Track of the week

Ten Eighty Trees – Lip Service


Newcastle bred Ten Eighty Trees release their fourth track, and first of 2019, ‘Lip Service’. It’s packed full of their usual heavy reverberating guitar riffs and catchy hooks.

At just under three minutes, ‘Lip Service’ is a short yet sharp, and snappy track. Soulful vocals ripple through the song and punch their way through, accompanied by the crashing drums.

It’s a brilliant offering of alternative rock from Ten Eighty Trees. Fluctuating between intense and hard-hitting guitar riffs, to surprisingly glittery guitar chimes, it’s full of pleasant surprises.

Ten Eighty Trees appear at Newcastle’s intimate Think Tank? Underground on the 20th of April.

Swears – Subliminal


Swears are back with ‘Subliminal’, their most infectious single to date. At least we’ve been led to believe it is…

‘Subliminal’ lasts for roughly two and a half minutes. A catchy “na-na-na” melody paired with zesty guitar riffs gives the track an addictive surf rock quality. Don’t be fooled though. Listen a little closer and you’ll realise these distractions are hiding a deeper message.

In their own words Swears say “‘Subliminal’ is about the way in which we absorb attitudes and opinions from an invasive, all- pervasive media, which reaches into our lives, distorting our image of ourselves and those around us.” 

If you want to hear this fantastic tune and ‘Righteous Din’ (another former track of the week) live then you’re in luck. The band have two imminent shows supporting Rascalton and Strange bones. These take place on 8th February at Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough and the next day at Newcastle’s Think Tank?.

Tall Shaves – Breanna From Orilla


Tall Shaves are giving us all of the warm and fuzzies with ‘Breanna From Orillia’. The track, is their latest recording and you can hear it on their New EP ‘Two For Tuesdays’….

‘Breanna From Orillia’ is a compact long-distance love story which reminisces the good ol’ days when myspace was the social media platform of choice. It’s a lovely track for fans of upbeat music with an occasionally folky twist. Think Of Monsters and Men, Vance Joy or Slow Club.

Tall Shaves are a duo consisting of Paige Temperley and Kieran Taylor. They are launching the ‘Two For Tuesdays’ EP on 1st February at Think Tank? Underground. If you’re going then count yourself lucky as the gig has sold out! Even if you can’t attend you can still have a listening party and stream or purchase the EP now.

Creegan – That Night


If you’re hoping to discover some freshly squeezed sounds from the North East this week then look no further. Here is a new track called ‘That Night’ from a new band called Creegan…

Creegan are a Newcastle based outfit. They may be new but can already boast having a headliner at Riverside and airplay BBC Newcastle.

Their debut single is quite the ear worm thanks to the meaty guitar riffs from Luke Gaul. Frontman Connor Pattinson gives the track further weight with his gritty vocals. The contrastingly self reflective lyrics prove that the band are a well rounded outfit also consisting of bassist Glenn Lambie and Harry Still on drums.

You’ll almost certainly be hearing more from Creegan over the course of the coming year so check out the single and keep an eye out!

Holly Rees – Stick Around


Holly Rees is a shining beacon of calmness on her new single ‘Stick Around’, which is especially useful in the face of any pre-Christmas chaos. For this reason it has bagged our track of the week…

The song is a classic singer songwriter effort done well. It features no one but Rees with her sweet vocals and her guitar.

The relaxing but slightly melancholy tone of the song evokes early Damien Rice and it’s nothing short of Blissful to listen to.

Holly is certainly one of the North East’s most promising acoustic acts. This year she has been a feature in local festivals like Hit The North and Evolution Emerging.

Her final show of 2018 takes place tonight (7th December) at Think Tank? Underground. It will be her first show with a full band, The Breakfast Club. Support comes from Picnic and Matt Dunbar. 

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