Issue 110

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46 ISSUE 110 / 2018 INDIE Hinds are not your regular indie band. One of the genre's greatest crimes is its lack of divergence, the number of interchangeable bands is daunting. Hinds do things decidedly differently. With over 60 talk sessions, 90 workshops, 120 music acts, 25 comedy performances, 8 dramas and 15 spoken word sessions Byline Fest 2018 is set to be one big carnival with all you need to dance, discuss, laugh and change the world. Growing up in Madrid, Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perotte flirted with the idea of forming a band. They played a gig at Carlotta's Grandmother's restaurant, then one more and then nothing for a couple years. That could have been that, but they returned to the idea, this time around doubling their membership with a drummer and bassist, and thus Hinds – initially going by Deers – were formed. I Don't Run is a natural follow up to their debut, Leave Me Alone, there is a marked improvement and refinement of the band's style. Singing in English, Hinds' relative lack of articulation works perfectly with their subject matter, a look at the emotions and tendencies apparent in love. Hinds are a garage-rock band diluted with an in vogue beach-rock sound originating from the west coast of America, I Don't Run exhibits all the joys of this sound. Mercury Prize winner, Badly Drawn Boy is Friday night's headliner with his first performance after a break in touring for the last few years. Other highlights are Brighton's Jam Tart Choir singing Indie Classics, poetry by Salena Godden, Pussy Riot who headline Saturday night, John Cleese in conversation, the Miss Byline Drag Queen Beauty Pageant and the Bad Press Awards where a celebrity cast showcase the most transparently inaccurate and inflammatory newspaper stories, sponsored content on news sites, and self serving conflicts of interest in the media. More on GUESTLIST RECOMMENDS: HINDS EVENT PREVIEW: BYLINE READY TO HELP YOU CHANGE THE WORLD ARTIST OF THE MONTH: SOCCER MOMMY Delivering youthful longing and vulnerability in a crisp, no-frills guitar pop package, the studio debut of singer-songwriter Sophie Allison – better known as Soccer Mommy – is an album of many small pleasures that add up to a compulsively listenable whole. Her songs are bittersweet tales of infatuation, envy, self-doubt and disappointment from the perspective of someone young enough for these experiences to still feel new. There's an appealing sense of melodrama to Allison's lyrics, which show a particular fondness for the imagery of nature – especially the cruel parts. In despondent opener 'Still Clean', she isn't just looking for a lover; she's "in the forest hunting for a wolf" – a doomed endeavour which ends with the grisly image of a severed ring finger falling from a beast's bloody teeth. Conveying similar visuals in a rather different mood, the more upbeat 'Cool' has Allison singing her admiration for a self-assured stoner girl who'll "break you down and eat you whole," before wistfully concluding in the chorus, "I wanna be that cool." She need not worry since a natural cool permeates the entire album. Allison's understated, endearingly unrefined vocals prove equally suited to introspective ballads and whimsy-tinged power pop. These are songs of yearning and self-deprecation that embody both the thrill of a romantic daydream and the underlying uncertainty that such fantasies will ever come true. There have undoubtedly been more ambitious albums released this month than Clean. How many of those releases attain the effortless poise and consistency of these ten tracks is another question. PLAYLIST Staying at Tamara's George Ezra Years and Years Palo Santo Lighting Matches Tom Grennan High As Hope Florence + The Machine Here's the Indie on our playlist this month

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