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London-based soul singer JONES has unveiled the video for her new single ‘Melt’, along with a list of October headline tour dates in the UK. ‘Melt’ is taken from Jones’ upcoming debut album ‘New Skin’, which is due for release on the 7th of October via 37 Adventures. Its accompanying video, directed by Davis Silas, is available for viewing just below the tour date listing.
She is currently on tour in North America, supporting electro-soul duo Honne through mid-August. Tickets for her October headline dates are available now. Our preview coverage of JONES from this year’s Live at Leeds is right back this way.
Wednesday 12th October 2016 – Glasgow St Luke’s
Thursday 13th October 2016 – Leeds Headrow House
Friday 14th October 2016 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Saturday 15th October 2016 – Bristol Small Horse
Tuesday 18th October 2016 – London Oslo
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 at 6:00 pm
Oklahoman band BRONCHO released their third album out earlier this summer. ‘Double Vanity’, out now on Dine Alone Records, was reviewed by our Adam back then, and you can read his thoughts on the long player back here. In his review, Adam noted “[t]he rhythm-orientated vocal hook” of album standout ‘Speed Demon’. The scuzzy sound of the tune is reflected in the visuals of the accompanying promo video for ‘Speed Demon’, which you can watch below.
BRONCHO have previously announced a return to the UK for a series of live dates in September and October. Stay tuned for an interview with frontman and band leader Ryan Lindsay here on TGTF in a few weeks’ time. In the meantime, for more of TGTF’s coverage on the group, follow this link.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 at 4:00 pm
Hey man! Heyrocco is an American trio from South Carolina who might sound familiar to you, especially if you’re a regular reader of our live reviews here. I saw them last year, supporting Philadelphia’s Cold Fronts. They were quite memorable. I mean, how can you forget a band whose frontman is dressed up in a hot dog suit?
The band have an EP out now, ‘Waiting for Cool’, described on the press release as “a collection of 6 Weezer-when-they’re-on-form like alt-rock numbers”. Piqued your interest yet? ‘Yeah’ is a track from the new EP, and the trio – simply known as Nate, Cool and Taco – have recorded video of them performing the track, filmed at a popular neighbourhood haunt in downtown Charleston called The Royal American. Also included below is a live recording from ‘It’s Always Something New’ from the same live session. Enjoy both below. The ‘Waiting for Cool’ EP from Heyrocco is out now from Vital Music Group in the UK and Europe and Dine Alone Records in the rest of the world.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 at 12:00 pm
Hailing from the Greater Manchester town of Stockport, Blossoms appear poised to be the next North West musical success story. At Austin in March of last year, they opened the BBC Introducing night at SXSW 2015, garnering much attention for the curious Americans eager to hear the next big thing from across the pond. They followed that up with a rousing appearance at Dr. Martens’ stage at the Green Door Store at the Great Escape 2015. A few short months later, it was revealed the five-piece had inked a deal with Virgin EMI. Which brings us to their debut album that will be released to the wild this very Friday. Does ‘Blossoms’ deliver on the promise of their earlier singles and EPs? The first time I listened to the album from beginning to end, I was both overjoyed and pleasantly surprised.
It’s entirely reasonable to expect following a band’s signing to a major label (in this case, Virgin EMI) that the rough edges of their music would be sanded down considerably from how you remember they sounded. And yes, ‘Blossoms’ sounds very good, just as you would imagine for an album recorded at Liverpool’s famed Parr Street Studios and produced by Parr Street’s resident engineer Rich Turvey and the Coral’s James Skelly. However, on a pop album much more so than a rock one, the polishing up of Blossoms’ sound is overwhelmingly a positive rather than a negative. ‘Blown Rose’ went down a treat at SXSW last year, and it’s now been retooled into something brighter and breezier.
The catchiness of their songcraft is maintained throughout the record, which can only be a good thing. The album is front-loaded with a four-pack of songs guaranteed to wow. The sequence starts off like a shot with past single ‘Charlemagne’. It’s named after a Holy Roman Emperor, but Ogden seems to be detailing the pain of lost love, accompanied by squeals of lead guitarist Josh Dewhurst’s axe. It’s swiftly followed by another previously released track, ‘At Most a Kiss’. It’s another synth-laden, driving rhythm framing a tale of unrequited love that feels at times seems so close but in reality is so far away.
‘Getaway’ was unveiled in May at the same time as news of the forthcoming debut album broke. What relationships have morphed into over the years has certainly changed with the times, and this is the millennial take on what ‘80s kids had with Phil Collins’ ‘One More Night’ and us ‘90s kids did the same with Eagle Eye Cherry’s ‘Save Tonight’. Ogden sings in the chorus, “I’m over you, get under me”, as if this night together doesn’t matter. But we know better. ‘Honey Sweet’, revealed in a stripped-back version for VEVO UK last week, sounds straight out of the ‘80s thanks to Myles Kellock’s sparkling synths. Ogden’s yearnings ring optimistic despite things not being entirely perfect: “there’s no doubt / you still love me / you’d still love this incomplete”.
The introduction of a few ballads from a Northern group – a group who had made their name early on with psychedelia-tinged melodic sing-alongs like ‘Cut Me and I’ll Bleed’ and ‘Blow’, I wish to point out – shouldn’t work. And yet they do. A song title like ‘Onto Her Bed’ sounds pretty salacious, but it’s a simple torch song, Ogden’s voice joined by a jazzy piano. It seems out of place with the characters I met at SXSW but hey, I’m sure the same thing was said at the time about the Beatles’ ‘And I Love Her’.
On the sheer novelty side of the spectrum, ‘Smashed Pianos’ and ‘Deep Grass’ stand out as valiant Northern attempts at r&b. Charlie Salt’s funky bass line anchors the former, Blossoms’ version of Katy Perry’s ‘Hot and Cold’. The organ chords and syncopation of the beats of album closer ‘Deep Grass’ match well with Ogden’s oozy, woozy vocals. Fuzzed out guitar concludes the album, as if to say that the band’s psychedelic roots still exist.
While this debut places Blossoms firmly in the indie pop camp, this is just one snapshot in time. Turning your attention away from the pop vocals and synths for a moment, the promising guitar and bass work here suggest there’s plenty of room for these Northerners to grow on their next album.
The eponymous debut album from Stockport psych pop group Blossoms will be released this Friday, the 5th of August, on Virgin EMI. For more of TGTF’s coverage of Blossoms, follow this link.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 at 9:00 am
Australian quartet The Temper Trap have announced UK dates as part of a larger European tour, set to take place this winter. The band are heading to the Continent, followed by Britain, in support of their third album ‘Thick as Thieves’, which was released back in June. (You can read my review of the record here.) It’s available now from Infectious Records in the UK and Glassnote Records in America. Tickets to the below tour dates go on sale this Friday, the 5th of August, at 10 AM. To read more on the Temper Trap on TGTF, go here.
Sunday 18th December 2016 – Glasgow Garage
Monday 19th December 2016 – Manchester Academy 2
Tuesday 20th December 2016 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 21st December 2016 – Birmingham Institute 2
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 at 8:00 am
Liverpool area psychedelic legends The Coral have announced a new UK tour for this December. This winter tour will allow them to get back out on the road and further support ‘Distance Inbetween’, their new album released back in March. It was their eighth album overall and their first new album after a 5-year hiatus. ‘Million Eyes’, their next single, will impact on the 9th of September; it’s available to stream and download now. Presale tickets go on sale today at 10 AM; the general sale commences Friday, the 5th of August, at 10 AM.
Thursday 8th December 2016 – Leeds Academy
Friday 9th December 2016 – Glasgow Academy
Saturday 10th December 2016 – Liverpool Olympia
Monday 12th December 2016 – Coventry Kasbah
Tuesday 13th December 2016 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 15th December 2016 – Bristol Academy
Friday 16th December 2016 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 17th December 2016 – Manchester Academy
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