we’ve got our twenty-second episode of Grain Radio for you all! ☀️
it’s been a long time in the making, but we’re back on it now 🤘 been so busy with live stuff and the such but we’ll be doing our best to catch up with these, so much amazing music to show you all. this is a top one, so many fantastic tunes on it and such a great indication of how boss the music scene is!
Novustory have been tearing it up over the past few years in the North West, putting out a continuous stream of incredible singles, performing at huge events and even keeping at it throughout the lockdowns with livestreams, videos and even more! 😎
their connection to their fanbase is one we absolutely adore, they’re always keeping their audience involved with their music and merch, showing a real love of the support that people give them. 🥰 well deserved too as they are all super talented and some of the hardest working people we know!!
this new single “Love Me Too” is yet another banger to their name, a hard-hitting tune discussing the toxicity of the music industry and the “need” to make it in today’s music business. 🎸 a real top alternative rock tune, with elements of metal, pop and everything in between, they’ve outdone themselves with this release!
Imogen’s vocals transcend above the track, bringing the listener into Novustory’s world, really making a connection and then exploding into a huge wall of sound in the chorus – brilliant stuff! lovely guitar arpeggios carry the track, along with a rhythm section that expertly drives the track forward and forward, and the breakdown before the final chorus really sets a scene of calm before the storm of that huge, massive last chorus. amazing stuff from these guys. 🤘
well, 2021 has been an absolutely incredible year of music for us all 🙌 there’s been so many incredible releases and we just wanted to talk about a few of our favourites! note, there’s been so so so many we can’t cover them all so here’s a lil list we made up of ones we absolutely loved ❤️
one of our very good friends here at the label and also one of the hardest-working people we know, the fantastic Tay Temple ☀️ throughout this entire year and the last she’s been releasing amazing single after single, cumulating in a full EP release this October, “Painfully Aware“! the EP really shows the connection that she’s got with her band, sounding so tight, the instrumentation all blends together so well and really brings a new dimension to Tay’s music. Her formidable songwriting ability is visible throughout each track, giving you a real insight into her thoughts, feelings and emotions over the past year or two – each song has a life and identity of it’s own and shines bright in itself, but as the full collection, it really gives a full picture when you listen. well well well worth a listen, can’t wait to hear more! 🙌 (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
Another top artist on the Manchester scene, Rob Crampton! This release, “Trade My Troubles For Wine” really hit us with how personal and intimate the track is. The simple, yet effective guitar work, with classic country influence really shine a light on Rob’s lyrics here which are just gorgeous, and really tell a story here. His vocals sound fantastic, and the instrumentation in the background really paint a lovely backdrop for the song – folky, country, Americana yet with a lovely smither of Manchester influence in there. This track is just one of Rob’s best – his previous releases “Until The Wheels Stop Turning“, “Somewhere South of In-Between” and “Deeper Than A Thousand Miles” are yet more indicators of his talent. Definitely one to watch for the future – lovely fella, beautiful songs, great guitarwork and we’re sure lots more to come from him. Also, a massive shout to Sloe Flower Studio for the amazing production on this. One of the best studios in the North West! (SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
Just before the release of this track, we caught the fantastic alternative/americana-based Katie O’Malley performing a headline slot with her band and we were absolutely blown away by her sound. We’d caught her a good few times before as a solo act, but we were amazed by how she’d evolved her performance and how much the band brought her songs to another level. We loved her previous release to this, “Taste The Dirt” with its bluesy tone; but this single “Devil’s Got A Hold” really took us by surprise with it’s groovy bassline, soothing guitar tones, drums giving it so much energy.. and then Katie’s gorgeous, commanding vocal exploding across the track, weaving a story through lyric after lyric. One of our favourite songs of 2021, for sure! One for any fans of witchy, powerful, ethereal tracks… just completely boss. Hoping to see another EP out soon!! (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
Oh heck, when we first heard this from Disobedient Records.. we were absolutely floored. We LOVE this single “Enemies to Lovers” from Katie Wood, what a brilliant brilliant release. Bringing 80s production, synths, drums that explode into the first verse, such fantastic vocals from Katie, then such a well-written track. Such a great chorus and pre-chorus, so many personal lyrics, really setting the scene for the story and just giving us classic gothic vibes and making us wanna jump around and party lol. The highlight of the track for us is definitely that outro – breaking down from the huge chorus to THAT SCREAM, distorted sounds pushing through the soundscape, the lyric “I just know that’s what I’ve got to say.. I’m love’s bitch, babe“.. iconic. Then drifting into the final section of the song, simply fantastic. We can not wait to hear more! ☀️ well well well worth checking out the previous releases too. (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
The debut single from the fantastic Liverpool-based Gen and the Degenerates “Underwear” was easily one of the highlights of the year for us 🤘 with driving riffs, the drums effortlessly pushing the track forward, Gen’s sublime and powerful vocal it’s easily one of our anthems of 2021. The lyricism throughout the entire track is so strong, really setting the scene and lifting up and giving strength to those who fit outside the box – something we really needed in the last few years! We love love love the energy of this entire track, what a debut single – really hammering home the fact that the music scene is theirs for the taking. We really love that outro, building, building and exploding into a schism of sound and chaos that only proves that punk’s not going anywhere. They followed this up with singles “Runaway Blues” and “Wild Thing” which are so fantastic in their own right, it’s well worth checking out these guys, the only way is up for them! (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
Manchester-based alternative outfit Faux Pas brought walls of distortion, beautiful jarring riffs, fantastic vocal dynamics and unreal songwriting content this year in the form of their EP “I Feel Pretty, So Should You“! 🌹 Breathing a breath of fresh air to the Manchester scene, rejecting that classic Oasis sound and really creating something that was unique and personal to them – you can see that they’ve really poured their hearts and souls into this release. Going from walls of guitar riffs and distorted tones to calm and mellow breakdowns within in an instant, and then building up and up to keep you on the edge of your seat, we’re so amazed at the dynamic range throughout this EP and the progression throughout. Our highlight has to be that first track “This Will Kill You” – sounding absolutely huge and then the little sections of production throughout, just making it an absolute tune. Can not wait to hear even more stuff from them! (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
We’ve had Scatterchild perform for us a good few times this year and holy, they only get better and better. “Tough Love” is one of our favourites in a long line of singles from them, with beautiful piano melodies, such strong and lovely vocals from Jay – it’s such a fantastic ballad with really relatable lyricism, and the explosion into the track after that first chorus is just brilliant. Going through to the bridge, bringing ian those backing vocals, piano lead melodies, really opens up the emotion of the track, giving you a real pure insight into the feelings poured into this tune. Their other release of 2021 “No Sense To End” is well worth checking out too, with such unreal imagery conveyed through the lyrics and music. Can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for these guys, and we’re sure we’ll have them on plenty more gigs ❤️ (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
West Midlands-based britpop artist YNES‘s 2021 single “Used To Be” is easily one of our favourites of the year. With such personal lyrics, almost effortless delivery of them over the track, and influences from punk, indie and more – it’s just bloody great isn’t it. 🤘 an anthem of what we used to be, giving nostalgia and wanting what we had – really hammers home the rejection of societal norms and fitting into a world that doesn’t really give one most of the time. The eruption of YNES’s vocal to an almost shout throughout the second half of the track only shows the feelings involved with this track, and the lyric “I don’t know who I am, I don’t know if I ever have” is one that we’re sure so many people here can relate to. We also love the contrasted ending, the almost calmness in comparison to the last minute or so of energy and power – it really wraps up the track and the ideas put forward so well. Incredible stuff! Well worth listening to their other releases of the year, “God’s Little Punching Bag” is yet another class tune from the singer-songwriter. We’re sure lots of great stuff is on the way in 2022 for YNES! (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
Our final tune is here is the sublime and spectacular release from one of our favourite songwriters, Toria Wooff with “James Edward“! 🏵 another fine example of her crazy songwriting talent, this song weaves the tapestry of the track so so well. The country/americana inspired production is so well done (another big shout to Sloe Flower Studio!), with gorgeous organs, laid-back and effortless drums, really bringing the track together so well. Toria’s vocal here sounds incredible, seamless vocals hitting some lovely notes that show her fabulous range. Yet another unreal release from her, and her other releases of 2021 (“June“, “Drako“, and “Rocket Man“) really let you delve into her world and just bask in her fantastic ability to create, perform and deliver a song with ease. Huge things on the horizon for this one! (SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP / YOUTUBE / APPLE MUSIC)
We CAN NOT wait to see what 2022 holds. ☀️ there’s been so many fantastic releases, gigs and more this year and we’re so amazed by how incredible everyone has been. Until next time, have a great new year 🍞
we’re back with our new September edition of The Wrap for you guys 🙌 some unreal music has come out over the past month and we’re so stoked to chat a lil about it all here!
it’s so fantastic to see not only things reopening and gigs going ahead again, but some of our favourite artists doing what they do best and bringing out some absolutely unreal tunes for you all to hear! ✨ check out our in-depth reviews below ⬇️
SHADER are back with their brand new single “Blackholes”! 🙌 filled with hard-hitting drum breaks, powerful and huge choruses and a lovely synth melody throughout, these are definitely ones to keep an eye on! A top guitar solo at the end, and we love the line “the world eats a weak man” – a real anthem for the lost youth. (SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE)
Manchester punks Supera Morza are back with their second single “Roadkill”! Following the mass success of “Scrubber”, this is a massive followup with the same unique energy we saw in the first single. Noisy, shouty, something to say.. what’s not to love about this? 🤘 We absolutely adore the DIY and grainy aspect of the video as well – gives it such a character! (SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE)
Sheffield-based folk-punk singer Steve J Allen has just released his latest album Contrast! Filled with powerful lyricism, controlled rage and outrageous guitarwork, Steve puts his energy completely into his music. 😊 lovely production throughout, especially in the intro of The Anchor – he’s got such a unique style that we completely hold our hands up to! (SPOTIFY)
Our favourite Tay Temple has just dropped her new single “Forbidden”, another single from her upcoming EP! ✨ a song of self-worth and reminiscence of past mistakes, it’s a message we should all take heed of… “it is forbidden, but we love it..“. We love Tay’s songwriting and this song is full of beautiful guitarwork, Tay’s band sounds so tight now and her voice sounds fantastic on this one! Making so many moves and the EP isn’t even out yet! (SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE)
We couldn’t not speak about this one could we? Our very own Olivia Browse has collabed with Szou to bring you a complete banger – definitely the sound of our September. 🥪 Fantastic production, hyperpop-feel goodness, amazing vocals and Szou’s verse is just absolutely top! One to blast before you go out partying, and then some more while you’re out! (Video coming soon… keep your eyes peeled!) (SPOTIFY)
Warrington-based indie rockers The A.V. Club are back with yet another class release! We loved their previous singles and this one doesn’t disappoint at all! ✊ With such a unique sound, synth-pop vibes in the chorus, this tune is such an innocent glimpse into the mindset of someone who’s falling for another – a lovely song from these guys who have been churning tune after tune for the past year or two! (SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE)
Another beautiful tune from Lea Willms – “Bittersweet” has such a fantastic aura surrounding it and the soundscape is simply gorgeous. Lea’s vocal sounds absolutely unreal – and the guitarwork is sublime and perfect for the song. Production on this is fantastic, really giving the track just what it needs ☀️ well worth a listen. (SPOTIFY)
Alternative rock vibes all around for this – we adore the 90’s influence in Sophie Li‘s sound here! Lovely lovely track, Sophie’s vocal is lush 😊 the band sounds so tight as well, lovely swing to the drumbeat and the bassline is on point. Fantastic stuff! Well worth checking out and we can’t wait for even more to come from the Liverpool-based songwriter! (SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE)
It’s so boss to catch so many amazing artists bringing out so much unreal music! 🙌 an absolute pleasure to be able to make these ones up and we catch so much new talent. There’s so many gigs and such going on now, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for these guys!
Make sure you head on down to open mics, gigs, support local music and keep your scenes going! 😊 all music, videos and images remain copyright of their respective owners!
SO made up to be able to announce our first gig back at The Thirsty Scholar. you guys made our mid-lockdown ones last year so great, having to turn people away cause we ran out of seating space, and just a blooming lovely vibe in that whole chaotic year!
our very own Adam Carpenter Music has just released the music video for the first track off the new EP, ‘Obliterate Me’! 🙃 featuring some familiar faces on the Manchester music scene – it’s definitely worth checking out!