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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #86: Orla Gartland

 
By on Friday, 27th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re now at lucky number 7 of these ahead of the big dance next month, and this morning our interviewee is the lovely Irish singer/songwriter Orla Gartland, whose self-described “wacky guitar pop” will be on show on her first American headline tour scheduled around her Austin appearances. She just released her EP ‘Lonely People’ in January and sold out nearly all of her UK tour in February, so I imagine she’s raring to go with playing live in the States. Read on to find out what about SXSW she’s most excited about, which fellow Dublin act has a song that makes her cry every time (hint: they’re friends of TGTF) and much more.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’ve heard gooood things about the food, so probably stuffing my face, playing my own set with my band and then going to see tons and tons of other shows!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Absolutely! Laura Marling has always been a QUEEN for me, she’s one of the first people who inspired me to pick up a guitar so I’m buzzing to see her play. I’ll also be going to see SOAK, Marina and the Diamonds, The People the Poet, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Shura and Jack Garratt!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Sun lotion, LOL. Seriously though, my skin’s so pale it’s borderline transparent – I’m gonna need to BATHE in that stuff and hit some some seriously shaded spots whilst there. I’ll also be bringing along my tiny Casio keyboard which is a must-have for long journeys jam sessions.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
YAY! I’ll take you up on that (even though I keep forgetting I’m not old enough to drink over in the US yet, LOL). I’m a cider girl at heart but I’m partial to a good G & T, too. I’m also a fan of horrendously fruity flowery sugary cocktails.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard there’s an absolute EXPLOSION of music in Austin throughout the festival, which apparently makes the whole place come alive; it sounds like a total dream. I’m excited because my lovely band are flying over to play with me, and it’s out first ever show in the States together which is awesome. And scared? Naw. I think I’m too excited to be scared!

And now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters was always on in our house. I still love it, what a tune!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Apparently as a young’un I would always scream in the car for someone to put on a Fleetwood Mac song, which is pretty funny because years later I rediscovered Fleetwood and completely fell in love with them again. I was (and still am) a huge fan of their song ‘The Chain’.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Tribute’ by Tenacious D, of course.

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What song makes you cry?
‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. “If you loved me, why’d ya leave me” – AH. MY HEART.

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.)
‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds. He sings the song just completely and utterly in awe of the person he’s in love with, it’s awesome.

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.)
It’s pretty comical but anytime I’m in any kind of confrontational situation ‘Final Countdown’ plays on loop in my head – it makes it pretty hard to keep a straight face.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chandelier’ by Sia is amazing, so maybe that – it has one of my favourite pop choruses ever!

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
It’s forever changing but my favourite songwriter at the moment is Regina Spektor. Her approach to lyrics is so charming – they’re the perfect blend of literal and metaphorical!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d love to be a graphic designer, it’s still what I’d study at uni if I ever go! I’m forever doodling and geeking out over fonts and layouts, so I’d love to be designing posters and logos.

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.)
THIS IS SO HARD, GAH. I’ll have to go with ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell. I’d happily drown in her voice whilst I drift around on clouds or whatever goes on up there.

Cheers Orla for answering our questions and thank you also to Zoe for making this happen.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #85: Logan Kroeber of The Dodos

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re at installment number six, and this time we’re quizzing drummer Logan Kroeber of San Francisco alt rockers the Dodos, who released their sixth album ‘Individ’ in January. Carrie also caught them live in Tucson last week. The duo are relative veterans to the indie scene, so it makes sense that Kroeber has sound advice for those coming to Austin for the first time, and he also appears to have a thing about Swiss musician and producer DJ Bobo

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I just found out there are some old friends living there, so catching up with them and eating some good food. If it’s hot going swimming too!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
There’s too many to choose from. I just hope I get to see some good rap and I’ll probably spend some time at the Thrasher Death Match.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ve got nothing weird in my bag except more clothes than most, because doing laundry on tour can be a nightmare and I wanna keep it to a minimum.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A cold beer or a Hennessy on the rocks if you’re feeling really generous.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be nice to the locals and be prepared to suffer. Drink water.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played on a plastic recorder. The California Raisins.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘We Close Our Eyes’ by Oingo Boingo.

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What song makes you laugh?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

What song makes you cry?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

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.)
Rose Royce, ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’.

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.)
DJ Bobo, ‘Circus’. [I’ve never heard of this DJ Bobo character, and now I’m curious… -Ed.]

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R. Kelly.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Devin the Dude.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Subsistence fisherman.

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.)
Slayer, ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, because I bet he’s curious how the other half lives.

Thank you Logan for your answers and Brendan for sorting this out for us!

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #342: Amason

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Just last week, it was revealed Scarlett Johansson has launched a supergroup. Oh, the horror. Here at TGTF, we’re more interested in supergroups that have actual musical merit. The Dead Weather, Divine Fits, bands of that ilk. The latest supergroup to appear on our radar this time is from Sweden. No-one is quite sure how Miike Snow alum Pontus Winnberg came up with the name one day – Amason happens to also be the name of a highly popular ‘60s-era make of Volvo – but it’s now the name of one of the most promising music collectives to come out of Scandinivia in recent memory.

The band comprises Winnberg (piano), his brother Petter (bass / vocals), Petter’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator Nils Tornqvist (drums), Gustav Ejstes of rock band Dungen (organ / guitar / vocals) and Idiot Wind singer/songwriter Amanda Bergman (synths / vocals). As one would expect with musicians who love their craft, the sum of the five musicians’ disparate influences and experiences is greater than its parts, strongly indicative of the strength of the Scandinavian music community, happy to share their talents and souls in the pursuit of creating amazing music.

Not only did the quintet gel the first time they booked time together in the studio, live they also made a massive impression on industry bods at CMJ 2014, with NPR’s Bob Boilen noting them one of his top 10 discoveries from the annual emerging music event last year in New York City. Unsurprisingly, the band’s debut album ‘Sky City’ released at the end of January was granted a First Listen feature on NPR. Translation: they have a good chance of making it very big here in the States, and they will no doubt have good, if not claustrophobic crowds going to see them at SXSW 2015 next month.

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The first two singles Amason released, in 2014, both appear at the beginning of ‘Sky City’. Opening track ‘Älgen’ has an irresistible driving rhythm that should be amazing to watch performed live with its layered synths and effects; they’re situated well during the current era of the anthemic synth-driven band as it shows no sign of waning. This is swiftly followed by ‘Duvan’ (“The Dove”), with arresting vocals from Bergman compared favourably by some reviewers to the smokiest from early Stevie Nicks, while the backing instrumentation envelopes you with its smooth, lounge-y feel perfect for the nighttime. Which is when I imagine Amason will shine the brightest in Austin: under the cover of darkness, where they can surprise and wow punters looking for something different to hit the spot.

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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #84: Jessi Williams of The Lonely Wild

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. Our fifth interviewee is Jessi Williams of Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Lonely Wild, who I introduced you all to in this Bands to Watch feature in January. The poor girl is above board about her motion sickness and has some excellent tips for bands making their virgin voyage to SXSW this year. Have a read…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
PLAYING!!! We have been so busy in the studio and gearing up to release the album, it feels like we haven’t played in forever!! I’m about to explode (ya’ll may want to stay a few steps back from the stage). [Duly noted. We’ll bring ponchos… – Ed.]

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I hope to get to see some shows, but I haven’t even begun to figure out which ones. We’ve hit the party at Willie Nelson’s ranch the last two years and always have an amazing time there. I’m also planning on swinging by the Laguintas party. They’ve been awesome supporters and we LOVE their beer.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
It’s SUPER rock’n’roll…. I get terrible motion sickness. I travel with every kind of ginger candy/food, motion sickness pill, sea bands and any remedy that I can find. (Suggestions welcome). I am really grateful that we don’t travel by boat. [I always keep mints in my purse. Oh, and carry my mp3 player everywhere so I can queue up a favourite song if needed – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m a whiskey gal. I’d love a Buffalo Trace or a Belle Meade. Thank you :)

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be realistic and manage your expectations. The first year can be loads of fun. Just be sure to give yourself enough time between shows to get where you need to go. Realize it’s going to be hard to park and most roads will be closed, so booking 5 shows in a day is probably a bad idea. Also, there are A LOT of shows going on… don’t be super disappointed if you have some that aren’t well attended. Give it everything you’ve got every time though. You never know who is watching. We’ve made lots of great contacts at SXSW.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘My Boy’ by Neil Young. ‘Old Ways’ was released when I was 3. My parents must have just played it over and over. I remember riding in my dad’s GTO on the backroads of southern Indiana listening to this song.

What was your favourite song as a child?
When I was 6-7, I was completely obsessed with ‘Touch of Grey’ by the Grateful Dead. I loved watching the video (on MTV- imagine that!!) I just thought it was so clever when they turned into skeletons and the dog stole his leg. My mom bought me the cassette tape, which I still have actually.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Wooden Ships’ by Crosby, Stills and Nash. The lyrics: “‘Say, can I have some of your purple berries?’ ‘Yes, I’ve been eating them for 6 or 7 weeks now, haven’t got sick once. Probably keep us both alive’”: WTH? Haha. AND Bob Dylan, ‘Bear Mountain Picnic’…. “cops a-comin’, me a-runnin”.

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What song makes you cry?
‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, Every- Damn- Time. I used it to work up the tears I had to shed in our “Holiday” video released this past December. “What A Wonderful World” and “Imagine” are on that list too.

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.)
The Beatles, ‘I Saw her Standing There’. I was just 17 (get it?) and he was a college boy. We’d go stargazing in the corn field (that’s all I swear!) . We’d crank the Beatles, Beach Boys, Doors, Zombies…lots of British Invasion and Laurel Canyon folk stuff. That song in particular brings me back. It also sort of captures the whimsy and simplicity of being in love in high school.

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.)
Pearl Jam, ‘Spin the Black Circle’. ‘Vitalogy’ in general is just a GREAT album when you’re kind of ticked off and just want to let some aggression out.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chasing White Light’ by The Lonely Wild. haha, but seriously, I think, lyrically, this is the best that Andrew (Carroll) has written to date and I’m so super jealous. Musically, too, it makes me feel all of the feelings.

If that sounds too self-promote-y, which I assure you is not my intention, I’d go with something by Neil Young, who is BY FAR my favorite songwriter. Maybe ‘Expecting to Fly’ or ‘Thrasher’ or ‘Powderfinger’ or ‘Mr. Soul’. I can’t possibly pick!!

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
That’s so tough!!! I read most of his stuff years and years ago, but I will always adore Kurt Vonnegut.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would have to be professionally sad. I kid.

I’d need to feel creative in some way and not stuck behind a desk. Woodworking or gardening maybe… So a landscaper?

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.)
What the hell kind of Heaven is that?! That God is a dick.

‘Dark Side of the Moon’. I’ve listened to a 1000 times or more since I was born and I’m still not sick of it, so I guess I could listen to it for, er, eternity.

Many thanks Jessi for answering these questions for us here at TGTF!

 

Album Review: Taylor Locke – Time Stands Still

 
By on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Taylor Locke Time Stands Still coverLos Angeles native and former Rooney lead guitarist Taylor Locke’s first solo album ‘Time Stands Still’ finds Locke somewhat at odds with his newly-appointed singer/songwriter status. After spending 10 years with Rooney and two more with his side project Taylor Locke and the Roughs, he is a bit uncomfortable working outside the context of a band, as he explains in the press release for ‘Time Stands Still’: “I think the term ‘singer/songwriter’ sadly evokes a white guy in a coffee shop strumming a fucking G-chord all day. I think this record sounds more like a band record…the band just takes occasional smoke breaks.”

True to Locke’s description, the album alternates between sparsely arranged acoustic ballads and the West Coast guitar rock sound of acts like Jackson Browne or Dawes. In fact, as I listened to ‘Time Stands Still’, I was strongly reminded of Dawes, particularly by the similarity between Locke’s singing voice and that of Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. While not one of my favorite bands, Dawes do have their moments of brilliance, and so it is with Taylor Locke as well.

One of those brilliant moments is the opening track to ‘Time Stands Still’, ‘Burbank Woman’. It’s another one in a long and timeworn list of songs about the contradictions of the feminine mystique, but its lyrics manage to sidestep the usual clichés, as in the chorus: “she knew something that she didn’t say / deep in her heart there was a valley and no freeway to get there / never mind the miles of my persistence / she was gonna keep me at a distance”.

Unfortunately, those clichés catch up with Locke before the album progresses much further. Second track ‘The Game’ is an extended gambling metaphor, using stale poker jargon to describe a turbulent romance. Trite lyrics also plague the album’s first single ‘Running Away From Love’, whose bland musical arrangement and backing vocals would make qualify it as perfect material for the muzak in a department store.

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But just when it seems like the album has taken a nosedive into the banal, Locke comes charging back with a groovy mix of guitar and synths behind the catchy chorus to ‘So Long’. Even better is the current single ‘Call Me Kuchu’, where Locke finds a rougher vocal tone to match the crunchy guitars and gritty lyrics. The call and response between voices in the chorus creates a haunting echo that lingers long after the song is over.

The second half of the album leans more heavily on Locke’s singer/songwriter abilities, and the lyrics to title track ‘Time Stands Still’ undoubtedly refer to his new venture: “it’s late in the game for fanning the flame / the wind is gonna blow out anyway / walk off the stage, turn a new page / call it what you will, time stands still”. Those words became even more meaningful recently, with the passing of the track’s co-writer Kim Fowley. Locke describes Fowley as the “Rock ‘n Roll Grandpa” who talked him into making a solo album in the first place: “The song reveals his sensitive, introspective side, that I count myself among the lucky few to have known.” With that possibly in mind, Locke allows his unadorned vocal line to take center stage over the vaguely gospel harmonies in the keyboards, which are delicately decorated by acoustic guitar and ringing percussion.

Taking a slightly different direction, ‘The Art of Moving On’ is once again purely in the singer/songwriter vein, but its cynical lyrics are contradicted by the forward momentum of the acoustic guitar melody. The finger-picked acoustic guitar rhythms and minor key harmonies in final track ‘No Dice’ are surprisingly reminiscent of Spanish art song, ending the album on a pleasantly unexpected note of newly piqued interest.

Ultimately, the singer/songwriter tracks on ‘Time Stands Still’ suffer slightly from Locke’s vocal delivery, which unfortunately isn’t one of the album’s strongest features. His singing works best in the bolder electric guitar arrangements, where the instrumental colour can take precedence over the vocals. Still, for an initial foray into solo performing, Taylor Locke has made a solid effort here, and one worth building upon.

6.5/10

Taylor Locke’s solo debut album ‘Time Stands Still’ is out now on Lojinx Records. Click here for a free download of its title track.

 

Single Review: Hooton Tennis Club – Jasper

 
By on Monday, 23rd February 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

When we talk about surf pop, the mind often wonders to the heroes of the genre – The Beach Boys, Eddie and the Showmen and The Astronauts. Now in the 21st century, you turn to bespectacled teenagers looking awkward by the sea like Wavves, Best Coast and of course those kings of melancholy and tight jeans The Drums. Well, we’ve got a new addition to that triage, in the shape of Hooton Tennis Club, who come from that surfing capital of the world, Liverpool… Yeah. Not so much, unless you like bobbing around the algae off the back of the tour boats whilst trying not to catch E. coli or Ebola.

Their new single ‘Jasper’ was recorded at fellow Liverpudlian Bill Ryder-Jones’ mother’s house. So you’ve already got the image of an incredibly low budget recording effort, which makes for a very laid-back tune. That’s what ‘Jasper’ is, in a nutshell. It’s not brash, brazen or the band trying to be anything they’re not. There’s something distinctly languid and almost quintessentially English to the melancholic tones of Hooton Tennis Club. The single is a delightful slice of off-colour pop music. It’s Khal, Haz, J. Dean and Uncle Ry’s debut single and marks the band as one of the up-and-coming indie starlets for 2015. They’re not in the Royal Blood mould, but I can’t see the populist Radio 1-friendly rock market not getting on board with the four-piece.

What I can see though is the soundtrack to stoner sessions in basements in Soho, or chill-out vibes on a patio in Brighton as eight Bird’s Eye own brand burgers sizzle on the barbecue. The band have taken a leaf out of Teenage Fanclub’s books in their songwriting, to good effect. Now it remains to be seen whether after Jasper, whether Hooton Tennis Club can go and discover their own verve and sound…

8/10

Hooton Tennis Club’s debut single ‘Jasper’ is out today on Heavenly Records.

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