By Mary Chang
on Monday, 20th February 2012 at 11:00 am
Legendary band Cast will be touring in March and April (all the details here). Want to see them, on us? Here’s your chance. We’ve managed to blag a pair each to their Newcastle (Thursday 29th March), Cambridge (Tuesday 3rd April), Manchester (Wednesday 4th April) and London (Friday 6th April), and we want to give them away to four lucky TGTF readers.
To be in the running for tickets, ‘Live the Dream’ and fill out the form below. First, enter your name and email address.. Second, choose the gig you want to win tickets for. Third, correctly answer this question: what band did John Power play in before starting Cast? (Need a hint? The band is also the headliner of the first ever New York Sound City.) We’ll close the contest on Monday the 27th of February at 5 PM British time and pick a winner for each of the four cities from all the correct entries. Good luck everyone!
This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted soon by email.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 20th February 2012 at 9:00 am
Piano rock giants Keane have just announced a UK tour for May and June. Their next album – their first with former touring member and now full member Jesse Quin – is due out later this year. We don’t have any further details about the album at this time, unfortunately, but we’ve been told they will be previewing the new material on this very tour, which make these dates all the more enticing.
Tickets will go on sale at 9 AM this Friday (24 February).
Wednesday 23th May 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 24th May 2012 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Friday 25th May 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 29th May 2012 – Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 30th May 2012 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Monday 4th June 2012 – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Tuesday 5th June 2012 – Bristol O2 Academy
Wednesday 6th June 2012 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 8th June 2012 – London O2 Academy Brixton
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 17th February 2012 at 8:30 am
Cast have announced tour dates for March and April. Their next album, ‘Troubled Times’, will drop on the 5th of March; it will include previously released single ‘See That Girl’. Stay tuned for a Cast-related contest coming up on TGTF very soon.
Thursday 29th March 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 30th March 2012 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 31st March 2012 – Liverpool University
Sunday 1st April 2012 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Tuesday 3rd April 2012 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 4th April 2012 – Manchester Ritz (upgraded from Academy)
Thursday 5th April 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 6th April 2012 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Although the NME Awards Tour’s main purpose is to publicise the NME Awards themselves, with which this tour climaxes on 29 February, it is also a showcase for acts which the NME considers worthy summarisers of the state of the nation’s contemporary music scene. Looking back over the years, the Tour has had more than its fair share of fertile years, roughly every five attempts having a really standout lineup (2000, 2005, 2009); and surprisingly few misses – Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, anyone?
Despite the copious amounts of alcohol being sloshed around the venue, tonight’s sell-out is rife with actual children, as evidenced by the army of doting parents who appear at the end of the gig clutching warm coats and offering secure taxi rides home, all the better for their delicate offspring to be tucked up in bed with hot cocoa before the witching hour. As a result of the child-friendly schedule, BBC Sound of 2012 third place winner Azealia Banks has come and gone before TGTF arrives at 8 PM; the only clue to the contents of the NYC rapper’s set are the T-shirts on sale at the back of the venue, emblazoned with the logo “I Guess That Kunt Gettin’ Eaten”. Let’s hope no young minds were corrupted: you don’t hear that sort of language on Coronation Street.
Tribes win tonight’s award for band most likely to become a Bon Jovi tribute act. They’re most of the way there: lead singer Johnny Lloyd’s voice is already capable of a convincing impression of the poodle-haired New Jersey rocker. This is frankly their only virtue, judging by the trite songwriting and bland rock-by-numbers musicianship on offer tonight. Vapid lyrical themes abound: “Hello stranger, you’re just like me / We were children in the mid-’90s” (that line is not going to age well), and a song declared to be about coming of age… imaginatively titled ‘Coming Of Age’. There’s a mid-tempo balla-dy thing in the middle of the set which progresses exactly how you would expect: quiet acoustic guitar, band kick in with distorted guitars halfway through, big ending. Granted, maybe every year needs its rock pretenders, but Tribes are neither original nor engaging – any Nirvana comparisons are laughably optimistic. As befits a band hailing from Camden, there’s nothing ramshackle or scabrous here, it’s all polished, lowest common denominator stuff – radio-friendly unit shifters, to coin a phrase. C’est Bon, mais ce n’est pas bon.
Thankfully, Metronomy (pictured at top) bring some instruments that aren’t of the six-stringed variety and songs that are based on more than a handful of repeated root chords. Their gimmick being the large remotely-controlled light beacon each member hangs around their neck, which flashes in time with the music, tonight they come across as if the cast of The IT Crowd got together out of hours to play a few tunes. Live, the subtlety of Mercury-nominated ‘The English Riviera’ is subdued, the emphasis on amplifying the pastoral electronic funk which forms the backbone to their sound. Which is still pretty pleasing stuff: despite a slow start, the set warms up nicely; there’s a fine version of ‘Corinne’, ‘The Look’ reveals itself to be a far meatier prospect than on record, and a surprisingly heavy pseudo-dubstep instrumental wraps things up. Not quite to everyone’s taste, but enjoyable nonetheless.
And finally, after all the preamble, navigating sticky floors, and avoiding spilling beer on a small child’s head, here is the main event: the young Northern Irish bucks who make up Two Door Cinema Club. They are treated to the fullest light show that modern science can muster, and they deliver, completely and comprehensively. Like an art college Arctic Monkeys studying Nietzsche, their driving, off-beat rhythms, chiming and insistent lead guitar work and impressively powerful vocals from Alex Trimble appeal to the wide-eyed fresher’s week debutant in all of us. Certainly the impassioned screams to which they take the stage bear comparison with 1964-era Beatlemania. No mean feat.
With only one released album, most material is drawn from debut ‘Tourist History’, although we are treated to a newly-recorded track called ‘Handshake’. It’s more of the same: Caribbean-influenced drums, the complex interplay of rhythm and lead guitars, and some seriously heavy bass work from the temporarily-hobbled Kevin Baird, but none the worse for that. There’s something inscrutably familiar in their sound, but in the same way that most good things appear as if they have existed forever, this is no bad thing. Trimble is just the ticket with his ginger quiff and constantly-rotating plethora of delectable guitars, and the whole band simply hang together with the impression they were born to do this. TGTF is collared by a pair of excited young ladies who notice the camera and notebook; “Make sure you say it’s good!” they insist… there’s little chance of anyone here tonight thinking otherwise.
Only time will determine whether this year’s NME Awards Tour has succeeded in showcasing bands who have the best of their career ahead of them – Metronomy may have already peaked, and the less heard of Tribes the better – but Two Door Cinema Club could very well leap onto the pages of history with their second album. It would be nice if they last long enough for their legions of young followers to be allowed into a gig without needing their parents’ consent.
By CoCo Wong
on Friday, 10th February 2012 at 3:00 pm
Sound of Guns have announced their biggest tour to date, touring many venues in the UK and Ireland in support of their upcoming album ‘Angles and Enemies’ which is due to be released on the 5th of March. Tickets are on sale now.
Tuesday 6th March 2012 – Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 7th March 2012 – Glasgow King Tuts
Thursday 8th March 2012 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 9th March 2012 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Saturday 10th March 2012 – Dundee Doghouse
Tuesday 13th March 2012 – Manchester Roadhouse
Wednesday 14th March 2012 – Dublin Academy 2
Thursday 15th March 2012 – Belfast University (Radar)
Friday 16th March 2012 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 17th March 2012 - Leeds Cockpit
Monday 19th March 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 20th March 2012 – Cardiff Moon
Wednesday 21st March 2012 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Friday 23rd March – Brighton Hydrant
Saturday 24th March 2012 – Southampton Unit
Saturday 21st April 2012 – Liverpool O2 Academy
By CoCo Wong
on Friday, 10th February 2012 at 9:00 am
Various Cruelties are doing a UK tour as a follow up to their recent single release back in January this year, ‘Great Unknown’ (reviewed here). The tour dates are below. Tickets for the shows are priced at £8 (£10 in London) and are available now.
Tuesday 17th April 2012 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 18th April 2012- Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 19th April 2012 – London ULU
Friday 20th April 2012 – Leeds Cockpit
Sunday 22nd April 2012 – Newcastle Cluny
Monday 23rd April 2012 – Glasgow ABC 2
Wednesday 25th April 2012 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thursday 26th April 2012 – Bristol Thekla