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Frankie and the Heartstrings / July 2015 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 6th July 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Sunderland’s Frankie and the Heartstrings – now with a new line-up since the release of 2013’s ‘The Days Run Away’ – have announced a series of live appearances this month to celebrate the release of their third and latest album. ‘Decency’ sees the light of day this Friday, the 10th of July, on the band’s own Pop Sex Ltd. and can be preordered now from Wichita Records.

Friday 10th July 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Newcastle Reflex Records (in-store appearance)
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Sunderland Pop Rec Ltd. (in-store appearance)
Sunday 12th July 2015 – Nottingham Rough Trade Records (in-store appearance)
Tuesday 14th July 2015 – London Hackney Oslo
Wednesday 15th July 2015 – Bristol Rise Records (in-store appearance)
Thursday 16th July 2015 – Kingston Banquet Records (in-store appearance)
Thursday 16th July 2015 – Kingston New Slang

 

Video(s) of the Moment #1844: The Libertines

 
By on Saturday, 4th July 2015 at 10:00 am
 

The Libertines‘ story is one known by many, and those of us who do know it assumed we would never see them ever play together again, mostly owing the co-frontman Pete Doherty’s continuing drug problems and erratic behaviour. Even when the band reunited for a series of shows and Reading and Leeds in 2010, I just assumed those were one offs and merely for the money and nostalgia. So when it was revealed in late 2014 that the original four members of the band – Doherty, Carl Barat (who had been moonlighting with his new band Carl Barat and the Jackals), bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell – had signed a record deal with Virgin EMI and they would record it out in Thailand where Doherty had been receiving treatment in rehab, it appeared a new, exciting chapter for the Libertines was about to begin.

And it has. Foo Fighters‘ Glastonbury 2015 cancellation after Dave Grohl broke his leg at a gig in Gothenburg, Sweden earlier in June left a headliner-sized hole in the Friday night line-up. This allowed for the Libertines to be a last-minute, super secret guest for the night, wowing surprised crowds with old classics and new songs. Below, watch them perform their hit ‘Don’t Look Back into the Sun’; incidentally, it was one of the first songs I ever learned on bass, so it’s an important one to me.

One of the new songs that premiered not at Glasto 2015 but earlier at Holland’s Best Kept Secret was ‘Gunga Din’, which now has a promo video. The bromance between Pete and Carl is back and better than ever, it seems! Watch it below.

‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’, the long-awaited third album from the reunited Libertines, will be released on the 4th of September on Virgin EMI.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lFvAmyO-0[/youtube]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEf27xuYcw4[/youtube]

 

WIN / Weekend festival and camping tickets to Beat-Herder Festival 2015

 
By on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Following on from our ticket giveaway last month to Soundwave Croatia 2015, we’ve been offered another pair to another great music festival this summer, and we can’t wait to award them to a lucky TGTF reader!

Beat-herder Festival is a festival in Sawley, Lancashire, nestled in the idyllic confines of Dockber Farm. In the past 9 years, they’ve brought all manners of electronic, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass, folk, psych rock and anything in between to their delighted punters, and in its 10th year in 2015, they will be continuing that trend at the event taking place 17-19 July 2015. High up on this year’s bill are electro stalwarts Basement Jaxx (pictured at top), DJ Erol Alkan and Neil Barnes aka Leftfield (who has just released the amazing ‘Alternative Light Source’). For those of you who are more rock inclined, ’90s indie rockers The Levellers will raise a smile, as will Martha Reeves and the Vandellas for those of you nostalgic for a bit of ’60s doo wop (and let’s face it, their song ‘(Love is Like a) Heat Wave’ would be really appropriate right about now).

For this contest, we’ve been given a pair of weekend and camping tickets, which would set you back about £295 before fees if you bought the tickets today from Ticketline. So this is a very sweet prize. And I bet you’re wondering, how do I get my little mitts on these tickets? Stay calm and follow all the directions as outlined below!

First, we’d like you to please give us your full name and email address. Second, tell us which act on the line-up you’re most excited to see at Beat-Herder, and why. (We want to be sure you’re keen enough on coming along that you’ve taken the time to study the line-up poster, naturally!) I’ll have read through all the entries and choose the best one. This is almost too easy, yeah? Just be sure your entry is in to us before noontime Monday 6 July, as that’s when we’re closing the contest. Good luck!

Please note: this contest is only for tickets for entrance to the festival and does not include travel or accommodation, though the camping fee will be included. So please only enter if you will be able to make your own to the festival site if you win. For a feel of what Beat-Herder has to offer, watch the promotional video from 2014 under the entry form.

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DZqfK54nqs[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Foy Vance with Ryan McMullan at Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ, 24th June 2015

 
By on Wednesday, 1st July 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

Last Wednesday night found me once again westbound on Interstate 10 to Phoenix, this time to see Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance at the downtown Valley Bar. I was headed to a new venue, but the road was familiar and so was the headline artist, whom I’d seen twice before, once in the cozy Washington DC area venue Jammin’ Java and once in a rather uncomfortable stadium-sized atmosphere in Atlanta, where he opened for Ed Sheeran.  Vance spent May and early June this year again gracing American stages with the ginger-haired pop phenom, parting company with his friend and colleague to headline a handful of dates across the southern half of the U.S. before heading back across the pond. Phoenix was fortunate enough to host one of these more intimate shows, with Vance accompanied by fellow Northern Irish singer Ryan McMullan.

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McMullan’s Ulster accent was immediately apparent as he introduced himself to the small Valley Bar crowd, but over the course of his set, we were regaled with songs of a decidedly American inclination. He engaged us immediately with opening track ‘Listen’ from his soulful blues rock-flavoured EP of the same title. McMullan interspersed the four tracks from that EP with his appealing debut single ‘Mary’, a peppy cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and a rather quaint traditional American Creole song called ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’, most famously recorded by Northern Irish traditional folk musician Paul Brady.  In the fashion of a more seasoned performer, McMullan saved his most impressive moment for last, giving a scorching performance of ‘Holding Me Down’, which in live performance smashed through the relative restraint of the studio version below.

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

And then, after a brief interlude, the Valley Bar congregation were ready to receive the gospel according to Foy Vance. Taking his position behind the pulpit, er, piano, Vance quickly made himself comfortable and began not to sing but instead to speak. Before diving headlong into a set of new songs, Vance asked us to keep our phones and cameras put away, both so that we could enjoy being in the present moment with him and to avoid having “shit versions” of the new songs going up on YouTube before they could be properly recorded and released. I cringed internally, because this request always strikes me as overly precious, no matter how many times I hear it.

However, on this particular night, in this particular setting, Vance genuinely practised what he preached, quite literally losing himself in a seamless sequence of five opening tracks, including four new songs and the already popular anthem ‘Closed Hand, Full of Friends’. Among the new songs were a gorgeous ode to the city of London and a blistering blues guitar number played later in the show, both of which have enormous potential for a possible future studio recording.

Foy bow

Speaking of the guitar, Vance switched instruments and gears for the second half of the show, picking up the pace with a few familiar tunes from his 2013 album ‘Joy of Nothing’, as well as recent hit ‘Make It Rain’ and a track from his 2007 LP ‘Hope’ called ‘Doesn’t Take a Whole Day’, which turned out to be among the more charming moments in the set. Not content with his own array of songs, Vance also burned through a mind-boggling run of covers late in the show, including Van Morrison’s ‘Crazy Love’, Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and a version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m on Fire’ that can be best described as orgasmic. While Vance’s younger Ed Sheeran-influenced fans might have lost interest at this point in the show, for those of us who recognized the original songs, Vance’s display of musical prowess here was nothing short of spectacular.

Rather than insisting on a proper encore, Vance took only a brief moment off stage before declaring to eager applause, “I want to keep playing, shall we just get on with it?” As the clock approached midnight, Vance wrapped up the evening with ‘At Least My Heart Was Open’ and the by now customary singalong ‘Guiding Light’, which saw McMullan reappear for a brief cameo before the flock of Foy Vance faithful reluctantly called it a night.

Guiding Light

Foy Vance will play the Barn on the Farm Festival in Gloucester on the 4th of July and Ireland’s Indiependence Music Festival in Cork on the 2nd of August. He will support Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium on the 10th of July as well as joining Sheeran’s Australian tour in November and December. While in Australia, Vance will also play a support slot for Elton John in Brisbane on the 8th of December. You can find a complete list of live dates and ticket information on Vance’s official Web site.

Previous TGTF coverage of Foy Vance can be found right back here.

 

Live Gig Video: follow Honeyblood across London for their Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING flash tour on World Music Day

 
By on Tuesday, 30th June 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

This year, on the 21st of June (aka World Music Day), Scottish rock duo Honeyblood spent the day doing a ‘flash tour’ of London as part of the Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING campaign. Over the course of their 10 hours in the British capital city, they performed four gigs, in Camden (The Hawley Arms), on Denmark Street (Wanjo Guitars), a skatepark in South Bank and in Peckham (Bussey Bar). You can watch a sneak peek into all the action of the day in the video below.

Keen on reading more on Honeyblood on TGTF? Follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y82Wgxf6Dg8[/youtube]

 

Dr. Martens #standforsomething UK Tour / September, October and November 2015

 
By on Monday, 29th June 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Dr. Martens has just announced Dutch Uncles, Palma Violets and Lonely the Brave as the first three headliners on its Stand for Something Tour 2015.  As in the past, this year’s Stand for Something Tour will once again feature six shows in six different cities, each headlined by a different up and coming band.  Though the headliners for the remaining 3 nights of the tour are yet to be announced, we at TGTF would like to take the opportunity to preview the three bands already lined up to play.

Dutch Uncles, pictured in the header photo at top, released their most recent album back in February, the third in their discography titled ‘O Shudder’.  They will appear at Tramlines, Kendal Calling, and Festival Number 6 later this summer before headlining the Glasgow Stand for Something show on the 26th of September.  They will spend this November on tour in Europe and the UK with Garbage.  When asked by the promoters of the Dr. Martens tour what Dutch Uncles stand for, the band responded in a very literal, yet humourous way: “Determinedly Underrated Tricky Choruses Housed in Uncompromisingly Natured Cadenzas and Listened to Enduringly, Sort of.”  Previous TGTF coverage of Dutch Uncles is right this way.

Palma Violets by Ed Miles

London’s Palma Violets have already had a bustling 2015, headlining the NME Awards Tour in February and March, then releasing their second LP ‘Danger in the Club’ in May.  Their summer vacation plans include the ongoing Glastonbury Festival, as well as T in the Park and Reading and Leeds. They will headline the Dr. Martens show on the 10th of October in Norwich before heading out on selected tour dates with The Vaccines in November.  For our previous coverage of Palma Violets, click here.

Lonely the Brave

Moving forward from their support slot on last year’s Stand for Something Tour, Cambridge quintet Lonely the Brave will headline the show on the 7th of November in Belfast.  They have just released a new version of their debut album ‘The Day’s War’, which they have dubbed the ‘Victory Edition’.  The new release includes remixes and live versions from the original album as well as 12 previously unreleased tracks.  Building upon their already substantial fan base, Lonely the Brave will play summer festival dates at T in the Park and Reading and Leeds ahead of the Dr. Martens tour.  Our previous coverage of Lonely the Brave is right back here.

Following are the announced dates, venues, and headline acts for the Stand for Something Tour 2015.  Check the Dr. Martens Web site for updated information as the live dates approach.

Saturday 26th September 2015 – Glasgow Nice ‘n’ Sleazy starring Dutch Uncles
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Norwich Owl Sanctuary starring Palma Violets (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social ClubTwin Atlantic (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Belfast Limelight starring Lonely the Brave
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Sheffield CorporationThe Wytches (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
Saturday 28th November 2015 – London Our Black HeartBury Tomorrow (sold out as of 17/09/2015)

 
 
 

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