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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #86: Orla Gartland

 
By on Friday, 27th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re now at lucky number 7 of these ahead of the big dance next month, and this morning our interviewee is the lovely Irish singer/songwriter Orla Gartland, whose self-described “wacky guitar pop” will be on show on her first American headline tour scheduled around her Austin appearances. She just released her EP ‘Lonely People’ in January and sold out nearly all of her UK tour in February, so I imagine she’s raring to go with playing live in the States. Read on to find out what about SXSW she’s most excited about, which fellow Dublin act has a song that makes her cry every time (hint: they’re friends of TGTF) and much more.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’ve heard gooood things about the food, so probably stuffing my face, playing my own set with my band and then going to see tons and tons of other shows!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Absolutely! Laura Marling has always been a QUEEN for me, she’s one of the first people who inspired me to pick up a guitar so I’m buzzing to see her play. I’ll also be going to see SOAK, Marina and the Diamonds, The People the Poet, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Shura and Jack Garratt!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Sun lotion, LOL. Seriously though, my skin’s so pale it’s borderline transparent – I’m gonna need to BATHE in that stuff and hit some some seriously shaded spots whilst there. I’ll also be bringing along my tiny Casio keyboard which is a must-have for long journeys jam sessions.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
YAY! I’ll take you up on that (even though I keep forgetting I’m not old enough to drink over in the US yet, LOL). I’m a cider girl at heart but I’m partial to a good G & T, too. I’m also a fan of horrendously fruity flowery sugary cocktails.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard there’s an absolute EXPLOSION of music in Austin throughout the festival, which apparently makes the whole place come alive; it sounds like a total dream. I’m excited because my lovely band are flying over to play with me, and it’s out first ever show in the States together which is awesome. And scared? Naw. I think I’m too excited to be scared!

And now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters was always on in our house. I still love it, what a tune!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Apparently as a young’un I would always scream in the car for someone to put on a Fleetwood Mac song, which is pretty funny because years later I rediscovered Fleetwood and completely fell in love with them again. I was (and still am) a huge fan of their song ‘The Chain’.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Tribute’ by Tenacious D, of course.

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What song makes you cry?
‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. “If you loved me, why’d ya leave me” – AH. MY HEART.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds. He sings the song just completely and utterly in awe of the person he’s in love with, it’s awesome.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
It’s pretty comical but anytime I’m in any kind of confrontational situation ‘Final Countdown’ plays on loop in my head – it makes it pretty hard to keep a straight face.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chandelier’ by Sia is amazing, so maybe that – it has one of my favourite pop choruses ever!

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
It’s forever changing but my favourite songwriter at the moment is Regina Spektor. Her approach to lyrics is so charming – they’re the perfect blend of literal and metaphorical!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d love to be a graphic designer, it’s still what I’d study at uni if I ever go! I’m forever doodling and geeking out over fonts and layouts, so I’d love to be designing posters and logos.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
THIS IS SO HARD, GAH. I’ll have to go with ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell. I’d happily drown in her voice whilst I drift around on clouds or whatever goes on up there.

Cheers Orla for answering our questions and thank you also to Zoe for making this happen.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1752: Public Service Broadcasting

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Hot on the heels of the release of Public Service Broadcasting‘s 2nd album ‘The Race for Space’ (reviewed by me here) last week, the duo have released the promo for the second single from the LP. Following on from the smooth dance moves of the uber funky ‘Gagarin’, ‘Go!’ superimposes the excitement of spaceflight from the control room onto the live PSB experience of J. Willgoose, Esq, and Wrigglesworth. Watch the video below.

Past TGTF coverage on PSB can be found here. The band will be appearing a second year in a row in Austin next month at SXSW 2015, including the Thursday night showcase at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, sponsored by Ben Sherman and UK Trade and Investment. They also have a massive UK/Irish tour lined up in April and May.

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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Marina and the Diamonds perform acoustic ‘I’m a Ruin’ from upcoming LP

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Marina Diamandis has been dangling the carrot at us ever since the Marina and the Diamonds‘ next album, ‘FROOT’, was announced late last year. Following in the footsteps of the acoustic video for ‘Happy’, Marina and co. have now released another acoustic video, this time for ‘I’m a Ruin’.

Ahead of the release of ‘FROOT’ on the 6th of April, Marina and the Diamonds will be making a high-profile appearance at SXSW 2015 in mid-March.

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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #343: Lust for Youth

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Despite our reputation for being idealists and our ability to be hedonists in the California sunshine, Americans seem unable to do the electronic dance sound anywhere near as well as the Europeans. Case in point: Lust for Youth‘s 2014 album ‘International’, out now on Brooklyn vinyl-directed indie label Sacred Bones Records, shows off the Scandinavian ease in taking the humble yet versatile synthesiser to create an irresistable pop beat. The name was originally used for Swede Hannes Norrvide’s solo project, conceived when he realised that as a poor yet ambitious musician with only a toy keyboard to play on, it was better to make music alone.

While his earlier, dronier, rough around the edges sound was a product of his own artistic limitations or not is a matter of debate, but what cannot be disputed is the new sound of Lust for Youth – with Norrvide now joined by longtime live collaborator Loke Rahbek and new band member Malthe Fischer – as an electro powerhouse just waiting for their moment in the sun. Or maybe under the glint of the mirrorball on the dance floor. The promo video for ‘New Boys’, shot by the group’s friend Frederik Valentin and starring Frederik’s younger brother and Lust for Youth fan Oliver, has already met controversy for its potentially erotic interpretation / misinterpretation.

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This all seems quite apt, considering the actual sound of the song recalls ’80s New Wave icons such as New Order and Depeche Mode, both of whom faced controversy themselves with their own sexually ambiguous monster hits. No matter how you feel about the video, this tune also has epic synth lines guaranteed to get your toes a-tapping. Another track from ‘International’, ‘Armida’, was unashamedly inspired by a Pet Shop Boys track “where they had sampled a woman’s voice on every snare drum, so we did the same and then the song just came by itself”. An beat ever so insistent urges you on to “shake your feet” and really, who could say no? I’m really hoping the now Copenhagen-based trio will be given the perfect atmosphere to lay down their synth lines in Austin when they showcase at SXSW 2015 in Austin in March.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #85: Logan Kroeber of The Dodos

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re at installment number six, and this time we’re quizzing drummer Logan Kroeber of San Francisco alt rockers the Dodos, who released their sixth album ‘Individ’ in January. Carrie also caught them live in Tucson last week. The duo are relative veterans to the indie scene, so it makes sense that Kroeber has sound advice for those coming to Austin for the first time, and he also appears to have a thing about Swiss musician and producer DJ Bobo

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I just found out there are some old friends living there, so catching up with them and eating some good food. If it’s hot going swimming too!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
There’s too many to choose from. I just hope I get to see some good rap and I’ll probably spend some time at the Thrasher Death Match.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ve got nothing weird in my bag except more clothes than most, because doing laundry on tour can be a nightmare and I wanna keep it to a minimum.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A cold beer or a Hennessy on the rocks if you’re feeling really generous.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be nice to the locals and be prepared to suffer. Drink water.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played on a plastic recorder. The California Raisins.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘We Close Our Eyes’ by Oingo Boingo.

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What song makes you laugh?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

What song makes you cry?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Rose Royce, ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
DJ Bobo, ‘Circus’. [I’ve never heard of this DJ Bobo character, and now I’m curious… -Ed.]

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R. Kelly.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Devin the Dude.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Subsistence fisherman.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Slayer, ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, because I bet he’s curious how the other half lives.

Thank you Logan for your answers and Brendan for sorting this out for us!

 

Arcane Roots / April and May 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Alt-rock heavyweights Arcane Roots have just announced a massive UK tour in anticipation of their forthcoming full length release. The band have also hinted at a new single release around their UK live dates. They will finish this extensive tour with two shows at London Oslo, the first including a full performance of their mini album ‘Left Fire’ and the second comprising an interactive show where the band will take set list suggestions from fans.

In addition to this full month of touring, Arcane Roots are on the lineup for the Takedown Festival on the 7th of March, Live at Leeds on the 2nd of May and the 2000 Trees Festival on the 9th of July. Head this way for previous TGTF coverage of Arcane Roots, including several live reviews. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Belfast Sub
Friday 24th April 2015 – Sheffield Corporation
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Edinburgh Mash House
Sunday 26th April 2015 – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Tuesday 28th April 2015 – Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 29th April 2015 – Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Thursday 30th April 2015 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 1st May 2015 – Birmingham Institute Temple
Sunday 3rd May 2015 – York Fibbers
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Liverpool Arts Club
Thursday 7th May 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Friday 8th May 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 10th May 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 13th May 2015 – Chester Live Rooms
Thursday 14th May 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Friday 15th May 2015 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Sunday 17th May 2015 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Tuesday 19th May 2015 – Exeter Cavern
Wednesday 20th May 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Thursday 21st May 2015 – Guildford Boiler Room
Friday 22nd May 2015 – London Oslo (part 1, ‘Left Fire’ in full)
Saturday 23rd May 2015 – London Oslo (part 2, fan assisted set list show)

 
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