A Cuppa Music: The Weekly Music Brew 28/09/14

Written by Kealie Mardell
So what’s been on my music radar this week?

So what’s been on my music radar this week? It’s absent here but I’ve just been listening to sneak peeks of the new album from Marmozets, which is available from Monday 29th September. I featured them as our Band of the Week, and will be writing a full review of The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets soon, so stay tuned! 
Alt-J: This Is All Yours
The week kicked off with the much anticipated second studio album from Alt-J, released Monday 22nd September by Infectious Records. We’ve been waiting over two years since their debut An Awesome Wave, which won the 2012 Mercury Prize.
We’ve had a few singles to taste over the last few months, with two videos (boy/girl versions) for single “Every Other Freckle” premiered by Zane Lowe. Their sound hasn’t changed too much with the new album, keeping the Alt-J vibe of indie-rock with a twist going strong to great success. 
Vanna: Personal Cross 
Vanna’s new video for ‘Personal Cross’ debuted on Loudwire this week. In between scenes of the band doing what they do best, is the aftermath of a heavy night for frontman Dave Muise. 
“I create in myself a personal cross, a way to lessen the load, a way to cope,” he told Loudwire. “I’m a mess of a person but somewhere inside me is that light that can over throw those dark parks in my life. Make your own crosses to bear the weight of your woes and troubles, you are your own saviour.” 
‘Personal Cross’ is taken from their fifth full-length album, Void, which was released earlier this summer by Pure Noise Records. The new sound of Vanna has an emotional intensity which breaks through from any genericness accused of this post-hardcore / metalcore band. 
Trails: Crooked Trees
I had a fresh discovery this week, with Trails and their debut album Crooked Trees. Self-defined as “rock as f*ck” this Guildford quartet are keeping the British rock scene soaring.
There’s a mix of hardcore and punk sounds with a powerful blend of thrashing guitars throughout that I would love to see live. But what stood out for me is the diversity of vocals and interesting harmonies that takes this band a step above the rest.
Each song delivers something different, from sing-along catchy rock choruses, to gnarly screams and enough punk anguish to rival the best. It’s an experimental sound and interesting album, showcasing that Trails have a lot to offer. 
We Are The In Crowd: Manners 
Featured as iTunes’ Single of the Week, pop-punkers We Are The In Crowd unveiled their new video for the single ‘Manners.’ This big hit is taken from their latest album Weird Kids, which is out now on Hopeless Records. The album showed how far the band have progressed and matured musically and it’s great to see them getting the recognition they deserve. 
What stirred your music interests this week? Let us know in the comments below!