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By Mary Chang
on Friday, 23rd September 2016 at 6:00 pm
Kent’s most whimsical rock export of late Get Inuit released a new single in August. Confusingly called ‘Teriyaki’, it’s not anything about the Japanese delicacy. However, it’s an earworm of the highest calibre, and you’d do yourself a big favour to listen to it. You can read my more thoughtful observations on the single through this link.
For the promo video to accompany the single, the band have gone in a humourous direction – but of course! Dressed in stripey shirts and khakis reminiscent of the Beach Boys when they were still squeaky clean and before Brian Wilson became a recluse, they clown around on the closest beach – on the Isle of Sheppey – with one of those California-ey Volkswagen vans. The only thing missing here is surfboards. But you’ll barely notice them, because you’re going to be drawn in by the infectious melody of the single. Watch the video for ‘Teriyaki’ to start your weekend below. You can enjoy our back catalogue of posts on Get Inuit here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 23rd September 2016 at 4:00 pm
Brighton band The Wytches – now a four-piece, with Kristian Bell (vocals, guitar), Daniel Rumsey (bass), Gianni Honey (drums) and Mark Breed (guitar, organ) – are gearing up to release their sophomore album. ‘All Your Happy Life’ will drop next Friday. Previously announced single ‘C-Side’ proved the band were continuing on with their uncompromising lo-fi and punk swagger. Now the song has its own promo video, the band accompanied by a high-tech buddy.
Animatronic artist John Nolan, known for his work in such fanciful films as Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are and Warhorse, is a Wytches fan and was eager to work them after falling in love with the band’s 2014 debut ‘Annabel Dream Reader’.
“The Wytches are a top band and I wanted to work with them since hearing the first album. A lot of their previous films were shot low res and feature the band and their friends dressing up and messing about, I wanted to honourthis but introduce some sort of narrative and creature fx. I wanted to play around with the human form and create something that looked normal from one angle but growing into something completely freakish as the camera moves across it. Elongating the neck proved to do this brilliantly and it led me to research into Rokurokubi, a type of Japanese apparition where the human head leaves the body stretching out the neck. The act of the head separating from the body represents the spirit’s soul wandering.
The band we’re completely open minded and gave me their full blessing so we committed to the idea. I’d worked with Conor Craig-Stephens before as he was the lead creature in The Hallow, I knew he would be perfect as our guy. We spent 5 weeks at the studio building a full mechanical animatronic human head with the long neck blending into something that Conor could wear. The face was controlled by two puppeteers using radio control transmitters and the head and neck movements performed by either by Conor or lead puppeteer Rob Tygner. The film uses a number of effects disciplines including animatronics, puppetry, motion control camera work, rod removal and a full cgi neck animation in the final outro, so with a very low budget it was ambitious to say the least.”
You’ll be amazed by the results. Watch the video for ‘C-Side’ below. ‘All Your Happy Life’ will drop on the 30th of September on Heavenly Recordings. For past coverage on the Wytches on TGTF, head here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 at 6:00 pm
It’s been an age since we’ve heard a peep out of Tall Ships. The Brighton hard-rocking band – now a quartet – haven’t released any new material since early 2015, so we’re pleased to hear they’ve returned. As its title suggests, ‘Meditations on Loss’ is meant to have an introspective bent. However, as previous Tall Ships releases, the new song has a loud, full freneticism that comes across as anthemic.
The accompanying video according to the band, is meant to “represent the futility of existence…The sprint from birth to death and the constant questioning of what we’re running from, for or to. The video was directed by, and features, close friends and family.” Indeed, this promo was directed by Tall Ships frontman Ric Phethean’s brother Ben. Ric’s cousin Tama also makes a guest appearance in the video. Watch the heart-pounding video for ‘Meditations on Loss’ below. The band will be also be returning to the road, supporting Cambridge group Lonely the Brave on tour in the UK in October and also make an appearance at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival on the 8th of October. For more on the Brighton band on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 at 4:00 pm
Melbourne electronic soul group SAFIA released their debut album ‘Internal’ merely a fortnight ago. Read my review of their long player through this link. Back in June, 3 months prior to the release of ‘Internal’, the band took a trip to blighty, stopping in London for a Sofar Sounds show there. The below video is of the Aussie trio performing their single ‘Counting Sheep’ (about what else, insomnia!) in a stripped back fashion. While the song doesn’t appear on ‘Internal’ – it was released as a single in its own right in early 2015 – this should be solid proof to any naysayers just how beautiful and perfect frontman Ben Woolner’s lead vocals are when isolated. Watch the arresting performance below. For read more of TGTF’s coverage on SAFIA over the last year and a half, follow this link.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 6:00 pm
Popular Irish rock trio Bell X1 have finally settled on a release date for their long anticipated next album. ‘Arms’, their seventh album and the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Chop Chop’, will be out on the 14th of October. To celebrate the upcoming release, the band have released the promo video for ‘Out of Love’, created by visual artists Louise Gaffney and Cian McKenna.
Gaffney’s abstract ideas have combined successful in this video via McKenna’s visual artist background and motion-graphic designing. The quirky design of the video reflects well the offbeat nature and almost tropical feel of the Dubliners’ song. Watch it below. In addition to a previously announced dates in London in November and in Australia in December, they’ve also announced four dates in Ireland proper; to view all their upcoming live dates, visit their official Web site.For more on Bell X1 on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 4:00 pm
Sheffield group The Crookes have been spending quite a bit of time on our side of the pond this year to promote their fourth album. ‘Lucky Ones’, released at the end of January on their own label Anywhere Records in the UK and Modern Outsider in North America. You can read Carrie’s thoughts on the long player through this link.
During their time in our country playing their own shows and supporting San Franciscan band Geographer, they took advantage of the relative exotic locales they visited, including SXSW 2016 and a redwood forest, videotaping their tour shenanigans. Guitarist and lyricist Daniel Hopewell played editor on the footage, resulting in this mashup of clips set to album track ‘The Lucky Ones’. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s back catalogue of coverage on The Crookes, go here.
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