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By Mary Chang
on Friday, 25th September 2015 at 9:00 am
Ryan West, better known by his electronic stage name Rival Consoles, will be going out on his first proper headline tour next month. He’ll be touring in support of his newest and third album ‘Howl’, which will be released on the 16th of October on Erased Tapes. (Buy the album directly from the indie label here.) He’s currently in Colombia at the moment for MUTEK Bogota – yes, it IS unfair that electronic artists get to go to such exciting destinations – but I imagine he’ll be in fine form for his tour in October, which includes a stop 2 days before the album release at the esteemed Corsica Studios in London on the 14th of October. Tickets to all the non-free shows listed below are on sale now.
Catch all of my previous coverage on Rival Consoles on TGTF, including my interview with him on the last day of SXSW 2015, right this way.
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Manchester Texture
Sunday 11th October 2015 – Teesside Sound It Out Records (free in-store show at 4 PM)
Monday 12th October 2015 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – London Corsica Studios
Thursday 15th October 2015 – Bristol Start the Bus (free show)
Friday 16th October 2015 – Leicester Firebug
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 6:00 pm
José González released his latest album ‘Vestiges and Claws’ back in February, and we featured an alternative version of single ‘Open Book’. This week, González has a new animated video for the title track of his new digital EP ‘Let It Carry You’, the cool vibe of the song itself working well with the simple presentation of a creature escaping the boring confines of an office to explore a water colour landscape. If anything, it’s the kind of video that hits the spot if you need a moment of uplifting joy in your week. Watch it below.
‘Vestiges and Claws’ is out now on Mute Records, as is the digital EP of ‘Let It Carry You’, which includes a live version of the title track and remixes by Holy Ghost! and Dino Soccio.
Elbow frontman and BBC 6Music radio presenter Guy Garvey has recently announced the details of his highly-anticipated debut solo album ‘Courting the Squall’. He describes the album as “purely a vanity project”, orchestrated with an assembly of his musician friends from outside the Elbow brotherhood. The result, at least on the album’s lead single ‘Angela’s Eyes’, is a very different sound to what Elbow fans have become accustomed to over the band’s 20-plus years, and a refreshing change of pace for Garvey himself.
Here, Garvey has removed himself from the self-conscious, classically-oriented subtlety of Elbow, displaying a raw visceral energy that carries through from the very beginning of the track straight through to the end. ‘Angela’s Eyes’ opens with a heavy, tribal sounding drum beat and a dirty guitar riff that are akin to the more rhythm-centered style adopted by Jez and Andy Williams when they separated from Doves to form side project Black Rivers. The song’s pounding beat is staggered and uneven, but in an organic and instinctual sort of way, as opposed to the deliberately off-kilter rhythm in Elbow’s recent track ‘And It Snowed’. The brash opening guitar riff punctuates the song’s aggressive lyrical tone, growing to a primitive wail between the verses and in the faintly jazz-tinged harmonies of the instrumental coda.
Along with shaking off the elegant self-restraint of Elbow’s typical fare, Garvey has apparently also shaken off the mantle of writing about his recent lost love, which was the thematic focus of Elbow’s 2014 LP ‘The Takeoff and Landing of Everything’ and continued onto their recent ‘Lost Worker Bee’ EP. ‘Angela’s Eyes’ speaks of salvation through a new love, as Garvey spits the rapid-fire lyrics of its first chorus, “tried faith in humanity, no no no no no / but it sure made a man of me, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah / I was headed for an early grave until I washed up on the tide / yes, I believe in Angela’s eyes”. His voice is as silky smooth and velvety soft as ever, but he seems less concerned with its lyricism as he delves into inspired improvisation near the end of the track.
With ‘Angela’s Eyes’, Garvey has shed the image of the scholarly composer, ripping his shirt open (figuratively!) and baring his unbridled passion in a way that he never could have done within the refined context of Elbow’s celebrated oeuvre. This track is a tantalising first taste of what has the potential to be a remarkable debut solo effort, albeit one more than 20 years in the making.
‘Angela’s Eyes’ is the lead single from Guy Garvey’s upcoming solo album ‘Courting the Squall’, which is due for release on the 30th of October via Polydor Records. Garvey will support the album release with a December tour of the UK and Ireland.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 11:00 am
We here at TGTF are currently looking for new contributors to join our staff here at the internationally respected and read There Goes the Fear. We are on the hunt for good writers enthusiastic about music who are as excited about music and to write about it, sharing their opinions and experiences with our readership.
Journalism and communications students, this is fantastic work experience: some of our previous contributors to TGTF have gone on to esteemed journalism positions at mainstream media (the BBC) and music magazines (Metal Hammer), as well as careers in marketing and PR.
Send an email to me at mary [at] tgtf [dot] net with short answers to the following:
1. Why you want to write for us?
2. Do you have any past writing experience and if yes, where? (Please provide links.)
3. Who are your current (active) three favourite artists at the moment, and why?
4. Where do you live in the world?
We’ll get in touch with the folks we think would be a good fit. Ta in advance, and thumbs up all around!
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 10:00 am
You may recall that London-based pop / rock / classical group Passport to Stockholm recently released an EP, ‘All at Once’, at the end of August. (You can read my review of that EP effort here.) The group, led by childhood friends and songwriters Chris “Barny” Barnard (vocals) and Tom Piggott (guitar) have joined forces with American free download Web site Noisetrade to give away a sampler of four tracks. You can get them for free, but if you like what you hear, we recommend you giving them a tip for their trouble. The ‘What Have We Done?’ sampler pack includes ‘Imperfections’, title track ‘What Have We Done?’, ‘Carousel’ and ‘Reality’.
Get your ‘What Have We Done?’ sampler of their music from Noisetrade here. For more on Passport to Stockholm on TGTF, head this way.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at 9:00 am
Disclosure – the brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence – have announced a short series of UK dates for late November and early December. They’ll no doubt be playing tracks from their 2013 Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘Settle’ but more importantly, the brand new tunes from ‘Caracal’, their sophomore album being released this Friday, the 25th of September. A ticket presale will take place starting next Wednesday, the 30th of September, via DICE; the general sale will begin on Friday the 2nd of October. You best be quick on the mark for these tickets, as I can bet you they’ll be going fast.
For all things Disclosure on TGTF, go here.
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Saturday 28th November 2015 – Manchester Central
Tuesday 1st December 2015 – London Alexandra Palace
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – London Alexandra Palace