Each month we’ll bring you three of the freshest acts to catch our ears. Headed by New Music Editor Christian Northwood, check out what’ll be spinning on the Bristol Live Magazine stereo for the month of October.
Pop music does a lot of different things; it can shove all thoughts of the outside world away, it can energise you, it can make you dance. But with their particular brand of pop, London’s Ider seem to reach deeper than that, sympathising with life’s darkness, whilst dropping you a helping hand through their pure, beautiful sound. The duo, consisting of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, met at Falmouth Uni and are still roommates. This close connection allows their interwoven vocals to flourish, creating ethereal melodies for the sparse production that lies beneath.
Ider’s last two singles show just how contrasting their sound can be. ‘Gut Me Like an Animal’ is a dark, pulsating song that grapples with the letting go of a toxic relationship, but ‘Learn to Let Go’ is the complete opposite. It’s a freeing, sun-kissing piece of pop, one that implores you to “learn to let go” in its beautifully-harmonised chorus. As catchy as it is life-affirming, the track is Ider’s strongest yet, and creates an exciting platform for the band to spring from.
Bristol three-piece Tropic are a very new affair indeed. The youngsters only started playing together in their current form a few months ago, but since first emerging have managed to sell out a show at Crofters Rights and release their fantastic new single ‘A Continuing Saga #3 (Deja Vu)’, plus two equally fantastic b-sides.
It’s a brash and intriguing entrance for the band. Dark, sludgy and unpredictable, the title track smashes together post-punk and slacker influences, stuttering and starting until, all of a sudden, the guitars are let loose. A confident but raw new Bristol band to get your teeth into.
It’s rare that a band is able to give both fantastic songs and excellent tips on oral hygiene, and unfortunately, despite the name, London’s Toothpaste are not qualified to tell you how much you should be flossing. The four-piece are qualified however to become your new favourite band. Their debut single ‘TV Years’ is a wistful, dreamy guitar-pop number that describes “the sort of feeling that makes you want to stay away from the outside world, at home watching TV”. Toothpaste’s hazy qualities will delight fans of Jaws and Smith Westerns, but their catchy melodies and introverted beauty will hold anyone’s ear.