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The Vaccines have announced a November tour of the UK to follow their scheduled festival dates this summer. Fresh from their appearance at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas, the band will headline Liverpool Sound City in May, as well as appear at T in the Park, Latitude and Kendal Calling in July. The November tour will begin in Blackpool on the 10th of November and finish with two dates at London Brixton Academy on the 22nd and 23rd of Novemer.
The Vaccines will release their third album ‘English Graffiti’ on the 25th of May. Our previous coverage of The Vaccines, including their featured single ‘Dream Lover’, is here. Tickets for the following shows go on sale Friday the 24th of April.
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Thursday 12th November 2015 – Plymouth Pavilions
Friday 13th November 2015 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 15th November 2015 – Bournemouth International Centre
Monday 16th November 2015 – Bridlington Spa
Tuesday 17th November 2015 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thursday 19th November 2015 – Brighton Centre
Friday 20th November 2015 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Sunday 22nd November 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Monday 23rd November 2015 – London Brixton Academy
English singer/songwriter Sarah Cracknell, best known as the singer for electronic music band Saint Etienne, will tour the UK this June, including an already sold out show at London’s Bush Hall. The live shows will be in support of Cracknell’s new solo album ‘Red Kite’, due out on the 15th of June.
Cracknell’s Manchester show, originally scheduled to be held at the Deaf Institute, has recently been upgraded to the Gorilla after a “bizarre double booking” involving a wedding at the Deaf Institute. Cracknell was gracious enough to switch her show, and fans who missed out on tickets for the Deaf Institute show will now have a chance at a few extra tickets to the larger venue, which are available now.
Tuesday 16th June 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 17th June 2015 – London Bush Hall (sold out)
Friday 19th June 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 20th June 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 21st June 2015 – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 13th April 2015 at 6:00 pm
Conor J. O’Brien, more familiar to all by his stage name Villagers, recently released his third album ‘Darling Arithmetic’. Ahead of his new April/May UK/Irish tour that begins tomorrow in Bristol and includes his biggest London headline show to date at the Barbican on the 1st of May, the now beardy Irish singer/songwriter has unveiled a promo for ‘Everything I Am is Yours’, which sees O’Brien playing a whole slew of different instruments sympathetically to the video’s lovelorn protagonist. Watch it below.
‘Darling Arithmetic’ is out now on Domino Records. For more details about the album, Domino has created this microsite with special features. Keen on reading past coverage on Villagers? Right this way.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 13th April 2015 at 12:00 pm
Good news, electronic fans! There’s a brand new album from pioneers Zero 7 expected to drop this autumn. Further good news? Today marks the release of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker’s newest stop-gap until the new LP, an EP with the rather non-descript title of ‘E.P.3’. But there’s a method to the madness: the first two releases from the duo, before they ever caught the eye of a major label, were named ‘E.P.1 and ‘E.P.2’, so the name of the new EP is in deference to their humble beginnings.
And humble would be the operative word to describe this collection of five tracks from the famed electronic production duo. While the first two tracks feature names from their ‘Simple Science’ EP released last year (Danny Pratt and Only Girl), their third collaborator was dug up from much further back, a clear sign this is an entirely different animal to the summer 2014 release.
Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez, member of Junip and a solo artist in his own right touring North America at the moment, doesn’t strike you as an appropriate musical partner to Zero 7, does he? But he appeared on several songs on the 2006 Zero 7 album ‘The Garden’. On this outing, Gonzalez adds smoky vocals to ‘Last Light’, evoking scenes of nature and security (“keep you safe and sound / ‘til you feel the same”) to the piano and synth-driven soundscape. The synths keep the mood bright, but the overall effect is one of thought and contemplation.
‘Last Light’ isn’t exactly the club banger I was expecting, but Binns and Hardaker explain the premise of this EP: “Late last year we finished a couple of stray songs we’d been working on and have been trying to find a suitable home for them since. As they didn’t really fit with much else we were doing at the time, they were put aside while we thought about what to do with them…. To us, they seemed to share something with the Mark Hollis cover we did a while ago so we’ve buddied them up and thrown in a little instrumental for good measure and come up with the imaginatively entitled it ‘E.P.3′. Hope you enjoy.”
Given the above, the chill nature of the collaborations with Danny Pratt (who guested on ‘Simple Science’) and Only Girl (vocalist on ‘Take Me Away’) on ‘E.P.3’ compared to those on the ‘Simple Science’ EP make much more sense. Pratt’s part on ‘400 Blows’ in staccato form, melodically and as overlaid with vibrating effects, matches the purposely jumpy synth and xylophone notes, which the backing piano reins everything in. To be sure, it’s catchy. The EP ends strangely with John Wizard’s remix of the track, in which the South African producer loses the plot and takes ‘400 Blows’ and turns it into an electronic caricature of the original.
‘The Colour of Spring’ is at perfect timing with the season, starting in with the chirps of birds, and like on ‘Take Me Away’, Only Girl’s vocals are again ethereal, but this time the understated instrumentation allows her voice to come forward, front and centre. It’s equal parts stunning and haunting. ‘Crush Tape’, the only instrumental on the EP, is filled with handclaps and effortless cool. I have to wonder if it was the starting point for ‘400 Blows’, as it seems to be the latter’s purer, more enigmatic cousin.
The biggest question is, what direction are Zero 7 going for this upcoming album? They went pop in the ‘Simple Science’ EP, but it is as if ‘E.P.3’ doesn’t want to acknowledge the 2014 effort. Interesting. In any event, Binns and Hardaker will keep us guessing until the leaves start changing colour.
Both the 12″ vinyl and the digital download versions of Zero 7’s latest release on Make Records, ‘E.P.3′, are out now. Past writings on TGTF about Zero 7, including a chat with Henry Binns last year, are this way.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 13th April 2015 at 10:00 am
In a rare turn of events (ha!) I’m not going to say anything about this free download of fellow Mancunian Deadbear‘s remix of Dutch Uncles‘ ‘Upsilon’, because the parties involved are much more eloquent about what happened here than I ever could have been. Take it away, fellas: Deadbear speaks first:
It seemed like a perfect song to try and distill into something totally simple as opposed to the beguiling complexity of the original track.
Most of the track was written and produced at night. I wanted to create that feeling of being both isolated and totally in awe, maybe in love too, with the night time – the silence, and that sense that you’re the only one awake for miles around. It’s a feeling I’ve always really enjoyed and thrived on, it’s kind of magical in a way. Especially if you’re creating something.
Robin Richards from Dutch Uncles:
We first heard of DeadBear after a collaboration with our pal Alex Hewitt (Egyptian Hip Hop) and we’ve been fans ever since. We love the less obvious approach on this remix and can imagine it being the perfect, calming reprise to the originals climax.
Duncan Wallis from Dutch Uncles of the original track:
’Upsilon’ is about an overdramatic decision to quit Facebook or MySpace because, when you’re young, you don’t always have the capacity to see other people’s lives (or the bits they want to show you at least) for what they really are. This is also a result of the immense peer pressure to join in with the flirt of social media.
Thought provoking. Listen to and grab the mp3 for your very own – and for free! – below. You can also compare and contrast the remix to the original, as I’ve handily included an embed of the original Dutch Uncles track directly below the remix.
Leeds folk rock singer Eaves, aka Joe Lyons, has announced details of a full-band headline tour of the UK in May, along with the video for his new single ‘Pylons’. The song is the lead track on Eaves’ debut album ‘What Green Feels Like'; both the album and the single are due for release on the 27th of April via Heavenly Recordings.
Tickets for the following shows are available now. Below the tour date listing, you can find the official video for ‘Pylons’, which was filmed on the Dorset coast and directed by James Alexandrou.
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Glasgow Berkeley Suite
Wednesday 6th May 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Thursday 7th May 2015 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Friday 8th May 2015 – Nottingham Chameleon
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Bristol Louisiana
Monday 11th May 2015 – Brighton Prince Albert
Tuesday 12th May 2015 – London Sebright Arms
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