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By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
We recently gave away Seasfire‘s fab cover of Banks track ‘Warm Water’. So it was with great excitement that we’ve got James Sinclair, sticksman for the Bristol electronic group, to answer our TGTF Quickfire Questions. Should we be surprised that a famous American singer/songwriter figures prominently in his responses? Read on…
What song is your earliest musical memory?
The first thing that springs to mind is hearing ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, the Eric Clapton version.
What was your favourite song as a child?
Holiday by Madonna, I used to dance around the kitchen non-stop for hours with it on repeat. Every night. Without fail.
What song makes you laugh?
‘Education Pt. 2’ by The Metros, what was that about?
What song makes you cry?
‘Last Goodbye’ – Jeff Buckley. Such powerful lyrics and the sincerity with which he sings them is incredible.
What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I was probably about 16 so I’d say ‘Sunday’ by Bloc Party.
What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Anything by One Direction or Nicky Minaj. That kind of generic crap always makes me angry. Or when I listen to band that aren’t around anymore that I loved – like Be Your Own Pet, Flashguns, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, Test Icicles, Cajun Dance Party – the list goes on. I suppose that upsets me a bit.
Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Probably something massive like ‘Gangnam Style’, so I could earn an absolute packet. But in truth I think one of MJ’s songs, maybe ‘Black or White’.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I don’t really have a favourite songwriter, so it would have to be an author. It changes a lot depending on who I am reading, I do love Ian McEwan and I recently discovered Chuck Palahniuk through a friend.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think journalism might have been an alternative, I probably would have ended up at Uni doing something fairly standard like History or English.
If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count. If that were the case, I’d bring ‘Physical Graffiti’!)
Haha! ‘Physical Graffiti’ is an epic choice. I’ve just been listening to a lot of Zeppelin today actually with a friend. We had the How the West Was Won live album on in the car. But if I had to choose one album it would undoubtedly be Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’. I can’t live without it.
Cheers James for your answers and many thanks to Katie for sorting this feature out for us. ‘Oh..Lucifer’, their next single, is out on Monday (the 1st of July) on Little Fan Records; watch the video for the single here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th June 2013 at 10:00 am
New York rockers Appomattox releasing a new EP ‘3Against2’ on the 23rd of July, and they’re giving away a track from it called ‘United’ through Magnet Magazine. Download the track for absolutely free through this link.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 27th June 2013 at 6:00 pm
The new Bloc Party track ‘Ratchet’ gives me a headache; the rhythm and Kele’s voice are both kind of annoying. But I know you lot, there are a lot of you who are Bloc Party fans from way back, and it looks like they might be going on indefinite hiatus again, so yes. I’m posting this for YOU. Watch it below.
The song appears on the band’s ‘The Nextwave Sessions’, to be released on the 12th of August on Frenchkiss.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 27th June 2013 at 4:00 pm
Oxford’s Wild Swim recently recorded these three songs – ‘Another Night’, ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘New Dawn’ – live in their hometown for Bokah Live Sessions, and we can now enjoy the fruits of their labour. Enjoy the sessions below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 26th June 2013 at 6:00 pm
Rhode Island band Deer Tick have a new video out for ‘The Rock’, their forthcoming single out on the 12th of August. No, it’s not about Alcatraz, it’s about the anatomy of a break-up. And the video? At first I was pretty sceptical; how exactly is a face going to keep me occupied for 4 minutes? It’s actually oddly mesmerising. Watch it below.
Deer Tick’s fifth album ‘Negativity’ follows on the 30th of September. The day after, the 1st of October, the band headline London Borderline.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 26th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
After their ‘One, for Words’ narrowly missed out the top spot on my list of the best albums of 2012, I’m pretty sure 2013 will be another banner year for Keston Cobblers’ Club. Next Monday the 1st of July, they’ll be releasing a stop-gap of sorts in the form of new EP ‘A Scene of Plenty’. It’s perfect timing really, as the band will be appearing at Glastonbury this very weekend and there will no doubt be punters who upon hearing their dulcet voices and jaunty instruments will probably be running in droves to their laptops and glorious, speedy internet (as soon as they’re home and showered, that is) to find out more about the band. So I expect this reviewed to be read and hit upon more after Glasto than before. But anyroad…
So what do we find in ‘A Scene of Plenty’? The album starts wonkily with frenetic accordion and what sounds like frantic stepping on top of wood (?); the minor chords and the nonsensical title ‘The Children Who Wear Socks on Their Heads’ both seem like odd choices for the starting point for a summer release. I give them points for quick tempo and plenty of energy; this might be a grower, but it didn’t grab me initially as it seemed like too many things were going on at once. However, do not fret; the best is yet to come.
The second track ‘Beam’ is also the lead single from the EP that we featured previously on this Video of the Moment. “By Jove, god only knows” the harmonies and the way the voices lilt on this song are so beautiful, they made me cry. Yes, this is that good. I hesitate to say that it would have felt at home on last year’s ‘One, for Words’, for that would seem to indicate they’ve stayed in one place. Hardly. The harmonies feel tighter and sweeter on this EP, and whether or not that has to do with the summer sun’s rays beating down on my brain or not, I can’t be sure. What I can be sure of, on title track ‘A Scene of Plenty’ sits at the third position on this EP, it’s the guitars and banjo that shine on this one, their pluckings working alongside the pleasant oohs and lead vocals from Julia Lowe (later to be joined by brother Matthew’s) to weave something pretty special. It’s this song, with its talk of packing your bags for a train trip, that figures in later to its unique packaging. Read on…
Fourth track ‘We Will Heal Your Soles’ represents the inevitable homophone gag that you knew was coming from a band who named themselves after shoe makers. It’s what ‘The Children Who…’ aspired to be but never quite got there. This is a true folk toe-tapper of the highest calibre. Mumford who? Closing track ‘The Castle’ is slower, more introspective, but it rounds off the EP nicely. Lyrically, I can’t fault it at all, but for a brief snapshot of what I mean, here’s a sample: “oh I could love you every day, something different every day / oh you’ll see my smile, you’ll know that I am happy / the world may fail, but still I will be happy / see I will spoil you every day / and build that castle in your name”. That’s aching loveliness in song, that is.
Good stuff and perfect for summer. Even better, they’ve thought ahead and considered that it’s summer, and if you have children, you will have children underfoot (naturally, they’re not in school), so the interactive version of this EP folds out to a working miniature train set, complete with scenery and animals. You can be listening to the EP with your feet up while the kiddikins are busy, and therefore not bothering you, playing with the trains. Brilliant marketing.
‘A Scene of Plenty’, the new EP from Keston Cobblers’ Club, will be out on Monday (the 1st of July) on Beatnik Geek Records. If you’re sceptical about the train set, the video below shows you exactly what you get if you order the EP. (Come now, if this hasn’t sold you, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.)