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January Roundup

PHOTO: DEAN HINDMARCH

We’re back baby! After a long and lonely winter without the love of Peanut Mixtape, we’re finally back in business. Not to spurt some wanky shite but thanks for all the support in 2018, 2019 will in theory be bigger and better. Check social blade if you don’t believe us. Anyway here’s what you missed on last week’s episode of Glee.

Within the space of a week Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Killers have all made announcements. It’s a good time to be an indie fan, it’s a bad time to be an indie fan’s overdraft. The Killers came in with a charity single called ‘Land of the Free’ yesterday. The track, Brandon Flowers has explained to be a reaction to Donald Trump’s wall, Sandyhook, and all other mass shootings. 

Bombay Bicycle Club announced their return yesterday, a day that I think it’s safe to say that no one saw coming following their indefinite hiatus that began in 2016. In the time they were away their frontman Jack Steadman found critical acclaim for his debut album God First under the moniker Mr Jukes. 2019 should see Bombay Bicycle Club return both with an album and live shows.

Love them or hate them big man Van McCann and co. have made a return to the scene. Catfish and the Bottlemen have released new single ‘Longshot’ on January 8th, along with the accompanying video that isn’t the one they were caught filming in South Shields in mid-December, so it looks like there’s more on the way shortly.

The single is strong, it’s a mature sound for the band whilst still carrying on their brit-pop influenced stadium indie rock. They also announced a US tour for March with the single leaving them open to play or even headline a couple of UK festivals this summer. 

Whether you like it or not Van McCann, current record holder for longest eyelashes in indie, is back to grace your twitter timeline for the foreseeable future. 

If Catfish and the Bottlemen aren’t quite to your taste then other indie heavyweights Foals have also made a *very* welcome return. They posted a countdown on their instagram on the 8th for them to announce Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost a day later, to everyone and their granny’s delight. 

Is it bleak warning? Did they really resonate that bit in Bandersnatch where he pours the tea over the computer? Are they now sponsored by the Microsoft Paperclip? (Does the Microsoft Paperclip even still exist?) Only time will tell. All that’s been confirmed is that they’re following in the footsteps of The 1975 and doing a double whammy pair of albums. Part 1 is set for a March release whilst Part 2 is an unconfirmed time in autumn.

Third indie heavyweight, here to complete the Holy Trinity of mid 2010s favourites, are The 1975. Do you remember last year when Arctic Monkeys went on tour and Alex Turner pulling some mad faces on stage was all you saw on your timeline for a month? It’s happening again, it’s just a bit more wholesome this time. 

The 1975 have begun their most ambitious tour to date, featuring extensive stage design and light shows. Swap Alex Turner trying to surf on a piano for Matty Healy bopping about on a treadmill and you’ve got what’s going to be all over the social media for the next few weeks. If you’re going to see them that’s class, if not you’re in for a shocker with some inescapable FOMO. 

You won’t be surprised to hear that Sam Fender’s been doing absolute bits (again). Not only is the North Shields native recording his debut album at the minute but he took a little bit of time out to be on telly again. Following his debut on Jools Holland in 2018, Sam Fender returned to grace the Panasonic in your nan’s living room for the ‘BRIT Awards are Coming’ on Saturday night. He’s also announced his debut album officially, which is available for pre-order, how exciting!

Sticking to the North East the wonderful Club Paradise released the music vid for their most recent single ‘Sugar’ and it’s unsurprisingly, pretty sweet. Mixing it up with the best of 80s/90s home workout videos and their own clips, it’s worth a watch and a boogie.

Newcastle’s favourite DIY venue, Little Buildings,  has found a new venue and not a moment too soon, after their current landlords decided the building would be better suited to a bar restaurant or something else that would gentrify the area. Bastards.

They’re moving to the Family Shopper on Warwick Street just down the road from Star and Shadow Cinema, which is doubly exciting given that it’ll bump their capacity up to around 150.

Work begins from the end of January to get the space ready for use as a venue so if you want to be part of the something special and help your local scene then follow Little Buildings on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date for when they’ll need helping hands. We hope to catch you down the front at Little Buildings soon. PM faves Picnic, Be Quiet. Shout Loud! and Great Waves are playing in March, you’d be daft to miss it.

Our mates over at Rhyme also have their first announcement of 2019 and it’s a right corker! They’ve got Matt Dunbar and the Autonomous Collective headlining Little Buildings with some help from Mahatma Raindrop, Dolan Springs and Alex Kirtley. If Matt Dunbar’s performance at Holly Rees’ leaving gig last month was anything to go by, this is one of the hottest tickets in town.

Some of our usual suspects announced tours too so catch The Pale White and Spinn as they begin making trips around the UK in the coming months, it’d be daft to miss them. Both tours are selling like hotcakes so grab a ticket with that freshly delivered student loan whilst you still have it. Our first gig guide of 2019, is going up tomorrow so you’ll have a choice of just what to spend your money on.

And that’s everything you missed in the first two weeks of the year. 

Featured Image: Dean Hindmarch

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1 comment on “January Roundup

  1. I love this post! Thanks for sharing so much great new music & news.

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