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Foals / May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 10th March 2010 at 9:00 am
 

Oxford quintet Foals‘ much anticipated second album Total Life Forever will be released on May 10th, preceded on May 3rd by debut single ‘This Orient’, and to celebrate they’re gonna be hitting the road for a sizeable tour in late April and early May.

Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday (12th March 2010) at 9am.

Thursday 29th April 2010 – Liverpool Kazimier
Friday 30th April 2010 – Newcastle University
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 3rd May 2010 – Leeds Met University
Tuesday 4th May 2010 – Manchester Ritz
Thursday 6th May 2010 – Cambridge Junction
Friday 7th May 2010 – Nottingham Trent University
Saturday 8th May 2010 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Monday 10th May 2010 – London Electric Ballroom
Wednesday 12th May 2010 – Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 14th May 2010 – Dublin Abassador

 

Young Guns / May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 18th February 2010 at 9:00 am
 

Like your music a bit louder and rockier than some of the stuff we post here at TGTF? Well, maybe Young Guns will be your sort of thing. Embarking on a 10 day tour in late April and early May.

Tickets are on sale now, priced around £7 each.

Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – Manchester Roadhouse
Thursday 29th April 2010 – Glasgow King Tuts
Friday 30th April 2010 – Nottingham Rock City Basement
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (Matinee Performance)
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Yeovil Orange Box
Tuesday 4th May 2010 – Bristol Academy 2
Wednesday 5th May 2010 – Birmingham The Flapper
Thursday 6th May 2010 – London Barfly
Friday 7th May 2010 – Swindon Furnace
Saturday 8th May 2010 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

 

Live Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks with Typefighter and Bad Veins at Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, Washington DC – 13 February 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 16th February 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

After the La Roux show scheduled for last Wednesday (10 February) was postponed to 25 July due to the latest round of snow here, I was so worried about the We Were Promised Jetpacks boys making it safely to the States that I sent them a Tweet to check on them. Wednesday night they Tweeted me back from New York with the following exultant message: “don’t worry, we made it in yesterday!” Single gals like me wince just thinking about Valentine’s Day. This year however I was really, really chuffed because I knew I’d forget all about this when captivated by the Scottish rockers the night before V-Day, rocking out to their tunes at a sold-out show at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel in Northeast. They’d played an opening slot here last October with comparatively older veterans of the music scene, Fat Cat labelmates Brakes and the Twilight Sad. But Saturday night, the Jetpacks were headlining.

First up on the night were Typefighter, a local Washington folk/pop quintet that looked and sounded oddly like Fanfarlo. This description is not intended to be a dig at either band; I just thought it was eerie for two bands to be playing such similar music, with four guys and a girl multi-instrumentalist / backing vocalist, having been put together separately but divided by an ocean. Speaking of oceans, Typefighter enjoys singing about them, as evidenced by the song ‘Ocean Floor’. Another great song is ‘Worth the Wait’, featuring the banjo and lead singer Ryan McLaughlin‘s twangy, countrified, folky voice. Given the popularity of Fanfarlo, Mumford and Sons and Noah and the Whale, I imagine they would do extremely well in Britain. They’re currently unsigned but I imagine with their promising talent, they’ll be scooped up soon.

Bad Veins, a duo from Cincinnati, Ohio, played second. I’ve seen some duos at the RnR come up with some ingenious solutions to only having two members. In Bad Veins’s case, they employ a third “member”, an antiquated reel-to-reel tape player they’ve christened ‘Irene’, and Irene comes through with orchestration that would of course be impossible with just two humans. And as if having Irene wasn’t enough, singer Benjamin Davis also employs a telephone setup, so he can sing into the receiver and the resulting sound is just like you’d imagine someone singing to you down a telephone line. The backbeats are courtesy of drummer Sebastian Schulz, whose driving rhythms along with Davis’s vocals and guitar combine to make some great sounding rock. I thought hard about how to describe what they sound like – the drumming is as manic as Keith Moon’s in the Who, but Davis’s vocals on top can be angsty as Glasvegas’s James Allan but can sometimes be shouty.

Half past 11, so that meant it was finally time for We Were Promised Jetpacks, the band I had come all this way to see. I was bouncing off the walls the day in December when their first North American tour was announced. The band is so powerful instrumentally live and lead singer/guitarist Adam Thompson‘s vocals are so cutting that this is not a band you can watch and simply sit and stare. There is something so incredibly liberating to singing along to ‘Quiet Little Voices’ playing in your bedroom. But it’s incomparable to the effect of the “oh oh ohs!“, multiplying the feeling a couple thousand times when you’re stood in front of Thompson, singing along with him and the other similar-minded fans squeezed into a tiny club like the RnR. Fantastic.

While stage banter is not the band’s forte, Thompson thanked the appreciative crowd for their applause between songs, and he must not have forgotten being mocked in October for being from Scotland (an audience member then equating Scotland as if being out in the wilderness with no running water) because when asked to tell a Scottish joke, he responded good-naturely with a wry smile, “a Scottish joke? Fuck off!” This of course caused everyone in the club to laugh.

But we weren’t there to laugh, we were there to be rocked by the Jetpacks. The band powered through 10 songs, with ‘It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning’ and ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ being major highlights for me. The set also included two new ones that might be on a new EP, but I can’t tell you for sure because it’s not on Fat Cat Records’s Web site yet, and the merch table was gone by the time the show was over and I couldn’t find any of the band to ask them about the new release. (The disappearing merch table is one of the few complaints I have about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, as I couldn’t get Miike Snow merch last September there either.) In short: it may have been Valentine’s Day, but thanks to this amazing show, I walked out into the cold Washington night with a spring in my step.

After the cut: photos and set list.


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Live Review: Band of Skulls and TAPETHERADIO at London’s 100 Club – Wednesday 10th February 2010

 
By on Monday, 15th February 2010 at 10:00 pm
 

Band of Skulls have recently hit the big time having appeared on the latest Twilight soundtrack, so needless to say Wednesday night’s show at the 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street was jam-packed full of newly converted fans.

First up was Deptford’s very own TAPETHERADIO (pictured right) that Jess introduced us to last week. Amazingly tight, their indie pop-rock is a masterpiece, slightly Cure-esque and very anthemic. Steve Lamacq commented about their new single, Save A Life, that he “like[s] the urgency. It’s like they must get it out there or they’ll explode”, and live this is definitely the case – rock star poses, anthemic fists-in-the-air moments. It just would have been nicer if more people had turned up early enough to see them.

Followed by the nausiating Black box Revelation, we felt TAPETHERADIO should have been at least second on the bill – Black Box Revelation were full of whiney vocals, poor attemps to rip off the White Stripes and a Phil Lynott look-alike. Shame.

Finally it was time for the headliners, Band of Skulls. With a strange crowd made up of half middle aged rockers and half tweenie Twilight fans, they managed to get the crowd as one rocking out to their blues-infused rock. Generally a bit heavier than what I’m used to, I won’t lie in saying they’re not completely my first choice of a band, however their bassist Emma Richardson is one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

 

Twisted Folk Tour: Beth Jeans Houghton and Stornoway / February 2010

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd February 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

Beth Jeans Houghton is the Newcastle teen who looks set to be one of this years big big things, crafting finely honed melody from the fantastic and the familiar, and Stornoway are the four piece whose quintessential pop is coloured in pastoral hues (and we introduced here). Together they’re making up this month’s Twisted Folk tour, starting next week for 10 days of an amazing tour.

Tickets are going very fast though….

Monday 8th February 2010 – Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre
Tuesday 9th February 2010 – Reading South Street
Wednesday 10th February 2010 – Brighton Komedia
Thursday 11th February 2010 – London Rich Mix
Saturday 13th February 2010 – Norwich Arts Centre
Sunday 14th February 2010 – Gateshead The Sage
Monday 15th February 2010 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 16th February 2010 – Manchester Band On The Wall
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Birmingham Glee Club

 

MTV’s 10 for 2010 – Delphic, The Drums and Death Metal Disco Scene at Camden’s Dingwalls

 
By on Thursday, 28th January 2010 at 12:40 pm
 

Making the two hour trek from Bristol from London has to be worth it on the whole, so when MTV gave us the chance to check out three of 2010’s hottest bands we jumped at the chance, and happily embarked on the trek to Dingwalls in Camden last night.

Opening up was London’s very own Death Metal Disco Scene, a sort of Yeah Yeah Yeahs lite. Having already achieved some pretty impressive official remixes for the likes of Bat for Lashes, Lily Allen and Kylie Minogue, we had high hopes for what was one of the band’s first live shows. Sporting some questionable Jeggings, lead singer Scorch Shepherd is like Karen O if she was a bit calmer and not quite as derranged. A pretty amazing cover of Whitney Houston’s “Wanna dance with Somebody” was a highlight of the set midway through, all stripped back and xx like, before they amped it back up to finish with futuristic dancefloor filler 21st Century. Good, strong songs for an opening band – definately ones I’ll be watching closely in 2010 as they grow.

Next up was The Drums (interview here, pictured right), currently making a stir in most people’s “ones to watch in 2010” lists, they claimed in this week’s NME that they only make music with themselves in mind, not anyone else. However tonight they quite happily pleased the small but sold out crowd with their Beach Boys / Cure combination of sounds. Reminiscent of stellastarr* fronted by Kenneth from 30 Rock, they may have peaked a bit too early with a frantic, tambourine infused “All End in Tears” which resulted in the demolition of much of their drums’ mikes. The rest of the set was solid, fun, summery stuff that will have girls swooning and guys smiling.

Finally, after a stage set-up that would make most Health and Safety inspectors weep with the number of cables lying around, Delphic ambled on stage at 10:30, launching into an accomplished set. I first caught them last October in Southampton, and since then things have got pretty massive for the Manchester quartet (they topped our poll of bands to watch in 2010interview here). Chattier than Southampton, they coped surprisingly well when their mixer fell off the stage at the start of Submission, leading to jokes about “you won’t catch this on MTV!”. Polished, well rehearsed and owners of some pretty great songs for 2010, the only downside was that they were perhaps a bit too polished and perfect, a bit sterile. However, that didn’t stop us enjoying the light show (thankfully toned down a bit from the blinding Southampton set), and a band clearly at the top of their game. Urgent, pleading for your attention many of their songs fit perfectly into the uncertain 2010 landscape, and judging by the two shows of theirs that I’ve caught they are clearly a force to be reckoned with, and undoubtably one of 2010’s brightest stars.

MP3: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

MP3: Delphic – Counterpoint
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MP3: Delphic – This Momentary (Golden Bug remix)

 
 
 

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