A good year: The 1975

Manchester’s Indie band The 1975 are releasing new music on May 20th. The 1975 are set to release their forthcoming full length album later this year, co-produced by Mike Crossey, who has produced albums by the Arctic Monkeys and Foals. The band formed in 2002 but changed line-up and their name along the way. Healy, originally the drummer stepped in front of the mic to replace the first singer as he left the band. That’s when Daniel, born in Brussels, joined. The current name of the group was adopted only last year. It comes from an inscription in a secondhand book.
The band’s first EP Facedown was released that same year. The debut single, a demo version, The City was picked up by BBC and gave the band their starting ground. But it was Sex, off the EP with the same title, that attracted a larger following. With musical influences ranging from Sigur Rós to Talking Heads and Michael Jackson, the group explore alternative rock coated in a black and white visual, both troughout their art work and videos. Following a 3rd EP Music For Cars, comes IV, the band’s next set, which will include a definitive version of The City. The latest single Chocolate is getting extensive international airplay. Watch the video directly below. More black and white realness after the jump.

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The Irrepressibles impress

A true blessing, watching the Irrepressibles live last night, in support of their second album Nude. Frontman Jamie McDermott shed his feathers and grew a beard, Guy Garvey-style. In an intimate setting, McDermott played both piano and guitar alternately, surrounded by five band members playing drums, synths, cello and violin, hidden behind transparent white drapings, used to project the imagery of the video clips for Arrow and New World.
Singer Jamie’s voice has that same breathy vocal as Anthony Hegarty’s, floating somewhere between male and female. Songs such as the new single Two Men in Love reflect pure beauty, without overdramatizing, especially live on stage. A truly honest performance of an emotional form of art. Climax off course came right at the end with a mesmerizing performance of In This Shirt.
If you get the chance to see this “Performance orchestra” live, don’t let it pass. Here’s the band’s newest video.

For Heaven and Ever

So many great come backs of late with new recordings from Bowie, Justin, Destiny’s Child, and Nick Cave, to name but a few. Yesterday Depeche Mode launched their brand new video for Heaven, a first single off the band’s upcoming album Delta Machine. An American radio station had already aired the song a day early, on Wednesday. Songwriter Martin Gore wants to return to DM’s hay day by creating a familiar sound. The guys recorded their 13th studio album over the course of a year, finishing up at the end of 2012.
Delta Machine is set for release March 26th. There’s your standard 13-track version (see track listing below), but a Deluxe edition will also be available. This 2-disc pack comes with a 28-page hardcover book filled with photos by Anton Corbijn. In addition the set includes four bonus tracks: Long Time Lie, Happens All The Time, Always, and All That’s Mine, also the b-side to Heaven.

1. Welcome To My World
2. Angel
3. Heaven
4. Secret To The End
5. My Little Universe
6. Slow
7. Broken
8. The Child Inside
9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye

Haim hail the Sound

BBC’s Sound of 2013 has a winner. The poll in its 11th year, Haim have been elected as rising stars of the year ahead. London R&B duo AlunaGeorge is the runner-up. New York-based rapper Angel Haze came in third.
Previous winners were Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003). Other names you may have heard of ending up in the top five in previous years include Frank Ocean, Marina and the Diamonds and Florence and the Machine.
Californian sisters Este Danielle and Alana Haim started out in a family band with their parents but have since made their own way. The girls, though only in their early twenties, already supported Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons on tour, and have already been compared to the sound of Fleetwood Mac. They all play guitar, drums and sing. Judging the names shortlisted before, they will surely deliver their promise.

Stereophonics create a moment

Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones undoubtedly has one of the most charismatic voices in Adult Rock. So thrilled the band are back with a new album, Graffiti on the Train, in stores March 4th. The album artwork is taken from an oil painting by British fine artist Stephen Goddard. If you pre-order the album from iTunes you get an instant download of Violins And Tambourins. The lead single In A Moment is available already as a free download at the band’s official site. Kelly Jones wrote the track and directed the video for it. According to Jones, the song is about finding some hope in life. A moment sure sounds hopeful.

Montevideo new video

Brussels’ Indie Rock band Montevideo released their third album Personal Space, produced by Joakim, in October. Fronted by singer Jean Waterlot, the band named after the capital of Uruguay now consists of four friends. Montevideo’s inspirations include glampop Bowie, The Clash, Sonic Youth, The Pixies, and even Marvin Gaye. The sound they’ve created best fits the description of Britpop. Listening to their music, you cannot deny the link with Suede, Blur or Pulp.
The band’s self-titled album (2006) was followed in 2011 by the album Tribal Dance. For the new release, the first since they signed with EMI Belgium, Montevideo reworked their Fate & Glory, bringing in the lead singer of Intergalactic Lovers, Lara Chedraoui. Watch the cool b&w video directed by Pierre Waterlot for La Reine Production.

No Doubt reunite

No Doubt released their fifth studio album Rock Steady in December 2001, their last to date. Over the years the band compiled a greatest hits album, and lead singer Gwen Stefani released two solo albums: Love Angel Music Baby and The Sweet Escape. While Stefani was promoting her sophomore, the other band members began working on a new album without her.
2012 all has come together. Push and Shove is the band’s upcoming sixth studio album. The album is set for release on September 25th on Interscope Records. A first single Settle Down was released mid July. The music video is directed by Sophie Muller, who also directed lots of other No Doubt videos, including Don’t Speak and Underneath It All.