By Mary Chang
on Friday, 25th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
Manchester four-piece MONEY now have a video for the title track of their debut album, ‘The Shadow of Heaven’. The lyrics “I have walked in Heaven / So must talk in Hell / The cruelty of godliness within us / Is his loneliness” are explored literally as the band film themselves visiting religious sites (presumably around their hometown?), along with the band physically planting themselves among the capitalist shoppers of the Northern town, some of the shoppers even stopping to hang with them down on the pavement. The visuals are disorienting as the images flit from one to another, but I think that was the point, to match singer Jamie Lee’s dreamy vocals. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 25th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
Watford rockers Lower Than Atlantis have just released this live video of them performing new track ‘Ain’t No Friend’ live. It was filmed at a special Xperia Access Live show in June that also starred Klaxons. The track appears on the band’s self-titled yet third album ‘Lower Than Atlantis’, which will drop on the 29th of September on Easy Life/ Sony Red. Watch the performance below.
Also included below (the more!) is the promo video for ‘Here We Go’, the LP’s lead single out this week. The group are currently in the midst of a UK tour; all the details are this way.
Header photo by Andrew Zaeh
Allison and Catherine Pierce, known collectively as The Pierces, are one of the more established acts in a recent series of sister bands on the alternative rock scene. (You can find previous TGTF coverage here.) Following the same path as bands like Haim, Heathers, and First Aid Kit, The Pierces have refined their songwriting skills and natural propensity for seamless vocal harmony into a hybrid blend of folk structure and rock instrumentation. After touring their 2011 breakthrough album ‘You & I’, the Alabama natives relocated to Los Angeles, where they sampled the hallucinogenic tea ayahuasca and soaked in the local Laurel Canyon sound.
The title track to The Pierces’ latest album ‘Creation’ reveals that the California experience has added some striking new elements to the pair’s musical style. The shimmering percussion and echoing yodel of the backing vocals conjure up imagery of spirit journeys through the desert, while bright, mellow instrumental melodies evoke warm West Coast sunshine.
The structure and lyrics of the admittedly singable chorus, “You live, you learn, you laugh, you cry”, will inevitably bring to mind Alanis Morissette’s 1995 single ‘You Learn’, at least for those of us who came of age with ‘Jagged Little Pill’. But while the overall message of the two songs might be the similar, the mood and musical language are entirely different. The Pierces’ lilting vocals and placidly atmospheric instrumental effects are certainly easier on the ears than anything Morissette ever released.
‘Creation’, The Pierces’ fifth studio album, is due for release on the 1st of September via Polydor Records, along with its title-track single.
Header photo by Eleanor Hardwick
Fresh off their summer tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Brighton’s Fear of Men have announced a list of headline dates for later this year. The band are also scheduled for the usual summer docket of festival appearances, including the Southsea Festival in Portsmouth. Tickets for the following list of shows are available now.
Thursday 25th September 2014 – Brighton Hope
Friday 26th September 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Games Room
Sunday September 28th 2014 – Manchester Castle
Tuesday September 30 – Birmingham Bull’s Head
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – Bristol Start the Bus
Thursday 2nd October 2014 – London Concrete
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
London five-piece Duologue are gearing up to release their next album ‘Never Get Lost’ on the 8th of September. Also on the same day, they’ll be releasing single ‘Drag and Drop’, which has an unusual bird-themed yet techie promo, as you will see below.
Get another track from the album, ‘Forests’, for free from this previous MP3 of the Day post.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
Newcastle’s Boy Jumps Ship have shared this live acoustic performance they filmed at this year’s Sonisphere for Gibson Guitars; it stars lead guitarist Jonathan Douglas and frontman/guitarist Si Todd. ‘Still Alive’ features on the band’s ‘Lovers & Fighters’ EP released in June and out now on Rude Records. (Read my review of the EP here.) Watch the performance below.