Monday Movers 28/02/2022

Welcome to LDN’s Monday Movers! Each week we’ll post a few tracks to get the pulse rate up a little. Enjoy!

  1. Malevolence – On Broken Glass 

After a year of success playing the UK’S top rock and metal festivals – Slam Dunk, Download & Bloodstock – the hardcore five-piece Malevolence are back and this time not to incite violence but to initiate a ‘demonstration of strength – though this won’t stop us from inciting a circle pit during Monday morning traffic. This track provides a foundation of intricate guitar riffs paired with fast-paced, punchy drums underneath a layer of contrasting vocals that play off each other’s emotions perfectly; anger and pain transitioning into this sudden roar of hope and perseverance. Malevolence have always carried a sense of camaraderie in the community they have cultivated and the music they have created, and the video perfectly accommodates this idea. The video was filmed in their hometown of Sheffield with the idea to ‘capture the raw energy of Malevolence in a live environment.’ Alex further emphasised the video was ‘completely DIY from hiring the venue, stage and crew to inviting close friends and family down to the shoot.’

Still figuring out if these guys are a worthy investment? Be sure to catch them tearing down venues across the UK with Architects and Sleep Token this May or better yet pre-order the new album ‘Malicious Intent’ via Nuclear Blast Records set to be released May 20.

So, elbows for breakfast anyone? 

Where do I find out more?

Check out their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube channel.

2. Bob Vylan – Health Is Wealth

What do we love more than spitting bars? Political aggression!

The new single by the London punk-grime duo Bob Vylan ‘Health Is Wealth’ is an anthem about the world around us and everything wrong with it, touching on themes surrounding environmental issues, mental health struggles and expenses of living a healthy lifestyle all influenced by government corruption. A real eye opener to make you question why the ‘unhealthy lifestyle’ is advertised so willingly compared to this ‘healthy lifestyle’ as depicted in the video. Compared to his previous releases this feels very mellow without any thrashy guitars, yet this still feels heavier topically – which is why Bob is certainly on our radars. So, if you were over the whole concept of new year’s resolutions there’s still time to follow in Bob’s footsteps and get those running shoes on, do some push-ups, make that homemade chickpea curry and crack open that book you’ve neglected on the shelf. Make 2022 the year that you ditch the unhealthy lifestyle and instead create the perfect balance between your mind, soul, and body because that ‘is an act of revolution,(as quoted by Bob).

Be sure to pre-order ‘Bob Vylan Presents The Price Of Life’ via their independent label Ghost Theatre for release April 2 and while you’re there why not grab a ticket to one of their headlines shows throughout the UK this May.

Where do I find out more?

Check out their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or official YouTube channel.

3. Abby Roberts – Pink Champagne

‘She’s a dreamy break-up song for you to live your main character moment in the back of your parents’ car’ is how the 21-year-old TikTok star Abby Roberts describes her new indie-pop track, ‘Pink Champagne’. Usually, break-up tracks are full of sadness or anger, but this has a melancholy tone that is often contradicting. ‘Tried to sleep but I hear melodies/our bittersweet entropy’ tells a story in itself; the melodies are the butterflies we feel when we’re in that perfect ‘honeymoon’ phase however, things get complicated and disorganised and what we once loved in the beginning can often become what we start to despise. But this isn’t a break-up song, it’s a love song about break-ups wrapped up in an ethereal landscape, a tribute to the wonderful times and I’m sure we can relate that to a certain someone. The video, however, encapsulates this 90s nostalgia sprinkled with modern pop culture references from the likes of ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ and ‘Love Actually’.

If you wish to further immerse yourself in the talent of who could be the next ‘pop princess’ catch her touring the west coast of America throughout June and July supporting Halsey on the Love And Power Tour.

Where do I find out more?

Check out her Instagram, TikTok, Twitter or official YouTube channel.

Words: Shannon Eacups

4. The Afghan Whigs — I’ll Make You See God

Anticipation gears up riffs from the get go in ‘I’ll Make You See God’, and adrenaline courses through the track for US alt-rock veterans The Afghan Whigs for the first time since 2017’s ‘Demon In Profile’ single. To be on the listening end of such a chip-on-the-shoulder rock track is a pleasure, as if some sort of invincibility is boiling from within as you listen and the heat only gets turned up further when coarse guitars and drums meet their makers come the chorus. For gaming fans, ‘I’ll Make You See God’ joins the ‘Gran Turismo’ franchise in its seventh instalment for more passion-filled driving than ever.

Where do I find out more?

Check out their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube channel or official Website.

5. Saloon Dion — Hey Hey

Crawling from one of the UK’s most promising post-punk breeding grounds, Bristol-based Saloon Dion are back with their third single ‘Hey Hey’ in addition to signing to Nice Swan Records. The amalgamated five-piece of previous bands now show their vulnerability in ‘Hey Hey’, rallying themselves for another unorthodox run of synth-fuelled post-punk – Saloon Dion have once again brought their weird with them. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of fellow synthesising punks Home Counties, this quintet have sights set on success with cowbells, Korgs and rickety riffs in hand.

Where do I find more?

Check out their Instagram or Facebook page.

Words: Jack McGill