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New indie music review with Osees and Feral Family

Julia Mason has our weekly lowdown on the best new indie music and brings us her reviews of Osees and Feral Family

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Artist: Osees

Track: Intercepted Message

Osees promoting new track Intercepted Messgae
Photo Titouan Massé

Osees are a force of nature. Led by John Dwyer they are currently on an extensive tour of UK, EU and North America. However that hasn’t prevented them from announcing their new album Intercepted Message set for release on 18 August via In The Red. The band have new music out, the first single of which is the album’s title track. Never one to follow the norm John Dwyer has provided the following on Intercepted Message:

“A pop record for tired times.

Sugared with bits of shatterproof glass to put more crack in your strap.

At long last, Verse / chorus

A weathered thesaurus

This is Osees bookend sound

Early grade garage pop meets proto-synth punk suicide-repellant Have a whack at the grass or listen while flat on your ass Heaps of electronic whirling accelerants to gum up your cheapskate broadband

Social media toilet scrapers unite!

Allow your 24 hour news cycle eyes to squint at this smiling abattoir doorman

You can find your place here at long last

All are welcome

From the get go to the finale …. A distant crackling transmission of 80s synth last-dance-of-the-night tune for your lost loves

Suffering from Politic amnesia?

Bored of AI-generated pop slop?

Then this one is for you, our friends

Wasteland wanderer, stick around.

Love y’all

For fans of Teutonic synth punk and Thee Oh Sees (who the fuck are they?)”

We absolutely need Osees in our lives. Confrontational and unconventional, they are an utter joy.

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Artist: Feral Family

Track: Fractured

Feral Family live on stage
Photo Feral Family

Yorkshire noisemakers Feral Family have new music with the release of their debut EP PLAYTEST. In conjunction with the EP release the band have shared the opening track Fractured. Thematically the song refers to dual-identities and the dawning realisation of deception when it’s been staring you in the face.

Lead vocalist Jamie explains further:

“Fractured channels the complicated relationship of having a double-life paraded right in front of your eyes, understanding its insidiousness but ultimately fearing the fire of confrontation.

Its haunting opening gives way to a gothic vibe, brooding yet upbeat. The vocal is strong and deep adding to the atmosphere which is both questioning and foreboding. The pace is relentless, cantering along until the end where it drifts off into the far distance.

Fractured follows previous singles Wee Van Bee, Spice King and Smother which are all on the debut EP PLAYTEST. Feral Family are fiercely independent and utterly driven. They play a hometown show in Bridlington on 14 July at The Black Lion.


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