you expect?)

Have a listen below:

She will play shows in England this Autumn:

OCTOBER

9th – O2 Arena, London
11th – O2 Arena, London
12th – Genting Arena, Birmingham
15th – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
17th – Manchester Arena, Manchester

Tickets are available here.

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

Track Review – ‘Fake’ by Callum Ross

After only playing at his debut show supporting American singer Jake Miller last month in Glasgow, hometown talent Callum Ross is bringing something fresh to the Glasgow music scene with some Electronic Hip-Pop on his debut release Fake.

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With Ross’ influences including Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper and Frank OceanFake is a strong debut considering the song sounds like Ross has been in the game for a while. This song sounds like if The Chainsmokers and Troye Sivan were to collaborate and make a record and it would be an absolute hit. Fake‘s electronic aspect pulls you in makes you listen to what Ross has to say. A debut which is extremely superb, Fake is anything but fabricated. An extremely real, honest single which gets a big thumb up in our books.

You can catch Callum supporting fellow singer-songwriter Tom Walker at his gig at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on May 16th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Listen to Fake in full here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Count Down From Ten’ by Oskar Braves

Fife lads David Stevens, Conor Young, Andrew Davidson, Connor Marnie and Grant Allan make up this wonderful five piece the Oskar Braves. We first saw them live when they were supporting Prides alongside Indigo Velvet at Dunfermline venue PJ Molloys (one of my favourite wee venues for live music) in December last year.

Oskar Braves have also supported bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blossoms and Embrace to name a few.

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Count Down From Ten is a rocky ballad on the subject of love/breaking up. Recorded and produced at Substation Studios by Michael Brennan Jnr and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Noel Gallagher), Count Down From Ten starts with a countdown from 10 to 1 which is poignant to the song.

With great lyrics and an epic chord combination and vocals, it’s a catchy wee number and I can see T and I belting out together in the front row as we do.

Have a listen on their Soundcloud here.

Oskar Braves have some shows coming up, you can see them live at:

MAY

5th PJ Molloys, Dunfermline (Supporting Indigo Velvet) (Tickets)
6th – SEMi 2 Ginger Jesus Battle Of The Bands – Bar 15, Dundee (Tickets available from the band)

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

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

Track Review – ‘Blessings’ by Tom Walker

It’s no secret that Tom Walker is one of my favourite live acts, he’s an absolute dream to see in the flesh. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester (the opposite to my father) he’s a recent signing to Sony’s Relentless Records.

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Tom’s guitar playing is proper ridiculous – as in toe-curlingly good! With a rock/reggae edge, Blessings is utterly flawless from Tom’s rich gravelly vocals, the chord combination, the beat, and the lyrics to this tune are so catchy it will cause an epidemic of awesomeness!

Blessings is about well, counting your blessings, and enjoying the little things in life with the people you love. The mention of FIFA and an ice cold beer put me in mind of many a Friday night with the lads at mine and made me smile at the memories. It’s already stuck in my head and we’ll be singing our wee hearts out when we see Tom at King Tuts next month!

Blessings is the first track from the Blessings EP which is available to pre- order right now on iTunes with a release date of the 12th May!

Pre-order here!

Catch Tom on his UK tour this May!

MAY

11th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
12th – The Cellar, Oxford
13th – Studio 2, Liverpool
14th – Whelan’s, Dublin (Tickets)
16th – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (Tickets)
17th – The Bodega, Nottingham
23rd – Joiners, Southampton
24th – Omera, London

Tickets for all English dates here!

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar