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By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 at 12:21 pm
Thirty Seconds To Mars continue their rise to stardom with the confirmation that they will play their biggest UK tour to date in February 2010.
Tickets are priced at £22.50 for London and £20 for all regional dates, Tickets will go on general sale at 9.30am on Saturday 21st November.
Friday 19th February 2010 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Saturday 20th February 2010 – Manchester Evening News Arena
Sunday 21st February 2010 – Cardiff International Arena
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – London Wembley Arena
Saturday 27th February 2010 – Glasgow SECC
By Jess Grant
on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 at 12:00 pm
Last week, I introduced you to Delphic – a trance quartet hailing from Manchester. It would appear that Mancunians are very much on the ball musically of late, since Dutch Uncles, the indie stars I’d like to introduce to you today, similarly spawn from the Northern city.
Dutch Uncles are signed, rather intriguingly, to Germany’s biggest label, Tapete Records, and have already released themselves a full-length album back in February. However, it’s just these past few months the quintet have truly started to set tounges-a-wagging.
Dutch Uncles skilfully fuse fuzz pop-riffs and new wave synths with fizzed-up vocals – ala an edgy Vampire Weekend. The sometimes jagged, asymmetric melodies, can often lead the band into shiny prog territory (listen to Feargoo – hear the hints of Mew?). The Uncles even layer on, quite fearlessly, a more crunchy, sinister sound (check out Doppelganger, for example), yet, whatever musical face they do choose to wear, Dutch Uncles never fail in dropping unbeatable hooks which enjoy playing around in your mind far too much, quite frankly.
Wanna hear more? Check out the band’s official video to ‘Face In’, below.
If you think Dutch Uncles are going to be big in the coming year, why not go ahead and vote for them in our poll – ‘10 for 2010′ – which is set on finding the biggest bands of 2010.
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 at 10:00 am
Remember back in the day when everyone was grouping The Killers with The Bravery? Those old-school times when we didn’t know just what Brandon and co would achieve? Well, The Bravery have a shiny new song from their forthcoming third album, Stir The Blood. Sounding suitably dark and Depeche Mode likd, it’s quite angry, but also quite mainstream – just how I like my music.
MP3: The Bravery – The Spectator
By Phil Singer
on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 at 6:00 pm
Kyte – Eyes Lose their Fire
It’s been a while since I last mentioned this lot. Hailing from Leicestershire, they make dreamy shoe-gaze stuff that is perfect for winter evenings sat in by the log fire. They’ve been making rather big waves in Japan of late, and whilst this video isn’t exactly brand new I love it. Directed directed by Yasufumi FUJII, it fits the song pretty well, with some great footage. Watch and enjoy this this evening.
By Jess Grant
on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 at 2:00 pm
It has become a worldwide cult, and whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob (I’m all for the Cullen), one thing’s for sure, you’ll be seeing New Moon, the second instalment of the Twilight saga, in cinemas in this week (squeel!). Of course, I can’t give you a head’s up on the actual film yet, but one thing I can tell you, Twilighters, is how AWESOME New Moon’s soundtrack is going to be.
If there was an award for the coolest movie soundtrack, like, ever – this record would have to win, hands down. The CD is filled with both big and small indie superstars from beginning to end – the music a befittingly dark, melancholic haze of vampirical delight.
Glam-stomping, rocking tunes, such as ‘Friends’, by Band of Skulls, ‘I Belong to You’, by Muse and ‘Monsters’, by Hurricane Bells provide the perfectly harsh, guitar-driven soundtrack for Edward Cullen, as he smoulderingly flies across the sunlit trees of Forks, or Jacob Black, as he shape shifts into his mystical werewolf self. The contrastingly sorrowful, haunting numbers on the CD, such as ‘Possibility’, by Lykke Li, ‘Rosyln’, by Bon Iver and St. Vincent, and ‘Slow Life’, by Grizzly Bear, supply the most beautiful of soundscapes, which aptly echo Bella’s despairing, love-torn state of mind. Futher big-names on the album include The Killers (pictured right), Editors, Ok Go, a digitalised solo number from Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, and Death Cab for Cutie, who provide the movie’s official track with the Pet Shop Boys’ stylin’ ‘Meet Me at the Equinox’.
To conclude – the New Moon soundtrack is an incredibly epic, and at times stupidly touching record – perfect audio for the similarly emotional book and soon-to-be film. I would thoroughly recommend this CD, even if you aren’t, like me and practically 70% of the world’s teen population, a major Twilight-nerd. It’s a 16-tracked collection of amazing tunes, each one bounding with an intensity which is, at times, full-blown rawking, and other times, profoundly heartbreaking.
Order ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’, over at Amazon.co.uk now.
By Phil Singer
on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 at 12:00 pm
Slowly climbing the US indie scene, Pomegranates have just been signed to the rather good Heist Or Hit Records here in the UK, home to TGTF favourites The Answering Machine (coverage)and LoveLikeFire (coverage).
Shimmering self-professed “art-pop”…A youthful, open-eared quartet enlivened with a kick-ass record collection, ceiling-less imagination, ragged guitars, and songwriting chops for days.
Catchy and instantly memorable, they have the fast natured guitar driven approach of The Answering Machine whilst having a hint of Death Cab for Cutie and other US indie mainstream elite about them. A huge sense of fun is at the heart of all of the songs – the fragile vocals soon give way to a power verse that would give Passion Pit a run for their money.
Take a listen on their myspace, or watch the live video below of “Everybody Come Outside” filmed at Cleveland’s Beachland Tavern in February. Alternatively, download some of their tracks or buy their album.