By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 28th September 2014 at 10:00 am
La Roux‘s current single ‘Kiss and Not Tell’ has a kitschy, retro-themed feel with old fashioned tvs and candy-coloured telephones taking up most of your attention. Probably a good thing, because otherwise Elly Jackson is looking a bit awkward as a phone sex operator selling her salicious wares on late night tv. Watch the video below.
La Roux is on tour in support of current album ‘Trouble in Paradise’ in the UK in November.
By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 27th September 2014 at 10:00 am
You might do a double take watching this new Charlatans video. (Doesn’t the actor look like a young, blond Tim Burgess?) ‘Talking in Tones’ will be released on Monday (the 29th of September) The Quietus Phonographic Corporation as a limited edition 7″ single, and it’s the first taster from the band’s still untitled 12th album. Not exactly ‘The Only One I Know’, as you will see when you see the video below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 26th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
A Sunny Day in Glasgow released their third album ‘Sea When Absent’ in August (read Carrie’s review of the LP here), but it’s taken some time for this promo video to surface. Just in time for you to put your dancing shoes on for Friday night, a pair of white plimsolls go on a tear to the tune of ‘Double Dutch’. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
Prides‘ forthcoming single and firm live fan favourite ‘Out of the Blue’ now has a music video. As should be expected, the colour blue gets its day in this promo, though there’s a lot strange goings-on in here that will keep you guessing round every turn. Watch the visual for the foot-stomping single, out on the 8th of December, below.
The Glasgow trio will be on tour in the UK in October.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 12:00 pm
It’s been some time since we’ve heard from London band Fiction. To be more exact, it was a year and a half ago when they released their debut album ‘The Big Other’ at the start of March 2013 on Moshi Moshi Records. The LP proved to be one of my favourite LPs of last year, so I was really pleased to see they’d returned with new material. I then attributed the brilliance of the songs on ‘The Big Other’ in large part to the lightness the band imparted to them; nothing ever felt heavy-handed or overdone.
So it’s with much pleasure that I can report that they’ve achieved lightness again with new song ‘Lonely Planet’, but in a different, yet still intriguing way. The song is the first taster off their upcoming ‘In Real Life’ EP. ‘80s New Wave style percussion is still present, but it’s more understated. More obvious is the definite funkier feel to this track, especially in the chorus as Mike Barrett’s haunting voice slinks in and around the words, “somewhere there’s a lonely planet, where the sun goes down / but I’m somewhere else, I’m somewhere else / aliens grab hold of my hands / but my head’s up here / I’m somewhere else, I’m somewhere else”. If we’re meant to take the chorus literally, I sense an interesting duality: there is much you can explore in your own imagination and dreams, but if you stay lost in those thoughts, your existence away from everyone else can be a self-made lonely existence.
Memorable spiky guitar effects at the start grab your attention, but they aren’t the only instrumental points of interest in ‘Lonely Planet’. Nearer to the end of the song, horns and violins turn the tune angelic, keeping with the dreamy theme. Is it weird that I’m imagining humanoids and aliens on a faraway star, waving their arms in the air in unison to this song? Certainly, Fiction have written a beautiful song, but it’s also whimsical. And it’s got soul.
Thank you, Fiction. More, please.
Listen to the new Fiction track ‘Lonely Planet’ below. We don’t know yet when the ‘In Real Life’ EP from Fiction will be out, but we’ll keep you posted.
Irish singer/songwriter duo the Lost Brothers have announced a lengthy tour of Ireland and the UK for this autumn, following on the release of their fourth LP ‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’, which our own editor Mary reviewed here. TGTF has also recently featured two individual tracks from the album, ‘Gold and Silver’ and ‘Derridae’. Tickets for the following tour dates are available now.
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Dundalk Spirit Store
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Dublin Cafe Du Journal
Saturday 1st November 2014 – Limerick Dolans Warehouse
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Bray Harbour Bar
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Ballymore Eustace Mick Murphy’s Bar
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Naas Middle Earth Music Club
Friday 7th November 2014 – Dublin Whelan’s
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 10th November 2014 – Manchester Castle
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds 2
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – London St. Pancras Old Church
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Brighton Komedia
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Sheffield St. Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 17th November 2014 – Liverpool Studio 2 Parr Street
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Lahinch Kenny’s Bar
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Galway Róisín Dubh
Friday 21st November 2014 – Derry Sandino’s
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Donegal McGrory’s
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Belfast Errigle Inn