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Bands to Watch #101: Lisa Hannigan

 
By on Monday, 23rd March 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Lisa Hannigan (side)Lisa Hannigan is a lovely little vocalist from County Meath, whose beautiful acoustic folk is gaining her major critical acclaim over the world, from Ireland, all the way to the United States. While that sentence sums her up pretty well, I think Lisa has the ability to introduce herself a little better…

“Hello, I am a singer. I often hum away without realising it until I get funny looks on Camden street. I’m good at roasting potatoes and sewing on buttons, but not good at voice mails and competitive sports.”

Lisa’s early music career started out alongside fellow Irish folkster, Damien Rice. Lisa featured heavily on Rice’s 2002 debut album, O – and she also appeared live with Damien several times – taking up guitar, bass, or even drum duties while up on stage. In 2007, following creative difficulties, the partnership came to an end, and Lisa consequently went on to pursue a solo career.

Hannigan’s debut album, Sea Sew, was released in 2008 to an amazing reception . The CD not only gained a nomination for the coveted Choice-Music Prize – it also caught the eye of the United States press, with the Los Angeles Times labelling Sea Sew “charmingly idiosyncratic”.

While I don’t have the same big words as the Los Angeles Times, they are certainly correct in describing Lisa’s music as charming. Hannigan’s gentle voice beautifully compliments her mellow, yet quirky acoustic tunes. She’s an absolute joy to listen to when looking for something that little more peaceful to wind away the hours. Check out her MySpace now to listen to some quaint little songs the super talented Lisa has uploaded for us all to enjoy, including I Don’t Know, Lille and Some Suprise, which features Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody.

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

 

Preview: V Festival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 18th March 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Oasis (live, V Festival, credit)It’s undeniable that V Festival is a lot more commerical than other music festival’s across the country, and while the bash has certainly recieved the odd bit of criticism for it’s uber radio-friendly line up, the fest is no less fun in our eyes. Certainly – going by the awesome line-up, it’s unsurprising that the event managed to sell out in just two hours this year.

The summer bash – which is happening on Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd August – will be taking place across it’s two usual sites this ’09: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Oasis (pictured right) and The Killers are the two big name headliners confirmed to be playing the festival’s top spot this year. Other major acts gracing the fest’s main stage (aptly titled ‘V Stage’) across the weekend include Razorlight, Snow Patrol, The Specials, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Lily Allen, James, Seasick Steve and, intriguingly, Taylor Swift.

The smaller sized ‘4Music’ stage will also be featuring further super cool artists including Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Wombats, Keane, The Enemy, Katy Perry and Dizzee Rascal.

If nothing has still managed to catch your eye (or ear!), why not head over to ‘The Arena’ where you can check out a varied selection including MGMT, Lady GaGa, Happy Mondays, The Streets, Pete Doherty, and latest girl band sensation, British Sea PowerThe Saturdays.

If that’s still not enough, the festival has another 50 acts up its sleeve to announce in the coming few weeks. Exciting!

As I told you earlier, tickets for the Chelmsford leg have sadly sold out. There are still some available for the Staffordshire event, however. For more information regarding ticket outlets, check out V Festival’s website.

Top photo comes from stevec77’s flickr stream, and side photo from John Griffiths’ flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Bands to Watch #97: The Voluntary Butler Scheme

 
By on Tuesday, 17th March 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Voluntary Butler Scheme (side)This week we’d like to introduce The Voluntary Butler Scheme. Despite the fact their name initially suggests this is a several member strong group, and despite the fact that their MySpace cheekily declares Marc Bolan, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash as just three of these members, The VBS are in fact a one-man-band – and that one man in question is Mr. Rob Jones.

And boy does he manage to make super delightful sounds despite the fact he’s on his lonesome. Rob’s sparkly retro-pop is an absolute joy to listen to. Bubbling over with cheery hand-claps, sunny harmonicas and brilliantly witty lyrics (“If you were broccoli, I’d turn vegetarian for you. And if you bought running shoes, as out of breath as I’d get, I’d buy running shoes too”), The Voluntary Butler Scheme are colourful DIY musical-greatness. The nostalgic doo-wop sounds only add to this Stourbridge-man’s brilliance. Indeed, listening to The Voluntary Butler Scheme is like stepping back into the pop splendour of the 60’s, only with added quirky humour that is guaranteed to have you smiling…maybe even skipping.. all the way home.

“Just like coffee and tea, I need you regularly” Rob sings. I think this is certainly the case for me and The Voluntary Butler Scheme.

Check out The Voluntary Butler Scheme’s MySpace page, and the super video to ‘Multiplayer’, below, and if you like it download a free EP from Music Glue, and enter the competition to remix his next single

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rfjxjxJQy4[/youtube]

 

Preview: Evolution Weekender 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 11th March 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

The Wombats - press shotWe all hear about the major summer festivals taking place across Blighty this ’09 – but here at There Goes The Fear, we like to bring you previews of those smaller, little known music events too! This week, we’d like to tell you about Evolution 2009. The festival, which started back in 2005, has grown rapidly in both size and popularity over the past few years and Evolution ’09 looks set to be the biggest and best yet!

The Newcastle-based festival is certainly ahead of the big name summer events in the calender stakes, taking place across the May bank holiday (Sunday 24th – Sunday 25th May). Still, the outdoor shows, which will take place along Gateshead’s quayside, are fully expected to attract a crowd of around 60,000. Judging by the line-up, we can see why!

Headliners confirmed so far include Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats (pictured right), Mystery Jets, The View and The Maccabees. Other impressive TGTF-favourites playing the Evolution Weekender include White Lies, Ladyhawke, Esser, Friendly Fires, Little Boots, Twisted Wheel, Marina and the Diamonds, Chapman Family, VV Brown and The Big Pink.

(And breathhhh….!) Impressive, don’t you agree? You can even catch headline electronica acts such as Boys Noize, Chase & Status Live and Kissy Sell Out over at the dance stage too, should something a little less guitar-based take your fancy.

If it couldn’t get any better, a weekend ticket for Evolution 2009 is priced at just £15! You can also grab a day ticket for £9.50 (note : only weekend tickets are on sale at the moment – day tickets go on sale Thursday!). Furthermore, a contribution of the ticket price will be donated to WaterAid. If you’d like to learn more about the festival and general ticket info, check out Evolution 2009’s website.

 

Album Review: The Rakes – Klang

 
By on Monday, 9th March 2009 at 3:30 pm
 

The Rakes - Klang coverLondon quartet The Rakes have resolutely plodded on from one album to the next over the past few years despite their post-punk sounds going mostly unnoticed once past the dancefloors of indie clubs across the country. Still, it’s undeniable the band have knocked out some decent tunes in their past five year existence, namely ’22 Grand Job’, ‘The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect’ and ‘We Danced Together’. Therefore I am happy to say the trademark features that helped in the creation of the above tunes – i.e., the poppy guitar riffs, the thumping bass lines and the brilliantly observant yet tongue in cheek lyrics of frontman Alan Donohoe – have all been successfully carried over to the band’s third studio album released later this month – Klang.

The album kicks off with ‘You’re In It’, a super catchy tune with an awesome guitar riff that hooks you 5 seconds in (literally). The angst-filled lyrics of Donohoe (“You are exceptional/At being sexual!”) compliment the tunes ragged beat, making this an excitingly raw tune to open up Klang.

Next up we have ‘That’s the Reason’ – an unspectacular punky tune that peaks with a rousing sing-a-long chorus which sees the band enthusiastically repeating said title of the song. ‘The Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker’ – the brilliantly titled third track of the album showcases Donohoe’s dark vocal style well (often ala Ian Curtis). It’s undeniable, however, that frontman Alan can verge on quite monotonous sounding at times, yet the edgy riffs coating his voice and the sublime little breakdown midway through the song means this tune’s a decent filler. ‘Bitchin’ in The Kitchen’, meanwhile, boasts a super funky bass line – while the tinkling piano riff amidst ‘The Woes of Working Women’ certainly provides a nice relief from the intense guitars of the album.

Klang picks up with track six, ‘1989’. Unsurprisingly, the band have chosen this tune to be the debut single from the album. The poppy guitar, throbbing bass and ‘la la la’ chorus make this a fun little tune that should gain the band some airplay. Donohoe goes onto vent his anger about the dissatisfaction of working life via ‘Shackleton’ – a raw tune that captures the wrath echoed in the lyrics perfectly through it’s many edgy twist and turns.

Another highlight of Klang is track eight, ‘The Light of Your Mac’ – a foot-tapping tune which sees frontman Alan sing in sync with the sunny retro guitar riff. ‘Mullers Rachet’, meanwhile, would not be out of place on Up The Bracket. The Doherty-tinged tune is a nice little ditty, which once again, has the bass line a lot to thank for.

Klang comes to a finish with ‘The Final Hill’. The track is certainly an intriguing album closer since the tune is nothing spectacular. Dark, speedy riffs combined with the usual droney vocals tainting every Rakes song – it’s an interesting choice to close the pretty decent Klang with such a durge tune. Oh well!

MP3: The Rakes – The Light from your Mac

Klang is released Monday, March 23rd. Pre-order the CD now.

 

Preview: London’s Lovebox Weekender

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

Lovebox 2009 sideLast week, There Goes The Fear gave you the low-down on all upcoming summer festivals, one of which was Lovebox. The eclectic festival – which takes place over Saturday July 18th to Sunday July 19th in Victoria Park, London – has just confirmed this year’s super headliners.

80’s legends, Duran Duran, will be the main act taking to the stage on Saturday night, while Groove Armada (the band who actually founded Lovebox) will be claiming the top slot Sunday evening. Duran Duran will see support coming from Pharrell William’s rock-rap troupe, N.E.R.D – while other hotly tipped talent gracing Saturday’s bill include TGTF-favourites, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Furthermore – Simian Mobile Disco and the awesome Ladyhawke are just two of the acts that will be rubbing shoulders with Groove Armada on the Sunday.

Lovebox side 2DJ’s and electro acts, such as Horse Meat Disco and Secretsundaze, will be setting aboard the Container Arcadia to bring Lovebox revellers awesome dance sets. Meanwhile, The Gaymers Stage – a mystical tree house that provides a stunning bird’s eyes view of the festival site – will be showcasing live acts in a more intimate setting.

Need some pampering amidst all the partying? No problem! Just head over to Heavenly Healing – a tented village set amongst the Lovebox site providing massage and other complimentary therapies for those looking for a bit of ‘me-time’. Had enough of the music? Then have a stroll around thelondonpaper Sourced Market – the largest farmers market to be visiting any festival this year! And if that’s not enough, why not check out the “entire field of family-friendly stage shows, sideshows and freak shows – all inspired, programmed and produced by some of London’s most thrilling theatre and production outfits.” – to quote the terribly exciting press release!

Music! Theatre! Farmers! What more do you need! Grab a ticket for The Lovebox Weekender now!

Tickets cost £42.50 + Booking Fee per day ticket. amd £75.00 + BF per weekend ticket. Top Photo was taken from garretkeogh’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

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