Track of the week

Luxury – Primrose Path


Newcastle post-punk outfit Luxury have released their second set of double singles in ‘Primrose Path/Sinclair’.

The furious first side ‘Primrose Path’ is a perfect post-punk anthem, storming in with a deep bass-line that kicks you in the chest and walks all over your mangled body. Urgently desperate vocals both command and fade with a rawness that’s immediately recognisable from their genre’s peers.

‘Primrose Path’ is subtly dark like crushed velvet and burns quickly at just over two minutes. Leaving us, once again, wanting more from Luxury.

Catch Luxury playing alongside Eat Fast, Headclouds and Canyons at Little Buildings on 16th December.

Profumo – Cosy Catastrophe


Title track taken from their second EP, ‘Cosy Catastrophe’ is a perfect example of Profumo’s distinctly unique brand of guitar-driven art-rock.

Described as ‘sound of a village hall, a practice room and a half dozen bedrooms’ the six track EP evokes all the strangeness of the Talking Heads with a heavier edge. Vocalist Jack Bate’s jerks with an urgency to tell his narrative lead lyricism which is both poetic and witty.

Speaking about the release, the band have stated that “COSY CATASTROPHE is red-eye fliers, doomsday preppers, charlatan preachers, debauched debutants, lecherous lecturers, deep-cover narcs, people who order dessert at Indian restaurants and other such lost souls.”

Brooke Bentham – ‘Have To Be Around You’


We’re big fans of the lovely Brooke Betham here at GNE HQ. So much so that we’ve decided to once again make her Track of The Week.

Her latest release ‘Have To Be Around You’ from upcoming EP ‘This Rapture’ is simply divine, recalling artists like First Aid Kit and Laura Marling in her emotive lamenting and captivating vocals.

Speaking about the release, Brooke has said that it tackles the ‘wavering uncertainty of a new relationship’.

Listen here:

Headclouds – Seen It Before


I’ve never been a fan of the term ‘ear-worm’, all things considered, the thought of a worm crawling into my ear, burrowing into my skull and further, doesn’t sound altogether like a highly pleasurable experience. However, now and then tracks come along that demand such graphic linguistic allocates. ‘Seen It Before’, the most recent release by Newcastle natives Headclouds, is one of those tracks.

Already picking up support from heavy hitters like BBC Radio One’s Phill Taggert, the un-assuming, lo-fi slackerism of ‘Seen It Before’ shimmies along with pleasant 60’s surf harmonies and building chorus’s that leave you feeling kissed by the sun.
Headclouds have just returned from a mini-UK tour and now prepare to hit the road again with shows in Manchester and London. Heading into 2018 with the anticipation of debut EP ‘Pure Honey’, you can expect far more reverb-laden goodies from these chaps very soon.

FEVA – Blind


It’s not hard to see that Newcastle/Durham based four piece FEVA are on a fast-paced ride to the top, with their straight-laced indie rock tunes like recent release ‘Blind’ hitting the airwaves and their headline show selling out in just a matter of hours.

This may come as a surprise to some as the band are little over a year old, but their steady rise sees them already gaining support from BBC Radio One and Clash Music, who called their recent release a “subtly emphatic return”.

For fans of Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets and Kasabian; FEVA are sticking to their guitar-based indie rock roots with simple but driving bass lines and huge, swirling sing-along chorus’, ripe for chanting by beer-fueled fans.

Listen to ‘Blind’ here…

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