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2009: The Highlights

By on Sunday, 3rd January 2010 at 4:43 pm

2009 has been and gone, and it seems just about every half-way decent site has been giving us their run down of 2009. There Goes The Fear, liking to be a bit different, has done things a bit backwards – we gave you our “10 of 2010”, the hottest 10 bands to watch out for in 2010, in early December. Now that we’re actually in 2010, why not look back at the year that was 2009….

Albums wise, it was a pretty impressive year full of quality talent both new and old. Below are my favourite 10 albums of 2009, or you can catch Jess’ 9 albums of 2009. Unfortunately we haven’t had time to write a review for all of them, however

1) Mew (pictured top)No more stories
Without a doubt my album of the year – a strong collection of creative masterpieces, quiet and chilled in places and a euphoric celebration in other places. A gem in this small Danish band’s crown that everyone should listen to at least once. Jess reviewed it here
2) Temper TrapConditions
Okay, nobody could miss the ubiquity of “Sweet Disposition” in the second half of 2009. However, many people missed the aceness of the whole album, packed full of pop hooks.
3) IdlewildPost Electric Blues
Their seventh studio album, and the Scottish band return to form after two albums in the doldrums. Not quite as good as “The Remote Part”, but nonetheless a fantastic collection that they should be proud of.

… and the best of the rest:
4) Boxer RebellionUnion (read review or read the interview)
5) Marmaduke DukeDuke Pandemonium (read review)
6) Tegan and SaraSainthood
7) Silversun PickupsSwoon
8 ) Noah and the WhaleThe First Days of Spring (read the review)
9) Frank TurnerPoetry of the Deed
10) MetricFantasies

Gigs wise, I’ve popped my top 10 of 2009 below. Mary reviewed her best gigs of the year here. It’s been a mixed year, with plenty of quality live music (below), as well as a few that I later think “errrr, what was I thinking???” (see: The Enemy, Official Secrets Act etc)

Top 10 gigs of the year:
1) Mew at London’s ICA – Thursday 16th July
The first time I caught the fantastic Mew live, and took me from a casual fan to a
2) Silversun Pickups at Oxford’s O2 Academy 2 – Monday 6th July
I went in expecting not much, I left very much impressed. Professional, amusing, fun, but above all great tunes from an unassuming American band.
3) Radio 1 Big Weekend at Swindon’s Lidiard Park – Saturday 9th May
Okay, so the sets were a bit on the shorter side of things, but nowhere else could we catch Doves, Friendly Fires, Basement Jaxx, Florence and the Machine (pictured right), Temper Trap and more in one place. Plus, it introduced us to Stornoway, one of 2010’s brightest hopes.

… and the best of the rest:
4) The Temper Trap at Bristol’s Thekla – Tuesday 22nd September
5) Bloc Party at Reading Rivermead – Friday 30th October and Bloc Party at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall – Sunday 1st February
6) Muse at Teignmouth’s Den – Saturday 5th September
7) Keane at London’s O2 Arena – Thursday 12th February
8 ) Joshua Radin at Oxford’s O2 Academy 2 – Wednesday 22nd July
9) Delphic and Two Door Cinema Club at Southampton Joiners – Tuesday 27th October
10) Idlewild at Oxford Academy Sunday 18th October

We’ll be back in full from Tomorrow, Monday 4th January, with next to no more looking back at 2009 now. Thanks for reading us in 2009, and we look forward to spending 2010 with you.


2009: Thank you!

By on Wednesday, 23rd December 2009 at 6:00 pm

We’ve had quite a year here at There Goes The Fear. We’ve bought you live reviews from Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Lovebox, Keane and La Roux amongst many, many more. We’ve interviewed Mew, The Boxer Rebellion and Marmaduke Duke along with many other artists you may not have heard of, but should check out.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without you: the readers. We hope that we’ve continued to inform, entertain and keep you up to date with the best new music. Have an idea for 2010? Like a feature? Hate something we do? Drop me an email and we’ll try and sort it out. Likewise, if you fancy writing for us, drop me a line and we’ll sort it out – we’re always on the lookout for new talent.

Literally hundreds of PR, record company and media types have been in contact throughout the year, but big thanks must go to the ones who we’ve pestered a lot over 2009 and always a joy to work with: Karen, Holly and Merlin at Radarmaker (possibly the best PR firm in the UK), Rob, Kellan and Peter at Partisan PR, James at We Are Brilliantly Different, Jason and Kelly at Radio 1 and Tasha and Alex at Anorak London.

Finally, who can forget our lovely writers? Mary, Jess and a shed load of others who have written a piece or two for us over the year. They’ve provided a new take on things, and introduced us to many new bands over the year, so thank you.

We’re having a bit of a break to plan for 2010, but we’ll be back on Monday January 4th with renewed vigour – hopefully see you then. In the meantime, check out some of our favourite songs we’ve given away for free download in 2009:
MP3: Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix) [audio:]
MP3: stellastarr* – Freak Out [audio:]
MP3: Defend Moscow – Sign of Life [audio:]
MP3: Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future [audio:]
MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions [audio:]
MP3: Wolf Gang – The King And All Of His Men [audio:]
MP3: Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work [audio:]
MP3: Bo Bruce – Brighter Moon [audio:]
MP3: Delphic – Counterpoint [audio:]
MP3: Jónsi – “Boy Lilikoi” [audio:]

After the jump: the complete listing of all the MP3s that we’ve posted this year (in no particular order)
Continue reading 2009: Thank you!


Little Comets / December 2009 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 26th November 2009 at 8:48 pm

Hot up and comers Little Comets have announced a string of tour dates starting next Thursday.

Thursday 3rd December 2009 – Kingston Slang
Saturday 5th December 2009 – Loughborough University (w/ Reverend & Makers)
Tuesday 8th December 2009 – Reading Oakford Social
Wednesday 9th December 2009 – Oxford Bullingdon Arms
Friday 11th December 2009 – Barnstaple Square
Tuesday 15th December 2009 – Hull Adelphi
Wednesday 16th December 2009 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Thursday 17th December 2009 – Sheffield Boardwalk
Friday 18th December 2009 – Cambridge Junction


2009 XFM Winter Wonderland Announced: Razorlight + more

By on Wednesday, 11th November 2009 at 3:58 pm

Local Natives (side)The lineup for the 2009 XFM Winter Wonderland in London has been announced.

Razorlight, The Temper Trap, The Big Pink, Bombay Bicycle Club, Local Natives (pictured right), Goldhawks and Cassidy will all play the gig, taking place at the O2 Academy in Brixton on Wednesday 16 December 2009 – just over a month away. With that many bands I doubt there will be much of the usual “standing around looking bored”, which is what we like to see.

Don’t be at all surprised if there are some top-secret “special guests” as well… we might well be wrong, but it’s always possible…

Many of the live sets will be broadcast on XFM.

Tickets are available to purchase for just £25 from the Xfm Xchange 084547 83936 or at See Tickets

Meanwhile the Manchester leg of the Christmas shows has sold out, featuring Delphic, Frank Turner, The Cribs and Echo & The Bunnymen.


Mencap Little Noise Sessions / November 2009

By on Sunday, 8th November 2009 at 3:50 pm

Following on from the amazing lineups of the past two years, the Mencap Little Noise sessions are back again this November to raise more money for the mental disability charity.

The lineup is almost complete, with a string of pretty amazing performances scheduled. Personally, I’m most excited about Editors day, along with the pop-tastic Alexandra Burke, Mika and Newton Faulkner days – all of the shows have great talent and with the promise of special guests, I say you should hop on down to Union Chapel to check out some great music. Head on over to the Little Noise Sessions website for more answers to your questions.

The artists so far announced include:

Monday 16th November
The Maccabees
Bombay Bicycle Club
Everything Everything

Tuesday 17th November
Alexandra Burke
Marina and the Diamonds
VV Brown

Wednesday 18th November
Paloma Faith
Alex Gardner
Daisy Dares You

Thursday 19th November
Richard Hawley
I Blame Coco

Friday 20th November
The Blackout
Egyptian Hip Hop

Saturday 21st November
Taio Cruz
Tinchy Stryder

Sunday 22nd November
Florence and the Machine
Golden Silvers
Erik Hassle
Ellie Goulding

Monday 23rd November
David Gray
The Low Anthem
Lisa Mitchell

Tuesday 24th November
Newton Faulkner
Scouting for Girls
Little Comets


Detroit Social Club / December 2009 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 at 4:18 pm

Touring in celebration of finishing their debut album which will be released next year, Detroit Social Club have announced a series of dates in mid December.

Tickets to see the Newcastle six-piece are on sale now.

Thursday 10th December 2009 – High Wycombe Bucks University Student Union
Friday 11th December 2009 – Birmingham The Rainbow
Thursday 17th December 2009 – Newcastle World Headquarters
Friday 18th December 2009 – Stockton Ku Bar
Saturday 19th December 2009 – Manchester The Ruby Lounge


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