My Four: Four Tracks You Need to Know About 26


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This year seems to be flying by, bringing more and more great music with it too. Let’s delve into this week’s music melting pot and check out this week’s four artists you need to know about with me, Mark Sharpley. This week starts with…

 

THE COURTEENERS

Manchester indie rockers The Courteeners return with this week with the release of their fourth album, Concrete Love. All the band members have known each other since the age of 10 and things could have been very different if frontman, Liam Fray, had chosen the business studies path along the way. But the lure of being a rock star, supporting Noel Gallagher and giving Manchester United a song to celebrate a league title win with, was simply a better life choice. Available on the Polydor label, this is the single “How Good It Was”. www.thecourteeners.com  | Get the music on iTunes


TWIN ATLANTIC

Glasgow’s own Twin Atlantic are next up this week with the release of their album, Great Divide. Formed in 2007, the band has an impressive C.V. to date, supporting the likes of Biffy Clyro,30 Seconds To Mars and being hand picked by The Smashing Pumpkins themselves as support.  Their single, “Free” was aired by The Discovery Channel to close the coverage of Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 space jump, so not a bad career so far, wouldn’t you say? Available on the Red Bull Records label, this is the single, “Heart And Soul”. www.twinatlantic.com  | Get the music on iTunes


THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM

New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return with their fifth studio album this week titled, Get Hurt. The band has been around since 2006 but it was in 2008 when they were the first band in British rock history to appear on the cover of Kerrang! magazine without having a single article written about them. Needless to say, that hasn’t stopped getting top recognition from radio stations and media, plus Bruce Springsteen is also quite keen on them too. Available on the Island Records label, this is the single, “Stay Vicious”.  www.thegaslightanthem.com  | Get the music on iTunes


KIMBRA

And finally this week, it’s the turn of Kimbra and the release of her new album, The Golden Echo. Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, she is now based in Australia where she moved to after a signing a deal with Forum 5. At the age of 10, she sang at the prestigious Waikato Times Gold Cup horse race meeting and performed New Zealand’s national anthem in front 27,000 people at the NPC rugby union final as well. Merely a springboard to greater things such as winning Grammys and indeed boasting the likes of Mark Foster from Foster The People and Muse’s Matt Bellamy on her new album. Pretty good, huh?  Available on the Warner Brothers label, this is the single, “90s Music”.  www.kimbramusic.com | Get the music on iTunes

And that is your lot for this week! Join me again for another bundle of artists you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…

— Mark Sharpley

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