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Various Cruelties Cover Ian Brown’s ‘F.E.A.R’

Various Cruelties have recorded a cover of Ian Brown’s ‘F.E.A.R’, which they’ve been including in their live sets recently . There’s a guitar solo in it, that scared the holy shit out of me, but that’s testament to the fact that I was nicely lulled by the fidelity of their version and wasn’t really expecting a guitar solo. Good stuff.

The cover will be the B-side to the bands next single ‘Chemicals’ which is due out imminently.

Various Cruelties – F.E.A.R

In No Particular Order

Always avoided lists, but this year I’ve decided to feature twenty of my favourite tunes from 2011. All that’s required is that they were released this year and I found myself going to back to them again and again. It’s a strange mix, but then there’s no accounting for taste. As the title suggests, the tracks listed aren’t in any particular order, just as I remember them.

I’ll see you in the New Year x



The Weeknd – House Of Balloons


Switch Ft Andre Martin – I Still Love You


Jane’s Addiction – Irresistible Force


Bart B More & Tommie Sunshine – Bodywork


Fatboy Slim Vs Moguai – Ya Mama (Push The Tempo)


Patterns – Induction


Cicada – The Things You Say (Mr Miyagi Remix)


The Whip – Secret Weapon (Alex Metric Remix)



Breton – The Commission


The Joy Formidable – Whirring (Innerpartysystem Remix)



120 Days – Osaka



Marlene Shaw – California Soul (A.Skillz remix)



Justice – Civilization



M83.Ft Zola Jesus – Intro


Various Cruelties – Chemicals

I posted Various Cruelties at the start of the year, with the release of ‘If It Wasn’t For You’. They’re back again with new single ‘Chemicals’ to be released on the 3rd October. Love the vibe, love the Alex Turner-esque vocal and  love that I can imagine being in the crowd singing this right back at them. Every band needs a singalong moment, this is Various Cruelties right here.

Various Cruelties – Chemicals

Check out the band performing it  live earlier this year and remind yourself not to sing along when you’re filming a gig.

‘Chemicals’ is released on October 3rd

Links – Various Cruelties Website

Various Cruelties

One thing I miss these days is some geetar based indy tunes. There’s a glut of it at the moment and while I love synth, basslines and 303, it’s nice to have a bit of jangle jangle now and then.

Various Cruelties are four fellas from London who are filling my indy yearning right now. They formed last year and have been support to, most notably for me at least, the other indy saviours The Vaccines (also Mumford & Sons, but I swore they would never ever get a mention on this blog. Thats not a mention, back there, because this is bracketed, so doesn’t count).

Cold As You Are rolls in with rousing drums, then the horns hit and you’re in Northern Soul terrority, while If It Wasn’t For You (below) brings to mind the Artic Monkeys, vocally at least. You can catch them out and about:


If It Wasn’t For You/Cold As You Are is out now and you can get it from their Bandcamp page