SONG REVIEWS – ‘Loaded Gun’ and ‘Her’ – The Contravenes

‘Loaded Gun’ and ‘Her’ are songs by indie-rock Leeds band The Contravenes. Full of guitars, percussion and the raw vocal talent of Denny Parker, they’re the style of band you want to discover late afternoon at a music festival. A band and you can tap your feet, nod your head and jump with; but still pay attention to.

The Contravenes

The Contravenes

‘Loaded Gun’, beginning with a lonely guitar riff, soon intensifies, drawing in additional instruments. If you think The Walkmen, crossed with The Libertines, you’re probably on the right lines. Well composed, good old guitar-led rock from a band that can already produce a high quality melody.

What’s nice then is that ‘Her’ is a different style completely. The intensity of the song is stripped completely back, focusing more on the lyrics with a simple percussion in the background and the tones of a guitar accompanying the vocals. Proof if it was ever needed that The Contravenes are versatile in what they do.

Having just played a successful gig at 360 Club with The Vendettas, The Contravenes are playing as a part of the Oxjam Leeds opening event this Saturday 18th July 2015 at The Primrose (Meanwood Road, LS7 2HZ). A free event it’d be foolish not to go check them and the other acts out.

Visit The Contravenes Soundcloud to listen to both tracks https://soundcloud.com/the-contravenes

Music video for ‘Loaded Gun’ can be found https://vimeo.com/115779143

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SINGLE REVIEW – The Vendettas ‘Long Island Iced Tea’ – OUT NOW

Revitalising the best of mod-rock, The Vendettas have released a little gem of a song. Just in time for the appearance of the British summertime.

‘Long Island Iced Tea’ brings infectious guitars,  inspired 1960/70’s rock ‘swagger’ and the general attitude that has you rolling the windows down, putting the sunglasses on and driving around in the sunshine.

Cover for 'Long Island Iced Tea' The Vendettas

Cover for ‘Long Island Iced Tea’ The Vendettas

The harmonies are spot on, supporting lead vocalist Luke Holdworth’s gritty, rocky, yet soulful, vocals. You only have to listen to the likes of The Jam and The Who to understand the inspiration for the band.

A great single from a band which we can only expect more from in the near future.

The Vendettas will be playing 360 club in Leeds on 10th July 2015. Hard copies of the single will be available exclusively on this day.

If you’re looking for a present day return to the mod era, but with a twist, The Vendettas are your band.

Find out more about the band and purchase the single digitally on http://www.vendettasofficial.co.uk/