The Inky Depths

The Inky Depths is Adrian Woodward (Vocals / Guitar), Leo Sutherland (Drums) and James Lewis (Bass) an Indie band from London in England.

The Inky Depths - indie rock from England

The Inky Depths

Welcome to The Inky Depths, who have a decent sound hidden under the nutshell and so we find their new thirteen track LP set for release at the end of the month – Just A Phase.

Inside the creativity, there is a lack of self belief I feel, which in my opinion has held them back these past few years, as the music which harks back to ’60s rock has plenty to engage the listener.

I am delighted they took the time to reach out to me and it is a pleasure to proffer to you, the arbiters of music, a band who prefaced an email with ‘I’m writing to tell you about about by my band, The Inky Depths, which may be vaguely appropriate for you to feature.’ Now, much as I lambaste arrogance, deference bothers me too. I am merely a writer of reviews and these guys do all the hard work. My thanks, as always are extended to the creators of music, making the world a better place in which to live.

My thoughts – well worth a moment of your time – and please support them on their Facebook Page and I assure you the 13 track release, which I am unable to share at present is a delight of fanciful rock ‘n’ roll and heart felt soul.

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Letters To Fiesta

Letters To Fiesta is Daniel (Drums), Andy (Bass), Tom (Guitar) and Anna (Vocals / Synth) an ambient dance band from Manchester in England.

Letters To Fiesta - alt indie from England

Letters To Fiesta

Tetchy is my middle name, as you well know and hats off to Kim from Super Cat PR who once again had to negotiate my red mist – but gladly we came to what I needed. As you will also be aware if you have been with the Indie Bands Blog stable for more than a couple of months I rarely have anything other than scant regard for PR firms and Super Cat PR is one of those very rare firms who try to meet both the band and the reviewers needs – so for a change I pass on a – do consider if you feel the need to use a PR firm – I digress – Letters To Fiesta

An exploration of the subterranean comes to mind as the quartet lever open hidden oysters which echo around the helix and targus gathering intensity prior to swooping into the tympanic membrane where the mesmeric waves of sound coalesce before flowing through the cerebrum and in turn dissapating through the whole stystema nervosa and the audience is left wreathed in the glow that is Letters To Fiesta.

Influences from 18th century Chorale and electro ’80s resonate in delightful unison as the audience lays back in a never ending circle of exploration which can’t help but captivate the mind. Bach meets Human League by way of Iceland and the 21st Century meets Letters To Fiesta.

The readers on the UK, just knew I couldn’t leave the reference to the UKs Fiesta soft-porn magazine which has been around since 1966 with the ever present comment –  the magazine for men which women love to read – and somehow the name of the band, makes some sense, though Letters To Fiesta is more ‘The band for the highbrow which the lowbrow love to listen to’ and I am happy to include myself in that latter category and not in anyway feel excluded.

A new six track release is set for release in late October – Aphorism – and having had the opportunity to take a listen, I recommend you get hold of it when it appears.

Here is the opening track – Tears Apart.


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Mi Mye

Mi Mye is an alt indie band based in Wakefield England with the line-up of Jamie Lockhart (Vocals / fiddle / guitar / piano), Rob Slater (Drums) and Danual Chadwick (Bass).

Mi Mye - artwork for Sometimes Life's Cool

Mi Mye – artwork for Sometimes Life’s Cool

Having originally formed as a concept by Jamie a decade ago in Skerray in Scotland there is still a rich seam of celtic folk to be found in the material. I am given to mind of Reader’s Wives with the the wry look on the world through the eyes of the songwriters. Sporadic releases over the past few years sees Mi Mye with a new eleven track LP Sometime’s Life’s Cool being released on the 4th November and having had the opportunity to hear the new release

I can say it find the band in great form with a more rock centric sound to the LP than previous releases, that isn’t to say there are not sidesteps into the more acoustic folk foundations. Sadly I am unable to stream any of the tracks at this point, but hope to be able to rectify that in due course.

With the alternative spectrum of instruments at their disposal the band is able to deliver inflections of sounds which greatly enhance the emotional twists and turns of the music as the listener is taken on the tumultuous turmoil of anxiety and isolation. The journey travelled is wrapped in sumptuous playing and though they do occasionally add a fourth member to the line-up, the audience can’t help but be impressed by the breadth of ability the musicians possess.


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Japanese Fighting Fish

Japanese Fighting Fish is KarlostGarethPhil and Joe a London England  based alt-rock band.

Japanese Fighting Fish - alt rock from England

Japanese Fighting Fish

A well measured and paced sound is delivered by Japanese Fighting Fish and you immediately know this is an act with experienced musicians as they allow the power of the compositions to make the statement rather than attempting to add needless flourishes into the mix.

Percussion and bass seamlessly coexist laying the foundation for the pieces with the guitars laying on a scintillating wave of colour and the vocal brings the material together with a voice that, layered with gravel, suits the music to a tee. Whilst I enjoy the sounds I am left with a feeling that to some extent this is a band who are trying a bit too hard to be interesting and although the music sounds genuine there is a perception that threads through the music that they are not enjoying the music for its very originality and are seeking to deliver a ‘sound’. Their live performances may mitigate this sense, I couldn’t say. Don’t take that as a reason not to get involved, as you know, I like my music with the scuffed edges and I find it all a little too polished.

Having had the opportunity to listen to the new Japanese Fighting Fish ten track LP Day Bombs which is set for release on the 30th September I can confirm it is a fine body of work and well worth getting hold of when it comes out as the strength of the compositions and musical prowess nullifies my minor criticisms.

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Greatest Excuse – Single – Japanese Fighting Fish is available on iTunes*

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The High Ones

The High Ones is Mark Lee and Nigel Parrington a psychedelic indie pop duo from St. Albans in England.

The High Ones - psychedelic indie pop from England

The High Ones

Mark will be a familiar name to established readers as part of The Pocket Gods, a perennial favourite on the Indie Bands Blog. On this occasion, whilst the material remains as lo-fi as to be expected it is somehow more accessible and whilst the distinctive laconic vocal of Mark Lee remains as recognizable as ever, the audience is offered a more dance orientated sound.

There is a distinctive funk undertow which snaps the hips into movement with a plethora of alternative new wave synths which flow through the tracks giving them a sinuous movement.

Whilst The Pocket Gods remain very active, The High Ones have more sporadic out-put, more akin to the cycle of Halley’s Comet, but welcome none the less for it when they do arrive and knowing that Lee has an almost obsessive interest in all things celestial and beyond, perhaps that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

This is music to take at any-time of the day when you fancy exploring something a little different, but nonetheless easy to engage with.


Pox Popz – EP – The High Ones is available on iTunes*.

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