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Bands To Watch #47 – The Pipettes

 
By on Wednesday, 26th November 2008 at 5:49 pm
 

If you have not heard of The Pipettes then where have you been? The Pipettes are an all girl pop group with a difference. They are supported by a talented band called The Cassettes and their stylish pop feels like it has been tele-ported from the 1950’s pop scene with the odd modern synth here and there. They sound like they could be the beach boys sisters and they’re certainly as talented.

The Pipettes’ music is ridiculously catchy and jolly and normally this type of music puts a cringe on my face but there is something about it that makes it captivating. The girls talent has been widely recognised and tracks like “Dirty Mind” have featured on Grey’s Anatomy. The girls harmonize beautifully well on tracks like “A Winters Sky”, but it’s clear that the girls strength is with upbeat pop songs rather than slower and softer tracks like this one. Still semi-ballads like “Tell Me What You Want” work pretty well and displays the groups variety and depth.

Gwenno is currently taking time out of the band to work on a solo album and the material I’ve heard suggests that the genre will be modern synthy pop. Personally, I’m not bothered about this album, I just want lots more drops of lovely music from The Pipettes.

I promise you that visiting their MySpace is the best way to brighten up your day.

 

Daily Roundup: Thursday 11th September

 
By on Thursday, 11th September 2008 at 8:16 pm
 

So yesterday I went to see Batman: The Dark Knight at London’s IMAX cinema, and we were blown away at the quality and sound of it on such a big screen. I’d already seen it before on a normal cinema screen, but yesterday was definitely worth the three hour journey each way. Of course, with so much time on a bus and tube, I got through some serious listening on my iPod.

Having received Bloc Party‘s Talons on Tuesday night, it’s been pretty much on repeat the whole time. Simply amazing, and is so far right up there with Ion Square as my favourite track of Intimacy. The video fits the song perfectly, and is suitably dark and brooding as Kele’s lyrics.

The press release comments:

Talking about Talons singer Kele said, “we wanted to keep things fresh and we thought the fans would be more excited to get a new song rather than something off the album. Talons is one of the last songs we recorded during the Intimacy sessions and I always had it in mind to be one of the extra tracks we promised for the CD if it turned out well. It turned out great so we decided to make it the next single. I’m enjoying this way of working, not over-thinking things, just make a decision and get on with it! It’s quite liberating in a way, I’m sure it’s going to be the way things happen more and more in the future”

Could this mean that they announce whole tours this way? I’d kinda like it if they just announced “oh, we’re playing London’s Astoria next Wednesday… and then Bristol’s Academy… and maybe some more venues too, we haven’t really decided yet!”. However I doubt they’d do that, for the logistical problems. But it’d be cool.

In my inbox this morning I found a link to a company that film live concerts in Europe, Fabchannel. I haven’t come across them before, but WOW. They have a great range of full gigs filmed on the continent, in amazing quality. I sound like I’ve been paid to gush this much, but I think it’ll be providing me with several evenings of entertainment. They sent me a link to Jack McManus who I haven’t come across before, and sounds pretty good at first listen, but I also came across full sets from Bloc Party, Delays, Los Campesinos (including the “most polite stage invasion ever”), The Courteeners, Pipettes… well, I could go on and on. You get the picture!

Finally, I found in my inbox an MP3 that I’d forgotten about. Sent to me about 4 weeks ago, Melbourne based Ancient Free Gardeners have a great sound – dreamy, a bit Shins-esque, with hints of The National and Radiohead shining through. Download the free MP3, and stop by their myspace to show some love – I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

MP3: Ancient Free Gardeners – Innards Out

 

The Pipettes / October 2008 UK tour

 
By on Thursday, 28th August 2008 at 10:08 am
 

Guilty Pleasures ahoy! The Pipettes have announced a string of UK Tour dates for October around our fair shores.

Tickets for all dates are on sale now at £10 a pop. Catch them at:

Thursday 11th September – Kingston New Slang
Thursday 23rd October – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 24th October – Derby The Royal
Saturday 25th October – Bristol The Cooler
Sunday 26th October – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 28th October – Winchester The Tower
Wednesday 29th October – Cambridge Soul Tree
Thursday 30th October – Leicester The Charlotte
Friday 31st October – Darlington Inside Out

 

The Pipettes – We Are The Pipettes

 
By on Tuesday, 16th October 2007 at 1:46 am
 

This review was originally published in Southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Newspaper.

The PipettesNow that the Spice Girls have reformed (God help us…), it seems that girl power is about to make a sizeable return. However, for those who prefer a more “indie” take on girl power then The Pipettes are the choice of the thinking (or drunk) girls of today. Their 50’s and 60’s influenced indie pop is sure to set them apart from the competition, with catchy, smutty hooks that will have you humming all the way home.

With matching polka-dot dresses and seamless ’60s-inspired choreography, The Pipettes formed in 2004. “We are The Pipettes” is the debut album from them, released last Tuesday after waiting almost a year since its UK release. Each of the songs we can relate to, no matter what experiences you’ve had – the lyrics, direct, funny, interesting and personal. The three girls (RiotBecki, Gwenno and Rosay) have stormed the UK and look set to do the same here with discerning indie kids, with girls who want to be them and guys who want to be with them.

Starting off the album relatively cleanly, opening song “We Are the Pipettes” sees the girls set out their manifesto: “We are the Pipettes, and we’ve got no regrets, if you haven’t noticed yet, we’re the prettiest girls you’ve ever met”. Cheesy, yes, but that’s nothing compared to what “Pull Shapes” brings. Sounding right at home in a remake of Grease, this is possibly one of the campest songs in their collection – “Dance with me, pretty boy tonight, dance with me, and we’ll be alright”. No matter who you are, “Pull Shapes” will have you dancing wherever you are.

As the collection progresses the album moves on to more complex issues. “Sex” starts off with a simple driving drum background before things speed up a bit – “let’s stop with all the talking, why not try something new? Because there’s no need for any talking in what we’re about to do”. “One night stand” tells the story of exactly that: sneaking out the morning after, with the catchy chorus of “I don’t love you, if you think that this is cruel, then you should see what my friends do,”

Closing off the collection with “I love you”, we get a feeling that at the end of the debauchery of the previous songs the girls have had their fun and just want to settle down with a nice guy and go off into the sunset. They’ve played hard, now it’s time to settle down – we wonder what this means for their second album, though hopefully it will be another collection of catchy asides on their late night exploits.

 

Pipettes / one off Brighton Show

 
By on Friday, 7th September 2007 at 8:21 pm
 

The PipettesThe Pipettes have announced a quick one off show in Brighton before they go around the world for an incredibly gruelling tour of the USA, Japan and Australia over the coming few months.

They’ll play the newly re-opened Freebutt on Sunday 30th September as part of TacheBack fund rasing event.

TacheBack is a national fundraiser that asks men to get sponsored for growing a moustache throughout September, to help raise money for The Everyman Male Cancer Campaign and its vital research into testicular and prostate cancer.

Tickets go on sale on Monday (10th September) at 9am. Tickets are £16 each.

Photo is taken from neil365’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.

 

The week ahead: Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd April 2007

 
By on Sunday, 15th April 2007 at 5:26 pm
 

This week it seems lots of bands are on tour, but not many BIG bands, which gives you lots of choice. If I’ve missed anything out, or anyone has any spare tickets for anything in London on Tuesday night let me know and we can sort something out!

First up, Bloc Party continue their week long tour of the UK that they began last night in Cambridge, moving on to play Wolverhampton tonight, Plymouth Pavillions on Monday, Blackpool Empress Ballroom on Wednesday, and finally London’s Brixton Academy on Thursday and Friday. Tickets available from See Tickets for some dates, as well as some of the venue box offices.

On some dates Bloc Party will be supported by Biffy Clyro, who also play a date at Stoke Sugarmill on Tuesday as a warm up for their Bloc Party warm up dates and their May tour. Tickets on sale here.

The 2007 Camden Crawl takes place on Thursday and Friday in London, including all the best up and coming talent from accross London at some of the best Camden venues.

Zane Lowe favourites Cold War Kids embark on the start of their tour on Wednesday in Bristol, before moving on to Nottingham and Manchester. They then tour the rest of the country in the following two weeks. Tickets available from See Tickets again.

Teenage girl favourites Hanson embark on a short UK tour covering Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday respectively. They also play Koko in London on Sunday. Tickets from here and venue box offices.

Jamie T embarks on a full UK tour in Southampton next Saturday, before Norwich on Sunday and the rest of the UK in the coming two weeks. Tickets from here.

Kings of Leon embark on a full UK tour tonight in Plymouth, covering just about everywhere. Tickets from here.

Lostprophets UK Arena tour kicks off this week, covering Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Wembley Arena this week. Tickets from here.

Crazily moustached Luke Toms embarks on his own tour on Wednesday in Liverpool. He’s been the support band of choice for a fair few bands in recent months: Keane, Thirteen Senses and The Feeling. Tickets here.

Paulo Nutini starts his UK tour of larger theatres on Tuesday, playing just about everywhere, including a four night home town stand in early May. Tickets here.

Other Zane Lowe favourites The Enemy continue their UK tour on Monday night, taking in most mid-sized venues in the UK. Tickets here.

I was hoping to be able to see Switches at London’s 100 Club on Tuesday, however tickets have now sold out, so I won’t be. Tickets for their UK tour here.

Dundee favourites The View play a variety of venues out and about this week, mostly sold out, however there are still a few tickets for the Forum date in London next Saturday. Tickets here.

Last but not least, girl band The Pipettes play their largest tour to date, all over the UK playing mid-size venues. Tickets here.

 
 
 

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