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Video of the Moment #2790: ROE

By on Friday, 16th February 2018 at 6:00 pm

Northern Ireland’s ROE has a new video out this week. The Derry native, better known as Roisin Donald to her parents, has released the promo for single ‘Wasted.Patient.Thinking’. It’s kind of a performance video, in which the now perm-coiffed artist is singing in dungarees, playing a guitar and hitting drum pads, while lights strobe behind her. Quite a difference, I imagine, to her appearance last year at the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. Soulful vocals? Check. Buzzy synths? Check. Watch the video below. You can snag ‘Wasted.Patient.Thinking’ now from Fictive Kin.


Live Gig Video: Kodaline share acoustic performance of ‘The Riddle’ from a rooftop in Malaysia

By on Friday, 16th February 2018 at 4:00 pm

Jason Boland, bass player for Irish group Kodaline, is a keen videographer. In particular, lately he’s been flying his drone to take some pretty cool video from the air. In Kodaline’s latest video, Boland got to fly his drone while he and his band performed an acoustic version of ‘The Riddle’, which appears on their current EP ‘I Wouldn’t Be’, out now on B-Unique Records. And they didn’t choose just anywhere for the location of this video. They decided to film this probably as far from Dublin as they could, in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, surrounded by the taller spires of other buildings around them. It’s definitely a unique performance video! Watch it below. For all of our past coverage on Kodaline – it goes all the way back to September 2012!go here.


Video of the Moment #2789: Makeness

By on Thursday, 15th February 2018 at 6:00 pm

Kyle Molleson, who records and releases music under the moniker Makeness, will be releasing his debut album in April. ‘Loud Patterns’ from the Scottish electronic producer will drop on the 6th of April on Secretly Canadian. ‘Stepping Out of Sync’ is the latest taster to be unveiled from the upcoming LP, which can now be heard in its official promo video. It’s an upbeat, fun romp with beats, with choreographed dancers grooving to the music on a night out. Molleson says of the video, “‘Stepping Out Of Sync’ for me is about losing a little bit of a grip on reality. There’s a big nod to the world of pop music in the track and I wanted to reflect that in the video too…I think the video really captures the range of emotions that exist in the track, it’s upbeat and positive aspect alongside a layer of dissonance and confusion that lies under the surface.” Watch the video for ‘Stepping Out of Sync’ below.


(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #400: The Homesick

By on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 12:00 pm

I’m a suburban kid whose way of life has been less tied to what was going on in the big city a half an hour away (Washington, DC) than doing my own thing and being successful at it. There’s a special sense of pride when you can do it on your own. So it’s terrible inspiring to hear about a band coming from a tiny town none of us have ever heard of, whose music is strong enough to get noticed far outside of their little bubble. While the capital of Amsterdam is famous for its canals and pot-friendly culture, it’s a world away from Friesland in the north of the country, where agriculture is king. It was in the fortified town of Dokkum in this Dutch province where The Homesick were hatched.

Far away from the influence of any other scene, the alt-rock trio of Elias, Jaap and Erik have been free to craft their own sound and go their own way in the world of Dutch rock music. Their 2013 debut EP, the irreverently titled ‘Twst Yr Wrsts’, featured the surf rock-y ‘Boys’ and a song extolling the virtues of listening to Johnny Cash on a Friday night. Last year’s ‘Youth Hunt’, the Homesick’s debut album out now on Subroutine Records, is littered with catchy, yet oddly beguiling tunes bashed out on guitar and drums in a family garage. This is a sound powered by youthful exuberance, yes, but leave your misconceptions that age and talent are somehow connected at the door. There is nothing pedantic about their music.

The driving rhythm and unapologetic reverb of ‘The Best Thing About Being Young is Falling in Love With Jesus’ is a mesmerising blend of the kind of music the lads say they bonded over: Joy Division and shoegaze. If you’re wondering what’s up with The Homesick’s preoccupation with religion here and in single ‘St. Boniface’, the ancient area known as Frisia and its then-pagan people were repeatedly a target for conversion to Christianity by the Anglo-Saxon missionary. In the latter, the nod to their literal origins (and the pilgrims that find their way to Dokkum, for that matter) reminds us of where they come from (sweet, no?), while its punctuated beats and shouts rise above the haze of echoey guitars. ‘Gucci Gucci’ is even more fun, the bounce of the guitar notes sounding more at home on the Malibu coast than Friesland’s.

The Homesick have a command of what makes for a memorable pop song. But the young Dutch group are able to use this within the confines of a rock song, confines they’ve set to be relaxed enough to let them experiment with time signatures and tempo. They sound vaguely like bands you know and love, but they’ve have turned the familiar enough on its head to be fresh and interesting.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, The Homesick’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.


Video of the Moment #2787: Deap Vally

By on Tuesday, 13th February 2018 at 6:00 pm

Los Angeles duo Deap Vally released their second album ‘Femejism’ in 2016. They’re just getting around to releasing a very colourful video for LP track ‘Post Funk’. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards’ brand of frenetic, hard played rock is set to a changing backdrop that looks like something we might have made in art class as kids. It’s also like a lyric video, except letters are flying around in quick succession. In short, it must have been an nightmare to make. Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to watch the video and enjoy the song. Watch it below. For more of our coverage on Deap Valley here on TGTF, go here.


Video of the Moment #2786: Ciaran Lavery

By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 6:00 pm

Northern Ireland’s Ciaran Lavery will be releasing his third album this spring. ‘Sweet Decay’, will be out on the 13th of April, and will feature the single ‘To Chicago’, which now has its own music video. The promo was filmed by Lavery’s longtime video collaborator, director Jamie Neish, who also directed the past video for ‘Everything is Made to Last’’ and ‘’Wells Tower’. This particular video is particularly special, as Lavery explains: “What was special about this video was that it was all shot in one entire take without edits or any of that post production magic. This was something we all felt strongly about so it not only flowed but there was a sense of realism about it that could not be achieved from many angles or cuts.” I think it’s really such a sweet video. Enjoy it below. For more of our coverage on Ciaran Lavery on TGTF, go here.

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