Hot on the heels of her sold out February tour in support of debut album ‘Unguarded’ released on Atlantic in January (read David’s review here), pop singer/songwriter Rae Morris has announced a new set of UK headline dates for this October. Ahead of the new October dates, Morris will play the Dot 2 Dot and Love Saves the Day festivals in May before spending June and July opening for Tom Odell. Morris is also on the bill for several late summer festivals; check her Web site for full details.
Below the tour date listing, stream Morris’ upcoming single ‘Love Again’. Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 27th of February.
Thursday 1st October 2015 – Leeds Stylus
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Newcastle Academy 2
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Thursday 8th October 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 9th October 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Sunday 11th October 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 15th October 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 6:00 pm
The creators of ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’, Slaves are currently on tour with the NME Awards tour and through the middle of next week. One can only assume they enjoy automobiles, as their latest promo for ‘Feed the Mantaray’, shows the pair running away (underwater too) from a stingray who won’t leave them alone. Essentially, this looks like what Spongebob Squarepants would probably turn out to be if left in Isaac and Laurie’s hands. Gotta love lads who don’t take themselves too seriously. Watch it below.
‘Feed the Mantaray’ will appear on the band’s debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’, out the 1st of June on Virgin EMI; pre-order it from their Web site. The duo will be appearing at all three major city festivals in May – Live at Leeds, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City – but for a full list of their upcoming appearances, head to their Facebook.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 4:00 pm
Header photo by Emma Swann
Let’s say you’re just minding you own business down Camden Lock, wanting to do a bit of shopping or get a piercing. All of a sudden, your relative tranquility is shaken by an impromptu gig put on by a rock band. Well, that’s exactly what happened on Saturday, when Gnarwolves floated down the canal in a barge, surprising fans and curious onlookers with a five-song set. Says the band of their guerrilla gig:
WE STAND FOR SCRAPING BY. SKATE OR DIE. Playing on a barge was awesome, surreal in fact! We’ve played in some weird countries, small, tight, little venues, cafés and shops but we’ve never played on a boat, outside, in the freezing cold to hundreds of kids in Camden. We’ve played in three or four venues in and around Camden before but this was a whole new experience. This is one of the best gigs we’ve ever done. It was great to show everyone some real punk songs and that the punk scene is alive and kicking.
The surprise show was sponsored by the Dr. Martens brand, long synonymous with Camden, and their ongoing #STANDFORSOMETHING tour. Watch the mayhem – well, controlled mayhem, you know what I mean – below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 12:00 pm
Just last week, it was revealed Scarlett Johansson has launched a supergroup. Oh, the horror. Here at TGTF, we’re more interested in supergroups that have actual musical merit. The Dead Weather, Divine Fits, bands of that ilk. The latest supergroup to appear on our radar this time is from Sweden. No-one is quite sure how Miike Snow alum Pontus Winnberg came up with the name one day – Amason happens to also be the name of a highly popular ‘60s-era make of Volvo – but it’s now the name of one of the most promising music collectives to come out of Scandinivia in recent memory.
The band comprises Winnberg (piano), his brother Petter (bass / vocals), Petter’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator Nils Tornqvist (drums), Gustav Ejstes of rock band Dungen (organ / guitar / vocals) and Idiot Wind singer/songwriter Amanda Bergman (synths / vocals). As one would expect with musicians who love their craft, the sum of the five musicians’ disparate influences and experiences is greater than its parts, strongly indicative of the strength of the Scandinavian music community, happy to share their talents and souls in the pursuit of creating amazing music.
Not only did the quintet gel the first time they booked time together in the studio, live they also made a massive impression on industry bods at CMJ 2014, with NPR’s Bob Boilen noting them one of his top 10 discoveries from the annual emerging music event last year in New York City. Unsurprisingly, the band’s debut album ‘Sky City’ released at the end of January was granted a First Listen feature on NPR. Translation: they have a good chance of making it very big here in the States, and they will no doubt have good, if not claustrophobic crowds going to see them at SXSW 2015 next month.
The first two singles Amason released, in 2014, both appear at the beginning of ‘Sky City’. Opening track ‘Älgen’ has an irresistible driving rhythm that should be amazing to watch performed live with its layered synths and effects; they’re situated well during the current era of the anthemic synth-driven band as it shows no sign of waning. This is swiftly followed by ‘Duvan’ (“The Dove”), with arresting vocals from Bergman compared favourably by some reviewers to the smokiest from early Stevie Nicks, while the backing instrumentation envelopes you with its smooth, lounge-y feel perfect for the nighttime. Which is when I imagine Amason will shine the brightest in Austin: under the cover of darkness, where they can surprise and wow punters looking for something different to hit the spot.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 11:00 am
Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. Our fifth interviewee is Jessi Williams of Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Lonely Wild, who I introduced you all to in this Bands to Watch feature in January. The poor girl is above board about her motion sickness and has some excellent tips for bands making their virgin voyage to SXSW this year. Have a read…
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
PLAYING!!! We have been so busy in the studio and gearing up to release the album, it feels like we haven’t played in forever!! I’m about to explode (ya’ll may want to stay a few steps back from the stage). [Duly noted. We’ll bring ponchos… – Ed.]
Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I hope to get to see some shows, but I haven’t even begun to figure out which ones. We’ve hit the party at Willie Nelson’s ranch the last two years and always have an amazing time there. I’m also planning on swinging by the Laguintas party. They’ve been awesome supporters and we LOVE their beer.
Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
It’s SUPER rock’n’roll…. I get terrible motion sickness. I travel with every kind of ginger candy/food, motion sickness pill, sea bands and any remedy that I can find. (Suggestions welcome). I am really grateful that we don’t travel by boat. [I always keep mints in my purse. Oh, and carry my mp3 player everywhere so I can queue up a favourite song if needed – Ed.]
If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m a whiskey gal. I’d love a Buffalo Trace or a Belle Meade. Thank you
What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be realistic and manage your expectations. The first year can be loads of fun. Just be sure to give yourself enough time between shows to get where you need to go. Realize it’s going to be hard to park and most roads will be closed, so booking 5 shows in a day is probably a bad idea. Also, there are A LOT of shows going on… don’t be super disappointed if you have some that aren’t well attended. Give it everything you’ve got every time though. You never know who is watching. We’ve made lots of great contacts at SXSW.
Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:
What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘My Boy’ by Neil Young. ‘Old Ways’ was released when I was 3. My parents must have just played it over and over. I remember riding in my dad’s GTO on the backroads of southern Indiana listening to this song.
What was your favourite song as a child?
When I was 6-7, I was completely obsessed with ‘Touch of Grey’ by the Grateful Dead. I loved watching the video (on MTV- imagine that!!) I just thought it was so clever when they turned into skeletons and the dog stole his leg. My mom bought me the cassette tape, which I still have actually.
What song makes you laugh?
‘Wooden Ships’ by Crosby, Stills and Nash. The lyrics: “‘Say, can I have some of your purple berries?’ ‘Yes, I’ve been eating them for 6 or 7 weeks now, haven’t got sick once. Probably keep us both alive’”: WTH? Haha. AND Bob Dylan, ‘Bear Mountain Picnic’…. “cops a-comin’, me a-runnin”.
What song makes you cry?
‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, Every- Damn- Time. I used it to work up the tears I had to shed in our “Holiday” video released this past December. “What A Wonderful World” and “Imagine” are on that list too.
What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
The Beatles, ‘I Saw her Standing There’. I was just 17 (get it?) and he was a college boy. We’d go stargazing in the corn field (that’s all I swear!) . We’d crank the Beatles, Beach Boys, Doors, Zombies…lots of British Invasion and Laurel Canyon folk stuff. That song in particular brings me back. It also sort of captures the whimsy and simplicity of being in love in high school.
What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Pearl Jam, ‘Spin the Black Circle’. ‘Vitalogy’ in general is just a GREAT album when you’re kind of ticked off and just want to let some aggression out.
Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chasing White Light’ by The Lonely Wild. haha, but seriously, I think, lyrically, this is the best that Andrew (Carroll) has written to date and I’m so super jealous. Musically, too, it makes me feel all of the feelings.
If that sounds too self-promote-y, which I assure you is not my intention, I’d go with something by Neil Young, who is BY FAR my favorite songwriter. Maybe ‘Expecting to Fly’ or ‘Thrasher’ or ‘Powderfinger’ or ‘Mr. Soul’. I can’t possibly pick!!
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
That’s so tough!!! I read most of his stuff years and years ago, but I will always adore Kurt Vonnegut.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would have to be professionally sad. I kid.
I’d need to feel creative in some way and not stuck behind a desk. Woodworking or gardening maybe… So a landscaper?
If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
What the hell kind of Heaven is that?! That God is a dick.
‘Dark Side of the Moon’. I’ve listened to a 1000 times or more since I was born and I’m still not sick of it, so I guess I could listen to it for, er, eternity.
Many thanks Jessi for answering these questions for us here at TGTF!
SXSW 2015 showcasing artists More Than Conquerors will take a brief spin around the UK before heading to Austin next month. The tour will start in London at the end of this week and wrap up in the band’s hometown of Belfast on the 11th of March. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Check out the promo for ‘Red’, their first single in 2015 to be released on the band’s own label Oil Tape Records on the 2nd of March, in this previous Video of the Moment.
Friday 27th February 2015 – London Garage
Sunday 1st March 2015 – Glasgow Nice and Sleazy’s
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Leicester Soundhouse
Friday 6th March 2015 – Gosport Clarence Tavern
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Liverpool Blade Factory
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Belfast Limelight 2