INTERVIEW: Happyness

London trio Happyness, consisting of Ash Cooper, Benji Compston and Jonny Allan, are set to officially release their debut album Weird Little Birthday on 16th June; a compilation of thirteen tracks of chilled, melancholic garage rock that contemplate the peculiarities of modern life. The band, who have recently supported Ezra Furman as well as the Orwells, and have played both Liverpool Sound City and Sounds From the Other City based on their strong self-titled EP, have also caught the attention of NME and The Line... Read more »

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New Noise: Blossoms

Stockport five-piece Blossoms leave us feeling trippy (in a good way) and lightly psychedelic with their debut EP 'Bloom'. Formed in 2013, the band comprising of young'uns Tom Ogden (vocals and guitar), Charlie Salt (bass and backing vocals), Josh Dewhurst (lead guitar), Joe Donavan (drums) and Myles 'The Plant' Kellock (keys) combine a 60s retro feel and classic British pop lyrics reminiscent of the Merseybeat sound. The track 'You Pulled A Gun On Me' in particular takes a woozy organ-driven psych melody together with crooning lovesick... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Polica, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds,

Polica, a three year old American synthpop group composed of Chris Bierden, Drew Christopherson, and Ben Ivascu and fronted by the vocals of Channy Leaneagh, already have two albums to their name: 2012’s ‘Give You the Ghost’ and 2013’s feminist-referential ‘Shulamith’. Their latest EP, entitled ‘Raw Exit’, has been announced to be available digitally worldwide 10th June, and has been billed as the ‘postscript’ to ‘Shulamith’. Composed of four tracks, ‘Baby Blue’, ‘Great Regret’, title track ‘Raw Exit’ and Lesley Gore cover ‘You Don’t Own Me’,... Read more »

Kendal Calling Northern Noise

NN PICKS: Kendal Calling 2014

Set amongst gorgeous rolling green fields, postcard-perfect lakeside views and century-old oak woodland, the not-too-big, not-too-small Kendal Calling is a desirable prospect even before you see their line-up. Then you see their line-up and desirable becomes a summer festival must. With a good mix of main stage big names and new music stage up-and-coming stars, the festival boasts an eclectic mix from its headliners all the way to its hidden woodland stages. The big names this years are iconic glam-rockers Suede, kick starting their summer... Read more »

Kult Country Northern Noise

NN PICKS: Kult Country, Eagle Inn, Salford, July 4th

Sonic boom and weighty reverb meld together the tense guitar and echoey lyrics of Manchester's Kult Country's new single 'Trembling Moon', a big, bold and brooding shoegaze pop track. It's a confident and impressively uncompromising song from a band that's still readying for the release of a debut album, and a step up in intensity from Kult Country's first single - put out close to a year ago in April 2013, the aptly titled 'Slowburn'; a moody, hypnotic and motorik driven release accompanied by b-side 'Amongst... Read more »