Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Three months in to 2017, and we at The Metaphorical Boat have already enjoyed what will be our favourite gig of the year - Bear's Den at the Limelight in Belfast. A fantastic mix of their older folksy songs and their newer, more synth-pop inflected tunes, alongside some moments which you wouldn't get at any other gig, such as when the entire band came off stage to perform "Isaac" completely unplugged in the middle of the crowd. Plus, "Auld Wives", this blog's favourite song of 2016, nearly reduced us to tears, something that we don't usually allow to happen to ourselves in public places.
The support act were pretty decent as well, a London based trio who go by the name of Banfi. We enjoyed their set, with two songs in particular standing out. The first one was "June", a catchy as heck song that reminded us quite a bit of The Police in places. Alas, that song hasn't been released as a single, but the second song that caught our attention, the song they closed their set with, has.
That song is "Rosedale House", a driving piston of a song in the mold of Bruce Springsteen, or Ten Fé at their more rocky. The band are currently signed to Communion Records, the same as their tour buddies Bear's Den, so should expect to hear more from them over the next few months.
"Rosedale House" is out now.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Cornwall based singer-songwriter Lucy Hill, aka Little Lapin has picked up quite a bit of love across several different releases, picking up airtime on 6music, Amazing Radio, and getting played on Radio 2 by Bob Harris. She has a new album coming out next month, and one of the tracks featured within has really tickled our fancy.
"Wake Up With The Sun" is the kind of folk-tinged music that we absolutely love, a Joni Mitchell-esque track that mixes the beauty in Lucy's voice with the bright and optimistic lyrics to great effect, like a folk version of "Walking On Sunshine" with an earworm activating melody.
"Wake Up With The Sun" is the title track to Little Lapin's 3rd studio album, which is released on 14th April.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
We haven't written about Manchester band Hot Shorts since the release of their "Web Design" E.P three years ago. Although they have been keeping themselves busy, releasing an album near the end of 2016, and recording sessions on 6music for Mark Riley.
They've also just released a new single, which as good a time as ever to venture back into their world. "metaphor for [something]" sees the band mix Guided By Voices-esque slacker-rock with sardonic, stream of consciousness lyrics, tackling issues such as hair loss, teeth pulling, and trying to make money from blogging (the latter of which is something we would know absolutely nothing about). It's a great, tickling song of scuzzy loveliness.
"Metaphor for [something]" is available as a postcard single through Art Is Hard Records.
Monday, 13 March 2017
The members of Belfast duo WASPS (not to be confused with the similarly monikered American metal band) decided to form a band together when Danny McClelland (ex-Born Only Yesterday) and Charlie Cairns (formerly of Lost Avenue) realised that they both had tattoos of And So I Watch You From Afar, which anyone who has ever watched Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny can tell you is the only way you are allowed to start a rock band.
They created an early buzz* with the single "Godzilla Is Dead", and they are following it up with "Future Endeavours", and from the sounds of it, they do wear the influences on their sleeves, both literally and metaphorically. There's the DNA of ASIWYFA throughout the song, with its intricate guitar playing and ever-shifting rhythms and time signatures, although its impassioned, emo vocals do allow it to be a good entry point for people who may find other math-rock to be a bit too inaccessible for them. It's a great song from a band whose music has a real sting** to it.
"Future Endeavours" is released on March 17th.
*I am not sorry. I am not sorry in the slightest.
**I apologize for nothing.
Saturday, 11 March 2017
It was the opening rhyming couplet that really drew us in to "Mansaid", the latest single from Birmingham duo The Good Water. After hearing it for the first time, "Now is the time to be intelligent, that's what the man said to his elephant", we found ourselves chuckling internally at its unexpectedness. It's a great blues-rock song, underpinned by a simple yet effective guitar riff, wryfully humorous lyrics, and the occasional slip into psychedelic moments.
"Mansaid" is out now.