Songs To Learn And Sing – Friday Freebies – F.U.R.S., Laura Welsh, Waylayers



This is the début single from F.U.R.S (released March 25th 2013 on Loose Lips Records)  and is a prime example of how to write bright and breezy psyche-pop without reinventing the wheel. We know of a few bands who tried to reinvent said wheel and d’ya know what? They were shite. Sometimes boundary pushing and so called innovation is overrated and F.U.R.S. do what they do with great skill and an easy charm, it’s also called ‘Striptease’ so what’s not to like ? Wink

They tour with Johnny Marr very soon

Laura Welsh


Laura was listed in our tips/hopes for 2013 list after we blogged about her on a number of occasions during 2012. She seemingly appeared from nowhere, (although a little digging revealed she was previously Laura and The Tears), uploaded a couple of ‘knock ’em dead’ tunes that showcased her remarkable voice and then ‘BOOM’ all the tracks disappeared into the ether!  This, we deduced was a sign that the mysterious Laura had some sort of publishing/record deal in the offing. Fast forward to erm, well,now really! And she’s back with a new song via LUV LUV LUV Records soundcloud (who also manage Florence Welsh). Apparently, it’s co-written and produced by Dev Hynes that nice Lightspeed Champion chap, it’s very polished and certainly demonstrates what an amazing voice Laura has, but is it maybe a little too refined?  Sometimes the obsession with getting the production spot on can strip a song or a performance of its emotion and this doesn’t really sound like it was done in one or two takes. It’s still impressive, very radio friendly, but perhaps lacks some of the emotion displayed on her earlier songs ? Saying that we do love her voice and its a fine introduction or those who haven’t heard her before.

Download for free:

 Waylayers [Strangers Remix]


How do you top being chosen as Steve Lamacq’s ‘Band of the Week?’ You get [Strangers] to remix you that’s how. And that’s exactly what London indie/electro trio Waylayers have done. As a blog we get inundated with remixes and many seem fairly pointless exercises in nob twiddling jiggery pokery, but [Stangers] on mixing duty is pretty much your guarantee of quality.

Waylayers have a new EP called ‘Fault Lines’ out in April/May


Oh and here’s the original slice of indie/dance trance euphoria


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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