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Pop vocalist Rae Morris has announced a list of tour dates for February 2015, following the January release of her debut album ‘Unguarded’ on Atlantic Records. Below the tour date listing, you can sample the first single from the album, titled ‘Closer’. Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale starting this Friday, the 14th of November, at 9 AM.
Previous TGTF coverage of Rae Morris can be found right here.
Sunday 1st February 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Birmingham Institute Temple Room
Friday 6th February 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 8th February 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 11th February 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Brixton Electric
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 16th February 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
The Pierces‘ latest promo video is for ‘The Devil is a a Lonely Night’, appearing on the sisters’ latest album ‘Creation’ (review by Carrie here). You might expect a video for a song titled this to be all black and white, but you’d be wrong in this case: there are colours, larger than life images of the sisters superimposed on palm trees, racing street visuals to make it seem like you’re in a speeding car, and even bewildering psychedelic patterns are thrown at you. Hmm. Contemplate the meaning of this video with respect to the song when you watch it all come together below.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
If you recall back in the summer (yes it was a long time ago now!), we gave away tickets to an Original Penguin Plugged in session starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS at the Hospital Club in London. We’ve got a live gig video from the June night of the alt-pop THUMPERS performing their song ‘Galore’, which you can enjoy below.
The band recently concluded their support slot with Klaxons, playing a massive show at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire this past Sunday night.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at 2:00 pm
Header photo by TGTF Head Photographer Martin Sharman at Deer Shed Festival 2014
Guitar god and all around musical legend Johnny Marr just released his second solo album ‘Playland’ in October. Despite his solo work that began earnestly in recent years and all of his work from 1987 on, playing in and contributing to numerous other bands’ art, the shadow of being in the Smiths, what made him a household name and still revered 30 years on, still follows him around. Luckily for the Smiths devoted, he has no problem returning to a treasure trove of a back catalogue that he himself had an integral part in creating. His show Sunday night at the 9:30 Club, the first date on a massive North American tour that does not let up until mid-December, proved that unlike many other artists of his age that don’t like particularly like returning to their roots, Marr can and will. And with the widest of grins too.
This is not to say that the entire set in DC was filled with retreads of another bygone era. Songs from both ‘Playland’ and its predecessor ‘The Messenger’ (though, oddly not the 2013 LP’s title track, which I was had been hoping for and expecting) were proffered to an eager audience. ‘Easy Money’, the radio-friendly hit from the new album that has been making the rounds, is appropriately loud, fast and guitar-jangly to cause mayhem. Same goes for ‘Boys Get Straight’, whose name you can have for a price on blue coloured t-shirts being sold at the merch stand: Marr himself models the shirt later on in the show. (You couldn’t ask for any better product placement.) Synths buzz to usher in ‘Back in the Box’ and spark it to life, resulting in another set standout.
The evening was not without surprises. Marr rolled out an astoundingly brilliant version of ‘Getting Away With It’, the single from late ’80s supergroup Electronic that he formed with New Order’s Bernard Sumner after he quit the Smiths (watch the two of them perform the song at Live at Jodrell Bank in 2013 in this previous Live Gig Video). And for a truly left field moment, a cover of ‘Lust for Life’ came roaring through the amps during the encore. It’s not if the Washington crowd Sunday night needed a psyching up moment, but I suppose in other markets where the audience assembled is less excited, this might be a moment to re-energise them. Initially when the heavy beats started, I honestly thought this might be one of Marr’s new songs that just happened to sound like the Iggy Pop song. Until he began to sing.
‘Dynamo’, the album’s third track and newest single, is saved for the encore, though its title could have easily doubled as Marr’s nickname for the evening: the man is like Gumby come to life. Jumping onto speakers and pointing to folks in the rafters, showboating with his guitar to pause every so often in a serious stance right in front of fans who look like they’re about to faint, pogoing up and down in place in his smart burgundy trainers while – wait for it – not missing a note on his guitar, the man does it all. If there is any criticism to make, it’s for something that Marr can’t help: the vocals on the Smiths songs, while good, just don’t have the magic of Steven Patrick Morrissey’s. Having seen Morrissey so many times live singing these songs, I got a lump in my throat watching these songs – their songs – being performed without him. I am still hopeful that one day we might see the two of them on a stage together again.
There is, however, one thing that Johnny Marr will always remain supremely untouchable on: his way with a guitar. He alternated between two guitars all night – a blue Fender Jaguar and a black one whose make I could not catch – and the man was on fire all night. Some particularly excited punters spent the entire evening punching the air as their god was shredding before them. There are few that can hold an audience as massive as at the 9:30 in such rapt attention, and you would be wise to not forget this. And how could you really, as he bends backward and raises his guitar horizontal over his head to finish ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ while every single person in the club chants the lyrics back to him? Word on the street is that Marr will appear – with his guitar, of course – on Noel Gallagher’s upcoming album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, due out in March 2015. My argument is, if Marr can put up with one cantankerous aging musician from Manchester, he can put up with another. Fingers crossed.
After the cut: Johnny Marr’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Johnny Marr at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 9th November 2014
Lewis Watson. If you don’t recognise the name, you will do soon enough. Despite never having a guitar lesson, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Oxford has gathered over 73,000 Twitter followers and 80,000 subscribers on YouTube. He took some time out from his North America tour to chat to TGTF.
Like many modern artists, Lewis Watson began his music career on video-sharing Web site YouTube. After receiving a guitar for his 16th birthday, Lewis uploaded videos of him playing and he quickly gathered a following, much to his surprise: “YouTube was very new at the time and I used it as a tool to teach myself guitar. I was just uploading videos so that I could look back a week later and see what I’d improved on. I never thought that anybody else would watch the videos.”
His success on YouTube led to the release of five EPs within 2 years on the Warner Music label, including ‘It’s Got Four Sad Songs on It BTW’, ‘The Wild’ and ‘Some Songs with Some Friends’. These were closely followed by the launch of his debut album ‘The Morning’ in July 2014. “There was a lot more pressure around the album, mostly self-inflicted,” Lewis explained. “I think that’s the main difference. Everything else was released as it was completed.” He added, “the album was what everything led up to and that brought a lot of pressure. I wanted it to be perfect.”
Lewis described the reaction to his album as “overwhelming”. He continued: “To have people listen to the album at all is amazing. I’ve seen tattoos of my lyrics, received letters saying that the album has inspired songs, artwork and even novels. I’m a very lucky guy.”
On the back of the album, Lewis embarked on a nationwide tour in September 2014, including an “insane” sold-out headline gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, which he described as one of the highlights of his career. He said, “playing 3 sold out nights at the Sydney Opera House on the Birdy tour is another highlight. I’d be a fool not to put supporting Coldplay in a tiny pub last Christmas on that list too.”
Lewis, whose inspiration comes from anybody that he has ever met and anything that he has ever experienced, offered some advice to budding musicians: “It’s really cliché, but just keep at it. The music industry is relentless and it really a very hard ‘job’, but the rewards are so high because of this. I have the best job in the world and it’s all because of the hard work that I’ve put in for 5 years. I’m a firm believer that all good music will rise to the top eventually. Keep it up and you’ll get there.”
Looking to the future, Lewis hopes to be able to play music for as long as possible. “I love what I do and I feel so fortunate to be able to do it. To be able to do this forever is my goal.” He added: “I almost have the second record written and I can’t wait to record that after this tour of North America!”
Lewis Watson is currently in the midst of an eight-date long tour of North America, which began in Los Angeles on Sunday, the 9th of November. The tour concludes in Toronto on Thursday the 20th of November.
A huge thank you to Lewis Watson for answering these questions for us, and thanks to Julia for her assistance as well.
Sister trio The Staves have announced that they will release their new album ‘If I Was’ on the 2nd of February 2015 via Atlantic Records. In support of the new LP, they have also revealed a list of UK and Irish tour dates immediately following the release. Tickets for the following dates go on general sale Friday, the 14th of November, at 9 AM. If you belong to their mailing list, check your email for access to a presale tomorrow (Wednesday the 12th of November).
Below the tour date listing, watch the video for ‘Blood I Bled’, which featured on the Staves’ recent EP of the same title, reviewed by Mary here.
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Leeds City Varieties
Friday 6th February 2015 – Gateshead Sage 2
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Edinburgh Queens Hall
Monday 9th February 2015 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Liverpool Arts Club
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Hackney Empire
Friday 13th February 2015 – Oxford Academy
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Monday 16th February 2015 – Cardiff Glee Club
Tuesday 17th February 2015 – Cambridge Junction
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