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Video of the Moment #1705 (and more!): THUMPERS feat. Jena Malone

 
By on Tuesday, 16th December 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

London synthpop duo THUMPERS have a pretty simplistic promo for ‘Devotee’, their collaboration with American actress Jena Malone, who they met and befriended on their last visit to Los Angeles. (Is it just me, or does Malone sound a bit like LDR on this?) The video is also a collaboration, seeing the three of them ham it up unpretentiously for the cameras. Watch the promo below.

Want a free copy of the ‘Get Together’ EP starring Malone, Chloe Howl, Blood Red Shoes and Sun Club? Visit THUMPERS’ official Web site, where you can have it in exchange for your email address.

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

 

Live Gig Video: THUMPERS perform ‘Galore’ at Original Penguin Plugged In session in London

 
By on Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

If you recall back in the summer (yes it was a long time ago now!), we gave away tickets to an Original Penguin Plugged in session starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS at the Hospital Club in London. We’ve got a live gig video from the June night of the alt-pop THUMPERS performing their song ‘Galore’, which you can enjoy below.

The band recently concluded their support slot with Klaxons, playing a massive show at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire this past Sunday night.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0my35eMZ4[/youtube]

 

WIN / Tix to Original Penguin Plugged In session June 2014 in London starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS

 
By on Monday, 9th June 2014 at 11:00 am
 

Fashion house Original Penguin are hosting a series of intimate (100 capacity) gigs at the famed London venue the Hospital Club, which has played host to the reveal night of the Mercury Prize nominees in past years. This month’s show on Wednesday the 18th of June promises to be a special one and stars two acts on the rise.

Before Nick Mulvey (pictured at top) landed on the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist, our Carrie had written quite a bit about him already here for TGTF and she also caught up with the lovely man for a chat in Austin at SXSW before his appearance at the Communion showcase there Friday night. London’s THUMPERS also made their debut at SXSW this year, wowing audiences all over Austin with their brand of alt-pop.

The only way into this special show is if you sign up here at Original Penguin to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. Or is it? No, we wouldn’t do that to you, our faithful TGTF readers. We’ve managed to blag two pairs of tickets to the show so two lucky winners and their guests can enjoy the show on us. Fancy your chances? Then complete the form below.

First, we’ll need your full name and your email address. Then to make sure you’re serious about going (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: what is the name of Nick Mulvey’s debut album? (Hint: Carrie mentions the album title in this review from Austin.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Wednesday the 11th of June. We’ll choose two winners from all the correct entries received and contact them by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted by email.

 

SXSW 2014: eating Irish breakfast at B.D. Riley’s and chatting with new friends on Friday afternoon – 14th March 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 26th March 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

At some point in your SXSW experience, it is inevitable, do not fight it: you will hit a wall. Your body and brain will be close to shutting down from all the running around and shenanigans you have been up to all week. By Friday morning, I’d hit my own personal wall. The mere thought of going through the exercise of figuring out various walking and bus routes for a trip out of town for a show just didn’t seem enticing at all. What was far more appealing was the traditional free Irish breakfast served every Friday morning at SXSW at where else but B.D. Riley’s?

It was also a chance to spend some quality time with the lovely Angela Dorgan, who tirelessly runs the Music from Ireland programming at the festival every year and who happens to be a dear friend. While I was disappointed in the complete lack of black pudding, rashers and mushrooms in my fry up, the eggs scrambled and not sunny side up, and the tomatoes raw and sliced as if they were ready to go into a BLT, it was the strange appearance of two slices of entirely uncooked rye bread that had my friends back in blighty confused. However, it was good, hearty sustenance that both Carrie and I needed to start our day off right, though the food was more important to me than it was to Carrie, who needed her coffee.

SXSW 2014 was the first time in 3 years straight of covering SXSW that I decided to take a load off and relax a little and have a cardiovascular workout to the Wonder Villains. Carrie covered the Irish breakfast and afternoon line-up at B.D. Riley’s, staying in her place all afternoon, while I could chill before my next social engagement. Scanning my Twitter feed, I noticed DJ Colette was in town to do a late night DJ set with friends at Lanai Lounge, an ubercool dance space and bar on Congress where Carrie and I had met up with our Canadian friend Jordy on Monday afternoon. I took a chance at Tweeting at her to see if she’d be willing to do an entirely impromptu interview. That’s how this interview with her at the Hilton happened. And that’s how we roll at SXSW.

My next interview to take place at Latitude 30 had been arranged the afternoon before at the Universal Music Group takeover on Thursday and would be with Pete Lawrie-Winfield, better known as the man behind Until the Ribbon Breaks. (Listen to the interview here.) I watched him perform again and this time, he had a much larger and captive audience at the British Music Embassy, which I was very pleased about. I think of what I hear on top 40 radio here in the States and the Radio 1 playlist, and the direction mainstream pop music has gone doesn’t excite me. What does excite me about what Lawrie is doing is how he incorporates the best of his own personal influences as if putting everything he loves in a electronic blender of sorts, and what comes out is this multi-pronged animal of sound.

When Delphic first really hit UK radio in 2009 with ‘Counterpoint’, a lot was made about their rock and dance hybrid sound being novel. If that’s true, Until the Ribbon Breaks’ mixing of rock, dance, r&b, experimental and of course electronic is truly trailblazing. It’s a bit of a problem that I’m the only one at TGTF who loves electronic and dance music, so I’m hoping my fellow writers – and some of you too! – will listen to this track ‘Perspective’ and maybe have a change of heart. The best electronic music will make you want to dance and will make you feel sexy, and as far as I’m concerned, Lawrie’s doing an excellent job on both fronts.

I hung around for THUMPERS, who were next and had been highly recommended by friends, but I was sorely disappointed. Maybe I was stood in the wrong place, but the thumping (no pun intended) of the bass was drowning out anything and everything else, including the vocals, so I didn’t stay too long. Too bad. Well, you can’t win them all and you are going to encounter some bands that just don’t live up to their promise live in Austin. But I had an interview lined up in early evening that I was positively going out of my mind thinking about, so all was not lost. Not at all.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014: Electronic and DJ UK artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (R-Y)

 
By on Friday, 28th February 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2014 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts, and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Continuing our coverage of the electronic artists and DJs gracing SXSW 2014‘s fine stages next month, we get down and dirty with the second half of the UK showcasing acts of these genres in this fourth installment of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014. In case you missed the first half of the list, you can read all about those previously featured acts here.

Raffertie
In the mood for music with an r&b flavour with soul and a good beat? Benjamin Stefanski has got you covered. Stripped back, he exhibits James Blake-esque composure, but he’s equally at home dropping the eclectic electronic fuzz.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsQlOE4vl5w[/youtube]

Sivu
I wrote: “Let’s face it: there a lot of men out there trying to negotiate the choppy waters of electronic music as solo artists, with varying levels of success. The trick seems to be finding your own special niche in the already overcrowded electro market, something that this act has done well. And seemingly so quickly too.”

Read more of my Bands to Watch on Sivu here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_964dqQxQwY[/youtube]

Snow Ghosts
London duo Snow Ghosts sound exactly the way their name does: folky vocals overlaid on top of brooding electronica. Intriguing!

Southern Hospitality DJs
DJs Rob Breezy and Superix founded the now infamous Hip Hop Karaoke London, the first of its kind in the UK and an event that has been a road-block every single month at the Social in central London. Recognised for this and many other dance nights their group put on by tonnes of tv and radio stations, newspapers and other media outlets in Britain, they’ve become a DJ force to be reckoned with and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Just shut up and dance!

THUMPERS
Ben writes: “Dreamy and ethereal, alt pop duo THUMPERS are seasoned veterans of the UK sound scene from their time as two-thirds of indie rockers Pull Tiger Tail. Drummer Hamson went on to beat skins for the likes of Friendly Fires and Noah & The Whale before reuniting with Marcus Pepperell and a fresh, sunny and delicately layered approach in 2012. Ever productive, there’re plenty of freebies to brush up on via the band’s Soundcloud account, or you could just hold out until SXSW for the full fat experience.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbAKwTS-1LI[/youtube]

To Be Frank
Martin writes: “To Be Frank is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Frank Pescod, who, after a period writing contract music for TV and film, and brands as prestigious as Louis Vuitton, found the desire for the limelight was too strong; To Be Frank was created as a platform to spread his music to a wider audience. Things kicked off with single ‘If You Love Her’, a tender piece of whimsical electronica that showcased Pescod’s delicate, soulful voice and neat way with a minimalist arrangement, but didn’t really go much further. Sophomore release ‘Nothing’ introduced glitchy beats and a more insistent groove, playing on urban r‘n’b stylings but still remaining resolutely downtempo… It’s clear that this is a project in its early stages; the benefit of which is that every release tells us something new about the artist concerned. And with such an intriguing combination of chartbait and esoterica at his fingertips, To Be Frank really is one to keep an eye on.”

Read Martin’s full Bands to Watch on To Be Frank here.

Tourist
I wrote: “How to describe the music? While title track ‘Placid Acid’ on his debut EP is exactly as advertised – a gorgeously chill slow build-up of epicness – the otherworldly charms of ‘Jupiter’ and head boppiness of ‘Forgive’ prove he’s not a one-trick pony. The ‘Tonight’ EP sees Will Phillips taking a turn to more upbeat (handclaps!) and sounding more industrial than the debut, though for sure based on these releases alone, the kind of dancing I’m thinking you’re likely to see at Tourist shows is of the languid, fluid, beautiful creature variety. Then again, track ‘Together’ revealed from upcoming EP ‘Patterns’ seems to indicate for his next release, he’s going into higher octane, faster tempo territory. Either way, you’re in for a good show if you see him when he stops in your town. Or, if you’re lucky like us to be going to SXSW, if you have the good fortune to catch him in Texas in March.”

Read the rest of my Bands to Watch on Tourist here.

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

Until the Ribbon Breaks
Cardiff artist Peter Lawrie-Winfield makes music like sombre, claustrophobic Massive Attack: there is something vaguely sinister, vaguely apocalyptic, and yet the beats are stirring and the emphatic lyrics are strangely hypnotic. Already garnering attention from Pitchfork, Lawrie’s sets are likely to be rammed by the young hipster set.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd_-JY3yq9w[/youtube]

Waylayers
Martin writes: “Theirs is the sound of guitar songwriting meeting Balearic beats and synths as on the anthemic ‘S.O.S.’, which is dancefloor-worthy even without needing a remix. Harry Lee has enormous physical presence, dominating both the stage and the little keyboard from which he generates any number of uplifting synth lines. His vocals are often the spit of Diagrams’ Sam Genders, while the music treads a similar path to other practitioners of the dance crossover genre such as Friendly Fires; the fact that ‘Fires’ was produced by Ewan Pearson of TGTF former faves Delphic is surely no coincidence.”

Young Fathers
“Ol’ Dirty chose his moniker because there was no father to his bastard style. Young Fathers earn theirs by making something so fresh it doesn’t yet have a name. These are three fellas from Edinburgh who’ve been working together since they were 14, who have an elastic mind meld that mimics their fused sensibility of sound, who one day locked themselves in a dingy Scottish basement and came out with something that’d never been done — a fearless combination of beat, rap and song that smells not only of its dark and dank birthplace, but of discovery and of communion.”

Time to take a breather – we’ll back back next week with more of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2014!

 
 
 

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