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Live Gig Video: SAFIA perform ‘Counting Sheep’ at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Melbourne electronic soul group SAFIA released their debut album ‘Internal’ merely a fortnight ago. Read my review of their long player through this link. Back in June, 3 months prior to the release of ‘Internal’, the band took a trip to blighty, stopping in London for a Sofar Sounds show there. The below video is of the Aussie trio performing their single ‘Counting Sheep’ (about what else, insomnia!) in a stripped back fashion. While the song doesn’t appear on ‘Internal’ – it was released as a single in its own right in early 2015 – this should be solid proof to any naysayers just how beautiful and perfect frontman Ben Woolner’s lead vocals are when isolated. Watch the arresting performance below. For read more of TGTF’s coverage on SAFIA over the last year and a half, follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpTLWrVqFHQ[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: The Crookes share their American tour video set to ‘The Lucky Ones’

 
By on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Sheffield group The Crookes have been spending quite a bit of time on our side of the pond this year to promote their fourth album. ‘Lucky Ones’, released at the end of January on their own label Anywhere Records in the UK and Modern Outsider in North America. You can read Carrie’s thoughts on the long player through this link.

During their time in our country playing their own shows and supporting San Franciscan band Geographer, they took advantage of the relative exotic locales they visited, including SXSW 2016 and a redwood forest, videotaping their tour shenanigans. Guitarist and lyricist Daniel Hopewell played editor on the footage, resulting in this mashup of clips set to album track ‘The Lucky Ones’. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s back catalogue of coverage on The Crookes, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEOdC18iruI[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Butch Walker with The Wind and the Wave at Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles – 17th September 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

Less than a month ago, I reviewed American producer and songwriter Butch Walker‘s outstanding new album ‘Stay Gold’, and my lasting impression of the record was that these yearning, high energy anthems would better suited to live performance than the relative constraints of a studio recording. Based on that impression, I trekked westward last weekend to Los Angeles, to catch Walker live at the relatively unknown Teragram Ballroom. Though this was the penultimate show on Walker’s current tour, his enthusiasm and energy were in full force, and the audience in his adopted hometown were equally excited to see him grace this stage.

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Walker’s support act on the night, The Wind and the Wave, are a country-rock duo from Austin, Texas, comprising guitarist Dwight Baker and singer/songwriter Patty Lynn. They released their first album ‘From the Wreckage’ back in 2014, and their second LP ‘Happiness is Not a Place’ (produced, perhaps not coincidentally, by Butch Walker) is due out on the 28th of October. Naturally, their opening set was somewhat abbreviated and focused on the new songs, touching only briefly on a pair of older tracks, ‘My Mama Said Be Careful Where You Lay Your Head’ and ‘This House is a Hotel’. But their energy and charisma on stage seemed to grow exponentially as they went along, and they made their own strong impression with both the title track from ‘Happiness is Not a Place’ and more recent single ‘Grand Canyon’.

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The music on the PA system between sets, laced with throwback television theme tunes from the 1980s including ‘Magnum, P.I.’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’, seemed designed to set a retrospective mood for the headline show. Indeed, Butch Walker’s new album ‘Stay Gold’ has a decided undercurrent of nostalgia in the aggressive pulse of its songs, and he constructed his entire set list on the night around a theme of reminiscence and reflection.

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Walker and his band took the stage and opened their set by tearing through the first four tracks from ‘Stay Gold’ at breakneck pace, starting with the title track and proceeding in order through ‘East Coast Girl’, ‘Wilder in the Heart’ and ‘Ludlow Expectations’. For my money, this opening sequence was the most effective part of the show, partly because these were the songs I was personally most familiar with, but also because Walker and his colleagues proved my own initial hypothesis correct, and in a most emphatic fashion.

The Wind and the Wave’s Patty Lynn made the first cameo appearance of the evening when she returned to the stage to duet with Walker on ‘Descending’, the next track in the ‘Stay Gold’ sequence. Walker took a seat at the piano for this song, giving Lynn center stage, and though their voices blended nicely together, it was the raw emotion in Walker’s delivery that came across as singularly captivating.

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From that point forward, Walker dived deeper into his catalogue of older favourites, much to the delight of his diehard fans. The smouldering vocal quality of ‘Descending’ carried over into an intensely sensual performance of standout track ‘Bed on Fire’, from previous album ‘Afraid of Ghosts’. Striking a lighter note, Walker then thrilled the “California girls” in the crowd with his spur-of-the-moment geographical adjustments to the lyrics of ‘Closest Thing to You I’m Gonna Find’, from 2011 album ‘The Spade’.

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Walker introduced his next cameo guest simply as “Jake Sinclair of the Black Widows”. The Black Widows, for those not already in the know, were Walker’s band from a few years back, with whom he released two albums, ‘I Liked it Better When You Had No Heart’ (2010) and ‘The Spade’. Sinclair did play in the band and garnered production credits on both albums, but they might not be his greatest claim to fame—he’s worked more recently with Weezer, Panic! at the Disco, and Fall Out Boy. On this night, though, he and Walker fit comfortably back into their old groove, performing the humorously self-deprecating (and surprisingly pop-oriented) ‘Synthesizers’. Sinclair seemed mildly surprised and greatly amused when Walker segued briefly into ‘Come On, Eileen’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, asking aloud, “Are you really still doing this schtick?” But Walker’s high spirits were undeterred by his protégé’s momentary insolence, and his audience, familiar with the routine and roaring with laughter, were more than happy to play along.

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Walker and his talented entourage of backing musicians touched on two other covers late in their set, a vocally harmonised version of Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer of ’69’ and a fleeting allusion to The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’. But the real showstopper of the night was a final cameo by Walker’s young son James. James is apparently a regular fixture at his dad’s gigs, and though he appeared to be a bit sleepy, he showed no signs of stage fright as he regaled us with a song and a joke of his own. (Q: Which pencil won the art contest? A: It was a draw!)

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Walker and his band didn’t break for a formal encore at the end of the show, playing straight through ‘The 3 Kids in Brooklyn’ and ‘Hot Girls in Good Moods’ before leaving the stage. But Walker did indulge himself in a final solo appearance, holding forth on the virtue of times and places past, especially the fading tradition of browsing through brick-and-mortar music stores. He made the rather unusual choice of leaving us on a pensive note with ’Stay Gold’ track ‘Record Store’, but then again, by that point, he’d already established a memorable and lasting impression.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/orgjnGCB4Dk[/youtube]

The Wind and the Wave set list:
Wind Wave setlist

Butch Walker set list:
Butch Walker setlist

 

Live Gig Video: Tom Chaplin and band play single ‘Quicksand’ ahead of debut album release

 
By on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Keane frontman Tom Chaplin will be stepping out on his very own next month with a full album of songs he’s written himself. ‘The Wave’ will be released on the 14th of October on Island Records. The first single from the album was ‘Quicksand’, and I wasn’t entirely sold on the song, cringing at some of the word choices. I think the mental block I had was mostly because I still see Tom as the lead singer of Keane, animated as all heck on stage, with the most expressive face to join his expressive voice.

Throw all of this out the window when you watch this studio version of ‘Quicksand’, which is nothing but spine-tingling. In it, Chaplin is accompanied by the talented group of musicians who will be joining him on his intimate UK tour in October. All multi-instrumentalists, they’ll be able to switch in live perfor what they play as Tom’s richly layered songs demand. His band features musical director, drummer and programmer Sebastian Sternberg; Rosie Langley on violin, synths and guitar; classically trained pianist and violinist Tobie Tripp; and Beau Holland on guitar, synths and piano. Watch the spellbinding performance below. For our past coverage of Tom Chaplin’s solo career on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD4v3rzxeCw[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Josh Savage performs ‘Quatre Épines’ at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Not sure why it took 10 months for this live gig video to appear, but we’re not (too) sore about it. Paris via Winchester singer/songwriter Josh Savage, who we’ve featured quite a bit here on TGTF, played a sold-out show last night at the Islington, so it’s great timing for this video to have surfaced. Back in November 2015, we hosted the exclusive stream of ‘Quatre Épines’, Savage’s then new EP.

Around the same time and in a much larger room than when I saw him perform in Manchester in April 2014 as part of another Sofar Sounds showcase, watch as Savage and his backing band hold the entire audience rapt in attention in performance of the EP’s title track. Catch the performance below. For more on Josh Savage on TGTF, follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GndioBqTAvc[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Happyness preview upcoming EP with opening track ‘Anna, Lisa Calls’

 
By on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Happyness are doing their part to continue the lo-fi tradition that’s proven so popular as of late. They’ll be releasing their newest material in less than 2 weeks. The ‘Tunnel Vision on Your Part’ EP will be released on the 23rd of September on Moshi Moshi. As per usual in the past, the guys have a winsome description for the EP’s opening track, ‘Anna, Lisa Calls’:

This is our first phone call song and our 5th song in E major. We wrote it one day in the studio in June and recorded it straight away – I think we were going for a kind of Traveling Wilburys thing. Also we felt like we hadn’t put a synth in a song for a while, so there’s a synth.

To celebrate the release of the new EP, the London trio have unveiled this live performance of the song, which you watch below. There’s also an intriguing, Pixies at their most melodic kind of feeling to it. Which begs the question, which Happyness are we going to get on the new EP? We’ll have to wait until the 23rd to find out.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ_dg6Sswvs[/youtube]

 
 
 

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