By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 11:00 am
Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.
We’re at installment number six, and this time we’re quizzing drummer Logan Kroeber of San Francisco alt rockers the Dodos, who released their sixth album ‘Individ’ in January. Carrie also caught them live in Tucson last week. The duo are relative veterans to the indie scene, so it makes sense that Kroeber has sound advice for those coming to Austin for the first time, and he also appears to have a thing about Swiss musician and producer DJ Bobo…
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I just found out there are some old friends living there, so catching up with them and eating some good food. If it’s hot going swimming too!
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’s too many to choose from. I just hope I get to see some good rap and I’ll probably spend some time at the Thrasher Death Match.
Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ve got nothing weird in my bag except more clothes than most, because doing laundry on tour can be a nightmare and I wanna keep it to a minimum.
If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A cold beer or a Hennessy on the rocks if you’re feeling really generous.
What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be nice to the locals and be prepared to suffer. Drink water.
Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:
What song is your earliest musical memory?
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played on a plastic recorder. The California Raisins.
What was your favourite song as a child?
‘We Close Our Eyes’ by Oingo Boingo.
What song makes you laugh?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.
What song makes you cry?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.
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.)
Rose Royce, ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’.
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.)
DJ Bobo, ‘Circus’. [I’ve never heard of this DJ Bobo character, and now I’m curious… -Ed.]
Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R. Kelly.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Devin the Dude.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
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.)
Slayer, ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, because I bet he’s curious how the other half lives.
Thank you Logan for your answers and Brendan for sorting this out for us!
Alt-rock heavyweights Arcane Roots have just announced a massive UK tour in anticipation of their forthcoming full length release. The band have also hinted at a new single release around their UK live dates. They will finish this extensive tour with two shows at London Oslo, the first including a full performance of their mini album ‘Left Fire’ and the second comprising an interactive show where the band will take set list suggestions from fans.
In addition to this full month of touring, Arcane Roots are on the lineup for the Takedown Festival on the 7th of March, Live at Leeds on the 2nd of May and the 2000 Trees Festival on the 9th of July. Head this way for previous TGTF coverage of Arcane Roots, including several live reviews. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Belfast Sub
Friday 24th April 2015 – Sheffield Corporation
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Edinburgh Mash House
Sunday 26th April 2015 – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Tuesday 28th April 2015 – Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 29th April 2015 – Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Thursday 30th April 2015 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 1st May 2015 – Birmingham Institute Temple
Sunday 3rd May 2015 – York Fibbers
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Liverpool Arts Club
Thursday 7th May 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Friday 8th May 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 10th May 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 13th May 2015 – Chester Live Rooms
Thursday 14th May 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Friday 15th May 2015 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Sunday 17th May 2015 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Tuesday 19th May 2015 – Exeter Cavern
Wednesday 20th May 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Thursday 21st May 2015 – Guildford Boiler Room
Friday 22nd May 2015 – London Oslo (part 1, ‘Left Fire’ in full)
Saturday 23rd May 2015 – London Oslo (part 2, fan assisted set list show)
Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes has followed his recently released solo LP ‘Matador’ with a list of live dates in the UK for this spring. In the midst of his headline dates, Coombes is also scheduled to appear at Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and London’s Field Day festival. Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale tomorrow, Friday the 27th of February, at 9 AM.
You can find previous TGTF coverage of Gaz Coombes right here. Below the tour date listing, watch the newly premiered video for the next single from ‘Matador’, which is titled ‘Detroit’ and due for release on the 6th of April.
Thursday 30th April 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 1st May 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 15th May 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms
Friday 22nd May 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 23rd May 2015 – Cardiff Gate
Hot on the heels of her sold out February tour in support of debut album ‘Unguarded’ released on Atlantic in January (read David’s review here), pop singer/songwriter Rae Morris has announced a new set of UK headline dates for this October. Ahead of the new October dates, Morris will play the Dot 2 Dot and Love Saves the Day festivals in May before spending June and July opening for Tom Odell. Morris is also on the bill for several late summer festivals; check her Web site for full details.
Below the tour date listing, stream Morris’ upcoming single ‘Love Again’. Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 27th of February.
Thursday 1st October 2015 – Leeds Stylus
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Newcastle Academy 2
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Thursday 8th October 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 9th October 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Sunday 11th October 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 15th October 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 6:00 pm
The creators of ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’, Slaves are currently on tour with the NME Awards tour and through the middle of next week. One can only assume they enjoy automobiles, as their latest promo for ‘Feed the Mantaray’, shows the pair running away (underwater too) from a stingray who won’t leave them alone. Essentially, this looks like what Spongebob Squarepants would probably turn out to be if left in Isaac and Laurie’s hands. Gotta love lads who don’t take themselves too seriously. Watch it below.
‘Feed the Mantaray’ will appear on the band’s debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’, out the 1st of June on Virgin EMI; pre-order it from their Web site. The duo will be appearing at all three major city festivals in May – Live at Leeds, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City – but for a full list of their upcoming appearances, head to their Facebook.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 4:00 pm
Header photo by Emma Swann
Let’s say you’re just minding you own business down Camden Lock, wanting to do a bit of shopping or get a piercing. All of a sudden, your relative tranquility is shaken by an impromptu gig put on by a rock band. Well, that’s exactly what happened on Saturday, when Gnarwolves floated down the canal in a barge, surprising fans and curious onlookers with a five-song set. Says the band of their guerrilla gig:
WE STAND FOR SCRAPING BY. SKATE OR DIE. Playing on a barge was awesome, surreal in fact! We’ve played in some weird countries, small, tight, little venues, cafés and shops but we’ve never played on a boat, outside, in the freezing cold to hundreds of kids in Camden. We’ve played in three or four venues in and around Camden before but this was a whole new experience. This is one of the best gigs we’ve ever done. It was great to show everyone some real punk songs and that the punk scene is alive and kicking.
The surprise show was sponsored by the Dr. Martens brand, long synonymous with Camden, and their ongoing #STANDFORSOMETHING tour. Watch the mayhem – well, controlled mayhem, you know what I mean – below.