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Great Escape 2018: Day 3 Roundup (Part 1)

By on Thursday, 7th June 2018 at 2:00 pm

Before I’d even set foot in the country, I had already received loads of band recommendations from friends and industry folk alike on who to see at The Great Escape 2018. Many of them named artists I’d already seen, in Australia at BIGSOUND 2017, past SXSWs or elsewhere. I reminded them that the whole point of me coming out all the way from America was music discovery and finding new talent to spread the word on. My Saturday at The Great Escape 2018 ended up being a mix of new and old favourites, in some cases showing me that something familiar to me in a previous form could be made new, or at least different to what I had been accustomed to. In case you’ve forgotten already, the 19th of May 2018 was also the day of Prince Harry’s wedding to American actress Meghan Markle. Being in Brighton to focus on music discovery while all that faff was going on at Windsor Castle was actually a godsend. (And no, cousins, I didn’t buy you a commemorative plate when I was in London, stop asking.)

Like Friday, I began my day again on Saturday at the decent hour of noon. Having studied classical piano at a young age, I can appreciate the value of a classical music education. Michael Aston was formerly the keyboardist of C Duncan’s live band; the two of them had met when they were studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. The Brighton-based Aston has his own solo project now, Knightstown, which Aston described to me is driven by his desire to create and to write songs.

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Live, Aston is joined by Matthew Hodson on beats and electronics, who looked awfully familiar to me. How’s this for spooky: 3 years ago when I was in Brighton last, I was sat in St. George’s Church for the Erased Tapes showcase and I struck up a geeky conversation about Rival Consoles with the bloke next to me. Yup, you guessed it, the guy was Hodson. Everything happens for a reason and when it’s supposed to. While the rest of the non-music-caring country were watching the wedding, Aston and Hodson were hard at work, opening the FatCat Records showcase at One Church. With Aston’s floaty falsetto and piano representing the old garde and synths and beats for the new, Knightstown is the beautiful symbiosis between the two. The music is equal parts reverential and inventive, exemplified by singles ‘First Cry’ and ‘Charlatan’. I’m looking forward to hearing a debut album in the future.

Of the many suggestions I received from BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway that turned into a tip of my own, I still had Vistas left to see in Brighton. The big crowd at the Hope and Ruin was proof I wasn’t the only one eager to hear the group from Edinburgh play. The guys themselves were very excited, ready to launch their newest single ‘Tigerblood’ the following Friday. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into their music, their guitars sounding tinny and lacklustre. Maybe I was standing in the wrong place? I’ll give them another chance somewhere else in the future, hopefully in a place where I can actually breathe. I’d like to see if they sound better in Scotland…

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A last-minute addition to the Alternative Escape line-up were indie rockers Indoor Pets (formerly Get Inuit) at a teeny, boiling upstairs room. (Starting to notice a trend here?) They were special guests on the echochamp and DICE showcase at the Western pub. This was my first chance to see them after the announcement that they’d signed to Wichita Recordings. I haven’t gotten around to tagging all my old articles here on TGTF on them with their new name, so you’re going to have to bear with me a bit longer on that. With the triumphant confidence that comes with after signing with a label (maybe I just imagined that?), the band were in fine form, blasting out ‘Barbituates’ and ‘Pro Procrastinator’ with a fury I don’t think I’ve seen from them before. Is that the triumphant confidence that comes with after signing with a label, or did I just imagine that?

I try to avoid the Prince Albert venue space like the plague because every time I’ve been there during The Great Escape, it’s been sardine city. The only real place I feel comfortable is by the entrance to the room, which turned out to be a good location. I’ve seen Slow Club a few times live and feeling like that act may have run its artistic course, I thought I’d see Rebecca Taylor as Self Esteem. Why not, right? Right before her set, she’s standing next to me by the door, moaning aloud that she’s worried about how she’s going to get back onstage. She’s a polite Northerner, after all. Bless. I told her to “get in there, honey” and push people out of the way if she has to if they don’t recognise her. Add “moral support to acts” under “guitar minder” in the festivals skills section of my CV.

Self Esteem Rebecca Taylor Saturday the Great Escape 2018

Taylor finally got back onstage with her female “staff”, all resplendent in their ‘squirt not pee’ red t-shirts. Her newer, electronically and rhythmically reliant music is so different than what I consider ‘classic’ Slow Club, it’s jarring. I guess it’s been too long since I’ve seen Slow Club, I totally forgot she was a drummer. Her debut single as Self Esteem, ‘Your Wife’, has been described as a I don’t enjoy the sound as much, but I will say that regardless of how you feel about Self Esteem’s songs, you can’t deny they provide a showcase for Rebecca Taylor’s voice, which has been and will always be beautiful. I might come around on her newest project yet.


Video of the Moment #2368: Get Inuit

By on Monday, 29th May 2017 at 10:00 am

Getting older is hard. Growing pains are real. If you question this, you need to take a listen to and watch the latest Get Inuit video. ‘All My Friends’, their new single, dropped a few days ago, and it actually feels like the right kind of video to post before we have to return to our desk jobs tomorrow. No matter what role you have, living anywhere in the music industry, you get the distinct feeling that your friends are passing you by, getting married, having children, doing what society expects you to, while your own life seems, at the very least, alien to all those societal ideals. However, it’s definitely a case of the grass is greener: life is not perfect, no matter what you choose to do, and it’s all about loving yourself and being confident, striding forward in the path you’ve chosen. That’s the way I look at it, anyway. And life is always better with crashing guitars. I would, however, argue that it’s not terminal. Keep that chin up, Jamie! Watch the promo video for Get Inuit single ‘All My Friends’ below. To read more of TGTF’s past coverage of Get Inuit, use this link.



MP3 of the Day #899: Get Inuit

By on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 at 10:00 am

In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t give away a whole lot of mp3s anymore. The main reason for this is because bands have shifted to posting streaming versions of their songs to Soundcloud, Spotify and services of that ilk with the intention that it’s easier to share links and have sites embed content. I have to admit I miss the days when you actually got something as a ‘prize’, a thank you if you signed up for a mailing list. So I was pleased to learn that Kent’s Get Inuit have revived this formerly all-too-common practice. The South East dirty pop group are giving away an older track, ‘Growing Backwards’, in exchange for your email address. I’ll let their singer Jamie Glass explain what’s going on here himself:

To get your free copy of ‘Growing Backwards’ and to be the first for the band’s future exclusives, sign up for their list here. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on Get Inuit, follow this link.


Video of the Moment #2271: Get Inuit

By on Thursday, 26th January 2017 at 6:00 pm

Kent’s dirty poppers Get Inuit have a new single out, perfect to kick the new year in the arse. ‘Barbiturates’ is rather deceptive, because as the song begins and through to about the minute-and-a-half mark, you’re wondering where the band’s usual roar comes in. Well, you’ve been patient up to this point, and it’s time for them to reward you. Frontman Jamie Glass says of the track to Clash that they “wanted to write a song that could contain a theatrical contrast of ferocious guitars and silence. Skin-crawling screams and pitiful whispers. Manic episodes and tranquility.”

The class of drug that gives the song its name is famously known to cause changes in mood, and Glass’ lyrics uses them as a metaphor for psychological behaviour where people suppress their true feelings. How this video for the single culminates is rather disturbing, but considering we’re going through trying times to say the least, I suppose seeing things play out in a comical way is better than acting out for real. Just as Glass says the song is about. Watch the promo for ‘Barbiturates’ below; for more on Get Inuit on TGTF, follow us here.



Video of the Moment #2191: Get Inuit

By on Friday, 23rd September 2016 at 6:00 pm

Kent’s most whimsical rock export of late Get Inuit released a new single in August. Confusingly called ‘Teriyaki’, it’s not anything about the Japanese delicacy. However, it’s an earworm of the highest calibre, and you’d do yourself a big favour to listen to it. You can read my more thoughtful observations on the single through this link.

For the promo video to accompany the single, the band have gone in a humourous direction – but of course! Dressed in stripey shirts and khakis reminiscent of the Beach Boys when they were still squeaky clean and before Brian Wilson became a recluse, they clown around on the closest beach – on the Isle of Sheppey – with one of those California-ey Volkswagen vans. The only thing missing here is surfboards. But you’ll barely notice them, because you’re going to be drawn in by the infectious melody of the single. Watch the video for ‘Teriyaki’ to start your weekend below. You can enjoy our back catalogue of posts on Get Inuit here.



Single Review: Get Inuit – Teriyaki

By on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 12:00 pm

Kent’s self-described ‘dirty pop’ band Get Inuit have had a busy 2016, including performing for international audiences at SXSW in March including at longtime champion Huw Stephens and PRS for Music’s evening showcase, touring with their now mates Spring King and bringing their sunny music and attitude to loads of summer festivals. They’ve now unveiled a new single, and it’s a doozy. It’s one in what is becoming a long line of catchy tunes with their own stamp of craziness. Sadly to fans of Japanese cuisine like yours truly, ‘Teriyaki’ isn’t a song about the food of ol’ Nippon at all. What is certain is that this song’s recording and production was backed financially by the PRS for Music Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund, support only anointed to a select group of British acts.

The first clue of the single cover art is the upside down vanilla ice cream cone melting, forlornly on the ledge of an electric blue wall. Beginning with a fuzzed out noise that sounds like what happens in the studio when autotune is applied to a guitar line, you know you’re heading into something completely different. Lead singer Jamie Glass sings, “maybe I’ve got 99 problems, but we’re all going to hell!” in his trademark winsome yelp. Is he being serious? As Glass wails in the chorus, “I can’t remember who I was before”, he betrays his uncertainty of who he has become and what lies in the future. Appearing in an engaging singalong of a song, if you aren’t paying attention, you might have missed it.

It struck me as I was listening to this single that Get Inuit just might be pioneering an anti-punk movement. While their lyrics have always swung into the weird and nonsensical, skirting the line at slacker lo-fi, their instrumentation has always sounded full and amazing, if not polished. Brash in sound but not at all foolhardy in execution, ‘Teriyaki’ is one delicious proposition in pop on its head.


The digital version of Get Inuit’s newest single ‘Teriyaki’ is out now. A physical 7” will follow on the 30th of September on Tunbridge Wells-based DIY record label Unlabel. For more of TGTF’s coverage of the Kent band, go here.


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