The Ultimate Indie Disco Playlist 2004 - 2010

The Ultimate Indie Disco Playlist 2004 - 2010

Last week a selection of indie disco tunes came on whilst preparing for a night out. And you know what? It sounded great.

Indie disco is one of life's great pleasures, and finding a venue that puts on a good "alternative night" should be cherished. It's a chance to enjoy all the benefits of the club scene (if there are any) with the added benefit of an incredible soundtrack to accompany it all.

Anyway, after reminiscing about some of the great indie nights I've been to, shout out to Sumo in Sunderland, I decided to put together...

THE ULTIMATE INDIE DISCO PLAYLIST 2004 -2010

Now before I share it with you, the playlist abides by a few rules which should explain the thought process behind the masterpiece.

1. An artist can only have one song featured on the playlist (excluding features and remixes).

This was a tricky one, because several artists have more than one absolute classic indie disco banger. But no one ever said it was easy, to quote Coldplay...who you will absolutely not find in this playlist. BECAUSE.

2. Artists who have since become arena/stadium giants are to be avoided, UNLESS they pass the banger/popularity bracket.

It's a complex system...and I won't go into it too much, but in short, the more popular an artist is, the bigger the banger has to be for it be included. But it's so much more complicated than that. Trust me.

3. The song must have been released during the years 2004 through to 2010.

Simple rule really. That's not to say that there aren't bigger better indie tunes released in years outside this period (the fact I couldn't include Azealia Banks 212 still hurts now) but that's the arbitrary limitation I stuck on it, and by God I'm sticking to it!

4. I have to like every song.

"Well...that's not very fair is it"? You might say.

Well actually, yes it is, so shut up.

5. The playlist is best ran through as is, shuffle at your peril.

These songs were not thrown together, oh no. They were carefully curated to serve multiple situations you might find yourselves in on a standard indie disco night.

For example, the first song, would not work as well anywhere else in the playlist...it's build up is too long. Same with the closing track, a nice northern romantic indie banger to send everyone off in a chirpy mood...but put it in the middle of the playlist and you'll get everyone all befuddled.

Shuffle if you must...be but be warned that the effect may not be as powerful.

And that's it! Without any further delay, I present the ultimate indie disco playlist 2004 - 2010.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to send them across, but be warned that like an indie club DJ, I might just give you an ok sign and completely ignore you.

You can follow the playlist using Spotify and stream to your hearts content. Enjoy!






New Music: The Physics House Band - Calypso

The Physics House Band Mercury Fountain

Psych rock is experiencing something of a boom recently, and whilst there are umpteen indie-psych outfits doing the rounds currently, The Physics House Band are managing to incorporate jazz influences into their music, which is creating a sound far more intriguing.

The Brighton based trio create what can only be described as exciting music. There is a never a dull moment, and keeping up with their stream of creativity can at times be exhausting.

As it turns out, the band have a big fan in comedian Stewart Lee who has explained why you should listen to these guys far better than I ever could.

Take it away Stew...

“I’m nearly 50. I don’t know what’s going on anymore, I’ll admit. The internet’s availability of all sources ever simultaneously has destroyed my understanding of cultural development as a logical progression. All music is time travel, forward and backward both at once, now.

But three years go my friend Simon Oakes, of prog-psych conceptualists Suns Of The Tundra, directed me to a YouTube clip of The Physics House Band. Impossibly youthful looking, and sounding like vintage seventies stadium-prog behemoth, but stripped of any errors of taste and judgment, fed amphetamines, made ashamed of their record collections, slapped in front of the whole school, immersed instead in post-rock procedure and practice, and made to apply their obvious talent and ability to a more worthwhile end than their forebears.

Three years on here’s their second record, a super-dense sci-fi mindfuck of a thing, music scholarship charity case keyboards in combat with squally spacerock guitars, dub boom bass and multi-time-sig clatter; a territory staked out over mushrooms at break-time, on the top floor of the multi-story car park, overlooking the ‘70s Bauhaus shopping centre concrete functional fountain square, but now gone all Escher in the aftermath, like a black and white architectural schematic drawing dipped in tie-dye.

Mercury Fountain’ doesn’t stop, a twenty nine minute surge of tracks that it would be a crime to split apart, the kind of part work The Physics House Band’s progenitors aimed at but never quite produce. It loads you into a water canon and shoots you out through its intermingled opening tracks, the group finally allowing you a pause for breath at the half way point, during 'A Thousand Small Spaces'; and then you’re kicked out of the airlock back into the Negative Zone again in 'Obidant', the laws of physics in reverse, Newton’s apples flying upwards past your grasping fists, your hair on end, arching to follow them, until you’re finally abandoned into the tectonic drift of 'Mobius Strip II'.

It’s a two black Americano experience that makes me wish I still had pin-sharp hearing to lose.”

You can listen to their new single Calypso below.



The Physic House Band's new mini-album Mercury Fountain is released April 21st via Small Pond Records.

Introducing: H. Grimace

Introducing H. Grimace

In the week following the Grammys, which was severely lacking in post punk rock n roll vibes (as well as a lot of other things), I'm pleased to introduce you to London's H. Grimace.

Made up of Hannah Gledhill (vocals/guitar), Marcus Browne (guitar), Corin Johnson (bass) and Diago Gomes (drums), the four piece create guitar driven atmospheric rock laced with self reflective lyrics, intent on tackling life's bigger issues.

Take their new single Land/Body for example...

"Land/Body is a song which took inspiration from the idea that we are living through the end of nature and what changes have occurred from the likes of mass production and standardisation."

Some heavy shit, but it sounds great. See for yourself below.

The band were kind enough to answer the now infamous introducing questionnaire, and with it put together quite possibly the best mythical band line up ever created. Take a look at the answers below!

1. What is your favourite album and why?

Women: Public Strain had a very informative impact on me when I first heard it. I thought they had made something that was as beautiful as it was experimental and explored many of my own interests in guitar music.

2. What is your least favourite album and why?

Least favourite I'd like to say something like Justin Bieber but I actually find bands like Muse harder to digest!

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

Rhythmic, melodic, dynamic

4. What made you start making music?

Loneliness and boredom! I was living and working in Melbourne, I was pretty lost at the time with a lot of time on my own and I just started playing the guitar and going to shows and I remember thinking this is me!

5. Favourite swear word?

I still have my northern tongue and "bint" still comes out!

6. If you could create a band from musicians (excluding yourselves) living or dead, who would you choose?

Ooh lovely Johnny Marr, Morris De Bank (Felt guitarist) Tod Trainer Shellac or Levon Helm on drums... quite different I know! Karen Carpenter/Neil Young on vocals and Dave Paho Papa M maybe on bass... I'm sure he plays bass? That's quite a mix isn't it! I'll make the coffee!

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

I have always loved cooking and as a young woman I started early mass producing and eating cake!

8. What is your favourite childhood TV show?

Heartbreak high, I learnt about Australians, skateboarders and warehouses!

9. If you weren't making music, what profession would you like to attempt and why?

Well I've attempted a few and they are all split into groups, practical, passion, or purpose. Combining all three would be a dream. As much as I'd love to be an artist, visual or musician Id perhaps look for a more stable caring profession or alternative medicine like osteopathy.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“Here's your mum!"

H. Grimace release their debut album Self Architect April 7th via Opposite Number.





New Music: Sorority Noise - No Halo

Sorority Noise - No Halo

You know what the problem is with the musical landscape nowadays? There's far too much choice. It's impossible to keep up with everything that's going on, which means from time to time you miss out on amazing bands for years and years. Especially when they're from across the pond in the US.

This has been my experience with Sorority Noise.

They're an emo/indie four piece from Hartford Connecticut and consist of members from the bands Old Gray and Prawn...who I'm also unaware of. Really not doing well at this whole music journalism thing.

Anyway, they're great and having indulged myself with their past two records (which you should check out by the way) I was delighted to hear they have a new album coming out this March. They've also released a new track No Halo, which serves as a preview for their third outing.

With nods to the heavier side of Weezer's back catalogue, laced with a bit of Brand New for good measure it's a great record which stands up nicely with their output to date.

Frontman Cam Boucher has also elaborated on the meaning behind the track...

“This song is about having a friend pass away and still keeping them fondly in your mind to the point where you show up to their house forgetting that they’re no longer there. It’s about struggling to keep up with the people you love when you’re away and how to be/how it feels to not be there for them when they need you most.”

You can listen to No Halo below. The bands new album You’re Not As _____ As You Think is due out March 17th on Triple Crown Records.



A Soundtrack To...Running


I've been running consistently for around nine months or so. I recommend it as a past time, it's good exercise and acts as a time out for your brain. That's because you don't have time to focus on anything but running, meaning all those other things that have been bugging you throughout the day have to take a back seat.

"I can't believe Debbie said that in this mornings meeting!"

"Shut up Alex, you have some terrain to manoeuvre and I'm trying to keep us upright."

"Nice one, brain."

"SILENCE."

For the most part I listen to podcasts whilst out. Currently I'm listening to a lot of The Joe Rogan Experience, which really does play host to all sorts of topics of conversation. From MMA to psychedelics, he gets a myriad of personalities to take part in his back and forth interviews, and with an average running time of around three hours, they get to explore avenues that you would never expect.

As well as listening to a shed load of podcasts, which help you to take your mind off the (at times) arduous task at hand, I also like listening to very angry music. Fast and angry music to be specific.

This acts as motivation I guess. High energy/ high aggro rock music really gets the legs moving, although you need to try and not head bang too hard as it has a habit of throwing you off balance.

I decided to jot down twenty songs that I always come back to when I'm in need of a some adrenaline to spark a second wind. There's actually a few pop numbers in there, as well as a cavalcade of throat tearing guttural roars from some of rocks finest.

If this playlist doesn't get you moving a little faster (even if that's because you're reaching for the stop button) then I have failed. You can take a look at the list of tracks below, take them down to the treadmill next time and see if it does you any good.

Note: Bleeding from the ears is a common side effect of sticking this on. It's nothing to worry about, trust me. I'm a music blogger.

 

New Music: Beachheads - Moment Of Truth

Beachheads band

Getting 2017 off on the right note is the sound of two members of the Norwegian metal outfit Kvelertak, expressing their pop punk prowess as part of the band Beachheads.

The spark that became Beachheads was first ignited on a tour bus, as Vidar (guitar) and Marvin (bass) fantasised about the endless potential of fuzzy guitars, energetic drums and strong melodies.

After a demo session a couple of years back they hooked up with Stavanger-locals Espen, a metal drummer with a pop heart, and former synth-pop-singer Børild. Together they knocked out three single tracks that quickly made a mark on playlists on both Norwegian and British national radio.

2017 is the year the band finally drops their debut album, and it has been well worth the wait. It's 12 tracks of no nonsense pop rock goodness punctuated by anthems such as Your Highness and new single Moment of Truth.

The album is brimmed with melody and euphoria, and also has a deeper meaning threaded through it's running time. That truthfulness and honesty will get you through anything.

You can watch the video for their track Moment of Truth below.

 
Moment Of Truth, Your Highness and Break Me Down are available on streaming services now. Their debut album is released February 3rd.

Why You Should Be Playing...Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy 15

One of the biggest gaming franchises of all time has returned for it's 15th outing, and happily manages to breathe new life into what was becoming a predictable experience.

If you're unaware of the phenomenon that is Final Fantasy, it's a simple enough concept really.

You play as a protagonist who will almost certainly be sporting a gravity defying haircut and wielding a larger than life sword. You journey through a fantasy world filled with magic and monsters to inevitably face off against a foe who threatens the universe's very existence.

It's a classic set up, and despite the franchise's continuing popularity, I think its fair to say the past couple of editions left fans a little bit cold.

Enter Final Fantasy XV.

It's the titles next-gen console debut and is dubbed as "A Final Fantasy for fans new and old", which is nice! And whilst the familiar good vs evil tropes are all still present, this time round the game emphasises heavily on the road trip side of things.

You play as Noctis, a prince on a journey to wed his bride-to-be and thus unite two waring nations which will bring peace to the world. Of course, things soon get turned upside down and you and your group of friends are embroiled in an almighty kerfuffle.



The first point to make about the game is the sheer size of thing. I've played it longer than any other game this year and I've barely scratched the surface, there are so many side avenues to explore and landscapes to navigate, that the finishing line is a meer spot on the horizon.

Secondly, you get a car. And although the driving mechanics aren't anything to write home about, it's a great way for the game to bring the road trip aspect of the game to the forefront.

Final Fantasy XV Chocobo

And this isn't the only new addition, you're now able to camp out, cook, fish and keep a photo diary of your adventures. These additional elements really help you buy into the characters and their relationships and serve as a nice breather from the battle heavy narrative.

Speaking of the battling, fighting in this game is fast and furious and does take a while to get used to. A quick point, it's definitely worth listening to the tutorial...because you'll need it.

Elsewhere, the Chocobos return and the monsters look bigger and better than ever. There is also an additional danger for gamers to look for in the form of the night time. Go out into darkness at your own risk, as this is where the big bad monsters come out to play.

All in all, this is a game that is easily capable of stealing hundreds of hours away from you. So if you fancy getting stuck into a game, and immersing yourself in a new world this is the game for you... not that Conan O'Brien thinks so.