Jack Woodward is an Indie singer-songwriter from Warrington and living in Manchester.He has released his new single ‘Let it Happen’ which is the first single release since his debut EP ‘Fly Away’ and displays Woodwards indie / band sound. It was recorded with Sugar House (producers), who have worked on Viola Beach (Swings and Waterslides) and Pale Waves records. It is likely to be the first single to his next 4-track EP, which he is looking at releasing later this year. Woodward supported the band 706s at the Manchester Academy and Rae Morris at her sold out show at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. He released his debut EP ‘Fly Away’ in November 2016 with a launch event at Gullivers, Manchester (performing with a backing band). ‘Fly Away’ EP was #2 best-selling singer-songwriter album on iTunes pre-order chart and #82 on the singer-songwriter itunes chart on its release day. ‘Honey’ the lead song on the EP was nominated for Best Song of 2016 by Best of British Unsigned while the single ‘Fly Away’ has been played multiple times on Amazing Radio.
‘Let it Happen’ is a display of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed bubbly indie. Glowing and radiant with bursts of rich sprightly guitar. Its that fun cheerful and immensely energetic track that makes you want to dance around the room. With the frolicsome bouncy rhythm building into a mighty powerful chorus, its a spirit lifting “scream the lyrics as loud as you can” feel good track that is infectious. Woodward’s dynamic strong vocal lifts the chorus into another dimension. If your feeling glum put this track on, let it all go and dance like a fool. You will feel better.
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South Africa based alternative rock band Life Lyne have recently released their brand new 4-track EP ‘We Will Stand’ in an effort to spread the honest message of life and faith through their music. Consisting of five musicians from a variety of different career paths, and all hailing from different cities, ‘Life Lyne’ was formed as a Alternative Rock Contemporary Christian band packed with soulful vocals and melodic harmonies. The EP was recorded by Peter Pearlson and mastered by grammy award winning engineer Rob Burrell, the band were influenced by experiences in their own personal lives which lead them to their faith. Musically, they cite a wide range of inspirations including John Mayer and Coldplay. Life Lyne have progressed quickly on the music scene, after forming in 2011 they have already performed with renowned international artists such as Paul Baloche and Lenny Leblanc and received support from a plethora of radio stations and South African TV.
‘We Will Stand’ is an uplifting EP that actually does fill you up with hearty warm goodness. Kicking things off with title track ‘We Will Stand’ Life Lyne gush through with an overwhelming surge of sprightly energy teamed with soulful powerful vocals and a punchy rapid beat that is infectiously dancy. With a mighty choir- like crescendo they make a good first impression. ‘Where I Belong’ is a peppy ball of sweet melodies and lush harmonies teamed with delicate honeyed jazzy piano that adds a strut and spring to the track. ‘U is My Vader’ takes the role of the acoustic dreamy ballad with beautiful rich harmonies, its a tear jerking charming track that stops you in your tracks and fills you with peace and harmony. ‘Step By Step’ closes the EP in a delightful hopeful tone. Its a realistic look at life’s trials while supporting and encouraging you to push on. With soulful passionate vocals accompanied by radiant guitars a steady beat and a candied delicious piano feature it is an elegant end to a hopeful spirited EP.
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Kilkenny alternative-indie five piece Neon Wolf have released their new single ‘Be American’. The band have played at many festivals such as Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, as well as a main stage appearance at Longitude 2015. They have also supported The Courteeners, Alabama Shakes, The 1975, The Districts and Hudson Taylor in Belfast’s Mandela Hall and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
‘Be American’ is about having hope in dark times and it is an insanely catchy mixture of 80’s pop and rock. Shimmering synths glisten and glitter with a blinding bright lustre that exudes intense heat and summer vibes. Soft vocals coax you gently into the infectious bop beat while the percussion shimmy and shake with enticing charm and charisma. The soothing lull on backing vocals is reassuring and calming while the melody is honey to the ears, so sweet and juicy you want to press repeat. This track is the essence of sunshine. With soaring vocals for the bridge its extremely uplifting and will put you instantly in a good mood and i’m not kidding the sun actually starting shining when I played this song first so it even has the suns approval. With Michael Jackson vibes and rich textures Neon Wolf open our minds to the hope of positivity ahead.
Watch ‘Be American’ below
Alexis Kings have released their new single ‘Squire’. The single soared into the top 10 of the Spotify UK Viral Chart along with support from Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing Three Counties, Alex Rainbird & Indiemono. ‘Squire’ is a heart-stoppingly moving melodic track teamed with upbeat rhythms and smooth summer vibes. With a warm majestic guitar feature, an elevated bright atmosphere and breathtakingly sweet melody that is golden honey to the ears. Alexis Kings present us with a heavenly beautiful track that exudes effortless charm and elegance. Velvety soulful vocals give euphoric bliss coated in nostalgic tones. Alexis Kings show sublime musicianship with this captivating irresistible track.
Close you eyes and let ‘Squire’ take you on a journey of summer love with a melody and textures that seep into your soul.
Watch the video for ‘Squire’ below
Indie rock ‘n roll group, The Majorleans, have dropped their new video for ‘Sunrise Mary’ from their upcoming sophomore album, ‘Carouser’s End’. They produced it themselves and mixed it with Michael Tudor (The Stokes, Duncan Sheik) in Woodstock, NY. Already receiving critical acclaim from Interview Magazine, The Majorleans are continuing to make waves with their new material. ‘Sunrise Mary’ is a warm Utopian treasure with glowing guitar and a soothing melody. The velvety vocals and soft beat acts like a soft blanket it is comforting and easing to the mind. Its a bright relaxing summer jam coated in sentimental nostalgic tones. The syrupy dreamy texture swallows you up in a world of hazy sunshine and wistfulness. The guitar plays almost freely throughout the track like a ray of sunshine brightening up the tone and adding a zest and charm.
Check out the video for ‘Sunrise Mary’ below
Alternative Synth-pop band Neon Wolf From Kilkenny. Rob Grace ( Vocals), Stevie Cullen (Guitar/ Vocals), Joe Glynn (Drums), Lee Shanahan (Bass) ,Liam Doyle (Keyboards/Vocal) début EP ‘Love Lost In Design’, topped iTunes charts in Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and saw them receive both national and regional airplay in those countries. In 2012, the band were also awarded the RTE RAAP Breakthrough Bursary, having been chosen out of a list of thousands of entrants. Since then Neon Wolf have been developing a staunch fan-base and have been playing at many festivals such as Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, as well as a main stage appearance at Longitude 2015. They have also supported The Courteeners, Alabama Shakes, The 1975, The Districts and most recently Hudson Taylor in Belfast’s Mandela Hall and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.In 2015, Neon Wolf released their single ‘A Place To Call Home’ on Killing Moon Records in Ireland and UK and have now announced a début headline show Upstairs in Whelans live on Saturday June 11th.
These guys are a must see with their tight instrumentation, fun and catchy pop tunes. Their single ‘A Place To Call Home’ is a sunny tropical infectious tune with punchy drum and lustrous guitars. Its bursting with melodic hooks and shimmering synths. Every note explodes good vibes and sunshine. With soft warm vocals and a falsetto chorus just oozing energy and enthusiasm.
Feel good sunny music on a summers day in June, they will make the sun shine even if its raining. Tickets for the gig are €10 and are available from Ticketmaster.
Watch ‘A Place To Call Home’ below
Carnabells are an indie Pop band from Leeds. Luke Thompson (Vocals) Mitch Thompson (Guitar) Jack Mattison (Keys) Mitchell Wright (Drums) and Nathan Francey (Bass) have released a new track ‘The Belle of the Strutters’ Ball’ . An upbeat jangle – pop tune full of charisma with infatuating harmonies , bright glittering guitars and bouncy piano. Its a lovely catchy light pop track with a bubble gum feel. This sweet candy – coated song will have you bopping and dancing in no time.
You can catch Carnabells at their Leeds headline show Saturday 28th May
Stream ‘The Belle of the Strutters’ Ball’ below
Polar States are a band from Liverpool who’s début single won them the attention of Grammy Award winning producer Jon Withnall (Coldplay, Elbow) and since then its been none stop.Paul, Josh, Phill and Mark have just released their new single ‘TIME’. Which they recorded in their rehearsal room, produced it themselves and mixed it in Paul’s flat.
“Time” is an example of this bands beautiful song writing, its honest and full of raw emotion, set to radiant music. Its smoothly arranged and is so easy to listen to, with soft vocals and steady beats and lustrous guitars. Its real music full of passion and truth and an absolute joy to listen to. It has a dreamy, hazy vibe that makes you want to sit back close your eyes and let the music take you away.
These guys show real promise and are set to work with some top producers on their next singles. The future looks really good for these guys.
Polar States have some live gigs lined up you can catch them at
Apr 14 Alexanders Chester, United Kingdom
Apr 19 O2 Academy Liverpool, United Kingdom
Apr 27 The Underbelly London, United Kingdom
Apr 28 Dublin Castle London, United Kingdom
May 13 Aatma Manchester, United Kingdom
May 21 The RS Sheffield, United Kingdom
May 28 The Exchange Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom
Stream “Time” below
Brendan Maclean is an Australian gem, his new release ‘Hugs Not Drugs (Or Both)’ is a brilliantly flamboyant track with a catchy melody and infectious hook. Its electro – rock beat is sure to get you up Dancing. Brendan shows off his vocal range with a fun loving chorus that has a Panic! At The Disco vibe. Brendan has a full dynamic voice full of confidence and swagger .With witty lyrics and full of high energy its a party track that is sure to do well.
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This for me is the saddest blog I have done but I felt I must, as the only reason I started Indie Buddie was because one day in the summer on 2015 I stumbled upon a fantastic band on soundcloud. They had only one song on soundcloud at the time and from the first note I was hooked, the sunny vibes clever lyrics smooth beat and catchy riffs made this song my favourite that summer. It was the upbeat vibrant song that makes everything better. That song was of course ‘ Swings and Waterslides’ by Viola Beach.
Viola Beach were an emerging British indie rock group, formed in Warrington in 2013. The band’s final lineup consisted of Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass), and Jack Dakin (drums). I was so impressed with these guys and hoped they would do well as it was obvious to me they deserved it. I began telling everyone I knew about them. I watched the youtube videos from BBCs Maida Vale sessions and it was confirmed that these guys had serious talent and were going to be very big. Their performance was very professional but still their humour and fun came through. I found that my favourite song they performed was ‘Get to Dancing’. It’s a cheeky lively track which of course makes you want to dance. The song has a really catchy guitar riff and also shows Jack’s skills as a drummer, it’s light but very effective.
Their second released single came to us in early 2016 ‘Boys That Sing’ this is a bright and cheery song with an infectious melody and again their slick guitar and drums give a Californian surf sound. It definitely brightened up our winter days and made us smile with their cheeky mischief lyrics.
I decided in December of 2015 to message them and ask them to come to Ireland as I couldn’t wait to hear them live and they told me they were going to support Blossoms in the Academy in Dublin in February. Naturally I went, I couldn’t miss that! Their live performance was brilliant. You could see their love for music and every beat, strum and note oozed energy.They were having fun and loving every moment of it and so was the audience.
We spoke to them afterwards and they were the most lovely people you could meet they discussed their passion for music and they promised us they would play ‘Get To Dancing’ when they returned to Dublin as it wasn’t on their set list this time. Of the bands I have met they really stood out. They were genuine lovely guys doing what they loved and sharing it with whoever would listen.
Since then, I have found other songs that they have done on youtube and found their track “Daisies” which was featured on Bandcamp’s The Indie Cassette Player’s (now known as ” The Mill Records”) second compilation album, with “Love My Love” being featured on the website’s third compilation album. Both these tracks are lovely well written songs and show us a deeper side to the band. I was looking forward to what kind of album they were going to release.
I decided to write this blog about one of the best bands I have been lucky to see live because they were amazingly talented and right now they should be taking the music industry by storm. But their career was cruelly cut short. I don’t want to dwell on the details of their passing as it’s their memory I want to preserve.
A celebratory tribute gig will take place at Warrington Parr Hall on April 2 to pay tribute to the band and their manager, Craig Tarry.The sold-out show will feature The Coral and Courteeners frontman Liam Fray as well as an acoustic set by The Kooks. Viola Beach supported Courteeners on tour and were due to open for Blossoms, who also feature on the bill. The packed bill is finished off by Eliza and the Bear, Hidden Charms, The Vryll Society, The Strawberries and Psyblings. All proceeds from the show will go to the families of Viola Beach and Craig Tarry.
Viola Beach a really lovely 4 piece indie pop band from Warrington whose Infectious anthems and sunny bright feel good melodies will not be forgotten here at Indie Buddie.
RIP Viola Beach