By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 at 6:00 pm
Roanoke, Virginia band Eternal Summers have a pretty busy year of live shows ahead, with their own headline tour taking place this month, followed by tours with Pinact and Surfer Blood taking place in Europe in the September and October. Their new album ‘Gold and Stone’ is out now on Kanine Records in America (the UK release follows on 25 September) and from it, you can have a watch of the brand new video for ‘Come Alive’ from the LP and have some mimosas with the band. (Figuratively. We’d go broke if we had to buy champagne for all of you.)
For Eternal Summers’ past live appearances we’ve caught, head this way.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 at 12:00 pm
Flick on Radio 1 during the daytime, and synthesiser-led music is all over it, whether it be with an urban bent or a dance one, or a combination of the two. Stewart Brock, Callum Wiseman and Lewis Gardner of Prides prefer to keep their synthpop straight up, giving a nod back to the ’80s synthesiser bands of yore. Ah yes, such an innocent time…
While their debut album for Island Records ‘The Way Back Up’ has been a long time coming, fans of the Glaswegian band who have seen them on their tours the last 2 years will be very happy with the results. Well, at least with about half of them. The album opens with the buzzy, anthemic ‘I Should Know Better’, a song in which Brock sings, “I should be letting you know / that you should be singing with me”. Swoon. I mean, I don’t know a girl who *doesn’t* want that being sung to her. Good start.
Make no bones about it, the previously released songs that appear on ‘The Way Back Up’ can’t be beat and should be the focal point of your listening to this LP. ‘Messiah’, considered as the lead single to be released on the 6th of July although a promo video for the tune was issued in April 2014 and we previously featured it here on TGTF, follows a recurring formula of high energy, roof-raising, fist-pumping big beats with an overture of love (or an announcement of a breakup) being presented in the lyrics: ” I know now, that I want to keep it / oh my god, do I want love”. A much earlier track, the electronic kazoo-filled ‘Out of the Blue’ is another calisthenics exercise, probably sounds familiar due to its noted similarities to MGMT’s ‘Kids’.
Album standout ‘Higher Love’, released as a single this past March and premiered on Zane Lowe’s evening programme on Radio 1, should not be confused with the Steve Winwood song of the same name, but like its predecessor, it’s pure pop of the highest calibre, guaranteed to burrow deep within your brain and consciousness, never to come out. ‘The Seeds You Sow’, which I really enjoyed watching Prides perform live last year, is conspicuously missing. I think they’ve missed a trick there. Newer song ‘Little Danger’ skirts the Justin Timberlake-style of urban pop at the start and the verses, but otherwise generally, and smartly so, sticks to the formula, as does ‘Just Say It’. While there’s a not lot of inventiveness here, the overall sound is slick and catchy, so why monkey with it, yeah?
Other tracks ‘The Way Back Up’ indicate the effort to prove to critics that they shouldn’t be pigeonholed by their fast tempo singles. The problem with these is that they’re indistinguishable and to some extent like the MGMT ‘Kids’ comparison, sound like songs that have come before, whether intentional or not. ‘Let It Go’ sounds like a lighter version of Savoir Adore‘s ‘Sea of Gold’, while ‘Same Mistakes’ could be from a ’90s boyband.
While I can appreciate the lovely harmonies of last track ‘The Kite String and the Anchor Rope’, it is the brooding conclusion to an album that seems practically requisite to end all pop albums now. It (almost) never works. Why do major labels think this is a good idea? Unless you’re out to sell individual singles as mp3s, do a Jon Stewart, end on a high note and keep our hearts pumping until the end.
‘The Way Back Up’, the debut album from Scottish band Prides, is out this Friday, the 10th of July, on Island Records. A deluxe version of the album will also be available on the same day with an extra five new tracks. For all past coverage of Prides on TGTF, including this interview I did with the trio at SXSW 2014, can be found here.
If you’re a fan of the more frenetic side of The Vaccines, then I’m betting you’re going to love this new promo from Justin, Freddie, Arni and Pete. This track, ’20/20′, features on ‘English Graffiti’, their third full-length album that was released in May. (Read Carrie’s thoughts on the LP here.) Next time you put drops in your eyes, I doubt you’re ever going to look at that action the same way again. ::shudder:: Watch the promo below.
The Vaccines have a UK headline tour lined up for November 2015; catch all of TGTF’s past coverage on the Vaccines through here.
Everyone’s favourite curmudgeon from Manchester, Morrissey, has announced a trio of live dates for September 2015. He’ll be stopping at Hull Arena for one show, followed by two at London Hammersmith Apollo and will no doubt be playing old favourites along with new tracks from his most recent album released last year, the appropriately cynically-titled ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’. Tickets will be on sale this Friday, the 10th of July, at 9 AM.
Friday 18th September 2015 – Hull Arena
Sunday 20th September 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Monday 21st September 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Sunderland’s Frankie and the Heartstrings – now with a new line-up since the release of 2013’s ‘The Days Run Away’ – have announced a series of live appearances this month to celebrate the release of their third and latest album. ‘Decency’ sees the light of day this Friday, the 10th of July, on the band’s own Pop Sex Ltd. and can be preordered now from Wichita Records.
Friday 10th July 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Newcastle Reflex Records (in-store appearance)
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Sunderland Pop Rec Ltd. (in-store appearance)
Sunday 12th July 2015 – Nottingham Rough Trade Records (in-store appearance)
Tuesday 14th July 2015 – London Hackney Oslo
Wednesday 15th July 2015 – Bristol Rise Records (in-store appearance)
Thursday 16th July 2015 – Kingston Banquet Records (in-store appearance)
Thursday 16th July 2015 – Kingston New Slang
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 5th July 2015 at 10:00 am
New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus always do things on their own terms. Take, for example, the band’s upcoming fourth album ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’, which clocks in at more than 90 minutes in length spread out over an impressive 29 tracks. It’ll be out on the 7th of August on Merge Records.
To herald in an effort of such epic proportions, it only makes sense that they would also unveil a promo video that was pretty epic too. The video below, which goes on for over 15 minutes, includes six songs and the band refer to these songs as “the album’s second act”, or ‘The Magic Morning’/‘Beside Himself’. Interesting… Anyway, grab a cup of tea, joe or whatever your poison is this fine Sunday morning and settle in to watch all the epicness unfold below.