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The Big Takeover Issue #90

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.

Black Market Karma - Aped Flair And Hijacked Ideas (Flower Power Records)

3 October 2022

UK-based artist Black Market Karma presents their tenth full-length album Aped Flair & Hijacked Ideas, released via London boutique label Flower Power Records.

Ronan Conroy - Dark Paradise (self-released)

30 September 2022

Brooklyn-based artist Ronan Conroy presents his new single “Dark Paradise”, a clever goth-rock rendition of the Lana Del Rey classic. This is the second taster of his album The Slow Death of the LoveMyth, complemented by a fascinating video created by NYC artist Hypnodoll and featuring a sword-swallowing performance by La Reine The Thrill.

The Speed of Sound - Virtual Reality 123 / Charlotte 12" Version (Big Stir Records)

29 September 2022

Manchester indie rock outfit The Speed Of Sound presents the double A-side single “Virtual Reality 123 / Charlotte 12” Version”, reimagining two of the tunes from their acclaimed 2021 album Museum Of Tomorrow, marking one year since its release via Big Stir Records. Just like a classic 12” single, each track clocks in at over 6 minutes – double the running time of the album originals.

Karamelien - Lionhearts (self-released)

28 September 2022

UK-based indie pop duo Karamelien present their second single, called “Lionhearts”. A sumptuous, uplifting track about love and unity in difficult times, this was produced by Ride frontman Mark Gardener at OX4 Sound near Oxford.

The Ember Glows - The Mirror (Self-released)

27 September 2022

Montreal-based indie rock / post-punk quartet The Ember Glows has released their new EP Where Spirits Play, a 4-track offering recorded at Closet Studios in Montreal with elements of Simple Minds, The Cult, Echo and the Bunnymen, early U2, Nick Cave and The Mission at the fore.

Vernons Future - Call To Arms (VF Records)

26 September 2022

UK indie-rock veterans Vernons Future will be releasing their new album Aquaplaning in early October, using the lead-time wisely by previewing lead track “Call To Arms”. Perhaps their most overtly (small ‘p’) political song, it’s also a plea to save the planet.

Chris Connelly - Eulogy To Lenny Bruce (Easy Action / Shipwrecked Industries)

25 September 2022

Alternative music legend Chris Connelly has released his new single “Eulogy to Lenny Bruce”, revealing an accompanying video by Emma Kathan. This is the first offering from a new record paying tribute to the iconic Nico, The Velvet Underground muse and one of the most unique, tragic and misunderstood female artists in the history of music.

Dispel - Flames of Greed (self-released)

23 September 2022

Dark electro-goth collective Dispel presents the single “Flames of Greed”, previewing their sophomore conceptual album Inferno. Based on Dante’s literary masterpiece, it features a song for each layer of sin existing in the infernal realm.

Frenchy and the Punk - Mon Souvenir (EA Recordings)

22 September 2022

New York cabaret-inspired post-punk duo Frenchy and the Punk present the first taste of this album with lead track “Mon Souvenir”, previewing their seventh album Zen Ghost, which will be released via the EA Recordings label in late October.

Sicky - The Bridge (self-released)

21 September 2022

UK-based alternative ‘dirty pop’ artist SICKY presents his new single “The Bridge”, a lively danceable offering that is a pragmatic Northern Soul-inspired bucket of joy.

Swindon Shuffle Festival - Year 15 - Top Three Bands

20 September 2022

Any music festival that had risen from a vague idea, one drunken night in the back room of a pub, into a five-day, “in the city” style celebration involving eight venues and over 60 original bands and which had negotiated floods, recessions, lockdowns and the growing apathy towards those who chose to write their songs, should be the stuff of legend.

Black Market Karma - In My Child Mind (E to A) (Flower Power Records)

20 September 2022

UK-based psychedelic rockers Black Market Karma present their new single “In My Child Mind (E to A)”. This is the second taste of their new album Aped Flair & Hijacked Ideas. The album will be released in late September via London boutique label Flower Power Records.

Life For Now - Jru Anthony (Full Circle Entertainment Inc)

20 September 2022

After the lead single, “Greenlight”, filled critics and listeners alike with expectations, the release of Jru Anthony’s full-length album Life For Now proved to be everything that the earlier single promised.

Ronan Conroy - Double Helix (self-released)

16 September 2022

Brooklyn -based artist Ronan Conroy presents his new single “Double Helix”, an atmospheric track featuring captivating vocals by Julie Dicterow of Oh Halo. Lush with dark reverie, this is the first taster of his forthcoming album The Slow Death of the LoveMyth, beautifully complemented by a captivating video created by NYC*-based artist *Hypnodoll.

Dmitry Wild - Liberation (self-released)

16 September 2022

New York -based garage rocker Dmitry Wild presents a rock anthem with meaning – “Liberation feat. Tryst” is the first taster of his forthcoming Electric Souls album. The accompanying video features imagery, symbolizing both protest and hope, with film footage captured in Ukraine, Spain, Czech Republic and various US locales, including Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee and San Francisco.

Qrauer - Odd Fazes (Nonostar)

14 September 2022

Qrauer is a German electronica duo featuring Christian Grochau, percussionist, producer and remix artist and Ludwig Bauer, pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Their debut album, Odd Fazes, is out now via German label Nonostar.

A Short Conversation with Keela from Bonzai

14 September 2022

With a new single out, “One Margarita,” a full-length album on its way, and miles of touring under their belts, I spoke to Keela from *Bonzai about where the band has been, what they are working on now, and, more importantly, what the future holds for them.

Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci - Exaudia (Atlantic Curve)

9 September 2022

Legendary Dead Can Dance vocalist and highly acclaimed film composer Lisa Gerrard has released her latest collaboration with Los Angeles -based composer/ record producer Marcello De Francisci. Their stunning new album Exaudia presents a vivid collection of epic and empowering compositions.

NØiSE - Automatic (Ree-VoRemix Version) (Dell'Orso Records)

8 September 2022

The new NØISE track “Automatic (Ree-Vo Remix)” appears on Ree-Vo’s new limited edition 10” vinyl, which also features collaborations with Object Object, Dälek and iconic industrial dancehall artist The Bug. Limited to 500 copies, the cover artwork is a tribute to Lee Perry.

A Shoreline Dream - Loveblind (Latenight Weeknight Records)

7 September 2022

Iconic shoegaze / postpunk outfit A Shoreline Dream present the single “Loveblind” the title track from their forthcoming album, their first dose of new music since the Covid pandemic began.

Starry Skies - Small Wonders (Fox Star Records)

6 September 2022

Glasgow -based Starry Skies have released their fourth studio album Small Wonders via Fox Star Records, following their long-player Do It With Love (2020). With a brilliant mix of classic rock, power pop and folk pop, the band’s new crowdfunded album presents an array of shimmering delights.

Jessie Kilguss - Sleepwalking Heart (self released)

5 September 2022

NYC -based song-savvy storyteller Jessie Kilguss presents her new single “Sleepwalking Heart”, a balanced uplifting dose of folk-pop with a video directed and produced by Alex Dar. On the tail of her “Great White Shark” single, both songs beautifully foreshadow what’s coming on her new album What Do Whales Dream About at Night?, released four years after her album The Fastness.

From NYC with love and darkness - an interview with London Plane

2 September 2022

Recently, post-punkers London Plane released their sophomore album Bright Black via the Declared Goods label. This six-piece collective is made up of David Mosey (guitar and vocals), Jessica Cole (vocals), Bryan Garbe (drums), Grant Parker (bass), Julian Tulip (synths), and Kristofer Widholm (guitar). Their roots trace back to 2014 backstage at a tribute show to the recently deceased Lou Reed, when Psychedelic FursJoe McGinty introduced David to Jessica, who were both performing.

With a commanding performance and stage presence that feels like a cross between BauhausPeter Murphy and John Malkovich, frontman David Mosey took the time to speak with us about the new album.

Black Nite Crash - The Take (Neon Sigh)

2 September 2022

Seattle -based psychedelic rock outfit Black Nite Crash has announced they will release their new album Washed in the Sound with Black Nite Crash in mid-October. To quench your sonic thirst, for now, they present the lead track “The Take’”, a storyteller-led pulsating noir singalong with a trippy silhouette-laden video directed by Jim Biggs with assistance from James Stone.

Candy Coffins - Every Day A Fresh Atrocity (self-released)

1 September 2022

Post-punk new romantics Candy Coffins have announced they will release a new album in October. Entitled Once Do It With Feeling, this 10-track offering comes two years after the band’s latest Somehow Misplaced EP. Ahead of this, the band presents “Every Day A Fresh Atrocity”, the first taster of this stunning album. Candy Coffins provides current fans a needed fix while also presenting much to pique the interest of new listeners.

The Persian Leaps - Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget (Land Ski Music)

31 August 2022

Midwestern power pop / indie rock outfit The Persian Leaps have announced plans to release their new Machines for Living EP in early October via Land Ski Records. The enthralling lead track “Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget” previews this latest collection.

That Someone - Elk City (Magic Door Record Label)

31 August 2022

Art pop band Elk City shares “That Someone”, a song exploring the dual nature of self and other, excitement and dismay. The sound is vibrant, raw-edged, guitar-driven and maybe even a little scary. The shadow-laden accompanying video was filmed in New York City and Montclair, New Jersey, as well as edited, by Ray Ketchem.

Pink Turns Blue - Not Gonna Take It (Orden Records)

29 August 2022

Ahead of their long-awaited TAINTED 2022 tour, iconic darkwave-postpunk pioneers Pink Turns Blue present the single “Not Gonna Take It’” the first taste of their TAINTED Tour-2022 EP, which will be released on September 2 when the tour kicks off in Seattle.

Retro-Futuristic music is a way of life - An interview with CIRCUIT3

29 August 2022

Having emerged on the Irish music scene in, a lot has already been said and written about Dublin synthpop / synthwave artist CIRCUIT3. Die-hard fans of OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Thomas Dolby, New Order and Vangelis find themselves deeply familiar with this music, but the lyrical content and themes explored are somewhat ‘out there in the sense that the subject matter explores the universe, cosmic truths, high tech issues – this is futuristic in nature while being rooted in the musical underpinnings of the early 1980s. Peter Fitzpatrick aka CIRCUIT3 took some time out to speak about his new album Technology For The Youth.

Bonzai - One Margarita ft, Kash'd Out (self-released)

27 August 2022

While Jamaica, Florida and Cali lay claim to many of the reggae and dancehall greats, a new quartet from West Tennessee is ready to change the frame, up the game, create some waves and alter brains with their infectious wordplay. Armed with a Samurai’s integrity, a free-flowing style and a heavy dose of sunshine, it’s time to Bonzai!

Kicking Edgar - Fever Dream (self-released)

25 August 2022

UK alt-rockers, Kicking Edgar seem to be going from strength to strength at the moment, and following on from their last single “In My Head”, comes “Fever Dream” which will be available on 5th September.

A Short Conversation With Joanna Pearl

22 August 2022

With her own music turning heads both critically and with consumers and a chance to contribute to the recent* Chicago* album, it is safe to say that things are going well in Joanna Pearl’s world. It seemed the perfect time to sit down with her to find out more about how she got to this point and where it all goes next.

A Short Conversation With Kicking Edgar

22 August 2022

With their latest single, “Fever Dream”, due out on 5th September and the band’s profile rising fast within the South West of the UK, It seemed the perfect time to sit down with Jake O’Brien to find out all about Kicking Edgar, past, present and future.

Marina Rocks - Austin to Houston (self-released)

20 August 2022

Austin to Houston, Marina Rock’s fourth album, is, partially, a reflection on her journey from her native Austin to her adopted home of Houston. In addition to engineering the recording, she sang all the parts and played almost all the instruments, including on the closing number “Sleepy Hollow (Revisited),” a spiritually-infused instrumental.

Seal Party - MMXXII (New Age Distribution)

17 August 2022

Soulful art-rock outfit Seal Party presents their rich and captivating debut album MMXXII, a meaningful and timeless place that is filled with improvisation, fury, and lyrical beauty, Evoking ‘70s soul, rock and R&B while maintaining a raw and exploratory approach, this eclectic work meshes unusual songwriting and musicianship with a style that is at once playful and rebellious.

Ree-Vo - All Welcome On Planet Ree-Vo (Dell’Orso Records / SRD)

15 August 2022

Ree-Vo is Andy Spaceland (AKA Andy Jenks) and T. Relly. Recorded, produced and mixed by Andy at Bristol’s Christchurch Studios, known as the home of _Mezzanine_-era Massive Attack, this album was tweaked and fine-tuned during the summer of 2020.

Everything Must Change - Rich Jacques (Cousteau Records)

11 August 2022

LA-based singer-songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Rich Jacques has released his debut EP Everything Must Change, a 6-track collection that takes the listener through his soothing sonic world and a single of the same name. Wonderfully beguiling, this music is uplifting amidst dark times as politics, environmental concerns and Covid-related concerned have significantly weighed on everyone’s minds.

ON - Underdog (Indiestructable Records)

10 August 2022

Alternative / indie rockers ON – a trio comprised of Toronto music scene veterans, formerly of popular 90’s outfits Acid Test, Danko Jones and Rocket Science – present their brazen new single “Underdog” as they reveal dates for their impending Ontario tour.

A Shoreline Dream - Alarms Stop Ringing (Latenight Weeknight Records)

8 August 2022

Iconic shoegaze/postpunk outfit A Shoreline Dream is back with a new album after a pandemic time-out. Loveblind_will arrive on September 23 via Latenight Weeknight Records, following their critically acclaimed _Melting album (2020). Ahead of this, the band presents the infectious lead track “Alarms Stop Ringing”, previewing 40 minutes of goth-induced progressive walls of sound. Loveblind promises to be an album that shoegazers, post-rock lovers and daydreamers should take note of.

Karamelien - Ascension Heights (self-released)

4 August 2022

UK-based soulful indie pop duo Karamelien present their debut single “Ascension Heights”, a laid-back and groovy summer tune inspired by and featuring Top Topham’s track of the same name. While technically a new project, this soaring perfect pop offering actually has a rich and touching backstory.

Starry Skies - Spitfire Susie/Kind Hearted People ( Fox Star Records)

4 August 2022

Glasgow*-based *Starry Skies are set to release their fourth studio album Small Wonders via Fox Star Records, following up 2020’s long player Do It With Love. With a brilliant mix of classic rock, power pop and folk-pop, the band is back with a crowdfunded album of shimmering delights

A short conversation with Daniel Kubinski of DeadFinger

3 August 2022

With a new single “Ghosts” out, an album of covers behind them, and new material coming along thick and fast, it was the perfect time to sit down with Dan Kubrinski of Deadfinger and find out what was happening in their world.

Circuit3 - Technology For The Youth (Analogue Trash)

1 August 2022

Dublin future-retro electronic artist Circuit3 (the electronic pop alias of Peter Fitzpatrick) presents his third album ‘Technology For The Youth’ LP. Released via Manchester’s AnalogueTrash label, this album was mastered by Richard Dowling, known for his work with Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Motorhead, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, New Order and Sparks.

Grace Solero - Metamorphosis (Wohone Records)

1 August 2022

London*-based alt-rock / metal artist *Grace Solero their new Metamorphosis,a power-packed labour of love that is raw, grungy, dreamy and atmospheric all at the same time

The Caughtery - The Caughtery (self-released)

31 July 2022

Austin*-based rock duo *The Caughtery presents their debut Self-Titled EP, released on July 15. Mixed by the legendary Tim Palmer (Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Tin Machine, The Mission, HIM, U2, Pearl Jam), who jointly produced it together with David Gayler, this EP was recorded by Lee Jackson at Studio71West near Austin. Tim Palmer also contributes guitar on this glorious debut.

Clay Joule - Summer Breeze (Truwan Studio)

30 July 2022

Clay Joule is a singer, drummer and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter. After the success of the previous single “Funky Sphere,” it was only natural that we hunted down the latest release, the aptly titled “Summer Breeze” and found out what this next single was all about.

Chicago (ft Joanna Pearl) - The Mermaid (Sereia Do Mar)

28 July 2022

With Chicago dropping their 38th album of their career, one of the tracks in particular, “The Mermaid” featuring Joanna Pearl, sums up their collaborative prowess and eclectic musical approach perfectly.

Weimar - Dancing On A Volcano (German Shepherd Records)

27 July 2022

Manchester art-rock quartet Weimar has released its debut album Dancing On a Volcano digitally via German Shepherd Records and on CD via Marlene’s Hat Records; 12 tracks take the listener on an unpredictable excursion through the socio-political and personal challenges of our modern age.

Ernest Moon - Skipping To Maloo (self-released)

26 July 2022

Ernest Moon are Steven Doran and Brian Murphy, two highly creative songsters with a gift for wise cracks and impactful one-liners, brought together by a liking for eggs on toast. They offer lush lyrics, heavy hands and a rat-arsed sincerity. Their sound has been described as pushy pop, “filling the gap between pretentious lyrical art and bog standard pop music”.

Seal Party - Kaleka (New Age Distribution)

22 July 2022

Soulful art-rock outfit Seal Party presents their new single ‘Kaleka’, a stunning Bowie-esque piano-based composition that complements the band’s most recent single ‘Maison’ featuring R&B organ wizard Chris Rob (Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Anita Baker, Talib Kweli). Both songs are rich and captivating tasters of their forthcoming debut album ‘MMXXII’, bringing the listener to a meaninful and timeless place.