London-based Ghostpoet has just announced a new single from his recent album ‘Shedding Skin’. Titled ‘X Marks the Spot’, the new song features vocals from Nadine Shah, and the accompanying video is the result of an Open Shoot collaboration between Ghostpoet and men’s fashion company Topman in which participants were invited via social media to contribute photographs, videos or sketches to the project.
If you’re intrigued by ‘X Marks the Spot’, you can hear the project collaborators discussing the project further in the additional video beneath. For past coverage on Ghostpoet, go here.
Header photo by Laura Thigpen
Indie-electro pop quartet Reptar have just released the video for their new track ‘Cable’ ahead of their upcoming appearances at SXSW 2015 and the release of their second album ‘Lurid Glow’ on the 31st of March.
For those unfamiliar with Reptar, the Athens, Georgia band describe themselves as “a conglomerate of musicians devoted to pulling from our brains as many fucked up pop songs as possible before we die. We are interested in writing pop/love songs for future purveyors of new feelings and for those not interested in the tired hetero-normative pop music that inundates the airwaves.” Watch the video below.
Header photo by Cara Robbins
Jacob Dillan Summers, better known by his nom de musique Avid Dancer, is set to release his debut album ‘1st Bath’ on the 14th of April via record label Grand Jury. Ahead of the album release, he has unveiled a video for the hauntingly melodic track ‘All Your Words Are Gone’.
Summers and his band will play songs from ‘1st Bath’ at SXSW 2015 next week, including a show at the inaugural FLOODfest on Cedar Street tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday the 18th of March. Following their stop in Austin, Avid Dancer will tour America as support for fellow SXSW 2015 band Delta Spirit.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 17th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
It’s here, it’s here! The music portion of SXSW 2015 starts today! 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. This will likely be the fifteenth and last one of the these this year and that’s okay, because we’re ending the campaign on a high note.
Sometimes you just get a good feeling about someone, even before you met them. And that’s exactly how I feel about Demi Louise after talking to her on social media and now even more so, now that I learn that there’s only one degree of friend separation between us now! Have a read about the surprising degree she has and why we’ll be likely be ringing her to make us some healthy snacks this week. If her name sounds familiar, she has showcased previously at last year’s Liverpool Sound City.
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
To be honest whenever I travel I tend to stay away from the mega touristy things. A lot of the time I just wander around and try and spend time there as though I live there. Walk into places that seem energetic and walk down streets and just get lost (as long as I have my phone, hahah) I think that’s why I like Uber so much. I can just call it when I’m done and I don’t need to know where I am haha.
But obviously music is the reason im going to SXSW and for me just the lineup of people I’m involved with is phenomenal so I can’t wait to just explore.
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?
Oh yess I do. One of my good friends Josh Savage is playing and I can’t wait to catch up with him. Orla Gartland is also playing and can’t wait to see her.
J.P. Cooper has been one of my favorite acts for probably the past year since I discovered him online and I haven’t yet seen him live so that will just be lush.
Laura Marling (for obvious reasons that she’s amazing).
Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Haha uhmmm, I always take a powerboard with me so that I only need to buy one travel plug converter.
and I take my George Foreman Mix and Go because its hard to find healthy food quickly, so I can just buy loads of fruit when I get there and make smoothies for breakfast everyday before running to the conference (is that weird?) [No, you’re just extremely healthy! I hope you’re not veggie because you’re going to be seeing BBQ everywhere in Austin… – 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?
Merlot. It kind of makes me seem sophisticated but I don’t care haha.
What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I have heard that you should not go into it with any expectations EXCEPT that it will probably be the most insane and busy week of your life, haha, I’m so, so excited, this is my 6th music conference in the past year and I’ve also been told to not expect it to be anything like the others haha. So I guess that is a little scary and there’s always anxiety in a new place that you wont get to a show on time but I try and run 2 hours early to most things so then I can just exhale and relax haha, so I’m not too worried.
Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…
What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Boom Boom’ by the Outhere Brothers, and ‘Song 2’ by Blur.
What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Boom Boom’ by the Outhere Brothers, haha, I used to sing it for HOURS and make up snazzy dance routines. We have me on video doing it over.. and over.. and over.. again. I was all of 3 years old.
What song makes you laugh?
There’s a song by John Williamson called ‘Big Bad Bush Ranger’ ‘and for some reason I can never sing it without laughing. We travelled around Australia and lived in a caravan when I was younger and that was one of our roadtrip songs and it always made me laugh for some reason.
What song makes you cry?
I cry when I sing ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline sometimes. ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay. And ‘The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore’ by James Morrison was my crying song when I was younger, it’s such a fist-clenching belter. Haha.
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.)
‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’ – Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill. That was my first love and is my lay in bed all day song. The Colbie Caillat version is good as well.
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.)
‘Ordinary People’ by John Legend – haha I hate that it makes me angry because I actually love the song. But an ex used to sing it to me all the time, especially the first verse, and he actually sounded really good haha and now it just annoys me.
Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Bob Dylan. I love every cover of the song and I think its just a timeless sentiment and will be a song that never fades. Geez I wish I wrote it. Haha.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I can’t narrow it down to one. My favorite writers are from a few different eras, but I love Oscar Wilde as a writer, I love Bob Dylan, but then I love modern people like Eminem for his story telling, and people like Ed Sheeran for his relaxed relatable writing style. I love Tom Odell too as a songwriter.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I actually have a degree in Clinical Exercise Science that I finished in 2013, so I can go on to become an exercise physiologist – so I would say something in that area, haha. I love nutrition and health science. [The smoothies make sense now! – Ed.] If I was dedicated enough to study I would love to be a surgeon or a doctor. Or a wedding planner. Haha.
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.)
I’m really bad at this one answer thing, haha. Maybe The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack? That movie had amazing music in it. Such a great balance of dance and soft and everything in between. And some of my favourite songs, haha.
Many thanks to the lovely Demi for answering our questions!
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 17th March 2015 at 10:00 am
South Wales band The People The Poet will be making their Austin live debut tonight as the opening band at Music Wales’ showcase at 8 PM at Latitude 30, the British Music Embassy’s home at SXSW 2015. To celebrate the momentous occasion, why not treat yourself to a free download to the band’s acoustic cover of fellow Welshmen and current indie rock darlings of the moment Catfish and the Bottlemen‘s ‘Hourglass’? Listen to the track and grab it for your very own below. (Incidentally, Catfish and the Bottlemen are also on tonight at 12 AM at the same venue, and it’s so nice when everything comes round full circle, isn’t it?)
My SXSW preview / Bands to Watch on the band is right this way, with their frontman Leon answering the SXSW 2015 flavoured Quickfire Questions here.
Header photo by Eve North
SXSW 2015 showcasing artists Meltybrains? (profiled as part of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015’s roundup of Irish and Northern Irish artists playing in Austin this week) have just released a new video for their track ‘Donegal’, which is—coincidentally?—available for purchase on limited edition 12” white vinyl as well as digital download.
We at TGTF look forward to catching Meltybrains? next week in Austin including their appearances at the Music from Ireland showcase Wednesday night the 18th of March at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room and the full Irish breakfast at B.D. Riley’s Irish pub on Friday the 20th of March; stay tuned for further coverage.