Firstly, Flying Vinyl is great. I can’t help being bias, I love it. What isn’t to love about having a Bowie-themed box dropped through your letterbox filled with exclusively pressed 7” singles from the hottest new bands out there? This month owner Craig Evans celebrated Glastonbury, and the success of the Flying Vinyl alumni such as Black Honey, INHEAVEN and Let’s Eat Grandma, in the monthly update. Show casing the success that can be achieved by affiliating with Flying Vinyl. This month Bloody Knees, Weirdo & Co and Swimming Girls are lucky enough to join along with and Mellow Gang.
First up in the little box of joy was Bloody Knees, pressed on a turquoise vinyl, this single is punchy in every sense. Hailing from Cambridge, these boys are quickly emerged onto the punk scene. They boast raspy vocals and fiery guitar that make for an amazing live set. ‘Not Done’ is their latest release, and it will make you reminiscent of Nirvana with the brilliant contrast of their sweet and sour screeches.
Next on the bill is Mellow Gang. This band have hit the ground running with their new EP ‘Play’. Having gained support from the likes of CLASH and BBC introducing, as well as securing some festival spots this band are gaining momentum quickly. On their Translucent white 7”, you already know what to expect from their aesthetics. Aptly named, Mellow Gang bring you dream pop fronted by lead singer Harriet’s vocals that are Lana Del-Ray esque. Everything about this band screams lazy day listening; swirling bass lines, blue drums and majestic vocals.
Weirdo & Co follow with a trippy techno delight in the form of A-side ‘Count me Out’; a perfect example Indie angst. The Berlin trio have so much to offer and they don’t hold back. One of my personal favourites in this months’ edition, ‘count me out’ is utterly brilliant and totally moreish. B-side ‘Heartbreaker’ however, goes for a more up-beat and cheerful beat with melodramatic vocals – ‘I cant live without your love, if I could you bet I would, but I cant live without your love’. If you’re a fan of The Bay Rays or Metronomy you definitely love Weirdo & co.
Back this month is Brighton based Theo Verney. ‘Mind Blown’ has a classic indie vibe while B-side ‘letter down’ holds a more alt-rock style that shows the diversity and contrast this very talented man is capable of. His music is so dynamic and distinct you will want it on repeat. His debut album ‘One Small Piece’ is out now and written, recorded and produced by him, for his very own record label – he is certainly one to watch in every aspect of the emerging indie scene.
The last in this months’ edition comes from Swimming Girls. They’re moody, melodic and moreish. This Bristolian four piece are so hot right now you don’t want to miss out. They give you a pop punch with A-side ‘Tastes Like Money’ bring a symphony of harmonised lyrics that are packed full of emotion and the backing of what sounds like a late 90’s indie anthem. Alternatively, ‘2 Kids’ gives you a brooding, atmospheric masterpiece. Vocals that echo Lorde and building guitar and drums that seem to harmonise the vocals without uttering a word.