Growing up.

As a prospect it can be terrifying, sad, and worst of all, inevitable. But on I Want to Grow Up, her second album for Hardly Art, Colleen Green lets us know that we don’t have to go it alone.

This latest collection of songs follows a newly 30-year-old Green as she carefully navigates a minefield of emotion. Her firm belief in true love is challenged by the inner turmoil caused by entering modern adulthood, but that doesn’t mean that her faith is defeated. With a nod to her heroes, sentimental SoCal punks The Descendents, Green too wonders what it will be like when she gets old. Throughout songs such as “Some People,” “Deeper Than Love,” and the illustrative title track, the listener has no choice but to feel the sympathetic growing pains of revelatory maturation and the anxieties that come along with it.

Sonically the album is a major change for the LA-based songwriter, who has come to be known for her homemade recordings and merchandise. Her past offerings have been purely Green; testaments to her self-sufficiency and, perhaps, trepidation. This time, she’s got a little help from her friends: the full band heard here includes JEFF the Brotherhood’s Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet‘s Casey Weissbuch, who collaborated with Green over ten days at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN.

I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: “Understanding is reached only after confrontation.”

Coleen Green Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘TV’ below:

Plus support from Frank

Frankare a 4 piece alternative rock band from Birmingham. Their influences include Hole, Sonic Youth, Cherry Glazerr and Pavement to name a few.

The band incorporate many different styles into their music, including psychedelia, punk, indie, garage rock and grunge. With a few demos released and plans to enter the recording studio in the near future to record their first single, Frank are definitely ones to watch.

Frank Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter




Listen to ‘The Art of Dying’ below:

Plus opening support from SONIC THE COMIC

Sonic the Comic are Sarah and Stef,who make up an energetic two piece pop band from Birmingham who love videogames, comics and American TV shows.

They recently self-released their second album Atoms which is full of shouty indie-pop songs all about memories of playing Gameboy on holiday, sleeping through the winter, and wanting to learn new things but feeling tired all the time.

Sonic the Comic Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter 




Watch the video for ‘Videogames’ below: