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(Halloween!) Video of the Moment #2463: Royal Blood

 
By on Tuesday, 31st October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m really not a fan of gratuitous violence in music videos and avoid posting anything I find objectionable here on TGTF. (Hey, we’ve got some young, music-loving readers!) However, seeing Mike Kerr (vocals / bass guitar) and Ben Thatcher (drums) of Royal Blood hunt down an animal-loving marauder in the promo for ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ tiptoes the borderline of dark hilarity in promos, and I’ll bite this Halloween. The violence in the second half of the video is so cartoony, it’s not believable anyway.

It’s the title track off their second album that was released back in June on Warner Brothers; read my review of the LP through this link. Here’s to hoping that none of their carrot-munching costars were harmed in the making of this video, which you can watch below. For more on Royal Blood here on TGTF, go here.

 

Frightened Rabbit / ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ 10th Anniversary March 2018 Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 31st October 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Yup, we’re getting old. Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit‘s seminal sophomore album ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ will reach its 10th anniversary next year. To celebrate, the band have announced a trio of tour dates in the UK next March. They’ll be playing the album in full each night and for the very first time. Of the LP, the band say, “This album holds a dear place in our collective heart. It was the one that allowed us to believe that we could do this band thing. Really do it. It’s the one that made the people in front of us SING. Really sing. It’s the album I still talk about most with people I meet at our shows. The wee bugger will not go away, and we are alright with that.”

We imagine the tickets will go quickly for these gigs, so don’t snooze. A presale for begins tomorrow, Wednesday the 1st of November; the general sale will follow on Friday, the 3rd of November. The band’s most recent album, their fifth called ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’, was released last year. You can read Carrie’s review of the long player through here. For more of TGTF’s coverage on Frightened Rabbit, come this way.

Thursday 15th March 2018 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 16th March 2018 – London Forum
Saturday 17th March 2018 – Glasgow Academy

 

Video of the Moment #2462: Will Joseph Cook

 
By on Monday, 30th October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Tunbridge Wells singer/songwriter Will Joseph Cook has a new EP out that follows his debut album ‘Sweet Dreamer’, which dropped back in the spring. Called ‘If You Want to Make Money’ (which sounds like an in-joke with musicians, am I right?), the Kent pop artist has now released a video to go with the title track. He begins by speaking to you directly, about the grand plans he originally had for this video. Turns out that some things went awry, or at least that’s what he wishes us to believe, and instead, he and a mate made this promo of clips of him on tour with plenty of Photoshopped text to fill in any gaps. Well, as I said earlier, having loads of money in this business might cause some chuckles, so going this route actually feels more genuine than anything big bucks from a major label might have been able to produce. Watch it below. Some past coverage here on TGTF on Will Joseph Cook is through here.

 

Single Review: Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

 
By on Monday, 30th October 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Art rock geeks Django Django first burst on the scene in 2012 with their self-titled album. Chock full of psychedelic, toe-tapping earworms like singles ‘Default’ and ‘Love’s Dart’, the London via Edinburgh group captured the minds and imaginations of music fans everywhere with their percussive, witty tunes. Included in that group was this editor, who was so enamoured about their sound that I thought they deserved a Bands to Watch and I risked life and limb to see them play packed, sweaty showcases at SXSW, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City of that year. LP ‘Born Under Saturn’, which followed 3 years later, wasn’t at rapturously received as its predecessor, some pundits noticing its lack of immediacy and its rough edges worn down.

Any concerns about whether Django Django had lost the plot appear to be unfounded. Earlier this month, they returned with a new track to build up excitement towards album number three, ‘Marble Skies’, due out at the start of January. ‘Tic Tac Toe’ begins with a white noise in the background that sounds like a plane taking off, or perhaps a balloon that’s being inflated by helium. How’s that for anticipation? Singer Vincent Neff’s first vocals out of the gate heavily echo, as pounding drumming usher in a melodic guitar line.

The overall effect of their hippy-dippy vibrations envelopes you, recalling the frenetic nature of exemplary earlier single ‘Hail Bop’ from their debut album. The main differences? For sure, ‘Tic Tac Toe’ is more in your face, refusing to be denied entry into the little grey cells in your head. The one thing that’s sorely lacking from the song is an opportunity for a grand sing-along: the lyrics, weighed down with reverb, have a feel good quality but are hard to follow in the milieu.

For its accompanying promo directed by John Maclean, brother of drummer David, the group decided to take an off-the-wall approach that matches their continuing ethos with their music. Take something incredibly important to the British – the milk in their tea – and send their leader off to source some. Trust me, it’s not as pedantic as it sounds. During his mission, he gets caught off guard. Just like fans like us have been by a little group named Django Django.

7.5/10

Single ‘Tic Tac Toe’ from Django Django is out now. The Scottish art rockers’ third album ‘Marble Skies’ will be out on the 26th of January 2018. All of our past coverage on the group is through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2461: Spoon

 
By on Friday, 27th October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Texas indie rock giants Spoon released their latest album, their ninth called ‘Hot Thoughts’, back in March when Carrie and I were at SXSW 2017. I had some thoughts (no pun intended) on the title track single after seeing them perform in Austin. Their latest music video for ‘Do I Have to Talk You Into It’ is a fun one, in that frontman Britt Daniel is the subject to their director Brook Linder’s whims on Photoshop. That is, Daniel’s famous form is altered, erased and reduced to a skeleton through Linder’s strokes of a mouse. Watch the new video from Spoon below. To read more of our past coverage here on TGTF on Spoon, go here.

 

Franz Ferdinand / February 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 27th October 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Franz Ferdinand have announced their return to the record shops next year. ‘Always Ascending’, their fifth studio album, will be available on the 9th of February 2018 on Domino Records. The day after its release, the Scottish rockers will begin a UK/Irish tour in Galway that will run for just over 2 weeks, concluding at Brighton Dome on the 25th of February. Tickets to the below dates will go on sale next Friday, the 3rd of November at 9 AM. While you’re waiting to pounce on those tickets, you can have a listen to the title track, embedded under the tour listings.

Saturday 10th February 2017 – Galway Leisureland
Sunday 11th February 2017 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 13th February 2017 – Manchester Albert Hall
Wednesday 14th February 2017 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 16th February 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 17th February 2017 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 19th February 2017 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 20nd February 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 21st February 2017 – Bristol Academy
Friday 23th February 2017 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 24th February 2017 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 25th February 2017 – Brighton Dome

 
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