New Artists of the Week – W/C 27th Feb
Louder Than War’s latest round up of new artists. If you’d like to submit to be included in this strand email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
After his fourth appearance at Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival the organisers described Billy Liar as “one of the most poplar acts of the last few years.” This year sees his fifth appearance at the festival.
Scottish troubadour Billy Liar produces songs that capture his perceptive observations and are conveyed to us with lyrical panache; his brain acts as a revolver shooting out word bullets faster than his mouth can spit them out, hence the fast and furious pace of his delivery. Billy certainly comes across as an intense character, but you don’t produce this kind of passionate music without intensity. When Bill Hicks said that he wants musicians to “play from your fucking heart”, Billy Liar was most definitely listening.
He also has a relentless work ethic that sees him touring, making festival appearances, and supporting other artists too, including: Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds) , Star Fucking Hipsters, Franz Nicolay, TV Smith (The Adverts), and then some.
Last year saw him release the EP ‘The Ghosts of Punk Rock’; he also headed to America, where he toured the East Coast as well as making appearances at Fest in Florida and Punktober Fest in Indiana. He released his second EP of 2013 in October entitled ‘All I’ve Got’. After kick starting 2014 with an Australian tour, it’s safe to say he’ll be back touring the UK in the near future.
Bolshy are a seven piece ska/reggae/punk band that formed in Liverpool. Their assault on the Liverpool busking scene has been relentless as they pop up around the city centre much to the delight of passers by who bask in the band’s vibrant and infectious tunes.
Bolshy are not only talented musicians but are also committed to their strong anti-capitalist and anti discrimination views, which their lyrics hold testament to.
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When they’re not busking Bolshy can be found gigging around the northwest; they’ve also recently played Dirty Revolution in Lancaster, Fiesta Bombarda in Liverpool, and played on the same bill as The Undertones, Neville Staples, and The Beat at Strummercamp. Needless to say the band’s forth coming debut EP, which is being recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, is anticipated with much excitement.
Having garnered a dedicated following on the Liverpool metal scene Oceanis are ready to bust out and hit the rest of the UK. Oceanis cite that the aim of their music is to ‘bludgeon and sooth the listener’; this couldn’t be a more accurate description. There is an unnerving juxtaposition in their music; their heavy sound mixed with singer Joe’s intensely fierce vocals are intimidating, yet there then comes a soothing element that lulls the listener into a false sense of security before they hit back again. It sounds like it shouldn’t work but it does; Oceanis execute it so well they make it appear seamless- which speaks volumes about their talent as musicians.
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Oceanis competed in the 2013 Liverpool Metal to the Masses Battle of the Bands competition where they went on to win 1st prize; the prize was a place on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air.
The band have started this year with an inclusion on the February Metal Hammer magazine covermount CD. They also released their second EP ‘Totality’ on the 22nd February, this will be followed by a 2014 tour.
The Jackpot Golden Boys
Not technically a new band, but possibly new to the ears of a lot of you out there. To say the Preston band, The Jackpot Golden Boys, are experimental is an understatement; they are heavy yet still melodic, whilst simultaneously cramming a plethora of styles into each and every song. This is quite a feat considering most bands only manage the one genre throughout a whole career; it is also brave as there are few bands that would have the courage of conviction to carry off such experimentation. The Jackpot Golden Boys effortlessly combine elements of reggae, rock, hard rock, melody, and beyond. In spite of their eclectic style the songs do not sound in any way thrown together, even with all the complexities the songs still manage to have a succinct flow. If you can imagine Bohemian Rhapsody or Paranoid Android with a rawer, heavier and slightly more erratic element, then you can begin to conceive the band’s sound.
The band are having their song Nuke Em High licenced to be used in the 2014 remake ‘ Return To Nuke Em High Vol 2’; they are also currently making a video for their next release Caveman.
All words by Leanne Durr. More work by Leanne Durr on Louder Than War can be found in her authors archive.