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Los Campesinos! / October UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 14th August 2008 at 2:36 pm
 

Los Campesinos! have announced that they’ll be hitting the road in October with LA based No Age and Ohio’s Times New Viking. They’re calling it the “Shred Yr Face tour”, and it’s taking place in association with the Coalition / Rough Trade Shops and Drowned in Sound.

Los Campesinos! have also given members of their mailing list a free MP3 of a track which didn’t quite make their debut album:
MP3: Los Campesinos! – How I Taught Myself To Scream

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £10 and £12 for each date.

Tuesday 14th October – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 15th October – Liverpool Carling Academy 2
Thursday 16th October – Leeds Irish Centre
Friday 17th October – Dublin Whelans
Saturday 18th October – Glasgow School of Arts
Monday 20th October – London Electric Ballroom
Tuesday 21st October – Bristol Fleece
Wednesday 22nd October – Manchester Academy 3

 

Inbox clearout: MP3 Madness #1

 
By on Wednesday, 13th August 2008 at 7:22 pm
 

One of the perks of running a music blog like There Goes The Fear is the inbox deluge of MP3s and random myspaces to check out. Hopefully this will be one of the first in a sporadic series of posts aiming to give you a selection of the MP3s we can’t feature more, or don’t feel strongly enough to write more about.

Sarathan Records got in touch to tell us about their new signing, Peter Bradley Adams. He has a new record out, “Leavetaking”, and some amazing songs up on his myspace.

Peter wrote a song called “So Are You To Me” for his sister’s wedding. Peter had so much demand for the sheet music for weddings that now he freely gives it out to any askers on MySpace. The eastmountainsouth version of this song has sold over 17,000 downloads without a speck of promotion or a single radio spin….

MP3: Peter Bradley Adams – Always

The Winter League got in touch to show me their myspace. They said about themselves:

The songs are at times hopeful, at times resigned to the overwhelming catastrophe…The loss of a land where maps are constantly redrafted to chart the eroding landscape, where cities regenerate in endless cycles and the monuments of the past fall into the sea.

Majestic brass rings out over chiming guitars and delicate pianos. Found sounds and whirring electronics fuse with textured strings, humming organs and rich choirs. The sound of a marching band at the end of a quiet and hopeless world.

See if you agree by downloading their Dead Leaves demo.
MP3: Winter League – Dead Leaves Demo

I love I’m From Barcelona. Like, full on love them. They’ve got a new album out in October, and this is the first single from it.
MP3:I’m From Barcelona – Music Killed Me

And, if you like that one check out the Adventure Kid remix of I’m From Barcelona vs Madonna. Slightly strange, but oh-so-good. Don’t be suprised if I have to take this one down shortly though… I’m sure we can all guess what Madonna’s people are like. (i.e. scary!)
MP3: Adventure Kid – Music Killed Me

Keane have a new album out at the end of the year, and a new song called Spiralling which they were giving away free last week on their official website. Personally I’m not a big fan of the new direction they’ve taken on this track, however you might like it…
MP3: Keane – Spiralling

 

Bands to Watch #25: Magic Wands

 
By on Tuesday, 12th August 2008 at 7:21 pm
 

The White Stripes did it. Sonny and Cher did it. Johnny and June, they did it too. Now Nashville based Magic Wands are the latest loved-up couple bringing music to our ears.

The fairytale began in 2007 when Chris became addicted to a song he found on MySpace. ‘Teenage Love,’ penned by Dexy, is about that kind of butterflies-in-tummy adolescent lust: “This teenage love has got me stuck / Come over now so we can fuck.”

He got in touch and soon they were on the phone ’til the early hours, writing songs for each other and sending gifts across the miles like toy lions, handwritten poems and a glowing heart lamp. Yes indeedy, they were in love.

Both had come from a punk background and wanted to start afresh with something different. ‘Kiss Me Dead’ was the first song they recorded together. Over the internet.

Seperated by 2000 miles, the lovestruck pair decided that their future was together. Chris drove to Los Angeles where they hit it off- playing guitars, visiting old churches and wearing crowns they bought at a magic shop.

The couple finally made the move to Chris’s home in Tennessee where they started recording under the name Magic Wands, taken from Dexy’s favourite gift from Chris.

But the music isn’t quite as sickly as you would expect. Think David Bowie’s Goblin King. They’re a bit dark, a bit rebellious and very sexy. They will put a spell on you and you will like it.

With Chris giving us fuzzed-up guitar riffs and Dexy playing the role of a nu-rave Blondie, you can catch the Magic Wands touring America accompanied on stage by a five foot stuffed lion.

This is a tale about love, dreams and growing up. And it has a very happy ending.

MP3: Magic Wands – Black Magic

MP3: Magic Wands – Teenage Love

Magic Wands will release an EP in the Autumn.

 

Bands to watch #24: Dead Letter Office

 
By on Sunday, 10th August 2008 at 5:41 pm
 

Dead Letter Office may be a slightly strange name for a band, but don’t be put off by it – they’re possibly one of the best rock outfits on the unsigned scene at the moment. Having self financed the recording of their debut album late last year, they’ve now been working with Gavin Monaghan who has worked with the likes of Editors, The Twang, and the Kings Of Leon. He specifically asked to work with the band after he heard the album, and the resulting songs are easily the best the band have produced so far.

In their 3 year history they’ve supported such giants as Howling Bells, The Young Gods, Future Of The Left, 1990’s and Tiny Dancers – an impressive list for a band of such youth. Their debut album contained two of my favourite tracks of recent times, the dreamy and layered Smokescreen, and the stellastarr*-esque Paper Aeroplane Pilots, and is one of the best unsigned albums you should have in your collection.

New double A side single “Chairkickers” and “The Comeback Kid” is released in two weeks time, which shows a distinct progression for the better – surely it’s only a matter of time before this innovative and exciting group get signed and go onto bigger and better things?

MP3: Dead Letter Office – Smokescreen

MP3: Dead Letter Office – Paper Aeroplane Pilots

Dead Letter Office’s new single is out on 25th August, and will be available from their website then.

 

Bands to Watch #23: The Cazals

 
By on Sunday, 10th August 2008 at 3:27 pm
 

From the outside, this five-piece have all the makings of your typical indie band. They reside in London and have been mates with the ultimate grunge icon Pete Doherty since they were wee nippers. But take a closer look at the Cazals and you will find a band with altogether more depth.

“Every song on the record is a true fucking story,” front man Phil tells NME. “We’re not one of those bands who just bash out a song.”

Think Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco and The Rakes. These guys have spiky guitars, lo-fi drum loops and gravelly sung lyrics about life, love and losing their minds.

Cazals are signed to uber-trendy French record label Kitsune, famous for their electro and dance offerings. And it shows. Their debut album What Of Our Future is packed with punchy, disco-beat tracks that open your eyes and minds.

You can catch the lads on a tour bus making their way around Europe.

Dust off your synthesizer and say hello to Cazals.

MP3: The Cazals – New Boy In Town
MP3: The Cazals – Life is Boring

Cazals’ debut album What Of Our Future is out now.

 

Bands to Watch #21: ultCult

 
By on Wednesday, 9th July 2008 at 5:39 pm
 

ultCultRecently I’ve had a bit of a thing for lo-fi pop. You know, basic, raw pop tunes that sound like somebody’s scrabbled them together in about ½ an hour, but still have the power to draw vivid pictures. Fresh from supporting Los Campesinos! And Tokyo Police Club, ultCult are the latest band to catch my attention, sounding remarkably fresh and like they’re in a complete world of their own.

Radio 1’s Huw Stevens loves them, and whilst normally I’m not a huge fan of his picks, he’s on the money with ultCult. The tunes on their myspace all sound like they should be the soundtrack to a dreamy Skins episode, like the homemade demos of Patrick Wolf or Lykke Li.

Lead singer Lucille’s vocals sound remarkably fragile, like a singer who has yet to be corrupted by the remarkably vicious UK music industry. She reminds me a bit of a younger version of Lesley Feist (of 1,2,3,4, fame), particularly on Odious Emporium, which is below for free download.

Just back from Iceland where they recorded their debut single, the Yorkshire four piece look set to have a busy year ahead, based upon the already glowing response they’ve had. If you want to catch them live, they play London’s Macbeth on Friday 8th August, and Doncaster’s Vintage Rockbar on Sunday 14th September.

Free MP3: ultCult – Odious Emporium (demo)

 
 
 

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