Interview // Tigercub

Photo by Jack Williams

Photo by Jack Williams


Ahead of Tigercub‘s single launch show at new Camden venue, The Stillery, Lily Armstrong caught up with them to talk about the single, touring and Charlie Parker.


Lily: Talk me through the new single, ‘Centrefold.’ 

Jimi: It’s actually an older song that we had on our first EP and we reimagined it a new single.

Jamie: And our producer… we met Tom [Dalgety] last year.

Jimi: He’s a cool dude.

Lily: I was going to ask how that came about.

Jimi: It was actually through our friend, Matt Bigland. Our first ever tour was July 2013—with Dinosaur Pileup—and [Tom] had just engineered their second album. Matt really liked one song in particular from our set, and said he wanted to co-produce it with him. Then there’s a lot of other connections as well, but they’re kind of coincidental. That’s exactly how we met Matt.

Lily: And the way that you reimagined the song—what do you think of it now?

Jamie: We simplified it, which is a good thing. And took bits out. We just wanted to go more rockin’. It was a bit weirder before, and we just kind of thought. We just thought, the top line’s nice, y’know, we might as well just make a little more out of it. Flatten it. And it works a little better.

Lily: And how about the b-side?

James: It’s a song that we actually struggled with for quite a while. We weren’t sure it was good enough.

Jimi: We thought it was too dumb. We thought it was too 1-0-1-0.

Jamie: It was Mike—Mike kept saying, “that’s a really good song, that should be the next single.” And somehow, it’s on the b-side. We need to get more stuff out, basically.

Lily: What’s coming up next? What’s your new focus?

Jamie: The album. It’s probably too early to say what our exact plans are. We do have really exciting plans though.

Lily: Is Tom going to be involved too?

Jamie:  Tom will be involved, yeah.

Jimi: But we kind of want to make a statement with the first record. You can’t undo your first record, so we’re really gonna spend the next month or so honing on. We’ve got sort of a long list of songs, and hopefully a few of them will be alright, and it’ll be an okay album.

Jamie: Loads of touring next year as well.

Lily: You just toured with Blood Red Shoes, right?

Jamie: Yeah, it was horrible.

Jimi: Disgusting.

Lily: You’re on their label too—this is the first release on the new label, right?

James: It’s the first release that isn’t Blood Red Shoes.

Jimi: They created the imprint to release their own stuff for the last few records. They’ve done I think an album and an EP and a single, or something like that. We’re the first one that’s not them. It’s really exciting, and it’s really exciting that we don’t have a clue what they’re doing, and neither do they, and that is Jazz Life.

James: All about that jazz life.

Jimi: It’s like living inside of Charlie Parker’s left nut and trying to feel around and see what comes out of that.

Lily: There are so many great bands in Brighton right now—what would you say are your favourite local acts?

James: I really like Great Pagans. They’ve just put out an album which I really love. I work at a bar in Brighton, and they played the Drill Festival a couple days ago, and they played a good set, I really like them.

Jimi: I’m really into The Hundreth Anniversary. They’re a really kind of shoegazey, downtrodden, very slacker-y band who are very good friends of ours—my girlfriend is the drummer, so I’m kind of contractually obliged to say that. But they’re really cool, and they’re very underrated in the scene, just because they don’t push themselves in any way. I really like that.

Jamie: I really like Demob Happy. They’re my friends from Newcastle, and they’re finally getting the attention they deserve. There are so many other great bands in Brighton. Like Tusks, they’re mint. They’re so young, and they’re gonna go on to do great things, I’m sure.

Jimi: There’s also, can’t forget to mention, The Wytches, who are just smashing it. The Xcerts, who just put out an incredible album, you’ve got bands like Kagoule—that’s next year’s ‘to watch’ list. There’s just too many to mention, it’s a very rich scene.

Lily: And what do you think about what’s going on in London? Do you feel any particular affinity for the London scene too?

Jimi: Well, a lot of bands from London we meet, we really get on with, but in terms of a scene in London, I’m not aware of a clique of bands like there might be in Brighton. I think it’s much more  modular and everyone does their own thing—which is cool; it breeds creativity rather than competition. But yeah, there are some amazing bands in London. Like Our Girl, the half-Brighton, half-London band. I’m really excited to see what they do next year.

Jamie: I really like the Magic Gang from Brighton as well, love that band, they’re fucking cool.

Lily: We’re going to end with a synaesthetic question: What colour is your music?

Jamie: I’d say dark purple.

James: I was gonna say that.

Jimi:  Yeah, but kind of with a sparkle… it’s a bit like James’s kit, I think. It’s got kind of a two-tone effect as well. It’s got kind of a brown, but also dark purple. Not deep purple, just dark purple. A fired earth tone. Very much like that.

Jamie: GG Allin’s stained, sparkly purple underpants.



Words: Lily Armstrong 


‘Centrefold’ is out now on Jazz Life 

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Review // Demob Happy – ‘Succubus’

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‘Grunge soul’ is back in the form of Newcastle foursome, Demob Happy. Described in the past as the type of gnarly-show makers who “make you feel the speakers in your sneakers,” they have been compared to have the same swagger as the likes of Queens of The Stone Age. Based on everything I have heard, this is a rock band to watch out for.

They have taken their name from the feeling of leaving something behind that you were once sick of it which becomes clear that the band have settled happily into the Brighton music scene, and their mix of catchy pop style vocals and well-timed break downs are the proof.

Their single; ‘Succubus’ is something you might find down rock’s back alley. Think grit, grime and grub in an audio format. The video gives out a D.I.Y feel (well they have produced stuff in the past for a tenner) and visualises the grunge vibe from the track.

Frontman Matt Marcantonio has said that: “‘Succubus’ is about being sold an obsession in stuff. What’s harmless to you feels like a love sucking demon bitch to me, quasi-supernaturally so, who leaves your front door open but your mind on pause.”

Matt howls on the record like a man possessed. The sounds of him singing (screaming?) distorted giving out the type of high grade trash rock sound which brings to mind hugely popular alt-rockers like Nirvana but it’s more than obvious that these dirty rock n’ rollers have their own sound and swagger to sweetly seduce us with.

I read that the band ventured deep into the Welsh countryside to record, building their own studio in a desolate Carmarthen cottage away from the confines of the city. This is very D.I.Y. music making stuff from the likes of a band who could be recording one minute then battling in court for their gear back from the noise police the next.

They write, record, produce on their own terms…basically everything they do they do themselves. Demob Happy probably didn’t get where they are today in an easy manner but that hasn’t stopped them from making it look that way. An EP could be on the horizon hopefully carrying the same strength from their debut single.



Words: Sophie Ward


Order ‘Succubus’ here. 

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Review // Is Tropical – ‘Black Anything Part 1



Is Tropical have announced their new album, Black Anything which will contain captured sounds and ambient impressions of the many places the band have visited. It aims to reflect the excitement and impulsiveness of the creative process within song writing.

By treating ‘Black Anything’ as a project, and issuing it out in installments rather than an a ready-made album in the traditional sense, it gives it to own time. A time for small sections of songs to become a stand-alone moments. In theory this is not just music; it is something to be digested. The sounds heard so far are sweet, something to be savoured yet left me wanting more.

Part 1, which can be heard here featurs ‘Crawl’ & ‘On My Way’. Two tracks which feel live – you can hear the ‘in-the-moment’ movement of the music.

It is an interesting approach to music. By collecting all you learn and love through touring has really helped Is Tropical craft songs that shout their passion for making music. Rather than locking themselves inside London based studios, where you just can’t get that gripping sound of reality like people talking, or birds cheeping like you can hear on ‘On My Way’.

All I can say is that I am definitely going to get my ears open for Part 2 of this indie/electronic quartet’s innovative album release.



Words: Sophie Ward

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Photos // White Lung @ Barfly, Camden

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Photos by Keira Cullinane

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Photos // Little Dragon @ The Corn Exchange, Brighton

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Photos by Keira Cullinane. 

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Weekend Club Picks // Night Slugs + Electric Minds

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Forward-thinking electronic label Night Slugs continue their 6th birthday anniversary events with a special one off party tonight on 8th November at The Laundry in London.

The ex-industrial Laundry basement now converted into a multi-use events space will see the Allstars colossal line up headed up by label founders Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990, while HelixHysterics and Deamonds complete the bill.




The Laundry

12 -18 Warburton Rd London Borough of Hackney, E8 3FN – 020 8533 3487



The Hydra Electric Minds & Kompakt


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Tonight is the turn of leading underground parties / record label Electric Minds and Cologne-based innovators Kompakt at Studio Spaces. The night’s huge line up comprises of performances from Moodymann, Joey Anderson and Kompakt co-founder Michael Mayer, while Robag Whurme, Leon Vynehall, Sei A and Dolan Bergin complete the bill.
Resident Advisor:


Studio Spaces E1
Unit 1
110 Pennington Street

Words: Federica Furlotti 

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Video // Breton – ‘Titan’



South East London band Breton released their second album War Room Stories early this year. After being evicted from their SE London squat where they created their debut Other People’s Problems, the band relocated to Berlin to make WRS in the red brick confinement of The Funkhuas: an old communist newsroom. The 10th November (this coming Monday) will see the release of the extended edition of their Believe Recordings released album. ‘Titan’ is one of the additional ‘left over’ (although, one might like to think of them as hidden gems) tracks. The video was filmed just minutes away from their old headquarters (or ‘the lab’ as they referred to it) and was filmed by the band themselves alongside Lexi Kiddo; nearly all of the videos that the band have ever released to support their singles have been made themselves. The 5 characters in the video are dealing with separation in different ways, whether it be from another person or separation from themselves – their own bodies. The track itself is short and electronic based with a driving, anthemic chorus. Check it out below:


The band will do one final tour of the album before hiding away for a while so make sure you catch them – details here.


Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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Review // Death From Above 1979 @ Electric Ballroom, Camden



I arrive at the Camden based venue just as noisy and newly reformed duo Death From Above 1979 launch into their first song of the evening, ‘Turn It Out’, the opening track from their debut album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. This is predictably very loud although, despite Jesse Keeler’s meaty baselines, it isn’t overbearing; well done to whoever was on the sound duties that night – you got it just right!

The venue is the most packed I’ve ever seen it as I’ve never been to a sold out show at Electric Ballroom but it’s not long before a mosh bit starts to spread from front to back. People push through the crowd to get a slice of the action. This has clearly been a greatly anticipated gig for everyone involved as they were all lucky enough to snap up tickets for this one off London show with such speed.

The band are very well practiced for this tour; you’d have never thought there’d been a time when the pair had hung up their boots/instruments due to ‘creative disagreements’ as they’re certainly very in tune with one another now. Set highlights include the slightly slower than average DFA 1979 track ‘Virgins’ from their new album The Psychical World which was released in September, previous single ‘Trainwreck 1979′, the poppy ‘Gemini’ and ‘Going Steady.’

The band exit the stage before bursting back on for an encore of schizophrenic track ‘Cold War’ which involves another mosh pit eruption. They then go on to play the track that they’ve been teasing us with all night – ‘Romantic Rights.’ This time, rather than just terminating the song after the first bar of the intro, they continue to play it and it goes down an absolute treat; it’s the moment that every single body in the room has been waiting for – even the ‘non-dancers’ are throwing a few shapes and bang their heads now. They finish on the eponymous ‘The Physical World’ and it all seems like it’s over too soon but that’s how you should feel after watching a fantastic live band who unfortunately only have two albums, both of which are also fantastic. Here’s to more more material and live shows from one of the most talented two pieces in the world of rock!


Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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Introducing // Philip’s Citiscape Headphones



You Need To Hear This from Philips focuses on bringing people new music and ways of listening to it. With their new Citiscape headphones Philips take inspiration from the city to create a perfectly formed set of urban headphones. They’re both designed to be comfortable and to truly immerse the user in sound in order to create a wholesome listening experience. They come in a range of styles and designs from standard ‘fixie’ headphones, to foldable ones and a turquoise pair for those wanting to be a little bolder.





Whichever pair of Citiscape headphones take your fancy, they’re available to purchase for £100 or less so they’re not going to break the bank and mean you can use them on a daily basis, thus allowing them to soundtrack your day to day life.


You can purchase Citiscape headphone here.


To keep up to date with Philips’ You Need To Hear This project follow them on Twitter and ‘like’ them on Facebook.


Words: Katie Wilkinson

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Review // Kindness – ‘Otherness’

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Pharrell, Justin, (and the rest), move over. We’ve got a new Pop Prince in town. Kindness, AKA Adam Bainbridge, is back with his second studio album, Otherness.

Following his debut, World, You Need A Change Of Mind, Kindness has been working on an album so filled to the brim with Go-Go infused, Jazz inspired, pop collaborations; you will literally not know where to start (or when to stop). Featuring the likes of Robyn, Hynes and Kelela, the album burgeons with talent, representing all that is fresh in 2014.

For those who don’t know much about Kindness, here is your chance to get to know Bainbridge in what is a transparent portrayal of the man behind the music. Heavily influenced by the Jazz of his childhood and the technology of his teens, what we see is a soft collaboration of all his influences – a sophisticated blend of Funk, Rhythm and Blues.

Track 1, ‘World Restart (feat. Kelela & Ade)’ is a party anthem, no doubt. Mixing slap bass funk with classic R&B vocals, there is some serious grooving to be had to this track. Make sure you listen out for the last 20 seconds because they will have you begging for more.

Likewise with ‘I’ll Be Back’ which has all the mellowness of a House summer anthem; think Hackman vs. Pillowtalk. This blend of soulful vocals and a light-touch percussive backdrop, gives this track a wind down feel and at over 5 minutes long, it’s a tribute to the House he loves. This is the track you put on when the party’s coming to and end, the Jamie Woon of the album – you know the kind.

If there’s one thing to take away from Otherness, it’s Bainbridge’s pure ability to blend eras, genres and styles so seamlessly. It’s pretty much an education in musical history. It’s a strong and sincere album, and collaborations with the likes of Kelela and Robyn do wonders for bringing it out of the shadows and into the light.

Each track remains heavily Jazz influenced and it is probably this that allows Kindness to stand tall on the podium of 2014 pop. Certainly this combined with the Go-Go sound we have come to associate him with, it’s safe to say Otherness will be the album of the year for many people.





Words: Bonnie Stuart  


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Review // Black Moth – ‘Condemned To Hope’



Rising out of the Leeds underground scene, Black Moth have taken the North by storm and in the wake of their second album, Condemned To Hope, the rock quintet are set to do the same for the ENTIRE GLOBE.

Following their super successful debut album Killing Jar, Black Moth had set their own bar pretty high but let not that deter you…because they nailed it.

In an interview earlier this year, singer Harriet Bevan, described the sheer diversity of the group’s influences – anything from 70’s rock and prog, to death metal, to disco, all of which are palpable throughout the album. Although clearly rock heavy, the band has a nuanced approach to producing music, gently sailing between tone and genre.

With track titles such as ‘The Undead King Of Rock N Roll’ and ‘Stinkhorn’, it’s clear the band have a rock influenced agenda and the slamming guitars of almost every song remind us of just that. Not dissimilar to the likes of The Stooges, Blood Red Shoes, and possibly The Kills; Black Moth are not for the faint hearted. That said, despite their punk, rock and death metal influences, the band manages a considerable accessibility surprising for its genre.

Starting heavy, ‘Tumbleweave’ sets the pace for the rest of the album, which rarely slows down, though it does allow for a few gentle interludes very much lead by Bevan’s ability to manipulate tone. Notably ‘The Last Maze’ (track 5), which begins softly (comparably) and has an overall sense of tormented calm that perhaps the other tracks do not reveal, is one of the strongest examples of the band’s range.

‘Slumber With The Worm’, my personal favourite and in my opinion the stand out track begins like the opening act of a French Jazz night might and indeed ends in the same patter. Lyrically, it has a romanticism about it that is less obvious throughout the rest of the album. It is also an excellent example of Bevan’s vocal capabilities.

Overall, the album is an intelligent, charismatic and technically brilliant, display of rock and roll in the modern age.

In the mean time, get the album on iTunes NOW.



Words: Bonnie Stuart

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Blog // Ray-Ban’s ‘The Order of Never Hide’

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The Order of Never Hide is a secretive movement established by humans, for humans. It celebrates individuality, eccentricity and being comfortable in your own skin. It’s mission is to ‘never hide.’ Whilst it’s been kept quiet for many years, the silence is now being broken and the order is aiming to use  its power for the good of humanity, starting with social media. It aims to break away from the selfies and cat photographs and force people to be a lot more creative with their Instagram / Twitter etc…posts. Taking the ‘Never Hide’ challenge will help people discover how great never being hidden is.

Never hiding begins with the blends like Camo challenge to take a  snap in your underwear (or an alternative costume that makes you stand out). Challenge number two is to get a snap of you looking bad ass: express your toughness in a creative way – you’re a human not to be messed with. The next challenge involves you answering a question asked by one of the order members as smoothly and as calmly as possible. It’s a challenge of spontaneity and keeping your cool. Next up, you must be shown a video and not flinch a muscle – no crying like a baby! For the final challenge you must confess on camera your deepest, darkest and possibly most sordid secret to prove you are rugged as denim. These are all fun and easy tasks to complete so get snapping / filming!

By entering the order and completing these challenges, one is putting themselves forward to win a four star trip to London for the first “non-secretive secretive” underground meeting of the Order of Never Hide on the 25th October The trip to London will come with free meals in a luxury four star hotel as well as some top end sleeping quarters. To become a member of the order and participate in these challenges, visit

For more information on how to become involved and to interact with Ray-Ban online, please see the following social media outlets:

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Twitter – ( @ray_ban)

Global hashtag: #ORDERofNEVERHIDE


Words: Katie Wilkinson 




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