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(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #415: Rascalton

 
By on Tuesday, 26th February 2019 at 12:00 pm
 

Ahead of Live at Leeds 2018, I previewed Rascalton, a Glaswegian band whose name I described last spring as sounding “like the name of an anarchic village, where disorder is the rule of the day.” Playing a very packed out, very sweaty Green Door Store at The Great Escape 2018, they wowed me with their punky musical style, sans the pretention and egocentric swagger that can turn me off about British guitar bands. While many groups these days with a scrappy sound have been described as being borne from a garage (personally, I find ‘garage rock’ a silly genre), this is a case where you can actually believe that these four friends honed their sound from such humble beginnings.

In 2018 and after their appearance at The Great Escape, the Scottish four-piece released their debut EP ‘CSC’, short for ‘Control Social Club’, apparently named after a DIY punk night in Glasgow. It’s four short songs all with radio-friendly length: only one goes over 2 and a half minutes. Opening track ‘Told You So’ reminds me of the now-defunct Leeds band China Rats; as an opening salvo, you can’t get much better than this. The onslaught continues with the rapid fire power of ‘Police’, ‘Lonely Faces’ and ‘Lost Generation’.

More than a half year after my tipping of them and the band’s release of ‘CSC’, the NME Blog has decided to anoint Rascalton as one of their “Essential new artists of 2019”. They’re described as “If The Clash were raised on Buckfast…”, as well as compared favourably to Buzzcocks and former SXSW success story Shame. I don’t do what NME did and give myself 100 chances to be smug and say I got it right. If I were a betting woman and given the incredible hype Shame, and other UK punk bands have built off the back of their debut appearances in Austin, I’d put all my money on Rascalton. So far, two official appearances of Rascalton at SXSW 2019 have been announced: at the just revealed yesterday return of the Buckaroo Ball at the Hotel Vegas Annex Wednesday night, the 13th of March, at 10:30 PM, followed by the End of the Trail evening showcase at Valhalla Friday night, the 15th of March, at 10 PM.

 

Video of the Moment #2927: Vampire Weekend

 
By on Thursday, 21st February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

The preppy, boat shoe-wearing Vampire Weekend returned last month with a new song, ‘Harmony Hall’. If I were to guess what the promo video to go with the single means, I think it’s a nod to frontman Ezra Koenig’s new-found domesticity since the birth of his son Isaiah last summer. He’s breaking eggs and looking like he’s making breakfast, a children’s favourite, pancakes, and in fun shapes, too! There’s a bright green python in this video, too, who’s not looking so scary but instead, oddly making yawning motions. Snakes are long and represent fertility and the renewal of life in many spiritual traditions. The fruit the snake slithers and ‘walks’ on represent the circle of life. If anything, it’s worth watching this video just to watch a snake yawn! ‘Father of the Bride’, the band’s fourth studio album and their first album since 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, is expected in April on Columbia Records. It’s been a spell since I’ve written about them, but you can read our past coverage on Vampire Weekend through here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2926: Abjects

 
By on Wednesday, 20th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Punk girls Abjects released their debut album last Friday. ‘Never Give Up’ is available now from Yippee Ki Yay Records, based in Austin, which is handy because the trio will be appearing at SXSW 2019 next month. Last month, they premiered the promo for the title track, which we posted as this Video of the Moment. For the video for ‘The Storm’, they don’t the title literally. No, this one was filmed in the bright sunshine and it’s got some old-fashioned video effects that actually lend themeselves nicely to the lo-fi nature of the presentation. Watch the video for ‘The Storm’ below, and stay tuned for reports of their raucous live show from Texas in a few short weeks. Missed any of our coverage on Abjects? Go here.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Jealous of the Birds shares acoustic performance of ‘Clementina’ filmed in Dublin

 
By on Wednesday, 20th February 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

Like her fellow Northern Irish singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside, Naomi Hamilton, stage name Jealous of the Birds, will be appearing at SXSW 2019 in Austin in mid-March. Just like Burnside whose newest video we featured on TGTF last week, Hamilton has an acoustic video of her own ahead of SXSW. In the embed below, she performs ‘Clementina’ with a bandmate in pretty nice, cosy digs: the Vintage Room of famed Dublin venue The Workman’s Club just steps away from the River Liffey. ‘Clementina’ appears on Hamilton’s latest EP ‘Wisdom Teeth’, out now on Canvasback / Atlantic Records. All of our past Jealous of the Birds coverage on TGTF can be read through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2925: Resin Moon

 
By on Tuesday, 19th February 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I will always treasure the two trips I’ve taken to Australia. It’s so far away, it feels you’re on another planet, except there is so much that seems familiar. One of these things is the music: the sounds and the artists bear resemblance to those of the lands that are much more familiar to me, but there’s also an exotic, alien quality to the sounds as well. Prior to BIGSOUND 2017 in Brisbane, Queensland, I previewed the appearance of Resin Moon, better known to his parents as electronic musician and producer Dave Crowe.

At the time I saw him play at Heya Bar, he favoured a NASA spacesuit-like outfit for live performances. Whether it’s because today’s VOTM was filmed in the summertime in Oz or he just got tired of looking like a spaceman, in the self-directed video for ‘Nothing to See’, he’s wearing athletic gear and sunnies and looking decidedly more chill. The synth-orientated song was released as a single last November, just as Australia and the Southern Hemisphere was heading into summer. Filmed in Crowe’s hometown of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, known for his hot, desert climate, it’s just the salve for those of us in the top half of the globe currently stuck in what has become a strange and unpredictable winter. Resin Moon’s debut album ‘Oscillations’ will be out on Alice Springs label Sing Hum on the 26th of April. Watch the video for ‘Nothing to See’ below.

 

(SXSW 2019 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Mansionair unveil sultry performance video for ‘We Could Leave’

 
By on Tuesday, 19th February 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

Sydney’s Mansionair released a new video last week on Valentine’s Day. Latest single ‘We Could Leave’ follows in the heady footsteps of the many sexy, sultry songs we’ve heard so far from the soulful Aussies. In this tune, Jack Froggatt chooses to focus on that paralysing feeling when mesmerised and frozen by his attraction to a gorgeous creature at a party. His thoughts of escaping with his lady love “grace the night ligh0ts” are halted by his inability to act, or to even speak. The lyrics seem to suggest the object of his affection doesn’t want to reciprocate, so he’s stuck waiting for something, seemingly anything, to bring him out of his trance. As terrible as this sounds, it’s completely relatable, something that Mansionair excels at in all their music. Watch the performance video for single ‘We Could Leave’ below; the single is out now on Glassnote Records. To read more on the Aussie trio on TGTF before their scheduled appearance at SXSW 2019 next month in Austin, follow this link.

 
 
 

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