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Sam Fender – “Seventeen Going Under” Album Review

A competent, clean and coming-of-age tale for Sam’s sophomore album.

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Candid tellings with thoughtful lyric-work interlaced with anthemic guitar tonalities, Sam Fender’s journey to the promised land is a rarity in the fact that he had little resistance to the top. His artistry is yet another reason why being yourself and writing what you love goes a long way.

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Raw and slick in places, Sam’s self-affirmation of himself comes in top trumps through his lyrical prowess as he learns and reflects back on his growth.

“I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That’s the thing with anger
It begs to stick around”

Charting European tours with his ever-equivalent chart-topping debut, Fender has brought amass following along for the ride. First, the cascading of Hypersonic Missiles on the industry, now we have a more pertinent story drawn up from social and generational significance we face in the world right now – Seventeen Going Under.

With a more laid-back affair with self-titled issue, Seventeen Going Under, bitter-sweet fondness of Spit Of You and drawing attention to social affairs in the capital, Long Way Off, Seventeen Going Under is an eclectic blend of Fender’s best and most professional discussions to date.

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Song of the Day: Bad Nerves ‘Palace’

If listening to ferociously fast distorted pop songs with seriously addictive melodies for a hook and sinker, I’d recommend having a listen to Bad Nerves, and their impressive quota of sticky floors, sweaty rockers and knackered earholes from their gigs. With their debut set to land in November, get used to their profile of raucous singles before they release as whole load more. This also one of those songs that I love drumming to. An instant relish in enjoyment and a release of fury whatever I’m feeling that day. Perfect.

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Song of the Day: Pacific Avenue’s Something Good

Drawn from their 2019 debut EP, Strawberry Skies, it emphasises our love of summer, traditional holidays in the sun, and taking life one relaxing day at a time.

The Australian 4-piece brings fantastic contemporary indie flavours and blends of timeless rock that stays fresh in the sunlight. “Something Good” is the epitome of their work so far, as it demonstrates their knack of rock calling and have become one of the best emerging talents in the Aussie country.

Plenty to bring too, with their recent flurry of excitement, Easy Love – which is another timeless indie summer classic.

You could very well argue how oversaturated we are already with summer indie tunes. But, there’s definitely a reason as to why there’s so many compilations abound.

We simply can’t get enough of ‘em.

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LISTEN: What’s on My Repeat Playlist?

Ever wondered what songs are on repeat so much, I get sick of them?

As of Sunday today, have a venture into my ON REPEAT playlist and let me know your thoughts on it all.

Have a great rest of your weekend, folks. I’ll see you in the new week for more album reviews, music thoughts and discussions. I’ll be starting a new job in the week as a Live Music Advisor, and so I may not be as on it with replying to comments as I usually am – so I appreciate all the support and discussions we’ve had over the past months. Take care of yourselves.

Not a bad list, eh?

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The Journey of Foals: What Went Down

A fierce album with all the heart, What Went Down is the Oxford Quintet’s fourth studio work.

But how did they end up where they are now?

With their collection topping up to five studio albums – and their enormous project of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost fitting across a two-parter marathon in the late Spring of 2019 – Foals have been the frequent force behind the tales and triumphs of UK indie-rock music.

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With their jarring SPACE ROCK and TURBULENT ANTHEMS setting the pace, it made an unlikely formula to top the lot and break the charts.

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With five albums to choose from as an album to venture into (at least one first anyway) I had to seek out the storm of Foals‘ 2015 year with What Went Down.

DARK and DIRTY where it needs to be with Mountain at my Gates and Snake Oil, while being aware of itself enough to hold the gears back a bit with Birch Tree and London Thunder, it is such an impressive album – equally in production and music value – and for me, the far impressive to date.

Definitive in the band’s new approach to sound, it was also definitive in value too, with many music listeners returning to the music from Oxford quintet where they would once write them off for making music “too soft.”

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Foals: The Journey

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A band’s journey has never been so prevalent or distinguishable than these lot.

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Antidotes: 2008

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Starting with their pragmatic math-rock Antidotes in 2008, we saw the start of a band who were very much the fast and frantic in an ever-growing music scene. Old fan faves with Cassius and Balloons first gave us an idea of what kind of band we were dealing with …

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Total Life Forever: 2010

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… But when Total Life Forever came out two years later, we simply had to throw that out of the window. Far more lush and swell in the making, it really allowed Foals to flourish and really confirm, “right this is us, this is our sound.”

The fast, the funky and the off-balance with Antidotes was taken down a few pegs with Total Life Forever as a more sultry, considerate approach to taking life slower was picked. Rightly so, as this was the sound they eventually settled on.

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Holy Fire: 2013

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Much more brighter in complexity and contrast, came Holy Fire in 2013. Rolling with more tight-lipped writing, Holy Fire trail-blazed Foals’ distinguished sound and not only surpassed a mega indie anthem with My Number, but also hacked the charts overseas in America, too.

The album saw familiar favourites with airy Out of the Woods, critical rock additions with Inhaler aswell as fitting in the slow-burners with Late Night, that was so emphatically notable with the band from the prior release in 2010.

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What Went Down: 2015

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Simply picking up where they left off, What Went Down was a far more passionate desire to lay their stake in the ground – we are Foals and this is what we do.

Their now immense following were only thrilled to hear that more music was in the making.

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Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: 2019 (part I / part II)

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Despite somewhat of a project with B-list unreleased works, this would be the band’s most prestigious and busiest years in the industry – releasing two music albums in the space of the same year.

Envisioning creativity and new directions, their fifth and most recent saw them delve into sounds we hadn’t heard of before. An impossible feat to do at this stage, you’d think, but we were albeit pleasantly surprised with Syrups and Cafe D’Athens off the first part. If Part I was the palatable starter, then Part II is the tasty desert of dreams.

Far more angry and emphatic, Part II is a screechy sure-fire of the best of indie rock. The Runner Black Bull, Like Lightning. With this album, I could keep going – thump after thump.

2019: “at their creative peak.”

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In all my time listening to music and being a fan of all genres, call me dumb or merely narrow-minded, but I have never witnessed such a journey in not only creating such a diverse array of music but how they seem themselves as musicians and individuals in an industry that is already so overpopulated with pumped indie kicks.

It’s f*ckin great.

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