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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 12:00 pm
Kent’s self-described ‘dirty pop’ band Get Inuit have had a busy 2016, including performing for international audiences at SXSW in March including at longtime champion Huw Stephens and PRS for Music’s evening showcase, touring with their now mates Spring King and bringing their sunny music and attitude to loads of summer festivals. They’ve now unveiled a new single, and it’s a doozy. It’s one in what is becoming a long line of catchy tunes with their own stamp of craziness. Sadly to fans of Japanese cuisine like yours truly, ‘Teriyaki’ isn’t a song about the food of ol’ Nippon at all. What is certain is that this song’s recording and production was backed financially by the PRS for Music Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund, support only anointed to a select group of British acts.
The first clue of the single cover art is the upside down vanilla ice cream cone melting, forlornly on the ledge of an electric blue wall. Beginning with a fuzzed out noise that sounds like what happens in the studio when autotune is applied to a guitar line, you know you’re heading into something completely different. Lead singer Jamie Glass sings, “maybe I’ve got 99 problems, but we’re all going to hell!” in his trademark winsome yelp. Is he being serious? As Glass wails in the chorus, “I can’t remember who I was before”, he betrays his uncertainty of who he has become and what lies in the future. Appearing in an engaging singalong of a song, if you aren’t paying attention, you might have missed it.
It struck me as I was listening to this single that Get Inuit just might be pioneering an anti-punk movement. While their lyrics have always swung into the weird and nonsensical, skirting the line at slacker lo-fi, their instrumentation has always sounded full and amazing, if not polished. Brash in sound but not at all foolhardy in execution, ‘Teriyaki’ is one delicious proposition in pop on its head.
The digital version of Get Inuit’s newest single ‘Teriyaki’ is out now. A physical 7” will follow on the 30th of September on Tunbridge Wells-based DIY record label Unlabel. For more of TGTF’s coverage of the Kent band, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 19th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
Australian group The Peep Tempel come highly recommended by friends of mine down under with the most discerning of musical tastes. So imagine my delight upon hearing their third album will be made available in the States next month. The punk band from Melbourne will release ‘Joy’, the follow-up to the 2014 Australian Music Prize-nominated ‘Tales’, on the 14th of October on WingSing / RedEye.
To preview the album to the global audience who might not be familiar with their work, they’ve unveiled the promo video for ‘Rayguns’, featured on the new release. As the first single from ‘Joy’, it sets an incredible tone for an album I expect to be an incisive and unique look at the things that need to be talked about. In the video, lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Scott plays both himself and a tv news presenter unfazed by the exact inanity he’s reporting on. (A more detailed description of how this song came about is available from FLOOD.) There’s a nice cameo by a moray eel in here too, ha. Watch the video for ‘Rayguns’ below, and stay tuned for the release of ‘Joy’, which has the potential of being as big for The Peep Tempel’s career as ‘Holding Hands for Jamie’ was for Girl Band.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 19th September 2016 at 4:00 pm
Radiohead have released a new live video showcasing another song from their current album. ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, their surprise release in early May, was reviewed here on TGTF by our Steven.
In their latest visual directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood), the band takes to far more intimate environment than their fame would normally dictate. Seemingly as small time and low key as friends around a campfire, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, accompanied by their guitars and a Roland CR-78 drum machine, are shown performing album track ‘Present Tense’ in this unusual video made in California. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s coverage of Radiohead, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 19th September 2016 at 11:00 am
English electropop group Fenech-Soler have returned, though they’re down to two members. Bassist Daniel Soler and drummer Andrew Lindsay’s split from the band was amicably, leaving brothers Ben and Ross Duffy to continue without them. Last Friday, they released their surprise four-track ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP, a testament to the Northamptonshire brothers’ devotion to the dance floor bangers. It’s the act’s follow-up to 2013 album ‘Rituals’, released back then on Warner Records.
Fenech-Soler currently only have two UK dates announced so far – an appearance at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival on the 8th of October, followed by a headline show on the 27th of October at London Hackney Oslo. We hope that many more live dates are to follow on both sides of the pond.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 16th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
Edinburgh-born, London-based artist Elle Exxe is previewing her upcoming debut album with a new single. ‘Sick’ shows a side of the singer that will remind you of Florence and the Machine, but with a soulful swagger that’s all her own. The single’s accompanying music video is an animated neon tour de force, chronicling the strong emotions that come forth from love and heartbreak. Watch the video for ‘Sick’ below. ‘Love Fuelled Hate’, Elle Exxe’s debut album that’s being supported by PledgeMusic UK, will be out on the 7th of October.
One More Time With Feeling is the heartbreaking tale of how Nick Cave turned the grief surrounding the tragic death of his 15-year-old son Arthur into ‘Skeleton Tree’, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ latest album. The documentary, which was screened in select cinemas across the world last Thursday, the 9th of September, features interviews with Cave, as well as footage of him recording his new album at Air Studios in London, where his creativity has been inspired by his son’s passing.
Director Andrew Dominik, renowned for The Assassination of Jesse James, builds stunning visuals around Cave’s disembodied sound of the new record, combining 3D imagery with stark black-and-white imagery. Cave also provides a retrospective voiceover, which is brilliantly edited to fit around the conversations he is having in real time as presented in the film.
As One More Time With Feeling progresses, fashion designer Susie Bick, Cave’s wife, becomes more of a prominent figure in the documentary. In one of the film’s most touching scenes, she shows off Arthur’s painting of a local windmill, while Cave sits by her side, deep in his thoughts. It quickly becomes evident that the couple channelled the pain of their tragic loss to help drive themselves and their careers forward. Bick, a successful fashion designer, got “lost” in designing a new line to channel what positive energy she could muster through her sorrow.
The result of this is ‘Skeleton Tree’, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Cave addresses the tragic passing of his son as early as the first line on the record: “You fell from the sky, crash landed in a field near the River Adur”. He also recalls his own preconceptions of death: “I used to think that when you died you kind of wandered the world, in a slumber ‘til you crumbled were absorbed into the earth. I don’t think that anymore”.
Each of the eight tracks on the album are held together by Cave’s grief-filled, spoken word style of lyrics, which stand out through a combination of his profound voice and the overpowering bass and low tones. He sounds defeated. He sounds like a man on the verge of tears. It gives the listener a sense of Nick Cave’s emotional state and how he is coping with any parent’s worst nightmare.
One More Time With Feeling and ‘Skeleton Tree brilliantly go hand-in-hand to give an insight into how Nick Cave and his wife dealt with the passing of his son. Whilst you don’t need to see the documentary to understand the trauma Cave went through, the album’s powerful sentiment will provide you exactly the idea of how difficult it was for him to make.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ ‘Skeleton Tree’ newest album is out now on Bad Seed Ltd. Editor of TGTF Mary Chang contributed to this feature.
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