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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
Norwich teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma released their debut album ‘I, Gemini’, and they’ve already garnered attention on both sides of the Atlantic. Best friends Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth have already proved in their off-kilter past singles including ‘Deep Six Textbook’ and ‘Eat Shiitake Mushrooms’ that they’re really out there. Latest single taken from ‘I, Gemini’, the cheekily titled ‘Sax in the City’, continues close behind in their footsteps.
The video for the song, too, shows off the pair’s penchant for not following the pack. Director Ben Sommers, who also directed the ‘Eat Shiitake Mushrooms’ promo, had this to say about the making of this new visual:
We intended to keep the video quite lighthearted and playful, with Jenny and Rosa as babies crawling through the busy city landscape – we also wanted to make a subtle comment on social and political issues – the outcome a slight nod to Orwell’s 1984 and how true his novel is seemingly becoming. The baby aspect adds something quite bizarre to the video, I think it echoes the eclectic and psychedelic nature of Let’s Eat Grandma’s sound – but also gestures something worryingly poignant in respect to the world that future generations are growing up in.
The Let’s Eat Grandma girls themselves had this to say about the video: “Just us at our favourite place, wearing our favourite colour, doing what we do best – this is the most real video of Let’s Eat Grandma yet. PS Look out for the rat.” Ha! Watch it below. ‘I, Gemini’ is now available from Transgressive Records.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 at 4:00 pm
Not sure why it took 10 months for this live gig video to appear, but we’re not (too) sore about it. Paris via Winchester singer/songwriter Josh Savage, who we’ve featured quite a bit here on TGTF, played a sold-out show last night at the Islington, so it’s great timing for this video to have surfaced. Back in November 2015, we hosted the exclusive stream of ‘Quatre Épines’, Savage’s then new EP.
Around the same time and in a much larger room than when I saw him perform in Manchester in April 2014 as part of another Sofar Sounds showcase, watch as Savage and his backing band hold the entire audience rapt in attention in performance of the EP’s title track. Catch the performance below. For more on Josh Savage on TGTF, follow this link.
It’s been a couple of years since we at TGTF last spoke with Canterbury rock band Syd Arthur. They made a lasting impression on me at SXSW 2014, where I saw them play the Harvest Records showcase along with Glass Animals and Arthur Beatrice. At the time of my last chat with the band, Syd Arthur were in the midst of the promotion cycle for their second album ‘Sound Mirror’ and had just finished an American tour with progressive rock band Yes.
Now, a bit more than two years later, Syd Arthur are back in America, touring through the end of September with singer/songwriter Jake Bugg. They’re also anticipating the release of a new album, their third, titled ‘Apricity’, due out on the 21st of October. Syd Arthur played shows along the U.S. West Coast at the end of last week, and I had the rare opportunity to do a phone interview with the UK band while they were in the same time zone as myself. I caught the members of Syd Arthur at a stop along the road “somewhere between Seattle and Portland” last Friday afternoon, and though they were between gigs, lead singer and guitarist Liam Magill graciously agreed to have a chat with me while his bandmates took a break for refreshments.
Magill revealed straightaway that Syd Arthur had a brand new single released that very day, a groove-oriented track called ‘No Peace’. ‘No Peace’ is the third single from ‘Apricity’, following ‘Sun Rays’ and the album’s title track. I wondered about the sleek, vaguely pop-leaning sound of the three new songs from a band who have often been described as “psychedelic” and “progressive”, but Magill says it’s not really a new approach. “It’s always been a part of something we’ve tried to do”, he says. “We’ve always tried to streamline and condense lots [of sounds] into a small thing. I guess this is just more of that sort of thing going on. But when you hear the whole album, there are expansive tunes on there. And when we’re playing live, we can open them up and do more expansive stuff with them in the live setting as well.”
The full album ‘Apricity’ might be expansive, musically speaking, but its title is quite specific. In case you haven’t yet consulted your dictionary on the matter, the word ‘apricity’ refers to the warmth of the sun in wintertime. “It’s a curious word,” Magill muses. “It’s like the feeling that you sometimes get, feeling the warmth of the sun in the winter. We were feeling [that] here and there, writing the record and tracking the record. We didn’t know the word at the time, we just knew that feeling.” He says they happened upon the name when band member Raven Bush’s girlfriend gave voice to the feeling. “Raven’s girlfriend is quite a wordy person, and she told us the word, and we liked the concept and the word itself, so we decided to use that.”
Eponymous album track ‘Apricity’ has been waiting even longer for a title, and Magill’s explanation turns into a discussion of Syd Arthur’s fluid songwriting approach. “That’s an old song, but it was reworked several times up until it becoming the ‘Apricity’ song on our record. A lot of the time, the music’s been written first and the lyrics will be added in. Or there’ll be some music that won’t have any words associated with it for a while, you know, and then all of a sudden the words fall into place. Sometimes I’ll have a title, and just that one word or two words will springboard a whole tune. Often there’s words that just appear as the music’s being written, and they cling, and then you add stuff to that and it all becomes clear. It all just comes together over time, really.”
Early album single ‘Sun Rays’ fits quite neatly into the ‘Apricity’ theme, but it also played nicely into the more summery vibe of TGTF’s July Spotify playlist. “It is a catchy tune, yeah”, Magill agrees. “It’s fun to play, and it connects well live. It’s quite powerful, and it feels quite modern and sort of supersonic, in a way. We’re enjoying playing that one, it’s fun.”
Stay tuned to TGTF for part 2 of this interview, which will post tomorrow. In the meantime, check back through our prior coverage of Syd Arthur right back here.
Canterbury psych-rock band Syd Arthur will play a list of live shows in England and Ireland later this autumn, around the release of their new LP ‘Apricity’. The album is due out on the 21st of October via Communion in the UK and Harvest Records in North America. You can take a listen to its third promo single ‘No Peace’ just below the tour date listing.
Syd Arthur are currently on tour in North America supporting Jake Bugg through the end of September. They will return to England to play a handful of shows with Austin, Texas rock band White Denim ahead of the headline dates listed below. A full listing of Syd Arthur’s upcoming live dates, including their album launch in Canterbury on the 18th of November, can be found on their official Facebook. Tickets for the following list of shows are available now.
Stay tuned to TGTF in the coming days for more insight on ‘Apricity’ in our interview with Syd Arthur frontman Liam Magill. In the meantime, you can read through our past coverage of the band right back here.
Saturday 15th October 2016 – London Hackney Wonderland
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Friday 28th October 2016 – Winchester Railway Inn
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Oxford Cellar
Sunday 30th October 2016 – Sheffield Harley
Monday 31st October 2016 – Newcastle Cluny
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Guildford Boileroom
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Brighton Patterns
Header photo by Cameron Wittig and Crystal Quinn
Justin Vernon and his fellow Eau Claire, Wisconsin indie heroes Bon Iver have dropped details of an imminently forthcoming new album, their first release in 5 years, and a list of live tour dates supporting the release. The new LP, titled ’22, A Million’, is due out on the 30th of September via Jagjaguwar. The lyric video for its latest promo single ’33 “God”‘ is featured just below the tour date listing.
Bon Iver will play live dates in North America this October before heading across the pond in January for shows in continental Europe and the UK. A full listing of Bon Iver’s tour dates can be found on the band’s official Web site. Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale on Friday the 16th of September at 9 AM, with artist presale beginning today, Wednesday, the 14th of September.
TGTF’s previous coverage of Bon Iver is collected right back here.
Friday 10th February 2017 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Sunday 12th February 2017 – Edinburgh Playhouse
Monday 13th February 2017 – Edinburgh Playhouse
Wednesday 15th February 2017 – London Roundhouse
Thursday 16th February 2017 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 19th February 2017 – London Hammersmith Apollo
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
American hip-hop and indie artist K.Flay is no stranger to us here at TGTF. Back in 2011, before she was better known, she performed on a bill at a TGTF-sponsored stage at The Great Escape 2011, alongside White Denim and a then unknown in the UK Foster the People. How times have changed!
She released her latest EP, ‘Crush Me’, in August, and now she’s also shared the video for the lead track from the EP. ‘Blood in the Cut’ has an industrial bent in the instrumentation, but K.Flay’s cutting lyrics (no pun intended) are, as usual, the star of the show. Check out the video for ‘Blood in the Cut’ below. ‘Crush Me’ from K.Flay is available now from Interscope / Polydor Records.
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