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  • Writer's pictureAlex Needham

TM Breakthrough Vol. 31

As we roll into the Easter Bank Holiday break, TM Breakthrough is back to serve up a mix of the freshest new music on the Townsend Music platform.


China Bears - Participation Trophy

For Fans Of: The National, Frightened Rabbit

China Bears were formed in Somerset by twin brothers Ivan and Frazer (lead guitar) after meeting James (bass) and Dean (drums) at university in Guildford. Their music offers melodic alt-rock with acoustic subtlety, as showcased through EP releases like I've Never Met Anyone Like You, Statue Still and All That Distance.

Their debut album, Participation Trophy, set to launch on July 12, 2024, via Fierce Panda Records was recorded with Rod Jones from Idlewild in the autumnal sunshine of Leith. Tracks like 'I Will Break My Own Heart', 'Beck and Call' and 'Gracie' offer a diverse range of experiences. China Bears' performances are marked by emotional intensity and intimacy, whether they're tearing up the stage with their indie anthems or captivating audiences with hushed renditions. Drawing comparisons to The National, Death Cab For Cutie, and Frightened Rabbit, their music resonates deeply with listeners, creating a unique and memorable live experience.

Participation Trophy can be ordered on the Official China Bears Store, available on White Vinyl, Blue Transparent Vinyl and Blue Glitter Cassette plus bundles which include exclusive signed art prints.


LOWLIVES - Freaking Out

For Fans Of: Alice In Chains, James And The Cold Gun

With vocalist Lee Downer and drummer Luke Johnson joined by guitarist Jaxon Moore and bassist Steve Lucarelli, the nascent LOWLIVES was founded on a shared love of ‘90s alternative and grunge, and a shared desire to make music once more for little more than the love of doing so.

Debut album Freaking Out, set for release in May 2024 via Spinefarm Records, arrives imbued with that same spirit. Freaking Out is, above all, the distillation of what LOWLIVES is truly about: rock music to make you fall in love with rock music all over again.

"I thought by now I’d have the answers / Or the power to save my soul."- Lee Downer

Freaking Out is available to pre-order from the Spinefarm Store on White Vinyl and CD plus merch bundles.



For Fans Of: The Shires, The Wandering Hearts

With haunting and ethereal songs that masterfully delve into the depths

of ferocious love, heartbreaking loss and steadfast hope, the debut album, Us, by new duo BOWEN YOUNG unveils a unique style of music the couple has dubbed ‘Cinematic Americana’.

Clare Bowen and Brandon Robert Young, the duo behind the debut album, invoke themes painted by powerfully authentic lyrics and hypnotic harmonies. Bowen is renowned for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Connor in Nashville. Young's musical journey began in Enfield, CT, evolving to Nashville in 2000. His path intertwined with John Hiatt, touring as percussionist and vocalist before forming The John Hiatt Trio.

"It has its roots in country music, folk music and the more up-tempo moments lend themselves to rock ‘n roll. We wanted sweeping emotion, the rise and fall of tiny intimate moments, alongside bombastic sound. We set out with that as our north star” - Brandon Robert Young

Us is available to pre-order from the Official BOWEN YOUNG Store on CD and Download.


Jaws The Shark - Wasteland

For Fans Of: While She Sleeps, Demob Happy

Jaws The Shark stands as the solo endeavour of Olly Bailey, a musician who moved from London to the Devon Countryside in Spring 2020 as a result of the UK's first national lockdown. Born from a blend of frustration and boredom, the concept of Jaws The Shark took shape. Bailey found the perfect canvas for creative ideas he had nurtured over the preceding years, allowing them the time and space to flourish.

The indie/alt-rock artist's latest release is the track 'California', taken from the upcoming debut album Wasteland. The fast-paced and swaggering track builds to a blistering chorus, which showcases Olly’s signature raw yet soaring vocals.

"Wasteland is an album that I’d been wanting to write for some time now, and one that I'm really proud of personally." - Olly Bailey

Visit the Official Jaws The Shark Store to pre-order the upcoming album Wasteland on Claret Vinyl and CD, all bundles include a signed print.


M24 - Concrete Rose

For Fans Of: Skepta, Potter Payper

Building buzz as a young member of iconic Brixton collective 150, rapper M24 brought his saucy brand of drill to the U.K. mainstream in the late 2010s and early 2020s. His new album, Concrete Rose drops on April 19th.

Born in Brixton, Dorai Harrison started in 2016 as a rapper and songwriter. In 2019 he made a name for himself with songs like 'We Don't Dance' and 'Verbal' along with collaborating with artists such as Tion Wayne, Skengdo, AM and Unknown T. M24's sound is fully cemented into the U.K. rap scene with elements of afrobashment, trap and drill.

"On the back of a string of hot releases last year, the project is set to be a table-shaker. Watch this space" - GRM Daily

Visit the Official M24 Store to pre-order the upcoming album Concrete Rose on CD plus various merch bundles.


Kingfishr - Live At The 3Olympia Theatre

For Fans Of: Pa Sheehy, Noah Kahan

Irish indie folk trio Kingfishr have announced their first vinyl release. Live At The Olympia documents two of the band's headline shows which were part of their debut tour this year. The rising prospects recorded their recent sold-out Dublin shows and are set to be pressed on coloured vinyl.

The Limerick-based three-piece have quickly established themselves as one of the rising prospects in Irish music. The band have had significant support from major artists such as Dermot Kennedy and George Ezra along with festival spots at BST Hyde Park, Latitude, All Points East and Electric Picnic.

“We’ve gone beyond anything we ever even let ourselves dream of, I think we’re all very very proud of that achievement and I suppose we’ll keep going and see how far we can get.” - Eoin Fitzgibbon to Irish Independent

Visit the Official Kingfishr Store to pre-order Live At The 3Olympia Theatre on Signed Coloured Double Vinyl and Signed CD.



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