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Live Review: Ignite #004 starring Cara Rose, BETA WAVES, November Lights and Walt Disco at Glasgow St. Luke’s Church – 27th of November 2018

 
By on Monday, 10th December 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

In the ‘dear green place’ live some very dear friends, so it’s no surprise I found myself the day after my birthday at a gig in a church. A “delightful church renovation habit” seems to be a ‘thing’ in Glasgow (see Oran Mor for probably the most feted). St. Luke’s in particular is pretty cool, as it’s adjacent to the Winged Ox bar, named for the fanciful creature the saint has been portrayed as in art. I’d been in here once before, its American feel oddly welcoming. This show was particularly special as it was the fourth in a series of them put on by the artist development project Ignite Scotland funded by Help Musicians UK and PRS Foundation. It was explained to me that acts chosen for these shows are some of Scotland’s best up-and-comers.

In Buchanan yellow tartan, Glaswegian blonde chanteuse Cara Rose (surname Dickson) opened the night with her soulful vocals. Her voice only accompanied by keyboard, the performance recalled the poppier vibes of Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. Turns out that Winehouse, along with Lianne La Havas and Lauryn Hill, are named on her Facebook as her primary influences. ‘No Safe Place’ is “an older song” Rose wrote about the plight of Syrian refugees. As Dickson notes in a sad tone, the sentiment is still as apt as when she first wrote it. Below is an amateur-shot video of the song being performed at St. Luke’s back in August.

‘Ready to Fall’ was a set standout, the staccatoing notes on the keyboard adding a touch of the dramatic while she showed off her impressive vocal range and control. Still, every young girl aspiring to be a singer wants to be the next Adele. Can she set herself apart from the rest of the pack? I’ll be keen on hearing more from her as she progresses.

Cara Rose IGNITE 004 2018

On paper and if judged solely by their stage setup alone, Dundonian duo (say that five times fast) BETA WAVES seemed made for me. Don’t get me wrong: the programmed beats and those played were indeed catchy, providing a needed energetic boost after Cara Rose’s set. I found their New Wave-leaning backing mesmerising. However, I felt the singer/guitarist’s vocals weren’t forceful or bright enough to stand up to the instrumentation.

‘Another Mad Crab’ (DIY promo video above) is their latest and final single to be released this year, and I wish it just had a bit more oomph both live and on recording. Previous single ‘Love Love Love’ fares better live, with a disco beat that’s head-bop worthy and a bit more life vocally. Soldiering on after a delay in start due to a wonky second-hand Macbook, I admire how they didn’t let the technical difficulties faze them.

Beta Waves IGNITE 004 2018

Glasgow via Ayrshire duo November Lights, augmented live by two additional band members, appear to be fully formed. I’m sure it must have taken a lot of time and effort to get to this place, but I had to admit I stood there wondering to myself why they haven’t been featured on BBC Radio 1 yet. The story goes that frontman and keyboardist James Hopkins was a solo artist initially, then tapped friends to put together a band to move forward with his musical vision. The American pop influence is palpable, with Hopkins having a Brandon Flowers’ like presence and charisma.

November Lights IGNITE 004 2018

The anthemic feel of their music bears striking resemblance to the TGTF-tipped Kodaline (check out ‘Talk’ below) and The 1975. Hopkins’ energy as he busted out the dance moves on ‘Pray’ and their other uptempo tunes kept things lively; he looks remarkably like a young Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires. I’m expecting to wake up tomorrow and find out they’ve been signed to a major. I guess you gotta just watch this space.

The band chosen to close the Ignite Scotland show were Glasgow via Perth band Walt Disco, whose name I’m assuming is a Scottish pun on the Mickey Mouse creator. Lead singer James Potter has a theatrical, at times yelpy, at times warbly voice like David Bowie’s (see ‘Sling’ below). Bowie’s influence seems to have seeped into the band’s stage attire, which is proudly androgynous and eclectic. Seriously, how many musicians have you seen walking around with a crushed velvet shirt and golfing trousers?

With squealing guitars and a rhythm section much more muscular than that of the preceding acts, they were a welcome kick in the arse ending. While their off-kilter jangly guitar rock weren’t my cup of tea, I can totally see those looking for something different and willing to break out of the usual genre boxes to enjoy them. I went to a similar kind of young emerging acts’ night this time last year in York and in comparison, this night in Glasgow felt far more electric and better organised. I reckon it speaks to the level of talent and quality of acts that Ignite Scotland can put together a weeknight show like this and have a good turnout.

Walt Disco IGNITE 004 2018

 

Live Gig Video: Childcare perform ‘Man Down (King Kong Shake)’ at Bristol Tobacco Factory

 
By on Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 11:30 am
 

I recently had a conversation with mates in Glasgow that live videos used as promo videos seem like a cop-out to me. Anyone with a bit of money can send a videographer to an arena show and film an audience’s reaction, right? What is far preferable to me are videos specifically intended to capture an intimate experience with a band doing what they do best: performing a song they’ve spent time and effort writing and perfecting. The most recent and best example of this I’ve come across is a recording of Childcare atop the roof of the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, on a sunny day no less. The South London band seem remarkably at home with the rays pouring down on them and next to solar panels. ‘Man Down (King Kong Shake)’ is a new version of a track that appeared on ‘Luckyucker’, their second EP that dropped this summer, and it seems tailor-made for Bristol’s Lacuna Sessions with its slacker-y, downtempo rhythm.

 

Joshua Burnside / November and December 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th November 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Northern Irish art-rock singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside has recently announced a lengthy run of tour dates in England for the end of this year, as well as a pair of dates at home in Belfast to bookend the English dates. This tour is in preparation for Burnside’s upcoming EP release ‘Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Goin’ That Way’, which is a “reconstituted and embellished” deluxe version of his 2013 EP ‘If You’re Goin’ That Way’. The new EP is due out on the 11th of January 2019 via Quiet Arch. You can take a listen to its blues-tinged lead single ‘Black Dog Sin’ just below the tour date listing.

On 3rd December, Burnside will officially begin his University ‘Coffee House’ Tour, which includes, as you might expect, stops at University venues around England. Burnside will wrap up the tour with a show at Belfast Elmwood Hall just before Christmas on the 21st of December. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s past coverage of Joshua Burnside is collected through here.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – London Waiting Room
Friday 30th November 2018 – Belfast Duncairn Arts Centre
Monday 3rd December 2018 – High Wycombe Buckinghamshire New University Student Union
Monday 3rd December 2018 – Egham University of London Royal Holloway
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Bournemouth University
Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Bath Spa University
Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Bristol University
Thursday 6th December 2018 – Coventry University of Warwick Student Union
Friday 7th December 2018 – London Queen Mary University Great Hall
Sunday 9th December 2018 – London Camden Market
Sunday 9th December 2018 – London Paper Dress Vintage
Monday 10th December 2018 – Stoke-On-Trent Staffordshire University Student Union
Tuesday 11th December 2018 – Loughborough University
Tuesday 11th December 2018 – Nottingham Trent University
Wednesday 12th December 2018 – Bradford University Student Union
Thursday 13th December 2018 – Newcastle Northumbria University Student Union
Friday 14th December 2018 – Manchester Metropolitan Student Union
Friday 14th December 2018 – University of Liverpool Student Union
Friday 21st December 2018 – Belfast Elmwood Hall

 

Video of the Moment #2896: Miles Kane

 
By on Tuesday, 9th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Miles Kane, whose stint with The Last Shadow Puppets by now feels like ancient history, has put out new promo video for the latest track from his recent solo album ‘Coup de Grace’. The LP was released back in August on Virgin EMI, following its early teaser single ‘Cry On My Guitar’. Kane’s new track, titled ‘Killing the Joke’, is mildly psychedelic in its sound and perhaps a more than a bit ironic in its lyrics.

The video treatment for ‘Killing the Joke’ was created by Daniele Cavalli and Manfredi Lucibello and set against the scenic backdrop of Florence. Its action sequences feature Kane alternately driving a sports car, wandering through empty yet architecturally striking corridors and drinking scotch in a deserted bar decorated with an assortment of crystal decanters. The black and white videography emphasises the kaleidoscopic reflection of light from the various gleaming surfaces and the sharp relief provided by the interplay of the resulting shadows.

You can watch the promo for ‘Killing the Joke’ just below, and if you’re a Miles Kane fan, check out his November and December UK tour dates, listed at the bottom of the page. A full listing of Kane’s upcoming live dates can be found on his official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Miles Kane is back through here.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 23rd November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Saturday 24th November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Monday 26th November 2018 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 29th November 2018 – Leeds Academy
Friday 30th November 2018 – Hull University
Saturday 1st December 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 3rd December 2018 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 6th December 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 7th December 2018 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th December 2018 – Liverpool University

 

Video of the Moment #2891: Metric

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian electropop band Metric have taken a different tack for the theme in their new music video than their contemporaries would have. Their intent for the new promo was to be as realistic as possible: ‘Now or Never Now’ was filmed in environments both musicians and music lovers are very familiar with: within the small hours in a nightclub and in a city where most of the revelers have gone and the only people left are those who have to be there. As provided on the press release:

“Many music videos take place in night clubs,” notes Nicholson [director Lorraine Nicholson], “very few depict them as they so often are: pensive, dark and depressing.” Metric frontwoman Emily Haines adds, “This was a night shoot leading to dawn, as Lorraine wanted to place the video in those most questionable hours of the morning…I’m profoundly lost and alone with random uncaring strangers…the rest of the band is on an urgent quest to find me and rescue me from this sad existence, but they always arrive too late.”

‘Now or Never Now’ appears on the band’s newest record ‘Art of Doubt’, available now from MMI/Crystal Math Music. The group will begin their world tour in support of the new album on the 25th of October in Moscow. The four UK dates on the tour are listed below and are on sale now. North American dates are expected to be announced soon, and you can check back periodically on the band’s official Web site for more details. Itching to read further in our archive on Metric? Right this way.

Saturday 17th November 2018 – Birmingham Academy 2
Sunday 18th November 2018 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Monday 19th November 2018 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 20th November 2018 – London Kentish Town Forum

 

Sam Gellaitry / November 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

To follow a few dates on the continent, Scottish electronic producer Sam Gellaitry has announced a handful of shows in the UK. Tickets to the shows listed below are all on sale now. Below the tour date listing, you can listen to a new track from Gellaitry, ‘long distance VIP’, in the embedded Soundcloud widget. Our past coverage on the artist from Sterling can be found through this link.

Friday 2nd November 2018 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Leeds Headrow House
Sunday 4th November 2018 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tuesday 6th November 2018 – Brighton Green Door Store
Thursday 8th November 2018 – London Corsica Studios

 
 
 

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