If you live in London and are into the independent music scene, you may know that there is currently a dearth of strong, top quality pop bands on the circuit. Thankfully, Magazine Gap are here to fill that gap (pun intended).
Arguably the UK’s answer to Maroon 5, Magazine Gap delight in creating thumping pop music with a rocky edge. The latest example is single ‘What’s That About?’, a new single which leads the way before a new album later this year.
There are many talented young singer-songwriters on the circuit in the UK at the moment, catering for all tastes, shapes and sizes. One of the most promising upstarts in the acoustic-pop-rock genre is Patrick McCallion – a raw, powerhouse songwriter from the North.
His new song ‘Voices’ marks the start of a number of singles coming this year. And, though it is perhaps softer and more personal than some of his edgier material from last year, there’s a lot to enjoy here. The melodies are quietly infectious, the lyrics affecting – and the video is pretty good too.
If there’s one mistake that independent rock bands make too often, it’s trying to give their songs ‘energy’ by simply launching into them at a haphazard pace. Those bands could do a lot worse than check out the debut album from Tablefox. Out now, ‘Objects’ is a collection of songs with its own unique energy, but which controls it throughout without losing control.
Some tracks do motor along, don’t get me wrong, but there’s always a feeling of sleek control to the interlacing of guitar and synths. On their slower, more contemplative tracks, there’s arguably even more energy in the shape of a dark atmosphere and bare emotion in a lot of the lyrics.