After featuring Swedish electro-punk rockers Dolores Haze here a few times, I was excited to see them on the bill at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The band lived up to that excitement with a raucous and unhinged performance at The Green Door Store. The venue was mobbed and far too damn hot and in between pints (to stay hydrated), I managed to snap a few photos of the band. Find my favorite Haze song below and continue scrolling to see the remainder of my photos of their performance.
The Aimless Skylarking favorite songs of the year, 31- 40.
40. White Reaper - Pills
Louisville garage rockers offer up a slice of unhinged fun. Drunken dancing welcome, of course.
39. Joan Shelley - Over and Even
Louisville folky Joan Shelley stuns with her gorgeous voice, tugging at you wistfully.
38. Echo Lake - Waves
Dreamy shoegaze from London. Warm and intimate despite its epic aspirations.
37. Me You and Thomas - Bleak Future
Power pop duo from Bristol, England enchanted me with this demo, the piano bits made me melt. Months later, still do.
36. Chvrches - Clearest Blue
Scottish synth-pop trio stun with their most uplifting effort to date. It's epic, and awesome.
35. Daddy Issues - Glue Sniffer
If this is their swan song, when is the reunion? Can we get a VH-1 Behind the Music episode on the band?
34. Birdskulls - Good Enough
Brighton, England trio pumping out melodic Seattle tinged grunge. Go check out their track Sand Smiles for even more greatness.
33. Dude York - Something
Dude York claims 81 years experience. Whatever it is, I'm enchanted, 'Something' gets under my skin and makes me want to sing along. Badly I might add. Awful actually.
32. The Orielles - Space Doubt
Liverpudlian surf rock trio keep getting better with each release. Own the t-shirt and some vinyl, you should too.
31. Lou E - Just One Thing
In August of 1969, hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Woodstock, NY for a music festival. Maybe you've heard of it. Londoner Louis Milburn would have fit right in with this trippy acoustic wonder.
If I were hard pressed about a certain style of music I have a soft spot for, I'd say it would be lo-fi bedroom confessionals. There's a pure honesty in those recordings, they're not perfect, it's never easy listening in on someone's fragile moments. But they're often in the moment, and that's key because time has a way of softening things, giving way to clarity, and ultimately blunting the sharp edge. Dana of Porridge Radio calls all that "emotional vomit music" and seems happy with the description. She just recently released an album, Misery Radio, of solo bedroom songs on Eyeless Records. Also included with the album is a zine with handwritten lyrics and photos she'd taken, not a bad deal for £5. But, it can be downloaded and streamed for free if you're short on cash. Of the 13 offerings on Misery Radio, I liked 'Barks Like A Dog' best of all. Stream it below.
The Manchester, UK based PINS have released a teaser video for their new album due out June 2015. The band recorded the album last fall at famed Rancho De La Luna Studios in Joshua Tree, California, and is one of my eagerly anticipated releases of 2015. Their debut LP, Girls Like Us, ranked #2 in my favorite albums of 2014, and is still heavily in the rotation.
I fully expect the new album to be packed with the band's cool and confident signature sound -- spot on gang harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, driving beats, and tons of infectious yelps. The 47 second promo video teases, perhaps agonizingly so for fans clamoring for new material from the band, like me. I've also been eager to see the band live, and now that wish is coming true because I'm traveling to the UK in May, and will get to see them at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Maybe Sophie will bring that pug with her.
In addition to The Great Escape May 14th to the 16th, the band is playing the following dates:
February 25th at The Hope in Brighton
February 26th at Sebright Arms in London
February 27th at Eagle Inn in Salford
PINS are Faith, Lois, Anna and Sophie. Watch the promo video below.