Category Archives: TVD UK

Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“It’s that time again! I’ve a ROTW from Jessica Lea Mayfield, the gorgeous ‘Make My Head Sing’ will make your heart sing! It’s truly lovely and seems to have been overlooked by many radio people, so let’s rectify this immediately.

This weeks #shellshock is from the London-based but Leicestershire derived OSCA, a band that should be in your ears sharpish!” —SZ

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The Single Girl: Ben Cooling, “Breathe Again”

Ben Cooling has been writing and playing music for over a decade now but his new single, “Breathe Again” signals a new direction for Cooling—bursting with heartfelt lyrics and honest, down to earth acoustic melodies.

The track is seemingly about regrets, and you can hear the melancholy underlying throughout. Ben’s style could be compared to that of Frank Turner’s or Charlie Simpson’s latest output, but there’s also an old school folk feel about what Ben’s doing which feels honest and organic.

Although he’s been performing for so long, he only started journeying down the solo road back in 2012. Since then he’s signed to the Circus City Music Group. Hopefully this single heralds the release of more music from Mr. Cooling—so watch this space.

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The Single Girl: Feldspar, “Song Without A Chorus”

Feldspar’s latest single “Song Without A Chorus” isn’t your usual run of the mill single release—it’s part of a bigger picture of single releases, one of four to be exact.

This ambitious release plan begins with the elegant “Song Without A Chorus” which straddles between folk and rollocking, epic indie rock. This first single is about loss and memory and that sentiment echoes throughout the harmonies and powerful melodies throughout as this promising five-piece sing and play heart of sleeves, passion a plenty.

Imagine what Wilco and Ryan Adams would sound like if they decided to join forces—this is Feldspar. They’re a band with the delicate Ryan Adams touch and that slightly more quirky, infectious Wilco spirit.

“Song Without A Chorus” is a very strong introduction to the band’s single a month idea and as the seasons change, let’s look forward to a different melody a month to roll in the ever looming winter months ahead.

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UK Band of the Week, Hello Future

Scotland’s ever proving to be a place bursting with new talent. Hello Future are the latest indie rockers to emerge from the ashes of an old band but with a new sound and new look.

“Do You Feel Alive” is their debut single which won’t be out until October—but the stream is available online now and thank goodness too because it’s the perfect post summer track to see in the Autumn.

Although the band cite influences from Blink 182 to Biffy Clyro, they’ve honed their own sound that captures melancholy and hope all at once, a sound that’s exuberant and catchy and will have you toe-tapping along in no time.

This is the only track the band have released online so far but we’re already excited to hear more. If this is their opening gambit, we can’t imagine where they’ll take us next.

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Bear Arms,
The TVD First Date

“Like the majority of people I know who are enthusiastic about music, most of my earliest musical memories were created by my parents. My dad is a huge music fan—he was the person who introduced me to bands like Mogwai, Nirvana, and anything that wasn’t Take That (sorry mum). He was also the person who introduced me to vinyl.”

“I always remember the huge music system sitting in our living room with an equally large shelving unit housing a mass amount of records ranging from early ’70s jazz to Simple Minds’ entire discography.

When my dad thought I was old enough to be shown the ropes of playing records the first thing I did was try to scratch it, like some sort of aspiring DJ Lethal. Safe to say this privilege was taken away quickly.

Fast forward a few years and I’m at a Frightened Rabbit gig. The only thing I thought was worth buying at the merch stand was The Midnight Organ Fight on record. I remember getting home after the gig and asking my dad for permission to use the record player (which by this point had been relegated to the spare room). I sat down, put the record on and listened to the entire thing from start to finish.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“It’s that time again! I’ve a ROTW from Ty Segall, his first solo record since he released the Fuzz album last year. Want to bang the garage drum? Then JOIN ME! This weeks #shellshock is from the awesome forthcoming album from TOPS too—it’s an aural treat!

Wednesdays 10-12pm on Bolton FM on 96.5fm, online at www.boltonfm.com or via our free iphone / android app too!” —SZ

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UK Band of the Week, Speakman Sound

With Speakman Sound’s single “In Flight” out this week, we thought it only appropriate to anoint them as our latest Band of the Week.

The brothers, Todd and Guy Speakman, are already skilled producers, running a studio of their own in London. However, this year they’ve been quietly releasing their own material which has seen them slowly climb the ranks of definite ones to watch. Their roots in electronica cross over with their love of Detroit House and ’60s psychedelia.

Giving the music a modern edge, Speakman Sound have managed to create a beautiful, open sound of their own with “In Flight,” one which they can be proud of and many fans of the genre will enjoy.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“It’s that time again! I’ve a ROTW from Gulp, regular listener Rhys will be happy! This week’s #shellshock from Superfood—it’s a gas…I swear!

Wednesdays 10-12pm on Bolton FM on 96.5fm, online at www.boltonfm.com or via our free iphone / android app too!” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: Alburn

PETER LARSSON FOR TVD | Scottish alt-rockers Alburn have started to make a name for themselves on the bustling Scottish music scene with some fine live performances and impressive support slots. Songs such as the title track from their sophomore EP, “Mouthful Of Glass” really showcase an abrasive, in your face sound and endearing rawness reminiscent of the US underground of the late ’90s early noughties.

Their EP, “Mouthful Of Glass” is out now via Spilt Lies Records and the band has been compared to the likes of Texas Is The Reason and The Appleseed Cast which, in our book, is no bad thing!

Alburn exhibit an ability to write technically impressive songs but with the added bonus of addictive hooks and memorable choruses which mark the band out as ones to watch in the future. We will certainly be looking forward to a full length offering from them in the not to distant future.

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UK Vinyl Video: Blair Jollands, “Carve It Up”

After the release of free track “My Way Home,” Blair Jollands’ single “Carve It Up” evokes an old-skool rock melody with a modern twist.

In this video, the London dwelling New Zealander is seen wandering through many different landscapes with his guitar. It’s apt considering Blair’s melodies and lyrics conjure the essence of an ever wandering soul. Blair creates warm soundscapes reflecting his own life and travels.

Blair is also an accomplished composer for film and has worked on several soundtracks including Pride and Bleak House. His love of sound is ever-present throughout his tracks as each whistle, strum, and beat resonate with precision.

Having played this year’s Great Escape and the Camden Crawl, Mr. Jollands’ forthcoming album, set for release this October, is much-anticipated. Blair is a welcomed breath of fresh air to the modern folk rock scene.

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