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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
London five-piece Duologue are gearing up to release their next album ‘Never Get Lost’ on the 8th of September. Also on the same day, they’ll be releasing single ‘Drag and Drop’, which has an unusual bird-themed yet techie promo, as you will see below.
Get another track from the album, ‘Forests’, for free from this previous MP3 of the Day post.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 24th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
Newcastle’s Boy Jumps Ship have shared this live acoustic performance they filmed at this year’s Sonisphere for Gibson Guitars; it stars lead guitarist Jonathan Douglas and frontman/guitarist Si Todd. ‘Still Alive’ features on the band’s ‘Lovers & Fighters’ EP released in June and out now on Rude Records. (Read my review of the EP here.) Watch the performance below.
Jon Allen is a relative latecomer to the music biz – he released his début album ‘Dead Man’s Suit’ in 2009 at the ripe old age of 32. It’s been 3 years since 2011’s blues-influenced, Jools Holland-approved ‘Sweet Defeat’, but Allen is back, slightly wrinklier and considerably hairier, with ‘Deep River’, released this month. The mournful live version ‘Falling Back’ is free to watch, and it’s a corker of a thing, beautifully played, with nary a second of wasted space in the arrangement. There’s some card game metaphors in there, but surely he’s too upset to have just lost a few quid.
Allen has an uncanny knack for mimicking a plethora of rock ‘n’ roll legends. ‘Down By the River’ sounds for all the word like a long-lost Rod Stewart hit from 1972. Swing-blues ‘Fire in My Heart’ wouldn’t be out of place in Clapton’s canon, perhaps released in his millennial revival period. There are echoes of José Gonzales’ glassy nylon-string fingerpicking, and even, in the Hammond organ washes and mid-tempo strumming, hints of Pink Floyd’s later years.
All of which means if one fancies an evening with one of the great folk-rock performers, but can’t decide which one, then don’t despair. Put on something by Jon Allen, or even better, go and and see him live, and he’ll run you through some originals that sound just like the real thing. Which is no mean feat indeed.
Allen tours the UK in October and November. ‘Deep River’ is out now on Monologue Records.
Glaswegian hard rockers Holy Esque are set to begin a 10-date tour of the UK in just under a month’s time. Beginning and ending at home in Scotland, the band will road test the extraordinary vocals and colossal instrumental soundscapes that are expected to feature on their debut studio album, scheduled for release early next year. Tickets to these fast-approaching shows are available now.
Tuesday 19th August 2014 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Thursday 21st August 2014 – Manchester Night and Day
Friday 22nd August 2014 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Saturday 23rd August 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Monday 25th August 2014 – Southampton Joiners
Tuesday 26th August 2014 – Brighton Bleach
Wednesday 27th August 2014 – London Waiting Room
Thursday 28th August 2014 – Liverpool Studio 2
Friday 29th August 2014 – York Duchess
Friday 5th September 2014 – Glasgow Stereo
Glasgow heavy rock band The Amazing Snakeheads have just announced a lengthy October tour of the UK and Ireland. Editor Mary caught them live at Liverpool Sound City this year shortly after the release of their LP ‘Amphetamine Ballads’; read her thoughts here. Tickets for the following autumn dates are available now.
Sunday 5th October 2014 – Edinburgh Caves
Monday 6th October 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Hull Fruit Space
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Glasgow Art School Union
Sunday 12th October 2014 – York Duchess
Monday 13th October 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Manchester Sound Control
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 17th October 2014 – Leicester Musician
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Cardiff SWN Festival
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Dublin Grand Social
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 24th October 2014 – Northampton Roadmender
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Bristol Simple Things Festival
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 6:00 pm
Basement Jaxx have collaborated with ETML for disco-ey track ‘Never Say Never’. It’s a fantastic song but it’s got a very silly video. If prosthetics built to encourage the masses to dance turns you off, look away now. (Naturally, in this futuristic video, it’s the Japanese who are building these. Haha.) Otherwise, watch the promo below.
‘Junto’, Basement Jaxx’s next album, is out on the 25th of August on Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS.
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