2013 was the year the gimmick that was Bring Me the Horizon wore off. They went from being a pedestal for frontman Oli Sykes’ bizarre views and various Drop Dead paraphernalia to one of the most vital bands in British metal at the moment.
Their fourth album is undeniably the moment where BMTH came of age. It’s such a clichéd phrase, but it’s obvious Sykes and co. have a found a sound that truly epitomizes where they are as a band on this record. On ‘Antivist’, we have a trademark display of BMTH bile and vitriol, as Sykes does his best to use the F and C bombs as frequently as he can in one song. Meanwhile, ‘Shadow Moses’ is a beast of a different order, showcasing a BMTH embracing a spot of synth, while still remaining fierce in their breakdowns.
If there’s a British metal band who can translate domestic success in to a worldwide brand, it’s BMTH. Sykes remains the marmite frontman and their back catalogue, augmented by the phenomenal ‘Sempiternal’, is as formidable as any band gracing the dusty Texan venues come March. I was lucky enough to experience the mass carnage that was BMTH’s Reading set this year, where Sykes manipulated the crowd into one of the biggest circle pits I have ever seen. With around 2,000 boozed up teenagers roaring around the tower, I dread to think of the levels of mayhem they will cause in a small venue in Texas. SXSW 2014, look out.
Flyte are a four-piece, arch guitar-pop band from Hackney, and, in common with most of our 10 for 2014 bands, are early in their career and as such have recorded only a handful of songs. However, one of those songs is ‘Over And Out’, a piece of guitar pop so perfect that it could be the pinnacle of many a band’s career. That it’s the first track on their first EP speaks volumes about Flyte’s potential. For 3 minutes, it sits cross-legged in your eardrums, tickling them with jauntily-twanged guitars, Will Taylor’s characteristically piping, crisply-enunciated voice, and one of the finest chord shifts in music – minor IV to major VII. Stylistically, we’re talking crisp, white-boy funk, straight outta 1983, perhaps with a bit of ’90s college radio blended in there for good measure. As an example of just how well these boys can play, check out this Portobello Road video. ‘Over And Out’ starts 6 minutes in, and if anything the song sounds better stripped down, the live close harmony vocals shining through. An impeccable, thrilling performance.
Elsewhere on their ‘Live’ EP, Flyte are still quite happy in ’80s-land but this time, the synths are out, washing and squelching away as if played by Kavinsky himself. There’s a pre-chorus which could justifiably be called epic, and a brilliantly understated chorus. The recording is a delicious mixture of subtle detail and an ambitious, soaring arrangement: these guys really can play. And they’ve genuinely only just got started on their musical career, with only a handful of gigs to their name, a handful of recorded songs, and enormous untapped potential. Without doubt, one to watch for 2014.
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 8th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
In the new promo video for their song ‘Lost Kitten’, Metric follow a gay cross-dresser around Mexico City. But that’s my far too simple explanation for going on here. Better for the band to describe it than me:
In Rawal’s reimagining of the archetypal heroic journey, Sheldon embarks on a mysterious pilgrimage through Mexico City and into the canal maze of Xochimilco on a flat-bottomed trajinera in search of his house mother, an “angel” in his memories. Upon reaching his destination, Sheldon delivers an epic vogueing performance (!) to celebrate his spiritual reunion with the maternal. His massive on-screen presence is only amplified by his bold attire: sequined jacket and kitten heels.
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 8th December 2013 at 10:00 am
You Me at Six‘s new video is for ‘Fresh Start Fever’, the second single from their forthcoming fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’ out on the 27th of January 2014. Hot wheels, love, conflict – this video has it all. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Saturday, 7th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
Here is Spring Offensive‘s new video for ‘The River’, a track that features on the Oxfordians’ debut album ‘Young Animal Hearts’, out soon we hope. This was filmed by Matt and Lucas from the band, brooding yet majestic, shot in black and white. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Saturday, 7th December 2013 at 10:00 am
David Bowie‘s latest video is for “the Venetian mix” of ‘I’d Rather Be High’, which appears on the now available deluxe edition of his album released in March, ‘The Next Day’. The spliced together bits of old footage of war and wartime might give you a headache, just saying. Watch it below.