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Live Gig Video: Gnarwolves take over Camden Lock with ‘Smoking Kills’ for Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Header photo by Emma Swann

Let’s say you’re just minding you own business down Camden Lock, wanting to do a bit of shopping or get a piercing. All of a sudden, your relative tranquility is shaken by an impromptu gig put on by a rock band. Well, that’s exactly what happened on Saturday, when Gnarwolves floated down the canal in a barge, surprising fans and curious onlookers with a five-song set. Says the band of their guerrilla gig:

WE STAND FOR SCRAPING BY. SKATE OR DIE. Playing on a barge was awesome, surreal in fact! We’ve played in some weird countries, small, tight, little venues, cafés and shops but we’ve never played on a boat, outside, in the freezing cold to hundreds of kids in Camden. We’ve played in three or four venues in and around Camden before but this was a whole new experience. This is one of the best gigs we’ve ever done. It was great to show everyone some real punk songs and that the punk scene is alive and kicking.

The surprise show was sponsored by the Dr. Martens brand, long synonymous with Camden, and their ongoing #STANDFORSOMETHING tour. Watch the mayhem – well, controlled mayhem, you know what I mean – below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW9oCHSTZQc[/youtube]

 

More Than Conquerors / February and March 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 9:00 am
 

SXSW 2015 showcasing artists More Than Conquerors will take a brief spin around the UK before heading to Austin next month. The tour will start in London at the end of this week and wrap up in the band’s hometown of Belfast on the 11th of March. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Check out the promo for ‘Red’, their first single in 2015 to be released on the band’s own label Oil Tape Records on the 2nd of March, in this previous Video of the Moment.

Friday 27th February 2015 – London Garage
Sunday 1st March 2015 – Glasgow Nice and Sleazy’s
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Leicester Soundhouse
Friday 6th March 2015 – Gosport Clarence Tavern
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Liverpool Blade Factory
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Belfast Limelight 2

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: The Dodos with Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress, Tucson, AZ – 16th February 2015

 
By on Friday, 20th February 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

Touring musicians don’t always get holidays off, and so it was on Presidents’ Day (a federal holiday here in America) that I headed to downtown Tucson to see San Francisco alt-rock duo The Dodos at Club Congress. Club Congress is an intimate standing-room only venue situated inside the historic Hotel Congress, but its atmosphere is surprisingly casual for such a location. I arrived a few minutes before the doors opened for the show, and for the sake of accuracy, I should mention here that “doors” is largely a figurative phrase at Club Congress. There is only one door leading into the club from the hotel lobby, and it can be opened and closed at will. I took a seat inside the door and just next to the ticket desk while I waited, and I spied members of the band and crew passing through as they made their preparations for the show. This happens at Club Congress because, aside from the single front door, the club has only one loading door at the back of the stage, and no backstage area at all.

Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

When the “doors” officially opened, I was able to get inside quickly and claim a spot directly in front of the stage. While I normally covet the opportunity to be front and center, it turned out to be unnecessary for this show. The opening act, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan), turned up with a full band supporting her sound. And because the sound in the venue is quite good, I wouldn’t have needed to be up close to hear all the finely-tuned details of Morgan’s exquisite singing voice. Springtime Carnivore’s set was made up exclusively of tracks from her self-titled debut album, the instrumental arrangements varying from vibrant keyboard-laced pop to a simpler Greta-with-guitar approach. Though I wasn’t familiar with the songs before Monday night, I quickly found myself humming along with the catchy ‘Keep Confessing’ and grooving to the darker sound of ‘Sun Went Black.’ Springtime Carnivore left us whistling the charming chorus riff of ‘Name on a Matchbook’, and I made a quick dash to the merch table to grab a copy of her CD.

Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The transition time between Springtime Carnivore’s support set and The Dodos’ highly-anticipated set was amazingly brief, especially considering that the bands were fully responsible for their own gear. The room had filled in considerably while Springtime Carnivore was on stage and looked full to capacity by the time The Dodos struck into the opening chord of ‘Goodbyes and Endings’. Despite being a rather ironic opening choice, the forceful performance immediately captivated the attention of the audience. From the very outset, the duo endeavored to recreate the relentless wall of sound they achieved on recent album ‘Individ’, following their opening number with another track from that LP, current single ‘Competition’.

The Dodos at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

After the incredible concentration and physical exertion of these first two songs, drummer Logan Kroeber was obliged to stop and ask a crew member to bring him a towel. His request provided one of several welcome breaks in the action where The Dodos showed themselves to be more mellow and relaxed on stage than the rigorous mood of their music might indicate. Their back-and-forth banter was low-key but engaging, touching on the opening act, the local weather, and few inside jokes that their longtime fans seemed to appreciate.

The Dodos at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The more dedicated fans in the audience also appreciated the opportunity to hear a few songs from The Dodos’ back catalogue. Playing without the aid of a written script, Long and Kroeber debated briefly about which “deep tracks” they might include, in the end deciding to stick with their original game plan. Two songs each from 2008 album ‘Visiter’ and 2013 LP ‘Carrier’ punctuated the newer material, along with a vigourous performance of ‘Black Night’ from the pair’s fourth studio album ‘No Color’.

The Dodos at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The set proper was bookended by another huge sonic bulwark in the form of two more tracks from ‘Individ’, culminating with the album’s resonating final track ‘Pattern/Shadow’. It was a dramatic finale to an intense program of music, and the The Dodos left the stage without further remarks, allowing the song its full impact.

When Long and Kroeber returned to the stage for the encore, their mood was substantially lighter. They engaged in a bit of conversation with the audience, even considering a request someone had passed forward on a napkin from the bar. There was a bit of tongue-in-cheek discussion about whether to address Springtime Carnivore by her stage name or her given name before she was invited back to the stage to join in a light-hearted and harmonious version of ‘Sleep’, originally recorded with Neko Case. After a round of applause for the angel-voiced Ms. Morgan, The Dodos wrapped up with apparent crowd favorite ‘Men’.

The Dodos with Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress 16 Feb 2015

The brute sonic force of ‘Individ’ proved itself to be more impressive in person than in the studio recording, which is occasionally mired in its own emotional and dynamic weight. The energy and spontaneity of live performance added a much-needed dimension to The Dodos’ sound, and hearing their older songs in that context has prompted me to explore their earlier music a bit further as well.

The Dodos’ sixth album ‘Individ’ is out now on Polyvinyl and Springtime Carnivore’s self-titled debut LP is available on Autumn Tone. Both acts will appear at SXSW 2015 next month in Austin, Texas.

After the cut: Springtime Carnivore and The Dodos’ set lists
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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: Emmy the Great with Louis Weeks at DC9, Washington DC – 17th February 2015

 
By on Thursday, 19th February 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

A few inches of snow from winter storm Octavia the night before may have put Washington, DC, on temporary city snow emergency status. But it wasn’t enough to keep punters away from the debut appearance of Emmy the Great in our fine city Tuesday night. The DC date was the second in a short string of East Coast dates Emma-Lee Moss and band arranged for this week to support the January release of her latest new material on the ‘S’ EP, now out on Bella Union.

The opener for the evening was Baltimore/Washington musician Louis Weeks, accompanied by his buddy Noah on guitar. Wearing a jumper and tall winter hat with a large puffball on its top, he would have easily blended in with the snowball fighters earlier that day at Meridian Park. While Weeks looked like he was ready to brave the great outdoors, he was keeping his brand of alt dream / folk pop firmly inside the much warmer confines of DC9. The track Weeks chose to start his set, ‘Clementine’, floated on the delicacy of his voice, reminding me of Bon Iver or even a more introspective Jack Johnson making music forlornly in a bedroom.

Weeks later explained that ‘Calder’, though named for the late American sculptor Alexander famous for his mobiles – his largest hangs as a permanent installation to welcome visitors in the modern East Wing of our National Gallery of Art – was also a loving nod to his grandmother, as well as part of his own interest in the process of human ageing. Both songs appear on his 2014 album ‘Shift / Away’, which you can listen to and download for free the entirety of ‘Shift / Away’ from the widget below or from his Bandcamp. Weeks’ stage patter also provided welcome entertainment, by and large amusing the audience, while providing a nice, humble segue to the headline act.

I had waited 7 years to see Emmy the Great live, and I am pleased to say without a doubt, it was worth the wait. Emma-Lee Moss is known for her humour (often self-deprecating) on social media, which has humanised and endeared her to over 12,000 followers strong on Twitter and the nearly 19,000 people who have liked her profile on Facebook. The four songs on the ‘S’ EP are, on varying levels, a departure from her previous anti-folk, singer/songwriter style that she has been most known for. These days, you can count on a long-haired hipster singer/songwriter to be wearing either a t-shirt or plaid and jeans, but not Emmy, whose dark hair was in a neat plait and dressed all in white.

This choice of clothing was, I’m guessing, to provide a dramatic counterbalance to the projections on the a/v screen behind her and her band: two all-black-clad Emmy the Great holograms with dance moves synchronised to all her new songs. Emma herself got into the spirit of things by mimicking the moves, making for a mostly awesome but also admittedly slightly creepy production. But no matter how she was dressed or what the twin projections were up to behind her, there was no denying that her Moss’ voice was peerless and beautiful. She and her band (her brother Robin on guitar and friend Michael on synths, keys and backing vocals) were equally at ease with the newer, electronically charged tunes from ‘S’, including dance thumpy ‘Solar Panels’ and set closer and single ‘Swimming Pool’, as they were with older numbers more suited to an acoustic setting (‘Dinosaur Sex’, ‘Paper Forest’).

Throughout the set, Emma cracked jokes, charming everyone in the room with her disarming nature. Early on she greeted us with, “happy pancake day! Happy belated President’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day for Saturday. And I hope you have a happy Easter!” Laughter ensued. She quipped later that she and her brother were “wombmates. Stay tuned for the sitcom on Fox this fall”. As if she needed to prove she hadn’t forgotten where she’d come from, they returned for an crowd-sourced encore, performing both ‘We Almost Had a Baby’ and ‘Two Steps Forward’, but not before insisting to the crowd she could not remember how either of them went, then imploring us not to video the songs and post them on YouTube. (Will have to see about that…)

Three new songs – ‘Algorythm’ [sic?], ‘Phoenixes’ and ‘Dance With Me’ – suggest Emmy’s comfort with embracing and going forward with a dreamier, poppier, electronic sound, what she described as “living in a 2.0 world” in my interview with her posted on Monday. One certainly hopes we’ll be seeing album #3 and hearing much more from the lovely Ms. Moss before 2016. At least those of us lucky enough to be in Austin next month for SXSW 2015 will get another chance to see her perform live.

After the cut: Emmy the Great’s set list.
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Preview: 6 Music Festival 2015

 
By on Wednesday, 28th January 2015 at 9:00 am
 

The 6 Music Festival is back! And it’s coming to my town. For two evenings in February, the coolest place for a music lover to be is Gateshead: the Sage Gateshead on the iconic Newcastle/Gateshead quayside, to be precise. Newcastle gets to kick off the event on the Friday night, hosting an opening party at the O2 Academy, the lineup for which is impressive indeed: Interpol, Mogwai, Sleater-Kinney’s first UK performance for 10 years, and the winner of 6 Music’s album of the year, The War on Drugs. Tickets for this will set you back a mere £25, and considering the bill is essentially four headline-worthy performances, that’s impeccable value. The venue capacity is 2,000, and there’s only 1,800 tickets on offer, so all those lucky enough to procure a ticket will get a decent view.

The whole shebang then moves (just) south of the river to the hip and happening borough of Gateshead, which, as everyone in the know has known for a while now, is a far superior place to live and party than its more famous little brother Newcastle. It’s all happening at the iconic Sage, into which the powers that be are managing to cram four performance spaces into its voluptuous, snail-like curves. I’ll give an alphabetised list at the end of this article, but this writer’s picks of the Saturday night are: Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy, who will bring two stylistically dissimilar but familiarly connected strands of English folk music together in a unique, and uniquely powerful performance; Gruff Rhys, whose latest project American Interior, documenting Welsh explorer John Evans’ epic journey across the eponymous landscape, will surely feature highly; and The Cribs, whose stamina and endurance are second to none, and are still turning out music worthy of a catalogue which extends back more than a decade.

Readers’ attention must be alerted to the capacity of the Sage, compared with the number of tickets sold, so they are prepared what they might get for their money. The Sage is essentially a shell within which two separate auditoria exist: the stunning all-seated Hall One (capacity 1,640), and the much smaller, less formal, standing Hall Two (capacity 400). There’s also a small room called the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, capacity 250. Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that this is a total capacity of 2290, but ticket sales are set at 3,400 – the capacity of the entire building, not just the auditoria. Apparently the concourse will absorb the overspill, which means over 1,000 people milling about outside trying to get to see the show of their choice, although there will be 6 Music DJs on the concourse as well. Just to reiterate, if every ticket holder wishes to see the big headline performance in the main room, less than half will be able to do so. I am prepared to stand corrected on my numbers, but if I’m right I can see trouble, and overcrowding, ahead. The Sage are notoriously uptight about rules – this isn’t your usual free-and-easy gig venue – so expect short shrift from the stewards if the room is at capacity. Also expect white-collar drinks prices, and with a no readmittance policy, it could turn out to be an expensive evening, with no guarantee of seeing the show of one’s choice, albeit with all the falafel wraps one can eat. Caveat emptor.

As long as post-festival drinks didn’t go on too late at the superb Central Bar across the road from the Sage, Sunday dawns with yet another superb lineup of acts, with a flavour not unlike a Glastonbury Sunday: more left-field choices, perhaps established acts that need a bit of a boost. In that vein, picks from Sunday include the vintage post-punk outfit Wire and the vintage post-soul diva Neneh Cherry. Gaz Coombes will bring the newest of his superb solo work, and Public Service Broadcasting will reveal the direction they’ve chosen for album number two.

In summary, this is an impeccable list of acts for what promises to be an exciting weekend on Tyneside. I haven’t even touched on the 6 Music By Day strand, which is to run in Newcastle’s creative hub, the Ouseburn valley, and include interviews by 6 Music presenters with the musicians who are playing later, performances from bands local to the North East, and a record fair. Our cup runneth over! Given the fact that it’s all only 10 minutes on the bus from my front door, I personally couldn’t be happier. Anyone for an after party?

Bands performing at The 02 Academy Newcastle on Friday 20 February from 5 PM:
– Interpol
– Mogwai, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year
– Sleater-Kinney, their first UK performance in almost 10 years
– The War On Drugs, BRIT 2015 nominees whose 2014 album ‘Lost in the Dream’ was 6 Music’s Album of the Year in 2014

Artists and bands performing at The Sage Gateshead across four stages on Saturday 21 February from 6 PM:
– Hot Chip, performing exclusive brand new material for the first time
– Royal Blood, Mercury Prize 2014 and BRIT 2015 nominees
– The Fall
– Jungle, Mercury Prize 2014 nominees
– Maximo Park, local North East heroes
– Kate Tempest, Mercury Prize 2014 nominee
– Gruff Rhys
– Simian Mobile Disco
– Django Django, performing exclusive new material
– Father John Misty
– Ghostpoet, performing brand new material
– The Cribs, performing brand new material
– Villagers, performing exclusive brand new material for the first time
– Ibibio Sound Machine
– Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy: performing together in an exclusive 6 Music collaboration
– A Northern Soul Night (from 5-10.30 PM), hosted by 6 Music’s Funk and Soul show presenter Craig Charles, with Richard Searling and Stuart Maconie plus further DJs to be announced soon.

Artists and bands performing at The Sage Gateshead across four stages on Sunday 22 February from 6 PM:
– The Charlatans: performing exclusive brand new material
– Jamie T
– Neneh Cherry
– Jon Hopkins
– British Sea Power
– Gaz Coombes
– Young Fathers, Mercury 2014 winners
– Wire
– The Maccabees, performing exclusive new material
– Glass Animals
– Lonelady, performing brand new material
– King Creosote
– Public Service Broadcasting, performing brand new material
– Unknown Mortal Orchestra, performing brand new material
– Additional DJ sets (from 5-10.30 PM), hosted by 6 Music presenter Nemone, with Richy Ahmed, Daniel Avery, 6 Mix residents Rob da Bank and DJ Yoda, and others to be announced soon.

Tickets for each night of the festival will go on sale at 10 AM across 3 consecutive days: tickets for Friday go on sale on Friday 30 January, priced £25 plus fees; tickets for Saturday 21 February go on sale on Saturday 31 January, priced £35 plus fees; and tickets for Sunday 22 February go on sale on Sunday 1 February, priced £35 plus fees. For more information on the event in Newcastle, visit the BBC 6music Web site. Information on the festival by day will be announced on BBC 6music on Tuesday 3 February.

 

Dry the River / February and March 2015 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 27th January 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Dry the River have announced a run of English tour dates leading into the release of their new single ‘Rollerskate’, which is due out on the 9th of March via Transgressive. The single comes from their recent second album ‘Alarms In The Heart’, and the new live dates follow successful runs in both the UK and North America last autumn. Tickets for the following newly announced shows are available now.

Stay tuned for more TGTF coverage of Dry the River as part of the scheduled lineup for SXSW 2015.

Thursday 19th February 2015 – Wakefield Unity Works
Friday 20th February 2015 – Warwick University
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Birmingham Rainbow
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 23rd February 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Wednesday 25th February 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Bristol Marble Factory
Friday 27th February 2015 – Swansea Sin City
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Perranporth Watering Hole
Monday 2nd March 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre

 
 
 

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