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Video of the Moment #2742: The Boxer Rebellion

 
By on Tuesday, 14th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

We are coming up to International Men’s Day on the 19th of November, and the Boxer Rebellion have released a poignant new single. In the accompanying video for ‘Love Yourself’, frontman Nathan Nicholson returns Maryville, Tennessee as he contemplates a life that could have been. They have released this promo to support men’s anti-suicide charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which yours truly once contributed articles to.

About the single, Nicholson said to NME, “In this age of connectivity, for all its celebration and wonderment, it seems impossible to not be just as affected by the suffering of others, whether those in trouble are close to you or not. Every day our papers are filled with heart-breaking stories of loss due to natural causes, forced displacement, ill physical and/or mental health, or, indeed, victimisation at the hands of others. ‘Love Yourself’ is a song about all of these things – drawing primarily from my own experiences. My intention when I wrote the song was to try and deliver hope in the face of hopelessness, albeit during a moment of deep self-reflection.” To read more of Nicholson’s thoughts on their band’s powerful new single, go here. ‘Love Yourself’ is a preview of ‘Ghost Alive’, The Boxer Rebellion’s new album that’s on the horizon. To read more on this band on TGTF, we’ve got some older pieces on them back here.

 

Live Gig Video: Hudson Taylor share acoustic version of current single ‘Feel It Again’

 
By on Tuesday, 14th November 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Irish brother duo Hudson Taylor have a new single out, ‘Feel It Again’. It’s the first new material since their 2015 debut album ‘Singing for Strangers’. You can read our review of the LP through here. Now, Dubliners Harry and Alfie have a special live recording of the acoustic version. Watch it below. ‘Feel It Again’ is available now from Warner Music. Also included below is the original promo video for the single, which came out in September. In addition to Irish dates this month and next, the pair have five dates scheduled for the UK in January; all their live dates up ahead are listed here on their Facebook. For more Hudson Taylor here on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2471: Empire of the Sun

 
By on Monday, 13th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Following album ‘Two Vines’ released last autumn, Aussies Empire of the Sun have followed that up with a new EP. The dance / electronic duo’s EP ‘On Our Way Home’ is out, and it features ‘Two Vines’ track ‘Way to Go’ three ways: the original, plus remixes from Japanese sensation Cornelius and also Gomez and Tritter. Nick Littlemore of the act says of the latest release: “We are back and we come with a labour of love and the might of our two hearts, we bring to you humbly with our hats and helmets in our hands. This EP represents us, including a song that is straight from the forest and the name of Two Leaves and a very special remix by the one and only Cornelius. As well as lots of other joys and a video made in Japan by the wondrous master of visual arts and beyond …” As we’ve come to expect from Empire of the Sun, the video for ‘Way to Go’ is a sensory delight, no doubt driven by the pair’s obsession with image and production values. Watch it below. For more here on TGTF on Empire of the Sun, go here.

 

Live Review: The Sherlocks with Pinkwench at DC9, Washington, DC – 9th November 2017

 
By on Monday, 13th November 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

“Last night…can you remember?”

Actually, I can. With a smile on my face.

Sometime between my last visit to DC9 seeing Aussies Gang of Youths last year, and with little to no fanfare, the venue level of the Washington club on 9th Street Northwest has undergone a transformation. DC9 is the 200 capacity, lovably unpretentious, slightly scruffy club within view of its polar opposite, the behemoth 9:30 Club. As a journo, there is great comfort knowing I can stumble into DC9 without queueing during the opening act, get a drink without waiting and not worry about getting jostled or ‘tude from fairweather music fans who are absentmindedly paying attention to the action onstage. Now with booths removed and 21st century stage lighting and branding on the back walls installed – taking a page from sister NE club The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, no doubt – DC9 has been updated and refreshed, and it can only be to their guests’ benefit.

Chasing who will be ‘the next great British guitar band’ has become a bit of a joke among music journalists. Britain churns out so many hopefuls, and only the very few will have any lasting power. As such, we have to guess and look into our crystal balls to guess who will still be here, putting out great music, 5 years from now. I had initial reservations, but a famous friend encouraged me to give this new group from Sheffield a chance. Having most recently come off a UK tour in September with sold out shows, The Sherlocks have admirably put in the work touring the UK the last few years, and they have a few feathers in their cap already. The hard work paid off, getting them a shout for SXSW 2016, appearing on the BBC Introducing evening showcase that was filmed by the Beeb. According to their Twitter, their top 10 debut album ‘Live for the Moment’, released at the end of August on Infectious Records / BMG, is the best-selling debut album of any UK artist this year so far.

Like so many acts from across the pond before them, America is still unproven ground for the Sherlocks. Things are already looking good from the outset, though: having been interviewed by Billboard and filming a live session for Paste, they’re already ticking boxes most up-and-coming bands in blighty can only fantasise of. Luckily for us here in Washington, they chose to end a short East Coast tour at DC9 Thursday night. Having followed in the footsteps of The 1975, Royal Blood and Catfish and the Bottlemen, one can’t help but think this is merely the start for the Yorkshire band over here. Opening the night were relative locals Pinkwench from Baltimore. Offering up a washy guitar experience recalling shoegaze and mixing in the melancholy of grunge, I was impressed with their wall of sound.

Pinkwench Washington

Generally, starting a set earlier than an appointed start time isn’t a good idea. You want everyone who’s paid to get in to have already arrived, especially if you’re a young band with a limited back catalogue. However, The Sherlocks threw this wisdom out the window, clearly itching and eager to get on with their show to reward those who had assembled early at DC9 for them. Straight out of the gate, they launched into the anthemic ‘Last Night’, a cautionary tale from one bro to another. With its high octane guitars and punishing drum line, ‘Will You Be There?’ was another early highlight.

The Sherlocks Washington 1

The Sherlocks’ brand of muscular lad rock didn’t let up for most of their set, which was perfectly fine by the DC9 crowd. Midway through the show, for debut album closer ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Turn the Clock’, frontman Kiaran Crook swapped his electric guitar for an acoustic for the slower tempoed numbers. The introspective moments didn’t last long, which was probably a good thing. ‘Heart of Gold’ and its sweeping “oh oh ohhhs” was a set standout, as was booming title track ‘Live for the Moment. They reminded everyone what the Sherlocks are here for: catchy, loud, quickly played rock. We’ll have to see where their music goes next. For more here on TGTF on The Sherlocks, go here.

Kiaran Crook of The Sherlocks Washington 4

After the cut: The Sherlocks’ set list.

The Sherlocks’ Set List:
Last Night
Escapade
Blue
Will You Be There?
Was It Really Worth It?
Candlelight
Turn the Clock
Motions
Heart of Gold
Nobody Knows
Live for the Moment
Chasing Shadows

 

Video of the Moment #2470: Chromeo

 
By on Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Things have been quiet on the Chromeo front since their last album. The funky Canadian dance duo – self-described as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture” – released their fourth album ‘White Women’ in 2014. They are previewing their next album, ‘Head Over Heels’, with a new track, ‘Juice’. If you’re not familiar with this pair, you should know that they never take things too seriously and are supreme jokers. In this promo video, in which the two hang out in an orange grove and, er, get up some shenanigans to say the least, you can see just how comedic they are. We’re not sure when ‘Head Over Heels’ will drop, but we’ll definitely keep our eyes and ears peeled. For more of our coverage on Chromeo on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2469: To Kill a King

 
By on Wednesday, 8th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

To Kill a King have some exciting news for us! The London group have announced details of their third album. ‘The Spiritual Dark Age’ is due out on the 12th of January 2018 on These Are My Bones via AWAL and Republic Of Music and is the follow-up to their 2015 self-titled sophomore album. The LP is described by frontman Ralph Pelleymounter like this: “;The Spiritual Dark Age’ is the last three years of my life painstakingly distilled into 40 minutes of music”. Hmm, this could be a heart-wrencher, couldn’t it?

They’ve recently released the promo video for the album’s title track. True to its name, the promo video for the title track starts in…yes, a temple. But don’t worry, the song isn’t a dirge. Action quickly moves from the temple to follow a monk’s journey from forsaking his calling to return to normal life. Things start pretty peachy but as you know, there’s the word ‘dark’ in the title of the song, so… I won’t spoil it for you, watch the video for ‘The Spiritual Dark Age’ below. To catch up on our past coverage here on TGTF on To Kill a King, follow this link.

 
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