Popped Round-up #002

Popped Round-up

#002 October 2018

Words: Daniel Burton & Josh Driver

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Emily – Clean Cut Kid

Following 3 years of touring and the release of their debut album Felt, Clean Cut Kid have been on somewhat of a hiatus from the world. They took to hiding away in a self-built recording studio in Liverpool to write and record new music for 10 months. They have recently seen the rewards from this decision through the release of EP, Painkiller. A single taken from the record, Emily, has very touching lyrics and a very personal meaning to the band. The bass line is prominent throughout and is reminiscent of the dark thoughts that the song addresses, but the other synthetic additional sounds help relay the hope and positivity that they are trying to portray to a friend that was going through a rough patch.

The quality shown in this small release has me chomping at the bit to hear what else the band still has to come.

Prior to the release of the EP Painkiller, the Liverpool outfit announced a run of dates across the country including a huge show at Omera, London, which has since sold out. Be sure to grab tickets for other dates whilst you still can.


Thursday 22nd November – Glasgow Stereo
Friday 23rd November – Leeds The Wardrobe
Sunday 25th November – Nottingham The Bodega
Monday 26th November – Birmingham The Hare and Hounds
Tuesday 27th November – Bristol Exchange
Wednesday 28th November – London Omeara – SOLD OUT
Friday 30th November – Liverpool Arts Club

Watch Emily here:


That Sound – Sam Fender

Since the release of his debut single, Play God, just over a year ago, Sam Fender is fast rocketing to becoming one of the best new sounds around. From top festival slots this summer including Kendal Calling, Y Not, TRNSMT & Boardmasters, to featuring on Jools Holland, he is having quite a year.

His latest release, That Sound, continues on the trend of politically swayed lyrics and crafty sounds, which is a theme prominent throughout his repertoire of music. The stripped back verses allow the quality of his voice to shine through and get the exposure it deserves. Following on from his previous 7 singles, it has me wondering if Sam Fender will ever take his foot off the gas, but he has pulled it off yet again.

With an upcoming UK & Europe tour including 3 sold out nights at Omera in London, slots supporting Blossoms and Dermot Kennedy and two huge shows at Electric Brixton and Manchester Gorilla already announced for next year, it is fair to say that “the boy is well and truly flying” – EK

Listen to That Sound here:



Boredom – Spinn

They are Spinn, and with this new track you can say you have definitely been spun. The young indie lads’ latest release, Boredom, is further proof that Liverpool is once again producing some great musical talent. This tune is playing right into their wheelhouse of catchy guitar melodies and basslines, and with frontman Johnny tying it all together, they make sure this is a tune you can’t help buy stick on repeat. Much like with the other releases Spinn have reeled out, they marvellously blend the happy & upbeat guitar sounds with rather subdued and dark lyrics. However, you wouldn’t have thought this was the case if you have ever had the pleasure of seeing them live. Johnny brings a certain electric energy with the dance moves which truly makes the audience feel more part of the band. If these lads carry on popping tunes out like it is only a matter of time before they get their big break.


Watch the acoustic version of the Boredom here:



Hormone – The Mysterines

Unless you had the pleasure of seeing The Mysterines on tour with Miles Kane earlier in the year, they will be a relatively unknown entity to the majority, but what an exciting unknown entity they are. Their first release, Hormone, combines a mix of heavy guitar riffs, powerful basslines and solid drum beats, and what a fantastic way to set yourself up on the indie rock stage. With a chorus that is so damn catchy, you’ll find yourself just singing “youth is my excuse”. The energy the song brings is great and it is so easy to imagine what the live show would be like with mosh pits going crazy. Playing a selection of headline gigs across the country before the years out, including further supports slots with Miles Kane in London and Liverpool, I urge you to go and catch this huge prospect for the future.


Watch the video for Hormone here:


All I Want To Hear You Say – Sea Girls

Sea Girls latest track carries on from what the band have been doing so well. This has earned them festival spots at Neighbourhood weekender, All Points East and 110 Above over the summer and huge backing from industry experts. The indie 4 piece consistently create catchy indie rocks songs and All I Want To Hear You Say is the latest hits they can add to their catalogue. With a chorus which is guaranteed to be stuck in your head and upbeat dance inspired elements you’ll be humming, this all day to the annoyance of your co-workers. With them currently touring the UK with The Pale White and reaching number 1 on the BBC radio 1 hype chart, these lads definitely have a bright future ahead of them.


Listen to All I Want To Hear You Say here:



Grace -Lewis Capaldi

Following on from the overnight global success of his debut single, Bruises, Lewis Capaldi has continued to deliver with more huge singles and his debut EP, Bloom.

The latest addition to his catalogue of chart hits is the single Grace. Despite only being a one word chorus, the passion in Lewis’ voice makes it feel like a million and tells a whole other story which encapsulates everyone in the Scottish sensation’s world. This maybe a more upbeat tune than his other releases, but none the less it still retains the soul-wrenching voice and heart touching lyrics that are relatable to 99.9% of people, and this is one of the reasons for his spiralling success.

After an action-packed summer playing shows and festivals worldwide including a support slot for Sam Smith, he commences a huge UK & Europe headline tour, and has recently been announced to support Bastille on their Still Avoiding Tomorrow Tour in 2019. After the huge success of the Scottish prodigy, it is hard not to vision Lewis Capaldi playing even bigger venues and huge festival slots in the very near future.


Watch the video for Grace here:


Patio Paradise – The Zangwills

This Cheshire 4 piece are a relatively new discovery of mine. Taken from their debut EP, It’s Really Up To You, single Patio Paradise is an upbeat jangly guitar tune, and from the initial riff the song has you hitched. With singer Jake’s unique and distinctive voice coupled with a chorus impossible to not sing along to, The Zangwills have smashed it with their latest release.

After a few support slots with the likes of Delights & China Lane and a headline gig at Live Rooms in Chester, they have now got a huge upcoming show headlining Gorilla in Manchester. This band needs to continue doing the hard-initial work of creating a good base platform and then they just need to be exposed further to the world and they are sure to be an instant hit.


Listen to Patio Paradise here:



Resister – She Drew The Gun

After winning the Glastonbury emerging talent competition and supporting The Coral in 2016, playing SXSW as well as a number of top festivals across the UK in 2017, She Drew The Gun released their second album, Revolution Of Mind, which was produced by James Skelly of The Coral.

The lead single, Resister, from the second album, is an upbeat psych-pop tune with rather allusive lyrics. The underlying synth rhythm that runs throughout has a very energetic feel and makes it impossible for the listener not to build up adrenaline. This is a stark comparison to the bands top hit, Since You Were Not Mine, where singer Louisa’s voice is very seductive and the overall speed of the song being slower and more contained.

Having released two albums so far which are of top calibre, I really look forward to what this band has left in their tank for their future.

Watch the video for Resister here:

Narcissus – TVAM

From the first second of Narcissus, I was taken aback by the sheer audacity TVAM has to release a song with this sound into the current music market, and I praise it. It is something completely different to any other sound in the mainstream and I believe he could be the one at the pinnacle of a revolution to bring this style of music to the forefront of the ever-changing industry. Filled with spiralling synths rhythms and heavy drum beats, it provides a hallucinogenic frame of mind to the listener and could almost be the soundtrack to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas if it was made 20 years later. With an accompanying music video with a Kaleidoscopic theme, it is very fitting to the sound he produces, and it is clear the overall presentation of the music is a masterpiece. I am sure it won’t be long before TVAM becomes a prominent figure and is being heard in everyone’s ears.

Watch the video for Narcissus here:



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