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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 10:00 am
Last Christmas, Tellison released a charity holiday single, ‘Good Luck It’s Christmas’. For this year, we’ve been notified that the song has been given post dubstep and synth flavours by London producer Grigori, so if you’re in the mood for something a little different, listen to and download the remix below.
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 22nd July 2012 at 10:00 am
Tellison have a new video for ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, which takes snippets of Fred Astaire films. Why? The b-side to recent single ‘Freud Links the Teeth and the Heart’ (posted as a Video of the Moment in April) is a cover of a song that originally appeared in the 1963 Astaire film Swing Time. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 23rd April 2012 at 6:00 pm
In the mood for something humourous after a long Monday at school or work? Here is Tellison‘s new video for ‘Freud Links the Teeth and the Heart’, a new single from them out the 28th of May as a limited 7″ and on digital download. The band have a headlining UK tour in May; all the dates are below.
Thursday 3rd May 2012 – Andover George
Friday 4th May 2012 – Bristol Croft
Saturday 5th May 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Sunday 6th May 2012 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Monday 7th May 2012 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Tuesday 8th May 2012 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 9th May 2012 – London Garage
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 21st December 2011 at 9:00 am
The holidays are all about giving, right? Tellison (pictured above) and the Cubical have both recorded Christmas singles, with all the proceeds going towards funding CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which was set up to reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35, currently the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. Started originally in Merseyside, they opened up a London helpline in November to accompany their already established presence in the North.
The Cubical’s ‘The Golden Rule’ costs a mere £1.49, Tellison’s ‘Good Luck It’s Christmas’ is priced at whatever amount you’re willing to donate; both can be listened to below and click on the appropriate links to buy your charity downloads. Watch the video for Tellison’s track below. For more information on these singles and CALM’s mission, please visit the official CALM Web site.
Situated just north of the Midlands, Sheffield has produced some fine musicians over the years. The likes of Pulp, Arctic Monkeys and Def Leppard have heralded from the area, so it only seems fitting that here, in the middle of the summer, a mass grouping of hundreds of artists should come together for the largest free music festival in Europe, Tramlines (held this year on 22-24 July).
With a hugely diverse billing, you don’t have to have an eclectic or particularly well educated knowledge of music to find something you’ll love just around the corner, as near enough every bar, pub, club and venue in the centre of the city has had a stage erected or at least allocated space to it for the duration of the weekend. And huge public spaces such as Devonshire Green, the Peace Gardens and the City Square have had fully fledged stages put up for the third year running. Artists of all genres and backgrounds, from Pixie Lott and Olly Murs, all the way through to local heroes Rolo Tomassi and bearded favourite Josh T. Pearson are in attendance, so thousands have flocked to enjoy the musical feast.
Friday afternoon brings a warm day to Yorkshire as the festival gets underway. The warm-up last night has brought Guillemots to the city for their first of three sets this weekend, as well as a host of smaller and local bands raring to impress the city’s increased amount of punters. Beginning my Friday afternoon up at the Harley is Grass House. The band saunter onstage to a minimal crowd who politely turn to pay attention, if little more. Their set hardly electrifies my weekend from the start, but it’s a steady half-hour from a band who appear lost somewhere between Britpop and prog at times
After this, I make my way further out of the centre down to the dull looking building of Bar 27. Once in the door, I’m greeted with shining marble effects and a white lit room with music paraphernalia dotted around and a red carpet (which I’m later told is incredibly slippery) laid out between two speaker towers to form what appears to be a stage. Crewe band Maps of Columbus (photo at left) are preparing to play their only set of the weekend in front of a crowd of trendy bar regulars and those who’ve gambled on the 10-minute walk out of the centre. With a sound not too dissimilar to a large amount of tomorrow’s New Music Stage (Copy Haho, Young Legionnaire, Danananananaykroyd) Maps of Columbus might be one of Tramlines’ criminally overlooked bands, even if the stage banter does make blink-182 look like top quality comedians. Debut single ‘Daisy’ is a standout, especially at 150% speed.
Back into the city and to the first big venue of the weekend. The Leadmill tonight plays host to Twin Atlantic (pictured at top) in one of their biggest shows to date and who, understandably rise to the occasion. Kicking off with album opener ‘Edit Me’, the Scottish group barely look back. It’s the supporting cast tonight I’m interested in however. Tellison, to be precise. The band appear slightly off today, even just having released their album a month ago. That said, they still give glimpses of their brilliance, but from far away, it just seems like the same old story.
I had hoped to see a lot more bands on Friday, but by the time I got back from my trip to where I was staying, many places were simply too crowded to attempt. Hot Club De Paris, Trophy Wife, Islet and a host of other fantastic artists were on show to those lucky enough to get inside though.
Stay tuned for more from Braden on his Tramlines experiences this year.
By Phil Singer
on Thursday, 5th February 2009 at 1:24 pm
A friend introduced me to The Answering Machine a couple of days ago. His way of selling it to me wasn’t great, but when I checked them out I realised he actually was telling the truth – they’re pretty good. Then I found the picture at the top of this post, and decided that any guitar band that can get out glitter and sport the nerd-chic glasses that bassist Gemma is wearing is ace in my books. The Manchester-based four-piece have spent much of 2008 holed-up in North Yorkshire working on their debut album with the legendary Manic Street Preacher’s producer Dave Eringa. If you get a chance, check them out. They release new single, Cliffer, on 9th March, and it sounds amazing on the myspace page.
MP3: The Answering Machine – Another City, Another Sorry
We haven’t written much about The Parlotones (pictured right) since we caught them back in 2007. The South African band have just signed up to support Starsailor on their UK tour, and in return Starsailor will support the Parlotones in South Africa. To celebrate their UK return, they’ll be releasing the rather cool single “Overexposed” on 23rd March – cool animated video below.
Whilst checking out our friends over at The Line of Best Fit, we came across an artist they were raving about, Thee Single Spy. Think vulnerable, yet arty, acoustic yet fun. Their piece and interview introduces Thee Single Spy far better than we ever could, so check that out, and expect more coverage over here at TGTF over coming months. If you want to catch Thee Single Spy live, they play the Slaughtered Lamb on 28th Feb.
Been listening to Tellison for a few days now, loving their fast paced indie electro pop. They’ve just announced that they’ll be playing a very special night at the wonderful Kings College in London along with Canterbury, Loverman and Super Tennis. NME commented that “with their jerky dance- punk rhythms smoothed out into melodic choruses the trio pose the best kind of dilemma – should we try and dance or concentrate on learning the words?” – exactly what we think! Tickets are on sale now, priced at £8 each.
Expect more music news as we continue to stumble across new music today, when we should be working on our uni project.