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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.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 1st September 2015 at 4:00 pm
My my, how the mighty alt-J have risen. If you don’t believe me, check out their Main Stage appearance at Reading last Friday, performing the incredibly catchy ‘Left Hand Free’, from their sophomore album ‘This is All Yours’ released in autumn 2014, embedded below.
To watch the promo video for ‘Left Hand Free’ that debuted last summer, head here. Want more on alt-J 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 Tuesday, 1st September 2015 at 12:00 pm
Teenage friends and songwriters Chris “Barny” Barnard (vocals) and Tom Piggott (guitar) are at the heart of London-based act Passport to Stockholm, who I introduced you all to last summer in this previous Bands to Watch. Just last Friday, the group – which includes percussionist Henri Grimes and cellist Mariona De Lamo – released their latest EP, ‘All at Once’. It seems quite a prophetic title, given that Passport to Stockholm are set to perform this year’s CMJ in October in New York City, having already caught the eye of our friends Baeblemusic in the Big Apple who said their EP track ‘Chemistry propels the band “…into the pantheon of passionate and sincere British pop / folk / rock which has dominated the charts for the last 5 years.” But I’m getting ahead of myself here…
The title track begins the EP in earnest, Barnard’s full voice rising, sweeping note to note and above satisfying above the anthemic but otherwise brilliantly understated guitar strums, cello notes and percussion. The overall effect is lush, with his bandmates’ backing vocals joining to add further richness. The pizzicato strings add interest in the verses of ‘Let Me Know’, which are then followed by Barnard’s alternating staccatoing and smooth vocal delivery; the textural differences show a maturity that puts Passport to Stockholm far ahead of any of their indie pop contemporaries.
The earlier mentioned ‘Chemistry’ is the EP standout track, beginning and continuing on with pounding beats, accompanied by the yearning cello. But it’s Barnard’s vocals and the lyrics that are the real stars here. The chemistry addressed here is the tricky, ridiculous kind that stems from the weird gut feeling we get when we meet someone else and know we should be with him/her and going further from that, the terrible feeling that keeps us up at night when she/he is already with someone else (in this case, the woman is married to another man). The painful conflict of reconnecting with and romancing someone you loved and still love is evident in the words “already in love, you got back in touch, I just couldn’t turn you down.” You feel the ache, the void as the song ends with ” I won’t love like this again / I’ll never love like this again.”
The EP closes with the catchy, xylophone-laden ‘Wanted It More’, and if you’ve been listening to the EP from start to finish you come to the conclusion that this song, or any on this EP really, would feel right at home on a rom-com soundtrack or, dare I say it, Radio 2. The sweeping instrumentation with Barnard’s vocals make for a poppy, accessible sound that I’m betting will make waves far beyond their native England in short order.
‘All at Once’, the new EP from Passport to Stockholm, is out now.
Following their weekend appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, the Maccabees have announced a lengthy list of winter tour dates in support of their recent album ‘Marks to Prove It’. The 13-date tour will start in Nottingham on the 18th of November and, after a holiday break in December, will end with two nights at London Brixton Academy on the 21st and 22nd of January 2016.
Tickets for the following live dates go on sale Friday, the 4th of September, at 9.30 AM. Previous TGTF coverage of the Maccabees can be found by clicking here.
Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 19th November 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 20th November 2015 – Norwich UEA
Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 23rd November 2015 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 24th November 2015 – Southampton Guildhall
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Leeds Academy
Friday 27th November 2015 – Reading Hexagon
Saturday 28th November 2015 – Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 15th January 2016 – Glasgow Barrowland
Monday 18th January 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Thursday 21st January 2016 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 22nd January 2016 – London Brixton Academy
During the encore of their Friday night headline set at Reading Festival, folk rock favourites Mumford and Sons took the opportunity to announce an 11-date arena tour of the UK and Ireland. The newly unveiled live dates will include a two-night run at London O2 on the 9th and 10th of December before the tour closes in Glasgow on the 13th. The support slot for all dates except the 10th of December will be played by Jack Garratt.
Mumford and Sons released their album ‘Wilder Mind’ earlier this year on Island/Glassnote. TGTF’s previous coverage of Mumford and Sons, including two singles from ‘Wilder Mind’, can be found right back here. Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale this coming Friday, the 4th of September, at 9 AM.
Saturday 28th November 2015 – Nottingham Arena
Sunday 29th November 2015 – Sheffield Arena
Monday 30th November 2015 – Birmingham Arena
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – Dublin 3Arena
Saturday 5th December 2015 – Cardiff Arena
Sunday 6th December 2015 – Manchester Arena
Monday 7th December 2015 – Liverpool Echo
Wednesday 9th December 2015 – London O2
Thursday 10th December 2015 – London O2
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Leeds Arena
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 31st August 2015 at 10:00 am
Guy Garvey’s inaugural signing to his label Snug Platters, Steve, has a new promo video for her upcoming single ‘Two Point Nearly Zero’. I’m not even going to try and explain this one, so you’ll just have to watch the promo below. The song is track #2 on Steve’s ‘Danger! High Failure Rate’ 10″ vinyl release and like all of Snug Platters’ future releases, it is limited to a pressing of 1000 and can only be purchased through Fiction Records’ Web store.
In true punk style, Steve will only communicate to the outside world via text. To contact her about this new video or any other burning topics you have on your mind, text SNUG to 62277 (UK mobiles only, naturally). To read Carrie’s review of Steve’s previous single ‘Emergency Art Rate’ from back in May, go here.
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