Track of the week

Twist Helix – Ouseburn


Who doesn’t love Ouseburn, eh? It’s every North East music fans favourite haunt and the perfect local for a sunny Sunday pint with your pals. Some people love it so much they even write songs about it. That’s exactly what electro-pop outfit Twist Helix have done on their recent track, the aptly named ‘Ouseburn’.

Paying homage to their humble DIY beginnings ‘Ouseburn’ celebrates the creative identity of the area with a glittering slice of narrative-driven indie-electronica.

The new track has been released via Madrid-based independent label Paul Back Music and is bulging with references to your local Newcastle watering holes – listen out and see how many can you spot?

Sam Fender – Friday Fighting


‘Friday Fighting’, the latest offering from Newcastle’s Sam Fender, roars in with an electrifying energy from the very first war cry.

Blasting beats rage throughout the track with the crashing of guitars interjecting like lightning bolts. Sams smooth vocals sleekly slip along crescednoing with control as he tells tales of ‘toxic masculinity’ and brutality. Produced by Bramwell Bronte and mixed by the man behind Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, ‘Friday Fighting’ takes the huge sound we’ve come to expect from Sam and kicks it up three more notches.

Sam Fender refreshingly manages to mix a sound that has worked well for comtemporary artists like James Bay with an astute social commentary in his lyricism, all to create songs with commericial value and critical depth.

Dose – Furniture


It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the first official release from Newcastle five-piece, Dose. Now we have it in the form of ‘Furniture’ and well, it was very much worth the wait.

For nearly two years the band have been honing their craft on the live circuit and teasing fans with snippets of what was to come. Playing the likes of Meet the North in 2018 and even headling Riverside, a hefty feat for a young band with no official output.

In comes the brooding force of ‘Furniture’, combining shoegaze soundscapes with vulnerable and commanding monologued vocals. Wonderfully textured, the track expands with quiet isolations opening into explosions of pummelling sound, creating an anxiety that bleeds through the reverb-soaked noise rock.

Recorded at Leeds’ Suburban Home Studios with MJ of Hookworms, Dose have produced an achingly mature debut that drips with potential for things to come. 

Fever Days – Bored


Fever Days is the brainchild of Newcastle based musician Oliver Green who this month dropped his debut single ‘Bored’, a hyper-active explosion of teenage angst.

Blasting open in double-time ‘Bored’ sounds like a Duracell bunny has gorged itself on 10,000 sherbet pixies stix. A thrashing four-minute pop-punk track marries the cheeky chappy wit of early Jamie T and with the modern day snotty teen vibe of Ratboy. Adding unique lo-fi twists in production, Fever Days’ debut is a refreshingly fun yet polished track from a young artist with bags of potential.

With early support from BBC Introducing Newcastle, we’re excited to see what 2018 has in store for Fever Days.

Palma Louca – Disparity


Newcastle based five-piece Palma Louca’s first single washes over you like foreboding waves that warn of storms to come.

With drawn-out delays delving deep into a murky ocean of shoe-gaze influences and fuzzy guitar lines cutting through like desperate gasps for air, ‘Disparity’ is a gripping introduction from a new band who clearly have a lot to give.

Catch Palma Louca supporting The Howl and the Hum alongside Sauvage on 3rd February at Underground.

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