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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Skinny Lister plays new track ‘This is War’ at Tokyo Shibuya Club Quattro

 
By on Thursday, 5th February 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Ever wondered how English bands go down in other countries other than Britain? Well, having experienced it firsthand myself at the International Forum and the Shibuya-AX, Japan is always a good shout: they just love British bands, and the crowd reaction to Skinny Lister visiting Tokyo last autumn is a great example of this. Their friend Larry Dawgiello filmed this performance at the famed Club Quattro in Shibuya last October of ‘This is War’, a new track that will figure prominently on the folk punks’ new album ‘Down on Deptford Broadway’, which will be released on the 20th of April on Xtra Mile Recordings.

If you happen to be lucky enough to be going to SXSW this year, I think it is a safe bet that the accordion will be a-flyin’ for this number when played in Austin in a few weeks. They also have a UK tour lined up for April and May, with tickets on sale now. Watch the video below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjmBoL9fn7Q[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Sinkane performs ‘How We Be’ at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn

 
By on Monday, 17th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

The super soulful Sinkane will be starting a tour of England and Ireland tomorrow evening at Bristol Start the Bus. Ahead of that, he’s released this groovy video from a show he did last month in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right, which is turning out to be the venue where all indie UK artists end up playing the first time they’re in our country. Watch below as he and his crew perform ‘How We Be’ in front of a group of eager, dancing fans.

Sinkane’s album ‘Mean Love’ was released to critical acclaim back in September on City Slang.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD2u1En70wc[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Zola Jesus performs ‘Go (Blank Stare)’ at Webster Hall in New York

 
By on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Nikita Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, just finished a tour of North America last month. It’s our good fortune that this live performance at Webster Hall in New York City of ‘Go (Blank Stare)’, which appears on Danilova’s current album ‘Taiga’, was committed to video. Watch the stark monochromatic presentation below.

Her next UK show is next week on the 18th of November at London Koko. For past TGTF coverage on Danilova’s career, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bzbcxi850I[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Glass Animals perform their hit single ‘Gooey’ at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles

 
By on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Glass Animals have spent quite a bit of their time this year touring over here in America, with a sixth visit scheduled in December to include holiday shows in Columbus, Ohio; Portland; and Kansas City. During their visit to Los Angeles in October 2014 where they played two sold out shows at the famed Troubadour, they managed to fit in the filming of this live performance of their hit single ‘Gooey’ at Capitol Studios into their busy touring schedule.

While their style of music as shown with debut album ‘Zaba’ lends itself to a more colourful, celebratory atmosphere, this black and white presentation allows one to better focus on and appreciate the contributions of each of the four principals; for one, you can actually hear bassist Edmund Irwin-Singer’s backing vocals on this video. Watch the performance below. Below it, I’ve also embedded a lyric video the band have released this week, just in case you’re still thinking Dave Bayley is singing “ride my little Pooh bear” and to stop you from embarrassing yourself at the next karaoke night, crooning, “you just wanna know those peanut butter thighs”. We try and be helpful here at TGTF…

For more on TGTF’s coverage on Glass Animals, including a review of their sold out show in Glasgow last month I covered, head this way. The band are set to tour the UK and Ireland next in March 2015.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQP9EyndFEA[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Nick Mulvey at Gateshead Sage – 27th October 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 5th November 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

As a music writer it’s very easy to get sucked into some sort of hyper-critical vortex of opinionation, with the poor musician at its centre but paradoxically just a bit-part player, the catalyst for the writer’s real agenda. So it was with my last review of the perfectly serviceable Jon Allen, and so it will be again this week with the discussion of Nick Mulvey.

It’s always a rather curve-ball start to the evening by being kept waiting so long for the press ticket to be found that one entirely misses the support act. Suffice to say that if Sivu is as good live as his album, I very much regret that I didn’t get to see him play. Not that I’d have actually seen much of him – the seat that this review was written from was the worst in the house, actually behind the stage, on a balcony of such restricted view that even though I watched him play for more than an hour, I had no idea what Nick Mulvey actually looked like. Until I got up from my cheap seat and moved around a bit. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead. In a bizarre puritanical flourish, I am informed that my 5-quid plastic cup of beer isn’t permitted on the upper levels of the Sage Hall 2. So this review was written without the reflective assistance of an alcoholic beverage – until I cracked open my hip flask. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead*. Finally, no photo pass can be “found”, which means this review is unaccompanied by the usual high-quality photography. So I took some with my iPhone. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead**.

You might expect the negative tone to influence the review of Mulvey himself, but you’d be wrong. How dare you, dear reader, question this writer’s professional integrity? For it turns out that Mulvey is a purveyor of delicately robust songs with just the right amount of virtuoso playing, traditional songwriting chops, avant-garde arrangements, and plain simple funkiness, that tonight’s performance is truly a beautiful thing to behold. The audience are largely converts, with a surprising number being capable of mouthing along to a surprising number of songs. He’s clearly popular with the ladies, particularly those well-dressed ones in their late 20s and early 30s (which make up the majority of the crowd), perhaps nurturing a fantasy that they could get to know the lithe, bearded Mr Mulvey a little better than a brief encounter at the merch stand might allow.

With Mulvey promoting his Mercury-nominated début ‘First Mind’, tonight’s show is a run-through of said collection’s salient parts, which is to say, pretty much all of it. Mulvey is an accomplished finger-style nylon-string player, his unusual, percussive technique rich with African influences. ‘April’ is an appropriately atmospheric start, with its flamenco-style picking and obscure percussion. Non-album track ‘House of Saint Give Me’ is a surprise addition, but it’s not until ‘Meet Me There’ that the crowd really start to get enthusiastic, and you know from that point Mulvey’s got them in the palm of his hand. The band’s pretty good, too: there’s loads of synth squelches, an electric upright bass and a girl on percussive noises. There’s also a hang, a nod to Mulvey’s previous life in Portico Quartet, although it only gets an outing on the very last song.

Highlights? Pretty much all of it, but the undulating rhythm of ‘Juramidam’ and its lucked harmonics are distinctive and funky, ‘Fever to the Form”s familiarity works in its favour, and the set-climaxing ‘Nitrous’, incorporating as it does Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’, is both familiar and novel, providing a comforting circularity to climax the gig. Live, Mulvey brings life to what is perhaps a modestly cerebral record, adding funkiness and power where on record it is delicacy and rumination. On this showing, he has a rare ability to connect with an audience, and manages to walk that fine line between populism and credibility with ease.

8/10

* I’d be quite prepared to take some sort of manual handling test to prove that I am capable of taking a drink into the first floor balcony of an auditorium without spilling it on the performers below. What say you, Sage Gateshead? I demand a drinking test!

** The Sage is a superb venue, world-class in every respect, except in its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, for which it scores nothing out of ten. If they are on a mission to remove every element of decadence, to reduce the act of gig-going to a sober, well-dressed, well-behaved act of expensive self-flagellation, they couldn’t be doing a better job.

 

Live Gig Video: The Lost Brothers perform ‘Derridae’ and ‘Soldier’s Song’ on The Saturday Night Show Sessions

 
By on Monday, 3rd November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Irish duo The Lost Brothers recently played on their homeland’s tv station RTE’s The Saturday Night Show Sessions, and here are two videos from the show of ‘Derridae’ and ‘Soldier’s Song’. Both songs figure prominently on their fourth LP ‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’, out now on Lojinx. Joining them on fiddle for this special performance below is Steve Wickham of the Waterboys.

The act have just started an extensive UK/Irish tour; catch them live through the end of November. Just yesterday, we featured the new promo for ‘Spanish Reprise’ as our Sunday Video of the Moment.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRJrQ8aRkvs[/youtube]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4QV5_GRec8[/youtube]

 
 
 

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