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Live Gig Video: The Twilight Sad perform single ‘VTr’ from upcoming fifth album and some other places

 
By on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

In case you’ve somehow missed this, Friday sees the release of The Twilight Sad‘s fifth album. The band have previewed several tracks from ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’ as singles in their own right and in session, notably for Seattle’s KEXP during their North American tour in October, then BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway in December. In the official video for single ‘VTr’, the Scottish band rock out in what has become their characteristic sombre color tones. Then I thought, why the heck would I not post the BBC Scotland live session for the song, as well as KEXP’s full performance recording in all its glory? You can never have *too* much Twilight Sad, am I right? Enjoy all of the tuneage in visual form below.

Stay tuned for ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’ to be released on Rock Action Records this very Friday, the 18th of January. The group will be making live appearances this week and next in record shops; actual full gigs in the UK will be taking place in Edinburgh (29th of January), Manchester (27th of February), London (28th of February) and Glasgow (2nd of March). Details of all their scheduled live appearances can be viewed on the band’s official Web site. All of our past coverage of The Twilight Sad, including my review of their autumn 2018 North American tour-closing gig in Washington, DC, can be read through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2918: Abjects

 
By on Thursday, 10th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Girl group Abjects will be releasing their debut album next month. Premiering on the 15th of February on Yippee Ki Yay Records, an Austin label, ‘Never Give Up’ was produced by Jim Riley at London’s Ranscombe Studios, home of ‘The Famous Medway Sound’. The band will no doubt be playing tracks off their forthcoming LP in their record label’s city soon enough: the band have been given a shout for SXSW 2019 in March. Check out the LP title track’s promo video, which stars the three ladies starting their day in their flat, rocking out for a bit, then going on to their some decidedly less interesting work to pay the bills, before they end up preparing for a gig. I covered one of Abjects’ appearances at SXSW 2016; I reckon I’ll be likely to see them perform live again in 2 months.

 

Video of the Moment #2917: Slaves

 
By on Wednesday, 9th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I think at some point in our lives, we’ve all imagined what our musical heroes must have been like as children. Slaves decided to take this very idea and make a music video for their song ‘Photo Opportunity’ of their younger alter-egos carousing Tunbridge Wells as we might have dreamt of them doing. Or at least this what Isaac and Laurie thought they should be doing as best buddies. As I mentioned in my review from last summer, ‘Photo Opportunity’ is one of the more intriguing songs on their third album ‘Acts of Fear and Love’ because it provides surprising snapshots into their feelings of insecurity and lack of direction that you don’t expect from two blokes from Kent who have so many fans. Watch the heart-tugging promo video below; the single officially drops on the 22nd of February on Virgin EMI. Slaves’ third album ‘Acts of Fear and Love’ is available now. We’ve written quite a bit on Slaves over the years; the full archive can be accessed starting from here.

 

Video of the Moment #2916: Chemical Brothers

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Have you been wondering what happened to Chemical Brothers? I did. Apparently, I completely missed ‘Free Yourself’ unveiled last autumn. Or maybe I just wiped it out of my consciousness? No matter. This first full week of 2019, they have for us another tune to whet our whistles. ‘MAH’, which allegedly stands for ‘mad at hell’, has a disconcerting music video to go with it, filled with masked men and a room crammed full of dancers under a strobing light show. Word on the street is that the single appears on the electronic pioneers’ new album ‘No Geography’, expected to drop later this year. For now, you can grab ‘MAH’ from Astralwerks and groove with it in the comfort of your own home; stay tuned for more from the Chems. Past articles on the Chemical Brothers on TGTF are through here.

 

Live Gig Video: Picture This share live performance video of single ‘One Drink’

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

We first came across Picture This when previewing their appearance at SXSW 2017. They were part of the strong, annual Irish contingent to Austin, chatting to Carrie and appearing at the full Irish breakfast showcase at B.D. Riley’s. A lot has happened to the duo since. That year, they won an RTE Choice Music Prize award for Best Song for ‘Take My Hand’ and released their self-titled album that August. Next month, Picture This will be releasing their sophomore effort on Republic Records. ‘MDRN LV’, presumably pronounced ‘modern love’ but offered up in a more textspeak friendly format, will drop on the 15th of February, rather conveniently timed to be an appropriate post-Valentine’s gift, or perhaps a preorder ahead of Cupid’s big day.

‘One Drink’, the first single taken from the upcoming LP, has already made its mark on both the American Alternative and Hot Adult Contemporary charts. (For another taster, check out the promo for Everything or Nothing’.) With its inherent catchiness, it’s not hard to see or hear why. Last month while I was in hibernation, they revealed a live performance of the song, which I’ve wanted to share for a few weeks. For good measure, I am also including below the original promo video for the song, so completists can compare and contrast the two versions. Watch, enjoy and share how you like. They’re scheduled to go on tour on the Continent in early March, after which they will head to the UK for a string of shows. Following 5 nights (yes, really) at the 3Arena in Dublin at the end of March, the duo and their backing band will then embark on their first major North American tour in mid-April, which starts in Toronto on the 22nd; the tour concludes on the other side of the continent on the 18th of May in Seattle. For all of our past coverage here on TGTF on Picture This, use this link.

 

2018 – Still Want to Be Here

 
By on Monday, 24th December 2018 at 11:00 am
 

How have you been getting on? From our stats, most of our readers are either from America, somewhere in the UK or the Continent. That means you’ve probably been paying close attention to the shenanigans of our President and the wrangling between Parliament and the EU. This time of year 2 years ago, I wrote about the Brexit vote; so I won’t write further on the subject now. It seems since I switched over from the ‘best of’ year-end post, there’s only been more and more uncertainty. As I discussed with a friend a few days ago, as the earth enters its time to regenerate, it’s a time for reflection and introspection. 2019 will also be a year of change here at TGTF. More on that in the coming weeks.

2018 was another year of difficult losses in the music world. Troubled Swedish musician and DJ Avicii lost his battle with substance abuse. Irish vocal heroine Dolores O’Riordan, famed as the lead singer of the Cranberries, passed away after a long battle with mental illness. Another strong woman with superhuman singing talent, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, passed away in the summer. The loss of Roy Clark, an American icon of country music, was mourned across America. Like bookends, two influential Lancastrian legends of rock, Mark E. Smith and Pete Shelley, left us in January and December, respectively.

As I understand from more friends than I can count, the most difficult passing of this year was Frightened Rabbit leader Scott Hutchison. Having gone missing one evening in May, we all hoped he would be found safe and sound. Some friends have told me that we should have done more, that we should have known that Scott would have tried to take his life, that ‘Floating in the Forth’ was a hint, a blueprint we should have heeded. As I’ve written before in this piece about the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and in other posts, mental illness is insidious and the pain from it that drives people to end their lives can’t be for nothing.

Since Scott’s passing, I had the opportunity to visit Glasgow twice. Just days after his death, I paid my respects to Michael Corr’s stirring mural made in his honour. In all the conversations I’ve had with friends about Scott’s legacy, the one thing we all soundly agreed on was that it’s becoming easier for musicians to talk about their mental health struggles. That can only be a good thing.

I want to leave you with a holiday video from Gurr and Eddie Argos (Art Brut) I wish you regular readers, musicians, bands, management and PR a happy Christmas, wonderful holidays, and a successful and prosperous new year. See you in 2019!

 
 
 

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