By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 29th August 2015 at 10:00 am
Gengahr have a new promo out this week for ‘Fill My Gums with Blood’. Frontman Felix Bushe of the band had this to say about the storyline: “The video is supposed to capture the feeling of nature over nurture. We wanted the video to be very intimate but in this love story it ends with tragedy.”
I have to admit that I was so very chuffed this promo isn’t (entirely) filled with tons of cartoony, fake bodily fluids! And for any men – or any women with low registers such as myself – take good care that you don’t hurt your vocal cords reaching for these falsetto lines. Watch the video below. (I laughed at the end.)
Grab their debut album ‘A Dream Outside’ on Transgressive Records now. For more coverage of Gengahr on TGTF, head here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th August 2015 at 6:00 pm
Belfast’s Girls Names are gearing up to release their next album, ‘Arms Around a Vision’, on the 2nd of October on Tough Love Records. Their unique brand of post-punk enjoys a good following but chafes against current conventions in rock. So it makes perfect sense that for their new video for ‘A Hunger Artist’ from the upcoming LP, they’ve taken the concept of the discomfort of a telly interview between a sullen, taciturn rock star (the band’s own frontman Cathal Cully, now sporting bleached blonde hair) and a journalist without a clue and turned it into the basis for a music video. I can’t help but listen to this song and think how John Hughes probably would have taken it and put it in a film for today’s Brat Pack… Watch the promo below.
Keen on reading our past coverage on Girls Names? Go here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th August 2015 at 11:00 am
I’m a little behind in posting this album stream, but better late than never, right?
Earlier this month, singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh revealed a brand new EP, ‘The Breakneck Speed of Tomorrow’. It follows nearly 1 year on from the release of his debut album on Parlophone, ‘The Fire Inside’. (You can read Carrie’s review of his debut here.) Designed to go with the EP, Sital-Singh wrote a hand-printed letterpress ‘manifesto’, and it’s pretty stunning, given that it was written in poem form. Click on the image under the EP stream if you’d like to zoom in and read it in full.
‘The Breakneck Speed of Tomorrow’ EP is available digitally now. The physical release on Raygun Records, in 10″ and 10″ limited edition with hand-printed letterpress sleeve formats, will take place the 25th of September. For more on Luke Sital-Singh on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th August 2015 at 10:00 am
I thought it might be nice to send you off on your bank holiday weekend with a free mp3. Today’s comes courtesy of those lovable Irish rogues Meltybrains?, who wowed me at the Music from Ireland showcase Wednesday at SXSW 2015. Carrie also caught them at the full Irish breakfast on Friday and sat down with them for an interview.
The band from Dublin are currently giving away on their Bandcamp the track ‘The Vine’. It’s dedicated to their music lecturer Paddy Devine, “who taught us harmony and counterpoint back when we were in college. Paddy was the nicest lecturer we ever had, he was big into his rudiments and was very strict, but he was the most down to earth person you could ever meet. We were his very last class before he retired and he often took us out to drink wine with him.” Sounds like a nice man, and the eclecticism and innocent whimsy of the track is a lovely thank you to such a hero who helped mould them into the musicians they are today. Listen to and grab the track for your own (or at your own price, should you wish to give Meltybrains? a tip for it) below.
Want more Meltybrains? Of course you do. Right this way, ladies and gents.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 27th August 2015 at 6:00 pm
Oklahoman singer/songwriter Samantha Crain released her fourth album ‘Under Branch & Thorn & Tree'; read Carrie’s review of the LP here. This week, she has a new promo for a song from the album, this time for ‘Kathleen’, which Carrie described as evoking “the idea of the feminine mystique” and “in which she [Crain] recalls the warmth of friendship in a simpler time”. I guess this promo is a literal interpretation of ‘the ties that bind us’, with Crain strumming her guitar in a house seemingly strung up by rope connecting a multitude of tvs, as well as the house itself to the natural and electricity-making worlds outside. Watch the video below.
All past coverage on TGTF on Samantha Crain is here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 27th August 2015 at 2:00 pm
Back in the spring of this year, London band Life in Film accompanied The Wombats on their most recent North American tour campaign. I’d thought for months and discussed with their frontman Samuel Fry when I interviewed him prior going out to England that I’d missed the opportunity of seeing the foursome play in my hometown at the 9:30 Club, but I learned Tuesday night that Life in Film had to pull out of their expected 9:30 Club date with the Liverpool band, so I ended up not missing it after all. Instead, on a surprisingly pleasant August evening, I saw them headline the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel in Northeast, playing songs from their debut album ‘Here It Comes’ and some newer ones including ‘My Mate’s Car’ that Fry said they wrote in the interim time since missing DC the first time. Having followed the band for the better part of 6 years, I was excited to see them gig to say the least!
You’d think I’d be more used to seeing large groups of friends and family showing up to see a local band play, but actually it’s not been my experience. Broke Royals are native to DC and their relatives and friends came out in full force, some of them sporting crowns to go along with the royal theme, clapping and cheering all the way. That’s the way it should be, folks: support means so much to a struggling band. Live, band members Philip Basnight (lead vocals / guitar) and Colin Cross (drums) are joined live by friends on lead guitar and bass. I had to admit I groaned slightly when I saw the appearance of a Macbook next to Cross, but I guess they don’t have the means to get another percussionist or a synth player. Would be worth the expense if they make it to the big leagues, though.
There’s no way you could accuse Broke Royals of having songs that all sound the same. This, however, could be a real problem when they shop for a record deal. ‘Hold On’, which Basnight said was for a friend, has an r&b flavour matching well with his winsome smile and all his charm of an aspiring boyband member, while on the almost too sweet ‘So Much to Learn’, his request for the audience for a call and response reaction plays right in boyband territory; his ditching of his guitar to dance on ‘Kill the Camera’ seems to agree with all of this. The easy, breezy pop of ‘About Time’ conjures up for me seeing Jack Johnson out in the sun Sunday afternoon at Roskilde 2010. Confusingly, ‘Trap’ has a harder, almost all enveloping rock sound owing to their excellent live lead guitarist, and they closed the set with ‘Hum’, another anthemic rock number. Will the real Broke Royals please stand up? I’d recommend they choose one direction, even if it is a general one, and stick to it.
Okay, so I’m seriously confused about what has happened with Life in Film’s debut album. I’m no stranger to tracklistings rearranging when a UK album comes over stateside. Two Door Cinema Club’s debut album ‘Tourist History’ comes to mind. But for the actual list of songs to change significantly? I bought the American version of ‘Here It Comes’ at the show Tuesday, which only has a few songs in common with the UK version I reviewed in April. Funnily enough, the opening track of the American version is ‘It’s What Happen Next That Matters Most’ was their set opener and sounded vaguely Two Door with its melodic guitar. Disappointing for me who is familiar with the UK tracklisting, they chose to omit three of their oldest songs that appeared on the UK version (‘The Idiot’, ‘Carla’, ‘Needles and Pins’) that I was counting on hearing. Speaking to bassist Dom Sennett after the show, it sounds like they’ve closed the book on that era and we might never hear those songs live again.
That said, there was plenty in their set to be pleased about. ‘Get Closer’, which I imagine will be their signature tune, got everyone jumping and dancing, with its footloose and fancy free feeling, the audience joining in on the repeated shouts of “get closer!” Guitarist Ed Ibbotson’s fancy guitar picking on ‘Anna, Please Don’t Go’ was peerless, allowing Fry to go for a more introspective and softer tone, and the punters responded in going silent so the beauty of the song could shine. Smiling widely after, Fry remarked that we had been the quietest crowd yet for this song on this tour and he appreciated the respect.
The shuffly bits of ‘Forest Fire’ made more sense to me live than they did on record, suggesting a less pop direction might be where Life in Film could be going in the future. Further, they ended with a barnstormer that I didn’t expect: a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’ that concluded with an unbridled display of loudness and energy. It capped off a lively evening of guitar-driven pop and judging from the cheering – not to mention the shots of whisky that made their way to the stage – Life in Film will return to Washington soon and to a captive audience.
After the cut: both bands’ set lists from the night. The UK version of ‘Here It Comes’ by Life in Film is available from ECC Records; the US version is available from Plus One Records. For all of TGTF’s past coverage of Life in Film, go here.
After the cut: both bands’ set lists from the night.
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