News The Neu Bulletin (8th January 2014)

Cambridge band Forest lead the way in Neu’s Wednesday new music guide.

The Neu Bulletin provides a daily dose of new music tips, all in the name of exposing you to something fresh and exciting.

Every day we offer up a choice show, a song of the day and a little something extra that’s caught our attention. Check back here every day for your latest Neu Bulletin delivery.

THE GIG
Forest, Felt Tip, Babypink - London, Shacklewell Arms


Cambridge’s Forest released a remarkable, glazed-over debut with their ‘Sweetcure’ EP last year. Like support bands Felt Tip and Babypink, their missile-launching guitar-led thrills are more suited to the heady middle section of festival season, but January welcomes all three to the Shacklewell Arms because here exists a bunch of bands likely to be on the edge of many a punter’s lips for the coming year.

THE BIG NEU THING
Keath Mead - Grow Up


One of the most heavily cited New Year’s Resolutions is probably one about growing the hell up, putting to bed yucky habits and learning to deal with irritating people by keeping schtum. Keath Mead doesn’t need much advice when it comes to maturing. His esteemed, carefully-balanced selection of songs on offer are the kind flogged by bands entering the third, fourth album in their career. Disclaimer: Do not consider his music boring as a result of this. There’s soul - the twisted kind, like Connan Mockasin on a school trip - rooting itself to the depths of a song like ‘Grow Up’. It acts its age and then some.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS
Dios Mio


The Spanish phrase Dios Mio literally translates as an expression of shock or surprise – the English equivalent of ‘Oh My God. A fitting moniker then, for this London-based quartet who have turned out to be one of the best surprises of 2013. Latest single, the grunge-come-dream-pop ‘Proto’ might just be their breakthrough; all gushing keys and rippling guitar chords shrouded by atmospheric cymbal clashes which fade and part to reveal a gorgeously dark vocal- adorned with emotive qualities akin to London Grammar’s Hannah Reid - and a completely immersive chorus. [Laura Eley]

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