Introducing: Bayonne

Bayonne Living Room

Introducing Bayonne, AKA Roger Sellers, an electro pop artist from Austin Texas who is currently invading the homes of millions through his last single Appeals, which has been included on football sim FIFA 17's soundtrack. That's exposure you can only dream of!

He's quite the artist, creating music that exists within it's own dreamscape. It conjures images of alien landscapes and environments which will have you entranced from start to finish.

With a handful of European shows beginning this October, he's marking the occasion by releasing a video for his latest single Living Room.

In the words of the man himself... "Living Room sounds different than anything else I've released…it’s much more sporadic and wild. I wanted the video to be different as well and I love the way the animation makes it feel so playful, bizarre, and cartoonish."

Animated by Man Mantis for Gorilla Nun Creative, the Living Room video creates a colourfully magical universe to suit Bayonne's organic and intricate take on electronic pop.


Bayonne was kind enough to answer the know infamous 'Introducing Questionnaire". From exclaiming his love for indie rock duo Wye Oak to revealing himself as a bit of a pool shark, it's quite the insight into the artists world!

1. What is your favourite album and why?

One of my favourite albums as of recent would be Shriek by Wye Oak. It is one of the few albums that I can always go back to and never get bored of. From beginning to end, the album is so tastefully arranged and produced, plus Jenn Wasner has the voice of an angel.

2. If you had to describe your sound in three words, what would they be?

Dense, melodic, minimalist.

3. What made you start making music?

I grew up in a household that really loved music, so I was very exposed to it at a young age. Throughout my childhood and teens I was trying to imitate a number of different artists and musicians, which led to skills in instruments like the piano, guitar, and drums. I started writing and recording my own songs around the age of 14 and began exploring my own ideas and sounds.

4. Favourite swear word?

Shit. I tend to use the word often in my live performance.

5. If you could create a band from musicians, living or dead who would you choose?

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Rob Crow of Pinback and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips.

6. Obvious musical skills aside, do any of you have any secret talents?

I’ve been told that I’m pretty good at playing pool. When I’m traveling, one thing I love to do is check out different pool halls in different cities. I also played a bunch when I was in college so I guess I’m pretty alright. 

7. What is your favourite childhood TV show?

Ren and Stimpy.

8. If you weren't making music, what profession would you like to attempt and why?
Any job that would allow me to travel often and not sit at a desk from nine to five would be a great gig for me. i’ve become so used to traveling, it would be difficult for me to imagine doing anything that required me to stay in one spot. 

And finally...if Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Bottoms Up!

Bayonne's new album Primitives is out now.
A Peaceful Noise: A Concert to Honour those Lost in the Bataclan Attack

A Peaceful Noise: Bataclan Memorial Concert

Last year a terrorist attack during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan in Paris stunned the music world. It left many dead. A tragic, senseless act, the likes we hope will never occur again.

I attended an Eagles of Death Metal gig just one week before the attack happened, and the joyous atmosphere in Newcastle that night was a complete contrast to the terror and sadness gig goers would experience just seven days later.

To honour the music lovers that lost their lives that night, the family of Nick Alexander, a British music merchandiser who was tragically killed that night, are launching a special night of live music to mark the anniversary of the attack. The event will be called A Peaceful Noise.

A Peaceful Noise is to pay tribute to the Paris victims with a positive message of understanding, to celebrate music’s unique ability to unite people as equals, and to raise money for two music related charities paying forward the love and goodwill within the community.

The charities being supported are The Nick Alexander Memorial Trust and Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation.

Zoe Alexander, Nick’s sister and A Peaceful Noise founder said: “Live music was Nick’s passion and it seemed only fitting that we mark the anniversary of his passing in this way. Everyone who lost their lives that night had a shared love of music and we’re thrilled to bring some of Nick’s favourite artists together for this celebration of unity, peace and rock and roll”.

A Peaceful Noise: Shepherds Bush Empire

The concert will feature performances from a whole host of Nick’s friends and contemporaries including alternative rockers Maximo Park, ex-Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Travis lead singer Fran Healy and Frank Turner, who will be playing his only London date this year.

There will also be DJ sets from Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack, Vicar/DJ Father Brian Ralph and Matt Walsh. More acts are to be announced in the near future.

Frank Turner commented: “Losing Nick in the horrible events in Paris was the worst part of last year; he was truly one of the good guys. Bringing people together in the spirit of peace and music for an evening is the least we can do for his memory, I'm honoured to be asked to play”.

The concert takes place on November 15th at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. For more information, head to

New Music: Tacocat - The Internet

Tacocat The Internet Music Video

After releasing their album Lost Time earlier this year, Seattle pop-punk outfit Tacocat have self-released a new music video for their standout track & anti-online harassment anthem The Internet.

Featuring visuals that are instantly recognisable and put together in a way that's both funny and unique, the video is the perfect accompaniment to the pop punk anthem which acts as a tirade against the online trolls that plague some of the most popular sites on the web.

From Microsoft Paint to the dating app Tinder, see if you can name every platform featured in this video. There's no prize for doing this mind you, apart from the self satisfaction of knowing that you have spent way too much time online.

Take a look at the video below!


Tacocat’s third studio album, Lost Time is out now via Hardly Art Records.

The Wisdom Of Jon Stewart

The Wisdom of Jon Stewart

The political landscape in America has always been turbulent. Its two party system promotes animosity and it's elections drag on for months if not years! It's a difficult world to keep on top of, which is why when someone comes along who can do it well, it's important to listen to what they have to say.

Jon Stewart is one of those characters. A comedian and former host of the critically acclaimed The Daily Show, Stewart was at the frontline of American politics for years, commenting on countless scandals, and getting involved with a number of campaigns. He helped pass bills through congress and managed to single handedly take the atrocious Crossfire off the air.


He has stepped down from his post at The Daily Show, passing the reigns over to the talented Trevor Noah, but his impact continues to resonate, through shows created because of his inspiration and through his sporadic returns to late night TV.

So what is it about Stewart that makes him so watchable? Well, the first thing is that he's a comedian first and a political commentator second. Taking a dry subject and making it entertaining is an incredibly difficult task. Politics is perhaps one of the driest topics of all. Everything moves so slowly, and it's only through strenuous research and scrutiny that comedic angles begin to appear.

Take The Daily Show's series of segments entitled Democalypse, these focused on news coverage dedicated to the 2016 election. These news reports were largely just filler, as nothing of importance happens with the presidential race until around 12 months before. However Jon Stewart and his team managed to find gold with this coverage time and time again.

And it wasn't just national movements in the political machine that were targeted.

Another great thing about Stewart's time as The Daily Show's anchor was his attempts to shine a spotlight on some of the more ridiculous goings on in state legislature across America. Take Oklahoma's decision on oil and gas legislation following a dramatic increase in earthquakes in the state.

Whilst these stories showcase his day to day greatness, one thing Jon Stewart is more famous for than anything else, is his concentrated attack on Fox News. The partisan hacks of Fox, seemingly hired by the Republican parties propaganda wing, promote themselves as a fair and balanced organisation...which was a little too much for Stewart to take. Himself and Fox poster boy Bill O'Reilly have had several debates against each other and he has ran several pieces on The Daily Show pointing out the contradictions in values the network so often displays.

The funny Jon Stewart is good, but the serious Jon Stewart is just as effective. After the decision made not to prosecute the offers involved in the killing of Eric Garner, Stewart took to the screen to voice his genuine frustrations at the situation unfolding in front of America.

The really annoying thing about Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show, is that it happened before Donald Trump became the Republican nominee from the presidency, and with that, created more mouth dropping headlines and gaffes then you could believe.

Can you imagine what he would have done with that material? It would have been open season for Stewart, which is perhaps why he couldn't resist returning to our screens on Stephen Colbert's show and taking shots at the ludicrous situation the republican party currently finds itself in. 

I guess what I'm trying to say with this blog is; Jon, we need you back. John Oliver is doing a fine job over on HBO, but he can only do so much. The time is now Jon, before it's too late, take to our screens on a regular basis and...make America great again.

On Repeat: September 2016

Jamie T Trick

Jamie T - Power Over Men

Jamie T's new album Trick is out and working it's way up the charts faster than you can say bass guitar playing troubadour. Power Over Men is one of the highlights. Featuring a gritty melody, the track walks the indie/pop line perfectly and delivers everything you've come to demand from Jamie T, and then some.

BRAWLERS - Annabel

This is just about as perfect as pop punk gets. Coming in at under two minutes, BRAWLERS manage to cram three choruses, a bridge and a slamming riff into Annabels' running time and conjure up magic by doing so. I'm late to the party with this one...but I'm making sure I catch every release from this band going forward.

Fall Out Boy - Fourth of July (Live at Reading 2016)

I dare you to watch Fall Out Boy's headline show at Reading and not be impressed. The lads have well and truly evolved into a main event standard group, with a barrel load of hits and enough pyro packed into their production to worry the local fire service. Fourth of July was one of the stand out songs for me. With an arena sized chorus along with the accompanying fireworks it was quite the spectacle. Catch the performance in the video above at 38:11.

Bon Iver - 33 "GOD"

Justin Vernon has gone over the edge. That much is clear from his new music. It's a pretty seismic departure in terms of style and genre, there are currently no signs of the low key folk stylings he was well known for in this new sound. Bon Iver, however can be whatever the hell Vernon wants to be, and if you want my opinion the new sound he's crafted on these new tracks make up his best work yet. Sit back and enjoy.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Winters Gone

Omar Rodriguez Lopez is a musical genius. I think we can all agree on that, right? He's currently releasing an album on a bi-weekly basis...and so far they have all been of exceedingly high quality. His latest release Umbrella Mistress is my favourite so far and Winter's Gone encapsulates the mood of the record in it's most immediate form.

Interestingly the version above is an acoustic version recorded back in 2014. It's great, but you should absolutely check out the studio version for good measure.

Franz Ferdinand - Lucid Dreams

Franz Ferdinand channeling The Beatles via Kraftwerk. This is one of the bands best tracks and has found its way back on my playlist as of late. And that's a fantastic thing. Eight minutes well spent. Trust me.

Bring Me The Horizon - Antivist (Live at Wembley Arena)

This concert has made it back onto won't last long of course but whilst it's here I recommend checking out Bring Me The Horizon's performance of Antivist. It features the best lyrics in a track ever written and it's good for a bit of anger management. 58:11.

New Music: Soft Hair - Lying Has To Stop

Soft Hair Band
Photo credit: Erwan Fichou
Well. That's a strange image to announce your new band with, isn't it? We should expect no less of course, this is a group made up of former Late of the Pier and current LA Priest man Sam Dust/Eastgate and the equally experimental Connan Mockasin.

The name of this new group? Soft Hair, and they have announced the release of their first album on October 28th.

The album’s recording took place over five years amongst the pair’s solo careers and outside lives. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in 2009 (the first time the two met), Sam travelled in the far east, Africa, Europe and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing, and re-emerging as LA Priest in 2015 with debut solo album Inji.

Connan meanwhile released the albums Forever Dolphin Love and Caramel, and toured the world extensively, working with artists such as James Blake, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vince Staples.

The songs on this album were written and recorded in a wide array of locations using methods that neither Mockasin nor Dust had used previously, developed by the pair from the start of its creation. As a result, the record gives the listener a view into an exotic world with a blend of familiar, unfamiliar and unconventionally attractive sounds.

Sounds good right? Want to hear more right?

Lucky for you they've already released a new video for the song Lying Has To Stop. Watch it below, it's...a bit odd. But again, what did you expect?

Black Foxxes: I'm Not Well - Album Review (Sort of)

Black Foxxes New Album I'm Not Well

We're at a very exciting stage of the Black Foxxes story right now. They have just released one hell of an album (I feel like I've said that too soon into the review...ah well) and the hype machine is steadily hitting into higher and higher gears.

The album entitled I'm Not Well is twelve tracks of arena sized emo. With flashes of Manchester Orchestra, Brand New and Against Me! partnered alongside passionate performances translated perfectly from their live shows to the record. This is an album that is engrossing from start to finish. It's a great listen, but here's where things get really interesting.

Black Foxxes are officially rock music's worst kept secret.

They feel like a top UK act in the making. The record industry knows of course, they've been snapped up by Spinefarm Records who are a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group. And the critics know, everyone from Kerrang! to Drowned in Sound have been heaping on the praise for the UK three piece and the premiere album stream was picked up by The Independent.

The mainstream rock audience is yet to fully take hold, but aren't far behind. Of course, these things take time, and the beauty with rock fans is, they're always on the look out for the newest act to melt their faces off.

The benefits for fans quick on the uptake is opportunity. A cursory glance at their upcoming tour boasts a treasure trove of opportunities for new devoted fans to catch this band in intimate surroundings. 500-1000 cap venues galore, if that!

So how big could they be?

Well let's think about that. This album isn't a pop record. There are no Cary Rae Jepson (remember her?) ear worms to propel them onto the Radio 1 A-list, and rock music, no matter how epic, has to take a backseat to the shenanigans of the hit parade when it comes to national airplay.

But whereas pop acts, appear then disappear in a matter of months, rock acts have a more elongated process ahead of them. I mean it took Biffy Clyro four albums to get the recognition they deserved, and with The Maccabees calling it a day before having the chance to headline one of the top top festivals in the world (which they most thoroughly deserved to do) it just goes to show this business is a marathon not a sprint.

The sky's the limit, but it may take time.

But Black Foxxes are onto something here, and if I've learned anything whilst writing about music, it's that good music always gets the audience it deserves. Tracks such as River, Bronte and Pines are all cult classics in the making (if not already) but cult status is not what awaits this band.

Black Foxxes have arrived. Say hello to your new favourite band.