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Live Gig Video: Young Rebel Set perform new song ‘Mountains’ at Germany’s Omas Teich Festival

 
By on Friday, 1st February 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Last July, Stockton’s Young Rebel Set made an appearance at Germany’s Omas Teich Festival, where they previewed this new song, ‘Mountains’, another grand, anthemic number from the band. It’s been a long time coming to YouTube for this performance to arrive, so be sure not to miss watching the performance below.

If you recall, I named their debut album ‘Curse Our Love’ my 3rd best album of 2011. I’ve never seen the band perform, so fingers crossed they will be playing somewhere near me (or while I’m on holiday in England) very soon.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF7yNVKuqDU[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: The xx perform ‘Angels’ in a hotel room in Tokyo

 
By on Thursday, 23rd August 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

While the xx were in Japan in July for a tour, they felt so inspired in the capital city of Tokyo that they got swept up in the moment and recorded this video of ‘Angels’ in Romy Madley-Croft’s 33rd floor hotel room. Inspiration stops for no-one and we’re glad the trio recorded this for posterity. Watch the video below. (Sure beats Prince Harry’s hotel room antics in Las Vegas.)

The xx’s highly anticipated second album ‘Coexist’ drops on the 10th of September on Young Turks.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYXejsku99Q[/youtube]

 

Tramlines 2012: Day 3 Roundup

 
By on Tuesday, 21st August 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

After the exhaustion of last night’s Crookes set at Tramlines, Sunday had come right on cue. With an eclectic mix of acts on both of the specially erected city stages, it’s finally time to visit the main stage for local legends The Everly Pregnant Brothers. After seeing them on the busking bus last year, their step up to opening the main stage was one to celebrate as their set of ukulele based Yorkshire-ised popular hits including ‘Chav World (Mad World)’ and ode to Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’ with more Yorkshire than you can shake a pasty at lightens up Devonshire Green with a brilliant atmosphere.

Leaving the main stage for now to return to the Nando’s New Music Stage, Holland (above) play a set of as or yet unknown tracks, one to keep an eye on perhaps? Either way they’re followed by the guitar-pop sounds of Let’s Buy Happiness. The sound is uplifting even if the lyrics are rooted in dark undertones of sarcasm for loves-passed-by. Neither band are in line to set fire to venues and charts, but they’re enjoyable enough for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

Going off route a bit, its time to venture to new venue The Hop for a band who’re following in the steps of Sheffield duo Wet Nuns with their blend of hearty rock with a twist of blues and energy for good measure. The Blackbirds (below) are loud and riff heavy with some thumping drums and whilst the band have a lot to do before they achieve such levels as their local peers, the promise is undeniable even if the crowd is limited to around twenty people.

Everything in the day has been leading up to one thing though. Whilst across Sheffield, everyone’s winding up to their final headliners including a hugely notable homecoming show for 65daysofstatic on the New Music Stage; indie underdogs and all round nice guys We Are Scientists are due to close the festival on the main stage. The buzz for their support Field Music (below) is sadly nonexistent; you feel the group would have been better off surrounded by their more devoted fans inside somewhere like the Harley, but the band stick to a tight set that sounds a bit amiss in such a setting.

We Are Scientists come on stage though and Devonshire Green starts to dance. Playing a singles collection of their by now well known indie rock tracks with a few new ones added in to test the water on their upcoming fourth record the band haven’t put many notes out in years and that’s appreciated by the gathered Sheffield masses.  Sadly though, once again the stage is running late so in order to catch a few minutes of another local band on the rise, TGTF heads off up to Soyo.

Screaming Maldini are by now underground favourites. The enthusiasm with which they play their fresh breed of music that treads between the singalongs of pop and the eccentricity of math-rock on a delicate line (landing a bit more on the pop sound) makes for a highly enjoyable finish to the weekend. Of course acts continue late into the night, but it’s once again last-train home time and even with the occasional disappointment; Tramlines has once again proved that you can achieve a hugely enjoyable and bustling festival of solid acts without charging a penny to the fans. This time next year, Sheffield?

 

Tramlines 2012: Day 2 Roundup

 
By on Monday, 20th August 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

As Saturday rises over Sheffield, the city is bustling as Tramlines becomes hotter than an extra hot peri-peri chicken; conveniently, placed within the heart of the city is the Nando’s New Music Stage and when TGTF arrives its none other than Mazes cooking up a storm. Well, I say storm, it’s a hot day and everyone’s sitting down in the square, but Mazes are enjoyable enough to set up the afternoon.

After this comes the pop vibes of Frankie Rose.  She’s got an almost Rose Elinor Dougall quality about her in that it’s bordering the indie line but her sound is still very much endearingly pop. Again, her unfamiliarity with many here washes over the crowd but she’ll have made some new friends this afternoon.

Alarm Bells come on next.  A band lost somewhere between their ex-Dananananaykroyd members and a sound similar to that of the likes of Young Legionnaire, they start well but are struck by an odd power cut mid-set. They try to play it off as drama but the communication of “we are Alarm Bells and this is called a public nightmare” says it all for the band. They need work, but once they’ve pinned the sound down, there’s definitely a future for the new band.

Before this has finished. TGTF pops up to the university arms to catch a few minutes of exciting new act Tip Yr Bartender but clashing set times means only a song or two are enjoyed before dashing back down the Sheffield grid once more to the Bowery. This Many Boyfriends are playing and they’re playing to a relatively crowded room, but when isn’t the Bowery crowded? It’s fuzzy, its fun and it’s fast, and the Leeds band have certainly done the right thing continuing after the tragic loss of their guitarist Peter Sykes last September. Of course due to running around only the latter part of their set is seen but you take what you can at a city festival; especially when it’s free.

Blessa follow but don’t quite have the same energy as just seen. I start to wonder if my plan of winging it this festival is proving to be the right choice and wander the city for a while before returning to the crowded room for Best Friends (above) and Peace (pictured at top). Best Friends continue to make me doubt even if they are a bit energetic with a moderate dollop of shoegaze whilst Peace rightfully fill the room with tracks from their as of yet limited catalogue and forthcoming EP.

And so, to end the night it’s across the streets of Sheffield to see local boys done good The Crookes. Fresh from the release of their second record, the band fill the upstairs room of the Shakespeare to an almost dangerous level. It’s hotter and sweatier than the most crowded of saunas and there appears to be no way of opening windows but as the band come on, for a while it stops mattering. They’ve got the same kind of buzz around them as Razorlight did around the ‘Up All Night’ era and quite frankly, with a performance like this, they deserve it.   It’s enjoyable to the point that even though it’s far too hot to move, many in the 100-sized room are doing so; someone’s even got a blow-up toy!

So it had been yet another mixed day of strange set times in a diverse set of rooms but on the most tiring set of the weekend so far it’s a positive home time tonight. The party continues through the night across the city but after that Crookes set, it seems fitting to stop there. Let’s see what Sunday brings.

 

Tramlines 2012: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Wednesday, 15th August 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Here at TGTF we’re big fans of Sheffield’s Tramlines and yet again, for one weekend in July, the best free festival in the country returned for one mass musical event that set the city alight. With every venue in the city opening its doors to up to 10 bands a day and with local, national and even a few international bands in the postcode for the weekend, it was sure to be a good one. Picture the Great Escape, in the north and for free and you’ve basically got Tramlines down to a tee. This year, I decided to stop playing it safe with lots of main stage bands and even a few band’s we’ve barely heard before in there with our favourites so with these 3-day reviews, there’s going to be plenty of new music to check out.

Friday came with a surprising amount of sunshine and as such, the first thing to do was to find a dark venue to go watch a band in. The o2 Academy opened up with local rock band Bluehearts (above) and whilst their description left a lot to desire, to kick off the weekend with such energy and stage prowess as Bluehearts did was something to behold. Whilst the music still needs some work before the band hit the whole country there’s enough potential in their breed of rock that falls somewhere between classic blues-rock with the flair of Manchester Orchestra or even Kasabian.

After this, it’s aboard a tram to catch the ever present Johnny Foreigner play a set on a tram. After their busker-bus show last year, the tram set seems quite similar, but at least its yet another novel way of splitting up the weekend and playing music to your fans and commuters alike. The sing-along’s are enjoyable even if the ride isn’t that comfortable. See the full show below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbWi0i-SToQ[/youtube]

After this it’s a bit more new-band guessing mixed with convenience as, heading up to the small yet immensely popular Bowery; alt-J are headlining. Before them come G R E A T W A V E S. The band’s breed of atmospheric music fills the Bowery and whilst many at the back are unimpressed, from the front its almost hypnotic. With a few more releases and a bit more familiarity under their belts, this unimposing duo could see support slots for Sunless ’97 turn into slots with the xx.

And tonight’s headliners, the one’s that the queue’s been round the block for are alt-J. Unfortunately, everything’s running very late in the Bowery tonight and it’s last-train-home time but for those who stayed; the Cambridge via Leeds band of the moment played a huge sounding set of tracks from their acclaimed debut record and TGTF has it on good authority that they’re worth catching on tour.

What will the rest of the weekend bring? More stages running to time we hope.

 

Interview: James Buckey of Family of the Year

 
By on Tuesday, 14th August 2012 at 11:00 am
 

I’ve been trying hard to figure out a way to characterize the band Family of the Year. Folk/Americana seems to be their assigned category, but I’m not so sure. There are some great bands in that genre playing now, but I feel like Americana has more banjo, accordion, and glockenspiel. Family of the Year rocks much harder than your standard folk band. Yet, with an acoustic guitar out front, it’s got a bit of the folkish feel. So I sat down with James Buckey, guitar player with the band, before their support slot with Milo Greene last month in Washington, to ask how they came to their particular sound.

Your general sound is kind of like folk/Americana, are your surprised that you have appeared in this huge burgeoning field of folk. There are so many acts right now finding success with this sound and you’re right in there. Does that surprise you, or did you see this three years ago and placed yourselves there?
No, not at all, actually. It does surprise us. When this whole project started it was more just for fun. Me and Joe were in a band before, I’ve known Joe for 10 years, and we’ve had different projects that have been going on for a long time and actually when this one started we were all kind of ‘retired’ for a little bit. It was at the time the economy crashed, the end of ’08. So toward the summer of ’09 we were all just sitting around thinking ‘why don’t we hang out some more?’ Joe had been writing a lot of songs by himself with his girlfriend at the time, Vanessa, and a lot of that was on the first album. So when that was done, we had all these songs, so we just started hanging out and jamming. It wasn’t meant to be this, it was just ‘We’re all friends, let’s just play music.’

I read that the first album was more of an experiment, but it must have been different with ‘Loma Vista’ since this was going to be the second album. How was it different this time?

‘Loma Vista’ was different. Although it’s our second album, it’s the first one that all of us [in this line-up] collaborated on. I think that’s why it has a little more focus. Where the first record has a whole bunch of different styles, because each of us had our own personal musical style and tastes in there. But working with Wally (Gagel [Muse, Sebadoh]), our producer, he kind of took all these ideas and moved pieces around to where it made a nice little pop song.

You spoke about the different interests you have, musically, as individuals. Are they concentrated in the folk/Americana genre? Is it similar or are you into death metal?
Well, I am into metal! I’m not kidding. As you grow older your tastes change. I am sure that the sixteen year old version of me would kick my ass for what I am doing now. But you evolve as a person, you grow and then one day you listen to classical music and think ‘ah this is perfect’. You just learn more about music, further than what you listened to when you were growing up.

[In 2010, Family of the Year had a project where they released a different song every month.] Where are those monthly songs? How did it go?
That was an idea of our manager at the time because when we got together we had this huge catalog of songs. It was something we were just able to do. We had released ‘Songbook’ with 14 or 15 songs on it but there were all these songs leftover so we set this up through email.

Are all those songs represented on the EPs and albums somewhere? Or are they super special. Never to be seen again?
Yes!

In the past, you’ve pursued less than traditional ways of funding, like Bandcamp and the postcards [note: for $5 they would send a personalized postcard from the road]. Are you doing anything like that these days?
Well, what we do these days is more of a donation basis. Everyone’s having a hard time. In the old days, the tour would support the album, but nowadays the album’s almost a giveaway and the album supports the tour. So it’s like if you guys want it, take it, it’s all about getting it out there.

So what do you think about people who do projects on PledgeMusic and Kickstarter? Do you think that’s the way to go?
In my opinion, Kickstater can be a very valuable tool for certain people’s projects, but we’ve seen people do Kickstarter for some weird things and thought ‘huh’? So it’s a very good tool if it fits your project.

I know it’s a big controversy, but what do you think about Spotify?
That’s kind of a hard one. Me, personally, I’ve signed up for it and I absolutely love it because my musical taste is ridiculous. I listen to Kanye, I listen to Dragon Force, and then I’ll listen to Peter Gabriel. Plus my iPod of six years died eight months ago, so I had 10,000 songs on there and I can’t go back and buy them all. So I was just like ‘Thanks Spotify’.

But do you think it’s a model that’s going to be able to sustain you, as a musician?
Not by itself I don’t think. It’s very new, the free one has all the commercials. Hopefully they can streamline it, figure it out. But then there are certain bands like Def Leppard and Metallica, artists that won’t do that. But I think it’s kind of funny, they’re so big that if they did do it, they would have a revenue stream of some sort.

You are heading to Reading and Leeds – is that exciting?
That’s SO exciting. It’s going to be awesome. We are going to go over and do Reading and Leeds then we are going to do a two week tour around northern Europe – Holland, Belgium, Germany, France. Then we go up to Canada. We hope it will lead to something more that it will snowball.

If you could collaborate with any current band to do a charity track, who would you pick?
I think it would have to be our friends. We are really good friends with Grouplove or Givers. Bands with similar music, happy tunes.

And with that James had to head back for a rather late soundcheck. True to his word, their album ‘Loma Vista’ was being sold at the merch table for donations. I checked the big jar at the end of the night and it was quite full (hopefully not of all singles) so I think they had a lot of converts that night. Look for Family of the Year to play Reading/Leeds later this month, with a show at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in London to follow on the 6th of September.

Many thanks to James for his time and Meg for sorting this interview out for us here at TGTF.

 
 
 

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