Phat Bollard

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Phat Bollard are a travelling Cornish busking band who travel around the country playing in different towns and cities as they go. A mobile phone recording of their song “Millionaires”, which criticises big business and peoples’ attitudes towards the homeless, has been viewed nearly three million times on Facebook.

I know of no other group today that sings about the troubles of the world with such conviction and soul. Fat Bollard are the real deal and deserve to be heard. Like most great discoveries, they are rather elusive but well worth seeking out.

If there is any justice, Phat Bollard will be lifted out of poverty, their message heard, understood and acted upon. But one also gets the sense that for all the hardships, they might actually prefer the freedom of the road they’ve chosen. In the meantime, the least any of us should do is “spare a little change.” Highly recommended.

-Mike Cobb

You can follow Phat Bollard on facebook, or find out more about them on their website.

Sarah Mackie

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Hailing from the Scottish town of Auchterarder, Sarah is a 33 year-old mature student at Perth College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), where she is about to start her third year studying BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering.

With a particular interest in fusing orchestral instruments with a modern electro feel, Sarah began composing her own tracks in addition to her degree coursework by learning to use Ableton Live Suite 9 at the start of 2016, and endeavours to improve upon both composition and production techniques with every track by utilising skills and techniques learned at college.  Sarah has a wide and varied taste in music, ranging from classical music, ELO, Presidents of the United States of America and Dido to modern EDM…but she’s willing to give anything a listen at least once!

Films and gaming, and their soundtracks, are particular passions in her life, as is broadcasting, and these are industries she is aiming to work within after her studies.

You can listen to some of Sarah’s music on her Soundcloud and follow her on twitter.

Mower

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Punk pop three-piece Mower, once described as the ‘poppy Sonic Youth’, are returning after a 12 year break with the release of digital single Under The Iron Thumb via Reckless Yes Records on 21 July 2017.

A blistering return Under The Iron Thumb is high-octane lo-fi garage pop that gives side-eye to the political situation while tearing up the dancefloor. This raucous garage pop is supremely catchy and perfect for precarious, dangerous but hope-filled times.

Favourites of Blur guitarist and DIY supremo Graham Coxon, to whose Transcopic label they were once signed, the band has previously toured with British Sea Power and their second album saw Stephen Street take on production duties.

Originally formed at the tail end of the ‘90s the band had a frantic career to match their frenetic sound. With singles of the week in NME and on Radio1, press support from Q, Mojo, and Kerrang, and an Album of Week from HMV the band found themselves touring constantly with their debut and sophomore albums. It took it’s toll and the band imploded by the mid-‘00s, only reforming at the tail end of 2016 to play Refugee Rock and a headline gig at The Sebright Arms, London.

More new music is set to follow later in the year with Under The Iron Thumb announcing the punk pop proteges back onto the scene. Artwork is by Butts and Skulls with the single recorded by Barny Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys).

 

Follow Mower on twitter and facebook or check out their using on Soundcloud

 

Mishkin Fitzgerald

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Mishkin Fitzgerald is best known for her role as lead singer and pianist in the British ‘orchestral punk-rock’ band, Birdeatsbaby. Solo she plays darkly tinged pianos ballads and weird alt-pop tunes.

Influenced heavily by classical piano music, and alternative artists such as Nick Cave, Patti Smith and Regina Spektor, Mishkin’s sound is distinctive, fragile and unapologetic.

The album Present Company was produced by multi-instrumentalist Forbes Coleman (Stereophonics, Claire Maguire), and has been played on BBC Introducing London/Sussex and hailed by Simon Price (Independent, Guardian, Q) as ‘stunning… frighteningly talented’.

“her vocal ability alongside her sheer instrumental talent makes her performances unique” – Rock Industry Magazine
“Think a beautifully-wrought, mournful take on Patrick Wolf and Regina Spector via mid-period Depeche Mode” – Marc Burrows, The Quietus
Find out more on Mishkin’s bandcamp page, or follow her on facebook and twitter.