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Underground Soundwave – A round-up of what’s happening

QLOWSKI:

After having recently released their debut album ‘Quale Futuro?’ which translates as ‘What Future?’ on 4th June, the post-punk and noise rock inspired ‘Qlowski’ are playing a run of UK tour dates in the coming months, featuring the newly released album. Heavily inspired by the post-punk and punk scene, the album is a politically charged reflection of the 21st century and the existentialism which comes with it. Read our interview about what inspired the album and its recording, on our blog page.

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QLOWSKI Photo by Patrick Smith

STRANGE BONES:

The vicious, electronically punk infused 4 piece from Blackpool, Strange Bones have released two singles ahead of their full-length debut album ‘England Screams’ which drops on August 20th. As well as the title song, the two latest releases, Deathwish, and Jungle both reflect the new sound that the band are presenting on the upcoming debut, which draws heavy themes of the violent coalescence of order and chaos, inspired by the current state of modern-day England.

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STRANGE BONES

DRUG STORE ROMEOS:

After appearing on the third instalment of Bootlickers radio show , in which the band spoke about the anticipation behind their debut album The World Within our Bedrooms’, Drug Store Romeos’ debut album dropped on 25th June. The album is an ethereal daydream inspired by growing up in a sleepy, suburban English town. It expresses a reflection of the state of mind that the band had when immersing themselves in music as a distraction from their home. Read the full review/interview, and Bootlickers radio show on our website.

Drug Store Romeos photographed by Neelam Khan Vela - Underground subculture music blog
DRUG STORE ROMEOS Photo by Neelam Khan Vela

WHITE FLOWERS:

Kate Drew and Joey Cobb, otherwise known as White Flowers, the post-punk and shoegaze inspired duo, after writing songs since they were teenagers and two years of piecing it all together, released their full-length debut ‘Day by Day’. The album which consists of bleak yet dreamy soundscapes, underlying the smooth yet numb voice of Drew, were inspired by the North of England encapsulating the juxtaposition of the isolation compared to the overwhelming bustling city of London where they had a brief stint as students. Read the full interview with the duo on our blog page.

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WHITE FLOWERS Photo by Hannah Cobb

SAINT PHNX:

After signing to a new record label and over a year without releasing music, SAINT PHNX, the alt-pop duo, and brothers, are back with a new single ‘Happy Place’. The touching song is inspired by the passing of their dad in his battle against cancer and is an ode to his life and how much he has helped and inspired them throughout their lives and their musical careers.

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SAINT PHNX - 'Happy Place'

STORM ST CLAIRE:

With a new EP on the way, Storm St Claire, the experimentally influenced pop artist, has released the first single of her project entitled ‘Storm Hates the World and it Hates Her Back’. The song ‘My Mind My Body’ is an expressive reflection of the prejudices that herself and the rest of the queer community face. The video, which was premiered at the Central Saint Martin’s graduate show, envisions storm in miniature form in an open space called the void – a space that is separate to reality, representative of her mind surrounded by ‘helbunnies’, a physical manifestation of the demons that she faces daily.

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STORM ST CLAIRE

DAYBREAKERS:

Ahead of their debut album, which is currently in crowdfunding due to lead singer Aidan Connell being struck with covid for a month, Daybreakers, the classic rock and blues inspired three-piece are playing a host of London shows from July – October, with more most likely to be announced. With four of these shows being played at the Troubadour, a venue rich in rock and roll history, with such names as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, having played their previously.

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DAYBREAKERS

KID KAPICHI:

After playing a sold-out series of album release shows, the Hastings-hailing Kid Kapichi, with their unrelenting guitar riffs and energy, are set to return to their hometown to play their biggest headline show to date at the White Rock Theatre, as well as playing a short stint of shows supporting Nothing But Thieves on their warm-up tour. All this before their headline tour this winter with a run of shows both through the UK and venturing to the EU for shows in Germany, France, and Belgium.

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ENTER SHIKARI & NOVA TWINS:

Having just announced and having sold out their warm-up shows within seconds, Enter Shikari, the explosive genre pushing band are set to play a line of live UK shows this winter, including a sold out 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace, being accompanied by heavy rock duo the Nova Twins. After headlining Download Pilot festival, they will be debuting their latest album ‘Nothing is True and Everything is Possible’ for a full album tour, with dates in the USA just having been announced.

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ENTER SHIKARI

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