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Live Review: Blog Off!? with Starlings, Jazica and Victoria and Jacob at London’s Roundhouse Studios – Saturday 20th March 2010

By on Monday, 22nd March 2010 at 8:55 pm

Saturday night saw the first ever TGTF gig night take place at an absolutely rammed London’s Roundhouse Studios. So many of you braved the rain and all round miserable conditions to dance your socks off in the hot hot underground vaults, and for that we want to say a massive “thank you”. If you were there, you already know what happened. If you weren’t there… well, here’s what you missed:

First up were Victoria and Jacob, who were the perfect openers – quiet, chilled out and slightly eerie in the underground vaults of the Roundhouse, the two of them created some lovely tunes full of dreamy swirls and ghostly bips and bleeps. Halfway through their 25 minute set we were treated to a fantastic cover of The Church’s “Under the Milky Way” (not sure you’ve heard it? No, neither was I – but take a listen to the Donnie Darko soundtrack and you’ll catch it playing on the car radio just before the first encounter with “Grandma Death”). Forthcoming single “With No Certainty” sounds amazing live, the vulnerability and innocence of Victoria’s voice mixed with the sounds created by Jacob’s synths and samples making them a band to watch at the moment.

After a short break, the hyperactive Jazica bundled onto the stage, fronted by the ball of energy that’s Frankie. They were pretty amazing last October supporting Delphic, but on Saturday night they had enough enthusiasm to bring the house down. Songs like opener “Arp Attack” and “Illusions” start to sound like fully fledged pop anthems that the likes of Klaxons could only dream about for their second album. Chris Smallwood, their crazy-haired guitar, synth and electro beats maestro kept things going along nicely, clearly enjoying himself and looking every part the rockstar with shapes being pulled like no tomorrow whilst Kev on drums and Nick on bass kept everything together.

Finally, just after 10pm Starlings (pictured right) started off their set. Fresh from the news that they’ll be heading to the studio next week with Richard Norris (from 90’s legends The Grid), they were on top form bringing the temperature up quite significantly, bouncing away. Plenty of fists in the air moments that show how the band should be massive at this summer’s festivals if they play their cards right. They’ve got the sound that will appeal to fans of more laddish indie rock (The Automatic, Hard Fi etc) as well as those conneseurs of electro dance like Delphic thanks to the abundance of synthy goodness that has been growing in popularity of late. Their set passed by in a blur of sweat, anthems and jokey banter between songs from the guys.

Massive thanks should also go to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Miss Happ for DJing between sets, and keeping the tunes on rolling throughout the night.

The whole gig was filmed, and hopefully we’ll have some videos and glorious pictures to share with you shortly.

Live photos from Alison Monk
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Blog Off!?: Final Countdown and guest DJs announced

By on Thursday, 18th March 2010 at 8:21 pm

Yes, you’re probably fed up of going on and on about Blog Off!? This Saturday night – Theregoesthefear’s first gig night at London’s Roundhouse with Victoria & Jacob, Jazica and Starlings all playing.

We were all geared up for Saturday night. Then a friend mentioned about the lack of between set entertainment, so rather than the classic “pop the ipod on shuffle” trick, we asked a few friends, dug around, called in a few favours and managed to blag the rather fantabulous Ou Est Le Swimming Pool to DJ between sets. Yes, that’s right, the same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that finished in our top “10 for 2010” poll last year. The same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that are supporting La Roux in a few months. Oh yes.

So, if you’re at a loss as to what to do on Saturday night, why not pop down to Camden’s Roundhouse studios to catch some ace live music? doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door. Or, if you don’t fancy paying, you can win one of two pairs of tickets to the event here.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.


WIN: Tickets to Blog Off! THIS SATURDAY

By on Wednesday, 17th March 2010 at 10:21 pm

You’ve probably heard us wittering on about the amazing night of joy and great tunes, Blog Off!? that happens THIS SATURDAY (yes, 20th March 2010). We’ve got Victoria & Jacob, Jazica and Starlings all playing, and a few extra surprises coming too.

And, although they’re going like hot cakes, we’ve held back four tickets (that’s two pairs for two lucky people) to win.

All you have to do is leave your name and email below and we’ll pick two winners at random. We’ll close the competition mid Saturday morning most likely, and we’ll email the winners.

So what are you waiting for? Enter below and we’ll get in touch if you’re a winner!

This competition has now closed and the winners contacted

If you don’t win, doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.


Bands to Watch #166: Victoria and Jacob

By on Tuesday, 16th March 2010 at 12:00 pm

There Goes The Fear are so super duper excited to be hosting their first official gig this coming Saturday (March 20th), we could actually, explode… Blog Off! will be taking place at the Roundhouse studios in Camden Town, London. You can grab all the details, such as ticket prices and starting times here.

Among the act’s playing on the night include indie synth superstars, Starlings (who we first introduced earlier in the year), as well as infectious electro pioneers Jazica.

We’re are also proud to be featuring upcoming duo Victoria & Jacob, on the bill.

Hailing from London, Victoria & Jacob are a robotic pair, making glacier electro with an ice creamy edge. The slow paces of the tin-foil synths have an edge of drowsy melancholy to them. The fairytail, bouncy vocals meanwhile (which NME quite correctly compared to a drunken Joanna Newsom!) allow for a silky contrast, resulting in an atmospheric morse-code mass of sound which is both ambient as well as eclectic (listen out for the temper-fuelled screams of Megadeath, if you don’t believe the latter choice of word!).

And remember to check out Victoria & Jacob, as well as Jazica and Starlings, live at Blog Off! this coming Saturday at the Roundhouse Studios, London. It’ll be ace.


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