Maps Are Fiction hail from South Shields, what seems to be these days, an increasingly exciting creative centre producing the latest emerging North East talent.
In the local music scene it can be said there is a lot of ‘indie/rock’ bands and Maps Are Fiction, with their new single ‘Wolf Theater Society’, have took that genre and done it justice.
Opening with raw guitar distortion you get a flavor of the track right away as the intense drumming kicks in you know this is going to be an intense track.
The track is fluid smoothly transitioning from off kilter guitar hooks, crashing crescendo of the drums which dissipate into the background allowing the tender but pain stricken vocals of Jordon Ridley to flow over the track seamlessly.
The intensity of the track comes from the lyrics as Jordon bellows out “I try but I always end up where I began” in the chorus giving the single its emotive edge -paired with its production and sleek indie/rock sound.
‘Wolf Theater Society’ will be released for free download on the 9th March along with a b-side ‘Wasted Time’. The release of the single will be accompanied by the release of their DIY music video made by the band themselves.
The single is also from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Post Mortem Family Portrait’, due to be released in the summer months.
Until then the band will be promoting the single by playing live at Pure in Sunderland on the 28th February and at Kings Manor in Newcastle on the 16th March.
If you enjoy your music to explore the darker side of life The Lindsay Tin are a “New musical endeavour” and through their lyrics explore their personal insights into the “human condition”.
The band is made up of three members Paul Patterson, Paul Jeans and Doc Smith all of whom are from South Shields and Morpeth and it is these places that have also had an effect on their music.
Their debut single “Fire At Will” is a strong song that has you hanging onto every word until the very end. The song is constructed simply with just the prevalent Northern vocals of the band and the constant strumming of the guitar that allows the power of the words to be vocalised. Then halfway through the drums kick in and gives the song more pace, giving it an army march sensibility to it. It is a very atmospheric song and live we can only imagine it will cause goose bumps within the crowd.
The single is also accompanied with another track “I Am All That I Owe” which is a hidden gem in our opinion. It is very much like a dark lullaby, enchanting and calming in an odd way. Made up of only the strumming of an guitar and soft sound of an synth again The Lundsay Tin’s strength of their lyrics shines through and no doubt will be another one that causes an spine tingling moment when played live.
The Lindsay Tin are to release their debut single “Fire At Will” on the 26th November, with an EP to follow in the New Year.
But prior to that will be their release gig at The Kings Manor on the 22nd November with support from Mr Ben Sir, Agerskow and Bonny O’Brien.
South Shields rising star Natasha Haws was first picked up by her manager Emma Howe while singing at a buskers night. After been asked to write a song and to then perform it on Spark Fm’s Local Music Show to test her talent she came back with ‘Stepping Stone’ which has been refined and sharpened to become the first track on her self titled debut EP.
Inspired by her life experiences her songs are poignant, her talent is evident from the EP, however it is not until the last track “Constant Fairytale” that you hear her vocals as they are which in my opinion are when they are the best.
Somber as the tracks are they both “Stepping Stone” and “Happiness” have been well mixed and give her music a boost that makes it alluring to the music industry as a whole. However without the frills, her last track “Constant Fairytale” is my favourite from the EP as it showcases her musicianship and ability to capture her emotions through simple lyrics – that often when sung live can cause a few tears in the crowd.
Only 17-years-old Natasha’s EP is mature beyond her years, yet it is a fresh sound on the local music scene.
The EP, which has been released through The Bunker UK label, is available to download now from her Bandcamp and she is due to start her mini tour of the UK;
1 June 2012
Evolution Emerging at Cluny 2, Newcastle
6 June 2012
The Bedford, London
7 June 2012
The Polite Room, Durham
8 June 2012
Travelled Music at Barrels Ale House, Berwick
10 June 2012
Hotchpotch at The Thirsty Scholar & Attic, Manchester
23 June 2012
Willowman Festival, North Yorkshire
11 July 2012
20 July 2012
Hot Rack at Castle Keep, Newcastle
The Garage Recording Studios help South Shields Ska band Too Spicy to release their new single on iTunes today!
The owner of the recording studios Chay Blyth Hobson, has also managed the band for the past year and is helping to promote them throughout the UK.
Their new single “New Story” was recored in Mitre Place, South Shields, and is hoped to do well in the iTunes chart.
The Review :
Expressive and aggressive lyrically as very line is packed full of political or social critique, “Turn on the Radio, Turn on the news and every other story is of the English Blues”. Reminiscent of the Police, they hit a nerve with this new single “News Story”. It is overall very well produced, with a mix of bass, guitar, drums and trumpet collectively making a classic Ska back beat. A great new single which goes for the jugular, a great new single from Too Spicy.