FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (18/03/16)

18 Mar 2016

featuring Catholic Action, Show Me The Body, Gabriel Bruce, Beach Skulls and The Night Cafe


It's Friday! Rejoice! And what better way to welcome in the weekend than with five tasty morsels of delicious new music? Here are five of this week's best new tracks from five new acts who are delighting us in equal but entirely different ways. Dig in.


It's been a while since we heard anything from baritone-voiced smoothie Gabriel Bruce (the singer was severely injured after an incident in a dinosaur fossil warehouse. No, seriously), but 'Metal Soul' is a strong enough return to make those lost months all water under the bridge. More melancholy than his dark pop of old, it's a grown up offering that matures without losing its edge.



Glasgow tykes Catholic Action recently burst out of the traps with 'L.U.V' - a wry, quintessentially Scottish art pop offering - and while 'The Wash' is a more laid back affair than its predecessor, its hand claps and twanging guitars are as good an intelligent indie offering as they come. There's something in the water up there.



When Queens noise rockers Show Me The Body descended on London last month, it was easily one of the buzziest debuts the capital's seen in ages. Latest track 'Aspirin' cements why. Throwing lyrical, hip hop delivery over the kind of grumbling bass growls last heard at the gates of hell itself, its utterly uncompromising in myriad ways, all tossed together like a really aggressive salad.



In the swooning 50s corner meanwhile are Beach Skulls. "In paradise, I could be your guy" they coo over lilting guitars that glisten over the kind of shoulder-shaking beat that you'd wanting soundtracking your high school prom half a century ago. There's enough of a lo-fi garage undercurrent to stop it being retro pastiche, however. Their debut arrives imminently; we're excited.



Let it be said that we called it here first: The Night Cafe are probably gonna be massive. Like a band scientifically brewed for festival high jinx and an inevitable support tour with Two Door Cinema Club, their effervescent indie pop might annoy some but will likely earn the Liverpool newcomers a veritable youth army. Place your bets.



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