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By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 4th July 2015 at 10:00 am
The Libertines‘ story is one known by many, and those of us who do know it assumed we would never see them ever play together again, mostly owing the co-frontman Pete Doherty’s continuing drug problems and erratic behaviour. Even when the band reunited for a series of shows and Reading and Leeds in 2010, I just assumed those were one offs and merely for the money and nostalgia. So when it was revealed in late 2014 that the original four members of the band – Doherty, Carl Barat (who had been moonlighting with his new band Carl Barat and the Jackals), bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell – had signed a record deal with Virgin EMI and they would record it out in Thailand where Doherty had been receiving treatment in rehab, it appeared a new, exciting chapter for the Libertines was about to begin.
And it has. Foo Fighters‘ Glastonbury 2015 cancellation after Dave Grohl broke his leg at a gig in Gothenburg, Sweden earlier in June left a headliner-sized hole in the Friday night line-up. This allowed for the Libertines to be a last-minute, super secret guest for the night, wowing surprised crowds with old classics and new songs. Below, watch them perform their hit ‘Don’t Look Back into the Sun'; incidentally, it was one of the first songs I ever learned on bass, so it’s an important one to me.
One of the new songs that premiered not at Glasto 2015 but earlier at Holland’s Best Kept Secret was ‘Gunga Din’, which now has a promo video. The bromance between Pete and Carl is back and better than ever, it seems! Watch it below.
‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’, the long-awaited third album from the reunited Libertines, will be released on the 4th of September on Virgin EMI.
So what have American rockers Modest Mouse been up to lately? After releasing very unlike them singles ‘Lampshades on Fire’ and ‘Coyotes’, they released their sixth studio album ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ at the start of March. The latest promo from the album is for ‘The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box’, which sees the band in some primitive outfits in a barren landscape, possibly channeling the world’s current fascination with Game of Thrones. (I’ve never watched GOT so I’m just guessing.) Watch the video below.
Read our past articles on Modest Mouse here on TGTF through this link.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at 12:00 pm
What is a good indie rock band in 2015 supposed to sound like? Can someone tell me please? Because I’m getting confused by who’s got the bigger fanbases. The new Palma Violets sounds like the old Libertines, the ‘new’ and reunited Libertines sound like a Dirty Pretty Things retread, and Mac DeMarco and his far too chill style makes me want to slit my wrists. And then we come to this band.
The kangaroo and the platypus are unusual creatures that evolved so because of their isolation from the rest of the world, so maybe South Australia rock group BAD//DREEMS (along with a series of amazing Aussie acts as of late, including everyone’s favourite slacker girl Courtney Barnett and the raucous Delta Riggs) have benefitted from honing their craft on the faraway island of Oz away from everyone else. Having seen them gig in Sheffield in May, I was blown away by their live chops and eagerly awaited when I would hear word, finally, of a debut album. Well ladies and gents, that time has come. This week, BAD//DREEMS announced the August drop of ‘Dogs at Bay’ on Ivy League Records and ahead of it, those kind Aussie lads wanted us to have a first taste of what’s to come.
The Adelaide band’s ‘Hiding to Nothing’ single is loud. Loud, in the sense that this is definitely a song that was written so you would take notice, because it never lets up in its intensity. But it’s not so loud that everything else is obscured by the endeavour of Being Loud. This is music you can certainly head bang to, but by doing so, you might miss out on the melody and the classic chord changes, both of which are quite impressive and won’t leave your head.
Guitarist Alex Cameron explained to Aussie radio station triple j that the song reveals their relationship with their hometown. “At its best it is in idyllic town, with a temperate climate and beautiful surrounds. At its worst it is stiflingly conservative, inward looking, and somewhat bereft of culture,” he says. This is well reflected in the totally singalong-able (and indeed, shoutable) chorus as frontman Ben Marwe sings, “I get tired, I get lonely, I can’t sleep / I see my twisted fate in empty city streets / reckless dragging ’round / this time, don’t bring me down”. If I’m reading this right, the song is also about keeping on keeping on and rising above what life throws at you, even though you have regret over what might have been, which are easily relatable to the Everyman. However you’re feeling in the moment, queue up this new single from BAD//DREEMS and you will soon have a smile on your face.
‘Dogs at Bay’, the debut album from Adelaide, Australia’s BAD//DREEMS, will be released on the 21st of August on Ivy League Records. Single ‘Hiding to Nothing’ is out now. All past coverage on BAD//DREEMS on TGTF is right this way.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at 11:00 am
Following on from our ticket giveaway last month to Soundwave Croatia 2015, we’ve been offered another pair to another great music festival this summer, and we can’t wait to award them to a lucky TGTF reader!
Beat-herder Festival is a festival in Sawley, Lancashire, nestled in the idyllic confines of Dockber Farm. In the past 9 years, they’ve brought all manners of electronic, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass, folk, psych rock and anything in between to their delighted punters, and in its 10th year in 2015, they will be continuing that trend at the event taking place 17-19 July 2015. High up on this year’s bill are electro stalwarts Basement Jaxx (pictured at top), DJ Erol Alkan and Neil Barnes aka Leftfield (who has just released the amazing ‘Alternative Light Source’). For those of you who are more rock inclined, ’90s indie rockers The Levellers will raise a smile, as will Martha Reeves and the Vandellas for those of you nostalgic for a bit of ’60s doo wop (and let’s face it, their song ‘(Love is Like a) Heat Wave’ would be really appropriate right about now).
For this contest, we’ve been given a pair of weekend and camping tickets, which would set you back about £295 before fees if you bought the tickets today from Ticketline. So this is a very sweet prize. And I bet you’re wondering, how do I get my little mitts on these tickets? Stay calm and follow all the directions as outlined below!
First, we’d like you to please give us your full name and email address. Second, tell us which act on the line-up you’re most excited to see at Beat-Herder, and why. (We want to be sure you’re keen enough on coming along that you’ve taken the time to study the line-up poster, naturally!) I’ll have read through all the entries and choose the best one. This is almost too easy, yeah? Just be sure your entry is in to us before noontime Monday 6 July, as that’s when we’re closing the contest. Good luck!
Please note: this contest is only for tickets for entrance to the festival and does not include travel or accommodation, though the camping fee will be included. So please only enter if you will be able to make your own to the festival site if you win. For a feel of what Beat-Herder has to offer, watch the promotional video from 2014 under the entry form.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 2nd July 2015 at 6:00 pm
Guy and Howard Lawrence, better known by their electronic stage name Disclosure, are gearing up to release ‘Caracal’, their second album and follow-up to their 2013 Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘Settle’ in September. As part of a four-part video series directed by Ryan Hope, the brothers have released the first promo installment for the song ‘Holding On’, which includes the vocal talents of jazz singer Gregory Porter. Porter’s soulful voice are a welcome addition to the Lawrences’ massive beats, and in this first of four parts, you’re drawn into a web of intrigue, secrets, suspended cars and tattoos. Watch the video below.
‘Caracal’ will see the light of day on the 25th of September on Island Records. Past coverage of Disclosure on TGTF, including their banging performance of ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’ Sunday at Glastonbury 2014, is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 2nd July 2015 at 12:00 pm
In the shadowy back alleys of Sheffield at night (and also at a pub called Fagan’s in town, depending on who you believe), there walks a man with a well-appointed quiff, spectacles and a knowing swagger all his own. This, my friends, is Richard Hawley, who like Jarvis Cocker is a beloved local singer/songwriter who’s done quite well for himself beyond the confines of South Yorkshire, a legend in his own right. I can hardly believe that after his time in the Longpigs and a stint with Cocker’s Pulp, he had already put out seven albums. Well, until we heard on Tuesday of this week that LP #8 was already in the can, ready to be unleashed on the public in September.
Three years on since the release of ‘Standing on the Sky’s Edge’, which garnered his second Mercury Prize nomination after being given the nod for 2005’s ‘Coles Corner’, Hawley is gearing up to release ‘Hollow Meadows’ on the 21st of September. On his last album, he went into a decidedly psychedelic, more in your face approach than in previous efforts, and I massively disliked the new material at the time, favouring instead the beautifully melancholic tones from the ‘Lady’s Bridge’ and ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ albums. ‘Which Way’ is the first preview we’ve been given to ‘Hollow Meadows’, incidentally named for the supposed “location of a hospital that existed as recently as the 1950s…(in a place) originally known as Auley Meadows – a name thought to derive from the Hawley family who lived there between the 14th and 17th Century”.
You get a good feeling right from the start. To be clear, the guitars make their presence known. But except for the instrumental bridge with a guitar line that starts up like a chainsaw (not ideal), this new tune is led by Hawley’s rich voice, not by or to having to compete with the axes until the outro, where they’re used for an effective ending. There’s a pretty obvious contrast to previous ‘Standing…’ single ‘Down in the Woods’, which was all about how noisy and upfront the guitars could be than anything else.
Instead of psychedelia, the overall feel in ‘Which Way’ is a bluesy one, further supported by a soulful female backing singer and appropriately restrained drumming. Lyrically, the song treads blues ‘poor me’ fodder as well: Hawley sings, “back in time, it would be all right / I knew where I was going for once in my life / now that storm has felled all my dreams / now there’s a shadow hanging over me”, and you feel it in your bones. Considering this is much more than can be said about his Mancunian counterpart Morrissey‘s latest album ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, odds are based on this taster track that Hawley’s on to something here in album #8. Can’t wait to hear it in full.
Richard Hawley’s eighth studio album, recorded in Sheffield in the spring of 2015, will be released on the 21st of September on Parlophone. For all past TGTF coverage on Richard Hawley, go here.
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