One to Watch: Wild Horse

Barry Humphreys, the newest member of the Urban Antenna team, has taken some time out from his own blossoming music career to give the low-down on Wild Horse. They’re bold, brash and recently signed to the exciting Studio 3 Records:

Wild Horse celebrate their fifth anniversary in April. They’ve been in our sights for some time, so what better time to take a look at what these boys can do. In a nutshell, they’ve been not so quietly paying their dues and honing the craft of what they do. So stop thinking…look and listen! Radio stations around the world are giving them airtime and they’re building on 2016’s debut album “It’s Begun” very, very nicely thank you very much.

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My first taste of Wild Horse came when I walked into “The Wall” (ouch !). This deceptive track lulled me into a false sense of security in those first few seconds . It sounded like a Brit-pop moment (maybe Cast?) but the boys had the laugh. I’m quietly minding my own business one minute and then the rug’s pulled out from under me and I’m thinking “MOSH PIT!!!”…and lovin’ it!  Henry, Jack and “Barking” Ed having an in-yer-face moment…… well, yes exactly…. that’s what they do! One minute they’re doing subtle, then they’re not – it explodes into something special when you’re least expecting it! So if that’s what you like, you need to take a listen to Wild Horse.

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The Wall” is from the “Timeless Dancing” EP – check it now. It’s a great mix of tracks, including “It’s Only Rejection”, a another favourite that is most definitely louder than the thunder. So listen…… listen…. then have another listen to some of their other hidden gems. Another stand-out track is “Do We Really Know”. It’s a big-big sing-along anthem that conjures images of a big-big crowd giving it loads down at a big-big festival. And you just know that everyone will be loving every moment of it.

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Wild Horse aren’t one-trick ponies. They have loads of great songs, with great hooks that will appeal across the generations.  Just take “She Comes And Goes”, which is something like Velvet Underground meets the 21st Century. The influences are there but Wild Horse then bring it all together to give us their own unique take on what it’s like to be a front-runner guitar band in 2018.

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At the moment they’re writing and recording new songs for their second album, which will be with us on Studio 3 Records before long. But in the meantime check the dates and catch them live…it’s an experience that will most definitely not disappoint. On stage they’re a driving force. They’ll send you home with a smile on your face and some very good news to share with all those other people you know who love great music. The future’s looking very good indeed for Wild Horse!

 

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Want to find out more about Wild Horse? Get in touch with us at Urban Antenna or contact the band direct on social media or via their website:

www.facebook.com/wildhorseuk

www.wildhorse-rockband.com

https://twitter.com/wildhorserockuk

www.soundcloud.com/wildhorseuk

www.reverbnation.com/wildhorse6

www.wildhorse1.bandcamp.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/wildhorserockuk

http://www.studio3label.com/wildhorse

Under the Radar: Normal Suits

Want a dose of blood-pumping contemporary rock? If so, you need to check out Normal Suits. Already blasting the Baltimore indie rock scene to pieces, this experienced trio of musicians have come together to deliver a refined and intelligent debut album: Our New Happy Life. It’s edgy, powerful and packs a punch, but it remains well-structured and draws on a range of influences to ensure it keeps you on your toes.

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Brad (bass & vocals), Shawn (guitar, piano & vocals) and Mike (drums) are Normal Suits. They combine fantastically and know what they want to achieve. They’re seriously experienced musicians who are equally happy on stage as they are in the studio or behind the mixing desk. Of course they write their music but they also record, produce, mix and master everything themselves, ensuring their sound is exactly as intended. So many rock bands choose the easy option and imitate others. Normal Suits don’t. They have vision and it shows.

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Mike setting up in the studio

The 1990s Washington DC music scene is the most noticeable influence on Normal Suits. Baltimore is only a stones-throw away from DC, where Brad, Shawn and Mike cut their teeth listening to legendary post-hardcore bands such as Fugazi and Jawbox. The DIY ethos and cultured aggression of the post-hardcore scene is recognisable in both the approach Normal Suits take and the music they make. But they don’t dwell in the past. They add a forward-thinking slant to their classic foundations, ensuring they aren’t mistaken for wannabes.

 

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Debut Album: Our New Happy Life

Our New Happy Life opens with the catchy and accessible Babble Cadabra before kicking forward with the no-nonsense stormer Thing One – one of our favourites on the album. 19 Times slows things down and shows just how diverse Normal Suits are, and this continues with All We Want – a layered, down-tempo number that maintains the dark and brooding vibe that underpins the entire album. Possibility of Arcing showcases their confidence and Evacuation Special leads with a hint of Asian exotica that I for one didn’t expect. It’s creative and stands out. The hypnotic Eye See Are delivers a guitar-heavy wall of sound and the album wraps up with Green Lemons, which lifts the listener out of the turmoil and back to reality.

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Shawn during recording

So what next for Normal Suits? They’re already writing and recording new material and are set to follow up their debut album later in the year. Subscribe to Urban Antenna and we’ll keep you up-to-date on what’s to come. In the meantime, download Our New Happy Life and get excited about what’s still to come from this promising Baltimore three-piece.

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Under the Radar: 18th & Addison

Every once in a while we stumble across a track that blows us away. You know the sort. A track that screams pure class. Atmospheric, meaningful and lyrically perfect. Haunting and emotional. The kind of track that leaves you with a bemused smile. Hand-crafted musical greatness that so few people have had the pleasure to hear. On one level you’re ecstatic; you’ve beaten the masses to a hidden gem. On another level, you can’t fight the disappointment; a song this good needs to be heard.

Crumble and Crawl is one of those tracks. The moment it hit the speakers at Urban Antenna HQ, we stopped and listened from start to finish. How has this track gone so relatively unnoticed?!

Stop what you’re doing and listen to this right now!!

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18th & Addison are the band behind this moreish slice of rock heaven. Sharing vocals and guitar to wonderful effect, Tom Kunzman and Kait DiBenedetto just click. The group formed in New Jersey in 2013 and we suspect their talent has been pissing off envious local bands ever since.

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Little Parasites was 18th & Addison’s 2015 debut EP and it delivered a raw blend of high energy pop-punk that shows why they forged a reputation as a must-see live act. The release of their first full length album, Makeshift Monster, in 2016 saw a more refined approach rise to the surface. The fast-paced guitar and upbeat lyrics are still there but everything is more purposeful and professional. It’s clear Tom and Kait were growing in confidence and it shows. Support grew in the aftermath of Makeshift Monsters and increased opportunities for studio time fuelled their ambition even further, as Crumble and Crawl proves so well.

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Crumble and Crawl marks a huge coming of age. It’s classy, mature, well produced and memorable. Their early tracks were made for partying; this one’s made for listening. Judging by this, 18th & Addison are one of the most exciting upcoming bands on the horizon and we’ll be watching them all the way.

Like what you hear? Get in touch with 18th & Addison via Urban Antenna, direct via social media or check out their website:

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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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Like what you hear? Get in touch with SickoftheRiot via Urban Antenna, or contact the band directly: