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Video of the Moment #644: Ladytron

 
By on Wednesday, 30th November 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Ladytron‘s new video for single ‘Mirage’ is all about Stonehenge and the Druids. Or is it? The Liverpool-based band’s new album, ‘Gravity the Seducer’, is out now on Nettwerk.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mSFL3h9Lgw[/youtube]

 

Video of the Day #3: Ladytron – Tomorrow

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Ladytron have a new single out shortly from their amazing album, Velocifero. Directed by Neil Krug and filmed in Kansas and Barcelona. It’s amazing – all dreamy and angel like, and just our sort of thing.

The thing about Ladytron is that they just seem to get better and better with every album. I loved Witching Hour, which was the album that got me into the amazing electro Europeans. Velocifero underwhelmed me at first,but now just gets more and more multi-layered with every listen. Gorgeous.

After watching the video, download a remix of Tomorrow by Berlin producer, Vector Lovers (AKA Martin Wheeler). It’s ace, but I prefer the original.

[flv:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/200902/ladytron.flv 450 300]

MP3: Ladytron – Tomorrow (Vector Lovers remix)

Tomorrow is released on March 2nd, and is taken from Velocifero, which is available now on Amazon, Amazon MP3, and iTunes.

 

Hydro Connect: The Complete Review

 
By on Sunday, 7th September 2008 at 5:41 pm
 

Hydro Connect Festival was my first proper music festival, and quite possibly one of the furthest away from home we could get. After a 9 hour drive leaving home at 5am on Friday morning, we arrived at one of the most beautiful festival settings I think you’ll find this side of Coachella.

After the horrible trek from car park to campsite (we were warned it was 20 minutes, but we’d suggest you double that if you’re carrying a tent), we set up our tent and went out to explore the main arena.

First up were Noah and the Whale and Ladytron on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage (otherwise known as the second stage for those of you who are Glastonbury / Reading / Leeds fans), before a wander around to see Amy MacDonald sporting a rather fetching kilt. I’ve never been a huge fan of her Radio 2 – lite tunes, but the Scottish crowd certainly loved the Glaswegian girl.

Manic Street Preachers were up next, and were on absolute fire as they did an amazing set. I’d heard people rave about them, but now I really can understand why – they were amazing. Kasabian headlined, but frankly were nothing on the Manics. Tom Meighan is an amazing frontman and certainly can whip everyone up some, but frankly they don’t have the tunes that the Manics do.

After an interesting night in the campsite, we slowly started our Saturday in the Speakeasy cafe on the sofas, listening to some amazing acoustic music. Quickly time rolled around and we had to amble back to the Media tent to catch a quick chat with Paul from Glasvegas and Kele and Matt from Bloc Party. After coming down from that little bit of excitement, we went to catch Friendly Fires on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage. We knew they were good having stumbled across them several times around the blogosphere, but weren’t expecting the amazingly high-energy set they provided us with. Black Lips disappointed, failing to energise the rather small crowd. Glasvegas had one of the biggest mid-afternoon crowds of the weekend, and provided the anthem of the weekend around the campsites.

A bit of food, and back to the main Oyster stage for the evening. We had high hopes for Grinderman, but simply didn’t appreciate Nick Cave’s new project, with it sounding largely inaccessible to us. Paolo Nutini I wasn’t holding out high hopes for, but he plain and simply blew me away, with his songs providing some great sing alongs. Oh, and his cover of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? AMAZING.

We’d been excited about Bloc Party since their confirmation as Saturday night headliners, and with the announcement of their new album, Intimacy, just 10 days before the festival we were all the more excited. Kele and co didn’t disappoint, blasting through everything we’d hoped for and a bit more.

Somehow getting almost 6 hours sleep on Saturday night, we were woken by the pouring rain on Sunday morning, and took the decision to put our tent back in the car to prevent it from floating away in the increasingly boggy waters around our tent. Making the way back to the main arena we couldn’t decide who to catch, so caught snippets of a few different bands. Santagold looked rather out of place in a metallic blue dance suit compared to the muddy audience, but none the less was amazingly good, with her indenti-kit backing singers coupled with her backing band providing some surprisingly good tunes.

I’d heard about the Levellers from friends, but never actually caught them live. They were a true festival band, getting everyone moving, and really warming things up a bit. Elbow I’ve never been a huge fan of, however they again surprised me. Lead singer Guy Garvey was decidedly chatty, commenting that “this is my sort of weather – I don’t like the hot weather ‘cos people take off their clothes and it isn’t pretty from here! In Manchester just about every beer garden looks like it has about 2 dozen red eggs in it anytime there’s a mildly warm day!”

Goldfrapp were so-so. I’ve never been a huge fan of their stuff, on the basis lots of it is a bit too arty-farty for my liking. Plus, I was simply excited for Sigur Ros, who were next up and closing Hydro Connect 2008 for us. They didn’t disappoint.

With that, we left leaving Franz Ferdinand to do probably much what they did last time I caught them, and to make an exit from the car park (with the help of some amazingly nice girls who pushed us out of the mud).

What was hot:

  • Amazing setting
  • Great food at good prices
  • The lineup… simply amazing for a festival so young and small
  • The speakeasy tent with its comfy sofas and free newspapers
  • Friendly and helpful security

What was not:

  • Mobile reception was always hampered by “network busy” responses… if Hyde Park can cope with having upwards of 40,000 people all with mobiles, why can’t Connect? This was also the reason for a big lack of live updates from Connect – we didn’t take a laptop, and had been planning on there not
  • The hideously long trek to and from the carpark
  • A massive lack of toilets and washing facilities on the campsites.

Overheard:

“I now know where they let the oldies out to: we were by far the youngest in that tent!” (joked two mid-20 somethings on the walk back to the campsite)
“When you fail to perform, it really knocks your confidence… then you just can’t perform next time!” (overheard one morning at the campsite… you can only guess what it’s regarding!)
“This is SO overrated!” said by a guy completely covered in mud after wrestling his mate

Want more coverage?
Why not check out these Flickr Streams:
jjbuchan’s flickr stream
Taburetka’s flickr stream
Foofango’s flickr stream
Aaron Bassett’s flickr stream

… or these other reviews:
NME.com’s review
Sunday Herald’s review
The Lancashire Herald
The Independent
The Times

Thanks go to:
Lee and all at Burt Greener Communications for looking after us so well and sorting out the tickets.
Dan for the photos and putting up with me for a weekend.

Roll on Hydro Connect 2009 is all we can say!

 

Hydro Connect Day 1 review: Ladytron

 
By on Saturday, 30th August 2008 at 9:46 am
 

Next band we caught were Liverpool’s Ladytron, again on the Guitars and Other Machines stage. A decidedly smaller crowd than Noah and the Whale, they opened with “Black Cat” then current single “Runaway”, along with old favourites “Seventeen” and closing with “Destroy Everything You Touch”. The people who had come to see them danced like loons clearly enjoying seeing them at their first Scottish festival.

Plagued by sound issues throughout, they werent very good at glossing over them but musically they were on top form.

After the jump: More pictures.
Continue reading Hydro Connect Day 1 review: Ladytron

 

Ladytron / November UK tour

 
By on Wednesday, 9th July 2008 at 12:34 pm
 

My favourite electro indie popsters, Ladytron, have announced a shiny new tour for November around the UK.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £12.50 each apart from London which is £14.50.

Friday 14th November – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 15th November – Coventry Kasbah
Tuesday 18th November – Oxford Zodiac
Wednesday 19th November – Bristol Academy
Thursday 20th November – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Friday 21st November – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Sunday 23rd November – Brighton Concorde 2
Monday 24th November – Manchester University
Tuesday 25th November – Sheffield Academy
Wednesday 26th November – Glasgow ABC
Friday 28th November – Aberdeen Moshulu

 

Connect Festival / Now with Guillemots / Ladytron and friends

 
By on Thursday, 19th June 2008 at 12:26 pm
 

Hydro Connect Festival LogoI promised myself I wouldn’t mention the festivals this summer, with the vast majority of them having shockingly awful lineups (yes, Reading / Leeds / Wireless / Glastonbury, I’m looking at you). However one festival has consistently attracted my attention: Connect.

I’ve already mentioned it before, but the new bands they’ve added to the lineup this week means I have to mention it again: it’s like my dream festival lineup.

Not only do they already have Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Gossip and friends, they now have the amazing Ladytron, Guillemots and NME favourites Glasvegas. Quite honestly, I’d give anything to see this lineup, as it looks pretty darned good compared to the rest of the festivals. All they need to do is add Delays and The National, and I’ll be up there in a flash.

If I were you, come payday I’d get a weekend ticket, which are priced £120 and weekend tickets with camping are £140. To buy, log onto their website or call Ticketmaster on 08444 999 990

 
 
 

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