By Mary Chang
on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 11:00 am
Tomorrow is the 1st of July. Another month, another great gig hosted by fashion house Original Penguin at the famed London venue the Hospital Club. Just like the one starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS a few short weeks back, this month’s show next Tuesday (the 8th of July) promises to be another great night of music. And we’ve blagged a pair of tickets to the intimate gig to give away to a lucky TGTF reader!
A band that really needs no introduction, Brooklyn-based We Are Scientists will be headlining the proceedings Tuesday night in London. It’s not enough that they write kick-arse songs that stay in your head forever and ever like ‘The Great Escape’, ‘After Hours’ and Rules Don’t Stop’. They’re also extremely funny guys and should you have the luck to win this pair of tickets, you’re in for a rib-tickling night with jokes a-plenty interspersed between the band’s cheeky brand of American rock.
Before We Are Scientists will be Glaswegian band Twin Atlantic, who have been wowing crowds all over the UK for as long as I’ve been involved with TGTF and we started writing about them in 2009 (probably longer). I can only say that their epic rock sound should sound amazing in the cramped confines of the Hospital Club.
Normally, the only way into this special show is if you sign up here at Original Penguin to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. But as I mentioned before, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away and we want to give them to a deserving TGTF reader. Keen on winning? Ready, set, go!
First, please fill out your full name and your email address in the form below. Then to make sure you really want to go (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: What band is supporting We Are Scientists on their headline shows in July? (Hint: Dig around We Are Scientists’ official Web site for the answer.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Wednesday the 2nd of July. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received and contact him/her by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.
This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 5:00 pm
Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.
Let’s have something inspiring for your Sunday evening, shall we? Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic put in an arm-raising, rousing performance in at the John Peel Stage Saturday night at Glasto. And now you can watch their performance of ‘Heart and Soul’ below.
For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 11:00 am
Twin Atlantic will be starting a UK tour at the end of October and will be hitting many major cities of Britain through to mid-November. Us here at TGTF have blagged a pair each to their shows in Birmingham (O2 Academy on Saturday 3 November), Norwich (UEA on Monday 5 November) and Bristol (O2 Academy on Tuesday 6 November) and we want to give these three pairs to three lucky TGTF readers. Want to win? Enter our contest below.
Fill out the form below with the following information: your name, your email address (we’ll use this to contact you if you’ve won) and which gig you want to win tickets for. Then answer this question correctly: What Scottish town are the band from? Be sure to get your entries in by 12 noon on Friday the 26th of October. We’ll choose our lucky winners from all the correct entries and award one winner for each of the three gigs. Good luck!
This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted soon!
What rhymes with ‘shredding’?
Not Leeds, Glastonbury, Creamfields or Latitude, that’s for sure.
The rumours were traversing the Twitter/blogosphere all week preceding Reading Festival and at 11 in the morning, it turned from rumour into fact. Green Day (pictured above) arrived on the NME and Radio 1 Stage and from that moment, no matter what happened in the next 24 hours, the day was theirs.
The three American boys, led by the imperious Billie Joe Armstrong, burst on stage, the crowd arrayed before them erupted. Grown men cried, teenage girls swooned and ‘Welcome to Paradise’ rang out across the sprawling mass of bodies in front of the punk superstars. With a back catalogue as enormous as theirs, it was no surprise that their set was a long one, with over 20 songs from their entire 2 and a half decade long career played.
Frontman Billie Joe commanded the troops like a first class general, leading the crowd in a number of “whoops” and “hey ohs!”, which intertwined with the collection of hit after hit that Green Day played. New track ‘Oh Love’ was met with the same adoration as stalwarts like ‘St. Jimmy’ (which was played at a speed of the likes that would not be seen at the festival all weekend).
While the set did seem constrained by time, as ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ was interrupted midway through the intro, the band did still manage a set to go down as one of the Reading Festival’s classics. ‘American Idiot’ was screamed back at the band by every single member of the crowd; such is the admiration for the band. A classic set in all ways. (10/10)
The unenviable task of following up Green Day fell to Post War Glamour Girls and in the impossible task, the Leeds-based rockers sadly didn’t provide much excitement. But in all fairness, they were following up Green Day, and it was barely even lunchtime. Credit to the band, they came on and they gave it their all. (5/10)
A trip to the Main Stage was in order next, to see Brighton-based duo Blood Red Shoes, performing for the first time on Reading’s Main Stage. The band were anything but overwhelmed by the situation, though Steven Ansell powered away on drums while Laura Mary-Carter proved an outstanding talent with her soaring vocals, which intertwined with ‘Ansell’s.’
The highlight of the set was near their set’s close as the band played ‘I Wish I Was Someone Better’. However, it should be noted that opener ‘It’s Getting Boring By The Sea’ which appears on the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack was definitely an impressive performance. The two members of the band may have looked small in their expansive surroundings, but they made the stage their own with their mix of garage-y, bluesy indie rock and roll. I can only see them playing higher up the bill next time around. (7/10)
Back to the NME Stage I went to see Scottish heroes Twin Atlantic, in a set which was likely to be described as a bit like Biffy Clyro. What a lazy comparison. Yes, they are Scottish, whoop dee dee, so are Frightened Rabbit, but they don’t get followed by comparisons to Simon Neil’s band of rock titans, do they?
Twin Atlantic deserve plaudits of their own and on the strength of the set they played; I won’t be the only person giving them. As their brand of radio-friendly, visceral guitar music is exactly what any festival needs to pour some life into it. ‘Free’ was roared to the heady heights of the NME/Radio 1 Stage, while ‘Make a Beast of Myself’ brought on the same kind of sing-along that Green Day provoked earlier that morning. (8/10)
Staying on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, next up were one of the breakthrough acts of the past 12 months, Dry the River, who brought their hauntingly poignant brand of indie-folk mash-up to Reading.
For a band that sounds so outstanding on record it’s safe to say, hearing them live was rather disappointing. The performance seemed labored, as if every track was as difficult for frontman Peter Liddle as passing a kidney stone. ‘No Rest’ offered a glimpse of the kind of quality that this band can produce, sounding like a less energetic, but more honest Mumford and Sons. But overall, this festival may be one to forget and move on from, as this band can and will be so much better then they were on Saturday. (5/10)
From a somber set in the tent, to a riotous screaming collision of genres on the Main Stage I moved to see Enter Shikari, a band who are so eponymous with Reading Festival, I’m surprised they haven’t been booked as the house band yet. Their new album delves even more into the politically charged work they have been creating of late. So ‘IMPORTANT’ political nonsense aside, they provide entertainment in its droves.
Classic ‘Sorry You’re Not a Winner’ is roared from the stage by Rou Reynolds, while new track ‘Arguing with Thermometers’ is greeted with a singalong of huge proportions. They may not have matched the sheer mentallness of 2 years ago, but their set went down well. (7/10)
I moved from British DIY stars, to Canadian punk troubadours next, in the form of Billy Talent. A band that certainly brought the tunes, but sadly the performance did nothing to match them. Often all you could hear was frontman Benjamin Kowalewicz wailing down the microphone incomprehensively. Set closer ‘Red Flag’ brought a riotous reaction, but in a formulaic set with very little merit to it, it all felt just a little bit contrived. Come up with something new, Billy. Then we’ll talk. (4/10)
To close the day there was another choice to be made. At the Drive In or Kasabian. A choice which I now regret, not for musical reasons, but for the fact that the former of the two has announced that their gig on Tuesday 28th August will be there last as a band.
As you can tell then, I saw Kasabian. Hardcore legends aside (At the Drive In) the Leicestershire based lad-rockers served up a set of unashamed arrogance and brilliance.
Tom Meighan swaggered around the stage like he owned it and for those two hours he absolutely did. The hits were reeled out at breakneck pace and each one was greeted with the adulation such a spectacular performance deserved. The band was fantastic, from start to finish with set closer ‘Fire’ bringing an end to a set which should quite rightly go down as one of the band and even Reading Festival’s best. (10/10)
Fresh from their tour dates with those lovable rogues in Blink-182 and those NOT so loveable rogues in the All-American Rejects, Twin Atlantic are releasing their new single, ‘Yes, I was Drunk’. Now, already from the title, I already like this song. It doesn’t matter whether it’s just the lads from Glasgow, sloshing down some whisky on a cold street in Scotland and singing shanties about haggis and why the English are rubbish. But I suppose you’re always told to not judge a book by its cover, so I suppose the same applies to not judging a single by its title… I think?
However, fun title aside, they’ve gone and got themselves some more Fernandez brownie points by offering up their live EP for free! Really guys, you didn’t have to, but poor students, well, we LOVE free things! But back to the song. “And I got into the car/ And put her into first” are the lyrics that stand out for me in this single. A song about being drunk is cool. A song involving any mention of drink driving is never cool. I know rock stars are allowed to play the fool, be a little crazy but come on guys, have some sense. Barring the lyrical blips which irk me greatly, the song impresses on most levels. The video’s interesting to say the least and it has that charm which Twin Atlantic have patented on their latest record ‘Free’.
Their way of being Scottish and rocking significantly hard, yet not being Biffy Clyro, is an impressive feat by any of our Celtic neighbours. Their brand of unsophisticated, ‘pick up a guitar and sing some songs’ rock has its appeal though. While not being massively clever or inventive, it’s catchy and fun.
A solid effort, if not a massively inspiring one.
‘Yes, I Was Drunk’, Twin Atlantic’s next single, is out on the 27th of August on Red Bull Records. The band is heading out on a massive UK tour this autumn; all the details are here.