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Live Gig Video: Fenech-Soler perform tracks from new album ‘Zilla’ at Los Angeles radio station KCRW

 
By on Wednesday, 15th February 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Prior to the release of their third album ‘ZILLA’, their first as a duo, English brother act Fenech-Soler headed out stateside for a pair of shows, one in New York and one in Los Angeles, sadly none near yours truly. Before heading back to blighty, Ben and Ross Duffy plus a cousin (?) spent an extra day in LA to record a pretty nifty live session for the Morning Becomes Eclectic breakfast programme on KCRW. I can’t recall a favourite British band stopping in for such a long session and interview with the radio station. During the session, they perform ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Night Time TV’, ‘On Top’, ‘Conversation’, a cover of Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’, ‘Somebody’ from their second album ‘Rituals’ and ‘Stop and Stare’ from their 2010 self-titled album. Enjoy it below

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOZ4hsrgsIc[/youtube]

 

SXSW 2017 X Valentine’s Day Spotify Playlist

 
By on Tuesday, 14th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Header photo by aneesprince

Oh dear. It’s Valentine’s Day again, and in the last few days, I’ve been wracking my brain for ideas to do something special on TGTF to commemorate it. Let’s face it, we need more love in this world right now, am I right? Regardless of which side of the many fences possible there are in the romance department – single, in a relationship, happy in love, unhappy and not in love, etc. – I hope everyone can find something to enjoy in this special Valentine’s Day playlist with a special twist.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the playlist is populated with UK and Irish acts scheduled to perform at SXSW 2017 next month. The expression of love and indeed, love lost, can vary from artist to artist, so you’ll find all sorts of examples of Cupid’s bow hitting its mark and sometimes when it doesn’t, offered up in softer ballads to louder declarations.

 

Live Gig Video: Honeyblood share behind-the-scenes tour video for ‘Babes Never Die’

 
By on Friday, 10th February 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Scottish girl rock duo Honeyblood released their newest album ‘Babes Never Die’ last November on FatCat Records. The LP includes the robust track ‘Sea Hearts’. which we featured in this previous Video of the Moment feature. The girls have now released a special behind-the-scenes video for the title track. It gives us a sneak peek into what goes on when they’re on tour. It’s a nice balance between what happens in the interim time between gigs and the press released described “raw intensity of their live show”. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s coverage of Honeyblood, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Jx2iXgYCM[/youtube]

 

Preview: Output Belfast 2017

 
By on Thursday, 9th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

The 4th annual Output Music Conference and Showcase returns to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter on the 16th of February. Set up by Belfast City Council in partnership with Generator NI in 2014, the conference has continually grown in size and popularity. Bringing hundreds of artists, businesses and students together each year makes it the leading music industry networking and showcase event in Ireland.

Held primarily at the MAC in Belfast city centre, Output will house a lineup of various seminars and lectures conducted by many of the world’s top industry professionals. Once the evening hits, Output turns its sights on the huge number of home-grown talent through a night of showcase gigs held across various venues within the Cathedral Quarter. Confirmed hosts for 2017 include blogs such as Nialler 9, State.ie and The Thin Air. Voodoo and The Nerve Centre will be among the many local venues used. Organizations such as Smalltown America Studios and PRS will be among those presenting and curating gigs.

Last year’s conference hosted the incredible Steve Albini as the closing keynote speaker of the conference. Having someone who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry speak at the conference was a huge honour for the city and the event, providing attendees the unique opportunity to learn from one of the most acclaimed and respected figures in the music business.

Closing the conference this year is legendary industry analyst, critic, commentator and creator of the email Lefsetz Letter industry newsletter, Bob Lefsetz. Output will also offer insightful talks presented by Spotify, PRS Foundation, Adidas and Jagermeister’s music teams, Marc Sylvan (Million Pound Drop, Total Wipeout) and creator of Leefest Lee Denny. Speed networking sessions and panel discussions also figure into the daytime programming.

Acts of note appearing at this year’s Output’s music showcasing portion include SXSW attendees from Northern Ireland Jealous of the Birds, Ryan Vail, Silences, Robocobra Quartet and New Portals, among many others. Although specific details on venues have yet to be announced, many other incredible Irish acts playing this year are Callum Stewart, TOUTS (under the same management as The Stone Roses) The Wood Burning Savages, Joshua Burnside, Sullivan & Gold, Scenery, Autumns and Kerrang! favourites Making Monsters.

Output is a completely free event in Belfast next Thursday, the 16th of February. All you have to do is register on their Web site. What are you waiting for?

 

WIN / Tickets to see Fenech-Soler in Manchester -OR- London

 
By on Tuesday, 7th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Brother electropop duo Fenech-Soler just released their third album ‘Zilla’ on So Recordings. You can read my review of the LP through here. Following shows in New York City and Los Angeles, Ben and Ross Duffy will head out on a UK tour in late February into early March. Thanks to the lovely people at Gigs and Tours, we’ve got a pair of tickets each to their Manchester Gorilla (the 28th of February) and London Heaven (the 1st of March). Want to win a pair? ‘course you do! Learn more about entering our contest below.

We need your name and your email address to contact you if you win. We’ll also need to know which of these two shows you want to win tickets for. Then you’ll need to answer this question about Fenech-Soler: What town in England are they originally from? From all the correct entries, we’ll choose a lucky winner at random. Be quick and be sure to get your entry in before the contest closes this Friday, the 10th of February, at 5 PM UK time. Any duplicate or incomplete entries will be discarded. Good luck to all! In case you want to buy tickets to tickets to their tour in February and March, I’ve listed the tour dates below. To read more of our coverage here on TGTF on Fenech-Soler, follow this link.

Friday 24th February 2017 – Brighton Patterns
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 27th February 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – London Heaven
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Nottingham Stealth

This contest is now closed. The winner has been contacted by email.

 

Live Review: RTÉ Choice Music Prize – The Shortlist Sessions

 
By on Monday, 6th February 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

Last Wednesday evening saw performances from nominees of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize in the candle-lit venue the Workman’s Club in Dublin city centre. Hosted by Irish musician and radio presenter/producer Cormac Battle, the evening started with two nominees for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Song of the Year, followed by two of the acts shortlisted for Irish Album of the Year.

Ten acts have been shortlisted for the Irish Song of the Year, including James Vincent McMorrow and ex-One Direction-er Niall Horan. On Wednesday we saw performances from Heroes in Hiding and Raglans, both based in Dublin and the only two acts nominated for this award who have self-released their singles. Up first were folk-rock quartet Heroes in Hiding, who revealed during a brief pre-performance interview with Battle that they had never won or been nominated for an award.

However, within 30 seconds or so of the band playing their nominated track ‘Hospital’, it became pretty clear why they are now getting this kind of recognition conferred by the Choice Music Prize. ‘Hospital’ is a catchy track, featuring seemingly medical-inspired percussive sounds and upbeat guitars and drums. It’s little less folky than some of the band’s other stuff but is definitely a track you can dance or bob your head along to. The chorus, featuring vocalist Joe Carroll crowing “next thing I knew / I was in the hospital”, recalls a real near death experience of Carroll’s in which he remembers very little of the incident, but after which he woke up in a hospital bed.

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

The band followed this up with ‘Beer’, for which Carroll donned an acoustic guitar. Bassist Liam McCabe took the lead vocals on this track, which started out much more mellow and laid back than ‘Hospital’ before building to an early Mumford and Sons-esque climax (sans banjo) that literally made the room shake.

Next up was Raglans, who thanked their manager and revealed that it was their second time playing The Workman’s Club. Lead singer Stephen Kelly’s stage presence was everything you could want from a ballsy lead singer. He has a swagger and laid back confidence, joking “if you feel like voting for us: thank you. If you don’t… f**k you”. They started with ‘House Where I Was Born’, which isn’t the track that is up for nomination but is a solid track nonetheless; it features on their ‘Again & Again EP’. With edgy guitars and intense drums aplenty, this is as authentic rock ‘n’ roll as you’ve ever heard. Kelly’s Irish accent doesn’t come across when he singing and at times, the band actually reminded me of early Arctic Monkeys, in the rough and ready, yet great sound of their music. Nominated track ‘Who Knows’ came next: high in energy, it engaged the crowd most out of all the acts we saw that evening. Commanding the stage with growing indie guitar hooks and a hammering drumbeat, the band looked to be in their element and enjoying their moment in the spotlight being nominated for the Choice Music Prize.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9P2As4JCu4[/youtube]

Following a break, it was time for a pair of the Irish Album of the Year nominees to take to the stage. Bantum is an electronic act originally from Cork who appeared onstage armed only with a guitar and a laptop. He jokingly commented that he would get himself a new guitar if he won the prize money. Pretty different in style to previous two acts, Bantum is synth heavy, and track ‘Take It’ features ghostly vocals from Loah, whose voice is reminiscent of the xx’s Romy Madley-Croft. [Loah appeared at Hard Working Class Heroes 2016 last October and is scheduled to appear at SXSW 2017. – Ed.] It’s the kind of chilled out dance track that would be fitting at a festival as the sun is beginning to set and people are in between the highs of the morning and getting their second wind just in time for the evening acts. didn’t catch the name of the second track, but it carried an equally atmospheric and laid-back essence. Whilst I really enjoyed Bantum, The Workman’s Club didn’t seem like the best setting for the performance, and his sound didn’t quite seem to engage the crowd as well as other acts. Maybe this was because the event was on a mid-week evening? However, Bantum definitely has an easy-going ambient sound that would work better in a club at the weekend, or a summer festival.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky1xy600BKc[/youtube]

The final act of the evening was indie duo We Cut Corners. Both members are teachers and they stood together onstage with their acoustic guitars. Both John Duignan and Conall Ó Breacháin have high, clear and bright singing voices, one complimenting the other. They started with ‘Reluctant Recluse’, a smoky, soft acoustic track, featuring some nimble wordplay (“I was a reckless child / now I’m a childless wreck”), and a wholly passionate performance. This track appears on ‘The Cadences of Others’, the album for which the band is nominated. Even while simply performed with just a pair of melancholic acoustic guitars, the delivery of ‘Reluctant Recluse’ on this night conveyed a whole melting pot of emotions, making the track a standout.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4wGroj4sck[/youtube]

The second and final song from We Cut Corners was ‘Of Whatever’. Despite the quiet nature of the track, the pair were able to keep the rapt attention of the crowd, the crystalline vocals and emotive lyrics mesmerising. Lyrics like “but young love is reckless / leaves you gasping and breathless” and “a wave of whatever / is sweeping the nation” cemented this for me as being a genuinely beautiful track, making me think of the act as an Irish male First Aid Kit.

All in all, it was a fantastic night and I was glad to have seen all four acts perform, each bringing something different to the table. Votes can now be cast by the public for both the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year and of the Irish Album of the Year. The winners will be announced at a live event on Thursday, the 9th of March, at Dublin Vicar Street.

 
 
 

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