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MP3 of the Day #753: Everything Everything

 
By on Wednesday, 29th May 2013 at 10:00 am
 

The Manchester/Marple brotherhood is alive and well. Need evidence? Dutch Uncles have just been announced as support for Everything Everything‘s October UK tour (all the dates listed below) and they’ve gone and done a remix of EE’s ‘Duet’ that is now available as a free download to all. Win-win for all of us!

Friday 4th October 2013 – Newcastle Academy*
Saturday 5th October 2013 – Edinburgh Picture House* (added 12 July; on sale 19 July)
Sunday 6th October 2013 – Glasgow ABC* (added 12 July; on sale 19 July)
Tuesday 8th October 2013 – Dublin Academy
Wednesday 9th October 2013 – Belfast Limelight
Friday 11th October 2013 – Manchester Ritz* (sold out)
Saturday 12th October 2013 – Manchester Ritz*
Sunday 13th October 2013 – Liverpool Academy*
Tuesday 15th October 2013 – Bristol Academy*
Wednesday 16th October 2013 – Portsmouth Pyramid*
Thursday 17th October 2013 – Cardiff University*
Friday 18th October 2013 – Birmingham Institute*
Sunday 20th October 2013 – Norwich UEA*
Monday 21st October 2013 – Nottingham Rock City*
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 – Sheffield Academy*
Thursday 24th October 2013 – London Forum*
Friday 25th October 2013 – London Forum*
* with support from Dutch Uncles

 

Liverpool Sound City 2013: Mary’s Day 2 Roundup

 
By on Wednesday, 15th May 2013 at 1:00 pm
 

Sound City 2013, day 2, began with me waking up to the strains of a Reverend and the Makers‘ YouTube playlist blaring out of John’s iPad. Mission accomplished from the previous night, I’d say. We headed into the convention portion of the festival and my first stop was a radio pluggers’ panel with heavyweights of the radio industry, including 6music’s Chris Hawkins, Radio2’s Janice Long, and 6music producer Julie Cullen. As a regular BBC Radio music listener, it was really interesting to hear the presenters and producers’ takes on why radio is still so strong in Britain.

Janice Long said, “people love the intimacy of radio…[the fact that] they’re being offered something”, and I agree. Getting to know your presenters, I find, is especially important on whether or not I trust or would listen to that person’s recommendations. While by no means do I enjoy every single band that Lammo has trotted out on his New Favourite Band weekly feature, or in the same respect Huw Stephens on his specialist show, there are so many bands I never would have of heard of if either hadn’t played them on their shows. It was also heartening to hear that the panelists all welcome hearing demos from bands, just asking that the CDRs be labelled clearly and properly with the band name and song title, or even better, be provided a Soundcloud downloadable link that can be shared and spread between colleagues, should the song take their fancy and they want to actually play it on radio. I also had a chat with Chris Hawkins and that feature on TGTF is forthcoming soon.

After having some food and drink at a very cool, nonalcoholic cafe called the Brink, it was time to split up again, and then I was off to see Vasco da Gama, named after the Portuguese explorer who circumnavigated around the tip of Africa, not to be confused with the strange typo on the programme of Vasco da Gamma, as if they had some Greek relations. They play a wonky, punky, art rock kind of style that is not all unlike their fellow DIY Liverpudlians Hot Club de Paris, who’ve gone quiet. Vasco benefitted from the delay of the start of Taiwanese band Echo, who were having trouble with their soundcheck just across the way at the Garage. Watch a bit of their performance below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6EiPIrDbfs[/youtube]

The singer of Taiwan’s Echo certainly wins, hands down, the longest note held during this year’s Sound City. Check out the video below. When you’re an unknown band to the city you’re in, you’ve got to really bring it, and Echo’s singer jumped onto the barrier and into the sparse crowd and just let loose this amazing scream. Even if you don’t understand Chinese, there is no denying that the band sound great instrumentally and have a good command of melody, as you will see in the video. Now if they could just record one song in English language…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATPXDaDGH4E[/youtube]

Funnily enough, next John and I ended up at the same place, with John not even knowing I was in the same room. In a true example of regional representation, a selection of Norwich bands appeared at Sound Food and Drink, a cafe that oddly did not vacate its tables and move them in time for the evening’s performances. Bad form. Or maybe they just wanted to discourage people from cramming themselves in there. The premise of Wooden Arms was promising: a band made of mostly classical string instrument-playing members, singing in multi-part harmony. Unfortunately, live they translated to something far more boring than I would have guessed.

So I was off again and to the east to the East Village Arts Club, where the bouncer inconveniently directed me to the wrong place for Manchester’s NO CEREMONY///. Like fellow Mancunians WU LYF, NO CEREMONY/// have tried to maintain a mysterious vibe about themselves, with overly dark, goth-y videos that show no hint of what the band actually look like. So I just assumed the band must be two blokes with oodles of synthesisers. Not exactly. The band live is fronted by a bass-toting woman and while there are two men with synths in front of them, one of them does play guitar. As I did suspect, there isn’t a

It was a bit of a hike from where I was to the Black-E, with 3 nights being curated by local Liverpool-centric football, music and culture Web site the Anfield Wrap and featuring only Merseyside-based bands. But being an Liverpool FC fan, I knew I just had to be there at some point in the weekend. I was not disappointed with the Thespians, with a lead singer that looks eerily like Carl Barat. The band even wear black leather jackets and sound at times very Libertines-esque, including abruptly ending some of their songs in that sort of punky, ‘up yours’ kind of way. They explained that their album had already been put out in Japan and all physical copies had been snapped by the record-buying public over there. If that is truly the case, then we should all probably get on this bandwagon now before it turns into a steamroller.

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

Then it was back west and into the centre of the clubbing life for the Chapman Family at Leaf Cafe. I have a couple friends who are massive fans of theirs, so colour me curious, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. They can be depressing topic-wise, but the sheer power of their live performance, not to mention the incredible magnetism of their frontman Kingsley Chapman, make their live set a sight to behold. A hipster couple who quickly took their places right in front of the stage threw their band tote bags under the stage and proceeded to mosh (is that the right word?) to every Chapman Family song, arms and legs flailing in every which way. At some point I was sure one of them would slip and fall but it didn’t happen, they were just so excited to be there.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gqTtzL4cg[/youtube]

And then it was back to Wolstenholme Square, where I thought I had arrived just in time for Marple’s Dutch Uncles. Cripes. I am very careful about making sure I don’t have clashes in schedule, so I am positive they must have moved up the Duncles’ set by an hour because when I arrived, Unknown Mortal Orchestra was setting up. To say I was upset by the turn of events, especially after loving the new album ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’, is putting it mildly. I was on the verge of tears. But, when in Liverpool, you carry on. I didn’t feel like running to another venue, so I just hung tight at the Arts Academy for the one major band I definitely wanted to see there, Dutch Uncles’ mates Everything Everything.

When you’re thousands of miles away from home, I don’t care who you are, it is an important and touching moment when a band you have supported and followed for a long time acknowledges your presence. Everything Everything’s bassist Jeremy Pritchard, who has always been extremely kind and nice to me every time I have had the pleasure to meet him, only waved to me down in the pit, but it truly meant the world to me. Prior to this, I had only seen them live once, and in an acoustic setting for a charity show 2 days after my birthday in 2011, so I was raring to go to see them play with their full setup. While I still think new album ‘Arc’ is not as strong as ‘Man Alive’, there were plenty of punters willing to disagree with me at the Arts Academy. I thought it was quite strange that they didn’t play ‘MY KZ, UR BF’, but perhaps they are trying to wean themselves away from their past? Possibly. With singles like ‘Kemosabe’ and ‘Cough Cough’, they can afford to do that.

The TGTF crew ended up, rather accidentally, together at Screenadelica at the end of the night, and you can read John’s descriptions of Arcane Roots and Future of the Left in his day 2 roundup. While we were waiting between sets, Duologue, who I recognised from seeing them in a beer garden at this year’s SXSW, bounded out from backstage at the Arts Academy and into Screendelica, the venue directly in the back of it. This Twitter exchange ensued. And yes, Tim, I will touch your face the next time I’m in your proximity!

 

Video of the Moment #1188: Dutch Uncles

 
By on Wednesday, 24th April 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Marple’s Dutch Uncles never do anything by the book. That includes their latest video for ‘Bellio’, off their January 2013-released album ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’ (it’s great; read the review here). It’s a biologist’s dream. Including this one. Watch it below.

Catch the band on tour in the UK in May, including a stop on the Friday night at Liverpool Sound City (the Garage).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uozB2b5wX9s[/youtube]

Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Nottingham Spanky Van Dykes
Thursday 2 May 2013 – London Scala (16+)
Friday 3 May 2013 – Liverpool Sound City (The Garage)
Saturday 4th May 2013 – Leeds Live at Leeds (Leeds Uni Stylus)
Sunday 5th May 2013 – Edinburgh Big Day In (Electric Circus)
Tuesday 21st May 2013 – York Fibbers (14+)
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 23rd May 2013 – Bristol Fleece (all ages, under 16s accompanied by adult)
Friday 24th May 2013 – Southampton Joiners (14+)
Saturday 25th May 2013 – Norwich Waterfront (14+)
Sunday 26th May 2013 – Leicester Handmade Festival (Firebug)

 

Live Gig Video: Dutch Uncles play ‘Flexxin’ for a Topman CTRL In-situ session

 
By on Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

I was very pleased to see an email in my inbox this week announcing the American release of Dutch Uncles‘ ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’ next week, on the 2nd of April. I was even happier to see this video of the band performing their single ‘Flexxin’ for a Topman CTRL In-Situ session. Watch it below. And in case you were wondering, the video starts with a close-up of Sped’s guitar pedal board…

If you fancy a more dance-oriented video set to the same song, go to this previous post in which singer Duncan has a ‘dance-off’ with Mark Heap. It’s hilarious.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQDud77lOwA[/youtube]

 

Live “Gig” Video: Duncan Wallis of Dutch Uncles and Mark Heap of Big Train have a dance-off to ‘Flexxin’

 
By on Monday, 18th March 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

I put this under live ‘gig’ video in quotes because I wasn’t sure how best to catergorise it. This video of Dutch Uncles‘ frontman Duncan Wallis having what looks like a dance-off between him and Mark Heap (Big Train, Green Wing) soundtracked to the band’s single ‘Flexxin’ defies further description, so I’ll just leave you to it…

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/62039210[/vimeo]

 

Live Review: Dutch Uncles with Francis Lung at Newcastle Cluny – 5th February 2013

 
By on Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

There’s more to seeing Dutch Uncles live than the spectacle of the synesthetic dance moves of Duncan Wallis. But, by Jove, they’re worth seeing just for that. The UK tour in support of third album ‘Out Of Touch In The Wild’ began last night in Newcastle upon Tyne, and TGTF was there to soak up the atmosphere.

First we must address the issue of support act Francis Lung, a most singular practitioner of maudlin karaoke. Stick thin and clad exclusively in white, accompanied by nothing more than an iPod fed through a tiny Fender practice amp, Lung proceeds to emote heavily, skipping between styles like a spring lamb, fringe flapping like bed sheets on washday. Quite what he was on about is something of a mystery. Perhaps his abilities on bass for WU LYF have had some influence on his selection for this prestigious support slot; certainly his drunk-cousin-at-the-end-of-a-wedding-reception demeanour left a question mark on the lips of most of the audience here tonight. A second reading might reveal hidden depths, and he’s brave to attempt it at all, but such a bald presentation does him no favours.

Francis Lung Newcastle

Perhaps in a conscious effort not to upstage Mr. Lung, Dutch Uncles manage to fluff both ‘Pondage’, their first song of the evening, and ‘Bellio’, their second. But Wallis’ tender apologies for both mistakes are well received, and they subsequently put nary a foot wrong. On record, Dutch Uncles can be glassy and arch, but seeing them live puts those attributes into deep perspective. There’s oodles of funk, acres of space in the arrangements, yet the focus is deeply and permanently fixed on Mr. Wallis. His gentle, helium-tinged speaking voice is almost at odds with the powered delivery when the band is under full steam. His spidery arpeggios dominate even the double-pronged guitar attack, holding the complex arrangements together, providing a point of sharp focus around which the band rotate.

Dutch Uncles Newcastle 1

There is no more accessible song in their oeuvre than current single ‘Flexxin’. And nothing demonstrates better the frontman’s talents for moving his limbs. Check out the video if you haven’t already – this isn’t simply a bald retreading of second-hand Michael Jackson moves… this is something new altogether. An ability to move with sharpness, yet still portray a gentle humour. An ability to discard the shackles of self-awareness, yet be fully conscious of the importance of letting one’s artistry express itself how nature intended. Superb stuff. And the music holds up to the dancing, being at once complex through cymbal treble to bass guitar, yet eminently insistent, telling of the power of fun and funk to energise the listening crowd.

Dutch Uncles Newcastle 2

All that remains is to prove Dutch Uncles’ proper rock credentials with a trio of songs of increasing heaviness, ably led by ‘X-O’. As the funk of ‘Flexxin’ fades into memory, the complexity, and, yes, heaviness of their alter ego makes itself heard. Which proves the perfect coda for a performance of exquisite good taste, eloquent musicianship, and uncommon dance moves. As the band humbly leave the stage, the rest of the country should capitalise on their good fortune of having the experience of Dutch Uncles yet to come. And maybe a few Newcastle mirrors will witness a few Wallis moves over the coming days. Certainly mine will.

See more of Martin’s photos – and in high res! – on his Flickr.

 
 
 

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