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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2785: Bully

 
By on Friday, 9th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Nashville grunge rock band Bully have shared a new animated video for their track ‘Focused’, along with a list of UK tour dates for this May, following the band’s scheduled appearance at SXSW 2018 in March. ‘Focused’ appears on Bully’s second LP ‘Losing’, which was released back in October on Sub Pop.

Perhaps by coincidence (or perhaps not), ‘Focused’ almost immediately conjures memories of Sub Pop alumnus Nirvana. The song’s austere bass-dominant instrumentation is a perfect initial backdrop for Bully frontwoman and songwriter Alicia Bognanno’s detached, sullen vocals. But over the course of the song her sneering is gradually drawn out into full on screaming, à la Kurt Cobain, in the refrain “I am trying to stay focused.”

The visual treatment for ‘Focused’ was created by director Rozalina Burkova, who stayed true to both the song’s lyrical meaning and its musical content in her interpretation. Burkova describes her animation scheme as “loosely based on the theme of coming of age and the ups and downs [of] friendships and relationships.” Bognanno chimes in, “I let Rozalina take the reins on this one. I am a huge fan of all her animation work and wanted her to do what she felt was best for this video.”

You can watch the animated promo video for ‘Focused’ just below the listing of Bully’s upcoming UK headline dates. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Thursday 10th May 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social
Friday 11th May 2018 – Liverpool Buyers Club
Monday 14th May 2018 – Leicester Cookie
Tuesday 15th May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Sunday 20th May 2018 – Leeds Gold Sounds
Monday 21st May 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Guildford Boileroom
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – London Moth Club

 

Palace / April 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 9th December 2016 at 9:00 am
 

London alt-rock quartet Palace will spend almost the entire month of April 2017 on tour in the UK and Ireland in support of their recent debut album release ‘So Long Forever’. The album’s current single is called ‘It’s Over’, and its promo video is streaming just below the tour date listing.

Before their long list of UK live dates, Palace will spend the last part of March touring in continental Europe; you can find a full list of Palace’s upcoming shows on their official Facebook. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Palace is collected back here.

Monday 3rd April 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Tuesday 4th April 2017 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 5th April 2017 – Sheffield Harley
Thursday 6th April 2017 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Friday 7th April 2017 – Newcastle Cluny 2
Saturday 8th April 2017 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Monday 10th April 2017 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Tuesday 11th April 2017 – Liverpool Buyers Club
Wednesday 12th April 2017 – Dublin Whelan’s
Thursday 13th April 2017 – Belfast Voodoo
Tuesday 18th April 2017 – Birmingham Institute 3
Wednesday 19th April 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 20th April 2017 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 21st April 2017– Oxford Bullingdon
Tuesday 25th April 2017 – Guildford Boileroom
Wednesday 26th April 2017 – Reading South Street Arts Centre
Thursday 27th April 2017 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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KT Tunstall / May 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Scottish singer/songwriter and now L.A. transplant KT Tunstall has announced a new UK tour for next spring. Tunstall just released her fifth studio album ‘KIN’ in September, out now on Virgin EMI. (Read Rebecca’s review of the artist’s LP through here.) She finished a tour of most larger markets of the UK 2 weeks ago. Admirably, Tunstall has announced another UK tour for next May, this time for different, mostly smaller towns in between her bigger stops the last time around. Tickets for this new tour go on sale this Friday, the 25th of November, at 10 AM. For more on KT Tunstall on TGTF, come right this way.

Thursday 18th May 2017 – Harrogate Royal Hall
Friday 19th May 2017 – Edinburgh Queens Hall
Saturday 20th May 2017 – Northampton Derngate
Monday 22nd May 2017 – London Barbican
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – Guildford G Live
Wednesday 24th May 2017 – Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Friday 26th May 2017 – Warrington Parr Hall
Saturday 27th May 2017 – Warwick Arts Centre
Sunday 28th May 2017 – Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre

 

Syd Arthur / October and November 2016 English/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Canterbury psych-rock band Syd Arthur will play a list of live shows in England and Ireland later this autumn, around the release of their new LP ‘Apricity’. The album is due out on the 21st of October via Communion in the UK and Harvest Records in North America. You can take a listen to its third promo single ‘No Peace’ just below the tour date listing.

Syd Arthur are currently on tour in North America supporting Jake Bugg through the end of September. They will return to England to play a handful of shows with Austin, Texas rock band White Denim ahead of the headline dates listed below.  A full listing of Syd Arthur’s upcoming live dates, including their album launch in Canterbury on the 18th of November, can be found on their official Facebook. Tickets for the following list of shows are available now.

Stay tuned to TGTF in the coming days for more insight on ‘Apricity’ in our interview with Syd Arthur frontman Liam Magill. In the meantime, you can read through our past coverage of the band right back here.

Saturday 15th October 2016 – London Hackney Wonderland
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Friday 28th October 2016 – Winchester Railway Inn
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Oxford Cellar
Sunday 30th October 2016 – Sheffield Harley
Monday 31st October 2016 – Newcastle Cluny
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Guildford Boileroom
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Brighton Patterns

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Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls / November and December 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Fresh from their opening slot on the main stage at Reading and Leeds 2016, indefatigable folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls have announced a massive list of tour dates for the UK and Ireland at the end of this year. Dubbed the ‘Get Better Tour 2016’, the new slate of live dates begins in Dublin on the 16th of November and wraps up in Portsmouth on the 14th of December.

As usual, Turner himself has chosen the support acts for the ‘Get Better’ tour, Esmé Patterson and Felix Hagan and the Family. Tickets for the following lengthy list of shows are available now.  TGTF’s full archive of previous coverage on Frank Turner is back this way.

Wednesday 16th November 2016 – Dublin Olympia
Friday 18th November 2016 – Salisbury City Hall
Monday 21st November 2016 – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – Carlisle Sands Center
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Doncaster Dome
Friday 25th November 2016 – Coventry Empire
Saturday 26th November 2016 – Cardiff Great Hall
Sunday 27th November 2016 – Oxford New Theatre
Monday 28th November 2016 – Exeter Great Hall
Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Reading Hexagon
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Leeds University Refectory
Friday 2nd December 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Monday 5th December 2016 – Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Warrington Parr Hall
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Newcastle Northumbria University
Friday 9th December 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 10th December 2016 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion
Sunday 11th December 2016 – Norwich UEA
Monday 12th December 2016 – Guildford G Live
Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Portsmouth Guildhall

 

 

We Are Scientists / October and November 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 22nd July 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Perennial American jokesters – and awesome music duo to boot – We Are Scientists have announced details of a massive UK and Irish tour for this autumn. They’ll be touring in support of their sixth album ‘Helter Seltzer’, which was released back in the spring. You can read Steven’s review of the long player through this link. You can also have a read of bassist Chris Cain’s chat with him this month here, ahead of their appearances this weekend at Kendal Calling 2016 and next weekend’s Leefest Presents: The Neverland 2016.

Tickets to this autumn’s tour are on sale now. To watch their latest video for ‘In My Head’, featured on ‘Helter Skelter’, check it out below the long tour date list. We love those guys, so to read any or all of our extensive back catalogue of articles on We Are Scientists, head this way.

Friday 7th October 2016 – Bognor Regis Butlins (Rockaway Beach)
Saturday 8th October 2016 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Sunday 9th October 2016 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Monday 10th October 2016 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 11th October 2016 – Gloucester Guildhall
Thursday 13th October 2016 – Falmouth Pavillion
Friday 14th October 2016 – Plymouth Hub
Saturday 15th October 2016 – London Oval Space (Hackney Wonderland)
Sunday 16th October 2016 – Guildford Boileroom
Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Liverpool Arts Club
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Dublin Opium
Friday 21st October 2016 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Sunday 23rd October 2016 – Belfast Limelight
Monday 24th October 2016 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Dundee Buskers
Thursday 27th October 2016 – York Fibbers
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Holmfirth Picturedrome
Monday 31st October 2016 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Southend Chinnerys
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Bedford Esquires
Friday 4th November 2016 – Barrow In Furness Barrow Library (Get Loud in Libraries)

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