By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 19th July 2014 at 10:00 am
Of previous ‘What’s In It For’ fame, Long Beach’s Avi Buffalo have a new music video for ‘So What’, with fantasy sequences on the beach, an office, a house, a desert and a forest. (Sure beats those performance videos, eh?) The song will appear on the band’s next album ‘The Best Cuckold’. Watch it below.
Catch previous coverage of Avi Buffalo on TGTF through this link. They’ll be on tour in October in the UK and Ireland, following the release of ‘The Best Cuckold’ on the 8th of September.
The video for Honeyblood’s latest single ‘Super Rat’ is a deliberately blunt illustration of disastrous messes made from pretty things, including singer Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar themselves. The single’s message about scorned romance is made abundantly clear with exploding roses, desserts, and a (presumably) human heart accompanying the spiteful chorus, “I will hate you forever / I will hate you forever / Scumbag sleaze / slimeball grease / You really do disgust me”.
Honeyblood’s self-titled album is out now on Fat Cat Records. They’ve just announced a tour of the UK in September; all the details are this way.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 18th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
I wasn’t sure where to put this on TGTF, as we usually don’t advertise one-off shows, but this was too funny not to share. Bombay Bicycle Club, who earlier this month made the possibly career-chafing comment that they might never play stadium shows again, seem to be doing some damage control.
They’ve gone to the trouble of producing this video to advertising their show at London’s Earl Court on the 13th of December looking back from 25 years into the future, enlisting the help of friends including their lighting tech Squib Swain (in 2039 as a rock historian) and Elbow‘s Guy Garvey, starring as their fan club president. It’s very Rutles-esque. Prepare yourself for belly-aching laughs and watch the video below. Note: avoid if you don’t want to see bass player Ed Nash’s bare behind.
And don’t be confused: tickets to their Earl’s Court show are on sale and are available now.
Long Beach, California’s Avi Buffalo will release their second album ‘At Best Cuckold’ via Sub Pop Records on the 8th of September, to be quickly followed by a European tour including the UK and Ireland. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Friday October 3rd 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday October 5th 2014 – Dublin Whelan’s
Monday October 6th 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Wednesday October 8th 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Friday October 10th 2014 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Catfish and the Bottlemen have just announced a list of UK tour dates for later this year in support of their debut album ‘The Balcony’, due for release on the 15th of September on Island/Communion Records. Mary featured the video for ‘Kathleen’ here back in March. You can check their latest single ‘Fallout’ below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 7th November 2014 – London Koko
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Leicester Academy 2
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – Edinburgh Caves
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Friday 14th November 2014 – Glasgow Classic Grand
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 4th December 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 5th December 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Sunday 7th December 2014 – Birmingham Institute Library
Monday 8th December 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Friday 12th December 2014 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 13th December 2014 – Liverpool Academy
The first half of John’s Sonisphere 2014 review is here.
On a scout around the site, I stumbled upon the opening few bars of what looked like shaping up to be a storming set from The Bronx. Firstly, I’ve got tremendous respect for a band with the credentials they have, doing their own soundchecks. Small things, but, they weren’t being divas. It’s just cool, OK?
When they indicated they were finishing the tuning and the ‘CHECK, CHECK, CHECKING’, they immediately stormed into ‘Kill My Friends’ with a kind of aggression that turned the sweaty confines of the Bohemia Tent into an altogether more hostile environment. The tent was the perfect environment for their set (or from at least what I saw of it), as it allowed frontman Matt Caughthran to get really up close and personal with the crowd. However, if Caughthran got up close and personal with the now extremely unwashed masses of Sonisphere, then Trash Talk frontman Lee Spielman went that one step further.
The generation gap (and tolerance gap) between bands and their respective fans for acts like Trash Talk and The Bronx comparatively to their older compatriots Metallica and Mastodon was epitomised perfectly throughout Trash Talk’s set. Spielman and co.’s unique brand of vitriolic punk is abrasive and primarily there to offend and shock. So to go along with it, it seems only right that Trash Talk’s live set was a whirlwind of aggression, party drug references and moshing. For the entire set, I was stood next to two 50-year old(ish) metal veterans with Metallica and Iron Maiden logos emblazoned on their t-shirts. During the short bursts of rage-filled lyrics, a look of confusion and puzzlement came over the two gentlemen, as the frontman and bassist threw themselves around the stage in a frenzy. Trash Talk are at the forefront of a new brand of stoner metal, where the live shows are characterised by big, brash displays of bile and vitriol, a far cry from the showmanship of Bruce Dickinson and James Hetfield, but still impressive, if not relatively abrasive.
For most of the set Spielman spent his time amongst the crowd. The masses of snapback clad ‘yoofs’ swinging their arms and elbows around and rarely making any connection with anything but thin air. Trash Talk as a band were summed up perfectly by Spielman himself early on in the set: “Short, succinct and to the point”. With most of their songs played out at around 1-minute long, he wasn’t wrong. The circle pits were the most ferocious of the festival, as Spielman ventured far enough back to find me cowering near the sound desk.
Look, I got ‘all up in his grill’:
It was this sense of incredible crowd participation and the ceaseless energy of the band that made this set one of the highlights of the day for me. Whether their own brand of party-punk would go down well on the main stage at a festival is one thing. But in a crowded tent, Spielman bent the crowd to his will superbly. Which warmed me up for something I’ve been waiting around 6 years for.
Glastonbury the weekend previous was a huge milestone for the band. Arguably, the claims they had to ‘prove themselves’ at Glastonbury were completely ridiculous. They’re fucking Metallica and they’ve sold more albums than bloody Arcade Fire and Kasabian combined. Plus, name me a person who doesn’t lose all their shit during ‘Enter Sandman’ and I will go and buy a hat, then eat said hat. They answered the critics, sure. But, in doing so, they produced one of Glastonbury’s finest sets, ladened with as many singalong classics that any Chris Martin or Bono could bring.
So returning to a festival where the band will quite literally lauded as gods was going to hardly be daunting for Ulrich, Hetfield, Hammett, and Trujillo. To spice up their most recent tour and give them an excuse to globetrot without another album, Metallica are touring under the banner of ‘By Request’. Meaning we, the peasantry, get to pick the set. That means one thing. The set won’t be littered with random tracks from the deep, dark depths of ‘Death Magnetic’. Instead, it’ll be jam-packed to the brim with hit after hit.
So with the sun still shining down on Knebworth Park and after a sneak peak of ‘Glastallica’, the legendary four-piece strode on stage with a swagger unbeknown to any other act. They’ve conquered Glastonbury and they were about to defeat Sonisphere. Opener ‘Battery’ was met by a tirade of air drumming, which ceased about two and a half hours later when the band finally left the stage.
Every song was belted out with passion and the audience returned the favour by echoing every lyric back at them, from ‘Master of Puppets’, to ‘Whisky in the Jar’, which Hetfield admitted was his favourite song to play at the moment. The best reaction was reserved for ‘Enter Sandman’, as the crowd bounced in unison to the riff that has become synonymous with the band. ‘One’ was played out with a grandeur you don’t really expect at any metal show. However, for me it was ruined by some pillock next to me donning an Adolf Hitler moustache and adopting a ‘Sieg Heil’ pose throughout. Not funny in the slightest.
The gimmick for the day was that one of the songs was picked by the crowd – coming out on top by a whisker was ‘…And Justice for All’ and finishing off the set we had a rousing rendition of ‘Seek and Destroy’, which stopped any early leavers dead in their tracks so they could throw their horns in the Saturn Stage’s direction.
At Sonisphere, Metallica arrived with absolutely diddly shit to prove. Somehow though, they left proving something. So did the new guard, under the guise of Trash Talk, showing they can put on a show.
But, when it comes to stadium rock and getting a mammoth crowd going – leave it to the undisputed kings of thrash.
Well played boys. (10/10)