By Mary Chang
on Friday, 5th February 2016 at 4:00 pm
Bloc Party released their latest album ‘Hymns’ – their first in 4 years since 2012’s ‘Four’ – exactly a week ago. (Read Steven’s review of the LP back here.) As they say, sharing is caring, and Bloc Party – now original members frontman Kele Okereke and co-guitarist Russell Lissack, plus Justin Harris on bass and keys and Louise Bartle on drums – have now shared a live gig video of ‘Exes’, taken from the new album effort, filmed in London. Watch it below.
The band will be making two major event appearances this month and next. They’ll be playing the 6 Music Festival in Bristol Sunday night the 14th of February at Academy, as well appearing in America at SXSW 2016 in March in Austin. Oh, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the NME Awards tour they’re currently headlining through next Friday, the 12th of February at Birmingham Academy. Phew! For more on Bloc Party on TGTF, head this way.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th February 2016 at 4:00 pm
So the new video from Minnesotan band Low doesn’t follow our more conventional live gig videos, but I’m going to bend the rules today for them. This video was filmed in Glasgow, and this is what the directors Jim Burns and Beth Chalmers had to say about it:
Inspired by the hypnotic reflections of the River Clyde on the archways beneath Glasgow’s city bridges, this film draws parallels between the power of a single beam of sunlight and the deeply affecting personal experience one feels during Low’s live performance. Despite being part of a crowd, Low’s music invokes within you a profound and unique individual perspective.
This promo has shots of the band performing the song with artsy lighting shots overlaid on top of them. While this has the effect of giving the video a ghostly pallour, when the shots of the band come back into focus, there’s an instant connection. Watch the video below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 at 4:00 pm
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats released their self-titled debut album last summer (Carrie reviewed it here and it’s already garnering the Denver-based musician and his band a lot of attention. Most recently, Britney Spears herself last week posted some video onto her Instagram of the salacious dancing she did in nothing but her underwear to ‘Son of a Bitch’, which sparked this hilarious parody from Rateliff himself. Now we’ve got live videos from the group, so if you’re having a hohum first week of February like we are, you’ll enjoy this.
Last month, the band played a show at the El Rey in Los Angeles. That’s where these performances of ‘I Need Never Get Old’ and the aforementioned ‘S.O.B.’ were filmed. Watch them below. For all of TGTF’s coverage of Nathaniel Rateliff as a solo artist as well as with his band the Night Sweats, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 1st February 2016 at 4:00 pm
Blaenavon are a trio that hail from Liphook, East Hampshire. To be perfectly frank, I don’t know a whole lot about them. I *do* know that the indie group are one of 14 acts to have received PRS funding for their maiden voyage out to Austin next month for SXSW 2016, which is a great vote of confidence in both their musical talent and potential. The masses have also spoken: a gig this coming Thursday, the 4th of February, at London Lexington is already sold out.
On the aesthetic side of things, Blaenavon have received attention from posh fashion house Burberry: their lead singer Ben Gregory has been chosen as the face for Burberry’s spring/summer 2016 campaign. With that, the band were recently filmed by the company performing at a Christmas show at Manchester Albert Hall last month. In the below video, they’re seen performing ‘Dragon’ from their recent ‘Miss World’ EP. Have and watch and listen and let us know what you think of this up-and-coming English group.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 28th January 2016 at 4:00 pm
Just a few days ago, the Washington, DC, headquarters of National Public Radio (that’s NPR to you, most likely) released a live session video starring Wolf Alice. They were taking part in what has become a long and storied tradition of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. In this video, they play their tracks ‘Fluffy’, ‘Turn to Dust’ and ‘Bros’. All three numbers figure prominently on the band’s debut album released last summer on Dirty Hit Records, ‘My Love is Cool’.
Want more on Wolf Alice on TGTF? Right this way.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 20th January 2016 at 4:00 pm
Following on from the incredible reception his last album, 2013’s ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ garnered, Gary Numan is gearing up to work on his next album. But he needs your help to do it: he’s started a PledgeMusic campaign for it. The idea was not so much to finance it – within 24 hours of the project going live, its financial target was reached, and as of this writing, it’s already made over 200% of the original target – but as you will read below, it’s Numan’s desire to let the fans in on the incredible journey to the finished album product:
“Making an album is often a long and tortuous process. As a fan you usually just get the finished product, an album slickly packaged, professional and shrink wrapped for your pleasure. But you miss entirely the journey it took to get that finished product to you. I would like to change that. With my new album, the 21st album of my career, I would like to involve you from the very beginning. I want you to be a witness to the entire process, from the very first note played, through every up and down as the days unfold, as each song comes together, as each lyric takes shape and as the first glimmer of art design comes into my head. Some days will be good, ideas will flow easily and I will be happy and excited. Other days will be awful, and I will be miserable and fighting yet another fight in a life long battle with confidence, or the lack of it. But this is the process. As a songwriter, as an artist, you struggle with a wide range of demons. I’ve said often that making an album is like climbing a mountain. It’s a huge task, a huge challenge, like an emotional roller-coaster, and it is not easy. If anything, they get ever harder to make, but they are always exciting.
More than just wanting you to be involved though, to be a regular viewer to my progress on the album, I want to maintain my independence in the music business. I do not wish to sign conventional, industry standard deals and tread the well worn route that has been the norm for musicians for decades. This campaign will also allow me to do that, to be truly independent.
With this new album I have deliberately held off of writing anything until this campaign is in place. I will start to write it the day the campaign is launched and I have eleven months to get it completely finished as the release date I’ve set for it is mid-October, 2016. Three years exactly since ‘Splinter’ was released. I have no idea how I want it to sound, or who will work on it with me, if anyone. It doesn’t even have a working title as yet. It’s as blank a canvas as I’ve ever had and everything that happens will happen with you as part of it.
I will record regular updates, some audio, some video. You will hear snippets of songs as they progress from first note to finished versions. You will hear me explain how I write and I will guide you through my entire process from beginning to end. When you pre-order the album, not only will you receive the new music and exclusive items when the album is ready, you’ll also have intimate access to the making of it from beginning to end. Hopefully, when the shrink wrapped album is eventually in your hands, you will feel a closer connection to it than any other album I’ve ever made. That’s my hope.
For me this is an incredibly exciting project, one that I hope you will join in with me.”
Watch a video below of the man doing some creating off the cuff in his studio on a pretty nice collection of synthesisers. It’s a teaser of the kind of intimate, up close and personal updates you’ll get if you pledge your backing for Numan’s new album, which is due to be out in October 2016.