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Live Gig Video: Ride share performance video for single ‘Catch You Dreaming’ from new EP

 
By on Monday, 19th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Following their amazing return last year with their first new music in 20 years, the reunited Ride have just released a new EP. ‘Tomorrow’s Shore’ is out now from Wichita Recordings on both digital and limited edition 12″ formats. The shoegaze legends have now unveiled a second single and an accompanying promo from the new release. ‘Catch You Dreaming’, which follows close behind previous single ‘Pulsar’, is another evocative, reverb-drenched tune from the group from Oxford. The monochromatic video overlays images of them performing the song in an upstairs rehearsal room on top of, not surprisingly, soothing footage of the seaside. Watch the video for ‘Catch You Dreaming’ below. ‘Weather Diaries’, their album released last year, is also available now. For more on Ride here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2018

 
By on Monday, 19th February 2018 at 11:00 am
 

The newest installment of Liverpool Sound City will see the Merseyside event split the difference between its physically isolating docklands location with open air stages of the last 3 years and its spiritual origins as a city festival. The festivities of Sound City 2018 will move to multiple venues in the Baltic Triangle, an excellent decision in my opinion, and will take place the first May bank holiday, 5-6 May. A few weeks ago, the festival announced their lineup, but I’ve only now gotten around to taking a closer look at all the names. It’s pretty awe-inspiring.

Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s (pictured at top), who wowed me and many other punters at SXSW 2016, are no strangers to UK festivals, having already made the rounds the last 2 years. They’ll have travelled a long way for the honour of headlining Saturday night, so I’m expecting them to pull out all the stops. The Sydneysiders are gearing up to release new album ‘For Now’ on the 27th of April, before appearing in Liverpool. Birmingham’s Peace, Sunday night’s headline act, will be celebrating the release of new album ‘Kindness is the New Rock and Roll’ 2 days prior on Ignition Records. Check out the video for ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ from the LP below; the newest album taster from the band, ‘Power’, can be streamed on Spotify. For mainstream rock fans, their performance will no doubt be a wonderful way to cap off a bank holiday weekend. Incidentally, in case you missed it, Peace have also been announced as co-headliner at Live at Leeds 2018 the day before. They’re on equal footing at that event in North Yorkshire with Liverpool’s own Circa Waves, who are oddly and conspicuously missing from the Sound City lineup.

Upon closer inspection of the rest of the festival poster, many names will be familiar to you TGTF readers. IDLES (England), Picture This (Ireland), Billie Marten (England), Airways (England), The Academic (Ireland) and Indoor Pets (England; formerly Get Inuit) have all had their own closeups at past SXSWs. Dermot Kennedy (Ireland), Sam Fender (England), Husky Loops (London via Bologna), Otzeki (England), The RPMs (England) and Superorganism (their members hailing from several different European countries) will have their chance to shine in Austin next month ahead of appearing at this year’s Sound City. Other amazing acts scheduled to appear include The Orielles, who we discovered at the 2013 edition of Sound City and who just released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last Friday on Heavenly Recordings; Baxter Dury; Black Honey; JAWS; Matt Maltese and Paris Youth Foundation.

Of course, there are so many other bands performing at the event and even more yet to be announced. Now that Sound City have smartly reconsidered their format, turning it back into a club-centric festival, the 2018 edition is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the best music cities in the UK and discover some new favourites. Single day tickets to Liverpool Sound City are available for £29.50. For £55, you can snag a weekend ticket. Get your official tickets through this link. To read all of our coverage on Liverpool Sound City from past years, go here.

 

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.

 
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