Apr 9 2015

Rosie And The Goldbug new single ‘Running In The Dark’

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Rosie and the Goldbug return with new single and EP ‘Running in The Dark‘, out May 4, after a few years of going into hiding – and the result is an explosion of colourful quirky fun.

Synth-laden electropop is not usually the first thing that comes to mind upon mention of Cornwall, but Rosie and The Goldbug combine camp beats with hints of Kate Bush and Goldfrapp that feel more at home on the dancefloor than on the beach.

Sparkly as magpies on LSD, ‘Running in the Dark‘ is at once silly and catchy, but Rosie Vanier‘s striking vocals tie it together and stop it from spilling over into sickly territory. Watch the video here:

Whether the new EP will attract as much attention from the critics as their earlier efforts remains to be seen, but us here at Cougar Microbes are definitely looking forward to hearing more.

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Mar 12 2015

Conrad Vingoe: Interview + Free Download

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Because Conrad Vingoe is such a sterling chap, he’s also given us a free track to give away. Download ‘Hand on my Heart’ Ft. Sarah Howells (of Paper Aeroplanes fame) for free here. The interview follows:

Cougar Microbes: What time did you wake up today? Was it out of choice or necessity?

Conrad Vingoe: 8.30 due to the Elephant children that live upstairs, I went back to bed for another hour as I am exorcising the remnants of man flu

CM: Describe The band to the uninitiated?

CV: Retro Folk/Americana influenced songwriter

CM: How do you kill time on the road, hobbies?

CV: Take a notebook to write down stuff and also addicted to Angry Birds Star Wars and online Scrabble

CM: What have been your favourite venues to play? Any venues you hated?

CV: Something interesting always happens, even in the shittiest venues. Favourites have been Union Chapel (London) and Fotografiska (Sweden).

CM: What is the songwriting process like for you. Are you able to write on the road or do you do this in your off time?

CV: Bits of both, I keep diaries on the road which sometimes end up in songs. Phone recordings are great for remembering ideas. Generally I try to experience on the road, write about it at home.

CM: Favourite track of yours and why?

CV: Well, they’re all my babies but off this album, “Little Things”. All of the album was recorded live to tape by Phill (Brown) and this was a studio “moment” when everything came together instantly. The parts that John (Parker- double bass) and Martyn (Barker- drums) played really worked for me and it has a really cool atmosphere to it. I like the cyclical nature of the song, sounds like you’re eavesdropping on something happening.


CM: If you could record any cover what would it be?

CV: Too many choices but this week anything by Smokey Robinson, maybe “Second that Emotion” in Motown’s old room!

CM: Do your songs go through many revisions via demo recordings?

CV: Not so much , I record things onto a tape 4 track which is pretty unforgiving, either a song works or it doesn’t, no amount of Reverb will fix it. If it doesn’t work I ditch it. Generally I don’t put anything to tape until I have a whole song in my head and I’m happy. There’s notebooks full of crap that didn’t make it though.

CM: What came first, the lyrics or the melody?

CV: Mostly the melody and the syncopation. It’s often sounds of words without being actual words for a while, but sometimes music and words come together

CM: What are your views on auto tune?

CV: Don’t touch it unless you’re Cher

CM: Any other band/bands from your local scene we really should know about?

CV: Loads of great Brighton people – Sharon Lewis, House of Hats, my sometimes band mate Fiddes Smith, the Dials, Lloyd Williams, the list goes on and on

CM: Most flattering thing you’ve read about yourselves?

CV: I had a review once saying I was London’s answer to Neil Young, a ridiculous comparison but it made me feel great for the rest of that day

CM: What was the first record/tape/cd you ever bought?

CV: Actually it was cool, ‘Rock the Casbah‘ by the Clash, then followed by several years of very uncool albums

CM: What was the last song that got stuck in your head?

CV: The one I just said is now stuck in my head

CM: What was the last show you paid and queued up for?

CV: Cat Power in Brighton, no queue though

CM: If you had to bring on artist back from the dead in exchange for sending a living artist down ,which artists would it be and why?

CV: Oh that’s harsh , I wouldn’t wish death on anybody, is it temporary? I’d like to see Billie Holiday sing so let’s resurrect her in exchange for say…Simon Cowell , not technically an artist but I’m liking the swap. Actually let’s make that permanent, never met him but he’s got a lot to answer for.

CM: Lastly, is there any question I should have asked you that I didn’t? And if so what’s the answer?

CV: Answer – You can’t get rid of them, they always come back.

Question – up to you.

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Mar 11 2015

Introducing Conrad Vingoe

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There’s this guy from Brighton, UK, and he’s a really good songwriter. We know this because Acoustic Magazine slapped an award on him for ‘best singer/songwriter’ – and I gather they take these things fairly seriously.

The guy is Conrad Vingoe, and he recently recorded his new album ‘Tomorrow, Then’ with producer Phill Brown (Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Bombay Bicycle Club) live to tape in two days. All sounds so cool, dunnit? Well, it is cool. And so is the first single ‘Fail’, “which just sort of fell out, I like the sense of urgency we captured on the recording. It’s possibly the most literal and autobiographical song on the album”.

We like it too, Conrad. We are putty in your fine-guitar-picking hands. Slaves to your stripped-back honesty, subtle folk-pop hooks and intelligent songwriting.

See the stop-motion video for ‘Fail’

His album ‘Tomorrow, Then’ is out in March. Go get it. Now. Quickly. #whatareyouwaitingfor? Chop chop.

Tune in tomorrow as we interview Conrad and offer a free download.

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Jan 25 2015

The Survival Code release free “Living A Lie” download single

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The Survival Code is an Irish-ish Alt-Rock outfit based in London. They’re new on our radar and we’re happy to stick em’ on yours. TSC present an intense, crisp, no-messin’, siddahn an shut yer face style of rock which if nothing else will avert your attention for 3 minutes and 32 seconds.

There’s a wave /raft /Noah’s Arc /shit-storm of ‘Alt-Bands’ around at the moment. Most are young black haired raven-types who’s tunes are permeated with laptops and the clitches of Chaos Pads. The Survival Code, have a slightly more ‘grown-up’ feel about them. Not sure if that’s a great thing in this day and age, but perhaps their music is going to appeal to the more ‘serious’ affectionados, rather than the achingly cool youngun’s who might flit from one buzz band to the next.

Fans of Mallory Knox and YMAS should also get stuck in to this…. Listen and download it for free below.

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Jan 14 2015

CM Top Albums of 2014: Jungle – Jungle

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I’ve been waiting for a band as good as Jungle for about a decade. A band that’s 1 part concise and avante garde pop and 2 parts pure groove. It could be used as reference to a history of the best and sexiest basslines, whilst being one of the catchiest and slick of all pop packages.

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Words by T.R. Wicks
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Jan 13 2015

CM Top Albums of 2014: FKA Twigs – LP1

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FKA TwigsLP1‘ was probably the most intelligent and tender record of year. A smooth Delivery of avant-garde art as intimate as the recorded sound can get and heartbreakingly vunerable. This is a perfect modern record to which many artists could learn valuable lessons from. ‘Water Me‘ was so soul bearing it hurt.

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Jan 11 2015

CM Top Albums of 2014: Wild Beasts – Present Tense

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Jan 9 2015

CM Top Albums of 2014: Alt – J – This Is All Yours

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