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PAWS / May and June 2014 UK Tour

By 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


Live Review: School of Language at Newcastle Cluny – 7th April 2014

By on Thursday, 10th April 2014 at 2:00 pm

One would be forgiven for not understanding the subtle difference between School of Language, in which David Brewis sings and Peter Brewis plays the drums, and the Mercury-nominated Field Music, in which David Brewis sings and Peter Brewis plays the drums. Well, School of Language is ostensibly David’s solo operation, so despite the live presence of Pete (and the bassist looks somehow familiar too), pretty much everything on the album was written and recorded by David. So tonight there’s no Field Music-style instrument swapping: David takes full frontman responsibility throughout.

And he’s rather good at it, clad in ‘70s-dad chic complete with slacks and linen jacket, displaying an awkward cool which reflects the mindset of the music. He helpfully points out that this is the first School of Language gig since September 2008, a fact which surely does nothing to calm first-night anxiety – nervous fiddling with guitar controls and an in-and-out-of pocket plectrum are telling giveaways. Perhaps the knowledge that bro isn’t going to step out from behind the drum kit tonight adds an extra frisson of tension. But as the photos attest, when initial nerves give way to concentration and growing confidence, Brewis certainly looks the part, sharp of cheekbone and jawline, even throwing some modest guitar-hero moves.

The songs are as precise and efficient as the workings of a Swiss watch. ‘A Smile Cracks’ has two electric guitar solos and a drum solo, which in another context could be a byword for excess, but in fact both are the very model of restraint. There’s acres of space in the arrangements, allowing exact placement of the various melodic components. As the album cover art suggests, this is the motion of an architect’s pencil made music: line, form, and placement are elegant, specific and unambiguous – as if played on a set square and recorded in thin graphite strokes.

One shouldn’t assume that such methods preclude the portrayal of emotion, or that the end result must be soulless. Far from it: the whole SoL experience is one of restrained white funk. Mary has already mentioned Talking Heads in her review of ‘Old Fears’, and the comparison is apt indeed. Self-described “kinda the single” ‘Between the Suburbs’ hints at Nile Rodgers-era Bowie in its stop-start rhythm and chorused Stratocaster work. ‘Dress Up’ is so retro it hurts, heavy with FM synth, tremendous auto-wah guitar, and drums that again refuse to play anything even vaguely resembling a conventional beat. ‘Suits Us Better’ is a dreamy interlude of ethereal backing vocals and reverbed guitar, and a groove conjured from looped beatboxing: at once ethereal and lo-fi.

The introspective-on-record ‘So Much Time’ is slightly faster and certainly more intense live, and works well as a full-stop to an evening of fine virgin music. It’s the sort of gig one wishes to experience again – not because of any particular mind-blowing spectacle, more because of the nagging certainty that with music as subtle and charming as this, the first reading cannot reveal the true depth of everything that’s on offer. Oh well – that’s what records are for.


Live Review: Howler at Newcastle Cluny – 1st April 2014

By on Friday, 4th April 2014 at 2:00 pm

Jordan Gatesmith is an unlikely frontman – all gangly limbs and sharp features, mostly hidden by a mop of floppy blonde hair. He keeps banter to a minimum, letting the songs take precedence over personality in his band’s short, sharp, 45-minute set. The Cluny is half-full, a fact that the band seem nonplussed about, casually working out set lists on the stage floor way past their start time. They’re in no hurry, because between their two albums (2012’s ‘America Give Up’, and now the one-week-old ‘World Of Joy’), they’ve no more than a single hour of recorded music to their name. Even if they played every track of both albums (they won’t – of which more later), they’d be tucked up in the Travelodge with a cup of cocoa before the witching hour.

Howler are exactly what one could wish for from a U.S. garage band. Casual onstage, unconcerned with niceties, they knock out one deafening energy bolt after another. In case anyone was concerned that Howler might have overnight turned into a lounge band, the first few seconds of the performance assuage such doubts: ‘Drip’ is fast, furious, ramshackle. ‘Yacht Boys’, Gatesmith’s blunderbuss critique of the boat shoe-wearing American upper middle class, complete with spiked guitar work and roared vocal refrains, is perfectly suited to live delivery. However, subtlety is in inverse proportion to energy levels tonight – more down tempo pieces like ‘Don’t Wanna’ (“you don’t have to be a punk / date girls / listen to the Smiths if you don’t want to”) are given the same whirlwind treatment – introspection is dropped in favour of immediacy.

Also missing in action is the psychedelic tinge that infuses parts of the new album, most notably the title track. Notably penned by guitarist Ian Nygaard rather than Gatesmith, it hints at a potential brave new world where high-speed observational punk-rock coexists and even combines with spaced-out psychedelia. A Howler 2.1 that investigated these possibilities would add another dimension to the band’s sound. However, tonight it is the drum insanity of Rory MacMurdo is the powerhouse that drives Howler. The rest of the band are urged to play faster and louder by MacMurdo’s kit, transforming the whole into greater than the sum of its parts. There are moments when one can see through the artifice: a quartet of teenagers rehearsing in a parent’s garage, striving to stand out from the Graham’s number of other similarly housebound aspirants. But it’s their genuinely melodic, meaningful songs, paired with a delivery with just the right mixture of careless virtuosity and attitude, which confirm Howler’s membership of the big league.


Paloma Faith / October and November 2014 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 at 9:00 am

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)

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Howler / March and April 2014 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 20th March 2014 at 9:00 am

Minneapolis rock quartet Howler have just announced a spring headline tour of the UK, featuring support from Kent’s own Broken Hands.  The video for Howler’s new single, ‘Indictment’, was recently featured by Mary here, leading up to the release of their new album, ‘World of Joy’, out Monday on Rough Trade. The tour begins next week; tickets are available now.

Monday 24th March 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 25th March 2014 – Brighton Bermuda Triangle
Wednesday 26th March 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 27th March 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Friday 28th March 2014 – Birmingham Temple @ The Institute
Sunday 30th March 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 31st March 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 1st April 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Thursday 3rd April 2014 – London Oslo


Jimi Goodwin / May 2014 UK and Irish Tour

By on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 9:00 am

Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin has announced his first full solo UK tour for May, in support of his upcoming solo album, ‘Odludek’. These dates are in addition to his previously announced warm up dates later this month and his support slot for Elbow‘s arena tour in April.

‘Odludek’ will be released on the 24th of March on Heavenly Records. Watch the video for its first single ‘Oh! Whiskey’ in this previous Video of the Moment post.

Tickets for the following dates go on sale this Friday the 28th of February.

Friday 2nd May 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Liverpool Sound City
Sunday 4th May 2014 – Kendal Malt Room
Tuesday 6th May 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
Saturday 10th May 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Sunday 11th May 2014 – Belfast Black Box
Monday 12th May 2014 – Dublin Whelan’s
Thursday 15th May 2014 – Cardiff Gate
Friday 16th May 2014 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Sunday 18th May 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Monday 19th May 2014 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Tuesday 20th May 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 22nd May 2014 – Colchester Arts Centre
Friday 23rd May 2014 – Birmingham Library
Monday 26th May 2014 – Manchester Gorilla

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