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There’s some outstanding melodies running right through these latest New Tunes tracks, which take us from Stockholm to Latvia via a few stops in the UK, but which is your favourite?

Of Empires – Gimme What I Need
From their debut EP, Stranger Sensations, this is an impressive piece of blues infused rock ‘n’ roll from Brighton band Of Empires. If you like it as much as I do then head to their website where the EP is available as a free download!
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Chirping – Ambitions
Hailing from the northern suburbs of Stockholm this 4-piece band came together in 2011, while Ambitions is undoubtedly a superb three and a half minutes of synth laden and highly polished indie pop. You can also catch the video here.
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Carnival Youth – Octopus
I think this is our first New Tunes visit to Latvia, but it’s been well worth the journey for this ridiculously catchy and rhythmic indie dance track by teenagers Carnival Youth. If they keep this quality up, we’ll surely be back there again soon.
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Shangri-La – Control
Control is another track from a debut EP, this time by Aberdeen band Shangri-La, who formed a few years ago while still at school. Theirs is a nicely noisy indie rock sound, which works for me!
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As always there’s a feast of new music in the show. Enjoy…


Chirping – Ambitions
The Inkhearts – Temper Temper
Catfish & the Bottlemen – 26
The Districts – Rocking Chair
Ezra Furman – Anything Can Happen
Shy Nature – She Comes She Goes
Fat White Family – Touch the Leather
Of Empires – Gimme What I Need
John Newman – Cheating
Of Monsters & Men – Six Weeks
Johnny Panic & the Fever – Dark of Night
Dexters – Oceans
Martin Carr – Santa Fe Skyway
Jamie T – Zombie
Young Rebel Set – Lion’s Mouth
FM Belfast – Underwear
Metronomy – The Upsetter

Welcome to another show, jam packed with some great new music…


The History of Apple Pie – Tame
The Holidays – Tongue Talk
Darlia – Queen of Hearts
Port Isla – Next In Line
Northern Portrait – I Give You Two Seconds to Entertain Me
Fifth and Pontiac – Chupito Mosquito
Broken Bells – Control
Empire Affair – Don’t Let Me Down
The King Blues – Does Anybody Care About Us
Childhood – Falls Away
Three Kings High – Nothing Left to Lose
Empire of the Sun – We are the People
Catfish & the Bottlemen – Pacifier
The John Steel Singers – There’s a Bird
The Secret Sea – Afterlife
The Black Keys – Gotta Get Away
Boy and Bear – Mexican Mavis
Comet Gain – The Last Love Letter


From pop to a bit of funk rock hip-hop, there’s surely something you’ll fall for in this latest New Tunes posting…

Three Kings High – Nothing Left To Lose
This Bristol band have a hip-hop background, but have fused it with a funk rock sound containing powerful drumming and catchy vocals to create this energetic and infectious track.
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Empire Affair – DNA Code
From their recently released 3rd EP Pangs, DNA Code takes the indie rock/pop sound with driving choruses that the band have been previously known for, but adds a synth into the mix with great success. If you want to know more about the band, they recently featured in a Q & A with us, while they’ve also made a great video for DNA Code too, which was directed and edited by their bass player Tom Parrett.
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Alex Moir – Night of Nights
Birmingham artist Alex Moir has apparently played the piano since the age of seven, and in this highly impressive and melodic pop song he sings that he’s “a little bit older now”. Phew!
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Silent Party – Remember Your Strategies
Silent Party are a new 4-piece band from London, who in their own words, are creating a “sound that combines sonic intensity with classic pop sensibility. Jealousy, bitterness and paranoia”. Works for me!
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Welcome to the latest Q & A with Empire Affair. They formed in Bournemouth in early 2011 and consist of Neil Tallant (vocals), Jack Woolston (guitar), Matt Park (guitar and keys), Tom Parrett (bass) and Darren Sheppard (drums). Their 3rd EP, Pangs, came out on September 5th, but what have dauphinois potatoes and a dislocated shoulder got to do with rock ‘n’ roll?

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~ Describe your music and influences for those who may not have come across it?
A Hawaiian shirt in a blender with a disco ball. Or for those not trained in allegories, we are along the lines of high energy alt-indie rock and roll.

~ What’s the most fun part of being in a band?
Challenging ourselves with a creative output, and getting to do it in places we wouldn’t usually get to go.

~ What did you find most challenging about the new EP?
Breaking out of our comfort zone and approach to song writing, as well as adding a synth into the mix.



~ Your live version of Lana Del Ray’s Video Games is a damn sight better than her version! What other mellow tracks would you love to give an Empire Affair makeover to?
That’s very kind; we had a lot of fun doing it. We have started working on The Ronettes classic ‘Be My Baby’, so watch out for that.

~ If you could each pick one band or artist in order to curate a festival stage, who would they be?
Jack – Daft Punk
Neil – Elton John
Tom – New Order
Darren – Two Door Cinema Club
Matt – The National

~ You’ve been to Croatia twice and played numerous dates there. What has been the best thing about going there, and are the venues and audiences any different to what you find in the UK?
They have a different attitude to live music; it’s much more of a whole night out. There is also much more rock music over there, whereas music is more pop orientated here.



~ Your new EP has been crowd funded via Pledge Music. One of the packages on offer was a “home cooked dinner”. Who is the best cook among you, and if I’d got them round to the Alternative Friday kitchen what treat would they have served up… and who’s the worst, and what would they have attempted!!
That would probably be Jack, who would serve up minted loin of lamb with dauphinois potatoes and trimmed beans.
Neil would have ordered a take away!

~ If you could collaborate with a famous musician, who would it be?
Jack – Rick Rubin
Neil – Freddie Mercury
Tom – Matt Bellamy
Matt – David Bowie
Darren – Alex Turner

~ Are there any other new / lesser known bands from the Bournemouth area we should be checking out?
Check out Jack Grace – Soundcloud

~ Do any of you have any hidden talents?
Matt was Wessex under 16 fencing champion. Tom can dislocate his shoulder…does that count?

~ Which five actors would you choose to play you all in a film about the band?
Jack – Jim Carey
Tom – Adrian Brody
Neil – Ryan Gosling
Darren – Jonah Hill
Matt – Elijah Wood

~ What are your plans for the rest of 2014?
Release the EP and gig, gig, gig.

~ Which gets the most votes from the five of you; lager, bitter, or stout?
Matt makes home brew stout, so he is a little biased, the rest are saying lager.


Following its summer break the show returns with some great new music, so tune in and enjoy…



David Woodcock – Same Things
Rubblebucket – Carousel Ride
Royal Blood – Figure It Out
Catfish & the Bottlemen – Cocoon
New Killer Shoes – Love Rocket
The Vex – Martyr
The Family Crest – The World
Morrissey – Staircase at the University
Dexters – Start to Run
Metric – Breathing Underwater
Ezra Furman – My Zero
Emil Friis – Down From The Horizon
Total Control – Flesh War
Dietrich Jon – Lions
The Shallows – More Now Than Ever


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