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Interview: Prides chat with Original Penguin on how the ’80s influenced their music

 
By on Friday, 6th November 2015 at 4:30 pm
 

Glaswegian electropop band Prides have been busy bees this year, having released their debut album ‘The Way Back Up’ on Island Records back in July. (Read my review of the LP here.) They’re also currently in the midst of a massive autumn UK and Irish tour to support their debut release; the tour runs through until Thursday the 26th of November in Belfast (my birthday, in case anyone wants to get me anything).

As part of their #PluggedIn60 campaign and as they queried bands including Flyte before them, Prides were asked this summer, after supporting Lucy Rose on the road, about the importance of the electro, hair band-filled ’80s has had on their music. Watch it below.

For all past coverage on Prides on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LTJNFyyr5Q[/youtube]

 

Prides / October and November 2015 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 14th September 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Glasgow synthpop trio Prides have recently unveiled details of a massive headline tour of the UK and Ireland for this autumn.  The 23 live dates will include a show at the London Koko on the 12th of November and a hometown show at Glasgow’s ABC on the 21st of November.  Support on all dates will be played by fellow Glaswegians Fatherson.

Tickets for the following shows are available for general sale now.  Editor Mary’s review of Prides’ recent LP ‘The Way Back Up’ is right back here; you can find TGTF’s full archive of Prides coverage here.

Monday 26th October 2015 – Aylton Hemelvaart Bier Cafe
Tuesday 27th October 2015 – York Duchess
Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Stoke Sugarmill
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Saturday 31st October 2015 – Falmouth Pavilion
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Friday 6th November 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 9th November 2015 – Manchester Academy 3
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 12th November 2015 – London Koko
Friday 13th November 2015 – Norwich Waterfront
Sunday 15th November 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Monday 16th November 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 17th November 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe
Thursday 19th November 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Monday 23rd November 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Dublin Whelan’s
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Belfast Limelight 2

 

Album Review: Prides – The Way Back Up

 
By on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Prides - The Way Back Up album coverFlick on Radio 1 during the daytime, and synthesiser-led music is all over it, whether it be with an urban bent or a dance one, or a combination of the two. Stewart Brock, Callum Wiseman and Lewis Gardner of Prides prefer to keep their synthpop straight up, giving a nod back to the ’80s synthesiser bands of yore. Ah yes, such an innocent time…

While their debut album for Island Records ‘The Way Back Up’ has been a long time coming, fans of the Glaswegian band who have seen them on their tours the last 2 years will be very happy with the results. Well, at least with about half of them. The album opens with the buzzy, anthemic ‘I Should Know Better’, a song in which Brock sings, “I should be letting you know / that you should be singing with me”. Swoon. I mean, I don’t know a girl who *doesn’t* want that being sung to her. Good start.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tt1PJ8W3LU[/youtube]

Make no bones about it, the previously released songs that appear on ‘The Way Back Up’ can’t be beat and should be the focal point of your listening to this LP. ‘Messiah’, considered as the lead single to be released on the 6th of July although a promo video for the tune was issued in April 2014 and we previously featured it here on TGTF, follows a recurring formula of high energy, roof-raising, fist-pumping big beats with an overture of love (or an announcement of a breakup) being presented in the lyrics: ” I know now, that I want to keep it / oh my god, do I want love”. A much earlier track, the electronic kazoo-filled ‘Out of the Blue’ is another calisthenics exercise, probably sounds familiar due to its noted similarities to MGMT’s ‘Kids’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oYw9Sx7JhQ[/youtube]

Album standout ‘Higher Love’, released as a single this past March and premiered on Zane Lowe’s evening programme on Radio 1, should not be confused with the Steve Winwood song of the same name, but like its predecessor, it’s pure pop of the highest calibre, guaranteed to burrow deep within your brain and consciousness, never to come out. ‘The Seeds You Sow’, which I really enjoyed watching Prides perform live last year, is conspicuously missing. I think they’ve missed a trick there. Newer song ‘Little Danger’ skirts the Justin Timberlake-style of urban pop at the start and the verses, but otherwise generally, and smartly so, sticks to the formula, as does ‘Just Say It’. While there’s a not lot of inventiveness here, the overall sound is slick and catchy, so why monkey with it, yeah?

Other tracks ‘The Way Back Up’ indicate the effort to prove to critics that they shouldn’t be pigeonholed by their fast tempo singles. The problem with these is that they’re indistinguishable and to some extent like the MGMT ‘Kids’ comparison, sound like songs that have come before, whether intentional or not. ‘Let It Go’ sounds like a lighter version of Savoir Adore‘s ‘Sea of Gold’, while ‘Same Mistakes’ could be from a ’90s boyband.

While I can appreciate the lovely harmonies of last track ‘The Kite String and the Anchor Rope’, it is the brooding conclusion to an album that seems practically requisite to end all pop albums now. It (almost) never works. Why do major labels think this is a good idea? Unless you’re out to sell individual singles as mp3s, do a Jon Stewart, end on a high note and keep our hearts pumping until the end.

7/10

‘The Way Back Up’, the debut album from Scottish band Prides, is out this Friday, the 10th of July, on Island Records. A deluxe version of the album will also be available on the same day with an extra five new tracks. For all past coverage of Prides on TGTF, including this interview I did with the trio at SXSW 2014, can be found here.

 

Video of the Moment #1748: Prides

 
By on Friday, 20th February 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Two weeks ago, we showed you the lyric video for Prides‘ upcoming single ‘Higher Love’, which will be released on the 23rd of March. Now the single has its own proper music video. Frontman Stewart Brock explains:

“We once got a live review that said we play “‘very venue like it’s an arena’. That was where the idea came from for this video, and we decided to push that idea as far as we could. So it’s a full on Prides performance; smoke, lights, balloons, confetti, pyro, but during a Bingo game in a rather disinterested working men’s club in Glasgow.

However, the ‘bored’ extras were all incredible actors, because actually they bloody loved it, and made the shoot one of the most enjoyable we’ve ever done. Plus the bar was open, which definitely helped!

It’s filmed with Jordan & Ian from Something Something, who have filmed all our videos so far, and this time Ian’s dad Gordon makes an appearance as the Bingo caller, and totally steals the show.”

The video premiered earlier in the week, but I held it until today because I think on Friday especially, when you’re wrapping up a long week of working hard, you deserve something amazing. For synthpop lovers like myself, it truly hits the spot and is an earworm of the highest calibre. (Literally. I cannot stop singing it. It’s that good.) Set in a bingo hall, watch the promo unfold below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJxoc-PrA_w[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1737: Prides

 
By on Friday, 6th February 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

The fun-loving guys in Prides premiered new single ‘Higher Love’ on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 evening programme this past Monday night. It will be released on the 23rd of March. Now they’ve got an unconventional lyric video for the synthtastic number, which naturally sees Stewart, Callum and Lewis clowning around while revealing the words. Watch the funny video below.

Past TGTF coverage on the Glasgow-based trio is this way.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oYw9Sx7JhQ[/youtube]

 

Prides / February 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 24th October 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Hot on the heels of their first UK headline tour, Prides (who Mary just ran into last week in Edinburgh, ha!) have just announced another set of live dates for early next year. The new list includes shows in the band’s native Scotland, as well as their largest headline show to date at London’s Heaven. Tickets for the following shows go on sale today, the 24th of October, at 9 AM.

Catch all our previous coverage on those lovable Scots this way.

Thursday 5th February 2015 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 6th February 2015 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Wednesday 11th February 2015– Brighton Haunt
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Heaven
Friday 13th February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill

 
 
 

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