Tugboat Captain Be Strong Smoke Less single 2019

Tugboat Captain – ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’


London’s DIY pop ensemble Tugboat Captain have shared new single ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’ – a delicious slice of chamber-pop inspired by a conversation between frontman Alexander Sokolow and his mother that finds them trying to be good people while also pondering just how hard this can be: ‘I’m just trying to try my best…

The Manatees

The Manatees – ‘What If’


Hailing from Southampton, The Manatees are a fine indie-pop band with a penchant for catchy hooks and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics. Their new single ‘What If’ (out on 8 March via Kerosene and Vox Humana Records) has been mixed by Spring King’s Tarek Musa and follows praise from Steve Lamacq and Spotify. Tackling the anxieties and stress…

Ben Kweller 2019

Ben Kweller shares ‘Heart Attack Kid’ video


Following a five-year absence, Ben Kweller has made a welcome return to music with slacker-pop anthem ‘Heart Attack Kid’. It will appear on forthcoming album ‘Circuit Boredom’. It has huge drums to open and fuzzed-up grungey hooks that are immensely appealing from the very first listen. There’s a defiant tone throughout the whole song as…

Idlewild 2019

Idlewild share ‘Dream Variations’ and reveal ‘Interview Music’ album details


Scottish rock royalty Idlewild have announced details of new album ‘Interview Music’ (out on 5 April via Empty Words) and unveiled its opener ‘Dream Variations’ as their new single. The five-minute song opens with woozy guitar effects before the more traditional Idlewild riffs come in alongside perfectly pitched piano, gorgeous vocal harmonies and Roddy Woomble’s…

Vinyl Staircase on the radio single

Vinyl Staircase – ‘On the Radio’


Dorking four-piece (and Boileroom regulars) Vinyl Staircase have released new single ‘On the Radio’ ahead of a UK tour. Premiered by John Kennedy on Radio X, the self-produced song follows support slots to the likes of Wolf Alice and Sunflower Bean and appearances at festivals including Truck and Boardmasters. The two-and-a-half minute song opens with…

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I Was a King – ‘Bubble’


Swedish indie-pop band I Was a King have released details of their new Norman Blake-produced album ‘Slow Century’ (out 8 March on Coastal Town Recordings) and unveiled brand new single ‘Bubble’. Bursting with jangly charm and potent guitar hooks, the song is all about how important it is that friends are there for you, even…