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Skins UK Tour / January 2011

 
By on Thursday, 23rd December 2010 at 9:30 am
 

We’ve just received word that there will be a Skins-themed tour next month. The eight towns that have been chosen for the gigs are the hometowns of each of the eight new characters in the E4 teen drama. You can get tickets from the Skins official Web site (you must be at least 18 to register for these). Bands participating in this tour include 10 for 2011 bands Mona and Trophy Wife (pictured above).

Wednesday 19th January 2011 – Bristol Syndicate (Morning Parade, Bombay Bicycle Club DJs, Wilder)
Thursday 20th January 2011 – Swansea Monkey Café (Katy B, Nero DJ, Jagga)
Friday 21st January 2011 – Hereford Saxtys (Kissy Sellout DJ)
Saturday 22nd January 2011 – Ashford Liquid Envy (Devlin)
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Edinburgh Caves (Kid Adrift)
Thursday 27th January 2011 – London Coronet (Pulled Apart By Horses, Mona, Midnight Beast)
Friday 28th January 2011 – Brighton Pier (Morning Parade, Beardyman, Doorly)
Saturday 29th January 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy (The Wombats, Trophy Wife, The Good Natured)

 

New to Q Sessions / January 2011

 
By on Thursday, 11th November 2010 at 9:00 am
 

The line-ups for the second annual New to Q Sessions, to take place at London’s Bush Hall in early 2011, have been announced. Five special shows have been scheduled for the week of the 24th to the 28th of January 2011. Though the presale already started on Tuesday, general tickets go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow (12th November). The bands playing are listed below; you’ll definitely recognise some TGTF favourites in there.

Monday 24th January 2011 – Funeral Party, Kid Adrift, Liz Lawrence
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Clare Maguire, Primary 1, Liam Bailey
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Noah and the Whale, Ben Howard, Alice Gold
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles
Friday 28th January 2011 – The Pierces, Murray James, David Lyre

 

Album Review: Kid Adrift – Oxytocin EP

 
By on Tuesday, 27th July 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Iain Campbell is the mastermind behind electronic alt-rock act Kid Adrift. The Guardian has compared their sound to Muse and also Pendulum for its ‘technotronic rock’, but I think people will be divided by these comparisons. Campbell sometimes flirts with soft vocals that Matt Bellamy uses to great effect. And for sure, the backbeats and electrofuzz of Pendulum is also present at times. But at the moment, I’m not hearing the brilliance of the two more established acts in this band.

Kid Adrift’s debut EP is called ‘Oxytocin’. I don’t want to turn this review into a boffin treatise but I did train as a biologist, so I do know what oxytocin is and what it does. It is one of many chemicals released by the brain to stimulate the rest of the body, and this has been seen mainly in women, so much that oxytocin has been dubbed ‘the cuddle hormone’. So it’s a strange title, because this kind of music will probably appeal more to men than women and I don’t see any women running to cuddle up with their man when this single comes on the radio.

‘Oxytocin’ has a splicey, beat-box kind of quality like missiles are going off in the background. Listening to this track makes me feel like I’m stuck inside a spaceship of a video game. Definitely weird and at times uncomfortable. Then again, I don’t play video games so maybe this is right up the alley of the younger generation. There are string-like synth effects behind the vocals that may remind you of the more complicated orchestrations of hip hop artists these days. Or maybe even the Spice Girls?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRAEeQ304Po[/youtube]

‘Crash Therapy’ is in a similar vein as ‘Oxytocin’ but a bit slower and drawn out, which in this case is not a good thing. ‘Static’ confused me, because it sounds like there are too many things going on at once and not in a good way. It lacks direction. Interesting debut EP but not sure how many people will be turned on by this. I’d say if you like Pendulum, have a listen, but don’t be surprised if you’re not overwhelmed as Pendulum’s dub-step production is far and away better.

6/10

Kid Adrift’s single for ‘Oxytocin’ is available now.

 
 
 

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