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Catch the iTunes festival with iskano

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd June 2010 at 8:30 am
 

We’ve featured a fair bit about one of the best UK festivals, the iTunes festival, that’s coming up throughout July with the likes of Scissor Sisters, The National, the xx, Phoenix and many more all taking to the stage of London’s Roundhouse for some very special shows.

Now there’s a new campaign to give away tickets on top of iTunes own one, and it’s a bit more fun than waiting to see if your name is picked out of their virtual hat.

Fantastic Norwegian bottled water company Isklar have teamed up with Britains Next Top Model to offer people the chance to win tickets to the iTunes festival where people can upload a picture of themselves and then everyone can vote for it on the Isklar Facebook page. The winner gets some ITunes tickets. Simples as they say. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to and start snapping your best poses and we’ll catch you down the front at the iTunes festival!

 

Live: Mute Math and Parlotones @ Monto Water Rats

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2007 at 2:51 am
 

ParlotonesRemember those heady days back in the late 90’s when Feeder were good? Just a Day, Buck Rogers, stuff like that? Well, if you miss those brilliant pop-rock crossover tracks then look no further than Mute Math, a New Orleans fourpiece who manage to combine the pop-rock of Feeder with the strength and musicianship of Biffy Clyro into their live shows.

Playing last night at Monto Water Rats, Mute Math were the last to go on for what was meant to be a three band evening. Opening were South Africans The Parlotones, who sound like Fall Out Boy but without quite as many crowd pleasers. Ticking just about every box for clichés, they provided some fun pop/emo/indie mixture, and should please legions of teenage girls around the UK with their eye-linered lead singer, elaborate stage costumes, and crazy shapes being thrown from lead singer Kahn Morbee.

Next were meant to be Envy Corps, however after setting up all of their equipment it became clear quickly that Luke Pettipoole, their guitarist and backing vocalist, was not well. After much pointing to his cheek and grimaces through the set-up, it became clear that he had a numb cheek, was completely unable to drink or talk, and thus it was left to lead singer Brandon Darner to apologise for their inability to play, mentioning that an ambulance was on its way.

Mute Math - Whole Band

Mute MathFinally were the stars of the evening Mute Math, who we must admit were a bit sceptical about. A crowd of mostly boozed-up 20-something men (a few sporting baseball caps), and the stage crew duct-taping EVERYTHING down (yes, even the headphones to the drummer’s head) we couldn’t help but feel things were about to kick off, however were pleasantly surprised.

Whisking their way through a string of songs that sound like the lovechild of early Feeder and Biffy Clyro, they also showed that they have it in them to do an Arcade Fire with the main set culminating in drummer Darren King, lead vocalist Paul Meany and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas all demolishing the drum kit and creating one hell of a noise by placing drums all over the stage and on things and then plain and simply whacking with rhythm… yet somehow it worked. Encore was “Reset”, the one song that has a completely different sound – far more electro, like Moby and 65daysofstatic on a drunken night out together…

All held together by the marvellous Paul Meany, one of the best front-men in a band this small we’ve seen in a while. With him at the helm, Mute Math will be on the way to the top – and not quietly.

After the jump find more pictures.

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Innocent announces “This Water”

 
By on Friday, 20th April 2007 at 8:19 pm
 

Innocent's This Water logoThose lovely people over at Innocent have announced today that their Juicy Water range will cease to exist in a few weeks, instead of deciding to create a new brand, “This Water”.

It seems like a good idea to have a seperate brand for the juicy waters and Innocent smoothies, and if its successful could possibly lay the way for more new “Innocent” brands – like their range of thickies I have always felt look a bit out of place – if they took their time they could expand them into a wider range of “innocent” brands. Just a thought, and I’m sure it won’t happen, but it could work out.

Whilst I like the brand image (well, what we can see of it), I’m not so sure that I like the name, but I’m sure in a few months it will become more natural to talk about it with friends… “oh, I’ll just nip into Waitrose and pick up some this water” doesn’t seem that natural at the moment. But then neither does a student shopping at Waitrose….

 
 
 

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