Evolution Emerging: Top 10 Tracks You Need To Hear
Evolution Emerging 2018 is going to take the Ouseburn by storm, with a king-sized buffet of locally sourced, lively musical talent; you really can't get any better.
I've put together a top 10 list of some tracks that you need to hear from some of the artists playing at the festival this year.
10. ILSER - 'LJ'
Female fronted ILSER are a noisy, doom/alternative rock four-piece band from Newcastle. 'LJ' is one of their older tracks, however it's definitely one of their best. Exotic sounding distortion and grinding vocals really give you a sense of screaming frustration. The track pushes you along and engrosses you with a head-banging, jumping rhythm. A bedevilled, doomed vibe; but I love it. Definitely not a one to miss.
9. Mouses - 'Green'
Developing a commercial name for themselves and having played at Reading+Leeds fest and Evolution Emerging in 2016, Mouses are really getting credit for their sound. In one of their more known tracks, 'Green', vintage fuzz guitars and a profound beat pretty much carry you into a mosh pit (wherever you are) and really get you involved in the music. The whiny, distorted, gnarled vocals really complete the track and add an unique edge. A sound of solid confusion, but it's really gripping and honest. You really need to check these guys out if you haven't already.
8. Cortney Dixon - 'Kingpin'
Cortney Dixon is a beautiful, young singer-songwriter from Newcastle and I really think that all of her songs are equally distinctive and cleverly written. 'Kingpin' has a slightly vintage, bohemian vibe. Personally it reminds me slightly of Alice in Wonderland, in the sense that it's quite similar aesthetically. The slow beat makes it slightly seductive and also slightly gothic, however Cortney's voice is totally blues/country sounding. This song works well at incorporating different vibes, aesthetics and sounds to create a colourful ensemble.
7. The Old Pink House - 'Take It Out On Me'
This track gives off strong celestial, bright, luminous vibes. Synths take charge at the chorus and guitars dominate the verses to create a really nice juxtaposition. It's almost as if you're blasted when the chorus starts! (Its such an effective shift in the song).
The vocals also blend well into the mix, harmonies are thrown in during the chorus to add to the bright vibe. It really reminds me of Muse's 'Uprising'. Such an amazing song, technically and performance wise.
6. Cheap Lunch - 'Lizards'
Young doom rock pros, Cheap Lunch, are going to take Evolution Emerging by it's horns this year. 'Lizards' is a display of pure slow, lazy, gritty emotion. The wandering rhythm and fuzzy sounding guitar chugs the song along leisurely at a stumbling pace, roping you in and almost hypnotizing you with its trippy nature. A sudden shift of pace in the song abruptly breaks out into some intense instrumental outrage, but then the outrage is stopped, and the lazy beat returns. 'Lizards' is a gloomy, dystopian work of art and needs to be witnessed.
5. FEVA - 'Ain't Nobody'
The North East's energetic alt-rock band FEVA are featuring on the Evolution Emerging lineup this year, and I am really excited. Seeing FEVA live is honestly so driving and riveting, nobody in the crowd is ever still. Instant kicks, lively instrumentals and persistent vocals make such a good impression in this song. A really classically produced alt-rock song, you really can't get much better in terms of crowd pleasers.
4. Behold a Pale Horse - 'United Souls'
'United Souls' has a really clever beat that draws you in instantly. In terms of instrumentals, this song is consistent and they stay quite similar throughout. There is however multiple vibe movements. The start of the track seems quite imperative and strong, the vocals are independent and hostile. However when the chorus approaches, the hook changes slightly and a brighter, mystical vibe is taken over. There is also a bridge part with echoing, elegant vocal 'OOOH's and 'AAAHHHHH's. After the bridge the hostile tone is then picked back up. I honestly just think this song is so clever and exciting, a rollercoaster of emotions if you ask me.
3. The Pale White - 'That Dress'
Local lads The Pale White have absolutely soared to national and global popularity within the past few years. Playing at Glastonbury, Hit The North (this year) and countless other venues, they've developed a respectable indie-rock name for themselves. 'That Dress' is one of The Pale White's more,driving and hammering songs. The bass line is pounding and the guitar licks are quite modern rock influenced (I can definitely hear hints of Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys). The vocals however are clean and sung with skilful ease, you can hear the melody and care the singer takes, giving the song a fresh and exciting vibe.
2. Llovers - 'Borderlands'
Llovers are a bright, vibrant indie band with some truly fantastic tracks under their belt. 'Borderlands' has a light tone; guitar picking reverberates through the whole song and projects a consistently smooth sound. The vocals however give the track a slightly saddened tone. The vocalist sings of a lost lover, making the bright instrumentals seem slightly more vivid and almost more tender and vulnerable, yet still youthful and positive. Llovers won't be a band that you'll want to skip this year.
1. Sauvage - 'Synthetic Silence'
Sauvage are one of the smaller bands playing Evolution Emerging this year, however their soundfar exceeds their stature. In 'Synthetic Silence', the instrumentals are soothing, but the vocals are emotion-filled and deep. I think this track exposes some deep feelings from the lead vocalist; and there's nothing better than being able to feel someone's emotions through a song. Half way through the track, the soothing instrumentals are put on hold for some much faster and harder ones as the guitar hammers and drum pounds. This kick really pushes the song into a new gear, and makes the deep vocals now seem angrier and more spiteful. A great listen.