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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 24th June 2015 at 6:00 pm
It’s Wednesday. It’s hump day. You’re telling us you need an injection of groove, yes? Then we’ve got just the thing. Oli Bayston, aka Boxed In and his band, have a new video for ‘False Alarm’, which appears on Boxed In’s debut album, out now on Moshi Moshi Records. The groove never stops. Watch the promo video for ‘False Alarm’ below.
For all of TGTF’s past coverage of Boxed In, including their band’s appearances at SXSW 2015, Live at Leeds 2015 and the Great Escape 2015, is right this way.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 24th June 2015 at 4:00 pm
Glaswegian legends Belle and Sebastian stopped by the Late Show with Seth Meyers on Monday night, their first appearance on late night American tv in some time. Watch Stuart Murdoch and co. let rip on ‘Allie’ and a web exclusive of ‘Sukie in the Graveyard’ (appearing on their latest album ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’ released in January 2015 and 2006’s ‘The Life Pursuit’, respectively) on the embeds below.
Read Carrie’s review of Belle and Sebastian’s latest here. Past coverage of Belle and Sebastian in all its glory is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 at 6:00 pm
Madrid, Spain trio The Parrots have been just under the radar, but that’s about to change now that their debut EP ‘Weed for the Parrots’ is out now, just made available yesterday. The press release describes the new effort from the band as “six tracks made up of wonderful sun-tinged garage psych”, and we’re inclined to agree. Check out the video for the mouthful ‘To All the People Who Showed Me Their Love While I Was Here’, which is suitably trippy and blurry to match the lo-fi feel of the song.
As might be expected, they’re mates with Spanish senoritas Hinds, who have already blown up big themselves in Britain and beyond. If you’re interested in hearing more about the Parrots, including an Almighty Defenders cover of ‘All My Loving’, self-described as “part of the split #1 we share with our secret lovers Hinds”, check out their Bandcamp.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 at 4:00 pm
This week now LA-based English singer/songwriter Laura Marling has a new live performance video she wants to share with the world. From the same ‘Short Movie’ sessions that yielded these live videos of ‘I Feel Your Love’ and ‘False Hope’, ‘Strange’ gets a similar warts and all treatment. Watch the performance below.
Past TGTF coverage on Laura Marling, including several of her appearances at this year’s SXSW, is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 at 12:00 pm
From the last video off their second album ‘Exile’ released in 2013, it’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson, aka London synthpop duo Hurts. So imagine me on a hot Sunday night when I’m minding my own business, scanning my Twitter feed, and my jaw drops to the floor when I’ve seen Hutchcraft drop the news that Hurts’ third album ‘Surrender’ is on its way in October. Oh, and by the way, in case you missed it a couple weeks ago, here’s the promo video to the first single ‘Some Kind of Heaven’, give it a go, eh?
As I hadn’t heard the single before watching the video, there’s no escaping commenting on the unusual and disturbing storyline of the video. The action focusses on a strange gathering in someone’s house, and while everyone seems to be drinking the same punch and is weirdly happy and placid, there’s definitely something off here, something straight out of Jonestown. Also included are scenes of Hutchcraft running down a dirt road, away from a speeding car – the automobile equivalent to the suspenseful crop-duster chase scenes Cary Grant endures in North by Northwest – and across a darkened forest with nothing to light the way except vehicle headlights trained on him, poised on his every move, as if he’s just escaped prison or a concentration camp. Unsettling. What’s even weirder is that for most of the house scenes, he’s inside the house being urged on by a creepy older man who appears to be the charismatic leader of this group, but the promo begins and ends with him looking on at the activities of the people in the house as if he’s detached from the proceedings.
Musically, the song is a step away from the anthemic overtones of ‘Somebody to Die For’ off of ‘Exile’. This is dark but still pure pop, written with the intention of being featured on Radio 1. To Hutchcraft’s credit, when you tease some of the lyrics away from the incredibly catchy melody, do do dos and the tribal rhythm of the bridge, they stand alone as pretty poetic: “I don’t need hell to make me scared of love / I don’t need a symphony to sing my song / there’s a choir of angels deep inside my lungs.” Heaven and hell are familiar themes to Hurts, having already broached the subject in earlier tearjerker ‘Sunday’, but the tragic end felt less forced and more beautiful in ‘Sunday’. Maybe ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ and its style are just symptomatic of the way pop music is going these days?
Still, damn, this is catchy. Welcome back, Hurts. You have been missed. Bring on the ‘Surrender’…
‘Surrender’, the third album from Hurts, will be released on the 9th of October on Sony. If you pre-order the album, you’ll get the single ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ as a download instantly. For past coverage on Hurts on TGTF over their last two albums, head this way.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 22nd June 2015 at 6:00 pm
Editors have a brand new promo for ‘Marching Orders’, the latest new song of theirs to be revealed to the public. In its full form, the Coldplay-eque track runs 7 and a half minutes, so you won’t be hearing the whole thing on a radio station near you anytime soon. But it’s pretty epic, and its physical release is pretty epic too: 300 hand-stamped, limited edition 12″ test pressings of the single have been given out to be sold at Oxfam stores across the UK, Germany and Belgium, continuing a long-standing relationship with the charity and the band. Frontman Tom Smith explains further:
We’ve been supporters of Oxfam’s amazing, vital work for many years, from supporting their Oxfam unwrapped campaign back in Xmas 2007, performing at Oxjam gigs and also hosting Oxfam campaigners on our tours to help raise funds and spread the word about the charity with our fans.
This promo for Editors’ ‘Marching Orders’ follows on from their last video for ‘No Harm’, also directed by Iranian-born photographer Rahi Rezvani. Watch it below. The single is out digitally now. Editors are on tour in the UK and Ireland in October; all past coverage of Editors on TGTF is here.
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