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By Mary Chang
on Friday, 17th January 2014 at 6:00 pm
Mancunians Elbow have revealed the first song from their forthcoming album out on the 3rd of March, ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’. Interesting title, eh? The song has an interesting title too: ‘Fly Boy Blue / Lunette’. Watch the promo for it below.
Elbow are on tour in the UK in April.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 7th October 2013 at 9:00 am
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Manchester’s Elbow, but they’ve just given word a couple days ago that they’ll be heading out on a headline tour of the UK in April 2014. Tickets are on sale now.
The band’s sixth album, currently titled ‘All at Once’, will be released on the 3rd of March 2014.
Saturday 5th April 2013 – Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 6th April 2013 – Glasgow Hydro
Tuesday 8th April 2013 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 9th April 2013 – Manchester Phones 4 U Arena
Friday 11th April 2013 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Saturday 12th April 2013 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 14th April 2013 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Thursday 16th April 2013 – London O2
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 9th October 2012 at 9:00 am
Manchester heroes Elbow will be making the rounds on English arenas in late November into early December. In light of the London 02 gig on the 2nd of December selling out, the band have added another date at Wembley Arena for the 27th of November. Tickets are on sale now.
Monday 26th November 2012 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Tuesday 27th November 2012 – London Wembley Arena
Wednesday 28th November 2012 – Birmingham National Indoor Arena
Thursday 29th November 2012 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Saturday 1st December 2012 – Manchester Arena
Sunday 2nd December 2012 – London O2 (sold out)
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 29th June 2012 at 11:00 am
Seeing that everyone around the globe will have their eyes fixed on London next month with the start of the summer 2012 Olympics there, it’s only appropriate that we at TGTF Towers get involved with a post of our own. Regarding the musical selections for the Games, of course. Britain being Britain, the Olympic organisers were spoilt for choice on which artists to tap for this international showcasing event. Just in this week, we’re getting more names and details on what to expect ahead of the official start of the Games. (This post is mainly about the expected Olympic-related releases, but there is also word that there will be surprise gigs in London, which is another ball of wax entirely.)
The news of what we would hear to herald in the 2012 event started last winter, when in November 2011, it was revealed that Manchester’s Mercury Prize-winning and reigning (no longer) indie band Elbow (pictured above) would be providing the song ‘First Steps’ to soundtrack the BBC’s coverage of the momentous occasion. The song in its finished form made the rounds on telly in this promo advert in May to coincide with the Olympic torch relay that made its was all over the country.
For ‘First Steps’, Elbow decided to use a recorded choir vocal instead of Guy Garvey’s, presumably to make it more about the public and less about Elbow. In his typical self-deprecating style, Garvey has said of their contribution, “for our music to be sound-tracking it, there was a big feeling of responsibility but also we’re just dead proud to be doing it. And strange as well with none of us really being athletic.”
On Wednesday, the BBC reported Muse would be providing the Games’ official song. Called ‘Survival’, it’s already proving to be as polarising as the strange dubstep-infused trailer they released as a teaser for their next album, ‘The 2nd Law’. While there is no argument that there is an incredible amount of tradition, pomp and circumstance surrounding the XXX Olympiad, what strikes you first about this this new song ‘Survival’ is how un-Muse it is. To me, it sounds like they are trying far too hard to sound like a 21st century Queen, emphasising on making a more bombastic sound that embraces the theatrical instead of either going for something poppy, which might make it all the more enjoyable for the masses, or staying true to the Muse vision.
But beyond what we have heard in full from Elbow and Muse are all the other question marks: what are the contributions from other artists going to sound like? The BBC also let loose on Wednesday that special singles from Elton John vs. Pnau, Dizzee Rascal, the Chemical Brothers and Delphic will also be released during July and August.
Let us first consider the first of these. Pnau is an Australian dance duo whose song ‘Sad’ “includes elements from a number of Elton John original sound recordings including ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, ‘Crazy Water’ and ‘Curtains’ to name but a few”. Before hearing it, I thought well, this could go either way: it could be a horrible, ill-advised sampling experiment gone wrong, or it could be something refreshingly new and different. Then I found the official video. What is this? It reminds me of Empire of the Sun in a way, and not in a good way. In any event, remember them, because you can expect Pnau to become a household name; how they (or their management) was able to score Olympic promotion just in time for the release of their debut album is quite a marketing coup.
Dizzee Rascal needs no introduction. He’s been making the rounds at many summer festivals, including both Evolution and Beach Break Live that we’ve managed to cover. As you might have already expected, Dizzee surely knew he was going to have this honour long ago, as the below ‘Your Britain’ video shows him talking about his childhood and having a look round at the stadium where presumably he will be performing on opening night. I think it’s safe to say we can expect a high-octane, bounce-a-minute stonker from him that will get people bopping all over the world.
Then we are left with the Chemical Brothers and Delphic. This is where we only guess what will happen, which is rather interesting because the two bands, while both dance-oriented and from Manchester, are at opposite sides of the career spectrum. Neither band has released anything since their last albums in 2010: ‘Further’, the Chems’ seventh, and ‘Acolyte’, the debut for Delphic. While there has been a long time of incubation, shall we say, since we last heard anything new from either of them, they have probably only had the last 6 to 8 months, at most, to think about how they want to be remembered with the memory of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Chemical Brothers have not talked publicly about their involvement, but Delphic excitedly Tweeted “We cant [sic] tell you how much it means to be involved with a world spectacle so great it only comes around every 4 years. this time on our patch”, which says to me not only have they given this a great deal of thought, but they also considered the gravity of the situation and what it means when the eyes of the world (or, perhaps the ears are better suited in this case) are put squarely on you.
We here at TGTF will be looking forward to the coming weeks for word on all these official releases. This is definitely one Olympics where the excitement regarding the music specially made for the event equals or exceeds the excitement for the actual sport. Reuters has reported the remaining releases are scheduled to drop as follows: Elton John vs. Pnau on 16 July, Delphic on 23 July, Chemical Brothers on 30 July and Dizzee Rascal on 6 August. The Muse single ‘Survival’ is available for purchase now.
Last week the titans of thrash, Slayer, announced they are going to release a deathly delight for their legions of fans – wine. Dubbed ‘Reign in Blood’ after their brutalising 1986 album, the Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal accompaniment for any true metaller’s raw steak with extra blood. And what is more metal than blood-coloured alcohol? Maybe Lemmy‘s whiskey collection, but that’s about it.
Some bands, though, appear to just love putting their name to anything. Instead of forcing fans to take out a mortgage for the chance to see their favourite band at a soulless enormodome, there’s a wealth of branded toys, trinkets and treats for fans everywhere with too much money.
To tie-in with their ‘build a rocket boys!’ album, Elbow teamed up with local Stockport Robinsons Brewery to create their very own beer. Described as a “golden ale with a rich balanced body, smooth bitterness, subtle tang of malt and fruity aroma”, this premium nectar sounds like a delicious addition to any beer aficionado’s collection but don’t listen to Elbow whilst drinking or you might never stop. They’re that bland.
Speaking of bland, one of the most shameful pieces of merch comes from one of the worst bands of all time (personal opinion). Not only do the Killers contribute nothing to modern music at all – other than a rotating festival headliner – they cash in on the gullibility of idiots by selling ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ toothbrushes. Yes, you read that correctly. You can now be reminded of that god-awful song whilst you partake in oral hygiene. Rock on, guys.
But what about when you can’t rock any more? Don’t worry there’s something for you too, it’s a coffin! Actually named the Kiss Kasket, Gene Simmons and co. licensed the sale of a final resting place covered in Kiss logos and pictures of the face-painted funsters. Pantera‘s Dimebag Darrell was actually buried in a Kiss Kasket at his own request. It’s also said to double up as a giant beer cooler for parties: just make sure you know which event you’re attending.
Before death, though, comes life! And we all know how we get life, right kids? But if you plan to practice making babies first, don’t forget to rubber up with your favourite band’s own brand of condom. What could make that moment between you and a loved one more special than by donning Manowar‘s Warrior’s Shield sheath to your, ahem, warrior. [Thanks to Graham Norton, my eyes have been offended by the JLS line of condoms as well. Norton confirms the Aston Merrygold line sells best. - Ed.] But if you’re not into the fantasy power metallers in the bedroom, how about Enter Shikari‘s No Sleep Tonight member jackets? Named after a song that also features the lyric “we can’t quite stomach this”, make of that what you will.
No-one does dirty sexy like the Germans, though. So leave it to industrial enthusiasts Rammstein to create their very own sex toy set. To celebrate the release of their 2009 album ‘Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da’, the Berlin bruisers released a special edition box set that included six dildos, a pair of handcuffs and some lube. Not amusing little dildos you can use as a key ring, we’re talking the real deal. If one of your family members is a Rammstein fan and you think you’ve found the perfect gift for them on eBay, give the description a thorough read before bidding.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 28th February 2012 at 4:00 pm
The headliners for this year’s Live at Jodrell Bank have been announced. The annual festival that goes on annually in the shadow of the iconic Lovell telescope on the grounds of the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory will take place in 2012 on 23-24 June. Local heroes and now the folks responsible for making this year’s Olympics in London sound great Elbow (pictured above) will headline Saturday the 23rd; the Modfather Paul Weller will assume headline duties on Sunday the 24th. Support acts have yet to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (1st of March) at 9 AM; tickets for each day are £35 and will be purchasable from the official Live at Jodrell Bank Web site.