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Underage Festival 2011 Roundup

By on Wednesday, 10th August 2011 at 2:00 pm

Editor’s note: The press restrictions at Underage Festival disallowed anyone over the age of 17 to enter the festival grounds. Even members of the press. So it’s a good twist of fate that TGTF just happens to have a writer young enough who could cover the event for us. Take it away, Coco!

Held exclusively for youth, Underage Festival took place at Victoria Park this year like it has since it began in 2007. The day before the festival, it was raining in London. I was really worried about the weather for Underage: really, I suppose no one really wants a festival with rain? Luckily, the rain had stopped and it was sunny all day long.

I arrived at the venue 2 hours prior to the event because I signed up for some volunteer work. After that was done, the gates were open and the excited swarm of young people dashed into Victoria Park. The act that I first saw were Ghost Eyes, they played an early session, at around noon. Having listened to their tracks on their Soundcloud before seeing them, I anticipated ‘They Left’, my favourite track by them. They did play this and a couple more of songs, including their latest single ‘Phantom Mountain’. As a whole, the performance was all right, but the vocals were too soft, to the point that I could hardly hear any!

A while later, I saw Crystal Fighters at 3 PM. I couldn’t stay until the end of the set because Dutch Uncles were playing at quarter past 3 and I wanted to catch them as well. Crystal Fighters were mental. They drove everyone crazy (in a good way). Everybody in the crowd danced like as if it were three in the morning instead of 3 in the afternoon. The sun was bright but that didn’t affect the disco-like atmosphere that filled the air in the main stage. I was really glad that they played ‘I Love London’ within the time I stayed. How cool is it to listen to ‘I Love London’ being played live in London?

I then ran frantically across Victoria Park and arrived at the Artrocker stage for Dutch Uncles’ performance (pictured at top). They mainly played songs from ‘Cadenza’, their new album (Mary’s review here), and only 2 songs (‘Face In’ and ‘Doppleganger’) from their previous releases. My personal high point of their set had to be ‘The Ink’. I was really hoping that the track would get played and my wish came true! Duncan, the vocalist/pianist ended their set by saying “they’d stay around the tent” and the audience could ask them questions if they had any. How sweet!

The next band I saw played at Artrocker stage as well, so that saved me from a lot of leg movement. They were Is Tropical. I previously expressed my love for them in the review of their debut album, ‘Native To’ (read it here). So to me, seeing them live was a big, big bonus. They began their set with ‘Tan Man’, and the crowd grew bigger and bigger as they played on. I was dancing in the crowd with a lady from New York City. However, we were outdanced by two young girls who were in front of us. They went literally crazy and shook their heads as if they were on MDMA or something. I think everyone had a real good time watching Is Tropical, and the performance from the band was breathtaking. (Because we were too busy dancing? That might be the reason!)

Lastly, I saw Bombay Bicycle Club at the main stage. They headlined the festival and played the very last slot. Sad to say, I was somewhat disappointed by them. They weren’t as good as I expected them to be. The crowd enjoyed it nevertheless, and a poor girl blacked out during their set and had to be sent to hospital. I truly hope she was fine afterwards. Bombay Bicycle Club played some songs from their upcoming album as well as some good ol’ favourites.

This was my first festival experience and I loved every single millisecond of it. My thanks go to Jamie and Paul at Zeitgeist Agency who made it possible, Eat Your Own Ears and the Orange Dot for organising it and last but not least, all my friends I met up with who really made the whole day worthwhile.

Coco also chatted with Crystal Fighters, Dutch Uncles and Is Tropical at the festival…so stay tuned for those interviews coming soon on TGTF.


Single Review: S.C.U.M – Amber Hands

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 at 12:00 pm

‘Amber Hands’ is the first single from London band S.C.U.M’s upcoming debut album expected to drop in September. Already loving tracks like ‘Summon the Sound’ and ‘Berlin’, ‘Amber Hands’ is definitely no stranger to me. The single, alongside with its artistic video by Matthew Stone, gives listeners a brief insight to what their debut’s direction may be. The video features fabrics in different colours and glimpses of the S.C.U.M members. The tone of the video is really soft and mellow: it’s because of the pastel colours, you see. With respect to other tracks, I guess the album will mostly comprise of rather heavy-sounding tracks like this one. The single will be released both on 12” vinyl and digitally. It comes with the B-Side entitled ‘Fountains’ and remixes by Sonic Boom and Silver Apples (both remixes you can listen to below).


‘Amber Hands’ from S.C.U.M. is now available via Mute.



Live Gig Video: Bands in Transit featuring Bear’s Den and Kyla La Grange

By on Friday, 8th July 2011 at 11:00 am

Music lover? Car lover? No worries! Ford has combined the both for you. Bands In Transit is a new project in which bands perform impromptu gigs, ferried to various locations by a Ford Transit. We have here Bear’s Den performing ‘Stubborn Beast’ and Kyla La Grange (pictured above) playing ‘Been Better’ at Hackney City Farm. Watch the live videos below. For more great live videos of a similar vein, visit Bands in Transit’s official Web site. Also on the Web site is an 8-minute documentary about London’s celebrated indie label Communion Records, whose artists Pete Roe and Nathaniel Rateliff (just to name two) TGTF has featured in the past.


Single Review: Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

By on Thursday, 7th July 2011 at 12:00 pm

‘Shuffle’ is the first single out of ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, the upcoming album by Bombay Bicycle Club. The album is also going to be the band’s third. If you recall, their second, ‘Flaws’, was an acoustic one read the review here). To be frank, I wasn’t really into the acoustic sound, so this return to their normal equipment setup was great news to me!

The song starts of with some very, very bouncy piano notes. I immediately reminded myself, “ahh! No wonder this song’s called ‘Shuffle’! Also look at the cover art! A pair of dancing feet!” With only a few opening notes, Bombay Bicycle Club already made their stance very clear. This song is going to turn everyone’s feet into dancing feet. I must say this song succeeds in its goal: the ever bouncy piano riff that loops over and over the song gives people a very happy sensation and the rhythm of it makes your dancing nerves tickle very badly!

Overall, listening to ‘Shuffle’ is highly enjoyable. Especially when you can feel the heat, ‘Shuffle’ just pushes the summery atmosphere even more.


‘Shuffle’ is available now, and ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ will be out on the 29th of August. Post-festival season, Bombay Bicycle Club are on tour in the UK in September and October.


Bands to Watch #221: Muto Leo

By on Tuesday, 5th July 2011 at 12:00 pm

Find yourself enjoying music with a Scouse accent? Then you shouldn’t really miss out on Muto Leo, a very talented and young band from Liverpool. Joe and Luke the brothers joined by Scott, Will and Craig are the makers behind these “fidget math pop” tunes.

The first song that I heard from Muto Leo was ‘Lupalu’ (listen to it below). The guitar is very vibrant and youthful. The short break that is heard near the end of ‘Lupalu’ acts as a short relief to the intensity that the track brings. Another track of theirs that I love is ‘Creative Thinking’. My initial reaction was, “Oh no! It seems like one of those subjects in school requiring students to think ‘creatively’ and write a lot of junk… Hmmm…” Once I clicked the ‘play’ button, Muto Leo proved me completely wrong. As opposed to boring and dull school stuff, ‘Creative Thinking’ is energetic. I especially love the drum work, adding a lot of dynamics to the track, an essential part to a math rock band. You can listen to the above-mentioned tracks (and more!) by visiting the band’s SoundCloud.


Preview: Field Day 2011

By on Friday, 1st July 2011 at 1:00 pm

What day comes after Friday the 5th of August? Yup, the 6th of August. A Saturday, and also this year’s Field Day. Just so happens it takes place a day right after Underage Festival. And like Underage, it is held at Victoria Park as well.

The line-up features a batch of bands whose names have appeared in numerous press this year and the last. They include Villagers, Wild Beasts (pictured above), Warpaint, The Horrors and Star Slinger. To top things off, there’s hot band About Group; in case you’re not too familiar with them, they’re a collaboration led by Hot Chip’s very own frontman, Alexis Taylor.

Three amazing solo artists, whose names all start with ‘Ja-’, are also going to rock the stage at Field Day. They are James Blake, Jamie Woon and Jamie XX. Both Blake and Woon have had albums out this year, which are ‘James Blake’ (read the TGTF review here) and ‘Mirrorwriting’, respectively.

Some London-based indie bands that I quite like are going to be playing Field Day as well – Factory Floor, S.C.U.M. and 2:54, just to name a few. Not only including acts solely from the UK, there are also some stellar foreign acts set to play Field Day, such as the amazing Glasser from America and Cloud Control from Australia…

The diversity of genres and awesomeness of the line-up makes Field Day unmissable. Moreover, the tickets are not overpriced as well. They cost £39.50 each and are available from major ticket-selling sites like Seetickets, Ticketweb and HMV Tickets in addition to just getting them in person from Rough Trade East. More details here on the official Field Day Web site.

Full line-up of Field Day as of 1 July under the cut.
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