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When I first heard that the band that makes me weep in this awesomeness were planning a concept record, I was fearful. Were they going to go full Muse on ‘The Resistance’ and forget what made them the accessible, fucking amazing group they are now? I felt a bit queasy in that place in your tummy that goes all squirty when your boss calls you into the office with THAT look on their face… The undoubtable feeling that this could go completely arse over face…
As the build-up towards Foo Fighters’ return gathered traction, I became more and more nervous. Numerous octogenarian musicians were wheeled out for amazing cover songs. Dave and co. haven’t lost IT, but I was still feeling that sense of foreboding about the record. They hadn’t lost IT, but they may have lost their minds, retreated up their own arses and made one of those concept records which bands who have done so well tend to do when they get to this stage, Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’ as the prime example (I’m really giving Muse a hammering lately and I love Muse. Sorry, Muse).
20:50 last Thursday night, Zane Lowe had been tickling and teasing with clips from an interview with Grohl, Shiflett, Mendel, Smear and Hawkins, and on came and the opening chords of ‘Something From Nothing’, the first track on upcoming release ‘Sonic Highways’ came on. At that point, I sighed a neurosis releasing breath of relief – the man Grohl was back, and he had in fact NOT disappeared up his own arse.
We’ve got Wayne’s World-esque guitar solos and it goes full DIY with a honky-tonk funkadelic groove. And finally, we’re furnished with the Grohl yell, “FUCK IT ALL I CAME FROM NOTHING! I’M SOMETHING FROM NOTHING / YOU ARE MY FUSE!”
It’s classic Foo all over. Whilst it isn’t a departure from the DIY sound which made ‘Wasting Light’ such a success, the song has the fundamentals of any Foo songs and is underpinned by a huge, fist-pumping chorus.
Now, the theory of an album made from stories gathered on an enormous musical road trip across the USA is an intriguing one. The sounds of the States have trickled through modern music and changed it at its very core, whether its the punk scene of Seattle or jazz and blues in New Orleans. Whether putting them together in eight songs will actually make a decent album is the question we’re still waiting for the answer for… But already the signs are looking good.
In a bit of random-but-perversely-interesting music news, veteran pop singer/songwriter Neil Diamond has announced details of his forthcoming new album ‘Melody Road’, along with a list of UK and Irish tour dates for summer 2015.
Out this week via Capitol Records, ‘Melody Road’ is Diamond’s first album of original material in 6 years and features the production talents of Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and Jacknife Lee (Snow Patrol, One Direction, Taylor Swift). Below the tour date listing, you can view the lyric video for album track ‘(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours’. Tickets for the following live shows are on sale now.
Tuesday 30th June 2015 – Belfast Odyssey
Friday 3rd July 2015 – Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 7th July 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Thursday 9th July 2015 – Manchester Arena
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Birmingham Arena
Tuesday 14th July 2015 – London O2
Manchester quartet PINS have followed up their cassette-format EP ‘Come Back’ with a video for its title track, a cover of The Belles 1966 garage rock classic. Our own Martin featured a stream of the track in his previous review of the EP, but the video adds a new dimension to PINS‘ quirky take on the song. Directed by Amy Watson, it takes an off-kilter, behind-the-scenes look at the sterile and artificial quality of bands in manufactured television appearances. As in Honeyblood‘s recent video for ‘Super Rat’, the pristinely made-up members of PINS eventually descend into chaotic destroying of desserts and the systematic ruin of their carefully coiffed image. Are these grunge rock girl bands trying to make a point or something?
Alt-folk trio Bear’s Den have just published the video for ‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’, the next single from their upcoming debut album ‘Islands’. Lead singer and guitarist Andrew Davie says, “‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ is a song we started playing in the back of a VW camper on our first-ever tour, and we’ve played it live at every show we’ve played since”. It’s easy to see why, as the song captivates from the moment it begins, with the understated yet poignant opening lyric “You built our home out on the slopes, Pompeii beneath, she laid above / How she haunted our home, how she haunted our home”.
The video for ‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ is equally compelling, its austere simplicity matching the instrumental arrangement of the music and allowing the lyrics their full emotional impact. The subtle expression in the dancers’ faces and especially in their hands is a perfect pairing for the same graceful quality in the song itself.
‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ by Bear’s Den will be released on the 13th of October, with the full album ‘Islands’ following on the 20th of October, both via Communion Records. Catch the trio live on tour in February and March 2015 in the UK and Ireland.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 4:00 pm
French Web site La Blogotheque does atmospheric on location filming very, very well. Take for example their most recently revealed video featuring Sivu, who will be releasing his debut album ‘Something on High’ on Monday on Atlantic Records. The album’s stunning, I can assure you; I reviewed it earlier this week.
This live video takes us to Cap Blanc Nez, a cape in Northern France with stunning cliffs ala the White Cliffs of Dover, and Sivu’s accompanied by a brass band. While Sivu will be playing London Oslo Hackney next Tuesday, the 14th of October, as well as continuing as the primary support for Nick Mulvey on his UK tour which lands tonight in Falmouth, you’re unlikely to see a performance of ‘Better Man Than He’ like this at those shows. Watch the video with a gorgeous French sunset in the background below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 6:00 pm
The latest video from Canadian dance duo Chromeo has some all-star cameos, including the Haim girls, as the story unfolds in a ‘Love is a Battlefield’ meets Coyote Ugly sendup. ‘Old 45’s’ appears on the band’s current album ‘White Women’, out now. Watch the promo below.