Night and Day Cafe, Manchester on 27th February 2015.
Scarlet play Dead live at the Night and Day Cafe, Manchester on 27th February 2015.
Scarlet play Racing live at the Night and Day Cafe, Manchester on 27th February 2015.
LIVE: The Hummingbirds, The Jackobins & Scarlet – Night & Day, Manchester 27.02.15
Labelled as “The Scouse Invasion” by Ugly Man Records, The Hummingbirds, The Jackobins and Scarlet put on a hell of a show at Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe in front around 150 revellers for a label showcase gig.
Scarlet have members from all over Northern UK but the band records and rehearses in Liverpool, which is their claim to being part of The Scouse Invasion. The band have been working towards their debut EP release, which is set to be released at a launch night at Liverpool’s Leaf Bar on April 30th, and they used this gig as a chance to showcase and road-test new tunes. At the forefront of their set was the EP’s lead single, ‘Anyway’, which was premiered on UK radio this week. Their star-gazingly dreamy, yet dark pop went down a storm with Joy Division-esque basslines and pulsy riffs from Adam Cunliffe and Ryan Lee. They went on to play the shoegaze infused ‘Dead’ in harmony with fellow new track ‘Alone’ in an infectiously fast and furious medley of indie-pop infused goodness. Frontwoman Jessie is about as lively as they come which only adds to their live attraction and they’re set for a huge 2015.
Leaf, Liverpool on 30th April 2015.
Scarlet play Hold Me Under live for the first time at Leaf, Liverpool on 30th April 2015 for the launch of their debut EP Fishes.
Scarlet play Daisy Chains live at Leaf, Liverpool on 30th April 2015 to launch their debut EP Fishes.
Fishes EP released May 4, 2015
This is Scarlet’s debut EP. After our producer’s computer was stolen in Dusseldorf airport, Germany we had 3 days to re-record in some cold January nights. But what came out of those sessions was something we’re really proud of. Hope you like it as much as we liked recording it!
Words // Jessie Robinson
Music // Scarlet
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered // John Murray
Original Artwork // Amy Robinson
Recorded, mixed & mastered @ Static, Liverpool
All rights of the creators reserved.
Sound recording owned by Total Control Sound.
Fishes. The debut EP from Jessie Robinson’s alt-pop brainchild Scarlet. It’s quite simply majestically dark alt-pop at it’s pulsy and vibrant best.
The EPs opener is also its lead single ‘Anyway’. The track was played by BBC Radio 6 Music in the wake of it’s release and has already garnered several positive reviews in the written and online media. It’s Jessie’s swift two-fingers into the face of any doubters and let downs.
Unmistakeably pop yet with it’s musical hormones in a bit of a twist and mood swings flying all over the place. Upbeat vies with darkness throughout whilst your ears try to make sense of it all. Eventually it does all comes together in the form of an attitude packed, noisy finale that sets the standard for the rest of the record.
‘Daisy Chains’ comes next, led by a strong bassline throughout the verses before bursting into an infectious chorus of lead singer Jessie’s soft vocals alongside gallons of chirpy riffage. The EP’s punchiest number is ‘Dead’. Beginning with gentle guitars before bursting into a fuzzy cloud of amp filled noise and crashing drums.
Something that’s evident throughout is subtle verses and powerful choruses. Each song builds up momentum before bursting into life with catchy choruses. The one exception to that rule is ‘Hold Me Under’, a previously un-released track and one that anyone from outside the band circle is unlikely to have heard before. It’s a real star-gazer. Luscious pop, gentle and pleasant to the ears. Jessie’s vocal shines bright under the starlit sky the music paints above.
‘Racing’ ends the EP on a high-note, not that there’s many low ones. It’s almost surf-pop, the guitars most certainly are. This one vies with Anyway for the albums catchiest chorus sequence award and I’d probably say this one pips it’s older, single-wielding sibling. Just.
Overall as debut EPs go, this one checks many boxes and is a lovely stepping stone to what I’m sure will be greater things for Scarlet
Fishes will be launched at Leaf, Liverpool on April 30th and will be available both on Vinyl and digital download from May 5th.
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