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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 25th August 2015 at 4:00 pm
Last week, Courtney Barnett and her live band stormed the area outside Camden Town tube station in north London to do a guerrilla gig and filming. So what was it all for? To produce enough footage for the live promo for ‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’, of course. As you might imagine, with Barnett being such a big indie star now, the noise and hubbub of them setting up grew a big crowd for the actual performance. Watch the raucous impromptu performance below.
‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’ will be released on the 11th of September on House Anxiety / Marathon Artists. For everything Courtney Barnett on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 25th August 2015 at 12:00 pm
The North West has always had an understandably strong sense of pride when it comes to churning out quality rock bands. Hooton Tennis Club, while still relative newcomers in the early days of their career in the industry, are of particular pride: they were one of the first signings to local Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label The Label Recordings, which I expect to have an important nurturing hand in the cultivation of young new groups from the region for years to come.
The band from Chester then went on in autumn 2015 to get signed to Heavenly Recordings, currently the label home of such artists we’ve featured here on TGTF such as Doves’ frontman Jimi Goodwin, Stealing Sheep, Temples and The Wytches. Not bad for a group who in a previous incarnation were merely a Supergrass covers band. This Friday, the lo-fi band – their members known by the extremely short and snappy names Khal, Haz, J. Dean and Uncle Ry – will be releasing their debut album ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’, recorded at Liverpool’s famed Parr Street Studios under the tutelage of childhood friend Bill Ryder-Jones.
Most folks’ first exposure to Hooton Tennis Club was their early single ‘Jasper’. Probably the best adjective to describe this song – and indeed, this album as a whole – is ‘easy’. Is their sound indicative of slacker laziness, or just a full-scale embracing of a slower way of life that we should contemplate further on? There were times when I was listening to this LP that I thought of The Beach Boys’ earlier, sunnier, more innocent pop leanings, especially recent 6 Music fixture ‘Kathleen Sat on the Arm of Her Favourite Chair’: “out on Market Hill, I get by with a couple of friends / and even if you’re lonely, maybe we could go for a walk in the park / or maybe go swimming? / I hope we don’t drown.” It was written in Ryder-Jones’ mum’s house, keeping on with that theme of innocence.
On the other side of the spectrum is upcoming single ‘P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E.’, also to be released on Friday. With its discordant, squealing guitars, it isn’t too hard to imagine the band with Ryder-Jones having a whale of a time recording it in the studio. (The animated promo video above also gives you the sense that this tune probably sounds better to stoners.) You get the same kind of feeling from LP opener ‘Up in the Air’, a lazy float down a garage pop song, punctuated with a “whoo!” at the end. Melodic guitars strum languidly by in ‘Something Much Quicker Than Anything Jennifer Could Imagine’ and ‘…And Then Camilla Drew Fourteen Dots on Her Knee’. Like text speak? Have a gander at the titles for ‘Always Coming Back 2 You’ and ‘Fall in Luv’ (groan).
This isn’t earth-shattering, genre-bending, experimental music. But if the popularity of Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and Happyness is anything to go by, Hooton Tennis Club will do just fine.
‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’, Hooton Tennis Club’s debut album effort, will be released this Friday, the 28th of August, on Heavenly Recordings. You can listen to the band in session and chatting with Lauren Laverne last week on BBC 6 Music here; they’ll be on tour in the UK in October and November. For all things Hooton Tennis Club on TGTF, head this way.
Charlatans will round off 2015 with a second run of live dates in the UK this December following their autumn live dates in Europe and America. The band released their 12th studio album ‘Modern Nature’ back in January and followed the release with a sold out UK tour back in March. You can find the official video for album track ‘Let The Good Times Be Never Ending’ just below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the following shows will be available starting on Friday the 28th of August at 9 AM. Previous TGTF coverage of the Charlatans, including their recent appearance at the 6 Music Festival, can be found right back here.
Tuesday 8th December 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 9th December 2015 – Cardiff Tramshed
Friday 11th December 2015 – Norwich UEA
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 14th December 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Dundee Caird Hall
Thursday 17th December 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 18th December 2015 – Liverpool Academy
Saturday 19th December 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Welsh band Stereophonics have announced 10 live dates in the UK for this December, including a weekend back-to-back booking in Cardiff on the 12th and 13th. The Welsh rockers are set to release their ninth studio album ‘Keep the Village Alive’ on the 11th of September on Stylus Records. The video for the album’s catchy first single ‘C’est La Vie’ is just below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the following live shows will go on sale this Thursday, the 27th of August, at 9 AM. Our previous coverage of Stereophonics is right back this way.
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – Bournemouth BIC
Friday 4th December 2015 – Manchester Arena
Saturday 5th December 2015 – Leeds Arena
Sunday 6th December 2015 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 9th December 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Friday 11th December 2015 – Birmingham Genting Arena
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Brighton Centre
Wednesday 16th December 2015 – London O2
In anticipation of their upcoming fourth studio album, Foals have announced a run of live dates in the UK for this November. The new LP, titled ‘What Went Down’, is due for release on the 28th of August via Warner Brothers, and Foals will usher it into the world tonight (Tuesday the 25th of August) with a special album launch show at London’s Village Underground.
The following run of dates will make up Foals’ first UK club tour since February of last year and will include the unique ‘By the Sea’ event at Dreamland Margate, hosted by Moshi Moshi Records and rockfeedback. Tickets for that event sold out within hours of going on sale, but tickets for Foals’ other live dates are available now.
You can find past TGTF coverage of Foals, including video features for tracks from ‘What Went Down’, by clicking here.
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 6th November 2015 – Liverpool Olympia
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Norwich UEA
Sunday 8th November 2015 – Cardiff University Great Hall
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Wednesday 11th November 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 13th November 2015 – Southampton Guildhall
Saturday 14th November 2015 – Margate Dreamland (sold out)
Sunday 15th November 2015 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Monday 16th November 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 24th August 2015 at 6:00 pm
Valerie Teicher aka Tei Shi is originally from Bogota, Colombia. So it makes perfect sense that her home country called her back for her new promo for ‘See Me’, which was released as a single late in 2014 (read my review of the single from back then here). It also appears on Tei Shi’s EP ‘Verde’, which was released this past spring. This is one of the most beautifully shot music videos I’ve seen in a long while; shots of both the natural and urban worlds are interspersed in here, which work well with the dreaminess of the song. Watch the video below.
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