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Live Review: Third Eye Blind at Manchester Academy 2 – 5th November 2015

 
By on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

When you’re a band that’s been around for 22 years, one thing you learn to do is how to put on a show. There’s an art form to it that’s almost as important as creating the music itself. Without the live show, you gain no traction with the fans, both old and new, and it’s this ability that has helped Third Eye Blind survive for this long.

Their current tour is in support of their latest record ‘Dopamine’, which is also their first in 6 years, but there certainly weren’t any cobwebs to be dusted off so to speak. Being introduced with a pounding drum track as the rest of the band took to the stage, frontman Stephan Jenkins finally appeared to a rapturous, almost-sold out crowd. Opening with comeback single ‘Everything is Easy’, the already frenzied audience, their unified fists in the air, were in the palm of Jenkins’ hand.

Jenkins informed us early on in the set that this was actually their first time playing Manchester and in fact they first got attention by major labels and thusly signed because they supported Oasis, Manchester’s favourite sons. Almost a symbolic homecoming of sorts. The end of ‘Rite of Passage’ featured a little teaser of U2’s ‘With or Without You’.

Controversial ballad ‘Slow Motion’ was a clear fan favourite. The song references a student shooting a teacher and was only eventually released on a greatest hits collection and not their second album ‘Blue’ as planned, but it’s clearly a song that hasn’t been lost to its infamy.

Constantly engaging with the crowd, be it through stage talk or hype gestures, Jenkins still has the lead singer-type charisma that very few acts in the modern age have. Splitting his time between guitar-toting frontman and bounding around the stage as a microphone-wielding icon, there was no divide between the band and fans. This is what can make or break a band; making that connection, giving the crowd a role in the show and Jenkins is truly a master of this, continuously checking in and inciting the crowd to “lose your inhibitions”. The encore was when things reached the peak of organised chaos: the obvious track everyone was waiting for and their massive breakout hit ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ was the epic finale we’d hoped it to be and more. Third Eye Blind haven’t lost a single aspect of what made them a success in ’97, and they sure still know how to put on a show.

After the cut: Third Eye Blind’s set list.
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Deaf Havana / November 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Deaf Havana have recently announced a short run of tour dates to follow the release of their recent single ‘Cassiopeia’.  The new track will likely feature on Deaf Havana’s upcoming fourth studio album, which is expected out sometime next year.  You can watch the video for ‘Cassiopeia’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following live dates are available now, except for the already sold out show in Leeds.  You can read TGTF’s previous coverage of Deaf Havana right back this way.

Thursday 19th November 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe (sold out)
Friday 20th November 2015 – Edinburgh La Belle Angele
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Dundee Buskers
Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Monday 23rd November 2015 –London Islington Assembly Hall

[youtube]https://youtu.be/Putm6Xvigns[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Cold Fronts with Heyrocco at Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC – 5th November 2015

 
By on Monday, 9th November 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s always great to get validation from the Real World that a band you saw promise in early on has done well. Take, for example, the headliner last Thursday night at Black Cat Backstage, Cold Fronts. I saw them open for Chicagoans Empires a year ago at DC9, where I thought they were more energetic and made more of a lasting impression than their tour mates.

Fast forward 12 months, and the group from Philadelphia have just released their debut album ‘Forever Whatever’ on Sire Records in the States, a few years after Warner Brothers VP Seymour Stein stumbled upon them at SXSW. (Not to mention my suggestion in my DC9 review of them that they should tour with The Cribs actually came true when the Jarman brothers played three sold out shows in New York back in March.) True to their personality as exhibited the first time I saw them in DC and then during their first visit to Brighton this year for the Great Escape 2015, their debut is a free-wheeling, fun record guaranteed to get you out of your cold weather blues.

Heyrocco Washington live

We missed the first support act, Nashville’s Chrome Pony, instead beginning our night of music with South Carolinan band Heyrocco (yes, their name is all one word and against my good editor sense). Frontman Nathan donned a hot dog costume to take the stage: the conversation starter to end all conversation starters turned out to be a gift from a Halloween reveler at a show during the previous Halloween weekend. The cool thing about Heyrocco’s set was that as it went on, I couldn’t have predicted how it would end. ‘Teenage Movie Soundtrack’ is the name of their debut album out now, described on a press release as “a perfect marriage of grungy angst and bubblegum pop”. They were a great fit to open for Cold Fronts, as both bands have a similar “c’mon on guys, let’s have fun at all costs!” kind of attitude, and they’ve got a poppy edge to their otherwise lo-fi guitar rock (I would think you would have to, with a song titled ‘Mom Jeans’).

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S2Bmd3f5oU[/youtube]

Well, at least some of it anyway. They ended with a loud, jammy hard rock number that really required some headbanging and well, it would have been rude not to, am I right? Having my interest sufficiently piqued and now having listened to the whole album on their Bandcamp, the more intriguing of their tunes to me are those that seem to be channelling Bush, Nirvana and ’90s grunge like single ‘Jake Miller’s House Party’. For those of us who lived through grunge and for those of you who might not have, there’s plenty to like about this band.

Now that the crowd were sufficiently warmed up, Cold Fronts hit the stage in fine form. Despite having been on the road for a while by then and having just come from North Carolina during what frontman Craig Almquist joked was a horrible drive up motorway I-95, they were clearly excited about the recent release of their debut album and getting to play songs from it to their Washington fans. Instead of playing the entirety of the debut – even skipping what I considered their best track at DC9 last year, which turned out to be a crowd toe-tapper in Brighton, too, ‘Hit Me’ – Cold Fronts had the confidence to stick in a few new ones in their set including ‘Number One’, with Almquist saying how eager they were to get back into the studio to lay down more tracks.

Cold Fronts Washington 2015 live

Still, there was plenty to love in their set, no matter at what point in their history you’d become a fan of the band. The charismatic Almquist was stoked to perform ‘Heart Attack’, which he explained was the first song they’d ever written, appearing on their first EP ‘Pretty American’, released in 2012, and the folks down the front obviously knew the tune, shouting and raising their fists in approval. The melodic ‘Catch’ from the new LP, with its emphatic “ah ah ah ahs”, was another stunning crowd pleaser. They ended their set with ‘Energy Waster’: fast-paced with its adept guitars, it reinforced the nice balance Cold Fronts strikes between likeable pop and true rock talent. Nice one, guys.

 

Hidden Charms / November 2015 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 9th November 2015 at 8:00 am
 

London guitar rock quartet Hidden Charms have announced a list of UK tour dates to accompany the release of their upcoming single ‘Love You Cause You’re There’ on the 20th of November.  The new single comes after the band’s recent success with double-sided single ‘Dreaming of Another Girl / Long Way Down’.  Editor Mary recently featured a live version of ‘Dreaming of Another Girl’, and you can hear a stream of both tracks just below the tour date listing.

Hidden Charms will play a warm-up show at Southampton’s Indiependence Festival on the 14th of November before embarking on the following three headline shows.  They will play another series of UK live dates at the end of the month supporting YAK.  A full listing of Hidden Charms’ upcoming tour dates can be found here.  TGTF’s previous coverage of Hidden Charms is right back here.

Monday 16th November 2015 – Manchester Gullivers
Wednesday 18th November 2015 – London Lexington
Thursday 19th November 2015 – Stourbridge River Rooms

 

Interview: Prides chat with Original Penguin on how the ’80s influenced their music

 
By on Friday, 6th November 2015 at 4:30 pm
 

Glaswegian electropop band Prides have been busy bees this year, having released their debut album ‘The Way Back Up’ on Island Records back in July. (Read my review of the LP here.) They’re also currently in the midst of a massive autumn UK and Irish tour to support their debut release; the tour runs through until Thursday the 26th of November in Belfast (my birthday, in case anyone wants to get me anything).

As part of their #PluggedIn60 campaign and as they queried bands including Flyte before them, Prides were asked this summer, after supporting Lucy Rose on the road, about the importance of the electro, hair band-filled ’80s has had on their music. Watch it below.

For all past coverage on Prides on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LTJNFyyr5Q[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Colm Mac Con Iomaire
 performs ‘Bláth’ (Flower) at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City

 
By on Thursday, 5th November 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Back in September, accomplished Irish fiddler from Dublin Colm Mac Con Iomaire played three sold out shows in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. Luckily for those of us who weren’t able to be there, Shane G. Mahon was present to chronicle Colm’s time in the Big Apple with this behind the scenes tour video from his visit to our shores 2 months ago. It’s touching to hear such an evocatively beautiful violin performance soundtrack clips of Mac Con Iomaire performing alongside a piano player, as well as shots of New York by day and by night. Watch the stirring live video below.

We got to know Mac Con Iomaire in Austin at SXSW 2015 this year. He played the full Irish breakfast on the Friday of this year’s festival, where Carrie interviewed him. He has three live dates in the UK and Ireland coming up:

Wednesday 11th November 2015 – London St. Pancras Old Church
Wednesday 9th December 2015 – Belfast Empire Music Hall
Thursday 17th December 2015 – Dublin Vicar Street (with special guest Lisa O’Neill)

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/142443347[/vimeo]

 
 
 

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