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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 30th July 2015 at 6:00 pm
The Slaves train keeps rolling along. Need evidence? Today we have for you the brand spanking new video for ‘Sockets’, their upcoming single out the 4th of September on Virgin EMI. As is usual fashion with these two, there is a lot of shouting in this PR-described ‘anarchic video’, during which a mild-mannered bloke watching the tv is accosted by yup, you guessed it, the duo themselves. Watch it below.
Earlier this month, we featured a live version of ‘Sockets’ performed by the raucous duo from May at London Scala. Tickets to their previously announced November 2015 tour of the UK is rapidly selling out (several venues have been upgraded, sold out, or both; details here), so if you plan to see them, don’t wait and be disappointed. All past coverage on Slaves on TGTF is here.
American folk rocker Nathaniel Rateliff is back with a new band and a new eponymously titled album ‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’. Though the album isn’t scheduled for release until August, Rateliff and the band have already garnered rave reviews for the new material at their recent live shows, including appearances at Latitude and the Newport Folk Festival.
The album’s first single ‘Look It Here’ has an immediately uptempo sound, in stark contrast to Rateliff’s introspective ‘Closer’ EP from last winter and the predominantly dark undertones of his previous solo LP ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’. The track opens in a surprisingly jubilant fashion, with a full complement of horns and pounding drums behind Rateliff’s soulful vocal line “look it here baby, I’m coming home, on my knees, begging please”. Earnest and straightforward, the song builds to a passionate plea in the bridge that takes full advantage of the raw emotionality in Rateliff’s rough-hewn vocal delivery.
Both ‘Look It Here’ and the earlier teaser for album track ‘Howling at Nothing’ indicate a move toward a warm r&b soul flavour that suits Rateliff’s singing voice perfectly. The rich tapestry of sound contributed by the Night Sweats is a toe-tapping, hip-swaying change of pace that will leave both longtime Rateliff fans and new listeners begging for more.
‘Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ the album is due for release on the 28th of August via Nashville record label Stax and Caroline International. The new single ‘Look It Here’ will be released on the 21st of August, but if instant gratification is what you need, you can stream it now below.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will be on tour in the UK in September and October of this year; you can find all the details here. For a look back at previous TGTF coverage of Nathaniel Rateliff, head right this way.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 29th July 2015 at 6:00 pm
It’s been a bit since we heard from Bromley’s Van Susans – their debut album ‘Paused in the Moment’ was released in 2012 – but they’ve shared their newest single with me, and I’m pleased to announce we’ve been given the exclusive premiere for its accompanying promo video. The words of the title, ‘Lipstick Teeth’, conjures up images of nights out, when all caution has been thrown to the wind, when unkempt makeup applied to one’s lips goes…erm…awry.
In Van Susans’ story, what started as a one-night stand with an irresistible vixen in a leather jacket has turned into a relationship that frontman Olly Andrews questions when he goes beyond the surface, “between the pet names and the sex”, and he realises discovery what was beyond the superficial wasn’t so great after all. A sign that Van Susans are growing up? Perhaps. Have a watch of the video for ‘Lipstick Teeth’. The single can be pre-ordered now; its release will be in September.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 29th July 2015 at 4:00 pm
It seems to be the month for reworkings. Following on from Matthew E. White‘s redone ‘Visions’ that Carrie wrote about on Monday, today we have Gaz Coombes having a go of it.
He’s reworked and extended the title track from him album released earlier this year and called the effort ‘Matador (Da Capo)’. It features on the new ‘Matador (Da Capo)’ EP, which will be released on the 18th of September on Hot Fruit Recordings / Caroline International. Just for you collectors, the limited edition EP will be numbered and be on coloured 12″ heavyweight vinyl. The reworking will be accompanied by a demo of the track, a new instrumental called ‘4 Track Loop’ and two live recordings of ‘Buffalo’ and ‘To the Wire’ (both from the album ‘Matador’) at Coombes’ recent show at Brighton Old Market.
Ahead of the EP’s release, you can settle in and watch Coombes performing the reworked ‘Matador (Da Capo)’ in the below live and tour video that he himself directed. Enjoy.
Canadian singer/songwriter City and Colour, known offstage by the name Dallas Green, has just announced details of a UK and Irish tour for the early part of next year. Green will release his fifth album under the City and Colour moniker, titled ‘If I Should Go Before You’, on the 9th of October on Dine Alone Records. You can watch the lyric video for the album’s first single ‘Woman’ just below the tour date listing.
Following on last year’s UK tour, which included a sold out show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, City and Colour will end his February tour with back-to-back London dates. Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale on this Friday, the 31st of July, at 9 AM.
Previous TGTF coverage of City and Colour can be found right back here.
Thursday February 18th 2016 – Brighton Dome
Friday February 19th 2016 – Cardiff Great Hall
Saturday February 20th 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday February 22nd 2016 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday February 23rd 2016 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Wednesday February 24th 2016 – Glasgow Academy
Friday February 26th 2016 – London Troxy
Saturday February 27th 2016 – London Troxy
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 28th July 2015 at 6:00 pm
Young band Young Kato released their long-awaited debut album ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ back in May. If you haven’t picked it up now, I highly recommend getting it.
Now, one of the more upbeat, uplifting numbers on the LP has its own promo video. In ‘Runaway’, we turn to a lazy late night, where a pair of girls who have decided to throw all caution to the wind and head on a trip to anywhere together are met with two strangers involved in the video’s unexpected ending. All the action, of course, backed by the Cheltenham group performing the song.
All our past coverage of Young Kato is this way.
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