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Video of the Moment #2779: The Vaccines

 
By on Wednesday, 31st January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

With all this SXSW 2018 previewing going on at TGTF Towers, I think we should get a pass for missing what’s going on outside of the SXSW bubble. That’s my excuse for missing the new track from The Vaccines, and I’m sticking with it. The promo for ‘I Can’t Quit’ takes us on a beachside, then city stroll with Justin Hayward-Young and his motley crew.

The song soundtracking the action sounds much more like earliest Vaccines material than the ‘Melody Calling’ era, which probably comes as a relief for their longtime fans. Guitars banged, lyrics shouted and a devil-may-care attitude: yep, the Vaccines are back. Watch the video for single ‘I Can’t Quit’ below. Their new album ‘Combat Sports’ will be out on the 30th of March on Columbia Records. All of our past coverage on The Vaccines here on TGTF is through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2778: Darling West

 
By on Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

SXSW 2017 alumni from Norway Darling West will be releasing their third album in February. ‘While I Was Asleep’ will drop on the 16th of February on Jansen Records. To preview the upcoming long player, the Americana trio from Oslo have revealed the promo video for single ‘Loneliness’. The song would sit nicely with practically anything from the current American country music scene, which is pretty impressive, considering how far away Darling West are from.

Starring their four-legged friend Stella, it’s a classy promo with loads of what looks like Norwegian wood. Singer and banjo player Tor Egil Kreken explains the premise: “[The] ‘Loneliness’ was made by Norwegian movie director Jorunn Syversen. She came out with a fantastic film last year called Hoggeren, and one of our songs was in the movie. We really wanted to work with her, and she came up with the idea of shooting the video in a house designed by Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn. It was such a beautiful setting! The dog belongs to the people who live in the house, and he turned out to be a great actor.” You can’t argue with pooch perfection, can you? Watch the video below, and stay tuned for their new album in less than 3 weeks.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Sam Fender shares performance video of single ‘Millennial’

 
By on Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

In less than 2 months, Geordie singer/songwriter Sam Fender will be touching down in Austin for his first SXSW. Haven’t heard of him yet? We have you covered: read Carrie’s SXSW 2018 flavoured Bands to Watch feature that introduces the young talent. Just last week, he unveiled the promo video for his single ‘Millennial’, essentially a live gig video starring Fender and and his band bashing out the song and loads of close-up shots of their instruments and Fender’s blue eyes and lips.

Like ‘Play God’ before it, ‘Millennial’ is a brash, high-octane track showing off the power and the conviction of Fender and his band when they perform. Check out the live performance video below. They’ll certainly be a hot ticket in Austin. As previously announced, Fender will be on tour in the UK in February and March before he comes over to us across the pond. The North East artist will also be performing at the first-ever This is Tomorrow Festival in his hometown of Newcastle on the 25th of May.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Album Review: The Academic – Tales From the Backseat

 
By on Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

The Academic Tales from the Backseat album coverIn less than 2 months’ time, The Academic will be returning to Austin for their second SXSW, and with a major career achievement ticked off. Earlier this month, the lads from Mullingar in the Irish midlands released their debut album ‘Tales from the Backseat’. The LP has proved so popular in their home country, it knocked major label giant Ed Sheeran from the top of the Irish official album charts. Give it a spin, and you’ll find there’s enough here to keep your toes tapping for days and a smile on your face.

Single ‘Different’ is not a new song for the band, having appeared on their 2015 EP ‘Loose Friends’. Its energetic brashness, then and now, is impossible to ignore. The album version is more polished: with more layers to love than in its previous guise, the touch of album producer Tim Pagnotta (Neon Trees, St. Lucia, COIN) on this track and the rest is one of the keys to this record’s success. Lyrically, like One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, it’s a tale of empowerment, a boy telling the girl he likes that she’s unique and that’s what makes her special. The updated ‘Different’, currently making the rounds on SiriusXM Alt Nation and BBC Radio 1 specialist shows, is sure to inspire youngsters of all ages to dance like loons at a festival near you this summer. ‘Feel It Too’, with its driving beats and wiggly synth effects, also has a disarming edge: frontman Craig Fitzgerald admits his own vulnerability in the lyrics “…I’m your fool / I’m not so cool / you know I feel it too / you’re not alone”.

The topics broached on ‘Tales…’ reflect the concerns inside the heads of four adolescents from small-town Ireland. “What’s my motivation?” Fitzgerald asks on album opener ‘Permanent Vacation’. The song conveys a young man’s discomfort of coming to grips with adult responsibilities that loom in the rearview mirror. Another single, ‘Bear Claws’, has become a live favourite with its rousing “Ay! Oh!” call. Last October, the band created a first-of-its-kind Facebook Live performance of the song, using the audio/video time lag to create a mesmerising visual loop sampler.

On some of these songs, The Academic wear their most important influences on their sleeve. Though the lads are no longer in need of them here in America, ‘Fake ID’ recalls the anxiety and innocence of trying to get into a club with false credentials. The words “it’s hard to act my age when I look like a 12-year old / and I hate it when I don’t get in, left stranded in the cold” are accompanied by early Two Door Cinema Club-esque winsome guitar work and bright percussion. ‘Television’ owes a debt to The Strokes, the tune’s bouncy beat and melodic guitar a nod to Julian Casablancas and co. Lest you think The Academic have only mastered one sound, ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’ sees them reigning in their excitement. It’s a nice signal that their songwriting can veer into still upbeat but less frenetic, guitar-driven rock.

What these songs lack in depth is compensated for in spades by the level of their youthful exuberance. ‘Tales From the Backseat’ reminds us that we can go back in time in our minds, to when our younger selves’ biggest worry was how to impress the boy or girl we had our eye on. Life is so complicated these days. Slow down and say hello to that younger version of yourself with this album as your soundtrack.

7.5/10

‘Tales From the Backseat’, the debut album from The Academic, is out now on Downtown Records in America. The group will tour North America starting in mid-February and continue on through to the week before they are due in Austin for SXSW 2018. Continental Europe and English live dates will follow in April. To read our past coverage here on TGTF on the Irish lads, come through.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2777: Lo Moon

 
By on Monday, 29th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Los Angeles trio Lo Moon will be releasing their self-titled debut next month, just ahead of their return to Austin for SXSW 2018 in mid-March. ‘Lo Moon’ is scheduled for release on the 23rd of February on Columbia Records. Just a few days ago, they revealed another promo video from the upcoming LP, single ‘Real Love’, not to be confused with the Beatles and Clean Bandit songs that have come before. The promo is by English video director Sophie Muller, famous for her past video collaborations with Beyonce, Coldplay and one of my favourite videos ever, Annie Lennox’s ‘Walking on Broken Glass’ starring Hugh Laurie.

The group’s frontman Matt Lowell describes their working together: “The ‘Real Love’ video combines my two life long loves. Skating and music. We talked about doing a video on ice while we were making the album and Sophie got really excited about it after hearing the song. She’s always been one of our favorite directors and it was absolutely amazing working with her.” A skating-themed video seems pretty appropriate with the Winter Olympics going on, too, doesn’t it? Watch the mostly monochromatic video below. Read our past coverage on Lo Moon on TGTF through this link, including Carrie’s live coverage of them at SXSW 2017 through here.

 

Live Gig Video: Mansionair share ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love)’ performance from London Sofar Sounds session

 
By on Monday, 29th January 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Australia’s Mansionair spent a few weeks late last year in the UK and Continental Europe. The Sydney-based synthpop act’s visit to blighty included a performance as part of First Fifty gig series, on the 27th of November at Dalston Birthdays, as a preview of their appearance this May in Brighton for The Great Escape 2018. While in London, they also performed acoustically for Sofar Sounds, where a beautiful performance of single ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love)’ was recorded. Despite the stripped-back conditions, the emotions of singer Jack Froggatt in this song shine through. Incredible.
Watch it below. For more on TGTF on Mansionair, including my coverage of their appearances at BIGSOUND 2017 in Brisbane, use this link.

 
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