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In the Post #102: Amplifier return with single ‘Matmos’ from forthcoming album ‘Echo Street’

 
By on Wednesday, 6th March 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Since January 2010, ‘The Octopus’ has been dormant. After Amplifier’s attempts to create mass hysteria around the record had died down, ‘The Octopus’ lay sleeping… resting…latent.

For those unfamiliar with ‘The Octopus’, it was the name of Amplifier’s third studio album. An album lasting just over 2 hours and if you were lucky enough to have it (I was) accompanied by a 70-page ‘opus’. As far as prog rock sagas go, beating ‘The Octopus’ is going to be a challenge no Mars Volta or Fiery Furnaces will take lightly.

It seems timely, then, that at a time when prog rock seems to be going through the doldrums, that Amplifier return with their fourth record, ‘Echo Street’, scheduled to be released next Monday (11 March). First single ‘Matmos’ is probably the best way to get yourself stuck into Amplifier as a beginner to their sound. As make no mistake, the kind of rock operas that this band produce are absolute marmite rock at its best. If it’s your thing, you’ll hang on every chord, whilst if you abhor warbling solos and songs less than 5 minutes long then this kind of stuff will hit your eardrums like a baby crying.

‘Matmos’, available a free download from their record label’s Bandcamp here, as I mentioned is a fantastic marker for what the Manchester-based band are about. Sel Balamir’s provide the beginning to the wave of harmony and “nah nah nah nah nahs” that undercut the song, and his voice stays as haunting as it ever has been throughout ‘The Octopus’, 2006’s ‘Insider ‘and 2004 debut ‘Amplifier’.

Take note purveyors of prog; If you want to whet appetites, this is how…

‘Echo Street’, the fourth album from Manchester’s Amplifier, will be released on the 11th of March on Kscope and can be preordered here. The album is available on CD, double vinyl and as a limited edition, deluxe two-disc set. The deluxe edition is packaged in a 60 page-hardback book and also features the new ‘Sunriders’ EP an additional record of new tunes, exclusive to this release. Catch them on tour on the dates below the video for ‘Matmos’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbl4tvCfPT8[/youtube]

Saturday 16th March 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Sunday 17th March 2013 – Bristol Fleece
Monday 18th March 2013 – York Duchess
Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 20th March 2013 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 21st March 2013 – London Garage

 

Video of the Moment #1120: Little Comets

 
By on Sunday, 10th February 2013 at 10:00 am
 

‘Violence Out Tonight’ is the new video from Little Comets; the song appears on their new album ‘Life is Elsewhere’ released in autumn 2012. Grimmer and heavier than usual Little Comets fare, it’s a good example of the band’s ability to flex their emotional muscles. Watch the video below.

The band will be heading out on a tour of the UK and Ireland in April; they’ve explained they’re gigging in less usual tour stops: “We really wanted to make a concerted effort to play in some cities that we haven’t been to in a while and unfortunately we had to make a few geographical sacrifices.”

Edit 21/03/13: it was revealed this week that Sheffield’s Crookes will be joining Little Comets on the first half of this tour (the 9th of April to the 19th of April); see starred dates below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HytJ2rrKEM8[/youtube]

Tuesday 9th April 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms*
Wednesday 10th April 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire*
Thursday 11th April 2013 – Cambridge Junction*
Saturday 13th April 2013 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms*
Sunday 14th April 2013 – Oxford Academy*
Monday 15th April 2013 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station*
Tuesday 16th April 2013 – Exeter Phoenix*
Thursday 18th April 2013 – Bristol Academy*
Friday 19th April 2013 – Cardiff Gate Arts Centre*
Saturday 20th April 2013 – Dublin Academy 2
Sunday 21th April 2013 – Belfast Auntie Annie’s
Monday 22th April 2013 – Liverpool Masque
Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 25th April 2013 – York Fibbers
Friday 26th April 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
* with the Crookes as support

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #734: Pigeon Detectives

 
By on Friday, 8th February 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Pigeon Detectives released the first single from their forthcoming album, out later this year, in late January. You can get the single ‘Animal’ free from the band’s official Web site. But first, get a taste of the song from the video below. You can catch the band on tour in the UK starting in late April; we’ve included their spring tour dates below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvNOKEUHEC4[/youtube]

Thursday 25th April 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Friday 26th April 2013 – Whitehaven Civic Hall
Saturday 27th April 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 28th April 2013 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 30th April 2013 – Norwich Waterfront
Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Middlesbrough Empire
Friday 3rd May 2013 – Glasgow Arches
Saturday 4th May 2013 – Live at Leeds
Monday 6th May 2013 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 8th May 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th May 2013 – London Dingwalls
Friday 10th May 2013 – Brighton Coalition
Saturday 11th May 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

 

Video of the Moment #1066: Pure Love

 
By on Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Pure Love‘s next single is ‘Beach of Diamonds’, and look! It’s another mini-film, which stars Frank Carter and Jim Carroll living the life…until they put on masks and things turn violent. Yeah, this one has a explicit content advisory, and with good reason: parents, make sure your kids aren’t watching. What’s kind of infuriating is that the song sounds great and I think the video might turn people away who might otherwise like it. Watch it at your own risk below.

John interviewed the duo in Lincoln; read that interview here. Their new album ‘Anthems’ drops on the 4th of February 2013, and the band will be touring all February in support of it (see the dates after the video embed).

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxQgsW-ewHM[/youtube]

Friday 1st February 2013 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Saturday 2nd February 2013 – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 3rd February 2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 6th February 2013 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 7th February 2013 – Glasgow King Tuts
Friday 8th February 2013 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Saturday 9th February 2013 – York Duchess
Sunday 10th February 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 13th February 2013 – Norwich Arts Centre
Thursday 14th February 2013 – London XOYO
Monday 18th February 2013 – Brighton Haunt
Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 20th February 2013 – Newport Le Pub
Thursday 21st February 2013 – Bristol Croft
Friday 22nd February 2013 – Birmingham Temple Rooms
Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Bedford Esquires

 

MP3 of the Day #713: The 1975

 
By on Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 10:00 am
 

The 1975 are one of many bands we’ve written about at TGTF who have gotten a shout on the most recent list of bands scheduled to appear at SXSW 2013. (See the entire second list here.) Here is Romanian producer Liar‘s take on the title track of the Manchester band’s latest EP.

The band have a massive tour planned for January and February next year; the dates are appended after the Soundcloud widget. Tickets go on sale Friday (14 December) here at 9 AM.

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 – Newcastle Think Tank Hoults (14+)
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 – York Fibbers (14+)
Thursday 24th January 2013 – Leeds Cockpit 2 (14+)
Friday 25th January 2013 – Newcastle-U-Lyme Full Moon (16+)
Saturday 26th January 2013 – Edinburgh Electric Circus (16+)
Sunday 27th January 2013 – Glasgow King Tuts (14+)
Monday 28th January 2013 – Sheffield Soyo (18+)
Wednesday 30th January 2013 – Bristol Exchange (14+)
Thursday 31st January 2013 – Guildford Boileroom (16+)
Friday 1st February 2013 – Aldershot West End Centre (under 14s to be accompanied by adult)
Saturday 2nd February 2013 – Birmingham Temple (14+)
Monday 4th February 2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms (under 18s to be accompanied by adult)
Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Exeter Cavern
Wednesday 6th February 2013 – Chelmsford Hooga (18+)
Thursday 7th February 2013 – Kingston New Slang
Friday 8th February 2013 – Brighton Green Door Store
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Southampton Lennons (18+)
Monday 11th February 2013 – Liverpool Shipping Forecast (18+)
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Middlesbrough Mixtape @ Keys (18+)
Wednesday 13th February 2013 – Nottingham Bodega (14+, under 18s to be accompanied by adult)
Thursday 14th February 2013 – Chester Compass (18+)
Friday 15th February 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees (16+)
Saturday 16th February 2013 – Manchester Deaf Institute (10 pm curfew; 16+)
Monday 18th February 2013 – London Borderline (14+)

 

Bastille / February and March 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 at 9:00 am
 

London’s Bastille have announced a massive UK tour for the end of February through March 2013. Tickets are on sale now.

If you’re wondering why there’s a week’s gap in the middle of March: the band is scheduled to perform at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas. To see the latest list of bands to get a shout, go here.

Thursday 28th February 2013 – Liverpool Academy
Friday 1st March 2013 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Monday 4th March 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 5th March 2013 – Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 7th March 2013 – Southampton Mo Club
Friday 8th March 2013 – Norwich Waterfront
Saturday 9th March 2013 – Birmingham Library
Sunday 10th March 2013 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 21st March 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 22nd March 2013 – Oxford O2 Academy
Saturday 23rd March 2013 – Cardiff Solus
Monday 25th March 2013 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 27th March 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 28th March 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 
 
 

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