It is hard to believe that it has been three whole years since I reviewed the self-titled EP from Edinburgh indie band Motion. In the years since they have gigged extensively, sharing a bill with bands such as Neon Waltz, Vistas and Rascalton.
After taking a short break the band have relaunched themselves under a new name, Silkwave. Their first single under their new moniker, Fingers on the Key, was released last month.
Coming in at just under three minutes it is a solid reintroduction to the group’s talents. This band are not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves and here we have elements of The Vaccines mixed in with touches of The Stone Roses. It makes for an enticing mix and is a song that screams out to be heard live. Let’s all hope that is sooner rather than later.
You can hear Fingers on the Key here.
Get more info by following Silkwave on Twitter.
It was way back in June that I managed to catch Little Love and the Friendly Vibes doing their stuff at a sun kissed Leith festival. They delivered a cracking set that day with one of the highlights being their single Italian Leather jacket. The recent release of a fun to watch video to accompany that song certainly brightens up the dull October days we find ourselves in now.
The opening scene sees frontman Euan Weddell buying a leather jacket from a charity shop, the garment instantly transforming him in to a man confident enough to dance down Leith walk wearing flares. (And that has to be one the benchmark measures of just how high confidence levels can reach.) The video is a total blast as passers-by swoon over him and join him on his journey.
There is so much here to make the watcher smile and at times laugh out loud. Leonora Winstanley apparently wrote the Italian lyrics using Google translate. La consegna è eccellente. Bass player Steve Little’s appearance half way though proceedings provides another wonderful moment. It’s hard not to smile as he tells us that he’s ‘had a lot of fun in the back of a van.’
Video director Graham Bodenham, the band’s drummer, has delivered the perfect accompaniment to what is a rather splendid rhythm driven song. Watch it and you will be left feeling a lot of love for Little Love and the Friendly Vibes. You may also find yourself driven towards the local charity shop in search of an Italian leather jacket of your own.
Find out more by visiting the bands Facebook and Twitter pages.
Catch the video below.
It’s been around since the end of May but if you still haven’t heard Tigerblood, the latest single form Edinburgh band Vistas then trust me, it’s about time you did,
The band have been producing wonderfully infectious chorus driven indie tunes for a couple of years now. Tracks such as Calm and Retrospect were clear statements of intent, the melodic singalong choruses designed to be real crowd pleasers.
Tigerblood takes that to the next level, It is just impossible to stay still whilst listening to it. Be careful though. It’s one of those tracks that somehow induces a heavy right foot if played in the car. You may be driving sedately as it kicks off. As it ends don’t be surprised to see flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror as you subconsciously press harder on the gas pedal in an attempt to keep up with the sonic storm blasting out of the speakers.
This is a band that demands to be seen live. For details of where they are playing in the coming months check out their website.
They’re also on Twitter and Facebook .