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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 6:00 pm
I remember watching a tv show years ago on American public television in which travel writer Rick Steves described Blackpool as Britain’s Coney Island. I had a hard time imagining a Coney Island in blighty, thinking that if it really existed, I’d be walking round the place in a confused daze. For their new promo for ‘The Horizon’, the title track of their upcoming EP, Natives took the idea of a cowboy visiting the North West seaside time for the first time and married it with another concept. Here’s how the band themselves describe their efforts:
With The Horizon we wanted to do something different to our previous videos. We had the initial idea of a cowboy experiencing a vibrant British town like Blackpool for the first time which we really liked the juxtaposition of. Together with Duncan Howsley we turned this into the final concept, a video about both the wonders and fears of exploring something new – about being young and sneaking out of your house and into the big city without your parents permission!
Watch the video below. ‘The Horizon’ EP from Natives will be out on the 13th of October.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 4:00 pm
Blackpool trio Darlia are known for their loud, brash style and heavy riffs, so today’s video comes across maybe not as a total shock but a definite surprise. Here is a live performance by their frontman Nathan Day, playing an acoustic version of the band’s upcoming single ‘Stars Are Aligned’ all alone.
The single will be released on the 27th of October on B-Unique Records.
If there was ever a track which could mellow out an earth shuddering headache, you’d probably drift towards ‘Pissing Neon’ by Casual Sex. Despite immediately conjuring up a wrecked stoner pissing rainbows, it’s a chilled out as your nan after she’s completed her favourite crossword puzzle – ya know, when you see her with that smile on her face. Good, we’re at the right place.
Drawing heavily from the influences of ‘90s, disco this double A-side Sam Smith, Ed Wood, Peter Masson and Chris McCrory have crafted a beautiful soundscape which borders on trip-hop. Oh, and to dispel any confusion – no, he has no relation to that cretin Sam Smith who shares his name, is all over the ol’ wireless like a venereal infection and who inexplicably looks set to write a Bond theme. More on that later.
The metronomic intro of ‘A Perfect Storm’ (see stream at the bottom of this post) feels like the start of a retro video game, until Smith cuts in with his nasal heavy vocals – ever syllable dripping with smarm: “it’s a ruse / it’s a ruuuuuussseee.”
The harpischord-esque jangling guitar brings the song along at a skipping pace. It’s almost the kind of track you’d expect on in the background as someone from The Simpsons or Family Guy took acid and became a hippy. The production is sublime and each part compliments the other in beautiful symbiosis.
A full length offering soon would be nice sooner rather than later to capitalise on the sheer level of hype this record will produce.
Casual Sex‘s forthcoming single ‘A Perfect Storm’ / ‘Pissing Neon’ will be released next Monday, the 6th of October, on We Can Still Picnic Records on limited edition 7″ vinyl and digital download. Stream ‘A Perfect Storm’ below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 11:00 am
Having followed them for quite a while, we’re very excited for our mates Little Comets. The North East band has two massive upcoming releases: ‘The Sanguine EP’, which will be released on the 3rd of November, and their third album ‘Hope is Just a State of Mind’, which comes out on the 16th of February bright and early in 2015 (preorder the album on their PledgeMusic page here). Ahead of both releases is a UK tour later this month (all dates listed here), and being the nice lads they are, they’ve given us a pair of tickets to this tour to give away to a deserving TGTF reader. Now that you’ve read all of that, you clearly want to enter our contest, yes? Good.
Please fill out the form below completely, including your full name, your email address and which show you want to win tickets to. Then to make sure you really want to see Little Comets (and really, who wouldn’t? Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question), please tell us why you think we should award you with the tickets. We’ll read them all and whoever wrote the best entry as deemed by us will be the winner.
Get your entries in by noon British time this Friday, the 3rd of October. We’ll contact the winner by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get him/herself to the show of his/her choosing, and the winner and guest must meet whatever age requirement there is for that venue (TGTF won’t be held responsible if you’re turned away at the door for being underage). All duplicate entries will be discarded.
Catfish and the Bottlemen have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland for next spring, following on their already sold out winter 2014 tour. Their debut album ‘The Balcony’ is out now on Island/Communion Records and includes the single ‘Homesick’, featured below the tour date listing. Tickets for the spring tour, which includes two previously announced dates at London Shepherds Bush Empire, will go on sale this Friday the 3rd of October at 9 AM.
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 27th March 2015 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Tuesday 31st March 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Wednesday 1st April 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 3rd April 2015 – Bristol Academy
Saturday 4th April 2015 – Sheffield Academy
Sunday 5th April 2015 – Liverpool Guild of Students
Tuesday 7th April 2015 – Belfast Limelight
Wednesday 8th April2015 – Dublin Whelan’s
Header photo by Neil Krug
Fresh from their sold out September tour of the UK, Swedish sibling duo First Aid Kit have announced another full tour for January of next year. Tickets for these shows will go on sale Friday the 3rd of October at 9 AM. If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch the video for their track ‘My Silver Lining’ below the tour date listing.
Wednesday 14th January 2015 – Bath Forum
Thursday 15th January 2015 – Cardiff St. David’s
Friday 16th January 2015 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 17th January 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 19th January 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 20th January 2015 – Newcastle City Hall
Wednesday 21st January 2015 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 23rd January 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 24th January 2015 – Brighton Dome
Sunday 25th January 2015 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 27th January 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo
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