Gig Review: Marsicans

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A Marsican is a type of Italian bear and usually answers to the names of James, Rob, Oli or Cale.

It was the last night of the Mariscans‘ UK headline tour last night so I grabbed my friend Emily and headed on down to Church for a night of hilarity, also there was that time when I got stuck in the toilet because the door handle fell off, so it all got off to a great start really.

The 700 strong venue was completely sold out and filled with family, friends and avid fans alike who sang along to pretty much every word. The mosh pit also got quite rowdy actually with beer sloshing all over the place.

First to the stage were Leeds locals The Golden Age Of TV who have only been around since 2016 but have already been causing quite a stir on the music scene with latest release ‘Beasts’ grabbing the attention of new-music stalwart Huw Stephens.

Top tracks of the set also included ‘Dust.’

Edinburgh based band Vistas made us ‘Feel Alive’ with a stompingly great set that had me shaking my tail feather and set the party off.

‘Retrospect’ was an absolute highlight for me and I can’t wait to see Vistas again.

Finally, it was time for Marsicans to ‘throw [them]selves in’ and to say that I was excited would be an understatement. Mixing beautiful harmonies with their infectious upbeat indie and dirty pop vibes there was no better place to be on Saturday 10th March.

Personal highlights included the ‘We’re Your Friends’ Vulture song (from The Jungle Book) intro before the band came onto the stage and opened with the super catchy ‘Friends,’ the guy in the crowd who kept miming that he was swimming, a nod perhaps to the single ‘Swimming’ or maybe he just wanted to go swimming, and latest single ‘Wake Up Freya.’


Coasts Announce Album 3

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Ever since Coasts released their second album This Life, Vol. 1, we were left wondering “will there be a volume 2?”

The answer my friend is a glorious yes and Coasts announced today that their third album will be released on August 10th.

After a turbulent week of problems with Visas and rescheduling dates on the US dates (it was very stressful and I’m not even going on that tour) we were gifted not only with this wonderful news, but also an acoustic version of one of my favourite tracks (lol we all know that they are all my favourites) “Let Me Love You.”

When I first head LMLY I was floored by the gorgeous lyrics, rich imagery and then the beat kicked in. This time, however, there isn’t a beat to fall back on, and instead the acoustic version feels much more emotionally raw with a vulnerable tone to the vocals. And can we talk about the absolutely sublime piano?

Listen to “Let Me Love You (Acoustic Version)” below.

Danielle’s Top 20 Tracks of 2017

PIcking only 20 of of my favourite tracks of the year was never going to be an easy feat but I was hopeful that my ‘top tracks of 2017’ playlist on Spotify was going to help me sort the TUUUUNEs from the ‘This is my jam’s. Sadly this was not the case because most of the songs on the list were actually released last year or even the year before.

Well anyway here’s the list and for your listening pleasure there’s a Spotify playlist too.

20. Kicks – Barns Courtney

19. When Did It All Go So Wrong – SUGARTHIEF

18. Man Behind The Sun – Callum Beattie

17. Blank Dice – Flawes

16. Champion – Barns Courtney

15. Umbrella- Natalie Holmes

14. Higher – Outlya

13. Wires – Kovic

12. Feel It Again – Hudson Taylor

11. Fickle Game – Amber Run

10. Friends- Marsicans

9. The Kids Don’t Want To Come Home – Declan McKenna

8. Do It – Rae Morris

7. My Side –Tom Speight

6. Long Road – Jake Isaac

5. Heart Starts Beating – Coasts

4. Reborn – Rae Morris

3. Gave You All – HAUS

2. Tokyo – Dan Croll

1. Take Me Back Home – Coasts

Danielle’s Top 5 Albums of 2017

What Do You Think About The Car? – Declan McKenna

At the age of 15, Declan McKenna was the youngest solo artist to perform at Glastonbury winning the Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. His debut album ‘What Do You Think About The Car’ has  a certain maturity to the lyrics and topics that it explores for such a young singer and did I mention that they are ridiculously catchy.

Top five tracks:

The Kids Don’t Want To Come Home
Why Do You Feel So Down

Attractions Of Youth – Barns Courtney

Barns Courtney has certainly come a long way since I saw him at a very intimate gig at the Oporto last February. Putting Barns Courtney in a single music genre is a virtually impossible task and ‘Attractions of Youth’ just goes to show what a diverse musician he is. From rock to folk(ish) and then rap this album is a treat for your ears.

Top 5 tracks:

Glitter and Gold
Hobo Rocket
Little Boy

Emerging Adulthood – Dan Croll

Dan Croll’s second album has been a long time coming and I can assure that it was certainly worth the wait. ‘Emerging Adulthood’ cwas released in July and with catchy hits like ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Tokyo’ was a definite favourite for my summer playlist.

Top five tracks:
One Of Us
Bad Boy


Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect – Sundara Karma

On twelfth night the three wise men came to a stable in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and on the 6th January 2017 Sundara Karma gifted the world with their debut album ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect.’

This album has become such a ‘go to’ soundtrack for me that I often forget that it was actually released this year!

With highs…..and more highs, because there literally aren’t any lows when it comes to the infectious sound of Sundara Karma, this record is all I need for dancing round my room.

P.S introducing Mandy to SK’s music remains, to this day, my greatest achievement in life.

Top 5 tracks:

She Said
A Young Understanding
Watching From Great Heights
Lose The Feeling

This Life, Vol. 1 – Coasts

Who are we kidding, of course Coasts were going to be on my list of Top 5 Albums and taking the top spot too!

Coasts second album ‘This Life, Vol. 1’ has a certain maturity to it, exploring themes that have often challenged the band. All of this is done whilst maintaining a distinct Coastsness and includes some absolute belters.

Top 5 tracks:
Take Me Back Home
Heart Starts Beating
Chase The Night
Make It Out Alive
White Noise
(I wanted to put all ten tacks on my ‘top’ list but Mandy said that I had to choose five)

Gig Review: Marika Hackman

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On November 17h Marika Hackman brought an alternative 90s sound to Leeds with support from Our Girl.

The solo performance of Our Girl had a low key, stripped back feel that was inviting and personable.

The Wardrobe quickly filled up for Marika and the amount of glitter in the room was inspirational.

Marika Hackman brought the house down on a Friday night with her unique sound. Personal highlights included  ‘Time’s Been Reckless’ and public debut of ‘When You Sleep’

Did you know that Marika Hackman used to be in a band with model turned actress Cara Delevigne.

Gig Review: Joe Dolman

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On the evening of the 15th November, I crossed over to the Fox and Newt pub in Leeds for a relaxed folky evening with Joe Dolman, Sunflower Thieves and Amy J.

3 pints of squash later and Amy J was ready to ‘Rock The Boat’ with a beautiful set mixed with her own material and covers including Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go.’

Sunflower Thieves aka Lily and Amy mix stunning close harmonies and heartfelt lyrics in their serenely calm duo set.

It was the penultimate night of tour and Joe Dolman brought ‘Something Beautiful’ to Leeds. With a mix of old and new songs and injection of soul with a Ray Charles cover Joe delivered a pure an unforgettable night.

Coasts This Life Vol.1 Album Review​

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It’s here, it’s finally here! Coasts second album This Life Vol. 1 is released today and I am absolutely loving it!

Coasts took to their social media channels at midnight last night/ this morning for a listening party. Sadly my phone battery died about 30 seconds in so all I got to hear was that the guys from Coasts went to bingo last night – as if I needed any more reason to love them.

When I first heard the singles from the new album including ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Paradise’ I thought that they had a kind of tropical sounding vibe to them yet that was bringing the party to my door.

Yet compare this to the thought-provoking and often chilling  ‘Let Me Love You’  ‘Chase The Night’ and ‘Born To Die’ you have a well-rounded album that has a more grown up feel to it, referencing topics that are often ignored to great effect.

I loved the constant surprises and curve balls that This Life threw out, I mean like can we talk about the choir in ‘Born To Die’? Totally majestic and so unexpected.

This Life Vol.1 is a revealing insight into issues that many of us face including dealing with mental health demons and highlights that (this) life is not all sunshine and daisies.

So what’s your favourite song from the new album?  I literally can’t decide, I love them all but at a push, I’d have to say from the  singles: ‘Take Me Back Home’ ‘Heart Starts Beating’ (affectionately  known as High Stakes Blackjack) and from the newer songs ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Make It Out Alive’.

I took to Twitter to see what other people’s faves were:


This Life Vol. 1 charts at No.14 in the iTunes Alternative Album Chart and people of the UK can look forward to Coasts epic 38 date tour in September/October.

I obviously can’t tell you which dates I’m going to (because the guys might find out and that would ruin the surprise of randomly turning up)


Give This Life Vol.1 a cheeky listen here.