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Live Gig Video: Longfellow perform ‘Plasticine’ at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Friday, 10th June 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Back in April, Longfellow appeared at a packed out edition of Sofar Sounds London. Now there’s a video from the proceedings, and it’s fantastic. (I may be a little biased…) While there’s something wonderfully satisfying to see this London band with their full band setup in a venue, there’s also something incredibly great about being able to see a stripped back version of a song – in this case, ‘Plasticine’, warts and all, with nothing to detract from frontman Owen Lloyd’s strong, dusky vocals. Watch the live performance below.

For more coverage on Sofar Sounds shows we ourselves have covered or additional videos from past sessions we’ve shared, use this link. For more on Longfellow themselves as covered on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od1RyDzVvas[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club with Bayonne at Black Cat, Washington, DC – 7th June 2016

 
By on Thursday, 9th June 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

The Two Door Cinema Club phenomenon has been ongoing for over a half decade now, and with their current brief American tour’s tickets flying out the door, it doesn’t show any signs of abating. Having been one of the first, if not the first journalist on this side of the pond to have written about them in years ago, it was especially sweet to have seen them play an intimate show (for them) at the Black Cat (around 700 capacity) Tuesday night in Washington. The last time they came through our city, they played DAR Constitution Hall (3,000 capacity) in 2013, so this date, along with the rest of the tour, was a concerted effort on their part to provide a more intimate experience ahead of a promised third album. I joked to Carrie before heading out to this show that I was praying for a civilised crowd, and one that would not require tasering to keep in line. At least where I was stood for the evening stage right, I was surrounded by respectful, vocally jubilant fans who wanted nothing else but a good night out watching their favourite band’s triumphant return in an intimate environment.

The opener for the evening and for this short tour of America this month was Austin-based musician Bayonne. The tall, mustachioed Roger Sellers is a force to be reckoned with live, even as a one-man band. To be honest, I was a little concerned to see how the music made by a guy with a tabletop full of electronics would fit with Two Door Cinema Club’s energetic indie rock. The first clue that should have told me everything was going to be okay was the drum standing next to Sellers’ setup.

While it’s true that in live performance that an important element of Bayonne’s sound are Sellers’ generally dreamy, chill vocals put through various effects, the electronics act more as a conduit than merely a means to an end or lazy musicianship. He’s very animated live, more than happy to pound his drums like no-one’s business. When he’s not doing that, he’s making gestures in time to the music coming back to him, playing air synth and pulling funny faces to get the crowd going, or preening, clearly fancying himself as a gorgeous creature. These are things that would not be obvious if you watched his recent video for ‘Waves’. While he might not have been an obvious choice to support such a well-established and beloved band like Two Door, his animated and amusing performance did a great job in building further anticipation towards the main event.

After it was reported that at their show last Saturday at Cambridge, Massachusetts venue The Sinclair that Two Door Cinema Club had previewed their new album with a track called ‘Game Show’, I for one was chomping at the bit to see what the Irishmen had up their sleeves in new material. I’m a little confused by this one after hearing it live, I have to admit. It’s heavy on reverb, with more of a psych feel than anything they’ve ever done before. It sounded me to me like the now-defunct Cashier No. 9 and YAK had a baby. Lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Trimble promised their third album is on its way before the end of the year, so stay tuned for that.

With two albums and an EP under their belt, they had plenty of material to fill a set well over an hour. However, they kept their set in DC close to 60 minutes, even with the encore, but smartly included their most fun, vibrant numbers to keep the energy in the room up for their entire time onstage. They swung back and forth and back again on tunes from their earliest days with 2010’s ‘Tourist History’ to those on 2012’s riskier ‘Beacon’ with ease. There’s something to be said about such a percussion-forward song like ‘Come Back Home’ being followed by an in-your-face song like ‘Wake Up’, with its closing shouts, and without skipping a beat.

Two Door Cinema Club at Black Cat, Washington DC, June 2016

While the two albums are quite different, as part of Two Door’s ongoing oeuvre, they all fit together wonderfully, parts of the patchwork of their entertaining catalogue. As their set went on, the volume of the fans singing back lyrics to the band seemed to be getting louder, being sung with increased gusto. I smiled to myself as I was reminded that I indeed remembered nearly every word on every song of theirs. That’s proof of good songcraft, of the incredible ability to write a memorable, toe-tapping tune.

When it came time for the encore and they began with ‘Someday’, I almost lost it. After seeing them perform the song a few years ago, I kept it close to my heart, its optimistic tone helping me keep the faith, even when things seemed to be going totally wrong and badly. It was shortly after that show of theirs that I tacked a copy of the song’s lyrics on my cupboard door at work. Those lyrics are still tacked there to this day: they remind me daily that fate works in mysterious ways and to keep my trust in it, no matter what. In a similar way, you can say going to a Two Door Cinema Club concert, for that hour or so watching them put on an amazing show, is a fantastic salve for whatever in your life is troubling you. In the song ‘Next Year’, Trimble sings the beautiful lines, “if you think of me, I will think of you.” And we’ll always remember Two Door Cinema Club and their crowd-pleasing songs.

After the cut, Two Door Cinema Club’s set list.
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John Grant / June 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 at 9:00 am
 

American singer/songwriter John Grant will play a short list of headline dates in the UK next month, ahead of a full schedule of summer festival appearances. In the midst of the following live dates, Grant will stop at London’s Field Day Festival on the 12th of June, and his July appearances will include T in the Park, Latitude and WOMAD.

Ahead of his upcoming live dates, Grant has just released a new video for ‘Voodoo Doll’, which appears on his third album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’, released last October on Bella Union. You can view the new video just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

TGTF’s previous coverage of John Grant is right back here.

Wednesday 8th June 2016 – Salisbury City Hall
Thursday 9th June 2016 – Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
Friday 10th June 2016 – Birmingham Institute
Wednesday 15th June 2016 – London Royal Albert Hall (sold out)

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Preview: Roskilde Festival 2016

 
By on Monday, 2nd May 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Across 8 days in late June into early July, some of the biggest names in contemporary music, along with some incredible up-and-comers, will descend on the Danish island of Zealand to take part in the open-air Roskilde Festival. From the 25th of June to the 2nd of July, Roskilde will be featuring an incredible 183 acts across nine stages at the largest music festival in Northern Europe.

Wednesday will see the likes of Wiz Khalifa and At the Drive-In on the Arena stage, as well as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes on Avalon and Red Hot Chili Peppers as headliners on the Orange stage. Also on the Orange stage, earlier in the day, will be The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, a group of musicians torn apart by the war in Syria but reassembled in January of this year and who will be performing alongside Damon Albarn and guests. The orchestra, who have previously worked with Albarn on Gorillaz’ ‘Plastic Beach’ album, will be a sight to see. From what I’ve seen on YouTube, they look pretty incredible and I can only imagine how they sound live.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4wUt4PVtI[/youtube]

The always crowd-pleasing Hinds from Madrid, who released their debut LP ‘Leave Me Alone’ earlier this year, will be representing the Spanish indie rock scene. Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band of Ghana are sure to be a dance-fuelled joyful experience, bringing Afro-funk and a carnival-esque feel to the Avalon stage: a must catch for anyone wanting to experience a spectacular African inspired sound.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7S0mnaPNnI[/youtube]

On Thursday there’s another wide variety of acts to see, with most musical tastes catered to. Tenacious D, CHVRCHES, PJ Harvey, Santigold and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are a selection of the eclectic mix of acts that will be playing throughout the day. Dev Hynes as Blood Orange, who you will recall going by the name Lightspeed Champion in the past, is also among the line-up and will be one to catch for any soul/funk lovers, while London female post-punk outfit Savages are a good shout for anyone hoping to catch something a little heavier. You can also catch hitmaker Elle King, a dusky-voiced soul-rock singer who released her debut album in 2015 and whose banjo-laced music is given a country sounding edge, on Thursday.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uLI6BnVh6w[/youtube]

Moving on to Friday, there’s again plenty for everyone. Biffy Clyro will be playing on the Arena stage, which should be a good show considering the trio have just announced their new album ‘Ellipsis’, their newest since 2013. Foals will also be playing, along with Skepta, M83 and Neil Young and Promise of the Real. Aussies Tame Impala are not to be missed, as their infectious psychedelic pop rock will have even the stiffest of dancers bopping along. Also on Friday, James Blake will be playing, as well as the incredible Hurray for the Riff Raff, whose bluesy indie folk will be perfect for those that don’t fancy catching Biffy Clyro.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBzrzS1Ag_g[/youtube]

Saturday brings music behemoths New Order to the stage, along with LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow and The Last Shadow Puppets (pictured at top in their younger days, but who have just released a new album.) I also came across Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra while researching the festival and am hooked on their funky, jazz-trimmed abstract style; I am now jealous of everyone that will get to see them in action. Brazilian-born singer/songwriter Dillon is not to be missed, his throaty voice and gentle, electronic melodies accompanied by piano evocative and moving. The Entrepreneurs are also worth catching: their lofty, eerie sound is described as “noise and romance” on the band’s Facebook, and this sums them up pretty well.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut2xTMVvh_8[/youtube]

The festival also offers, along with the incredible array of music detailed above, the opportunity to participate in or simply witness the mad splendour that is the annual Naked Run. Yes, that’s right, men and women competing in a race in all their naked glory for a ticket for next year’s festival. There are still tickets available for this year if you fancy getting involved in the action, and the festival website details travel and accommodation information.

 

Simply Red / Summer 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 21st December 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Veteran soul-pop band Simply Red are just wrapping up their 30th anniversary Big Love World Tour and have announced a new set of live dates for next summer. The band are set to perform a selection of their classic hits, such as ‘Stars’, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, ‘Holding Back The Years’ and ‘Fairground’, in a variety of scenic venues across the UK.  Simply Red’s summer tour will also include an Irish date as part of the Live at the Marquee series in Cork as well as appearances at London serial festivals Live at Chelsea and Kew the Music, and the Betley Farm Festival.

Tickets for the following live dates are available now.  You can check out the trailer for Simply Red’s recent album ‘Big Love’ just below the tour date listing, and you can find TGTF’s archive of Simply Red coverage by clicking here.

Saturday 28th May 2016 – Cartmel Racecourse
Friday 3rd June 2016 – Durham County Cricket Club
Friday 10th June 2016 – Chepstow Racecourse
Saturday 11th June 2016 – Cork Live At The Marquee
Saturday 18th June 2016 – Canterbury Kent County Cricket Club
Sunday 19th June 2016 – London Royal Hospital Chelsea
Friday 1st July 2016 – Chelmsford City Racecourse
Sunday 3rd July 2016 – Brandon Thetford Forest
Wednesday 6th July 2016 – Clitheroe Castle
Tuesday 12th July 2016 – London Kew Gardens
Thursday 14th July 2016 – Edinburgh Castle
Saturday 16th July 2016 – Newbury Racecourse
Sunday 17th July 2016 – Cardiff Swalec Stadium
Wednesday 10th August 2016 – Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Saturday 13th August 2016 – Doncaster Racecourse
Sunday 14th August 2016 – Betley Court Farm

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