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Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2018

 
By on Monday, 19th February 2018 at 11:00 am
 

The newest installment of Liverpool Sound City will see the Merseyside event split the difference between its physically isolating docklands location with open air stages of the last 3 years and its spiritual origins as a city festival. The festivities of Sound City 2018 will move to multiple venues in the Baltic Triangle, an excellent decision in my opinion, and will take place the first May bank holiday, 5-6 May. A few weeks ago, the festival announced their lineup, but I’ve only now gotten around to taking a closer look at all the names. It’s pretty awe-inspiring.

Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s (pictured at top), who wowed me and many other punters at SXSW 2016, are no strangers to UK festivals, having already made the rounds the last 2 years. They’ll have travelled a long way for the honour of headlining Saturday night, so I’m expecting them to pull out all the stops. The Sydneysiders are gearing up to release new album ‘For Now’ on the 27th of April, before appearing in Liverpool. Birmingham’s Peace, Sunday night’s headline act, will be celebrating the release of new album ‘Kindness is the New Rock and Roll’ 2 days prior on Ignition Records. Check out the video for ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ from the LP below; the newest album taster from the band, ‘Power’, can be streamed on Spotify. For mainstream rock fans, their performance will no doubt be a wonderful way to cap off a bank holiday weekend. Incidentally, in case you missed it, Peace have also been announced as co-headliner at Live at Leeds 2018 the day before. They’re on equal footing at that event in North Yorkshire with Liverpool’s own Circa Waves, who are oddly and conspicuously missing from the Sound City lineup.

Upon closer inspection of the rest of the festival poster, many names will be familiar to you TGTF readers. IDLES (England), Picture This (Ireland), Billie Marten (England), Airways (England), The Academic (Ireland) and Indoor Pets (England; formerly Get Inuit) have all had their own closeups at past SXSWs. Dermot Kennedy (Ireland), Sam Fender (England), Husky Loops (London via Bologna), Otzeki (England), The RPMs (England) and Superorganism (their members hailing from several different European countries) will have their chance to shine in Austin next month ahead of appearing at this year’s Sound City. Other amazing acts scheduled to appear include The Orielles, who we discovered at the 2013 edition of Sound City and who just released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last Friday on Heavenly Recordings; Baxter Dury; Black Honey; JAWS; Matt Maltese and Paris Youth Foundation.

Of course, there are so many other bands performing at the event and even more yet to be announced. Now that Sound City have smartly reconsidered their format, turning it back into a club-centric festival, the 2018 edition is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the best music cities in the UK and discover some new favourites. Single day tickets to Liverpool Sound City are available for £29.50. For £55, you can snag a weekend ticket. Get your official tickets through this link. To read all of our coverage on Liverpool Sound City from past years, go here.

 

Live Gig Video: DMA’s cover Cher’s ‘Believe’ for triple j

 
By on Tuesday, 1st November 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

In case you somehow missed this in their history, hip Australian radio station triple j has an amazing feature bands take part when they come into the studio. It’s similar to what Clara Amfo does in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – asking bands to cover a song – except that on triple j, the act can pretty much choose any song you want. (I have on good authority by a band who’s been in the Live Lounge that visitors to Radio 1 must choose their cover off a preapproved list of tunes, all of which have appeared recently on the UK singles chart.)

Taking that into account, triple j’s Like a Version is far, far superior, if only to offer a more accurate glimpse into what makes bands tick and what bands they love. Last week, Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s stopped in for their turn. Their year so far has been punctuated with high-profile appearances at SXSW 2016 and music festivals. But what might go down as their most memorable performance all year is this acoustic performance of Cher’s ‘Believe’. Taking a dance floor banger and turning into a softer, more introspective number wasn’t easy, and yet for a rock group of their calibre – and a versatile singer in Tommy O’Dell, who basically sounds like a choirboy in this piece – their cover was a complete success. Watch the performance below. For more on DMA’s on TGTF, go here.

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

 

DMA’s / October 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 2nd June 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Australian alt-rock trio DMA’s have announced a run of October tour dates in the UK, beginning in Leeds on the 19th and finishing in Bristol on the 29th. The band’s debut LP ‘Hills End’ was released in February on Mom+Pop, just ahead of their March appearance at SXSW 2016.

Currently on tour in Australia, DMA’s will play a mix of headline dates and festival slots in the UK this summer; you’ll find a full listing of their upcoming live appearances by clicking here. Tickets for the following October shows will go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow, Friday the 3rd of June. TGTF’s previous coverage of DMA’s is back this way.

Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Leeds University Stylus
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 21st October 2016 – Edinburgh La Belle Angele
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Glasgow SWG3
Monday 24th October 2016 – London Electric Ballroom
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Birmingham Institute 2
Thursday 27th October 2016 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 28th October 2016 – Brighton Old Market
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Bristol Bierkeller

 

Live at Leeds 2016 Preview: editor Mary’s best band bets

 
By on Monday, 18th April 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Please note: as we recommend with all of our festival previews, the information we post here on TGTF on Live at Leeds is current at the time of posting, but we encourage you to check in at the Live at Leeds 2016 official Web site closer to the start of the event to confirm venues and set times. Wristbands for the event in Leeds on Saturday the 30th of April are still available at the bargain price of £32.50. This year for the price of £45.00, a VIP option is also available; it will allow you to jump queues at venues (subject to capacity), entry to the VIP bar at the First Direct Arena and free entry to the afterparty at the Wardrobe. More information on where you can purchase your tickets in person or online is available here.

SXSW 2016 alums: I’d be remiss not to give a shoutout to the artists we saw in Austin that we enjoyed and we think you will too (in order of appearance):
Barns Courtney (5:30 PM, Leeds College of Music)
The Sherlocks (5:30 PM, Leeds Uni Union Refectory)
Declan McKenna (6 PM, Brudenell Social Club main stage)
Clean Cut Kid (6:15 PM, Leeds Uni Union Stylus)
Autobahn (6:30 PM, Leeds Beckett Uni Union Stage 1)
DMA’s (6:45 PM, Leeds Uni Union Refectory)
Blaenavon (7:00 PM, Oporto)
Isaac Gracie (7:15 PM, Holy Trinity Church)
Pumarosa (8:00 PM, Wardrobe)
Haelos (10:00 PM, Belgrave Music Hall)

In addition to those acts, here are 10 more acts recommended from the amazing Live at Leeds 2016 schedule:

Atlantic Shore

In the mood for sparkling, upbeat synth rock? This quartet with ties to nearly all of the great Northern towns (Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester) will start your day at Live at Leeds on an energetic note. Check out Atlantic Shore’s latest single, ‘The Comedown’, which was released last month.

Atlantic Shore are set to perform at the Faversham at 12:30 PM.

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

The Jackobins

Staying in th’ North (this festival is in Yorkshire, am I right?), turn your attention to music of a harder edge. Forget Manchester for a moment: The Jackobins’ ‘Waiting on the Sun’ will remind you of Oasis in the brashness of their anthemic rock.

The Jackobins perform at Leeds Beckett Uni Union Stage 2 at 1 PM. (Incidentally, Plaitum – who Rebecca introduced you all to when they received a shout for SXSW 2016 – will be playing at the same time of day at Headrow House.)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb1STNc3D6o[/youtube]

The Velveteens

Let’s not kid ourselves, surf rock came back, so what’s to stop the other trends of past decades returning? Co-ed group from Leeds The Velveteens will be leading the charge when the revolution comes. ‘Simply Plain Mary Jane’? Hardly!

The Velveteens play at the Brudenell Social Club’s Games Room at 2:30 PM.

Demob Happy

From Leeds, you can either go north to Newcastle or south all the way to the coast to Brighton for Demob Happy. As a science boffin by (day) trade, I am more than a little amused they’ve got a song called ‘Junk DNA’. “Gene Manipulator” should have been my nickname in uni. Make of that what you will… And we could all use a little bliss, eh?

Demob Happy are scheduled to play at the Brudenell Social Club’s main stage at 3:00 PM, which make them a nice follow-up after The Velveteens.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f6QEpLGoEc[/youtube]

Xylaroo

Cover me, folks, I’m going into Carrie’s usual bailiwick and into the singer/songwriter den. A girl duo signed to Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label, Xylaroo have done a fantastic acoustic treatment to cover of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’, turning a song I don’t even like to a palatable one (!), so suffice to say, I’m looking forward to their debut album ‘Sweetooth’ (not a typo) out the 3rd of June, which includes ‘Sunshine’.

So if singer/songwriter-y, harmonising type music is more your thing, you can catch Xylaroo at Leeds College of Music Recital Room at 3 PM.

Girl Friend

Okay, I’m outta there and back to my specialty and having gone on to another duo. Girl Friend, a girl/boy pair from Manchester (seriously, where else would they have been from? ha), do clean, crisp electropop that’s music to my ears and heart, not to mention my feet. Check out the fab ‘Nocturnal’.

Girl Friend will play the Belgrave Music Hall at 4 PM.

Jones

Jones has the kind of voice music producers clamour over: soulful, rich, strong. Her voice lend well to both electronic/urban pop and acoustic treatments. Judging from her collaboration with TGTF friends Honne on their track ‘No Place Like Home’, she’ll be a sought-after vocal talent for years to come.

Jones is set to perform at the Wardrobe at 7:00 PM.

Catholic Action

Ready to do some hand clapping in my favourite venue in all of Leeds? Then you’re definitely ready to have some fun with Catholic Action and fall in ‘L.U.V.’ with this band from Glasgow. We have!

Catholic Action will appear at Nation of Shopkeepers at 8:00 PM.

Anteros

Staying in the pop realm, we arrive at London’s Anteros. Their sci-fi name makes them sound like they’re from another planet. However, to our benefit, they’re just writing really great pop songs. Have some ‘Breakfast’ with them below.

Anteros perform at the Brudenell Social Club’s Games Room at 9:30 PM.

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

Fatherson

I’ve been a fan of these Scots and their uplifting, swooning anthems since I saw them in Edinburgh 2 years ago. And it’s a great time for them to appear at Live at Leeds, as they’ve just released their newest single, ‘Just the Point of Breaking’.

Fatherson appear at Leeds Beckett Uni Union Stage 2 at 9:30 PM.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT1NE2hPdLg[/youtube]

 

SXSW 2016: a lazy St. Patrick’s Day afternoon with donuts, footy and some music – 17th March 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 5th April 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

After the Creating Custom Songs for Film, TV, Trailers & Ads panel and the second half of Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo’s entertaining, yet raunchy q&a at the convention centre (more on those here), it was time to get some things done. Portland’s world-famous Voodoo Donuts now has an outpost in Austin – and right on 6th Street – so it seemed rude not to get some and share them with our friends at Latitude 30, who work so hard to produce great shows for us at SXSW, as a small gesture of our appreciation for all they do. As it was St. Patrick’s Day, we also wanted to provide a sweet something in the form of themed donuts to those involved with Output Belfast, who put on a great showcase St. Patrick’s Day afternoon. (Read Carrie’s review of the entire Generator NI-supported show from earlier today here.)

After my donut delivery work was done (pro tip: the Irish don’t fancy donuts as much as I thought they would and certainly not like Americans do, I’ll tell you that!), I went up to Cheer Up Charlie’s to see if I could catch Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends, who were part of Brooklyn Vegan’s afternoon line-up there. I made the mistake of thinking that he’d be on the larger outdoor stage. Nope, he and his band were crammed onto the tiny indoor stage where Carrie and I saw CYMBALS at SXSW 2014. I had no chance in hell of getting in, so I, along with some other latecomers, had to peer through the dirty side windows to get a glimpse of Furman in his red dress. However, for your trouble, here’s a crowd shot from the outdoor stage, with a guy in a kilt.

outside at Cheer Up Charlie's Brooklyn Vegan Thursday at SXSW 2016

Now that I am writing this, red was an appropriate colour for the day (other than green, of course), as I remembered walking down the street that Liverpool were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford in an UEFA match. So maybe the luck of the Irish was smiling down on me, as I came across Bull McCabe’s, a living, breathing, no frills Irish pub with plenty of Liverpool fans (as it’s the pub’s club) and the occasional, tempting fate Man U supporter, including one particularly annoying one in a flat cap was in front of me as I was sat by the bar. It probably would have been packed anyway, seeing that it was St. Patrick’s Day, but the place was packed to the gills and it was just fun to grab a Guinness, watch the match with fellow Liverpool supporters, and watch the entire pub go crazy when Phil Coutinho scored, securing our spot into the quarterfinals against Dortmund this Thursday. It was a nice, non-music break during my week that was much appreciated. Speaking of non-music things, I also had a nice snack at the Llamas Peruvian Creole trailer at 7th and Trinity and met a new friend, though unfortunately, my luck at that intersection would not last…

Hairy Larry and the Llama Trailer Thursday at SXSW 2016

Next up on my hit list on St. Patrick’s Day were Australian alt-rock trio DMA’s, who came highly recommended by our uber helpful Aussie correspondent last year NickiGirlStar. They were the final act of the day at the KCSN showcase at the Radio Day stage Thursday. While Melbourne’s Gold Class have been called the 21st century Australian Smiths, Sydney’s DMA’s have been favourably called the 21st century Australian Oasis. While they might refer to themselves as just “dude[s] from Australia”, they lived up the comparison to the Gallaghers’ brothers’ band with their own massive guitar anthems, minus the sibling rivalry. There was also no evidence of infighting on the Radio Day stage at the convention centre, whose wide stage span dwarfed the actual physical presence of the band and their live backing crew.

DMA's Radio Day Stage at the Convention Center, Thursday at SXSW 2016

However, having already played larger stages at Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza in 2015, they took the stage confidently and to a respectable crowd at 5 in the afternoon. I am sure their show to close out Paradigm Agency’s showcase at the Parish later that evening had a far more boisterous crowd, but I actually appreciated having a more relaxed vantage point to see DMA’s unfettered and in the wild, if you will. To have a taste of their Bonnaroo set last summer, watch the video below. I don’t recall Liam Gallagher ever wearing Adidas (I could be wrong), but for sure, lead singer Tommy O’Dell looks like an assertive dude onstage. As one would with songs as sound as theirs, like the arresting ‘Lay Down’, his charismatic vocals ringing across the room. It wasn’t hard to close your eyes and imagine it was the younger Gallagher up on stage, just without a nasal Mancunian accent.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Ah0ZU6y4w[/youtube]

After the DMA’s set, I took the opportunity to sit and charge my phone for a while. There usually aren’t too many comfy places to sit at the convention centre that aren’t already occupied by people with laptops, so I sat at the deserted softball tournament . Hilariously, band people started coming up and asking me where the artists’ lounge was. I guess I look like I work for SXSW? Maybe I do, after 5 years of hitting the Austin pavement and club floors hard. I also ran into online friends, the lovely Elke and Oliver from Glamglare, completely by accident while being sat there too. That is one of the magical things about SXSW. The world is such a large place but for 1 week in Austin, you could run into anyone – anyone! – from around the world because everyone is in that most important city for the most important time in March.

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #98: Tommy O’Dell of DMA’s

 
By on Thursday, 25th February 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Gracing our figurative stage this morning is Tommy O’Dell, lead singer of Sydney trio DMA’s. Interestingly, they’ve been compared favourably to ’90s Britpop icons Oasis, some media saying they’re the 21st century vanguards of essentially Britpop 2.0. Or is that Aussiepop? Without further adieu, let’s let Tommy go and answer our Quickfire Questions… And let’s just say he could never be accused of having a motormouth…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Wall of sound.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Eating Texas BBQ.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
To be honest I have no idea who’s playing… I am looking forward to seeing local acts do their thing. I think it’s important to try find bands from the area to check out.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I dunno if this is weird but I pack heaps of vitamins. I don’t have the most healthy lifestyle on the road, so I try make up for it by scoffing vitamins every day.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Stolichnaya vodka. [I can’t even spell that word, so I’m assuming he’s quite familiar with it… – Ed.]

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Na, we’ve played America before. Last year we did Gov Ball, Lolla[palooza] and Bonnaroo. We always get excited playing in the States, I guess it’s because it’s the Mecca of music. As a dude from Australia, you only dream of playing gigs in America.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Help’ by the Beatles.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘November Rain’, Guns ‘n’ Roses.

What song makes you laugh?
‘The Macarena’.

What song makes you cry?
Mike and the Mechanics, ‘The Living Years’. [Me too. – Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDA0Hecw1k[/youtube]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Pulp, ‘Common People’, that’s what I first shagged to.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Reminds me of Liverpool FC.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, the Beatles.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Bob Dylan.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Painting walls.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Nebraska’, Bruce Springsteen. Because I can listen to it over and over.

Thanks Tommy for helping us out with your answers!

 
 
 

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