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Live Gig Video: Low perform ‘Into You’ in Glasgow in artsy new promo

 
By on Thursday, 4th February 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

So the new video from Minnesotan band Low doesn’t follow our more conventional live gig videos, but I’m going to bend the rules today for them. This video was filmed in Glasgow, and this is what the directors Jim Burns and Beth Chalmers had to say about it:

Inspired by the hypnotic reflections of the River Clyde on the archways beneath Glasgow’s city bridges, this film draws parallels between the power of a single beam of sunlight and the deeply affecting personal experience one feels during Low’s live performance. Despite being part of a crowd, Low’s music invokes within you a profound and unique individual perspective.

This promo has shots of the band performing the song with artsy lighting shots overlaid on top of them. While this has the effect of giving the video a ghostly pallour, when the shots of the band come back into focus, there’s an instant connection. Watch the video below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgp6ZnNsw5g[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: watch Wolf Alice play ‘Fluffy’, ‘Turn to Dust’ and ‘Bros’ at a NPR Tiny Desk Concert

 
By on Thursday, 28th January 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Just a few days ago, the Washington, DC, headquarters of National Public Radio (that’s NPR to you, most likely) released a live session video starring Wolf Alice. They were taking part in what has become a long and storied tradition of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. In this video, they play their tracks ‘Fluffy’, ‘Turn to Dust’ and ‘Bros’. All three numbers figure prominently on the band’s debut album released last summer on Dirty Hit Records, ‘My Love is Cool’.

Want more on Wolf Alice on TGTF? Right this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYN2SDjnNW8[/youtube]

 

Interview: Eoin Loveless of Drenge

 
By on Monday, 25th January 2016 at 11:00 am
 

If they aren’t already, Sheffield-based Drenge are a band that should be on your radar. The trio from Castleton, Derbyshire, have been gaining a significant amount of traction over the past 3 years since the release of their self-titled debut: a raw, grunge filled masterpiece Cobain himself would be proud of. They’re now heading out on tour again, as part of the NME awards tour alongside Bloc Party, RAT BOY and MC Bugzy Malone, and in support of their second record ‘Undertow’, a more polished, but still savage sophomore statement. Ahead of the tour, which starts in Cardiff this Friday, the 29th of January, I had the opportunity to speak with vocalist/guitarist Eoin Loveless about changes to Drenge’s music going forward.

The addition of bassist Rob Graham, a long time friend and figure in their career, has allowed the Drenge sound to progress from a monstrous duo to a mammoth trio. This is something Eoin felt necessary: “It’s not really a band if there’s only two people in it…if there’s one person playing on a stage, then it’s just them playing music, if there’s two people playing music then it’s just two people playing with each other. But if there’s three, you need to start lending your hearing around the room a bit more. That’s where I think the traits of a band, like listening and being aware of what’s going on around you musically, that’s when those skills tend to get tested”.

‘Undertow’ is a cleaner effort, for lack of a better word. While their self-titled debut saw a new dawning for grunge/punk, 2015’s ‘Undertow’ built upon this, seeing the sound become more monstrous and, at times, sinister. In terms of contextualising the second record, Eoin came up with a rather pleasing metaphor. “Think of the first record like a car, and then the second record like a polished car…the next car/album will have…hydraulics…” Though there are currently no plans for the follow-up to ‘Undertow’ as of yet, they’re definitely on the horizon.

Lyrically, Drenge have always had a certain appeal with the way they convey their message, utilising both religious and carnal symbols in their writing. Though in terms of self-appreciation towards his skill, this is where Eoin struggles. “I kind of lose a relationship with [the lyrics] through over-performing … like the lyrics for ‘Nothing’ (from ‘Drenge’), I don’t think are particularly good, but when we play it live I’ve discovered that the way that they’ve been written, the syllables and the harshness of the sound all sits together and now whenever we play it live, I kind of scat it, so I’ll take syllables and hold them back and drop them in the space where they’re supposed to go next.”

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

For the past 3 years Drenge have been a constant presence on the Glastonbury lineup. 2015 saw them appear as a secret act on the Williams Green stage on the first day of the festival. When I ask him about the possibility of playing this year’s event, Eoin considers this. “If we did it this year, it would be 4 [times already], we’re probably not allowed! I think there’s some rule that unless you’re Billy Bragg…I think Mumford and Sons did it 7 years on the trot, and you know you don’t want to end up like that, do you?”

Last year’s festival was a unique opportunity to witness someone who is undoubtedly one of the current generation’s musical focal points, Kanye West, someone the band had met previously after their appearance on ‘…Later With Jools Holland’. “I’m a huge Kanye fan”, admits Eoin. “I listen to like his new tracks three times a day. I think he’s exceptional and vastly underappreciated…we’ve got a great artist on the planet and a lot people aren’t willing to take him seriously.” On the Kanye set itself, “That’s one of the main reasons we chose to do the show”, Eoin confesses, laughing. “I went and thought it was amazing, but people really weren’t into it…I think one of the delusions people had if they were at the festival was that Kanye was performing to them, but he wasn’t. He was performing to the world’s media.

Those who have been following Drenge from the beginning may remember at their earlier shows in 2013, they would distribute a self-made zine titled ‘Blood & Milk’, the initial title for the self-titled album cut ‘Backwaters’. Though there are no plans to resurrect this perfect piece of audience engagement, they have are plenty of other ideas that they’d like to put into action. “I’ve been thinking about…doing a podcast, where I could go around and talk to other bands about stuff … If I can find an interview where one of my favourite artists is being interviewed by another musician, then you get a level of reference points that I can relate to as a musician. I can also relate to the fact that because they’re not guarded, because it’s not an interview scenario, and they’re not worried there words will be taken out of context. I think there’s a lot that me and Rory (brother and bandmate) want to do that exits out of the music that we make.”

Many thanks to Ian for arranging this interview for us. ‘Undertow’, Drenge’s second album, is out now via Infectious Records; for more on the Sheffield group on TGTF, head here. Catch them on the NME Awards Tour starting this Friday through mid-February.

 

Get Inuit / January and February 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 21st January 2016 at 8:00 am
 

Header photo by Pat Pope

Self-described “dirty pop” quartet Get Inuit are about to embark on a tour of the UK, starting next week and extending through the beginning of February.  Dubbed the ‘Luge Lessons’ Tour 2016, the shows are in support of the band’s most recent EP, but they will likely also feature several new tunes, including the raucous recently released single ‘My Oh My’.  You can listen to that track just below the tour date listing; if you like what you hear, head over to Get Inuit’s official Web site, where you can download the song in exchange for adding your e-mail address to their mailing list.

Tickets for the following shows are available now.  You can browse through our previous coverage of Get Inuit right back here.

Sunday 24th January 2016 – Canterbury Gulbenkian
Monday 25th January 2016 – Bournemouth Anvil
Tuesday 26th January 2016 – Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Wednesday 27th January 2016 – London Black Heart
Thursday 28th January 2016 – Leicester Cookie
Friday 29th January 2016 – Derby Victoria Inn
Sunday 31st January 2016 – Glasgow Broadcast
Monday 1st February 2016 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 4th February 2016 – Guildford Boileroom

 

Live Gig Video: watch Gary Numan tinker away on a new track in his studio to promote new PledgeMusic campaign

 
By on Wednesday, 20th January 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Following on from the incredible reception his last album, 2013’s ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ garnered, Gary Numan is gearing up to work on his next album. But he needs your help to do it: he’s started a PledgeMusic campaign for it. The idea was not so much to finance it – within 24 hours of the project going live, its financial target was reached, and as of this writing, it’s already made over 200% of the original target – but as you will read below, it’s Numan’s desire to let the fans in on the incredible journey to the finished album product:

“Making an album is often a long and tortuous process. As a fan you usually just get the finished product, an album slickly packaged, professional and shrink wrapped for your pleasure. But you miss entirely the journey it took to get that finished product to you. I would like to change that. With my new album, the 21st album of my career, I would like to involve you from the very beginning. I want you to be a witness to the entire process, from the very first note played, through every up and down as the days unfold, as each song comes together, as each lyric takes shape and as the first glimmer of art design comes into my head. Some days will be good, ideas will flow easily and I will be happy and excited. Other days will be awful, and I will be miserable and fighting yet another fight in a life long battle with confidence, or the lack of it. But this is the process. As a songwriter, as an artist, you struggle with a wide range of demons. I’ve said often that making an album is like climbing a mountain. It’s a huge task, a huge challenge, like an emotional roller-coaster, and it is not easy. If anything, they get ever harder to make, but they are always exciting.

More than just wanting you to be involved though, to be a regular viewer to my progress on the album, I want to maintain my independence in the music business. I do not wish to sign conventional, industry standard deals and tread the well worn route that has been the norm for musicians for decades. This campaign will also allow me to do that, to be truly independent.

With this new album I have deliberately held off of writing anything until this campaign is in place. I will start to write it the day the campaign is launched and I have eleven months to get it completely finished as the release date I’ve set for it is mid-October, 2016. Three years exactly since ‘Splinter’ was released. I have no idea how I want it to sound, or who will work on it with me, if anyone. It doesn’t even have a working title as yet. It’s as blank a canvas as I’ve ever had and everything that happens will happen with you as part of it.

I will record regular updates, some audio, some video. You will hear snippets of songs as they progress from first note to finished versions. You will hear me explain how I write and I will guide you through my entire process from beginning to end. When you pre-order the album, not only will you receive the new music and exclusive items when the album is ready, you’ll also have intimate access to the making of it from beginning to end. Hopefully, when the shrink wrapped album is eventually in your hands, you will feel a closer connection to it than any other album I’ve ever made. That’s my hope.

For me this is an incredibly exciting project, one that I hope you will join in with me.”

Watch a video below of the man doing some creating off the cuff in his studio on a pretty nice collection of synthesisers. It’s a teaser of the kind of intimate, up close and personal updates you’ll get if you pledge your backing for Numan’s new album, which is due to be out in October 2016.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4bjjMw0Z3E[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Adam French performs stripped back version of ‘Euthanasia’ in Manchester

 
By on Tuesday, 19th January 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

It’s funny how fate works in mysterious ways. Prior to the start of The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton last spring, late one night a girlfriend of mine ran into Adam French and his dad. The Cheshire-born singer/songwriter was celebrating in the seaside town, in an Irish pub of all places. Now signed to Virgin EMI, he’s all geared up for his first headline tour of the UK this month. It began last night in Leeds and continues tomorrow at a sold-out Communion show at London Social. (All the details of the tour are available in this previous ticket alert post.) French is purported to have a new EP out later this year too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Revealed yesterday is this live acoustic performance of French playing his track ‘Euthanasia’. Filmed in black and white in Hope Hill, Manchester, the performance has been stripped back of everything but his beautiful voice and equally beautiful black Epiphone guitar, making for a compelling, haunting listen. Watch the live video below. For all of our coverage of Adam French on TGTF up to now, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypyRaxL6Gb0[/youtube]

 
 
 

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