'Watch me die is about the deterioration of mental health. It's about the people who know you're deteriorating but won't acknowledge it. It's about the people, who will actively watch you suffer and the people who will inevitably, Watch You Die.' - Brodie Morgans (Cuffs Vocalist)
Modern Punk lyrics, with a catchy hook and chorus. This song will stay stuck in your head for days but for good reason. It's a banger. Lyrics discuss the ignorance and naivety of the British public when it comes to voting in elections and their social politics.
Every song from this album is a heater so we could have picked any of them for the artist playlist. Blackout is a modern hardcore heater with great percussive elements especially in the outro. Breakdown comes out of nowhere and it's beefy
Every song from this album is a heater so we could have picked any of them for the artist playlist. Blackout is a modern hardcore heater with great percussive elements especially in the outro. Breakdown comes out of nowhere and it's beefy.
Much like the Turnstile song, any song from Idles most recent album Crawler could have been picked for the artist playlist. We chose this one because the lyrics are great, the rhythms are great, and the chorus is even better. We all feel like we are a car crash walking sometimes.
El Moono is a little off key from the other 4 we've chose because they probably don't fit the punk/hardcore umbrella. Alas, El Moono's single from their debut album 'Temple Corrupted' is probably heavier than the other 4 picks put together. Forced to Smile has infectious riffs that are really gritty and you just automatically nod your head because the riffs are so filthy. The vocal delivery only becomes more intense and the chaos continues and the breaks hit. This song has everything, heavy and tight instrumentation which develops with the song. Massive vocal presence and delivery which is just as gnarly as the riffs and earth shattering breakdowns.
New Jersey-based pop-punk band All Systems Go are back with a new single, Don’t Let Me Go. But today we have asked the band to select 5 tracks they believe should be in everyone's playlist.
This band’s album “Self Care” was in all of our Album of the Year lists in 2020 and this song is probably our favourite because of its bright sound and how catchy the chorus is.
Mikaila Delgado has a really strong but also unique voice that adds to the song’s energy. High Hopes might be their most popular song (their video for that song on Dreambound is how we first discovered them) but this one is usually the first one that comes up if any of us mention Yours Truly in conversation.
Added to this playlist by Devin. I think this was mine and Devin’s #1 most played song of the year on Spotify in 2021. Ditz is a local band and has to be one of the most talented in the state of NJ. Their music, especially in this song, has it all: incredible riffs, tight drumming, both clean and unclean vocals. This song is a straight up jam and a super fun listen. Also the best lyric is the one about “walking into a sliding glass door and spilling my whole beer all over myself”.
Dean picked this one for the list. We all loved Chunk’s new album that dropped in 2021 and this song has such a nostalgic vibe especially when you listen to it while driving with the windows down in the summer. The lyrics are also super relatable as we’re all in our mid-20’s and slowly experiencing more and more responsibilities as adults.
Hot Mulligan is one of Devin’s favourite bands and I also really dig them. We recently saw them perform live at TLA in Philly in December. I’m pretty sure we had both lost our voices by the end of the night, and this song especially is fun to sing along to. The title, especially since Mark
Hoppus is nowhere on this track, captures Hot Mulligan’s humour and style perfectly.
Added to this playlist by Joe. As a pop punk band this is our go-to cover song if we ever need to fill time in a set. We’ve also played cover band shows where we’ve played this song as much as 4 times in a 2 hour set. But at shows no matter who is listening the whole room pretty much always gets hype. Lit also liked one of our Instagram posts once, around the time when we were
first starting out, and needless to say we were stoked..
Buddhist Monk is the debut single from KILL, THE ICON! It tells the story of Thich Quang Duc, the Vietnamese monk who burned himself to death in protest of an oppressive Vietnamese regime in 1963. MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/cDSGak8fSyw]
This is a band everyone in the country should be listening to. The guitars are so lush in all of Kopper's songs. They played with The Palpitations in London a few years ago, and I've been transfixed ever since. Their latest music video is called "Love" and it's a work of art. No band is doing it like Kopper.
I first learned about this song through our local music magazine, Vandalism Begins At Home. It was voted one of the best songs of the year for 2019, and it's been on repeat for me ever since. It's one of the most perfect alt-rock songs you can imagine. It oozes an effortless cool, and it helps that lead singer Rory is a man who believes in what he says.
I saw JOHN at Bedford Esquires' Ceremony Festival a few months ago. Absolute behemoths in the genre of noise rock duos. The intensity they played with was such an inspiration. They're great guys too, who truly believe in making the world a better place.
I went to see Vlure a few months before the pandemic hit, and Document were supporting them. I'd never heard of them before. For the next 18 months, I often thought about the chance to see them live again. A truly brilliant band who follow in the footsteps of my other favourites Protomartyr.
As the first week of lockdown hit in March 2020, I was still walking to hospital every day. It was like a ghost town, right up until those ominous hospital doors. I'd just seen False Heads a few weeks before at their album launch, and so that was my soundtrack to and from work every day. Steady On Your Knees felt cathartic to me, played as loudly as possible on my headphones. A song of utter chaos and anger, while there was total silence around me.
Erotic Secrets of Pompeii make weird, angular art rock-cum-post-punk, populated by grotesque characters and surreal imagery, and ‘Truth Coming Out of Her Well’ is their latest hook-laden offering. The song explores subjectivity, rumours and fervent, polarising beliefs, and featuring irreverent town cryer vocals, insectoid guitars that buzz and jitter around a dub-esque bassline and a circus drumbeat, the song has been described by the band as “Zappa does Britpop”.
Thomas (vocals): Nina Hagen effortlessly moves from operatic vocal to screams and grunts over this proggy track. She isn’t afraid to emote and perform in a totally unorthodox way. The live version from Rockpalast (on YouTube) sees even more vocal extremities. I dare you to watch that video and not be blown away - it’s weird, it’s theatrical, it’s 100% unabashed confidence in using her voice in ways others might deem “wrong”.
Sean (guitar): From the album that got me into punk. Just love the swagger and angst in this song in particular. This really appealed to me as a teenager. I love the guitar tone as well.
Alex (drums): I grew up listening to drummers like Terry Chambers of XTC, Alan Myers of Devo and Hugo Burnham of Gang of Four. Keeping that balance between driving but also engaging drum parts for the rest of the guys to really build (and reliably fall back) on has been my M.O. With "Truth..." I can hear those influences sneak in, with the bursts of toms through the stubborn disco beat and the Hugo-esque syncopation of china in the chorus.
Jools (bass): I'm a massive fan of the genre blending. The bassline is super simple but absolutely essential in supporting the groove. I think that “Truth” for me as a bass player is about holding that groove down, keeping it simple and making sure the bridges between genres are as smooth as possible.
Tom (guitar/synth): The marriage of lyrical imagery and beautiful melody send shivers through me every time I listen to this track. The simplicity and heartfelt sentiment of the chorus is just perfect. No one else has the ability to conceive of rhyming JFK and negligee.
Off The Hook Music challenged Love Supreme to share with us 4 must listen too tracks and the lyrics they love in the songs, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
Cause we don’t give a shit
I need to be myself
I can't be no one else
I'm feeling supersonic
Give me gin and tonic
I don't care what you think
I don't care what you say
I've got nothing to give you
Why don't you just go away?
Hey, do what you want, but don't do it around me
Idleness and dissipation breed apathy
I sit on my ass all goddamn day
A misanthropic anthropoid with nothing to
Say what you must, do all you can
Break all the fucking rules and
Go to hell with Superman and
Die like a champion, yeah hey!
Hey, I don't know if the billions will survive
But I'll believe in God when one and one are five
My moniker is man and I'm rotten to the core
I'll tear down the building just to pass through the door
So do what you must, do all you can
Break all the fucking rules and
Go to hell with Superman and
Die like a champion, yeah hey!
Off The Hook Music challenged Dawn After Dark to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
“One of the first rock bands Dawn After Dark fell in love with. That driving
rhythm section! When we were learning to play together around ‘85 we
tried so hard to cover this. Of course, it never happened. We’d do a great
version now, though.”
“Our dear departed original bass player Dave Askey loved The Doors, and
this song in particular. Dave would always stand out in his Doors T-shirt
amongst a sea of Cult, Mission and AC/DC tees. Dave was a gentle and
much-loved guy who brought style and dry humour to Dawn After Dark.
We miss him.”
“A lot of people think our new single ‘Maximum Overdrive’ contains hints
of The Cult, and we’re happy to acknowledge the influence. All bands start
out because its members are music lovers, and The Cult was probably the
only group we all loved when we first started. This is an obscure gem.”
“Bizarrely, we weren’t thinking about this track at all when we came up
with our name, even though it appears on our collective favourite Killing
Joke album. And what an album! Geordie’s riffs are so good, and the
overall claustrophobic feel of ‘Night Time’ is totally intoxicating. But this
song in particular is monumental.”
“We could have chosen any number of Zep songs, but ‘Kashmir’ just
about tops the list. The groove, the relentless intensity, the ‘kitchen sink’
production. This is eight and a half minutes of mesmerising, utterly
original rock music.”
Off The Hook Music challenged Can Guru? to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
As you discover the five track Can Guru? loves to listen too, then you should check out Can Guru's new single "Winner Today" a massive track you need to hear.
I first came across Alice as she was busking outside the U-bahn station in Berlin a few years back. Her angelic soft voice and the mesmerising sound of her harp caught my attention straight away. A few years later, we got to know each other and I got to play some sax and clarinet on her latest album ``While the moss redeems the stone”.
I particularly like the softness of the song “No Frontiers” as it moves gently back and forth like the sea water on a beach on a quiet evening.
Kate Tempest is truly a powerful wordsmith. Her lyrics are real and raw. One gets the full picture by listening to her acute depiction of social modern reality from the word go.
The intro is slow and pushes the narrative forward, then a cool trip-hop loop and beat catches you in the spin of her flow as she constantly questions the sanity of our defunct society.
This is an awesome track, but not for the light-hearted.
Do go check out the music video for it. It is eye opening.
As we are seeing the end of the tunnel with these odd times of quarantines and lockdowns, The Chemical Brothers once again manage to lift our spirits up with this cool track of theirs.
Listening to this song transported me back to the pre lockdown festival and rave days.
The music video for it is a clever mix of arty archive rave footage and hand-painted feel-good animations psychedelia that is definitely worth checking out to get the full experience.
Love the electro vibe of this tune and its lo-fi feel.
Being a huge Damon Albarn fan myself, I thought I’d throw this cool tune back . It was released on the “Plastic Beach” album and it features Mos Def and Bobby Womack!
The music video for it also features Bruce Willis in a deadly car chase in the middle of the desert against 3 of Gorillaz’s main cartoon characters. Pretty cool!
The chilled vibe of this song takes me for a ride through the night.
The soft and spaced out vocals of Hope Sandoval transport me slowly to another dimension. It is as if I’m floating in space.
The song starts slowly with a repeating marimba chord pattern and an unusual soft samba-esque drum pattern that is accentuated by occasional hand claps. Then, slowly and gradually, the song unfolds into a moving new soundscape. A play on tension and release constantly evolves until eventually the song finishes with the whole orchestra coming together and then disappearing in the distance.
Off The Hook Music challenged Slugs to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
Slugs have recently received the truly interesting track “I Could Do Better”. Go and check it out and let us know what you think of it!
I’m a big fan of Rubblebucket and love this side project from Kalmia Travers. It makes me feel stoned off innocent day dreams of watching live music in a field or as the soundtrack to a wooded hike. It’s fun and you should listen to it and enjoy yourself.
India Coombs voice is so fkn cool and out of all the songs I could pick off her latest record, this one resonates most with me today. It’s a song of the times and the production offers a world of wonder. It’s fun and you should listen to it and enjoy yourself.
This week I had an old friend stop through unexpectedly and in the morning I put on this record and we sat on the floor, drinking tea and catching up. This one came on and she said “I love this song”, and I admitted it makes me cry sometimes. You should listen to it and see what happens to you.
A relatable sentiment of having idle time and hands and how the best use of that can be for expression; and if not for your own, to help someone else’s. I love the instrumental turns it takes. You should listen to it and spend your time wisely.
According to me this is a very lovable song about the indulgence of a young love on an expired timeline, but not yet spoiled. You should listen to it and kiss a pillow goodnight.
Off The Hook Music challenged Elliot Albert Orchard to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
Elliot has been impressing us here at Off the Hook Music for some time with previous singles, Elliot continues to impress with his new single 'Mother' . Go ahead check it out and enjoy!
Sonically, this track moves me in a different way. I adore Cohen's voice and what it had matured to when He came to create this record. The romanticism of this song is powerful and it hits hard; from the depth of lyricism and devotion to whatever/whoever this song is about, to the depth of Cohens beautiful baritone, this song is real on a new level.
Bridgers' song writing is unique and so well thought out. This is the perfect apocalypse song that can't help but suit covid times, the descriptions in the lyrics conjure up many scenes in my head as I listen. The way this song builds dynamically is clever and I can only imagine it is so much fun to perform live.
Tom Waits is one of my all time favourites, this song immediately calls me to stop, be still and draw into Waits' beautiful world, the imagery of this song is gorgeous, it is intimate and powerful.
My most loved album at the moment is Nick Cave's 'Carnage', this song excellently sums up the feelings of living with the coronavirus. Nick will always be at the very top of the game when it comes to song writing in my opinion, and this piece is no exception. And he was so right about not getting anywhere, anytime this year. It has been over a year now since I left the island I currently live on and that is a peculiar feeling when I begin to dwell on it too much.
Pinegrove arrange their songs in an awesome way, and are an enjoyable live band indeed. As I'm beginning to work with a band again for the first time in a while, I often find myself looking to them for inspiration for arrangements, thinking 'what would Pinegrove do?'. Their recent offering of 'Amperland', a live album and film, proves this further- their arrangements are sublime.
Off The Hook Music challenged Born Rogue to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
Manchester Born Rogue have recently released their newest single "The Pretty Ones" with massive catchy chorus and a thumping real rock sound.
From the reverberation of the lone guitar at the onset, to the last notes of the climactic finale, Alive is a song which showcases the quintessential Pearl Jam sound, which has earned them millions of dedicated fans worldwide. With influences from various sub-genres of rock, the meaningful lyrics, eloquently executed by frontman Eddie Vedder, compliment the instrumental side of the song perfectly. As the iconic guitar riff blends seamlessly with the bass and drums, we are transported the world of young Eddie as he learns that his paternal heritage is not as he had believed it to be. The masterful song writing of this powerful epic is right at home where it belongs – as a part of one of the greatest albums of our time.
Mysterious lyrics with an edge of nostalgia define this classic Deep Purple song. Perfect Strangers takes us away and paints a picture of a fantastic past, inspired by the Elric book series by Michael Moorcock. Chugging bass and drums carry the audience along as the ethereal guitar and keyboard sounds mystify the listener. Meanwhile, the subtleties of the vocal harmonies allow us to drift into the world of sorcery and adventure. With a band like Deep Purple, who bring a very psychedelic edge to classic rock, you will never be disappointed.
The Reading’s outfit is one of the more interesting bands we’ve discovered lately. The energy unleashed on the chorus is powerful and when they play it live it’s like a cannonball, we have really good expectations about what their new album brings!!
Huge stadium anthemic song, that’s the kind of energy we love to get on stage, it’s probably one of Biffy’s most uplifting and produced songs, yet it feels so raw and powerful on the chorus, and the lyrics are a jewel to enjoy!
This is far from being one of their most known songs, in fact it made it as a bonus track demo on their 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. It’s a combative song, we love the meaningful lyrics, straightforward and guitars on your face, it’s what the Foo Fighters do best, rock with honesty.
Off The Hook Music challenged Hannya White to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
At the end of February Hannya released her massively impressive EP "No Preview" , which is well worth the listen after adding these five tracks to your playlist.
Duo based in Los Angeles. I just love their videos, the story they tell, their cinematic sound, beautiful and at the same time
I just have to say, have a look and listen.
One of my favourite bands at the moment. I had a song of them already in The Freakzone Playlist but I had to choose them again because I just love their dark music.
TDA - Sa voix est claire is their latest song.
The band Project CONCUBINE from London is the New Posh. It's a state of mind, like their first captivating release I'm Addicted .
Behind You - Michael Yezerski is a soundtrack for the horror thriller The
Vigil. I didn't watch the thriller, maybe I should now, Australian composer Michael Yezerski’s is just brilliant and film music like this one is stark and fascinating for me.
About two years ago I stumbled over Junkyard Of Silenced Poets and as far I remember this sentence stuck in my mind they said they want to have less quality, removing the notes - one by one - until there was only pure unblemished silence left! A beautiful idea.
Today, they match their
music to Wolf's poems. Just have a listen to their moment state of an idea.
Off The Hook Music challenged Brother. to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
We got to say we've been loving Brother. recent new single release “EZ” which takes a minimal approach, soaked in vintage synth sounds and an overall warm, easy indie vibe.
About two years ago, these angry Canadians released what has become perhaps my favourite album of all time. The degree to which I’ve fallen in love with this punk record surprised me, and I have asked myself a number of times, “am I secretly this angsty, too? Am I an angry person on the inside or something? Do I whine this much?” Maybe, maybe not. Whatever the case is, the principal feeling I get when I listen to these songs is liberation. “Free at Last” in particular makes me want to run naked in a field, crowd surf a mosh pit, and break something. The fast pace, the superabundant gang vocals, and the straight-up shredly guitars are all simply irresistible to me. I can’t recommend these songs enough.
This artist showed up on my Apple Music feed, and I gave them a listen because I was drawn to the aesthetic of their cover artwork. I then discovered that this psych-pop trio is from Japan, which automatically adds 3 or 4 points to their cool-factor. Sonically, I love how the syncopated bass groove interacts with the constant 8th notes of the guitar during the verses. I love the laser-gun synth outbursts that come in with the second verse. And I LOVE the start-and-stop guitar lead that comes in around the 2 minute mark. So quirky. Also, I love that the track length is exactly 3 minutes and 33 seconds. Way to stick with the threes. I’m hoping that Brother. can befriend this band and play some shows in Japan with them.
This song was a random Tidal recommendation and I was immediately hooked by the bass line. This song has so much groove. I also love how sparse the instrumentation is. It allows the vocals to sit nicely on top of everything. The sparseness also lends itself perfectly to the little sprinkles of flavour throughout: the cowbell during the verse, the little video game noises in the chorus, and the subtle bell synth in the bridge, just to name a few.
I love the compressed/crunchy guitar, the phaser effects on the bridge and just the overall flow of the song. It’s a really fun song and she’s a bad ass lady.
I don’t remember how I found this song but I listen to it non-stop and it’s on my list of songs I wish I wrote. I love love love the groove of the bass line against the drums. The vocal melody hits every note I want it to hit. They added some killer guitar solo fun which I’m still baffled at how they got that certain pulsing effect at the top of the solo. What I really enjoy is that for the first portion of the song is that they add an extra measure which makes the first verse feel longer but you don’t notice until it’s gone in the second verse. It's the perfect road trip song in my opinion.
Off The Hook Music challenged PHANTASM to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
PHANTASM has recently released a attention grabbing new single 'Shift'.
“Deftones much like Hundredth in this list below, are one of my all time favourite bands. The constant change of genres and pushing the elects not just of themselves but of their music. Placed at the end of the album is this track, Slightly different to the other vibes across the album, but that is one of the beauties of this song. The reverberated and glittery guitars along with the odd drum sequence allows for singer Chino Moreno’s soft voice to create this space atmosphere, making you feel like you’re floating around space. But this track is the perfect ballad and is one of the bands most underrated songs! and is a must have on any playlist”
“I’ve been a fan of Pvris ever since i heard them on radio 1, with the previous album. I was sceptical of the album until I heard this track, the instant thumping synth lead layers drew me in instantly, along with the thumping drums and crunchy guitar lines. The best bit for me is the double chorus at the end with the transitional half time drums. This track is a power anthem from the band”
“Hundredth is for me the find of the century. Possibly for me the best album I have ever listened to. The once Hardcore band turned 80’s Synth pop rock was just fantastic to look up. every song on this album could be on here but i chose Youth because of the track's sheer power, the way the intro throws you into this fierce drum fill followed by this crystal clear guitar lead line which throws you into this trance like state. All the instrumentation is brought together by singer Chadwick Johnson’s calming voice. This track for me just brings all the elements of music growing up on the music of the 70’s to the 90’s. And I couldn't recommend this band, album and track any more!”
“In Rainbows, as we know is such a fantastic album not just for the music but all about how it was made and released. I’ve always been interested in the change in dynamics of tracks in the album and the flow of the overall music. Reckoner for me, the way the track flows underneath Yorke’s voice is just so lullaby like. and the song just makes you move, and is a perfect song for any lazy weekend track”
“There are so many thrice songs that I could've chosen. They are such an amazing band and have been such an influential band to my life. And getting to see them live in Bristol in 2019 was just a life highlight I'll not be forgetting anytime soon. I chose this song in particular because I’ve always been grabbed with the flow, the way that the rice is so warm and just lays perfectly onto the other instruments. I’ve always imagined the track as a festival anthem, the way you can close your eyes while listening to it and just imagine this as a closer to say Reading and Leeds or so forth, with all the lights and fireworks. This track is definitely one of their most underrated tracks across the discography. And one hell of a closer to this top 5 list”
Off The Hook Music challenged Deva St. John to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
So, I actually credit Amanda Palmer for being the catalyst that got me to start releasing music. In May 2018, I attended a party she was hosting. There was drinking, dancing, and of course live music. Toward the end of the night, she played a very stripped-back set. She played the piano fantastically, and the ukulele slightly less fantastically. It was her ukulele playing that had the biggest personal impact, though. Being pretty instrumentally stupid is a large reason why I felt discouraged to release music. To see her unapologetically playing an instrument that she was only half-good at was pretty significant for me. She was rocking it. Being truthful and poetic. It didn’t matter that she wasn’t being technically perfect. Music isn’t supposed to be perfect, it’s just supposed to make you feel something. It was that night that flicked the switch in me, I think. I released my first song a few months later. Do It With A Rockstar is my favourite song of hers - and we’ve opened a lot of shows with it!
I could pick any Twenty One Pilots song and be able to say that it was significant for me. I discovered them at a time where I (unfortunately) found their music to be quite relatable. I’m pretty sure that Heathens was the first one I ever heard - or at least the first one I heard and thought “shit, this is actually really good.” I dove into their discography after that and got hooked. The thing about Chlorine - and the entire Trench album really - is that it was such a huge step-up production-wise. It’s a really great album - and I love how conceptual it is. I’ve been creating a world of my own since I was about 17 - trying to initially turn it into a TV show, and then being more excited by the potential of a video game narrative. Anyway, when I heard that Tyler Joseph created his own world and made an album about it was very cool to me. I love imaginative, layered writing. Also, most specifically - the ending of Chlorine is such a perfect musical manifestation of drowning. It’s beautifully constructed, and probably one of my favourite endings ever.
On the total opposite end of the scale - Energy is a pretty perfect musical manifestation of spirituality unencumbered by religion. I don’t know if that’s the intention of the song, but that’s the vibe I get. A celebration of eternal human energy. Growth, weather, water and fire in a neat 4-minute bop. Sampa The Great is so good. I also really love Final Form, F E M A L E and OMG. It was a four-way tie which one I picked for this list!
In a similar realm, but galactic (so actually, a totally different realm) - I’m super into So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth, and just the entire Miss Anthropocene album. It’s ethereal and cosmic and when you listen to it - much like Energy - it feels like you’re cleansing your soul of 3-dimensional bullshit.
Last, but certainly not least - I had to pick a Blind Melon song. They’re a band that has been with me for as long as I can remember. My mum introduced me to them as a kid - but I didn’t start to fully appreciate them until I was a teenager. When I was fifteen, I visited the US by myself. I remember feeling so grown up! Even though I was staying with my family, there was a real sense of personal freedom. I have a really vivid memory of driving down the freeway in my Nana’s car and listening to Blind Melon on my iPod. Vernie, in particular, just accesses a part of my soul like no other song does. I can’t explain it! I guess it just reminds me of feeling free and being with my family. All that aside though, everyone in the band is fantastic. The lyricism, the composition - it’s outstanding. Vernie is also home to my all-time favourite lyric - “oh, flower you are to my land."
Off The Hook Music challenged Dois Padres to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
Don't fail to check Dois Padres new single "The City Never Sleeps" which is building the anticipation to their forthcoming album "Swamp Jams".
This song is over 40 years old and it still sounds like it was written yesterday. It's an anthem for a lot of people, for a lot of different reasons. For me it truly captures the mojo of cutting loose and being your truest, most badass self. Lemmy is a big influence on me; both for the way he thrashed out his Rickenbacker and for his pure wisdom. Certainly one of the loosest, truest badasses we've ever had.
This song is a bop for days. The White Stripes are a clear influence for Dois Padres as a 2 piece, especially their earlier material with its stripped back sensibilities. It's a very punk approach to figure out your strengths and play to them, which isn't necessarily punk in the music itself, but certainly in the delivery. The whole 'De Stijl' album by The White Stripes is such a joy for me to listen to because it is what it is - 2 cats honestly cutting an album on a shoe string budget and having a damn good time doing it.
Someone came up to me after a Dois Padres gig and said 'You guys remind me of Thee Oh Sees'. The band name was familiar so I went hunting, their latest album at the time was 'Orc', but when I stumbled across 'The Dream' it all clicked and I "got it". It's so relentless and psychedelic. I don't know what we did for the guy at the gig to be reminded of Thee Oh Sees, but I take it as a huge compliment and it's certainly impacted my music taste since.
The first track from their first album. Hot damn, start as you mean to go on. The back story to this album is one of those accidental, universal happenings that I love so much. Dan Auerbach's guitar playing on the early Black Keys records has been a definite influence on me; his use of open tunings for unaccompanied blues. Sometimes when I stray a little far out with my song writing and get lost or stuck, I can listen to a track like 'Busted' and be reminded 'Oh yeah, THAT'S what it's about' .
Another album opening track, and any album with a painting of a badger for the cover is a winner for me. This is a song I play regularly in the morning to really get my gears turning. It's a happy, upbeat groove that always goes down well. It's got that loner outlaw attitude but it's so jolly and peaceful, a real steady freight train rhythm pounding along. J.J. Cale's guitar playing is phenomenal too, when I was learning guitar I always heard the phrase 'Make it sing' and his licks are so emotive and enticing. Some guitar licks speak louder than words!
Off The Hook Music challenged Sabriel to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
Make sure to check out Sabriel's latest single “Love Again”, so unique and interesting it will blow your mind.
This song happens to be my most listened song of 2020. Partially because I have it in a playlist that I would run on repeat for my plants to listen to, but also because it’s one of my absolute favourite Stevie Wonder songs!
Sigh… This is my 2020/2021/Covid theme song. It was between this and “I Get Lonely” by Janet Jackson. This is a classic Prince song from his early days. I love every single thing about this song.
I have always been so inspired by Fiona Apple. She is everything that is right in the music world. This song will serve as a mantra for me in my career. She talks about being a young woman in the industry, being told who she was and listening because she didn’t know any better. My favourite line is “I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill
Shoes that were not made for running up that hill
And I need to run up that hill, I need to run up that hill
I will, I will, I will, I will, I will.” That lyric is so inspiring to me. She isn’t afraid to expose the evil in the industry. And by doing so, she paves the way for other women to run up that hill.
I have had this song on repeat for months! It’s such a beauty. I feel transcendent when I hear this tune. It’s about honesty and belief. Darkness and light. And Cleo’s sweet vocals really take you to a special place.
This is a song that I’ve heard many times in the past, but that I am just now having a significant connection to. When I do my manifestations, I like affirm that my life is full of constant surprises. The universe is always sending me little gifts. “Some call it coincidence, but I like to call it fate.”
Off The Hook Music challenged Drummer Lewis Harwood to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
I've never heard a better live intro song in my life. This was a close second to Idles - Colossus but The Riverbed takes the intro spot for me. Instrumental thrashing which just builds and builds with percussive vocals. If I heard it live I'd pick up a GBH charge. "We are the brothers, In my brothers I trust, I know that the devil watches over us"
This song is the anthem for you'd rather drop breezeblocks on your feet than get out of the bed in the morning. Soon to be swiftly replaced by Cuffs new Single Get Up Get On (out 13/11)
If I could have one song played to me before I died this song would be it. This song sounds like it was taken right from the most beautiful dream. It's ethereal, it's relaxing, it's so lovely it's almost a bit unnerving. It's the closest I've ever felt to heaven. This song makes The Killing Moon sound like Death Metal. It's emasculate. Shoegaze is the biggest missed gem in music. If you don't like this song you're doing the wrong drugs. This band sound Otherworldly.
There's plenty of Architects songs I could have chosen but lyrically and instrumentally this song is perfect. Before you even get into how amazing the lyrics are, the music is sonically so nice to listen to whoever produced that album deserves a Nobel prize. This song carries a heavy message on its shoulders; life after loss. "Holy Hell, I've got nothing left to lose but I can tell there's gold buried in the blue". There's few bands that are as talented and consistent as Architects.
Some of my band would have my head on a pike for choosing the Smiths and my other band would have my head on a pike for not prioritising the Cure but they are in my opinion the best band that ever existed, oops. This song inspired me to write a whole book so I can't not have it on this list. Plus it's also a beautiful song it. It's the loneliness anthem. "if you're so funny then why are you on your own tonight". I've never related to a song so much in my life.
Off The Hook Music challenged singer song writer Kandle to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
But before you check out what Kandle thinks you should add to your playlist, check out Kandle's new EP Stick Around and Find Out . It's fantastic and has become a favourite with the Off the Hook Music office.
“Nightmare” was composed by bandleader and clarinettist Artie Shaw in 1936 and I’m pretty sure it has been haunting people ever since. There’s some so grand, so classy and so spooky all at once that I find myself constantly getting full body shivers with each listen! I also plan on walking down the aisle to this song at my spooky vampire wedding, if anyone is ever crazy enough to marry me ; )
This is a track by my brilliant cousin who is all kinds of fierce and sensual talent. When she first showed me the song in demo form, I was deeply moved. The dark jazz chords and the raw vulnerability mixed with unapologetic hunger for love and attention in a toxic relationship “ the winds of change have come to town, I ain’t myself when you’re around”. Just love it
I love all Taylor’s songs but this one has to my favourite. He is the king of the haunted croon, “I wanna follow through on all my promises and threats to you, babe”. This seductive and haunting song also has one of my favourite instrumental sections of all time. A perfectly smooth and beautiful sax line repeating and adding beats with each repetition until a final abrupt stop announcing the end of the song.
Long time Lana fan, I mean, there’s nobody like her (although I do a wicked impression at karaoke). This song throws it back to the 70s, piano driven, timeless beautiful string arrangements and classic Lana lyrics that always seem to shock and amaze me “Godamn, man child
You fucked me so good that I almost said, "I love you”… God Lana!!! We’ve all been there ahah somebody had to say it!
Last but certainly not least, my favourite artist of the last 5 years! Probably the biggest and most modern of all my influences. But Michael earned a place in my heart immediately. This third, highly ambitious album i feel he really delivered a fucking classic record; oozing realness, musicality and pure honesty. You ain’t the problem tackles the detrimental effects of social media, something i am no stranger to. Michael was the last live convert I attended before COVID and it left me in a stream of tears in the front row!
Off The Hook Music challenged singer song writer Aidan Tulloch to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
If your looking for a punchy fresh and new EP to listen to Aidan's debut EP Somewhere Without Lights is a fantastic five track record you can trust to deliver.
I first came across Motez through his lockdown EP and live project, Soulitude, and got really into his approach to instrumental music. Since then, though, it’s been his collab with London-based duo Antony and Cleopatra that I’ve had on nonstop repeat. It’s balmy and chilled-out, and drifts beautifully over its video where two people dance on a rooftop in Melbourne as night falls.
I remember at the end of last summer I was going for a shower at 1am in one of the huge bathrooms at Fabrika Hostel in Tbilisi. I was the only one in there and this song was playing quite loud through the in-ceiling speakers. It was a hugely atmospheric moment when I just stood there and listened. I’m pretty sure that this was the first seed for the song Milk and Orange Juice on my new record.
A great tune from a fellow geordie lad. His handle on place, narrative, character, and memory really speaks to me, and this is most marked and profound here. His performance video of this song in the Vevo LIFT is particularly moreish.
I’ve been following L.A. Salami’s latest work which is really exciting and examines modern life in the city through poetry and sound that is equally witty and hard-hitting. It all goes back to this single that is still as irresistibly catchy as it was when I first heard it on BBC Radio 6 Music back in 2017.
Whichever ITV exec was responsible for scheduling the 2018 series of Love Island to coincide with A-Levels needs to take a long, hard look at themselves. I remember sitting there in an economics paper finding it hard to concentrate on financial regulation or something when all I could really think about was the episode we’d all seen last night. It was this song that’d been synced to some montage or scene that was circling round my mind, and I’ve gone back to it every summer since.
Off The Hook Music challenged Rowlette to share with us 5 must listen too tracks, we've put them in a playlist for you, so enjoy!
On the 16th of September Rowlette released her fantastic new single "Cucumber & Ice".
What an amazing voice with so much power, a completely massive pop anthem which we recommend you to check out.
I would describe listening to Sorcha Richardson’s music as looking at an old photo album full of memories.
It feels as though you’re reflecting on friendships and relationships in a vivid and visual way, not to mention catchy. Can’t We Pretend is the first song I discovered by Sorcha and remains one of my favourites, describing an old friendship.
Again, such a visual song! This song makes me feel like I’m listening to memories, and I’ve created such wonderful memories alongside this song.
A 5 minute song that I wouldn’t get bored of if it was 15. The instrumentation and gang vocals, along with the conversational style give it such a full and warm feeling. It’s pure fun and joy in a song.
BOY are a brilliant female duo, and I love all of their songs, but Waitress is a bittersweet one that I really connect with. I have spent so much time in waitressing/hostessing/shop assistant jobs just day-dreaming and waiting for “real life to arrive”. This one definitely hits differently!
I adore The Academic and Bearclaws is one of my favorite tracks by them. As catchy as all their other songs, Bearclaws is upbeat and talks about showing someone all of your flaws i.e. your bear claws. Clever and catchy, what more could you ask for?
There is something about this song that makes me feel a little anxious but I still enjoy it. It reminds me of the importance of getting out there and appreciating life. As per all of Villagers tracks, the studio version is brilliant, but there is a Spotify Live version and I would highly recommend taking a listen if you haven’t heard it. "