The band fuse infectious soul grooves with indie guitar riffs and lyrics that are nearer The Style Council or even The Streets than anything you’re ever likely to hear on any 4/4 Sixties stomper.
Last December they recorded a much praised session for the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC 6Music and their music has been given a spin by everyone from BBC London’s Robert Elms to the unofficial Mayor of Sunset Strip, Mister Rodney Bingenheimer, on his legendary KROQ show.
According to Artrocker: ‘[they] could one day be mentioned alongside the big names of British Soul Music’ while Paul Moody of Q Magazine noted: ‘Every now and then a young band comes along who shake you from your reveries about pop’s golden past and remind you that there are still classic chapters to be written.’
New Street Adventure will be playing a London date at The Jazz Cafe in Camden on Thursday night and will then be live in Brighton, Hamburg, Birmingham and Newcastle-under-Lyme before the end of the month. Hopefully they head north of the border sometime soon too.
The official promo for The Big A.C. showcases the talents of Levanna McLean, AKA the Northern Soul Girl, whose videos featuring her dancing along to northern classics on the streets of Bristol, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and on Glastonbury Tor, can be truly said to have went viral on YouTube. She was even invited by Pharrell Williams to dance at the 2014 Brit Awards where she managed to stay on her feet throughout. Unlike a certain older blonde a few weeks ago.
This is The Big A.C. Enjoy.
Moonlands are a new band from London/Brighton consisting of Lucy Elliott (vocals, guitar), Joel Frosh (guitar), Josh Fry (bass, backing vocals) and Joel Brooks (drums).
They describe their sound as ‘a mix of pop melodies with an ethereal backdrop to create a big atmospheric sound’ and influences include Haim, Anna Calvi, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth, Radiohead and Bombay Bicycle Club.
They only got together last year but have made fantastic progress already and are now gigging on a fairly regular basis – including a recent date at the Finsbury in London with another of my favourite new bands, The Jacques. Gigslutz have just named them as ‘Ones to Watch’ and they’re hoping to make an even bigger impact this summer during the festival season and that ambition seems entirely realistic.
Filmed and recorded live on two camera phones, a DSLR and a four track recorder this is Prom Song from their debut EP which came out last summer. I think I detect a little Nicole Atkins here, albeit an indie take on that particular artist, and frankly, that is no bad thing.