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Reverb Jukebox 030918


Twenty One Pilots – My Blood

Columbus, Ohio duo, Twenty One Pilots have enjoyed global success ever since their 2015 breakthrough album “Blurryface” and their Grammy award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance should tell you all you need to know about how high up your gig bucket list this pair should be.

Ohio duo Tyler Joseph (right) and Josh Dun (left) are back with their new single “My Blood”

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The Wombats – Bee Sting

The fusion of Merseyside and Scandinavia, The Wombats had a huge breakthrough with the brilliant “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” in 2007 making them an instant indie-disco hit and in truth have in some ways been trying to sustain the incredibly high standards set a decade ago. New single “Bee Sting” hits The Wombats sweet spot but a slightly more considered tempo with the catchy riff and vocal harmonies in play, but with a more mature sound. This is a great single speaking to the disenfranchised masses of 2018.

Tord Overland Knudsen, Matthew Murphy and Dan Haggis (L-R) over a decade into their journey.

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Nothing But Thieves – Forever & Ever More

Comparisons to Muse, reinforced by 3 different periods of support of the stadium rock behemoths, is as huge a compliment as it sounds. In just 3 short years, NBT have built a significant and devoted fan base and I can attest from multiple personal experiences that they are a live force to behold, both from the devastating rock orchestral noise they are capable of producing, but also arguably the best live singing voice I’ve ever heard from mercurial front-man, Conor Mason. If you already love NBT, “Forever & Ever More” is a banker.

Southend’s Nothing But Thieves

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Rothwell – Stop Calling

Bristol’s emerging talent, Rothwell, plans to make 2018 a big year for her career and if she keeps writing contemporary pop tunes as good as “Stop Calling”, good luck stopping her. You could be forgiven for believing this single had been penned by any of the biggest artists in the world right now and Rothwell intends to be sharing a stage with them sooner rather than later.

Rothwell, an emerging talent to watch in 2018 and beyond.

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Crooked Man – Take It All Away

Richard Barratt aka Parrot aka Crooked Man is a Sheffield based producer and new track “Take It All Away” shows that whatever he wants to call himself, he’s one talented human. Clear disco influences (Nile Rodgers could be jamming the guitar on this one) fuse with contemporary dance beats on this fantastic toe-tapper which should have the fans dancing in the aisles from Dundee to Guildford.

Sheffield DJ, Crooked Man has produced a beauty in “Take It All Away”.

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Hamzaa – You

With a soulfulness that defies her 19 years, Hamzaa intends to be a force to be reckoned with in the music business and if “You” is anything to go by, the world is her oyster. A vocal style that suits this smooth modern R&B track perfectly, you could as easily hear Hamzaa singing on almost any style of track. The biggest compliment I can pay her is the echoes I hear of Amy Winehouse and hope for all of the success with far less of the personal battles for this exciting new talent.

Hamzaa creating positive echoes of the late Amy Winehouse.

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Muse – The Dark Side

If Nothing But Thieves are the apprentices, Muse are undoubtedly the established masters of symphonic rock music almost literally designed to be played loud in the largest of spaces. Matt Bellamy’s vocals are arguably the most recognisable in rock today and the effect-laden combination of his and iconic bassist Chris Wolstenholme’s guitars driven on by Dominic Howard’s intelligent, yet relentless drum beats give Muse a sound that is truly all their own and a noise that few, if any other 3 piece bands come close to.

Muse. Majestic. Massive. Super Massive.

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The Struts – Body Talks (feat. Ke$ha)

In total honesty The Struts have passed me until “Body Talks”, which, looking at their resume says way more about me than it does them. They have opened for The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, The Who and Foo Fighters whilst enjoying success both sides of the Atlantic. Not bad for a band formed in humble Derby. This collaboration with Ke$ha suits their glam-influenced style perfectly and having heard this, I will now be setting about acquainting myself with a back catalogue whilst slapping my own wrists for missing it first time round.

Luke Spiller of The Struts with global pop star, Ke$ha.

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Ghetts & Kojey Radical – Black Rose (explicit)

Sometimes music just feels important and as a white male sitting here writing this to the fanbase of a vast majority white sport I am cautious of being sanctimonious or patronising. Simply put, this beautiful love song from Ghetts to his young daughter speaks to a most critical issue many minority groups face in a climate of mobilised and excused bigotry and prejudice based on falsehoods on both sides of the Atlantic. The day a song like this isn’t necessary will be a day to celebrate.

Ghetts (pictured) teams with Kojey Radical on the beautiful, but depressingly necessary “Black Rose”

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IDLES – Never Fight A Man With A Perm (explicit)

Given the necessity of Ghetts “Black Rose”, it is little wonder than the anarchic and anti-establishment sensibilities of punk are so alive and well in 2018. The second Bristolian entry in this week’s jukebox, but very much unlike Rothwell, “Never Fight A Man With A Perm” is an unapologetically in-your-face, punk rant designed to unsettle as much as it is to inspire. If you miss Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Ramones, New York Dolls et al, then you will love this track from IDLES.

“Never Fight A Man With A Perm”, unashamedly exhuming the corpses of 70’s punk.

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Spring King – Let’s Drink

A second appearance in as many weeks for Spring King, but how could we argue with a sentiment like “Let’s Drink”. A grunge-esque riff opens the track in a strangely familiar style and from there, whilst there’s nothing remarkable or significantly new, this will please rock fans across different style preferences.

Spring King – 2 Jukebox appearances in 2 weeks

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Michael Brun – Spice (feat. Kah-Lo)

If one track is going to divide opinion in this week’s Jukebox, it’s this unrelenting BPM Friday/Saturday night dance floor filler, “Spice”. Some will love it, I imagine more will hate it, but I’m afraid it captured our inner crap-bar-cheap-drink-chav and we’re not sorry for that.

Michael Brun is responsible for “Spice” and we’ll thank him for you.

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The Kooks – Kids

There was an explosion of British bands in the mid-2000’s and the scope of ongoing success has varied hugely. From the stadium filling exploits of the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Muse to the relative label-less struggles of Kaiser Chiefs and the disbanding of Keane, The Kooks have fallen somewhere in the middle. 2005’s Inside In/Inside Out was an instant pop-rock classic with tunes that became quickly iconic and remain so today, but they struggled to maintain their mass-appeal thereafter. Time can be a healer both for music fans and bands and with “Kids” it would be hugely prejudice to describe it as anything other than a success in the pop-rock arena with some nods to the 60’s bands that broke the genre.

The Kooks, on form with “Kids”

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John Grant – He’s Got His Mother’s Hips

Occasionally a song grabs you for little more than intrigue. This is certainly true of John Grant’s (formerly of The Czars) latest effort. Raised in Parker, Colorado, Grant formed The Czars after a stint living in Germany. Now writing and performing under his own name, “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips” is a jaunty, desperately 80’s inspired pop tune with no small amount of Right Said Fred influence. Give it a try, you might just like it.

John Grant, breathing new life into 80’s electro-pop

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Sloes – Drown Them Out

Based in London, Sloes were born out of the song-writing exploits of Jerome Clark and Jo Milnes whilst travelling through Columbia. The additions of Paul Hand and Luke Coare were complimented by the element that helps Sloes stand out versus other similar bands in violinist Katie Milnes. Gentle, easy and really rather nice “Drown Them Out” is easy listening perfect for any relaxed playlist.

Sloes adding violin to their gentle-rock sound.

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WSTR – Crisis

The most Ice Hockey obvious track on our Jukebox closes us out nicely this week in a fast-paced 3:16 of perfect-for-a-highlights-package punk-rock. In-spite of the distinctively North-American sound, WSTR are from Liverpool and have grown in presence since 2015. For the Kerrang/Blink 182 fanbase, WSTR are perfect and more like “Crisis” will only maintain their ascent in their genre.

WSTR – from Liverpool with all the best sounds of North American contemporary punk-rock.






Reverb Jukebox 20th August 2018

We’ve listened to the new releases for this week so you don’t need to and our pick of the week’s releases is now on the Reverb Jukebox.

Track 1 – Calvin Harris with Sam Smith – Promises

Anyone who is a fan of Calvin Harris’ consistent output will be sure to love this collaboration with Sam Smith. A summer modern classic, perfect as the soundtrack for a summer road trip with friends or your special someone.

Calvin Harris (left) and Sam Smith (right) collaborate for the first time.


A Daft Punk-esque vocoder effect adds to what is otherwise a familiar sound from The 1975.

Manchester’s The 1975

Track 3 – Marshmello with Bastille – Happier

Classic Bastille fodder here with a contemporary, urban inspired beat provided by American producer, Marshmello.

Producer and DJ Marshmello (left) and Dan Smith from Bastille (right)

Track 4 – Sam Fender – Dead Boys

A BBC Sound of 2018 alumni, Sam Fender is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle who sits perfectly in amongst the current crop of talented, young British artists and bands making up a vibrant contemporary music scene.

BBC Sound of 2018 nominee, Sam Fender

Track 5 – YONAKA – Teach Me To Fight

Tilt friendly anthem here from Brighton’s exuberant YONAKA. Known to be an experience live, YONAKA are worth looking up when next in town, but tickets are predicted to be increasingly difficult to come by.

YONAKA from Brighton are said to be a must-see live band

Track 6 – SG Lewis with AlunaGeorge – Hurting

Duo AlunaGeorge made their name with their 2013 Disclosure collaboration “White Noise” and fans of this track are sure to love this latest effort, this time partnered with the exceptionally talented SG Lewis. Both back catalogues are recommended.

Two of Britain’s brightest stars SG Lewis (left) and AlunaGeorge (right) collaborate on “Hurting”

Track 7 – James Hersey – Real For You

James Hersey may or may not appreciate vocal comparisons with former X Factor winner James Arthur, but this is intended as a compliment as his slightly lazy lyric-delivery style is supported by a powerful and subtly soulful voice.

Austrian-American, James Hersey

Track 8 – Paul McCartney – Fuh You

A real surprise from one of the world’s most famous artists here, “Fuh You” is a truly contemporary offering, echoing Bastille, Imagine Dragons and One Republic, the latter being no surprise as McCartney called in the help of Ryan Tedder to pen this tune.

“Fuh You” is a writing collaboration with Ryan Tedder of One Republic

Track 9 – Slaves – Magnolia

Those of you who long for the days of the 1970’s punk explosion look no further than Slaves, who defy their quaint Royal Tunbridge Wells origins with angular, angst-ridden post-punk, with a smattering of Hives and Strokes influence.

Post-Punk duo, Slaves

Track 10 – Death Cab For Cutie – Northern Lights

Most famous for their seminal “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, this is the new offering from Bellingham, Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie. The familiar gentle pop-rock style is perfectly showcased here with a Coldplay-esq combination of guitar, piano and synth.

Death Cab For Cutie

Track 11 – LUCIA – Summertime

As we cling to the last days of British Summer 2018, which, let’s face it, has been better than the average by some distance, Glasgow’s LUCIA talks of summer flings and fun with your pals.

LUCIA from Glasgow

Track 12 – Ladytron – The Island

In their 19th year, Liverpool’s Ladytron echo both the past and the present of electronica in their newest offering “The Island”.


Track 13 – Pale Waves – Black

Possibly lesser known than some of their contemporaries, Pale Waves are simply one of the best proponents of Indie Pop around today. Their debut album “My Mind Makes Noises” is due to land next month. It deserves to propel them to the top table of young, contemporary British bands.

Pale Waves

Track 14 – Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous (Cedric Gervais Remix)

Best known for his Grammy award winning remix of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness”, Cedric Gervais’ latest reimagining provides a familiarly upbeat tone. A perfect addition to any summer party playlist.

French DJ/Producer, Cedric Gervais

Track 15 – Bay Rays – The Chamber

The noise around Kent’s Bay Rays is certainly growing in 2018 following a headline slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury last year. The Chamber perfectly demonstrates the band’s buoyant indie-pop sound.

The Bay Rays from Kent

Track 16 – Honey Lung – Sophomore

Distinctly off-beat 90’s grunge inspired, “Sophomore” evokes Silverchair and Smashing Pumpkins in the best way. Honey Lung will not be for everyone, but their sound is sure to inspire a devoted army of cult followers.

Alt-Grunge sounds from Honey Lung