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Album Review: Scouting For Girls – Scouting for Girls

 
By on Wednesday, 10th September 2008 at 12:36 pm
 

Since Scouting For Girls exploded out of radio speakers with the likes of ‘Elvis Ain’t dead’ and ‘She’s So Lovely’ the piano has experienced a new found fame in the pop world. The way Roy Stride uses the piano as though it was an extension of his very person is what makes each track so very infectious. There is no way one can remain seated in the presence of such energetic reliance on the keys to accentuate his happy, slightly rasping lyrical delivery; add that to the sumptuous strumming of Greg Churchouse on the bass and the oh so hungry domination of the drums by Peter Ellard and you have a recipe for musical addiction.

Once it is understood that the band’s aim is to get you addicted you realise that variety is not necessarily essential rather; repetitive, recitable rhyming sets are vital, once you have that all you need is for the instrumental delivery to be fuelled by an unparalleled hunger and the masses will bow down, and bow down they did. Each and every single is an infectious blend of key-fingering, capable bass handling and dominating drum delivery, unfortunately they all sound very similar. Not necessarily the same but the formulaic set of ingredients does not allow for deviation and so the pop trio don’t even try to test the waters, but hey if it isn’t broken, what’s there to fix?

Ultimately if you are seeking out the next best driving album, this one should definitely be part of the selection, your muscles itch to jump and run around as though you’ve scored the winning England goal. With the sour state of affairs at the minute, such an album is not only a breath of fresh air but a canister of the stuff, ready to deliver each and every time on each and every track. You can slap this CD and spin around the front room with your Nan and know it won’t offend, similarly you can leave the album on while your 3 year old does their colouring and know they won’t be reciting any questionable lyrics.

It’s not an album that is all about the diction, nor is it all about the music, it appears to be all about the delivery and they get it right every time, perhaps this is why some have slated the group, their overload on happiness even when the words being sung should be tugging at your heart strings, the guitar strings just won’t let you lose that smile. The ‘ooh whee ‘ backing vocals on started on ‘She’s So Lovely’ forcing your mind back to the days of Cliff Richard and the Beach Boys and summers ‘On the Busses’, continues through onto ‘It’s Not About You’ and you know what it doesn’t get tiring, unless of course you are trying to sit in staunch seriousness.

All in all this album like a few other pop sensations at the minute, not taking itself too seriously and by doing so they have been able to approach the creative process with a carefree nature which reverberates throughout the songs and continues to do so throughout ones senses whether they want them to or not. There should be a warning on the CD’s case about the addictive nature of the contents within, that it should be played with caution as once you have succumbed you will not be able to get the tunes out of your head and lord forgive you if you don’t know the lyrics as humming and ‘dum dum dee-ing’ will no doubt get you some funny and no doubt annoyed looks!

 

Scouting For Girls / November UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 26th May 2008 at 1:25 pm
 

Apologies for the lack of updates here on There Goes The Fear. Things are kind of hectic as I deal with the end of term and a new job.

However, for now you might be interested to know that Scouting for Girls have just announced a shiny new tour for November.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday (30th May), but are on presale from here now.

Catch them at:

Saturday 1st November – Bournemouth BIC
Sunday 2nd November – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 3rd November – Brighton Centre
Tuesday 4th November – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 6th November – Newcastle Academy
Friday 7th November – Grimsby Auditorium
Saturday 8th November – Wolverhampton Civic
Monday 10th November – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 12th November – Swindon Oasis
Friday 14th November – Cardiff Arena
Saturday 15th November – Liverpool University
Sunday 16th November – Nottingham Arena
Tuesday 18th November – Leeds Academy
Thursday 20th November – Glasgow Academy
Saturday 22nd November – Doncaster Dome
Sunday 23rd November – Portsmouth Guildhall
Thursday 27th November – Brixton Academy

 

Scouting For Girls / Spring 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 9th November 2007 at 4:31 pm
 

Scouting For Girls They sing songs about Michaela Strachan, aeroplanes and Elvis… yup, it’s Scouting For Girls, who have announced a string of UK dates next March and April, playing the length and breadth of the country.

All tickets are £12.50 with the exception of London (as ever) who have £14 tickets. Tickets are available now from here.

Monday 24th March – Southampton Guildhall
Tuesday 25th March – Brighton Dome
Thursday 27th March – Newcastle Academy
Friday 28th March – Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday 29th March – Manchester Academy
Sunday 30th March – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 1st April – Reading Hexagon
Wednesday 2nd April – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sunday 6th April – Bristol Academy
Monday 7th April – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 8th April – Sheffield Octagon
Wednesday 9th April – Preston 53 Degrees
Friday 11th April – Hull University
Saturday 12th April – Leeds University
Sunday 13th April – Nottingham Rock City

 

Mencap gigs announced (UPDATED)

 
By on Thursday, 25th October 2007 at 4:44 pm
 

Looking for the 2008 Mencap Gigs? Click here. This page is about 2007’s Mencap Gigs!

Updates: I’ve just added the 20th November gig and the 26th November gigs, thanks to a comment from Kathryn below. This was originally posted on 4th October.

Little Noise LogoThe brilliant Mencap have announced this year’s “Little Noise Sessions”, a series of intimate, acoustic gigs, which will take place from Tuesday 20th November to Wednesday 28 November 2007, at Islington’s Union Chapel in London. They’ll be hosted by Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley.

To get tickets you’ll have to register here to get tickets when they go on sale. Ticket registration opens on Tuesday 2 October and closes at 12.00 Friday 19 October. Those who have registered can then buy tickets online on a first-come-first-served basis from 9am on Monday 22 October. Tickets are £35 each.

The gigs will raise money for Mencap’s Arts Awards scheme which enables children and young people with a learning disability to take part in local arts projects.

Tuesday 20th November – Secret Headliner, Jack Penate, Laura Marling, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
Wednesday 21st November – Athlete and The Hoosiers
Thursday 22nd November – Will Young, Newton Faulkner and Adele
Friday 23rd November – Biffy Clyro, We Are Scientists and Young Knives
Saturday 24th November – The Pigeon Detectives and The Metros
Sunday 25th November – Snow Patrol and Cajun Dance Party
Monday 26th November – Kate Nash, Robyn, The Ting Tings
Tuesday 27th November – The Enemy + Special Guests
Wednesday 28th November – Keane, Rilo Kiley + Scouting For Girls

 

Scouting For Girls hit the capital again

 
By on Wednesday, 1st August 2007 at 12:40 pm
 

Scouting For GirlsScouting For Girls have announced a one off London date at Kings College.

They’ll play there of Friday 14th September, and tickets are now on presale if you have a livenation account. Else I assume they go on sale properly on Friday 3rd August (this Friday) at 9am.

Tickets are £9.50 each.

Picture was taken from Scouting For Girls’ MySpace.

 

Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #9: Scouting for Girls

 
By on Wednesday, 20th June 2007 at 7:50 pm
 

Scouting For Girls Having won the Innocent Unsigned bands talent search last year and the chance to play at their Fruitstock Festival, Londoners Scouting For Girls have had an amazing year. Signing to Epic Records on Valentine’s Day this year, they’re about to release their first EP, the incredibly anthemic “It’s Not About You” which will just grab you by the heart strings and make you think “YES!” and become addicted to them. Or you can just write them off as another bunch of Keane wannabes. You choose, but you know what I think.

Scouting For Girls are the sort of band that are perfect to open the festivals – people lounging around, feeling rough after the previous night, and just wanting some music to take them to “that happy place”. As they say themselves in their biography, they’re “unashamedly nostalgic, mottled with loss, disillusion and a poignant lamentation for innocent past times”.

Many bloggers have been very excited about their current material, with favourable reports emerging about their live shows. Needless to say, for those of you fortunate enough to be going to Glastonbury this weekend (and if so, why aren’t you there already?), they’ll be playing on Friday night at 8pm at the Late N Live Stage.

Reminiscent of both Keane (for their Piano-led pop-rock) and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (for Sam Duckworth’s brilliant knack of conveying feelings and images of a time and place), Scouting For Girls are sure to gain a devoted following soon.

After the jump, catch their video for “It’s Not About You”. Picture was taken from Scouting For Girls’ MySpace.
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