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Blossoms / May 2018 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Stockport’s Blossoms have announced their second album will be out in April. ‘Cool Like You’, the follow-up to their enjoyable debut ‘Blossoms’ from summer 2016, will be released on Virgin EMI on the 27th of April. Shortly following the release of their new long player, the psych pop group will tour England on a short string of dates. The tour kicks off at home at Stockport Plaza on the 4th of May and concludes in Norwich on the 12th of May. Something tells me there will be more dates announced soon, perhaps in the autumn following music festivals? Just a thought. For more on Blossoms here on TGTF, use this link.

Friday 4th May 2018 – Stockport Plaza
Monday 7th May 2018 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 8th May 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 10th May 2018 – London Kentish Town Forum
Friday 11th May 2018 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 12th May 2018 – Norwich Nick Rayns LCR at the UEA

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #405: Jade Bird

 
By on Thursday, 1st March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Francesca Allen

Editor Mary covered London-based singer/songwriter Jade Bird briefly last year leading into SXSW 2017 and Live at Leeds 2017, but we think she warrants a closer look ahead of SXSW 2018 this month. Bird’s early life and musical influences intertwine to create a unique and thoughtful sound, with country, rock, and jazz styles intermingling seamlessly in her songs. Her ‘Something American’ EP was released last summer via Glassnote Records.

The press release for Bird’s newly released cover of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Right Through You’ provides some enlightening context to what looks on the surface like a typical girl-with-guitar setup. “Born in Hexham, UK, Jade’s early life was spent mainly in flight as an ‘army brat.’ One of [her] life’s few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women. At first via her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Jade become obsessed with, from empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith. Alanis Morissette‘s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ was a similar early touchstone.” With this in mind, ‘Right Through You’ seems to be a particularly apt choice. It fits nicely both in Bird’s voice and in her dryly ironic (yes, I went there), mildly rebellious style.

Bird’s current single ‘Lottery’ was released earlier this year, also on Glassnote. Its recorded version is upbeat and bright, with a jaunty guitar accompaniment and a distinct rock tone to its vocals. The lyrical conversation between Bird’s youthful protagonist and her lover is related in an offhand tone, but its between-the-lines subtext is much deeper: “I’ll tell you about a guy that I’ve been with / you ask how old is he and I laugh, twenty-six / nah, but he’s thirty / how messed up is that?”

The acoustic version of ‘Lottery’ is surprisingly different to the original recording. The musical accompaniment is shifted to solo piano, and its subtle jazz harmonies are a clever change from the song’s previous country-rock stylings. Bird’s voice is more exposed here, and a little shrill in moments, but it holds up remarkably well as the dynamic and dramatic intensity rises.

For those of you on the eastern side of the Atlantic, Jade Bird is currently in the midst of a UK headline tour which will run through the 11th of March. If you’re in the market for a last minute gig, tickets for the following shows are available now.

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 2nd March 2018 – Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Sunday 4th March 2018 – Brighton Green Door Store
Monday 5th March 2018 – London Village Underground
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds 2
Thursday 8th March 2018 – Glasgow Poetry Club
Friday 9th March 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
Saturday 10th March 2018 – Salford Eagle Inn
Sunday 11th March 2018 – Leeds Oporto

Following these shows, Bird will hop a plane for America and SXSW. If you’re on this side of the pond and can’t make it to Austin, you can catch Jade Bird on her spring and summer North American tour dates with Colter Wall and First Aid Kit; a full listing of Bird’s upcoming live dates can be found on her official Web site.

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

 

Video of the Moment #2796: Let’s Eat Grandma

 
By on Monday, 26th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Charlotte Patmore

Norwich electro-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma, aka Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, have revealed details of their latest single ‘Hot Pink’, a collaboration with producers SOPHIE and Faris Badwan of The Horrors. ‘Hot Pink’ is the first taste of the follow-up to Let’s Eat Grandma’s 2016 debut LP ‘I, Gemini’.

The ‘Hot Pink’ video was directed by Balan Evans and produced by Try Hard. Describing the inspiration behind her visual interpretation, Evans says, “The song had a really strong digital feel, so I wanted to input that into the aesthetic. The image of a tall building with a strong coloured light was something from an old memory that has stayed with me, and it felt like a fun idea, another building block.” The band themselves explain the metaphor behind the video as follows: “We’re trying to navigate through a city where people’s perceptions of reality are becoming more and more distorted in the fear that we’ll end up the same way.” Take a look into Let’s Eat Grandma’s surreal ‘Hot Pink’ cityscape just below.

Just below, you’ll find a list of Let’s Eat Grandma’s upcoming live shows in the UK, starting with a one-off show in March and picking up in mid-April. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Let’s Eat Grandma is back through here.

Thursday 8th March 2018 – London Lightbox
Wednesday 4th April 2018 – Glasgow Stereo
Thursday 5th April 2018 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 7th April 2018 – Leeds Belgrave
Sunday 8th April 2018 – Sheffield Plug
Monday 9th April 2018 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Birmingham Castle and Falcon
Thursday 12th April 2018 – Cardiff Globe
Friday 13th April 2018 – Bristol Lantern

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2785: Bully

 
By on Friday, 9th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Nashville grunge rock band Bully have shared a new animated video for their track ‘Focused’, along with a list of UK tour dates for this May, following the band’s scheduled appearance at SXSW 2018 in March. ‘Focused’ appears on Bully’s second LP ‘Losing’, which was released back in October on Sub Pop.

Perhaps by coincidence (or perhaps not), ‘Focused’ almost immediately conjures memories of Sub Pop alumnus Nirvana. The song’s austere bass-dominant instrumentation is a perfect initial backdrop for Bully frontwoman and songwriter Alicia Bognanno’s detached, sullen vocals. But over the course of the song her sneering is gradually drawn out into full on screaming, à la Kurt Cobain, in the refrain “I am trying to stay focused.”

The visual treatment for ‘Focused’ was created by director Rozalina Burkova, who stayed true to both the song’s lyrical meaning and its musical content in her interpretation. Burkova describes her animation scheme as “loosely based on the theme of coming of age and the ups and downs [of] friendships and relationships.” Bognanno chimes in, “I let Rozalina take the reins on this one. I am a huge fan of all her animation work and wanted her to do what she felt was best for this video.”

You can watch the animated promo video for ‘Focused’ just below the listing of Bully’s upcoming UK headline dates. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Thursday 10th May 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social
Friday 11th May 2018 – Liverpool Buyers Club
Monday 14th May 2018 – Leicester Cookie
Tuesday 15th May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Sunday 20th May 2018 – Leeds Gold Sounds
Monday 21st May 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Guildford Boileroom
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – London Moth Club

 

Live Gig Video: watch Field Music’s full gig at Newcastle Northern Stage

 
By on Monday, 5th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

North East brother power duo Field Music just released new album ‘Open Here’, their seventh, last Friday. To celebrate the release, they’ve scheduled a bunch of in-stores around England this week, live appearances in March, and more. One of these ‘more’ items was a show at home at Newcastle Northern Stage, where they livestreamed their entire gig, starring their backing band full of friends. For a limited time, you can watch this performance from the Toon below. Get ‘Open Here’ for your very own now from Memphis Industries. For much more on Field Music here on TGTF, come through.

 

David Ramirez / January 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 8:00 am
 

American alt-country singer/songwriter David Ramirez has announced a nine-date UK tour for the early part of next year, to coincide with the UK release of his excellent fourth studio album ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’. We at TGTF reviewed the album back in September when it was released in North America; if you missed it, you can read the review right back here. Don’t miss Ramirez’ stunning live video performance of album track ‘Eliza Jane’, playing just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. Ramirez will follow his UK live dates with shows in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. You can find a complete listing of his upcoming tour dates on his official Facebook. TGTF’s past coverage of David Ramirez, including several live reviews, is collected back here.

Friday 12th January 2018 – London Old St. Pancras Church
Saturday 13th January 2018 – Brighton Open Studios
Sunday 14th January 2018 – Sheffield Greystones
Monday 15th January 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 16th January 2018 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 17th January 2018 – Leicester Duffy’s
Thursday 18th January 2018 – Manchester Castle
Friday 19th January 2018 – Glasgow Broadcast
Sunday 21st January 2018 – Newcastle Cluny 2

 
 
 

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