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By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 15th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
Hot on the heels of their headlining spot on the NME Radar Tour this September and October, Golden Silvers are back with a new single, ‘Please Venus’, and a video to go with it. It’s no ‘True Romance’: this one is black-and-white themed, but it’s not without its moments of colour and humour. And the “bah bah bah“s will get into your head.
The ‘Please Venus’ single drops in the UK on 31 August.
Quite possibly my favourite band in, like, forever, Delays, have announced a week long UK tour for October.
Catch me (hopefully) at Southampton and London, enjoying their new tunes. You should come too.
Tickets go on sale on Monday morning at 9am.
Saturday 17th October 2009 – Southampton The Joiners
Monday 19th October 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Tuesday 20th October 2009 – Birmingham Academy 3
Wednesday 21st October 2009 – London Borderline
Thursday 22nd October 2009 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 23rd October 2009 – Manchester Night & Day
Hundred Reasons have announced a week long jaunt around the UK.
Accompnying this news is the fact that their track ‘I’ll Never Know’ will be included on the latest free download from Guitar Hero from August 13th. Woo.
Get your tickets now…
Saturday 7th November 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Sunday 8th November 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Monday 9th November 2009 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – London Garage
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 13th November 2009 – Brighton Concorde II
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 14th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight
Atmospheric SoCal pop rockers the Airborne Toxic Event are coming back to the UK in November. But you may not yet have seen the music video for the paean to lost love, “Sometime Around Midnight”, which involves singer/guitarist Mikel Jollett getting his angst on in what appears to be a Los Angeles flat while having flashbacks of his ex, and his bandmates are there too, incongrously playing their instruments in the same flat. A bit surrealistic, but we like it.
When I interviewed Richard Walters a couple of weeks ago, I thought that he was a great talent. However, I had a niggling feeling in the back of my head that his debut full length would be a letdown, a mish-mash of cliché’s that are half-hashed to make an album that’s perfectly acceptable but not brilliant.
I was wrong.
“The Animal” is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s an animal – vulnerable, has its good spots and its bad spots, but you love it nonetheless. He has managed to produce ten tracks that perfectly channel his “heartbroken choirboy” sound.
It’s simple, sparse, many of the songs featuring Walters on the piano or guitar with little backing. It’s how it should be – treading the path many (Tom McRae, Jeff Buckley etc) have trodden, and doing it well. The title track is a personal highlight, building slowly, helpless and aching and beautiful. Perfect for that scene in the movie when she leaves him, it’s raining, thunderstorms, and the guy breaks down sobbing slowly. Haunting, yet still quite beautiful.
The downside? It is certainly not a “happy” album in any sense of the word – not an upbeat album to play on the way to work. Oh, and at times Walters is prone to over-do the wailing / “oh”‘s / “ooooh”‘s (see “Weather Song” and “We Have Your Head”), but I only noticed after a few listens.
Other than that, it’s a promising debut – he’s managed to create a consistently good album that is not going to set the world on fire with its innovation but definitely one to treasure – and not tell your friends about, in case your little golden find does a James Blunt on us.
Richard Walters’ debut album, “The Animal” is released on 21st September 2009.
Love the chilled out, laid back vibe of this. The press release says it far better than I ever could:
“The One” was recorded by Raymond McGinley (Teenage Fanclub) and features Volker Zander (Calexico) on double bass. Music For Your Heart is the alter ego of Sandra Zettpunkt. Her palette ranges from indie anthem to pastoral gem and pays knowing reference to the raw sparseness of early Cat Power, Slint’s aural intensity, Nico’s dark elegance and the welcome transparency of the Radar Brothers. Music For Hearts debut album “Turning Marvel” is set to be released 25 September on Sunday Service via Vinyl/CD/iTunes.
Take a listen, and watch the video:
MP3: Music For Your Heart – The One
Below: Video for Music For Your Heart’s “Unwound”