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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!

Harico - Bloodline EP

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Bloodline Ep is the latest release from Birmingham band Harico. The four- piece electronic indie band have really pulled out the stops, if you’re going to do anything today then put these guys on your playlists.

 Dressed up to the Nines

From the off we are hit by iconic chilled indie vibes that set the uplifting tone of the EP. Catchy riffs and crafty developments throughout the track kept me hooked and wondering where the track was going to take me. It has a consistency that indie fans will absolutely adore as it effortlessly encourages you to pop along to it. I can imagine indie fans having to quickly Shazam when it comes on in high-street retailers as we cannot simply listen once.

Piece by Piece

A change of dynamic with this track as the keys spins us into a dreamy spell. We really begin to feel an electronic influence and theatrical performance. The track is a lot shorter than all the others and acts as an interlude that mesmerises and entices audiences deeper into the EP.

 Doves

Melodic guitars and keys create an atmospheric feel; it’s almost as if this was produced by The Gallagher Brother’s if they actually liked one another. I found Doves to encompass a very inspirational tone. The final section of the track will offer fans a moment to lose themselves in the music and really just let it all out.

 

Catch Harico live at; The Bristol Pear, Selly oak, December 14th

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

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Wake Up The People - Tres Kings

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Three hard working lads - Wes King’s guitar and song-writing magic brought to light by Lachlan Fuller on bass and Rhu Fuller behind the sticks.

 Now we are in for a treat with the latest track Wake Up the People from Maidstone based band Tres Kings! Gritty guitar, clever shouty meaningful lyrics and a pumped up drive give a fresh taste of a unique indie sound. The sort of track that fans will absolutely relish in a live environment. Throw your arms around your mate, grab a pint and sing your hearts out. The more I listened the more I felt a concoction of influences from the likes of “old school” Arctic Monkeys, The Fratellis and The Libertines. Lyrically, the track reminds me of Slaves if they did Indie. This said, the track feels new, fresh and entirely original!

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 We are very impressed from the debut release and we expect to hear a lot more from Tres Kings as we eagerly anticipate their new releases coming in the future. Wake Up the People is a brilliantly constructed track that should be out there on all of your playlists.

Aid Lewis "Love" Music Video Review

The new music video from Aid Lewis “Love” directed by @Sagar_Gaut is out Now! We have been eagerly anticipating the final cut of this video and it was so worth the wait. The track itself has a very embracing feel about it. The vocals are effortlessly flawless and bring out a strong feel good vibe. The catchy melody, raw emotion and smooth progressions grab a hold of you and refuse to let go throughout the entirety of the song. This combined with the music video further draws out the emotional side to the track as we are hit with references of love from the start. The Church performance, the message exchanges between a couple, the candle lit conversations and so on, superbly add to the meaning of love being portrayed in the track. In comparison, I feel there’s an influence from the likes of Damien Rice and in some respects early Ben Howard material, not only because of the clever acoustic work but with its aim to make the audience embrace a particular emotion. The entire performance we feel deserves a huge amount of credit and the production is something to be very proud of. Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below! If you would like to see Aid Lewis perform live you can catch him at Pizza Express in Maidstone on Thursday 29th November.