American folk balladeer Nathaniel Rateliff has just announced a list of UK and Irish dates to mark the release of his second album, ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run,’ due out on the 20th of January 2014. Rateliff sold out two shows this month in London; if you missed those, your second chance to catch him live comes in the new year. Tickets for the following dates are on sale now.
Monday 20th January 2014 – Belfast McHughs Basement
Tuesday 21st January 2014 – Dublin Academy 2
Thursday 23rd January 2014 – Leeds Belgrave
Friday 24th January 2014 – Liverpool Leaf
Saturday 25th January 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Sunday 26th January 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – London Dingwalls
Wednesday 29th January 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Thursday 30th January 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 31st January 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 1st February 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
At the end of a very active 2013, Drenge have announced their biggest UK tour to date for February and March 2014, including a special NME Awards show at the Scala in London on the 20th of February. That show will include special guest support from The Wytches, along with Traams, who will play support on all dates.
Wednesday 19th February 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Thursday 20th February 2014 – London Scala (NME Awards show)
Saturday 22nd February 2014 – Glasgow Stereo
Sunday 23rd February 2014 – Stockton Georgian Theatre
Tuesday 25th February 2014 – Brighton Komedia
Thursday 27th February 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Saturday 1st March 2014 – Sheffield Plug
It would be a lie to say the calm before the storm that is a Brother and Bones gig is, technically, ‘calm’: it’s more of a shuffle for the first-timers to get as close to the speakers as possible, ready to get their ears blitzed by a pounding aural-assault, and a hive of seasoned fans standing just far enough back that they’ll enjoy the gig without losing the bits of their ears that are, well, important.
Before the Southern five-piece take to the rather small stage at The Bodega (no cloakroom; yes, I’m bitter, I had a fucking massive bag), we were treated to local two-piece Noah, whose harmonies were quite beautiful. The only gripe I would have is that their cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, sadly, was of the same quality as Bastille’s cover of Corona’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’ and conjured in me the same levels of rage and disdain.
So I’ve decided to ignore this obvious crowd pleaser and focus instead on the double’s spellbinding vocals and brilliant storytelling. Their third song, a number about how guitarist Joe stopped a father from beating his son (true story, top man) was told ever so simply and Rebeka Whittle’s voice melted in a striking and soaring harmony that remained true to their minimalist sound. A few more original songs and no more covers and they’ll be headlining shows in Nottingham, no doubt – the talent is undeniably there. Plus, they both have that whole extremely good-looking vibe going on, which tends to help in the music industry, sorry Lauren Mayberry from CHVRCHES.
Which brings me on to a conversation I had before the gig, with Richard Thomas from the headline act Brother and Bones and my compatriot for the night Alex Foxley-Johnson, where we ended up on the situation that Brother and Bones are in: a band with a fantastic underground following, a brilliant mix of carefully put together songs and yet they remain unsigned. Richard says “you’ve pretty much got to be pre-packaged these days” “Should he start twerking?”, I jest. Because falling short of taking part in the newest and grimmest dance craze, it’s difficult to see what else Brother and Bones can do to get themselves noticed.
Surely, they are the full package: a talented, charismatic and ridiculously vocally-gifted frontman, a band of brilliantly experimental musicians who aren’t afraid to push boundaries and who create one hell of a racket when they perform and a gaggle of tunes able to bring any room / festival / audience to their knees, ranging from the staggeringly poignant ‘Gold and Silver’ to the room-shaking beauty of ‘Don’t Forget to Pray’.
Somehow though, Monday’s audience were rather unreceptive to the pure showmanship of Thomas et al. The best reaction it seemed was from a small section of ladies in the middle, who later turned out to be half of the England Women’s Cricket Team, with one of the team taking to Twitter to voice her disdain for the fact the band are not signed. Even with a lethargic crowd, doing their best to suck most of the enthusiasm out of the lively Southern lads, Brother and Bones still managed to produce an ear drum pounding wall of sound. Their set was a showcase to their maturity as well, opening with their some of their most raucous barnstormers and finishing off with a majestic cover of the Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks to Angels’.
It would be lazy to say the Monday night audience were entirely responsible for the sense of lethargy in the crowd; Brother and Bones were putting their blood and grit in to the evening’s set and deserved a better response. They certainly showed why they are still one of the best live acts in the UK at the moment. Catch them, and for god’s sake it’s not a criminal offence to sing along on a Monday evening after work. You showed ’em, cricketers…
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
Oxford group Wild Swim have revealed a video from an intimate secret performance in London they did for Sofar Sounds in October. In this video, they play new song ‘Too Late’ in a stripped back way while being surrounded by their adoring fans. Watch it below.
You Me at Six is finishing 2013 in the support slot on tour with 30 Seconds to Mars, but they have just announced a headline tour of their own for spring 2014 in support of their upcoming fourth album, ‘Cavalier Youth’, due out on the 27th of January 2014. The second single from the album, ‘Fresh Start Fever’, will be released a week prior to the album, on the 20th of January.
Tickets for the following dates go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 29th of November, at 9 AM.
Friday 28th March 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Sunday 30th March 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 – Plymouth Pavilions
Thursday 3rd April 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Saturday 5th April 2014 – London Alexandra Palace
In response to overwhelming demand, pop diva Katy Perry has just announced two new dates for the UK leg of her Prismatic World Tour. Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop will be Perry’s special guests for this opening run of shows, which begins in Belfast and wraps up with four dates in London. Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 29th of November, at 9 AM.
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Saturday 10th May 2014 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday 11th May 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Tuesday 13th May 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday 14th May 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena*
Saturday 17th May 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Sunday 18th May 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Tuesday 20th May 2014 – Manchester Phones 4 U Arena
Wednesday 21st May 2014 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Friday 23rd May 2014 – Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 24th May 2014 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena*
Tuesday 27th May 2014 – London O2 Arena
Wednesday 28th May 2014 – London O2 Arena
Friday 30th May 2014 – London O2 Arena
Saturday 31st May 2014 – London O2 Arena
*newly added dates