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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 26th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
Based on their unusual moniker alone, you might mistake Get Inuit for a couple of Eskimos who decided to grab some instruments on the tundra and form a band. I’ll have to ask them sometime from where they got and decided on their name, as all the press releases on them so far fails to explain all of this. But let’s leave that for another day and an interview feature down the road (here’s to hoping in person and by this editor) and focus on the things we do know…
Get Inuit are from Sittingbourne, Kent, a town in the South East that is surrounded more by lovely farming land than barren polar landscapes. More importantly, the four piece – Jamie Glass on lead vocals and guitar, James Simpson on guitar and production duties, his brother Rob on drums and Oliver Nunn on bass – are now signed to Alcopop! Records, most famously known as the London indie label home to devil-may-care Brum rockers Johnny Foreigner. The four will be releasing their debut EP, ‘001’, in early February, and ahead of that, they have revealed the humourously named single ‘Dress of Bubblewrap’. This follows on from the raucous and yes, cute ‘Cutie Pie, I’m Bloated’ track we gave away in June.
I’ve wondered how ubiquitous bubblewrap as packaging is in the UK, as it used to be the standard packaging you’d see surrounding brand new electronic devices here in America. Well, until some intelligent people started using more earth-friendly materials like recyclable, crumpled up kraft paper and you never saw those bubbly things again. But if we’re talking about those plastic sheets covered in dots that were oh so tempting to pop and annoy the heck out of our parents and teachers back in ‘90s and before, yes, there is definitely some humour to the title of the single, as it recalls an earlier, more carefree time.
The humour also extends to the lyrics, as Glass sings in a whimsical voice about a woman who “broke her hip / half of the city saw it snap / maybe you’ll learn a lot from this / now that you’re flat out on your back”. Call me crazy, but I doubt anyone’s bones were broken in public, and this is just a clever setting of a scene in which an observer is commenting on a woman being embarrassed publicly for something she was misled into doing. In an eloquent show of sheer chivalry, he offers to be there the next time he needs her, to be her knight in shining armour – “drop me a line next time you slip / I’ll make you a dress of bubblewrap” – to essentially catch her when she falls.
Further, when the song reaches the chorus, Glass’ voice soars beautifully as he suggests that he takes his offer of crafting a protective dress for her and together “maybe we could redesign scars into tattoos / maybe redesign roses from the bruise”. In other words, he’s offering that the two of them together can rebuild from the point where they are now, and he can give her a better world. Man, what the heck. I’m getting all philosophical. This is supposed to be a pop song, isn’t it?
But that’s what makes it brilliant. This kind of serious, un-pop message is obscured by the fun, dancey tune woven around the words. The song, co-produced by James Simpson and Story Books‘ Kristofer Harris, is upbeat in tempo with plenty of interesting minimalist guitar notes to huge flourishes, while banged on drums providing an irresistibly driving rhythm. It’s as catchy as all hell and not likely to leave your mind anytime soon. Not that you’d want it to. I’d say if Get Inuit can continue this songwriting that’s fun and funny, they’ll be ones to watch in 2015. Let’s just hope they don’t ditch Kent for an igloo…
‘Dressed in Bubblewrap’, Get Inuit’s debut single for Alcopop! Records, is available now. You can listen to it below. Stay tuned, as their debut EP ‘001’ will be released on the 9th of February 2015.
Manchester soul-pop artist Bipolar Sunshine has just unveiled a new single called ‘Daydreamer’, to be released on the 25th of January, ahead of the planned summer release of his debut LP. Along with the single, he has also announced a hefty list of spring tour dates, including a show at Heaven in London and a hometown date at the Manchester Ritz. Tickets for the following shows are available now, and you can listen to the infectious ‘Daydreamer’ below the tour date listing.
For all things Bipolar Sunshine on TGTF, head here.
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Dublin Whelans
Friday 27th March 2015 – Belfast Limelight
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Sunday 29th March 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Tuesday 31st March 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 1st April 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Friday 3rd April 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 7th April 2015 – Leicester Scholar
Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Thursday 9th April 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Friday 10th April 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Sunday 12th April 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Monday 13th April 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Tuesday 14th April 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 16th April 2015 – London Heaven
Friday 17th April 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Birmingham guitar rock band Peace have just revealed the details of their sophomore album ‘Happy People’, due out on Columbia Records on the 9th of February 2015. The new album’s tracklisting will include the singles ‘Money’ and ‘Lost On Me’, which you can preview at the bottom of the page. Along with the album release, the band have announced a list of live dates for early 2015, including a yet-to-be confirmed London show, to follow their December tour dates supporting Bombay Bicycle Club. Tickets for these shows will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday the 20th of November.
For all things Peace on TGTF, head here.
Thursday 15th January 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Thursday 22nd January 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Saturday 24th January 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Thursday 29th January 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 30th January 2015 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 12th February2015 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Thursday 5th March 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Belfast Empire Music Hall
Friday 20th March 2015 – Dublin Whelan’s
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Brighton Haunt
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 18th November 2014 at 2:00 pm
Here’s something that doesn’t happen everyday. Well, for this music editor anyway. Somehow, on Saturday night I went to hole in the wall DC9 to see two bands that were both…wait for it…American. And the opening band Cold Fronts aren’t even from that far away at all. I learned after the show that the Philadelphia foursome were playing an outdoor generator show at SXSW 2012, unaware that Warner Brothers / Sire Records bigwig Seymour Stein was on the sidelines, taking notes. They’re now signed with Warner. So you budding musicians out there, dreams do come true.
But you’re probably wondering what they sound like, aren’t you? Admittedly, I didn’t do a huge amount of research for this show, deciding that since it was a Saturday night, I was going to relax, open my ears and take it all in. This worked especially well with Cold Fronts, as their performance was every bit about the music as it was about having fun. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the members of a band jumping around with their guitars without abandon and really, only two bands came to mind: the Cribs and PAWS, both featuring insane guitar players happily throwing themselves around the stage. I wasn’t far off the mark at all: singer/guitarist Craig admitted to me that he’s a massive fan of the Cribs, as well as PAWS’ track ‘Sore Tummy’. (Hey hey, Jarman Brothers, I hope you are listening? Because I just found out they have the same booking agent as you. Google them and sort out an opening slot for them on your next tour.)
The meteorological term ‘cold front’ usually indicates changes in barometric pressure and temperature and possible precipitation. Not usually a harbinger of good things. However, don’t let Cold Fronts’ name put you off; I was told the name comes from the fact that many of their songs were written during the winter months as an attempt to battle seasonal affective disorder. Their newest single ‘Hit Me’ (stream below) is a great example of a song to knock you out of the wintry weather doldrums: the chorus uses a clever metaphor between gambling and relationships, and the entire thing is just so darn catchy and the lyrics are easily sung along to (but they’re really witty lyrics too) that I’m almost positive it’s going to be a radio hit in due course. You heard it here first… Another one of their songs whose name I did not catch was punctuated by what appeared to be each of the four band members racing each other to see who could play the loudest and faster. This is some band with muscle! An album should be on its way in 2015.
Chicago’s Empires spent the last 6 years like all other bands: working hard. This year though the band released their third studio album ‘Orphan’ on Island Records’ Chop Shop imprint. Hopefully this LP will prove to be the breakthrough they’ve been looking for. John reviewed their EP ‘How Good Does It Feel’ this summer and he had described their bass lines reminding him of the Vaccines. However, upon actually seeing them play live, they recalled for me not the Vaccines but a couple of massive bands from recent memory. Their musical style is of the bombastic rock variety: think U2, when they were actually good, ‘Joshua Tree’-era and before they started to suck, and the Killers before Brandon Flowers’ ego inflated beyond reasonable proportions.
There’s even hints of Springsteen and ‘The ’59 Sound’-era Gaslight Anthem in the driving ‘Keep It Steady’, one of the set’s standouts from their 2012 album ‘Garage Hymns’. Heavy-hitting percussion? Check. Epic guitars? Check. I thought it didn’t exist anymore, but it’s clear Empires are the sound of 21st century American rock ‘n’ roll, and it couldn’t sound better. You also can’t escape being mesmerised by frontman Sean Van Vleet; he goes sans instrument during a show, except for occasional tambourine banging, something that his light-haired, stubbly doppelganger Ricky Wilson also indulges in. The band tell me they actually supported Kaiser Chiefs before in their hometown of Chicago but at the time, Wilson was wearing a hat and therefore no physical comparisons could be drawn. Van Vleet’s baritone is similar to that of Matt Berninger’s and also to some extent Tom Smith, but Empires are nowhere near as gloomy as Editors. Which I think is a good thing for American audiences.
What’s even more startling is while they might not be household names yet, this band already appear to have an army of fans: wearing flannel over their Empires’ emblazoned t-shirts, these girls were quick to solidify their places down the front even before they took the stage. These were also the same audience members who sang back the lyrics of ‘Spit the Dark’, from the band’s self-released debut album from 2008, ‘Howl’, word for word back to Van Vleet while he pointed the mike in their direction, with the refrain “I will guide you in the night” repeated back and forth between singer and crowd. For this to happen at a place like DC9, that’s dedication. Dedication I fully expect to see repeated on a much larger scale sometime in the near future.
After the cut: Empires’ set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Empires with Cold Fronts at DC9, Washington DC – 15th November 2014
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
In Stuart Maconie’s book “Cider with Roadies”, he explained how he once described ’70s-’80s Perth band The Triffids, after seeing them live, as makers of “huge music written under huge skies for long trips through empty deserts”. While on a long roadtrip on my birthday visit to Australia 2 years ago this month, I commented to a blogger friend of mine with a similar idea, that there must be something very special as to why much of the music made by so many Aussie and Kiwi artists made me feel so great, and in a way I couldn’t easily put into words. Timeless? Yes. Beautiful? Yes.
While dreamy indie pop duo High Highs no longer live in Sydney, having relocated to Brooklyn for their shot at professional success, their sound still seems to me to still feel very Aussie-influenced. Which in my books is a very good thing. Following on from the huge global success of The Naked and Famous but following their own rules and style, Jack Milas and Oli Chang look poised to be the next big thing from Down Under. They already have a self-titled EP and a debut album (2013’s ‘Open Season’) under their belts, but the next stage of their career is just beginning.
At the start of October, the duo released their latest EP ‘Ocean to City’, comprised of three amazing tracks. The timing of this release couldn’t be beat; soon we’ll all be plunged into the bleak, dark winter, and yet ‘Ocean to City’ is giving us a relaxed respite from all of that. The title track’s video, which premiered on Billboard last week, shows Milas and Chang driving around in an open-top convertible in the carefree land of California, while they pass surfers, beaches and palm trees, all under a seemingly never-ending blue sky. (Funny, the time I visited Sydney, I thought, “hmm, this is like London. Except it’s sunny and clean…”) Milas’ dreamy vocals telling of the yearning of a lover counterbalance the upbeat driving rhythm of the track so it’s neither too sweet or too melancholic. It’s the natural choice for a single, guaranteed to get toes tapping and new fans singing along to its chirpy yet loving message.
‘Glamorous Party’ is pensive, brooding. Chang’s keyboard chords match the drama of Milas’ voice, which oozes from falsetto and not, adding shades of light and dark to the song. But it’s ‘Catch the Wind’ that holds my attention the longest. It’s a study of relationships, and it’s a study of loneliness. It’s a modern pop retelling of that classic chestnut, “if you love somebody, set her free. If she comes back, she’s yours, If she doesn’t, she never was…”
Milas sings in the chorus, “hey, you’re not alone / go break the mold / go where you are free” and echoing oohs swirl around you, a product of High Highs’ ambient pop palette. True beauty. We’ll have to wait and see if this duo will join the illustrious ranks of legendary bands from their homeland. But based on the strength of this latest EP, a packed residency at Pianos in New York City and a past sold out show at London Old Queen’s Head, I think they have an incredibly good shot at making it.
High Highs’ ‘Ocean to City’ EP is available now from their Bandcamp at a price you name.
American stadium rockers the Foo Fighters have just announced details of a UK tour, which will include support from the likes of Iggy Pop and the hotly-tipped Royal Blood. Our own John recently previewed the Foo Fighters’ new release ‘Sonic Highways’ here. You can watch the video for first single ‘Something From Nothing’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows go on general sale next Wednesday, the 19th of November, at 10 AM.
Monday 25th May 2015 – Sunderland Stadium of Light
Wednesday 27th May 2015 – Manchester Old Trafford
Friday 19th June 2015 – London Wembley Stadium (with Iggy Pop and Royal Blood)
Saturday 20th June 2015 – London Wembley Stadium (with Iggy Pop and Royal Blood)
Tuesday 23 June 2015 – Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (with Royal Blood)
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