For a country with roughly half the population of the United Kingdom, it's truly staggering how often Canadian acts manage to blow the competition out of the water with their musical output. This year marks the ten year anniversary of METZ's formation and that entire decade is packed with outstanding studio material.
Supergroups. What a conundrum they are. In theory, a glorious clash of great musical minds, but in reality often an ill-thought-through cash cow. Luckily, in the nine tracks of debut album ‘Dance Music’, Mastersystem immediately set themselves apart from the latter camp. Here is a supergroup we can believe in.
While it might feel like IDLES' success was a bolt from the blue, that's far from the full story. The band first released studio material way back in 2012 in the form of their 'Welcome' EP; now they're out on the road for their biggest headline tour to date, on the back of the runaway success of 'Brutalism' their debut full-length.
Brighton has always been a hotbed for the most innovative and forward thinking creative acts to pour forth from Great Britain. Now, the latest in a long line of 'next big things' are ready to unleash themselves upon the world at large as Orchards hit the road for an extensive run of UK shows.
It was starting to feel like Tiny Moving Parts had a serious case of 'always the bridesmaid; never the bride'. Over the past few years, they've delivered a stunning array of British support slots alongside the likes of The Wonder Years and The Fall of Troy, but now they get the chance to spread their wings and deliver a full headline tour.
Bands come and go. Some record albums which you listen to for years and others fade away with nothing but a glimmer of a chorus buried in your subconscious. Other bands, like Sorority Noise, stand a little apart from their peers and when they break for an unexpected hiatus after their imminent UK tour, we only hope it's a brief one.