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(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #69: Sivu

 
By on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at 3:00 pm
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the sixth installment in this feature ahead of the Austin shenanigans, James Page, aka the brilliant Sivu, tells us he’s going to be ready if he gets into a mess and the importance of Elton John and Glasvegas in his musical history. Read on…

Catch the Bands to Watch feature I wrote on Sivu here; go here to watch our posting of the brand new Sivu video for ‘Can’t Stop Now’ from yesterday.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m really just looking forward to throwing myself into the whole thing and to just experience Texas. I have never been before, so very excited to experience it. Sun, booze and music: it’s the dream combination.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I haven’t had the chance to see much of the schedule yet but very excited to see Warpaint; also praying the Kills play, I am obsessed with them right now.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Ok, something unusual, I’m a a little OCD, so will have all my cleaning products with me just in case I get into a mess.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Currently drinking a lot of dark rum and ginger beer and a squeeze of lime! I would very much love to join you for a drink though. [You’re on! – Ed.]

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited /anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I have heard the festival is glorious chaos, which sounds like a dream, I’m worried if people come to my shows, but at the same time I’m just going to go with it, and just try and embrace the madness.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Earliest song memory I think was Elton John ‘Your Song’. My dad used to play Elton John for all car journeys.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My favourite song as a child was, I’m embarrassed to say, ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 (great tune). [I dunno, I don’t find this embarrassing; I have this on cassette! – Ed.]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXt56MB-3vc[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
Really fast, really heavy metal!

What song makes you cry?
‘Samson’ by Regina Spektor always gets me.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Wow, that’s a hard one. On the first Glasvegas album, the opening track is called ‘Flowers & Football Tops’. My girlfriend bought me that album for Christmas as my first Christmas present; that song always reminds me of that time.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Arcarsenal’ by At the Drive In always gets me pumped!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmTSQZjR3DE[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oh man, so many. Definitely ‘Moon River’, ‘Strangers in the Night’, or ‘The Universal’ by Blur. Perfect.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Oh man, too many to choose from. Kate Bush.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think I’d still be working in an office probably or worked in health and safety, seeing how clean restaurants were, don’t think I’d be bad at that.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Just one! That’s hard, wow. Do greatest hits count? If so, Frank Sinatra’s ‘Greatest Hits’. If not, ‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush.

Cheers James for answering our questions. We’ll definitely have a drink in Austin!

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014: Electronic and DJ UK artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (A-M)

 
By on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2014 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts, and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

So what exactly does a group need to be called an electronic band? For the purposes of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014, a UK band or act showcasing at SXSW 2014 gets this distinction if the primary instrument – or what we discern as the primary maker of sound – in a band is a synthesiser or something similar. Britain has given the world so many heavy hitters in both electronic music and on the DJ dance circuit, so it makes sense that Austin will be abuzz next month with a whole host of trailblazing innovators.

Anushka
The Brighton duo made up of producer Max Wheeler and singer/songwriter Victoria Port create a nice melding of American soul with bass heavy, electronic heavy backing. Signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and ready to release their debut album soon, this could be the pair’s break into the big time.

Battle Lines
Cheryl writes: “Four piece Battle Lines out of Leeds is starting to get some traction with shows around England. Excitingly, they are headed to America for the first time, a pretty big deal for this small northern band. With just a 7” out there, it may be hard to get a good feel for their music, but Carly Humphries’ vocals, surrounded by an electronic backbone has a CHVRCHES flavour, could see this band easily take a commanding position in the female-fronted band scene. Alternating between raw strength and enticing breathiness, Humphries leads the remaining three with her presence. A bit trippy but with some real oomph underneath, Battle Lines bridges rock and electronic and could make for some very nice live performances.”

Bipolar Sunshine
Kid British’s singer Adio Marchant has now struck out on his own, mixing up soul, funk and dance and overlaying it all with a dream pop vocal. No wonder Manchester’s all hot and bothered over his new project.

Cloud Boat
I wrote: “Tom Clarke and Sam Ricketts are the brains behind London duo Cloud Boat. The soulful vocal stylings of Clarke, Ricketts’ fanciful guitar and the seemingly omnipresent synths of today’s pop music are a winning combination in creating Cloud Boat’s poignant sound. Lest you think this is some kind of dreary, dirge-like music, you need look no further than the label that first took a chance on the pair in 2011 to put out their first singles, ‘Bastion’ and ‘Lions on the Beach’: legendary Belgian indie label R&S Records, whose storied release history include albums by Aphex Twin and Delphic’s first single ‘Counterpoint’.”

Read the rest of my Bands to Watch on Cloud Boat here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vLuPpmquNQ[/youtube]

CYMBALS
Carrie writes: “Standout track ‘This City’ returns somewhat to that earlier sound, depending more on guitars and organic percussion as it ponders “the whole ‘serious earnest-singer-songwriter thing’” that Cleverly has deliberately tried to avoid on ‘The Age of Fracture’. His boredom with the idea has, ironically, inspired some of the best lyrics on the album, including the opening hook, “ink-covered fingers, you’ve been hiding at your desk too long / hand over mouth, brandy in your tea / the afternoon’s all emptiness, the morning possibility.”

‘The Age of Fracture’ is, both lyrically and musically, centered around contradiction and fragmentation, but it manages to hold together as a cohesive and thought-provoking unit. The physical sensuality of the dance element is balanced by the “elegance and love in the language” of the vocal lines. (Have a listen below to the carnal pièce de résistance ‘Like An Animal’ for that lyrical gem.)”

Read Carrie’s review of the band’s new album ‘The Age of Fracture’ here.

Gorgon City
London producers Matt and Kye worked with MNEK for their most recent single, the incredibly infectious ‘Ready for Your Love’ released in January. Expect them to be laying down some serious beats at a hot dance party or five in Austin.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B93tgRxMuE[/youtube]

The Heatwave
To be honest, I was a little concerned about the lack of decent DJ acts from Britain bringing the atmosphere over to Austin. Then I saw that the Heatwave got a shout. London dancehall, as shown heating the dance floor at Koko last December. ‘nuff said.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMxSse_1hu0[/youtube]

Annie Mac
Radio 1 DJ who really needs no introduction, does she?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bOSN099HYU[/youtube]

Maribou State
Chris Davids and Liam Ivory’s smooth yet eclectic sounds are perfect less for bumping and grinding but for gliding. And sometimes, some of us dance heads prefer something more cerebral.

Much more is in store for you in the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014. Stay tuned!

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1459: Sivu

 
By on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Basically, if I do not manage to get an interview in Austin with James Page, better known by his stage name Sivu, I’ll consider SXSW 2014 a loss. He’s just released a brand new video for ‘Can’t Stop Now’. In typical Sivu fashion, the songs sounds weird, wonderful and like no-one else. It’s my understanding it was filmed in Los Angeles, which probably helped with making the video stranger than if it had been filmed in, say, London. (I mean, come on. At one point, Page is dressed in a green suit that is the exact shade of Gumby.) Eee, I’m getting excited about seeing him soon!

For more on Sivu, read my Bands to Watch from January here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baWdAfMkmlo[/youtube]

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014: Rock UK artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (N-W)

 
By on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2014 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts, and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

British rock and its many facets will be on display at SXSW 2014, judging by the variety of acts been given a shout by the festival this year. In the second installment of the exclusive TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014, we turn to the UK bands that play rock, punk, metal and everything in between, alphabetically N through W. (In case you were wondering, there weren’t any Y or Z bands announced, we weren’t leaving anyone out on purpose!) The first half of the rock list, in case you missed it, is here.

Natives
How many UK bands do you know of have already gone on tour in Asia even before their debut album has been released? Not many. Even less when you’ve never heard of said band. So there must be something more about Natives from the New Forest that deserves your attention. They sound entirely unpretentious and (gasp!) just like they’re having a lot of fun too. We don’t know much about them, but we’re guessing there’ll be plenty to say post-SXSW.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSHrbBXNxVA[/youtube]

New Desert Blues
John writes: “With no sense of pretence, no dramatic unveiling, New Desert Blues have snuck up on my psyche, with the immense track that is ‘Adam’. The five impeccably dressed lads who sounded raw, and ebbed with potential at The Great Escape at The Fishbowl have created something really special with their debut effort.

Refined, and delightfully genuine, New Desert Blues aren’t bursting with youthful exuberance as you’d expect from a group of five less-than-likely lads. They instead emanate a dastardly sense of cool: whether that is in lead singer James Cullen’s ability to pull of the most pretentious of turtlenecks in Brighton sunshine at this year’s Great Escape, is yet to be uncovered.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIE6pE-3xSk[/youtube]

PINS
All girl group PINS sound more Brooklyn than Manchester in their raucous, fuzzy rock delivery. Admittedly, their complete lack of Y chromosomes sets them apart from all the other UK rock acts at SXSW 2014, but will this – along with their Christmas song getting an exclusive on Urban Outfitters’ Web site – work in their favour, or will they merely be a curiosity?

Public Service Broadcasting
Martin writes: “They take as their inspiration and sampling material that rich vein of mid-century film footage which gloried in the wonder of British achievements, celebrating the majesty of heavy engineering, the valour of daring explorers, and the gritty triumph of war. The band themselves mirror the tone of their subject matter by dressing in tweeds and having names like Wriglesworth; one half-expects the other band members to be called Ginger and Algy, and for them to fly off in Sopwith Camels after the show is over.

Each piece brings to life a particular microcosm of history via clips from vintage newsreels, spanning about 20 years from the early 1940s to the advent of practical colour television in the 1960s. Wartime propaganda is invoked in ‘Dig for Victory’, the distinctive iconography exhorting the populace to self-reliance via growing their own food is writ large across several vintage television sets adapted for digital projection. ‘Spitfire’ uses copious footage from the 1942 film The First Of The Few to honour the achievements of RJ Mitchell, the designer of arguably the most famous aircraft ever built.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u4Md_aXVJE[/youtube]

Royal Blood
The lone true rock band on the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist, the Brighton duo’s is the UK’s answer to, well, both the Black Keys and Queens of the Stone Age. And they’re ready to unleash their punishing bluesy rock on Austin come March.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_3mNCaJgNM[/youtube]

Saor Patrol
Cheryl writes: “Playing what they have dubbed ‘medieval Scottish rock’, Saor Patrol – which translates as ‘freedom guard’ in Scottish Gaelic – kicks up the amperage on other traditional folk music. Not content to stick with the 100% traditional sound, these guys add a grinding guitar to pull it just this side of modern. Completely instrumental, the combination of this driving guitar overlaid with a bagpipe melody is just different enough from traditional bagpipe bands to turn heads.”

Read the rest of Cheryl’s Band to Watch on Saor Patrol here.

Save Your Breath
Cheryl writes: “There probably wasn’t a lot to do on a Saturday night in the port city of Newport in the south of Wales. Friends Ben Griffiths and Tom Owens solved the boredom by forming a band that eventually was fleshed out to become Save Your Breath. Taking their pop punk sensibilities from the likes of Green Day and their ilk, they forged their sound from the grit of the life around them. What must have started out as a lark between school chums, titles like ‘Not in the Mood for Kiwi’ and ‘Holy Shit, Fortune Teller Miracle Fish!’ show up on their first album, they have matured enough to temper their weird song titles but still have energetic, aggressive tunes worthy of a listen.”

For more on Save Your Breath, read the rest of Cheryl’s Band to Watch on them here.

Slaves
Garage punky duo from Kent have already made a big noise in London and on tour with fellow SXSW 2014-ers Drenge for their punishing live set. Not much else to say except if you like punk, you better start planning your SXSW schedule around these guys, because I think it’s pretty assured their sets will be rammed.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vOVfdTjdNY[/youtube]

Splashh
Kind of poppy, kind of rocky, kind of surf-y. Not terribly cerebral, but hey, this is the kind of music I expect Best Coast fans to enjoy (and there are a lot of those).

[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_a42mz5fhc[/youtube]

Syd Arthur
Syd Arthur – there is no man named “Syd Arthur”. No, they’re a psych rock band with a wink wink, nudge nudge hippie name, and the players all with long, unkempt hair. “Greatly inspired by the sonic pioneers of the late 60s and early 70s, they have patiently learned how to engineer, produce and mix themselves, using an innovative hybrid of analogue and digital techniques.”

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsuB4IXEJz8[/youtube]

Teeth of the Sea
Instrumental proggy guitars plus synths band with their latest album, ‘Master’ (2013), receiving rave reviews across the board for its inventiveness. Their live shows have received similar plaudits, so if you’re into this kind of music, they’re unmissable in Austin.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBjs-9u158k[/youtube]

Traams
Like your punk as well as your melodies? Described often as “noisy”, “happy” and “joyous”, Chichester’s Traams, then, are for you.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fk8paPdc9Y[/youtube]

We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Scottish band’s cult popularity in the States was on a high in 2012 when the band appeared at SXSW last, but after being off the radar for quite a while, they’ve just released a live album ‘E Rey Live In Philadelphia’ and will be looking to solidify their standing stateside.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03FwNhwI7OI[/youtube]

Wolf Alice
Carrie writes: London alt-rockers Wolf Alice are likely to bring in new fans from all corners at their SXSW shows. Their sound is a hybrid of styles, a slightly unsettling middle ground among cerebral indie folk, bright garage pop, and murky grunge rock…The band’s own lyric, from the title track ‘Blush’ might actually be the best description of their overall sound: “Punch drunk, dumbstruck, potluck, happy, happy.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_QBC_pDkeU[/youtube]

The Wytches
Ben writes: “These Brighton based psych surfers take a battered base of shoegazing garage rock, douses it with B-movie psychedelia, throws on a lighter and watches it blacken into a ghastly yet basely expressive lump of carbon. The far out three piece had a degree of success with two singles on Hate Hate Hate Records, before announcing their switch to Heavenly Recordings with the release of Afree digital download ‘Gravedweller'”.

Keep it here on TGTF for more in the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014, coming soon!

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1458: Woman’s Hour

 
By on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

From their name, London-via-Kendal four piece Woman’s Hour sounds more like the name of a special interest radio programme than a rock band. But we can assure you, they are indeed a musical group! The video for their current single ‘Her Ghost’ is described by frontwoman and band lyricist Fiona Burgess like this:

After seeing two young people signing to each other in the street, I became interested in how deaf people communicate, particularly how they engage with music. Vilma, the deaf actor in our video, signs the song as a personal response to the lyrics, rather than a literal word-for-word translation. The process has enabled us to celebrate this form of engagement with music; language as a form of dance.

The single is out now digitally but will see a 7″ vinyl single release on the 24th of March on Secretly Canadian; the b-side will be ‘I Need You’. Catch the band’s dreamy tunes at SXSW 2014 next month.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS5paNae-ss[/youtube]

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014: Rock UK artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (A-M)

 
By on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2014 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts, and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Oh, British rock. Its many facets will be on display at SXSW 2014, judging by the variety of acts been given a shout by the festival this year. In this first installment of the exclusive TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014, we take a closer look at bands that play rock, punk, metal and everything in between, starting alphabetically A through M. And away we go…

Band of Skulls
John writes of their latest single: “…we were treated to the anything but a ‘Sweet Sour’ follow-up to Band of Skulls’ aforementioned 2011 record, bonus single, ‘Be Mine’. It hardly starts in true, chug-a-lug-ing Band of Skulls format, with a lingering guitar solo from Russell Marsden building in to the twin harmonies of Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson, underscored by an old school piano melody. The song builds like the back drop to a love scene from a an old western, and I felt the first time that I was walking into an old saloon bar, as the two harmonised, ‘hit me with your love, be mine / all our future’s in the balance'”.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAzDWdHWAns[/youtube]

Bring Me the Horizon
John writes: “Their fourth album is undeniably the moment where BMTH came of age. It’s such a clichéd phrase, but it’s obvious Sykes and co. have a found a sound that truly epitomizes where they are as a band on this record. On ‘Antivist’, we have a trademark display of BMTH bile and vitriol, as Sykes does his best to use the F and C bombs as frequently as he can in one song. Meanwhile, ‘Shadow Moses’ is a beast of a different order, showcasing a BMTH embracing a spot of synth, while still remaining fierce in their breakdowns.”

Read more from John here.

Cage the Gods
Leather, check. Tats, check. Long hair like they just don’t care, check. Yes, this London-based band fits the stereotype of hard rockers out of Britain but here’s something you don’t hear every day: a band that has English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh members playing in perfect harmony. Or maybe the better description is rocking out in thunderous, bluesy accord. ‘Favourite Sin’? Check it out below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjr2dkyBwmw[/youtube]

Casual Sex
John writes: “Anybody looking for quintessential British indie boys will be pretty delighted by what this four-piece have to offer, as Casual Sex appear to be an indie offering cultivated from a mix of what’s doing the rounds at the moment, a la Franz Ferdinand, Royal Blood, The 1975 and Night Engine. There’s a broody, almost sullen vocalist in Smith, backed by Edward Wood providing the dreampop guitar elements, Peter Masson on bass and Chris McCrory tapping away on drums. Mixed in with some pre-1970s goodness for proper measure, they’re a taste of all things British in four-good looking blokes. Marketable and sure to be gobbled right up by the A&Rs at SXSW.”

Read more in his Bands to Watch piece here. Singer Sam Smith also answered our SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions.

The Crookes
The Sheffield based band were recently bestowed a generous grant from the UK government for the purpose of making a go of breaking America, but there is much more this group has to be proud of. For one, they’re only the second band after Death Cab for Cutie have released three albums on their London indie label Fierce Panda, with ‘Soapbox’ due out in mid April. With a steadily harder edge since their humbler 2010 ‘Dreaming of Another Day’ beginnings, they’ll be ones to watch this year.

Read my glowing review of ‘Soapbox’ here. The band also answered our SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions as a team here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmn9F9vKxzU[/youtube]

Drenge
Martin writes: “…opportunistic recommendations from politicians aside, what’s all the fuss about Drenge? With a slender lineup consisting of brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless and nobody else, the Sheffield pair conjure a mighty brick wall of distorted guitars and scarily thrashed drums.”

Read the rest of Martin’s Bands to Watch piece on Drenge here.

Et Tu Brucé
What would have happened if the Byrds got together with Stuart Murdoch? They’d probably be rocking out and sounding like Et Tu Brucé. The guitars and harmonies are effortless, and if they’re really touring with the Zombies as it says on their Web site, sorry, I think they’ll give those grandpas a run for their money. And clearly from the video below, they have a sense of humour. (Yes!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhsHFGmMolI[/youtube]

Evans the Death
This band already has a Rolling Stone description (huh?): “This London band mixes post–Smiths jangle and early–grunge sludge, as Katherine Whitaker explores varying shades of bad romance. Her raw emotion blends with slashing, whirling guitars to inject paralysis with weird power.” When you see they’ve been signed to Slumberland Records here in America (‘Allo Darlin’ and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s American home), it all seems to make sense…

Fat White Family
Ben writes: “Anarchic South London six piece Fat White Family might well be as well known for unveiling a “bitch is dead” banner at their Brixton bolthole in the immediate aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s (debatably) tragic passing, as for their debut album ‘Champagne Holocaust’. Gloriously menacing and wildly off-kilter, their unique brand of noise can be heard at British Music Embassy’s parting blow on the Saturday night of SXSW 2014.”


This London duo brings a little bit of everything: grooves, psych rock, lounge club sleaze. As such and with little out on the internet about them, they’re virtually impossible to describe. However, Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan have been quite active, and following on from two self releases in 2013, they’re releasing single ‘Turn Your Light On’ is part of a AA side to be released by fine North East folks and friends of ours Generator in March.

The Kooks
“Are the Kooks still going?” An actual question from a musician friend of mine who asked me who I was most keen on seeing at SXSW. Having nearly as long of a history as one of my standouts from SXSW 2012, Kaiser Chiefs, the Brighton indie rockers do have something to prove: that even though it’s been over 2 years the release of 2011’s ‘Junk of the Heart’, they’re still a viable export. Having at least two showcases at SXSW at high-profile venues (the Parish and Stubb’s), let’s see if they make the most of their opportunity.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pvHZ4ddR-4[/youtube]

Morning Parade
The Harlow boys have been around quite a while now and command big audiences back home, but they’ve yet to make a real splash stateside. Is it time for limelight beyond the UK? The dazzling indie splendour of ‘Alienation’, the title track of their 2013 Parlophone-released EP, seems tailor made for mainstream MTV in America.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcm5fJS8jZE[/youtube]

Stay tuned for more in the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014, coming atcha soon!

 
 
 

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