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Live at Leeds 2017 Preview: editor Mary’s best band bets

 
By on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Please note: as we always recommend in all of TGTF’s festival previews, the information we post here on Live at Leeds 2017 is current at the time of posting. We strongly encourage you to check in at the Live at Leeds 2017 official Web site closer to the start of the event to confirm venues and set times. Wristbands for the event in Leeds on Saturday the 29th of April are still available at the bargain price of £32.50 plus handling if purchased online; VIP tickets are sold out. More information on where you can purchase your tickets in person or online is available here.

SXSW 2017 alums: Here’s a list of artists we either saw last month in Austin who we enjoyed AND/OR we previewed ahead of the festival -AND- will also be appearing at Live at Leeds in 2 Saturdays’ time. For your convenience, I’ve listed them in order of appearance on the day so you can slot them into your growing schedule. The best of the best are marked with an asterisk. (*)

LIFE (2:00 PM, Leeds Beckett Union Stage 2 [Dr. Martens Presents]) *
Ten Tonnes (2:00 PM, Chapel) *
Airways (3:00 PM, Leeds Beckett Union Stage 2 [Dr. Martens Presents])
Jade Bird (4:30 PM, Faversham Patio)
Annabel Allum (5:00 PM, Social)
Be Charlotte (5:00 PM, Faversham)
IDLES (7:15 PM, Key Club [DORK Stage])
She Drew the Gun (8:00 PM, Wardrobe)
Temples (8:00 PM, Church)
Lewis Watson (8:15 PM, Holy Trinity Church [Clash Stage])
The Academic (9:00 PM, Lending Room [WTGR Stage]) *
Dream Wife (9:00 PM, Brudenell Social Club [DIY Stage])
Slaves (9:00 PM, Academy)
Flamingods (9:45 PM, Leeds Beckett Union Stage 2 [Dr. Martens Presents])
Rag‘n’Bone Man (9:45 PM, Leeds University Union Refectory)
The Big Moon (10:00 PM, Brudenell Social Club [DIY Stage])
GURR (10:45 PM, Brudenell Social Club Games Room [DIY Neu Stage])
AJ Tracey (11:00 PM, Faversham)
Let’s Eat Grandma (11:00 PM, Chapel)

To add to the best 3 from above and round things out to a even 10 acts, here are an additional 7 I recommend from the fantastic Live at Leeds 2017 schedule:

The Gallery (Wakefield; 12:00 PM, Lending Room [WTGR Stage])
Wakefield is, of course, famous for being the birthplace The Cribs. But the Jarmans should probably get used to sharing the city with another band. The jangly guitars of The Gallery, reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys before they turned into Queens of the Stone Age, will take you back to the simpler times of British indie.

Wyvern Lingo (Wicklow, Ireland; 1:00 PM, Nation of Shopkeepers)
While already deemed national treasures in their country, most people outside Ireland have only heard of Wyvern Lingo from their association with Irish megastar Hozier, their members Karen and Caoimhe providing him backing vocals at live shows and the group supporting him on UK and Irish tours. Imagine the Staves if they’d gone pop and r&b.

Matt Maltese (London; 2:00 PM, Wardrobe)
It took Morrissey a while to be anointed the title ‘The Pope of Mope’. That said, given the current state of world affairs, it stands to reason that there should rightly be more artists coming out and telling it like it is without sugarcoating it. Piano playing Matt Maltese is one of them, coming out with the sweepingly beautiful ‘As the World Caves In’ to convey his despair. Seriously, close your eyes, and you could swear you’re hearing The Moz.

The Wandering Hearts (London; 3:15 PM, Holy Trinity Church [Clash Stage])
A stark contrast to all the indie and pop acts at this year’s Live at Leeds are The Wandering Hearts, an Americana / alt-country group from the big smoke. Recent signees to Decca Records, the band will provide a welcome midday set different from nearly everyone else invited to this event, with their lush harmonies smartly picked guitar.

Paris Youth Foundation (Liverpool; 5:00 PM, Oporto)
The return of Ride to the record shops this year proves the washy guitar wall of sound era isn’t over. Liverpudlians Paris Youth Foundation takes this and does one better by adding synthpop to the mix, lending an anthemic feel to their tracks. Having released their debut album late last year, this is still early days for them, but I reckon now is time to get on the bandwagon.

Tender Central (Devon; 5:15 PM, Holy Trinity Church [Clash Stage])
India Bourne is a Devon-born, classically trained cellist who now goes by the stage name Tender Central. It’s a good description of her sound, which takes full advantage of her ethereal vocals and her careful crafting of an equally evocative, all-enveloping soundscape. Take a moment and consider the thought of seeing such music being performed in a church. Got it?

The Pale White (Newcastle; 5:30 PM, Church)
While Patrick Carney is busy remoulding his girlfriend Michelle Branch, now is an excellent time to discover the band who will dethrone the Black Keys when they aren’t paying attention. While we can’t be sure their successors will be Newcastle’s The Pale White, their brand of down and dirty blues rock is a suitable North East alternative to that of Southampton’s Band of Skulls.

 

Live Gig Video: Circa Waves share live video for ‘Goodbye’ from new album ‘Different Creatures’

 
By on Friday, 14th April 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Liverpool’s Circa Waves released their sophomore album last month, which was unfortunate, as we were in the throes of preparing for, then reviewing SXSW 2017. (Sorry, guys!) However, I wish to make amends to the Merseyside band today by sharing with you their promo for ‘Goodbye’, which appears on their new LP ‘Different Creatures. As is de rigueur for young bands these days, and even ‘old’ bands like Spoon, they’ve slapped together a bunch of footage from their last UK tour and set it to their current single. To be fair, I’ve never actually seen Circa Waves perform, so I guess this is just as good as any introduction to their explosive live show. Watch the live video for ‘Goodbye’ below’. For more on the Liverpudlian band on TGTF, check out our archive on them.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y7eFdcZ3gk[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Fenech-Soler share 360-degree ‘Conversation’ promo video from ‘Zilla’

 
By on Thursday, 13th April 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

In my books, Fenech-Soler have always known what it takes to make a creative promo video. Their latest is no exception. They released their third album ‘ZILLA’ in February, and you can read my review of it back here. This week, they have for us a special live video, filmed in 360-degree glory. The act, now a duo starring brothers Ben and Ross Duffy, are seen in this video with their backing band, performing ‘Zilla’ track ‘Conversation’. Enjoy the live video below. The brothers will be playing a series of live dates in North America starting on the 26th of April in DC (yes, I know!) through late May; all the dates are listed here. To read much more of our ongoing coverage of Fenech-Soler, go here.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Middle Kids share behind the scenes tour video set to ‘Old River’

 
By on Monday, 10th April 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Australian band Middle Kids have had a wild ride in 2017 so far. In addition to appearing on American late night tv programme Conan and radio shows for KCRW in Los Angeles and KEXP in Seatle, as well as a series of high-profile sets at SXSW 2017 including this one at the KCSN-sponsored showcase at the Radio Day Stage on Thursday, the band also fit in a North American tour. During their time around our continent, they filmed a bunch of footage about their life on the road and onstage here. They’ve put it all together in a promo video for ‘Old River’, a track of their current self-titled EP out now. Watch it below. I’m sure we’ll be hearing way more from the Sydney trio very soon. To keep tabs on our ongoing coverage of the group from Oz, bookmark this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEUM1BEy16Q[/youtube]

 

Chain of Flowers / April and May 2017 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 3rd April 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Following their second visit to America and appearances at SXSW 2017 in mid-March, Cardiff post-punks Chain of Flowers are set to tour England in late April. Being the good Welsh ambassador that he is, the legend that is Huw Stephens interviewed several of the Welsh acts in Austin during the week of SXSW including Chain of Flowers.You can listen to the broadcast for the next 2 weeks on Radio Wales through here. During his chat with frontman Josh Smith on Thursday at the British Music Embassy, they discuss the slight incongruity that this tour only includes English dates. No matter; I reckon they’ll be back playing shows on American shores soon enough. Tickets to the following shows are on sale now. My review of their Thursday afternoon show can be read here; Carrie also caught them at the Music for Listeners afternon showcase at El Sapo, so her review of that is forthcoming. For more on Chain of Flowers on TGTF, follow this link.

Monday 24th April 2017 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 25th April 2017 – Manchester Castle
Wednesday 26th April 2017 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds 2
Friday 28th April 2017 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 29th April 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Sunday 30th April 2017 – Brighton Hope and Ruin
Monday 1st May 2017 – London Camden Lock Tavern (free show)

 

LIFE / April 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 31st March 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Hot off the heels of their triumphant appearances at SXSW 2017, Hull punks LIFE have arranged a short UK tour for the first half of April. It all kicks off tomorrow for them at home at The Welly Club (definitely up there with Leicester’s Cookie Jar on my list of fun club names in England). Tickets are on sale now to the following shows. You can stream ‘In Your Hands’, the latest track from their upcoming debut album ‘Popular Music’ to be unleashed on the general public, directly below the tour dates. You can listen to my interview with brothers Mez and Mick of the band through here; if you’re patient enough, you can read my thoughts on their performance Thursday afternoon at the British Music Embassy at SXSW at 2 PM BST today. More on LIFE (the band, not yours) will be added to this link as we continue with our reviewing of SXSW 2017 in the coming days.

Saturday 1st April 2017 – Hull Welly
Sunday 2nd April 2017 – Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Monday 3rd April 2017 – Manchester Gullivers
Wednesday 5th April 2017 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Thursday 6th April 2017 – London Camden Barfly
Friday 7th April 2017 – Bristol Crofters Rights
Saturday 8th April 2017 – Scunthorpe Cafe Indiependent

 
 
 

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