Tag Archives: Cancer Research

Blogathon: Thank You & What’s In The Box Special

1 Feb

Whats In The Box

Here we are then, 24 hours of solid blogging done and dusted and a lot of money raised for Cancer Research. On Alphabet Bands there have been 32 posts, each containing some super quality music and not as much ramble or gubbins as we expected in the writing.

Between us, Breaking More Waves and Alphabet Bands have been sponsored to the tune of £1,355.66 which we think you’ll agree, is pretty good for two blokes jabbering on about music.

But there is still time to donate, still time to help us boost that total further up. If you’d been thinking about donating but thought you’d missed your chance, you haven’t. If you’ve enjoyed reading and listening to what we have written over the last 24 hours, you can still make it even more worthwhile by adding an extra pound or two to the pile.

Just push this lovely big button and follow the simple instructions.

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Despite 24 hours seeming like an eternity, and it did at a couple of points in the night, we now feel like we’ve actually run out of time and there was still so many tunes we wanted to share with you.

So, to finish off, here’s a very special edition of What’s In The Box which, for the only time ever, will feature just the one line about each track. Sorry about that but they are great tracks.

We hope you enjoy the music.

Before we get to the tunes though, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you to everyone who has read a post, listened to a track, watched a video, enjoyed it and shared it. Thank you to all the artists, labels and PRs who have shared content with us especially for the Blogathon. For the premieres, for the interview, for the exclusives, for the free downloads and for the pictures that you gave us, thank you.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with us over the 24 hours. To everyone who emailed, tweeted, commented, texted or facebooked us to say hi or offer words of appreciation. We couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement, you’re amazing and we love you.

Thank you especially to Robin at Breaking More Waves. This was his idea, he deserves the credit, we were just along for the ride to keep him company and boost the total as best we can. Well done Robin, we’re proud of you.

Lastly, to those of you who sponsored us. You’re our favourites of them all.

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Thank You!

There’s still time to donate and become one of our favourites. Go for it.

Until next time, we’re off to get some sleep.


Prides – “The Seeds You Sow”

Anthemic synth pop from Glasgow, not to be confused with Chvrches but full of energy, infectious hooks and big, confident melodies.



Beginnings – “Sports”

Retro sounding electro-pop from Arizona.



Waylayers – “Medicine”

Atmospheric synthpop with a dark and slightly sinister edge from one of our blog favourites, with a vast explosion of light at its denoument.



Longfellow – “Siamese Lover”

With elements of U2 and Snow Patrol, “Siamese Lover” is a cavalcade of pop sounds dressed with the complexities of love and life packaged together in a rousing 4 minute tune.



Model Aeroplanes – “Innocent Love”

Bright and bouncy radio friendly pop from a bunch of young guys full of exuberance and energy.



NONONO – “Hungry Eyes”

Hook heavy and rousing pop monster from one of ourtips for 2014 (not a cover version btw).



This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.

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Blogathon: Belanger – “Calico”

1 Feb

belanger

We received a fair amount of submissions over the last 24 hours from bands and PRs, wanting to be featured as part of Blogathon. There were lots of pictures, band photos, links, effusive praise from other sites and numerous other reasons for us to post their song.

Only one email came with nothing more than a close up picture of what appears to be a jet black panther’s face, and a link. That one came from New York based producer Belanger and the link took us to this eerily atmospheric piece of instrumental electronica. The beat pulses like a heartbeat while synths flash and blink like a hospital ward full of electrocardiograph monitors. Minimalist glitches belie the pristine sparseness of the melody, filling it with flickers and flourishes of sharp digital beats and pops.

Belanger has risen to prominence for his remixes for some of mainstream pop’s favourite darlings, like Britney and Demi. Now he looks to be striking out on his own like a big cat on the prowl, waiting for his moment to strike. It sounds like that moment is now.

”Calico” is out now and available to buy on iTunes.


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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Blogathon: School – “Clouds Aside”

1 Feb

School

Remarkably, given both the prevalence and our love of Swedish pop music, we think this is the first time in the last 23 hours that we have featured any. For shame we say to ourselves (hey, we told you we’d end up talking to ourselves) we’d best put that right. And so we are, with a track we stumbled upon in the small hours and have been holding to one side, ready to post this morning.

Sounding wonderfully bright and Scandinavian, School are a four-piece from Göteborg and with their latest slice of indie pop they have quite literally pushed the “Clouds Aside” to leave us with a dazzling blue sky. It’s a carefree summer’s day of a tune; vibrant and uplifting guitars take you by the hand and lead you off on a run through the cornfields, the warm vocals brushing the tops of the plants as you pass by. Alice Botéus’ ahhhhhhhhh’s drift out beyond the horizon like a bird soaring through the air as the whole song lifts you up, weightless and floating on its sunshine melody.


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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Blogathon: Casitas – “Gold”

1 Feb

Casitas

Goodness, it almost feels like we are running out of time all of a sudden with only 2 hours left. 2 hours! Can you believe it, we’ve been blogging for 22 hours straight and while our body and eyes ache and our brain has turned to mush, we still feel pretty good. We’d feel better with a few more donations so we’re sure you’ll be able to help with that.

As the sun comes up it’s time to throw back the curtains and let in the light. That’s exactly what we are doing right now with help from was-Devon-now-London five piece, Casitas and their fairground of bright colours, rides that make you scream and sugar filled candy floss to make you want to run around and do it all again.

Their latest track, “Gold”, is bursting with upbeat effervescence, passion and energy. It’s the little blue pill of indie-pop as it just keeps going and going, getting bigger and faster all the time before reaching a satisfactory conclusion for everyone. Hmmm, that’s probably a bit too much for 8am but we haven’t slept for over 24 hours, we think we can be excused.

Take a listen, have a boogie, get your credit card out and make a donation to Cancer Research via the button below. You’ll feel even better about yourself than if you’d actually taken a little blue pill.


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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Blogathon: The Open Club – “I’m Thinking Of You”

1 Feb

The Open Club

We’re properly on the final straight of our mammoth 24 hour blogathon now with less than 3 hours to go. There’s still plenty to get through in that time as we try and rouse ourselves for one last push and we’re going to start with something a little bit Russian. Yep, in our random rambles through the dark recesses of the internet we came across this little known indie band from Moscow, The Open Club.

As well as the music, we have good reason for choosing this song, for “I’m Thinking Of You” is taken from their second EP release from last year, 24 Hours. How serendipitous is that?

On “I’m Thinking Of You”, gentle indie guitar sounds bounce around like light refracting in a shallow sea; opening up as they lap against the shore of a secluded cove of dark vocals. There is an immediate and accessible quality to it that no doubt comes from The Open Club’s 90’s Melody Maker friendly influences.

It’s quite a nice listen over a number of plays, though we’ve not quite managed to get it on repeat for the full 24 hours.

Speaking of which, we’re almost done now and as we push towards the end, it would be great to have another rush of donations. Even just £1 would be fantastic as it all goes to Cancer Research. Just hit the big button at the bottom of this post and donate. It’ll make us happy if you do.


This post was written as part of a 24 Hour Sponsored Blogathon for Cancer Research. If you liked this post or just want to help support an important charity, please sponsor us. Just £1 can help make a difference. You can sponsor us here or by clicking the big button below. Thank you for your support.



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