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Video of the Moment #2929: Meadowlark

 
By on Thursday, 28th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Bristol duo Meadowlark have an intriguing new video out for their latest single. For ‘H.I.T.H’ (Hole in the Head), the director half of Meadowlark, Daniel Broadley, filmed this mysterious story of a young woman tortured by the memory of the man she loved. As most relationships do, things get complicated, from popping pills under the red lights of a rave to an amorous encounter that turns into a violent altercation.

Of the video, Broadley explains, “Over the past year I’ve watched Kate [McGill, his bandmate] go through some of the most traumatic experiences of her life, in every way imaginable. It felt wrong to shy away from that when it came to Meadowlark, grief is universal and something that everyone will go through throughout their lifetime and became a subject I felt was right to explore. This video doesn’t tell Kate’s story specifically, that’s hers to tell, but it depicts a particular version of grief for our protagonist, as it sends her on a path of self destruction, something she believes will numb the pain of her loss. The video is a lesson in facing up to things, no matter how hard and painful they are.” Have we piqued your interest yet? If yes, watch the video for ‘H.I.T.H’ below. This is their first release for German label Guesstimate. Meadowlark begin a UK tour on the 4th of April in Brighton. Past writings on TGTF on the duo can be read through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #416: Seazoo

 
By on Thursday, 28th February 2019 at 12:00 pm
 

Yes, Wales may be a small country, but it has produced some massive, internationally-known bands: Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Los Campesinos!, The Joy Formidable, Catfish and the Bottlemen. Like Van McCann and co., the band I want to bring to your attention today are also from North Wales. Conveniently, Seazoo hail from Wrexham, which most British UK industry people know as the city that hosts the annual Focus Wales music festival in May. At first glance at their name, they sound like a surf rock band. While I was doing my usual listen-through of the UK bands given a shout to SXSW this year, I was surprised to hear that in fact, Seazoo are much more of a pop band than I ever would have guessed. They are a guitar-driven band, yes, but two major parts of their music make them much more endearing than most.

2018 saw the self-described “psych indie pop” group self-release their debut album ‘Trunks’. Appearing far less threatening than the Rolling Stones’ big red mouth and tongue, mouths flashing blinding-white smiles repeat on the album cover. The smiles are a good harbinger of what’s inside: feel good guitars and instrumentation accompanied by wry lyrics. They’ve named Grandaddy as one of their influences, and I can clearly hear that. The winsome vocal delivery of Ben Trow also has that wonderfully wistful, disarming quality associated with the twinkling tunes of Scottish pop architect Stuart Murdoch and his band Belle and Sebastian. Listen to ‘St Hilary Says’ to see – and hear – what I mean. Seazoo will be the opening band at the Focus Wales showcase Wednesday night at 7:45 PM at Swan Dive (indoor stage) at SXSW 2019. I’ll be there: I don’t know any Welsh (except for ‘diolch’) so I’m hoping I learn some through osmosis.

 

Video of the Moment #2929: The Beautiful Monument

 
By on Wednesday, 27th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I am definitely in the minority when it comes to how I perceive and prefer to denote women fronting bands and bands of all women. While I understand the argument for having to say “female-fronted” or “girl band” as pejorative, I also see a positive flipside. Because bands of all men or outnumber those of all women or those with a female lead singer, to me, pointing out who’s out front or who’s in the band is actually giving more positive emphasis. When I wrote about The Beautiful Monument on my best bets list talking up BIGSOUND 2017, Australia’s answer to SXSW, I didn’t call then “an arse-kicking, all-girl group” to be insulting or snarky. The Melbourne band’s hard-rocking ways speak for themselves, as evidenced by the promo video for their latest single ‘Deceiver’. Shot in black and white and with a hell lot of hair flying, their metal slash punk tinged with just a bit of pop is just what we need to get us through the winter doldrums. Check out the video below. ‘Deceiver’ is out now on Greyscale Records.

 

Live Gig Video: Demob Happy share international tour video set to single ‘Less is More’

 
By on Wednesday, 27th February 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Brighton via Newcastle band Demob Happy have admitted that their latest video is the realisation of “…the Holy Grail of band videos that is the ‘International Tour Video’ – It’s simply a must-have for any band.” Ha! It’s for their new single ‘Less is More’, out now. The promo chronicles their touring life in 2018 across Europe with Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, a sold-out UK headline tour, 27 dates through America supporting Nothing But Thieves, their own headline American shows and recent UK gigs with Jack White. Full of live performance clips in color and black and white, plus some trippy overlays to boot, the video for ‘Less is More’ captures the excitement generated from Demob Happy’s live shows and the band’s own passion when performing for their fans. Watch the video for ‘Less is More’ below; the single is out now on SO Recordings. Past coverage of Demob Happy here on TGTF can be found through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2928: PAWS

 
By on Tuesday, 26th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Today’s Video of the Moment that stars a Scottish band who have appeared at SXSW in the past and will be making a triumphant return visit before a major release. The hard-working yet fun-loving PAWS‘ fourth studio album ‘Your Church on My Bonfire’ will be released in late April. As a taster of their highly-anticipated long player, they have unveiled the promo video for newest single ‘Not Enough’. Does it answer the age-old question, “when is love enough”? You’ll have to watch and listen below and draw your own conclusions. Hang tight for the release of ‘Your Church on My Bonfire’, debuting on the 26th of April on Ernest Jenning Records. More on PAWS here on TGTF can be found through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Cassia share sunny performance video for ‘Small Spaces’, from debut album ‘Replica’

 
By on Tuesday, 26th February 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

It seems all too perfect that following my posting of Vampire Weekend‘s latest promo video last week, now it’s Cassia‘s turn on TGTF. The sunniest export to come out of Macclesfield are finally going to be able to capitalise on the growing hype surrounding them. Next month, they will appear at SXSW 2019, and there is no doubt they’ll be representing the North in fine fashion. Shortly after appearing in Austin, they will also be releasing their debut album, ‘Replica’, on Distiller Records on the 5th of April.

In case somehow you have been living under a rock – and somehow missed both my report on seeing them at The Great Escape 2018 and Lily’s of their single ‘Get Up Tight – the promo video for ‘Small Spaces’, taken from their upcoming debut, is a great introduction. Favouring a bouncy, sun-dappled sound reminiscent of early Vampire Weekend, it’s easy to see how Cassia and their buoyant music will be right at home in Austin in a few short weeks. Watch the video for single ‘Small Spaces’ below. The band’s one official SXSW 2019 performance announced so far is at the Scruff of the Neck / Distiller Records showcase at Malverde on Wednesday evening, the 13th of March; stay tuned for future coverage on Cassia here on TGTF.

 
 
 

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