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Video of the Moment #438: One Night Only

 
By on Thursday, 24th March 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Yorkshire lads One Night Only have released a new video for their song, ‘Can You Feel It’. My thoughts? I think they made it to reflect what all music fans want to do – rock out to their favourite band’s music in their bedrooms, with their favourite band. And apparently it’s being used for a certain soda company‘s advert?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXc6nZjWckM[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #357: One Night Only

 
By on Wednesday, 29th September 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

There are so many things to love about this video, that I’m not even sure where to begin. George Craig, lead singer of One Night Only (and occasional Burberry model) has done an acoustic version of  their song ‘Chemistry’ for the Burberry Acoustic sessions. The video sees him walking through the streets of London and into Burberry’s New Bond Street store, singing and strumming his guitar the whole way, and followed by a gaggle of adoring young women. While ‘Chemistry’ is one of the most powerful songs on the album, it is just as stunning here in its stripped-down form, and Craig’s singing gives it just a hint of sadness, perfect when paired with gray London skies on a September evening.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WtYSuUshQo[/youtube]

 

Album Review: One Night Only – One Night Only

 
By on Friday, 3rd September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back I introduced TGTF readers to the North Yorkshire band One Night Only, and now I have the great pleasure of reviewing their self-titled new album. Released 23rd August, it is the perfect soundtrack for the end of the summer. At first I didn’t think there was a song as good as the single ‘Say You Don’t Want It’ or another album that was single material, but the more I listened the more I realized I was wrong. In fact, there are very few songs on this album that couldn’t be singles!

All of the tracks on One Night Only’s second album follow pretty much the same formula: pounding drums, thrashing guitars, synths and keyboards, with lead singer (and occasional Burberry model) George Craig’s vocals shifting between smooth and rough and tying it all together to create a slightly retro sound that is somehow also very current. But this isn’t to say the songs all sound the same. Far from it, the band’s infectious energy and the interesting melodies and rhythms keep the album exciting the entire way through.

Many of the tracks deal with the fame that the band has already acquired and are sure to have more of now that ‘One Night Only’ has hit the shelves. As their press release says, “it’s the story of chasing the end of the rainbow, what happens along the way and when you get there” and it conveys “…a feeling of being catapulted into something tremendously exciting and perhaps a little troubling”. Singing about fame and fortune can often come off as bragging (I’m looking at you, hip hop) but One Night Only approaches it from more of a “holy shit, look what’s happening!” point of view that is incredibly refreshing.

In the album opener and lead single, they sing “the big screens, the plastic-made dreams / say you don’t want it.” The subject of fame comes up again in the incredible ‘Forget My Name,’ which has an exuberant, barely-contained quality to it. They sing “caught up in all of the action / We’re in the middle of streets all painted gold / Have you seen the reaction lately / Of all the people we left back home?” They let go completely in the chorus, practically shouting it out: “On and on we keep on dreaming, / in the end you won’t forget my name.” This larger-than-life, anthem-y sound is present in of a lot of their songs, particularly ‘Chemistry,’ ‘Got It All Wrong’ and the incredible ‘Anything’.

If it was up to me to pick the second single from this album, I’d probably go for ‘All I Want,’ which finds itself at the halfway point in the album. It’s very synthy and retro, and pairs tinkly keyboards with a rough guitar riff and echoing vocals for a sound that’s just too much fun. The fantastic line “speak how you feel so the words sound real” from the second verse later becomes the refrain and will be incredible to sing along to live.

‘One Night Only’ is both playful and mature, and its energetic highs and sensuous lows are like a roller coaster ride you’ll want to take again and again.

9/10

‘One Night Only’ was released on 23rd August 2010 and can be purchased via iTunes, Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and HMV.com.

 

Bands to Watch #189: One Night Only

 
By on Thursday, 19th August 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Here on TGTF, we’ve occasionally mentioned North Yorkshire indie band One Night Only but have yet to properly introduce them. Between my mild obsession with their latest single ‘Say You Don’t Want It’ and the imminent release of their new self-titled album (due out 23 August), I figured it was time. Formed in Helmsley, the band’s current lineup includes George Craig (lead vox/guitar), Mark Hayton (guitar/backing vox), Daniel Parkin (bass), Jack Sails (keyboards, backing vox) and James Craig (drums).

James is the the most recent addition, formerly of Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, and replaced previous drummer Sam Ford just earlier this year. The band originally formed back in 2003, and hadn’t come up with a name when they were asked to do a gig. They decided on the temporary name ‘One Night Only’ because they only intended it to be used for one night, but it has stuck to this day!

One Night Only has an infectious energy without having music that is relentlessly peppy and sugary, and perhaps this is why in 2008 the Daily Mail referred to them as “a boy band with bite”. And sure, their youth and good looks may have something to do with it as well, but underneath it all, there is a real maturity to their new music. The chorus for single ‘Say You Don’t Want It’ (watch the video below) is absolutely massive and will be in your head for days: “The big screens, the plastic-made dreams/ Say you don’t want it, say you don’t want it / It’s our world, the picture-book girls / Say you don’t want it, say you don’t want it / Don’t you ask me if it’s love my dear / Love don’t really mean a thing round here / The fake scenes the plastic-made dreams / Say you don’t want it, say you don’t want it”. During the smoothly delivered verses, the song feels as if its teetering on the edge, until you can’t wait for the chorus and your chance to go absolutely mental.

I really hope to see them live some day, as I can only imagine how great it must be live with the whole crowd singing along. Also worth checking out is ‘Daydream,’ for which they’ve included a “studio music video” as a part of their “ONO Wednesdays” series, where they post a new video each week – generally a behind-the-scenes look of some sort. Available as a b-side on the ‘Say You Don’t Want It’ single that’s out now, the song is a bit more restrained, and features some gorgeous harmonies and a great guitar hook over a driving beat – fabulous.

Do yourself a favour: get their album when it comes out next week, and then go see them during their UK tour in the autumn. They’ll only get bigger and bigger from here.

‘Say You Don’t Want It’ video featuring Emma Watson:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZa1ViT4Ihc[/youtube]

Studio music video from when One Night Only recorded ‘Daydream’ at VADA Studios in Stratford upon Avon:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4hoFSkifmk[/youtube]

‘One Night Only’ will be released on 24th August 2010, and can be pre-ordered via the links at the top of their Myspace page.

 

One Night Only / November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 20th July 2010 at 7:00 am
 

One Night Only have announced details of a new UK tour and a video with Emma Watson, better known as Hermione from the Harry Potter films.

We’ll add more tour dates when we receive them.

Watch and enjoy. If you’re into this sort of thing…

Tickets go on sale on Friday (23rd July 2010) at 9am. Catch them at:

Friday 22nd October 2010 – Dundee Fat Sams
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Sunday 24th October 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 26th October 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 27th October 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 28th October 2010 – Manchester Academy 3
Friday 29th October 2010 – Brighton Concorde 2
Saturday 30th October 2010 – Bristol Thekla
Monday 1st November – Oxford O2 Academy
Tuesday 2nd November 2010 – London Heaven

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZa1ViT4Ihc[/youtube]

 

One Night Only / October and November 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 28th April 2008 at 7:38 pm
 

As far as tours go, One Night Only‘s October and November jaunt around the UK is pretty extensive.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (2nd May) at 9am, or on presale from their website from 9am Wednesday.

Thursday 2nd October – Cardiff Solus
Friday 3rd October – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 5th October – Plymouth University
Monday 6th October – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Tuesday 7th October – Portsmouth Pyramid
Wednesday 8th October – Bristol Anson Rooms
Thursday 9th October – Liverpool Academy
Sunday 12th October – Keele University
Monday 13th October – Preston 53 Degrees
Wednesday 15th October – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 16th October – Leeds Met University
Friday 17th October – Hull University
Saturday 18th October – Lincoln Engine Shed
Monday 20th October – Inverness Ironworks
Tuesday 21st October – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 22nd October – Dundee Fat Sams
Thursday 23rd October – Newcastle University
Friday 24th October – Manchester Academy
Sunday 26th October – Middlesborough Empire
Monday 27th October – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 28th October – London Astoria
Wednesday 29th October – London Astoria
Friday 31st October – Northampton Roadmender
Saturday 1st November – Sheffield Octagon
Sunday 2nd November – Cambridge Junction
Monday 3rd November – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 4th November – Oxford Academy
Thursday 6th November – Dublin Academy
Friday 7th November – Belfast Mandela Hall

 
 
 

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