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Video of the Moment #2896: Miles Kane

 
By on Tuesday, 9th October 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Miles Kane, whose stint with The Last Shadow Puppets by now feels like ancient history, has put out new promo video for the latest track from his recent solo album ‘Coup de Grace’. The LP was released back in August on Virgin EMI, following its early teaser single ‘Cry On My Guitar’. Kane’s new track, titled ‘Killing the Joke’, is mildly psychedelic in its sound and perhaps a more than a bit ironic in its lyrics.

The video treatment for ‘Killing the Joke’ was created by Daniele Cavalli and Manfredi Lucibello and set against the scenic backdrop of Florence. Its action sequences feature Kane alternately driving a sports car, wandering through empty yet architecturally striking corridors and drinking scotch in a deserted bar decorated with an assortment of crystal decanters. The black and white videography emphasises the kaleidoscopic reflection of light from the various gleaming surfaces and the sharp relief provided by the interplay of the resulting shadows.

You can watch the promo for ‘Killing the Joke’ just below, and if you’re a Miles Kane fan, check out his November and December UK tour dates, listed at the bottom of the page. A full listing of Kane’s upcoming live dates can be found on his official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Miles Kane is back through here.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 23rd November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Saturday 24th November 2018 – Manchester Academy 1
Monday 26th November 2018 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 29th November 2018 – Leeds Academy
Friday 30th November 2018 – Hull University
Saturday 1st December 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 3rd December 2018 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 6th December 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 7th December 2018 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th December 2018 – Liverpool University

 

John Grant / October and November 2018 and January and February 2019 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

John Grant will be releasing a new album next month, so naturally, he’s got plenty of live appearances lined up in the coming months. So far, a date in November at Manchester Albert Hall has already sold out, so if you’re wanting to see him, best to book the appropriate live date for you as listed below, and as soon as possible. To meet the demand in Manchester, another date there has been added for the 10th of February 2019.

Tickets to the 2018 UK tour dates are on sale now; the 2019 dates go on sale this Friday, the 7th of September. Grant’s new album ‘Love is Magic’ will be released on the 12th of October on Bella Union. Below the tour date listing, enjoy two preview tracks from the LP, ‘He’s Got His Mother’s Hips’ and ‘Touch & Go’. Catch up on our past coverage on John Grant through this link.

Monday 29th October 2018 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 30th October 2018 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 31st October 2018 – Bath Forum
Friday 2nd November 2018 – Sheffield Octagon Centre
Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Manchester Albert Hall (sold out)
Wednesday 30th January 2019 – Leeds Academy
Thursday 31st January 2019 – Gateshead Sage
Friday 1st February 2019 – Glasgow Kings Theatre (Celtic Connections)
Sunday 3rd February 2019 – Hull Bonus Area
Monday 4th February 2019 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 7th February 2019 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 8th February 2019 – Southampton Guildhall
Sunday 10th February 2019 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday 11th February 2019 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall

 

Sløtface / September and October 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Norwegian pop punk band Sløtface will play a lengthy string of live dates in the UK this autumn, supporting their newly released debut album ‘Try Not to Freak Out’, which our own Steven recently reviewed. Sløtface’s UK dates will follow a run of live shows in Germany and the Netherlands and will precede the band’s show in Paris on the 27th of October.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. A full listing of Sløtface’s upcoming live gigs can be found on their official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Sløtface is right back this way.

Thursday 28th September 2017 – Bournemouth 60 Million Postcards
Friday 29th September 2017 – Birmingham Actress and Bishop
Saturday 30th September 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club Games Room
Sunday 1st October 2017 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 – York Basement
Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Hull Adelphi
Thursday 5th October 2017 – Derby Venue
Friday 6th October 2017 – Sheffield Picture House Social
Saturday 7th October 2017 – Newcastle Think Tank
Monday 9th October 2017 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Tuesday 10th October 2017 – Glasgow Broadcast
Thursday 12th October 2017 – Liverpool Magnet
Friday 13th October 2017 – Stockton-on-Tees Ku Bar
Monday 16th October 2017 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 17th October 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Thursday 19th October 2017 – Plymouth Underground

 

Jake Bugg / November 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 9th August 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Folk rock wunderkind Jake Bugg has just announced a November tour of the UK and Ireland to support his forthcoming third LP ‘Hearts That Strain’. Recorded in Nashville with producers David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney, the new album is due for release on the 1st of September on Virgin EMI. Its sweetly mellow first single ‘How Soon the Dawn’ features a musical collaboration between Bugg and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. You can watch the lo-fi promo video for ‘How Soon the Dawn’ just below the tour date listing.

Bugg’s November tour dates will follow a slew of summer festival shows, including a scheduled appearance at the On Blackheath Festival on Sunday the 10th of September. A full listing of  Bugg’s upcoming live dates can be found on his official Web site. Tickets for the following shows will be available this Friday, the 11th of August, starting at 9 AM. TGTF’s previous coverage of Jake Bugg is right back here.

Saturday 4th November 2017 – Bath Forum
Sunday 5th November 2017 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
Monday 6th November 2017 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Hull City Hall
Thursday 9th November 2017 – Cork Live at St. Luke’s
Friday 10th November 2017 – Limerick Dolans Pub
Saturday 11th November 2017 – Galway Black Box
Monday 13th November 2017 – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Forres Loft
Thursday 16th November 2017 – Strathpeffer Pavilion
Friday 17th November 2017 – Perth Inchyra
Sunday 19th November 2017 – Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Friday 24th November 2017 – Reading Hexagon
Saturday 25th November 2017 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

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Live Gig Video: watch LIFE perform single ‘In Your Hands’ at Hull Welly

 
By on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

In a month’s time to the day, the debut album from Hull punks LIFE will see the light of day. They’re self-releasing the PRS for Music Foundation Momentum grant-funded ‘Popular Music’ on the 26th of May, just in time to get you primed for the second bank holiday of the month. As anyone who has seen them live such as myself will attest to, they’re an excellent proposition in I guess what you would call their ideal habitat: in a dark, sweating nightclub, unleashing their brand of cutting, socially conscious, in-your-face rock on punters. In case you are one of those poor souls who haven’t seen them live or indeed, you have yet to be converted to their devoted legion of ‘LIFERS’ (yes, I am one of them), I’ve got good news for you.

To usher in this month, they headlined at a special ‘POP PARTY 2’ at the (in?)famous Welly in their hometown on the 1st of April. Their stalwart photographer / video buddy Josh Moore was on hand to film the proceedings, so the group have unveiled live video from the show. The clips from the gig are set to their current single ‘In Your Hands’, which is currently enjoying a good run as Steve Lamacq’s Livener track. I cringe whenever I read the word ‘visceral’ in any music review – I never use it because everyone else does – but this is one of those rare cases in which I think it’s probably the best word to drop in.

This is definitely the kind of party you want not only to get invited to, but you’d also want to partake in with plenty of moshing, arm flailing and perhaps even a spot of crowd surfing. You’ll probably have to wipe your brow just watching this claustrophobic yet strangely enticing event unfold. The group have a busy bank holiday weekend ahead, with back to back appearances in Newcastle tomorrow and Friday (Meet the North / Hit the North), Live at Leeds on Saturday and and Handmade Festival in Leicester on Sunday. To catch up on all of TGTF’s recent coverage on LIFE, including both my and Carrie’s experiences watching them perform in Austin at SXSW 2017 last month (the photo at top was taken at the last set of the last night of the British Music Embassy), as well as my interview with Mez and his brother Mick, follow this link.

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(Charity!) Album Review/Essay: Three Minute Heroes – #HearMeOut

 
By on Tuesday, 25th April 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Three Minute Heroes album coverSome argue that there have always been reasons for despair. That times like these are no different than other very difficult days that have come before, so we should just shut up and get on with it. In the face of all this doom and gloom, we need to hold on to the hope that the future leaders of tomorrow will have the open minds and kind hearts to turn things around and do what’s best for this world for the times ahead. In the current society largely unconcerned what happens to its young people, it’s no wonder why they are increasingly feeling marginalised and as if they don’t have a voice. In Britain, this all is coupled with the long-standing tradition of ‘stiff upper lip’, making for an environment of anxiety and emotions, all bottled up and kept behind bedroom doors.

We already know where that can lead to. Tom Chaplin’s debut solo album ‘The Wave’ chronicles how his life spiralled out of control while he tried to keep those emotions contained through drink and drugs. Thankfully, he found strength within himself to find help before it was too late. There’s a reason, too, why North West charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) was created: to reduce the shockingly high suicide rate among young British men who feel they can’t speak up about their pain because of the stigma of mental illness. On this side of the Atlantic, To Write Love on Her Arms was set up to similarly provide support young people with addiction and depression and connect them with the resources they need.

As a former contributor to their publication CALMzine and having struggled with depression myself, I have great empathy for those who are suffering in silence, who feel like no one cares or will want to listen. Further, it pains me greatly that our children, who should be enjoying the most carefree time of their lives, are filled with anxiety and depression. So how do we build an environment where our youth feel safe to express how they are feeling and can do so without feeling vulnerable?

A special place in East Yorkshire have done just that and one better, have also amazingly worked music into the equation. Going strong for over 2 decades, The Warren Youth Project in Hull is empowering young people aged 14 to 25 by supporting them be able to take control of their own lives. The independent, not-for-profit label Warren Records associated with the Project recently released the Three Minute Heroes album ‘#HearMeOut’, borne out of the Project’s partnership with schools in East Yorkshire, is hopefully the first in a long line to come. The album was part funded by The Joe Strummer Foundation and the Headstart Hull Partnership Programme led by Hull City Council.

During Three Minute Heroes’ workshops in this region of England, students were guided and encouraged by mentors to share their feelings through creative, stream-of-consciousness writing exercises. Their words offer an honest, unfiltered peek into the minds and the thoughts that are troubling our youth, and they were turned into lyrics by local bands and singer/songwriters and incorporated into songs. What better way to encourage young people by showing first-hand how creativity through the sharing of emotions can lead to art that can reach and continue to inspire others?

Three Minute Heroes at Withernsea High School with mentor Redeye Feenix
Rapper and mentor Redeye Feenix with students at Withernsea High School
(photo provided courtesy of Three Minute Heroes)

Musically, the LP offers the listener a wide variety of genres. On standout ‘Home’, alt-folk group The Mighty and the Moon tackle physical abuse and foster care, taking on the poignant subject matter with a thoughtful and deft hand. A folky vibe mixes with soul on ‘Paint a New Picture’ by Ruth Scott featuring Kristian Eastwood, conveying the sadness of a child growing up without his mother. Hillbilly Troupe’s ‘Dead Langer’ touches on the plight of the homeless, its catchy Americana rhythm not only propelling the track forward but also making the track memorable. False Advertising’s ‘It’s Been a While’ sums up the youth’s feelings of disconnectedness from society, their fuzz-filled rock the sonic equivalent of banging one’s head on a table in frustration.

The further you go into the album, the more you come to emphathise with what our youth are struggling with in their own heads. The drawn out lyrics in Crooked Weather’s ‘Skeletons’ demonstrate the fight to silence your anxiety with what you intellectually know is the reality. Despite the resoluteness of the lyrics in The Dyr Sister’s ‘See, Hear, Speak’, the words come across as if they are said as mantras, not fully believed by their writer or fully realised. Yet. The handclaps on ‘I Want to Be Human’ by The Quicksilver Kings serve to punctuate the repeated moments that children feel when the adults in their lives aren’t taking them seriously. And there’s so much more on the ‘#HearMeOut’ album to discover.

Young people today face so many obstacles and people telling them “no”, so it’s not surprising they feel unsupported and alone. The ‘#HearMeOut’ album is hopefully just the starting point for the Three Minute Heroes initiative. In raising awareness of mental health among youth and their providing a safe place for young people to voice what’s on their mind, it’s a natural extension of what The Warren Youth Project and Warren Records stand for. Let Three Minute Heroes serve as a fine example not just for in Britain, but for the world what can be achieved in supporting our children and with real, positive results.

8/10

Three Minute Heroes’ ‘#HearMeOut’ album is now available to stream for free on Bandcamp and below. However, we here at TGTF encourage everyone to buy the limited CD at the minimum donation of £10 or more if you can spare it. All proceeds will go towards bringing the #HearMeOut campaign to more young people. You can also directly donate to Three Minute Heroes and The Warren Youth Project through here.

 
 
 

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