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Oxford dance doctors Glass Animals have just announced a tour of the UK in support of their debut album, ‘Zaba’, which is scheduled for release on the 9th of June via Wolf Tone Records. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
Saturday 14th June 2014 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 16th June 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Wednesday 18th June 2014 – London Meltdown Festival
Friday 20th June 2014 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Saturday 21st June 2014 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Monday 23rd June 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 25th June 2014 – Sheffield Bungalows and Bears
Thursday 26th June 2014 – Oxford Jericho Tavern *added 30/05/2014
Folk-pop duo The Honey Ants have just announced their second single release ‘Lies (See You Again)’, due out in digital format on the 5th of May. As with their previous single, ‘Give Me Arms’, the emotional expressivity of this song hinges on the flawlessly executed vocal harmonies of John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer, but the pair have added hints of piano and percussion to their instrumental repertoire, as well as layered backing vocals for greater dynamic effect.
Ahead of the single release, The Honey Ants have shared their simple yet effective black and white video for the song. Visual attention is clearly directed to the singers’ faces, just as the musical emphasis is squarely on their voices, and the distinction between the sharp focus on Grimsey and the more diffuse light behind Hamer is a nice analogy to the tonal contrast of their voices.
The Honey Ants are scheduled to perform at Shoreditch Workshop on the 8th of May and at the Camden Rocks festival on the 31st of May.
Bath blues rock trio The Family Rain have just announced a list of UK headline dates in support of their debut album, ‘Under The Volcano’, which our own Ben reviewed here back in February. The next single from that album, ‘Don’t Waste Your Time On Me’ (featured in this previous Video of the Moment), is due for release on the 12th of May, but the band have spent some time in the studio recently and have promised a sneak peek at their new material as well.
Tickets for the following dates are on sale now.
Wednesday 4th June 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Thursday 5th June 2014 – Leeds Cockpit
Monday 9th June 2014 – Manchester Night and Day
Tuesday 10th June 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 11th June 2014 – Bath Komedia
Thursday 12th June 2014 – London Dingwalls
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 21st April 2014 at 9:00 am
Glasgow’s PAWS, who rocked my world and existence last week opening for We Are Scientists DC (review to follow soon), have announced a tour of the UK to commence in late May, to run through early June. They will also make appearances at Leeds Gold Sound Festival, Camden Crawl and Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire.
PAWS’ sophomore album ‘Youth Culture Forever’ drops the 2nd of June on Fat Cat Records.
Monday 26th May 2014 – Leeds Gold Sounds Festival @ Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 29th May 2014 – York Basement
Friday 30th May 2014 – Newcastle Head of Steam
Saturday 31st May 2014 – Nottingham Chameleon
Monday 2nd June 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 3rd June 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Thursday 4th June 2014 – London Waiting Room
Friday 5th June 2014 – Manchester Castle Hotel (free show)
Saturday 6th June 2014 – Glasgow Art School
Sunday 7th June 2014 – Edinburgh Wee Red Bar
Friday 20th June 2014 – London Camden Crawl @ Underworld (Drowned in Sound)
Saturday 21th June 2014 – London Camden Crawl @ Lock Tavern (Sexbeat)
Friday 27th July 2014 – Deer Shed Festival
Camden Rocks is one of a new breed of urbane festival that has infiltrated the scene across the U.S. and Europe. It requires the special kind of electric setting that can be found in places like Camden and Dublin, or organically grown ala SXSW; the corner of Texas that grew into national new music mecca. On 31 May, 20 venues across the borough will fire up their PAs, and over 200 bands will take to the stage from midday through to the small hours. There’s no mud, no tents and no burst fibreglass urinals. But what it lacks in escapist appeal, it will surely make up for in cultural backdrop and convenience. The Subways are what you might call the conventional headliners, but you can almost guarantee that it will be one of the plethora of lesser known talent that will steal the headlines.
Camden Rocks was conceived as homage to the borough’s staggering influence over the British music scene for the past 50 years. For so long an incubator of fragile new talent – from psychedelia to punk to Britpop – festival promoters have sought to express this diversity with an eclectic line up set across 20 of the town’s famous aural boltholes. It began as a one off, headlined by Pete Doherty and Carl Barat in 2009, and boasted a distinctly London chic, even if its scope was embryonic by comparison.
Resurfacing again in 2013, this year’s line-up is now a leviathan with hundreds of slobbering, stage-hardened heads just waiting to gnaw your face off. Some, like electronic punk rockers Sonic Boom Six, will be returning for another bite after appearing at the festival’s inception, whilst the likes of young guns The Hell will be attempting to muscle in and gain their share of the spoils. And, with festival scene rival Camden Crawl shipped over to Dublin in 2013, the locale will likely be chomping at the bit to host an event that expresses the veracity of the areas musical mythology.
For many, it won’t be headliners The Subways or Reverend and the Makers that are the big draw (although the £25 ticket fee would get you little change from going to see either individually on any other night). It is in the malaise of the lower line-up that the rare stones can be found. Starting at the top, Turbowolf and Orange Goblin will be representing the more traditional end of the hard rock spectrum, whilst Hacktivist’s intense hip hop/metal crossover is sure to compliment the likes of the anarchic Gnarwolves, and slackers Nine Black Alps. Further down the list and there is a thread of uber aggressive noisemakers that can be traced through the likes of Hang the Bastard, Crazy Arm and The Hell – the latter of which are solely responsible for leaving Watford as the wasteland it is today. Even the famous London poseur will be catered for, thanks to Blitz Kids and The Blackout.
It may just be a hyperbole of a standard Camden evening, but when your starting point is the motherland for so many generations of musical genres, the magnification creates a heady brew. It’s on nights like these, when Dr. Martens delve into every dive bar from Dingwalls to Dublin Castle, that you can sense the ghosts of Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Ramones – even Winehouse. On that Saturday in late May, the music of the new generation will do the talking; Camden Rocks has seen to that. But, it’s rare to find a festival at which the talent will be conscious of playing second fiddle to the venue itself.
Tickets and lineup info are available now from the Camden Rocks Web site.
Multifaceted singer/songwriter Paloma Faith has just announced a full UK tour for this autumn, following a handful of May shows around the release of her upcoming single, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. The newly-released video for that song, from her recent album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, can be found below the tour date listing.
Tickets for the October and November dates go on sale on this Friday, the 4th of April, at 10 AM.
Friday 23rd May 2014 – Ipswich Regent
Saturday 24th May 2014 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 27th May 2014 – London Roundhouse
Wednesday 28th May 2014 – London Roundhouse
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Sheffield City Hall
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Friday 31st October 2014 – Hull City Hall
Saturday 1st November 2014 – York Barbican
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Liverpool Empire
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Reading Hexagon
Monday 10th November 2014 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 14th November 2014 – Leicester De Montford Hall
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Monday 17th November 2014 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Tuesday 18th November 2014 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Bath Forum
Friday 21st November 2014 – Brighton Centre
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Monday 24th November 2014 – Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – London Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith)