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Hot on the heels of touring their debut album ‘The Balcony’, Welsh indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen have recently announced details of their second full-length album ‘The Ride’, due out on the 27th of May via Island Records. The band introduced the new LP with the promo for album track ‘7’, which will also be released as a single on the 27th of May, available the same day as the new LP.
Intended as a Part 2 of the video for recent single ‘Soundcheck’ (stream it here), the promo for ‘7’ catches Vann McCann (lead vocals/guitar) and his bandmates Johnny Bond (guitar), Benji Blakeaway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums) in studio. The band were presumably hard at work on the new album, which was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Sardy, though it seems there might have been a bit of extracurricular activity going on as well.
Surrounding the release of ‘The Ride’, Catfish and the Bottlemen will play sold out shows in Hull on the 14th of May, Northampton on the 21st of May and London on the 23rd and 25th of May. (As of this writing, tickets are still available for their gig at Margate Winter Gardens on Friday the 20th of May.) The band will also appear at Liverpool Sound City on Saturday the 28th of May and at Exeter’s Radio 1 Big Weekend on Sunday the 29th of May. TGTF’s previous coverage of Catfish and the Bottlemen is right back here.
Header photo by Sarah Barlow and Stephen Schofield
Northern Irish troubadour extraordinaire Foy Vance has announced a string of late autumn live dates in the UK and Ireland, in support of his upcoming new album ‘The Wild Swan’. The album is due out on the 13th of May via Ed Sheeran‘s record label Gingerbread Man Records, and editor Mary recently featured the album’s lead promo for ‘She Burns’ as our Video of the Moment #2071.
Vance will play an already sold out show at London’s Hoxton Hall on the 12th of May, ahead of June tour dates in Europe supporting Elton John. Following his summer festival appearances, which will include Latitude 2016 in July, Vance will hit North America for a list of dates supporting Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan. He’ll spend the early part of September touring Australia with Kyle Lionhart before returning to America for headline dates running through the end of October. You can find a complete (and lengthy) listing of Foy Vance’s live shows on his official Facebook.
Tickets for the following UK and Irish dates will be available this Friday, the 6th of May, at 10 AM.
Monday 7th November 2016 – Bristol Fleece
Tuesday 8th November 2016 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 9th November 2016 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 11th November 2016 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 13th November 2016 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 16th November 2016 – Southsea Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 18th November 2016 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 8th December 2016 – Dublin Academy
Friday 9th December 2016 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Saturday 10th December 2016 – Belfast Ulster Hall
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 4:00 pm
Putting aside their leather jackets – for now, anyway – Mumford and Sons have revealed they’ve been working on a mini-album in South Africa with some high-profile collaborators. ‘Johannesburg’ is a set of new recordings the band did with legendary Senegalese musician Baaba Maal and The Very Best, who first came to more mainstream prominence in the Western world in 2009 with single ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, featuring Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on guest vocals.
The mini-album was released in South Africa in January and was a rousing commercial success there. They’ve now shared a live performance they did with Maal, of the album track ‘There Will Be Time’, to drum up interest in the new album, which will be released worldwide on the 17th of June. You can watch the live performance below. The band (presumably minus their African collaborators?) will be headlining a summer BST show at Hyde Park on the 8th of July, supported by Americans Alabama Shakes and Dirty Hit alt-rockers Wolf Alice. For more on Mumford and Sons on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at 4:00 pm
Tomorrow night, Broken Hands will be playing their biggest London show today, at Camden’s Dingwalls. The exciting times don’t stop there for the hard-rocking Canterbury band, who like TGTF will be heading out to Toronto next week for Canadian Music Week. They’ll be playing the following shows: Wednesday the 4th of May at the Garrison at 12 AM, Thursday the 5th of May at Drake Underground at 11 PM and later at 2 AM at Sneaky Dees; and Friday the 6th of May at Velvet Underground at 9 PM and later at Smiling Buddha at 1 AM. I’ve broken into a nervous sweat just thinking about all the shows! ::cough, wheeze::
For a taste of the band live, well, you’re in luck. Last week, the South East group were in session live for the BBC at Maida Vale for BBC Introducing, broadcast on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music drivetime programme. A whole slew of videos were filmed, and this is just one of them, for ‘Four’. The track is one of many highlights from their debut album ‘Turbulence’, which was released back in October on SO Recordings. (Read my review of the LP here.) For the whole suite of videos from Maida Vale, go here, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about. For more on Broken Hands on TGTF, go here.
Southampton rock trio Band of Skulls will hit the road in England again this autumn, following their already sold out April and May live dates. Their new album ‘By Default’ is due for release on the 27th of May and will include the single ‘Killer’, which we’ve already featured right back here. Just below the tour date listing, you can watch a live session video of album track ‘Erounds’.
Tickets for the following shows are on sale today. For our collected previous coverage of Band of Skulls, click here.
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Leeds Stylus
Friday 21st October 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Newcastle Northumbria University
Monday 24th October 2016 – Bristol SWX
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – London Roundhouse
Thursday 17th November 2016 – Southampton Engine Rooms
If you’re even a casual reader of TGTF, you’ll probably know by now that electronic music isn’t my particular cup of tea, though it is typically much more to editor Mary’s liking. She was quite disappointed to discover that electropop acts M83 and YACHT wouldn’t be passing through Washington, D.C. on their current tour, especially after seeing YACHT in Austin during SXSW 2016. But she did note that the Los Angeles-based bands were scheduled to play at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tucson, which is where I came into the equation.
I arrived at the venue early and was able to obtain my ticket and photo pass very easily thanks to the staff at the Rialto, so I took a spot in the crowd near the barrier and chatted a bit with some fellow punters. I was surprised to learn that many of the fans near the barrier were primarily there to see opening act YACHT, who they claimed were worthy of headline status themselves. They weren’t entirely wrong in that claim. YACHT’s Renaissance frontwoman, Claire L. Evans, who writes editorials and edits science fiction for VICE’s Motherboard channel when she’s not busy performing, was fierce and forceful from the moment she stepped onto the stage, even before she opened her mouth to sing. Throughout the set, she moved like a prowling panther on the stage, restrained by its dimensions but also using its levels and lighting to her advantage in striking a series of dramatic poses at appropriate points in the music.
Evans’ colleagues Jona Bechtolt and Rob Kieswetter mixed energetic dance beats and intoxicating grooves under her half-sung/half-spoken vocals. To paraphrase Evans’ own description, the band juxtaposed songs about present day American society with songs about a more intimate social issue, namely sex, the latter of which inspired whistles and cheers from their audience. Most of the set list came from their current album ‘I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler’, but final track ‘Psychic City’ was apparently an older fan favourite, judging by the outbreak of ecstatic dancing at the front of the stage. On the brilliant recommendation of a fellow audience member, I took the opportunity to add the song to my own run playlist as soon as YACHT made their way off the stage.
As spectacular as YACHT were, the production quality of the show ramped up exponentially for headline act M83. Even watching the stage crew work between the sets was rather amazing, as they rigged an amazing interplay of lights and sound equipment, the likes of which I rarely see in covering my usual singer/songwriter type gigs. Though the music seemed to drag a bit in places, the production quality was dazzling from beginning to end, and I could see that frontman Anthony Gonzalez must have intended this as part of his overall Gesamtkunstwerk, though it seems funny to use that Wagnerian operatic reference in a review of modern electronic music.
M83 opened with ‘Reunion’, a familiar track from their 2011 breakout album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’, before diving headlong into ‘Do It, Try It’, from their newly released album ‘Junk’. I was rather proud of myself for recognising both songs without prompting, but from that point I was a bit lost, as Gonzalez chose to play more older material than I would have expected. Keyboardist Kaila Sinclair, who is new to the M83 lineup, had ample opportunity to showcase her silky vocals on both the older tracks and the more recent releases, and Gonzalez handed the lead off to female vocalist Mai Lan on new album tracks ‘Laser Gun’ and ‘Go!’, the latter of which had a rather unexpectedly ’80s dance pop vibe. Naturally, Gonzalez held back the band’s massive radio hit ‘Midnight City’ until late in the set proper; though it prompted an outburst of manic energy from the crowd, the audience’s attention appeared to wander once they’d heard it and the jubilant mood dissipated quickly thereafter.
I thought the headline set seemed rather short when Gonzalez and his crew signed off, but it turned out that they had a extended 5-song encore planned, including a lengthy version of the groovy new track ‘Walkaway Blues’, which featured vocals by guitarist Jordan Lawlor. Many of the casual punters in the back of the theater took this opportunity to slip out (it was a Tuesday night, after all!), but the diehard M83 fans stayed to the very end, and they were graciously rewarded with spectacular performances of old favourites ‘Couleurs’ and ‘Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun’.
M83 and YACHT will be on tour in North America through the end of April. M83 have a busy spring and summer schedule planned, with appearances at Coachella and Glastonbury on the docket. You can find YACHT’s upcoming live dates here and M83’s long list of live dates right here.
TGTF’s previous coverage of YACHT, including their recent appearance at SXSW 2016, is back this way. Our coverage of M83 is collected in one convenient spot right back here.
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