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Single Review: The Futureheads – Meet Me Halfway (Black Eye Peas cover)

 
By on Friday, 9th March 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

At first thought, an a capella version of the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Meet Me Halfway’ performed by Sunderland’s Futureheads is a disturbing, Frankenstein’s monster-esque proposition; a genre-bending mashup simply crying out to be derided as the wrong song, played in the wrong way, by the wrong band. That it actually works as a piece, with its stark backdrop of layered minor chords, and plaintive yet square-jawed lead vocal, is nothing short of astonishing. Gone is the humdrum synth ‘n’ drumbox arrangement of the original; instead we have four men’s voices and dark space where instruments would otherwise be. Like a black-and-white photograph, the effect is somehow stronger than if the brain was force-fed more information; the imagination can fill in the blanks more vividly than reality.

Releasing a whole album arranged a capella, especially as it contains such a left-field cover version, is a brave, almost reckless decision. But their love of applying novel vocal arrangements to other people’s music has been present and correct ever since their version of Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds Of Love’ announced the band’s spectacular arrival into the public consciousness back in 2005. And it is done with such confidence, technical accuracy, and imagination, that is impossible to not be intrigued, and over time, drawn into the naked beauty on offer here.

7/10

‘Meet Me Halfway’ is a double A-side with ‘The No.1 Song In Heaven’, a 1970s Sparks track close to the hearts of the band. The single is released in conjunction with the forthcoming a capella album ‘Rant’.

 

Preview: T in the Park 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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Video of the Moment #158: Black Eyed Peas lipdub

 
By on Saturday, 17th October 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

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Something a bit different for your Saturday evening – you may have stumbled across this video on your digital travels, but if not, it’s the work of 172 Canadian communication students, and was made on September 10th 2009 in just 2h15min in one take. Nice work.

 

Isle of MTV

 
By on Sunday, 21st June 2009 at 7:34 pm
 

Black Eyed Peas (side)MTV know how to put on a good party. I think we can all agree on that. So when they announce that they’re organising a huge party in Malta for 50,000 people and it’s free, you know it’s going to be good before you even hear who’s playing or any of the important details.

This year’s Isle of MTV is hoping to capitalise on the success of the two previous years’ events, which saw the likes of Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5 and The Kooks all play the event. For 2009, The Black Eyed Peas (pictured right), Lady Gaga, Metro Station and Esmée Denters all play the gig this year on Wednesday July 8th, just over two weeks time.

The four hour live event takes place in Malta’s Il-Fosos Square and will be turned into a 90 minute TV special, which is possible thanks to the support of Air Malta, Grand Hotel Excelsior and the tourist board, Visit Malta. They’ve all made it possible collectively for locals to experience world-class bands that normally they wouldn’t have a chance to see, something that I’m quite keen on – Radio 1 have done it with their Big Weekends, bringing big bands to towns in the UK that don’t normally have great music scenes, and MTV are doing it for Malta.

So, if you’re looking for a last minute summer break with some great music, or just something to catch on MTV later in the summer,  be sure to check out Malta and Isle of MTV.

 
 
 

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