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Live Review: Teleman with C.A.R. at Bristol Thekla – 27th September 2018

 
By on Monday, 8th October 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

It took nearly a decade, but I finally made it to arguably the most unusual venue in the UK. It’s not a 19th century Scottish church turned venue, that’s Oran Mor in Glasgow, or a treatment centre for the hearing impaired turned venue, that’s Manchester’s Deaf Institute. No, last Thursday night, I found myself on a decommissioned cargo ship moored in Bristol Harbour to see one of my favourite live bands. The show at Thekla marked the start of a 2-and-a-half week UK tour in support of their latest album ‘Family of Aliens’, released in early September. (Read my review of the album through here.) In a previous interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, Teleman mentioned Bristol was always a good place to gig. The city didn’t disappoint them, being the first date on the tour to sell out.

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Chloé Raunet is the one-woman show C.A.R. She’s a French-Canadian based in London and a singer and synth and keyboard player. While she was likely unknown to the majority of the crowd – I know I didn’t know anything about her – her mix of driving beats and oft yelping voice was just the right amount of subversiveness in sound just above the headliners’ own. Her 2014 debut ‘My Friend’ was described by Dummy magazine as “an electro pop album that’s quite self-consciously weird.” Her follow-up, this year’s ‘Pinned’, stars oddly catchy tunes like ‘Growing Pains’ and the live standout of her set ‘This City’, rich with metallic clanks and her disaffected vocals. Keen on grabbing a free remix of ‘This City’ done by Teleman drummer Hiro? Right through here.

Teleman Bristol 2

As one might expect, the set list for Teleman’s inaugural night for the ‘Family of Aliens’ tour was heavy on tunes from the new LP. Of the three singles that previewed the official release of the album, early calls for ‘Song for a Seagull’ from the audience proved it’s clearly the fan favourite. Bemused but seemingly prepared for this response, frontman Thomas Sanders was quick to quip that we’d get it soon enough. When the moment finally arrived in the set, time seemed to pause: the song has become quite personal to me, and not just because I’m named early on in its promo video. I have been on both sides, having been the untouchable seagull and having been in love with one. There are equal parts of wonderment and bewilderment when you fall in love with someone you can’t fully connect with on an emotional level. I suppose you could argue the song sounds way too happy, but I look at it as an acknowledgement of the essence of love: it’s beguiling and frustrating but ultimately wonderful.

Teleman Bristol 1

The delightful synth bounce in their tunes comes across even better in a live setting. A song like ‘Fun Destruction’ – an examination on the struggle between having a fun, messy night out and then confronting your hungover self in the morning – is ideal for a gig, the ordered and anarchic bits of the song at odds but in a way that works flawlessly. Sanders admitted anxiously before ‘Twisted Heart’ that we were the first people to ever hear it live. While it’s definitely chaotic, it was all too easy and wonderfully so to give in to the chaos and revelry of the night that continued into now perennial live favourite ‘Dusseldorf’. Older beloved tracks ‘Tangerine’, ‘Cristina’ and one-off Speedy Wunderground single ‘Strange Combination’ joined the party, too. When the band finally had to sadly say goodbye, they ended with ‘Not in Control’, its motorik beat and droney nature acting as perfect sendoff. Until next time, Teleman, thank you.

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After the cut: Teleman’s set list from the night.

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MP3 of the Day #903: The Dunwells

 
By on Monday, 11th December 2017 at 10:00 am
 

Back when I first started here at TGTF in 2009, we gave out quite a bit of free music. Then RCRD LBL went away, and fewer people wanted to give away their tracks for free (I get it). But I do love it when we can give away free tracks now. Here’s a freebie to brighten your Monday morning. Leeds rockers The Dunwells just released a new EP on the 1st of December, ‘Colour My Mind’. Continuing with the momentum off the EP being available, they want to give away their song ‘I Need Your Love’ to you. How, you ask, can you grab this for your very own? Join their mailing list through here, follow all the directions and you’ll be directed to your free download of the track. Easy peasy, eh? To read more of our past coverage of The Dunwells here on TGTF, use this link.

 

MP3 of the Day #902: Orbital

 
By on Friday, 11th August 2017 at 10:00 am
 

If you’re an electronic fan, I bet you have already heard about this. As a public service, however, especially knowing that many of you regular TGTF readers out there identify as primarily indie pop/rock fans, I thought you should know that Orbital are back! Back in February, they released ‘Kinetic’, their first music in 5 years, since the release of the ‘Wonky’ LP.

This summer, they have returned with another new track, and one they have made free to all. We’re not sure if ‘Copenhagen’ is a signal that a new album from Phil and Paul Hartnoll is on the horizon. For now, I can say for myself that I’m just chuffed they’ve released new material, and it’s a banger. Listen to and grab it for your very own from the Soundcloud embed below. To see them live, they’ve only got two indoor shows for the rest of 2017: the 1st of December at Manchester Apollo, followed by the 2nd of December at London Hammersmith Apollo. To catch up on more of our past coverage of Orbital that is, well, a bit aged to say the least, go here.

 

MP3 of the Day #901: Jealous of the Birds

 
By on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 at 10:00 am
 

Naomi Hamilton, better known under her evocative stage name Jealous of the Birds, has something to give that’s pretty rare in these parts. The Northern Irish singer/songwriter recently unveiled a brand new track, ‘Mrs. Dalloway’, and you can stream it below. Technically it’s a track you can have at a price you name yourself – and therefore free if desired – but we’d be much obliged if you tipped some coins into Hamilton’s cup for her trouble. To do so, head to the Jealous of the Birds Bandcamp page. Hamilton is a back-to-back alumni of SXSW, having performed in Austin in 2016 and 2017 and appeared, too, at Hard Working Class Heroes 2016; you can read all our past coverage here on TGTF on her

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #900: She Drew the Gun

 
By on Friday, 10th March 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

In celebration of International Women’s Day earlier this week, predominantly-female quartet She Drew the Gun have shared a free download of their new track ‘Thank You’. You can watch the video for ‘Thank You’ just below, and grab the track for your very own (in exchange for your email address, of course) by clicking here. Listen to the track below.

She Drew the Gun are scheduled to appear next week at SXSW 2017 with songs from the reissue of their debut album ‘Memories of Another Future’ in tow. The very brief ‘Thank You’ doesn’t appear on the tracklisting for the album, which is due for release on the 17th of March via Skeleton Key Records. But you can watch the video for She Drew the Gun’s latest album single ‘No Hole in My Head’ below as well.

For more information on She Drew the Gun, read back on editor Mary’s SXSW 2017 preview of the band as part of Northern England bands’ roundup. Stay tuned to TGTF for live coverage next week from Austin.

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MP3 of the Day #899: Get Inuit

 
By on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 at 10:00 am
 

In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t give away a whole lot of mp3s anymore. The main reason for this is because bands have shifted to posting streaming versions of their songs to Soundcloud, Spotify and services of that ilk with the intention that it’s easier to share links and have sites embed content. I have to admit I miss the days when you actually got something as a ‘prize’, a thank you if you signed up for a mailing list. So I was pleased to learn that Kent’s Get Inuit have revived this formerly all-too-common practice. The South East dirty pop group are giving away an older track, ‘Growing Backwards’, in exchange for your email address. I’ll let their singer Jamie Glass explain what’s going on here himself:

To get your free copy of ‘Growing Backwards’ and to be the first for the band’s future exclusives, sign up for their list here. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on Get Inuit, follow this link.

 
 
 

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