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Video of the Moment #1637: Keston Cobblers’ Club

 
By on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Keston Cobblers’ Club start a new tour in Manchester tonight at Soup Kitchen, so it’s perfect timing for a new video from them. From the folk poppers, here is ‘Run Away’, a spirited tune that fits into the theme of their latest EP ‘A Pocket Guide to Escaping’ out now, perfectly.

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

 

Keston Cobblers’ Club / September and October 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 3rd July 2014 at 8:30 am
 

Folk pop quartet Keston Cobblers’ Club are set to release a new EP called ‘A Pocket Guide to Escaping’ on the 1st of September. In support of that release, they have announced a list of UK tour dates; tickets for the following shows are on sale now.

Read all our previous Keston Cobblers Club’ coverage here.

Wednesday 23rd September 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 24th September 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Monday 29th September 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 30th September 2014 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 1st October 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Bristol Exchange
Thursday 9th October 2014 – London Dingwalls

 

TGTF Holiday Giveaway / WIN a four-album prize pack from Beatnik Geek Records

 
By on Monday, 9th December 2013 at 3:00 pm
 

Beatnik Geek Records is an independent record label located 15 miles from London. Formed in 2006, their aim is “to cultivate a self-sustainable business through which artists can release the best records they can possibly produce”. Focusing on bands and individuals who they can work with as a team, Beatnik Geek Records have been very lucky to be working with artists who buy into this methodology and are willing to help the label by working together with them to produce their music, to then give these acts the best possible chance of success.

We’ve featured some of Beatnik Geek’s bands on TGTF, and we were so pleased when they offered to give us the debut albums of four of their acts, Van Susans, Keston Cobblers’ Club, The Lightwings and Melic (pictured at top), so we could in turn give them to a lucky TGTF reader. Whoever wins this treasure trove of four albums will have plenty of music to entertain them and their loved ones during this holiday season and for days to come. To give you a bit more information on the bands and their releases:

Van Susans‘Paused in the Moment’
The Bromley band’s debut was released in 2012, but we recently gave away their latest single, which was a reworked version of the album track ‘Served Cold’. This year the band supported Little Comets at a charity gig in Manchester and played festivals such as Lounge on the Farm, Crystal Palace Garden Party, Victorious in Portsmouth and Galtres Parklands Festival.

Keston Cobblers’ Club‘One, for Words’
Their debut was released in 2012, but they haven’t stopped moving since, having graced Glasto, Green Man and Larmer Tree festivals and also made radio appearances with Bob Harris on Radio 2 and Steve Lamacq on 6music. In June 2013, they released the ‘A Scene of Plenty’ EP.

The Lightwings – ‘Sleeping is Not for Dreamers’
Their debut came out this year but songs from it have already been nicked for the Louise Brealey indie film already making the film festival rounds, Delicious.

Melic – ‘An Hour to Anywhere’
Our Ben caught the band at their launch party for their debut album back in the summer. Despite being a relatively new band in town, they’ve already played high-profile shows at London Koko and Islington Academy, as well as International Pop Overthrow Liverpool, Cornbury, and Southern Sounds festivals.

Want to win? Fill out the contest form below with your full name and your email address. Next, we want to be sure you’re not a robot, so correctly answer this question: what country do Melic originally hail from? Get your entries in by noon British time on Thursday the 12th of December. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received then. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only, as the prize will be posted. To make this fair for everyone, all duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.

 

Live Gig Video: Keston Cobblers’ Club cover Blink-182’s ‘I Miss You’ at Wilderness Festival

 
By on Friday, 23rd August 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

If you came of age in the late ’90s, you either loved or hated the cheeky humour of California punk poppers Blink-182. After their appearance at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire earlier this month, London folkies Keston Cobblers’ Club recorded this version of Blink-182’s ‘I Miss You’, part of their ongoing ‘shoes off’ series, and it’s a surprising performance. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJZWcoeA4Yo[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Keston Cobblers’ Club – A Scene of Plenty EP

 
By on Wednesday, 26th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

A Scene of Plenty Keston Cobblers Club coverAfter their ‘One, for Words’ narrowly missed out the top spot on my list of the best albums of 2012, I’m pretty sure 2013 will be another banner year for Keston Cobblers’ Club. Next Monday the 1st of July, they’ll be releasing a stop-gap of sorts in the form of new EP ‘A Scene of Plenty’. It’s perfect timing really, as the band will be appearing at Glastonbury this very weekend and there will no doubt be punters who upon hearing their dulcet voices and jaunty instruments will probably be running in droves to their laptops and glorious, speedy internet (as soon as they’re home and showered, that is) to find out more about the band. So I expect this reviewed to be read and hit upon more after Glasto than before. But anyroad…

So what do we find in ‘A Scene of Plenty’? The album starts wonkily with frenetic accordion and what sounds like frantic stepping on top of wood (?); the minor chords and the nonsensical title ‘The Children Who Wear Socks on Their Heads’ both seem like odd choices for the starting point for a summer release. I give them points for quick tempo and plenty of energy; this might be a grower, but it didn’t grab me initially as it seemed like too many things were going on at once. However, do not fret; the best is yet to come.

The second track ‘Beam’ is also the lead single from the EP that we featured previously on this Video of the Moment. “By Jove, god only knows” the harmonies and the way the voices lilt on this song are so beautiful, they made me cry. Yes, this is that good. I hesitate to say that it would have felt at home on last year’s ‘One, for Words’, for that would seem to indicate they’ve stayed in one place. Hardly. The harmonies feel tighter and sweeter on this EP, and whether or not that has to do with the summer sun’s rays beating down on my brain or not, I can’t be sure. What I can be sure of, on title track ‘A Scene of Plenty’ sits at the third position on this EP, it’s the guitars and banjo that shine on this one, their pluckings working alongside the pleasant oohs and lead vocals from Julia Lowe (later to be joined by brother Matthew’s) to weave something pretty special. It’s this song, with its talk of packing your bags for a train trip, that figures in later to its unique packaging. Read on…

Fourth track ‘We Will Heal Your Soles’ represents the inevitable homophone gag that you knew was coming from a band who named themselves after shoe makers. It’s what ‘The Children Who…’ aspired to be but never quite got there. This is a true folk toe-tapper of the highest calibre. Mumford who? Closing track ‘The Castle’ is slower, more introspective, but it rounds off the EP nicely. Lyrically, I can’t fault it at all, but for a brief snapshot of what I mean, here’s a sample: “oh I could love you every day, something different every day / oh you’ll see my smile, you’ll know that I am happy / the world may fail, but still I will be happy / see I will spoil you every day / and build that castle in your name”. That’s aching loveliness in song, that is.

Good stuff and perfect for summer. Even better, they’ve thought ahead and considered that it’s summer, and if you have children, you will have children underfoot (naturally, they’re not in school), so the interactive version of this EP folds out to a working miniature train set, complete with scenery and animals. You can be listening to the EP with your feet up while the kiddikins are busy, and therefore not bothering you, playing with the trains. Brilliant marketing.

8/10

‘A Scene of Plenty’, the new EP from Keston Cobblers’ Club, will be out on Monday (the 1st of July) on Beatnik Geek Records. If you’re sceptical about the train set, the video below shows you exactly what you get if you order the EP. (Come now, if this hasn’t sold you, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.)

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

 

Video of the Moment #1204: Keston Cobblers’ Club

 
By on Monday, 13th May 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Keston Cobblers’ Club‘s new single out today (13 May) is for ‘Beam’, and it’s got a pretty kitschy video too. Watch it below.

The band go on a headline tour of England in September; the Manchester and London dates have sold out, but the other dates have tickets on sale, all the dates are listed below under the video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtfx5BOXy7Y[/youtube]

Monday 23rd September 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 24th September 2013 – Brighton Sticky Mikes
Wednesday 25th September 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 26th September 2013 – London Borderline (sold out)
Friday 27th September 2013 – Manchester Castle (sold out)

 
 
 

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