By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 15th November 2014 at 10:00 am
Bryan Ferry now has a new promo video for the song ‘Loop De Li’, which appears on his new album ‘Avonmore’ out on Monday. What happens behind closed doors of the well-heeled? More depravity than you might expect. The video is a bit gruesome and there is some nudity, so you’ve been warned.
Ferry will be touring the UK next May and June.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
Carl Barat is stepping out with his new band, the Jackals, and their debut album ‘Let It Reign’ is scheduled to be released on the 16th of February 2015. While their sound is more Dirty Pretty Things than the Libertines, it’s definitely a more mature sound (read: less sea shanty and more serious and dark).
Take, for example, the new video for the LP’s lead single ‘Glory Days’, which sees their leader Barat as a soldier up against a firing squad. This is neither a happy video or one that is easy to watch, but given that this week we observed Veterans’ Day (America) and Armistice Day (Britain), stay the course until the end to see who they’ve dedicated this video to. Pretty powerful stuff.
And no, you do not need to adjust your monitor or phone screen, TGTF’s SXSW 2015 coverage will be ramping up very shortly. This is the first post of the lot, as Carl Barat and the Jackals were given a shout to the big dance in March in Austin on the first SXSW 2015 band announcement list released in mid-October. Stay tuned for more pre-festival coverage right here on TGTF.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
Nikita Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, just finished a tour of North America last month. It’s our good fortune that this live performance at Webster Hall in New York City of ‘Go (Blank Stare)’, which appears on Danilova’s current album ‘Taiga’, was committed to video. Watch the stark monochromatic presentation below.
Her next UK show is next week on the 18th of November at London Koko. For past TGTF coverage on Danilova’s career, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
In Stuart Maconie’s book “Cider with Roadies”, he explained how he once described ’70s-’80s Perth band The Triffids, after seeing them live, as makers of “huge music written under huge skies for long trips through empty deserts”. While on a long roadtrip on my birthday visit to Australia 2 years ago this month, I commented to a blogger friend of mine with a similar idea, that there must be something very special as to why much of the music made by so many Aussie and Kiwi artists made me feel so great, and in a way I couldn’t easily put into words. Timeless? Yes. Beautiful? Yes.
While dreamy indie pop duo High Highs no longer live in Sydney, having relocated to Brooklyn for their shot at professional success, their sound still seems to me to still feel very Aussie-influenced. Which in my books is a very good thing. Following on from the huge global success of The Naked and Famous but following their own rules and style, Jack Milas and Oli Chang look poised to be the next big thing from Down Under. They already have a self-titled EP and a debut album (2013’s ‘Open Season’) under their belts, but the next stage of their career is just beginning.
At the start of October, the duo released their latest EP ‘Ocean to City’, comprised of three amazing tracks. The timing of this release couldn’t be beat; soon we’ll all be plunged into the bleak, dark winter, and yet ‘Ocean to City’ is giving us a relaxed respite from all of that. The title track’s video, which premiered on Billboard last week, shows Milas and Chang driving around in an open-top convertible in the carefree land of California, while they pass surfers, beaches and palm trees, all under a seemingly never-ending blue sky. (Funny, the time I visited Sydney, I thought, “hmm, this is like London. Except it’s sunny and clean…”) Milas’ dreamy vocals telling of the yearning of a lover counterbalance the upbeat driving rhythm of the track so it’s neither too sweet or too melancholic. It’s the natural choice for a single, guaranteed to get toes tapping and new fans singing along to its chirpy yet loving message.
‘Glamorous Party’ is pensive, brooding. Chang’s keyboard chords match the drama of Milas’ voice, which oozes from falsetto and not, adding shades of light and dark to the song. But it’s ‘Catch the Wind’ that holds my attention the longest. It’s a study of relationships, and it’s a study of loneliness. It’s a modern pop retelling of that classic chestnut, “if you love somebody, set her free. If she comes back, she’s yours, If she doesn’t, she never was…”
Milas sings in the chorus, “hey, you’re not alone / go break the mold / go where you are free” and echoing oohs swirl around you, a product of High Highs’ ambient pop palette. True beauty. We’ll have to wait and see if this duo will join the illustrious ranks of legendary bands from their homeland. But based on the strength of this latest EP, a packed residency at Pianos in New York City and a past sold out show at London Old Queen’s Head, I think they have an incredibly good shot at making it.
High Highs’ ‘Ocean to City’ EP is available now from their Bandcamp at a price you name.
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens is set to embark on a tour of the UK this weekend, playing songs from his solo albums as well as older full band tracks. As a teaser for the upcoming live dates, Owens has shared a new acoustic track called ‘America’, which you can stream below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Liverpool University Guild of Students
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Glasgow Stereo
Monday 17th November 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – London Islington Assembly Hall
American stadium rockers the Foo Fighters have just announced details of a UK tour, which will include support from the likes of Iggy Pop and the hotly-tipped Royal Blood. Our own John recently previewed the Foo Fighters’ new release ‘Sonic Highways’ here. You can watch the video for first single ‘Something From Nothing’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows go on general sale next Wednesday, the 19th of November, at 10 AM.
Monday 25th May 2015 – Sunderland Stadium of Light
Wednesday 27th May 2015 – Manchester Old Trafford
Friday 19th June 2015 – London Wembley Stadium (with Iggy Pop and Royal Blood)
Saturday 20th June 2015 – London Wembley Stadium (with Iggy Pop and Royal Blood)
Tuesday 23 June 2015 – Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (with Royal Blood)