Premiere: Versari exclusively unveil for us their new EP Brûle: an epic filled with glorious edits and remixes casting a whole new light on the originals

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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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Album Review: The Raft releases the shimmering and dreamy album ‘Summerheads and Winter Beds’

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Busking in the streets of Edinburgh since his teens, Hugh Kelly dropped out of university to concentrate on his music, culminating in the release of his debut single, ‘Give Me All You Love’ in early February. This was followed by a video two weeks later and at the end of February he will release his …

New Zealand’s Modern Chair have been drip feeding singles all last year, and each release anticipates the next with a mounting sense of excitement. Let’s be clear: I am a huge fan. From their debut, ‘Tokyo Compression’ through to ‘Vampire Squid’ and ‘Sending the Sun’, Modern Chair produces dirty, stomping squalls of pure joy laced …

Last year we enthused about North London ‘Pop and Roll’ outfit, Careless Sons. They are back better than ever with their new single ‘Betty’: a more mature, smooth sound yet still emotive and hook-laden: The production is clear and precise, driving the chiming guitars and excellent layered harmonies. I am reminded a little of the …

There’s a fresh blast of warm wind coming in from the west coast of Australia to melt the polar ice caps forming around Sydney Harbour (still recovering from the recent lightning visit of Backseat Mafia’s esteemed editor-in-chief). It’s name is The High Learys, and never has there been a more beautiful sound to leaven the …

We enthusiastically reviewed a release from Melbourne band Night Terrors late last year – describing it as beautiful, haunting and gothic. Now, one of their members, Miles Brown, has released a solo single entitled ‘Apparition’ and it is a joy to experience. There’s a cold front moving through south eastern Australia, and you can wear …

I certainly answwered in the affirmative when I reviewed the debut single from The Outdoor Type, ‘Are You Happy?’ at the beginning of this year. I went out on a limb as well, seeing a great future for this solo act working under the name The Outdoor Type. Well, The Outdoor Type has come up …

Priest (formerly XPriestX) released a brilliant EP, ‘Samurai’ from which we reviewed a couple of singles at Backseat Mafia last year as well as the EP itself. I feel guilty I have missed out on reviewing a few more recent singles that have since been released and that are going to be on their self-titled …

I first came across Meesh last December, attracted in a sort of anti-Mumford and Sons fashion by their self-labelling of their music as anti-folk. Despite this label, their music was a little bit folky, but I loved it nonetheless (see my earlier review). They have just released three new songs, available to download for free, …

One of Backseat Mafia’s favourite bands, The Church, is touring Europe next month and in June, and have also just announced a series of special gigs for Australia in July. Off the back of their superb and much lauded album, Further/Deeper (which we reviewed late last year) and following their sell-out tour to promote the …

Backseat Mafia were recently impressed by the debut single, New York Era, from Perth’s Peyton. So impressed that we fired a few questions to singer/songwriter Peyton Sears to find out more: Where does the name Peyton come from? My full name is Peyton Sears. I was originally considering going under another name but I just thought Peyton …