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Live Gig Video: Chew Lips perform single ‘Hurricane’ in a Hamburg bike shop at Reeperbahn Festival 2012

 
By on Thursday, 4th October 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Chew Lips – singer Tigs and multi-instrumentalist James Watkins – were in Hamburg last month for the city’s Reeperbahn Festival. While they were over, they filmed this performance of their current single ‘Hurricane’ (Video of the Moment here) in a bike shop. Watch it below. The acoustics in this shop are amazing, showcasing Tigs’ great vocals.

The band will be playing a few dates in November and December; you’ll see them under the video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JdZRMr9ipk[/youtube]

Saturday 17th November 2012 – Oxford Academy
Friday 30th November 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Saturday 1st December 2012 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 5th December 2012 – London Birthdays

 

Video of the Moment #920: Chew Lips

 
By on Saturday, 11th August 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Sorry for the delay on posting the new Chew Lips video; I couldn’t watch the original VEVO as it was UK only (blasted country restrictions) but now I can see it and now I’m sure all of you can see it too.

For new single ‘Hurricane’ out on the 3rd of September on the band’s own label Family Records, part of a new deal with Sony Music. The song is sexy, sassy and just what I needed when I heard them play it live at Liverpool Sound City in May. I like this song as much as singer Tigs likes her Dijon mustard. (I think.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPrepVjkVrw[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #566: Chew Lips

 
By on Friday, 22nd June 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Here’s a remix of Chew Lips‘ new single ‘Do You Chew?’, by young Polish producer Lieke. Listen to and download it below.

 

Liverpool Sound City 2012: Day 1 Gig Roundup

 
By on Friday, 8th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Of the nights TGTF was not hosting a stage, Thursday night at Sound City was the most stellar. After the Taiwan reception at the Hilton, I consumed a high calorie pub dinner full of fried food (yes, I was hungry) and getting chatted up by an LFC supporter drinking wine at the bar. (Search me. What is it with Northerners, why am I always chatted up in the North?). A PR friend and I went searching for the Academy of Arts; my goal was to get to the Mystery Jets set on time. Liverpool is not a big city. Not really sure how we got lost; I’m going with “everything looks different at night” as my story.

We honestly were directed to the wrong entrance to the venue; during the early evening hours, the Screenadelica film showcase area was also playing host to bands, so we entered the building on the Screenadelica side. Suddenly my friend jerks my shoulder – while I was trying to put on my earplugs, so god only knows where the case went – and I can hear ‘Half in Love with Elizabeth’ from behind a really heavy and really dark curtain. In all my time of blogging, I’ve never gone to a gig through the backstage, either on purpose or by accident. Check that off my list, because now I can say I’ve arrived to a gig in that exact way.

To my knowledge, Mystery Jets have never played a headlining gig in Washington. So after getting shut out of Brighton Corn Exchange the previous week at the Great Escape in Brighton, no way was I missing this. I got my camera out just in time for the beginning of ‘Greatest Hits’, which in my opinion should be the next single off ‘Radlands’ (album review here) because it sounds like classic Mystery Jets. (We’ll see about that…) After I fired off quite a few shots, I decided to hang back and just absorb. Part of me couldn’t believe I was within an arm’s length of both Blaine Harrison and William Rees (drummer Kapil Trivedi was in the stage right back corner, which made photographing him difficult). And there they were.

I think I finally realised the gravity of the situation when they played ‘Serotonin’: despite my insistence to my mother, there is nothing like the feeling of being in the middle of a gig, the instrumentation vibrating across your ribs, the words coming out of the speakers and laying right in your ears. Sorry to anyone who was annoyed but ‘Serotonin’ will probably stand as one of the pivotal albums of my career and life in music, so naturally in terms of singing along, I went for it. A little disappointingly, the band didn’t seem as animated as I had expected, though musicianship-wise, they were peerless.

Surprisingly, I was never called back (or barked at, as is the case at SXSW) by security to leave, so I just stayed in the photo pit, enjoying my first-ever Mystery Jets spectacle. I know I’ll never get a completely brilliant experience like that ever again. Other new songs like title track ‘Radlands’, ‘Sister Everett’ and ‘Lost in Austin’, while they didn’t fall flat, just couldn’t stand up to the great Mystery Jets legacy that has built up over the years. I completely appreciate and respect their desire to break out of their mold and do something different, but I think ‘Radlands’ is just too left field for most long-time fans. ‘Two Doors Down’ (video below) had a huge fan response, as did ‘Serotonin’ showstopper ‘Show Me the Light’ and set closer ‘Behind the Bunhouse’ (videos to come on TGTF soon).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnu5hvSVelQ[/youtube]

A handy thing about most venues for Sound City generally: the venues are pretty close together. I literally walked across a small square to get to the Red Bull Studios at the Garage, which looked like an actual garage. I caught the last third of Stealing Sheep’s set; Martin had covered them in Newcastle opening for Field Music back in February. Maybe it was the sound levels but I had come expecting a ‘folky’ sound but instead got loud and brash rock, with the brashness best physically exemplified by the drummer’s very bright and heavily sequined shirt. The harmonies were a bit lost in the mix in the songs I heard, and maybe this was the place was so big, each member was so far away from the next on the massive stage. But there’s nothing like watching a band having the time of their lives. Below is some video from the Von Pip Musical Express from their performance.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz0-0snEoLo[/youtube]

Truth be told, on this stage I was most excited to was to be up next. When I first joined up as USA Editor of TGTF, we were right in the middle of a campaign with the now defunct Radar Maker for a French label I’d never heard of. In the ensuing weeks and months, I became very familiar with the then little-known bands they were hawking around the UK circuit, bands who would soon figure significantly in my blogging career: La Roux, Two Door Cinema Club, Delphic and some touring mates of Delphic’s, electronic duo Chew Lips.

It seems almost like ‘going home’ to be talking about Kitsune because out of all the labels and people we’ve had the pleasure to work with on TGTF over the years, I am proudest of our early promotion of their bands not just because I cut my blogging teeth on Kitsune, I’m sure at the beginning, it was tough going for Gildas Loaec and his crew to break out of the Parisian scene and get his bands played elsewhere. That man has quite the ear for talent and thanks to him we’ve got many acts that I imagine will continue to thrive in the years to come.

Chew Lips’ ‘Unicorn’ in 2010 was an acclaimed album, so now we’re looking to single ‘Do You Chew?’ (video below) to be a harbinger of things to come with their next album due out later this year. I’m so used to seeing press photos of lead singer Tigs with blonde hair, I was in for a bit of a shock when she arrived onstage…brunette. She commands the stage with ease, using her deep voice; what started as a paltry and rather embarrassing showing of punters quickly grew as their set wore on, no doubt mesmerised by what was going onstage. As some friends had suggested to me previously, yes, there is something very sexual about her performance.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0da7oqQcvc[/youtube]

But hey, I’m there for the music – or maybe the riffs of James Watkins instead! – but I now understand what people have said. ‘Salt Air’, a song I immediately latched on to when we were given the green light to give the Plastician remix of it, sounded amazing, as did songs like ‘Slick’ and ‘Gold Key’. Several new songs like ‘Hurricane’, ‘Rain’, and ‘Speed’, as part of the Tigs-described “99 percent a love album”, sound brilliant live. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing when it’s finally released. Maybe this time I’ll get a chance to see Chew Lips on my side of the pond instead of waiting another 3 years for another chance!

It should come as no surprise that I would hang around for Django Django. After the Blind Tiger human oven incident at the Great Escape, I welcomed being able to see the band and being able to breathe at the same time. (Thanks Liverpool.) I was so disappointed they weren’t wearing the Planet Cheeto outfits! But unlike the unfortunate placement at the tiny Blind Tiger club in Brighton, the Garage was a huge place for them to play to, and punters eagerly filled in to hear what I predict will be the most talked about band come the end of this year’s festival season.

While the massive stage proved to be a problem for Stealing Sheep, the four chaps of Django Django bridged this distance with no problem, with singer Vincent Neff assuming a position at the back at one point to play an enormous tambourine. This is a band that doesn’t do anything on a small scale, so if you’ve had the chance to see them in a small club, (I’m not including Blind Tiger!), consider yourself lucky.

And thus concludes the Thursday night of Sound City. If you’re wondering why I ended so early (around 1 in the morning), it’s because John and I had a big day ahead of us on Friday, when we played host to a Sound City stage of our own. Stay tuned…

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #545: Chew Lips

 
By on Monday, 21st May 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Chew Lips are giving away ‘Do You Chew?’, the first single from their upcoming album. Listen to and download it below, and when you’re through with that, you can watch the new promo video for the song too.

Coming soon on TGTF will be a review of Chew Lips’ appearance at day 1 of Liverpool Sound City. Stay tuned!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3xb04VW6iQ[/youtube]

 

Live Review: We Are Scientists at Oxford O2 Academy – Friday 25th June 2010

 
By on Sunday, 27th June 2010 at 7:43 pm
 

Sometimes with a band as quirky and fun as We Are Scientists they run out of energy after their first album. However, like a fine wine, our favourite Scientists seem to have gotten only better with age.

Playing to a sold out sweltering O2 Academy in Oxford they were the perfect end to a rather strange week for me and were on absolute top form. Opening up was The Whigs, who seemed to have Animal from The Muppets as their drummer, and certainly warmed up the roasting crowd with their garage rock.

Chew Lips seemed on paper to be a rather bizarre choice of opener – electro dance pop vs WAS’ rock, but they went down a treat, lead singer Tigs clearly having a ball. Keith made a quick cameo to throw ice cubes during “Solo”, and certainly affirmed the Friday night party feeling.

Surprisingly quickly 9:20 rolled around and on jogged Keith Murray and Chris Cain, the duo we know better as We Are Scientists. Their new stuff from “Barbara” mixed perfectly with their older classics and by the end of the set the whole crowd

The between song banter was as hilarious as ever – what should have been a 70 minute set turned into a 100 minute epic thanks to discussions about the Styrofoam head that was thrown on stage in the first song (sans ears and nose rather bizarrely), the request to have a hot chocolate mid set (“’cos we like to break the rules and be pioneers…”), and pawning babies for The Whigs’ CD. Yes, it really was that surreal.

Older anthems such as “The Great Escape” and “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” got the best reception (as you’d expect), but the newer stuff got some pretty impressive sing-alongs going too. The majority of the material came from latest effort “Barbara” and breakthrough “With Love and Squalor”, less from “Brain Thrust Mastery”.

The one slow(ish) moment of the set, new one “Pittsburgh” with roars of “All we want is to be together / all we want is to sleep together” echoing around the sweaty Academy – possibly one of the strongest songs on the new album that won’t be a single.

We collectively managed to confuse the Scientists with a chant of “118” (regarding their drummer who looked suspiciously like the adverts’ moustachioed stars), but like professional comedians they dealt with the chanting with typical aplomb, joking that we were “talking in code”.

Can’t Win closed the main set, culminating with Chris being dragged off by his feet by Keith, before they did the obligatory encore. Commenting that Oxford’s Zodiac was the scene of their first ever UK show (supporting Editors, in what is now the O2 Academy 2), they seemed kind of amazed at the support the sold out Academy gave them.

Closing off the encore with “After Hours” and joined by The Whigs and Chew Lips, it was clear that they’d had a massive ball on this tour – what a modern day rock tour should be – great tunes, dancing, amazing sing-alongs and all-round comedy. Brilliant.

 
 
 

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