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The Big Takeover Issue #94

Dave Franklin

Dave has pretty much worn all the creative hats there are to wear. Musician, promoter, (small) record label boss, festival co-organiser, journalist, reviewer, publicist and everything in between. He now divides his time between writing about music and any number of other subjects from travel to games to social issues. He runs his own new music website and contributes to a number of UK based printed music magazines and a few smaller websites. He has spent the last ten years writing music columns for his regional newspaper though has recently given this up to spend more time with his record collection.

Tidal Water - Imperfection (Prorigg)

18 June 2024

Tidal Water is a dynamic band blending the rich heritage of rock with the spirited rhythms from ’60s until now, with elements of funk, punk, blues, rock and hints of jazz. Their debut album, Polarity, offers a musical odyssey from introspective ballads to explosive punkish anthems, tackling societal issues across a tapestry of sound that echoes six decades of musical evolution

Miles East - Between Lightning and Thunder (ECR Music Group)

18 June 2024

Miles East has won himself a newfound global audience ahead of the release of his new record— Rolling Stone coverage, more than 300,000 streams for the album’s advance singles, and a fervent fanbase on five continents have fueled the eagerly-anticipated release of Between Lightning and Thunder, out June 7th on ECR Music Group.

Repeat - Rat Race (Torbjörn Hallberg)

18 June 2024

Rat Race is the band’s most intense and energetic music to date. The album moves between stoner rock, punk and post-hardcore. Through nine songs in a total of 18 minutes, the band explores several moods and styles. Songs like “Not Enough” and “Man on the Moon” coincide with the melodious focus track “Reasons”.

Federale - Advice From A Stranger (Jealous Butcher Records)

18 June 2024

Federale’s sixth studio album, this record marks the band’s twentieth anniversary.  Their most immersive and varied album to date, with do-it-all frontman Collin Hegna at the height of his powers, this is a tour-de-force road trip from psych rock to country duets, never straying too far from the spaghetti western roots that inspired the band many blood-moons ago.  These musical homages involve a new lineup of well-known Portland rock-scene vets, including talents from The Dandy WarholsThe Shivas, Roselit Bone, Rogue Wave and Delines

Chris Wicked - Northern Heart (Raven Black Recordings)

17 June 2024

Known for his work with the dark rock band Malice in Wonderland, Chris Wicked ventured into a solo career in 2021 with the release of his album Aleine. Featuring black metal legends such as Gaahl, Hoest, and Niklas Kvarforth, the album received critical acclaim and national radio play for its singles. Now, Chris Wicked is back with an atmospheric new single titled “Northern Heart.”

fxrrvst - CBAYAOM (self-released)

17 June 2024

Matt and Holly met for the first time the day after Holly, moving from Indonesia, landed in Canada back in 2015 (August 22nd to be exact). Later that night, at the local Mississauga Krispy Kreme donut shop,the band was basically started over a dozen original glazed. After countless band “break-ups” and name changes, the name was settled and the rest is history.

Perry Blake - Death of a Society Girl (Moochin' About Records)

17 June 2024

Hailing from Sligo county, Perry Blake has been dubbed one of music’s great untapped resources. Polydor UK released his debut album ‘Perry Blake’ in 1998 (with three singles chosen as ‘Singles of the Week’ on Jo Wiley BBC Radio 1), after which he moved to France. He achieved cult status there and across Europe, releasing a string of critically-acclaimed studio albums, a live album recorded at Cirque Royal Brussels with a full orchestra, as well as the soundtracks for ‘Presque Rien’ and ‘Trois Petites Filles’.

Talk In Code - All In (Regent Street Records Ltd)

16 June 2024

“All In” is the 5th release from 80’s flavoured, energy-packed, indiepop pioneers Talk in Code on Regent Street Records. The song is up-tempo to great the crowd bouncing with a punch-the-air chorus made for festival crowds this summer! The band’s base stretches along the M4 corridor with deep roots in Reading, Swindon and beyond. Get behind a band on the rise, that’ve carved out a lane all of their own.

CS Hellmann - In A World Gone Wrong (self-released)

16 June 2024

CS Hellmann is a Nashville based artist and songwriter. He started playing in bands when he was 16 in Ohio and toured professionally for most of his 20’s – opening for the likes of OneRepublic, Better Than Ezra, and The Academy Is.

He has played SXSW several times, sold out shows at The Metro in Chicago and Bogarts in Cincinnati and played every small club on the East Coast and Midwest.

Eddie Cohn - Wave Goodbye (self-released)

16 June 2024

Eddie Cohn is one of those rare artists where you never know what you’re going to hear next. An uptempo rock song like Pearl Jam, maybe a dreamy down tempo groove with lush strings that reminds you of Beck or an electronic dance song that could be played in the Los Angeles night clubs. Eddie is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, DJ and composer.

Red Tree Religion - Quick n' Dirty (self-released)

16 June 2024

Red Tree Religion is a funky rock band coming from Pireas, Greece. Apart from the funky thing, their music also contains elements from noisy and classic rock, punk, and Greek traditional music.

Former Lives - Some Things Never Change is Inevitable (FLR)

14 June 2024

Former Lives is a love letter to overdriven guitars, analog synthesizers, and arcane pop music started by Sean Joseph Klassen and his dog, Bruce Beagle. Some things never change is inevitable, the latest in a line of singles from Former Lives, is melancholy but blissful indie for dreamers that explores themes of isolation and perseverance through the vivid description of an asthma attack. The track’s evocative narrative and lush production make it a good fit for fans of nostalgic shoegaze, dream pop, and indie rock.

Foot Squeaker - Pass It On (Creagh Records)

13 June 2024

Bursting into Summer fresh off their Ubh Bhriste Irish tour and the March release of their single ‘Friends Like These’, Foot Squeaker strike while the sun is hot with their new single, ‘Pass It On’.

The song was written two years ago as (lead singer/guitarist) **Diarmuid’s eldest son turned eighteen. The idea of writing a song giving advice to your younger self brought ‘Pass It On’ to life very quickly. Simple effective advice; be yourself, stand tall, be kind, watch out for the disingenuous.

The Kiss That Took A Trip - Victims of the Avantgarde (self-released)

13 June 2024

The Kiss That Took A Trip is an exotic artistic project that doesn’t sit right with the mainstream because of its unadulterated vision of music and creativity: a one-man-band, almost 100 % synthetic in its production, that feels comfortable exploring many alternative subgenres, operating in relative obscurity and now reaching its 18th year of existence.

Stay For Tomorrow - Crushing Down (self-released)

12 June 2024

For fans of Black Stone Cherry, Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver – ‘Crushing Down’ invites you into a world where inner demons reign supreme and the struggle to break free feels insurmountable. With roaring guitars, growling bass, thunderous drums and fierce vocals, the band look to continue to carve their path in the rock scene with a single that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt the weight of the world bearing down upon them.

The Pulltops - Waiting Here (self-released)

12 June 2024

The Pulltops’ latest single, “Waiting Here,” is a compelling addition to the alternative rock scene. This track seamlessly blends funky guitar riffs with a rich synth bass, creating a unique soundscape that is both nostalgic and refreshingly modern.

Sundialer - Sundialer (Joel C Bennett)

12 June 2024

Sundialer announces release of new self-titled album. Recorded in Ventura, CA and mixed/mastered by Christopher Colbert (the Walkmen, Pedro the Lion, Richard Swift) in Oregon,Sundialer is an exploration of the mystic; incorporating electronic and experimental elements with anthemic melodies and vibrating guitars. Single ‘Salvo’ introuces bendy brit-rock guitars over a bed of Beach Boys harmonies and roaring overdrive. ‘Heatseeker’ features chiming arpeggiated guitars over pulsing synths.

Marky Wildtype - Tomorrow (self-released)

12 June 2024

Marky Wildtype is a fully DIY independent songwriter/producer from Edinburgh. He’s been gigging and writing in bands for many years, and only ‘went solo’ a couple of years ago, recording an album of largely acoustic-based songs. The years since then have been… tumultuous to say the least, which has had the upside of being fruitful for writing. From this, he has recorded a new album, which has a much more developed sound than its predecessor, while keeping the focus on memorable hooks and layered harmonies. And when he says DIY, he truly means it having written, arranged, performed, recorded and mixed everything himself, at home.

Love Ghost x Monde - Scream (Love Ghost LLC)

11 June 2024

Welcome to Love Ghost, a musical project which combines rock, grunge, metal, Emo and other genres. The songs tackle trauma and Mental Health challenges. Selected for Rockpalast (broadcast throughout Germany), they have played live on 4 continents. In Mexico, they have collaborated with artists including Adan Cruz, Santa RM, Dan Garcia, Ritorukai, Go Golden Junk, Wiplash, Blnko, ND Kobi, and upcoming songs with Rayben, and many others. They have gained co-signs from Rolling Stone Magazine, Playboy, TimeOut Mexico, and many others.

The Haunt - Can People Really Change? (Brenner Pass Management LLC)

11 June 2024

The Haunt is an American rock band from South Florida. The band consists of siblings, Anastasia Grace Haunt (lead vocals), and Maxamillion Haunt (vocals, guitar and production). The band first gained recognition after the success of their debut EP, The Haunt EP, in 2018 and subsequent tours with rock band, Palaye Royale.

Suddenly - Chapell (Chapell Music)

10 June 2024

Alan Chapell is an 80’s and 90’s influenced singer/songwriter that prides himself on using small stories as a vehicle to paint broader messages about life. Storytelling drives both Chapell’s writing and his live show – drawing comparisons to Jonathan Richman and Elvis Costello. Streamed over 1.5 million times and counting, Chapell’s solo performances are gaining notoriety by the minute – having been invited to play with Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Lisa Loeb, 38 Special, Bighead Todd, Iron Butterfly, Flock of Seagulls and Jackopearce.

Beebee and the Bluebirds - The World of the Witch (self-released)

10 June 2024

Beebee and the Bluebirds was founded by singer and guitarist Brynhildur Oddsdóttir in 2010 and they have been very active in the Icelandic music scene since. They have played various festivals, f.ex. Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik Blues festival, Reykjavik Guitarama, where Brynhildur shared the stage with the legend Robben Ford. In 2019 they toured in Sweden with the swedish hammond player Andreas Hellkvist.

No See Ums - Weekend (Not Saints)

8 June 2024

Introducing Brighton’s new Garage/Punk/Rock supergroup ‘No See Ums’. Featuring Phil and Nick from seminal psychedelic-prog band The Qwarks, and Jax Burley of Queer Punks the Daffodildos, No See Ums sound is a raw unadulterated view from the parapet of modern life. Relying on satire, innuendo, and wry humour, amid grinding guitars, punching bass, and thundering drums, No See Ums leave no stone unturned in sharing their views of modern society, the state of the nation, and the socio-political elite.

The Castros - The Boys (Switched Lanes Records)

8 June 2024

Following the release of their debut music video for previous single ‘The 90s’, Scotland based Indie 4-piece The Castros are set to release their latest single – ‘The Boys’. Originally written by frontman Brad Walker as a gimmick to himself following some writers block, the track became the first the band would complete together and a cult favourite from gig number 1.

Golem Dance Cult - Feels Like Tuesday (Deja Vu)

7 June 2024

We (GOLEM DANCE CULT) just released our video for “Feels Like Tuesday (Deja Vu)”. The song, which is from the album Legend of the Bleeding Heart (released exactly a year ago). has been described as “best example of the slight genre-bending the band does whilst also highlighting their surprising knack for emotionally adept lyrics” (Music is to Blame) or “the duo hit pop paydirt” (RPM Online) and feature a cello, a first for the band.
To follow on with “first”, for this video we collaborated with “start and stop animation” Melbourne artist “ithinkimightbeclay”. The result, directed by Klaus Karloff, is our own ghostly, Hammer movie vibe take on “Groundhog Day”.

BlackieBlueBird - A Symphony of Shadows (T&E Records)

7 June 2024

The mesmerizing Copenhagen dream pop duo, BlackieBlueBird, is back with their highly anticipated fourth album, A Symphony of Shadows This latest release presents a fresh take on their beloved old songs, weaving together delicate torch songs with an innovative twist.

Goddamn Wolves - Seven Days a Week (self-released)

7 June 2024

Goddamn Wolves is an indie rock trio from Raleigh, NC. Their sound centers on hard-hitting riffs combined with catchy melodies and male/female vocal dynamics. They are influenced by classic alternative rock like Pixies as well as current bands like the Beths. Thanks for listening!

Magua - Silence Sirens Storm (Volodymyr Valuiskyi)

7 June 2024

“Silence Sirens Storm” – is the most recent Magua single which came out on 24 April 2024. The song and music video depict the inner state of a person caught in the midst of war.

Noiz Ritual - Embrace The Noize (self-released)

7 June 2024

Noiz Ritual is a 5 piece alternative metal/post grunge/nu metal band, starting out on their music journey with their first release! There sound is a blend of hard hitting and intensive riffs and grungy melodic hooks. The band’s explosive energy is coupled with engaging and witty lyrics with a splash of humor, and a dynamic music production. The band is inspired by the music of the 90s and 00s like Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, but is not afraid to fuse elements from other genres like funk and prog to create their own, signature sound.

Hans Halstead - Better In Your Arms (self-released)

7 June 2024

At just 22 years old, Hans Halstead is a perceptive, powerful songwriter, with a maturity that appears almost beyond his age. A true storyteller at heart, Hans reimagines modern Country in the backdrop of traditional storytelling. Exploring the passage of time, a feeling of yearning for past relationships, and a detailed understanding that only comes through painful experiences, Hans embodies the North: tough-minded, hardworking, but irresistibly charming.

Nolen Sellwood - Cadence to the Flame (New Folk Records)

7 June 2024

Cadence To The Flame is the sophomore release from Minnesota-based folk musician Nolen Sellwood. He describes his recording process as a “clumsy elegance” as everything was stripped to its bare elements and recorded raw, live, and without usual recording techniques, producing an album that captured the essence of what it is to live in Nolen’s world. Nolen has grown musically since his debut album, Otherwise by learning to play new instruments and exploring musical directions in college. His lyrics continue to define his experiences for the listener in the poetic verse. An emotional freedom comes with that and allows you to know a very personal connection to his music.

stillyoung - Freak Like Me (self-released)

6 June 2024

“Freak Like Me” is the first release from stillyoung! Infectious yet contemplative indie grooves for fans of Foals, Day Wave, Diiv, Jimmy Eat World.

Astro-Lloyd - Let's Get Weird (Astro-Lloyd Music)

6 June 2024

Let us introduce “Let’s Get Weird”! An EP by alternative rockers Astro-Lloyd, featuring four songs, all too good to fit in on their last album LOUD NOISES. Alternative punkrock/stoner/prog/experimental electronics in all it’s glory!

Jack Tempchin - Waiting (self-released)

6 June 2024

Tempchin is widely known in the music industry for writing hits like “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone” by The Eagles. He also co-wrote ten Billboard Top 40 hits with Glenn Frey, which Glenn recorded during his solo career, including “You Belong to the City” and “Smugglers Blues.” He has had many other songs recorded by artists such as George Jones, Johnny Rivers, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Tom Rush, and many others.

Shane Larmand - National Ramble (Shane Larmand Music)

5 June 2024

National Ramble is the 2nd full length release from singer-songwriter Shane Larmand who pens songs of prairie skies, mountain highs and nomad vibes. The album is what the songwriter likes to call his “humble response to Harvest Moon” as the overall mood and feel hearken to that style of acoustic folk and that track is covered in a unique manner on this disc. Dig in on this recording if you feel the need for something natural, honest, real and you may just find your new favourite songwriter.

Noam Fainer - London Dreaming (Fainer Forever)

5 June 2024

Noam Fainer wrote and recorded “London Dreaming” in a moment of great pain. He was dreaming of moving to London and perusing a music career there, but was stuck in a daytime job in the “deserts of Israel and living at his parents house.” After releasing the song, as he started his daytime shift at the cafe at 6:00 am he found out that the song was featured by none other then Frank Ocean, as the closer of his Apple Music Homer Radio show (Episode 15)
This day changed his life and two months later he was touring the unknown pubs of London playing this song, and others with his brother Itamar and his band.

Ginny Luke - Devil at My Heels feat. Orianth (KZZ Music)

4 June 2024

Reuniting with Harrison Sanborn, Ginny Luke channels the realization of personal empowerment in her latest music video, “Devil at My Heels” offering a symbolic portrayal through her artistic expression. In the leading track of her upcoming album, Ginny’s commanding vocals and dynamic electric violin solo serve to amplify her declaration of strength and triumph over adversity. The electric violin becomes a symbol of rebellion, shattering stereotypes and challenging conventional norms associated with it.

Dying Habit - The Chaos of Silence (13-57 Records)

4 June 2024

Based on the rugged island of Anglesey, Wales and fronted by brooding and emotive vocalist Nathan Jones, DYING HABIT hurl out potent alt-rock framed by hooky refrains and backed by the pulsating rhythm section of Mark Jones (drums) and Daniel Garner (bass); the quartet are completed by the cultured riffery of guitarist Alan Hart.

Pjos - Atlas (self-released)

4 June 2024

Pjos is a dreampop project taking shape in Gdańsk, Poland. Inspired by acts like Slowdive, Beach House, and Sigur Ros. Pjos brings a melancholic and cinematic charm to craft his sound.

PsiloMine Sun - Fall Back (self-released)

4 June 2024

PsiloMine Sun is a new project from a veteran producer and musician from the Chicago music scene who has been active since the 90’s. For this particular project the artist wants his birth name to remain anonymous and separate from his other work.

Chris Murphy - Never Learned To Drive (self-released)

3 June 2024

Chris Murphy is a musician with a distinct talent, his ability to nurture and maintain a multitude of musical identities that includes being a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer. Even more daunting is his chameleon-like music persona that embodies a wide range of musical styles and influences from jazz, blues, country, classical, ethnic and electronic, resulting in a distinct original and powerful voice. He is that rare breed of musician that creates and performs in a wide range of musical worlds with ease.

Zoe Stroupe - Colorado Bruise (self-released)

3 June 2024

18-year-old nomadic singer/songwriter Zoe Stroupe, who is currently based in Denver, Colorado, writes and performs captivating music as if it is a new form of poetry. She treats songwriting as art, telling her own stories as well as exploring those of others, and often creating stories from scratch. She is honest in her songs, unafraid to explain how most situations don’t just have the emotions of “happy” or “sad”. This juxtaposition of a formulation of feeling is something that makes her lyricism mean something different to each individual.

The Silence Industry - Headlong (General Strike!) (Aenaos Records)

31 May 2024

The Silence Industry is back with the fourth installment in their captivating series of digital 7-inch singles. “Headlong (General Strike!)” is a powerful and intricate track, blending delayed guitars with noisy electronics to create a soundscape that’s both dark and sonorous, yet undeniably driving. The song delves into themes of historical transcendence and collective agency, making it a thought-provoking listen as well as a musical powerhouse.

The Hinterland - Bullet Proof (self-released)

31 May 2024

London based band, The Hinterland release their latest single ‘Bullet Proof’ on 31st May. Written and produced by Oliver Bailey (keyboards, guitar and bass), it tells of the aftermath of a difficult, manipulative relationship and a desire to take back emotional control. The song is taken from their upcoming full-length album, due for release in July. Taking the independent route to the extreme, the record is entirely written, recorded, produced and mixed by the band.

The Pull of Autumn - Memory Tree (RBM Records)

30 May 2024

Art-rock indie-pop collective The Pull of Autumn presents their fifth album Memory Tree. Described as “a melancholy remembrance of moments in time and life”, released by Boston imprint RBM Records on CD and digitally.

Earlier, the band shared the lead track ‘I Was Just Dreaming’, featuring Boston artist Bruce MacLeod on vocals, and ‘Opening / Closing’ featuring Rhode Island producer, songwriter and artist Kraig Jordan, who appeared on Tanya Donnelly’s three-album set and also opened for Belly at their recent home show in Rhode Island.

Stephen Jacques - Sometimes Love is Not Enough (self-released)

30 May 2024

A true artist and songwriter world-renowned for his prolific, heartfelt alt-rock love songs, Stephen has released ten albums to date, with his eleventh on the way. He is produced by Steve Albini. His body of work was culled from a lifetime of experiences, including those as an engineer, a Hollywood actor, a custom builder, and a TV host. Though Stephen lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, his family hails from New Orleans and New York. His Italian grandfather was a multi-instrumentalist during the roaring 20s and an aunt on the French side of his family was a fabulous blues singer. His music was influenced by great rock and punk bands heard throughout the mid-Atlantic in his 20s and 30s, as well as by a good friend — a Beatles fan — who introduced him to his first chords on an acoustic guitar at age 16. Stephen currently writes all of his music and performs in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area.

Harry Katz and the Pistachios - Global Climate Strange (Circle Back Records)

30 May 2024

With its dark western and cinematic tone, “Global Climate Strange” is a powerful continuation of the Pistachios’ signature dark storytelling series. The track masterfully blends rich, evocative lyrics with a moody, atmospheric sound, making it an unforgettable listening experience that resonates deeply with current global concerns. Perfect for playlists focusing on thought-provoking, narrative-driven music, this song will captivate and inspire listeners who appreciate music with a message and a dramatic edge

Thee Mighty Saint Pancras - Lucky Jim (self-released)

30 May 2024

Inspired by garage rock and protopunk with lots of post and modern influences, their unique brand of music fuses hard riffing and driving rhythms with the quirk and charisma of frontman Peter Cornelius Ford and a bespoke olde London sensibility. Making short, hard and accessible guitar music that will make you shout “Onwards ye fine gentlemen!”.