New band of the week: Warm Brains

Rory Atwell (aka Warm Brains) has had quite a career. The London-based artist was at the forefront of the MySpace music revolution, as one third of the abrasive buzz band Test Icicles (alongside Dev Hynes, who went on to become Lightspeed Champion / Blood Orange). Whilst the hotly-tipped band were performing to sell-out crowds despite …

Music Interviews Radar December 14, 2015

New band of the week: Forever Cult

Most university bands don’t last the distance. Forget about The Pixies, or Talking Heads, or Alt-J for the time being. What usually happens is that everyone goes their separate ways to pursue jobs, lovers and/or fun times abroad, and those rock’n’roll dreams recede into the rear-view mirror. Forever Cult are the latest band to buck this …

New band of the week: Keep Up

Looking for some #newmusicmonday inspiration? Look no further than our new band of the week, London’s Keep Up. Forming from the remains of two of East Anglia’s most fun bands, Keep Up have regrouped, relocated, and refocused on taking back the music scene for themselves. They take post-punk influences and inject a little joy with the kind …

Music Interviews Radar November 23, 2015

New band of the week: HAWK

HAWK are a band with activism at their heart. Not ones to shirk away from pressing social issues, their last release dealt with the subject of marriage inequality in Ireland, and their new single ‘Once Told’ addresses the anti-abortion laws in the country. But ultimately, this is a band who love making music. Originally comprising of Irish …

Music Interviews Radar November 18, 2015

15 tracks we love: Sundara Karma’s playlist

Having just finished their first UK headline tour, our new band of the week Sundara Karma have put together a 15 track playlist for your listening pleasure. The Reading band have been described as ‘euphoric pop’ and ‘rousing indie rock’ but their choices display a far more diverse – and at times surprising – set of …

Playlists Radar November 13, 2015

New band of the week: Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma formed five years ago while still at school in Reading. Since then they’ve released an EP and completed several support tours, most recently with Circa Waves and The Wombats. Reviewers often lump them in with Chess Club Records label-mates Swim Deep, and while the band themselves acknowledge that there are similarities, they say they’re more …

15 songs I love: Andrew Wasylyk's playlist

Our new artist of the week Andrew Wasylyk, real name Andrew Mitchell, chooses 15 of his favourite songs for an exclusive WOW247 playlist. Listen to the YouTube playlist below, and read on to read Andrew, who is also a member of The Hazey Janes and Idlewild, offer his reasons for choosing each track, as well as …

Playlists Radar November 6, 2015

Washington Irving on the highs and lows of recording an album

Our new band of the week is Scottish folk-rock act Washington Irving. After releasing two EPs in 2013 – Palomides Vol I and Palomides Vol II – the band recently returned from New York, where they recorded their first full length record and straight-talking new single ‘We Are All Going To Die’. Drummer Chris McGarry tells us about the …

New band of the week: Washington Irving

An amalgamation of traditional Scottish folk music and anthemic indie rock, Washington Irving say that “music journalists have never known what to do with us”, most often comparing them to the likes of Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad. But what this Scottish band seem able to do so effortlessly is take the inherent sorrow of their …

The surreal rise of Tuff Love

What becomes immediately clear when speaking with Suse Bear and Julie Eisenstein of Glasgow band Tuff Love is that they are – on the most basic level – two very lovely, warm people who enjoy making music together. Describing themselves as semi-full time (not part-time), these two, along with their live drummer – Iain Stewart of The Phantom …

15 tracks that define us: Inspector Tapehead

Our new band of the week Inspector Tapehead have already told us all about their new album So Solar and explained their unusual band name. Now Chris Croasdale (guitar), Roy Mohan Shearer (drums) and Jonnie Common (keyboards) offer up a specially curated playlist of their favourite tracks, to help soundtrack your weekend. Listen to the …

Playlists Radar October 9, 2015

New band of the week: Inspector Tapehead

When Inspector Tapehead disbanded after releasing their debut album back in 2010, it seemed like it was the last we were going to hear from them, judging by the radio silence that followed. Which would have been a shame, given the songwriting invention and burnished alt-folk quality that Chris Croasdale (guitar), Roy Mohan Shearer (drums) and Jonnie Common (keyboards) put into Duress Code. …

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