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Video of the Moment #2888: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Earlier this summer, The Twilight Sad returned with the haunting single ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’. You can read my review of the Scots’ new track through this link. The song’s accompanying promo is a disorientating mix of VHS camcorder clips. It’s like the memories buried in our minds, the kind we can’t fully remember and all that’s left are fuzzy bits. In the context of the song, you are left to contemplate, is the reason why these memories are fuzzy because we don’t want to remember? Is it part of the self-loathing that we wish to forget? Food for thought. ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’ is now available from Mogwai’s label Rock Action Records. To catch all of TGTF’s past coverage on The Twilight Sad, use this link.

 

Single Review: Anteros – Call Your Mother

 
By on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Female-fronted bands seem like an endangered species, so when you are lucky enough to come across one you really have to cross your fingers that their music is successful and worth listening to. Thankfully, four-piece band Anteros show they have the goods in recently released new single ‘Call Your Mother’. The band’s newest tune is a pop hit with a rock edge of loud, punchy guitars and a standout chorus, making the song super catchy, something that has been missing from earlier releases such as ‘Cherry Drop’ or ‘On the Moon’.

The tranquillity of the opening seconds of ‘Call Your Mother’ is unusual for a song with so much energy. However, this works to accent the snappy introduction of the bass and drums, creating an unexpected moment to the track. This unexpectedness is echoed in the short verses throughout the song. Instead of repeating themselves, the chorus kicks in straight after, taking us by surprise. Sudden transitions like could easily lead the song to become fragmented and disrupted, but they are a welcome change that keeps the song fast-paced and exciting, causing the 3 minutes and 15 seconds to go exceptionally quickly.

Accompaniment-wise, ‘Call Your Mother’ is pretty full on: there being several layers of guitars, all with different riffs and chord patterns, creating a full, loud, powerful texture. This contrasts in Laura Hayden’s softer vocals, which are also unexpected when placed with accompaniment that could so easily overpower them. Despite this, the two work well together. Although Hayden almost blends into the background, the treatment feels deliberate, as if she was an instrument herself. This blending of the hardness of the rock instrumentation and the softness of the pop vocals bring something unique to the pop scene. ‘Call your Mother’ is a single bursting with energy and little surprises that make this a song you could listen to over and over.

8/10

‘Call Your Mother’ is out now on Distiller Records. You can see Anteros live at HOYfest in Cardiff 29–30 September or on their UK tour beginning the 10th of October. For more information, visit their official Web site. To read our past coverage on Anteros, go here.

 

Jealous of the Birds / September, October, and November 2018 English/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Northern Irish singer/songwriter Jealous of the Birds, aka Naomi Hamilton, will play a run of shows this autumn in England and Ireland, following the recent release of her EP ‘The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep’. The EP includes reworkings of several tracks from Jealous of the Birds’ debut full length album ‘Parma Violets’, including one particularly charming song called ‘Tonight I Feel Like Kafka’. You can watch Hamilton and her band play an acoustic version of the song just below the tour date listing.

Late September and October will find Hamilton and company playing shows in Dublin, and the English leg of the tour will take place in mid-November. Tickets for the following shows are available now. You can find TGTF’s past coverage of Jealous of the Birds right through here.

Thursday 27th September 2018 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Sunday 14th October 2018 – Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Monday 12th November 2018 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Tuesday 13th November 2018 – Nottingham Chameleon Arts Cafe
Wednesday 14th November 2018 – Manchester Yes Pink Room
Thursday 15th November 2018 – London Islington

 

Video of the Moment #2887: Villagers

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Next month will see the release of Conor J. O’Brien’s fourth album as Villagers. ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’ makes its debut to the wild on the 21st of September on Domino Records. It follows ‘Darling Arithmetic’ from 2 years ago; read Carrie’s review through here. Single ‘Fool’ is a great taste of the upcoming LP, and it’s accompanied by a video from Irish director Bob Gallagher, often chosen by artists for his quirky treatments of their musical material.

Gallagher says of it, “The video is a surreal take on a marriage proposal, which is the ultimate gambit in love. The scenario pushes how much Conor’s character is willing to overlook his partner’s shortcomings, and convince himself that everything is fine. You could call it foolishness but you could also consider it a kind of optimism, striving to see the best in a situation.” In the video, O’Brien is a cringe-worthy would-be proposing suitor, singing the schmaltzy words, “So here is my bleeding heart / Will you be my falling star? / Will you take the pain away?” This version of Villagers reminds me of his earlier tracks and simpler days. Watch the video for ‘Fool’ below. For all of our coverage on Villagers here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2886: We Were Promised Jetpacks

 
By on Wednesday, 29th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks are returning next month with a new album. An early taster proves they haven’t lost their touch, and they’ll be back and louder than ever. ‘Repeating Patterns’, part of a collection that has been 4 years in the making, shows off its fine guitar work that’s slightly less chaotic and vocals from Adam Thompson that are slightly less shouty.

Coupled with finger puppets that look like rejects from Sesame Street, there’s an endearing feel to the single’s promo video that add to the track’s intrigue. Watch and listen to ‘Repeating Patterns’ below. Stay tuned for ‘The More I Sleep the Less I Dream’, which drops on Big Scary Monsters on the 14th of September. They’ll be on tour in North American in September and October, followed by dates in the UK and Europe in November and December 2018. To read our past coverage on We Were Promised Jetpacks over the years, go here.

 

Album Review: Bang Bang Romeo – Shame on You EP

 
By on Wednesday, 29th August 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Bang Bang Romeo Shame on You EP album coverLast week, the world of soul lost one of its most prominent sisters, Aretha Franklin. The same week in August also welcomed in the debut release from a band fronted by a woman who may step in and nab the moniker of ‘Queen of Soul’ one day. Doncaster may be a long way from Detroit, but Bang Bang Romeo are also not your average rock band.

The strong songs on their ‘Shame on You’ EP demonstrate the powerful vocals of Anastasia Walker and booming instrumentation by Ross Cameron and Richard Gartland, albeit presented with a Los Angeles sheen. The record starts (sorry in advance for the pun) with a bang with the title track. ‘Shame on You’ benefits from Walker’s forceful delivery and the track’s emphatic percussive beats. Are lust and desire good or bad? How about wanting things we can’t have? From the mental confusion of ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’ (I think) when it comes to love and lust, we move swiftly on to the driving ‘Cemetery’.

As if to prove their chops, Bang Bang Romeo slow things down immediately after with ‘Adore Me’. Walker’s soaring vocals make this tune a winner; dripping with its stated “bittersweet” emotions, she repeatedly asks, “do you adore me?” This is their stadium moment: the song builds towards a commanding crescendo, Walker holding court comfortably with her voice at its figurative peak. On ‘Bag of Bones’, Walker confronts self-esteem and body images: “I’ve got a wicked soul / still my heart can bleed / I’m so much more / I’ve got a bag of bones”. It’s an anthem not just for young girls but for all of us, a stern, arse-kicking reminder that we’re more than the skin we find ourselves in.

The collection ends on a blistering note, with another stadium-sized track ‘Chemical’. Previously released as their debut single last year, it bears the line “it’s much more when it comes, like a hurricane gunning for war”. The song caps off an exemplary set of songs; like a series of fireworks, the ‘Shame on You’ EP writes high in the sky of Bang Bang Romeo’s ascending potential.

9/10

The ‘Shame on You’ EP from Bang Bang Romeo is out now from Eleven Seven Label Group. The video below is a year old, but it proves that even before American A&R bods got a hold of them, they had loads of talent.

 
 
 

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