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Video of the Moment #1157: Noah and the Whale

By on Friday, 22nd March 2013 at 6:00 pm

Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale has directed his band’s new video for ‘There Will Come a Time’ in association with Parkville Pictures. And as you can rightly expect, it’s a very cool-looking visual set to the band’s first single off their upcoming album ‘Heart of Nowhere’ out on the 6th of May. I’m dedicating this song and its motto “there will come a time / when you will need your friends tonight” to a group of friends from Sheffield who took me out in Austin after their SXSW show last week and were there for me when I needed them. You are princes.

Catch the band on their London residency in April and May and at their headlining turn at Liverpool Sound City on the Thursday (the 2nd of May).



Video of the Moment #1155: Dan Croll

By on Wednesday, 20th March 2013 at 6:00 pm

It’s been a busy month for Liverpudlian Dan Croll. he’s been touring around the whole of America, and last week he made several high-profile appearances at SXSW. The rest of his year doesn’t look any less hectic. His second single, ‘Compliment Your Soul’, as discussed in Tom’s Bands to Watch on the man here, will be released on the 1st of April on Racquet Records. The song now has an accompanying video, which you can watch below.

Catch Croll play at this year’s Liverpool Sound City (where TGTF will again have a presence!) and Live at Leeds.



Update: Liverpool Sound City 2013

By on Friday, 1st March 2013 at 9:00 am

The city of Liverpool brought us The Beatles, it’s brought us Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, and they’ve been European Capital of Culture in 2008. It’s a city that just keeps on giving!

Now, what could they have next to give? Well, how does an incredible array of exciting new names for the UK’s first big festival of the year, Liverpool Sound City resonate within? Last year saw those 2012 Mercury Prize-winning scamps alt-J grace one of the festival’s many stages, alongside teenage sensation (who isn’t One Direction) Jake Bugg and Scottish indie rockers Django Django before each act went on to critical success, leaving punters in their wake drooling in earnest. Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees and Ed Sheeran performing at the festival early in their careers has simply added to the fact that Liverpool Sound City is a snapshot of everything that is vital in music right now.

So what stellar acts are set to grace the stages that so many of the UK’s top artists have begun their career on? Before the release their fourth album ‘Heart of Nowhere’ later in May, London folkies Noah and the Whale will be performing a special show in Liverpool’s spectacular Anglican Cathedral on the Thursday 2nd of May.

It is important also to remember that one of the things Sound City does best is showcase the best of the North. This year is no exception, with a trio of high-profile Manchester-based bands having been announced. Joining Noah and the Whale on the bill are Everything Everything, who are riding on the crest of a wave following the release of second album ‘Arc’. Their synth-driven indie pop will go delectably with the left-field math rock/pop of Dutch Uncles‘ new ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’. With their latest adventurous album ‘Collections’ failing to impress critics, Delphic will be hoping that some serious live shows can get them back in the public eye.

One band who are worth keeping an eye on in 2013 and who will coincidentally also be appearing at Sound City are Drenge. Their eclectic mix of punky blues, rock ‘n’ roll are sure to at least give you something to think about. Alongside the names I have mentioned, you’ve got Alessi’s Ark, Jetta, Bipolar Sunshine, Loom, Deep Sea Arcade, Blackeye, Skaters, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Wolf People, Splashh, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Lulu James, Arcane Roots, Still Corners, Luls, Hands, Wild Smiles, Ian Prowse and Amsterdam, Mikill Pane, Bebe Black, Jacob Banks, Bo Ningen, Big Deal, Night Engine, Mind Enterprises, Golden Fable and Likely Lads.

Yep, I barely breathed there too. It’s a very literal orgy of British music talent and that’s not even mentioning that heavy hitters like Dexys, The Walkmen, Enter Shikari, Reverend and the Makers, AlunaGeorge, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Kimbie, Future of the Left, King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Darkstar and Toy, were already announced weeks ago.

So stop kidding yourself. If you want to be ahead of the times, don’t sit in your bedroom with your snapback on listening to bands on SoundCloud. Head down to Sound City! With a limited amount of £40 3-day wristbands available until the 2nd of March (THAT’S TOMORROW GUYS!) it’s best to get in early!


Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2013

By on Tuesday, 22nd January 2013 at 9:00 am

After the roaring success of our stage at 2012 that was headlined by the fantastic Temper Trap (you can read all about it here!, Liverpool Sound City is returning as officially the first festival of the year/festival season. If you’re hot for what’s new and want to be one of those in the know for 2013/2014 when it comes to new music, Liverpool Sound City really is where you want to be heading. Forget your Sound of whatever year it is, this festival will have all you need to plan which horse you are going to back. This year’s event will take place across Liverpool city venues from 2nd May to 4th May 2013.

Last year’s festival saw the now household names of alt-J, Jake Bugg and Django Django tear Liverpool a new one, well before the bands went on to become 2012’s hottest properties following their album releases. With over 350 bands appearing in over 25 venues across 3 days, the festival markets itself as “an exhilarating snapshot of all that is vital in music right now”. And we have to agree! At only £30 for a 3- day wristband and £80 for a 3-day delegate pass, it’s terrific value for money, especially with the sheer amount of bands you can see over the weekend.

The first batch of bands has been announced and leading the pack are Jon McClure’s motley bunch Reverend and the Makers, who will be touring in support of their record ‘@Reverend_Makers’, which is to be released in America on the 5th of March. Joining the Reverend are The Walkmen, a New York band who have recently released their sixth studio album ‘Heaven’,a mix of their indie rocking beginnings and their pop punk styling’s. Freaky as hell Egyptian Hip Hop will also be on the bill and their unique live shows, which have been described as ‘hit and miss’, are well not to be missed. Just keep your fingers crossed you catch them on a good day.

To complement the venerable cornucopia of music going on, there will also be a Q&A session with Tracey Thorn, who not only co-founded the Marine Girls, whose two albums became cult classics and then at university met Ben Watt and founded Everything But the Girl, she’s also just published her (I’ve been told brilliant) autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen about her very special career. She will be in conversation with DJ / writer Dave Haslam.

Alongside that you have some proper Heavyweight Champions of the World sales-wise; no, not Jon McClure again. It’s that wonderful home grown Liverpool boy (not Steven Gerrard, moans our editor Mary) Murph of the Wombats (pictured at top). The conference portion of the festival will be hosting a Q&A with the lead singer and the band’s manager Simon Bobbet, who has been with them since the band began.

So whether you’re an industry insider, a punter in need of some rockin’, or just a Liverpool local who wants to know what all the racket is, Sound City is back. Get your tickets now from the official Sound City Web site.


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