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Video of the Moment #2916: Chemical Brothers

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Have you been wondering what happened to Chemical Brothers? I did. Apparently, I completely missed ‘Free Yourself’ unveiled last autumn. Or maybe I just wiped it out of my consciousness? No matter. This first full week of 2019, they have for us another tune to whet our whistles. ‘MAH’, which allegedly stands for ‘mad at hell’, has a disconcerting music video to go with it, filled with masked men and a room crammed full of dancers under a strobing light show. Word on the street is that the single appears on the electronic pioneers’ new album ‘No Geography’, expected to drop later this year. For now, you can grab ‘MAH’ from Astralwerks and groove with it in the comfort of your own home; stay tuned for more from the Chems. Past articles on the Chemical Brothers on TGTF are through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2915: Professor Green feat. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

 
By on Wednesday, 12th December 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

I’ve never really warmed to Professor Green and his style of rapping. However, his new single ‘Photographs’ – and in particular, the promo video that was made to promote it – seems apt this time of year. We’re nearing the end of one year, soon to start another. We go through these transitions every year and for many of us, moving forward is hard without the love of those who left us too soon. In writing ‘Photographs’, Green is supporting the move towards better acknowledgement of grief and more dialogue about it to help those who have lost loved ones have “proper engagement with the effects of grieving.” He’s started this petition calling for a National Grief Awareness Day.

For the promo video, Green enlisted not only his own granny Nanny Pat to appear but also fellow artist Rag ‘n’ Bone Man to lay down some verses of his own. Watch the video for the arresting and emotional ‘Photographs’ below; the single is out now on Relentless Records. Past writings on Professor Green on TGTF can be found through this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2914: Squarehead

 
By on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in 2012, when I was completely new to the SXSW game, I saw Irish trio Squarehead at the full Irish breakfast lineup at B.D. Riley’s Irish pub. Starting my day at the breakfast near the end of the week and every year at SX has now become a tradition. The band have been away for a bit, during a self-described mental health break since 2013 album ‘Respect’, but they’ve returned with an uber groovy new single, available now. The accompanying video to the jangly ‘Always On’ contains clips of the band performing, friends of theirs, plus some unusual curiosities of an animal and environmental nature. Right. Have I piqued your interest now? Well, then, you can watch the promo video below. A new album, name yet unknown, is expected from Squarehead in early 2019 on Strange Brew Records.

 

Single Review: Drenge – Bonfire of the City Boys

 
By on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Gareth O’Malley

It’s been a while since Derbyshire-based trio Drenge have graced our ears with new material, but they have plenty to come. The band broke their silence at the start of the year with a tour announcement, their first since wrapping up their commitments for sophomore album ‘Undertow’. Their comeback ‘Autonomy’ EP was released in October, with the title track set to appear on their forthcoming third album ‘Strange Creatures’ due next February, along with their latest LP offering ‘Bonfire of the City Boys’.

On the violent, snarling beast of a track, Drenge sound considerably heavier than most will remember them. Rob Graham’s stuttering bassline guides the track through its first verse as lead singer Eoin Loveless’s rapid-fire, spoken word delivery takes centre stage. A palpable sense of tension hanging in the air as he speeds through two chaotic verses: “There are millions of people out there: fucking, fighting, eating and sleeping / And we are not one of them, oh no / We are the fly in the ointment / The hair in the food / The snag, the catch, the conundrum.”

The first verse gives way to a juddering guitar riff that helps to alleviate the tension for a brief moment, before returning in full force after the song builds to a shout-along chorus defined by its searing intensity. Its 4 minutes seem to pass in a flash, the trio indulging themselves in noise rock and offering us a red-hot taster of the new record. ‘Bonfire of the City Boys’ should do a lot to alter people’s perceptions of the band; far from the middle-of-the-road indie rock of their contemporaries, the trio have set their sights on making a real statement and aren’t pulling their punches. Hopefully the new album will be a similarly ferocious affair.

8/10

‘Strange Creatures’ will be released on the 22nd of February 2019 on Infectious Music. A UK tour in March and April will follow the album release. More on Drenge here on TGTF is available through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2910: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

 
By on Monday, 12th November 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Earlier this year, London via Yorkshire singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich released a new EP, ‘I Am With You’. Last week, he premiered the music video for ‘Gratitude’, a new single that has been taken from his upcoming third album. There’s precious little we know so far about the upcoming LP except that it’ll drop on Dirty Hit Records in early 2019. What we do know is that ‘Gratitude’ is a breathy, beautiful tune that swells to a choral crescendo at its conclusion. Watch and listen to the promo for ‘Gratitude’ below. Past coverage on Benjamin Francis Leftwich on TGTF is through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2909: Gengahr

 
By on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in the March, Gengahr released their album ‘Where Wildness Grows’. In their effort to keep pushing boundaries, back in September, they released one-off single ‘Atlas Please’. It’s interesting in itself simply for who ended up producing it: Jack Steadman, frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club (you remember them). Although the single’s accompanying promo video has its moment of weirdness, as you might expect from this band based on previous visual efforts, I give them full props for including some truly stunning landscapes here. Watch the video for ‘Atlas Please’ below. Our full archive of Gengahr can be accessed through here.

 
 
 

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