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Into The Ocean - ‘Idiots of Noise’ (mp3)

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If the history of popular music has taught us anything, it’s that teenagers love angst they can dance to.

If you’ve got some time to kill (and let’s face it, if you’re on here you probably do), trawl through MySpace Music for half an hour or so. You’ll see the genres commanding the most attention from heavy users are post-hardcore/screamo and generic dance music. If you’re anything like me (and you could be) you’ll wonder, “Gosh, why hasn’t any band formed a fusion sub-sub genre from these sub-genres?”

Well, Into The Ocean have done just that and are onto a winner. Nine Inch Nails did something similar twenty years earlier and it worked really well for them.  Now, I promise I’m not being snarky, I genuinely like this track and although the band wear their influences on their sleeve, it comes across as more homage than imitation.

I missed the band’s EP launch last weekend, but I’m really keen to see if they can pull this stuff together live.

The Middle East – 'The Darkest Side'



The Middle East – ‘The Darkest Side’ (mp3)

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It’s hard to overstate how good these guys are. I’ve seen them twice now and both times they had the rooms’ fullest attention; the crowd hung on to every word and even get hysterical . I’m not exaggerating here, when they play The Darkest Side, girls in the front row weep. Whether they like it or not, they have created a very strong following over a very short time. It won’t be long before the rest of the international indie blogosphere fall in line and praise this band, I’m just glad I got here fairly early.

Boat Beam



Boat Beam - ‘The Rain Pauly’

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So it turns out that Josephine of Sparkadia is now in this gorgeously gentle folky trio in Madrid called Boat Beam, and they seem to be kinda popular (check their Myspace). How crazy is that?

p.s. I could listen to this song for days.