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To Kill a King releases charity holiday compilation ‘Ralph’s Balcony – The Collection’ in aid of London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

 
By on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 at 10:00 am
 

London’s To Kill a King – who landed at the #8 position on our readers’ 10 for 2013 poll – have put together a special compilation for the holidays for a great charity.

‘Ralph’s Balcony – The Collection’ was initially conceptualised by lead singer Ralph Pelleymounter as a video series featuring collaborations from the likes of Bastille, Emily Wood, Maud in Cahoots, Holly Walker, Melodica, Melody, and Me, The Title Sequence, Youth Imperial, Professor Penguin, and We Were Evergreen that all took place up on the balcony of his 15th floor Shoreditch flat.

The accompanying album is now available for purchase on their Bandcamp at the price you name. All profits go to London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. As someone who personally spent a lot of her childhood in and out of children’s hospitals, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is one charity worthy of your generosity this holiday season. For a taster, you can watch below the video for track #19, which featured in episode XX of Ralph’s Balcony.

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Bastille / February and March 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 at 9:00 am
 

London’s Bastille have announced a massive UK tour for the end of February through March 2013. Tickets are on sale now.

If you’re wondering why there’s a week’s gap in the middle of March: the band is scheduled to perform at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas. To see the latest list of bands to get a shout, go here.

Thursday 28th February 2013 – Liverpool Academy
Friday 1st March 2013 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Monday 4th March 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 5th March 2013 – Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 7th March 2013 – Southampton Mo Club
Friday 8th March 2013 – Norwich Waterfront
Saturday 9th March 2013 – Birmingham Library
Sunday 10th March 2013 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 21st March 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 22nd March 2013 – Oxford O2 Academy
Saturday 23rd March 2013 – Cardiff Solus
Monday 25th March 2013 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 27th March 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 28th March 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Bushstock Festival 2012 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 14th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

If you’re a music fan, there was a good chance you hit a festival on this past Jubilee weekend. There’s options ranging from Dot to Dot to Field Day and in one corner of west London, there’s Communion’s very own Bushstock. Shepherds Bush lays host to a diverse selection of acts in an even more varied selection of venues. Running is borderline mandatory.

Rae Morris opens the day’s music in an incredibly crowded Defector’s Weld pub. Coming out of an increasingly vibrant singer-songwriter scene in Blackpool (of all places!) her endearing and soulful piano music has seen her tour with Bombay Bicycle Club and even be featured on the most recent series of Skins and this afternoon she wins over any doubters. Her powerful voice over slow piano lines on tracks such as ‘Day One’ prove to be a stunning way to start the day.

Not too long after it’s over to the Shepherds Bar, where the lovely folk at Communion are handing out cupcakes to go with the day’s festivities. All this and Juan Zelada is about to take to the stage. A recent favourite of TGTF, Zelada’s friendly, sun-drenched sounds all the way from Spain make those present forget about the ominous looking clouds approaching London. Complete with live band, Juan brightens up everyone’s spirits with his energetic Nutini-esque tunes.

Following him on stage with a similar band set up, but a different way of using it is Ellen and the Escapades. It’s 21st century folk in its most summery form. Happier and fuller sounding than Marling but (thankfully) more reserved than Mumford, it dances delicately on the line of purist and folk-pop to the point that you’d enjoy it at Wimbledon. It’s not hugely exciting or day changing, but for early evening, it’s enough to keep everyone satisfied.

After a quick dash about Shepherds Bush, it’s underground into the converted public toilets of Ginglik. The room smells of incense and is lit by fairy lights. The stage is relatively bright though, as many would if they were covered in this amount of smoke and as Gabriel and the Hounds take to it, the mood changes greatly. The New Yorker’s sound is dark yet uplifting. Think the xx meeting We Are Augustines and you’ve probably not got anything like this band, but the similarities are there for the taking. Nevertheless, its’ dark down here so it’s off to church!

Tonight’s closing trio all come back to back at St. Stephen’s Church. Starting off are Newcastle’s finest in the form of Lanterns on the Lake. The setting is perfect and they do not disappoint. Playing from last year’s debut record ‘Gracious Tide, Take me Home’, they fill the room with a huge sound creating a thick atmosphere of beautiful music. It’s a standout performance of tracks with slow builds and epic climaxes that left many in the crowded church in a borderline state of comatose for the duration of the half hour set.

To follow this was difficult but the Irish spirit of Fionn Regan surely won him admiration from those present as the church descended further into a state of lucid dreams. Whilst Regan never lived up to Lanterns’ incredible sound, his three record back catalogue is enough to keep his strong and yet somehow intricate sounding tracks in check. It’s another performance that lacks the sucker punch, but given the setting, it more than fits the tone.

Closing the night are Communion and Bushstock favourites Daughter. Elena Tonra’s group is one of calm music performed in both a shy and masterful way as from the off there’s attention to detail in every chord. Whilst the equipment may decide to break at will, Daughter pull through with stories of rum nights and friendly conversation. Crowd favourites ‘Run’ and ‘Landfill’ feature early on and suit their placing as they draw a crowd who’ve opted against other choices around the festival in from the rain. The songs of heartbreak and lost days fill the old building as both crowd and band get into the flow of things and the hour long set seems to go far too quickly. As the last few powerful chords of ‘Home’ break through it’s all over and it’s been beautiful. Managing to catch a few minutes of Bastille en route to the train home; TGTF awakens from sleep and dances to ‘Flaws’ before reflecting on a day that seemed a bit like a strange dream. It wasn’t perfect, but it’ll more than do. Take that, Field Day.

 

Live at Leeds 2012: Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 24th May 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

With the festival season beckoning, the seasonal weather up north has brightened up as some of the brightest upcoming stars look to start their summer crawl on Saturday the 5th of May at Live at Leeds, the same weekend as Camden Crawl and ahead of other upcoming major city festivals. With this 1-day line-up arguably looking stronger than the London weekend this year, it’s difficult to see why you wouldn’t drop up for the day, especially with so many bustling venues in the Leeds city centre within a short walking distance.

Beginning TGTF’s day in the city are Manchester dance band Swiss Lips. Whilst the venue may be difficult to navigate, that may be because it’s rammed in the early afternoon. With indie hit ‘U Got the Power’ having given them some heat, the crowd stay for their infectious breed of ‘sexy pop’ and the band are sure to make some friends with their upcoming debut record.

After this, it’s the atmospheric, but not hugely entertaining iLikeTrains at the O2 Academy. Later, Niki and the Dove also suffer the same fate with a great sound that’s not really matched up front in entertainment. Luckily, there’s so much to see at Live at Leeds that you can never be bored for long. Opening up the Met Uni are Bastille. Their recent mixtape has proved popular with the hundreds that have quickly assembled, and away from their own electropop, the tender vocals of Bastille are the highlight, especially in the cover of City High’s ‘What Would You Do’.

Back at the O2 Academy, Spector flounce about the stage with overly polished indie rock. There’s potential here but the act never really materialises to greater things in the songs, being much more annoying than hoped in the process. This leads to TGTF seeing the end of a powerful Dan Mangan set in Holy Trinity Church followed by a packed show from Lucy Rose. The young singer/songwriter’s music fits perfectly in these surroundings and even the more energetic songs such as ‘Red Face’ sound fitting to her increasingly confident set. With a band behind her, Rose has depth to match her stunning voice and the crowd agree, shh-ing anyone that talks, even in between songs. There’s a muted singalong early on to ‘Middle of the Bed’ and throughout the set there’s a real quality to Lucy Rose’s set that shines in this church. As soon as it starts though, it seems to be over and it’s quickly down to the Cockpit for part one of tonight’s two headliners.

With Ladyhawke making her return to the UK with album two, Lianne La Havas stepping up to the headline mark left by Marina and the Diamonds, there’s a lot of talent on display across the headliners of the festival. TGTF’s route is one of a blend of safety and guaranteed fun in the form of the Subways, followed by Scroobius Pip. First up, the Subways rock out a venue half the size of their most recent tour, making the room sweatier than a sauna and more energetic up-front than most football teams. Blending tracks from all three of their diverse records, noughties classics ‘Rock and Roll Queen’ and “Oh Yeah” fit in with the likes of ‘Shake Shake’ and new single ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ as ‘It’s A Party’ turns lead singer Billy Lunn’s trademark stage dive into a venue-long crowdsurf to the back, up onto the sound-desk and then a dive from 10 feet back down and towards the stage (did you follow that, we nearly didn’t). The man’s got balls, and the Subways still rock.

Closing the night with a set starting long past 11, Scroobius Pip executes a well thought out and powerful set of his solo material to the underground venue. Even without B Dolan by his side on tour, Pip’s tracks have venom and everyone present joins in with every lyric from last year’s record. There’s crowd surfing, huge men bashing each other about and one man with an MCA-stolen VW badge on his necklace up front leading the events. It’s a fitting way to end the night, and TGTF can’t help but feel that the right decisions were made. It’s going to be a bright summer for so many of the artists on the bill at Live at Leeds, there’s no doubt about that, but definitely watch out for the likes of Lucy Rose and Swiss Lips, and by no means underestimate those who’ve been around the block.

 
 
 

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