Track of the week

Llovers – ‘Honestly’


Llovers have done it yet again! Their latest single ‘Honestly’ is a euphoric, gleaming synth-pop fest that we never want to end…

The Teesside quintet’s latest track is their second release through independent label Think Tank? Records. It follows on from their first release of 2019 ‘Coming Loose’.

Co-frontman Jack Books explains “‘Honestly’ allows us to showcase another side to us that I think is really exciting. It’s about sharing a momentary connection with someone. I get so caught up in these moments myself and often find myself puzzled over how real these connections are, or whether they’re merely driven through circumstance, timing and enough delusion to allow these moments to manifest in a romanticised version of themselves.”

Come and see Llovers in the flesh at The Georgian Theatre, Stockon for a headliner show on 13th September.

Bare Roots – ‘Always’


Bare Roots are back with a touching new release ‘Always’. The Newcastle based band have had a packed festival season and recently signed a publishing deal…

With a sound that combines 80s soundscapes with 90s soulful rock and roll, Bare Roots are constantly bringing something new to the table. ‘Always’ is a number that exhibits the band’s signature sound but it is cast in a softer light than previous releases ‘Ride The Wave’ and ‘Away Too Long‘

Lyrically, ‘Always’ is a touching ode to frontman Ant Francis’ mother. Of the song Francis explains “The track discusses the struggles of growing up in a single-parent household. 

“The track was first written a few years ago while was still living at my Mum’s house and on reflection, the track uncovers me realising she isn’t superhuman. She has dealt with an extreme amount over the years and this song recognises that.” 

Catch Bare Roots live soon  at Surf Cafe, Tynemouth on August 29th, Press Club. 

James Leonard Hewitson – ‘Deader’


James Leonard Hewitson has released a new video for his track ‘Deader’. It magnifies present day anxieties and has one of the catchiest choruses we’ve heard so far this year…

Sonically ‘Deader’ is an indie anthem with all of the trimmings including euphorically scuzzy guitars and an undeniable singalong quality. In stark contrast the lyrics tell another story. Leonard Hewitson explained to The Line of Best Fit “I wrote the chorus in a really instant, uninterrupted way one unemployed birthday.”

I was lacking meaning in whatever I was trying to do in life and felt it appropriate at that point to take stock of my privileges, laugh at my normcore dress sense and make some sort of pledge to myself to try and do something better.” 

Catch James Leonard Hewitson live in the glorious North East with an upcoming appearance at Last Train Home festival, Darlington.

The Pale White – ‘Unnatural’


The Pale White can’t seem to do any wrong. Their latest single ‘Unnatural’ is an unflinching slice of rock’n’roll that packs a punch…

The new track was produced by Jolyon thomas who has worked with some of British alt-rock’s heaviest hitters. Think the likes of Slaves, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Royal Blood. Impressive stuff indeed!

On ‘Unnatural’, The Pale White take on a particularly gritty demeanor. 

Frontman Adam Hope states “Unnatural’ is a song framed through the eyes of a sociopath’s worldview and unwaveringly confident mindset. It’s the most straight-up a slice of rock n roll we’ve ever unleashed, and we will be playing it nice and loud on our UK tour this autumn.” 

Michael Gallagher – ‘Gone’


‘Gone’ is the latest single from Hartlepool indie rocker Michael Gallagher, released ahead of his Newcastle headline show this month!

‘Gone’ is all an upbeat indie track should be, filled with jangly guitar riffs, melodic flairs and an infectious chorus. This one is definitely a track you’ll be sticking on repeat for months after you hear it!

The first release since Michael’s self-titled debut EP dropped in April this year, ‘Gone’ shows that the Hartlepool native is continuing to refine his sound and climb his way up the local ladder.

With a string of live shows and festival appearances already under his belt this year, Michael is set to give one of his biggest performances to date when he comes to Newcastle at the end of this month. Catch him headlining Think Tank? Underground on 27th July!

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