Photo: Simon Holliday
With the dawn of a month’s worth of international football coming up, and with no obvious anthem choices, we thought it was only best to compile a list of songs that should be soundtracking England’s embarrassing quarter final penalty defeat. If you’re not bothered about the Euros then you can also use this as a list of songs to loudly play whenever anyone tries to talk to you about football. Have a listen to our list of Euro heartbreak anthems/audio weapons against football chat:
Human Bones – Shorts
The newest release from Bristol’s freshest record label Breakfast Records comes from two piece garage rock lads Human Bones. Not quite as in your face as previous releases, ‘Shorts’ has a more yearning feel. But with driving guitars and scrappy drums, it’s still got bite.
Cousin Kula – Hesitation
This is the first release from the young Bristol band, and comes ahead of their date supporting Bad Sounds at Start the Bus on Friday. It’s a wonderfully weird, glitchy song, complete with a whirling synth outro. Subtle and delicate, yet at the same time anthemic, this is a real statement of intent from the band.
Stevie Parker – The Cure
Anyone who has caught Stevie Parker over the last year, whether it be supporting Soak in London, or at her Gallimaufry residency last summer, know that this has been a long time in the making. ‘The Cure’ is the perfect introduction to her pulsating, shimmer brand of pop, and her astounding voice.
Trust fund – Together
The first track off Trust Fund’s third LP We Have Always Lived in the Harolds presents Trust Fund in a different way than we’re used to. Yeah the guitars and Ellis’ voice are still there, but it’s less scrappy than they’ve been before. Ellis’ voice is quiet and tender, whilst the guitars aren’t as heavy as anything off Seems Unfair. It keeps pop melodies at the heart though, making it another fantastic release from the Bristolian.
Flamingods – Gojira
The Bristol Live Mag cover stars finally released their new album Majesty this week, and as expected, it’s absolutely wonderful. The whole thing is a intense psychedelic journey, but ‘Gojira’ stands out due of it’s heavy, immersive percussion. It perfectly captures the hypnotic, tribalistic chaos of their live show.
Kenji – Weird, Oh
We put the first track by mysterious bedroom R&B singer Kenji up a few weeks ago and since then the young Philadelphian has not only finally let us put a face to a name, but also released his first EP I’ll Think Of Something Better on Sports Day Records. And wow is it good. ‘Weird, Oh’ is the pick of the bunch though, showcasing his sparse production style along with his wonderful singing voice. With comparisons to Frank Ocean or Blood Orange so obvious, the boy is clearly going somewhere big.
Claws – Daydream
Norwich four-piece Claws seem to have a knack for perfectly mixing washed out surf guitars with massive, power pop choruses (we should know, we interviewed them here). ‘Daydream’ is the first off their Daydream EP, and if it doesn’t fill you with youthful angst, I don’t know what will.
The track is premiering now over at God Is In The TV now
Monks In The Wood – Evidence
Another debut single, this time from London two-piece Monks In The Woods. This is a shimmering indie banger, with Wild Beasts’ atmospherics, Django Django’s vocal melodies and a chorus that’ll sink it’s teeth into you for days.
Spook The Herd – App Tofu
Palehound associates Spook The Herd are back, this time with a new EP. ‘App Tofu’ is lo-fi and sludgy, with a driving punk edge. It’s like a classic rock tune but fed through a blender, but being just over a minute in length, I only wish it could go on longer.
Skinner, Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions
Come on. 50 years of hurt.