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Good Shoes / November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 14th September 2010 at 4:45 pm
 

According to their official Web site one of TGTF’s favourites, London’s Good Shoes, will be playing a string of what they call ‘intimate’ gigs this November:

So, here we are again, announcing another tour! A smaller one this time, a little bit more intimate – which is how we like it – in venues we have never played before (well, most of them anyway). We hope to see you all there.

Thursday 18th November 2010 – Kingston New Slang
Friday 19th November 2010 – Winchester Railway
Saturday 20th November 2010 – Cambridge Haymakers
Monday 22th November 2010 – Sheffield Leadmill
Tuesday 23th November 2010 – Manchester FAC251
Wednesday 24th November 2010 – London Cargo
Thursday 25th November 2010 – Nottingham Bodega

 

Preview: Glastonbury 2010

 
By on Friday, 23rd April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Surely I don’t need to explain to you what Glastonbury is – it’s simply LEGENDARY. Even as an American (though, admittedly, an Anglophile), every year I drool over the lineup, despair at not being able to attend and then scour the internet for pictures and videos when it’s over. Each summer, the enormous site at Worthy Farm (about a mile and a half in diameter) turns into a mini-city for the  largest greenfield festival in the world. Since the first Glasto was held 40 years ago in 1970, the festival has come to be known for its truly amazing lineup, and this year is no different.

One of the perks of being the biggest festival around is that you can get the biggest artists around. This year, the Pyramid Stage will be graced by some of the most recognizable names in music. On Friday night, Irish rockers U2 are headlining, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Saturday night sees headliner MUSE share the stage with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Shakira and Jackson Browne. And on the final night, legend Stevie Wonder tops the bill, closing out the festival after performances from Paloma Faith, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and guitar legend Slash.

But it’s not only the main stage that’s worth visiting. Punters will get quite a workout running between that and the other 12 stages, of which the Other Stage, the John Peel Stage and the Park Stage look the most promising. Over the course of the weekend, the Other Stage lineup reads like the index page of NME: The Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Hot Chip, Phoenix, the Courteeners, the Cribs, Kate Nash, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Temper Trap, the Hold Steady and more.

Originally called the “New Bands Tent,” the John Peel Stage features a mix of old and new favourites. Friday night sees Groove Armada share the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Bombay Bicycle Club. Saturday night is jam-packed with bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, like the xx, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Wild Beasts and Field Music. And Sunday night remains epic with sets by Ash, Julian Casablancas and the Drums.

All the way across the site, the Park Stage will play host to buzz bands like the xx, Broken Bells, the Big Pink, Midlake, Laura Marling, Stornoway, Beach House, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Dirty Projectors, ending with a headlining set by Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun on Sunday night. And at the risk of making your heads explode by listing even more bands, at the other stages festival-goers will be treated to performances by Mos Def, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Turin Brakes, Imelda May, DJ Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Good Shoes, Fanfarlo and Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

If you’re not already overwhelmed by the sheer massiveness of the festival, then you can click here to view the complete lineup. But if you don’t already have tickets for the sold out spectacular, then be warned, it will turn you green with envy.

Glastonbury 2010 is completely SOLD OUT. It will be held from Wednesday, 23rd June to Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

 

Preview: Truck Festival 2010

 
By on Monday, 19th April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

If you’re an Oxfordshire native, or if you just can’t handle the massive crowds at the larger festivals, then from July 23rd to 25th, I’d recommend heading down to Hill Farm, Steventon, for the 13th Annual Truck Festival. Drawing around 5,000 punters each year, the festival gets its name from the flat-bed trailer they use as the main stage, and has a total of six stages, offering everything from Americana to post-rock to electronica. The Barn Stage hosts buzz bands during the day and on Saturday night hosts the Cow-shed Rave. You’ll find acoustic and country artists at the Market Stage, and for those who want to get their groove on, there’s The Beat Hive, a 20m diameter geodesic dome. If you’re looking for the next big thing, then check out the Village Pub, where BBC Oxford Introducing will be showcasing some of the best unsigned bands around. And if you need a break from all those stages have to offer, then you can head over to Boxford Tune Diversity and listen to “DJ sets at peak times and laid back electronica and deep sub dub when your head and feet need a rest.”

The festival is small and independent and raises a lot of money for charity (over £50,000 last year alone). Organizers Robin and Joe Bennett pride themselves on having “a genuinely DIY attitude and a talent for spotting the next big thing.” Bands are still being announced, but the lineup looks good so far, with bands like Los Campesinos!, Mew, Good Shoes, Future of the Left and Stornoway making appearances.

Truck Thirteen tickets are on sale now, both online and through local outlets. See their tickets page for more details.??Ticket Prices are as follows: Adult (18+) – £80, Teen (13-17) – £60, Minors (0-12) – Free. Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking costs an additional £8 for cars (£15 on the day), and camper vans cost £20. Weekend tickets include access to the festival from 9am Saturday, and include 2 nights camping (Saturday & Sunday). Friday night tickets (£15 adv/£20 on the day) give you access to the festival from 4pm Friday.

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Good Shoes / April 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 8th January 2010 at 3:30 pm
 

Good Shoes have announced a string of tour dates in late April/early May. Tickets are on sale on Monday (11th January) at 9am. Catch them at:

Monday 19th April 2010 – Norwich, Arts centre (14+)
Tuesday 20th April 2010 – Southend, Chinnerys (14+)
Wednesday 21st April 2010 – London, Dingwalls (14+)
Thursday 22nd April 2010 – Brighton, Audio (16+)
Friday 23rd April 2010 – Gloucester, Guildhall (14+)
Saturday 24th April 2010 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms (14+)
Monday 26th April 2010 – Exeter, Cavern (16+)
Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Wolverhampton, Little Civic (14+)
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – Manchester, Deaf Institute (18+)
Thursday 29th April 2010 – Leeds, Silver hips at hifi club (18+)
Friday 30th April 2010 – Hull, Lamp (14+)
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Derby, The Royal (14+)

 

Album Review: Good Shoes – No Hope, No Future

 
By on Wednesday, 6th January 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

A few weeks ago, you may have caught my review of London band Good Shoes‘s single ‘Under Control’. When I listened to that infectious single I couldn’t wait for the album. Now that I have it, I have to confess I’m a bit disappointed. It’s not that the album isn’t good, not at all — I just can’t help feeling like it could have been so much more.

The album starts out well with the frenetically paced, high-energy ‘The Way My Heart Beats,’ but the momentum created by it is lost by their strange choice to put their slowest song, ‘Everything You Do’ right after it. This is probably my least favorite song on the album, mostly because it doesn’t showcase the things Good Shoes is best at: energy and rhythm. Luckily, they seem to realize this and they pick things up again with ‘I Know,’ one of the highlights of the album. It combines a great guitar riff with a steady drumbeat and some of their most political lyrics: “You should learn to protest and learn to question everything you’re told / I think if there’s a day of judgement then our leaders will be first against the wall.”

Next up is stellar single ‘Under Control,’ which they follow with two of their best songs, ‘Do You Remember’ and ‘Our Loving Mother in a Pink Diamond.’ This part of the album is where they really get into the groove: the songs are intricate and fun. The next few songs are perfectly fine, but don’t have that extra spark. They’re all variations on the same theme: how things used to be so much better, and now there’s ‘No Hope, No Future’.

They save my personal favorite for last. ‘City by the Sea’ is a slower, more melodic song. It’s like the cool-down track after the workout they give you with the rest of the album. Where this track really stands out for me is in its lyrics. While the strength of most Good Shoes songs is in the music and not the lyrics, this track verges on the poetic: “All I want is a little more time to feel your heartbeat next to mine”.

In all, ‘No Hope, No Future’ doesn’t quite live up to the band’s potential. The album has its moments of genius, but these mainly come when they don’t try so hard. They really shine when they let themselves stray from their formula of disillusioned lyrics over a driving beat and intricate guitars. That said, if you’re just looking for a fun, energetic album to listen to, but don’t need anything game-changing, then this is the album for you.

‘No Hope, No Future’ will be released on 25th January on Brille Records.

 

In the Post #43: Good Shoes

 
By on Friday, 18th December 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Morden, London based Good Shoes have done it again with their new single, out 11 January on Brille Records. The foursome, consisting of Rhys Jones (vocals/guitar), Thomas Jones (drums), Stephen Leach (lead guitar) and William Church (bass), have been gaining momentum ever since Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe played the band’s demos on their radio programmes ahead of the release of their debut album, ‘Think Before You Speak’ (2007).

‘Under Control’ will be the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘No Hope, No Future,’ due out early next year. The track is an upbeat, guitar-driven pop track vaguely reminiscent of Foals (think ‘Cassius’), although the music isn’t quite as intricate. With its driving beat and simple, repetitive lyrics, it will have you moving your hips and singing along in no time! Sample lyrics include “your lips on lips / that taste salty skin / and her muscles tense / as I tighten my grip“, perhaps explaining the charmingly strange video featuring female bodybuilders.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1KworDaCqs[/youtube]

Good Shoes will be on tour throughout Europe in January and February 2010. The single ‘Under Control’ will be released on 11th January 2010 and will be the first single from their new album, ‘No Hope, No Future’, due out 25 January. Click here for TGTF’s previous post with information about the band’s album release parties in late January to take place in London.

Written by: Mary Beth Howard

 
 
 

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