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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2793: Courtney Marie Andrews

 
By on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Arizona native alt-country singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews is set to follow her 2016 album ‘Honest Life’ with a new and powerful LP titled ‘May Your Kindness Remain’. The new record is due for release on the 23rd of March via Fat Possum/MamaBird (U.S.) and Loose Music (UK). In the interim, Andrews is scheduled to appear in Austin early next month for SXSW 2018. Last week, Andrews unveiled a new promo video for the uplifting, gospel-flavoured album track ‘Kindness of Strangers’, which you can view below.

Filmed in Los Angeles by The Brothers Wright, the ‘Kindness of Strangers’ promo has a muted lo-fi aesthetic created by the combined effects of a 35mm lens and super 8 film. Double exposed images of Andrews capture the internal sense of loneliness and introspection in the song itself, which she says was “written directly after some legendary musicians took their own life.” She continues, “It sparked this long and deep thought about how we all feel disconnected with each other at some point in our lives. When you’re at your lowest of lows, even a friendly cashier can make your month. Human connection is essential for survival, and I’ve felt that void at so many different points in my life. This song portrays that void, and how even the smallest amount of kindness can save you.”

Following her stop in Austin for SXSW, Courtney Marie Andrews will cross the pond to play a run of live dates in the UK and Ireland this April. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 19th April 2018 – Edinburgh Summer Hall
Friday 20th April 2018 – Dublin Whelan’s
Saturday 21st April 2018 – Liverpool Arts Club
Sunday 22nd April 2018 – Manchester Gorilla
Monday 23rd April 2018 – Brighton Komedia
Tuesday 24th April 2018 – London Islington Assembly Hall

 

Charles Watson / May and June 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Newly established as a solo artist, Charles Watson (also known here at TGTF as part of indie pop duo Slow Club) has announced a list of UK headline shows to follow the upcoming release of his debut LP ‘Now That I’m a River’. The album is due out on the 18th of May via Moshi Moshi. Watson’s headline tour will begin the following evening at Ramsgate Music Hall and extend through the first part of June.

Along with the tour announcement, Watson has also unveiled a new promo video for the surprisingly groovy album track ‘Abandoned Buick’.  Directed by Jacob Wyatt and Alistair Baines and produced by RND Media, the promo is simple in design and has the same lo-fi vibe as the song itself. Watson, for his part, is equally low-key in his commentary. “Although the new video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ may at first appear to be just some clever camera work, a clapped-out Mercedes and deceptive shots of my manager wearing exactly the same jacket as me,” he quips, “it is, in fact, evidence that I have successfully achieved my life long goal of having a touring clone”.

You can watch the video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now. And ICYMI, our review of ‘No Fanfare’, the first single from ‘Now That I’m a River’, is right back this way.

Saturday 19th May 2018 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Monday 21st May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 26th May 2018 – London LSO St Luke’s
Sunday 27th May 2018 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 31st May 2018 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Friday 1st June 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2785: Bully

 
By on Friday, 9th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Nashville grunge rock band Bully have shared a new animated video for their track ‘Focused’, along with a list of UK tour dates for this May, following the band’s scheduled appearance at SXSW 2018 in March. ‘Focused’ appears on Bully’s second LP ‘Losing’, which was released back in October on Sub Pop.

Perhaps by coincidence (or perhaps not), ‘Focused’ almost immediately conjures memories of Sub Pop alumnus Nirvana. The song’s austere bass-dominant instrumentation is a perfect initial backdrop for Bully frontwoman and songwriter Alicia Bognanno’s detached, sullen vocals. But over the course of the song her sneering is gradually drawn out into full on screaming, à la Kurt Cobain, in the refrain “I am trying to stay focused.”

The visual treatment for ‘Focused’ was created by director Rozalina Burkova, who stayed true to both the song’s lyrical meaning and its musical content in her interpretation. Burkova describes her animation scheme as “loosely based on the theme of coming of age and the ups and downs [of] friendships and relationships.” Bognanno chimes in, “I let Rozalina take the reins on this one. I am a huge fan of all her animation work and wanted her to do what she felt was best for this video.”

You can watch the animated promo video for ‘Focused’ just below the listing of Bully’s upcoming UK headline dates. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Thursday 10th May 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social
Friday 11th May 2018 – Liverpool Buyers Club
Monday 14th May 2018 – Leicester Cookie
Tuesday 15th May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Sunday 20th May 2018 – Leeds Gold Sounds
Monday 21st May 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Guildford Boileroom
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – London Moth Club

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2770: Will Varley

 
By on Thursday, 18th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

As a preview for his forthcoming LP, Kent singer/songwriter Will Varley has released a self-designed promo video for his new single ‘Seven Days’. The track will appear on Varley’s album ‘Spirit of Minnie’, which is due for release on the 9th of February via Xtra Mile Recordings.

In addition to the new video, Varley has also shared a list of UK headline dates for the end of January and the first part of February. The nine-date tour will culminate with a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London to celebrate the official release of ‘Spirit of Minnie’. Tickets for the following shows are available now. Varley has also recently been announced as a showcasing artist for SXSW 2018 in Austin this March. You can read TGTF’s collected past coverage of Will Varley back through here.

Tuesday 30th January 2018 – Birmingham Institute 3
Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 1st February 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 2nd February 2018 – Edinburgh La Belle Angele
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Manchester Club Academy
Tuesday 6th February 2018 – Southampton 1865
Wednesday 7th February 2018 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 8th February 2018 – Bristol Trinity Centre
Friday 9th February 2018 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

 

Video of the Moment #2769: Editors

 
By on Wednesday, 17th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Editors are back, and with a vengeance. The English alt-rockers’ sixth studio album ‘Violence’ is due out on the 9th of March via PIAS, and its lead single ‘Magazine’ is a powerful introduction to what the LP might have in store. Heavy with industrial synths and overdriven guitars, ‘Magazine’ makes a bold musical statement under sharply cynical vocal lines directed toward those who “talk the loudest / with a clenched fist”.

Lead vocalist Tom Smith describes ‘Magazine’ as “a pointed finger aimed at those in power . . . a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry.” Its promo video, directed by Editors’ regular visual collaborator Rahi Rezvani, illustrates the inherent lyrical conflict in a very direct and dramatic way, with ensemble dance choreography that is nothing short of spectacular.

In addition to the promo video for ‘Magazine’, Editors have announced a full slate of worldwide tour dates, starting with the three UK pre-album launch shows listed below. A complete list of Editors’ upcoming shows, including a run of American dates in May and multiple summer festival appearances, can be found on their official Web site. TGTF’s extensive past coverage of Editors is collected back here.

Sunday 4th March 2018 – Birmingham Town Hall
Monday 5th March 2018 – Manchester Cathedral
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – London Clapham Grand

 

Sam Fender / February and March 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 12th January 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Newcastle up-and-comer Sam Fender has announced a list of UK headline dates ahead of his scheduled trip to America for SXSW 2018. In case you missed it, we highlighted Fender’s indie rock stylings earlier this week in our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #394. Under the tour date listing below, you can watch Fender perform his recent hit single ‘Play God’ in session at Maida Vale for BBC Music Introducing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now, except for the sold out show in Manchester on the 23rd of February. In addition to the following UK live dates, Fender is also slated to play at the inaugural This Is Tomorrow Festival in his hometown of Newcastle on Friday, the 25th of May. You can find a full listing of Sam Fender’s upcoming live shows on his official Web site.

Friday 23rd February 2018 – Manchester Jimmy’s (sold out)
Saturday 24th February 2018 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 25th February 2018 – Glasgow Attic Bar
Tuesday 27th February 2018 – Cardiff Big Top
Wednesday 28th February 2018 – London Electrowerkz
Friday 2nd March 2018 – Truro Old Bakery
Saturday 3rd March 2018 – Exeter Cavern
Monday 5th March 2018 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Bristol Louisiana

 
 
 

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