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Video of the Moment #1670 (and more!): City Reign

 
By on Friday, 7th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

City Reign will be releasing their next single, ‘Disappear’, on their own label Car Boot Records on the 17th of November. Here is the animated black and white promo for the single. What are emotions? What are the words we say, and those we don’t? Do they haunt you, or can you sweep them under the rug, forgotten? Are we just robots going through the motions? These are the issues being grappled with in ‘Disappear’.

Like the single? You can grab it for free for a limited time from City Reign’s Bandcamp here. The band will play two shows this month: Upstairs at the Garage in London on the 14th on November, followed by a hometown show at Manchester Deaf Institute on the 15th of November. Tickets to both gigs are on sale now.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBwgwx4MFtU[/youtube]

 

Frankie and the Heartstrings / November and December 2014 English Tour

 
By on Friday, 7th November 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Frankie and the Heartstrings from Sunderland have announced an English tour for the end of November into early December. Tickets are on sale now. Word on the street is that their third album is on the way soon. Yes!

Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Milton Keynes Craufard Arms
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – St. Albans Horn (Juicebox Live)
Friday 28th November 2014 – Bristol Start the Bus
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Leeds Oporto
Monday 1st December 2014 – Oxford Purple Turtle
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Reading Purple Turtle

 

Live Review: SOHN with Wet at U Street Music Hall, Washington DC – 1st November 2014

 
By on Monday, 3rd November 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

Saturday night in Washington. Usually a good shout but seeing that it was the first true cold snap we’d had this second half of the year (hello, first true frost warning of winter), I wondered if that would diminish the turnout at U Street Music Hall. This show had been sold out long ago but I was unimpressed by the queue when I strolled up 10 minutes before doors and found myself about 20th in line. Then the wind started howling and I decided anyone already in line was serious about the bill.

I exchanged pleasantries with the teenage couple in front of me in the queue when they asked me for the set times. The girl then went on to explain that support act Wet “only have about five songs”. Not terribly auspicious. Still, I went in with the hope that I’d find something about them to like. Here’s the thing: electronic music isn’t known to be forgiving to a singer. You’re either a strong singer whose voice holds up to the electronics and rises above it emphatically (say Andy McCluskey of OMD, Theo Hutchcraft of Hurts), or you risk getting lost in the shuffle. And sometimes the latter is fine, if that’s the mood you’re going for.

Kelly Zutrau doesn’t look the part of electronic band frontwoman seductress; maybe I’ve been spoiled at this venue by the regality of Valerie “Tei Shi” Teicher back in July supporting Glass Animals? But laid back Zutrau in a t-shirt and jeans seems to fit in with the overall philosophy of Wet: yes, the vocals are dreamy and the electronics with r&b inflection are a sight to behold live, but really, this young band are not one to take themselves too seriously. I mean, take a look at some of their song titles: ‘You’re the Best’, ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ (promo video below), ‘No Lie’. They’re not going to win any songwriting awards anytime soon. On paper, the sweetness of Zutrau’s voice (probably better suited for a dream pop act) shouldn’t work with the backing thrown at her but somehow it works. Then again, I still don’t understand the appeal and meteoric rise of CHVRCHES, their former touring mates in the States, so what do I know? Turns out quite a few punters were there for Wet and not for SOHN, which was a surprise to me, but I guess 13,000 followers on Facebook don’t lie.

A man who dresses nightly like the dark version of The Flying Nun shouldn’t be a popular electronic artist. Yet somehow Christopher Taylor, the London-born, Vienna-dwelling producer who goes by the stage name of SOHN, can pull it off. His debut album for 4AD that was released in the spring, ‘Tremors’, has already made impressive waves around the world. I’ve considered that the all black outfit he favours is like Daft Punk’s spacesuits, designed to minimise the effect of his appearance (as a very tall English chap with a hipster beard and unlikely to hurt a fly) that might otherwise detract from the complex nature of the electronic music he makes. Thankfully, the thick fog that envelopes the stage for a good third of the night eventually lifts, but I couldn’t help but think that any number of animals from colder climes could be hiding under that misty shroud playing music, and we wouldn’t know any better:

However, the decision to shroud both himself, his two live band members and the stage turns out to be a very good idea for most of the set. Except for a few obviously pissed audience members who are throwing their bodies around for the entire show, for until the last quarter of the hour or so he plays, due to the lack of distraction on stage, the vibe in the club is one of reverence, with men and women singing along softly word for word to the songs. While I was surprised by the minimalism, it allowed Taylor’s soulful voice to shine on ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Veto’, and the falsetto he brings out for title track ‘Tremors’ was met with rapturous crowd response. Humourously, an attempt to signal his sound guy, stationed all the way at the far end of the floor, to lower a “woo” frequency only caused the audience to get more riled up, mistaking his hand gestures for a request for them to be louder and make more noise. Oops.

But this is all part of SOHN’s appeal. Taylor might be dressed in a hood, but one suspects that he’s a really down-to-earth kind of guy, feeling truly blessed his music has reached this many people, and in such a strong and positive way. In an avuncular, Mister Rogers manner, he actually asks the audience with a smile, “ready?”, before launching into megahit ‘Artifice’. Bless. Rhetorical question. The club lit up as Taylor threw his own body into the performance, which is no mean feat considering the man was sat in front of his table of electronics all night. Followed by ‘Lights’, with its heartfelt refrain of “blood, sweat and tears won’t retrieve it / you just have to wait to receive it”, the progression was peerless.

In the middle of the show, a fire alarm triggered by the aforementioned fog refused to shut off; instead of stopping the set, Taylor and his bandmates embraced it, slowing down an entire number to incorporate it into the song. “At least it’s on the beat!” he commented with a grin, before continuing. But it was ‘The Wheel’, the sole encore, that truly brought the house down. “The very last breath” SOHN had to give us Saturday, like the other songs that came before, was brilliant. Technically gifted and with a beautiful voice, I hope Taylor continues to share his music with us for a long time to come.

 

WIN / Tickets to see the Gaslight Anthem at Manchester Apollo, 18th November 2014

 
By on Thursday, 30th October 2014 at 1:00 pm
 

Our friends at Gigs and Tours have given us something – well, 3 pairs of somethings – that are pretty cool and naturally, we’re eager to share the wealth with you, our faithful readers.

American band The Gaslight Anthem are playing two shows at the famed Manchester Apollo in November, and we’ve got 3 pairs of tickets for the show on the 18th of November to give away to 3 lucky TGTF readers. Fancy your chances? Then fill out the form in its entirety below.

First fill in your full name and your email address so we can contact you if you win. Then to make sure you really want to see the Gaslight Anthem and to test just how massive a fan of theirs you really are, tell us what the name of the band’s latest album is, released in August of this year. We will then choose three winners of all the correct entries received.

Get your entries in by noon British time Monday, the 3rd of November. We’ll contact the winners by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get him/herself to Manchester for the show, and under 14s must be accompanied by an adult (this gig’s policy, and TGTF won’t be held responsible if you’re turned away at the door for being underage and not meeting this requirement). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

To read all past content on the New Jersey band on TGTF, head this way.

The contest is now closed. Winners will be contacted by email.

 

The Crookes / November 2014 English Tour

 
By on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 9:00 am
 

According to their record label Fierce Panda, Sheffield indie rockers The Crookes are “never knowingly underemployed”, and in keeping with that mantra, they have announced a list of live shows in England to follow their current American tour.

To accompany their American tour dates, the band have released ‘When You’re Fragile’, from their recent LP ‘Soapbox’, to American radio. The track will also feature as a b-side to upcoming single ‘Howl’, due for release on the 24th of November to coincide with their live shows on this side of the pond. You can have a listen to ‘Howl’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Oxford Jericho
Monday 24th November 2014 – Preston Ferret
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Liverpool Arts Club
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Thursday 27th November 2014 – Manchester Sound Control
Friday 28th November 2014 – Leeds Wardrobe
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Middlesborough Westgarth 2
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Derby Victoria Inn

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5aQICiH5wY[/youtube]

 

Paul Thomas Saunders / November 2014 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Singer/songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders has announced a brief tour of England for this coming November. Tickets are on sale now.

Saunders‘ debut album ‘Beautiful Desolation’, released in April on Atlantic Records, includes the track ‘In High Heels Burn It Down’, which you can preview below the tour date listing.

Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Thursday 20th November 2014 – London Oslo
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Leeds High and Lonesome Festival

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMVHlOX9DrA[/youtube]

 
 
 

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