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Live Gig Video: Everything Everything play 4th LP title track ‘A Fever Dream’ at London Heaven

 
By on Tuesday, 25th July 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Next month sees the release of Everything Everything‘s fourth album. ‘A Fever Dream’ has so far been previewed by ‘Can’t Do’, unveiled last month (read my thoughts on that taster through here.) The band have now revealed a live video from their performance last month at London Heaven of the title track. The song has a frenetic energy that we’ve enjoyed in the past from Everything Everything, but with an extended intro to start it live, anticipation building to a no-pun-intended fever pitch. Watch it below. And because I’m so good to you, I’ve included a live version of ‘Can’t Do’ from TRNSMT 2017 in Glasgow earlier this month too. For much more on the Manchester-based band here on TGTF, check out our archive on them through this link.

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Live Gig Video: watch Kodaline perform single ‘Brother’ in Warsaw acoustically

 
By on Monday, 24th July 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month, Dublin group Kodaline wowed their fans with a brand new single. ‘Brother’ was accompanied by a tearjerker of a video, and you can read my extended review and essay on the single through here. Still no word on what the name is of the upcoming album that this single is associated with, nor when the long player might see the light of day. Hopefully we’ll get those details soon.

In the meantime, you can console yourself with this acoustic performance of the single, filmed and performed on the streets of Warsaw, of all places. (Like, really? I guess it’s something off the beaten path from, say, London or Dublin, right?) And when I say on the streets, I mean literally on the streets: instead of being stood in one place, they’re singing and Mark Prendergast is playing his guitar as they’re walking through the town. Th performance is a reminder of just how tight their harmonies are. The band have announced a series of four live shows for the UK in mid-December, listed here. For more much of Kodaline here on TGTF, head this way.

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Live Gig Video: Estrons share performance promo for single ‘Strobe Lights’

 
By on Thursday, 8th June 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Welsh punk rockers Estrons unveiled their single ‘Strobe Lights’ a few weeks ago. Now, they’re ready to share with us the accompanying promo video. Frontwoman Tali Källström and the band give it their all in this promo-cum-performance visual. Watch it below. The group will head out on a UK headline tour in the autumn; you can get all the details from their Facebook page here. Follow this link to read more of our past coverage on Estrons, who among other achievements appeared at SXSW 2015, closing out the BBC Introducing stage that year, no less.

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Live Review: Roosevelt with Ela Minus at U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC – 3rd June 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 6th June 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

Having two great gigs to go to in one night is a good problem to have. Last Saturday, I was able to see Blossoms at relatively new venue Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan before jetting back to the U Street corridor. I wanted to catch electronic man of the moment Roosevelt and his band at U Street Music Hall at a late night show. I missed him play DC9 last autumn (long story) and was ever so pleased he was making a return to Washington. Funnily enough, I found out from Blossoms’ frontman Tom Ogden earlier that night that they’d met the Cologne artist at Governor’s Ball in New York the day before, and they knew of him because he’d remixed one of their songs (‘Getaway’). Small world.

Ela Minus is electronic artist and producer Gabriela Jimeno, born in Colombia but now living in Brooklyn. In a black tank top and leggings, she looked relaxed, as if she was about to go to the gym. (Turns out this wasn’t just for fashion, as she got quite a workout on stage and in the crowd, bopping along.) However, the words on her tank top told another story: “Young | Latin | & | Proud”. In these less than enlightened times, the phrase was not so subtle poke at our Commander-in-Chief and his cronies who would love nothing more than to divide us. On pink gaffa tape and in black Sharpie, her mixing desk proclaimed, “bright music for dark times”, which was in strange, almost too perfect synchronicity to the power of popular music Ogden and I had agreed about, how important it is for musicians to keep pushing on and making music for the masses to enjoy during these difficult days. Life might get you down, but it’s been to the credit of dance music to give us the excuse to dance like no one’s watching, sticking it to anyone who dares to silence us.

Ela Minus at U Street Music Hall, 3 June 2017

Both Roosevelt and Ela Minus’ music is the perfect medium to facilitate all of that. As a drummer in a former life, the percussive nature of Ela Minus’ sounds feels well done, not for showmanship but for artistic sake. On record, this provides refreshing contrast to the female electropop artists Jimeno is inevitably compared to Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES and Grimes, thanks to her self-described “(apparently unavoidable) childish voice”. Jimeno’s soundscapes will appeal to the more purist electroheads like myself who didn’t fancy ‘Art Angels’. There’s a childlike innocence to some of her music, too: the bounce of synth notes sounding crisp and fresh is so different from the overblown dance pop productions that make the charts these days. Every Ela Minus show is different, as Jimeno explained in a Red Bull Music Academy interview recently, “I basically plug this [all] in, push play and have fun”.

Ela Minus at U Street Music Hall, 3 June 2017

Those not familiar with electronic music have this impression that these artists’ live performances is boring and buttoned up. I mean, how exciting can a person stood over a laptop for an entire set be? Until you have watched one of these masters at work, fully interfacing with all their gear – invariably a full tabletop of synths, keyboards, drum machines and sequencers with a dizzying array of buttons, switches and dials – you would never know how wrong this assumption is. Gone are the days of artists being tied down to their tables: they prowl around the stage and jump down on the floor to be with their fans. Jimeno, feeding off the sold out crowd’s energy at U Hall, grinned from ear to ear each time she cued up a new number from her “magic suitcase of synthesisers”. Have a listen to ‘Juan Sant’, a track she released earlier this year.

group photo of Roosevelt at U Street Music Hall, 3 June 2017

It’s not often I’m in a venue and think I’m going to witness a riot. However, Roosevelt, the stage name of Marius Lauber, this evening with his band in tow, was this close to causing one, taking the stage over 45 minutes later than scheduled. The more restless gig-goers left in frustration, I guess in search of a party elsewhere; others wondered what was wrong, fearing the worst (incapacitated/drunk band members). However, those who persevered found the group were well worth the wait. Lauber and his crew were all dressed in white down to their trainers, in what appears to be the Roosevelt uniform. My guess is that this is emblematic that the colours of the music should be allowed to speak for themselves, with minimal focus being given to how the players look. It’s a bold statement, especially considering the twenty-something Lauber could easily be a bedroom pinup, with plenty of female admirers in the crowd.

Roosevelt at U Street Music Hall, 3 June 2017

The high octane set that never really let up mixed the old and new, with Lauber’s earlier days as Roosevelt in ‘Elliot’ having aged well when played alongside numbers from his Balearic beat-driven eponymous debut for Greco-Roman last summer. Another older song, ‘Montreal’, shows Lauber’s flair early on for commandeering disco beats and reining them in for a sophisticated result. The downtown funk of ‘Night Moves’ from ‘Roosevelt’ is a natural evolution from there, pulling you in with its infectiousness.

Roosevelt at U Street Music Hall, 3 June 2017

The lightness of the synth bounce on mid-tempo hit ‘Fever’ was satisfyingly effortless live. The single is currently being used regionally in a tv advert for Hershey Park, no doubt for its hedonistic summer vibe. ‘Belong’ was another live triumph, the driving ‘80s vibe steady and strong. An unexpected treat came in the form of LP ender ‘Close’, the first of two songs of the encore. Performing alone, the slow jam served as a reminder that Lauber is the mastermind of Roosevelt, expertly turning dials and pressing buttons and not rattled by the fact that a full house was watching him. He might not have envisioned Roosevelt becoming a live act, but the horse is already out of the barn as us, the electronic music listening public, are all the better for it. It might take some time for his second album to surface, but we’ll be here. Catch up on all of TGTF’s past coverage on Roosevelt through here.

Roosevelt at U Street Music Hall, 3 June 2017

After the cut: Roosevelt’s set list.

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Live Review: Blossoms with Wilderado at Songbyrd Music House, Washington, DC – 3rd June 2017

 
By on Monday, 5th June 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

Songbyrd Music House and Record Café is a relative newcomer on the music scene in Washington, having opened in summer 2015 and only recently come on my radar following an invitation to see Sundara Karma there post-SXSW 2017. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan on 18th Street Northwest, the question will be how big of a draw the place will become compared to its more famous brethren in the U Street corridor. It’s important to note that at its 150-person capacity, it’s a worthy alternative to DC9 to see up-and-coming artists in a very intimate setting. For regular attendees of The Great Escape, imagine being in Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton: the claustrophobia from the low ceiling, the poles obstructing your sightline, but without the infamous sticky floors. The crowd Saturday night was in remarkably good spirits, which was a good thing considering there was a hour delay in opening doors and it felt like we’d been waiting forever outside in a queue while passersby gawked at us.

Wilderado at Songbyrd Music House, 3 June 2017

Los Angeles-based alt-folk rockers Wilderado opened the evening at Songbyrd. I was cynical of their mustaches, predicting they’d sound like a a Kings of Leon, Southern rock-directed retread. To my surprise, they sounded less like the Followills and more like hugely popular folkies The Lumineers. There’s a laid-back vibe that will appeal to those enamoured with the current burgeoning lo-fi scene. Their rich Eagles / Beach Boys-esque harmonies, exemplified from tracks like ‘The Ocean and the Sea’ and ‘Morning Light’, is a further feather in their cap. Following the success of The Lumineers and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, the alt-folk scene is pretty crowded here in America, but how quickly Wilderado won over an audience waiting for an English pop band suggests huge potential.

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But make no mistake, the devoted fans who queued for a long time outside the venue were there for Blossoms. The Stockport, Greater Manchester group had organised a series of dates on the West Coast earlier in the spring around their Coachella appearances, leaving us out in the cold. Thankfully, management had the wisdom to do the same around their Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo sets, too, so us East Coasters would get some face time with them. I’d covered them live for TGTF 2 years ago, when they made their first trip out to Austin for SXSW 2015, followed by appearing at Dr. Martens’ stage at the Green Door Store at The Great Escape 2 months later. You’ve heard the story: gaining further momentum in the UK, they caught the eyes and ears of Virgin EMI, who signed them and released their self-titled debut last summer.

Blossoms at Songbyrd Music House, 3 June 2017

Their first-ever appearance in DC was sold out, which must have been great validation of their talent. Like what I’d imagine for their audiences in Britain, the turnout was a mix of excited youngsters and older folks, all drawn in by their catchy tunes. Starting things off on a confident pop note were he driving rhythm and glittery synths of ‘At Most a Kiss’, met by punters’ resounding cheers. They quickly followed this with hugely popular singles: the bluesy ‘Blow’ and ‘Cut Me and I’ll Bleed’, then the infectious ‘Getaway’, their 21st century version of ‘One More Night’. Later on the set, ‘Blown Rose’ and its wistful lyrics “the stately homes of England / how beautiful they stand / lately it’s a lonely love I know / blown rose, go” seemed particularly poignant in light of the London terror attacks just hours before.

As the set progressed, Blossoms showed they were equally at home with dynamic pop as when they push the boat out further. A recent example of this is their recent collaboration with electronic drum ‘n’ bass legends Chase and Status on ‘This Moment’, which has brought the band to the attention of an entirely new group of fans. Two songs from ‘Blossoms’ that deviate from their hit-making formula, ‘Smashed Pianos’ and ‘Deep Grass’, were a tough sell on the album. However, they were far more convincing live and suggest that this Northern band are far more than a one-trick pony. That said, the reaction to single ‘Charlemagne’, used as the closer to their set, proved without a doubt that their knack for writing a memorable pop song will put them in good stead for years to come. They’ll no doubt be headlining a far larger venue the next time they come to our town.

Blossoms at Songbyrd Music House, 3 June 2017

Blossoms appear at The Foundry in Philadelphia tonight; to see the rest of the dates on their American tour this month and their other announced appearances in 2017, visit their Facebook page. Read more on Blossoms here on TGTF through here. After the cut, you can see the band’s set list from the show Saturday night.

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Live Gig Video: You Me at Six share ‘Take on the World’ at Alexandra Palace show in April 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

At the start of this year, You Me at Six released their sixth album. Entitled ‘Night People’, our Steven gave the long player a 9/10; you can read his review in full through here. Thousands of their fans can’t be wrong about it either: the band performed at London’s Alexandra Palace last month, and they’re sharing this live video from the night of ‘Take on the World’. It was described by Steven as “a vastly different beast. It builds gently over restrained finger-picking on guitar, while frontman Josh Franceschi gives a completely wholehearted performance” and judging from watching this just once, you wouldn’t disagree with him. Enjoy the video of ‘Take on the World’, full of punters with their phone torches held proudly in the air, egged on by Franceschi, below. To read the rest of TGTF’s archive on You Me at Six, use this link.

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