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Live Gig Video: Everything Everything share studio taping of ‘Night of the Long Knives’ performance

 
By on Friday, 20th October 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

In case you’ve been living under a rock: Everything Everything released their fourth album, ‘A Fever Dream’, back in August on RCA Records. This week, they are sharing another video for a song from the album, this time a live performance video shot in their studio in Manchester by Kit Monteith. If Kit’s name sounds familiar, here’s the scoop: he was formerly the drummer of another band many of us adored, the now defunct Trophy Wife from Oxford. Monteith is now in the visual arts, having taken photos of and done merch for fellow Oxfordians and past tourmates of Everything Everything’s, Foals, and others. ‘Night of the Long Knives’ is the third single to be taken from the fourth LP; it follows standouts ‘Can’t Do’ and ‘Desire’ and was anointed as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World this past Wednesday.

The location? Frontman Jonathan Higgs explains: “We wanted to return to the DIY spirit of our early self-directed videos that we made in Manchester when we first started out. It therefore felt right to shoot this video in Manchester and Low Four studios at Old Granada Studios was the perfect fit. It’s a hidden gem that has managed to maintain its original late 1970s aesthetic.” Fans will recall the band were on hand to officially open the venue in the city of their birth and designed for live show recordings last summer.

This performance was filmed entirely in black and white, which is just as well, as they’re not wearing their current tour outfits: neon orange t-shirts, blue jackets and silver trousers. (You can see those outfits in all their glory in my photos of them when they stopped in Washington, DC, to do a show at the Black Cat last Saturday.) One better, actually, is the fact that they’re all dressed a bit different, seemingly representing the different aspects of their music. Higgs is all serious: who wears a trenchcoat to the studio? Guitarist Alex Robertshaw, now cool with a pair of spectacles, has on a striped shirt, long associated with hipsters. Bassist Jeremy Pritchard is in a leather jacket, being a rebel. And last but not least, drummer Mike Spearman is keeping it real, wearing a 9:30 Club t-shirt that any fan can purchase. With the 9:30 Club being in DC, of course I love this. Watch the new video from Everything Everything below. They’ll be on tour in the UK and Ireland starting in late February. For much more on the band on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Live Review: Everything Everything with Savoir Adore at Black Cat, Washington, DC – 14th October 2017

 
By on Monday, 16th October 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

When several lovely things happen at once, it seems less a coincidence and more like the stars aligning thanks to fate. Saturday night definitely felt like one of those times. The ever eclectic Everything Everything returned for a third time to Washington, DC, as part of their campaign to tour current album for RCA, ‘A Fever Dream’. (Unveiled in August, you can read my review from back then through this link.) Amazingly, they were supported Savoir Adore, by an American synthpop band I’ve followed and loved for years. In short, this show was a most excellent double-header, like a fantasy come to life.

My most recent experience seeing Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore live was at SXSW 2016, at the Neon Gold showcase on a rainy Friday night. Despite the delay and trying conditions, Savoir Adore’s catchy, synth-led tunes shone through the darkness. I found out during a conversation after this show at the Black Cat that the SXSW 2016 appearance was one of co-lead singer Lauren Zettler’s first shows with the band following Deidre Muro’s departure in 2014. Talk about baptism by fire! Fast forward a year and a half later, and Savoir Adore now have a third album to show off, summer 2016’s ‘The Love That Remains’, out now on Nettwork Records. It’s another great collection of sometimes dreamy, sometimes funky synthpop, made more special by the strength of Zettler and group founder Paul Hammer’s beautifully complementary voices.

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With three albums under their belt, they have quite a bit of material to choose from for live performances. The uber lovely ‘Dreamers’ and the bass thumping ‘Regalia’ recalled the glory of the 2013 ‘Our Nature’ era. Newer songs ‘Savages’ and ‘Crowded Streets’ are a nice step in their evolution, the latter with an added nice, anthemic, The Naked and the Famous-esque oomph to their production. They closed their set with single ‘Giants’, an uplifting number about getting back on your feet after every of life’s stumbles. Savoir Adore are one of the best band examples of how to do life-affirming, feel good synthpop right. Leaving everyone in the Black Cat pumped up for the main event, I only wished they could have played longer.

For sure, I chose the right place to stand for this show. Stage right, I was surrounded by a nice mix of guys and girls, all massive fans excited for the show and ranging from near to full breathlessness in their devotion to Everything Everything. One girl with her sister warned us she might faint if they played ‘Distant Past’. (Spoiler: they did. I can report that thankfully, no fainting occurred.) At a venue like the Black Cat, there is a special kind of intimacy and interaction that the stars onstage can have with their audience. Except for title track ‘A Fever Dream’ that saw Jonathan Higgs sat down at the piano for a brief, quiet moment, the onslaught of the Everything Everything sound that we have come to know, all the weird and the wonderful words and music they have gifted to us, never let up.


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It’s testament to their continued inventiveness and pop songwriting approach that over a decade and four albums that they have maintained a cult status in the upper echelons of indie rock cool. They are revered and envied widely in this business, and for good reason. The first tracks for their first and latest albums, the herky-jerky ‘MY KZ, UR BF’ and ‘The Night of the Long Knives’, respectively, can stand beside in a live set, proof they have kept pushing the envelope with their sound. And intelligent fans respond to that. When Higgs pointed his mike towards the Black Cat audience on ‘Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread’ and ‘Can’t Do’ (see them perform the song appearing at the 10-year anniversary of BBC Introducing below), they answered with near-deafening shouts back to him.

If you ever get caught up in the booming sing-alongs to ‘Desire’, ‘Cough Cough’, ‘Regret’ and ‘Kemosabe’, join in, you’ll never regret it. To be surrounded by smiling, happy people who all know exactly when to sing the flute-like, high-pitched “do-do-DO-do” parts of ‘Get to Heaven’ is a moment I won’t soon forget. Clear highlights from ‘A Fever Dream’ included the brilliantly executed bursts of guitar on ‘Run the Numbers’, followed by the noodley freneticism of ‘Ivory Tower’ in the encore. The audience’s demand for “Ten more songs!” wasn’t honoured, true, but when a call like that comes through and so emphatically, you know the band must be doing a lot of things so right.

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Some of Everything Everything’s upcoming live appearances include closing out Liverpool Music Week 2017 on the 4th of November and then heading to Australia in late December into early January, performing at their summer festivals and headline shows at Sydney Metro and Thornbury Croxton Ballroom. They also have an UK/Irish tour for late February into March 2018. Check out their full list of live dates on their Facebook, and enjoy the entirety of our extensive archive on Everything Everything through here.

After the cut: Everything Everything’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Everything Everything with Savoir Adore at Black Cat, Washington, DC – 14th October 2017

 

Live Gig Video: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds share visuals for lead single ‘Holy Mountain’ of upcoming album

 
By on Friday, 13th October 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Header photo by Lawrence Watson

Incredibly, it’s been 2 years since the release of ‘Chasing Yesterday’, the platinum-selling previous album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The first taster of the group’s new material comes in the form of single ‘Holy Mountain’, a collaboration between the ornery Gallagher and none other than the Modfather himself, Paul Weller. Described by many as Noel’s psychedelic album, it should be interesting to hear the rest of it and how it stands up against the other Britpop elder statesman who dared to go in a psych direction, Richard Hawley on 2012’s ‘Standing on the Sky’s Edge’. The video for ‘Holy Mountain’ waffles between shots of Gallagher himself singing and playing guitar, stylised views of his profile and other cartoons, with plenty of colours and blinking lights to give you that psychedelic feel without actually being under the influence of, er, something…

The ex-Oasis songwriter and cofrontman seems to be playing a bit of a game of chicken with his younger brother Liam, who released his solo album ‘As You Were’ last week. Older brother will be unveiling ‘Who Built the Moon?’ on the 24th of November. ‘Holy Mountain’ is out now on digital and 12″ vinyl formats from Sour Mash. To read more on Noel Gallagher’s continuing project with his High Flying Birds, use this link.

 

Sløtface / September and October 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Norwegian pop punk band Sløtface will play a lengthy string of live dates in the UK this autumn, supporting their newly released debut album ‘Try Not to Freak Out’, which our own Steven recently reviewed. Sløtface’s UK dates will follow a run of live shows in Germany and the Netherlands and will precede the band’s show in Paris on the 27th of October.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. A full listing of Sløtface’s upcoming live gigs can be found on their official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Sløtface is right back this way.

Thursday 28th September 2017 – Bournemouth 60 Million Postcards
Friday 29th September 2017 – Birmingham Actress and Bishop
Saturday 30th September 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club Games Room
Sunday 1st October 2017 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 – York Basement
Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Hull Adelphi
Thursday 5th October 2017 – Derby Venue
Friday 6th October 2017 – Sheffield Picture House Social
Saturday 7th October 2017 – Newcastle Think Tank
Monday 9th October 2017 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Tuesday 10th October 2017 – Glasgow Broadcast
Thursday 12th October 2017 – Liverpool Magnet
Friday 13th October 2017 – Stockton-on-Tees Ku Bar
Monday 16th October 2017 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 17th October 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Thursday 19th October 2017 – Plymouth Underground

 

Picture This / October and November 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 25th August 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Irish pop/rock duo Picture This will play a run of live dates in the UK and Ireland this autumn, in support of their debut self-titled LP, released on the 25th of August via Republic Records/Universal. (You can read our review of the album that posted yesterday here.) The tour will open in Belfast and include a stop at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire, before closing with back-to-back shows in Dublin and Killarney.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s past coverage of Picture This, including a live review from SXSW 2017, is right through here.

Friday 27th October 2017 – Belfast SSE Arena
Sunday 29th October 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 30th October 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Birmingham Institute 2
Wednesday 1st November 2017 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 3rd November 2017 – Manchester Academy 3
Saturday 4th November 2017 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sunday 5th November 2017 – Glasgow Garage
Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Dublin 3Arena
Wednesday 8th November 2017 – Dublin 3Arena
Friday 10th November 2017 – Killarney INEC
Saturday 11th November 2017 – Killarney INEC

 

Ghostpoet / October and November 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 18th August 2017 at 9:00 am
 

London electro musician/vocalist Ghostpoet has announced a long run of tour dates in Ireland and the UK for this autumn, to follow the release of his fourth studio album ‘Dark Days + Canapes’. ICYMI, we’ve already featured two singles from the forthcoming LP, ‘Immigrant Boogie’ back in May and more recently, ‘Freakshow’. You can stream the latest release from the album, a somber and introspective track called ‘Dopamine If I Do’, just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. ‘Dark Days + Canapes’ is out today on PIAS. TGTF’s complete previous coverage of Ghostpoet is right back here.

Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Dublin Button Factory
Wednesday 25th October 2017 – Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory
Thursday 26th October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 28th October 2017 – Glasgow Stereo
Sunday 29th October 2017 – Sheffield Plug
Monday 30th October 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Birmingham Mama Roux’s
Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Cambridge Junction 1
Friday 3rd November 2017 – Oxford Academy 2
Saturday 4th November 2017 – Dover Booking Hall
Monday 6th November 2017 – Leicester Academy 3
Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 8th November 2017 – Brighton Concorde 2
Friday 10th November 2017 – London Printworks
Saturday 11th November 2017 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 12th November 2017 – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 13th November 2017 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Bristol Marble Factory

 
 
 

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