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Video of the Moment #2765: Franz Ferdinand

 
By on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

The day of the release of Franz Ferdinand‘s latest album is getting ever closer. ‘Always Ascending’, the Glaswegians’ fifth studio album, is scheduled to drop on the 9th of February on Domino Records. The band, now five members strong following the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy and the addition of new members Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot, previously announced this series of live tour dates in the UK and Ireland, following the release of the new LP, last October. They’re now ratcheting up the anticipation by unveiling another single from ‘Always Ascending’, the decidedly dancey ‘Feel the Love Go’, which is available for purchase now. Liking the cacophonous saxophone in the background? Have a listen and watch to the promo video for the single below. For more on Franz Ferdinand right here on TGTF, follow us this way.

 

(Charity!) Single Review: Frightened Rabbit – No Real Life

 
By on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Over their five studio albums to date, Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit and their emotionally-charged music, described by Ryan Leas of Stereogum as “the kind of music that demands a fair amount of emotional investment from the listener,” have wowed fans all over the world. In his impassioned vocals, Scott Hutchison lays out raw, painful emotions for all to hear. It isn’t surprising, and sadly so, to learn that someone who can pour that much feeling and sorrow himself suffers from mental illness, something that has spilled out of Hutchison on social media. He admitted in this illuminating interview with Luke Ottenhof of On the A Side last spring, “Sometimes I wish I had a better mode of communication for when I’m feeling depressed, anxious, any of those things, but it tends to just work itself out into a song. That’s the way it’s always been for me.”

Knowing his personal history, it is wonderfully inspiring that Hutchison is willing to speak publicly about his struggles and has gotten involved with raising awareness and money for mental health causes. In 2011, along with James Graham of The Twilight Sad, Emma Pollock of The Delgados and other local musicians, Hutchison was part of The Fruit Tree Foundation, a Scottish music project that released the album ‘First Edition’, written and recorded during an intensive collaborative workshop in Perthshire. Fifty percent of the album’s proceeds go towards Scottish charity The Mental Health Foundation.

This past holiday season, Frightened Rabbit revealed a new single, also to raise money for a mental illness charity. ‘No Real Life’ premiered on Christmas Day, its words chronicling the thoughts that can go on inside the confused mind of a patient with dementia, often caused by the chronic, progressive neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease. Hutchison’s vocals of “I see light in the crack of the doorway / that extra-terrestrial glow / so cocoon my body, transport me / I don’t care to live in this world anymore” document the quiet desperation of a sufferer for the pain and confusion to end.

The gentle instrumental folk rock feel throughout the song marries well with the sombre subject matter. When Hutchison’s voice is joined by those of his bandmates in an ethereal harmony, a sense of peace and calm is achieved. ‘No Real Life’ is a moving, respectful acknowledgement to those in the grip of dementia, a disease we must keep fighting to cure.

8/10

Frightened Rabbit have encouraged their fans to donate to Alzheimer Scotland, who offer services to assist people with dementia, their carers and their families. Like cancer, dementia is an illness that has touched virtually everyone and their loved ones. Particularly around the holidays, it can be a difficult time when someone you love is suffering from a condition for which there is yet no cure. We encourage all to consider this worthy charity and to donate what you can to ensuring in the band’s words, “With your help, their aim is to make sure that nobody in this country faces dementia alone.” To read more of TGTF’s past coverage on Frightened Rabbit, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2764: Dream Wife

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Brighton trio Dream Wife are now counting down to the day of the release of their debut album. ‘Dream Wife’ will drop on the 26th of January on Lucky Number Records. To further preview the upcoming long player, they joined forces with Mason London to create a special animated promo for album track ‘Hey Heartbreaker’. It follows ‘Let’s Make Out’, whose promo was “>released last November.

Mason London gave the three lovely ladies their own alternate universe, where they can still rock out, just instead as robots. And as in the group’s past revealed tracks, ‘Hey Heartbreaker’ is a punky guitar number with loads of ‘tude. Watch the animated clip for it below. The trio will be celebrating their album release with a party the night of the 26th of January at London Sebright Arms. For more on Dream Wife here on TGTF, come this way.

 

Bands to Watch #393: The Fernweh

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

For my birthday last November, there was only one place I wanted to spend it in. Liverpool, these days, is famous for many things, including my beloved Liverpool FC and Anfield and having birthed the Titanic. While Manchester tries to shrug off its decades-old connections to Joy Division, the Stone Roses and Baggy, Liverpool revels in its place in popular music for being the birthplace of the Beatles. TGTF used to make regular pilgrimages to Liverpool Sound City when it was still a city festival: that’s where I felt the true heart of the city’s music scene. To be clear, I’m not faulting the organisers for wanting to host larger events to make more profit to pump back into the city. It’s just unfortunate that what used to be a useful proving ground for less-known acts is no longer with us.

Five to seven years ago, I heard first-hand the frustration some young Liverpudlian musicians felt in having to compete with the Fab Four’s long shadow. Today, as we sit looking towards the rest of 2018 to come, I think the music landscape in Britain has changed to reflect the modern turmoil of wars, refugees and uncertainty. A phenomenon we witnessed here in America following 9/11 was a return – or for some people, a mad dash – to eat the comfort food we loved as children, an attempt to recapture our innocence. If the same concept can be applied to music, it isn’t a surprise bands like Sheffield’s High Hazels and The Crookes (now defunct), Sunderland’s Frankie and the Heartstrings and London’s Hidden Charms have tapped into a sound from days gone by that delighted previous generations. And certainly, if you deride the American or UK record charts and their entries written by soulless hit-making teams, looking back when musicians actually wrote their own music seems like a no-brainer.

Liverpool’s latest entry into this growing market is The Fernweh (they don’t even have a Facebook yet), sat somewhere between the folky harmonies of The Mamas and the Papas and The Hollies the bridge between the Byrds’ Sixties psychedelia with that of current day Temples. Unsurprisingly, Fairport Convention’s fourth album ‘Liege and Leaf’ served to bond together The Fernweh’s members and sharpen their resolve to tap into “into an older English soundscape to create something fresh and exciting.” As of last summer, the band had been pretty mysterious, having only played a show in the Wirral, spending the rest of the time in hiding, presumably working on a debut album.

What The Fernweh have so far released to the world sounds magical. The just enough jangly guitars of ‘Next Time Around’ work well against the sweeping vocals. ‘Is This Man Bothering You?’ takes a more aggressive stance with fuzzy guitar and psych reverb. Their debut single, ‘The Liar’, is scheduled for release on the 26th of January, and appropriately on James Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records, a Liverpool indie label invested in doing things the old-fashioned way. It’s important to note that Skeleton Key also released Stockport band Blossoms’ early singles, so it’s not too big of a stretch of the imagination to picture The Fernweh capturing the country’s imagination with their sound.

Make no mistake, The Fernweh’s guitarist Jamie Backhouse is clear in a past interview with Bido Lito about their intent to distance themselves from the comparatively hedonist and lackadaisical English folk movement of the Sixties:

Folk music is often perceived singing about corn dollies and dancing round the maypole. But it’s important that it is relevant. The difference between the big folk revival of the ‘60s compared to now is that was a hopeful, post-war time and it there was a certain Arcadian paradise about it all. We’re posing different questions with the album, so it’s naturally gonna have a slightly darker tinge to it. It’s very much an album about this country. The darkness and violence has always seemed to be very close to the surface. There is a lot of tension and friction. The likes of Shane Meadows and Ken Loach seem to have really captured that and I don’t think all is well in this country. I think it’s an important time for culture to flourish and document the feeling of the time.

Watch this space for more from this exciting band from Merseyside. I, for one, will sure be keeping my eyes and ears out for more from them.

 

Video of the Moment #2763: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

In the first decade of the 21st century, New Jersey band Titus Andronicus made their name on their brash, devil-may-care rock sound and equally high octane live shows. As time passed, it became increasingly clear that we were watching a band evolving through the trials and tribulations of life. In 2012, they released ‘Local Business’, their third album that was showcased how good a live band they were. In 2015, ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ was released, a five-act opera representing their most ambitious work to date.

In 2018, they will be bringing out their sixth album, ‘A Productive Cough’, on the 2nd of March on Merge Records. They also will be known as from here on out, following in the footsteps of Prince, ‘[email protected]’, though for ease of writing and to avoid any coding issues, we’ll still be calling them Titus Andronicus here on TGTF. Fully admitting that this new LP will be focussing on ballads, they’ve also announced an all-acoustic tour – their first – seeing singer/songwriter and singer Patrick Stickles performing with pianist Alex Molini. The tour is to begin in Kingston, New York, on the 7th of March following the album’s release.

To preview this unprecedented release, the band have released the promo video for ‘Number One (in New York)’, which they’re calling a trailer of sorts for ‘A Productive Cough’. This promo precedes a longer, much more detailed album ‘making of’ documentary set for release on the 26th of February. It’s an exciting period in [email protected]’s career, and we look forward to hearing the album in full in 2 months’ time. Watch the video for ‘Number One (in New York)’ from Titus Andronicus below. For our past coverage here on TGTF on the mercurial group from New Jersey, follow this link.

 

Live Gig Video: Julien Baker plays ‘Turn Out the Lights’ on Stephen Colbert

 
By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Julien Baker released a new album in 2017, ‘Turn Out the Lights’. It was the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Sprained Ankle’, which proved to be Baker’s critical breakthrough. Both albums are available now from Matador Records. Since then, she’s been selling out venues in America, the UK and Ireland. No shrinking violet, she’s definitely one to watch among the young American singer/songwriters active today.

Last week, she reached another important milestone: making her American late night tv debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing the title track alone with his guitar and with incredible aplomb, I might add. Watch her spellbinding performance of the title track of her 2017 LP below. In terms of her next live appearances, she’ll be the main support for Scots Belle and Sebastian on their UK tour in March; those dates are posted here on Facebook. For more of our coverage here on TGTF on Julien Baker, use this link.

 
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