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Live Gig Video: Smoke Fairies’ videographer shares a film of the duo recording for Upstairs at United

 
By on Thursday, 18th April 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

There are plenty of fan-made live videos on the internet. But how often do you get a really nicely filmed and made short film like this by a videographer who fell in love with a support act while working for another? It’s not fantasy, this is the real-life story of how Luke Norby came to make this inside peek in Smoke Fairies‘ recording process during a very special event. The duo – Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies – were only the second artists ever to be invited to record for the Upstairs at United series in Nashville, and now you can catch all the action from October 2011 in this film. Watch it below.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/64199897[/vimeo]

 

Live Gig Video: Spring Offensive perform a cappella version of ‘Carrier’

 
By on Friday, 18th November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Oxford band Spring Offensive was recently filmed in Munich by Hauskonzerte.com, performing their song ‘Carrier’ in a capella style. Watch and enjoy it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwBTib9u9a8[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Snow Patrol and Rams’ Pocket Radio at London HMV Forum – 27th October 2011

 
By on Thursday, 17th November 2011 at 5:40 pm
 

The Q Awards take over HMV Forum for October, bringing a huge array of Q talent to London for shows of a strange size. For the likes of Ed Sheeran, the 2,000-capacity venue is about right, but bring arena acts like Kaiser Chiefs or Snow Patrol here and it becomes a borderline intimate evening for fans to enjoy their favourite acts from a more eyesight friendly perspective.

Supporting this evening is a Northern Irish group on the cusp of great things. With two EPs to their name, Rams’ Pocket Radio’s touring schedule shows them to be one of the most hardworking groups around today. The brainchild of Peter McCauley, the group are loyal to recordings and if anything, go above and beyond the point of call of a support group with the energy they bring. This is a big show for them and they step up to the mark with an almost Guillemots’ style dedication to their music. To be honest, they sound like the Killers meets Feeder, in a good way, and with a bit more of an epic orchestral feel. Keep a watch out for them.

Tonight, Snow Patrol are headlining, showcasing music from both old albums and their forthcoming ‘Fallen Empires’, the band bring with them a great light show and enthusiastic vibe that even lasts through the more famous melancholy Snow Patrol tracks such as ‘Run’ and ‘Chasing Cars’, both used mid setlist. It’s bold moves like that that demonstrate how versatile and strong a band Gary Lightbody and company really are.


above photo by and used by kind permission from katla01

Opening with the epic ‘Open Your Eyes’ which builds and breaks to create an instantly powerful atmosphere which keeps up all the way through to new songs ‘Called Out in the Dark’, ‘Weight of Love’ and ‘Garden Rules’ during which Lightbody is joined on vocals by Rams Pocket Radio bassist and vocalist Shauna Tohill who’s nervous yet beautiful vocals add something to an otherwise fairly boring track. That’s the issue with so much of Snow Patrol’s new material. Whilst the likes of main set closer Fallen Empires is clearly a new step for the band, when you put it alongside encore tracks ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Just Say Yes’, it struggles for purpose. All in all however, Snow Patrol can have still got it over a 90 minute period, but this latest effort might not be everything they have been in the past.

 

Live Gig Videos: Bands in Transit featuring Clock Opera, Theme Park and Race Horses

 
By on Thursday, 10th November 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

Bands In Transit were present at the Huw Stephens-curated SWN Festival in late October to capture the best of the bill in front of the iconic Cardiff Castle.

Clock Opera (pictured above) previously toured with Everything Everything (read Luke’s review of their support slot in 2010 in Leeds here) and been associated with Metronomy (download their remix of ‘The Bay’ on this previous MP3 of the Day post). In the first video, they play ‘Lesson Number 7’, the hard working band’s forthcoming single on Moshi Moshi, which shows off their ethereal and theatrical sound.

Next up we have London’s Theme Park, described by many including Paul Lester as having a desire to take Talking Heads’ funk-rock mantle as their own. The band have already supported Bombay Bicycle Club this autumn and many think this is a band to watch in 2012.

Last but certainly not least, to have a bit of local flavour, we also have a video from Cardiff’s very own Race Horses. They play their track ‘See No Green’ (not to be confused with Cee Lo Green…a little editor humour…)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggp-34meGgc[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SWqESHWuQ4[/youtube]

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

 

Live Gig Video: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour at Bowery Ballroom

 
By on Wednesday, 9th November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Danish group the Asteroids Galaxy Tour played their single ‘Major’ to a rammed Bowery Ballroom in New York City early last month. You can watch the video below and feel like you were part of the audience.

The band’s second album, ‘Out of Frequency’, has a planned early 2012 release.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhVO4AGwSwg[/youtube]

 

Live Review: The Civil Wars and Milo Greene, Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC – 23rd October 2011

 
By on Monday, 7th November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The Civil Wars made their DC headlining debut on 23 October at the gorgeous and historic Lincoln Theatre. Washington, DC natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey played on the same stage regularly, as did Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughn, so it’s truly a prestigious place to introduce yourself to the DC music scene.

But to begin at the beginning – it is a rare thing for me to go to a gig where a completely unknown (to me) support band blows me away and makes me a convert. Milo Greene from Northern California did just that.

The band played a mix of instrumentals, original songs, and a great cover of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Chicago’. Throughout their set, they passed the guitars, banjo and bass amongst the band members like “a beautiful Chinese fire drill” – so dubbed by Joy Williams of the Civil Wars later in the evening. Likewise, they also shared the lead vocals duty. Typically, this inconsistency in vocals annoys me; Broken Social Scene simply has not grabbed me because of this very reason. But somehow it not only didn’t bother me with Milo Greene, in fact it only increased my appreciation of them. The lone female of the group, Marlana Sheetz, announced from stage that at each show on the tour, she would be offering the necklace she was wearing during the gig for a $50 donation to the charity A Place Called Home, a nice gesture that keeps them connected to their California roots as they traipse through the country. While all their songs washed over me with a deliciousness, it was their closing song ‘1957’ that struck me as the one that will take them into the public consciousness. It’s a tightly crafted song with interesting variety that keeps it fresh. With the recent success of the Mumford and Sons type sound, I suspect Milo Greene will find receptive audiences wherever they go.

That, and I am a sucker for banjo.

The Civil Wars set was pared down, with just John Paul White on guitar and Joy Williams on keyboards (but only for two songs), the music was as pure as it gets. Taking the stage in black tie and a fetching black cocktail dress, they complemented each other like few acts I have seen, flirting with each other and engaging the audience as if we were old friends of theirs. Williams was downright mischievous towards her partner rapping on his guitar, tweaking his side, and acting like she shared a secret with the audience White was not privy to.

Williams’ voice complemented White’s guitar in such a way that it seemed as if it were another instrument on stage. The cover songs were a bit of a surprise. It’s not often that you consider Motown ripe for a folk treatment, but the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want you Back’ worked unexpectedly well. The title track of their debut 2011 release ‘Barton Hollow’ gave me chills with its power. It was the last song written for the album and nearly didn’t make it. Scores of people in the room with me were glad that it did though. And in a supreme sign of respect, when there were pauses in a song, you could have heard the metaphoric pin drop in the 1200 seat theatre. People were held with rapt attention to every note, every nuance that the duo gave us. They were spell-binding. The Civil Wars paid great respect to the hallowed old halls of the Lincoln Theatre with their stunning music.

After the cut: more photos and set lists.
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