We chatted to Nature TV about their new single TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD

Released last week, indie-pop-shoegaze band Nature TV’s new single Tell Me Something Good is one to watch our for. We chatted to the band about the new music and more.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

We’re Nature TV, an indie-pop band from Brighton. Guy on vocals and guitar, Jimmy BV’s and guitar, Zal on drums and Josh on bass. Some of us met in music college, then Jimmy came in later on after our previous guitarist left to focus more on production.

Where did the name Nature TV come from? 

From the guy who played guitar before Jimmy (Solo Major) in the band, he picked two words out of a book and there it was. It was a William Burroughs book so it could have come out a lot weirder.

If you had to sum up each band member with one word, what would you say?

Josh: Mysterious, Jimmy: Vivacious, Zal: Stoic, Guy: Sentimental.

Rob Humm

You recently released your new single Tell Me Something Good. Can you tell us a bit about where this song came from?

The song comes from a place of irrational loyalty, to your friends, family or your lover. And even in times when they aren’t being too reciprocal or necessarily that appreciative, you’ve still got their back.

What inspired you to make this song, and what does it mean to the band?

It’s part of a larger EP and we took it in a different direction than most of our other songs, so we like the variety it brings, variety is the spice of life. 

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

It certainly is, we have 3 more tracks to come from this EP and hopefully something bigger coming next year.

Have you had the chance to play this live yet? Are there any (more) live shows planned?

We are too scared to play it live, but we’re building up to it. We may play it in Birmingham which is our last full band show of the year, but then also, we’re very scared.

What is next for Nature TV

Becoming brave, and hopefully just playing a bunch more shows and releasing more music. We’re hoping to release our debut album next year…

Where can we find out more about you?

I would love to say wikipedia, but I don’t think that exists, our page, not wikipedia. Instagram is probably the best way to see what we’re up to. Oh and Turk’s tinder profile. 

Rob Humm

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Did you know that lobsters are biologically immortal. Happy Holidays!

You know what, I didn’t know that.

I’d like to thank the band for taking the time to answer my questions and wish them the best of luck with the new single.

Live review and photos: The Darkness with Massive Wagons. O2 Academy Bristol – 07/12/21

After the release of their new album Motorheart earlier this year, it was only appropriate for a UK tour to follow, with a massive 22 shows, all within the UK, supported by rock favourites Massive Wagons. We caught the show when they played at The O2 Academy in Bristol.

With only one opener for a band of this magnitude, Massive Wagons had a big job on their hands, getting this cold – albeit excited – Tuesday night crowd warmed up and ready. But they did it well, and if there were people there who somehow hadn’t heard of these guys, then they probably went away with some new fans.

Lead man Baz jumped and danced around the stage like a man possessed, getting the crowd moving along with him and the rest of the band. It’s clear these guys have great chemistry between them, all rocking out and vibing off each other throughout the set. Definitely a band worth checking out if you’ve not seen or heard them before.

And then it was onto the main act of the night. The lights went out, the intro music started and the crowd went wild, cheers and applause from all around the venue, everyone was excited to see the rock legends that are The Darkness.

Although the venue wasn’t quite sold out, the atmosphere was one of pure enjoyment and electricity. Playing us through a massive 19 song setlist, these guys treated us to everything, from the oldest to the newest music, with everyone hopefully enjoying it.

In true glam-rock style, The Darkness have kept wearing the same style of stage outfits since they first began, with massive flared trousers, one-pieces that don’t leave much to the imagination and the dance moves to match. When you come to see The Darkness, it’s not just the music you are coming for.

Throughout the rest of the night, frontman Justin kept the crowd and band as one, chatting to audience members and security, and even offering them to charge their phones at one point. And although one person tried to ruin the night for the rest us, security were brilliant at getting him out and The Band did a brilliant job of keeping the show going. At any show, we all know there is no space this to happen.

The Darkness are well known for doing more than just play their music, they were truly putting on a show for us all night. The non-stop dancing across the stage from all band members, even accompanied by a handstand from Justin near the end, these guys put in the effort to make sure everyone has a good time.

The first big finish of the night was of course going to be I Believe In A Thing Called Love, with some of the loudest singalongs I think I’ve ever heard, almost everyone hitting the high notes! And after a longer-than-usual wait, the team donned festive outfits to end the night with ‘The Christmas One’. A special mention to the Drummer Rufus for playing in a full blow up Christmas tree.

And that was the end of a spectacular festive night of rock and roll madness. Although The Darkness have been going for a long time, they still put on one hell of a show and if you get the chance to see them, then we can only recommend that you do. A massive thank you, as always, to all the venue staff and security for also making the night as good as it could be.

Review and photos by Ted Stargatt for TrueStyleMusic

We chatted to Salvation Jayne about their new single A Mouthful of Magnificent Spite

Released last week, we thought it would be a good idea to talk to the band about all things music. Read our interview here

Can you tell us a bit about Salvation Jayne? Where are you guys from and how did you get to where you are today?

Hey, we are from Kent (South East UK) & Bexley (London). We got where we are today through sheer determination. We all love what we do and that’s what drives us. 

If you had to sum up each band member with one word, what would you say?

Holly: Arty
Dan: Dark
Tor: Doodles 
Chess: Loud
Erim: Positive

You recently released your new single, “A Mouth Of Magnificent Spite”. What does this song mean to you, as a band?

We are really proud of this one. Written in the pandemic when we could rehearse together again. It felt sooo good! It’s another spin off to people with narcissistic behaviour. This one focuses on the forced opinions shoved down your throat from people who love to manipulate & control, Emotional abuse. We can’t wait to play this one live next year on the album tour. 

You’ve talked before about how this song comes from people trying to shove their opinions on you. Is this an individual incident or a cumulation of smaller events? 

Chess wrote the lyrics. It started about a person in particular but actually looking at the bigger picture so many people do this. Chess just wanted to turn them all off to have a clear head to focus on what really matters and put it out there to others in the same boat as her. 

What is your best advice for others who come across people like this?

Turn them the fuck down to 0 in your head! Fill your head with all the things positive you are working towards. Your opinion to yourself matters the most. That gut feeling matters the most. 

On a more positive note, you guys went on tour with a few bands before. What are some of your favourite memories from these shows?

We recently supported Hands Off Gretal, the crowd was just awesome! That’s what it’s all about! 

Any funny (so far) untold stories you would like to share?

Chess shouldn’t eat boiled eggs in a car full of people??

What’s next for Salvation Jayne?

Next for us is more music as always. So much more to come. We are focussing on putting a few more singles out before our first album which comes out on the 18th Feb! Followed by our album tour which we can’t wait for! 

Where can we find out more about you?

We are @salvationjayne On all socials. We are a part of Patreon if anyone fancies supporting us further where you can get upcoming news early too. Also if you subscribe to our mailing list on our website you’ll receive updates on what’s going on from us… www.salvationjayne.co.uk

Anything else you would like to tell us?

A Mouthful of Magnificent Spite (the single) is OUT NOW. Please follow us on this mouthful of a journey. 

I’d like to thank the band for taking the time to answer our questions, and wish them the best of luck for the future. The new album is out in exactly 3 MONTHS today! I cannot wait to have a listen!

Live review: Electric Litany with No Feathers and Nossiennes – Exchange Bristol 13/11/21

Fresh on their first ever UK tour, London based Electric Litany brought their experimental mix up of sounds to the Exchange Basement stage for a Saturday night of good music and good times.

Opening the show was the fabulous No Feathers. A local band, these guys got the small, albeit lively, crowd warmed up and dancing along straight from the off. After their first song, I was slightly worried it would be a set full of sad hyperpop songs, but as soon as the second track started, these guys were rocking out hard. A brilliant combination of synths, guitars, drums and beat tracks made this a great opener to the show.

Up next were Nossiennes, another local band. Although a bit heavier than No Feathers, this three piece were certainly using every bit of energy they had to rock the little basement stage. These guys had short, simple, punchy lyrics, and twinned with some brilliant use of loop pedals made this experimental shoe gaze band one of my new favourites to listen to. I cannot wait to hopefully see these guys again one day.

Well done to the promoter for finding two awesome local bands to support, each with their own unique style but still perfectly accompanying each other and the main band.

And then we were on to Electric Litany. As I was watching these guys set up, I could already tell this was going to be a good show. As well as the standard guitar/drums/bass, there were two synthesisers, an electric keyboard and a weird table top stringed instrument on stage. A lot of instruments for a small stage.

From the first song, these guys brought their amazing mix-and-match style onto the stage and rocked it through the crowd. A clear group of very talented musicians, each bringing their own style and performance with them, and combining together to create the awesomeness that is Electric Litany.

As we got further through the set, the songs got heavier, more motivated, and the crowd were enjoying it more and more. For their first time playing outside of London/Europe, these guys had all the presence of a well-established touring band, and were holding their own on stage.

For the rest of the night, we were treated to love songs, political anti-establishment music, some heavy bass driven tracks and everything in between. Electric Litany knew how to keep a crowd, with each new track taking a new direction, before the big finish of the night. Enduring Days You Will Overcome, taken off the titled album, brought the night to a close, with one final showcase of the bands combined use of their instruments.

And that was the night. A showcase of three completely different bands, but each one complimenting the others perfectly. I’m sure everyone who came had a good time. A massive thank you to the venue and everyone who made this night happen.

Review and photos by Ted Stargatt

Live review: Don Broco with NOISY and Kid Brunswick, O2 Academy Bristol – 9th November 2021

After releasing their new album – Amazing Things – recently, Don Broco brought their last night of the tour to Bristol, turning a quiet Tuesday night into something full of energy and excitement!

The show was opened by Kid Brunswick, a grunge artist from London. He opened the night with a mix of tracks from across his catalogue, including tracks off his new mixtape XFOREVER. He did his job of getting the crowd warmed up brilliantly, getting people moving and enjoying his music, even if his attempts at starting a mosh pit came to not much. Although his grunge-rap-rock style isn’t normally my kind of listen to music, I really enjoyed the set and think that Harry did a good job in getting everyone hyped up for the next bands.

After this was NOISY, a four piece from the South Coast. Another mix-and-match of musical genres and talents, these guys got the crowd moving even more. Now that most people had arrived at the venue, the atmosphere was really starting to build and people were getting excited. Although they only played a short support set, these guys could easily hold their own playing as the main band, they knew perfectly how to get a crowd and hold them, and I’m sure they’ll be walking away with some new fans after their set.

And then it was onto the main band. Although slightly delayed in coming on, when Don Broco hit that stage, they hit it hard. Opening the set with a song off the new album is always a brave thing for any artist to do, but playing Manchester Super Reds No.1 Fan first was certainly the right choice. The crowd were loving it, and the band kept that energy and love going.

Within the first three songs, the crowd was going like they’d been partying all night! The mosh pits were insane, and being a rock crowd, everyone was being looked after by those around, and if people fell, they were helped back up again.

Throughout the rest of the night, Don Broco played a wide range of their back catalogue, including plenty of songs from the new album, as well as older tracks to get the more established fans moving. When I say this crowd was good, I mean they were good. I don’t think I’ve experience a performance where the artists on stage and the crowd were like one together. It was insane!

Kid Brunswick came back on stage to join the band for the song Action, and after a short break from frontman Rob Daminani to “regain his stamina” (I’ll let you decide what that means), the band kept the good times rolling until the first big finish.

Bruce Willis was the song that brought the main set to a finish, with a picture of the man himself displayed behind the band, and everyone screaming back “Yippee Ki-Yay” back with the band.

After the walk-off-walk-on from the band, the song Everybody got the crowd moving and moshing one more time, before the proper big finish of the night.

T-Shirt song had everybody taking their tops off, and spinning them around their heads. Although a bit of a copy of Skindred’s Newport Helicopters, it was still super fun to watch and be a part of, a final moment of crowd and band connection.

And that was it, another night of rocking out and pure happiness. Don Broco rocked out the O2 Academy, and I’m sure everyone who went had a good time and hopefully left happy.

The only thing that hindered the night for me was the actions of a couple of the security guards at the venue. I am happy to say I have been in contact with the O2 Academy Bristol and these issues are being resolved.

As always, I’d like to thank the band and crew for putting on a great show, as well as the venue staff and the rest of the security for making sure everyone else was having a good time.

Review and photos by Ted Stargatt for TrueStyleMusic

We chatted to Alibi about their EP I THINK YOU THINK TOO MUCh

Although it was released at the start of this year, when we came across Alibi’s EP over on Musosoup we just had to invite them for an interview. Have a read of what we discussed here:

Can you tell us a bit about the band? Where are you from and how did you all meet?        

We’re all from Mesa Arizona and we met through a old friend/coworker because he knew we all played instruments and figured we should get together and we had similar music tastes 

If you had to sum up each band member in one word, what would you say?         

Joe – Loud // Bryan – brains // Chris – heart 

Where did the band name Alibi come from? Is there any special meaning behind it? 

I was watching an Alex turner interview the guy from the Arctic monkeys and he said the word and I liked it.

Earlier this year, you released your EP I Think You Think Too Much. Can you tell us what inspired you to make this?     

Typically girls is the subject of all our songs me getting my heartbroken or rejected sometimes it’s just me using my imagination like a song like “Too late” was a made up scenario.     

Does each band member have a favorite track? Mine is certainly That’s OK.       

That’s okay is a great one! Some of our favorite tracks are personally un-released ones for our up coming album but I would say on the Ep it’s between just a friend and too late for us

Looking back on the EP, is there anything you would do differently?         

We would’ve recorded the Ep better we feel as the sound or tone of instruments could be a lot better and we could’ve taken more time

Have you guys had the chance to play the songs live? Are there any plans on doing so? 

Yes we’ve played about 20 something shows now and have played all the songs live for awhile now typically at house parties

What artists have each of you been listening to recently?         

Personally for me I’ve been on a maroon 5/Coldplay obsession for the other two guys they’ve been loving Interpol and kings of Leon 

Where can we find out more about you?           

You can find more about us on our website “thebandalibi.com” as well as our Instagram “thebandalibi”

Anything else you would like to tell us?               

Be excited for our new album if you liked the songs off our Ep these new ones are gonna blow those out the water 

I’d like to thank Joe and the rest of the band for taking the time to answer our questions. We would like to wish them the best of luck with the new album when it comes out!

FRANK TURNER shares new song and tickets for Lost Evenings V on sale now!

TODAY (29/10/21), music legend FRANK TURNER has released a new song into the wild. Non Serviam, taken from the new record FTHC (out 11th Feb 2021), is a heavy, electric guitar driven song, reminiscent of the days of Million Dead. This song slaps you in the face and makes no apology for it.

And to add to that, weekend tickets for Lost Evenings V in Berlin are on sale now, and can be found here. (UK users may wish to translate the page to English).

This comes as the first song off the new album, which Frank promises to be hard and heavy. I really like Non Serviam, my only wish is that it was longer, so I could rock out to it some more!

We talked about the new album with Frank before his show in Frome earlier this year.

Frank is off on tour early next year, hitting up most places in the UK. Tickets for The Never Ending Tour Of Everywhere, with PET NEEDS and Truckstop Honeymoon are on sale now.

Tickets are already running low for Cambridge, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Nottingham and Southampton, so if you want to go to any of these shows get your tickets ASAP.

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We will hopefully be hitting up the Bristol show, and maybe even one or two more. Maybe we’ll see some of you guys there?

Words by Ted Stargatt. Images copyright Frank Turner/Xtramile Recordings/Polydor records.

We caught up with IN EARNEST about their new EP ‘Reasons to stay alive’

We last chatted to In Earnest back in May 2020, after the release of their single Put Me Under. With the release of their new EP, we thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with the band about everything they’ve been up to over the last 17 months.

So we last chatted back in May 2020, right in the middle of ‘that thing we don’t mention’. How have you guys been since then?

We’ve been good thanks! It’s been amazing to release our second EP, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ into the world and we’ve had such lovely feedback on it so far. We’ve also played our first few live shows which have been mind-blowing!

Would you say the Pandemic and resulting world has changed your approach to music and songwriting?

Having extra creative time definitely taught us to be even more thorough than we already were when creating a release and the promo campaign around it. For instance, our new ep is cyclical, gapless and loops back around on itself, which was a concept we came up with in lockdown. We do everything ourselves, so we’ve really noticed the difference in a release that has loads of great promo to support it and one that contains an interesting concept or quirk as a focal point.

In our last interview we chatted about your single Put Me Under. How does your new EP Reasons To Stay Alive compare to this.

The focus on mental health as a writing topic is definitely still there, but we pushed ourselves to dive even deeper into difficult subjects like depression and suicidal ideation. We also tried to push ourselves musically to create songs that were more artful and there away any commercial leanings.

The new EP has a pretty provocative title. What made you want to call it that? 

It was inspired by our favourite book, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig. It inspired us to write openly about our personal experiences with mental health, which is a topic that sits very close to our hearts. The title crept into track 5 (‘Welcome To Hope County’) and it really felt like a summation of everything we wanted to say with the songs on the ep – that we will always experience good days and bad days, but ultimately there is always something to keep on living for.

Making a gapless 6 track EP is a pretty bold move. What made you want to do it that way?

Sarah was inspired by The Beatles and came up with the concept as a cool way of tying all of the songs together. It’s also a reflection of the fact that we’ve all felt stuck on an endless loop through the Covid pandemic.

I hear there is something special planned for release alongside the EP soon, can you delve a little more into what this might be?

Yes! We’ve made a short film to accompany the EP, which will be released on the 4th November! We teamed up with our videographer friend, Rob Humm of Soundcastle, and spend 4 months creating a cyclical visual concept. We then shot it over 6 days in order to keep continuity with our appearance and to make everyone’s schedules line up! It was a challenge but we’re really happy with the end result.

Are there any plans for any gigs soon? Maybe even coming to Bristol?

We’re going to spend 2022 focusing on gigging in new places and writing, so it’s quite possible!

What music has each of you been listening to recently? Any good recommendations?

Deafheaven – Infinite Granite
Bo Burnham – Inside
Free Throw – Piecing It Together
Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness

As always, where can we find out more about you?

We’re on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all under @inearnestband. We’re also on YouTube and our main website is www.inearnest.co.uk.

And finally, would you like to ask us anything? I’ll do my best to answer.

Any tips on great venues and local artists that might want to share a show with us in Bristol?!

Well, it would have to be always and forever at Exchange Bristol. And you’d have to contact some local bands, the Bristol music scene is pretty alive right now.

I’d like to thank In Earnest for taking the time to answer my questions, and wish them all the best of luck with the EP, the new video and the upcoming shows. Hopefully I’ll catch them on the road son!

Live review: Scouting For Girls, with Ben McKelvey and Aliensdontringdoorbells – Cheese and Grain, Frome. 23/10/2021

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their album Everybody Wants To Be On TV, scouting for girls stopped off in Frome as part of their MEGA 45 stop UK tour. When these guys tour, they tour hard.

Before anything else, I have to say how much I love this venue. In a quiet little Somerset Village, with not much really going on, lies a pretty big music venue (about 500 capacity). Every gig I’ve been to there has always been great fun, and the team at the venue always know how to put on a good show.

Opening the night was Ben McKelvey, a solo singer songwriter from Oxford. Ben did his job as a warm up artist perfectly, getting the crowd dancing and singing along, with a mix of his old and new music, and even a brilliant Johnny Cash cover. The crowd really warmed to him and I’m sure he went away with a few new fans after his top performance last night.

Up next was Aliensdontringdoorbells (yep, all one word for some reason?). These guys brought all the energy on stage of their younger selves, and were trying really hard to rock the crowd. The guitarist was incredibly talented, and I cannot put into words just how good the vibe was that the bassist gave off (he was really in his element, playing amazing and rocking hard), but something about the lead singer felt very out of place. Pointing at the girls in the crowd and singing “I want to spend the night with you.” Was more like a karaoke night with a backing band to be honest.

Also, they did not need to do a meet and greet at the barrier before SFG set. Those who wanted to meet them could easily find them at the merch desk.

After that slightly strange performance, it was on to the main act of the night. Scouting For Girls certainly have a wide fan base, from the very young (some awesome kid fans I saw at the front), to the much more established live music fans, these boys know how to rock a crowd.

It was an absolute killer of a set list, playing songs both old and new, singalongs and moments, pure good times. Playing such a big song as Heartbeat so early on was certainly a brave move, but they pulled it off and the crowd were loving it.

Normally, I’m not a big fan of artists playing cover songs at their headline shows. At the end of the day, most people have paid to see them, play their songs, but I think SFG did it well, breaking halfway through Superman to play Stacy’s Mom, and a super upbeat cover of I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

If I thought the crowd were loud for Heartbeat, that was nothing compared to This Ain’t A Love Song, with everyone dancing and having a good time, and then getting even louder for Elvis Ain’t Dead, for the first big finish of the night.

After the whole walk-off-walk-on, the band came back on to firstly play Michaela Strachan. A good song, but even better when someone from the crowd called Michaela was welcomed onto stage with her partner, for her birthday. It was made a million times better when the two of them got engaged on stage, and got to enjoy the last song with the band!

And the crowd enjoyed it just as much. She’s So Lovely made the room explode, an absolute sea of dancing and having a good time, really what this band is all about. Just enjoying the good times and good music.

In short, they know how to have a good time and get the crowd moving.

Scouting For Girls are only about halfway through this tour. Tickets for the remaining shows can be found here.

As always, a massive thank you to the staff and security at The Cheese And Grain, as well as the promoting team for making such an awesome night possible. And of course to Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse, Peter Ellard and Jamie O’Gorman for putting on a brilliant show, and the crowd for taking their job as the 5th member of Scouting For Girls so seriously.

Review and photographs by Ted Stargatt for TrueStyleMusic

GIG ALERT: Electric Litany at Exchange – 13th November 2021

London four-piece post rock band Electric Litany come are set to play at Exchange Bristol next month, as part of their first UK tour.

This gig is set to bring be a good night already, but with No Feathers and Nossienness, both local bands who know how to put on a good show. If you’ve ever been in the basement stage at Exchange Bristol, you’ll know intimate a venue it is, and just how good the atmosphere can be in there.

So if you are looking for something to do on a Saturday night in Bristol, look no further than Exchange Bristol. Tickets are only £8 and can be purchased here. We’ll be there taking pictures and writing a live review of the show!