For your entertainment during another working week here's five more hand-picked delights from the Scruff Of The Neck stable.
Lunar – 'Showboater'
Fresh off the back of a headline Academy 3 show that belied the young Mancunian's age, Lunar are an indie-pop four-piece on the cusp of big things. Latest single 'Showboater' is two and a half minutes of button-bright garage-pop, built around a deft dichotomy of pop-polish and DIY sensibility that's sure to make people sit up and pay attention.
Playing House – 'Haircut'
Drawing influence from a host of decade-spanning art-pop, Playing House are an East London three-piece with an ear for a melody and their eyes to the future. Their latest single 'Haircut' is an upbeat and off-kilter pop number that's all spiky guitars and autobiographical lyricism. Having emerged from the East London queer community a little under a year ago, the band are already off to a flying start.
Delamere – 'Kill It'
Those in the know have been waiting on new material from Delamere now, and recent single 'Kill It' doesn't disappoint. Subtle and anthemic in equal parts, it's as uplifting as it is understated, and sees the band's trademark electronic melodies reach dizzying new heights. The first taste of the band's pending debut LP, 'Kill It' marks the beginning of the next stage of the band's career, and we can't wait to see where it takes them.
Broken Flags – 'Faith'
It wouldn't be a Top 5 without us letting you wrap your ears around another band from Stoke, and this week is no exception. Broken Flags are upbeat and optimistic four-piece who swerve the swagger and arrogance of your typical indie acts in favour of more melodic sound. 'Faith' manages to encapsulate the band's charming perkiness perfectly.
The Leathernecks – 'Do Ya Fuck'
Closing out this week are Rotheram's The Leathernecks, a four-piece whose live shows are as racous as one might expect from hearing their tracks. 'Do Ya Fuck' is a spiky, frenetic outing that subscribes to the jangle-pop of yesteryear almost as much as it does indie's more recent iterations. Catch these guys in a small venue whilst you still can.