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Having emerged as a solo artist in 2014 with the release of two critically acclaimed EPs (‘Heart Full of Beef’ and ‘Nobody Dies’), Daisy Victoria quickly gained attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Her developing success also earned the young star support dates with Canadian-American folk rocker Martha Wainwright on her UK tour in October 2014. Almost a year later, Daisy Victoria is back with her brand new single ‘Pain of Dancers’.
Recorded at 4AD’s London studio and mixed by Damian Taylor (best known for working with Bjork, Arcade Fire and Robyn) at Golden Ratio in Montreal, ‘Pain of Dancers’ is four minutes of pure, raw emotion. This captivating track showcases Daisy Victoria’s operatic vocals over noir-esque synths, a sparkling guitar line and driving drums.
‘Pain of Dancers’, which was written by Daisy and her brother/songwriting partner Sam Lawrence, combines elements of mainstream pop with a beautifully charming, irresistible sound. The result is a track that contains the enchanting charm Daisy Victoria’s existing fanbase have come to know and love, while also appealing to a wider audience.
Ultimately, ‘Pain of Dancers’ is a fine example of Daisy Victoria’s talents and the output she is capable of. With a sound many existing artists could only dream of after two EPs, you can’t help but wonder what other tricks this intriguing, gifted young artist has up her sleeves. If she’s not already on your radar, make sure Daisy Victoria is, as there are big things to come from this small star.
Daisy Victoria’s single ‘Pain of Dancers’ will be released on the 25th of September. If you can’t wait until then, you can catch Daisy Victoria at her headline show at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington in London on Monday, the 21st of September.
Indie pop trio Scouting for Girls have announced a massive list of UK tour dates to follow the release of their new LP ‘Still Thinking About You’, due out on the 16th of October via East West Records. Frontman Roy Stride says of the new album, “we’ve embraced what people love about this band and we’ve made the ultimate Scouting For Girls record.” You can judge for yourself by streaming the audio for the album’s first single ‘Life’s Too Short’ just below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the following live dates will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday the 27th of August at 9 AM. Previous TGTF coverage of Scouting for Girls, going all the way back to 2007, can be found here.
Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Southend-On-Sea Cliffs Pavilion
Friday 20th November 2015 – Oxford Academy
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Leicester Academy
Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 23rd November 2015 – Hull University
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Friday 27th November 2015 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 28th November 2015 – Sheffield Academy
Monday 30th November 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tuesday 1st December 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 3rd December 2015 – Liverpool Academy
Friday 4th December 2015 – Bournemouth Academy
Saturday 5th December 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 7th December 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 8th December 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Wednesday 10th December 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 11th December 2015 – Leeds Academy
Friday 12th December 2015 – Cardiff University
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 25th August 2015 at 6:00 pm
Spector just released their second album ‘Moth Boys’ last Friday; read Carrie’s review of the LP here. This week, they have a new promo for the song ‘Cocktail Party’ from their latest effort. More Duran Duran than too serious, bespectacled Fred Macpherson, it was filmed in the Bahamas, is filled with scantily clad women and is the model of hedonism. Not exactly what I expected from Spector, but they did want to do something different the second time around. Watch the video below.
‘Moth Boys’ is out now on Fiction Records. In addition to the in stores the band are doing this month to celebrate the release of the new LP, they’re also on tour in the UK in October. Our archived collection of Spector-related coverage is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 25th August 2015 at 4:00 pm
Last week, Courtney Barnett and her live band stormed the area outside Camden Town tube station in north London to do a guerrilla gig and filming. So what was it all for? To produce enough footage for the live promo for ‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’, of course. As you might imagine, with Barnett being such a big indie star now, the noise and hubbub of them setting up grew a big crowd for the actual performance. Watch the raucous impromptu performance below.
‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’ will be released on the 11th of September on House Anxiety / Marathon Artists. For everything Courtney Barnett on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 25th August 2015 at 12:00 pm
The North West has always had an understandably strong sense of pride when it comes to churning out quality rock bands. Hooton Tennis Club, while still relative newcomers in the early days of their career in the industry, are of particular pride: they were one of the first signings to local Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label The Label Recordings, which I expect to have an important nurturing hand in the cultivation of young new groups from the region for years to come.
The band from Chester then went on in autumn 2015 to get signed to Heavenly Recordings, currently the label home of such artists we’ve featured here on TGTF such as Doves’ frontman Jimi Goodwin, Stealing Sheep, Temples and The Wytches. Not bad for a group who in a previous incarnation were merely a Supergrass covers band. This Friday, the lo-fi band – their members known by the extremely short and snappy names Khal, Haz, J. Dean and Uncle Ry – will be releasing their debut album ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’, recorded at Liverpool’s famed Parr Street Studios under the tutelage of childhood friend Bill Ryder-Jones.
Most folks’ first exposure to Hooton Tennis Club was their early single ‘Jasper’. Probably the best adjective to describe this song – and indeed, this album as a whole – is ‘easy’. Is their sound indicative of slacker laziness, or just a full-scale embracing of a slower way of life that we should contemplate further on? There were times when I was listening to this LP that I thought of The Beach Boys’ earlier, sunnier, more innocent pop leanings, especially recent 6 Music fixture ‘Kathleen Sat on the Arm of Her Favourite Chair’: “out on Market Hill, I get by with a couple of friends / and even if you’re lonely, maybe we could go for a walk in the park / or maybe go swimming? / I hope we don’t drown.” It was written in Ryder-Jones’ mum’s house, keeping on with that theme of innocence.
On the other side of the spectrum is upcoming single ‘P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E.’, also to be released on Friday. With its discordant, squealing guitars, it isn’t too hard to imagine the band with Ryder-Jones having a whale of a time recording it in the studio. (The animated promo video above also gives you the sense that this tune probably sounds better to stoners.) You get the same kind of feeling from LP opener ‘Up in the Air’, a lazy float down a garage pop song, punctuated with a “whoo!” at the end. Melodic guitars strum languidly by in ‘Something Much Quicker Than Anything Jennifer Could Imagine’ and ‘…And Then Camilla Drew Fourteen Dots on Her Knee’. Like text speak? Have a gander at the titles for ‘Always Coming Back 2 You’ and ‘Fall in Luv’ (groan).
This isn’t earth-shattering, genre-bending, experimental music. But if the popularity of Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and Happyness is anything to go by, Hooton Tennis Club will do just fine.
‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’, Hooton Tennis Club’s debut album effort, will be released this Friday, the 28th of August, on Heavenly Recordings. You can listen to the band in session and chatting with Lauren Laverne last week on BBC 6 Music here; they’ll be on tour in the UK in October and November. For all things Hooton Tennis Club on TGTF, head this way.
Charlatans will round off 2015 with a second run of live dates in the UK this December following their autumn live dates in Europe and America. The band released their 12th studio album ‘Modern Nature’ back in January and followed the release with a sold out UK tour back in March. You can find the official video for album track ‘Let The Good Times Be Never Ending’ just below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the following shows will be available starting on Friday the 28th of August at 9 AM. Previous TGTF coverage of the Charlatans, including their recent appearance at the 6 Music Festival, can be found right back here.
Tuesday 8th December 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 9th December 2015 – Cardiff Tramshed
Friday 11th December 2015 – Norwich UEA
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 14th December 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Dundee Caird Hall
Thursday 17th December 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 18th December 2015 – Liverpool Academy
Saturday 19th December 2015 – London Brixton Academy
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