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Kids in Glass Houses / May UK Tour

By on Monday, 31st March 2008 at 7:51 pm

Kids In Glass HousesWelsh emo-rockers Kids in Glass Houses have announced a new jaunt for May and early June around the UK, in support of their debut album on May 26th, ‘Smart Casual’.

Tickets for all dates seem to be about £8 each and are on sale now.

Wednesday 21st May – Middlesbrough Empire
Thursday 22nd May – Glasgow Garage
Friday 23rd May – Manchester Academy 3
Saturday 24th May – Liverpool Academy 2
Sunday 25th May – Leeds University
Tuesday 27th May – Oxford Zodiac
Wednesday 28th May – Birmingham Barfly
Thursday 29th May – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 30th May – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 31st May – Stoke Sugarmill
Monday 2nd June – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 3rd June – Exeter Phoenix
Wednesday 4th June – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 5th June – London Astoria 2


Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

By on Monday, 19th November 2007 at 2:06 am

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the CityOne of the strongest albums of the year, Bloc Party have just re-released their “A Weekend in the City” collection with the addition of “Flux”, their new single. The collection was originally released in February of this year, and quickly launched Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong to superstardom, building on their debut, “Silent Alarm”. A distinctly different sound, the lyrics have much more depth than the oblique nature of their debut, with Kele providing his view on the wrongs of 21st Century London, post September 11th and July 7th.

Starting off with “Song for the Clay (Disappear here)”, you initially worry that they’ve gone down the ever-increasingly popular “rock opera” route, with incredible theatrics akin to My Chemical Romance (though distinctly better pulled off). Thankfully though, “Hunting for Witches” soon appears which puts us into the right vein for the album. Electronic bleeps and interference make a return, akin to “Positive Tension” from “Silent Alarm”, and make the song much stronger, with a frantic strumming that reflects in the urgency of the lyrics: “The Daily Mail says the enemy’s among us, Taking our women and taking our jobs.”

“Waiting for the 7:18” rolls around, with the dreariness of the morning commute and a soul-destroying job morphing into plans to escape to Brighton for the weekend. Quickly followed by the disco-stomp of first single, “The Prayer”, which received some of Bloc Party’s first major US radio airplay, with its instantly memorable hook “Tonight make me unstoppable / I will charm, I will slice, I will dazzle with my wit”. Even a whole year after its initial release, it is still an amazing single that is sure to get everyone and anyone dancing.

“Uniform” is a rant against the growth of globalisation and lack of individualism: “All the young people looked the same / Wearing their masks of cool and indifference / Commerce dressed up as rebellion”, and is one of the stand out tracks of the album. The outspoken-ness of this is duplicated in “Where is home?”, which appears to be a rant about Kele’s heritage, and the growth of racism in the UK: “In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us / Second generation blues or points of view not listened to / Different worlds and different rules of allegiance”. It soon grows into a stronger rant, with Kele commenting “I want to stamp on the face of every young policeman today / and break the fingers of every old judge”. These two songs formed much of the publicity around the album release, showing Bloc Party as a 21st Century force who are very much in touch with today’s issues.

Bloc Party's Kele OkerekeThis album re-release also includes a stunning DVD of their set at this year’s Reading Festival, which was held at the end of August and saw Bloc Party playing to around 160,000 people as the sun goes down. It was a homecoming of sorts, with much of the crowd holding out in blistering temperatures that was more akin to Arizona than central England as temperatures soared to close to 30C

Normally when a band re-releases an album with an extra track the whole collection suffers as a whole, however “A Weekend in the City” is much stronger for the addition of “Flux”. Fast paced, Kele is again agonising about the future of society: “We must talk about our problems / We are in a state of flux”. After this brutal disco-thump, “Sunday” brings the album to a slower pace, savouring a relaxing Sunday morning in central London, waking up next to someone loved and reflecting on the previous night’s adventures. “SXRT” starts off incredibly slowly; almost sleep-inducingly so before bringing the album to a crashing crescendo.

Kele sang “I will outshine them all” on “The Prayer”, and with this re-release of “A Weekend in the City” Bloc Party sure do an amazing job of outshining their competition, leaving them looking like pale imitations.


XFM Winter Wonderland Tour announced

By on Friday, 2nd November 2007 at 5:50 pm

Bloc Party's Kele OkerekeXFM have announced details of a string of Winter Wonderland UK Tour dates, with all sorts of megastars lined up to play some sensational gigs.

As with previous years, all dates are in aid of Shelter, the homeless charity.

Tickets go on sale next Friday (9th November) at 9am, but many of the headlining bands and XFM members can get them as soon as next Wednesday or Thursday by pre-registering or such like.

Sunday 9th December – London Brixton Academy
Bloc Party, Supergrass, Kate Nash, One Night Only, School of Rock Winner
Monday 10th December – Glasgow Academy
Stereophonics, The Twang, Special Guests, Figure 5, School of Rock Winner
Tuesday 11th December – Manchester Apollo
The Charlatans, Special Guests, The Courteeners, The Ting Tings, School of Rock Winner
Wednesday 12th December – Cardiff University
Super Furry Animals, The Enemy, Kids In Glass Houses, Special guests, Duffy (accoustic set)

Photo is taken from Shane Bee’s flickr stream under the creative commons license


Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #14: Talk in Code

By on Monday, 20th August 2007 at 8:30 pm

Few bands sound as polished on their debut demos as Talk in Code. Sounding like an amped up Keane after a night on the lash with the Chili Peppers (could Tom Chaplin manage that without a rehab trip? We’ll leave that to your imagination…), their demo CD may be only three tracks long, but they manage to fit in all of their strengths (and a few weaknesses as well for good measure).

Talk in CodeOpener “Dry Emotion” starts off fast paced, and keeps it going throughout, though the last minute could probably have been done away with, as they loop around again… but that could just be me…

First Mistake” would have passed for an early U2 demo… professional and polished, stadium bound, yet missing that magical something you can’t quite put your finger on. Lyrically they’re one step up from emo teenagers in their room, but still one step down from the abstract story-telling of U2… lyrics such as “Don’t say it all again / I came back from way back when / I’ve made the first mistake” display real yearning, yet still seem relatively weak.

Closer “Suddenly Overcome” slows things down for a phones-in-the-air moment that would make some more experienced bands beg for. A consistent collection, the songs are all excellent, however lack one song that make you think “yes, that’s a single” (like Scouting For Girls recently did with “It’s Not About You”, blowing all their other tracks out of the water). They sound like an earlier U2 mixed with Doves and Morning Runner, so be sure to check them out if you like your music with feeling, yet epic and stadium fillingly-good.

Perhaps one of the biggest downsides to this polished debut is that it’s a bit too polished – from their myspace band description that mentions early “brainstorming sessions” (how corporate) to the tracks, you can’t help but feel that they already have some industry clout behind them that we haven’t been told about.

Check them out and put them in your favourites to go and see this autumn, or come back next year when they’ve developed a bit more.


Architecture In Helsinki / September tour

By on Friday, 3rd August 2007 at 12:02 pm

Architecture In HelsinkiArchitecture in Helsinki have finished announcing tour dates for their early September jaunt around the UK in support of their new album “Places Like This”.

The Aussies have been to the UK a few times and have some big fans of their indie electro dance chaos. I must admit that I have recently fallen in love with their first and second albums, however their recent effort has left me feeling distinctly underwhelmed.

They’ll call at:

Tuesday 4th September – Bristol Thekla Social
Wednesday 5th September – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 6th September – Manchester Academy 3
Friday 7th September – Isle of Wight Bestival
Monday 10th September – London Koko
Tuesday 11th September – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 12th September – Reading Fez Club
Thursday 13th September – Kingston Upon Thames New Slang At The Works
Friday 14th September – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 15th September – Dorset End Of The Road Festival
Sunday 16th September – Brighton Concorde 2

All tickets are on sale now I believe.

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