Every element of Egyptian Blue’s fierce, uncompromising sound feels like hypnotism fuelled by psychosis. Their grinding riffs achieve a mesmeric power through brute repetition, while their rhythm section produces taut, nervous energy and intense post-punk grooves in equal measure.

If you discovered them through their recent track ‘To Be Felt’, which was supported by Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Tom Ravenscroft, you’ll connect with the dark mania that pulsates throughout their debut EP ‘Collateral Damage’. It’s under a new deal with Yala! Records, the label co-founded by former Maccabee Felix White and home to the likes of The Magic Gang and Willie J Healey.

Dual frontmen Andy Buss and Leith Ambrose first bonded over early Foals and The Maccabees and have played music together ever since. They’re the type of people you expect to find in an essential new band: two lifelong friends who share a seemingly telepathic connection.

They formed Egyptian Blue in their late teens, with Luke Phelps on bass. Initially practicing above a jewellery shop in their hometown of Colchester, they were the epitome of a band reacting to the mundanity of their surroundings. Early jams often devolved into marathon sessions of fourteen hours or more, made all the more chaotic by the amount of whisky they’d share.

With life in Colchester growing stale, Egyptian Blue moved to Brighton – a place they agree was exciting because “it had a lot more to offer us as people and as musicians.” Another big moment came at a King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gig. Seeing a band that well-drilled made them rethink the work ethic that their own project required.

Released late in 2017, their debut single ‘Cut Me A Hole’ was the first calling card for Egyptian Blue’s growing talents. Yet they’d soon be following a different path to that track’s psyche-tinged punk attack. When they returned almost a year later with ‘To Be Felt’, they sounded like a modernist take on Gang of Four’s seminal ‘Entertainment’ album filtered through Canadian post-punks Preoccupations.

They credit much of that recent transition in their sound to new drummer Isaac Ide. Not only has he allowed the band to push forwards by freshening up their dynamic, but he’s also formed a powerhouse partnership with Luke.

That direction continues on the ‘Collateral Damage’ EP, which was produced by Theo Verney (FUR, TRAAMS). Anxious, angsty and foreboding, the lead track and new single ‘Collateral’ is driven by Luke’s propulsive bass combined with tight percussion. Meanwhile Andy and Leith trade lyrics which explode with vitriol and recriminatory aggression.

Egyptian Blue’s connection with Yala! started when they supported Willie J Healey at Yala! club nights in Manchester and London. They’re now also confirmed to play the label’s stage at this summer’s All Points East festival. IDLES’ frontman Joe Talbot has also fallen under their spell, describing them as “fucking sick.”

Now on tour with The Murder Capital, Egyptian Blue are part of a new wave of intense bands who are making guitar music vital again.

Egyptian Blue Links: Facebook | Instagram | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘Collateral’ below:

After packing out The Flapper and being shortlisted for Best Alternative/Indie band (BMAs 2019), PAPER BUOYS are back.

Highlights of 2018 included support from Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6Music Recommends show, Winning ‘Best Album’ at the Birmingham Music Awards as well supporting TOUTS and The Blinders.

PAPER BUOYS are nearing completion of their second album and will be releasing new material soon. More details to follow.

Paper Buoys Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify


Watch the official music video for ‘Chasing Ghosts’ below:

The Arosa is a rising four-piece alternative indie band, formed in the Midlands. With a strong electric pulse to all their tunes, and a wide variety of brit pop and indie influences, their music has something for everyone, and that’s before they hit the stage! The band originally formed during secondary school where four friends started jamming together, then later deciding on making it public. Since then, The Arosa have gone on to play countless shows at some of Birmingham’s most prestigious live venues including the O2 Institute, The Sunflower Lounge, The Flapper and O2 Academy! Plus, that’s not all as the band are set to head out on a five-day nationwide tour in 2018, performing in Wrexham, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and London.

The Arosa Links: Facebook | TwitterSpotify 

Watch and listen to their new single, ‘Cast Some Light’, below: