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Scruff of the Neck Presents ... - 20160613

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For your entertainment during another working week here's five more hand-picked delights from the Scruff Of The Neck stable.

False Heads – ‘Thick Skin’

Kicking off this week, London-based snot poppers False Heads return with their newest single ‘Thick Skin’. Woozy in its delivery and clattering in its composition, it’s yet another reason to sit up and take note of one of East London’s fastest rising bands. When Iggy Pop is championing an act, you know they’re on to a good thing.


Rock Bottom Risers – ‘Legal In A Week (or maybe two)’

Released just over a week ago, the new single from West Yorkshire reprobates Rock Bottom Risers is built around stoned, propulsive grooves that come courtesy of perfectly matched bass and percussion. The idiosyncratic drawl of vocalist Kane Scott is a steadfast as ever, providing more than enough bite and grit to offset an effortless rhythm section.


The Claremonts – ‘Money’

Drawing from a wealth of decade-spanning indie, Manchester’s The Claremont’s belie their young years through their deft musicality and on-stage chemistry. Latest cut ‘Money’ is steeped in jangle-pop tradition, falling somewhere in between The La’s and The Stone Roses at their prettiest, it’s simple and melodic, allowing the band’s promise to shine through.


RINSE – ‘Taser Party’

Spiky guitars and a chunky bass line form the backbone of ‘Taser Party’ the most recent single from Stoke alt-rockers RINSE. Frenetic and atmospheric, it’s a natural progression from the band’s last outing, ‘Not Too Late’. Building on the brooding atmosphere of the aforementioned, ‘Taser Party’ feels both subdued, and somewhat more driven in comparison, 


Bright Young People – ‘Solitude’

Following False Heads as the second band on the list signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, Rhyl’s Bright Young People relish in their own sleazy brand of indie rock. ‘Solitude’ is the band’s first single for the label and is three minutes of blistering swagger and snarl that’s impossible to ignore.












Scruff of the Neck Presents ... - 20160222

  • Published in Columns


For your entertainment at the start of another working week here's five more hand-picked delights from the Scruff Of The Neck stable.

Rinse – 'Not Too Late'

Jangles aplenty from Stoke's Rinse, a band who straddle the line between melody and discord excellently. Barely a week old, latest single 'Not Too late' sees the band leaning more towards the former; suitably swimmy and even at times optimistic, it isn't until the conclusion that the more dissonant side rears its ugly head, cementing the track as one of this year's stand out singles and Rinse as ones to keep an eye on.


Uncomely – 'Silly Faces'

Another week, another grunge band from Leeds, there's something in that city's water. Uncomely however, are bringing something a little different to the table. Blending together snarling blues with a punk attitude, all wrapped up in the DIY production that's come to be synonymous with the city. 'Silly Faces' is the lead single from the band's most recent EP, and is four minutes of swaggering blues-fuelled alt-rock. Excellent.


LIINES – 'Never There'

Having already earned comparisons to the likes of PINS and Sleater Kinney, Manchester's LIINES are showing no sign of slowing down. The band's latest single 'Never There' was John Kennedy’s X-Posure 'Single of the Week' and it's easy to see why. Three-minutes of blistering post-punk, that much like the band themselves, offers little in the way of compromise, LIINES make a noise worth getting excited about.


The Wrong Girl – 'This Town'

Arguably the most melodic band on offer this week, Sheffield's The Wrong Girl craft no-nonsense indie pop that jangles along with the best of them. With just 'This Town' on offer at the moment, The Wrong Girl are somewhat of an enigma, but with new material promised soon, it won't be long before we know a lot more about them.


All Hail Hyena – 'A Strangers' Song'

Fusing together post-punk, indie pop, math-rock and almost any other double-barrelled pigeon-hole you can think of, Burnley's All Hail Hyena are a band for whom convention matters little. Latest track 'A Strangers' Song' sees off-kilter time signatures incorporated in to a jerky, stop-start composition that rattles towards its conclusion with a melodic, albeit it somewhat reckless, abandon.


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