Track of the week

The Old Pink house – ‘Hearts Beat’


‘Hearts Beat,’ could very well be the most anthemic tune from the band yet.

Frontman Christopher Brown gives a soaring, emotive vocal performance on the song. Meanwhile the other band members Max Middleton, Harry Smith and James Grant provide a polished synthy soundtrack, fitting with the band’s self-styled “cosmic pop,” style.

Here’s hoping this tune inspires a 2018 resurgence in power ballads!

The Old Pink House are definitely on top form ahead of their EP launch show, taking place on August 18th at The Cluny, Newcastle.

Swears- Righteous Din


Swears are back with their third single ‘Righteous Din.’ Singer and guitarist Joel took inspiration from an encounter with an elderly couple who were spreading the word of God- and news of impending doom…

This became the basis for the conceptual track. It’s centred around a party/ gig going in a bunker as bombs drop outside. The video is even set in futuristic, post apocalyptic dystopia to match.

Ominous guitar riffs are combined with frantic chorus pointed at corrupt people in positions of power: “You get what you wanted / I can’t ignore it.”

See Swears perform ‘Righteous Din,’ and other songs when they support False Heads on Friday September 14th at Ku Bar, Stockton.

Talent Show – Dead In The Ground


Great tunes and great beer. We dare you to try to name a more iconic duo, it’s impossible.

The newly rebranded Talent Show (formerly James Leonard Hewitson and the relevant people) have cracked this code with their debut single ‘Dead In The Ground’, pairing it’s quick-witted, doubled time beats with an equally hoppy brewed concoction from  Roundhill Brewery.

Full of down-beat trickery and dread in a 2-minute-sing-along in sheep’s clothing, ‘Dead In The Ground’ is the dance anthem for the downtrodden.

Grab yourself a taste of existential dread, literally, at Talent Show’s upcoming single release / un-bottling at Fisherman’s Arms, Hartlepool this Friday (6th July).

Dylan Cartlidge – Up & Upside Down


On his latest single ‘Up & Upside Down,’ Dylan Cartlidge brings us yet another belter in his trademark wobbly, genre-defying style. It seems that he has found the perfect collaborator in rock veteran and high profile fan, Jamie T, who features on the track.

This is extra fitting considering that Cartlidge’s music has previously been compared to Jamie T’s material when he was starting out.

The tune could very well be the hip hop artist’s most addictive song yet (which is saying something after his previous drop ‘Scratch, Sniff.’)

Last month Cartlidge was the opener at The Boiler Shop for Hit The North Festival. He will be performing in the region again this month supporting Avalanche Party at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton. 

Drenge – This Dance


Drenge today release This Dance, their first new song in three years. Produced by longtime collaborator Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall) and recorded in Sheffield at McCall Sound earlier this year, This Dance is out now to stream and download via Infectious Music.

Don’t miss your chance to see Drenge live at Riverside tonight (Friday 4th May) as part of the Hit The North opening parties.


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