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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at 12:00 pm
Australian artists are knocking it out of the park lately. Should we all be stocking up on marmite, Foster’s beer and kangaroo meat? The latest song to drop on our doorstep at TGTF Towers is an early teaser from Atlas Genius’ second album ‘Inanimate Objects’, which will be released at the end of August. By title, ‘Stockholm’ sounds a bit stodgy, but it’s with great relief that it’s anything but. And if this one track is anything like the LP that’s to come, it will surely see Atlas Genius solidify their fan base and gain new admirers.
When I saw the brother-led band from Adelaide (now bros Keith and Michael Jeffery) open for Wolf Gang in DC in 2012, overwhelmed is the negative word to describe their setup on stage, which included what I considered overkill for what sounded like a rock/pop type band and whose songs were considered mainstream enough to appear on adverts for HGTV, an American home improvement and lifestyle cable station. I mean, okay, they had a synth player as is usual these days (yawn) and didn’t impress me much live, so how great can this band be on record?
However, when you hear ‘Stockholm’ in full, this kind of muscular kit – especially when it comes to the guitars – makes more sense. In fact, when you near the loud, punishing end, you might swear you were in fact listening to Royal Blood. Or maybe they got the idea for the title from Muse’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’? Whew… Either way, I never saw that coming. What’s even more interesting is that it starts so innocently. With a conventional rhythm at the beginning, there are no signs of where this track ends up.
Lead singer and guitarist Keith Jeffery puts his voice through a workout, his voice swinging for the fences and the greatest heights, reminding me a bit of nasally Simon LeBon of Duran Duran back in their ‘80s heyday, but far rougher. The hard, driving rhythm from the bass and Michael Jeffery’s drums keeps the energy of the track up as it pulsates along, and together with brother Keith’s vocals, the overall effect is anthemic, especially as the song hurtles towards the finish line.
Not at all what I expected, and in a good way.
‘Stockholm’, the latest single revealed by Adelaide duo Atlas Genius, is available now for digital download. ‘Inaminate Objects’ will drop on the 24th of August. For past TGTF coverage of Atlas Genius, head this way.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at 9:00 am
Young singer/songwriter Kimberly Anne, who will have cracked the top 5 on the UK singles chart this week with her cover of Robin S’s house classic ‘Show Me Love’ that has also been A-listed on Radio 1, will be releasing a new single very shortly. The Communion New Faces 2014 tour alum has announced details of her first-ever UK headline tour. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Friday the 24th of July, at 9 AM.
Have a watch of a new live video Kimberly Anne has recorded of her performing live under the tour date listing. For past coverage of the singer/songwriter on TGTF, go here.
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Glasgow Stereo
Monday 5th Oct ober 2015 – Manchester Sound Control
Tuesday 6th Oct ober 2015 – London Barfly
Thursday 8th Oct ober 2015 – London Barfly (sold out)
Friday 9th Oct ober 2015 – Brighton Patterns
Saturday 10th Oct ober 2015 – Bristol Louisiana
Sunday 11th Oct ober 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015 at 6:00 pm
Dum Dum Girls don’t really like to follow the rules. While I shared my thoughts on Twitter yesterday on the questionable nature of Laura Marling‘s current promotional campaign, at least Marling’s series of videos released this year are for her album that came out this year. In the case of Dum Dum Girls, yesterday they released a new promo video for ‘Coming Down’, which appeared on their 2011 album ‘Only in Dreams’. (Their latest album, ‘Too True’, was released in 2014.) Uh, okay. Well, it kind of makes sense from a (shocker!) promotional standpoint, as the song featured in a recent episode of cult tv show Orange is the New Black. So out came an old video they filmed back in the day, and strike while the iron’s hot, eh?
If you enjoy the Girls’ black and white, leather and lace aesthetic, something tells me you’ll enjoy this one. Watch the video for ‘Coming Down’ below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015 at 4:00 pm
I’m not exactly sure what Laura Marling is doing in terms of promoting her current album ‘Short Movie’, which came out back in March. I totally get why she has had her series of Short Movie Sessions videos, including early teaser ‘False Hope’ and another version of ‘I Feel Your Love’ in March, because it was talking up the album just prior to its release.
So imagine my confusion getting a link to another ‘I Feel Your Love’ live video, this one dubbed with a director’s cut label. This one’s black and white and the camera is focused squarely on Marling from the neck up. Otherwise, I don’t really get the difference – ? Watch it for yourself below and have a think about it.
The Coronas have announced a full list of autumn tour dates around their previously scheduled show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire this November. The November tour is the Irish band’s second headline run in the UK this year, following a spring tour that supported the March release of their Island Records debut LP ‘The Long Way’. Below the tour date listing, you can find the video for album track ‘How This Goes’.
Tickets for the following shows go on sale this Friday, the 24th of July, at 9 AM. To read all of our extensive past coverage of The Coronas, head right back this way.
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Liverpool Arts Club
Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Sheffield Plug
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Birmingham Rainbow
Monday 9th November 2015 – Manchester Sound Control
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 12th November 2015 – Brighton Patterns
Friday 13th November 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sunday 15th November 2015 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Monday 16th November 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
Scottish indie pop rockers The View have announced an autumn tour of the UK to follow the release of their upcoming fifth LP ‘Ropewalk’, which is due for release on the 11th of September. Appropriately dubbed ‘The Ropewalk Tour’, the newly-announced run of headline dates will culminate in back-to-back shows at the Edinburgh Liquid Rooms on the 4th and 5th of October.
Tickets for the following shows go on sale this Friday, the 24th of July, at 9 AM. Below the tour date listing, you can hear the official audio for the first single from ‘Ropewalk’, titled ‘Under the Rug’. Past TGTF coverage of The View is right back here.
Wednesday 16th September 2015 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Thursday 17th September 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 18th September 2015 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Saturday 19th September 2015 – Wrexham Central Station
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – London Electric Ballroom
Thursday 24th September 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 25th September 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 26th September 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 27th September 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 29th September 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 30th September 2015 – Hull Adelphi
Thursday 1st October 2015 – Cumbria Old Fire Station
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Monday 5th October 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
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