2013 may have seen Pure Love unceremoniously dumped from their label and frontman Frank Carter grow a rather unsightly and incredibly hipster ginger beard. But Pure Love are nonetheless one of easiest to recommend live acts doing the rounds at the moment. (And quite nice in person too:read my interview with Carter and musical partner Jim Carroll from last year here.)
Anybody familiar with Mr Carter knows that any live show – whether it’s The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, The Engine Shed in Lincoln or the NME tent at Reading/Leeds Festival – carries with it a warning, that warning being “at any point Frank Carter may punch you in your face and make you look like a dick”. Yeah, so he is singing songs about being “sick of all the hate”, but that won’t stop the ex-Gallows man slugging you in the chops if you act like a mug in the crowd. Add in to that equation that he spends 90% of the gig in the crowd, singing, screaming and scrapping while also having his photo taken numerous times, and it’s a pretty volatile situation.
A volatile situation, but one that is at least 99% rock and roll.
I mean, for example he got the entire drum kit in the crowd, and started a circle pit around it. That’s fucking cool.
For the epitome of a total live experience, it’s difficult to look any further than Pure Love – and in the searing heat of Austin, Texas, Jonny and Frank are going to cause the kind of sweaty catastrophe of bodies that you would only really expect to find at a really good orgy.
That’s right: a Pure Love gig is like an orgy – sort of. [The kind of orgy that might involve inflatable dingeys; watch below - Ed.]
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 28th November 2013 at 10:00 am
New York City band the Postelles had gone quiet since the release of their second album ‘And It Shook Me’, released here in America in April. But I’m very pleased to announce the boys are back, and they’re being so sweet by giving away this free mp3 of new-ish song ‘On My Shoulder’. I say new-ish, because I know I’ve heard this song live before, it’s just been a while, but I’m happy it’s finally seeing the light of day. And now you can have the song for absolulely free. Have a listen below and if you like it, you can download it too.
And oh yeah, for those who celebrate it – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 28th November 2013 at 9:30 am
Electro guitar artist Sivu and singer/songwriter Marika Hackman (pictured above) are joining forces for a short co-headlining English tour in December. The tour starring two great up-and-comers starts up on the 10th of December at Brighton Hope. Tickets are available now.
Tuesday 10th December 2013 – Brighton Hope
Wednesday 11th December 2013 – London Lexington
Thursday 12th December 2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 13th December 2013 – Manchester Gullivers
Satuday 14th December 2013 – Bristol Birdcage
You Me at Six is finishing 2013 in the support slot on tour with 30 Seconds to Mars, but they have just announced a headline tour of their own for spring 2014 in support of their upcoming fourth album, ‘Cavalier Youth’, due out on the 27th of January 2014. The second single from the album, ‘Fresh Start Fever’, will be released a week prior to the album, on the 20th of January.
Tickets for the following dates go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 29th of November, at 9 AM.
Friday 28th March 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Sunday 30th March 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 – Plymouth Pavilions
Thursday 3rd April 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Saturday 5th April 2014 – London Alexandra Palace
In response to overwhelming demand, pop diva Katy Perry has just announced two new dates for the UK leg of her Prismatic World Tour. Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop will be Perry’s special guests for this opening run of shows, which begins in Belfast and wraps up with four dates in London. Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 29th of November, at 9 AM.
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Saturday 10th May 2014 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday 11th May 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Tuesday 13th May 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday 14th May 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena*
Saturday 17th May 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Sunday 18th May 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Tuesday 20th May 2014 – Manchester Phones 4 U Arena
Wednesday 21st May 2014 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Friday 23rd May 2014 – Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 24th May 2014 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena*
Tuesday 27th May 2014 – London O2 Arena
Wednesday 28th May 2014 – London O2 Arena
Friday 30th May 2014 – London O2 Arena
Saturday 31st May 2014 – London O2 Arena
*newly added dates
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 27th November 2013 at 6:00 pm
Do you remember a couple years ago when Glasvegas popped up on a NME tour? The Scottish band are still writing them guitar feedback-y torch songs and here is the title track from their current album ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’ in mini-film form. Watch it below.