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WIN / Tickets to see White Lies in Newcastle, Sheffield -OR- Hull

 
By on Monday, 6th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

The weather might be cold, but we’ve got something to warm the cockles of your heart and for the next few weeks. Our friends at Gigs and Tours have given us a few pairs of tickets to a tour I can personally attest to being one of the hottest tickets in town. White Lies will be supporting their newest album ‘Friends’ released last autumn on a headline UK tour starting the 23rd of February in Newcastle. You can read my full report from the Washington, DC show last Wednesday at the 9:30 Club here. We’ve got a pair each to their Newcastle (the 23rd of February), Sheffield (the 24th of February) and Hull (the 3rd of March) gigs.

Want to win? Follow these directions to enter. We’ll first need your name and your email address to contact you if you win. We’ll also need to know which show you wish to win tickets for. Then answer this question about their latest record: What is the first single that was released from ‘Friends’? From all the entries, we’ll choose a lucky winner from all the correct ones we receive. Be sure to get your entry in before we close the contest this Thursday 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 the tour, I’ve listed the tour dates below. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on White Lies, go here.

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 24th February 2017 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Oxford Academy
Monday 27th February 2017 – Cardiff University
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Portsmouth Pyramids
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Hull University
Saturday 4th March 2017 – London Troxy
Monday 6th March 2017 – Preston Guildhall
Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Aberdeen Garage
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Edinburgh Potterrow
Thursday 9th March 2017 – Hatfield Forum
Saturday 11th March 2017 – Keele University
Sunday 12th March 2017 – Norwich UEA

This contest is now closed. The winners have been contacted, so please check your inbox to see if you’ve won.

 

The Wytches / February, March and April 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 6th February 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Brighton band The Wytches released their second album ‘All Your Happy Life’ last autumn on Heavenly Recordings. Want to read Steven’s review of the long player? Head this way. They’ve announced a long series of dates for the first half of this year, comprising both headline dates and spring music festival appearances from late February through to April. Tickets are on sale now to the following dates. You can watch their behind-the-scenes video for ‘Bone Weary’ just below the tour date listing. You can catch up on TGTF’s past coverage of the Watches through here.

Monday 27th February 2017 – Hull Polar Bear
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – York Crescent
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Sheffield Outlines Festival
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Scunthorpe Café Independent,
Monday 3rd April 2017 – Guilford Boileroom
Tuesday 4th April 2017 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Wednesday 5th April – St. Albans Horn
Thursday 6th April 2017 – Reading Face Bar
Friday 7th April 2017 – Manchester Sound Control
Saturday 8th April – London Flying Vinyl Festival
Sunday 9th April 2017 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Wednesday 19th April 2017 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 20th April 2017 – Preston Ferret
Friday 21st April 2017 – Stockton on Tees Georgian Theatre
Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Liverpool Wrong Festival
Sunday 23rd April 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Monday 24th April 2017 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

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Live Review: White Lies with VOWW at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 1st February 2017

 
By on Friday, 3rd February 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

Given the uncertain state of the music industry, and the entire world for that matter, it makes sense a band returning to the stage after a long absence would be feeling some trepidation, no matter how massive the band. White Lies are no strangers (no pun intended) to North America, having first made bloggers’ tongues wag back at CMJ 2008 and followed that up with several hugely successful tours traversing our continent. Returning 4 years after the release of ‘Big TV’, frontman Harry McVeigh revealed they had the common worry “that no-one would show up”. They needn’t have worried, as the White Lies’ faithful came out to fill the 9:30 Club this past Wednesday night.

The support on this tour are VOWWS, an Australian duo currently residing in Los Angeles. Envision Ian Curtis singing to dark Gary Numan songs, and you have some idea of what the industrial synth act sounds like. Interestingly enough, they collaborated with the ‘Cars’ pioneer on a 7”, ‘Losing Myself in You’, which proved to be the most arresting track in their live arsenal.


VOWWS live

As described in my review of it last October around its release, fourth album ‘Friends’ saw the band experimenting with disco and dance beats for the first time in their career. When I reviewed the LP, I had trouble accepting their new direction. I just couldn’t see it with a band like theirs, famous for their dark anthems with names like ‘To Lose My Life’ and ‘Death’. There’s always been a fantastically great pop element to White Lies’ music but prior to ‘Friends’, you would struggle to describe any their songs as truly dancey.

However, when you’re presented these new songs in all their glory in the live context, any reservations you might have had melt away. Many bands of recent memory have attempted to cross into dance, failed badly and even worse, have sounded entirely disingenuous. Introducing ‘Is My Love Enough?’, McVeigh’s explanation that “we decided we wanted some tracks people to dance to. This is one of our favourites” came across as heartfelt. Understanding where they’re coming from, ‘Hold Back Your Love’ seemed less phoned in, McVeigh’s wispy vocals with the synth chords making the whole thing sound like a great ‘80s guilty pleasure.

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I’ve argued in the past that they put out consistently incredibly good singles but have had difficulty in creating full albums that can capture popular imagination. That said and while of course the purpose of this tour is to promote ‘Friends’, it was the gems from their back catalogue, either prominent singles or those hidden diamonds in the rough favoured by longtime fans that turned out to be the standouts of the evening. ‘The Price of Love’ returned to the band’s set list after an absence of what McVeigh said had to be over 7 years. The closing track from their #1 2009 debut album ‘To Lose My Life…’ concluded in such a triumphant way that the band should be very proud of. I have been following the band as a journo since their first tour in North America in March 2009, and even I had forgotten about that track.

This evening’s version of ‘Unfinished Business’ was an unqualified success, the driving and mesmeric rhythm song accompanied by McVeigh’s plaintive cries of “there’s a light in the distance waiting for me / I will wait for you”. Taken together, the song has the ability to simultaneously melt and break hearts at the same time; I almost fainted being swept up in the emotion. It was undeniable proof that we should be applauding White Lies for the strength of their back catalogue. I wasn’t keen on their new direction before this show but after it, I’m sold. While primary songwriter Charles Cave has proven his masochistic tendencies in songs like ‘Friends’ opening track and lead single ‘Take It Out on Me’, it’s clear that this is music that comes from the heart. As long as White Lies stay honest about where they’re coming from and where they’re going, we should have every reason to believe they’ll continue for many years to come.


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After the cut: White Lies’ set list.
Continue reading Live Review: White Lies with VOWW at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 1st February 2017

 

VANT / February and March 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 3rd February 2017 at 8:00 am
 

Punk rock protest quartet VANT have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland to follow the upcoming release of their debut album ‘Dumb Blood’. The LP is due for release on the 17th of February via Parlophone and will feature the band’s 2016 single ‘Peace & Love’. Frontman Mattie Vant says of the upcoming tour, “Every time we play a show it’s a form of activism, a form of protest. For me, rock music has always gone hand in hand with making a stand, being at the forefront of a movement and trying to change the world.”

Tickets for the following live shows are available now. Following these tour dates, VANT is scheduled to appear at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX. TGTF’s previous coverage of VANT, including editor Mary’s interview with Mattie Vant from last November, is collected right through here.

Friday 24th February 2017 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Leeds Wardrobe
Sunday 26th February 2017 – Dublin Academy 2
Monday 27th February 2017 – Belfast Oh Yeah Centre
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Sheffield Plug
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Birmingham Institute 2
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 5th March 2017 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th March 2017 – London Electric Ballroom

 

Preview: Cambridge Folk Festival Presents City Roots 2017

 
By on Thursday, 2nd February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

The Cambridge Folk Festival is a world-renowned festival in its own right. Countless legendary artists have played it, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, Frank Turner and Mumford and Sons. And let’s not to forget this year’s headliner Jake Bugg. Quite the history, I’m sure you’ll agree. This year, there’s a new addition to the festival proceedings. From the 3rd until the 11th of February, there will be a mini-festival of sorts, aptly entitled City Roots. Why is this apt, you ask? Well this mini-fest takes place throughout the city of Cambridge itself, celebrating the heritage and connection the festival has with its mother city. Events will take place at venues all across the city, from The Portland Arms, a pub with a perfect little stage tucked at the back, to the more familiar Junction and Corn Exchange.

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The opening night’s event is at the aforementioned Portland Arms and comes courtesy of local boy Steven James Adams and Band, the leader of whom is rather prolific, just check out his back catalogue here. If you head over to The Junction on Sunday the 5th, there’s a performance from folk mastermind Jim Foray who is simply not to be missed. His blend of folk music with video accompaniments will serve to recruit you as a fan in no time. The Corn Exchange will host the final evening’s event, a performance from Afropop artist Salif Keita (pictured at top), more affectionately known as ‘the Golden Voice of Africa’.

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Though events like these are the intended main draw, the real magic is sure to come from the sessions that have been arranged across the city. Folk music is renowned for its ability to bring together people of varied social standing and unite them in the addressing of the world’s current issues.. With the world in its current state, there’s definitely to be some shining voices speaking out loud and sing-alongs aplenty. Head to The Union bar on the 7th of February for one such session, there’s no stage split listed yet. There could be anyone onstage, which makes for all the more fun!

This is just a short preview of what you can expect from City Roots starting tomorrow. Check out the full listing so far on the official event Web site. Be prepared to get lost amongst the traditionalism and storytelling of generations old and new. If you don’t come away from City Roots having found a new story that speaks to you, new artists who say what you cannot or even a new friend, then you get one more chance at the festival proper in July.

 

Menace Beach / January and February 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 13th January 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Leeds rock band Menace Beach, co-fronted by Liza Violet and Ryan Needham, have announced their sophomore album ‘Lemon Memory’, due out next Friday, the 20th of January, on Memphis Industries. Named for a “citrus based curse” said to have been placed on Ryan and Liza’s house, the album opens with the macabre ‘Give Blood’, which is streaming at the bottom of this page.

Immediately following the release of ‘Lemon Memory’, Menace Beach will set out on tour through the UK, including stops in London and Glasgow and a homecoming show in Leeds. Tickets are on sale now. Then in March, Menace Beach will make their American debut at SXSW 2017, so keep an eye out for TGTF’s coverage from Austin. In the meantime, you can check out our review of their 2015 EP ‘Super Transporterreum’ right back here.

Tuesday 31st January 2017 – Sheffield Picture House
Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Thursday 2nd February 2017 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Friday 3rd February 2017 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Saturday 4th February 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Monday 6th February 2017 – Oxford Bullingdon Arms
Tuesday 7th February 2017 – Brighton Hope and Ruin
Wednesday 8th February 2017 – London Moth Club
Thursday 9th February 2017 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 10th February 2017 – Liverpool Magnet
Saturday 11th February 2017 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 12th February 2017 – Glasgow Broadcast
Wednesday 15th February 2017 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Thursday 16th February 2017 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 17th February 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club

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