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Video of the Moment #2161: Jake Bugg

 
By on Monday, 15th August 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Nottingham singer/songwriter Jake Bugg is releasing a new single at the end of this month, and he’s got a new promo video for the song to celebrate. For the visuals on ‘Bitter Salt’, Bugg collaborated again with director Michael Holyk, with whom Jake has collaborated for every video on his current album ‘On My One’. (You can read Carrie’s review of the LP from back in June here.) For this video for ‘Bitter Salt’, Holyk described his approach this way:

I wanted to create a video that reflected coming up on ‘that’ drug. It builds until it’s the most intense. Seeing Jake in the video was a trigger for our story. Jake in this represents a dark thought or event that you blocked out but it seeps back in due to your brain going wild. Drugs amplify any internal battle you are having and if you can’t control it sober you won’t with anything else.

Filmed in Tokyo, it’s an intoxicating experience. You can watch the video for ‘Bitter Salt’ below. The single will be released the 26th of August on Virgin EMI. For much more on TGTF on Jake Bugg, follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVv3-GxPvwA[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Jake Bugg – On My One

 
By on Friday, 17th June 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Jake Bugg album coverI was sadly (but necessarily) disappointed to miss Nottingham wunderkind Jake Bugg in Austin earlier this year at SXSW 2016, where he played the BBC Music showcase at Stubb’s BBQ. But my lingering regret over that fateful evening has been fully assuaged by listening to Bugg’s brilliant new LP ‘On My One’.

Bugg has been lauded over the past several years for his songwriting and musicianship, which are both incredibly advanced given his young age. But what many critics miss, in my opinion, is the power and efficacy of Bugg’s singing voice. The nasal drawl that listeners associate with Bugg after his hits ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ is only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve commented on his vocals in reviews of both his previous albums ‘Jake Bugg’ and ‘Shangri-La’, particularly the delicate beauty of ‘A Song About Love’ from the latter LP. But Bugg has raised his game considerably in this latest collection of songs.

The new album opens with a forceful one-two punch in the form of title track ‘On My One’, followed in quick succession by early single ‘Gimme the Love’. Displaying his aforementioned vocal prowess, Bugg knocks our emotions off balance straight away with a heartwrenching delivery of the lyrics “where’s God, where’s God? / he’s even left me on my one”. Then, before we can come up for air, he pummels us with the fast rhythmic pace and high energy guitar riffs of ’Gimme the Love’.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/o70e7Nb8SVM[/youtube]

I wondered at first about the wisdom of putting such a powerhouse combination right at the start of the album’s tracklisting, but as it turns out, Bugg has plenty more where that came from. The soaring chorus of ‘Love, Hope and Misery’ might not be one of Bugg’s strongest lyrical moments, but it’s certainly among the album’s strongest melodic lines, and once again his vocals are surprisingly graceful. He does some of his level best singing and storytelling in the shadowy track ‘The Love We’re Hoping For’, where his voice reminds me very much of another singer whose voice I adore, Stornoway‘s Brian Briggs.

‘Put Out the Fire’ is the type of foot-stomping folk rock we’ve come to expect from Jake Bugg, and he shows off his acoustic guitar chops to their best advantage between its rapid fire verses. ‘Never Wanna Dance’, by contrast, is a smooth, groovy affair where Bugg again offers up a velvety vocal tone alongside a lush brass solo in the bridge. The pugilistic ‘Bitter Salt’ ratchets up the emotional tension with an anxious drum beat and strident electric guitars punctuating its darkly menacing verses and driving chorus. Bugg then segues into the muted hip-hop rhythm of ‘Ain’t No Rhyme’ and revisits his own early Americana style in the wailing slide guitar of ‘Living Up Country’.

Bugg’s vocals are once again painfully and beautifully tender in the melancholic ballad ‘All That’, and the album closes quite fittingly with the nitty-gritty blues guitar track ‘Hold On You’. For all its surface variety, ‘On My One’ remains cohesive because of its underlying focus on that blues style. “Blues is my favourite genre,” says Bugg. “Whether it’s soul or hip hop, it all stems from the blues.”

According to the album’s press release, the title ‘On My One’ comes from a colloquialism in Bugg’s native Nottingham: rather than saying “on my own”, they say “on my one”. What is perhaps most impressive about the record is that Bugg wrote, performed and produced most of the 11 tracks himself, remarking that “in a lot of ways [the title] sums up this record because it mainly has been me on my own”. Easily the best album I’ve heard so far this year, ‘On My One’ raises the bar significantly for the remainder of 2016.

9.5/10

Jake Bugg’s third LP ‘On My One’ is out today, the 17th of June, on Virgin EMI. Bugg will play a full summer schedule of festival dates, as well as a UK tour in October. You can find a complete list of his upcoming live shows here. TGTF’s previous coverage of Jake Bugg is back here.

 

SXSW 2016: Thursday night with the BBC Music showcase at Stubb’s BBQ – 17th March 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 6th April 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

After Thursday afternoon’s amazing Output Belfast showcase at the British Music Embassy, I headed over to Stubb’s BBQ for another exciting UK-centric show, the inaugural BBC Music Showcase. The emcees for the evening, BBC Radio presenters Steve Lamacq (6 Music), Jo Whiley (Radio 2), Huw Stephens (Radio 1) and MistaJam (1Xtra) were almost as high profile as the showcasing artists themselves, who according to the official SXSW preview of the event, were chosen to “represent the breadth of genres BBC nurtures and supports.”

Given the magnitude of the artists scheduled to perform at Stubb’s that night, I thought it would be wise to queue early, and I arrived just as the line outside the venue was starting to form, almost 2 hours ahead of the show. Luckily for me, Stubb’s offers takeaway barbecue near the venue gates, so I was able to grab a delicious pulled pork taco while I waited to get in. My fellow punters, including Melinda Hasting, John Baker, and Walter Fields of SXSW showcasing act Missi and Mister Baker made fine company, and the time spent in the queue passed quickly.

Loretta Lynn at BBC Music at Stubb's, Thursday at SXSW 2016

The members of Missi and Mister Baker were at Stubb’s specifically to see the first act on the evening’s bill, country music legend Loretta Lynn. I was giddy with excitement to see Lynn myself, especially after featuring her in my preview article on feminism at SXSW 2016. Lynn was accompanied on stage by a full backing band, led by her son Ernest Ray, and their set on the night was predictably spectacular, from their introduction by BBC Radio 2 host Jo Whiley all the way through to the sentimental favourite final track ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. Jovial banter and playful teasing between mother and son punctuated the set list, which included shouted requests for “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven’ and ‘Fist City’. After a bit of suspenseful coquetry on the part of Ms. Lynn, we were treated to her latest single ‘Everything It Takes’ before she swept the figurative curtain closed with ‘Honky Tonk Girl’ and her signature set closer.

Loretta Lynn at BBC Music at Stubb's, Thursday at SXSW 2016

Loretta Lynn was no doubt a difficult act to follow, and the crowd at Stubb’s dissipated somewhat after the end of her set. The front of the venue didn’t remain vacant for long though, as a more youthful set of punters filed in for the next act, the female-fronted trio Sunflower Bean. Introduced by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, the up-and-coming New Yorkers took advantage of the large stage at Stubb’s both visually and sonically, creating an impressive display of psych rock force, especially in their extended performance of ‘Space Exploration Disaster’. For more on Sunflower Bean, you can read our Steven’s review of their debut album ‘Human Ceremony’ right back here.

Lapsley at BBC Music at Stubb's, Thursday at SXSW 2016

Nineteen-year-old Liverpudlian electronic singer/songwriter Låpsley appeared next on the Stubb’s stage, on the strength of her recent debut album ‘Long Way Home.’ I wasn’t previously familiar with Låpsley’s music, but a fellow audience member described her to me as “like Adele, only with a dance beat.” His assessment wasn’t far off, as it turned out. If you like the timbre of Adele’s singing voice but find her songs a bit too sleepy and weepy, Låpsley’s more urban edge might be just your speed. Check out her recent concept video for ‘Love is Blind’ just below.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/q9Jrlg6GnkY[/youtube]

I was even less familiar with Croydon grime artist Stormzy, who took the stage after an introduction by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam. Though his given name is Michael Omari, Stormzy reminded us of his stage name several times in the course of his set, while also stirring up the crowd’s energy with frenetic onstage motion and relentless rapping over beats provided by his assistant, DJ Tiny. I couldn’t help but reflect on the contrast of styles between Stormzy and Loretta Lynn, and though Stormzy’s brand of hip-hop isn’t exactly to my taste, the formidable strength of his show was every bit as spectacular as Lynn’s opening set.

Stormzy at BBC Music at Stubb's, Thursday at SXSW 2016

Unfortunately a minor personal emergency near the end of Stormzy’s set meant that I was unable to stay at Stubb’s for the final act on the BBC Music bill, alt-folk rocker Jake Bugg. I have to admit that I was particularly disappointed not to see Bugg, who I also missed when he toured in America with Snow Patrol several years ago. On reflection, however, I feel fortunate that Mary I and found ourselves safe and sound at the end of the evening. Jake Bugg will remain on my musical bucket list for the time being; I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for possible future tour dates around his new third album ‘On My One’, which is due out in June. In the meantime, the video for his current single ‘Gimme the Love’ is playing just below.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/o70e7Nb8SVM[/youtube]

 

Jake Bugg / October 2014 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Never one to rest on his laurels, Jake Bugg has been keeping a busy live touring schedule. The rebellious troubadour will perform at the Reading and Leeds Festivals this coming weekend, followed by festivals in America and Spain to round out the summer. He is scheduled to appear at the Ryder Cup Gala Concert in Glasgow on the 24th of September before the start of his October headline tour, which includes two dates each at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.

Sunday 5th October 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 6th October 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Monday 13th October 2014 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Thursday 16th October 2014 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 20th October 2014 – Hull Bridlington Spa
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – London Alexandra Palace

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Saturday): Jake Bugg plays ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ at the Other Stage

 
By on Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 9:00 pm
 

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Over the last 2 years, we’ve watched the meteoric rise of Nottingham singer/songwriter Jake Bugg, and he’s still a lad in many ways. But perhaps you should say now that with headlining a stage at Glastonbury 2014 – the Other Stage Saturday night, to be exact – that the lad’s all grown up. Here he is performing ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’, in his usual rapid fire way, in the video below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU3SZJv37k8[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1480: Jake Bugg

 
By on Wednesday, 26th March 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Never content to stand still for too long, prolific singer/songwriter Jake Bugg will be releasing a new EP, ‘Messed Up Kids’, on the 12th of May. Here is the video for the EP’s title track, providing social commentary about life today for young people who Bugg insists in the spoken introduction “I think everyone has a talent, something that they’re good at”. Refreshing to hear such optimism from him. Watch the black and white, day in the life style video below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5owbeIh2WBY[/youtube]

 
 
 

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