Tag Archives: Indie Pop

Call Me Up – Standard Fare

29 Feb

This has been in the works for far too long, as I had completely forgot that I had started on this post, only to see it sneak up in my drafts! So, without further ado, here comes a bit of encroachment on Michael’s UK-indie territory with Standard Fare, a lovely trio from Sheffield:

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Fire – The Submarines

30 Jan

If I was able to choose a second single in the ‘Best Single of 2011’ category, this would have been it. That is how highly I rate the indie pop gem that is Fire, with its perfect upbeat tone and soothing sounds of Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti.

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I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You – The Heartbreaks

14 Nov


The Heartbreaks are a quirky bunch of lads. They are an alternative four-piece from Morecambe in the North-East. On the face of it, they’re fairly run of the mill; they play guitars and sing about lost loves. But there is a great deal more to the group, helping them stand out above so many others. They bring a very fresh sound and look on the “landfill indie” genre. With idealist romanticisms and 60s pop vocals, The Heartbreaks show themselves as an endearing group who make music for themselves, oblivious to the music scene outside of them. But that would be false as the group have already gained praise from Steve Lamaq (of Radio 6) and have supported acts such as The View, Jack Peñate and Hurts.

Their second single, I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt to Think of You, (its irritatingly long title aside) is a cracker. Comparisons are easily drawn between The Heartbreaks and their American coastal counterparts, The Drums. Matthew Whitehouse’s vocals are well controlled and accompany a song which is about more than just the voice. A rhythmical set of guitars in unison and a simple snare drum help create a particularly catchy rhythm, more reminiscent of pop than alternative music. The video is filmed right on Morecambe beach, making it all seem more real and helps negate any superficiality that comes from singing about such a typical romantic scenario.

The song is out of the top drawer and the Heartbreaks are most definitely coming onto music radars across the country. Their second single, should help them on their pursuit of Pure Indie Pop Perfection because they are most certainly well on their way. Give all their tracks a listen and then buy them for your iPod, before they hit big-time.