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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2767: Lo Moon

By on Friday, 12th January 2018 at 6:00 pm

Elusive alt-rock trio Lo Moon are crawling slowly out of their self-created shell, cleverly prolonging the anxious anticipation of their forthcoming debut LP release. The band’s latest teaser for the album is a new promo video for ‘Real Love’, designed by visual artist Lizzie Nanut. Nanut’s visual representation of ‘Real Love’ is in perfect synchrony with the song itself, contrasting a sharply graphic base layer with subtle changes in tone and colour. Sonically, vocalist Matt Lowell’s cool, distant verse melodies are underlaid by a deeply resonating bass groove. Slick guitar and keyboard lines add dynamic and dramatic overtones to the song’s chorus: “when it’s real, real love, you try to fix it but it’s never enough.”

Lo Moon will be releasing their self-titled debut album on the 23rd of February on Columbia Records. The Los Angeles based trio is scheduled to appear in Austin this March at SXSW 2018. You can read TGTF’s previous coverage of Lo Moon, including a live review from SXSW 2017, by clicking here.


Video of the Moment #2766: Adam French

By on Friday, 12th January 2018 at 10:00 am

Singer/songwriter Adam French finished 2017 on a strong note with a new EP titled ‘Weightless’, released on the 8th of November. This week, he starts the new year by offering up a new promo video for the EP’s second single ‘My Addiction’. If you missed it, you can read editor Mary’s review of the eponymous first single ‘Weightless’ right back here.

French describes ‘My Addiction’ as “a song about temptation and withdrawal.” His lyrics draw a very clear parallel between the physical nature of chemical dependency and the perhaps unhealthy fixation of a tumultuous romance: “Lying to the ones I love / don’t know what I’m thinking of / God, you hold me like a drug / my body’s shaking, I can’t breathe / this could be the death of me.” The visual treatment of ‘My Addiction’ illustrates the sense of disorientation such a relationship can generate by dramatically juxtaposing images of boundless euphoria with those of dark and brooding introspection. “Often raw emotion is too powerful to ignore”, he concludes in the video’s press release, “and at some point you have to come to terms with the inevitable, whether right or wrong. Such is life.”

French will play a sold out show at London Bermondsey Social Club on the 1st of February, followed by a second headline show, for which tickets are still available, at the Manchester Deaf Institute on the 9th of February. His ‘Weightless’ EP is available now on Virgin EMI. TGTF’s full past coverage of Adam French is back through here.


Sam Fender / February and March 2018 UK Tour

By on Friday, 12th January 2018 at 9:00 am

Newcastle up-and-comer Sam Fender has announced a list of UK headline dates ahead of his scheduled trip to America for SXSW 2018. In case you missed it, we highlighted Fender’s indie rock stylings earlier this week in our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #394. Under the tour date listing below, you can watch Fender perform his recent hit single ‘Play God’ in session at Maida Vale for BBC Music Introducing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now, except for the sold out show in Manchester on the 23rd of February. In addition to the following UK live dates, Fender is also slated to play at the inaugural This Is Tomorrow Festival in his hometown of Newcastle on Friday, the 25th of May. You can find a full listing of Sam Fender’s upcoming live shows on his official Web site.

Friday 23rd February 2018 – Manchester Jimmy’s (sold out)
Saturday 24th February 2018 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 25th February 2018 – Glasgow Attic Bar
Tuesday 27th February 2018 – Cardiff Big Top
Wednesday 28th February 2018 – London Electrowerkz
Friday 2nd March 2018 – Truro Old Bakery
Saturday 3rd March 2018 – Exeter Cavern
Monday 5th March 2018 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Bristol Louisiana


(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #394: Sam Fender

By on Thursday, 11th January 2018 at 12:00 pm

Header photo by Jack Whitefield

Newcastle rock singer/songwriter Sam Fender is surely one of the safest bets for success at SXSW 2018. As stated in his SXSW bio, Fender has already laid the groundwork for a big break in the UK, playing support slots at home for Hozier and Catfish and the Bottlemen, as well as travelling to Europe with TGTF alums Bear’s Den and Declan McKenna. Fender has only released a handful of singles for public consumption, but they have been uniformly well-received, particularly debut track ‘Play God’, which has garnered air time on BBC Radio 1 and reached viral status on both iTunes and Spotify.

Thematically, ‘Play God’ isn’t exactly tailor-made to be a breakout hit, but it makes a strong introductory statement. There’s nothing “feel good” about Fender’s pessimistic lyrical forecast, which imagines an oppressive and perhaps not-so-distant future for Western society. “It’s all the same down in the capital / all the suits in cladded feet,” Fender intones darkly in the second verse, “sewer rats will shower the underground / in a race to make ends meet”.

The real drama, though, is in the song’s musical arrangement, which elucidates the pervasive thematic anxiety in its deeply resonating rhythm section and persistent electric guitar riffs. The production quality is stunning, slick and clean, but with a cutting edge, particularly in the vocal sound. The slight stridency in Fender’s voice conveys both cynicism and urgency, and his concise lyrical phrases slice sharply through the thick instrumentation. Added brass layers in the bridge section are another a surprisingly expert touch, adding harmonic texture and further ratcheting up the dramatic tension.

Fender’s recent single release, ‘Greasy Spoon’, explores a different kind of social oppression. His lyrics here imagine the female perspective on sexual harassment: “cat call and white van patrol / in the streets as she walks from work / grip hard and jeer from afar / as he sits with a drooling smirk.” He even goes so far as to declare “I am a woman” in the song’s bridge section, though whether ths is an expression of solidarity or an obscure metaphor remains unclear. Regardless, ‘Greasy Spoon’ continues where ‘Play God’ left off in terms of establishing Sam Fender’s presence on the international indie rock scene.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Sam Fender’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.


Superorganism / March 2018 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 9:00 am

Header photo by Jordan Hughes

When you first hear the word “superorganism”, you might think more of a virulent, plague-causing bacterium than a haphazardly-organized yet wildly successful avant garde electro-pop band. But the moniker does fit eight-member international music collective Superorganism, whose “shared house side project” grew organically into something of an internet sensation in 2017. The band have recently announced details of their debut self-titled LP, along with a massive list of worldwide tour dates including stops in the UK and Ireland. ‘Superorganism’ is due out on the 2nd of March via Domino Records and will feature hit track ‘Something for Your M.I.N.D.’ You can watch the band’s promo video for recent single ‘Everybody Wants to be Famous’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. In addition to the list below, Superorganism will play at London’s Jazz Cafe on the 15th of February, and they are scheduled to appear at Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit Festival on the 2nd of June. A full listing of Superorganism’s upcoming live shows, including dates in continental Europe and North America, can be found on the band’s official Web page.

Monday 5th March 2018 – Birmingham Institute 2
Wednesday 7th March 2018 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 8th March 2018 – London Oval Space
Friday 9th March 2018 – Brighton Haunt
Sunday 11th March 2018 – Glasgow CCA
Monday 12th March 2018 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall


TGTF Spotify Playlist: December 2017

By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 11:00 am

Happy New Year! Before we forge ahead into 2018, we’d like to share our final Spotify playlist of last year, which contains all the music featured here at TGTF in December 2017. Like November’s list, our December playlist is a bit shorter than usual, this time due to us closing up TGTF early at the end of the year. As you might expect, we reviewed a handful holiday singles last month, offered up by Paul Thomas Saunders, Tristen and Elbow.

Aside from the Christmas-themed fare, we also featured a new track from Manchester singer/songwriter Little Sparrow and a rather surprising live acoustic cover of an American punk classic performed by Northern Irish troubadour Ciaran Lavery. Among our album reviews, we highlighted new releases from veteran acts Morrissey and Belle and Sebastian, as well as the recent collaboration between The Staves and yMusic. In early December, editor Mary was in England and caught the Field Music-curated Us vs. Them festival at Leeds Brudenell Social Club and she also wrote an early preview of Live at Leeds 2018. We’ll certainly be previewing more events coming up in 2018, including our annual, multi-post previewing of SXSW 2018.

If you’re looking for an easy way to discover great new music in 2018, do yourself a favour and follow our monthly Spotify playlists. All you have to do is open Spotify, type “spotify:user:tgtftunes” (no quotes) into the search bar, and click the Follow button. To keep up with all our latest features, connect with TGTF on social media via Facebook and Twitter. (And don’t forget, our featured artists love social media follows too!)

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