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Tom Chaplin / December 2017 English Christmas Tour

By on Monday, 16th October 2017 at 9:00 am

Last Thursday on Jo Whiley’s evening Radio 2 programme, Tom Chaplin premiered ‘Under a Million Lights’. As he explained, the song will appear on a new Christmas album he has in the works. ‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’ drops over a month ahead of the big day, so from the 17th of November on, you’ll be able to get this in plenty of time as a stocking stuffer for your Keane and Tom Chaplin-loving loved ones from Island Records. This yuletide-themed collection follows ‘The Wave’, Chaplin’s debut solo record that was released in October 2016, reviewed by me here. If you somehow missed it, I posted a two-part interview feature with the man back then, too. To promote the Christmas album, Chaplin has announced a trio of English gigs in December. Tickets are on sale this Friday, the 20th of October, at 10 AM. For more on what Tom Chaplin has been up to as a solo artist since the hiatus of Keane, check out our coverage of him here on TGTF through here.

Sunday 10th December 2017 – Manchester Palace Theatre
Monday 11th December 2017 – Bath Forum
Tuesday 12th December 2017 – London Royal Festival Hall


Live Gig Video: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds share visuals for lead single ‘Holy Mountain’ of upcoming album

By on Friday, 13th October 2017 at 4:00 pm

Header photo by Lawrence Watson

Incredibly, it’s been 2 years since the release of ‘Chasing Yesterday’, the platinum-selling previous album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The first taster of the group’s new material comes in the form of single ‘Holy Mountain’, a collaboration between the ornery Gallagher and none other than the Modfather himself, Paul Weller. Described by many as Noel’s psychedelic album, it should be interesting to hear the rest of it and how it stands up against the other Britpop elder statesman who dared to go in a psych direction, Richard Hawley on 2012’s ‘Standing on the Sky’s Edge’. The video for ‘Holy Mountain’ waffles between shots of Gallagher himself singing and playing guitar, stylised views of his profile and other cartoons, with plenty of colours and blinking lights to give you that psychedelic feel without actually being under the influence of, er, something…

The ex-Oasis songwriter and cofrontman seems to be playing a bit of a game of chicken with his younger brother Liam, who released his solo album ‘As You Were’ last week. Older brother will be unveiling ‘Who Built the Moon?’ on the 24th of November. ‘Holy Mountain’ is out now on digital and 12″ vinyl formats from Sour Mash. To read more on Noel Gallagher’s continuing project with his High Flying Birds, use this link.


Single Review: BANNERS – Firefly

By on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Mike Nelson records under the name BANNERS. He was one of my favourite pop discoveries during the SXSW 2016 preview season, putting on a fantastic appearance Wednesday afternoon at the British Music Embassy that was one to remember. (Full disclosure: We are both Liverpool supporters, but this mere fact will not affect my ability to judge his music objectively.) From his humble beginnings in Liverpool, BANNERS is now based in Toronto, a place from which it should make it easier for him as an artist to gain a foothold here in North America.

Following the release of his self-titled EP and a series of blinding singles including the SiriusXM Alt Nation-friendly ‘Someone to You’, he’s recently unveiled the acoustic version of his latest single, self-described as “less aggressive”. It’s interesting that he mentions the word ‘aggressive’, as I wouldn’t describe the original, full-bodied version of ‘Firefly’ as aggressive only in the context of being a track that might cause one to aggressively stamp your feet. And who doesn’t enjoy that? ‘Firefly’ seems also perfectly timed to the end of summer and the entry point into autumn. As days grow shorter, fireflies, a marker of carefree childhoods and having fun in the great outdoors, disappear almost as swiftly as another season rushes in.

In ‘Firefly’, Nelson fancies himself as one of these summer night-glowing creatures of the sky. Here’s the rub: he can’t glow without the presence of his best friend, his lover, his confidante. In times of pining and yearning, he sings wistfully of their “worlds apart, it went dark / you were always on my mind” until they can be together again. The guitars and drums are never heavy-handed here, as if tapping into Nelson’s private, introspective thoughts. The only point of possible annoyance in this song is a repeated guitar note (?) in the chorus that sounds like a bird call being put through a synth effect. If that was absent, ‘Firefly’ would be pretty much perfect.

Like all good tales where lovers are separated by distance, when they are reunited, the sparks fly and that inner light that otherwise has been dampened by loneliness can shine again. Bolstered by honest lyrics sung in Nelson’s rich voice, it’s a sweet, innocent charmer sure to stay in BANNERS’ set list for years to come.


Single ‘Firefly’ by BANNERS is out now on Island Records. To read my past coverage on BANNERS here on TGTF, follow this link. While a support slot with Echosmith has been pushed off until 2018, shows in Los Angeles and New York with Sydneysider Dean Lewis are planned in November.


Video of the Moment #2448: Grizzly Bear

By on Wednesday, 4th October 2017 at 6:00 pm

Long-standing Brooklyn group Grizzly Bear released their newest album this past summer. ‘Painted Ruins’ is available now from RCA Records. The band have a new video out for ‘Losing All Senses’, where frontman and primary songwriter Ed Droste enlisted the help of a few famous friends, tv’s Busy Philipps and trans actress Aunt Freckle. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s coverage of Grizzly Bear, check out this link.


Video of the Moment #2447: The Dunwells

By on Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 at 6:00 pm

It’s been a spell since we’ve heard from The Dunwells from Leeds. And they’ve returned with a new direction, dare I say it, sounding more American than ever. The vocals are decidedly tinged with gospel on ‘Colour My Mind’, to be released on the 13th of October and the title track of an EP scheduled for release on the 1st of December. The heartfelt song and video are dedicated to their late “fifth member of the band”, Sean Murphy, who passed away this summer from an aggressive form of cancer. This terrible blow dealt to the group will have no doubt coloured (no pun intended) their upcoming record. Out of tragedy comes great beauty, and we look forward to hearing more from The Dunwells. To read through all our past coverage of the Leeds group, follow this link.


Video of the Moment #2446: Joshua Burnside

By on Monday, 2nd October 2017 at 6:00 pm

It’s been a banner year for Northern Irish artist Joshua Burnside. In May, he released his album ‘Ephrata’, out now on Quiet Arch. (You can read our thoughts on it through here.)The LP went on to be nominated for the Northern Irish Music Prize, no small feat to shake a stick at. So the timing seems just right for the unveiling of a new video for ‘Ephrata’. ‘Holllllogram’ features lazy, feel good vocals from both Burnside and Alana Henderson, and it seems fitting to post it just as we’re headed into autumn and bidding summer adieu. Watch the video for ‘Holllllogram’ below. We understand Mr. Burnside will next be heading to Nashville for some recording and reflection, presumably after this coheadline tour with PORTS this month. For more of our coverage on Joshua Burnside here on TGTF, go here.

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