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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 12 September 5, 2020


Here we are with our twelfth singles round-up of 2020. This one features six great tunes, which found their way into the world over the past few weeks. These six tracks feature another great selection of bands and singers from Pickering, North East UK (via London), Middlesbrough, Switzerland, York and Norwich. Only two of these acts are new to With Just A Hint Of Mayhem and they are Andrei Poliakov and Mammal Hands and I am sure that they will all feature again sometime in the future. Get onto this batch of top tunes now!

“Turn Me Down” – Hunter Gatherer

Pickering in North Yorkshire has produced top cricketers and even a top snooker player. But now Pickering can lay claim to producing an incredible rock band, Hunter Gatherer. The boys are back with another cracking single. Full of gargantuan riffs and fine metal melodies. This lot are still on my list to see live post COVID-19.

“Dance Through This” – Notorious Lightbulbs

Those classy popsters Notorious Lightbulbs are back with a slice of pop dance perfection that will not fail to get your feet and body moving to its hooks and beats. “Dance Through This” is a magnificent feel good anthem with a golden groove that will leave you with a smile on your face.

“Say Nothing” – Swears

Coming out of Middlesbrough like a rogue steam train on speed Swears are talented grungey rockers. “Say Nothing” is the 2nd single taken from their debut EP ‘Seersucker’. It is a magnificent rock song that deals with mental health issues. At times they remind me of one of my favourite bands, Avalanche Party. Get Swears on your playlist now!

“Declaration Of Love In The Moonlight” – Andrei Poliakov

This is probably not my usual listening fare, but having it playing while sitting down to read late at night is refreshingly relaxing. It splices classical piano with jazz motifs. The feel of it suggests night time in the same way that its companion piece “Declaration Of Love In The Sunshine” suggests a warm leisurely summer day. Music to chill to, get yourself a cold drink, a comfortable chair and take a listen.

“Make It” – Jacob Clayton

Jacob’s first release “Inside Our Minds” suggested he might fit into the folk genre. But “Make It” busts right out of those genre boundaries. It is a chilled, electro styled tune that showcases the depth of talent and potential that Jacob has. He definitely deserves to be heard.

“Chaser” – Mammal Hands

Do you like electro? Do you like jazz? Can you imagine a jazz electro fusion sound? You can? Then you have just imagined what Mammal Hands sound like. As well as jazz and electro I sense an element of prog in what they do too, this is a vanguard release from their album which is due this month. It is a single that bodes well for the album in my opinion.

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‘Seersucker’ EP – Swears June 19, 2020


Do you love dirty, grungey, punky, fuzzy, garage rock? You do? Well you will want to marry Swears. They released their first EP, ‘Seersucker’ last month and it goes straight to the top of the alternative rock class for 2020. Swears formed in Middlesbrough in 2017 and are made up of Joel Clayton, Cypriot brothers George and Stephanos Louca, and Tom Gingell. The EP was recorded at All Silk Recording Studio, Rawtenstall, Lancashire with the music tracked, mixed and mastered by Ed Hall.

EP opener “Warm To The Touch” has quite an impassioned, soulful vocal reflecting the subject of the song which is about the plight of our dying planet. It is underpinned by a heavy, scuzzy sound that Black Rebel Motorcycle would be proud of. Next up is “Say Nothing” which I believe deals with mental health and lyrically, for me, it is one of the most interesting tracks here. “I’m a vision of division, I’m a hound without a sound” is a couplet that conjures up mental despair and anguish (schizophrenia maybe?) with a very intelligent use of just a few simple words. Musically it felt very dark which reflects and supports the lyrics perfectly.

Westlife have aged well haven’t they? 😉

“Catacombs” deals with addiction and is driven by a bass so deep that it probably began in the depths of hell, which I guess is fitting given the songs title and subject matter. This is what a much darker, more punk savvy Kings Of Leon might sound like. You get a feel for how these boys feel about God on “Brain Dead”, an incredibly powerful tune that has some mighty riffs and is possibly the heaviest track on a fabulously heavy release. On the strength of this release I can hardly wait to see Swears live post COVID-19.

Click here to listen to ‘Seersucker’ on Spotify.

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