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Video of the Moment (and more!) #1156: To Kill a King

By on Thursday, 21st March 2013 at 6:00 pm

Two exciting new bits from To Kill a King. First, here is the new video for ‘Funeral’, featuring on the band’s current album ‘Cannibals with Cutlery’ out now. Second, they’ve done a cover of UK chart-topping and current To Kill a King tourmates Bastille‘s ‘Oblivion’, which you can listen to below too.

Be sure to catch the band you named at #8 on the 10 for 2013 TGTF readers’ poll on tour in April; we’ve listed the dates below all the embeds, so scroll down for the details.


Tuesday 9th April 2013 – Birmingham Institute @ Temple (with Spring Offensive)
Wednesday 10th April 2013 – London Scala (with Shields)
Thursday 11th April 2013 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 12th April 2013 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Saturday 13th April 2013 – Glasgow Nice ‘n’ Sleazy


MP3 of the Day #735: Two Door Cinema Club

By on Wednesday, 13th February 2013 at 10:00 am

Last Thursday Two Door Cinema Club revealed the new promo video for their current single, ‘Next Year’. Now we’ve got from the #7 band on the TGTF 10 for 2013 poll, Newcastle’s Shields‘ remix of the song. Listen to and download it below.


(10 for 2013!) Quickfire Questions #38: Shields

By on Monday, 17th December 2012 at 1:00 pm

Newcastle’s Shields made a fine showing on this year’s 10 for 2013 poll, coming in at a respectable #7. So naturally, we sent our Quickfire Questions over to them and here our their answers. Are the Simpsons *that* ingrained in Britain? ::facepalm:: And yep, Jacko makes yet another appearance…

What’s your first musical memory?
John: The ‘Moonwalker’ video by Michael Jackson.
Luke: The film Labyrinth with David Bowie.
Dave: The film Yellow Submarine.

What was your favorite song as a child?
‘Do the Bartman’ – Bart Simpson. [They didn’t specify who was the Simpsons fan, so we can only assume they’re all equally enamoured with Matt Groening. – Ed.]

What song makes you laugh?
New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ (for the John Barnes rap).


What song makes you cry?
Tom: ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – Sinead O’ Connor.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love?
‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion. (The dance remix version.)

What song makes you think of being upset or angry
Any song by One Direction makes me angry.

Which song do you wish you had written yourself?
The Teletubbies theme tune. That guy is minted.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
John: Hunter S. Thompson.
Dave: Aldous Huxley.
Rich: Bob Dylan.
Luke: Quentin Tarantino.
Tom: J.K. Rowling.

If you hadn’t become a musician, what job do you think you would be doing right now?
Luke: pro footballer.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
If God said I could only bring one album to heaven, I would say, “Nah God… you’re alright, I’ll just stay here mate.”

Special thanks to the chaps in Shields for answering our questions and Joe for sorting this q&a out for us.


10 for 2013: #7 – Shields

By on Saturday, 8th December 2012 at 11:00 am

They made a music video with sock puppets. Not by dressing them up as animals; they literally made socks their characters and used them to represent their band members. And it was adorable. Was it the reason you lot vote them into the 10 for 2013 list this year? We can’t be sure of course, but they have landed at #7 in our poll. Here’s a short bit from John…

Shields are a band we’ve plugged heavily on TGTF over the last few months, but for good reason of course. We don’t want to waste your time now. You can read our Bands to Watch feature on them here.

The band has been touring heavily over the last year, in a valiant attempt to get their noise heard, recently finished tours with #8 10 for 2013 band To Kill a King and Wintersleep. The band caused some stirs in the musical blogosphere when they bizarrely covered SBTRKT’s anthem ‘Pharaohs’ (watch the video here).

Their debut album is set for release in spring 2013 and if you fancy a finding out a little bit more about the band, why not visit their official Web site.


Album Review: Shields – Kaleidoscope EP

By on Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 12:00 pm

I wrote a little piece about this band Shields from Newcastle a while back, backing them for big things in the future. Saying for sure that they were a band to watch over the next few months/years. Now here I am just a few months later reviewing their debut EP ‘Kaleidoscope’, a sampling of the band at their best, producing some quality work. But while my introduction to the band focussed on the fact that they were the best thing to come out of Newcastle, since everyone’s favourite goalsnatcher and TV pundit Alan Shearer. This time around it’s all about the music, as that is really what does the talking on this record. The opening track ‘Mezzanine’, well, what can I say…

It has all has all the elements of a synthpop hit. The bass is full of vigour and bounce and has the feel of a late 80s disco combined with the infectious enthusiasm of The Go Team! It’s a fantastic way to start the record and is a clear indicator of what this band is about. Sexy, fun pop music that draws a smile on your face whether you are in the mood or not, now that’s an enticing, eh? Things are slowed down a tiny bit and the percussion takes over on ‘Miserly’, with a couple of ooooooooohs and ahhhhhhhhs thrown in there for good measure. The highlights of this song though are the jingling guitars and synths that soar over the engine room of the band.

Then right away on ‘Turning Corners’, the EP ‘Kaleidoscope’ gets a bit folky and finds some segment of classic song structure. The piano’s underwriting the melody are easily my favourite piece of this song. With the subtle bass rolling in the background as the song grows into the pulsing synthpop hit it’s destined to be. Proceedings are stripped down ever so slightly for the beginning of ‘Silhouette’ before the entire band chime in with a banging bit of percussion and some seriously math-rockesque riffs that even Foals would be proud of. Their cover of SBTRKT’s ‘Pharaoh’ (video here is definitely worth a listen, even if it is just for the fact that they’ve gone in a great new direction of the track which will have SBTRKT fans scratching their heads for sure. It’s a bold effort though.

The band are clearly quite happy with the niche that they’ve found and each song on the EP stands out well as ever, it’s just whether in the age of consistent synth pop releases bludgeoning the airwaves, will Shields get noticed by the mainstream populous, or forgotten before they even have a chance. I for one hope not, as ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a right laugh to listen too and should be a staple of any indie DJ.

You heard me, Propaganda.


Listen to and download ‘Mezzanine’ below; the ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP by Shields in its entirety was released yesterday and can be downloaded for free from the band’s official Web site.


Live Gig Video: Shields cover the SBTRKT song ‘Pharoahs’

By on Thursday, 8th November 2012 at 4:00 pm

Newcastle band Shields, profiled by John in our Bands to Watch feature last month, and now there’s a video of the band’s homage to SBTRKT. Here is the North East band’s cover of ‘Pharoahs’; watch it, complete with masks, below.



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