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Brighton blues rock duo Royal Blood have followed up their #1-selling debut album with a list of European headline dates including the UK and Ireland. (If you haven’t already read it, you can take a look back at Mary’s review of the eponymous chart-topper ‘Royal Blood’ from earlier this week.) The band will head across the pond at the end of September for another round of shows in North America before they kick off the European leg of their tour. A complete list of worldwide tour dates can be found on Royal Blood’s official Web site. Tickets for the following shows go on sale Friday the 5th of September at 9 AM.
Monday 27th October 2014 – Dublin Academy
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Newcastle Riverside
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 31st October 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Liverpool Academy
Wednesday 4th November 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Friday 6th November 2014 – London Electric Ballroom
Saturday 7th November 2014 – London Electric Ballroom
Sunday 8th November 2014 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 10th November 2014 – Portsmouth Pyramids
Wednesday 11th November 2014 – Oxford Academy
Thursday 12th November 2014 – Bristol Bierkeller
Mancunian five-piece Elbow have just announced short residencies in both London and Manchester for the early part of 2015. Explaining the idea behind the shows, frontman Guy Garvey says “We enjoyed our theatre tour of the States and Canada this summer so much that we decided to do some at home. There is something magic about the history of old theatres and doing residencies in these lovely buildings means we can be playful with the staging.” (If you missed it back in May, you can read about one of those North American shows in this previous live review from DC.)
In contrast to Elbow’s usual festival and stadium shows in the UK, these more intimate shows will allow the band to highlight rarely played songs from their back catalogue alongside familiar fan favourites. Tickets for the following sure-to-sell-out appearances go on sale Friday the 5th of September at 9 AM.
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 6th February 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Wednesday 11th February 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 at 6:00 pm
It’s the day after Labor Day here in America and all the kids are back in school, which means autumn is basically here. So it’s extra good timing for Bear in Heaven to release the promo for their song ‘Autumn’, off their fourth album ‘Time is Over One Day’ out now. The visuals are like stepping into a blurry, trippy RPG. Watch the video below.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 at 12:00 pm
Subtlety was never We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ strong suit. In their debut album ‘These Four Walls’, the emphatic vocal style adopted by frontman Adam Thompson accompanied by the relentless instrumental sound of the band on ‘Quiet Little Voices’ was many fans’ first introduction to the Scottish group. (Another standout from their debut, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’, was incidentally the first song I’d heard from them, leading me to write this Bands to Watch in August 2009.) ‘Medicine’, the first single from their 2011 album ‘In the Pit of the Stomach’, followed a similar formula, with a driving rhythm and unwavering vocals. However, the latest new material to come from the WWPJ camp bears a curious title: ‘I Keep It Composed’. It follows track ‘Safety in Numbers’, which was unveiled in July.
Thompson stretches his vocal cords a bit more on this track, while also bending and holding his notes as well, giving the track a psychedelic feel at times. The bass line seems more pronounced than on their past recordings, but it remains to be seen live if it’s due to the mix and not an actual change in sound or playing on Sean Smith’s part why this is the case. And the overall sound is fuller, and this is no doubt thanks to the bringing on of a fifth band member, Stuart McGachan, who plays guitar and keyboards. Indeed, it’s McGachan’s notes that seem to provide most clarity in a wall of sound slowly buzzing and building towards the song’s eventual climax.
The problem isn’t so much the musicianship; what We Were Promised Jetpacks have created here is good. It’s just not terribly interesting or unique. Perhaps this was the point: ‘I Keep It Composed’ wasn’t recorded to be a pop masterpiece, or even to be a radio-friendly song like ‘Safety in Numbers’. (Now why wasn’t that released as a single, huh?) The title, sounding tongue in cheek, sounded like we were to expect something a bit different from these Scots, but it seems we were sorely disappointed. What will the rest of new album ‘Unravelling’ sound like? Guess we’ll have to wait for October to come to find out.
‘I Keep It Composed’ is the first single from We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ forthcoming third album ‘Unravelling’. The single drops on the 22nd of September on Fat Cat Records, with the LP to follow on the 6th of October. Catch the band on tour in the UK in September and October.
Prog-rock quartet Syd Arthur, who melted my face off earlier this year at SXSW 2014, have announced a full headline tour of the UK, starting in just under 3 weeks’ time. The band’s new single ‘Autograph’, from their recent album ‘Sound Mirror’, will be released on the 6th of October through Harvest Records. You can watch the video for the album’s first single ‘Garden of Time’ below the tour date listing.
Wednesday 17th September 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Thursday 18th September 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Saturday 20th September 2014 – Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
Sunday 21st September 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Wednesday 24th September 2014 – Hull Adelphi
Thursday 25th September 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 26th September 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Folkestone Quarterhouse
Monday 29th September 2014 – Brighton Komedia
Tuesday 30th September 2014 – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – London Dingwalls
Thursday 2nd 1st October 2014 – Manchester Band on the Wall
Drummers-turned-songwriters Hyde and Beast (otherwise known as Dave Hyde and Neil Bassett) have announced a headline tour of the UK to follow on the August release of their second album ‘Keep Moving’. The album has already received airplay on BBC 6music, where its title track was featured as a Single of the Week on Shaun Keaveny’s breakfast show. If you missed it on the radio, you can watch the video for ‘Keep Moving’ in our earlier feature here. Tickets for the following live shows are available now.
Monday 20th October 2014 – London Lexington
Tuesday 21st October – Brighton Prince Albert
Thursday 23rd October – Leeds Belgrave Hall
Friday 24th October – Bristol Start the Bus
Saturday 25th October – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 27th October – Manchester Night and Day
Tuesday 28th October – Glasgow Broadcast
Wednesday 29th October – Newcastle Cluny 2
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