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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 6:00 pm
Fresh off a sold out gig at London O2 last Thursday, electronic dance heroes Basement Jaxx have a new promo video taken from their album ‘Junto’, which came out in August. The visual for ‘Rock This Road’ features singer Shakka looking through a giant, all-seeing omniscient paper eyeball and holding court in some faraway high-tech galaxy (complete with harem, I might add), while mere mortals are zapped from the heavens above into dancing submission. Right… Watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 4:00 pm
Just released today as a live video from The Boatshed Sessions is this from Model Aeroplanes performing ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’. The Dundee filmed this in a tent at Inverness event Belladrum Festival 2014 in August. Enjoy it below.
The more! aspect of this post: also included below is a stream of the band’s current single ‘Club Low’, which I was remiss to have not posted earlier. The energetic track has already gotten over 56,000 streams on Soundcloud, which is pretty amazing! Read all our past coverage on MA here.
Soaring choruses and humongous riffs. The kind that have you grappling with your air guitar in the kitchen as your spuds boil over in the saucepan. There’s a lot of good British rock around at the moment, but Mallory Knox are part of a select few who demand you take notice of them. They’re up there with We Are the Ocean, Royal Blood, Marmozets and Deaf Havana: the kind of bands who will live past the hype which brought them into the public’s perception.
Firstly, it helps that the likes of BBC presenters Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens have already got on board with these boys and plastered them across Radio 1’s output. It also helps that they aren’t afraid of touring wherever they can: testament to this is a year and a half ago, when the band were climbing to the heights they’ve managed to stay at, when they played Guernsey’s Chaos Festival. They absolutely tore the roof off the tent, to the 500-ish people they played to.
It’s further evidence that SXSW could be a huge juncture for them, where they can begin flogging their wares to the extremely lucrative U.S. market. Mumford and Sons and One Direction have managed – why can’t balls-out British rock do the same?
Songs like ‘Shout at the Moon’, ‘Ghost in the Mirror’ and ‘Lighthouse’ are all the kind of anthemic tunes which will lodge their place in crowds brains and have them umm-ing and arr-ing on the way home about whether to get straight onto iTunes and download their tracks. It’s hand on heart kind of stuff, which has already given them a fantastic name for themselves in the UK.
This Cambridge five-piece are going to stand out. Of that there is no doubt. Even if in the beginning it’ll be for being one of the only bands at the festival who won’t be arriving at the festival with synthesisers, a half-finished haircut and a whiny voice.
No gimmicks, no nonsense. Mallory Knox will have SXSW punters shouting at the moon in March 2015.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 11:00 am
After a relatively lengthy quiet period since the 2013 release of her fourth album ‘Once I Was An Eagle’, here’s some good news for you folkies. Laura Marling has revealed plans to release her fifth album in the new year. Take a step back for a moment to consider that Marling isn’t even 25 yet, and she’s about to release a fifth collection of tunes. Kind of puts life and achievements in said life in perspective, doesn’t it?
‘Short Movie’, which will drop in March on Virgin Records, will be her second under the influence of her now no longer newly adopted hometown of Los Angeles. In terms of the aforementioned perspective, the title track, the first taster from the album, seems to be Marling’s personal advice in dealing with life head on. The song begins with “I’m paying for my mistakes”, followed by the spoken “that’s okay”. Hmm, okay… It’s unclear at this point if she’s indifferent or come to peace with her life choices. Later on the song, before the song gets louder and more frenetic at the 1/3 point, the words “I think I could get away with / half the things that I say, but no / I can’t give you up, oh no / I’m not gonna stop” indicates a sticking by to these choices, specifically in the act of loving someone despite everyone else in her life not understanding why.
However, what really is jarring in ‘Short Movie’ is the line “it’s a short fucking movie, mate”, which comes along relatively early and is a refrain used throughout the song. Not knowing Marling personally, I don’t know if she swears like a sailor in daily life, or if packing up from and leaving London for the sunnier climes – and plastic people – of SoCal has changed her. (Her conversion to American is complete: “movie”, not “film”?) But seeing that the 2013 Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ doesn’t bear an explicit content sticker, the inclusion of this refrain seems like a more obvious, concerted effort by Marling to be more blunt in her language, even if the serene melody that initially accompanies it doesn’t match the sentiment. It’s uncomfortable but appears purposeful.
As the song increases tempo and loudness at the midpoint and beyond, the instrumentation complements the lyrical content with a meaning that life is too short to not be true to yourself, and you should live your life the way you want, with no regrets. With ‘Short Movie’ marking Marling’s first self-production credit, one wonders if this will be the moment where she truly bares all about her past and lost love, as the first taster looks to be a bold statement of who she is as an artist in this moment in time, as ‘Sophia’ was 3 years ago.
The ‘Short Movie’ album, Laura Marling’s fifth, will be out on the 23rd of March 2015 on Virgin Records. TGTF’s extensive archive on Marling can be found here.
Florence and Machine, Major Lazer and alt-J are among the first acts confirmed for Flow Festival 2015.
Held in Finland’s capital Helsinki, the 12th Flow Festival will take place between 14-16 August 2015 and is set to showcase a range of local and international talent. Other artists confirmed for the 3-day festival include Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and Foxygen.
Headliner Florence and the Machine are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album ‘Ceremonials’. In addition to Flow Festival, the indie rock band are also set to headline Oya Festival in Norway, as well as making appearances at Hurricane (Germany) and Rock Werchter (Belgium). Florence and the Machine has yet to announce any UK dates for 2015 (at the time of writing, at least).
Major Lazer is the dancehall electro project from American producer Diplo. Their hits include ‘Get Free’ (ft. Amber Coffman), ‘All My Love’ (ft. Ariana Grande) and ‘Pon De Floor’ (which was famously sampled by Beyonce in ‘Run The World (Girls)’).
Meanwhile, alt-J, who received the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 with their album ‘An Awesome Wave’, are set to perform in Finland for the first time. The indie rockers recently announced that they would be performing at New York’s 18,200 capacity Madison Square Garden in March 2015.
Flow Festival takes place at the disused Suvilahti power station, which is just a short walk from the centre of Helsinki. Last year, the festival attracted over 60,000 people, with over 150 artists performing. Such acts included the likes of Of Monsters and Men, Kendrick Lamar and Disclosure.
Tickets for Flow Festival 2015 are on sale now, and cost €159 (approximately £130) for the three days. Further artists are expected to be added to the line-up in early 2015. You can find out more about Flow Festival on the official Web site.
Lucy Rose has just announced a list of tour dates for next March, which will see her hit the road with a five-piece band to test new material from her upcoming second album. This tour will be Rose’s first UK outing in 18 months and will include a show at Dingwalls in London on the 18th of February. Tickets for the following live dates will be available starting tomorrow, Friday the 19th of December, at 10 AM.
Past Lucy Rose coverage on TGTF, including a funny interview our John had with her at Reading 2012, is this way.
Monday 9th March 2015 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Liverpool Loft at The Arts Club
Friday 13th March 2015 – Glasgow Art School
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Sunday 15th March 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 18th March 2015 – London Dingwalls
Friday 20th March 2015 – Sheffield Plug
Saturday 21st March 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 25th March 2015 – Birmingham Temple
Friday 27th March 2015 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms
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