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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 16th April 2015 at 12:00 pm
Last summer, London-based alt rock / pop outfit Longfellow released the highly enjoyable ‘Prelude’, a so-called mini-album of tracks. More than an EP but marginally less than a full album, it certainly whet my appetite for further from the five-piece. I’ve been told their debut album is on the horizon (let’s hope it’ll see the light of day later in 2015), but on Monday, the band will release the EP ‘Remedy’, which will tide us over until we get their debut.
‘Remedy’ is a curious title, isn’t it? Are we talking about a cure of medicinal means, or something less literal or obvious, like Little Boots and her “dancing is my remedy, remedy”? There may only be four songs on offer here, but as a neat little set of songs, they run the gamut of human emotion in love and present different options for resolving relationships. The EP begins with strong single ‘Where I Belong’, which at first sounds vaguely stalkerish until you queue it up a couple times.
I was quickly got sucked into the mesmerising rhythm and held onto the spare yet somehow sultry guitar and piano notes (placed perfectly, I might add), and then I fully understood where the song was going. The chorus – “I confess it / I wanna see right through / wanna keep you ’til you’re dust and bone / I want to love ’til my heart stops beating / wanna hold you ’til you turn to stone” – indicates the protagonist of this song is, yes, obsessed with the object of his affection, but the overwhelming sense of loving desire overtakes eeriness. We previously featured ‘Medic’ as a Video of the Moment, and as has been described here and elsewhere, there’s a reason why Longfellow has been tipped to be the successor (and I pray the eventual toppler) to stadium kings Coldplay. Driven by piano tremeloes at the start, it continues to build to an anthemic chorus of “we need to work it out, work it out / we all need a little love sometimes”.
‘Chokehold’ is another beauty but its tempo is gentler; its premise is in stark contrast to ‘Where I Belong’, as it chronicles the need to get out of a toxic relationship, and how important it is to let go when a good thing has gone bad. The one oddball on the EP is track three, ‘Fabric’, which incorporates percussive, echoey synths against at times r&b lead vocal for a more mainstream pop effect. It’s not bad but some reason, it’s not entirely believable from these lads (“you’re so cold, you make my temper rise”), so here’s to hoping the debut album as a whole sounds more like the other three tunes. Fingers crossed.
Longfellow’s new EP ‘Remedy’ is out next Monday, the 20th of April, on Fierce Panda Records. Catch them at Live at Leeds on the 2nd of May and playing a headline show at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London on the 5th of May. For past TGTF coverage on Longfellow, head this way.
Hot on the heels of three recent well-received and sold out UK shows, Everything Everything have just announced a full November tour of the UK. The band’s new album ‘Get to Heaven’ is due for release on the 15th of June, and around the release date they will make festival appearances at Liverpool Sound City, T in the Park, and Reading and Leeds. Tickets for the following headline shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 17th of April, at 9 AM.
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Cardiff Great Hall
Sunday 8th November 2015 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Monday 9th November 2015 – Portsmouth Pyramid
Wednesday 11th November 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 12th November 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 13th November 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 14th November 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 16th November 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Tuesday 17th November 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Bristol Academy
Friday 20th November 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Death Cab for Cutie have announced details of a November tour of the UK to follow their already sold out three-night London residency at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and their scheduled appearance at Glastonbury, both in June. The band have recently realigned as a trio following the departure of founding member Chris Walla during the production of their recent LP ‘Kintsugi’.
You can watch the video for album track ‘Black Sun’ just below the tour date listing. Previous TGTF coverage of Death Cab for Cutie is right back here. Tickets for the following shows go on sale on tomorrow, Friday the 17th of April, at 9 AM.
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 4th November 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Birmingham Academy
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 at 6:00 pm
Sometimes less is more when it comes to electronic music. I’d say that’s definitely the case with ‘Fractured World’, from Monarchy‘s latest and crowd-funded album ‘Abnocto’, which was released last month on the London via Oz electronic duo’s own Hacan Records. While the song lacks the sexy edge that ‘Dancing in the Corner’ revealed to us in January, ‘Fractured World’ buzzes along, the lyrics against the melody’s tempered freneticism, while the promo takes advantage of the reds, oranges and blacks of Russian constructivism in a tangram display. Watch the video below.
‘Abnocto’ is out now on Hacan Records.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 at 4:00 pm
If you’re looking for something fantastic to get you over the midweek slump, we’ve got you covered. American band Eels just released yesterday a special 2-disc CD, 3-cisc clear purple vinyl and a DVD, the band’s third, ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’. You can watch the whole gig below as filmed on the 30th of June 2014, courtesy of our friends at Baeblemusic. To watch the whole presentation in its full-sized glory, watch it at Baeblemusic’s Web site.
With their recent signing to FatCat Records, Sheffield lo-fi indie pop quartet Best Friends are looking ahead to the release of their debut full-length album, ‘Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane.’, which is due out on the 4th of July. The newest single from the album, ‘If You Think Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out’ is set for official release on the 18th of May but is streaming now on the band’s Soundcloud.
The new single feels exponentially more frenetic and anxious than the album’s lively initial teaser ‘Shred Til You’re Dead’, which was featured here on TGTF as an MP3 of the Day back in January. The relentless forward momentum of ‘If You Think Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out’ spins on the verge of losing control, propelled by the constant push of the drums and the repeated wail of the main guitar riff, while the thin layer of echoing backing vocals add to the overall sense of disorientation. Lead singer Lewis Sharman’s abrasive vocal lines are often more growled or shouted than sung, unlike his more laid-back vocal delivery on ‘Shred Til You’re Dead’ and more similar to hard-edged previous single ‘Fake Spit’.
The three tracks do share a couple of notable qualities, particularly the piercingly hooky guitar lines and infectious punk energy that are likely to weave their way through the anticipated LP release later this year. Of the three tracks, however, I would say that ‘If You Think Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out’ is probably the least memorable and the least engaging, as it lacks the distinctive intro of ‘Fake Spit’ or the sunny musical mood of ‘Shred Til You’re Dead’. Its dynamic level leans heavily on the loud end of the spectrum and Sharman’s vocals are overly harsh. I found that sonic combination to be a bit tiring to my ears, despite the catchiness of the guitar riffs and the racing immediacy of the song’s tempo. I suspect that ‘If You Think Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out’ might work better in the context of the complete LP, depending on the intensity of the other songs and its placement in the tracklisting. Then again, maybe I’m overthinking it.
Best Friends embark tonight on a tour of the UK with fellow Sheffield duo Nai Harvest. You can read previous TGTF coverage of Best Friends right back here.
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