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.

Follow the band on their social media accounts.

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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

Festival Preview – Stereofunk

Known as the first festival of the summer, thousands of music lovers will descend to Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire for Stereofunk 2017.

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The May Day Bank Holiday event caters for fans of all things indie, pop, dance, old school rave and emerging local talent, over 80 bands and DJ’s across five stages over 10.5 hours will bring in a very early summer party including DJ Jim Gellatly who is has his own Main stage with performances from Indigo Velvet, Vladimir, Jamie and Shoony, The Banter Thief’s with headliners Ian Van Dahl and TTF, mixing nostalgia with the current is the aim of Jim’s stage. Neon face paint and glow sticks are a must for this festival!

Newly introduced HWFGo stage (which stands for Here We F*cking Go) will see the likes of Dream Frequency, Clyde 1 Breakfast and GBX legend George Bowie and headliners N-Trance taking to the decks to play out some of the biggest dance and rave classics. Be prepared for some Pretty Green Eyes, Hardcore Feelings and Dancing In The Dark and by that I mean the songs, if you see or adapt these at Stereofunk, it’s an added bonus.

The event is for strictly for over 18’s and has fully licensed bars and quality food vendors. Stereofunk is deemed one of the most affordable festivals in the UK.

Want to experience Stereofunk for yourselves? Press play on the video below and witness Stereofunk in all its glory.

If this seems your type of party, tickets are available from here!

Follow Stereofunk on all their socials: Facebook // Twitter // Website

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Bruises’ by Lewis Capaldi

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you may have heard about this next artist and why we here at Forever Fangirls are keeping a very close eye on him.

Bruises is the debut track from Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. Lewis is based not too far away from me in sunny Bathgate, West Lothian and make no mistake the boy has some serious talent.

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Bruises
is an emotive ballad that if you’ve ever really properly been in love and had to let go of that love you will feel every note and every word imprint on your soul. The heady mix of piano and Lewis’ gravelly but perfect tones take you somewhere out of yourself and back to the memory of that love and hope. It’s beautifully written and in my opinion, it’s pure perfection.

Have a listen here:

I’ll definitely be watching out for him, my guts tell me he’s gonna be huge!
Here are his upcoming UK tour dates. See you at St. Lukes!

•  Tuesday 12 September – The Crofters Rights, Bristol, UK
•  Wednesday 13 September – Oporto, Leeds, UK
•  Thursday 14 September – Fallow Cafe, Manchester, UK
•  Friday 15 September – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK

Tickets are available from here!

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar.

Track Review – ‘Thick As Thieves’ – Noah Noah

It’s officially Spring! Even though the weather is intermittent between April showers and sunshine, Edinburgh based band Noah Noah certainly know how to make a song for when the sun is shining down and you begin to feel yourself exciting for the summer festival season.

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Thick As Thieves
 is the sort of song which you will find yourself instantly dancing along to even if you believe you cannot dance. The infectious guitar solo at the beginning of the track will get stuck in your head and have you bopping along during your working day. The chorus catches your attention screaming out ‘Dance with me one more time ’til the coast is clear‘ and is the type of chorus which will be a favourite with a crowd sing-a-long at a future show. Despite being shy of three minutes long, Thick As Thieves is a dreamy piece of indie pop music which should be added to your playlists immediately, it’s certainly on mine.

The boys have a few shows lined up in Glasgow, their hometown of Edinburgh and Inverness over the next few months. Show information can be found here!

Check out the music video for Thick As Thieves below!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre