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Superorganism / March 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo by Jordan Hughes

When you first hear the word “superorganism”, you might think more of a virulent, plague-causing bacterium than a haphazardly-organized yet wildly successful avant garde electro-pop band. But the moniker does fit eight-member international music collective Superorganism, whose “shared house side project” grew organically into something of an internet sensation in 2017. The band have recently announced details of their debut self-titled LP, along with a massive list of worldwide tour dates including stops in the UK and Ireland. ‘Superorganism’ is due out on the 2nd of March via Domino Records and will feature hit track ‘Something for Your M.I.N.D.’ You can watch the band’s promo video for recent single ‘Everybody Wants to be Famous’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. In addition to the list below, Superorganism will play at London’s Jazz Cafe on the 15th of February, and they are scheduled to appear at Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit Festival on the 2nd of June. A full listing of Superorganism’s upcoming live shows, including dates in continental Europe and North America, can be found on the band’s official Web page.

Monday 5th March 2018 – Birmingham Institute 2
Wednesday 7th March 2018 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 8th March 2018 – London Oval Space
Friday 9th March 2018 – Brighton Haunt
Sunday 11th March 2018 – Glasgow CCA
Monday 12th March 2018 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall

 

Video of the Moment #2764: Dream Wife

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Brighton trio Dream Wife are now counting down to the day of the release of their debut album. ‘Dream Wife’ will drop on the 26th of January on Lucky Number Records. To further preview the upcoming long player, they joined forces with Mason London to create a special animated promo for album track ‘Hey Heartbreaker’. It follows ‘Let’s Make Out’, whose promo was “>released last November.

Mason London gave the three lovely ladies their own alternate universe, where they can still rock out, just instead as robots. And as in the group’s past revealed tracks, ‘Hey Heartbreaker’ is a punky guitar number with loads of ‘tude. Watch the animated clip for it below. The trio will be celebrating their album release with a party the night of the 26th of January at London Sebright Arms. For more on Dream Wife here on TGTF, come this way.

 

Bands to Watch #393: The Fernweh

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

For my birthday last November, there was only one place I wanted to spend it in. Liverpool, these days, is famous for many things, including my beloved Liverpool FC and Anfield and having birthed the Titanic. While Manchester tries to shrug off its decades-old connections to Joy Division, the Stone Roses and Baggy, Liverpool revels in its place in popular music for being the birthplace of the Beatles. TGTF used to make regular pilgrimages to Liverpool Sound City when it was still a city festival: that’s where I felt the true heart of the city’s music scene. To be clear, I’m not faulting the organisers for wanting to host larger events to make more profit to pump back into the city. It’s just unfortunate that what used to be a useful proving ground for less-known acts is no longer with us.

Five to seven years ago, I heard first-hand the frustration some young Liverpudlian musicians felt in having to compete with the Fab Four’s long shadow. Today, as we sit looking towards the rest of 2018 to come, I think the music landscape in Britain has changed to reflect the modern turmoil of wars, refugees and uncertainty. A phenomenon we witnessed here in America following 9/11 was a return – or for some people, a mad dash – to eat the comfort food we loved as children, an attempt to recapture our innocence. If the same concept can be applied to music, it isn’t a surprise bands like Sheffield’s High Hazels and The Crookes (now defunct), Sunderland’s Frankie and the Heartstrings and London’s Hidden Charms have tapped into a sound from days gone by that delighted previous generations. And certainly, if you deride the American or UK record charts and their entries written by soulless hit-making teams, looking back when musicians actually wrote their own music seems like a no-brainer.

Liverpool’s latest entry into this growing market is The Fernweh (they don’t even have a Facebook yet), sat somewhere between the folky harmonies of The Mamas and the Papas and The Hollies the bridge between the Byrds’ Sixties psychedelia with that of current day Temples. Unsurprisingly, Fairport Convention’s fourth album ‘Liege and Leaf’ served to bond together The Fernweh’s members and sharpen their resolve to tap into “into an older English soundscape to create something fresh and exciting.” As of last summer, the band had been pretty mysterious, having only played a show in the Wirral, spending the rest of the time in hiding, presumably working on a debut album.

What The Fernweh have so far released to the world sounds magical. The just enough jangly guitars of ‘Next Time Around’ work well against the sweeping vocals. ‘Is This Man Bothering You?’ takes a more aggressive stance with fuzzy guitar and psych reverb. Their debut single, ‘The Liar’, is scheduled for release on the 26th of January, and appropriately on James Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records, a Liverpool indie label invested in doing things the old-fashioned way. It’s important to note that Skeleton Key also released Stockport band Blossoms’ early singles, so it’s not too big of a stretch of the imagination to picture The Fernweh capturing the country’s imagination with their sound.

Make no mistake, The Fernweh’s guitarist Jamie Backhouse is clear in a past interview with Bido Lito about their intent to distance themselves from the comparatively hedonist and lackadaisical English folk movement of the Sixties:

Folk music is often perceived singing about corn dollies and dancing round the maypole. But it’s important that it is relevant. The difference between the big folk revival of the ‘60s compared to now is that was a hopeful, post-war time and it there was a certain Arcadian paradise about it all. We’re posing different questions with the album, so it’s naturally gonna have a slightly darker tinge to it. It’s very much an album about this country. The darkness and violence has always seemed to be very close to the surface. There is a lot of tension and friction. The likes of Shane Meadows and Ken Loach seem to have really captured that and I don’t think all is well in this country. I think it’s an important time for culture to flourish and document the feeling of the time.

Watch this space for more from this exciting band from Merseyside. I, for one, will sure be keeping my eyes and ears out for more from them.

 

TGTF Spotify Playlist: December 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 11:00 am
 

Happy New Year! Before we forge ahead into 2018, we’d like to share our final Spotify playlist of last year, which contains all the music featured here at TGTF in December 2017. Like November’s list, our December playlist is a bit shorter than usual, this time due to us closing up TGTF early at the end of the year. As you might expect, we reviewed a handful holiday singles last month, offered up by Paul Thomas Saunders, Tristen and Elbow.

Aside from the Christmas-themed fare, we also featured a new track from Manchester singer/songwriter Little Sparrow and a rather surprising live acoustic cover of an American punk classic performed by Northern Irish troubadour Ciaran Lavery. Among our album reviews, we highlighted new releases from veteran acts Morrissey and Belle and Sebastian, as well as the recent collaboration between The Staves and yMusic. In early December, editor Mary was in England and caught the Field Music-curated Us vs. Them festival at Leeds Brudenell Social Club and she also wrote an early preview of Live at Leeds 2018. We’ll certainly be previewing more events coming up in 2018, including our annual, multi-post previewing of SXSW 2018.

If you’re looking for an easy way to discover great new music in 2018, do yourself a favour and follow our monthly Spotify playlists. All you have to do is open Spotify, type “spotify:user:tgtftunes” (no quotes) into the search bar, and click the Follow button. To keep up with all our latest features, connect with TGTF on social media via Facebook and Twitter. (And don’t forget, our featured artists love social media follows too!)

 

The Sad Song Co. / February 2018 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Perhaps best known in his role as drummer for Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Nigel Powell is soon to release his fourth solo album as The Sad Song Co. Powell’s new LP, titled ‘Worth’, is due out on the 9th of February, following hot on the heels of his late 2016 release ‘In Amber’. The lead track from ‘Worth’ is called ‘What You Make of It’, and you can decide for yourself “what you make of it” by watching the animated lyric video streaming below.

Just ahead of the album release, Powell and collaborator Jason Moulster will play two supporting shows, one for Frank Turner’s solo gig on the 18th of January at the Tunbridge Wells Forum, and one for El Morgan and The Divers on the 7th of February at Manchester’s Castle. Immediately after the release of ‘Worth’, The Sad Song Co. will play eight headline shows in England, including dates in Bristol and London. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Nigel Powell’s The Sad Song Co. project is right through here.

Saturday 10th February 2018 – Aldershot West End Centre
Sunday 11th February 2018 – Southampton Joiners
Tuesday 13th February 2018 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 14th February 2018 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 15th February 2018 – London Thousand Island
Friday 16th February 2018 – Devizes Lamb
Saturday 17th February 2018 – Oxford Museum of Modern Art
Sunday 18th February 2018 – Tunbridge Wells Forum Basement

 

Video of the Moment #2763: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

In the first decade of the 21st century, New Jersey band Titus Andronicus made their name on their brash, devil-may-care rock sound and equally high octane live shows. As time passed, it became increasingly clear that we were watching a band evolving through the trials and tribulations of life. In 2012, they released ‘Local Business’, their third album that was showcased how good a live band they were. In 2015, ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ was released, a five-act opera representing their most ambitious work to date.

In 2018, they will be bringing out their sixth album, ‘A Productive Cough’, on the 2nd of March on Merge Records. They also will be known as from here on out, following in the footsteps of Prince, ‘[email protected]’, though for ease of writing and to avoid any coding issues, we’ll still be calling them Titus Andronicus here on TGTF. Fully admitting that this new LP will be focussing on ballads, they’ve also announced an all-acoustic tour – their first – seeing singer/songwriter and singer Patrick Stickles performing with pianist Alex Molini. The tour is to begin in Kingston, New York, on the 7th of March following the album’s release.

To preview this unprecedented release, the band have released the promo video for ‘Number One (in New York)’, which they’re calling a trailer of sorts for ‘A Productive Cough’. This promo precedes a longer, much more detailed album ‘making of’ documentary set for release on the 26th of February. It’s an exciting period in [email protected]’s career, and we look forward to hearing the album in full in 2 months’ time. Watch the video for ‘Number One (in New York)’ from Titus Andronicus below. For our past coverage here on TGTF on the mercurial group from New Jersey, follow this link.

 
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