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Grapefruit - Soak

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“Cut a Grapefruit in half and use your imagination…viva la vulva!” explains Ange, the front-woman of female and LGBT-fronted band ‘Grapefruit’. Characterised by epic drums, silky vocals and seductive hooks, this five-piece from Kent sound as sensual as her depiction of the fruit they’re named after. Initially a duo, Grapefruit has grown organically over the past two years and though very much still in its infancy, their distinguished, slick sound would have you believing otherwise.

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Grapefruit boast a strong, female vocalist at their stern, who fondly remembers her first CD as being a compilation of independent, power-women including Pink and Avril Lavigne. Ange grew up with a dad who loves pop punk and a mum “that didn’t understand or like English music” – but who would sing in Chinese in all day long. Perhaps it was her musical upbringing or the fact that between them, the band has an extensive range of musical tastes (ska, hardcore metal, indie and Frank Sinatra!) that owes them their unique sound and sense of self. Whatever it is, it works. 

 Romantically written in a cabin by a riverbank, their new single ‘Soak’ explores the feeling of dissociating. “We live in a world that is so overwhelmingly chaotic and cluttered that you can lose yourself as life rushes past” explains Ange; a concept they bring to life by pairing drowsy vocals with powerful, pulsing drums. Vocally, Soak is soft and caressing, though the track itself manifests the same kind of intoxicating recklessness as a nightclub romance – hazy, exciting and flooded with urgency. It’s a song oozing with intensity whilst still encompassing an introspective calm – maybe a stamp of the idyllic setting it was created in. 

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This young, alternative band, who proudly represent the LGBT community, seem posed to take on festivals and stadiums alike. For fans of Warpaint, The XX and The Smiths, catch them in and around Kent this Summer, starting with Faversham Beer Festival on 26th July.

Author: Sian Williams

 

 

The Petty Thieves - "Heavy Soul"

The Petty Thieves are a Ska/Reggae/Soul/Funk phenomenon from Medway, Kent. The Thieves natural groove oozes through each track and creates a vibe that puts a spring in your step and walks you straight into a feel good zone. Their latest release “Heavy Soul,” is yet another step up for The Petty Thieves and we are super excited for what they can bring to the 2019 music scene.

Biography

 Since early 2016 The Petty Thieves have quickly established themselves in the local music scene, putting their dirty Reggae footprint firmly down in the Medway towns. The Thieves released their E.P 'Better Things' in 2017 leading them to play shows up and down the country, headlining Wigfest as well as main stage at One Love Festival, ending the year by support Ska legends Bad Manners at Concerde 2 in Brighton.

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 2018 has been a huge year for the Thieves and it kicked off with a new single 'Riddles Of Madness' in the build up to the thieving rapscallions eagerly anticipated debut album 'The Right To What Is Wrong'. The gigs came thick and fast, taking the underground Festival scene by the cahoonas. This summer they played Jurassic Fields Festival, Ey Up Mi Duck Fest, Chin Up Fest, Gig In The Park, Tonbridge Calling, Glastnost plus a headline slot at One Love Festival.

2019 has brought us “Heavy Soul” and to put it simply we LOVE LOVE LOVE this track and its accompanying music video. It has it all from smooth lyrics, complimenting harmonies, groovy reggae vibes, brass sections and an amazing break down sequence at 2:26 which gathers a strong momentum, before propelling us further into the raw feeling of the track. There is a real depth to the track, we have been looping it for hours and we still want more! “Heavy Soul” is an absolute hit with us, listen below and let us know your thoughts!

Grapefruit - ASTR/Colder

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Grapefruit are a female-fronted alternative band from Maidstone. I was lucky enough to witness their performance at The Nags Head on 30th November and have since been eagerly anticipating the release of their latest tracks A Swim Through Red and Colder. Grapefruits’ performance instantly turned my head as I was captivated by the deep and intense atmosphere created from the very first note. The new track releases are an absolute treat and they are going straight onto our playlist!

 

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A Swim Through Red –

ASTR has a superbly intensive depth that gathers an enchanting momentum as it progresses. Melodic breakdowns and clean guitar work propel listeners into a huge emotive finale, that really mesmerises and catches a hold of you. This combined with dark moody vocals, with similar vibes to the likes of Hannah Reid (London Grammar) and Alexandra Savior, charm throughout the track creating a truly exceptional and captivating experience.

Colder

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Colder holds a similar intensity as ASTR through beautifully constructed layers and drops to kill for. It reminds me of The Antidote era by Foals, only juiced up on a darker and deeper enticement. Colder develops into a whirlwind of attitude and lyrically sounds innocent to begin with, but progresses into an almost murderous tone. Repetition of the lyric “I grow Colder” brings a real aggression to the track and this is reinforced by a dirtier and slightly heavier guitar sound that produces a highly driven finish. I really enjoyed the emotional ties behind this track and I feel the meaning of Colder has been put across to audiences brilliantly.

I highly recommend seeing Grapefruit Live to experience the captivating depth of their performance. I was very impressed with their chemistry on stage and how they all contributed something unique which created a complete performance that will really stick with you. I would not be surprised to see Grapefruit reach real heights.

The next performance:

15th December - The Five Bells - London