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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 15th February 2017 at 4:00 pm
Prior to the release of their third album ‘ZILLA’, their first as a duo, English brother act Fenech-Soler headed out stateside for a pair of shows, one in New York and one in Los Angeles, sadly none near yours truly. Before heading back to blighty, Ben and Ross Duffy plus a cousin (?) spent an extra day in LA to record a pretty nifty live session for the Morning Becomes Eclectic breakfast programme on KCRW. I can’t recall a favourite British band stopping in for such a long session and interview with the radio station. During the session, they perform ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Night Time TV’, ‘On Top’, ‘Conversation’, a cover of Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’, ‘Somebody’ from their second album ‘Rituals’ and ‘Stop and Stare’ from their 2010 self-titled album. Enjoy it below
By Adam McCourt
on Wednesday, 15th February 2017 at 12:00 pm
For a band who have only been together just over a year, Orchid Collective are already making tremendous strides within the Irish music scene. Since the release of their debut EP ‘Courage’ in November 2016, the Dublin-based lads have gained a lot of mainstream media attention from the likes of Clash Magazine, Hot Press Magazine, Irish national radio station RTE 2FM and Nialler9, who recently premiered their most recent single from the EP, released last Friday.
‘Waited on the Sun’ is the second single from ‘Courage’, and it has been self-described by the band as “the perfect ode to the final days of winter.” The longing for warmer nights and brighter days is a sensation everyone can relate to, which is why the track’s anthemic opening brings familiarity, a sense of safety and warmth upon listening. The intro, which doubles as the chorus, acts as the driving force of the song. David O’Shea’s lyrics seem to work as a guiding light rather than its leading feature, leaving enough room for the instrumentation to take a leading role, something that Orchid Collective’s folk-rock predecessors failed to experiment with. This gives the track a hint of ambiguity opening its meaning up for personal interpretation by each individual listener, such as a sonic representation of that moment you notice the buds on trees opening up, indicating the first signs of spring.
The song has an overarching message of love and lust, but this is presented in a rather physical manner, less subtle than the change in seasons. Shea Tohill’s lead guitar parts take on the spotlight role, bringing a real vibrance to the track whilst highlighting the intensities of the song’s dynamics through the use of the extended range of his guitar. This leaves enough open space for Darra Doyle and Hugh O’Neill to experiment with their respective mobile bass lines and physical drum parts, creating tensions and resolutions where necessary.
With a subtle, light and breathy synth pad in the foundation of the track, plus intricate three-part vocal harmonies, ‘Waiting on the Sun’ is a song that can challenge patience and serenity, while displaying strong physicality and vitality.
‘Waiting on the Sun’, the newest single from Orchid Collective, is available now. You can also catch the band at their next headline show at Dublin Unitarian Church on the 4th of March. To read more of TGTF’s past coverage on the band, including editor Mary’s coverage of them at Hard Working Class Heroes 2016 last October, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 14th February 2017 at 6:00 pm
Dark electronic stalwarts Depeche Mode caused kids from the Eighties to get hot and bothered earlier this month when they revealed brand new music, their first since 2013’s ‘Delta Machine’. ‘Where’s the Revolution’ is of course tailor-made for these times, the 2017 counterpart to Muse‘s ‘Resistance’. In this new song, Dave Gahan and co. seems to be mocking, even berating political junkies, saying they’ve been let down by those who are courageous enough to act and indeed, rebel. The accompanying video, directed by longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn, shows the band’s disgust in front of the proletariat and empty displays of propaganda. Food for thought. The single is a preview of ‘Spirit’, their upcoming album out the 17th of March on Columbia Records.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 14th February 2017 at 11:00 am
Header photo by aneesprince
Oh dear. It’s Valentine’s Day again, and in the last few days, I’ve been wracking my brain for ideas to do something special on TGTF to commemorate it. Let’s face it, we need more love in this world right now, am I right? Regardless of which side of the many fences possible there are in the romance department – single, in a relationship, happy in love, unhappy and not in love, etc. – I hope everyone can find something to enjoy in this special Valentine’s Day playlist with a special twist.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the playlist is populated with UK and Irish acts scheduled to perform at SXSW 2017 next month. The expression of love and indeed, love lost, can vary from artist to artist, so you’ll find all sorts of examples of Cupid’s bow hitting its mark and sometimes when it doesn’t, offered up in softer ballads to louder declarations.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 14th February 2017 at 10:00 am
New York band Hiccup will be releasing their debut album ‘Imaginary Enemies’ on Father/Daughter Records on the 24th of March. This is just shortly after their appearances at SXSW 2017 in Austin next month. Carrie previously reviewed their single ‘Teasin”, and this morning we have a music video for another track from the upcoming LP. Named after two of literature’s most heinous women, ‘Lady Macbeth and Miss Havisham’ rightly examines mental illness. But the song is oh so catchy and I’m imagining drunk folks in Austin getting really excited about this guitar-driven track. Watch the music video for ‘Lady Macbeth and Miss Havisham’ below.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 13th February 2017 at 6:00 pm
Donegal-based singer/songwriter Rosie Carney has been teasing us as of late about an upcoming EP. While this supposed EP hasn’t seen the light of day – yet – she has released one heck of a single from it. ‘Awake Me’, her latest single which Carrie reviewed late last month, has a haunting quality that seems to directly reflect the singer’s own battles with depression and anorexia. Still only of 20 years of age and yet with a voice that seems much wiser and richer beyond her actual years, there’s plenty of potential in Carney and we look forward to hearing her EP when it finally does make it out to the wild. Watch the promo for her single ‘Awake Me’ below. To read more of our past coverage on Rosie Carney here on TGTF, use this link.
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