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Dry the River have announced a tour of the UK for this autumn. Strike while the iron’s hot, yes?
The band perform at the Great Escape this week, making appearances at a secret VEVO show on Friday afternoon, followed by a performance at the Corn Exchange that night at 23.45.
Tuesday 16th October 2012 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 17th October 2012 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Wrexham Central Station
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – Liverpool Kazimier
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Preston 53 Degrees
Friday 26th October 2012 – York Fibbers
Saturday 27th October 2012 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 29th October 2012 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – Birmingham Library
Wednesday 31st October 2012 – Bath Komedia
Thursday 1st November 2012 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
There seems to be every permutation of the genre ‘pop’ in the music business today. But this is a new one, even for me: fantasy pop. It’s the genre that Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore use to describe themselves, and I find it a great compromise. There’s an ethereal dreaminess to their vocals, yet I think putting them alongside dream pop bands like Beach House would be lazy journalism. Fantasy, whether Harry Potter, Japanese manga or Xena: Warrior Princess is your chosen poison, is a broad enough category that the uniquely crafted sounds by this pair of best friends can use this sobriquet and not feel stifled by the restrictions of the box. Tagging on the word ‘pop’ works in this instance because when you listen to this music, it’s not a question, it’s a given: these songs will get inside your head and you will remember them. For the best of reasons.
Savoir Adore will be releasing their next EP, ‘Dreamers’, on the 21st of May on Neon Gold Records, who acted as Wolf Gang’s stepping stone into a major label deal. The title track ‘Dreamers’ is actually a track that will feature on their second album, ‘Our Nature’, which has an expected autumn release date in the UK.
This release is structured rather unusually; you might think ‘single’ is a better description of it, since of the seven tracks, there is ‘Dreamers’ itself and then five very different remixes of it. The only other song on this EP that’s not a variant of ‘Dreamers’ is ‘Sea of Gold’. But let’s focus on the original songs.
‘Dreamers’ has a childlike playfulness to it; while synths buzz along with the dream beat, you can practically feel like the purest sunlight is shining down on you while you’re sunbathing at the beach. When I first heard this EP, I assumed they were from Australia or somewhere else far flung and potentially idyllic. It doesn’t sound like it’s come out of Brooklyn. There’s a sweet refrain by Deidre Muro of “you can stay where you are / I will wake you / I will wake you in the morning / you can stay where you are, so don’t you worry / don’t you worry, keep on sleeping.” Really? This sounds like a commercial for a Hawaiian resort hideaway. It’s the kind of “enjoy the life you’re living” song that I suppose the more jaded people will detest, but sometimes you need music that can put you in that zen mode when you’re stressed out, and this fits the bill nicely.
Now let’ shave a listen to ‘Sea of Gold’. It’s funny, for some reason I was hearing a Cut Copy vibe at first hearing this, but it’s actually a deceptively simple track, with a mesmerising drum loop with expansive vocals that build as the song continues. Lyrically, it’s not as evocative as ‘Dreamers’, which is too bad, because sonically it has the potential. It’s a little too sleepy.
The remixes on the EP come from some famous folks: Chiddy Bang’s Xaphoon Jones, Brazil’s Database, plus fellow new Yorkers the Golden Pony, Body Language, and French Horn Rebellion, all of whom their very distinctive spin on the original. I’m torn between naming either the Golden Pony and French Horn Rebellion’s versions the best, as I think both embody the bouncy, fancy free feeling in the original. I like remixes, so I found this EP to be fun and refreshing; however, if remixes leave you cold, you might want to have a listen to this on Spotify before forking over your change.
The ‘Dreamers’ EP by Savoir Adore is out on the 21st of May on Neon Gold. The band will start a short tour of the UK on Sunday at London Notting Hill Arts Centre.
Sunday 6th May 2012 – London Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion show)
Monday 7th May 2012 – London Queen of Hoxton (Simply Rad show)
Tuesday 8th May 2012 – Cardiff Undertone
Thursday 10th May 2012 – Brighton Great Escape Festival (Record of the Day show)
Friday 11th May 2012 – Brighton Great Escape Festival (Neon Gold show)
Thursday 17th May 2012 – London Camp (Pop Shop / Neon Gold show)
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 1st May 2012 at 11:00 am
Friends from Brooklyn is one of the hottest indie bands on the planet at the moment, and we’ve blagged a pair of tickets for one lucky reader and a guest to see them in Newcastle (Sunday 6th May), Birmingham (Saturday 12th May) or Bristol (Monday 14th May), winner’s choice. Now you’re wondering to yourself, how do I win these tickets? Read on my friend…
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If you want to buy tickets to any of the gigs on their May UK tour, you can use this Live Nation link to buy them for some of the gigs.
Saturday 5th May 2012 – Live at Leeds
Sunday 6th May 2012 – Newcastle Digital
Monday 7th May 2012 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 8th May 2012 – Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 9th May 2012 – London Scala
Thursday 10th May 2012 – Brighton Horatios (NME Radar showcase at Great Escape)
Friday 11th May 2012 – Brighton Haunt (The Agency showcase Great Escape)
Saturday 12th May 2012 – Birmingham Academy 2
Monday 14th May 2012 – Bristol Thekla
Not to be confused with the chain of hotels, the 1946 Howard Hawks film staring Humphrey Bogart, nor any other act of the same name past or present (yeah, there’s plenty of confusion to be had), the Big Sleep are one of New York’s latest exports and they’re of the dark indie rock variety. Their third album launched in America at the end of January and will be out in Europe at the end of the month, but with a huge UK and European tour coming up to promote it, it seems that the Big Sleep are finally going to be making some waves on the venues and festivals of Britain.
It’s atmospheric, it’s powerful, it’s grungy without being grunge. They’re more Metric than Sonic Youth, more 2:54 than the xx, but they could fit alongside any of the aforementioned, as long as you’re into dark guitar lines. Their sound to date has been a bit on the rough side, but with years under the belt, it seems the act have steadily tuned into exactly the sound they want to create. The promise that came with the last two LPs has a few months to materialize and with ‘Nature Experiments’, it may well do.
The band are hitting up the Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City this year, as well as a host of other UK dates below and there’s no doubt they’ll be bringing a tension-destroying atmosphere with them. In case this still hasn’t sold you, the video for new single ‘Ace’ is also below.
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 – Brighton Hope (Great Escape Festival)
Monday 14th May 2012 – Manchester Castle
Tuesday 15th May 2012 – Glasgow Nice ‘n Sleazys
Wednesday 16th May 2012 – London Camden Barfly
Thursday 17th May 2012 – Liverpool Arts Academy (Liverpool Sound City)
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 9:00 am
Field Music have announced a UK tour for October. They’ve also revealed they will be releasing a compilation of covers with the tour, which should make things very interesting. Tickets are on sale now in the usual places but in an unusual place as well: on this Facebook ticket app page.
Wednesday 3th October 2012 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Thursday 4th October 2012 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Friday 5th October 2012 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 6th October 2012 – Liverpool Kazimier
Wednesday 10th October 2012 – Southampton Cellars
Thursday 11th October 2012 – Cardiff clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 12th October 2012 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Leicester Sumo
Wednesday 17th October 2012 – London Electric Ballroom
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Brighton Haunt
Friday 19th October 2012 – Bath Komedia
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 9:30 am
Maximo Park have announced a trio of English gig dates in June. Tickets go on sale Friday 27 April at 9 AM.
Wednesday 6th June 2012 – Birmingham Glee Club
Thursday 7th June 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Friday 8th June 2012 – London Heaven