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Video of the Moment #2872: The Horrors

 
By on Wednesday, 18th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Late last year, Faris Badwan and The Horrors released their fifth album ‘V’ – get it? You can read Steven’s review of the long player through here. The claustrophobic track ‘Ghost’ from it has been given its own music video. Naturally, it’s as unsettling as the music that soundtracks it. Watch the video for ‘Ghost’ below. ‘V’ from the Horrors is available now on Wolf Tone / Caroline International. Our past articles here on TGTF on the group are through this link.

 

Live Gig Video: Mansionair share arresting live performance of single ‘Technicolour’

 
By on Wednesday, 18th July 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Sydneysiders Mansionair began July with another live performance video. Those boys really like the colour white: back in February, they unveiled this live video for single ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love)’ filmed in Berlin and surrounded by white walls. In ‘Technicolour’, they’ve chosen to perform in a white room and in white clothes, with some short, darker, choice colour-swathed moments. It’s another feather in the cap for the Australian trio, sounding like what has become classic Mansionair: the driving melody and mesmerising percussion combine with frontman Jack Froggatt’s painfully emotional vocals in this arresting performance. ‘Technicolour’ is available now from Glassnote Records. For all of our past articles here on TGTF on the Aussie group, go here.

 

SXSW 2018 Interview: Harry Pane

 
By on Wednesday, 18th July 2018 at 11:00 am
 

My final interview of the SXSW 2018 music festival was with English singer/songwriter Harry Pane, who played a mellow late Saturday afternoon showcase at the Hilton Austin hotel’s Cannon and Bell Lounge as part of SXSW’s Second Play Stage series. Pane played a relaxed set in this acoustic setting and even engaged in some friendly banter with the intimate crowd between songs, which encouraged me to approach him for a quick chat after he finished playing.

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This performance at The Hilton marked Pane’s final show of SXSW 2018, and he seemed happy to take time for an interview after a busy week of gigging in Austin. “I did six [shows], overall. But they were kind of stretched out enough that it was enjoyable instead of just, like, an endurance test.” His shows included an official showcase at Stephen F’s Bar, as well as a set at one of my favourite Austin venues, The Tiniest Bar in Texas, and a radio performance for KSGR, where he peformed alongside fellow English songwriter and TGTF alum Frank Turner. “I [had done] a songwriting workshop with him and his band, who are really, really nice people”, Pane said of Turner. “He was on the KGSR show too, and he very kindly mentioned my name and gave me a shout out, which was really good.”

This year was not Pane’s first experience at SXSW. He played the festival once before, back in 2016, and that experience allowed him to come into SXSW 2018 with clearer expectations. “I kind of went in blind to that one, and I had one showcase. Didn’t really know what it was about or what I was doing”, Pane remembers. “This time around, two years later, I’ve done a few more things, worked a little harder. I feel this one’s been way more beneficial, and a lot more fun, actually.”

As a fully independent artist, Pane appeared in Austin without a band or entourage in tow, which made the small Second Stage venues a near-perfect fit for him. “I have a double bass player at home, and I’m trying to sort of slowly build a band, put it together. But at the moment it’s just me, on my own.” When I asked about label support, Pane demurred. “I’m not in a position to even talk about labels. I’m with AWAL, who are an amazing support for independent musicians.” AWAL is billed as “Kobalt‘s unique alternative to the traditional music label”, offering services to independent musicians who want to maintain control and flexibility. Pane continued, again very frankly, “If it came to the crunch, I do think that they would look after you way more and take less money off you.”

We also talked about the unique challenges of recording music as an independent artist, and Pane discussed them candidly in terms of his own current experience. “My last EPs that I did, I recorded with Dani Castelar, who worked with Paolo Nutini and other people that I really like.” He laughed, “I’m name-dropping now . . . But it’s really good, because we’ve got a really good friendship now, and I’ve got this kind of understanding with him where I record with a guy in London, on a cheap rate, and I send my stuff over to him, and he mixes it. He tweaks it and polishes it. This is a way I can afford it at the moment.”

Releasing singles, rather than full albums or even EPs, is Pane’s current way of keeping his name and his music afloat in the vast milieu of singer/songwriters. “At the moment I’m feeling like that’s working more, at my stage, to release song by song. I released the EP last year, [‘The Wild Winds’] and it was beneficial for the single, the leading song of that, but the other songs kind of got wasted within that EP, they got sort of lost.”

At the time of this interview, Pane had freshly released a new single called ‘Beautiful Life’. When I asked about forthcoming releases, Pane confessed, “I’ve got some songs in the pipeline, but nothing quite ready yet.” However, he has been keeping busy in the interim. This Friday, the 20th of July, Pane will release a new single titled ‘MacArthur Park’. While no preview of the track is yet available, you can pre-save ‘MacArthur Park’ on Spotify and iTunes now.

Harry Pane is scheduled to appear onstage at Penn Fest in Buckinghamshire on the 21st of July and at the Towersey Festival in Oxfordshire on the 27th of August. You can find a full listing of Pane’s live appearances on his official Web site. TGTF’s previous coverage of Harry Pane is collected here.

 

Video of the Moment #2871: The Belle Sounds

 
By on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

The Belle Sounds are a Austin-via-California folk rock band who I have only just come across. Describing yourself as a modern day Fleetwood Mac with timeless songwriting akin to that of Neko Case, Aimee Mann and The Shins, you’ve got to be pretty confident in yourself. Judging from lush single ‘Like a Villain’, the group led by husband-wife team of frontwoman Noëlle Hampton and electric guitarist André Moran (hmm, smells like Arcade Fire?) have reason to be that cocksure. Hampton says it was a cathartic exercise to write the lyrics to this song, describing the panic attacks, anxiety and claustrophobia that has affected her over the years. With the music video, she wanted to take things one step further:

“Writing ‘Like A Villain’ was cathartic for me but I knew that there was an opportunity with a music video to go even deeper into healing and facing it down. As Barbara FG, the director, and I talked about it more and more, it became clear what we had to do for the video. We wanted to show the inner workings of my mind in a beautiful and disturbing way, how someone can go from a place of power and control to absolutely wrecked in a few minutes. I am fascinated by the human mind and how we can show ourselves as brave souls while these dark, often traumatic thoughts are still right under the surface. I wanted to put myself in some situations that would actually cause a panic attack and face it in front of people, which is exactly what happened. It was my version of systematic desensitization therapy. Being a 45-year old woman about to be the focal point of the video was hard enough to imagine, but then being naked, taped, as ugly as I have ever been and then stuffed in a tiny triangle mirror room took it to a whole other level of uncomfortable.”

Underpinned by a funky bass line, ‘Like a Villain’ from The Belle Sounds is a song that you won’t soon forget. Watch the equally memorable video for it below. The song appears the band’s new album ‘The Sea Within’, which is out this Friday, the 20th of July.

 

Live Gig Video: Hudson Taylor share live version of ‘Feel It Again’ at Dublin Olympia

 
By on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Irish duo and brothers Hudson Taylor have a new live video for us this. We previously posted an acoustic version of single ‘Feel It Again’, which the pair released to the wild in late 2017. Now, they have an even more special live version of the same song, filmed in the venerated Dublin Olympia. Having seen the Staves there 3 years ago, I was able to experience the beauty of the historic theatre in the heart of Ireland’s capital first-hand. In this live video, whether you’ve been to the Olympia yourself or not, you can feel (no pun intended) the energy from the performance, as well as all the famous acts who have passed through the Olympia’s doors and played on the very same stage. Watch the performance by Hudson Taylor from March below. The duo have a whole host of summer festival appearances to come in July and August. In the autumn, they’ll be Hozier‘s special guest on his autumn American tour, then go on their own UK headline tour in November; all of their live dates can be found on their Facebook events page. For more writings on the talented Irish act here on TGTF, use this link.

 

CHVRCHES / February 2019 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Scottish synthpoppers CHVRCHES have announced a new UK and Irish tour for next February. By then, they’ll no doubt be super familiar with their most recent album ‘Love is Dead’, their third studio LP effort that dropped on on us in May on Glassnote Records. Special presale tickets go on sale tomorrow, the 18th of July, at 9 AM through links on their official Web site. The general sale commences on Friday, the 20th of July, at 9 AM. These UK and Irish dates follow the American and European legs of a massive world tour this coming autumn and winter.

Thursday 7th February 2019 – London Alexandra Palace
Saturday 9th February 2019 – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 12th February 2019 – Bournemouth Academy
Thursday 14th February 2019 – Manchester Victoria Warehouse
Saturday 16th February 2019 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Monday 18th February 2019 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 19th February 2019 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Thursday 21st February 2019 – Dublin Olympia

 
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