Tricks of the trade

The Tricks
The Tricks

John Murray on a smart rock quartet from London ...

Some new artists this week with strong albums all hope to climb that mythical ladder.

The Tricks are a rock quartet from London and have planning their debut for some time.

Releasing EPs and playing extensively they have built up a fan base ready and waiting for Safari Inn (Unison).

Pure guitar rock and all original songs with an edge and hard guitar make these guys ready for the festivals and soon the stadiums.

Already confirmed for Bestival, Meltdown Festival and Latitude Festival, Glass Animals debut Zaba (Wolf Tone), as one of label’s first signings.

Based around some deep bass & drum they are like no other combo with a hint of menace using electronic as ambience for active minds.

It is a weird trip though but worth brilliance of tracks like Intruxx or the simplicity of the single Gooey.

New songs from Arcelia appear this week on their debut album Wrap Your Bones. While only formed some two years ago this trio from East Kent are immensely experienced with Simon Foster being a member of Flying Pickets, Gavin Alexander who wrote for them and Teresa Gallagher a known voice over artist on radio and TV.

Generally the boys write the songs but they harmonise beautifully together while sharing lead vocal roles.

You will hear Paul Simon influences at times and their Cupid could have been Crowded House.

With Teresa on vocals though the harmonies excel like on Petal while Jake Bugg’s Broken seamlessly fits into the set.

Blair Dunlop releases only his second album this week with House Of Jacks (Brooksmere).

An award winner at last year’s BBC Folk Awards he remains close to his roots reflecting on a Soho club in the past with 45s (c.’69) and how it is now 45s (c.’14).

Fifty Shades Of Blue has a great feel of melancholy from a time when Jackson Browne was among the heroes of Laurel Canyon some years back.