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THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – BAD HABITS

Miles Kane and Alex Turner have unleashed the latest instalment to their highly anticipated side project and they’ve executed it with an explosive sixties-Bond pastiche.

With the return of Arcade Fire’s Owen Pallet, those chilling strings are back in full force to slam home the rough and ready espionage feel. Culminating around a thudding bass line comes an orchestral composition of dull piano keys and skinny Turner guitar screeches. Kane’s vocals take precedence, and rightly so. His throaty taunts hold the track above anything the Puppets have previously conducted.

‘Bad Habits’ doesn’t divert from the path the northern rockers embarked on back in 2008 but why should it when they can pull out a sound like this so naturally?

RUPERT TAYLOR @0UTATIM3
8.0/10

DADDY – LIME GREEN DRESS

James Franco’s latest venture Daddy has led him to releasing a rather lovely slowjam. ‘Lime Green Dress’ boasts ethereal guitars and gentle piano, perfectly underlying the laidback vocals.

It doesn’t particularly build or morph into anything more than the 4/4 head-nodder we’re presented with at the beginning of the track, but tenderly strolls through the verse-chorus format, leading you on a walk down a sunny beach on a fictional paradise island.  It’s chilled out and indulgent, nothing too exciting, but perfectly pleasant.

7.5/10
MADDY HARDMAN 

WEEZER – KING OF THE WORLD

All Weezer fans rejoice, there is sign of life from the band since their 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and what a triumphant sign of life it is.

In a time when so many bands are changing their model and sound, Weezer have nailed what they do each and every time. ‘King Of The World’ brings what their fans keep coming back for.

A slick and convoluted intro as ever, followed by Rivers’ trademark vocals and riffs that offer up a wave of nostalgia of their entire back catalogue. With the album out April first, this is a very strong start.

8.0/10
ANDREW SHELLEY @A_Shelley11

THE 1975 – THE SOUND

You can try running as far as your inevitable skinny jeans will allow you. Hide behind the mass of leather clad fan girls if you must. No matter where you go, you can’t escape the visceral pop anthems being thrown left right and centre by Matt Healy and his band of merry rockers.

Simple and catchy beats reel you in like a funky fish on the hooks cast by The 1975’s twinkling guitars. No matter how much you despise Healy’s voice/hair/ego, you can rest assured that you’ll wake up with ‘The Sound’ still ringing in your ears.

9.0/10
RUPERT TAYLOR @0UTATIM3

3 DOORS DOWN – IN THE DARK

3 Doors Down are finally back in 2016 with the song ‘In The Dark’ from their up and coming album Us and the Night.

Lead singer Brad Arnold expressed that they had “turned the serious knob down a little bit for this record”. This is very clear in the final production of the song as its lyrical significance is quite irregular when compared to the bands hits such as the unforgettable anthem ‘Here Without You’.

This new song shows the band in a different light but still has the recognizable style of robust riffing and dramatic drumming from ‘One Light’.

6.5/10
HARVEY BALDWIN @HarvBald

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