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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

 

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)

 

MTV Brand Spanking New Tours / April and May 2008

 
By on Tuesday, 4th March 2008 at 10:21 pm
 

The Ting TingsThe Pigeon Detectives, Fratellis, Zutons and CSS have all been announced to be headlining their own three night UK and Ireland tours for MTV as part of their “Brand Spanking New” tours. Some of the best names and up and coming names in the music biz will be making their way around the country, playing venues smaller than they normally do. So be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale on Friday (7th March) at 9am.

The Pigeon Detectives / The Metros / The Rascals
Monday 28th April – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 29th April – London Islington Academy
Wednesday 30th April – Liverpool Academy

The Fratellis / The Ting Tings / Alphabeat
Sunday 27th April – Cambridge Junction
Monday 28th April – London Islington Academy
Tuesday 29th April – Liverpool Carling Academy

The Zutons / One Night Only / The Script
Sunday 4th May – Cardiff University
Monday 5th May – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 6th May – Dublin Academy

CSS / The Futureheads / MGMT
Monday 5th May – Cardiff University
Tuesday 6th May – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 7th May – Dublin Academy

 

Radiohead announce new Album: In Rainbows

 
By on Monday, 1st October 2007 at 2:59 am
 

RadioheadRadiohead, always ones to go against the grain of the music business, have announced a new album. And it’s out in just 10 days online, and about 2 months in the shops.

In Rainbows” has 10 tracks, and is available online from 10th October, and in a discbox from 3rd December.

The band are also trialling the innovative idea that people choose how much they’re willing to pay for the album – you can have the digital download for free if you want. But you don’t get all of the extras that the full CD version gets. And it’s also not very fair.

Very good marketing lads. Great idea. I’ve ordered my copy – make sure you get yours too!

Tracklisting:

  1. 15 Step
  2. Bodysnatchers
  3. Nude
  4. Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
  5. All I need
  6. Faust Arp
  7. Recknoner
  8. House of Cards
  9. Jigsaw Falling into Place
  10. Videotape
 

The New Pornographers / Challengers review

 
By on Sunday, 26th August 2007 at 8:44 pm
 

New Pornographers - ChallengersWhen a band has a slow burner hit such as the New Pornographer‘s Twin Cinema or The National’s Alligator, their follow-up effort has an incredible burden of expectation placed upon them. Sometimes they manage it (see The National’s Boxer – Alligator’s equal if not better), and other times they just miss the mark, as is the case with “Challengers“.

Challengers is their fourth album and all expectations were pointing towards it being another indie-pop classic such as Twin Cinema, having the fun, slightly chaotic vibe that made them so many fans. However, Challengers has much more of a “morning after the chaotic party” vibe. Many of the songs suffer from too much production, taking away any sort of feeling or atmosphere, and as I mentioned earlier this year it sounds too much like AC Newman’s project instead of the Canadian Super-Group they were way back. The energy gone, the collection is like a Canadian version of a Feeder album – all consistently good tracks, just all a bit samey and nothing new or innovative, which is a shame given their debut Mass Electric, and their third album, Twin Cinema.

When they break into “All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth” early into the album I couldn’t help but feel that things were going to go on an up, however how wrong I was when 2 minutes in you realise it’s just repetitive, lacking in any of the power-pop juice songs like The Bleeding Heart Show had.

As the album progresses things get better, with an air of managing to master the pomp and circumstance of an end-of-film soundtrack, rather than soundtracking the party. “Adventures in Solitude” is a slow builder that manages to capture a snippet of the magic Twin Cinema once managed. Followed by album closer “The Spirit of Giving In” the pair provide the standout tracks to the album. A campfire sing-along, it manages to capture a tiny bit of their old magic.

Perhaps this lacklustre album is partly down to the lack of Neko Case and Dan Bejar playing the large roles that they used to in the band, or perhaps it’s just a running out of energy as the band members focus more on side projects. Either way, it’s an okay collection, but by no means a match for Twin Cinema.

 

She Wants Revenge bounce back in October

 
By on Tuesday, 31st July 2007 at 11:11 pm
 

She Wants RevengeOne of my favourite bands of the last few years, She Wants Revenge are back in October with a new album.

“This is Forever” is released stateside on Tuesday 9th October, with thirteen tracks. “Written in Blood” is available now on their myspace page, and quite honestly sounds much like just another album track on first listen, lacking the immediacy of “These Things” or “Tear You Apart” had, and pure feelings they conveyed. However, I may well change my mind in coming weeks on more listens.

Tracklisting for “This is Forever”:

1. First, Love
2. Written in Blood
3. Walking Away
4. True Romance
5. What I Want
6. Just Begun
7. She Will Always Be A Broken Girl
8. This is the End
9. Checking Out
10. Pretend the World Has Ended
11. Replacement
12. All Those Moments
13. Rachael

 
 
 

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