Eliza and the Bear are set to embark on a lengthy UK tour starting in just over a month, in support of their recent EP ‘Light It Up’. You can find the video for the upbeat EP track ‘It Gets Cold’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Check out TGTF’s earlier coverage of Eliza and the Bear here.
Friday 19th September 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Wednesday 24th September 2014 – Cardiff Clwb lfor Bach
Thursday 25th September 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Friday 26th September 2014 – Bedford Esquires
Monday 29th September 2014 – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 30th September 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 2nd October 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 3rd October 2014 – Stoke-On-Trent Sugarmill
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Monday 6th October 2014 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 10th October 2014 – Dundee Buskers
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Leeds Cockpit 2
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Leicester Scholars Bar
Thursday 16th October 2014 – London Islington Academy
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 17th August 2014 at 10:00 am
Woman’s Hour‘s debut album ‘Conversations’ is out now on Secretly Canadian. Here is the video for ‘In Stillness We Remain’, their forthcoming single to drop on the 22nd of September. The promo for the single is special, in that it was directed by singer Fiona Burgess at Queen Katherine School, where she and two of her bandmates attended as children. The young dancers in the video are current students, tasked with creating dance routines of their own devising. I’ll leave it to Burgess to describe it further.
Making this film was a wonderful nostalgia trip; walking along our old school corridors, encountering some of our teachers from back in the day, recalling how self-conscious we all felt about ourselves and the world. By focusing on a real group of teenage friends, the dancers in this film manage to capture all the awkwardness of growing up, but they also reflect what young people pick up from mainstream pop culture and try to emulate. Their movements are clumsy and idiosyncratic, but it’s these imperfections that I love.
By Mary Chang on Saturday, 16th August 2014 at 10:00 am
Enigmatic singer/songwriter Tom the Lion has released the promo video for ‘Silent Partner’ off his debut album ‘Sleep’, out now on Wrasse Records. In it, the title of the tune is taken literally, as a woman signs her way through the lyrics. Watch the promo and its hand interpretations below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 15th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams joins forces with an unlikely ally in his new video for ‘Gimme Something Good’, to feature on his album ‘Ryan Adams’, out on the 8th of September on Pax-Am/Blue Note. So just who is this unlikely ally? Elvira, aka the Mistress of the Dark, the stuff of Halloween nightmares when I was small (hey, don’t judge, she wore all black and had a scary wig, ok?) many moons ago. As you might imagine, this promo is monochrome to take advantage of Elvira’s black and white mystique. Watch the video below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 15th August 2014 at 4:00 pm
When you’re an internationally known singer/songwriter like Liam Finn is, you can do whatever you want. Such as put together a bunch of your favourite artists and have them perform live with you on a rooftop in New York City. Which is exactly what Finn did with his Dream Team band, which included Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan and EJ Barnes. We feature below the first of eight videos, a live rendition of ‘Ocean Emmanuelle’ from Finn’s latest album ‘The Nihilist’, which Carrie reviewed in May.
Of the other seven videos, six are live versions of other songs from the album, but the odd man out is a cover of – surprise! – Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. For the entire playlist, visit the Vevo site here.
No review of Deer Shed would be complete without mentioning the various extra-musical activities available for the under-16s. And where to begin? Perhaps on Sunday, when the musical offerings are relatively modest, to help the crowd wind down, and to let the kids’ activities, rather than the adults’, prevail. There was shaker-making (sadly not to the soundtrack of Oasis’ ‘Shakermaker’), badge-making and flag-making. There was a real-life yellow submarine, which hosted any number of interactive workshops. There was actual jousting, on horseback and everything. There was a beach. For the older ones, there were electronics projects, Minecraft, soldering for girls and the mildly disturbing Tedroids. There was hula hooping, swingball and lots and lots of bubbles. Best of all, the famous enormous cardboard boxes were there to age-independent glee, hand-decorated and constructed into elaborate, surreal, child-sized cities. It’s impossible to imagine a more perfect child-friendly festival experience. And by virtue of the new-for-2014 Obelisk stage and bar, subtly located in a nook behind the kids’ tents, Dad can sneak off for a quick premium ale without too much fuss.
As Sunday drew to a close, and tired children napped in homebound cars, thoughts turned to Deer Shed’s short but happy history, and where it might go in the future. The site has been subtly rearranged every year, but seems to be settling in its current format for now. There’s no doubt that the essential details have been resolved – the stage names and locations, the excellent food outlets, the plentiful camping areas – all satisfyingly top quality. The big question for this writer is – where will the music policy head in the future? The good news is Deer Shed has its finger firmly on the pulse of the zeitgeist, unfailingly booking acts just as their careers are taking off, so it’s as good a place as any to work out who next year’s big names will be as any.
However, various online hints suggest that the curators enjoy their guitar music, particularly around the punk/new-wave spectrum, and whilst those genres are an essential part of festival programming, this year seemed more guitar-oriented than last, and that’s perhaps something of a shame. Sac ‘n’ Pip demonstrated that there’s a powerful appetite for a bit of urban music in the Yorkshire countryside, so more of that please. There’s loads of scope for more country, dance-funk, electronica and after-hours ambient. And not to mention that Saturday night headliner… I wonder what Jarvis Cocker is doing this time next year?
And sticking with the Js, why not Just Jack, Jon Allen and John Shuttleworth? Keep the guitar bands in the tents, and funk up the main stage. The truth is, however, Deer Shed could stick on a couple of buskers for half the bill (or, goodness forfend, The Lancashire Hotpots) and still people would flock to it. Because there’s something about the atmosphere, the site and the families, which remains unmatched anywhere in festivaldom. And I’m willing to wager that for 99% of the audience at Deer Shed, that’s what keeps them coming back year after year. Here’s to Deer Shed’s 6th birthday.