Sheffield quintet Bring Me the Horizon have announced a short run of live shows for this November, including a date at London’s Alexandra Palace on the 28th of the month. The band’s fifth album ‘That’s the Spirit’ is due out on the 11th of September, and the video for their latest single ‘Throne’ was featured right here back in July.
Tickets for the following shows go on general sale tomorrow, Friday the 4th of September, at 9 AM. TGTF’s previous coverage of Bring Me the Horizon is back this way.
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Doncaster Dome
Friday 27th November 2015 – Cardiff Arena
Saturday 28th November 2015 – London Alexandra Palace
Following on a relentless 2 years of touring, Novello Award-winning singer/songwriter Hozier has announced a list of live dates in the UK for early next year. This will be Hozier’s last run of shows in the UK before he heads back into the studio to work on his second album, the follow up to his self-titled debut from last October.
Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale tomorrow, Friday, the 4th of September, at 9 AM. Our extensive previous coverage of Hozier, including a live review from the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, can be found right back here.
Friday 8th January 2016 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Saturday 9th January 2016 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 11th January 2016 – Sheffield Academy
Tuesday 12th January 2016 – Liverpool Empire
Friday 29th January 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 4th February 2016 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Friday 5th February 2016 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 at 6:00 pm
The fourth single from Zola Jesus‘ latest album ‘Taiga’, ‘Nail’, now has its own promo video. In contrast to the smooth moves and shapes Nikita Danilova was cutting in the video for ‘Hunger’, there’s a lot of sensual writhing in imprisoning latex this time around to match the imagery of Danilova’s repeated refrain “set me free”. Watch it below.
‘Nail’ is the title track of an EP to be released on Mute Records on the 18th of September. The EP will include at the yet unreleased track ‘Circles’ and Xanopticon‘s remix of ‘Taiga’ track ‘Go’. Our TGTF archive on Zola Jesus is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 at 4:00 pm
As an American music editor who loves UK music, it’s sometimes unreal to me that I get the opportunity to see British bands who have already generated huge buzz back in blighty in tiny little places. Last summer I saw Royal Blood play a a packed out 200-capacity DC9. And now they’re throwing the entire viewing population of a massive festival like Reading 2015 into a frenzy? Incredible. Watch the hard rocking duo perform their single ‘Little Monster’ last Saturday at Richfield Avenue below.
Want to read more about Royal Blood on TGTF? Right this way.
If you live in the UK, until the 29th of September you have access to over 40 full sets of action from Reading/Leeds 2015 through the BBC’s Web site for the festival weekend. For full details, go here. If you like outside the UK, you’ll be able to enjoy selected highlights from the weekend on BBC’s YouTube channel, including coverage from the BBC Introducing stage.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 at 12:00 pm
I was of two minds when I heard The Libertines – with a reasonably sober Pete Doherty to boot! – were planning a comeback album. When you go for years and years for one of your favourite bands to return (read: waiting for one of the principal band members to clean up his act and escape from the brink of death), it’s only natural to be sceptical about the results in front of you when the day finally comes.
First taster ‘Gunga Din’, which was unveiled to the public back in late June, furthered my scepticism: while it had the requisite “la la las” to get the devoted fans behind it and plucky, bluesy guitar lines in the verses, the rest of the lyrics left me cold. I’m not sure why things changed – perhaps it’s the deep transformation I’m going through personally that’s responsible – but as the plays of the song have ramped up on BBC 6 Music in the weeks that followed, I now find myself singing along to it, smiling.
I feel sympathetic to its message going back to Kipling’s original poem from the 19th century about an Indian water boy who saves a soldier’s life before his own sad, untimely demise and its relation to the song’s chorus. “Oh the road is long / if you stay strong / you’re a better man than I” seems to parallel Doherty’s way back from addiction, as well as Carl Barat‘s steadfast support of him through thick and thin, even when things looked bleak for his best friend. If there is one victory that stands out above all about this album, Doherty completed this drug treatment program at the start of this year in Thailand, where production by Jake Gosling and recording took place. In stark contrast to what played out in the recently released documentary on the late Amy Winehouse, this story has a happy ending. It represents two things we all need as human beings: hope and strength.
On the surprisingly, beautifully tender ‘You’re My Waterloo’, Doherty’s rendering of someone beloved with so much strength could be a reflection of himself: “just say you love me for three good reasons / then I’ll throw you the rope / but you don’t need it, because you’re the survivor / of more than one life”. On the other side of the spectrum, the down and dirty groove of ‘Glasgow Coma Scale Blues’ (with Doherty’s wail sounding reminiscent of ‘The Haha Wall’) is rocking harder than you’d ever remembered from them, which is another astonishing development. Somewhere in between lies the ‘Iceman’, a folky, vaguely cowboy ballad that you can’t help but imagining Barat and Doherty writing cross-legged on the floor sat across from each other like they might have in the old days. True friendships last.
‘Doomed’ seems a funny word to include in an album title, and I have to wonder if the band included it because the legend of the Libertines still looms large from their popularity in the Noughties. It’s not a presumption this album will be compared to ‘Up the Bracket’: it will be so, and to many people. In ‘Fame and Fortune’, the cheeky lines from the chorus “we’re like tin soldiers, responding to the call / to Camden we will crawl, one and all” will make you grin, even if the minor key melody in the rest of the song doesn’t grab you. The first two Libertines’ albums were rallying cries of youth because the band were in their early 20s then, so it’s unfair to compare their motives then and now.
The magnificently energetic ‘Heart of the Matter’ (“no-one can hold a light to your misery”) and ‘Fury of Chonburi’ are the closest you’re going to get to the ‘old’ Libertines, if you’re planning to do some moshing and pogoing at their future gigs. But it’s hardly the norm on ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’. The lite rock style of the title track is led by Barat’s still strong voice crooning, “life could be so handsome / it’s all gonna be okay / we’re going nowhere / ‘cos nowhere, nowhere’s on our way”. Does comfortable complacency seem strange coming from the same lads who complained there are fewer more distressing sights than that / of an Englishman in a baseball cap”? Maybe, for a bit.
But I have to admit, I rather fancy this mature version of the Libertines. They’re not trying to be something they are no longer. I reckon this is less reinvention than making the kind of music that makes sense to them heading towards middle age, and if Doherty stays clean (and I hope and pray he does), this band has legs as long as they want to keep it going. Hooray for the Libertines!
‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’, the Libertines’ third album and their first in 11 years, is out this Friday, the 4th of September on Virgin EMI. The LP will be released in several different formats: standard 12-song CD, deluxe CD, 12” vinyl, digital download and a box set. (Whew! Well, what did you *really* expect after 11 long years?)
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 1st September 2015 at 6:00 pm
Having followed Irish pop favourites Kodaline since they made a splash early on in their career at SXSW 2013, it seems almost surreal watching their latest promo video for ‘Love Will Set You Free’, from the band’s second album ‘Coming Up for Air’ that I reviewed back around the time of its release in February. From quiet moments alone by the ocean to a rammed gig at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, Kodaline take you along for a behind-the-scenes ride through their busy touring life these days. Proud and happy for you, guys!
Kodaline tour the UK and Ireland in December; all the dates are listed here. All our past coverage of Kodaline on TGTF is this way.