Under the Radar: Sick of the Riot

Since their inception in 2015, SickoftheRiot have stamped themselves on the UK underground scene by gigging tirelessly up and down the country. Hailing from Birmingham, England, this dynamic two-piece have perfected the ability to whip up their ever-increasing fan base into a frenzy, developing their talents by performing alongside established acts such as CJ Ramone, Pretty Vicious and Stiff Little Fingers…not bad company to be associated with. Their efforts have paid off and they’ve also proven themselves to be just as good in the studio as they are live.

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SickoftheRiot are guitarist/vocalist Chris Jones and drummer Paul Brooks. With two years relentless touring under their belt, 2017 saw Chris and Paul launch their self-titled debut EP. It’s truly diverse, comprising four slices of modern punk gold that leaves you begging for more.

Spearheaded by the insanely catchy Catastrophe, which has been lapped up on Spotify, the EP wastes no time in showcasing precisely why the duo have so much to offer. It’s upbeat, pop-tinged and clearly has commercial potential. But fear not, these guys aren’t Green Day in disguise; a point they prove with the dark and aggressive Best Regret. Rapid drums, heavy guitar and distinctive vocals make this a stand-out track that oozes maturity and credibility. The penultimate offering, 21, is a well measured alternative rock number that’s reminiscent of Royal Blood. It’s purposeful, dramatic and will appeal to all manner of music lovers. The EP winds down with the melodic Time; a track that lulls you in with its gentle intro and down-beat lyrics, before unleashing the fire that’s within its belly. SickoftheRiot is a multi-dimensional EP that shows off a band brimming with ideas.

2018 is set to be a big year for SickoftheRiot as they look to build on their current success. They’re writing hard as they add the finishing touches to their follow up release, but their appetite for performing live is ever present. They stormed the show on 2nd February 2018 at Birmingham’s O2 Institute and are set to do exactly the same at The Arches in Coventry on 16th February and Leicester’s Pi Bar the following night. This band is worth seeing. Get yourselves along and find out exactly why SickoftheRiot are causing such a stir.

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Under the Radar: Los Cobrilos

Brace yourself Britain. Los Cobrilos have landed and they’re set to be the biggest thing out of Serbia since Nemanja Vidić. “Serbia?!” I hear you ask. Yes, Serbia. The former Yugoslav Republic may not be famed for churning out rock gods, but Los Cobrilos are making ripples right across Europe.

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Los Cobrilos are Neven and Andrej (the one with the massive beard!). Life-long friends brought together at a young age through their love of rock, blues and grunge. Their camaraderie shows in their tight arrangements and searing live performances. Driven by a pure love of music, they learnt their trade playing acoustic covers and rock staples, developing their own musical identity en route. Having served their apprenticeship under various incarnations, Los Cobrilos is a long-term project that signals their coming of age.

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The Los Cobrilos sound is packed with gutsy blues guitar that will be lapped up by British rock lovers. Their debut single, City, showcases their potential and fans now eagerly await their upcoming EP, due for release in spring. The track is illuminated by Andrej’s masterful work on the fretboard, providing the perfect backdrop for Neven’s gritty delivery of some truly poetic lyrics that are tinged with a hint of darkness. Just when you think it’s peaked, guest sax player Drasko (can you believe he’s only 18?!) blasts out a truly magnificent solo.

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One thing is clear. Los Cobrilos are talented and determined to make this project a total success. My money’s on them achieving just that. These easy going, genuine musicians may be laid back in conversation but their work ethic and determination is undeniable. Los Cobrilos are not going to stop until they reach the top.

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Los Cobrilos are attracting plenty of industry interest but they’re holding out for the recording contract that fits their vision. They’re thinking big and see a future outside their native Serbia. If their debut single is anything to go by, they’ll be snapped up in no time.

Watch Los Cobrilos’ video for debut single, City:

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Under the Radar: Joe Platt

What does your average 22-year-old do when left alone in his bedroom with a laptop? Well if you’re Joe Platt, you write, record, mix and master your own unique brand of genre-crossing pop magic.

Joe epitomises everything that’s good about today’s UK independent music scene. He’s not afraid to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds, but he stays true to the soulful rhythms, funky bass lines and old-school hip-hop breaks of days gone by. Throw in a touch of digital wizardry, a hint of psychedelia, and you end up with a catchy, blissed-out sound that can only be achieved by a musician with true vision.

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Laying the foundations for his latest album

Whilst reluctant to compare Joe to other artists, it’s difficult not to draw comparisons with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. Both make use of echoing samples, synthesised hooks and pay full attention to their production from start to finish. Joe tends to work alone when laying down the foundations of his music, but for live performances and studio embellishments he turns to his hand-picked group of session musicians, The Peacekeepers.

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The psychedelic, lo-fi artwork that adorns Joe Platt’s innovative new album, Chill Out.

Joe’s latest album, Chill Out, is his third self-produced album and it flows as smooth as silk. Alien Touch gives first-time listeners a glimpse of what’s to come. Tinged with funky strings, tight snare beats and haunting sax, it’s an instant winner that’s followed up by the equally catchy Purple + Blue. As the album progresses it doesn’t get stale. So Much Soul slows things down beautifully, only for Way Out to storm right back and take the album higher than ever. As the album begins to wind down, things get more trippy. Enlarged Heart brings hazy reverb with a touch of R&B and Get Real is the kind of track Ian Brown would create if he was starting out in 2018. The album closes with another stormer as the deep-soul of Graduation stamps its mark and ensures you walk away knowing its only a matter of time until Joe Platt gets his break and finds himself on the receiving end of a record deal.

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Get in touch with Joe on Twitter @JoeAndPeace

Want to listen to Chill Out? Check it out on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and SoundCloud.

If you want to find out more about Joe Platt, contact Urban Antenna or contact him direct via Twitter @JoeAndPeace. 

Classic Albums: Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones (1968)

The Rolling Stones define rock music. They took the blues, twisted it and stamped it with their drug-fuelled, womanising ways. Named in honour of the legendary Muddy Waters track, the Stones were conceived in 1962 and built a strong following across London. Their first recordings were soon to follow, although their song writing ability was yet to blossom. Their self-titled 1964 debut was heavy on covers, but they honed their skills over the next five years through Aftermath (1966) and the less impressive, acid-soaked Their Satanic Majesty’s Request (1967). Psychedelia was an misjudged distraction for the Stones but they returned better than ever in 1968 with their first truly seminal album.

Beggars Banquet saw a return to the music the Stones loved. Released on Decca and produced by Jimmy Miller, the blues pulsed through the needle-pricked veins of this album. Jagger and co hit the ground running, opening with the epic Sympathy for the Devil, inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical novel, The Master and Margarita. Despite leading with such a strong track, the album doesn’t fade away.

The lonely musings and slide guitar of No Expectations, the gutsy blues of Parachute Woman and the fired-up aggression of Street Fighting Man, ensure Beggars Banquet stays strong throughout. The album winds down with Factory Girl, featuring a then unknown Ry Cooder on mandolin, and closes with Salt of the Earth. Featuring backing vocals from the Watts Street Gospel Choir, the finale was ahead of its times and proved the Stones weren’t afraid to step out and try something new.

Beggars Banquet saw the Rolling Stones reach full speed. They’d matured, found their style and weren’t going to back down. Combined with the follow ups – Let it Bleed  (1969) and Sticky Fingers (1971) – this classic album helped cement their place as bona fide rock legends.

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