Saturday, 11 January 2014

Five For Free #244

Champs - Only A Bullet Knows Where To Run


It's not that often that we hear about new bands from the Isle Of Wight, but when we do they're generally exceptionally good. Brothers Michael and David Champion make up the suitably named Champs and will be releasing their debut album 'Down Like Gold' on February 24th. Single 'Only a Bullet Knows Where To Run' is a wonderful indie/pop song that stirs the soul a little and has some instantly likeable vocals.



Champs' website

Pre-order the album

Catch them live:

Jan 25 The Old Blue Last, London, United Kingdom
Feb 24 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Feb 25 Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 26 Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 28 Limelight 2, Shefford, United Kingdom
Mar 01 The Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
Mar 02 The Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
Mar 04 The Fleece, Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 05 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, United Kingdom
Mar 06 Concorde 2, Brighton, United Kingdom
Mar 15 TOUR & TAXIS, Bruxelles - Brussel, Belgium





Dot Dash - Shopworn Excuse


Washington CD powerpop group Dot Dash released one of the albums of the year in 2013 with 'Half-Remembered Dream', and we know that to be fact because it says so here. It seems like we weren't the only ones to show appreciation for their insanely catchy brand of guitar-pop, so to thank fans and those who've supported them and their album, they've decided to give away 'Shopworn Excuse' for free (just click "buy").

Dot Dash's website

Buy the album





Keath Mead - Polite Refusal


South Carolina songwriter Keath Mead must be doing something right to have his first demos overseen by Toro Y Moi, and although both acts are quite chilled on the whole, stylistically there's a definite difference. Take 'Polite Refusal'; this is a soft and melodic, semi-acoustic indiepop track that's been given a few neat effects and a warm glow that really makes it stand out.



Keath Mead's website





Sam Page - Release Me


The critics might be getting themselves all excited by Brit Award and BBC Sound Of 2014 winner Sam Smith, but it's another Sam that we've been following. Sam Page's album 'Breach' was only released last year, but already he's getting his new record ready to go. The Californian has unleashed some cracking alt-rock here for new single 'Release Me', and it's yours for free.



Sam Page's website

Buy the single





Wilderness - Vallsundet


Wilderness are another one of those bands we know very little about. They're a Swedish trio, that much we can tell you, but as to whether they have other material available or are new or gigging and so on, we've drawn a blank. Still, when you have fantastic electro-pop like they give us on 'Vallsundet' then I guess all that matters is the comforting aura that the song emits.


Wilderness - Vallsundet from Wilderness on Vimeo.

Download 'Vallsundet' for free by heading here

Wilderness' website





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