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Useless Cities

London, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2016

London, England, United Kingdom
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Alternative Indie




"Useless Cities EP Review"

Sometimes a link lands in the in-box here and just refreshes the day. Useless Cities are from, hang on let me go find the e.mail again, here’s one of the tracks…


They’re from London, this is their debut and words aren’t really needed, this is just very refreshing, delightfully so, three rather fine statements of intent, especially that song up there, To Be Ruined really is delightfully good, they don’t needs words from our end, here’s the music, let that do the talking…. brilliantly uplifting, refreshingly good and “freshly out of the oven”,,, Here’s what they said….

“Hi Organ, Sorry to email out of the blue, I know you must get inundated. But we have made some music which we are hopeful that you would like. We’re called Useless Cities and we’re an indie 4-piece with male and female vocals: Tom – Vocals/Guitar, Conny – Vocals/Keys, Clare – Bass, Sebs – Drums. Influences include The National, Arcade Fire, Mogwai. Starting off in a disused public toilet in Kentish Town as a rehearsal space, the band was up and gigging after about 12 months. The outcome is bittersweet melodies and feelings, all pinned together by a skewer of flowing guitar sound. Intertwined male and female vocals are anointed by a holding piano sound and warm bass tones, aligned on OCD-like overthought drum beats. We have just finished recording our first EP with Jessica Corcoran at Gravity Shack Studios in Tooting, and would love if you could give it a listen”. - Organ Zine

"Useless Cities - Stay - Single Review"


Useless Cities have only recently emerged into the indie scene, however this does not mean that their music is by any means ‘amateurish’, as the new track ‘Stay’ demonstrates; with peaks and troughs that make the track an interesting listen, promising beginnings for such a young band. The single itself ranges between something that wouldn’t sound out of place in a The National album, but then smashes this in the chorus, feeling like perhaps a more sedated Alvvays track, with repetitive – but effective vocals – catchy and atmospheric keys, and intelligently postured delay effects on guitar.

The track opens humbly with the muffled key loop, slowly and surely getting louder and clearer with a solitary note from guitar echoing through and bringing the hi-hats in signalling the true beginning of the track. The simple, but well-thought out guitar riff, with the addition of the delay and the keys, create an almost-psychedelic aspect, before unexpectedly dying out into the verse where the lone vocals take the lead. Conny’s line “I thought you’d go, but then you stayed”, is juxtaposed by Tom’s bass vocals (similar to Interpol)”you won’t believe this”, the simplistic nature of the repetitive vocals does work to create the building atmosphere of the track to some extent, before the delay-filled guitar takes charge bringing the song back to the faster paced chorus. This then repeats itself before one by one each instrument fades out and we return to the stripped back verse, ending with drum fill and a singular, poignant bass note. Almost as if the song has come round full circle, perhaps representative of its cyclical nature.

‘Stay’ is certainly an excellent track for a first EP from Useless Cities, the technical use of delay has been mentioned several times for a reason, as well as the mixed, unusual vocals which perhaps at times break up the repetitive nature of the song. The track is certainly worth a listen for the use of atmospheric build-up and memory-evoking chorus. Keep an eye out for Useless Cities. - Independent Uk Music

"Useless Cities - 'Stay' EP"

London based Useless Cities (theres a joke in there somewhere) are fresh on the UK Indie scene with their debut EP, Stay which was nothing like what I was expecting, that being another upbeat set of UK-styled Indie in a similar vein to a lot of what we have covered recently.

There is of course no problem in that, as UK Indie music is on something of a resurgence at least in the underground and grass roots scenes at the moment. Useless Cities surprised me however, so hats off to them.

Influences: ‘The National, Arcade Fire, The XX, Mogwai.‘

The above is the first of three for this release in it’s traverses enough stylistically to leave you wanting more, but similarly leaves you with a strong sense of satisfaction.

There are no real-worded vocals for quite some time but that’s not an issue, as the two-part harmonies you are left with are enough until the two-minute debut. Musically, you can already safely say that the keyboard’s presence is crucial in the soft and drawn out build ups and light Indie guitar-work.

‘Stay’ was the first I heard from the band and continues with the two-part vocals and rhythmic ensemble, that in character sound close to the build-ups and bridging bars of a Post-Rock release, with the subdued bass, jangling guitar tone and prominent keys.

The “plugged in” Alternative Rock approach you heard towards the end ‘To Be Ruined’ returns for ‘Follow’. The songs introduction is once again the slow and sombre accompanied with the haunting words ‘I’ll make you, I’ll break you, I’ll turn you, I’ll learn you‘.

A notable part of Useless Cities is that all four of the band’s members can be singled out and heard at any one time. This may seem like somewhat of a cop-out as descriptive statement but within ‘Follow’ specifically, it’s on the money. - Muscially Fresh

"Track Review: Stay - Useless Cities"

Useless Cities play dark, bittersweet indie rock in the vein of Arcade Fire and The National. The quartet are building up a reputation by playing gigs around London and released their track ‘Stay’ last month.

‘Stay’ is driven by a hypnotic Veronica Falls-esque guitar riff, with Clare’s loud bass keeping things together. When keyboardist Conny sings: “I thought you’d go but then you stayed” before the dark instrumentation, this brings out a feeling of sadness to the listener. It demonstrates a band who aren’t afraid to wear their emotions on their sleeve. If Useless Cities write more songs with this captivating depth, they will be ones to look out for in the future. - The Indie Pendent

"Useless Cities - Stay EP"

Useless Cities are a band that seem to have found their identity and wear it on their sleeves. Uncomplicated and gloriously atmospheric, the songs rise and fall with a grace that is alien to most people’s idea of an indie band, but this is definitely where they belong. Shades of Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead and even Snow Patrol can be heard throughout.

Track 1 is the title track and starts with a piano before everything joins in and you find yourself swaying and nodding your head in acceptance of the sound. There are two main parts to Stay and both of them have you captivated in their individual brilliance. Each time the instrumental part comes back, it builds just a little bit more so the change to the vocal section is emphasised.
Second up is Follow which has a hypnotic guitar part supported by solid bass and drums. Again this builds up to a wonderfully complex sound with every element contributing to the finished product. Last on the EP is To Be Ruined but it doesn’t ruin what is a great way to spend 10 minutes. Once again it starts all nice and calm but this just lulls you into a false sense of security before the sound drowns you in a wave of epic proportions – what a way to go.

Useless Cities are a band that you should search out. Currently playing in and around London but I don’t think it will be long before they are on their way to a venue near you.
Have to give this a 9 out of 10. - Unarmed Bandit

"Useless Cities EP Review"

First entry for October and we have ourselves an upcoming soulfully levitating band with adoring vibes. If there is one thing I must definitely not leave out about this band is how they got together. Believe me, with what I'm about to share with you.

"Starting off in a disused public toilet in Kentish Town as a rehearsal space".

This band have influences stretching as far as Mogwai and Sigur Ros. Furthermore, their collaboration in terms of genre have a certain zest in terms of presence and effect. They have a distinctive, illusive build up on songs, lifting you up at all the right moments. Useless Cities EP came out in March this year.

1. Stay

To start, the fade-in on the first tracks enables us listeners to prepare ourselves for what we are about to listen to. The main melodic line trembles in followed by the rest of the instrumentation, colouring in a time-lapse of mixed emotions. You feel the emotion writing itself. I love how simple the vocals are, but her voice breaks through the wall of noise and delivers a powerful meaning behind the words "I thought he'd go". It's done cleverly, as the vocals come in, the rest of the playing is quietened.

The juxtaposition of the two sounds we get in this song, makes this one of my favourite songs so far. The guitar sounds big along with the drums, and it creates a wave of motion, simply dancing around in your head. Absolutely beautiful.

Here they are playing 'Stay' @ The Workshop, London.

2. Follow

Let me carry on, with how superb their songs are introduced. Starting off so quiet and mysterious. One thing I enjoy to hear are the roles being swapped for lead vocals. Not only that, they are so simple (not a bad thing), at times it feels they are speaking another language. The lyrics are direct, which gave me a sudden thought of Pink Floyd's 'Brick in the Wall' Simply powerful. Almost feeling like he's being drowned, the effect has a sort of wobble to it. It's a real joy to listen to. Having a different vocalist differentiates the style and keeps listeners locked in the box full of imagination. The journey you get taken on is really powerful, and I mean that. I'm excited to hear more from these guys.

3. To Be Ruined

An enticing walk down mystical lane has been a good one and finish the path and keep up the jubilant feel from the last track. When first listening to this, I felt a certain celebratory mood. An end of an incredible story. The concept is true and fascinating. As I mentioned before, the ups and downs come in at the right times, I believe that these guys are lost in their own world and we are getting a look in through the keyhole. One thing that has stuck out for me is the male vocals by Tom, but saying that, Conny has vocals that contrast, yet strangely work so well. They are just remarkable. They are not strained, they are so calm and pleasing to listen to.

On a whole, as an EP I can't wait for them to bring out an album. Their influences are in mind, but they have already found their own direction to go in. Top quality songwriting, and beautiful playing.

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Listen to their EP (NOW) at : - IMO Blog

"MIMR Daily Tunes No.9: Useless Cities ‘Stay’"

This next track from London based alt-rock quartet Useless Cities realy pulls on the heartstring of any avid listener, powerful stuff. ‘Stay’ is the opening song on the foursome’s new EP released in April and its certainly engrossing.

Drawing influences from the like of Arcade Fire and Mogwai amongst others, its the elegant cauldron of male and female vocals that strike the right chord with emotional charged melodies joining forces to make a truly great track. - Music Is My Radar

"Review: Useless Cities - To Be Ruined"

Useless Cities are an Indie band from London. They started their journey together in one of the most unique ways I’ve ever heard of: by rehearsing in a disused public toilet!

From this, after 12 months of solid work, Useless Cities were making their name and their sound known on the circuit, slowly taking over in the local music scene. Now, they have gone on to receive University and local radio airplay and been praised by various music bloggers. They then went on to record their first E.P. at Gravity Shack Studios which is what got them the success they are experiencing now.

I can see why! If I’m being completely honest, it did take me a while to get used to their sound and the first track I heard didn’t exactly blow me away. However, I decided to keep going down the list of tracks and see if there was anything there that caught my attention. I am definitely glad I did! After searching, I found their track “To Be Ruined”, this one struck me as a winner straight away.

The blend of all the instruments works perfectly, most indie bands have no idea about the concept of levels, so every instrument is fighting against the others which creates a muddy sound. The story is completely different with Useless Cities. To me, it feels like the collective sound is melting through the speakers, I likened it to the sensation you feel when you try melting a piece of chocolate on your tongue. These guys are truly unique and with a new release, music video and mini tour in the works, I know that I’m going to be seeing Useless Cities’ name in lights very soon. - Gary Cunningham Reviews

"Useless Cities - EP Review"

Useless Cities are a band featuring two guys Tom and Sebs and two girls Conny and Clare. You could say they’re like an indie version of ABBA with the exception that the females are an essential part in the making of the sound, not just the singing over it. After 12 months of regular rehearsals in a deserted public toilet situated in Kentish Town, the band have been performing at various venues ever since.

Useless Cities could be described in many ways, one label taking affect is the indie shoegaze which is in fact evidenced in the bands instrumentals and bitter-sweet lyrical preferences. The eeriness of the sound is suppressed by the flowery guitar tenors with sprinkles of piano notes.

Their EP invites us to appreciate the compliance of the male and female vocals woven together creating monotonous harmonies. The distinguished pitches between the female and male vocals evoke a sense of elegance to the music, complementing the lightness of keys and strings. Their sound fringes the gloominess that The xx transpire, however Useless Cities affix a sort of rustic grace to their musical disposition through their tracks ‘Stay, Follow’ and ‘To Be Ruined’.

‘Stay’ is the first track on their EP introducing the theme of continuity in their music. The steady beat and simple lyrics evokes an [The] xx feel to the music. The synergy of the drums, piano and guitar leaves undertones of modesty within the track, fashioning the sombreness the indie genre frequently implements.

The second track ‘Follow’ drifts away from the soothing endurances that encompasses ‘Stay’. ‘Follow’ materialises as the song goes on. The layering of instruments induces anguish but it works. From ‘Follow’ we get a sense Useless Cities can immerse themselves into the quietness that enraptures indie music while engulfing themselves with the rowdy and fun fragments of the indie genre.

‘To Be Ruined’ has a summery air to it. The upbeat tempo and organised scattering of the piano keys makes for an optimistic sound in contradiction to the title. Further into the song the guitar becomes heavier and the drums get louder coinciding with the idea of the song title foreshadowing wisps of poetry.

These three songs further emphasise the bands indie shoegaze style, and hopefully we hear more from Useless Cities in their upcoming gig in Brighton on 22nd July at The Joker. - Give It Back Magazine

"Useless Cities come to Brighton"

London 4-piece indie shoegazers Useless Cities are coming to Brighton's The Joker on Friday 22nd July to play a show with Nicoteen and Bad Girls, supporting The Speak (featuring Matthieu Hartley, formerly of The Cure).

Who Are Useless Cities?
Useless Cities are made up of paired male/female vocals from Tom (Vocals/Guitar) & Conny (Vocals/Keys), alongside Clare on Bass and Sebs on Drums. Starting off in a disused public toilet in Kentish Town as a rehearsal space, the band was up and gigging after about 12 months. They list their main influences as The National, Mogwai and Arcade Fire - so if you like the sound of those then we reckon that you'll love Useless Cities too.

What Do Useless Cities Sound Like?
Combining the melancholic and forlorn with the quietly optimistic, the outcome is a somewhat bittersweet mix, with deadpan melodies pinned together by a skewer of flowing guitar, simple piano, warm bass tones, aligned on OCD-like overthought drum beats. That's one musical kebab that we like to get our teeth stuck into. For a band still in their early stages, their sound is already well on the way to be being formed, with their influences clearly audible without coming to close to pastiche for comfort, as many bands do during their early stages - this can still lead to greatness later down the line, but the original flair from the off is always a promising start.

Latest News From Useless Cities
The band have just finished recording their first EP with Jessica Corcoran at Gravity Shack Studios in Tooting. It has had radioplay on the Uni of Cork campus indie radio show, Freakscene radio show and Spark Sunderland new music show. It has also had good reviews, including one by The Organ zine. Check out the band, alongside Bad Girls, Nicoteen and The Speak on Friday 22nd July 2016 at The Joker in Brighton. Tickets just £5 from Overhead Wires - BUY HERE - After Dark

"EP Review"

Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this one, but it seems as if British indie has stumbled into a bit of a rut of late. Since arguably the last golden era of indie bands this country has produced, which by my estimates was around the mid-00’s, the amount of them has shrunk considerably since the turn of the decade. Some bands no doubt were able to consistently duplicate their success upon each album release, most notably the Arctic Monkeys, before they decided to turn American, and more recently Foals who seemingly been able to evolve critically from strength to strength. There are several bands hanging in there and have been for several years, like your Ashes, your Fratellis, your Cribs, your Subways for example, many bands whose glory days seem long gone but persistently release music to a loyal, adoring fan base, who continue to turn out to shows and keep motivation and spirits high to look forward to the future. Sadly, as the nature of technology and commercial success in the industry shifts so frequently, there are several bands who’ve become causalities in the musical landslide, as sustaining a career stretches further and further out of reach for those previously thrust in the spotlight and airwaves. These are dark days for British guitar music for sure, but under the surface, what you could classify as an underground resistance is currently producing some of the best indie you’ll have encountered in years. Useless Cities, hailing from the nation’s capital, are among that resistance with an ache in their hearts expressed exquisitely through a mournful touch of the piano and a melancholic pounding of the guitar.

Though their emotions are not exclusively wired to wallow in sorrow, there is an ethereal and transcendent nature to Useless Cities’ music that melancholy brings the best out of. Their Stay EP though only three tracks long, is a wave of sonically cold but breathtaking musical splendour, combining unforgettable melodies seeped in calm composure, with an unexpected fury that riles their initial breeze into a hurricane of heartbreak. No track illustrates this exclamation point better than Follow. While Stay is a gorgeous piano-driven stroll through arctic plains and To Be Ruined, a far more spirited tumble through dreams that take a turbulent turn, it’s Follow that finely balances the band’s strengths perfectly. Delay-drenched guitar leads Follow in, with the booming of a near-tribal tom pattern from the drums, and the lightest touch of low end entering not long after, painting the scene for solemn reflection. Vocals wander in, listing things to do to an unspecified character, with his settled bellow against the melody of the guitar a strangely hypnotising presence throughout the song’s course. A bright shimmer of keys layer atop the instruments, sending a chill down the spine of the listener but adding light to this arguably greying atmosphere. This brings in the cymbals and snare of the drums, gradually shifting the tone into the subtlest of build-ups, masked well by the vocals and instruments while the grace and beauty of the piano becomes more prominent as the song progresses. Then in the song’s twilight, the guitar bursts into life with an eye-opening intensity and drums are beaten hard into submission, serving as a backdrop for the male and female chanting in harmony and the piano trying to restore a sense of tranquillity to this sudden gale of musical force. And the piano gets its wish, closing out Follow in the manner it began, a series of notes against the echo of the guitar, jerking the strings of your heart as the final note fades into the distance. What Useless Cities offer more so than a collection of songs, is an aural palette to paint your own stories from the emotionally stirring compositions they lay before you. How it affects you is left to your own semiotics, but know that they are exploring rarely traversed ground in indie and their own bittersweet twist on the sound we’ve known to grow and love, ranks among the best and most unique bands the indie scene has to offer

Useless Cities’ Stay EP is out now at all respectable music retailers. Any more information you wish to know about them can be located on the band’s website. The band are also playing frequent live dates in and around the capital right now so keep your eyes peeled for a date near you, or bring them to your doorstep and book them for your own show. - The Soundshark

"Flash Music Reviews"

Useless Cities – “To Be Ruined”

Newly minted, London-based alternative rock band Useless Cities (Tom on vocals/guitar, Clare on bass, Conny on vocals/keyboards, and Sebs on drums) mixes the bleak noir of the post-punk aesthetic with the expansive atmosphere of post-rock on the restless and intriguing single “To Be Ruined” off of recent debut EP, Stay.

The song warms up slowly at first, swimming in fluidly reverberating guitar, fast-tapped cymbals, an occasionally pouncing bass line, and long stretches of wordless male and female vocals. The unexpected, but engaging accent of delicately tinkling piano notes materializes, along with a steady build up in intensity.

Then quite suddenly, the sonics kick into high gear with a pronounced drum beat, insistent piano refrain, bass line grind, blazing guitar distortion, and urgently proclaimed male and female vocals where Tom sings in a grimly sonorous tone, “I know it’s a car crash / but it’s my car crash.” - Rebel Noise

"Useless Cities"

Useless Cities are a four piece band from London who are influenced by Arcade Fire and Mogwai amongst others. The almost ethereal tones of the music this band produces, coupled with swathes of grubby guitar work creates more of an emotional sound than an audial one. Surprising tones and soothing melodies are regularly broken by moments of lyrical silence in order to give the listener a moment to process. However limited the songs available are it does not limit the musical experience for the listener as each track is much more complex than many new bands in this genre.

Stay has an intro more reminiscent of The Durrutti Column with its lamenting guitars and trailing keys than any of the bands the group claim to be influenced by. The female vocalist has a somewhat haunting way of singing which can at time make it sound as if the music is out of sync however it always slips back in to itself as extra layers are implemented into the tracks. The female vocalist and drummer tumble around each other during this track, this unusual musical relationship provides the listener with insight into the way the songs have been written.

The very short verses leave you to ponder over what you just heard to whilst simultaneously being slightly mesmerised by the rest of the bands trickling sounds, subtly sliding its way into your ears and gripping you before you realise its half way through. Simplistic yet powerful, this song sets the scene for the listener before the listener is aware.

Follow, a track that starts off with a similar tone, unsettling in its introductory melodies, soothes you as the layers evolve. The male vocals, deep and controlled yet slight wavering, force you listen intently as the keys provide light relief to the dark sounds. The male vocalist at times has a hint of early Andrew Eldritch on the deeper end of his range. Follow is in keeping with the previous track in terms of its mood, the deeper male vocals create a sense of comfortable danger with the female vocals now in the background flourishing the track with nuanced highlights to this darker track.

All the musicians in this band seem to work together all too easily, with intricate yet simple intricacies throughout each song which develop the band and give them an extra edge for their genre. Using a mix of contemporary and classical methods of composing Useless Cities have produced a body of work with potential to grow intelligently and organically with every track. - Retrograde Inversion

"Useless Cities (Stay Review)"

Tom (Vocals / Guitar), Conny (Vocals / Keys), Clare (Bass) and Sebs (Drums) from London in England form the alt-rock band Useless Cities.

Useless Cities - alt-rock from England
Useless Cities
The ranging use of electric-piano gives the music an immediate space of difference and also allows Useless Cities to add depths of sounds to the output, which when combined with the two voices – which sometimes sing alone, sometimes in harmony and at others displacing from each other, equally enables them to deliver music with wide dynamic range.

It is the grounding of the drums and bass which pulls it all back to earth and gives Useless Cities their impetus, from which the guitar is able to explore the reaches between the two and the audience is left with music, that while compositionally complex, floats easily into the brain entrapping the audience on the journeys that lay within their songs.

While it must always be tempting for Useless Cities to extend the pieces into lengthy dreamy landscapes, they have, in the three songs thus far released kept them all within the three to four minute mark. It will be interesting to see if they do permit themselves to release one or two pieces that do extend far longer, as there is enough in the song-writing to be able to make for an intriguing run-out. Nothing at all is lost in the shorter pieces and with a world of minuscule attention span it makes perfect sense not to try it too often.

Formed last year Useless Cities are beginning to generate a live performance schedule along with having put out the three track single Stay. They are a quartet worth spending time to get to know and I look forward to hearing more of their music in the not too distant future. - Emerging Indie Bands

"EP Review"

It felt refreshing to embrace an alternative Indie band who have soul-stirring qualities and an emotive edge, so when I found London based, Indie quartet 'Useless Cities' I was pleasantly moved by their atmospheric blend of touching melodies, emotively driven vocals and sublimely crafted instrumental sways between bitter-sweet expression. Their evocative sound carries a gorgeous depth of vocal tone and harmony combined with a contrasting instrumental approach that delivers both a delicate fragility strewn through an over riding strength and determination; most certainly an emotively empowering style that no doubt would be incredibly moving live. The band started out only last year, using a disused public toilet in Kentish Town as a rehearsal space and have been flourishing in a graceful manner ever since. The unit have been playing the alternative London circuit, making their debut appearance on DKFM Shoegaze radio and have found themselves at number two in the 'Indie Radio Alliance' top 10 at the end of last month. Useless cites released their self titled debut EP in March of this year to positive feedback with many reviewers comparing their sound to the likes of Snow Patrol, Mogwai, Arcade Fire, and even, The Cranberries, setting the bands tone amid an array of highly distinctive talent who have unforgettable qualities.

The first track off ' their self titled Ep 'Stay' presents the concise unification of sublime parts which draws the listener in from the outset and stirs emotion. This evenly spaced incremental ascent through spacious reverberated guitar, delicate key-parts, subtle basslines and a captivating vocal, sways between a feeling of heart wrench and hopeful determination. The layered vocal from Conny combined with the harmonising vocal tone from Tom really is delightful, complementing each other perfectly. I love the space to breathe within this track, its incredibly easy to absorb and latch onto. Over all a beautiful sense of thoughtfulness and strength emanates from this opening song.

Track two 'Follow' stays within the same ground foundation as track one in relation to tone and sentiment. The pace of the track gradually grows, initially drawing the listener into a slighter denser pensive state, as the gentle guitar parts, combined with subtle drumming and Tom's haunting vocals conjures a mass of feeling in an almost hypnotizing way. Toms vocal approach is interesting as initially it projects in a kind of repetitive prayer esque way that sets the momentum into a moody mantra style. Then as the track grows within its progression the introduction of gorgeous keys-parts leads the song into stunning transformation of strength adjoined with Toms vocal approach. All this combined with the beautiful backing harmonies, I can not help but cast my mind to the likes of bands such as 'Arcade Fire' and 'Broken Social Scene' . There are beautiful shades of light and darkness within this wonderful track.

Final spellbinding song upon the Ep is titled 'To Be Ruined,' which hits me in the way of golden sun rays gleaming through my window frame, kissing my skin in the most delicate but meaningful of ways, making one of the most impactive tracks to finish upon. From the outset this song lifts the listener up and locks them deep into a swirl of gorgeous vocal harmonies, delicate key-parts, elevated, reverberated guitar and subtle drumming; once all these elements have combined in full flight it creates an emotively empowering atmosphere which just commands an elevated spirit to soar as well as bringing a clarity in sentiment. A stunning track that would be moving to absorb live. 'Useless cities' shall be playing a very special event in London where photography meets music, as 'Meet-Pretty Photography' presents a night of bands who shall perform as well as presenting an exhibition of stills of the bands who participate. Its free entry! So if you are in the London area on the 7th of December, please do check out the 'Tooting Tram And Social' page for more information of its exact location. - Revel Rouser


Stay EP Released April 2016.
Recorded at Gravity Shack Studios.
Engineer/Producer: Jessica Corcoran
3.To Be Ruined

New Feelings EP for release 3.3.17
Recorded at Urchin Studios
Engineer/Producer/Mastering: Toby Hulbert
1.New Feelings
2.You There
3.People are very strange these days



Useless Cities create bittersweet melodies and nostalgic feelings, with male and female vocals.

The band formed in  January 2016, using a disused public toilet in Kentish Town as a rehearsal studio. 8 weeks later they had played their first gig and recorded their first EP, ‘Stay’.

During 2016 the band has notably played Oxjam East London, Red Roar festival and at the O2 Academy Islington. ‘Stay’ EP earned good reviews and radio airplay, including ongoing rotation on DKFM Shoegaze Radio.

Their next EP ‘New Feelings’ is to be released on 3/3/17.

Band Members