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Indie pop quintet Amber Run have announced a spring headline tour of the UK and Ireland, expanding on their previously listed English tour dates. The band are set to premiere a new single titled ‘Noah’ on the 19th of April, just ahead of their debut album release.
Below the tour date listing, you can watch an early video version of ‘Noah’ from Amber Run’s 2013 EP of the same name. Tickets for the following live shows are available now.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 24th April 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Sunday 26th April 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Monday 27th April 2015 – York Fibbers
Tuesday 28th April 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 29th April 2015 – London Scala
Thursday 30th April 2015 – Manchester Sound Control
Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Belfast Oh Yeah Centre
Wednesday 6th May 2015 – Dublin Academy 2
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 6:00 pm
Young Guns‘ shinier new sound was evident last year on ‘I Want Out’, and their upcoming single further bolsters our argument. ‘Speaking in Tongues’ is the latest song to be revealed from ‘Ones and Zeros’, their third album out the 8th of June on Virgin / EMI. Massive guitars, the incessant hum of drums and a catchy melody? Check, check and check. Watch the video for the single below.
Catch Young Guns on tour over the next couple of months starting the last week of March; there’s really no excuse because they’ll be all over the place, just check out their tour date list.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, 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’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.
Number 9, number 9, number 9… (You heard that sounding like on the Beatles’ ‘White Album’, yeah?) Number 9 on our SXSW 2015-flavoured Quickfire Questions hit parade is Swedish supergroup Amason‘s frontwoman Amanda Bergman, who is a solo musician in her own right. Amanda gives her take on what SXSW must look like to aliens, while also telling us if it hadn’t been for music, why you might be bringing your moose round to see her. Your interest is sufficiently piqued now, isn’t it? Read on…
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Simply to play as many shows as possible, humbly hoping that most of them will be good ones!
Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
To be fully honest I haven’t really looked in to this matter yet… Also, I like being spontaneous with concerts. I do not necessarily like to listen to my favorite music live as much as I can enjoy any type of show simply as a part of a good day. So I’ll just go to as many shows as I stumble upon, I suppose!
Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I always bring dried raspberry leaves which might seem odd when I think about it. But it’s very useful on tour. Other than that – nothing unusual. Normally it’s just a tangle of bad decision making, my bags.
If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
That would be whiskey, always.
What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard a lot about the festival! I’m sure it will be super fun and I’m excited to go there, for sure. I’m guessing it’ll be somewhat chaotic but I suppose that’s just natural when you throw that many people in to one city for that much beer and music. It’d probably look stupid to aliens.
Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:
What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.
What was your favourite song as a child?
Probably ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers…
What song makes you laugh?
‘Time To Bum Again’ by Waylon Jennings.
What song makes you cry?
The later version of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell.
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.)
‘Spirit On The Water’ by Bob Dylan.
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.)
I’m realizing I don’t have a song for that.
Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Rosanna’ by Toto.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I like Richard Bach for books and Bob Dylan for lyrics.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be a veterinarian of some sort. I’d be specialized in horses and cows and moose.
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.)
‘Apollo’ – Brian Eno, no doubt.
Thanks very much to Amanda for answering our questions and also to Carina, who helped sort this out for us.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 12:00 pm
Last year when lead singer of the Coronas Danny O’Reilly was explaining to RTE 2fm presenter Rick O’Shea how they never thought they would make it out of Ireland, I realised I had never really considered how bands outside America or the UK might feel like they’ve not reached their full potential or even somehow failed if they never are able to bring their music outside of their country’s borders. Having sold out countless venues at home and having already released three studio albums on their own label 3ú Records at home in Ireland, you can now certainly say the Coronas have made it out: last summer they inked a deal with UK heavyweight Island Records and if a physical gesture of their commitment was needed, the band also pulled up roots, now calling London home. I can’t help but think the name of their first album for Island, ‘The Long Way’, is a wry smile and nod to the years of graft and the lengthy journey they needed to take to get them where they are today.
While the album’s songs were written well before their signing to Island, some credit must be given to producer Eliot James, who also worked on Two Door Cinema Club‘s monster debut ‘Tourist History’ and Kaiser Chiefs‘ ‘Off With Their Heads’. Further, as you would rightly expect with the backing of a major label, the Coronas sound is much bigger and grander this time around than their last album, 2011’s ‘Closer to You’. The new LP begins confidently with heavy hitter ‘All the Others’, which peaked at #3 on the Irish Singles Chart when it was released there last May, the band’s highest charting single to date. It’s followed by the brash single ‘Just Like That'; its emotional lines “I’m not saying I want you back unless you say it first / ’cause I’ve said things just like that only to end up getting hurt” are so incredibly catchy, the desperate sadness of the words is masked. Almost. You also can’t help but chuckle at the hoovers in love in its accompanying promo; who knew the secret lives of our cleaning machines were so complicated?
‘The Long Way’ is not a complete downer. However, one can’t really escape the feeling that some of the more upbeat numbers are a bit forced. ‘How This Goes’ sounds like a cardio workout at a music festival near you this summer, played at rapid speed and replete with echoing whoa-ohs. ‘Get Loose’ recalls the happy-go-lucky style of Jason Mraz, its bouncy rhythm certain to put a smile on your face, if not change your world. Is this what happens to a band after they sign their life away to a major? I try not to think about Maroon 5’s transformation after the ‘Harder to Breathe’ era.
Somewhat ironically, it’s the tracks that see the Coronas returning home, to the feeling they created on their first three homespun albums that feel the most genuine, as if you’re looking right into their hearts. ‘What a Love’ smartly utilises understated instrumentation to highlight O’Reilly’s warm vocals, which lift and open up in the bridge, as he encourages all to “choose the kind [of love] that gets you safe / someone to share the blame, but share the great…yeah it should inspire you”. ‘At the Same Time’ is my vote for clear standout, chronicling a painful breakup where “we both walked out from the same fight / but I never thought we’d give up at the same time”. While there is comfort to be found in the pop melody, with joyful piano and synths moving the song forward as if in parallel to be sympathetic to the protagonist’s need to move forward with his life, there’s no denying the underlying hurt (most likely the breakup of O’Reilly’s relationship with Irish tv presenter Laura Whitmore).
When Kodaline first appeared on the scene in 2012, a lot of critics were saying they’d be the Irish Coldplay, but Kodaline’s mates the Coronas could very well be next in line to the piano stadium rock/pop throne. Another heartwrenching standout ‘If I Gave to Someone Else’ is a worthy competitor to ‘All I Want’ as O’Reilly asks miserably, “if I gave myself to someone else / would it hurt just a little less?” as Dave McPhillips’ bright guitar line throughout lightens the tune up considerably. With its melancholic moments, ‘The Long Way’ can be a tough listen, but the reward is in hearing the beginning stages of a band well on their way to becoming international stars.
‘The Long Way Home’ is out next Monday, the 9th of March, on Island Records. Catch the Coronas on their 2-week UK tour that begins on the 20th of March in Leeds.
Blackpool rock band Darlia will headline eight live shows in the UK this spring, following on the release of their mini-album ‘Petals’ last week and their recent February tour. Below the tour date listing, watch the video for the band’s latest single ‘I’ve Never Been to Ohio’.
Ahead of their own headline shows, Darlia will support The Wombats on their April tour of the UK. Tickets for the following shows will be available today, the 4th of March, at 9 AM.
Tuesday 14th April 2015 – Guildford Boileroom
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Warwick University
Friday 1st May 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Stockton Georgian Theatre
Sunday 3rd May 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Manchester Club Academy
Wednesday 6th May 2015 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 8th May 2015 – Birmingham Library
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 at 6:00 pm
Bad Veins came out of Cincinnati native Benjamin Davis’ solo bedroom project, then becoming an engaging live act with fellow founding member Sebastien Schultz on drums. After high-profile support slots for big names like TGTF favourites Two Door Cinema Club and We Were Promised Jetpacks, in 2013 Schultz called it quits, with Jake Bonta replacing him on the skins.
‘The Mess We Made’ was Bad Veins’ 2013 album that includes Schultz’s drumming, and now in 2 weeks (just in time for SXSW 2015!), Bad Veins 2.0 will be releasing ‘The Mess Remade’, a rerecorded, remastered, redone rehash if you will of the album from 2 years ago. An addition to the new LP not previously available on the earlier album is a cover of the Muppets’ ‘Rainbow Connection’, which appropriately has a Davis-like muppet playing the guitar and singing to a dejected, bespectacled Bonta. Even Irene, Bad Veins’ stalwart reel-to-reel tape deck companion, is also lovingly brought to puppet life for this promo. Watch it below. Also included below is the redone cut of fan favourite ‘Kindness’.
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