Posts Tagged ‘Warren Records’

Having emerged from an isolated existence during lockdown with debut single Dwarfed, that exposed the tropes within the fairy-tale genre which romanticise abusive behaviour & gender stereotypes, the enigmatic Bizarrefae returns with ‘Happy [Mirtazapine]’ – a song about how the world can appear when under the influence of the prescribed antidepressant.

With an imminent tour supporting ‘riot grrrl’ Delilah Bon to happen in September, Bizarrefae continues to work with Hull’s top electro producer Endoflevelbaddie and inspired by an ideology based around pleasing the ears of the ‘fae’ in the heart of the woods, new single ‘Happy [Mirtazapine]’ is centred around a fairy tale like melody amidst splashes of electro flavours that punctuate the tune throughout.

“On a miserable grey day, I sat down determined to shake off the feeling of numbness my atypical antidepressant had filled me with” explains Bizarrefae, “acknowledging the weather I considered all the actions that bring me peace. However, overwhelmed by the challenge of remembering the good things about the world, the song became a criticism of being forced to medicate in order to function! The idea of taking pills to feel ‘normal’ angers me & in this seeming ‘hellscape’ we live in it’s hard to find our place or purpose. ‘Happy [Mirtazapine]’ is an attack on the word itself, highlighting the ignorance that I feel must be possessed in order to be ‘happy’ despite all that’s going on in the world. It’s like losing the right to your own emotions through the monochromatic lens of antidepressants”.

Listen to ‘Happy’ here:

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Let’s skip the preamble: we fucking love Cannibal Animal. Their latest effort, ‘Ellipsisism’, released on 16th March through Warren Records is a snaking goth-tinged swamp-surf garage rattler that calls to mind the spirit of the late 70s and early 80s with haunting, echo-drenched guitars and frenzied vocals. But we don’t need to talk it up. Just listen to this:

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The new single from Hull’s Three Day Millionaires is pitched as ‘an unforgiving punk rock track that takes you by the hand and doesn’t let go. No matter how much you scream! The single is all about other bands not having an ‘All In’ approach.’

Commenting on the new material, front man Daniel Harrison doesn’t mince his words in commenting on his peers, and says “Lyrically I just wanted to get the point across. I’m bored of watching bands get up on stage and play a half arsed set to a paying audience, accompanied with backing tracks. It’s bullshit! It’s embarrassing! It’s something that we don’t want to see in music. We should give the crowds the respect they deserve and keep the standards high. Why are bands scared to go on stage and hit a few wrong notes? Everything is becoming too ‘clinical’! If bands would rather use auto tune and samples, then we’ve got a fucking problem.”

Check out the full-throttle ‘Fakin’ It’ here:

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It’s not so very often we get to shout about great bands doing work for essential causes we really believe in. It would be easy to be flippant and blame Bono and his ilk and the Comic Relief etc., crowd for the bad rep charity recods often have, but the fact is that the current focus on mental health has been a very long time in coming. For Three Minute Heroes, Warren Youth Project Initiative have taken a different kind of approach, and, with some great bands (a fair few previously endorsed by AA), have asembled an album of impressive quality.

Three Minute Heroes is a Warren Youth Project Initiative integrating Music and Mental Health.  Based in Hull, the Warren have taken successful musicians and connected them with school children from Hull and the East Yorkshire area as a way for the children to express their feelings through the lyrics and music.

15 artists including bands supported by BBC DJs Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Radio X‘s John Kennedy have taken the childrens’ lyrics & turned them into a thought-provoking album: Three Minute Heroes: #HearMeOut.  

Hear and buy the album here:

 

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Warren Records – 16th December 2016

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Throw together MBV, A Place to Bury Strangers and Nirvana and you’d probably get Lumer. ‘Futile’ is a blistering scuzzed-out grunge racket built around a ribcage-rattling bassline. A howl of angst with FX-heavy guitars amped up to eleven, it’s all over just three minutes. Short and to the point, it’s a real adrenaline shock. What more do you need? Keep it stormy. Keep it chopped out. Well futile.