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03 July, 2015

The Libertines release new song "Gunga Din"

After playing at Glastonbury last week The Libertines have now released the first song of their coming album "Anthems For Doomed Youth".

The video for "Gunga Din" shows the band in Thailand, where Pete Doherty had been on rehab to finally overcome his drug addiction.
Gunga Din leaves no doubt that The Libertines will be as good as ever when they return with their new album!

[WATCH] Ewan McGregor - Hourglass (Catfish And The Bottlemen Cover)

Ok, so we know that Catfish and The Bottlemen are huge fans of Ewan McGregor, and we know that he's appeared in the video for their latest single "Hourglass". WELL NOW - Ewan has recorded a very special cover of "Hourglass" for the band, as you can see below.

It's no surprise that this has happened as the Scot is a great musician as well as a top notch actor - watch it below.



02 July, 2015

Field Day to Glastonbury: The Female Resurgence

It’s only July, and it’s fair to say that this year has lived up to its predictive billing as the decade’s ‘Year of the Woman’. 2015 has seen solo veterans appearing once more, in the form of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Roisin Murphy and Bjork; as well as the revival of the riot grrrl movement due to the likes of Babes in Toyland and Sleater Kinney. On the wave of this exciting and varied time for female musicians, the real impact in 2015 was to be measured on the festival circuit. For the first time this decade, the UK festival schedule boasts an array of female headline slots including St. Vincent (at Green Man), Portishead (at Latitude), Belle & Sebastian (at Festival No. 6), and the recently triumphant Friday night Glastonbury set from Florence & The Machine. However, the real resurgence in female musicianship comes in the encouraging uprising of female acts which include Hinds, Girlpool, Tei Shi and Alvvays, to name but a few.

The increased wealth in female talent has been well broadcast so far at this year’s major festivals. Glastonbury and Field Day, two festivals to which I have followed and visited respectively, have showcased an abundance of female talent and have had extremely successful outings. This year’s East London mecca, Field Day Festival, displayed a much more acceptable margin of gender difference – some would say, a step in the right direction. Despite the male dominance at the top of the festival bill (with the likes of Caribou, Django Django, Run The Jewels, Chet Faker and Ride), the highlights of the weekend came from some major players in this female resurgence.

Savages' headline performance on the Shacklewell Arms stage on the Sunday summed up the varied timetable Field Day offers and to why the festival’s strike rate remains unrivalled. The all-female band’s disciplined attack of cult-ish punk noir included a healthy mix of old and new. Jehnny Beth fronted the show in increasing confidence, holding the crowded tent in the palm of her hands. Classics from debut ‘Silence Yourself’ maintained their giant, twisting, bolshy rock; while one-off release ‘Fuckers’ was dedicated to anyone who was unhappy with the Conservative general election win – showing that it isn’t just Kanye West who can bring controversy to a festival line-up. Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ was a jumble of garage, reggae, and lyrical sensibility. Performing with heart, anguish and cynical humour, she shows that class has no expiry date. Moments included jubilant renditions of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and ‘Because The Night’, as well as a touching reflection in ‘Elegie’ by dedicating it to lost loved ones everywhere (specifically with her own references to Jimi Hendrix, Fred Sonic Smith and Lou Reed).
Saturday acmes came in abundance, but more surprisingly in the early afternoon. Between overhearing murmurs such as “I think my drugs are wearing off” (at 2pm) and “I want to get a Shoreditch House membership – just for the pic’n’mix”, Jagaara played one of the best sets of the entire weekend. With a laid back attitude, and ever increasing following, the three music obsessed sisters (Cat, Jane and Ruth) effortlessly laid down an atmospheric and almost cinematic sound. By drawing influence from folk music, as well as electronica and rock, they are certainly a strong part of the uprising not just in female acts, but in re-establishing musical genres.

Jagaara played:
Heartbeats
Feel It
Better
Faultline
In The Dark
Marble Arch

On the same stage, the visibly humbled Tei Shi performed to a packed-out tent. Dancing around the stage, flying between the centre-stage mic and sampler padded desk, she flawlessly translated her complex sound to her live show. Closer ‘Basically’ boasted mounting high notes and pop dynamics – and eventually had to come to an end despite herself and the whole of Field Day not wanting her to leave the stage. A more brief dissection of Field Day included huge performances from Ex Hex, Shura, TĀLĀ, Sylvan Esso and Tune Yards.
For the past year, FKA Twigs has led the resurgence in female spectacle with her perfectly refined live show. Her live show is now at the point where she is able to put on one-off spectacles more than once (I know that’s not possible, but you know what I mean). In contrast to the above mentioned bands, FKA Twigs strongly emphasises performance over music. Despite the risk in festival performances, where not everything is within your control, she delivered some shocking and powerful performances at Field Day and Glastonbury. The imagery and enactment of her debut ‘LP1’ was deviously mysterious, profoundly meticulous and thankfully lived up to the big billing. Despite her sound’s obvious complexity, it is restrained and performed in a minimalistic and dark manner. Backing this up with some sweet, synth-tinged beats and vogue-nodding elegance, many would have been kept up in late night chat. ‘Two Weeks’ remains a powerhouse, and sends quakes to the system (one friend told me it “melted his brain and turned him into an ice cream”).
The resurgence in female ‘power’ was solidified at Glastonbury; firstly in the backing of Florence & The Machine to headline the Pyramid Stage, and secondly in the maturation and national success of Wolf Alice.

After Foo Fighters pulled out following Dave Grohl’s injury, heads turned to Florence Welch to see if she could step up to the top spot. Dishing out an eclectic mix of old, new and a cover of ‘Times Like These’, Florence repeatedly won the crowd’s affection and attention. The band’s performance showed that they could have been on the top spot all along. On top of the obvious effort and celebratory joy shown by Ms Welch, it helps that the band have a healthy store of undeniably great songs. Ranging from old classics such as ‘Drumming Song’ to new anthems such as ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’, the infectious enthusiasm ended one of the best days in the festival’s history.

It’s been a hell of a year so far for the North London four piece Wolf Alice. Fresh after kicking off Glastonbury with a secret set on Thursday at the William’s Green tent, they followed this up with arguably one the best shows of the weekend on the Park Stage on Friday (note: voted the 4th best set of the weekend by NME readers). In the same week that their debut ‘My Love Is Cool’ initially hit number 2 in the charts (pipped by Florence), the band rocked Worthy Farm and won over an ever-increasingly busy, and rain-soaked audience. Full of energy and ferocity, the band managed to make every moment feel inclusive and resonant; an example came in the run through of new era classic ‘Fluffy’. Ellie, Joff, Theo and Joel were able to pull off the most intimate of moments in a rain drenched Somerset field by curating a nostalgic rendition of revisited new single ‘Bros’; while also providing laughter during ‘The Wonderwhy’, where singer Rowsell’s mic stand collapsed and she battled on the floor to continue to deliver the song - aptly, the line she was trying to voice was “don’t leave me here”. It is clear to us all that the band will continue to rise up the ranks and find themselves at the top of the bill in years to come.


Other explorative and memorable performances at Glastonbury came from the increasingly bizarre Charli XCX, the raw Courtney Barnett, the sublime Sharon Von Etten, and the perfect Jessie Ware. Domination continued with Hinds, Lianne La Havas, Kate Tempest and a masterclass from Mary J Blige.

Having seen the international appraise that Glastonbury and Field Day (and most likely Bestival) have received for their balance in gender, it is still shocking to see the Reading & Leeds festival line-up. The huge gender imbalance has been broadcast across the globe in the form of an edited line-up poster, which upon inspection boasts a grand total of nine acts over the weekend (now boosted by the inclusion of Charli XCX and Ms Dynamite) which have a female member – and only one act on the main stage (this being Marmozets).  (See poster below)
Thanks to @crackintheroad
The whole debacle, in my opinion, is summed up perfectly by Siobhan Smith in her Overblown article:
“It’s not about tokenization, or female members being booked above their male counterparts in a positively discriminating way, it’s about recognising that great female musicians there are out there and addressing a disparity so glaring that it should be completely unacceptable. The first step is to start questioning it. It’s about being aware the problem exists. The music industry, including festival bookers, has to shoulder some of the responsibility.”

While, last year Blood Red Shoes’ Laura May Carter, in an interview for NME, explored the issue in saying:

“This isn’t just a problem with festivals not booking enough women. We need to look at the way society as a whole looks at female artists. If the audience still see women in rock bands as something of an oddity, that’s where the real problem lies.”

Long live the resurgence.

[GLASTONBURY]
[FIELD DAY] - Early bird tickets already on sale!

Written by Richard Maver
@richmaver

Introducing.... Lilliput


Lilliput a six piece hailing from Sunderland are making waves with their gorgeous new single. 'Waiting To Go' pays homage to the seventies with its nostalgic elements, whilst managing to remain fresh and exciting and is sure to be played on repeat.
 
The band preferring the whole DIY route, have recorded, produced and filmed 'Waiting To Go' at the flat they all share. The video puts the spotlight on the six artistic individuals from the band, playfully giving insight into their personalities.

Catch these chaps at the following venues this summer:

14th August @ The Cluny, Newcastle supporting Hyde & Beast
15th August @ Sebright Arms, London supporting Hyde & Beast
 
 

[WATCH] Fairchild - Hot Rod (Live) [IAI PREMIÈRE]

Hailing from Australia's Gold Coast, the band relocated to Manchester this year - which is also where the video was filmed - and all live within the same few roads.The track is lifted from their latest single, it was produced by Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice) and is part of a double A-side single out June 22nd through their label Canvas Sounds.


The studio recording of the entire single got us really excited and this live video confirms to us why, it really looks like they have an energetic presence when performing, and having said that, they headline Servant Jazz Quarters on 6th July.

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[IN PHOTOS] Glastonbury 2015

We had a right old laugh at Glastonbury this year, thanks to the Emerging Talents Competition for letting me being involved again by the way, it's always an honour. So here's what I got up to, as you can see, it was a pretty photogenic year this year!

Lionel performing in the 'legends slot' on Sunday


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[LISTEN] Club Kuru - Long Drive (Club Kuru Rework)

Following the début "All The Days" EP, Bristol-born, London-based producer and songwriter Club Kuru has announced the release of his new single "Long Drive", which is a beautifully melodic track with ethereal synth sounds and textured beats, laden with emotive nostalgia.

The single will be released on 31st July through Believe Recordings.


The Libertines announce new album "Anthems For Doomed Youth"

The Libertines release their highly anticipated new album "Anthems For Doomed Yout"h through Virgin EMI Records on Friday 4th September 2015. A single "Gunga Din" is available from Friday 3rd July. The album is now available to pre-order on the official site, iTunes and Amazon.


The video for "Gunga Din" was filmed in 'Walking Street' Pattaya, it was directed by Roger Sargent and will be available to view at 8PM on Thursday 2nd July here. The first play of the single by Annie Mac (Radio One) will première half an hour earlier at 7:30PM.

The Libertines - "Anthems For Doomed Youth"
  1. Barbarians
  2. Gunga Din
  3. Fame and Fortune
  4. Anthem for Doomed Youth
  5. Heart of the Matter
  6. Belly of the Beast
  7. Iceman
  8. You’re My Waterloo
  9. Fury of Chonburi
  10. The Milkman’s Horse
  11. Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
  12. Dead For Love

01 July, 2015

[LISTEN] Connor. (Jaws) - 30.06.2015

This was posted less than a day ago and it's from JAWS' vocalist - Connor - soundcloud page, he says its the shortest song he's written. But, in my eyes this is a great base to work a song on, breezy vocals, surfy guitar tones and a warm feel to it, pitching in at 53 seconds long it is easily one of the shortest tracks I've written about, but I can't help feel that if he turned this into a full band track it'll be pretty damn good!



[LISTEN] Strange Talk - Something's Bout To Change

My eyes caught this on my Soundcloud feed today, purely because the album looked a lot like Interpol's début album, "Turn On The Bright Lights". A bit of a strange reason to click play, but who knew that doing so would mean that I'd get to listen to a real Indie-club-anthem! The Australian duo have been going from strength to strength since their début LP dropped and this looks like a great sub-genre to move into! This is one for the nightclubs!!


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[LISTEN] Jack Garratt - Weathered

Jack Garratt has had a great underground following and is constantly being linked with the words 'hype' in every review going, and I can see why! "Weathered" is the latest track from the Buckinghamshire based singer-songwriter. His new track is released August 6th and can be pre-ordered below. Just think of James Blake's soothing vocals with some breakbeats from Ghostpoet and a soothing acoustic guitar, and you're there, bliss!


Buy / Jack Garratt - Weathered 


[WATCH] Gengahr - Haunter

Following on from the bands recently released début album "A Dream Outside", Gengahr return with a stripped back video of evocative early b-side "Haunter".

Felix Bushe said...
Although "Haunter" isn't on our debut album, it is still a very special song to us. We made a little video for it whilst on the set of "She's A Witch'"- take a look!"
 

[LISTEN] COMPNY - Gently Let You Down

COMPNY have released this track into the world at the right time, over the past few days we in the UK have had a glorious abundance of sunshine, and this sun-kissed indie-anthem came right in time for it. With a bouncy chorus and groovy basslines this is one to ALWAYS get you in a good mood, weather it be rain or shine.


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[LISTEN] Oh Wonder - Landslide

The duo have today revealed a brand new track in the shape of "Landslide", as it's the 1st of the month, and it's now the usual thing for them. Also they've announced their début album which'll be released on the 4th of September - preorder here. This is yet again another dream-pop come chillout anthem draped in harmonies and sweet melodies. Listen for yourself below.



[LISTEN] Georgia Buchanan - Sinners (BOA Remix)

BOA broke onto the scene early this year and now have revealed a remix of Georgia Buchanan's stunning track "Sinners". Her vocals sound like a British version of Banks here combined with the electro remix by BOA, adding in glitchy effects and layers of atmosphere this is one hell of a remix. Go and listen to the original too, it's just equally epic!


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30 June, 2015

[WATCH] Seafret - Be There

Fresh from their Glastonbury appearance, the duo have revealed a brand new video for "Be There", which was premièred last Wednesday by Annie Mac on her BBC Radio 1 show. "Be There" is taken from Seafret's forthcoming début album which is due out later this year.

The band add - "The track comes from a very personal place, about being there for the person that needs you most in life, no matter what - it's about making more than a promise."


Seafret Live Dates
July
4th, Gloucester, Barn on the Farm
17th, Latitude
18th, Larmar Tree Festival
19th, Curious Arts Festival
26th York Deer Shed Festival
31st, Cambridge Folk Festival
August
1st, Penrith, Kendall Calling
7th, Newquay Boardmasters
September
6th, Festival #6
11th, Isle of Wight, Bestival
28th, Galstres Festival
29th, Victorious Festival

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[WATCH] Father John Misty - The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)

Father John Misty has covered Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" in honour of them being named CBC Music's Best Canadian Band of all Time. He stopped by the B.B. Gun's The Shed while in Vancouver during his current tour and immediately picked up on the vibe of the little room and played an exclusive set to an audience of about 25 people.

You can watch the video below.



[WATCH] The Maccabees - Marks to Prove It (feat. Jamie T) (@ Glastonbury 2015)

Maybe one of the best surprises of the weekend if you're a die hard Indie-Rock fan, like myself. Jamie T joining his mates on stage to perform "Marks To Prove It" at Other Stage on the Saturday of the annual Glastonbuy Festival.

Before introducing him, Orlando said "While we were recording the album, we called in an old friend to help us out, and he's a 'proper guy' - ladies and gentlemen, Jamie T".