REVIEW: Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are

dfwyaSince the inception of The Little Flames, a graduation as frontman of The Rascals in 2007 and the explosion of his solo debut record in 2011, Miles Kane has catapulted from Alex Turner’s fellow Last Shadow Puppet into an indie-rock superstar. Now in 2013, fresh from rubbing shoulders with the Mod-Father himself Paul Weller, Miles Kane’s latest offering has an insurgent maturity that will appeal to an eclectic audience of cult fans and radio listeners.

It’s a well known fact that an artists second record can be a lot more difficult than their first, but Kane’s Don’t Forget Who You Are has no such trouble. It’s a natural progression from 2011’s Colour Of The Trap and will have fans’ tongue’s wagging even more.

Collectively, the record has it’s outrageous bellow-the-chorus-at-the-top-of-your-voice moments as well as some deeper intimate moments that let us peer into the mind of Miles Kane. The lead single from the album that we were treated to back in February, Give Up, is angry and passionate as Miles reveals his disenchantment with dating super-models (A problem not many of us will have in our life time I’m sure). Album opener Taking Over is one of the standout tracks from the eleven song ensemble. It’s Miles Kane at his very best. Taking Over is catchy, infectious, charged with emotion and backed by some mesmerising riffs as well as colossal mid-song solo. Proceeding this is the pre-order bonus title track Don’t Forget Who You Are. This is truly one for the fans and has one of the biggest chorus’ you could ever imagine.

More intimate moments come in the form of Out Of Control as Miles can be heard crooning about the enigma of love backed with an acoustic guitar and these feelings are echoed within Fire In My Heart.

With Don’t Forget Who You Are, Miles Kane has accomplished a feel-good Saturday night album. You’re drinking with your mates, you’ve got your best clobber on, you’re ready to go out and party and the album is filling you with all of the anticipation and excitement of  the night ahead. And don’t forget, the more intimate moments of the album are there to pick you up on the Sunday morning.

Finally, just a note to mention how good Miles’ band mates are. The introduction of George Moran has proved instrumental considering his guitar work and backing vocals are both equally astute.

The View From The Music gives this album an 8.5/10

The album is out on Monday 3rd June, pre-order here.

Image appears courtesy of Columbia Records.



Stream Brand New Album: TOY – “TOY”

Here’s the stream for the brand new album from TOY. Don’t forget to check out our review (RIGHT HERE) too!

Single, ‘Lose My Way’ released 3 September

Album, ‘TOY’ released 10 September

October headline tour | | | @thebandtoy

TOY’s much anticipated self-titled debut album, heralded by Mojo as ‘British Alt Rock’s finest debut of 2012, will be released by Heavenly Recordings on Monday 10th September.

The album will be preceded by the release of a new single, Lose My Way on Monday 3rd September 2012, the video to which you can check out here.

The 7” single, features the B-Side Bright White Shimmering Sun, a live favourite which does not appear on the album.

Both tracks were recorded during the spring of 2012 with Dan Carey in his South London studio as part of the album sessions.

TOY have also recently announced details of a headline UK tour in October following the release of their debut album.  The tour takes in their biggest headline show to date at London’s Heaven on Wednesday 24th October.

The band recently played at this year’s Field Day Festival, supported Primal Scream on a number of Scottish dates and have played various festival dates over the summer including the Reading & Leeds weekender and most recently End Of The Road.  TOY complete the years UK festival run with Bestival and Festival No. 6 in Portmerion.

The UK headline tour runs as follows.  Tickets are available to buy now:

Fri 19 Oct  Sheffied, Plug

Sat 20 Oct Birmingham, HMV Temple

Tues 23 Oct Norwich, Waterfront Studio

Wed 24 Oct London, Heaven – The Fly presents show…

Thurs 25 Oct Southampton, Talking Heads

Sat 27 Oct Brighton, Green Door Store

Sun 28 Oct Manchester, Ruby Lounge

Mon 29 Oct Newcastle, Cluny

Tues 30 Oct Glasgow, Sleazy’s

TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Alejandra Diez (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).

Review: TOY – “TOY”

Stream the brand new album HERE.

Let it be said that one of the most fashionable forms of guitar music at the moment is psychedelic rock. The Horrors grew to represent that sound within their third release ‘Skying’ and more recently, Richard Hawley embarked on a similar sound in 2012 with ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’. TOY have done the same. They have established themselves to have a popular sound on the live circuit with impressive slots at Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Bestival and supporting The Horrors. Much comparison can be drawn between TOY and The Horrors who incidentally are also good friends.

Three of the five members of the London based band are former members of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong who have embarked on a new career, which in our opinion is going to be nothing but successful.

The impressive first single they released in 2011 ‘Left Myself Behind‘ was limited to 100 pressings which remarkably sold out in a day which we believe, has set the stall out for the band and their album will be just as successful. Having garnered much deserved hype from NME and other critics alike, the bands latest single (released today, 3rd September) has been a very popular selection within our Track Of The Day catalogue.

The album itself opens with the irrepressible ‘Colour’s Running Out’. The distortion pedals are out, the riff is as contagiously infective as chicken pocks and the vocals drift in and out of the track with consummate ease. ‘Colour’s Running Out’ sets out the stall for the rest of the album and sets you up for a moody yet sparkly outing. Think dim lights and leather jackets with sequin trousers and you will truly comprehend what this record is about.

Mesmeric track ‘Dead And Gone’ is another of the strongest offerings on the album. It’s a 7 and a half minute epic track which unfortunately completely flies by when you listen to it. As we have done over the past week or so, you’ll lose a lot of your life to this track as you will listen to it again and again. The track itself is the epitome of simplicity, yet completely entrancing. For the large part its dark and moody, it’s black, until five minutes in where it explodes into an outro of an ocean of colour and rainbows.

Recent single ‘Lose My Way’ is also an album highlight and displays a softer side of emotion, as does the distorted sounding ‘Make It Mine’.

However, as the saying goes, the best is saved until last. Curtain closer ‘Kopter’ is a NINE MINUTE long song. But don’t let this put you off, it’s a full on explosion of sound that will leave you wanting more from one of the best things to come out of 2012.

The View From The Music is9/10 – On a personal level, you’ve waited all your life for this record. Sure comparisons with The Horrors are going to follow TOY around for a long time but they have an astute, share worthy sound that will see them become one of indie-rocks greatest exports for years to come.


Heavenly Records

10th September 2012

Double LP/ CD/ Digital Download


Album Review: Jacko Poli – No Chords For No Noise

Silky, smooth, sleek and airy, Jacko Poli has written a really great summer record here. You can file this Leeds based musicians debut release with The xx and compare it with the latest release from The Horrors, but it oozes originality and professionalism. Lyrically the album takes you on a journey into the heart of the artist, the album pours emotion without you ever having to move from a laid back frame of mind. This is down to the sheer power of the chilled out, yet ever groovy melody. However, this is more than just your run-of-the-mill ten track indie pop effort; album opener ‘Let’s Get Lost’ provides those with a thirst for something a little more heavier with a powerful quench. Certainly one of the things you will notice is how astute Jacko Poli sounds, this is a very solid debut effort.


The album is available on iTunes right now, and we guarantee that you’ll love it!

The View From The Music is – 8/10 – Exuberant yet melodic, atmospheric yet airy, this album is hard to categorise and stands tall in it’s own right.

You can follow Jacko Poli on Twitter or Facebook

Review: Eugene McGuinness – Invitation To The Voyage

If you follow us closely on the Twitter you will know that we’ve already had Eugene McGuinness new album for around a month now and if you follow our site you will know we are big fans. We’ve seen him live a hatful of times including shows at London’s Macbeth and Lexington. For us, ‘Invitation To The Voyage’ has been one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2012 and our anticipation has certainly not set us up for disappointment.

If you’re unfamiliar to the future indie-pop phenomenon, Eugene has had one full solo-release before this – the friendly and airy self-titled debut, ‘Eugene McGuinness’ which is well worth 40 minutes of your time. Hailing from London, Eugene spent time studying in Liverpool before embarking on his music career. He released an EP on Domino division ‘Double Six’ before being snapped up by our friends ‘Domino Records’ themselves. Having taken a break from his own career, Eugene toured with Miles Kane as his session and live guitarist. Eugene McGuinness is back and this latest release, for us, represents a huge step in musical-maturity for our future star.

Isn’t it special when you find an album and you enjoy every single track? Eugene McGuinness has achieved this with ‘Invitation To The Voyage’. You’ll be gripped from the moment you press play on the anthemic chorus filled Harlequinade right through to the final hip-shaking seconds of Japanese Cars. Something that will undoubtedly grab you by the scruff of the neck and pin you up against a wall like a high school bully is Eugene’s natural flair for words. Our favourite comes during Sugarplum – ”I should have said it when I had credit, I should have just let it all out”. These witticisms are constant throughout and are backed by supreme indie pop compositions from his excellent band. Although we’ve already heard four out of the ten tracks of the album, the arrangement keeps them fresh and you will still enjoy the foot tapping Lion, the bad-ass Shotgun, the anthemic Harlequinade and the groove-train that is Thunderbolt.

Along with those familiar tracks, Sugarplum and Japanese Cars provide the very best moments of the album which really, are only the tip of the iceberg because as we’ve mentioned, the album is collectively brilliant!

The View From The Music – 9/10 – The best piece of indie-pop since Pulp’s 1995 album Different Class. Eugene McGuinness has all the makings of someone who can be regarded as indie-royalty and Invitation To The Voyage is an indie-pop masterpiece that has quenched the dire thirst for music of this genre.

Released on Monday 6th August on vinyl, CD and download from Domino Records – buy it here!

Stream it below!

Album Review – Mutineers – Friends, Lovers, Rivals

The Mutineers are a truly brilliant indie band from Manchester. To date, the band haven’t quite broken through to the ‘big time’ despite support slots with Pete Doherty and The View but surely it is only a matter of time before their day arrives. Their debut album ‘Friends, Lovers, Rivals’ in our opinion, is currently serving as one of the genres best kept secrets which we intend on helping expose! The band specialise in melancholic indie pop that is something akin to the anthemic Arcade Fire, the disconsolation of The Smiths and the infectiousness of The Cure. The album deals with those relationship issues, which admittedly we’ve all had at one time or another! The band wear their hearts on their sleeves and this beautiful notion shines through their heartfelt lyrics and sombre melodies. The highlights of the album include the emotionally explicit “Shadow Kisses” and “My Landlord’s Daughter”. The album is definitely one for fans of true British music and we urge you to get out there and buy it from here!

The View From The Music is…. 9/10 – It’s an excellent album that is a must for any fan of true British music.


The View From The Music

Image courtesy of The Mutineers Facebook page.