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Video of the Moment #1951: Pixel Fix

 
By on Friday, 6th November 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Pixel Fix appeared on my radar last year, supporting my Cheltenham-tipped and now the toast of Made in Chelsea band Young Kato. The Oxford band have already garnered huge radio support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart for latest track ‘I Want You the Same’, as well as hitting the top 5 on Hype Machine and surpassing the 60,000 plays mark in a little under 3 weeks.

Now the highly buzzed track has its own promo video to showcase the percussive, electronic-driven sound. A couple take what looks like a carefree saunter through the woods and, well, they face some interesting encounters. Watch the video below.

For all past Pixel Fix coverage on TGTF, including my review of their appearance at Leeds Uni Student Union Mine at Live at Leeds 2015, head this way.

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

 

Live at Leeds 2015: Editor Mary’s Roundup (Part 1)

 
By on Wednesday, 6th May 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s always a bit daunting to come to a brand new city and hit the ground running at a music festival you’ve heard about for years and have only heard the highest praise for it. Such was my personal trepidation ahead of Live at Leeds 2015, the 9th annual installment of an event where artists descend on the West Yorkshire town, drawn in like moths to a flame.

I’ve no idea how anyone ever did this festival prior to the advent of the smartphone. It seemed by the time I finally sussed the lay of the land and knew where all the venues were, it was all over. In between 11 AM of picking up our press credentials at the First Direct Arena until midnight, the 13 hours were packed with bands; running around to see said bands; catching up with friends, many of whom were in some of those said bands, but others who were new mates; and familiarising myself and falling in love with nearly every venue I had the pleasure of stepping into. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness, hospitality, good food, and of course the amazing music that makes an event like this so worthwhile, ensuring my first Live at Leeds experience was a good one.

Longfellow at Leeds Wardrobe 1

Despite the intention I set for myself at every festival – “Don’t get lost!” – construction and obstructed signage at the Leeds Coach Station turned me around and made me late for Longfellow performing at the Wardrobe on the east side of the city centre. The group from London recently released the new EP ‘Remedy’ on Fierce Panda Records (read my review of it here) and were eager to perform in front of their first-ever audience in Leeds. Ever the testament to the city as supportive to the British music scene, the 1 PM gig was well attended. Good on you, Leeds!

I arrived just in time for EP standout ‘Where I Belong’, showing their knack for anthemic songwriting. Their set also included BBC 6 Music stalwart ‘Kiss – Hug – Makeup’, another EP number ‘Chokehold’ and what frontman Owen Lloyd calls “their birthday song” they bring out for celebrations, ‘May the Light’, which appears on their 2014 mini-album ‘Prelude’. Longfellow’s set ended on a high note with live fan favourite ‘Medic’.

Longfellow at Leeds Wardrobe 2

Staying put at the Wardrobe, I got a full dose of Racing Glaciers. I have to admit in recent years, I’ve had a jaded eye for any band that has a synthesiser set up centre stage; I’m half expecting a couple of plinky-plonky notes being dropped not for any good reason but just because it’s required these days. Seeing that they appeared directly after Longfellow and also have a keyboard player, logic would dictate that the sound system would make Racing Glaciers’ anthemic style I sussed from them on record translate to something similar sounding to the Londoners who played before them. Instead, the massive loudness and brashness from the band from Macclesfield, including, dare I say it some funky bass notes live, suggest to me that they’re a band who should not be so easily pigeon-holed. Their self-titled and ‘Don’t Wait for Me’ EPs certainly deserve further attention.

After a brief catch-up on the way with TGTF friends The Orielles who had just finished their own gig at Leeds Beckett Stage 2, I was on to my third band of the day. I had a general idea that I would be trekking north and upwards towards the Mine in the Leeds Uni Student Union, but I had no idea the labyrinthine path Google Maps had laid out for me would take me up steps of Rocky-isian proportions. But if there’s anything that will inspire me to get somewhere and quickly, it’s a band.

Half out of breath by the time I reached Leeds Uni, I arrived just in time for the final soundchecking by Oxford indie pop band Pixel Fix, whose ‘Running Thin’ EP of summer 2014 was one of my favourites from last year. They have that poppy, bouncy synth thing going that’s not quite as dancey as Friendly Fires but nearly there (see ‘Lungs’) and that’s where they shine; I’m not as convinced by the oozy, woozy, r&b jam attempts but hey, that’s what sells on Radio 1. What is entirely evident is the undeniable energy that can only radiate from youth, with frontman Marcus Yates definitely looking the part with his spiky blonde hair. With the right kind of promotion, Pixel Fix are the kind of band you expect playing to a crowd of screaming teenagers in a venue near you. Soon.

Pixel Fix at Leeds Uni

Despite my prior impression that the place would only be filled with hipster uni kids bopping their heads side to side to the beat, there were plenty of adults too, many of them chatting with each other and saying how good this band was and how quickly they expected them to “make it”. This isn’t a common occurrence from where I come from, so I base on these overheard conversations that the older generation of Leeds music fans has excellent taste and hopefully good prescience!

What goes up must come down, yes? Or so the saying goes. Once I figured out how to get to and up to Leeds Uni, it was reasonably quick work to get back into the city centre. In my rush to not be late to my next band appointment, rushing through the corridors of Leeds Student Union, I nearly collided headfirst into Tom Ogden (you can’t miss him with that gorgeous, flowing Pantene hair of his) and the rest of Stockport psych band Blossoms, who were checking out bands before their set at the Stylus later that day.

Following a quick hello and a run back into town, I was at the Academy, whose front door oddly shares frontage space with pretty amazing Gothic architecture (the whole thing is a Grade II listed building). As much as I adore Oxford’s Stornoway, Leeds Academy has a capacity of 2,300 in the main space, and I had a hard time believing their folk pop sound would translate well into such a cavernous location.

Boy, was I wrong. As I am sat here typing this up while on holiday in Ireland, it occurred to me yesterday while seeing a larger than life mural of U2 on the side of a building in Temple Bar that Bono has nothing on Brian Briggs at this point. I enjoyed a good portion of their third and latest album ‘Bonxie’ that was released a short time ago on Cooking Vinyl, but I found the collection uneven and hoped against hope that the new tracks would sound amazing live.

Stornoway at Leeds Academy

At least I was right on the mark with that prediction! My feeling is they had such a good time working with an outside producer for the first time, it freed them as both musicians and people, and it gave them just the right encouragement to step outside their comfort zone that perhaps they might not have felt without working with Gil Norton. Straight out of the gate, frontman Briggs seemed much more at ease speaking to a throng of people than I have seen him ever, which was incredibly good timing, seeing that a massive crowd had assembled at the Academy to see his band play.

Their opening salvo ‘Between the Saltmarsh and the Sea’, smartly continuing the Stornoway tradition of artfully arranged harmonies, was simply and devastatingly beautiful, its expansiveness reaching into every nook and cranny of the Academy and certainly into each and every heart present in the venue, and album single ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ followed suit. The uplifting nature of both ‘Get Low’ and ‘Lost Youth’ can’t be beat, and in a surprising turn of events, a rousing, folk-ified cover version of Yazz’s ‘The Only Way is Up’ had fangirls and fanboys of all ages singing along – loudly, I might add – to the Oxfordians. Nods to their early years with 2010’s ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’ were also included, including an unexpected but completely appreciated dedication to your humble editor on ‘I Saw You Blink’. All in all, it was a performance that you couldn’t ask for anything more from. Except more songs: calls for an encore went sadly unheeded.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my Live at Leeds 2015 review, which will post tomorrow here on TGTF.

 

Live at Leeds 2015 Preview: editor Mary’s best band bets

 
By on Thursday, 2nd April 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Please note: as with all of festival previews, the information we post here on TGTF on Live at Leeds is current at the time of posting, but we encourage you to check in at the Live at Leeds 2015 official Web site closer to the start of the event to confirm venues and set times. Wristbands for the festivities in Leeds on Saturday the 2nd of May are still available at the bargain price of £27.50. More information on where you can purchase your tickets in person or online is available here.

Under top secret cover earlier this week, TGTF were given the Live at Leeds 2015 band schedule before its official release this morning. We’ve had a read through of the massive schedule, and in this post, editor Mary Chang offers her best bets for the festival in this Live at Leeds 2015 preview post.

Get Inuit
Eskimoes aren’t known to be all that musical or quirky, so imagine my surprise when Kent’s Get Inuit was both. They have a single called ‘Dress of Bubble Wrap’, for god’s sakes. And it’s amazing in its pop brilliance. Like your indie pop / rock a little off-kilter with loads of great guitars and titles like ‘Cutie Pie I’m Bloated’? (I’m not kidding.) This is the band for you.

Get Inuit perform at the Key Club at 3 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the band is this way.

Pixel Fix
2014 was a good year for Oxford’s Pixel Fix. The indie pop trio from Oxford released their ‘Running Thin’ EP in the summer, featuring the ultra catchy ‘Lungs’ and the smooth jam ‘Change This’. In terms of touring, they got to gain many more fans supporting Cheltenham TGTF Bands to Watch success story Young Kato on their spring UK tour, and then later on in November, they were chosen for Communion Music’s New Faces tour. They might be playing an absurdly early time in the afternoon, but I view this positively: you have a better shot of figuring them into your schedule.

Pixel Fix perform at Leeds Uni Mine at 3:30 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the band is this way.

Stornoway
No strangers to major tours and festivals, arguably Oxford’s biggest band of the moment Stornoway come to Leeds to promote their new and third album ‘Bonxie’ (out on the 13th of April on Cooking Vinyl), their first with an outside producer (Gil Norton, who has worked with the likes of Pixies and Foo Fighters). And the results are spectacultar: early taster tracks like the reflective single ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ and the upbeat ‘Get Low’ prove while beefing up their pop sound, they’ve been able to keep the harmonies and wittiness they’ve always been known for.

Stornoway perform at the Academy at 4 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the band is this way.

Astronomyy
As an editor by trade, I’ll usually scoff at song titles and band names that are purposely misspelled. However, in my research ahead of SXSW 2015, the Worcestershire musician’s music truly impressed me and enough for me to put him on my must-see list for SXSW 2015. All was well until he broke the news to me that he wasn’t coming to Austin. (Cue sadface.) To my delight though, he’ll be in Leeds to drop his chill, surf guitar-laced, r&b infused tunes. A recent collaboration with London singer Denai Moore on the track suggests he’s poised to be the next big, in-demand, young producer in the UK.

Astronomyy performs at the Hifi at 4:45 PM.

BAD//DREEMS
Certainly winning the award for having travelled the furthest for Live at Leeds, Adelaide, Australia band BAD//DREEMS come highly recommended from many Aussies I met in Austin last month. They’re a guitar band with ‘Dumb Ideas’, out to have a good time and they want to bring you along for this loud, raucous ride. Bring marmite, I’m sure they will be wanting some. They also mentioned to me on Twitter about wanting crumbed sausages…I don’t know if Leeds has those but I guess if all else fails, bring some Greggs.

BAD//DREEMS perform at Nation of Shopkeepers at 6 PM.

Honne
London soul / electro duo Honne will have a reason to celebrate at the festival – just 2 days after, they’ll be releasing a new EP on their own new record label Tatemae Recordings. EP track ‘Coastal Love’ has already passed 4,500 likes on Hype Machine, and the song follows the already great success of their first track released to the wild, the super sexy ‘Warm on a Cold Night’. Get on this train before it leaves the station without you.

Honne perform at the Hifi at 6:45 PM. Past TGTF coverage on the duo is this way.

LoneLady
In Manchester, the shadows of electronic heroes New Order still haunt music makers, but it’s about bloody time for someone else to bring the city fully into the 21st century. Enter musician/producer Julie Ann Campbell, who records under the name LoneLady presumably to emphasise this is her project and hers alone, because we all know there are some very backward thinking men in this business who think it’s impossible for a woman to do all of this. (Sad, really…) ‘Groove It Out’ is getting a lot of radio airplay at the moment, and deservedly so for its ineffable catchiness and yes, sick groove.

Lonelady performs at Belgrave Music Hall at 7 PM.

Tom Williams
Though he’s more famous for his band of brothers, their “Boat” and the three albums to their name, Tom Williams decided last year during the down time of recording of their third band LP to start writing a new set of songs fit for an acoustic setting and strike out on his own in a new stripped back endeavour. Just released last week, his debut release as a solo artist, the ‘New Guitar’ EP, places the focus back on Williams’ songwriting talent, guitar chords and the rich timbre of his voice.

Tom Williams performs at Leeds College of Music Recital Hall at 10:30 PM. For past coverage on Tom Williams and the Boat, head this way.

New contributor Chris Donnelly’s Live at Leeds 2015 preview with his best band bets will be posting shortly here on TGTF.

 

Communion New Faces / November 2014 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 1st September 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Independent record label and promoter Communion Music has just announced the line up for the second part of its biannual New Faces tour, which will take place this November.  The bill includes elusive solo artist FYFE, South London singer/songwriter Kimberly Anne, Oxford pop quartet Pixel Fix (pictured above), and Nottingham five-piece Amber Run, whose track ‘Pilot’ is featured in the video below.

Tickets for the following dates are available now through the usual outlets, but if you’d like a little bonus, grab your tickets from MusicGlue via Communion’s Web site.  Each ticket purchased that way will come with a free EP download containing a sample track from each artist.

Monday 3rd November 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – London St. Stephens Church
Friday 7th November 2014 – Oxford Art Bar
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 10th November 2014 – Leeds Holy Trinity Church

[youtube]http://youtu.be/v-ly2LYiTI4[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Pixel Fix – Running Thin EP

 
By on Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Back in the spring, Pixel Fix supported Young Kato, Made in Chelsea’s current darlings and a band I had high hopes for when I’d first written about them in 2012. At the time when I posted about the tour in February, I’d heard a couple bits from the Oxfordshire quartet and reckoned a huge programming mistake had been when they were chosen as support. A good 6 months out from then and listening to their latest release, the selection doesn’t seem as crazy as I had previously thought. Out this week, ‘Running Thin’ is an intriguing set of four songs, none really much like one another. Which is actually a good thing in my book. It’s a sign they’re a band of many talents.

The EP starts strongly with ‘Lungs’. It’s got a tropical vibe that is Friendly Fires-esque but the feel is more synth than bass driven, yet not as synthy as Polarsets. The at times staccatoing lyrics sung on irregular beats by Marcus Yates not unlike the style of Little Comets‘ Rob Coles except pop enough like that of Liam Creamer’s of Hey Sholay or Will Daunt’s of Zulu Winter (RIP) to allow for airplay on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 programme. Okay, I know that’s a lot of band names to be bandying about, but it’s been bothering me that this song sounds like several groups I am quite fond of and it’s stirring up old memories and to be sure, they’re good ones that should serve Pixel Fix well in pursuing fans of any and all of these bands.

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

Second track ‘Change This’ is an interesting change from ‘Lungs’, as with its finger snaps and lounge-y vocals, it sees the band go towards a r&b jam, so it also has the potential for mainstream appeal. The synths are still there of course, but they’re left for background atmosphere as the focal point is Yates’ voice. ‘Still’ allows Pixel Fix to go back to their dreamier, more ambient roots. Barely over 2 minutes, it could have gone on much longer and us indie and electronic heads wouldn’t have batted an eye as what sounds like owls hooting lie underneath a catchy guitar line and ghostly synths, while those fingers keep a-snapping. The synths are then messed about with and compressed and stretched in EP closer ‘Overflow’; this one also has with finger snaps, but interestingly it seems to bridge the distance between ‘Lungs’ and ‘Change This’. The song has elements of pop but Yates’ voice isn’t frenetic, the notes gliding smoothly like skates across an ice rink.

The question is, then, where do Pixel Fix go from here? They clearly have a way with ambient soundscapes, while also doing well in the pop and r&b songwriting departments. Any one of these directions could lead the band to mainstream success.

8/10

Pixel Fix’s latest EP ‘Running Thin’ is out now on Owlbear Records but for now, you can stream the EP below to your heart’s content.

 

Video of the Moment #1449: Young Kato

 
By on Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Cheltenham’s Young Kato have a brand spanking new video out for ‘Help Yourself’, their next single out on BMG/Chrysalis on the 24th of March. Pure pop goodness. Watch it below.

The band placed #7 on our 10 for 2014 readers’ poll at the end of 2013; we interviewed frontman Tommy Wright then and you can read our feature here. After a one-off date in London in March to launch the single, they’ll be heading out on an extensive UK/Irish tour in April and May, supported by Oxford’s Pixel Fix; all the dates are listed under the video embed.

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

Monday 27th March 2014 – London Islington Garage
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th April 2014 – Guildford Boileroom
Friday 25th April 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Saturday 26th April 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Monday 28th April 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 29th April 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – Belfast Limelight 2
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Dublin Academy 2
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Bath Moles

 
 
 

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