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Live Gig Video: Pale Waves share live performance of ‘Eighteen’ from 2018 show at Manchester Ritz

 
By on Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

The Pale Waves train hasn’t really slowed down at all, has it? The band recently toured with their in real life and labelmate buddies The 1975 from the start of this year. I don’t really get it, but the Manchester indie rock group can play a packed out Ritz in Manchester to loads of adoring fans, so what do I know? If you happen to be in that latter camp, good news, Team Pale Waves. Someone had the good idea to film them performing their single ‘Eighteen’ at that aforementioned Ritz show last September, and the band are now sharing the performance. Watch it below. Past articles on Pale Waves here on TGTF can be read through this link.

 

Live Gig Video: Picture This share live performance video of single ‘One Drink’

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

We first came across Picture This when previewing their appearance at SXSW 2017. They were part of the strong, annual Irish contingent to Austin, chatting to Carrie and appearing at the full Irish breakfast showcase at B.D. Riley’s. A lot has happened to the duo since. That year, they won an RTE Choice Music Prize award for Best Song for ‘Take My Hand’ and released their self-titled album that August. Next month, Picture This will be releasing their sophomore effort on Republic Records. ‘MDRN LV’, presumably pronounced ‘modern love’ but offered up in a more textspeak friendly format, will drop on the 15th of February, rather conveniently timed to be an appropriate post-Valentine’s gift, or perhaps a preorder ahead of Cupid’s big day.

‘One Drink’, the first single taken from the upcoming LP, has already made its mark on both the American Alternative and Hot Adult Contemporary charts. (For another taster, check out the promo for Everything or Nothing’.) With its inherent catchiness, it’s not hard to see or hear why. Last month while I was in hibernation, they revealed a live performance of the song, which I’ve wanted to share for a few weeks. For good measure, I am also including below the original promo video for the song, so completists can compare and contrast the two versions. Watch, enjoy and share how you like. They’re scheduled to go on tour on the Continent in early March, after which they will head to the UK for a string of shows. Following 5 nights (yes, really) at the 3Arena in Dublin at the end of March, the duo and their backing band will then embark on their first major North American tour in mid-April, which starts in Toronto on the 22nd; the tour concludes on the other side of the continent on the 18th of May in Seattle. For all of our past coverage here on TGTF on Picture This, use this link.

 

(Charity!) Live Gig Video: Gang of Youths’ David Le’aupepe plays acoustic version of Ryan Adams’ ‘My Winding Wheel’ for Bedstock 2018

 
By on Wednesday, 12th December 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Bedstock touts itself as “the first and only online music festival”. You may be wondering, what’s the fun in that? It’s got a specific purpose: it’s designed for kids who are too poorly to leave their beds and in solidarity with them, musicians have performed on a bed with limited equipment to help raise money for Children’s Cancer Association and their MyMusicRx program. Many artists you’ll know by name have already shown their support, including UK acts The 1975, Aquilo and Jacob Banks. In the below video filmed during his offstage time at Austin City Limits in October, frontman David Le’aupepe of Aussie band Gang of Youths decided to cover a Ryan Adams’ song, ‘My Winding Wheel’ while sat on a bed with his acoustic guitar. Check it out below. You can donate to Bedstock’s efforts through this link; more on Gang of Youths (a band I knew would blow up big) on TGTF is through here.

 

Live Review: Ignite #004 starring Cara Rose, BETA WAVES, November Lights and Walt Disco at Glasgow St. Luke’s Church – 27th of November 2018

 
By on Monday, 10th December 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

In the ‘dear green place’ live some very dear friends, so it’s no surprise I found myself the day after my birthday at a gig in a church. A “delightful church renovation habit” seems to be a ‘thing’ in Glasgow (see Oran Mor for probably the most feted). St. Luke’s in particular is pretty cool, as it’s adjacent to the Winged Ox bar, named for the fanciful creature the saint has been portrayed as in art. I’d been in here once before, its American feel oddly welcoming. This show was particularly special as it was the fourth in a series of them put on by the artist development project Ignite Scotland funded by Help Musicians UK and PRS Foundation. It was explained to me that acts chosen for these shows are some of Scotland’s best up-and-comers.

In Buchanan yellow tartan, Glaswegian blonde chanteuse Cara Rose (surname Dickson) opened the night with her soulful vocals. Her voice only accompanied by keyboard, the performance recalled the poppier vibes of Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. Turns out that Winehouse, along with Lianne La Havas and Lauryn Hill, are named on her Facebook as her primary influences. ‘No Safe Place’ is “an older song” Rose wrote about the plight of Syrian refugees. As Dickson notes in a sad tone, the sentiment is still as apt as when she first wrote it. Below is an amateur-shot video of the song being performed at St. Luke’s back in August.

‘Ready to Fall’ was a set standout, the staccatoing notes on the keyboard adding a touch of the dramatic while she showed off her impressive vocal range and control. Still, every young girl aspiring to be a singer wants to be the next Adele. Can she set herself apart from the rest of the pack? I’ll be keen on hearing more from her as she progresses.

Cara Rose IGNITE 004 2018

On paper and if judged solely by their stage setup alone, Dundonian duo (say that five times fast) BETA WAVES seemed made for me. Don’t get me wrong: the programmed beats and those played were indeed catchy, providing a needed energetic boost after Cara Rose’s set. I found their New Wave-leaning backing mesmerising. However, I felt the singer/guitarist’s vocals weren’t forceful or bright enough to stand up to the instrumentation.

‘Another Mad Crab’ (DIY promo video above) is their latest and final single to be released this year, and I wish it just had a bit more oomph both live and on recording. Previous single ‘Love Love Love’ fares better live, with a disco beat that’s head-bop worthy and a bit more life vocally. Soldiering on after a delay in start due to a wonky second-hand Macbook, I admire how they didn’t let the technical difficulties faze them.

Beta Waves IGNITE 004 2018

Glasgow via Ayrshire duo November Lights, augmented live by two additional band members, appear to be fully formed. I’m sure it must have taken a lot of time and effort to get to this place, but I had to admit I stood there wondering to myself why they haven’t been featured on BBC Radio 1 yet. The story goes that frontman and keyboardist James Hopkins was a solo artist initially, then tapped friends to put together a band to move forward with his musical vision. The American pop influence is palpable, with Hopkins having a Brandon Flowers’ like presence and charisma.

November Lights IGNITE 004 2018

The anthemic feel of their music bears striking resemblance to the TGTF-tipped Kodaline (check out ‘Talk’ below) and The 1975. Hopkins’ energy as he busted out the dance moves on ‘Pray’ and their other uptempo tunes kept things lively; he looks remarkably like a young Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires. I’m expecting to wake up tomorrow and find out they’ve been signed to a major. I guess you gotta just watch this space.

The band chosen to close the Ignite Scotland show were Glasgow via Perth band Walt Disco, whose name I’m assuming is a Scottish pun on the Mickey Mouse creator. Lead singer James Potter has a theatrical, at times yelpy, at times warbly voice like David Bowie’s (see ‘Sling’ below). Bowie’s influence seems to have seeped into the band’s stage attire, which is proudly androgynous and eclectic. Seriously, how many musicians have you seen walking around with a crushed velvet shirt and golfing trousers?

With squealing guitars and a rhythm section much more muscular than that of the preceding acts, they were a welcome kick in the arse ending. While their off-kilter jangly guitar rock weren’t my cup of tea, I can totally see those looking for something different and willing to break out of the usual genre boxes to enjoy them. I went to a similar kind of young emerging acts’ night this time last year in York and in comparison, this night in Glasgow felt far more electric and better organised. I reckon it speaks to the level of talent and quality of acts that Ignite Scotland can put together a weeknight show like this and have a good turnout.

Walt Disco IGNITE 004 2018

 

Live Gig Video: Childcare perform ‘Man Down (King Kong Shake)’ at Bristol Tobacco Factory

 
By on Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 11:30 am
 

I recently had a conversation with mates in Glasgow that live videos used as promo videos seem like a cop-out to me. Anyone with a bit of money can send a videographer to an arena show and film an audience’s reaction, right? What is far preferable to me are videos specifically intended to capture an intimate experience with a band doing what they do best: performing a song they’ve spent time and effort writing and perfecting. The most recent and best example of this I’ve come across is a recording of Childcare atop the roof of the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, on a sunny day no less. The South London band seem remarkably at home with the rays pouring down on them and next to solar panels. ‘Man Down (King Kong Shake)’ is a new version of a track that appeared on ‘Luckyucker’, their second EP that dropped this summer, and it seems tailor-made for Bristol’s Lacuna Sessions with its slacker-y, downtempo rhythm.

 

Live Gig Video: Hatchie performs ‘Adored’ at Seattle’s Barbarosa

 
By on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Australian dream pop singer/songwriter Hatchie, aka Harriette Pilbeam, has recently released a live video performance of her recent single ‘Adored’, from her show at Barbarosa in Seattle on the 19th of September. Filmed and edited by Trevor Crump, the video captures the essence of the song in live performance, including lighting, sound, and late night ambience. See it for yourself at the bottom of this page. Hatchie’s recently released EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ is available now via Double Double Whammy. Speaking of the song itself, Pilbeam says “‘Adored’ is a song that’s been floating around for a few years now, so I’m really excited it’s finally found its place with this release. I’ve been playing it live since my first show but didn’t feel it fit on either my [previous] EP or album. It’s about always wanting more than what you have, even if it’s perfect.”

Speaking of live performances, those of you on the UK side of the pond can catch Hatchie live at the beginning of next year, when she opens for The Vaccines in January and February 2019. You can find a full listing of Hatchie’s upcoming live dates on her official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Hatchie is right back here.

 
 
 

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