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By Mary Chang
on Monday, 20th February 2017 at 6:00 pm
Singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh will be releasing his sophomore album in May. ‘Time is a Riddle’, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to Sital-Singh’s 2014 debut album ‘The Fire Inside’, will drop on the 12th of May on Raygun Records / Red Essential. A few days ago, he revealed the promo video for teaser single ‘Killing Me’, which he revealed a few short weeks ago. Inspired by the love his grandmother had for his grandfather, the video has an interesting self-described moment of “serendipity”, as Sital-Singh explains:
It’s cut from digitised cine films that my wife’s late grandfather shot in the Seventies. They were only sent to us recently because her parents were in the process of moving to Vancouver. When I watched them, the nostalgic nature and the parallels with both our grandparents, it just felt tonally right, and a little note of serendipity
Watch the nostalgic video for ‘Killing Me’ below. To read Carrie’s previous review of the single, go here. For more of TGTF’s past coverage on the singer/songwriter, follow this link.
As this year’s SXSW Music Festival rapidly approaches and our preview coverage kicks into high gear, we’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions.
TGTF got a sneak preview of Northern Irish five-piece Silences at SXSW 2016, when their frontman Conchúr White had a last-minute opportunity to make the trip to Austin. We caught White for this interview during his initial SXSW foray, and he mentioned looking forward to having his bandmates join him for SXSW 2017. (In case you missed it, our full coverage of Silences at last year’s festival can be found right back here.)
Describe your music / sound in three words.
Passionate, Real, Diverse??
(If this will be your first time at SXSW) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I was invited to play at a few unofficial solo shows last year and it was eye opener. It was probably one of the biggest turning points for me as a musician, There is just so much out there and if you don’t nail it, no one cares because there is probably an act on next door is killing it. It made me want to get better and come back with the group this year and here we are. Most of the group haven’t been to the USA so they’re very excited.
(If you’ve been to SXSW before) What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Do as much as you can. Austin is beautiful, enjoy that. Enjoy the people and the atmosphere. I’ve never experienced anything like SXSW before.
Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
There are countless acts but I’ll give you two. Agnes Obel for the simple fact that she and her group are stunning. They performed at a festival we were at a few years ago and it was just one of the most special things I have witnessed. The other is Jealous Of The Birds. We have the same management but I recommend seeing her without any bias. Her songs are beautiful and people are really starting to take notice. Her band have come on leaps and bounds and I think they’re going to have a great SXSW.
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Just being there, appreciating the city and not being sick (hopefully). I had the flu last year so it kinda killed my buzz.
Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’m boring, you should ask our keyboardist though. He’s very unusual.
If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Please don’t we’ll probably be outrageously drunk already. Jokes, let’s get a shot.
Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…
What song is your earliest musical memory?
Dancing to Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’.
What was your favourite song as a child?
Something by Oasis, maybe ‘Rock n Roll Star’.
What song always makes you laugh?
‘Monto’ – Dubliners. My dad used to sing it to me and it reminds me of being very young and laughing uncontrollably at the rude parts.
What song always makes you cry?
So many, I’m such a baby. I was very hungover recently and burst out in to tears when ‘Fast Car’ [by Tracy Chapman] came on the radio…I know.
What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Becoming A Jackal’ – Villagers.
What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Poke’ by Frightened Rabbit.
Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
There are so many but right now, let’s say Death Cab for Cutie – the entire ‘Transatlanticism’ album.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
My favourite books are by Charles Bukowski. Favourite lyrics by Leonard Cohen.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably have worked in business (unsuccessfully).
If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Something I have never listened to before. Maybe ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ [by Pink Floyd]. I know, I know. I’m a fraud.
Many thanks to Conchúr for answering these questions, and to Sarah and Declan for their kind assistance.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 20th February 2017 at 11:00 am
As you might imagine, London leads the charge with the largest number of artists one city in the UK is sending to SXSW 2017. In this post, we introduce you to 17 acts from the capital who are experts in bashing it out on the guitar and drums and hitting you with a powerful voice. Yes, that’s right. Today’s edition of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017 is all about the rock bands of London. The summaries below were written by Steven Loftin except where noted. Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2017 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.
If the current The 1975 movement is your thing, then you’re welcome: Artificial Pleasure are sure to be a hit for you with their funkadelic, modern and sleazy in all the right ways sound, if you don’t want to dance during recent single ‘I’ll Make It Worth Your While’, then I’m sorry, there’s no hope for you. Although they only formed last year, it’s clear the future is certainly going to be bright for this band and their shows, filled with dancing feet.
The Big Moon
At the forefront of the UK’s new indie wave, The Big Moon have heads rockin’ and rollin’ with a beautiful blending of retro sounds with a modern edge. Their debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ scheduled for release in April is up for pre-order now, and this is definitely a band you will not want to miss out on, especially at SXSW. You can read Rebecca’s review of their single ‘Formidable’ back here.
A wonderful ‘60s vibe emanates from South London trio Blueprint Blue. With a hesitating innocence in their sound, all the way down to the wandering notes that fall out of place, it’s fun and light-hearted with no real offence.
With a bluesy acoustic sound that builds itself around the use of atmospheric electronica, Chelou has a fresh noise that is filled with mood and melody. Think Chet Faker, with a bit more reserve and accompanied by some pretty sweet animation style videos. To also help you gauge him, consider the word ‘chelou’ is actually a French term for shady or suspicious. Talk about being on brand.
Desert Mountain Tribe
London by way of Cologne, Desert Mountain Tribe are bringing that classic ‘60s garage, psychedelic sound to the modern age. Not messing with the formula too much, they’re raucous and do what they do well. Well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the swinging throwback garage sound.
London trio Doe’s ‘wonky alt-pop’ seems to draw directly from ‘90s Britpop, characterised by forceful, yet melodic guitars and a certain level of whimsy. Four years old (pretty long for an indie band these days) and having a whole load of releases under their belt already, their wry humour should set them apart from the rest of the pack in Austin. (Mary Chang)
A band who really need no introduction, Feeder have been around for decades. If you’ve somehow managed to miss out on their mammoth single ‘Buck Rogers’, then you have our pity and should check it out right now before you do anything else. Roaring back into life this year with new album ‘All Bright Electric’, Feeder are proving there’s life in the old dog yet.
The oddly named Jennings Couch comprises three graduates of BIMM from Bristol, Brighton and London. There’s not a whole lot for us to go on about this new band; we can’t even share a full song with you, because their Soundcloud are private. What’s not up for disagreement is frontman Lei Jennings’s strong look, somewhere in between Meat Loaf, Fabio and Captain Jack Sparrow. We doubt they’ll be bringing a sofa with them, but we’ll report in from Austin about their live show if we can. (Mary Chang)
Joey Prendergast used to be part of Tubelord, but since 2012 he’s been associated with London trio Joey Fourr. Lo-fi seems to be the word in rock these days, especially in America, so it’s not hard to imagine their tunes going over well in Austin, even if the group insist that their style of music is “WONK-POP 4 QUEER KIDS”. (Mary Chang)
Pretty furious in sound and attitude, Mantra (pictured at top) are another one of those upcoming bands with a chip on their shoulder and representing their generation. Songs about being outcasts in the world at large, they match this with good, old-fashioned solid rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of spit.
Formed in the late Seventies, Modern English are perhaps best known for their 1982 single ‘I Melt With You’, a song that soundtracked countless romantic moments as well as a Burger King commercial in the States. Releasing their eighth studio album ‘Take Me To The Trees’ in 2016, that was crowdfunded via PledgeMusic, they’ve proven that even with their 30+ years they still have that indie darling pull.
Saint Leonard’s Horses
Reimagining himself and taking a band with him under the guise of Saint Leonard’s Horses, London songwriter Kieran Leonard has all the tales and all the talent. Having supported everyone from Ryan Adams to The Libertines, Leonard and his Horses know how to take you on a journey and give one hell of a ride.
Shame, five teenage friends from Brixton, relish taking their shirts off onstage in the moment (hmm, Red Hot Chili Peppers much?). There isn’t much online on the band, but that’s because they’re just getting started. There’s another reason behind this: they’re being very careful about their image and making sure their sound is exactly what they want to unveil to the world. Their approach has paid off: they’ve already caught the eyes and ears of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, playing live for him in January as part of 6 Music Live. And they won’t be lying down after their close-up at SXSW 2017: they will be returning triumphantly to the UK for their support slot for California rockers Warpaint’s live dates in late March. No shame here. (Mary Chang)
Skinny Girl Diet
It feels like 2017 could be the year Skinny Girl Diet thrive. Part of the Riot Grrrl movement, Skinny Girl Diet are as DIY and hardcore you can get and won’t take any of your crap. Young and riotous with an actual message, they sure haven’t forgotten the important platform provides for social protest. [The Fader in America have already picked up wind of these gals, so don’t drag your feet. –Ed.]
Gearing up to release their second album ‘Waiting A Lifetime’ in April, Londoner’s Splashh are heading to Texas to make a…well…a splash. Indie rock at its finest, none too offensive and easily listened to.
This Be the Verse
Time for something a little bit heavier and constructed. This Be the Verse is a new project fronted by one man that somehow has unrestrained power, yet twists it into cleverly constructed and sinister tracks. His self-titled debut album is an industrial horrorscape of brilliance and savagery.
More English indie rock, as only we can do it. Heartbreaking, yearning and like a rainy night in Manchester, Ultimate Painting also use influences such as Velvet Underground to attack with a more reserved chagrin. Being tipped by many UK outlets, they’re one band that 2017 is looking to be a real good time for.
American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has announced a list of live dates in the UK and Ireland for this September, in support of his newly released album ‘Prisoner’. Our own Steven reviewed the album back here, ahead of its release last Friday. You can have a listen to album track ‘Doomsday’ just below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the following shows will be available starting Friday the 24th of February. A full listing of Adams’ upcoming worldwide tour dates can be found on his official Facebook. You can read TGTF’s complete previous coverage of Ryan Adams through this link.
Friday 8th September 2017 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Saturday 9th September 2017 – Cork Opera House
Monday 11th September 2017 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Thursday 14th September 2017 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 15th September 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sunday 17th September 2017 – Gateshead Sage
Monday 18th September 2017 – Leeds Academy
Friday 22nd September 2017 – London Royal Albert Hall
Five-piece rock band To Kill a King have just announced a series of three live shows in London this May, just ahead of festival season. They also recently unveiled a dramatic new track titled ‘The Problem Of Evil’, which is set to appear on their upcoming third LP, due out later this year. You can check out the promo video for ‘The Problem of Evil’, starring Ruby Bentall, at the bottom of this page. Keyboard player Ben Jackson spoke of the newly announced shows in the context of recording the band’s forthcoming album:
For the last year we’ve been locked in small windowless rooms with nothing but each other for company. So as you can imagine we are super excited to announce these May shows. It’s been too long since we played in London, the venues are all nice intimate rooms with great sound and playing three dates means that we can do three different setlists. We’ll be unleashing our new tunes as well as playing the old favourites and we can’t fucking wait.
The first show of To Kill a King’s “London tour” will take place at Soho’s Borderline, which is currently closed for refurbishment but scheduled to reopen next month. Hackney’s Oslo will host the second show of the sequence, and the final show will be held at Omeara, a new central London venue opened late last year by Mumford and Sons‘ Ben Lovett.
Tickets for the following gigs are available now. TGTF’s past coverage of To Kill a King, including a review of their 2015 self-titled album, is right back this way.
Thursday 11th May 2017 – London Borderline
Friday 12th May 2017 – London Oslo
Saturday 13th May 2017 – London Omeara
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 17th February 2017 at 6:00 pm
It’s a big week for Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart, better known under their act name The Kills. On Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, they celebrated the 15th anniversary of their first live show together by putting on a special intimate show at Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City. The show as recorded as part of the ‘Live At Electric Lady Studios’ series, so the Kills are in good company: the first artist who participated in the series way back when was Patti Smith.
They’ve also unveiled a new video from sixth album ‘Ash & Ice’, which was unveiled last summer on Domino Records. ‘Whirring Eye’ was recorded on a GoPro in a 360-degree format, so it can be watched on Google Chrome, smartphone or on a mobile VR device, and you can explore the video further using your mouse or the ASWD keys on your keyboard. Watch it below. Want more of the Kills on TGTF? Use this link to read through our past coverage on the pair.
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