Renegade Recommends – Middlenamekill

Hailing from just down the road in Salisbury,
middlenamekillhefty four piece alternative rock band Middlenamekill are something of a buried treasure. Masters of riff and melody, they tread their own path, taking their time to carefully craft full albums, going against the modern malaise of bands who dribble out half baked musical ideas music at a consistent rate, making use of digital platforms to flood your ears with their sounds constantly and ensuring the market becomes more and more geared towards “singles” and moves further away from the art of producing a full album.

No, this is a band who, after an initial dapple with an EP back in 2009 decided full albums were definitely the right way forward and promptly (well, 2 years later) produced the goods with the excellent When Lions Fight Bears. Flash forward a further 4 years (yup, still not rushing) and they released the incredible Choose Your Own Adventure. Trust us, the wait has been well worth it! Keep an eye out for the first video release from this record (The Kintner Boy) for it promises to be a doozy.

In the meantime, enjoy the below promo for In The House Of A Witch, taken from When Lions Fight Bears.

Check them out on their website here.

One for fans of the likes of Reuben, Biffy Clyro, Funeral For A Friend, Alkaline Trio, Incubus and Taking Back Sunday.


Renegade Recommends – Echoic

11952933_947313728666629_6488709465772713167_oSticking with music for this weeks “Recommends”, but taking a rather noisier path than last weeks. This is another outfit from round our way  helping to prove we do have a local scene that is in rude health in terms of bands (the venues could do with some help still in terms of support, although if more of them stocked Renegade that would probably fix  the problem!).

Hailing from the cosmopolitan metropolis of Reading, Echoic are a melodic but muscular modern alternative-rock band not too dissimilar to guys like Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids or any other band with the word “Kids” in their name. Except New Kids On The Block. They sound nothing like them.

The critics at some pretty major publications and radio stations love them:

“100% Unique, absolutely amazing” – Alex Baker, Kerrang!
“Really good vocal range!” – Ian Camfield, Radio X
“Bloody brilliant, such a unique sound” – Linda Serck, BBC Introducing

We love them too, so check out the video below for recent single “My Mind” and visit them at their website for tonnes more stuff on them (tour dates, videos, tracks, reviews)