Leisure – Tourist – Video

Leisure have just released their debut single Tourist and have accompanied it with a new video.


Leisure – photo credit (c) Sam Brolan

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully review Leisure, a band based in London, England, but once some more music is available, I hope to be able to tell you more as their debut single makes for a well spent five minutes.

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Drowning Dreams – Dream While Drowning – LP review

Drowning Dreams released a new LP – the thirteen track Dream While Drowning on the 10th August 2013.

Dream While Drowning - LP review of Drowning Dreams.

Dream While Drowning – LP Cover art

Opening with Take My Chances a track which takes the listener on a subterranean struggle as the ears are enraptured by the coalescence of the LP title and the strangulated vocals – is this enough to take us onwards?

Leave It All Behind elicits a response as we bubble down into the depths and across the room emerges sounds which hammer the ears akin to being inside a submersible. Bereft of vocal this is a signature piece.

Next we find Something Dark In The Heart which seems incongruous though intoxicating and it is time for the listener to explore the interpretations of the band and LP title – I can’t find the connection, let me know if you do. I get the sense the Tom Lugo who I have explored many times before with his band iterations has become a little lazy in attempting to gain SEO gaming with a new band name and would be better throwing this into the melting pot of Tom Lugo, not a new iteration as this makes little sense under the LP and band title, this is best reflected as Tom Lugo the creator not Tom Lugo the SEO gamer and sad to see this happening. I believe the saying is – don’t try to kid a kidder.

Sirens of Lo continues the theme of irrelevance and let us throw off the shackles of the play on names and get back to the music, which is sublime.

To Hell You Opened The Gates is what makes the LP what it is, combining rap and reggae under a shoegaze umbrella and this creativity is why the iterations are so often covered.

I am glad to have left of the band nomenclature by the halfway point and can concentrate on the music. The middle track in this case Surmonté does as you expect of all Lugo releases and set a new direction which sets up the second half of the LP with a new expectation as we find wide open spaces of the Savannah to explore.

Where No One Has Gone explores an interpenetration of surf around the ears and head back to the title with the listener left still cupping their ears to clear the water – a track of pure pleasure and my pick of the release.

That isn’t to say the LP is done, as next we find Mimas – an engaging bass leads the ears into something that resonates of psychedelia  as the high strung guitar captures the brain holding attention and again the big stage abilities of the Tom Lugo artefacts emerge – a delight.

Gears & Wheels is a far more rock derivative track whilst it also exposes the roots of reverbed and echoed guitars, do let this swagger around your head for a while.

The penultimate track Ipotane is fusion of intertwined guitars which bounce one to the other and a well constructed three minutes of inversion. this has much to engage the audience.

The concluding track being Charybdis which heads back to relevance to the LP title with a submersible soundscape.

Why would I be left feeling so bereft after 45 minutes of superb music you may wonder? A highly talented artist trying to game the search engines is the answer.

Dizzo – My Flash Back – Audio

Dizzo Manzino releases a new audio track for My Flash Back from the compilation LP – High Rank Riddim – on Rebel Liberation Sound Records.

Dizzo Manzino - Flash Back

Dizzo Manzino – Flash Back

Dizzo Manzino is previously featured artist from the USA who combines Ugandan Reggae with American Hip-Hop.

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Gaoler’s Daughter – Cordelia – video

Gaoler’s Daughter who I first reviewed back in 2009, seem like an appropriate first post on Emerging Indie Bands Blog, though there is little added value (at this moment) to send you to that first link as with the tech guys working on recovering the site all you will get is a 404 error.

Gaoler's Daughter - artwork for How To Make Time

Gaoler’s Daughter

More than that. Gaoler’s epitomise the trials and tribulations of connecting with me if you are an artist or a PR firm.

I fell out with Ben – the bands drummer for a year or so over some email or other about how I was meant to be excited that someone on the BBC had played their track and I still refuse point blank to review the new LP – How To Make Time –  as they want to dictate the tracks I could add with my review, rather than the tracks I rate.

But with the new look Emerging Indie Bands there is space for a new item without a full review of the release.

Gaoler’s  Daughter release their new lead single Cordelia tomorrow from the forthcoming LP How To Make Time and having had the opportunity to listen to the LP – the three tracks they are permitting for streaming do not do full justice to the LP as they are not the crowning glory, but when it finally makes it to the shelves I would certainly recommend adding it to your files.

For now – here is Cordelia.

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Welcome to Emerging Indie Bands

With a new look and a new site design along with a few new publishing areas I am delighted to say Indie Bands Blog is back as Emerging Indie Bands.

Tim Whale welcomes you to the revamped Indie Bands Blog

Tim Whale


The new URL and look is because the old site is now four years old and suffering from arthritis. As I type a tech person is working hard to restore the posts from the past four years. So think of Emerging Indie Bands as being an extension from August 2009 – showcasing the best new bands from across the globe.

I can’t in all honesty say I have become any more even tempered, but as always I welcome introductions from The fans,The musicians and those related to the bands who you think fit the title of the best emerging bands from around the world (oh and that does include solo musicians).

I can’t promise every introduction will be reviewed, but what I can assure you is that they will all be read and where appropriate replied to.

All introductions would benefit from linking to a website or Social media page where I can grab the band members, the location of the band – that is town and country.

As Emerging Indie Bands exists to review music, well I do need to hear some music too and an image is also very useful.

But if you don’t have all that – (other than some way that I can listen to some music) don’t fret – use the contact form or drop me an email to tim @ emergingindiebands.com.