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Ardyn / November and December 2016 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 10:00 am

Talk about momentous: Gloucestershire sibling duo Ardyn have announced their first-ever headline tour of the UK for this autumn. Twins Rob and Katy Pearson, whose beautiful harmonies caught our attention ahead of Dot to Dot 2016, released their EP ‘The Valley’ earlier this summer. They’ve also recorded a live session of the EP at London’s famed studio The Pool, including a performance of the title track. Watch the video of ‘The Valley’ live, which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Tickets for this tour are on sale now.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Glasgow Nice n’ Sleazy
Friday 11th November 2016 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Games Room
Thursday 17th November 2016 – Brighton Green Door Store
Friday 18th November 2016 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 19th November 2016 – Nottingham Chameleon Arts Café
Thursday 1st December 2016 – London St. Pancras Old Church

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Chemical Brothers / December 2016 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 9:00 am

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, better known as the influential English electronic duo Chemical Brothers, have announced a small handful of live dates in the UK for the middle of December 2016. These shows will conclude the pair’s world tour that takes them through Europe, Asia and the Middle East before returning to blighty. They’ll be supporting their incredible 11th album ‘Born in the Echoes’, which has had legs since its release in summer 2015. Tickets have already gone for Blackpool and the first London date revealed, but tickets are still available for Glasgow and a second London date has gone on sale as well. To read our past articles on TGTF on the Chemical Brothers, follow this link.

Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Glasgow SECC
Friday 9th December 2016 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom (sold out)
Saturday 10th December 2016 – London Hammersmith Apollo (sold out)
Sunday 11th December 2015 – London Hammersmith Apollo


The Courteneers / November 2016 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 8:00 am

Liam Fray and the Courteneers like to do things big. The Manchester band favourites’ latest tour announcement proves this extends to their travel plans around the UK, which includes 12 stops. (Oddly, Manchester has been omitted from the tour. Christmas hometown show, perhaps?) They’ll be supporting upcoming fifth album ‘Mapping the Rendezvous’, which is slated for release on the 21st of October on PIAS. Tickets are on sale now for all the dates below. For more on Courteeners on TGTF, click here.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Stoke on Trent Victoria Hall
Friday 11th November 2016 – Southampton Guildhall
Saturday 12th November 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Monday 14th November 2016 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 17th November 2016 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 18th November 2016 – Liverpool Echo
Saturday 19th November 2016 – Glasgow SSE
Monday 21st November 2016 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 24th November 2016 – Carlisle Sands Centre
Friday 25th November 2016 – Leeds First Direct Arena


Video of the Moment #2178: C Duncan

By on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 at 6:00 pm

Glaswegian Christopher Duncan, better known as the 2015 Mercury Prize-nominated artist C Duncan, has revealed he’s been busy. In the time since the release of his debut album ‘Architects’ for FatCat Records, he’s been working on its follow-up, due out next month. ‘The Midnight Sun’ is set to be released on the Brighton label on the 7th of October.

The bedroom producer named his new album after one of his favourite episodes of The Twilight Zone, saying, “The Midnight Sun is also a real natural phenomenon, occurring in the Arctic Circle during summer, preventing the nights from ever being fully dark. Although not as extreme in Glasgow, during summer we often only get 3 or 4 hours between dusk and dawn. This has always had a profound effect on me mentally during these months, being more of a night owl myself, as it completely messes with my internal clock and confuses me year after year.” As a taster, Wanted to Want It Too’ is a quietly evocative number, with grand, sweeping synth lines. The song sits nicely with its minimalist, monochromatic promo video revealed last Friday. Watch the video below. For more on C Duncan on TGTF, head here.

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Reading 2016: Sunday Roundup

By on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 at 2:00 pm

As so we came to the final day of Reading Festival 2016. Where those who couldn’t quite cut it have left, and those that remain are ready to see the festival out as they started; with no inhibitions and a fantastic soundtrack.

Activities on the main stage Saturday gave a preview as to the heavy-fest that Sunday would be. Bar A$AP Rocky and The Vaccines, the lineup for the day could also have been found at the heavier British festival staple that is Download. The weather decided it didn’t feel like baring it’s sunnier disposition and instead graced us with its greyer, cloudier and wetter side. As pointed out yesterday though, this is where the British thrive, and thrive they did.

Albany, New York pop punkers State Champs opened up the main stage, bringing a brief respite from the dismal weather at Reading with their take on summer anthem genre. For a Sunday morning, the crowd were particularly excitable and offered back a sincere response. Following on from this spot of sunshine were The Virginmarys, a definite band to watch in the UK rock scene, with their brutal vocals, hard-hitting guitar lines and a savageness reminiscent of early punk. Though the crowd may have mildly dispersed post-State Champs, this didn’t stop the band from Macclesfield from delivering a completely brutal set worthy of a much higher billing.

Mancunians Spring King who have had quite the quick ascent to fame, which you can read about in our interview with drummer and singer Tarek Musa back here at LeeFest 2016 in late July, gave a performance to a completely packed out tent. Though the sudden downpour may have instigated this mass collective, the band made sure to capitalise upon it. The set brought fun and tunes in equal measure, with both band and fans having a Another band who had to deal with what the weather dealt them were Coheed and Cambria who were faultless, giving a ferocious performance all the while being on the main stage and open to the elements.

As the rain continued to slowly drizzled over the Reading festival site, the crowds gave up hiding from it, revelling in the weather. Back on the Radio 1/NME Stage, Deaf Havana used their set wisely as a promotional opportunity, announcing the name and release date of their upcoming album. Appearing on stage with only a white sheet across the back of the stage, as the set went on the words “All These Countless Nights” were painted in black, followed by “21.1.17”. The set was a special moment, secured it as one for the band’s history.

What was The Pit for the past 2 days had now reverted back to its original name The Lock Up for the final day. Beach Slang, the American punk band who are bringing back the old school ethos to the genre, completely dominated the tent. Their set was summed up well in the immortal words of frontman James Alex: “We are Beach Slang, and we’re here to punch you right in the heart!” The Lock Up stage continued with its earnest punk environment with Modern Baseball. Having released their third album ‘Holy Ghost’ back in May, they’re finally on our UK shores, giving their diehard fanbase a run-through of these new offerings. Even though A$AP Rocky was ruling the main stage and causing a surge in crowd flow, The Lock Up was still over capacity for the American four-piece. The excited audience simply did not stop moving until the final chord finished, and the speed at which crowd surfers ran from the security to pit and back into the throng was astounding. Another standout set from this year’s festival.

The evening was an anticipated delight from co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro. As eight pm swung around, the skies were still cloudy but the atmosphere was as electric as ever. A sea of Fall Out Boy merchandise seen around the festival over the course of the weekend was a concrete measurement in exactly how big a draw band were, and for good reason. A show that featured non-stop fireworks, pyrotechnics, choreographed fire dancers and visuals, Fall Out Boy knew they had a massive opportunity, and they ran with it. Running through a majority set that consisted of songs from the last two albums plus a few golden treats, especially finale ‘Saturday’ from 2003’s ‘Take This to Your Grave’, Fall Out Boy certainly ensured that the ravenous crowd were delivered the set they yearned for.

Finally, it was time for the final headliners of the entire weekend at Richfield Avenue. Biffy Clyro were given the honour and duty of closing out this year’s edition, giving everything they had and fully delivering. With a stage show that reflected the precision and grandeur we’ve come to expect from the Scottish trio, it was a set that will surely be remembered in the festival’s history. From opener ‘Wolves of Winter’ to closer ‘Stinging Bell’ that featured a fireworks display, they somehow managed to dwarf the explosive affair that Fall Out Boy had previously.

Using a popular Scottish battle cry, halfway through the set singer Simon Neil roared out, “Mon The Reading!”, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Biffy Clyro’s ascension through the ranks of musicdom has been made by leaps and strides, and this was the largest of them yet. A perfectly executed set that ran through a majority of newer material – plus the appearance of ’57’, a cut from 2002’s ‘Blackened Sky’ as a pleasant treat – the trio seized the moment and are now reaping the rewards. As the Reading crowd finally dispersed ar the end the festival for another year, the only question on everyone’s mind was, “how are they going to top this next year?” We’ll find out in 2017.


Interview: Ryan Lindsey of BRONCHO

By on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 at 11:00 am

BRONCHO is a real party animal. He can’t be stopped sometimes. Sometimes it’s too hard to get his attention. Sometimes it’s too easy. Sometimes I’m not sure what he’s talking about, and sometimes you’re not either, right?” Thus begins our strange q&a with the Oklahoman band’s frontman Ryan Lindsey. “BRONCHO also seems to care about the people. He seems to be a real people person. A man of integrity. A promise keeper. A secret keeper. He always keeps secrets. Tell him one, and find out for yourself.” Enigmatic, yet enlightening. You see what sort of frustrating entity we’re dealing with here. Is BRONCHO friend or foe? Ally or enemy? Keep reading and find out.

As mentioned in my album review of their newest work ‘Double Vanity’, BRONCHO was born from a film project, when Lindsey was asked to compose music to an ‘80’s inspired punk film. The concept of visualisation has remained a constant for Lindsey, no matter what he’s up to: “I write in all the same ways. I think visually a lot when I write. Whether it’s for a project, or if the project is BRONCHO. I like to write songs with a visual in mind. Sometimes that visual turns into a video idea or ultimately a video.”

“I wanted the record to be a discovery process [for the listener]”, says Lindsey about ‘Double Vanity’. “I know it might take a minute for some people, but I like that. Some of my favourite records are records that I didn’t get the first time”. When asked about the reason for this and if there was a change in direction when writing the album he simply replied, “these songs made the most sense when they were slow. Keeping the songs slow left a lot of open space, so we added a lot of reverb to take up some space. That felt the most natural to me. Reverb is very dreamy, and I do love dreams”. You just imagine Ryan Lindsey smiling like a Cheshire cat saying those words. He is proving almost as enigmatic as BRONCHO.

Thankfully, the band was open-minded towards the recording and production of their new material, which appears to have reined in any fanciful notions on Lindsey’s part. “The way we recorded ‘Double Vanity’ was different than the previous two records. And those two were different from each other. I have a big imagination, so that finds its way into the process too.” Over the years, the band have undergone a few line-up changes, first losing original bassist Jonathon Ford, which led to the addition of Penny Pitchlynn (bass) and Mandii Larson (guitar). When asked how if at all has the changing line-up affected the music, Lindsey replies that this hasn’t fazed him one bit. “It hasn’t really affected the music. Just makes the hang on the road a lot more fun”. Make of that what you will.

If you’re a fan of BRONCHO, you know that they have quite an eclectic discography. Despite only being active since 2012, they have already released three studio albums each more diverse and forward thinking than the last. Album number two ‘Just Enough Hip to be Woman’ is their most commercially successful. Their songs ‘It’s On’ and ‘Class Historian’ were used in the soundtracks of HBO series, advertisements and Hollywood films, propelling the band to the mainstream. “I want everything I work on to be successful”, Lindsey says with bold, unfettered ambition. “I think that last record [‘Just Enough Hip To Be Woman’] made more sense to a larger audience. It wasn’t the plan or goal for that to happen. Our goal is always to be happy with what we do”. As if to prove there’s more to him than being seriously, Lindsey adds light-heartedly, “Or if we’re not happy about it, to at least get a few drinks in. Best case scenario, we are happy and get a few drinks in”.

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Perhaps the Oklahoman five-piece will do just that when they come to the UK at the end of September. As the days draw closer, Lindsey can’t help but express his excitement: “I can’t wait to get to the UK! We love playing the UK, I think I’m supposed to live in the UK. I’ve always felt that”. Given they are currently finishing an extensive European tour, they may not be top of their game, but Lindsey is confident they won’t be flagging. “We won’t be too tired. Or maybe we will, but we won’t let that get in the way!”

Bring it on, BRONCHO. Be sure to get your tickets for one (or more) of the many dates on their UK tour starting later this month; you can find all the dates here. BRONCHO’s third and most recent studio album ‘Double Vanity’ is available now on Dine Alone Records. For more on BRONCHO on TGTF, go here.

Editor of TGTF Mary Chang contributed to this feature.

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