• Josh Hughes


Every other Friday, we'll be doing a deep dive into the world of new music, reviewing the cream of the crop of fresh songs for you to check out. This is the second part of our massive March madness mega-big special, because we love you. In this exciting follow-up, we've got political jabs from Manchester, dreamy shoegaze from Poland, and alt-pop from Los Angeles.

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Supera Morza "Scrubber"

released on 26/03/21

CD Baby

Hectic and unrelenting, "Scrubber" is an absolute screamer of an anthem from Manchester alternative quartet Supera Morza. With a biting eye looking straight through a dead-shot lens at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his handling of the pandemic over the last year, the up-and-comers spit pure venom here on a track that reminds us of very early psychedelic punky Feeder scrapping with the darker counterparts of Pixies, delivering a real alt-rock vibe. It's lifted even further by a brilliantly melodic and catchy chorus, an excellently piercing lead guitar and a stomping and screaming finale that oozes out with blood, sweat and anguish.

It aims for the jugular and strikes a bullseye, coming in as a greatly enjoyable debut from fresh faces. It's blunt, it's brutally honest, and having been featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and other national stations already, it's one of the most exciting new tracks from one of the UK's most exciting new bands.

FFO: Feeder, Pixies, Fontaines D.C.

Perfectparachutepicture "The Stream"

released on 26/03/21


"The Stream" is a dark catchy number that pulls together the driving guitar riffs, powerful beats and storming bass that have made Sheffield's Perfectparachutepicture such a remarkable force in the underground UK rock scene. It's an impressive effort for sure, with a non-stop thumping presence lined with Kyle Ernest's fantastic Death From Above 1979-style vocals and a tasty bit of production, courtesy of David Glover at Tesla Studios, that brings everything together perfectly. "The Stream" is a superb addition to their ever-growing catalogue of beastly tracks, and is a sure-fire way for the duo to get onto more radars pronto.

FFO: Death From Above 1979, Royal Blood, Biffy Clyro

Saturn Saturn Saturn "The State We're In"

released on 31/03/21

Quickfix Recordings

Formerly of Liverpool psych faves The Mighty Saguaro, singer/songwriter Ben Cooper has shifted his focus to a solo route with Saturn Saturn Saturn, a similarly spacey project with indie roots. Cooper shines on "The State We're In", his first single since his debut EP Hope & Heartbreak from last year, with his gruff voice backed by boss harmonies and a rawness akin to that of Teenage Fanclub and Fugazi. The addition of Craig Williams' guest lead guitar is inspired, as it adds more flavour to an already bustling tune, and it helps elevate the rest of the instrumentation without overbearing the rest of the talent on show.

FFO: Teenage Fanclub, Fugazi, Big Star

Raw Plastic "Heart Rush"

released on 17/03/21

New Morality Zine

The whole of Raw Plastic's debut EP Waiting Till Summer is glorious shoegaze goodness, but man, does "Heart Rush" stick with you after its brief 2 minute runtime. Drenched to fuck in a gorgeous overindulgence in pedals, it's a great bedroom pop jam tinged with both warm and icy tones, giving it an eerily up/downbeat vibe. The Polish duo, comprised of Sebastian Polus and Bastian Najdek, manage to blend 90s emo, surf rock and post-hardcore altogether seamlessly, exhibiting a sound that plays like it has taken years to master, but in reality, Polus' teporary move to the UK amidst the lockdown allowed them to explore this idea of lo-fi melodic music, and it's quite clear the result so far has been a resounding success. Guaranteed you'll be desperate for more from these guys.

FFO: Placebo, Tojo The Dwarf, LVL UP

Fielding "Born To Be Mild"

released on 18/03/21

House of Love

Another shiner from Leeds' emo legends Fielding, "Born To Be Mild" opens up the House of Love Fundraiser Compilation, a comp bustling with boss bands from Leeds and beyond. Fielding are on top form for their first release of 2021, shouting and noodling out a formidable emo effort that harkens back to the origins of the genre in the late 90s. It's absolutely class, and shows off why creative spaces like House of Love are desperately needed to help cultivate this kind of talent.

FFO: American Football, Mom Jeans., Heart Attack Man

Livingmore "Sharp"

released on 23/03/21


The recent renaissance of the late 70s/early 80s new wave genre has been interesting at best, but never has anyone in the boom sounded as good and true as L.A.'s Livingmore. Sounding like a cut from Blondie's best work, single "Sharp" chugs along smoothly with an infectious beat and simple but effective chord progression, with the guitar work showing slight hints of Americana and washed in reverb, leading to an unexpectedly delicious solo. Vocally, Alex Moore is stellar, lending herself well to the disco-lite ditty and marking herself as a figure to take note of. "Sharp" reveals Livingmore as a confident and determined band, ready to take on the alt-pop genre in one fell swoop when second LP Take Me drops on 21st May.

FFO: Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Angel Olsen

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