New Music Friday

I’m back! I apologize for the quietness on here recently. Working full time and taking up studying for a new career takes most of my time at the moment but New Music Friday is back.

This New Music Friday will be little different as I will tell you all about the new artists that I have discovered lately instead of specific songs released this week.

Skinny Living

The native Wakefield 4 piece band ( Ryan Johnston, Danny Hepworth, Rhys Anderton & Will Booth) has recently been reaching listeners ears thanks to their new single Why.  I had Why in one of my New Music Fridays not that long ago and have since then adventured more into Skinny Living’s sound and song library.  The band is currently out playing shows around the UK so keep your eyes open for them to pop up in a city near you soon.

I was lucky enough to catch the band busking around London last Saturday and as angelic Ryan’s voice is on the recordings it’s something even special live.

Skinny Living will be out on tour in October/November and tickets are already selling out to get your tickets quick. They recently had to change their 3 sold out shows in their hometown of Wakefield for a bigger venue due to high demand for tickets.

You can follow the band on the following links:







MONIKA are a three piece indie band from South London, having met in 2015 and playing a few shows they took a forced break due to other commitments.  Now though, they are back and launching BENEFITS, a collection of four songs influenced by the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Interpol, and Suede.  They are getting back to gigging in the London scene and are rearing to go with more recordings and gigs pending.  MONIKA took their band name from the old fashioned word for name and sometimes can be confused for female solo artists, they can be found on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation.
MONIKA are supporting Mongüse at The Spice of Life in Soho, London on 11th August. Tickets to the event are £6 if bought online on




Two Ways Home

I don’t think it’s a surprise for anyone on here that I like a bit of Country music and this band is the latest addition to my country playlist. The band is currently London based but the duo originates both from Vienna and Gloucestershire.

This how the band introduces themselves on their website:

Two Ways Home are the songwriters and alt-country duo Isabella Mariee – originally from Vienna – and Lewis Fowler, who grew up in Gloucestershire. Now based in London, the pair has gone from strength to strength since a trip to Nashville inspired a new name and direction for their musical partnership.

In the two years that have passed since the release of their debut EP ‘Wood For Trees’(March 2015), the band have enjoyed radio play across the UK & Europe, toured internationally – sharing stages with artists across the country/Americana spectrum from Phil Vassar to Red Sky July – and have been featured extensively in print publications including Maverick Magazine, Record Collector and The Sun, with the latter describing their sound as “…crystal clear harmonies tinged with melancholy”. Although their live setup is sometimes an acoustic duo or trio, Two Ways Home often play as a five-piece band with Chris Brice (drums), Michael Clancy (electric guitar) and Dominik Told (bass).

The acclaimed follow up EP, ‘Better Days’ (Dec 2015) – highlighted as “a stunning piece of art” by One on One Music – secured their reputation as a key player in the UK country & folk scene, with single ‘Just For Now’ played across BBC Regional Radio, Amazing Radio and on Chris Country among others. Described by The Upcoming as ”unique, unexpected and brilliant”, interest in their music has also led to increasing demand for Two Ways Home as a songwriting team, with other artists turning to the duo to bring their distinctive sound to collaborations and co-writes.

The pair recently released their third EP, ‘Closest Stranger’ which features four brand new songs, including co-writes with Logan Brill, Demi Marriner, and Adam James. In their own words: “We are so excited for people to hear the new EP. This record is super special to us, it’s the first time we have put something out which includes co-writes. It’s a true collaboration of London and Nashville. We recorded everything in London and got it mixed and mastered with two of our friends in Nashville and it features both the UK and American writers.”

The duo is currently out on tour so if you’re a country lover like myself, don’t miss the chance to see them live when they come to a city near you.

You can follow the band on the links below:

Twitter: TwoWaysHome

Facebook: twowayshome


Instagram: twowayshome

  Soundcloud: twowayshome

Youtube: twowayshome


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