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Live Gig Video: You Me at Six share ‘Take on the World’ at Alexandra Palace show in April 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

At the start of this year, You Me at Six released their sixth album. Entitled ‘Night People’, our Steven gave the long player a 9/10; you can read his review in full through here. Thousands of their fans can’t be wrong about it either: the band performed at London’s Alexandra Palace last month, and they’re sharing this live video from the night of ‘Take on the World’. It was described by Steven as “a vastly different beast. It builds gently over restrained finger-picking on guitar, while frontman Josh Franceschi gives a completely wholehearted performance” and judging from watching this just once, you wouldn’t disagree with him. Enjoy the video of ‘Take on the World’, full of punters with their phone torches held proudly in the air, egged on by Franceschi, below. To read the rest of TGTF’s archive on You Me at Six, use this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQersKykXok[/youtube]

 

(Charity!) Live Gig Video: CHVRCHES unveil new version of ‘Down Side of Me’ for Planned Parenthood box set

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

When smart artists get mad, they channel that energy and turn it towards creative pursuits. Under our current president, it’s unclear if nonprofit organisation supporting women’s health and reproductive rights Planned Parenthood will lose all government funding. No matter what happens, many artists in America and beyond have decided to chip in artistically to help fund the organisation and their life-saving and life-changing work.

CHVRCHES is just one of the acts helping out with a contribution to the ‘7-inches for Planned Parenthood’, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit the nonprofit. The Scottish electrop trio are offering up a new live version of ‘Down Side of Me’, which appears on the group’s 2015 second album ‘Every Open Eye’. You can read Carrie’s review of the LP through this link. The new live version also has a music video filmed by Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, which you can watch below. You can catch up on TGTF’s past coverage on CHVRCHES by following this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2F_wEnLPZ4[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Haim share studio performance of ‘Right Now’ from upcoming second album

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

It’s been a quiet few years for sister Haim. Well, their fans (sorry, not me) can be excited about the follow-up to their wildly popular debut album ‘Days Are Gone’, which came out in 2013 on Polydor. They’ve announced ‘Something to Tell You’, which is scheduled for a release on the 7th of July, the same week we celebrate our independence. Hmm…

The first taster from the upcoming album is a single called ‘Right Now’, which will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, the 3rd of May. To hype up the unveiling of the song, they worked with celebrity director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose name has been repeated whenever the new song has been promoted. Why? Apparently, Anderson was a student of the Haim sisters’ mum. Not purposely I guess (?) but I’m amused by the star-studded nepotism, nevertheless. Will you need this new song ‘Right Now’? It seems very repetitive but I guess for their fans, they’ve included the lyrics karaoke style so you’ll already know the words by the time you get around to preordering the album. Watch the sisters’ live performance of their new single below. You’d need to dust it off a bit, but our archive on the Californian group from 2014 and prior is this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1LLWHroWgA[/youtube]

 

TGTF Spotify Playlist: April 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 at 11:00 am
 

If you’ve been following along with TGTF recently, you’ll already know that we spent most of March and much of April completely absorbed in all the music from SXSW 2017. Now that our trip to Austin is done and dusted, we’ve resumed our regularly scheduled programming, and that includes our monthly Spotify playlist—hurrah!

This month’s playlist naturally comprises a large number of showcasing artists from SXSW, as we’ve just wrapped up our festival and conference coverage. (You can read it all in one convenient place right through here.) But we’ve also been catching up with artists who didn’t play at SXSW this year, and our Spotify list features new music from Maximo Park, alt-J and Royal Blood, among many, many others. With 64 songs and 4 hours worth of tunes to choose from, you’re sure to hear something you love in our April 2017 list.

If you haven’t been following our monthly playlists, it’s not too late to start! Our playlists are a quick way to catch up on all the latest tunes and a good place to begin curating your own spring and summer playlists. You can subscribe to the TGTF Spotify account by plugging “spotify:user:tgtftunes” (no quotes) into the search bar and clicking the Follow button. Happy listening!

 

Live Review: Knox Hamilton and Fenech-Soler at U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC – 26th April 2017

 
By on Friday, 28th April 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

You know that saying, “war makes strange bedfellows”? If you consider surviving the music business a kind of war, then maybe it isn’t so surprising that bands choose unexpected tour mates. One major benefit of choosing a band to tour with you whose genre doesn’t match yours: priceless exposure to fans who might not otherwise come across your music. That’s what I’m thinking was the thought process behind the North American coheadline tour starring Little Rock, Arkansas band Knox Hamilton with Northamptonshire brother duo Fenech-Soler, which began in earnest in Washington, DC, on Wednesday night. The tour will take the two bands up the East Coast, into Canada, across America and down the West Coast.

As kids, brothers Boots and Cobo Copeland worked in a thrift shop on their summer holidays. When it came time to name their band, they recalled a photo from a ‘70s yearbook with a hip looking dude named, you guessed it, Knox Hamilton. You can picture this dude now hanging out with Fleetwood Mac, can’t you? Singer Boots wears a black knit hat just like Aussie Hamish Anderson does, and the band dress like they’re ready to break out a harder rock number. However, this band’s style is definitely more pop than rock, and this has likely helped them rack up a good number of keen fans. One girl behind me spent nearly their entire set screaming with excitement, then yelling requests to the stage. Odds are you must be doing something right if you’ve got fans like her.

Knox Hamilton in DC

Despite the lack of an actual live keyboardist, they must have saved effects for live performances. It’s hard to imagine a Southern town like Little Rock churning out too many bands who use synths, making Knox Hamilton a curious anomaly with their glittery pop/rock. You couldn’t help but be drawn into the catchy rhythm of ‘Pretty Way to Fight’, and also into ‘Back Porch’, the closest they would get to a Springsteen-esque moment. ‘Work It Out’, with an anomalous introduction of xylophone notes, was the clear fan favourite of their set. Its unexpected camp feel with its rapidly sung lyrics that bounce on leads me to the lesson of the night: don’t judge a dude by his beard, hear him sing first. File them next to San Cisco’s earlier work.

Ben Duffy of Fenech-Soler

We’ve been supporters of Fenech-Soler for as long as I’ve been writing here at TGTF. That’s a really long time! In 2011, I saw them open for Example at Manchester Apollo a few days after my birthday, but seeing stick figures on a stage didn’t do it for me. They were supposed to appear at both SXSW and the Great Escape 2 years later but unfortunately for me, they didn’t show. By 2014, I’d lost all hope they’d ever come to Washington, so I went up to Brooklyn on a Saturday to see them. They didn’t disappoint. Three years on and with three albums under their belt, I was beyond pleased for them to finally make it here and to begin their first-ever major North American tour in our city.

Fenech-Soler in DC 4

The question that must be on the minds of any long-time fan of theirs has to be, “what do they sound like now as a duo?” A very reasonable question, even with a touring keyboardist and drummer. This evening’s rendition of ‘Last Forever’, known on record for its irrepressibly summery vibe, had been reworked to a much languid, less cluttered version. To be completely honest, I was aching for the original live version. However, fans, don’t lose heart. Because Ben and Ross Duffy have always been the driving force of the songwriting for Fenech-Soler, what’s on current album ‘ZILLA’ and what is up ahead for them isn’t likely to stray too far from their successful formula, I don’t think. Dance fans in particular will enjoy their live performance more too: they’ve chosen to showcase less tracks in a set to allow for longer outros, which crescendo towards even more massive climaxes.

Ross Duffy of Fenech-Soler

One direction they’ve already shown the wherewithal to experiment with – and to do it well too – is with covers, the rumour being that there’ll be a whole slew of them released together on record sometime soon. Prince and David Bowie covers are already on their SoundCloud, and a particularly excellent version of Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ slayed the DC audience. The lively ‘On Top’ and brilliant ‘ZILLA’ single ‘Kaleidoscope’ frontloaded their set with plenty of vigour, with fans all too eager to dance along. Of course, there was plenty of pilfering from their back catalogue too, from one of the first songs the brothers ever wrote, ‘Stop and Stare’, to the fantastic ‘Demons’ and ‘Somebody’ from 2013’s ‘Rituals’.

Their hour set flew by and before we knew it, we’d reached the encore. ‘In Our Blood’, with its bursts of syncopated compressed synths and Ben Duffy giving us his all on vocals was, in a word, incredible. While myself and everyone else would have loved for Fenech-Soler to have played every single banger they’d ever recorded, we’ll just have to be happy with the thought that they’ll return to us for another all-out dance party soon. America is theirs for the taking. Catch both bands on tour in North America over the next few weeks, including in New York tonight at Bowery Ballroom.

After the cut: Fenech-Soler’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Knox Hamilton and Fenech-Soler at U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC – 26th April 2017

 

Live Gig Video: watch LIFE perform single ‘In Your Hands’ at Hull Welly

 
By on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

In a month’s time to the day, the debut album from Hull punks LIFE will see the light of day. They’re self-releasing the PRS for Music Foundation Momentum grant-funded ‘Popular Music’ on the 26th of May, just in time to get you primed for the second bank holiday of the month. As anyone who has seen them live such as myself will attest to, they’re an excellent proposition in I guess what you would call their ideal habitat: in a dark, sweating nightclub, unleashing their brand of cutting, socially conscious, in-your-face rock on punters. In case you are one of those poor souls who haven’t seen them live or indeed, you have yet to be converted to their devoted legion of ‘LIFERS’ (yes, I am one of them), I’ve got good news for you.

To usher in this month, they headlined at a special ‘POP PARTY 2’ at the (in?)famous Welly in their hometown on the 1st of April. Their stalwart photographer / video buddy Josh Moore was on hand to film the proceedings, so the group have unveiled live video from the show. The clips from the gig are set to their current single ‘In Your Hands’, which is currently enjoying a good run as Steve Lamacq’s Livener track. I cringe whenever I read the word ‘visceral’ in any music review – I never use it because everyone else does – but this is one of those rare cases in which I think it’s probably the best word to drop in.

This is definitely the kind of party you want not only to get invited to, but you’d also want to partake in with plenty of moshing, arm flailing and perhaps even a spot of crowd surfing. You’ll probably have to wipe your brow just watching this claustrophobic yet strangely enticing event unfold. The group have a busy bank holiday weekend ahead, with back to back appearances in Newcastle tomorrow and Friday (Meet the North / Hit the North), Live at Leeds on Saturday and and Handmade Festival in Leicester on Sunday. To catch up on all of TGTF’s recent coverage on LIFE, including both my and Carrie’s experiences watching them perform in Austin at SXSW 2017 last month (the photo at top was taken at the last set of the last night of the British Music Embassy), as well as my interview with Mez and his brother Mick, follow this link.

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